Not Genuine

I mentioned earlier in the year that I finally got Windows 7 put on my laptop, and since then, my computer life has been “trying” to put it delicately.

I have a dodgy copy of MS Office 2007, and had managed to hack the Vista registry to keep the program from reminding me constantly that it wasn’t “Windows Genuine”.  Well, Windows 7 has not only brought the reminder back (with a vengeance), but also won’t let me hack the registry to disable the issue.  And since I’m not MCSE-certified, the only work-arounds I can find are through Google.

I’m stuck.

With technology, I think it’s important to have options.  I do not blindly love Microsoft, just as I will never blindly love Apple (I pretty much tolerate Apple, but I can espouse on that at another time).

I will usually use products that I have found to work well and are economical.  There are very few technological innovations that I am blindly brand-loyal to.

I have used Gmail exclusively for my email for a long time, and used a lot of the Google tools to sync my Blackberry and keep track of my calendar.  I finally dumped Outlook to use Gmail and Google sync exclusively, and I’ve downloaded OpenOffice in the hopes that I can extricate myself from Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Like other tips to “go minimal” with technology, I’m going to see if I use any of the Microsoft Office products in a year.  If I don’t use them within a year or by the time I get a new computer (whichever is shorter), I’ll either delete them from my laptop or not install them on the next computer I get.

I cannot tell you know nice it will be to not get the “This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine” popup every time I open a document or spreadsheet.

Ohio Proud

This morning, I was taking a look at this post, talking about the difference between brown and white eggs, and — as I am wont to do — I started link jumping.  Below, I have compiled some links to Ohio farmers/business that I thought might be of interest.

  • Pastured Products Directory – Ohio, c/o Eat Wild: The following farms and ranches have certified that they meet Eatwild’s criteriafor producing grassfed meat, eggs and dairy products. Contact them directly for additional information or to buy their products:
    Great resource if you’re looking for farms in your area where you can get eggs, dairy, and meat that were raised on a farm, not in a warehouse.  It includes some great links to other Ohio entrepreneurs.
  • Ohio Proud: Created in 1993, Ohio Proud is the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agricultural products that are made in Ohio and grown in Ohio.
    Like the “Pastured Product Directory” from Eat Wild, Ohio Proud is another directory service linking consumers with other Ohio agriculture businesses.  You can also find affiliate grocery stores who retail products from Ohio Proud members.
  • Sirna’s Farm and Market: Purchasing our home and farm property in 1997 from a developer, our intentions were to keep the property as it had been for the past century. Farmland. It had not been worked in years and we just wanted to enjoy it. With the help of the OSU extension, attending classes and participating in the Master Garden program we started what was to be our Hobby farm.
    Just one of the many farms in NE Ohio that I would like to visit.
  • Great American Lamb Company: A long time sheep farmer, Ben Calkins started Great American Lamb Company decades ago to provide premium, all-natural, family farm produced lamb for consumers who wanted lamb that was delicious and of consistently superior quality and healthfulness.
    I have wanted to try to make lamb for a while, and this farm is “right around the corner” from my house.  It would be worth it to take a trip.  Not only do they sell cuts of meat, but also blankets made from the sheep’s wool.

This Week in Tweets: Summer Solstice, 2010

Okay, so here we go with “This Week in Tweets”.  I could only think of one.

This tweet was my way to announce that I am back in Shaker Arts Council, working on the Summer Solstice 2010.  I got in on this one a little late – I was still under the false impression that we would not be holding one this year, but I have been pleasantly surprised otherwise.

This year, Shaker Arts Council is partnering with the Ohio Craft Fair (formerly at Hathaway Brown) for the Summer Solstice Festival.  Ohio Craft has a great history of attracting fabulous local and regional artists, so SHAC will no longer have to recruit.  SHAC will continue to do what it does fabulously, which is recruiting musicians and food vendors and putting on a great show.  SHAC has not committed to two days – our primary focus will still be on celebrating the Solstice – but if we find that we have the 19th covered and some grant money to spare, we will move forward with a second day of festivities.

This year, I don’t have an official title (at least not co-director) this year.  I am in charge of Fundraising, and I am so excited.

I’m really looking forward to using and honing my sales skills, getting to talk to potential donors and form relationships with them.  Fundraising for local musicians and artists makes my heart sing.  I have no problem getting big companies to part with their money to help the communities they do business in.

I also think I need to horn back in on the Publicity committee for SHAC; so I need to make some phone calls and send some emails this week.

PS – I did not wear a sweatshirt and Crocs to the meeting.  I wore a nice pair of dark jeans, a sweater, and the “i heart Ohio” necklace from Truche’s Etsy shop.

New Feature

I’m thinking about starting a feature called “This Week in Tweets” simply because I love microblogging, and even though I think I do a pretty good job of telling a story in a succinct 140-characters, I think some of them require a little back story.

I’ll give it a whirl either tonight or tomorrow.

Quick Recap, Cooking 101 in 1001: Sesame Peanut Soba Noodles

Sesame Peanut (long life) Soba Noodles (Newlywed Cooking)

I made this last night for lunch today.  What really kicked me into high gear on cooking some of the recipes on my list was that I overdrew my main account yesterday, and I don’t get paid until Friday.  It’s ironic that I overdrew the account – I have plenty of funds tucked away in my education checking, and savings accounts, I just wasn’t paying attention to what was going on in my main account.  So, I suppose it’s a $34 lesson learned, and a kick in the ass that I don’t have the luxury of not planning ahead on my lunch.

Anyway, onto the liner notes for this recipe:

  • I did not have sweet chili sauce or chili flakes.  I substituted Sriracha sauce instead.  And hoo-boy, talk about a kick, yowsa!  I still would like to try the sweet chili sauce.
  • I did not add the carrots to the recipe.  When I make this again, I will probably add scallions, carrots, cabbage, and soybeans.  It’s a recipe that definitely calls for more vegetables.
  • Rinse your soba noodles.  I cannot repeat this enough.  I have made soba and udon in the past, and didn’t rinse the noodles.  Avoid noodle-glue: rinse your noodles.
  • I’m not sure what it is with me and peanuty sauces with Asian dishes, but my sauce never looks as “neat” as it does in Sharon’s picture for the recipe.  I always end up with soup!  Not that I object in this case because it’s delicious, but I could see where it’s messy.

All in all, great recipe base; I’m glad I made it, and I’m looking forward to making it/tweaking it many times.