My name is Karen.  I started this blog in March 2013 to document my adventures in stenography, food, and travels.

Steno machine

Steno machine

 What began as a desire to record my travels and steno experiences quickly turned into a food blog thanks to my love of eating and documenting adventures.  Ninety percent of the entries are restaurant reviews (first impression reviews).  I also review spas, massage parlours, hotels, products, and escape room games.

‘stenoodie’ has evolved into more than just a hobby.  It has given me opportunities to attend complimentary meals and events, enjoy paid steno and food gigs, as well as network with other fun-loving and food-loving individuals.

super smiley at my undergraduate convocation

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great time traversing through my adventures and memories.  Feel free to leave your comments behind and add me on social media!  I’d love to connect with you! 🙂

 “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Francis of Assisi


17 comments on “About

  1. So Karen, I guess you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…


  2. Hey, wanted to drop by and say thanks for following our blog, Travel-Stained. 🙂 We lived in Toronto for many years, in the St. Lawrence Market area, and while I love living in Seoul, one of the things I miss most about Toronto is all the amazingly authentic and diverse food on offer. Happy eating!

    • Steno typing is shorthand as well except we use the help of the CAT software (computer aided transcription) so we do not have to transcribe the notes by hand. 🙂 Do you still use Gregg Shorthand in your work?

  3. Hi, I am 26 years old from BC and stumbled upon Court Reporting as a second career. Currently, I work in administration and in the past non-profit organizations. I can’t seem to find any resources in BC as the schools I see are in Alberta and Ontario. How do I go about even meeting someone in person who is in this field of work? Are there job shadows available? I would imagine not because of client confidentiality? I also don’t know how to access a stenography machine to even see what one looks like up close. Do you happen to have any links or resources to help prospective students? Thank you. This looks like a very interesting and rewarding career – I wish I knew about it sooner after high school when I graduated.

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