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

19 Responses to About

  1. Woolly Muses says:

    I visited Toronto in 1976 and have fond memories of the city and eastern Canada in general.
    Thanks for visiting WoollyMuses blog

  2. What a fascinating career 🙂 – have always been curious at how stenographers type so fast 🙂

  3. Uncle Spike says:

    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…


  4. afsheenanjum says:

    I wish you all the best to achieve your current target and your lovely smile is very welcoming and so do your writing style.

  5. 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!

  6. Very interesting. I took Gregg Shorthand in school and used that way back when and was a fast typist so never had to worry about getting a job. But, I like the idea of your machine. 🙂

    • stenoodie says:

      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?

  7. Mia says:

    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.

  8. Nancy says:

    Hi Karen! It was so nice to meet you on Monday! I’m so happy to have a real blog buddy!

  9. cravingthis says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for directing me to your website. I am thrilled to meet a fellow blogger! What an amazing concept and name! Looking forward to reading my way through your reviews!

    Cheers 🙂

    • stenoodie says:

      I’m blessed to know you too! Thanks for visiting and I look forward to yours as well. 🙂 Haha, I’m quite proud of “stenoodie” too. It’s nice not to have to “fight” with others for it lol.

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