Hover and Reveal

Doodle is awesome – and free!  It lets you propose and find common times to meet.  Michelle introduced me to Doodle years ago when she used it for  scheduling meetings across multiple companies.  Since then we’ve used it for picking social dates,  looking for common times.  Now our family is using Doodle for elder care scheduling,  looking to book unique times.

I learned a way to get around a missing feature: For “doodles” that span long periods of time, you lose the participant name on the side.  It lacks what Excel calls “freeze panes”, so the names scroll away.

Steve showed me this: although you can’t always see the original list of names, each name will be displayed if you hover the mouse over a booked block.

Baked Oatmeal

I learned that you can bake oatmeal and it is delicious!

Lorna made this for us:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • raisins

Mix it up and pour into an oiled (or not) baking dish.  Or maybe even mix it in that dish!

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

While it’s baking, toast some slivered or chopped almonds to use later.

After baking, top the oatmeal with sliced bananas and brown sugar and broil for a few minutes.

Serve with the almonds and other fruit.




Adobe to PowerPoint in very few clicks

Hey!  I learned how to pull an Adobe document into a Powerpoint slide!  It’s so easy!

1. Open the .pdf file.

[on my version of Adobe reader, which is 9]

2. Tools > Select & Zoom > Snapshot Tool

3. Click the corners of the area you want .  This automatically copies to the clipboard and says so!

4. Paste into PowerPoint.


Be Open

The lesson for this day is “Be Open”.  Kat and I started the week with this intention and this day (3/10) taught the lesson:  Be open to whatever comes your way.  That’s the short version.

Here is the long version:

After a two days of sitting in San Francisco hotel conference center chaird and listening to technical presentations via PowerPoint, I knew I had to find a yoga class.  The hotel concierge found and printed a listing of a studio nearby, with a class schedule.  “Mellow Flow” sounded exactly right!  I walked over and was waiting for the elevator with another yoga-looking person.  Sure enough, she said she was going to yoga, so I followed her.  I asked her if it was indeed “mellow” and she was non-committal, as was the woman who checked me in.  They both asked me if I had done Kundalini yoga before – I had sampled it as part of another class, just once.

I seemed to have the times wrong so I had to make some quick arrangements for meeting a friend after class.

The space was beautiful – a high-ceilinged loft with low lights and LED tealights, which made me think of Sally.  There was a green book in a basket – World’s Healthiest Foods – Gale’s bible.  The teacher, with whom I had arrived, it turned out, looked like Lava’s friend Liz, and was named Michelle.  I felt surrounded by connections.

The class was awesome!  Kundalini yoga is all about breathwork and meditation.  The postures were few, but just right.  The music was great.

After class, the teacher served tea and date balls!  Who ever heard of snacks at yoga class?

I told her that I enjoyed the class but that I was surprised that it was called “Mellow Flow”.

That’s when I found out that I had gone to the wrong place!  Mellow Flow was on the floor below this class, in a complete separate yoga studio!

Who ever heard of two yoga studios in one building?

The wrong place at the wrong time turned out to be absolutely and exactly the right time and place for me.