2014-06-06 Jamaica Playlist

Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Feeling Good / Nina Simone / 2:53 / Soundtrack
One Love / Bob Marley / 2:48 / Reggae
Soolaimon / Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (Live) / Neil Diamond / 9:34 / Pop
Love Is The Seventh Wave / Sting / 3:32 / Alternative
I Choose You / Sara Bareilles / 3:39 / Pop
I Can See Clearly Now / Johnny Nash / 2:45 / Reggae
Sweat (A La La La La Long) / Inner Circle / 3:46 / Reggae
Buzz-Buzz-Buzz / The Hollywood Flames / 2:20 / Doo-wop
I Ain’t Leavin’ Without Your Love / Nashville Cast / 2:46 / Country
Rhythm of Love / Plain White T’s / 3:20 / Pop
What I Like About You / The Romantics / 2:56 / Rock
I Wanna Get Better / Bleachers / 3:24 / Rock
Tightrope (Solo Version) / Janelle Monáe / 4:25 / R&B/Soul
Don’t Fence Me In / David Byrne / 3:13 / Jazz
Water Fountain / Tune-Yards / 3:03 / Alternative
It’s My Birthday (feat. Cody Wise) / will.i.am / 4:12 / Pop
Emily / MIKA / 3:33 / Pop
We Are One (Ole Ola) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Song] / Pitbull / 3:44 / Pop
Wavin’ Flag / K’naan, will.i.am & David Guetta / 3:30 / Hip-Hop/Rap
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) / Iggy Azalea / 3:20 / Hip-Hop/Rap
Sweet Jane / Cowboy Junkies / 3:34 / Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
On a Bicycle Built for Two / Nat “King” Cole / 1:46 / Pop
Do I Move You? / Nina Simone / 2:45 / Jazz

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Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina

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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 my old friend Dennis and his husband Jeff in DC. I took quite a few sight-seeing photos, but in general I steer clear of taking or posting photos of other people’s kids for privacy’s sake. I got to drive by Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, which was cool. I definitely want to go back and stop at some point.

Durham is always a treat to visit. Lots of cool culture stuff going on there, so we have plenty to do, and we visited their Life + Science Museum to go on the “Dinosaur Walk” which is a nice landscaped garden pathway with dinosaur sculptures. Very fun.

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Goodbye, Movable Type


Pardon the dust, please; I’m moving this site out of Movable Type and into Word Press, and from an old-school host to Media Temple. I took the week off to make this move because I have to configure Word Press and get plugins in place, and I have over 6,000 posts and hundreds of images to import, relink and potentially update.

The site will also sport a new design; I’m using a theme that is built using responsive design framework so the site will be optimized for mobile devices, and which is also customizable so I can put my design on that framework.

Things will be a bit quiet around here until I get things up to speed, but they’ve been pretty quiet anyway since I’ve struggled with the site in the old content management system and at the old site host. Once I get things squared away, expect posting to pick up some speed.

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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 several ideas — I was going to have a reading vacation, and a writing vacation — but I didn’t get to them. Instead I’ve just puttered around doing a bit of reading, a bit of writing, a bit of blog reading, and some cleaning and home repair. I’ve just followed my nose wherever it lead, and I’ve accomplished a huge number of small tasks that have been nagging at me for a long time, but without any actual stress involved. It’s been lovely. I wish I could do this all day, every day.

I started out the week somewhat hampered – I’m having another bout of diverticulitis, and it’s put a crimp in my plans to take the D-O-G for a W-A-L-K every day. I’ve been taking antibiotics and hoping it’s not a serious problem, but knowing that it probably is and I probably need to go in to the doctor. I just really want to avoid the hospital. I’m pretty much done with those. Whether I need them or not.

Now it’s Thursday. I’m not sure what I’ll get up today. I’ve been toying with the idea of going to Ikea and getting some of the furniture we need. It’s only two hours. Seems like fun.

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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 my mom, visited my brother’s house Christmas day, and then drove to Valparaiso to see Stephanie’s parents and friends for several days. We took the Spikel Monster with us, and he was very good. He really loves Grandpa Doug, and I think the feeling is mutual.

Today, the little man was very grumpy with me. I think he was just wanting to settle into his routine around the house again. I foiled that plot by giving him a haircut and a bath. He might be pissed at me, but he’s a cute pissed, at least, and not so much a ragamuffin. I also puttered around the house and did things here and there, which I love. I enjoying getting little things done without feeling like I have a giant list to do. There’s no pressure that way, and I get to just enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

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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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Photos from Dan’s Birthday Cruise

Dan's Birthday Cruise
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Here are a couple of highlights:
Miami from the air
Miami from the Air
Coast Guard
Setting Sail
In Jon and Carolyn's room
In Jon and Carolyn’s stateroom
Dan, Me, Stephanie at La Te Da's in Key West
Dan, Me, Stephanie at La Te Da’s in Key West
The gang at the Southernmost Point of the US
The gang at the Southernmost Point of the US
Doug winning at Trivia
Doug winning at Trivia
Dan and birthday cake
Dan the birthday boy and his birthday cake
Mayan carvings
Mayan carvings at Tulum
Blue Caribbean Sea
Blue Caribbean Sea
Deck chair, chick lit, and fruity girly drink
Deck chair, chick lit, and fruity girly drink
Our CFO gambling away our fortune!
Our CFO gambling away our fortune!
The Gang, with Fascination Mascot
The Gang, with Fascination Mascot
Art Deco architecture
Art Deco architecture in Miami
Perez Hilton, Jonathan
Perez Hilton, Jonathan
Heather and Kai
Heather and Kai

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