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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017) - Stacy Blvd. Shot
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Baby Bunny we called Cottonball, Norwood MA (backyard - Jun 18, 2017)
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Gloucester Boating (weird sky), Spring 2017
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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017)
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Red Barn in Snow, Bolton MA (Feb. 2017)
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Long Beach/Beach Haven, NJ (December 2016)
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Surf City, NJ (December 2016)
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Supermoon November 2016
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Fall Cleanup (October, 2016)
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Somerville Bike Path (10.18.16)
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Natick Falls, Natick MA (10.16.16)
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Sunset at Ten Pound Light, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Rooftop Pool, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Prospect Hill Tower, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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View of Boston from Prospect Hill, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetary (Sept. 2016)
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Winslow and Tiki (Sept. 2016)
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Pemaquid Point Shot, Maine August 2016
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Zen along Ocean Point, Maine (August 2016)
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Mystic Seaport Dusk, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Rocks and Roses along Penobscot Penisula (8/9/16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #3, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #2, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #1, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Rock Harbor, Orleans Cape Cod Sunset July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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Chatham Light Beach, Chatham MA July 2016
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Chatham Light, Chatham MA July 2016
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Highland Light, Truro MA July 2016
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Cape Cod Windmill, Easton MA July 2016
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Greyson the Alpaca, Hubburdston MA July 2016
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Mystic Seaport Sunset, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sea Lion, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Boston Light (7/1/16)
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Point Judith Light Area, Narragansett, RI (6.12.16)
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Lighthouse Mailbox, Somewhere in RI (6.12.16)
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Pemaquid Point Maine 2011 (re-issue 6.6.16) - I'm jonesing to get back there. I have a thing for lighthouses and puffins. Maybe this summer!
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Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)
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Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

10:34 AM EST [Link] Resolution for 2018 [comments: 0]
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My Resolution for 2018: Watch more sunsets.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

05:35 PM EST [Link] Keurig Repair and Jukebox Cooking [comments: 0]
The Keurig was making good awful noises over the last couple of weeks so this morning (after the shovelling) I decided to take a tackle at it. I found a YouTube video that said how to basically fix it with a turkey baster so I followed those directions and what do you know - it worked! There's so many howto and fixit videos on YouTube for just about anything it's truly amazing.

And in the early evening it's so much fun cooking and having the jukebox play in the background as we are preparing things. It's just so much fun! I really enjoy it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

08:18 PM EST [Link] First Snow [comments: 0]
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Somehow ended up watching the Grinch tonight - always a classic. However, after that came a Elf on the Shelf cartoon which I also watched but had me scratching my head over. He didn't do anything! At least Rudolph went around and helped the Baby New Year! This was a big advertisement. All he did was sit around in a couple of spots and then the kid touched him and he was gone. Not sure how that made the kid believe in xmas. Ridiculous!

Went out earlier in the day to the supermarket and we made a chicken pot pie. Perfect day for that kind of activity.

Friday, December 8, 2017

03:26 PM EST [Link] Sandy Hook [comments: 0]
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Sandy Hook, NJ
Another shot from the archives of my phone camera. Also next on my reading list: No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America. Is that book #18 for the year that I've read? - geez far short of the 40 I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Oh well.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

08:07 AM EST [Link] Hexaturn [comments: 0]
Some tidbits for a Thursday morning:

Game time! Hexaturn, a fun little brain game.

Thank Gawd Microsoft finally released an update to their Outlook App last night on Android. The previous version hosed notifications so that you'd get it hours after the email came in, even for ones you deleted hours earlier. It was a little annoying to say the least. Seems to work great now though!

Celtics are on fire this year! Keep it up guys! I happened to catch the game last night against Dallas. What a fun team to watch these days. Excitement is in the air with this group!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12:48 PM EST [Link] Winter is coming... [comments: 0]
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Another one from the archives. This shot was taken a few years back just outside the Vermont General Store in Pittsfield Vermont. They just happened to be coming down the street as we were crossing and I took a quick snap!

10:02 AM EST [Link] Next Printing Project? [comments: 0]
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Old Scituate Light

Old Scituate Light was built in 1811 making it the 11th lighthouse in the United States. In September, 1814, during the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abagail Bates ("The Lighthouse Army of Two") warded off an attack by British soldiers by playing their fife and drum loudly. The British retreated since they thought the sound came from the Scituate Town Militia. Impressive for a 21 and 15 year old at the time!

Anyways, I think this shot I took would look killer printed large, maybe on glass. Any interest?

Also, why am I the only one interested in my circle of wanting to see "I, Tonya?" Someone convince LD!

08:27 AM EST [Link] December Memories [comments: 0]
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Why not just let the pictures tell the story?

Monday, December 4, 2017

07:22 PM EST [Link] My Happy Place [comments: 0]
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

09:35 PM EST [Link] Circle of Hope 2017 [comments: 0]
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Went over tonight and lit our luminaries for the Circle of Hope, a yearly tradition with us, where we light tiny candles in bags to remember our loved ones. Earlier in the day, much noise was being had as the house furnace was being upgraded. We also hit Trader Joe's and Xmass tree to buy some supplies. I will say the Junior Mints flavored hot chocolate single serve cups are pretty good if you like that candy - tastes just like them in hot chocolate form.

09:17 AM EST [Link] Crash Landing [comments: 0]
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Cape May

Here's one from the archives I rediscovered recently. I kinda like this because it looks like I came from space and landed in the ocean as though I'm some alien traveller visiting Earth. In actuality, the wreckage in the water is the SS Atlantus - the most famous of twelve concrete ships built during World War I. I'm not sure why the military at the time thought building a ship out of concrete was a good idea. Ultimately it wasn't - it was proven impractical after several trans-Atlantic trips because of weight. It broke loose during storm (June 1926) and went aground and I guess people just decided to leave it there where it still is today - rotting away, less and less of it being visible over time.

Friday, December 1, 2017

02:37 PM EST [Link] Busy Friday [comments: 0]
Started out with my 6 month checkup/cleaning at the dentist, happy to say all is well. My two books arrived today (Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age and Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind) so I'll start reading them over the weekend. Took the cat to the vet for a checkup as well just to make sure the little guy is doing ok - he's acted a bit strange on a couple of occasions - hopefully it's nothing but just wanting to make sure.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

09:00 AM EST [Link] Cape May Sunsets [comments: 0]
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Cape May

I think it's about time to revisit this location.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

05:51 PM EST [Link] Getting It Done [comments: 0]
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Nahant, MA

Got a lot of things done today that have been on the docket for a while, feeling really accomplished. Cleaning out the basement a bit more and donating many things that were no longer wanted to the Salvation Army; hitting the grocery store for food for the week; going through some more LPs and culling it down to only the best; ordering some books that have been on my list for myself to read over the next couple weeks; the biggest news is we got around the setting up the tree and other such decorations around the house. Score! Thankfully back is feeling a little better tonight although my big toe is starting to bug me a bit. WTF - not one thing it's another!

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09:10 AM EST [Link] Walking Wounded [comments: 0]
Yesterday we spent some time at the Sanctuary. Spent a few hours there - such a magical place really, has to be experienced. I hurt my back again - argh. Guess I pushed myself a little too much yesterday doing some fall cleanup. It will spasm and lock up at times, and when it does it's somewhat painful. A slight return of the "drop foot!" Oh no! Some advils and a heating pad last night seemed to have alleviated it a bit somewhat.

LD is the master of the Instant Pot (dinner last night, her chicken broccoli rice and cheese dish is delightful!) Been using the heck out of that thing lately.

I think today we'll try to put up the tree and maybe some decorations along with the usual Sunday tasks in preparation for the week ahead.

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Eustis and I enjoying some warm November sun.

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"You don't say!"

Saturday, November 25, 2017

09:35 AM EST [Link] Black Friday [comments: 0]
Yesterday was black Friday but we didn't do any shopping (I mean, why would ya?). I don't really want any gifts since I have everything I could possibly want already. Pretty blessed and I know it. I think maybe purchasing an "experience" might be better, like a getaway or going to a later event. Did have a somewhat fun time cleaning things out and found some really old stuff that was fun to laugh about from LD's high school days. Sort of like a spring cleaning only it's fall. Still have more of that to do but it's getting there. I also went ahead and added some new records to the juke. The only negative is it only holds 100 records so you have to swap them out every so often. I also went ahead and started putting things away for the winter and getting the place ready for the colder weather. Today however is supposed to be in the 60s so we are definitely going to be something outdoors.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

10:57 AM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2017! [comments: 0]
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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! This guy was kind enough to pose for me a little while ago! Lots to be thankful for! This pic of mine was even shared to the instagram community by IgersMass this morning!

I'd have to say that our InstantPot Thanksgiving meal was a success! It actually was pretty tasty and didn't take long at all. While we may go more traditional next time, as has been the case in previous years, this experiment turned out quite nicely and was perfect for just the two of us. LD changed a couple of ingredients but for the most part you can follow the same recipe we used here if you want to try it sometime.

Now we be napping.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

01:34 PM EST [Link] Happy Juke Day [comments: 0]
jukeday2017 (97k image)Today is National Jukebox Day so here's a picture of ours to celebrate. Speaking of which, I have to put some new records in it that we got over the summer and that I've finally got around to printing the labels out for. Yeah yeah all the technology in that machine can fit on the size of a thumbnail now but there's just something cool about watching all the mechanicalness of it do it's thing. Plus, it's such a great conversation piece when we have guests over.

Today started out like it was going to be a problem with the furnace not working properly but thankfully it was just a switch that needed resetting and all is fine. It acted like it wasn't receiving the inputs from the thermostat settings, but we had a guy we know come over who lives around the corner who knows about these things and discerned and resolved the problem real quick - thank goodness.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

07:53 AM EST [Link] Different Side of Nubble [comments: 0]
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Was going through some old pics and came across one from 2010 when we were in Maine. This is taken from actually behind the island the lighthouse stands on while we were on some sort of boating excursion, hence the different angle. If I remember right, the water was really choppy and we felt pretty sea sick but managed to get through it. Looking back now it was worth it to get this particular shot though.

Monday, November 20, 2017

01:59 PM EST [Link] Instathanksgiving [comments: 4]
Going to try something a little different this year. Yesterday we got all the needed ingredients to basically do all of Thanksgiving using the Instant Pot, which includes the turkey itself. Looking forward to see how it all turns out. We can do it since it's just a small gathering. Will keep updating on this to see if it's a hit or a miss. As an aside, that Pot is pretty amazing with what how many different things you can do with it, and it's done so fast, quick, and easily.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

09:47 AM EST [Link] Starting to miss Summer [comments: 0]
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Orleans, MA

Also, where the hell did this year go? Almost over already! Feels like a blur.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

10:27 AM EST [Link] Next on the Reading List [comments: 0]
Two books I noticed that just came out that I think I'd be interested in reading over the next month or so. Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind, and Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

09:52 AM EST [Link] Taking a Dip [comments: 0]
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Still around, just been either too busy with work/life, or just don't have anything really worthy of mentioning at the moment.

Friday, November 10, 2017

12:58 PM EST [Link] Bridge Over the Charles [comments: 0]
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Newton, Ma

Thursday, November 9, 2017

12:24 PM EST [Link] Website Server Work [comments: 0]
Webhoster is upgrading server from Ubuntu Linux version 12.04.5 LTS to 14.04.5 LTS. What does all that mean? - should be nothing - just a note that the site may be unreachable for brief periods of time while the upgrade happens. So sit tight if you don't see anything, but overall, disruption should be minimal.

Update Complete: Things seem alright to me.

Monday, November 6, 2017

07:55 PM EST [Link] Up and running [comments: 0]
New photo printer is up and running! This is cool, it's fast but I especially like the fact that I can print to it wirelessly, which is what I've been playing around with tonight and it's working like a charm. It pays to upgrade once in a while!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

10:45 AM EST [Link] Busy week [comments: 0]
Busy busy - my sister moving back home (just showed up at the door with a U-Haul full of stuff and said she's back - needless to say, although my Mom loves seeing her, this was unexpected and a bit jarring - should be interesting to see how it turns out since they don't get along all that well), hitting a concert last night (highlight- "Jon" handing a pick to LD personally! - The Jovi tribute was great, but the other two were just so-so, more like just an excuse to get plastered for most folks anyway - and there were some doozies as per usual, including a somewhat uninhibited woman grinding into LD and her friend), dealing with the basement (luckily after two different contracting folks checking out - overall no damage, just have to let it dry out over time and we should be good - I'll have to be more vigilant about certain things clogging up around the place but overall good news and I was able to glean some good tips about how to help prevent this from happening in the future). My photo printer arrived last week so I want to try to set that up early in the week and try it out. Also my MsPac desk toy arrived and it is very tiny but it does work as advertised - still can't beat the real full size one we have in the game room.

Here's a pic from the Cosmic Meditation we did under the Swissnex Dome at Boston Hubweek 2017 from a few weeks ago:

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

09:50 AM EST [Link] Halloween 2017 [comments: 0]
We must have greeted at least 50 kids last night, and they were mostly younger tots with their parents. Now to eat all that leftover candy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

08:31 AM EST [Link] Walking on Water [comments: 0]
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Nothing worse than finding out the finished basement has some flooding. Actually it's not all that bad but it has gotten beneath the carpeting in spots. Trying best to dry it out now with dry vac and humidifiers and will then assess the best way to move forward. I don't feel it rained all that bad the other night but I guess it did? Will have to further assess how the runoff for that particular day was different than any time before. I don't think we were the only ones in the neighborhood with the problem - it's just that this never happened before so it's a little concerning.

In other news, I ordered a new color photo printer. The old epson just wasn't cutting it anymore plus this new one will be able to do 5x7s as well as 4x6s. Also it's built to run with Windows 10 and has wi-fi printing capability which blows the old circa 2006 printer I had away. I also finally ordered one of those tiny arcade Ms. Pacmans I blogged about a while ago. More like a little tchotchke desk toy for me to play with.

Oh, and it's Halloween so gotta help hand out treats to the kiddos.

Monday, October 30, 2017

10:18 AM EST [Link] Weekend Update 10/27-10/29/2017 [comments: 0]
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Couple of pics from over the weekend, some animal visits (apparently as of late they are having a horse stay in with the goat barn which doesn't allow us unfettered access anymore, and that's a real bummer because that's the main reason we go, but hopefully it's not a permanent thing), checking out some foliage sights (mostly around Newton and Westwood, but no place in particular - just around), getting caught up with things at home (including making a bolognese in the Instant Pot - that device is pretty amazing! Glad I bought it for LD last Xmas). Got some much needed massages on Sunday, Other than that, nothing earth shattering.

A while back I was musing about, you know how sometimes you'll see a person, usually an elder, and they are really hunched over? I was wondering about when they go to lay down, do they straighten out, or are they still hunched? I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, but months later it occurred to me that perhaps they just lie on their side, thereby still being hunched. However, if they were to lie flat, would they straighten out? I suppose not because then they wouldn't be hunched over in the first place, right? Plus for them it's probably painful if not impossible to do so. Ok, this train of thought is really weird.

I did start reading a new book, although it's actually a fairly old book now - Love is a Mixtape (one of LD's old books lying around actually that I decided to give a spin). For some reason I had a hard time starting it but it's getting easier now. It reads a little dated to me, but I suppose that is to be expected.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

06:10 PM EST [Link] Halloween is Coming [comments: 0]
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Shot from a cemetery in Arlington, MA

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

09:36 AM EST [Link] Colors [comments: 0]
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Haven't had much to say lately - just that I've been feeling pretty tired these days and trying the get up in the mornings is getting harder and harder.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

08:21 AM EST [Link] Oldie But a Goodie [comments: 0]
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Birds enjoying the New England Autumn

Sunday, October 22, 2017

08:32 PM EST [Link] Today's Adventure [comments: 0]
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Leaf peeping along the Charles. Went looking for some foliage locations today - stumbled upon this place.

Also had to get around the Charles Regatta this weekend - forgot that was happening, and made a chicken pot pie in the Instant Pot (although it came out more like chicken soup).

12:07 PM EST [Link] Autumn in the Air [comments: 0]
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12:04 PM EST [Link] Painted Lady and the Man Date [comments: 0]
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Painted Lady Butterfly

Went on a Man Date last night. Saw the new Blade Runner (which is one weird movie) with one half of M&M while the other half hung out with LD. We had a nice dinner and then went to the movies while the girls must have been chatting away with eachother and drinking pumpkin martinis. I did have fun though - a little bro bonding.

Friday, October 20, 2017

02:40 PM EST [Link] Details Create the Big Picture [comments: 0]
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09:44 AM EST [Link] Dreaming of Angel [comments: 0]
So last night I had a dream. In the dream, LD and I appear to be watching over the three kids. Oreo, our cat, is there as well. There's a lot of screaming and running around going on. We appear to be in some sort of house/warehouse with little stairs everywhere, surrounding what appears to be a mini bowling alley lane, no pins or gutters, and kind of small,but I distinctly remember seeing the guide symbols. The kids are chasing Oreo up and down the stairs. He is keeping ahead of them but there's only so many places he can run and will probably eventually tire, it being three on one. We yell at them but nothing seems to happen. As all this is going on, I look to the ceiling. It's all a mess of thin steel, or perhaps iron, pipes criss crossing into what appear to be rafters. Angel is there, looking down on all of us and the activity, rather nonchalantly - a look I had seen many times before. She is watching Oreo get chased but just keeps watching. Then she looks at me, nonchalantly as well, as if it's just business as usual. I climb up on one of the staircases closest (the setting doesn't really make any sense to me). Everything else drops away as I raise my hands to Angel but can no way reach her and she doesn't really move anything, just keeps looking at me. Just then Josh - the youngest of the three kids, rolls some sort of small steel bowling ball down the lane, making noise as we all look to see what caused the noise. When I look back up to the rafters a second later, Angel is gone.

I don't know if there's any supernatural meaning to certain dreams we may have, but in this case I'd like to think that maybe there is. I'd like to think that Angel's sending me a message that's she's watching over us and that all is well. I awake just then and my eyes are teary. It's been 4 months now but it was definitely a sign worth waiting for.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

11:04 AM EST [Link] Gruesome [comments: 0]
That was a pretty gruesome injury last night to the Celtics' Gordon Hayward. Bummed that it probably going to set us back a bit but I feel more for the guy. Hopefully he can get well soon and maybe contribute. Seeing it live on tv when it first happened was pretty cringe-worthy. 5 minutes into the first game of the season. Unreal.


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