Journal

Our sink is empty. Our dishes are clean.

First order of business – I’ve been laid off from my job. I started working for Pearson when it was Macmillan Publishing on April 25, 1994. I just cross the threshold of 26 years at the same job. In the middle of May, my position was eliminated, along with a number of other co-workers who

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The New Ride – a Honda CR-V

After a great deal of research involving spreadsheets, auto shows, test drives and quite a few anxious phone calls with Stephanie’s dad (who had lots of opinions about what we were buying) I bought a new Honda CR-V on March 27th. It is “Dark Olive Metallic.” It is nicknamed Godzilla. I finally gave up on

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Salem and Baxter

Our new kitten Salem was born on August 15th, and we adopted him on October 15th. Our new puppy Baxter was born on November 29th, and we adopted him on February 2nd. His mom is a Corgi. We’re not sure about dad. He may have been a spaniel? We think that’s possible because of the

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Who I am

I was “born as” a baby – 5 lbs, 16 inches. The clothes my parents gave me then don’t fit me anymore than the arbitrary labels they gave me as identity markers, so I changed them to real ones. In 48 years I’ve outgrown onesies and other people’s expectations and grown into the person I

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I’m legally changing my first and middle names

I’m changing my first and middle names. I am getting rid of Stephanie Ann. My first name is going to be Hawthorn. (no e- like the tree, not the author.) My middle name is chosen, but I’m keeping to myself for now. This is something I’ve been actively planning for over two years, but I’ve

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Myers-Briggs Personality Test Result

I don’t remember getting this test result in the past, but I’d have to search my Facebook timeline for the last time I took it to see. Who knows how long that test page will be around, so I’m copying the whole INFP results here: INFP PERSONALITY INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2015

My theme for 2015 will be “Simplicity.” My goal to shed clutter in all areas – streamlining, simplifying, focusing on the important and finding a state of zen. Some things I hope I can accomplish: Be more active – painting, cleaning, organizing and discarding are activities that will help. Finish writing and figure out how

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2014 Year in Review

For our household, the year 2014 was overshadowed by Stephanie’s mother passing away in mid-May from cancer. She didn’t want an obituary, funeral or memorial service, but I’m unable to let go of the year without acknowledging the kind of person she was. This song makes me think of her. Stephanie’s mom was well-read and

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The Naming of Cats

by T. S. Eliot The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as

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Jamaican Sun

We are headed to Jamaica tomorrow for my youngest brother Gary’s wedding. This is incredibly exciting because we’ve had a lot of traumatic stuff going on lately, including Stephanie’s mom’s long illness and death from liver cancer on May 19th of this year. We really need a vacation, we need relaxation and fun and frivolity

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Things I’ve been doing lately (instead of blogging)

Things I’ve been doing instead of blogging: Taking a scene writing class from the Indiana Writer’s Center (I also took a world building class at IWC taught by Maurice Broaddus). I don’t know yet if this is helping me write better, but it is helping me procrastinate. Taking a sewing class from Crimson Tate our

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2014

As I’ve done with years past, I’m going to put down some goals instead of resolutions. If I don’t make them because life intervenes, oh well. But Work: those goals I’ll share with my boss. But I have high hopes and am working on a project I really like. Health: Eat healthier and be more

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2013 Year in Review

So, what all did I get accomplished in 2013? Let’s start by looking at my goals for last year. These are really more goals than resolutions; they are things I’d like to make priorities to focus my energy and money on. If I don’t get them done, it’s cool; this is a big pile of

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My Coat of Arms, drawn by me at age 11

This is my coat of arms, that I drew when I was 11 and I was in love with Princess Diana and all things British, so I read books on heraldry and ignored most of what I learned and drew some badass unicorn horns and swords and arrows. And some gender ambiguous people hanging out,

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Road Trip: New Jersey

We have a number of weddings to attend this fall, and the first is Stephanie’s cousin Alex’s, which is taking place in New Jersey. This road trip we’ll be seeing the other half of Stephanie’s family; we saw most of her mom’s family last fall. Lance is ready to roadtrip. The ear pieces from my

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Reasons not to stretch

From the NY Times phys Ed blog: Now, two new studies are giving us additional reasons not to stretch. One, a study being published this month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, concluded that if you stretch before you lift weights, you may find yourself feeling weaker and wobblier than you expect during

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The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2013

“The Boat Race” is this weekend on Sunday, and we’ll be watching at a pub before joining the rest of the family for Easter dinner. Helpful summary from wikipedia: The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights on the

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2013

These are really more goals than resolutions; they are things I’d like to make priorities to focus my energy and money on. If I don’t get them done, it’s cool; this is a big pile of ambitious. But these are all areas I want to make progress in for the coming year. 750 words a

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Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina

After our corn maze excursion, we visited Stephanie’s grandparent’s gravesite at Arlington Cemetery. And we rounded out the rest of our vacation with visits to Stephanie’s cousin in Philadelphia, one of Stephanie’s childhood friends in Lynchburg, Virginia, and then a visit with our friends Lisa and Jason in Durham. We also met for dinner with

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Washington DC

Decisions, decisions. We’re in the DC area for several days to visit Stephanie’s family. Today we’re doing some sightseeing. UPDATE: We spent the afternoon in the national gallery. The Biglin Brothers Racing, 1872. Thomas Eakins. Oarsmen at Chatou, 1879. Auguste Renoir. The Capitol, Washington, DC

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Weekend Update, end of August 2012

This past week I attended An Event Apart, a major web design conference in Chicago, which was pretty awesome. I learned a lot of cool stuff especially about mobile-friendly design that I now need time to go over before I forget or lose track of it. It was held at the Westin just north of

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Things I Won’t Do Again

2012 Update: Going through my drafts folder, I found this old post from Aug 24, 2010 that I never put up, but should have. AKA, my “Fuck It” list. Inspired by Unclutterer, who was in turn inspired by Amy KR. I will never again: feel guilty for not attending every event I’m invited to. feel

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More on the rowing….

…with some pretty pictures, because my posts are too boring otherwise. I decided not to blow off the rest of my classes, despite my frustration, and that turned out to be a good thing. We went out in a quad and sculled with a “guest coach” – this dude Andy who rowed for Yale –

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Rowing at a Crossroads

I’m having some frustrations with rowing lately, and I think I need to work out on paper some of my thoughts. Indoor rowing – love the heck out of it, and I plan to do it for the rest of my life. I’m looking around for a used ergometer for home so I can erg

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Rowing Updates

I’ve completed Learn to Row 1 and Learn to Row 2 classes at the Indianapolis Rowing Center, although we had enough rain-outs that I’m still not very comfortable on the water. I’m going to take Learn to Row 2 again this summer so I can get more of the basics down. Meanwhile, I’ve been trying

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The 5 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating

From Livestrong.com: The 5 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating | LIVESTRONG.COM. Read the whole article for why they’re healthy. NUTRITIONAL YEAST HOW TO EAT IT: Stir 1-2 tablespoons into sauces, soups, or stir-fries to add rich flavor and a protein boost without a lot of extra calories (2 tablespoons has about 60 calories). Chia Seeds

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How to Commit to a Goal

How to Commit to a Goal via How to Commit to a Goal — PsyBlog. The key, according to PsyBlog, is not to simply fantasize about how much better it will be when you achieve your goal, or to wallow in how unhappy you are now, but to contrast those two with each other each

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2012 Resolutions Check In – January

It’s not quite the end of January, but I thought I’d check in a bit early on my year’s goals because next weekend promises to be chaotic both “internally” (meaning: with my own writing plans) and “externally” (meaning: with the Super Bowl going on in the city and whatnot). So how am I doing? 1)

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2012

A bit past the first of the year, but I had to spend some time working out what I want to do, and that took some time. This year I have three resolutions: 1) Follow the 12 month writing resolutions plan that I wrote about previously. 2) Keep up with rowing in the new year.

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CD Ripping Project

I’ve had the last several days off work here at the end of the year, so I’ve been working on re-ripping all of our CDs to mp3 format. Several years back we had a hard-drive crash and I’m trying to recover a lot of my music. I’ve been ripping Stephanie’s CDs here and there for

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I really fucking love rowing

So, I joined a rowing class for the next couple months. Not in boats, at least not for winter – it’s indoor rowing on Ergometers. It’s a class through the Indianapolis Rowing Center, and it’s their winter training through January and February. The winter classes are held at the Rivera Club near 56th and Meridian.

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We totally put this flag on the mailbox

We did a bunch of cleaning and repair work at the rental house over the weekend. We had thought we were done, but the property manager came back with a big fat list of stuff they wanted done before they would agree to list the house. So back over there we went to knock out

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Bike Trailer Cart Project

Hell, now that I have to blog for real instead of just saving links, I may as well go for broke. Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – making a cargo trailer for my bike out of an old kids bike trailer. I picked one up for $3 at the Goodwill Outlet. That’s a

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Wonder Woman, Batwoman and the new DC Comics

I’ve always been on the verge of being a comic book geek, without every quite arriving. As a kid I was a fan of the girl super heroes — I loved Wonder Woman, Isis and Batgirl on television, but my family wasn’t much into comic books and my lack of transport to a comics shop

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EZ Reusable Grocery Bags

Stephanie and I picked up some EZ Bag Reusable Grocery Shopping Tote Bags when we were in Iowa City, and they’ve come in really handy, because we remember to use them. They roll up into a ball you can clip to your bag, so you carry it around with you all the time. I still

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All Caught Up

I spent the weekend editing and uploading my entire backlog of photos since November. I’v been perpetually several months behind since we went to England last year and I had the overwhelming backlog of photos to deal with. It took me practically the entire two days, but my Flickr photostream is now up to date.

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Weekend Update – My Fair Lady, Roller Derby and Canasta

Stephanie and I went with our friend Elizabeth to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to visit Joe and see My Fair Lady performed by the Cardinal Stage Company at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. I’ve never seen the show onstage; I’ve only seen the movie musical and that was when I was young, so I didn’t have full

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Crushable: Hannah Hart

I posted a few of the awesome “My Drunk Kitchen” videos a while back, and now the cute-as-a-button Hannah Hart is on Episode 8 of her cooking drinking show (plus a couple of bonuses like a song and an not-so-advice video) and she’s received some major attention. This week she’s the subject of a Time

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Produce as much as you consume project

In the spirit of this article I linked to the other day on Jimiyo, And a challenge from the unmarketing blog on twitter: “For one day this week, stop consuming info and create something.” I’m going to try to set aside at least one day a week, (Saturdays) and possibly two (Wednesdays) in which I

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Crushable: Women with awesome voices

In my catalog of “hot women” I have a special category for women with awesome voices – and I don’t just mean singing voices, but speaking voices as well. There are a handful of women to whom I would just sit for hours upon hours and listen while they talked – and two of them

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swimming across the current

You know how you have those stories that affect you but they aren’t exactly yours to tell, so you hesitate to bring them up? I’ve been going back and forth with that lately. I wrote at the beginning of March about dealing with our rental house and the clean-up efforts post-tenant occupation. Stephanie’s dad came

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It Gets Better: Pearson Employees

This is from my company – an “It gets better” message from some of the LGBT employees where I work. When I first saw that they had put it together, I thought “hey that’s pretty cool” – then I started watching it, and teared up. Damn. I do occasionally get frustrated with my job, but

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Things I totally did not do at work

“The Tiger could be riding atop a firebolt that is dripping blood, while holding a scotch in one hand and a snickers in the other.” The results of a far-ranging discussion about what our team name and t-shirt design should be for the Global Corporate Challenge that our company is participating in at work. UPDATE:

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The importance of solitude

I linked yesterday to an article in the Boston Globe about studies on the importance of solitude. I read that article and re-read it and wanted to say some things about my reaction to it, because I’m still thinking about solitude, social interactions and how I relate to loved ones and friends. And I’m thinking

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The Flood

As you may already know, Stephanie and I have a rental property on the east side of Indy – we’ve had tenants there for the last two years and they’ve just now moved out, so we went over on Sunday to take a look at the house. The property manager had already done an inspection

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Way to go, Ace

Had an accident in the parking lot at work. Yeah, I’m feeling like I own the world right about now. Yeah. I kinda want to crawl into bed for a week and not come out, given this and a whole host of other stuff. I need to take some vacation days.

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Question: birthday redos

Anon Question: If you had to live your 16th birthday or your 21st birthday over and over for a month, which would you choose? I wish I remembered either one well, actually. I have a terrible memory and don’t recall what I was doing either time. That really is why I take photos and why

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Overdue Crushable: My Wife

Since I’ve been talking about crushable women a bunch lately, I realize I’ve been remiss about writing about the most crushable of them all – my beautiful wife Stephanie. I know I talk about her occasionally and post photos, but I haven’t really gone all out very many times, have I? I know I’m probably

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Elizabeth Mitchell confesses

Shamelessly cribbed from Dorothy Snarker’s very nice blog post about Elizabeth Mitchell: this cute video of her “confessing” to TV Guide magazine. Gosh, she is really funny. I thought she was a great actress in Lost, but had no idea what she was like as a person. Dorky and cute, as seen here.

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I’m Free to do what I want any old time

Finally out of the house after the crappy ice storm. Sadly, I’m thrilled to be at work. My life, she is so exciting, yes? We made it through three days being stuck at home, although not without casualties. Eddie (that would be Stephanie’s Rabbit, for those who may be joining us late) suffered a flat

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Lady Sybil Crawley

My latest TV crush: Lady Sybil, the third daughter of Lord and Lady Crawley on the BBC Mini-series Downton Abbey. Played by actress Jessica Brown-Findlay. The story is set in a huge country manor house in the years just before World War I, and Lady Sybil is the firebrand youngest child; a suffragist, feminist and

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Car door iced shut

Signs of the Icepocalypse 2011. We managed to chip through it to start the cars. But we’re due to get more, so we’ll see. Working from home today.

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Ringing out 2010

Yesterday we had a mini earthquake here in Indiana and this time I actually felt it, because I was still lying in bed like a lazy person on vacation, because I was a lazy person on vacation. It felt like a harbinger, a bellwether. I have been significantly lackadaisical lately about nearly everything except work.

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My grandfather and I in 1971

Leroy F. Mineart Dec. 10, 1918 – Oct. 27, 2010 Me playing with my grandpa in January 1971 Leroy F. Mineart, 91, of Brighton, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Halcyon House in Washington. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Saints Joseph and Cabrini Church in East Pleasant

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Electric Tea Kettle Heaven

A couple weekends ago, I was out with my mom and we each bought an electric tea kettle like this. I used to think this was a superfluous item; you can heat water in the microwave or in a kettle on the stove. But after using one at the B&B in England, I warmed to

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News from around the house

A couple weeks ago, we took the local ABATE motorcycle training class to get our licenses so we can ride the scooter – and Stephanie and I both passed. It’s fairly intense – Friday after work for 5 hours, all day Saturday and a good chunk of the day Sunday. I was glad to get

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Health care reform changes go online today

Democrats.org provides an overview of the changes that go into affect today – helping me and thousands of other Americans with direct, real changes. Bold text indicates changes that affect me personally, italics highlights changes that affect people I know. This week marks six-months since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law–enacting one

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Christmas organizing

We cleaned and organized our Christmas items in the basement and packed up 3 boxes of discard items this past Sunday, finishing up in an hour or so. I’m still on a high from that effort – we sorted outdoor decorations from tree decorations from other decor and labeled all the boxes so it’s easy

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More organizing stuff

Another thing we accomplished over the Labor Day long weekend was some furniture moving. I had originally thought we’d get rid of the bar in the dining room, but we realized that we could swap it out for a gray mid-century modern storage cabinet from our bedroom and have a much better use of space.

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old golf balls

When I was a kid living in Ankeny, Iowa, living on Belmont Street, my dad had a yellow-ish plastic bucket of old golf balls in the garage. He kept them for golf practice, I guess – although I don’t know how good they were for that, given that they had gouges out of them and

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Weekend Update 2010-08-23

We spent a good chunk of Saturday at my mom’s helping her clean out her garage and get rid of stuff that needed to go to heavy trash. I’m pretty happy at what we were able to accomplish there. It seems much easier to help other people organize their stuff for some reason than it

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Repaired Stair

The finished stair. Nice and sturdy. Eventually, we’ll have Carl come back and repaint all the stairs in a color more suited to our walls.

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What’s under the stairs

Once Carl had opened up the stairs, I realized there was a hidden space under them that wasn’t really accessible from anywhere else. Cool! Sadly, there was no secret treasure there.

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More stairs repair

This time we’re having a stair in the main staircase repaired; it tilted forward and caused guest to slip and fall on the stairs. We were used to it, but it was a problem when we had people over. To fix the stair, Carl had to pull out out pull it out and build up

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Broken basement stairs fixed – Carl Lenk

We had air conditioner repairman in today to work on our condenser unit – he replaced the fan motor and did some cleaning so the central air runs better. Since I was going to be home anyway for that, I scheduled a carpenter named Carl Lenk to come and rebuild the top two basement stairs

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Organizing, etc.

I know – still no photos from the great organizing adventure – but it’s continuing. We now have our new china cabinet, and the boxes of china and various other breakable items made their way into it. All of the packing materials for those went into the recycling bin. I also cleaned out the pantry

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26 Things

Back in 1999, people on the internet were trading the meme called “100 Things” where you wrote 100 things that people might not know about you, and you posted them on your site. I started my list but never got beyond 26 items, so I never put it on my site. In cleaning out some

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Barkley McBarkerson

Spike has turned up the volume on telling the neighbors to stay away from his yard lately. He’s making my “he’s so low maintenance” claims out to be false, the little goofball. I know he’s going to turn eight this month, but he’s too young to turn into a grouchy old man yelling at the

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Big City Farms

Our very yummy half share of produce from Big City Farms Big City Farms is a Community Supported Agriculture farm on 8 city lots in downtown Indianapolis. We bought into a half-share this year, and get to swing by and pick up a box of veggies every week. Organic, local food with less that 1

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Uncluttering projects

I haven’t stalled out on the de-cluttering and organizing projects, I just don’t have photos to put up quite yet – I’m still working on the great furniture shuffle. I purchased a new desk and new china cabinet at Ikea last week, and have put them both together. I unloaded and removed the old shelving

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365 unclutter – item 11

This is a patio bar that I used as a sideboard in my old house. I should have offloaded it when we moved in, but I didn’t figure that out at the time. It currently stores the china that needs to go in the china cabinet, stuff that needs to go on eBay, and Stephanie’s

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365 unclutter – item 10

This shelving unit in our dining room needs to go. There are a few tools on it that we need upstairs, but most can go in the basement. In the place of this shelf, we need to put the china cabinet, so we can finally put the china away.

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365 unclutter – item 3

Picked up this Olympus film camera for the lenses to use with my DSLR. Turns out this is the only old Oly the isn’t compatible with my camera, even with adapters. I did cannibalize the flash and lens caps that I can use. The rest is going to goodwill.

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365 unclutter – item 1

Item number 1 – an old jacket I never wear because the pockets are too shallow and my keys fall out. New home – Goodwill. Entering the “A Thing a Day Challenge” at Unclutterer.

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Weekend Update 2010-06-15

We managed to miss out on pride this weekend – I didn’t feel well due to something I ate on Friday (or Thursday) and I didn’t want to spend the entire festival in a port-a-let, or trying to find a port-a-let, or thinking about poo. I felt enough better by noon to visit the INDIEhandicraft

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Stow Bardolph

We visited the Hare Arms Pub in Stow Bardolph one evening, which was a charming place and very entertaining because they keep chickens and peacocks in the gardens. The last excursion we went on while visiting Stacy and her family was to Church Farm in Stow Bardolph, which is a really cool children’s play farm

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Castle Rising

Today we visited Castle Rising in Norfolk and had a picnic near the castle. It was built around 1140 AD. The Castle that is. The picnic came much later.

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Bircham Windmill, Norfolk Lavender and Hunstanton

Today, we visited the Bircham Windmill – a real working windmill and farm in Norfolk. We climbed up five stories to the top of the windmill and I took tons of photos. Mom even climbed all the way to the top, and she’s very afraid of heights. We also watched sheep being milked, chickens running

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The Queen says hi!

Despite my whining about seat assignments, we ended up together on the plane. The first leg of the trip was on a tiny jet but the Boeing 757 wasn’t bad at all. It was an overnight flight, but we didn’t get much sleep on the plane, so we’ve been catching up here. Once we landed,

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Continental Airlines seat assignment problem

So we booked our flights to England back on April 3rd, and at that time requested seats all in the same row – three people traveling together, seats in the same place – makes sense right? In double-checking our flying information today, we discovered they had moved our seats and placed my mom about 10

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Johnny Weir Skating Clinic at IWSA

Back at the end of April, Stephanie was able to participate in a skating clinic conducted by Olympic Skater Johnny Weir, sponsored by the Indiana/World Skating Academy. It was downtown at the Pan Am Plaza rink where Stephanie takes lessons and often skates. Johnny did different sessions for different skill levels, and then went through

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Wheel of Fortune Tryouts

Last weekend, there were Wheel of Fortune tryouts locally, and Stephanie and our friend Melissa decided to go see if they could get on the show, and I tagged along to take photos. This is definitely Stephanie’s game show – she’s very good at it. Watching the show with her is fun, if a bit

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Arline Groenwoldt

My maternal grandmother, Arline Groenwoldt, died on Thursday, April 15th. I waited to mention it here because I wanted to be sure that my family had a chance to attend her services first. And then I waited some more because I’m having such a hard time figuring out what to say. I can’t adequately capture

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links for 2010-04-16

Hark, a vagrant: Tesla vs. Edison & Marconi Poor Tesla. Always getting kicked when he's down. (tags: comics science tesla edison marconi) Emo: Where the Girls Aren't by Jessica Hopper Awesome discussion of sexism in Emo music, and how women's experiences are devalued and women's voices ignored in music genres. (tags: music feminism culture criticism

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Our friend Judy’s Obituary

Our friend from knitting class, Judy Morris, died on April 2nd after a long battle with cancer. She was a warm, sweet, funny person and a very talented knitter. Here Judy is modeling a sweater she just finished, along with a Santa she made in a photo I took in December. Her Obituary from the

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links for 2010-04-11

Kitchen Design By the Numbers: 6 Key Measurements Not that we're redo-ing the kitchen any time soon, but some handy reference info. (tags: interiorDesign kitchens) The Kitchen Work Triangle: As Seen In Real Kitchens! We do not have a triangle at our house. And we sure need one – our kitchen layout sucks. (tags: interiorDesign

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links for 2010-04-10

Health at Every Size Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people–of all sizes–in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors. (tags: nutrition health reference) Onion Store > 'Sometimes I Feel Like I'm The Only One Trying To Gentrify This Neighborhood' Doormat I want

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Home Again

So I got home from SxSW late on Tuesday. I didn’t recap the last couple of days of the event because I was catching up on sleep and fighting what I had thought was a wicked case of allergies. Turns out – walking pneumonia. (Also turns out that I managed to spell that word correctly

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SXSW 2010 Prep

I’m taking off on Friday for SXSW in Austin, Texas. I’ve been there a couple times in the past in 2007 and 2008. I’m having a bit of anxiety about the trip after the doozy of a time we had in 2008 (stuck on a plane on the tarmac for 6 hours in Dallas, then

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The celebrity “freebie” list

From the episode of friends “The One with Frank Jr.” (season 3, episode 5) in which the gang all consider what five celebrities would be on their “freebie list”–people they can sleep with without anyone getting upset… my list: Tina Fey Mary-Louise Parker Anne Hathaway Kate Winslet Felicia Day alternate: Susan Sarandon

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New Baby Dillon

My brother Scott and his wife Bethany have a new baby boy named Dillon. He’s my first nephew, and was he was born on February 13th at 5:24 p.m.

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February Blahs

Seasonal Affective Disorder has hit me full in the face in the last several weeks, and sadly, my 365 project is a casualty. Between a number or projects at work and the weather, I can’t seem to get photos processed and online. I’m actually not far behind on taking the pictures, but my enthusiasm for

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Knitting and Design and Flow

It struck me on the way in to work this morning that the reason I love knitting so much is because it’s design in almost pure form. With web design, there are so many hurdles you have to jump through to get your design into a working state – css attributes to learn, scripting languages

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At Yack Arena

Watching the ice dancing competition and waiting for Stephanie’s competition. (in Wyandotte, Michigan.) She passed her Bronze moves in the field test this morning, so she’s really excited. She’s been working hard on the test requirements for the last several months, so this is quite a validation of her work. I’m really proud of her.

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On the road again

Headed to Michigan to visit our friends Dan and Melissa and to go to Stephanie’s skating competition in Wyandotte, MI. Left the pooch home with our petsitter for this trip; too far for the little dude. Stephanie is also testing for her bronze moves in the field.

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Weekend Update 2010-01-19

Nope, I haven’t quit the 365 photo project, I’m just behind on putting the photos I’ve taken up. I know – three day weekend for me and I couldn’t get it done. But I was working on the project — I want to do some portrait work, and we have a southern-exposure window that I

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Dealbreakers

You know how you find a site that you really like, and you read it and enjoy it and show it to everyone you know? And you go along and after awhile the site changes, and you find yourself enjoying it less and less, and then there gets to be a point at which you

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365 project – Day 12: Stephanie’s Scarf

I’m absolutely in love with this one – a scarf I’m making for Stephanie in two different varigated yarns, alternating rows, in a rib pattern that I got from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s site. I finally got settled down with all the indecision about what new project I was going to try, and all the thought I

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365 project – Day 10: Knitting at Home

I dithered back and forth about what new yarn to use and what new stitch pattern to try, until I drove myself nuts. Stephanie’s not feeling well, and I don’t feel great either, so I opted for comfort, and grabbed scrap yarn and the Roku remote. I’ve been watching Season 2 of MI:5 and knitting

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Farewell, 2009 (a year in pictures)

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today! We had a pretty calm but eventful year in 2009. I spend a chunk of January getting our staircase room painted, and we also stripped the wallpaper and painted a bedroom at Stephanie’s rental house. I also went back on a walk through of my former home at 2165 N.

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Things I’ve Learned on the Internet

The long and involved commented I posted on this Cute Overload post, just because it’s one of those things I’ve finally figured out after being on the internet for over 20 years. When I’m walking down the hall and I accidentally step on someone’s toes, I apologize for it and take a moment to make

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Last weekend in photographs

On Friday evening, we went to Trina O’Connor’s solo photography show at the The Language and Culture International Gallery. 158 East 14th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. More on the show here. Trina is part of the “Indy Women in Focus” Photography group that I participate in. She has moved from being a professional photojournalist to

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Costochondritis

According to WebMD: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually

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Weekend Updates 2009-08-31

I took Thursday and Friday of last week off and created for myself a four day weekend. That was fun. I got some organizing projects done around the house, and played around a bit with a photography project. The end result of the photography project wasn’t great – but I know what I need to

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Weekend Update, early August

So, we got a scooter. The plan is to ride it to work. For now, Stephanie and I are both going to share the Buddy 125, and later, if it works out money-wise, I’ll get my own Scooter. It’s been 20-some years since I rode my brother’s moped, so I’m shaky on the corners, but

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Blue Meanies

I’ve been in quite a blue funk lately. A large chunk of that is due to hitting 41, which seems to have affected me more than 40 did by a large margin. The “thinking about mortality” issues that advance with each turn of the year tend to thrust themselves into my conscious mind with alarming

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Almost Packed

We’re in the final throes of packing for our trip. This year we put together a spreadsheet on Google Docs of all the stuff we know we need to take, and we’re going through and checking off items as we speak. Phoebe is cleaned up and ready to be loaded. And the pets are all

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Roswell R2K Road Trip Prep

Today is my last Friday of work before vacation – 2 weeks of it! We’re going to go to the official Last Roswell R2K New Beetle event – this is the annual New Beetle car show that Stephanie attends in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Volkswagen New Beetle, and Stephanie’s car

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What motivates me

I’m not motivated by a bunch of platitudes about “finding the edge” and “exploiting your potential.” I’m not motivated by people who engage in competitive behavior with people they should be collaborating with. I’m not motivated by people who rest on their laurels and do the bare minimum to get by, or people who spend

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Stimulating Reading

My feed reader is often a bloodbath; I add to and purge my regular web reading ruthlessly, and yet it’s always overstuffed and I’m perpetually behind. There are some mainstays; ego surfing my own feeds and some friends to whom I would feel embarrassed conversing In Real Life if I hadn’t kept up with their

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Thank Maude for Spring

At some point I HAVE to sit down and finally create and install a real masthead for this blog. It was one of those things I just didn’t get around to when I was reworking the site – and it was a small enough piece that I thought I would squeeze it in. But every

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Economic Meltdown Articles of Interest

There are a couple news items about the economy that I found to be tremendously helpful. I’ve linked to them from one or another of my links posts, but it’s very much worth it to pull them out and highlight them, because knowledge is power, and more average people need a really good understanding of

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All good things…

So it’s Friday, and my last full day of vacation. It’s interesting to me that I spent so long feeling like I was missing some sort of creative outlet, but when I had a bunch of free time, I didn’t sit down and start a creative project, but instead did a hundred little projects around

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A little of this, a little of that

It’s Thursday, and I have yet to do a real non-link related blog post, despite the fact that I’ve been off work all week. So what the hell have I been doing all this time? De-stressing. And it’s been fantastic. I’ve spent the whole time without any agenda. Well, that’s actually not true; I had

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3 Things Meme

Copy, paste, delete my answers and type in your answers. Tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other. Three Names I go by: 1. Steph 2. Electrasteph 3. [secret blog name redacted} Three Jobs I have had in my life: 1. page

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Steph Needs

DIRECTIONS: Type your name and the word NEEDS in quotes (e.g., “John Needs”) into Google and see what comes up. Steph needs someone to CoNfOrT HeR. Steph needs another new start Stephanie needs to get the women together in an alliance because the men Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to

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Ennui

I’ve been rather blue lately. I’m feeling creatively frustrated. I have some idea in my head that I can’t quite get out – like that time when you had that really fantastic dream, and just as you woke up, you thought “I gotta remember this!” at the same time all the details start sliding away

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PR or related job?

I have a good friend who is looking for a PR or similar job right now – PR, writing, editing, proofreading, etc. She’s been working for a public relations firm for several years and is now on the hunt for a new position. If you know of a position like this in the Indianapolis area

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Goodbye, Twitter

There are lots of Twitter critics out there, and I have rolled my eyes at their criticism over the past several years in blog posts on this site. My opinion of most of their opinions has changed very little. I still believe most of them are wrong about their objections. For the most part, Twitter

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Oprah interviews Kate Winslet

Oprah interviewing Kate Winslet after her two golden globe wins for Revolutionary Road and The Reader. In this clip, Oprah is talking about scenes from The Reader. Note – in searching for links for this clip, I couldn’t find news sites that DIDN’T make double entendres with their “Winslet’s Golden Globes!” headlines. Golden indeed. Dorothy

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2009

Eight days into the new year, and I’m finally getting around to making some resolutions. So I’m already off to a great start! Woo Hoo! This should be great. 1) I need to get physically fit. I need to be stronger, more flexible and have better balance and stamina. The photography hobby I’ve taken up

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Hanging around the house

Yup, I have the whole week off. My one thing I really need to accomplish is to come up with a site design for my friend Chi. Other than that, I can kick around for the whole week. Yay! We spend the last several days visiting family for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with

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Merry Christmas 2008!

I’ll be taking a few days off from hanging out on the internet in order to spend time with family and friends. Here are several Christmas hits from years past for your holiday enjoyment: The Three Kings Of Cologne — A Legend Of The Middle Ages You Might Be A Scrooge If… Christmas Fruitcake Recipe

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Glare Ice

I carved a truck out of a block of ice this morning and drove it to work. I’m quite proud of my sculpting skills. It looks just like a red Ford Ranger with a silver shell cap. We’ve been managing to keep up with things a bit better lately. Of course, this has a lot

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Xmas Busy Busy Busy

Last night I did some major decorating of the front porch – we have garlands around all the porch posts with big red bows on them, and giant red bells hanging. Stephanie gave me candle lights for the windows for Xmas last year — they’re cool because they’re wireless and come on automagically, so you

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Blogiversary?

Way back in the dark ages when I started this site, I didn’t manage to keep track of the date. It was before blogger software, and before it was even affordable to own a domain name for a personal site (it cost in the $200 range to purchase one). I believe – but am not

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project – the finale

We took the Art Car to Michigan City this weekend to turn it over to Stephanie’s niece Raven. Stephanie went up on Saturday and taught her how to drive a stick, and I went up on Sunday to help finish up work on the car and to drive Stephanie home. We ended up finishing most

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Meteor Crater

Pretty big hole in the ground. Formed 50,000 years ago when a 150 foot-long meteor hit the ground. The crater is 3/4 miles across.

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Arizona here we come

We’re headed out to visit my Dad in Arizona for a few days. Our friend and regular house sitter is coming over to hang with the pets and hold down the fort. So for the next couple days I’ll be blogging from the road. Expect lots of pictures; we’re going to be doing some sightseeing.

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I heard the news today, oh boy…

I’ve tried numerous times to stop blogging about political matters. I’m not any sort of expert on them, and they do make me frazzled in a way that isn’t always healthy. There are lots of cool things going on in our lives that I should be talking about instead. But like many people I know,

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Impromptu Ikea Trip

Stephanie and I were invited to show our art car at a show in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend, and our original plans were to take advantage of that offer. But Spike seemed to be having so much trouble that we decided to stay home Friday night. It was the right decision, because he needed

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Spike health update

I didn’t mention it here yet, but the other thing I’ve been doing all week is looking after my dog Spike. I little while ago, we discovered a small tumor on his neck, and on Tuesday, I took him in for surgery to have it removed. He’s been under the weather ever since; the incision

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Random News from Home

Friday was Stephanie’s birthday, so I took a lot of pictures. While were were hanging out outside Barcelona Tapas talking, I took a bunch of pictures at the Corner of Alabama and Ohio Street. We spent all day Sunday putting more bottle caps on the car. Last night we went to see the Indianapolis Indians

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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PayPal Fuck-Ups

So I’ve had a PayPal account for something like 8 or 9 years. All of the sudden, they have decided that I set up my account as a Not-for-Profit organization, and that I need to “prove” to them that I am indeed such an entity. My account is locked until I do. Yeah, I thought

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Dear Diary…

So, it’s been a long time since we really sat down to chat, hasn’t it? I mean, we got back from the honeymoon, and it’s been a couple weeks, other than posting some photos of cool clocks and a video here and there (complete with misspellings in captions) I haven’t really talked much about life

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Anecdotal Evidence

People I know who have either been laid off or are on the verge of having it happen, or who are otherwise struggling financially: 8 Yes, that would be 8. Eight. There’s no way you can tell me we’re not in a recession. And I’m frustrated with anyone thinking about voting in more of the

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How to Get Married in Toronto, ON

Wil asked how we went about setting up our marriage in Toronto, and I realized I never really blogged about that in the rush of planning everything. It was a very simple process, in two parts — applying for the license and having the ceremony. First you apply for the marriage license. You fill out

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Back home again in Indiana

We spent the last couple of days in Toronto doing some low-key stuff. I was pretty tired after doing so much walking around every day all day. We did do some shopping in the Church-Wellsley area (the gayborhood) and we took the subway to Canadian Tire and such. Stephanie loves the subway, but I really

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Shoe Museum and Honest Eds

Saturday, Stephanie and I hopped on the Subway and went West on Bloor to see the Shoe Museum. Yes, a whole museum just dedicated to the history of footwear. It was fun, but I wish there were some exhibits on modern styles of shoes, instead of how each culture’s footwear evolved. There were totally no

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I sort of expect it every year…

But this year the “nation mourns as it recalls June 6, 1968” memorials of the 40th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy is particularly relentless on the blogs. I understand that it’s there are parallels between the personalities and messages of Kennedy and Obama and that people are having nostalgia, but seriously. Knock it

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Niagara Falls, China Town & Kensington Market

Thursday we drove to Niagara Falls to site-see, which was fun. I really had a much different picture in my head of what the falls were like, most from the show “Wonderfalls” which I want to see again now that I’ve been there. It was overcast on the drive there, but cleared up when we

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Photos from Wednesday in Toronto

See the whole photo set from Day 3 of our Honeymoon in Toronto. Photo Collection: Wedding and Honeymoon Photos Steve and Harold, our witnesses (and we were theirs, too!) Us with our wedding certificate. Surprise Moose Appearance!

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 3

Today, we got married in City Hall, Toronto. Judy in the ceremonial chambers found witnesses for us – Harold and Steve from Houston were scheduled to get married just after us, so they were our witnesses, and we were theirs. They were an adorable gay couple from Houston, Texas — together 15 years, married for

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 2

Today we took the subway to Union Station and took photos of the station, then visited the CN tower, where we hung out for half the day and had a leisurely lunch and shopped in the gift shop. The tower is worth a trip: tallest man-made structure in the world, with awesome views. There are

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 1

We’re staying on Carleton Street near Yonge Street, which is in downtown Toronto. We got out today and did some walking on Yonge Street south of our hotel. People seem much thinner here in Toronto than Indianapolis. In fact, I think I was the largest person I saw all day, which is not the case

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Just Married

Stephanie and I got married on Saturday. I would have blogged about it at the time, but for some reason, I had big bundle of gladiolas in my arms and no access to a keyboard. (How’d that happen?) I picked gladiolas for my bouquet because they’re what my Grandma Mineart carried in her wedding, and

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Reading: Ruth 1:16-17

Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to

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1st Corinthians 13:4-13

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. Love does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes

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Selections from Leaves of Grass, Song of the Open Road

by Walt Whitman from verse 9 However sweet these laid-up stores–however convenient this dwelling, we cannot remain here; However shelter’d this port, and however calm these waters, we must not anchor here; However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us, we are permitted to receive it but a little while. … from verse 11 Listen! I

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Asphasia

I have been losing words lately. I seem to have a chronic problem of not being able to find the word I’m thinking of, losing track of what I was going to say mid-sentence, and even sometimes saying words I didn’t intend without realizing I’m doing it–I was talking about the upcoming wedding with someone,

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Weekend Update (wedding shower recap)

Wow, I haven’t done a weekend update in quite a while, have I? Sorry. Mostly, that’s because we’ve been doing lots of wedding planning stuff on the weekends, and I vowed not to recap the wedding planning lest it drive me stark raving mad with stress. I can see why people elope, really. Our friend

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David Guadagnoli

Our dear friend David had a heart attack and died in his sleep Sunday night. I really don’t know what to say about losing such a warm, wonderful person. I’m having trouble believing it’s true. I’ve taken nearly a week to figure out what to say, because it has to be right. And even now

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Ego dilecto meo et dilectus meus

We bought our wedding rings this evening – they are Latin Poesy Rings that are engraved with the phrase Ego dilecto meo et dilectus meus – “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” — (Song of Solomon 6:3) And because I failed to show a picture of it before, some images of my

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Major A. Riddle and Old Lady Riddle’s House

NOTE: There’s a comment here on this post from DACI (see comments down at the bottom of the page) that corrects much of the information in this post. There was a kernel of truth and much speculation in the story I recount here from my older neighbor regarding Major Riddle, and because of this, it’s

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Homebrew Stand-Up Desk

After reading a couple articles on the health benefits of stand-up work stations, I decided to give it a shot at work. The top is a shelf from my locker/cabinet, and the books are, well, books. I originally planned to find a table of the appropriate height; the shelf/books idea is from my co-worker Rich.

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links for 2008-03-22

Obama demands probe over passport breach – 2008 Presidential Campaign Blog – Political Intelligence – Boston.com Barack Obama’s campaign tonight is demanding a full investigation of reports that his passport files at the State Department were viewed BY THE WHITEHOUSE without authorization. (tags: bush corruption privacy election 2008) Proof that fundamentalists selectively quote the Bible

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On the Tarmac for 6 hours for SXSWi

Yesterday we had one of those nightmarish plane trips you hear about on the news every so often. Our American Airlines flight to Austin, Texas had a (supposed to be) short stop in Dallas/Fort Worth airport. The first leg from Indianapolis to Dallas went smoothly, and we got on the plane 1717 for the 36ish

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links for 2008-03-06

Putting Your Kitchen on a Diet – New York Times Blog “If you walked into a new restaurant and saw a messy, disorganized kitchen and dining area, you’d turn around and walk out the door. You wouldn’t eat dinner in a place like that. So why would you do it at home?’’ (tags: health organization

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SXSW Interactive 2008

I’m getting final stuff prepped to take off for SXSW Interactive 2008 in Austin, Texas tomorrow. I’m going with three of my design team co-workers; one from here in Indianapolis and two from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. We’re staying in the Courtyard Marriott right next to the Austin Convention Center, so we’re in the

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links for 2008-03-05

Forgotten Chicago (tags: chicago history urban retro) Schoolhouse Electric Co. Classic period light fixtures and vintage glass shades. Very, very cool, and very much in keeping with our house. (tags: lighting reproduction retro vintage architecture) Chicago World’s Fair | 1893 – a photoset on Flickr (tags: photography vintage history chicago)

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I has a package

The post office gave me a notice to come pick something up from them. I believe it would be my wedding dress. Yay! Wow, I’ve had a distinct lack of blogging here. That’s not for want of things to write, just time. I think I have three books I need to note on my “have

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So much to blog, so little time

I actually have things to write about lately, but haven’t geared up to do it. Lets see, where were we when we last tuned in? Oh, yeah, I was probably playing Packrat. Well, the gloss has come off that Facebook game somewhat, as I got collected most of the cards I could get a hold

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links for 2008-02-14

Drop.io: Simple Private Exchange Drop.io enables you to create simple private exchange points called “drops.” (tags: freeware mp3 resource tools privacy filesharing) Symptoms: Metabolic Syndrome Is Tied to Diet Soda – New York Times I’ve known this for awhile, and I’ve tried to cut soda out of my diet, but it’s rather hard when everyone

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Pack Rat

my utter lack of blogging lately has been entirely due to playing a Facebook game called pack rat. It’s a card trading game and is completely addicting. I’ve completely neglected numerous obligations to friends and household maintenance due to this game. In other news, my eye doctor says my eyes are healing exactly as expected.

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This weekend’s to do list…

Things we want to accomplish this weekend… sign up for green power through our local electric company – estimated $2, addition to our bill, considerably higher peace of mind. Sign up for a local food coop delivery service to get fresh local food. finish adding addresses to address book finish sending out “save the date”

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SXSWi 2008

I’m going to SXSWi this year. Yay! The trick is, though, that we have a big corporate conference in Boston March 2-4th, and then I’m leaving for Austin on March 6th – March 11th. So I’ll be home one day in between two trips. Fortunately, Boston will still probably be cold; Austin will be warm.

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Laser Eye Surgery: Suddenly, I See

I woke up this morning with much improvement in my vision. It’s still not 20/20, but I can read text at a distance, and such. I’m back at work – one thing I’ve noticed is that I still can’t see facial expressions at a distance, so I can’t tell what my co-workers are doing/expressing when

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Laser Eye Surgery: Gradual eyesight improvement

My eyesight has improved quite a bit overnight, and I can read text at least. It’s not perfect, but at least I’m seeing progress. I’ll probably still spend the day listening to audiobooks and watching dvds (I’m part way thorough The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was puttling me to sleep, and a mystery

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Laser Eye Surgery: Buyer’s Remorse

I guess from what the doctor’s were saying, with the PRK surgery (as opposed to lasik, which is quick to heal) it’s fairly normal for my vision to still be pretty bad, even today and tomorrow and even on Thursday. But had I known it would take quite so long and be such a disabling

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Laser Eye Surgery: Eye Update

Forgive me if I make more mistakes than usual; it’s rather hard to see the screen right now. After my last blog post on Saturday morning, we went to see the eye doctor, who told me my vision at that time was perfectly normal one day after surgery. I had 20/50 vision in my right

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Laser Eye Surgery: post-surgery, day 1

Boy I hope this gets better. My vision is somewhat improved, but not nearly what I expected. From what they said in the office, it should be 20/20 today, and then get more blurry on sunday and monday, before turning around and improving again on Tuesday, wednesday, thursday. It’s definitely not 20/20 now. In fact

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Laser Eye Surgery: Getting my eyeballs replaced

As someone at work put it. I’m getting laser surgery (specifically PKR) done on my eyes tomorrow by Dr. Waltz of TLC of Indianapolis. I’m doing my traditional “Stress relief by just not thinking about it” form of denial, so I don’t freak out. It couldn’t possibly be worse than the surgeries I’ve already had.

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Weekend Update: 2008-01-06

Dunno what my last journal entry covered, so let me start at the top – we rang in 2008 at the traditional party at Dan and Doug’s, which is always fun and pretty low-key, and thankfully a few blocks away so we don’t have to risk life and limb. I got really toasted, but managed

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brrrrrrr.

we’re in Valparaiso this weekend with Stephanie’s family celebrating Christmas. It was 50 degrees yesterday; today it’s 18 with strong winds. Minus 3 wind chill. We had to put Spike’s hoodie on to take him out. Brrrrr. Yesterday we saw Stephanie’s mom and in the evening we had dinner with Veronica and Raven. Today we

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Dreaming about me

In the past week, I’ve had three different friends tell me they’ve had dreams about me. That’s very odd, to say the least, but entertaining. Our friend David said in his dream, he took me to the prom, and I was crowned queen. That’s so likely! I can picture it now. Oh, wait, no, that’s

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Books, Books, Books

This past weekend, Stephanie and I went to my company’s warehouse employee book sale. This is where they lay out all the returned stock from bookstores and let us purchase it at a steep discount, which means that it doesn’t need to get recycled or trashed. It’s one of the great perks of my job

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Wow – busy time

Long time, no bloggy. Hmmm. Went to our traditional Thanksgiving trip; Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Iowa with the extended Mineart family. Almost everyone was there – something like 48 family members all in the same house at the same time. Yep. I took lots of photos; most from the trip are up on Flickr.

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Dear Santa…

Oh, look, there’s my Amazon Wishlist. Now how did that get there? I must have left it sitting out when I was working on my ThinkGeek Wishlist. Sure. Of course, I’ve been very good this year. What? I have!

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Wanted: Bottle Caps

Wanted: Bottle Caps Just to put this out there into the ether – my lovely girlfriend is working on an project(s) involving bottle caps, and is seeking as many as we can find. It doesn’t matter what kind they are, or if they’re new or vintage, (although colorful and rare would be treasured and appreciated).

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Gender Identity Things

A couple of posts down, I answered a meme wherein I mentioned that I “have some gender identity things I don’t talk about much.” To that post, one of my former co-workers added a comment. When I initially read it, I deleted the comment. It’s been a very draining weekend, and I thought the post

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Our friend Joe’s Obituary

From the Indy Star: Griffith, Travis J. Travis Joe Griffith 37, of Indianapolis, died October 30, 2007. Travis is the beloved son of Charles and Delores (Trover) Griffith, grandmother: Thelma Griffith, brother: Wayne (Paula) Griffith and half sisters: Debbie Aiken and Angela Miller, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be Friday, November

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Weekend Wrap Up

These wrap ups are turning into a long list of “finished chores” aren’t they? Oh, well. At least we’re getting shit accomplished. Eventually I’ll write something that someone other than me wants to read. We’ve made some pretty major purchases lately (see dog fence and truck shell), so we’re trying to stay and home and

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Holy crap, that’s a cute dog! (lol version)

A couple weeks ago, I was reading articles on line about dog food for Spike, and one of them was on the petfinder.com site, where there was an ad for an adorably cute dog named Chip who needed a home. I twittered “holy crap, that’s a cute dog!” with a link to his page, and

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Spike’s Birthday Fence

We’re having the backyard fenced in for Spike for his (belated) Fifth birthday present, since I promised him when he was a puppy that he could have a fenced in yard. I called around a few months ago and got estimates from a surveying company to do a boundary survey, and we eventually hired Site

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Weekend Update 2007-10-15

We managed to get a lot done this weekend, and not kill ourselves in the process, which is pretty good for us. Saturday, I put 7 sets of Avon bottles on eBay, which was pretty huge. I have somewhat of an assembly line going on for getting this done, because there are lots of steps

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Weekend Update/eBay Listings

Friday night: picked Stephanie up from Tune Tech after work because the clutch on the Honda is having problems again. Fortunately, it appears to be under warranty. With Phoebe’s battery dead, we’re down to one vehicle – the trusty truck. Saturday: Spent the morning helping with neighborhood cleanup by driving the truck up and down

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visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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Taking a quick trip to Iowa

I’m headed to Iowa after work today, with my mom. We’re going to visit my Grandma Groenwoldt, who is in the hospital and not feeling well. I haven’t seen her since my road trip in 2001, when I stopped to see her at her little retirement village apartment. It’s sort of a rush trip so

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Big Blue Whale in Catoosa

We visited this Route 66 attraction this summer. Here’s a video of some British guys who decided to dive into the murky water of the old swimming hole. It’s not usually open for swimming anymore; the water isn’t maintained and is rather gross. Here’s what they were diving into: Looks yummy.

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yard sale – pretty much ready

The signs are all strategically placed around the neighborhood. We’ve got the tables set up, and the items out and priced. We’re not too worried about people stealing stuff in the middle of the night; the porch is pretty enclosed and dark so I doubt people will wander up and take stuff. We have 15

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Triangulation (or: Appropriate Levels of Rudeness)

Standard disclaimer: If you’re worried this post is about you, then it’s not about you at all. The people it’s about will never believe it’s about them. One of the things I can’t stand (yes again with those) is people who don’t listen to you until you’re rude to them. You can say the same

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Weekend Update 2007-09-17

We managed to get a lot done on Sunday to the house. We spent the morning sorting through some of the garage sale pile. Our friend Jen came by with baby Sam to help us sort some clothes in the early afternoon. Later we hung a bunch of pictures that we just haven’t gotten to

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weekend Update: Cleaning, Organizing

We accomplished a lot of sorting and organizing yesterday. In the morning, we cleaned out and reorganized the coat closet in the dining room and identified stuff that either needed to go in the garage sale or needs to be relocated downstairs in the space we liberated last weekend in the basement. Stephanie’s dad came

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Yard Sale – Saturday, Sept. 22nd

Yesterday we settled on a date for a yard sale at our house. 2 weeks from now on Saturday, September 22nd. We sorted out lots of stuff to put into the sale this weekend. It’s a very small dent in the scheme of things, but it’s a dent, and I certainly feel better. I’m not

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Budgeting Time

One of the difficulties in our getting organized process is our time management. We both have a tendency to think “we’ll get to this” and we never do. We’re always purchasing space for the objects in our lives with time we don’t actually own. I find myself saying – “I’ll hold on to this because

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Miles for Mom

My friend Cate is running a marathon tomorrow in honor of her mom, who died a few years ago of melanoma. Cate is raising funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation, and she’s really close to her goal. If you had a few dollars to add, I’m sure Cate would be really thrilled. Cate with her

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Apple Think Different Posters on eBay

I threw my Apple “Think Different” posters up on eBay – part of the decluttering efforts. Thomas Edison, Ghandi, Pablo Picasso, dancer Martha Graham, Maria Callas, Joan Baez, Alfred Hitchcock, Ted Turner. And I threw in a Macworld 2004 poster – it’s of the 1984 superbowl ad, with iPod added in…

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Our Little Secret

Yeah, there’s a reason why so many of my photos seem to be only shot in one or two rooms, or only show small, focused parts of our house. There’s a reason why we never have people over to visit; why I’ve stopped having parties and game nights and overnight guests. There’s a reason why

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Photos from Dan’s Birthday Cruise

See the whole set of photos Here are a couple of highlights: Miami from the Air Setting Sail In Jon and Carolyn’s stateroom Dan, Me, Stephanie at La Te Da’s in Key West The gang at the Southernmost Point of the US Doug winning at Trivia Dan the birthday boy and his birthday cake Mayan

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Cruise Info

We’re going on a cruise for our friend Dan’s 40th birthday, along with 12 other friends. It’s a Carnival cruise, on the ship “Fascination.” The cruise leaves from Miami tomorrow, and we spend Tuesday in Key West, Wednesday in Calica, Mexico (seeing the Tulum Ruins, on a shore excursion) and then Thursday at Sea before

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Colonoscopy Fun

So…… tomorrow I have to have a Colonoscopy. Woohoo! No, Katie Couric will not be there to film it. And yes, I am old. OLD. Just yesterday I was reminiscing about something that happened in college in 1987 – twenty years ago. a) I’m reminiscing now? Great. People just love that. b) I still think

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The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com

One of the blogs I read regularly pointed out the site babynamer.com in a blog post, because it’s a nicely-designed and interesting site on baby names. They include a long definition and origin of each name, a section on famous people with that name, a long list of related alternate names, and then a funny

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Dust Allergies

I finally managed to get around to getting tested for allergies yesterday, in my ongoing quest to figure out what the hell is causing my repeated bouts of Pleurisy. In the case of airborne allergies, I am apparently allergic to 3 things: Household Dust (to which I have a particularly bad reaction) and the pollen

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Photography

When it comes to my own photography, I’m having a lot of mixed emotions lately. I’m clearly not an artistic photographer by any stretch. I’m very much a snapshot photographer; which shows, doesn’t it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/electrasteph http://www.commonplacebook.com/photos/big_things/ A great deal of the pictures I take are out a car window, which doesn’t lend itself to composition.

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Writing? What me? I never do that any more…

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write a real journal entry – since we arrived home from our trip, actually. I spent a lot of time organizing my trip photos, and working on a site design for one of my friends. Most of my day to day updates end up on twitter,

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Harry Potter, Spoilers and Media Blackouts

After a friend posted a link to twitter displaying the last two pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – which I inadvertently clicked on and read, because I never received the previous “tweets” discussing what the link was about – I’m curtailing my media viewing for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, before

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Sesame Street Clips that scared me as a kid

Courtesy of Boing Boing, where they felt the same way. This first one with the orange singing was really scary: This one was more funny, but it still bugged me. I swore up and down that Mahna Mahna was from Sesame Street, while friends of mine insisted it was from the Muppet Show. Turns out

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home – It’s Phoebe’s 9th birthday today, and she traveled 5126 miles on the Route 66 trip. What did you bring me? Mom, while you were gone….

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Route 66 Road Trip Morning, Day 17 in Joplin, Missouri

We made a lot better progress yesterday on the trip home; all the way to Joplin, Missouri. And we even got a couple of stops in at the Cadillac Ranch, the Bug Ranch, and the restored U-Drop-Inn Gas Station in Shamrock, Texas. See all Photos from Santa Rosa, New Mexico to Joplin, Missouri. Today, we

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Morning, Day 16 in Santa Rosa, NM

We made it back to our desired destination last night, although rather later than we wanted. The restaurant we ate at in Flagstaff was an old Route 66 place called Granny’s Closet, that used to be home of the very first fiberglass muffler man/lumberjack statue. They donated it to the University of Arizona as a

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Photos Uploaded and Organized

I officially have all my photos uploaded and organized (so far; I’m sure there will be more pictures of the rest of the trip home, which will wind up in the “headed home” set.) I will still need to add captions and descriptions and such for everything, but I created separate sets of pictures for

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Googie Retro Signs on Route 66

While waiting for my photos to upload, I was doing some ego surfing and found a nice woman named Cordelia had blogged about reading about our Route 66 road trip – and she mentioned that she looked up the word “googie” because I used it several times to describe some of the old retro signs

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Kingman, Arizona for the night

We decided to make an early night of it in Kingman, Arizona; staying at a Comfort Inn because they have a indoor hot tub and free wireless. Ah, sweet high-speed internet, how I love thee so. I thought I would never see you again. This way we’ll have some time to decompress and get an

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Good Morning, from the West Coast

Yesterday, we reached our destination, the Pacific Ocean, and the official end of Route 66. It was an exciting day, and I have all those bittersweet feelings you get when you’re at the end of a big event and it’s finally time to say goodbye to people and head home. There’s lots I want to

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Route 66 Tour, Day 13 – In California

Yesterday was a pretty tough day driving. We had to travel from Williams, Arizona (about 1/3 of Arizona left to traverse) to Victorville, California (most of which is across desert). As we traveled through the day, the temperature kept climbing – I believe it topped out at 127 degrees at one point. We stopped off

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Seligman, Az

Angel Delgadillo, owner of Angel’s Barbershop and Route 66 icon, is on the left, Jerry and Kathy are showing him Homer the baseball beetle. He was tickled pink with it. Homer got lots of attention everywhere we went.

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Route 66, Day 10: On to Albuquerque

We drove into Albuquerque yesterday, which is really beautiful city cradled in mountains, so every view has a gorgeous backdrop. I can see why people move out west; the landscape is so stunning. The sunset last night was really pretty. A small part of the trip was on old Route 66, so we drove through

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Route 66, Day 9, Morning: Leaving Roswell

We’re in the car heading out from Roswell with 14 other beetles, on the way to Albuquerque, which is back on route 66. It’s a fairly short trip – just 4 hours – so we’ll have time to stop at the VW dealer there to get Phoebe’s mass airflow sensor. John thinks he can put

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Route 66, Day 8: Sunday Morning, Roswell

Yesterday was the Car Show at the Roswell Convention Center and Beetle parade through Roswell; lots of fun; the weather was very hot. I have tons of pictures; the modifications on cars are dizzying; I can’t keep track of them all. I found myself wanting a beetle, too. Today though, I realize I need to

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Route 66 Trip: The RoswellR2K Show

Yesterday after blogging at the internet cafe, we visited several Alien shops downtown hunting for small aliens for our aliens vs. dinosaurs diorama in the car, then came back to the hotel for a nap before heading out of town to the Sky Watch Party, which is a bit more of people walking around looking

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Route 66, Day 6: Morning, Roswell NM

Yesterday was great; nice and leisurely. We really enjoyed Blue Swallow in Tucumcari. It was a nice change from the Motel 6, homey, clean and pleasantly retro. It reminded me a bit of the motel room in The Lost Room which does a lot to recommend it. Tucumcari has a long strip where the businesses

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Route 66: Tulsa to Amarillo

We left Tulsa in some pretty tricky traffic, which is really fun in a caravan of 17 people. Our first stop was the shoe tree, but we did a drive-by, although I think one of our leaders really wanted us to stop. Our next stop was the Rock Cafe in Stroud, a 1939 Route 66

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Route 66 – Morning, Day 4: St. Louis to Tulsa

Yesterday’s drive from St. Louis to Tulsa was pretty long. I knew when we were still at the hotel and they had 6 stops listed before we were supposed to be in Barton Springs, Kansas for lunch that our trip leaders were a bit overly-optimistic about what we could accomplish. We hopped on parts of

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Route 66, Day 2: Chicago to St. Louis

I had some trouble getting my bluetooth connection to the internet this evening (this motel 6 in St. Louis doesn’t have wireless) so I don’t know if I’ll be able to upload any of the 212 photos I took today. We woke up this morning and met the rest of the caravan, took tons of

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Route 66: Did I say 5 other beetles? I meant 12

We finally pulled into the motel at 11 Chicago time, and saw a huge row of beetles lined up; very fun. Too dark to take photos. Traffic in Chicago sucked hard, but we managed to get into town, finally. We parked in a scary-ass parking garage with the steepest ramps I’ve ever seen, and went

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Hey, guys! I’m blogging from the car!

The car, I’m blogging from it! I’ve got the ability to blog via my Motorola Razr via email in place, so I can update from the car while we’re traveling. We’re on the road in Phoebe, with lisa and Jason behind us, headed up to Chicago. I believe the plan is to get some food

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Keeping up with us on the road

Our Route 66 Itinerary [Google Mapped] I will be blogging as regularly as I can here, uploading photos to flickr, and sending updates via twitter. The Route 66 caravan to Roswell will have a live Web cam along for the ride. Our friend Lisa Linn, Web geek extraordinaire and owner of Spacepod, runs live web

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House I wanted flips for 10x the amount

Back in October of 2001, I was house-hunting in Herron-Morton Place neighborhood, and unfortunately I was competing for properties with investors who were looking for properties to flip, and since I had a loan and they had cash, my offers kept getting rejected. Anyways, I’m goofing around on Mibor.com looking at houses because one of

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Bluetooth internet connections

So, I can apparently connect to the internet using bluetooth-enabled phone as a modem, as well, which opens up my options even further. We temporarily upgraded to the unlimited data package, so it won’t cost an arm and a leg to do this on the phone. It’s really slow, and disconnects rather spontaneously, so I

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Dial Up Access and MacBooks

Huh. I guess setting up dial-up access would be easier if I actually had a modem in my laptop. I forgot that they don’t come built into MacBooks anymore, and I didn’t order the USB one. Oops. Well, this will be interesting.

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Blogging Via Phone – Test 2

Multimedia message, originally uploaded by ElectraSteph. Testing upload picture from laptop. Not only can I blog via a picture uploaded from my cellphone, I can also transfer a picture to my phone from the laptop and send that to my blog. That will work, in a pinch.

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Giant Brick Head

Giant Brick Head, originally uploaded by ElectraSteph. I’m testing the autoblogging feature from Flickr. If I can get this working right, I might actually be able to blog from my phone.

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Prepping for the big trip

We have a big list of stuff to do, and we’re slowly working through it. I’m not sure whether we should be panicking or not. I think things are under control. That’s strange, in that this is a bigger vacation than we’ve ever taken before, and that we’re trying to get the house clean for

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Woo hoo! My sister’s having a baby.

From my sister’s email: From: Stacy Mineart Date: June 19, 2007 6:49:29 AM EDT Subject: In other news… Hey everybody! Just thought I’d drop you all a quick note to let you know you can expect some exciting news sometime early next January. Or as my charming spouse so delicately put it: “Hey Dad? I

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20 Hotties for Thursday

I noted in my links a few days ago that the AfterEllen.com site has rated the “Hot 100 Women List” according to voting my their lesbian fans. This was in response to the crappy, misogynist list put together my Maxim magazine, and since AfterEllen’s list has gotten major press (and praise) for being diverse and

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Route 66 Space Mix

I think I have something close to a final version of my music mix for the CD swap we’re doing for our Route 66 trip. I want to listen to it through a couple of times. It’s a bit on the cheesy and obvious side, but that’s okay. I’d do better if I had all

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Why I Hate Movable Type

If I can’t remember the Movable Type tag to include a module in template, I have to go through 40 clicks before I can even DOWNLOAD THE FUCKING MANUAL (WTF?!) to read it to find the damned tag. MAKE IT FUCKING EASIER, PEOPLE. Fucking learn something from Apple. Somehow, I have no hopes whatsoever that

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Caturday!

It’s Caturday! Here’s the photo set of my birthday pictures! There’s a really awesome picture of Dan in my birthday set; Stephanie snapped the photo just as a waiter dropped a glass in the kitchen and he jumped. And here are some pictures from woodruff place last weekend. See the whole photo set on Flickr.

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What I got for my Birthday by Steph Mineart

So, I’m 3×13! Yay! From my Dad, I got $100 – which I promptly used to by a pair of Crocs, and the rest I put in the bank for our trip. From Elizabeth I got “The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World” – a book that some blogs have referred to as “library porn”

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Weekend Update 2007-06-03

We went to Woodruff Place Flea Market yesterday, and only got done with middle drive before I pooped out because I was hot and tired. It was also kind of a pain with Spike. I’ve taken him to it before, but it was far more crowded this time, so I had to think about him

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Route 66 Mapping

The Mother Road: Historic Route 66 – a great information website has “Turn by Turn” maps that identify where Route 66 is, since some of the original road is no longer, and most of it isn’t marked with highway markers anymore. Turn by Turn Route 66 in Google Maps – Some kind Google Earth enthusiast

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Unitarians at Arlington National Cemetery

Stephanie had some interesting news from her family today – Years ago when her Opa was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, his headstone was configured with the flaming chalice – the Unitarian Universalist symbol. Later her Oma was buried next to him, and recently her cousin Chip went out to visit them, and the flaming

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Random Facts About My Head

Attention, Everyone: My head measures 21 and 7/8ths inches around, which means I wear a 7 M sized hat, according to the Hats In the Belfry website. That is all. UPDATE: That is not all. Furthermore… Although I would never wear one, I really love these hats.

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Gardening

You’ll have to pardon me – this is on of those posts that’s just making notes for myself to refer back to later. Last night I planted in the front flowerbeds: 1 purple lavender 1 orange symphony 1 summertime pink charma 2 Dianthus – Confetti Deep Red 2 Dianthus – Spangled Star A seed packet

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

At the end of June, Stephanie and I are going to take her new Beetle, Phoebe, on the annual road trip caravan to Roswell, New Mexico – Roswell 2k. This year there’s a Route 66 version of the trip, which we’ll be joining in Chicago, along with several of Stephanie’s Beetle-owning friends. So we’ll drive

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Diverticulitis

Yes, I’m specializing in getting diseases (Diverticulitis, Pleurisy) that sound like things your great-grandma suffered from back in the 1800s. I plan on getting consumption next, followed by typhoid. Then I’ll start talking about my Sciatica. This is ridiculous. I spent the night in the hospital; Stephanie took me there after work because I had

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Cardiac Catheterization – good news

My cardiac catheterization went really well today. We found out that my arteries are clear and functioning great, and my heart’s in good shape. I have high blood pressure, which I will now be taking medication for. And we were already planning a heart-healthy nutrition and exercise program, so we’re already doing the right thing.

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A Partial List of My Pet Peeves

Posted today for your amusement/irritation, to be updated as necessary on future occasions. People who walk up escalators …especially when they ask you to move out of the way. Seriously – go take the fracking stairs, Sporty. I’m using the escalator for a reason. I don’t come over to your treadmill at the gym and

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Cardiac Catheterization

The other day, I wrote about my recent stress test, commenting at the conclusion: “It was all very interesting. I should know my results in a few days, but I’m optimistic.” Well, I spoke a bit too soon on that one. The results of the stress test were rather perplexing to my cardiologist. It seems

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Stress Tests

Ooo – I haven’t done a real blog post (as opposed to link posts) in quite some time. Well let me remedy that. As part of the “ruling things out” process when it comes to my reoccurring bouts with pleurisy, my pulmonologist asked me to go back to my cardiologist and rule out my heart

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Weekend To Dos

Taxes – Stephanie is finishing these up. She’s awesome. Hallway painting – I’m painting two walls in the upstairs hallway where the Beetle collectible display shelves will go. This will let us finally unpack and arrange those boxes. we’ve been delaying that unpacking because we didn’t want to have to move the shelves when we

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Grrrrrrrrrr.

It’s very rare that I have one of those days where I want to stand up and quit my job in the middle of the meeting, because I’m so angry at everyone in the room – but I’m having one of those today.

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Dining Out For Life Today

Today is Dining Out For Life – Participating Restaurants will donate 25-50% of your food bill on April 12th to pay for local services in the Fight Against AIDS. Visit the website to see a list of participating restaurants.

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Our Awesome Realtor, Sherry Soforic

I have been terribly remiss on one aspect of my recent home sale – in all of the celebration over getting the thing finished, and the tearing out of the hair that came before it, I completely neglected to mention how awesome our Realtor is. Spike helping Sherry fill out paperwork to sell my house.

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More Twitter Fun

Adding the Twitter RSS feeds of my friends and family members to my feed reader, so I can catch up with them later if I miss something. I’m really excited that my sister Stacy is now on Twitter – just hearing little updates from England at about a 7 hour time shift is really entertaining,

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Learning Fetch

I think we need to start introducing treats into the fetch game for Spike, as incentive to bring back the object. Right now, we’re playing with lamb, hippo, frog, and monkey, and the only one he’ll bring back is frog, because it’s his favorite. Hmmm. Positive reinforcement required.

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I feel like shit

In the myriad of doctors appointments I have, I managed to forget the most important one – my Monday appointment with my new primary care physician. It was scheduled so far from when I actually made the appointment that I completely lost track of it- I thought it was on April 28th, which it turns

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Our Bedroom is Half Painted – A Contractor Review

Yep, we’ve had a fun day around Casa De Stephs. Our roofing contractor’s employees threw a fit and left, leaving our bedroom half-painted. Why is our roofer painting our bedroom? It’s a long story. But don’t worry, there are pictures. Remember back in October, when I wrote about the Worst. Roofers. Ever. ? Because we

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I think I’m finally selling my house tomorrow

I haven’t mentioned this before, because I didn’t want to jinx it. But I think we’re finally going to get my house sold. We have a closing scheduled for 12:30 tomorrow. My realtor let me know before my water aerobics class that that buyer’s lender sent the package to the title company. So everything should

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Magnetic Fork

A while back, I blogged about a strange phenomenon that I and my co-workers discovered while out at lunch in a restaurant – some of the knives at our table were magnetic. We noticed it a few more times in different restaurants – one or two knives will be magnetic and you can pick up,

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Now With More Answers

After the last round of “Getting to know me” emails, I added some new questions to my Ultimate Survey. Proceed at your own risk. (I also ran the whole thing through the spell-checker. Boy, did that need it.)

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A Cloud of Bats in Austin

Austin is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony; they live under the Congress Street Bridge, where the unique construction of the bridge lends itself to being a great shelter for them. In the summer, the bridge is home to over 1.5 million bats, and at dusk they leave the bridge to fly off

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Panels I Plan to see today and tomorrow

Some of these overlap, so I’ll have to pick one over the other. But a rough idea. Monday, 12 March 2007 10:00AM Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 (18ABCD) 11:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) 02:00PM The Growth and Evolution of Microformats (18ABCD) 03:30PM Bullet Tooth Web Design: Plan Your Web Site

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Me, giving a testimonial on Firefox

Oh, and while surfing YouTube looking at other’s SXSW videos, I found a video of me shot yesterday by the firefox browser people, giving testimonial on the browser from the trade show space. I got a discount on a Firefox T-shirt in exchange. Which just goes to show — I can talk your damn ear

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Free Trip to Europe

Stephanie’s dad called her today to tell her that he won a free trip to Europe from some contest on PBS – one that he apparently entered with the intention of giving to us if he won. So I guess we’re going to Europe? Wow. She going to find out some more details.

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Sorry, Honey, I had to hang up

Stephanie — I’m sorry I had to shut off my phone – it was right at the beginning of my first panel, so I couldn’t answer; I wasn’t supposed to have the phone on. On the bright side, a room full of 50 people think my “sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” ringtone for you is excellent

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Panel Notes Bad, Food Tasty (SXSWi 2007)

The notes I took for the last three panels are pretty bad, so I don’t know that they’re worth uploading. The grids panel was pretty visual, and there’s a website that covers it. I also went to “ruining the user experience” which wasn’t particularly great, and a panel on “tags to riches” that was completely

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10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007)

10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007) Moderator: Laura Moorhead, Sr Editor Culture – Wired Laura Moorhead Sr Editor Culture, Wired Andrew Blum Contributing Editor, Wired Robert Fabricant Exec Creative Dir, Frog Design Eliot Van Buskirk Columnist/Blogger, Wired News Peter Rojas Engadget Daniel Raffel Product Mgr, Yahoo!

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SXSW Friday

The plane trip wasn’t bad, aside from the fact that I forgot gum on the first leg and thus had a headache from my ears popping, and I managed to spill Starbucks on myself because the cup lid was borked. Nice. We got in around lunch, checked into the hotel, went to the Irowworks BBQ

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SXSW anticipation

I’ve been busy getting prepared for the South by Southwest conference, and the closer it gets, the more excited I am. I am hugely lucky that we’re being sent by work – our whole web design team from both Indianapolis and New Jersey is going – which means I don’t have to foot the bill

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Balcony Finished

The contractor we hired to re-deck our balcony finished in two days flat, which is pretty impressive. This was a new contractor we hired, because the guy who’s been working on our gutters for eight months couldn’t manage to get to the balcony job, and we’ve had water coming into our kitchen all winter. But

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Big List of Things I Like

Posted for no apparent reason, except that I needed a pick-me-up because it’s been a crappy week. Feel free to add your own list in the comments. My Girlfriend The Spikel Monster Monkeys, especially: – Curious George – Hanuman – King Kong Board Games, especially: – Clue Dave, the Computer Table – from Ikea, this

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Weekend Update 2007-02-26

We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I went to water aerobics with my new suit, which is awesome. Stephanie went skating. Her dad decided against coming down to visit because Valpo got hit with a storm, which knocked out the power for Stephanie’s mom. We went over to my old house to check

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Swimsuits

Who knew swimsuits wear out so fast? Apparently, everyone who swims regularly I guess. The suit I bought when I started water aerobics in September is already faded and falling apart, which really surprised me. I’m used to a suit lasting for a couple years. But then, I wasn’t getting in the pool three times

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Wheat Intolerance

A friend pointed out to me that she has Rheumatoid Arthritis (which I’ve written about recently), and that under the care of her doctor, she has eliminated wheat from her diet to control her RA symptoms – because they’re triggered by a wheat intolerance. So I’ve been doing a lot of searches on the subject,

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Meredith Grey’s Heart Surgery

I know it’s just a television show, but, really. There’s no way they could have her on heart bypass for over an hour, and then have her snuggling in bed with McDreamy not long after. That would fracking hurt – it was weeks/months before Stephanie and I could spoon in bed. I adore the show,

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Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Spring

Can race in and out of gym for water aerobics in a t-shirt and shorts, rather than having to drag my coat and winter gear through the locker room. Can leave water aerobics with wet hair and not feel cold the rest of the evening. 200+ bulbs we planted in the yard will be blooming,

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The Whole Story

So apparently, sometime recently the furnace in my old house went out, and the pipes froze and burst. One of the people viewing the house found this, and the contractor they brought with them to see it shut off the water this morning. So the furnace needs replace, the pipes need lots of work, and

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Valentine Underpants

Stephanie stop at Old Navy yesterday while waiting for her hair appointment, and she bought a bunch of Valentine’s Day merchandise on high discount, including several pairs of my favorite kind of underwear. Then she hid them around the house while I was at water aerobics last night, because she’s leaving to go to a

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Valentine’s Day, Snow Day

I had a second snow day today (I worked at home yesterday, due to inclement weather) and Stephanie had the day off as well because we couldn’t get her car out in the morning. So we spent the morning digging out the street with the help of our neighbor Craig… and in the afternoon, I

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Sick of the Weather

I realize I’m just being whiny given that we has such a mild November and December, but I’m sick of the snow and cold. I just can’t seem to get warm, and I have this constantly runny nose that just won’t stop. Plus we’re going to get a bunch of snow dumped on us tonight,

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Passive Aggressive Blogging

One of my favorite amusements lately is folks who read something I’ve written here, and rather than commenting/disagreeing on my site, or even going back to their own site and commenting there while linking to my post, they simply comment on their own sites in general terms, without providing any context to what they’re reacting

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Must Be Naptime

I’m home for the second day in a row with pleurisy and a head cold. Today, though, I’m back on the helpful prescription, so I should back in business soon. Lucy and Huckleberry are snoozing on the bed upstairs, and Dru and Annabelle are curled up and dreaming on the trunk in the library. Spike

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Ugh, hospital soap

I washed my hands in the locker room at the Y after my swim class, and discovered they have started putting the horrid antiseptic soap used by hospitals into the soap dispensers at the sinks. Talk about stomach churning. I still feel like I want to throw up. And the worst part is that it

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On the Subject of the words “Faggot” and “Dyke”

Other that some passing linkage, I haven’t weighed in on the controversy surrounding actor Isaiah Washington and his use of the F-word twice in the last three months on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” and at the Golden Globes. The New York Times summarizes the events. Given that there has been lots of commentary, I

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Goofing Off

One of the cool things about my new MacBook is that I could load several video games I own but couldn’t really play on my old machine – Age of Empires, Zoo Tycoon, Black and White – so I’ve been goofing off playing video games all weekend. I did managed to write a couple of

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Stuck at Work

Looks like I’m going to be here until 9 p.m. or so. Had a sudden emergency because we apparently we have designers working for our company who don’t know how to use Macromedia Fireworks and can’t figure out how to take a Fireworks file and open in bloated behemoth Photoshop. So I’m taking a layered

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Macbook Delivery Delay

It’s not going to arrive until Tuesday. God, that is frustrating. I deliberately ordered it very early so it would arrive before the long weekend, and I paid for 2-day shipping, which was the fastest possible rate. After getting off the phone with Apple, they’ve refunded my shipping charges entirely, and they were very apologetic,

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My New Macbook

Speaking of GeekBling… I ordered a new laptop today for home. I got a 13″ white Macbook: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM-2x1GB 200GB Serial ATA @ 4200 rpm Superdrive 6x No Modem No Optional Software Keyboard/Mac OS Country Kit I’m embarrassed to admit that my current personal device is a graphite

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Happy Blogiversary, Honey!

It’s my girlfriend Stephanie’s first “blogiversary” – please go visit her page and say congratulations. Also, if you clicked on a google ad while you’re there, that would be great, too. We need the money. We have three houses, ya know. She updated her templates and added a blogroll – let her know if you

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The Jordan YMCA

I stayed after my water aerobics class tonight to take an extra half-hour resistance weight-training course in the pool. Man, I thought I had endorphin highs before. I feel great. There were tons of people at the Y tonight — the construction on their new wellness center is finished and they have a lot of

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2007

I have this trouble where I try very hard not to do something — drop a screw, tip over a paint can, upend a box of packing peanuts — and whatever I’m working so hard to avoid is exactly what I end up doing, because I’m trying way too hard. That same self-defeating thing happens

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2006 Year In Review

You can see a lot of what we did in 2006 just by looking at my Flickr photos sets, but here are the highlights. 1. Stephanie and I bought a house and moved into it together. Considering that we were just talking about moving in together at the beginning of last year, and we hadn’t

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Two things I’ve noticed while watching TV all day

1. There’s a new production of “Annie” out — why does little orphan Annie always have to have a red curly hair helmet wig? It looks bizarre. Why can’t get a girl with real red curly hair, or at least dye the girl’s hair red? In the original stage production with Andrea McArdle, they used

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If you have a few minutes…

My friend Jen had a baby a little over a week ago, and he had to have heart surgery on Dec. 22nd. Sam is recovering now at Riley Hospital, so please send some good thoughts or prayers or karma his direction.

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At Home, Sitting Quietly

I was supposed to go to Valpo today with Stephanie to visit her family, but I’ve been having another bout of pleurisy, and after we got all packed up and got in the car, we realized it was probably a bad idea for me to go because I was having a lot of pain. We

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All Wrapped Up…

And just ready to have ribbons and bows put on before they go under the tree. But these are just the presents for Stephanie. I still have to wrap the presents for other people. But we’ll work on that together tomorrow. It’s funny, when I was writing out the tags for the presents, I had

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Wrapping Presents

I’m home today on vacation while Stephanie’s at work, so I’m wrapping her presents for Christmas. Of all the holiday events, I’m not a fan of this one. I’m not very good at wrapping, and I get frustrated easily. I have everything in gift boxes, finally, and I just need to wrap each of them.

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Middle of the Night Guest: Our Roofer

As Stephanie noted on her blog – we got to have our roofer come over and visit our bedroom in the middle of the night last night. His team removed some of the gutters that they’re rebuilding from the front of the house above our room and the guest room, and water was pouring in

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we’ve been going non-stop

And I haven’t had a free moment to blog. Or perhaps I have, but I spent it trying to unwind instead. We’ve been to parties galore, but I haven’t got the pictures off my camera yet. On Saturday morning we went to my company’s warehouse book sale and walked away with 91 books for about

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Weekend Update 2006-12-11

Stephanie and I had our first real social event Saturday night, and things went really well. It’s always a challenge to figure out the logistics of socializing in a new place – what rooms will people hang out in? How do people move around the house? How do we greet people, grab their coats, offer

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We Have Achieved Christmas Tree

I’m very excited – we have our tree up, and a few other decorations out. We still have to put ornaments on the tree, but that’s the really fun part. We can put Christmas music on and bebop around the house, although we’ll do that Thursday night, because Stephanie’s teaching skating tonight. I think tonight

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Christmas Decora… er, Organizing

We’re having people over to watch Christmas specials on Saturday, so Stephanie and I spent the whole weekend trying to get the house ready. We didn’t get around to starting the Christmas decor yet; we spent hours making a significant dent in the boxes we still haven’t unpacked and sorted out after the move. I’d

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A Rather Blustery Day

I had to run around this morning gathering stuff we had on the front porch from the neighbors yards, and bringing in the flag pole and some of our outdoor decorations before they blew away. The cats were all jumpy because the wind was howling. Seems like tomorrow might be a good day to stay

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Ah, sweet internet, how I love you

Our router was acting up at home, so we’ve been offline all weekend since we returned home from Thanksgiving. I finally isolated the problem as the router’s power source, and fixed the problem and reset everything this morning. So our home network is back online, thank goodness. Sort of ironic, given that I was so

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re getting ready to head out to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving day. Our trip yesterday was pretty uneventful. We drove Stephanie’s Beetle (named Phoebe, for those of you who are just joining us) because it’s a fun roadtrip car and somewhat more comfortable than my truck. So I had the opportunity to take pictures out the

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Emergency Room Visit

I’m having another flare-up of pleurisy (this would be the fifth since my surgery, if we’re counting) and last night I was having a lot of trouble breathing. I also had a different symptom than previously — I had a sharp pain on the left side of my chest on Sunday evening. It went away

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I Love Water Aerobics

I keep meaning to blog that… I’ve been going for the past several weeks, and I ended up joining the Jordan YMCA because I really like the classes, and I started going more than once a week. Get this – I actually got out of bed and made it to Saturday morning classes at 8

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No Change!

The message on the answering machine from my cardiologist says that there’s no change in my heart and everything is fine. Yay! I’m apparently a paranoid lunatic for worrying about it. But I’m a healthy paranoid lunatic, and that’s what matters. That’s quite a relief.

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Slush Mug Commecial

We used to have these. Now that I recall, we had this type of Slush Mug, then later another version. I still have my second, newer one; mom gave it to me a couple years ago when we were cleaning out stuff at her house.

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Cardio Appointment

Okay, I have to write about this, because it’s been worrying me for a day, and I have get it out of my head. I went to my cardiologist yesterday for my “routine once a year post-surgery” visit. I had a vague expectation that I would be getting and EKG and seeing the doctor, and

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Hey, that’s my name!

I was perusing a 37 signals blog post from last week on some changes they made to backpack, and noticed in some of the screenshots, the designer Ryan Singer used my name in the mock-up of his new sharing information object. Hee! Apparently, I’m sharing some documents with some folks.

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Crazy Week

I’ve been trying to catch a few minutes to write about the blogger forum with progressive candidates that I attended last Friday, but it’s been such a hectic week I haven’t had a chance. Among other things, I joined the Y this week. I’ve been going regularly for water aerobics, and eventually you have to

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to do crap

The remaining stuff from last weekend, plus some more. Buy two truckload of mulch and spread on the flowerbeds Sweep/spray out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Clean the kitchen and downstairs bathroom Vacuum whole first floor Vacuum in the basement attach lattice to the back porch Add

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Worst. Roofers. Ever.

Our roofer was supposed to work on three projects: 1) Reshingling the roof. 2) Rebuilding the historic, built-in gutters and replacing rotted wood trim. 3) Redecking the balcony and repairing the roof under it to stop the water leaking into the kitchen. Project 1: We contracted with them for project one in mid-June, and their

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Projects Around the House (Revised)

Revised list of stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Help the neighbors clean up brush Sweep out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Rearrange the living room furniture We got part of this done. We still need to move my desk Rearrange the

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Projects Around the House

Stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Plant the rest of the bulbs in the flowerbeds plant edging pavers into side flower bed Add step to bottom of basement stairs Install coat rack bar in Dining Room Closet Install additional shelf in Laundry room attach lattice to the back porch install

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National Coming Out Day

Okay, I’ve been officially called out by one of my gay friends for being flip about National Coming Out Day, so I’ll ‘straighten’ my act out and give the day the attention it deserves. Nineteen years ago on October 11, 1987, I was a student at Ball State University. I had been out of the

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Writely integrated into Google

Writely, one of my favorite online apps, was purchased by Google awhile back, and now it’s integrated into Google Spreadsheets, which I also use quite a bit to collaborate with my girlfriend on planning household projects and household inventory. I haven’t played with it in the new Google interface yet; I’ll have to see how

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Crazy Busy

We’ve been crazy busy, and we’re still at it — Stephanie is showing her house to people to rent, Mine is still for sale, we’re mowing all three lawns every week, and the gardening attempts are ongoing. In addition to the ball room dancing and the water aerobics, Stephanie is teaching basic skills in figure

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Veronica Mars & Fall TV Schedule 2006

“Here it is… first day of college. What do you say Veronica? New school, fresh start, how about you try not to piss anyone off this time around.” Heh. Barely made it home to watch the season premiere after water aerobics last night — which I must repeat, I am really enjoying. We managed to

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Do Not Drink the Pool Water

Last night I went to water aerobics at the YMCA with my friend Chi. I’ve taken swimming classes (years ago) but I’ve never done a water aerobics class – it was excellent. It’s high-impact but low stress; you get lots of exercise but you don’t put stress on your joints, or sweat, either. In fact,

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There’s something lurking under our porch

I’m not sure what it is, but whatever is hiding under our back deck has turned my dog in Barkley McBarkerson, and he never used to be one of those annoying dogs. Lately he barks all night long, and when he’s outside, he tries to climb under the deck. We’ve seen a bunny in the

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Weekend Update 2006-09-25

Friday night we went to Hogeye Naavy’s concert for “International Talk Like a Pirate day” at the German Liederkranz Club on Washington Street. See the concert photo album Hogeye Naavy is a really fun band that plays sea shantys and traditional folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. Their instruments include concertinas, bagpipes,

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Ballroom Dancing

Stephanie and I went to our first ballroom dance lessons last night. There were about forty people there, and the instructor was a very nice older gentleman. We learned to waltz, and we started learning the east coast swing. Over the next several lessons we’ll do more with the waltz and we’ll add more to

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Back Street and Alley Committee

In the minutes of our neighborhood meeting, I noticed that our neighborhood has a “Back Streets and Alleys Committee.” Hee. I picture the committee slinking around in leather jackets like West Side Story. “When you’re a Jet, You’re a Jet all the way From your first cigarette To your last dyin’ day….”

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Scary Kid Stuff (with pictures!)

Paul the Spud at Shakespeare’s Sister asks the question “What creeped you out as a kid?” and got quite a few responses. Here are mine, many of which were from TV shows that I probably shouldn’t have been watching. 1. The Star Trek episode “Miri” where the crew beams down to a planet that at

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Amending the Soil

Our flower beds have very depleted soil, so I picked up a load of compost this morning and spread it around the beds after overturning all the soil. It’s amazing how much compost this requires, really. I’ll need to get another load of crap for the front beds; a truckload only covered the beds on

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Saturday

Today I mowed the yard at my old house, buried St. Joseph, picked up the yard a bit, mowed Dan and Doug’s front yard, put cement blocks away at our house, did some rearranging in the garage, flattened all the cardboard and sorted recycling, rearranged some of the moving boxes that are remaining to be

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Burying Saint Joe

First Stephanie sent me a link that she saw on MSNBC about the old tradition of burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard when you sell your house. Then someone on a blog noted it, and now I’ve seen it mentioned on J-Walk Blog. So today I drove by Kreig Brothers downtown, and

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National Novel Writing Month 2006

National Novel Writing Month is November 1st, and the sign-up for it begins this Friday October 1st (I managed to skip the entire month of September in my head). One of my friends participated in the past and is going to again this year. Here’s the scoop: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants

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Poor Dan

My friend Dan is having a rough summer. Among other things, this Sunday, he was out riding his bike on the Monon, and he had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting some other bikers who had stopped in the middle of the path. He flipped over his handle bars, hit his head, and broke both

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Happy Birthday, Stephanie!!!

Hey, it’s my wonderful girlfriend’s birthday!! Yay! Go visit her site and tell her happy birthday. If you clicked on an ad or two while you were there, she’d get a few pennies. But only a few things — I don’t want her to get in trouble for click-fraud or anything. 🙂 Also, if you

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Flickr fussiness

Flickr has been really fussy lately about uploading photos, which is ticking me off quite a bit. I’ve been trying to upload batches of photos, but it won’t take large uploads. So I’ve been reduced to sending them one at a time, and even then it doesn’t always capture the whole image. Grrrr.

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I grew up in a middle-class suburban home

I grew up in the suburbs, first in the town of Ankeny, Iowa, outside of Des Moines, then briefly in a suburb in Canton, Ohio, and then in a nice housing development in Noblesville, Indiana. I lived in the prototypical white, middle-class neighborhood, where we walked to school (back when that was safe) and played

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Weekend Update 2006-07-31

We spent the weekend doing lots of work on the house — unpacking things on Saturday, and with the help of our friends David and Garrett we moved quite a bit more stuff from Stephanie’s house. There are still a few more loads, but the bulk of the moving is finished. Our house is pretty

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I am the Troll on the bridge, give me money

Stephanie’s cat Lucy is missing out. Recently, she’s been camping out at the top of the stairs hissing at the other cats when the try to come up, like the Troll under the bridge that doesn’t let people pass. But apparently she didn’t realize she should be charging money to let them by….

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Gay Games: Team Indiana Takes the Field

Team Indiana marching onto the field at the Opening Ceremonies of GGVII. See all my pictures of the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies, and the pictures Stephanie took from on the field, also. It was a beautiful, surprisingly political ceremony, and I had a great time, even if it was twice as long as planned. Team

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Back Home Again

We got home yesterday mid-day from Chicago, and we’ve been hanging out and relaxing. We ended up not going to Ikea on Thursday — we sat in traffic for 3 hours, and finally ended up giving up and going directly to the rink so Stephanie could prepare for her show. We went on Friday instead

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Gay Games 2006

We’re headed up to Chicago for the Gay Games this week. Stephanie’s skating in two competitions as part of Team Indiana, so we’ll be there all week. (IIf you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter!) We’re staying with Stephanie’s Dad (and taking Spike!) so our internet connections will be sporatic, but we’ll try

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Frickin’ Poison Ivy

I’ve had a wicked case of poison ivy for the week and a half. We have a ton on it in our yard, and I’ve been spraying Round Up on it like crazy, but somehow I still managed to get into it, probably while using the weed wacker in the front yard. And I’ve never

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Fireworks

We discovered last night that we can’t see the downtown fireworks from our backyard, but if we drive four blocks south we can see them on the other side of the overpass. We parked on 10th street, hopped into the back of the truck and had a perfect view. Which means we could host a

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Moving Photos

Various pictures of moving activities. Photos of May 2006 on Flickr Pod Arrival Huckleberry hiding under packing materials Annabelle hiding under packing materials pictures of the painting

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Weekend Update 2006-06-19

We had our shower plumbing worked on for the third time Friday, and they finally got it right. The “on” handle was leaking to start out with, then it was fixed but hard to turn on or get good pressure. Now it’s awesome — the kind of water pressure that almost knocks you over it’s

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Moving is Hard, Barbie

I think I’ve sorta hit the wall as far as moving and unpacking goes. My muscles are so sore that lifting boxes is infinitely harder. And there are boxes everywhere in the new house, including in front of the places we need to unpack stuff. My latent OCD is making me freak out at all

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Caylor – Jenkins – Riddle House

Copied from the Old Northside Historic Plan, information on our house: Caylor – Jenkins – Riddle House c. 1876 Built by Joseph Caylor, who lived next door, this Italianate cottage has had its original frame porch replaced by the present brick porch with battered columns. The window sash has also been changed to four over

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Weekend Update 2006-06-12

We spent the weekend moving and unpacking, and unfortunately we missed both Pride and the Talbott Street Art Fair in the process. (We have our rainbow flag out at the new place, though! So we’re trying to represent.) We did get a lot done, although there’s still a huge amount to do. I think I

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The Post Office Sucks

I filled out my change of address form last week online at the United States Postal Service website. I set up the date to begin forwarding as Monday of this week. The problem with that is this — nowhere on the online form does it state that that is the day they start PROCESSING your

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The furniture is moved

So I spent 6/6/6 packing my house, mostly. I got to mow the lawn at the new house! I love lawn mowing, and the grass was knee-high in the back yard at the new place. On the Old Northside mailing list, they announced a gardening contest — you don’t compete with the neighbors, (we’re out

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Johnny Socko used to play in our basement

We found out the band that used to practice in the basement of our new house was Johnny Socko. I guess the drummer, Dylan Wissing, lived there for 9 years. That’s pretty cool. span class=”hilightyellow”>2019 update: They actually had the basement tricked out as a studio space and recorded several albums there. Dylan sent us

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1876, not 1900

This weekend we met Pete Pappas, a long-time resident of our new neighborhood, Old Northside, who told us that our house was built in the 1870’s, not in 1900, as it said on all of our house sale paperwork. And he was right — he showed us a copy of the Old Northside’s neighborhood plan,

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Pod unpacked

With the help of our friends Jen and Mike, we got the pod unpacked and loaded in the house in record time this morning. Pretty freaking amazing. Then Dan and Doug came over, we all went to lunch at English Ivy’s, and Dan and Doug helped us drag all the ratty carpet out of the

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My prediction is…

That someone will call and want to see my house today or tomorrow. Because that is the worst possible thing that could happen right now, so of course it will. I haven’t done laundry, I haven’t done dishes, the house is only half-packed. We have electricians, plumbers and locksmiths coming to the new house, and

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Painting, Day Three

Carolyn came for the third day in a row to help us paint yesterday, and we got the library, dining room and living room all finished. Carolyn Elliot is certainly the woman of the hour in our book — she did tons of work and was so helpful and amazing in a hundred little ways.

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Painting, Day Two

With Carolyn’s help, we managed to finish painting the library and get a first coat of paint on the dining room. Tomorrow we start on the living room and finish up the dining room. The colors we picked are exactly what we expected, and they look fantastic. The rooms look much bigger and brighter —

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Painting

The first day of painting was exhausting — but we got a lot done. Our friends Dan, Elizabeth, and Carolyn came over to help, because they are wonderful people and amazing friends. They were awesome, and thank god we had their help. Painting 10-foot-high walls is hard, Barbie. The walls in my old home are

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Freshly Poured Concrete

I went to Bagel Fair this morning to get a bagel and coffee for breakfast. There’s a construction crew around the building on scaffolding working on the exterior, and they were also pouring fresh concrete on the sidewalk in front of the building. To get into the store, you had to walk across a wooden

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Vote for Alan’s Movie

Stephanie’s friend Alan made a little movie for the Boston Market website movie contest, and they’ve asked me to request that you go vote for Alan’s movie, so he wins some cool stuff. The premise of the movie is “My Extra Hour” — in which you show what you’d do with the extra hour that

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Two Days

Stephanie and I close on the new house in just two days–Friday afternoon. We’re so excited; it’s like Christmas. We’ll be at the new house all weekend painting, if you’d like to help out– we could definitely use a hand, and we’ll give you some food and drink. Plus you’ll get a first look at

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The Pod is Packed

We finished packing up the pod last night, and even got it mostly full. We managed to pack my entire library in it, as well as lots and lots of other stuff. It will get whisked back to the warehouse today, where it will reside for the next two weeks. I have to say this

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The Schedule

Friday, May 19 – The pod gets picked up from my house. Friday, May 26 – We close on the new house. Saturday, May 27 through Friday, June 2 – Painting, painting painting at the new house. (help wanted) Saturday, June 3 – Pod arrives at new house to be unpacked. (help wanted) Wednesday, June

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it went okay…

I managed to get the house in some semblance of order yesterday, despite still feeling a bit wobbly (and I still feel that way, actually.) I don’t think either of the people looking at the house were interested, unfortunately. But it’s in better shape, and if I do some more organizing, packing, and cleaning tonight,

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help wanted

Someone e-mailed me with a name of someone who would pack stuff for a reasonable fee — but I can’t locate that e-mail now. If it was you, could you send it again?

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When things go horribly wrong

I’ve been sicker than a dog this weekend; I spent all day yesterday throwing up. Today I don’t feel much better, and I have two different sets of people coming to see the house tonight at 6. They will be seeing the dirtiest, most cluttered house in the city, without a doubt, because I didn’t

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life updates – packing and moving

We’ve been really busy lately packing and cleaning my house in hopes of getting it ready to show, hence very little writing here. We took a truck load of stuff to Goodwill, and have been packing lots. This morning a Pod will arrive so we can begin unloading my house of all the clutter. They’ll

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Furniture for Sale

In addition to my house being for sale, I’m also selling some furniture to “scale down” for the new place. Click on the link to see pictures of a couple of nice beds and a coffee table we won’t have room for at the new place.

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My Lexicon

A handy guide to my personal idioms and their origins, because I notice that a lot of times people look at me funny when I’m talking. I’ve had this page around for awhile but forgot to transfer it into my new content management system. There seem to be some terms missing, too. "Big Girl" Seats

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Organizational Automatons

The day we took a whirlwind tour of houses for sale to reinforce our idea that this new house was really The One, I noticed that some of the houses where people were still in residence had magazine-spread type homes that were picture perfect and even left little bowls of candy for the folks visiting,

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Where was I?

I can play this meme pretty easily. Where was I ten years ago? This post on Same-Sex Marriage I wrote May 14, 1996, just about ten years ago. I had moved into the attic apartment at Mary Byrne’s house the summer of the year before, so I was just starting my first decade in downtown

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We have a house

We came to terms today with the seller of the house we want on the inspection terms. So, basically, we have a house. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!! We should close at the end of May. Which means I need to get my house up for sale ASAP. Holy, shit. I have to sell my house. Oh my

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Julia Carson and Fall Creek Place

I can’t believe that I forgot, in my endorsement of Julia Carson, to mention her involvement with developing Fall Creek Place neighborhood — the now thriving neighborhood just north of mine, that is the threshold of an urban renaissance for downtown Indianapolis. Julia was instrumental not only in getting the federal funding to revitalized the

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Second Anniversary

It’s Stephanie’s and my second anniversary today. Two years ago, we went out on a date for Dining Out for Life, came back to my house and hung out, then kissed on the patio behind my house for the first time as she was leaving to go home. For our anniversary, we’re giving each other

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Current update on the home purchase

We got inspections done, and after received the inspection reports, our realtor wrote up the inspection proposal and sent it on Friday, while we were on vacation. We gave them to May 6th to respond, considering we figured we had asked them to fix enough stuff that they would need some time to have a

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Home Again

We arrived home yesterday afternoon after a fairly long trip. Before the wedding, we drive out to the countryside to see Big Brutus, the second largest earth mover in the world. It was used in the late sixties and early seventies for strip-mining for coal, before environmental concerns sidelined the giant machine. It’s now a

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Pittsburg, Kansas

We made our way across Missouri today, and into the eastern edge of Kansas, where my aunt Susan and uncle Ron live, with their kids. Sarah is the one getting married tomorrow. Today we photographed: 1. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis (we went up in it!) 2. A giant baseball (we stumbled on this

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St. Louis

So we found the giant catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois (hmm. They have lots of “l”s in their name). I have photos to upload of that shortly. Then we headed further towards St. Louis, intending to find a hotel and restaurant, then head out to find a couple of big things. But we noticed a

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Foot High Pies

We’re stopping at the Blue Springs Restaurant near Highland, Illinois, because they advertise foot-high pies. And we discovered they have free wifi at this gloriously gingham-bedecked country-fied cafe. They also offer “Ho-made” pork sausage and “Ho-made” mashed potatoes. I didn’t realize hos were such good cooks. We took pictures of the foot-high pies (whose towering

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Road Trip

I’m just now realizing that in all of the concern and activity around the house, I totally failed to mention that I’m on vacation for a week so we can drive out to my cousin’s wedding in Pittsburg, Kansas. We’re taking 1-70 across Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri; and from there, we’re taking I-44 down

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The Saga Continues…

We went back to look at the house yesterday, with a roofing inspector in tow, along with some friends. The full inspection will be on Wednesday, but we wanted a roofing guy in particular because we knew the roof was a problem. Unfortunately, it needs a new roof. We pretty much knew that, but for

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Paint colors

Over the weekend, Stephanie and I picked out a few paint colors we want in the new house. I tried to find samples of these online to link to, but Olympic’s color picking tool crashed my browser. Living room – Morning Fog (Olympic D61-1) Library – Two possibilities: Ancestral (D36-3) or High Society (D41-3) Dining

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Huge Sigh of Relief

I finally bit the bullet and talked to my dad last night about moving, and he was very understand and supportive. Turns out a lot of the concerns I have about my current house, especially the amount of time and money required to renovate it, are things he was concerned about also. It’s great to

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Offer Accepted

So on Monday, we wrote an offer on the house we’ve been looking at. They countered our offer, and today we accepted the counter offer. So if everything works out with the inspection and we get the loan application squared away, and I sell my house, we’re going to have a new house. I still

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This makes me feel a lot better

$764,900 for a 827 sqft house in Cupertino Um, yeah. This is why I live in Indy. The house we’re wanting is a 2,300 sq. ft house for… well, a lot less than that. I’m not going to show off pictures of the house, or mention the address until we know we’re going to get

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Weekend Update 2006-04-09

On the design front, I’ve been restructuring my cascading style sheets for this site; separating layout markup into a separate style sheet than the one for design (color, font face, size etc.) and doing a bit of testing on that. That will help when I finally get my new design in order and start building.

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Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended

I’m bookmarking this page entirely for my own self-awareness, but if you happen to find it helpful, that would be cool also. Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended When you live at or below ordinary levels of awareness, you spend a great deal of time and energy finding opportunities to be offended. A news

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Don’t Be That Guy

Cool Design Guy Brian Veloso has a fun forum called “Don’t Be That Guy” where you can post stories about the people who step on you in traffic, at work, as clients, etc. It’s a funny idea, but I’m afraid I’m too often “that guy” (or girl, if you’re hung up on the gender of

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House Hunting

Sunday we looked at two houses. The first we’ve eliminated from the equation; it was a 802 N. Highland in Cottage Homes. I might throw up the pictures of it later, because we’ve ruled it out. It was a cute little cottage, but was too much work to update the interior. The second house we

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You Know You Were A Little Girl Of The 70’s If:

This is the most accurate of these lists I have ever seen! I’ve checked off all the ones that are mine. You wore that rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest and down the other… You made baby chocolate cakes in your Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven.

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Weekend Update 2006-03-19

It’s been one of those weekends where I putter about and do a lot of little organizing and putting things away, but the house seems as cluttered as when I started. I hauled a lot of the recycling in (I still need to work on the paper/cardboard recycling) but there are still major areas I

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I give up. I’ll go to the doctor

Sunday morning, I woke up with a stiff neck. I assumed I slept wrong, although this rarely happens as I have some really comfortable pillows. Monday morning my neck was worse, and the pain spread down to my shoulders and back. I had a terrible time concentrating, and I felt achy all over. Tuesday, I

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I feel like crap. I really do.

I have a very strange cold, and have felt wonky all week; thus the quiet time, site wise. We went to Doug’s 40th Birthday Party, which I should have both blogged and posted photos about, but I’ve been both crazy-busy and feeling really weird. I’ll put up recent photos soon.

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house hunting ideas

Some notes we’re making about hunting for a new house, that will help us narrow down our search and also help our realtor (yes we have a great realtor) find properties to suggest to us. Things about us we have lots of clothes we have lots of books we have 1 dog & 4 cats

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Blogs are a viable form of writing

The Financial Times has an article criticizing the “blogging” phenomenon, which is one of many that have been written in the mainstream press in the last 6 months. This whole “anti-blogging” movement generated by the mainstream press strikes me as really pretentious and absurd on the part of “journalists.” People have been recording their thoughts

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My Grandfather’s Having Surgery

My grandfather’s having surgery this morning. It’s not a difficult procedure, but because of his age, the doctors are worried about him being under a general anesthetic. So say a few prayers today, if you get a chance.

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Noblesville High School Class of ’86 Reunion Info

An email from one of my former classmates who is organizing the gathering: Dear NHS Classmates of 1986: Well, as hard as it may seem to believe, 20 years have gone by since our graduation…and it is reunion time again! Our 20 year reunion will be held this year on Saturday, August 5th in the

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Bicycle Shops In Indianapolis

I’m thinking of obtaining a new self-propelled vehicle of some kind, so I’m making notes on places I need to check out. Tom Lantz Bicycle Shop 2715 North Post Road, Indianapolis, In (317) 899 1130 Circle City Bicycle & Fitness 5506 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, In (317) 786 9244 www.circlecitybicycles.com A-1 Cyclery 6847 W. Washington, Indianapolis,

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Weekend Update 2006-02-20

What I accomplished this weekend: Comment Code – I worked on the comment code on my site to accomplish: Cleaner xhtml and css. This was hard, but I got it working well. Displaying the number next to the comment. This wasn’t hard. Displaying comments from me in a different color than others. This seemed to

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LA Times article on annual physical exams

The L.A. Times has an article on annual physical exams, discussing what doctors look for and suggesting that there should be a different balance between the physical portion of the exam, and the discussion of personal history and health questions and concerns. The problem is the headline and introductory paragraphs, which suggest that going to

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Close to Home

I’m watching Friday’s episode of “Close to Home” the crime drama set in Indianapolis. I’ve written about it a couple of times on IndyScribe because it’s pretty interesting to see how they portray the city on a national TV show. This episode called the “Romeo and Juliet Murders” has some eerie parallels to a crime

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A Post about Shoes

I’m probably the furthest thing from a fashion maven. But I do have a thing about shoes. Not a Carrie Bradshaw type thing; I wouldn’t spend $400 on a pair of Manolos. You won’t catch me dead in high heels. Literally; that’s in my will. But I do love the fluevogs, and I have several

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Mini-Derby Cars

My dad made me three of these kick-ass cool cars when I was in elementary school, as part of the YMCA Indian Princesses Mini Derby race. They’re carved out of a block of wood and then painted. The idea was to race them down a track, and prizes would be awarded for the winners, and

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New TV

My friend Joel gave me his old 36″ TV because he upgraded. It’s funny, I’ve never actually bought a TV myself. My very first TV was a 13″ color set given to me by a college roommate. My second TV was a really old 19″ color TV that wasn’t cable ready and didn’t have a

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Four Things Meme

Four Jobs I’ve Had Public Library Page Assembly Worker of Industrial Gas Shut-off Valves Chicken Restaurant Cooking Staff Website Designer Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Auntie Mame The Wizard of Oz Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Much Ado About Nothing Four Places I’ve Lived Ankeny, Iowa Canton, Ohio Muncie, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Four

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Stephanie has a blog

Last night we set up a blog for Stephanie. I’ll let her tell you where it is in the comments for this post, in case she wants to keep it secret or something. We also set up a News feed reader for her, to make it easier to keep track of her favorite blogs, and

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2006

I promise in 2006 not to start an unnecessary war based on a lie with insufficient troops to whom after three years of fighting I still haven’t given enough body armor or a plan for victory. Just kidding. I’m totally going to do that. Here are my real resolutions: 1. MORE GAY SEX IN 2006.

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My 2005 Christmas Loot

Everyone’s blogging about how wonderful it was to spend time with their friends and family. I could do that, but I talk about how great they are all the time. Instead, here’s a list of the cool stuff they got me, because they are awesome. (I still have to exchange presents with my friends Dan

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Motorola RAZR Phone

I got a Motorola RAZR phone last night. Stephanie and I upgraded our phones together on a family plan with Cingular, so we could call each other for free any time. She’s had the same phone for over four years, and she really needed to upgrade, so we did it together to save money. So

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Movies I Need to See (or see again)

Movies that I’ve never seen, or need to see again because it’s been a long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey “The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut “8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini A Bout de Souffle A Room With a View A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Aguirre: The Wrath of God Around the World in 80

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I have a cold

This is one of those completely self-involved, totally uninteresting to anyone but me posts… I have a bad cold. I’m a human snot factory right now, and I have cold shivers. Fortunately I’m on vacation this week, and I was planning on hanging about the house anyway. But this sort of takes some of the

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All I Want

All I want to do with my life is to go to work, work hard all day, come home, and sit down with my dog and my girlfriend and read some books. And then later, take a walk around the block. Why is it I can’t seem to make that happen? Why does everything always

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Christmas 2005, so far

I’m way behind in my Christmas obligations this year. I’m not done shopping, which I usually have finished before Thanksgiving. I haven’t got my Christmas cards sent, which I usually have in the mail the Monday after Thanksgiving. I haven’t got my house decorated, which I usually do the first week of December. This year,

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Want a cat? Seriously, it’s cute.

Shithead is a stray kitten that showed up on my girlfriend’s porch last night. He’s currently residing in my bathroom until I can take him (her?) to a shelter. Want a kitten? We’re only calling it shithead because it’s a bit inconvenient right now for us to deal with it. But it’s a very cute,

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Dog Vs. Squirrel: A Comedy

So the other day, I was outside raking leaves, and Spike was chasing squirrels. If you’ve never seen my dog, look at a picture of him, because knowing what he looks like is somewhat key to understanding Spike’s relationship to the squirrels. He thinks he’s chasing them. The squirrels, on the other hand, are composing

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Cats in the Attic

I don’t know if that’s akin to “Bats in the Belfry” but it seems about right. This morning, while I was busy trying to get ready for our trip to Iowa to see my family for Thanksgiving, my cat Huckleberry came down the hall crying at the top of his lungs. His paws were black

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A few words

Looks like I’m not going to get a chance to blog about New York, because I’m going to be working late for a while. But you can get the general idea of the trip from my photo gallery on flickr. But I do want to say this: the reason the trip was great was because

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Home from New York

Stephanie and I are home from New York. It was quite a trip; we had a wonderful time and her cousin Kerry’s wedding was beautiful and fun and amazing. I met most of Stephanie’s mom’s side of the family and they are such nice, fun people. I have a lot to write about because we

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Childhood Memories

Passed along from my friend Matt. Typically I add these to the big fat list I’ve compiled of quizzes about me, but right now I don’t have time to merge the two. I should also link a bunch of the answers below to pages on the site, but no time for that either. 1. What

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Going to New York

Stephanie and I are going to New York City this weekend to go to her cousin’s wedding. Just an FYI, in case you were wondering. We haven’t settled on what to do and see on our free day, yet, so if you have suggestions, we’ll consider them…

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Family Recipes

My friend Jen, who is also our primary food reviewer on IndyScribe, now has a blog where she’s scanning in her grandmother’s recipes for public consumption. It’s fascinating, because the recipes are certainly from a different era than ours. Check out the recipe for lime jello with chicken and curry. I have some old cookbooks

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Shop at Barnes and Noble in Noblesville

If you’re buying books for the holidays, consider taking a short drive up to the Noblesville Barnes and Noble on 37. (Stony Creek Marketplace, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-7952). My mom works there part time now, and you can go in a visit her (find Pat Mineart and say “Hi, Steph’s Mom!) and

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Aptronym

a Wikipedia entry via Kotte.org: Aptronym, a word allegedly coined by United States newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, refers to a name that is aptly suited to its owner. Fictional examples of aptronyms include Mr. Talkative and Mr. Worldly Wiseman in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. One of my new cardiologists (who is taking over

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My Flickr Photoset of Amy’s Birthday

Check out the pictures of Amy’s Birthday. We helped my friend Amy celebrate her birthday this year by visiting Chicago (from Indianapolis) to see the musical Wicked, and going out to eat at the Rainforest Cafe. We met up with all our friends at Millenium Park near the Cloud Gate sculpture, and then walked to

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Where I’ve Been Map

States I’ve Visited create your own visited states map Countries I’ve Visited create your own visited countries map Sad isn’t it? I need to get out more. In contrast, my friend Cate could probably cover the globe.

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Weekend Update 2005-10-24

The end of my vacation went out with a bang. On Saturday, we went up to Chicago to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday by seeing the musical Wicked at the beautiful Ford Oriental Theatre. Then we had dinner and Rainforest Cafe and drove home. Sunday my friend Kathy came over and helped Stephanie and I

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Working on Fireplace Tiles

For the past couple days, I’ve been working on stripping the paint and crap off the fireplace tiles and fireplace surround in my living room. See my flickr photo set for pictures of the project. My dad, as a Christmas present for me, crafted the fireplace mantel you see in the pictures. He found two

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Wasted Time

It’s only the first morning of my vacation, and it’s already shaping up to be as craptastic as the last vacation I took, in which I spent 70% of the time running around doing shit for other people, 30% doing work on my house (which didn’t make a dent in what I had to get

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Stuff I’m Doing This weekend (so I don’t lose track)

1) Mailing eBay package 2) Mailing Stacy’s birthday present (only a month late!) 3) Finishing Bil’s logo 4) Helping mom pack up stuff from garage sale & haul to good will 5) burning stuff in Mike’s yard 6) Helping David and Garrett scrape and paint their house 7) Make multiple copies of CD for CD

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speaking of hating stuff: antiseptic hand sanitizer

I think that Methodist Hospital has gone back to using the hand sanitizer I loathe the smell of. When I was in the hospital for the heart surgery, I know for certain the brand (and scent) was different than the foul stuff that they used back when I had my appendix emergency two years ago.

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Who do you hate?

Scott asked the question on his blog. I think it’s probably wrong to feel so strongly about someone that you HATE them, and I try to always give people the benefit of the doubt and to curb my emotions when I can. Sometimes I’m actually successful at that. There are lots of people whom I

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I came home around noon

The conclusion the doctors reached was that I lifted too much and put strain on my sternum. Funny, I could have told them that when I went in. I did, actually. So I have painkillers, which didn’t do much. I still think there’s something more wrong than that, but they didn’t, so I’m home.

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Emergency room fun

I’m on my way to the emergency room because I think whatever I did this weekend was pretty serious and now I can’t really lie down or even sit without pain shooting through my chest and back, when I breathe, it hurts like hell. I think I must have hurt my sternum. Stephanie’s coming to

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The sternum is an important part of the body

Which you find out when you have your sternum cut up for surgery. It’s been five months since my surgery, and my sternum still bothers me regularly, and hurts like hell, especially when I lift heavy stuff, like I did this weekend. Today it’s been particularly bad, to the point where when I breathe out

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10 things to do during nesting month

This is an awesome list of stuff to do around the house before winter hits. I have a good portion of this stuff done already, with more lined up. I have to ad winterizing the house (plastic over windows, adding insulation) to my list.

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Your invitation: Dance Dance Revolution

Stephanie and I are planning to have a Dance Dance Revolution get together sometime soon; a small gathering, not a big one, where people can play in the comfort of my living room. We’ll probably wait until Dan and Doug get back from Europe, because they want to play too. If you want to come,

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Vacation Update

Over the weekend, Stephanie and I bagged up six large bags of clothes to take to North Meadow Circle of Friends, who are putting them on a truck to New Orleans. I took pictures of all the t-shirts I donated so I could finish up my t-shirt project before I shipped them off. I put

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Revisited: Things I have to do on Vacation

In revisiting my list, I’m running into a small snag. One of the items is the key problem: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my

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Things I have to do on vacation next week

I’m on vacation next week from the 12th through the 16th. Here’s what I’ll be doing: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my mom clean

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T-shirt Challenge Revisited

A while back I decided, since I have way too many t-shirts (over 100), I would wear all of them without repeating, and photograph each one. I didn’t get too far into the project before photographing all of them became too much to keep up with. I’ve still be cycling through them, and I have

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Neighbors Tore Up My Backyard & Patio

If you recall last year in mid-September, I took a week off work and put in a new patio and walkway in my backyard, with a great deal of help from my friend Kathy and a lot of hard work myself. I dug out the pit for the walkway and laid the pavers for it

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Weekend Update 2005-08-29

We had out garage sale over the weekend, and it was a lot of work for very little result, unfortunately. I made $63, Stephanie made something like $20, and both of us practically killed ourselves preparing and tearing everything down. Most of it was that we didn’t have enough traffic; there were lots of people

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Drowning in Debt

Scary, the new statistics on both personal and national debt. I read another statistic in this month’s Utne Magazine, that if the entire world consumed the way that Americans consume, we would need five earths to provide resources for all that we needed to produce.

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Spike goes to the doggie hospital

I had to drop Spike off at the emergency vet today. He’s apparently having some sort of gastronomic distress and was having bloody diarrhea this morning. We knew he was having some problem; I took him to the regular vet on Saturday because he didn’t seem to want to eat or poop, and he refused

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Gender Roles

There are lots of things that I like that are traditionally considered feminine. For example: big poofy white wedding dresses. There are lots of things of things that I like that are traditionally considered masculine. Like pipe tobacco smoke (which is because I have memories of my dad smoking a pipe when I was a

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Chicago Pictures

We wound up our long weekend on Monday by going to Chicago with Stephanie and Lisa to visit the Art Institute, do a little site-seeing, and shop at the Fluevog store for some super cool new shoes.

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The Importance of Sleep

Harvard study on the importance of sleep: Van Cauter also showed that sleep-deprived subjects had reduced levels of leptin, a molecule secreted by fat cells that acts in the brain to inhibit appetite. “During nights of sleep deprivation, you feel that your eating goes wacky,” says Stickgold. “Up at 2 a.m., working on a paper,

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the nine reasons we don’t do what we should

Via Lifehack: a great article on why we don’t get stuff done that we should. Fear Lack of Self-Confidence Lack of Knowledge Trying to Do Too Much Alone Trying to Do Too Much Loss of Self Lack of Energy Lack of Reward It Can’t Be Done UPDATE: the more closely I read the article, the

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Six Feet Under

Given everything that’s happened in my life in the last couple years, why would this weeks episode of Six Feet Under be the thing that keeps me awake half the night terrified of death?

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Errors

Ever have one of those days where you make mistakes and EVERYONE points them out to you? Family members, co-workers, complete strangers on the street stop you to tell you your wrong? You do a ton of work and get 7000 things perfectly correct, perform miracles and move mountains, but you overlook one thing and

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Open-Heart Surgery on TV

Battlestar Galactica: on a recent episode, Captain Adama was shot, and was starting to code blue. Not having a defibulator handy, the medic opted to crack open his chest and massage his heart to restart it. Immediately after the procedure they show him lying on the table, with very few monitors around, with a simple

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Weekend Update: King Kong at IMA

Stephanie and I saw King Kong with Dan and Doug, Josh, and David and Garrett on the Terrace at the IMA. It was great fun; the sound was much better than in the past, and I love seeing movies with Dan and Doug; I haven’t done that much recently, and I miss it. I spent

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I have glue in my hair

I had two health appointments last night and this morning: my follow-up sleep study to see how well I’m doing on my CPAP machine, and my follow-up cardiologist appointment to see how I’m doing after my surgery. I didn’t manage to get all the glue washed out of my hair from the electrodes that were

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Choosing the right cookware

Stephanie and I have had several discussions lately about cookware, including one with her dad, who’s an engineer and who has tried cookware made from several different materials. Make Magazine posted this interesting article on cookware materials from an engineering perspective. About halfway down the page are charts comparing the various materials. I didn’t have

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Refurbishing an Old Gas Grill

Having just finished (or almost finished) this task, I’m infinitely qualified to give advice on the subject. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get the most out of an old gas grill: 1. Throw the old gas grill in the back of your truck. 2. Drive to the local landfill. 3. Give the

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Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods

I’ll have to take a look at this site later. Stephanie and I have been trying to build our regular cooking menu with things that are easy to prepare and healthy. Because we don’t live together yet, we have an extra time-crunch due to traveling back and forth from one house to another, so we

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Weekend Update 2005-07-11

We received a company e-mail this morning to tell us that one of our company’s employees from their London offices has been missing since Thursday’s attack. That’s very distressing news. I was discussing in an e-mail with my sister, who lives with her husband in a town outside London, the terrorist’s choice of targets. They’re

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Long-delayed t-shirt blogging

I started out with such great intentions. I was so determined. I as going to take a picture every day, and blog it right away. How quickly I got sidetracked. Curse you, real life! How dare you get in the way of my silly website projects? Well, anyway, here’s the catch-up… see the main photo

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The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

By Billy Reisinger, The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza is a great tutorial on doing it yourself, and although I made pizza from scratch for years in my mother’s kitchen, this is an excellent refresher course and covers detail (such as moisture levels in cheese) I’d never thought of before.

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Vivid Dreams

The first dream I had was about a house that I owned with my brothers. We were renting it out to a friend of mine, and I found out that he had a dog, which was okay, but he was keeping it in the crawlspace beneath the house, which was not okay. So the whole

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Stephanie’s Feeling Well

Stephanie had her surgery today and everything went fine. The surgeon removed two lumps from her breast, and she came out okay and is home now recovering. She’ll be home tomorrow taking it easy and relaxing, as recommended by the doctor.

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tshirt blogging; day 4, 5, & 6

[edit needed: update photos] A really old t-shirt that I love because it has a cool tiger on the front. It’s not really in the wearable pile anymore either, but I’ll try to do something with the logo. Why do I keep sticking my hands in my pockets? A new Old Navy ringer shirt. I

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Why Yawning Is Contagious

I’m linking to this because my girlfriend is one of the most easily suggestible yawners around — it’s the cutest thing. She’ll yawn if the dog yawns. She’ll yawn if you say the word “yawn.” She’s probably yawning right now, reading this. And for good measure: Emilie’s Don’t Yawn Game.

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June Photos — Stephanie gets a hair cut!

[edit needed: update photos] I adore her new hair cut. I think it looks amazing. She’s still getting used to it. She donated her long hair to Locks of Love. [correct link/photos/2005/06.30_june/index.html] Check out my other photos to see my neighbor’s yard sign — the one about Patrice Abduallah, our City-county council representative, who’s not

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge: Day 2

I have photos of me wearing this shirt in Germany, back in 1997, so I’ve had it a long time. I haven’t worn this shirt in a while, because I don’t usually wear red; I think the color makes my face look too red. It’s also one of the shirts where the sleeves are too

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge

We watched the first installment of Morgan Spurlock’s “30” this past week, (the one where he and his girlfriend live on minimum wage) and now I’m analyzing every cent I spend. So this morning while I was folding clothes, I answered a question that’s been bothering me for a while — “How many T-shirts do

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Vaccinations and Autism

Salon Magazine has an scary article on the connection between vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal (a form of mercury) and autism. People were vaccinated with thimerosal preserved medicines since the 1930s, but in 1989 the number of vaccinations given to children went from 3 to 22, increasing children’s exposure to the preservative. What’s even more

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Weekend Update 2005-06-13

Stephanie and I went to Valparaiso for the weekend to attend her 15 year class reunion. As a couple. The only gay couple there. It was like a mini pride celebration all by itself (since we missed the big event downtown). We even slow danced together during the evening. Very fun. No one seemed to

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More doctors

Yesterday, Stephanie went to her regular physician for an annual physical (because I insisted that she go) and the doctor found a lump in her breast. She went for a mammogram (several of them, and ultrasounds, too) this afternoon. The doctors believe the lump is benign, because it’s not the shape or texture of a

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Back at Work

I’m back at work today for the first time. Woo hoo! It hasn’t bothered me too much, so far. My sternum is still healing, so it still hurts when I move my arms a lot. But I finished up taking the Darvocet last week and I’m just taking Ibuprofen for pain. I can sleep a

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Things to do before I die

Having 2 near-death experiences in the past 3 years has been eye-opening. I need to make some changes in my life, and feel like I’m enjoying life and not just living through it. Self-improvement: Lose 50 pounds run in the mini-marathon Take up a sport that I do every day Learn another language Learn PHP

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Things I want to accomplish in the next year

My birthday is next Monday, so I made a list of things that I want to accomplish in the next year. Carry out my local freeway blogger project Run in the Mini-marathon Lose 50 lbs Get the trim and baseboards in my foyer replaced Cut the old water pipes out of my kitchen repaint my

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Wee Ones

My friend Scott put up his kindergarten class picture and challenged everyone to pic out which kid he was. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to any of my class pictures (they’re in an end table at my Mom’s house and we get threatened with death any time we try to look through them) but I

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Polka Music

I’m sitting in my dining room, and suddenly, I hear polka music outside. Just a sec, I’ll investigate. It was a car stopped at the light nearby. Strange, it was really loud, like somebody playing an accordian right outside my door, or something.

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Cooking

I’m not that great of a cook. I’m not terrible, either, but I find cooking to be very stressful, mainly because I have difficulty getting the timing of multi-course meals down correctly; I seem to never manage to get things all heated up at the same time in order to serve a meal. I’m not

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I don’t need your dictionary; I gots my own lexicon

Merriam-Webster gives us a list of their favorite top-ten words that are not in the dictionary. I’ve heard ginormous before, and my sister has used slickery on occasion. I have my own lexicon of made up words and phrases, although because of cognitive displaysia, there are some things I’ve forgotten to add.

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Human Factors Engineer

If you look closely at the potential examples for job titles at “BullShitJob.com” you can see my actual job title is one of the possible generated ones. Hee hee. Don’t look at me, I didn’t make it up.

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I haven’t blogged in over a week

That’s pretty unusual. I’m feeling a lot better; typing doesn’t feel like it’s pulling on my incision like it did before, so I’m not as uncomfortable. Stephanie went back to work today, so me and Spike are hanging out at home together, staying out of trouble. I already went for my morning walk, all by

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Wow, I had open-heart surgery!

I can’t believe it. I keep walking around the house thinking “wow, I had open-heart surgery. I can’t believe it!” Then I move wrong and I believe it, alright. It’s funny, the doctors and nurses keep saying “You’re not allowed to drive for four weeks! Don’t even think about it!” And I’m thinking I’d rather

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Happy Anniversary!

It’s Stephanie’s and my first anniversary together. A year ago we went to Iaria’s Restaurant on our second date and stood on my patio and kissed at the end of the night. I love her so much and just wanted to say again how amazing she is. She has been so wonderful and supportive through

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Feeling slightly better

I didn’t sleep much last night either (dreams, and just inability to sleep) but I’m feeling alright today. Typing is not easy to do, however, so not much blogging. Mainly I’ve been watching TV/DVDs and reading magazines.

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worst nightmares I’ve ever had

I’m not sure whether it’s the heart surgery or the Vicodin I’m on, or some terrible combination of both, but I just had two of the most horrible nightmares I’ve ever had. Something is seriously wrong. There is no way I’m going to sleep again tonight.

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yep, I’m home

I’ve been home since this afternoon trying to take it easy. Just for the record, typing with a large chest incision is NOT FUN and I won’t be doing a whole lot of it for a while. Owwww! When Stephanie said earlier that my incision looks really good, she of course meant that in the

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Psych!

So I get a phone call at lunchtime (I went in to work for a few hours this morning): “Dr. Beckman just came in and he said I can go home!” “WHAT?! Oh, my God!” I hurried to Steph’s house to pick out clothes for her to come home in and rushed over to the

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Up and walking

The brochure they gave Steph before the surgery said that she’d walk 50 feet three times today. She actually walked 250 feet three times. She got more tubes out again, too. Her color is better again, and she’s talking a lot more. She’s still pretty tired, but I hope she’ll sleep better tonight. I asked

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Phone call

I talked to Steph just now. They put the phone closer to her bed so she could use it. She walked already this morning (!) and had some breakfast, and the doctor just came to see her and said she’s doing well. She sounds better again today, and she said she feels pretty good, although

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A new room

When I got to the hospital this morning, the nurse told me that Steph had already had some Jell-O and broth for breakfast and they were going to put her in the chair soon and take some tubes out. After she got up into the chair, they had me help give her a bath, which

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Morning update

I woke up early this morning because I had a dream that they wouldn’t tell me how Steph was doing, so I called to check on her (the nurse told me last night that I could). She’s doing really well, and they were already done with all her morning stuff. She had some clear liquids,

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Steph’s doing great!

Just a quick update before I run back to the hospital — Steph’s surgery went really well this morning. They were able to repair her mitral valve, which sounds (from the surgeon’s description) like it was even more damaged than they previously thought. There is no leak remaining at all, which is wonderful. We got

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Are you nervous?

Heck yes. It’s funny, that’s the question that nearly everyone has asked me. I am really nervous. So I’m just in denial about the whole thing, for now. I’m sure I’ll lose it once I get to the hospital. 🙂 Seriously, though, I think I’ll be just fine. I’m young and strong and pretty healthy,

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Surgery details and information

I go in for surgery at 5:30 a.m. this Friday at Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46206. 1-800-248-1199 is the toll-free number to call for information. If you want to see me in the hospital before surgery, please come at 5:30. If you are visiting while I’m in surgery,

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CPAP Breathing Machine

I’ve been using the breathing machine for my sleep apnea since Thursday evening, and I think it’s a success. I feel much better rested now and able to concentrate. The mask part of the machine is somewhat annoying; I can’t read before falling asleep because I can’t wear my glasses, and I have to take

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Additional Living Will Pointers

The Onion provides a few Living Will pointers I hadn’t thought of, but will now factor into my surgery preparation plans. Among them: Leave at least one reasonably flattering photo for the press. This point cannot be emphasized enough. Explain in no uncertain terms that, should you die and return as a zombie, loved ones

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Sleep Study Results

Sleep apnea is defined as the absence of airflow at the nose and mouth for longer than 10 seconds during sleep. Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is described as the occurrence of more than 30 apnea episodes over a seven-hour period of nocturnal sleep. My doctor says I had 150 – 160 episodes during my study

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Sleep Test

I went to the hospital yesterday evening to participate in a sleep test to figure out why I stop breathing at night. I ended up getting not a lot of sleep at all, and I was so exhausted yesterday I went home from work and crashed. I’m still worn out today, and scrambling to keep

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Cognitive Decline?

In writing about my upcoming heart surgery for IndyScribe, I stumbled across some information during research that is really disturbing, and may change my mind about having open-heart surgery. According to research, being on a heart and lungs machine during the operation can cause “cognitive decline” in 42% of patients — in other words, brain

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How to Have Open Heart Surgery in Indianapolis

I’m kidding, of course; I’m not suggesting you should deliberately go out and have open-heart surgery. Unless, of course, your doctor says you need to. But since I’ll be doing it soon, I’m certain it will be all the rage and everyone will want a fashionable chest scar like I’ll have. Since that’s the case,

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Cool Headstones

In the event that I die, which I’m quite certain will be 50 years from now and not any time soon, I really want to have this cool headstone from Lundgren Monuments. Because it’s glass and is really cool looking.

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Tired

I started to leave for lunch to get some sunshine a little while ago. Unfortunately, although I remembered my wallet and key card, I forgot to take my car keys with me. And on my car keys is the elevator fob to get past the security block on the elevator. So to get back to

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Living Wills

Stephanie and I met with an attorney last night to arrange to get living wills. She’ll draw them up and then send them to us next week. She charges $230 an hour (wow!) and it should take her a couple of hours to get it done. Ouch. But it’s better than the alternative. Here in

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Frustration

I think the thing that bothers me most right now is that there are so many things I’m not supposed to do. In any given day, I do probably 40 or 50 things that are now on the list of restricted activities that aren’t allowed lest they give me congestive heart failure and leave me

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April 22nd – My Surgery Date

So my surgery will be April 22nd. From what Dr. Beckman and his staff told me, it won’t be nearly as difficult a recovery as I’ve been expecting from the reading I’ve been doing. I’ll only be in the hospital about 5 days. After that I will be home, but I won’t be bedridden. I’ll

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Animal Instinct

The other day when I was sitting in the Cardiologist’s waiting room, there was a video playing about health issues and medical breakthroughs. One of the stories was about a woman who had devastating epileptic seizures and who couldn’t live on her own because of them. They came without warning and rendered her helpless, so

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Living Will

Wow, reading this about Terri Schiavo’s case makes it clear why it’s important for me (and everyone!!) to have a living will. As much as the idea of creating that document frightens me, the idea of something like this happening to me frightens me more. God forbid my life become a political football for the

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Dr. Daniel Beckman, M. D.

Here’s some information about Dr. Beckman, who will be my heart surgeon, apparently. And here’s another bio page on him. Also, here’s some info on some rare procedure that Dr. Beckman is pioneering (not what I need done). Here’s a video [real player required] of Dr. Beckman talking about some rare procedure he’s done on

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TEE Test Update

My Transesphogeal Echocardiogram test went really smoothly yesterday. It’s a relatively painless procedure and all I have is a slight sore throat now which I’m sure will go away soon. And they drugs they give you to knock you out are fantastic. I felt really good after the procedure. I apparently asked Doctor Trippi the

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram Today

I go in for my Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE Test) today at 3 at Methodist Hospital downtown. I had a big breakfast because I can’t eat 5 hours before the test, since they stick a tube down my throat to do an ultrasound from inside my body. They also have to sedate me, so Stephanie’s coming

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This is why my sister should have a blog

She never stops cracking me up: Why, that’s just not true. In addition to good vibes, I can send you goodies for after surgery. Of course, I can’t send anything funny, or you’ll laugh and your chest will hurt. And I can’t send you anything sad because you’ll cry and your chest will hurt. And

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Stuff you read on the internet that scares the crap out of you

From this page: Expectations after surgery: The rate of success of heart valve surgery is high — and increasing. The operation provides symptom relief and prolongs life. The death rate varies depending on the heart valve and averages 2% to 5%. Approximately 2 of every 3 patients who received an artificial mitral valve are still

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Open Heart Surgery

I’ve waited a bit to write about this, because I need to talk to my family and friends first. It appears that I will need to have open heart surgery to repair my defective heart valves. I’m hoping to get some other opinions and information on less invasive types of surgery, but that appears to

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Weekend Update 2005-03-14

In addition to the rally we attended last week, Stephanie landed her loop during her skating lesson on Thursday, which is a major breakthrough and something she’s been working on for a long time. One of her fellow skaters filmed her doing the loop on his digital camera, so I’m hoping to see it soon.

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram

More health-related googling and blogging for me. Transesophageal Echocardiogram TEE or Transesophageal Echo Basically, I have to have one of these soon to see what’s actually going on inside my heart. Today I went to the cardiologist (Dr. Yee, Cardiac Care Center, Methodist Hospital) to talk about the results of my recent echocardiogram. While I

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We Kissed Inside The Statehouse

Photo Set: 2005 Rally Against SJR-7 We had a wonderful, successful rally at the Indiana Statehouse yesterday! Hundreds of people showed up with extraordinary signs to protest the SJR7 legislation. We were getting people’s contact information, and of the people who agreed to sign up, we got 757 contact addresses. That was about 3/4ths of

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Heart Update

I got a call from the nurse… my cholesterol is down from last time I had it checked. It’s 181, which is considered normal. All my other bloodwork is good, too, including my potassium and calcium levels, so the doctor is quite happy with that, and I need to keep eating healthy and not let

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Echocardiogram fun

I had my test yesterday, but I don’t find out the results of it for a couple more days. It went really smoothly, though, I think. It was very interesting and I want to write more about it when I get some time. I’m hoping that I can write enough about it to make a

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Heart Matters

What an echo-cardiogram is. Also, the dangers of Endocarditis, also known as heart valve infection. I’m googling these things because I have to go get an echo-cardiogram for the first time since I was a kid. I have a congenital heart murmur, which has apparently gotten worse in the last two years. More specifically, I

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Making Your Own CD Rack

I’ve linked to the awesome magazine ReadyMade before, but they’ve got more back issues online now, including this article on how to build your own awesome CD rack. I think my girlfriend’s dad would love the heck out of this magazine; he’s a whiz at building his own stuff in the basement.

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Post-Groundhog Day

I had a really crummy day yesterday, but fortunately I have a wonderful girlfriend who made me feel much better. She fixed a wonderful dinner and we got to spend time together. I am so lucky.

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Question

I’m trying to figure out when, before the holocaust, the first Jews who escaped said “Oh, crap. We’d better get out of here.” At what point did they realize that staying and trying to combat the political situation wasn’t going to work, and that they’d better get out if they wanted to keep their lives?

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MLK Weekend Update

Stephanie and I had a busy weekend; we did a lot of shopping and a lot cuddling up at home trying to stay warm. We went to see Finding Neverland, which was a much sadder movie than I expected, and had I known that, I might not have gone to see it. We bought a

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Holiday recap

Between the weekend before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, my girlfriend Stephanie and I: 1) decorated my house and put up my tree, then did the same at Stephanie’s house. 2) Attended Six family Christmases involving 3 road trips (my Grandma’s in Iowa, my mom, my dad, Stephanie’s mom, Stephanie’s Dad and Stephanie’s friend Michelle’s

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My Board Games

I love board games, and have 100+ different games in my collection. So far. General Games Adverteasing – The Game of Slogans, Commercials and Jingles Aggravation Apples to Apples (with expansion packs one and two) Backgammon Bazaar – A trading game Bethumpt’d With Words (with Voyager expansion pack) Bingo Carcassone (with Inns & Cathedrals and

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Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Yesterday, Stephanie and I curled up in the living room under the quilt, next to the Christmas tree, and watched TV while sipping hot chocolate and eating popcorn and cookies. We watched five hours worth of Survivor (including the season finalé) and one of Joan of Arcadia. I love lazy Sundays. On Friday night, a

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Another problem with thieves

This time to my truck. I went out this morning and found my gas door open and my gas cap off and hanging. There was no gas missing (I had just filled my tank) and the truck seemed to run fine. (I have a warning light/beep that goes off in the car if I try

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Thanksgiving Update

I went home to Brighton, Iowa for my family Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration, and Stephanie went with me. We were able to spend a lot of time with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and my brothers; it was very nice. There were 37 people there. One of the presents my grandmother gave me were CDs filled with

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Sigh.

Last night when Stephanie came over to help me set up my Christmas tree, her car was broken into in my backyard. They stole her CD player, a bunch of CDs, a fan and other assorted stuff. It’s very frustrating; I love where I live, and hate it that I have to call the police

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Schwinn Stingray

Schwinn is once again producing, after 25 years, the Sting-Ray bicycle, with a version for kids, and also one for adults. My first bike when I was a kid was a red Stingray, very similar to this one, and my older brother’s was blue. I had the V-back handle bars and banana seat. We thought

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Big Things Updated

I’m being interviewed by a reporter from Nuvo tonight about my “Big Things” Photo Galleries, so in honor of the occasion, I’ve added tons of photos to the galleries. I’d been behind in adding things for awhile, even though I’ve been taking photos constantly over the last year. Now all my new pics are added,

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Weekend Update 2004-11-08

On Saturday, Stephanie and I drove to Cincinnati early in the morning for a figure skating competition that Stephanie was competing in. She won a fourth, third and first place medal in her three competitions. I got to meet several members of her former synchro skating team and other friends of hers, which was really

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My Own Private Library

An article by Thomas Benton on his private library. I think it’s safe to say that he and I should never be in the same room together, because we’d be a bad influence on one another. He has the whole Library of America. I’m so jealous.

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NBEast Weekend Update

I had a really amazing weekend with my girlfriend in Virginia this weekend. I would have blogged about it earlier, but I spend a big chunk of time today getting the trip photos ready and unpacking my stuff. We had so much fun with the other beetle owners and sight-seeing, and the drive to Virginia

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