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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…

The Antithesis of Productivity

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I’ve been spinning out a bit lately.   I think part of my deep reflective (but less-than productive) state this week was triggered by the Times article.  It was fun to read, and we were excited to get emails and phone…

the Times

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The NY Times.  So big, so global, and yet somehow they find our little casa.   After the excitement of our holiday weekend, we did a bit of beautifying back at the garage in preparation for a photo shoot. Somehow the…

Spring fun in Portland

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Been a crazy couple of weeks.  We left costa rica feeling as though E was secure (and once again ours) but also concerned that we might return in a few months to have exactly the same set of complications and…

What a difference a day makes

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Yesterday our world turned upside down, but today it seems to have righted.   We hardly speak to one another and can barely pull ourselves from bed in hopes of avoiding what we believe is in store for us today.  Everyone…

Worst Vacation Ever

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tomorrow we may lose our bus…We made it back to town yesterday and boarded the bus for san jose.  It turned out to be first come first serve despite the fact that we bought tickets the day before, but…

Cahuita and other Caribbean beaches

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Our days here are slow and lazy.  We lay in the hammock, jen reads while i write.  When we get to bored or too hot we walk down the street and plunge into the ocean with the handful of locals…

Cahuita, Costa Rica

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We settled in a bit to our temporary home an unwound from a long day of travel.  After unpacking we walked the short 3minutes to the beach to dip in the ocean, and then had a rum at the reggae…