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2014, Year in Review

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Looking back so we can look ahead… Last year we stumbled over the “year in review” and learned a great deal in the process while looking back at 2013.  We thought we’d give it another shot this year before we…

Playa Colorado

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We head out in search of wavesIt’s possible to simply stay in town at SJDS and hop a truck or boat out to any of the nearby breaks, but we opted to drive north a bit in hopes of finding…

Crossing into San Juan del Sur

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Onward to Nicaragua!  We left the morning after our pool day and drove for the border to nicaragua.  Not exactly the part of the trip that we’ve been longing for but we entered with high energy and expectations. At the…

On the road again, Costa Rica

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Finally reunited with the bus.  E seems to be in pretty decent shape considering the year and a half spent sitting in storage…at least now that we’ve broken through the crusty layer of dirt.  The guys at the storage facility…

costa rica. waiting…

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we are bad at many things…but among them waiting may be the worst It’s a funny thing, perspective.  Here we are sitting in a perfectly beautiful hotel in the mountains of costa rica.  We have a comfortable room, a delightful…

On the road again!

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sometimes we just couldn’t make this shit up!  Spent our last few days in portland finishing furniture orders, watching the fab team get make jigs and get underway on the 85 stool order and securing a storage facility for delivery…

Between two worlds

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Now that we know when we’re leaving it’s all about checking things off the list.  We’ve done this before.  Been through the experience of literally wrapping up life at home in order to take off for an extended trip.  We…

Oregon Wine Country

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We finished up our week away with a few days in oregon wine country.   It was a perfect getaway, and another chance for us to experience yet another small home. It’s funny how our time away from home also works…

planning our return to the road

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Our conversations have been really interesting over the last week or two.   We are trying to figure out the best timing for a return to costa rica to pickup the bus and as expected, it ruffles up any number of…

suddenly…it’s fall

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What a fast and furious couple of weeks… After finishing the big push that got us through Serving up Style and Design Week Portland, we celebrated by heading to BC to see friends (while someone else moved into our place…

Marketing 101

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The last week for us has been an interesting experience in local marketing.  The Serving up Style event was unlike anything we’ve done before.  We didn’t fit in exactly as most of the booths were interior decorators and we were…

Serving up Style

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What a whirlwind.  We have been exceptionally busy.  All for good, but busy nonetheless.  The stress has remained in check and while im working hard im enjoying it again.  We’ve been moving in and out of our place as AirBnB…

Fabulous Las Vegas

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We’ve been to Vegas a few times over the years.  In fact, we got engaged in Vegas.  We love it and have enjoyed every trip we’ve taken together (as opposed to the vegas i Hated when i went alone).  People…

Injured Reserve

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Luckily, I un-stressed myself right before injuring myself…which during our tight timeline surely would have sent me back into the abyss. We were having a great couple of days.  A fantasy football draft party, a few visits with friends and…

Stress, the ugly beast

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Im slowly coming to grips with something I’ve really always known.  I apparently am a stress case.  I guess everyone else already knew this but i’m just realizing it now (again).  Don’t get me wrong, i knew i used to…

kayamping the san juans

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is kayamping a word?  A few weeks ago we saw an online deal for guided kayak trips to see orca whales in the san juan islands and knew immediately that we had found our next trip out of town.  We’ve…

Take me to the Wilderness

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Many years ago not long after jen and i first met, she told me “Take me to the wilderness.  If I’m ever stuck inside my head, or so low that i cant find a way out of it.  Simply take…

Freedom to roam

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I may be finally wrapping my mind around this whole freedom thing.  It’s only been in the last few weeks that our current freedom seems to be truly setting in.  I’m not sure what’s bringing it about exactly, but i…

Summertime flying by

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I don’t think i’ve ever gone this long without a blog post since its inception.  Really not even a solid excuse for it either…just somehow busy.  It seems so odd that we removed 40-60 hour work weeks from our lives…

Return to VAN

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Since Jen’s return its been pretty much life as normal.  Whatever “normal life” means to us now…  I took part in a few more neighborhood meetings and tours, trying to do what we can to make sure our neighborhood develops…

Diving into the business pool

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We’ve finally made the plunge.   I still cant say that i have a clear answer to the “what would you do if money were no object?” question.  Nor can i say i have a plan for how to change the…

Missing my other half

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Jen was supposed to be home today…and a week go when she left that seemed impossibly long.  As it turns out she’s had to extend the trip through the end of this week and we’re both pretty bummed about it…

Family beach trip

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Our next AirBnB guest was set to stay through memorial day weekend…what better chance to get away.   So far we’ve been really pleased with how the AirBnB experiment is working out for us. We open our place up an entire…

Feeding the soul.

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We’ve been hosting a lot of dinners lately.  Seems like almost every other night we are have dinner plan.  We are really enjoying the catch up with old friends as well as meeting new ones.  Since the Times article we’ve…