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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…

To the caribbean!

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It appears we’ll be backpacking costa rica.
  Well…not really backpacking- we didn’t even bring one of those.  In fact we almost gave our only suitcase to Brock and Kelly and asked them to take it back to portland before leaving…

The importance of preparedness

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Or the complete lack thereof…  We felt really quite proud of ourselves yesterday.  Not only did we stay up and enjoy every possible second of ‘nawlins the night before, we also managed to wake up when our alarm went off…

French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.    Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants…

back to travel and exploration

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We’ve been so heads down with the garage project that we haven’t thought about or done much else.    We’ve been plowing through the details to get the place “finished” before our trip but still have a few things left undone…despite…

March Madness

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Most of march is a blur…   I spent 2 weeks churning out a custom order of 8 table height stools.  Hadn’t had plans for converting the barstool into a chair but it actually translated over okay.  Also picked up…

More Pics

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Since we’ve had lots of requests for more pictures…  It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  We’ve been trying to get lots of little things done and make the place feel more like home.  Probably not a bad idea…

Garage sweet home

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We’ve been formally living in the garage for about 2 weeks now…and we love it.  We’re far from finished, although we made a big push this last week before jen’s birthday so that we could actually host people here for…

Snowpocalyse

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Every few years it seems portland gets completely shut down by a light snowfall.  This might be the first year i was here to enjoy the whole thing.  Seems in the past i would always get the call when away…

The Home stretch

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Its been a rough week.  But totally worth it!  We finally gave up on getting a contractor out to finish our bathroom.   We fought it long and hard, but once the decision was made we rolled up our sleeves and…

the curse of the bathroom

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The door install gave us vision of our finished home and we’ve been longing to move in ever since.  Sadly our bathroom has had other plans.  We’ve been working long days in hope of moving in, and had tentatively set…

Paint and Doors

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Oh, the beautiful doors.  We’ve been switching daily between working with the door open and freezing or shutting the door and working in near darkness.  No longer will we have to make that call. From the very beginning of our…