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.


Restricting Freedom of the [Word]Press

I was happy to learn that Southwest has $5 WiFi because it would give me a great opportunity to catch up on all the lessons I have scribbled on paper or filed in email.

It’s easy connect and it’s fun to track the plane over America (crossing border from Kansas to Colorado as I type this) but when I go to I this:


You are trying to view a restricted site.

Please head back and remember that, in order to provide a fast, safe WiFi environment, Southwest must restrict access to some web sites

How rude!


Seasoned Travelers or What?

I have no idea how many times I am going to have to learn to prepare and pack for a trip earlier than I’ve been doing.

We travel enough to know what we need (yes we have printed checklists and yes they work really well so never mind making fun of that) for a trip.  It’s the little stuff that does not have to wait for the day of or the day before the trip.  For me it was finding a quart-size ziplock bag, or transferring something out of one in use elsewhere so I could use it for the carryon liquids.  And restocking business cards.  And printing stuff to bring.  And recording a colleague’s cell phone number. And a whole bunch of other stupid stuff.  For Steve it was replacing his shoelaces.  Really?  We can’t think of this and do it ahead of time?

It’s important that we leave on time, so that we have time to go back to check to see if we actually locked the door. (Answer is yes.  Every time.)  I am not even trying to learn to change that!


Please Elaborate

I have learned that Facebook is not the forum for posting cryptic obscure status updates.

I wrote “Nothing’s broken” because that’s what came into my head to describe this delicious state of everything working and peaceful in my life: no crisis, nothing to fix.  To me it was reminiscent of my mom’s Yiddish-rooted “Nothing hurts me”.

But no, this was not a good idea.  I got worried comments and even a concerned phone call!  For some, this sounded like I had been in an accident, or maybe someone else had.

So I learned to be more careful with what I post.  Or at least less obscure.