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Sunday, May 1, 2016

09:54 AM EST [Link] Raising our Culinary Game [comments: 0]
Lets see, Friday night I made some Seared chicken, with sauteed purple potatoes, kale and apple, topped with some almonds and yesterday I really tried new with a recipe for cod and Yuzu-Shoyu Soba with cabbage and togarashi. And both actually came out decent! Tonight is Grains of Paradise-crusted Steak - wish me luck!

Also this weekend, more work is being on the three season room - more like the finishing touches you might say, to make it even better, and even some work being done on the downstairs bathroom! Pretty busy around here! We've been enjoying the deck already, as is. Once all is done there I think I'll tackle trying to spruce up that old wooden toy chest we got last year at a yard sale.

Working on setting up four brand new raised beds for gardening out in front of the new deck. Would like to be able to go back to growing our own things to use in these recipes, plus it's fun to watch them grow.


Friday, April 29, 2016

07:34 PM EST [Link] Today's sights [comments: 0]
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Entering the Portal...
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Another springtime visitor...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

07:58 PM EST [Link] TBT - The Popular Icon [comments: 0]
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Inspired by an article I read a couple of weeks ago about the Portuguese who immigrated to East Cambridge, of which my grandfather and his parents were, I found an old clipping of his time being the soccer star of the day. Here is an article and team photo of my grandfather when he was young and the star of the East Cambridge Lucy Recs (Lusitania club). A "popular idol!" as the article states. I'm not sure if they ended up winning the championship, but there is another team photo where they are posing with a trophy of some sort. If he was playing today he probably would be worth millions, but back then, they just played for fun. I remember folks in the neighborhood years later who actually got to see him play, say that he was better than Pele. This must have been late 1930ish? In the photo above, my Gramps is front and center, and why not? He was the star!

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Click here to read the article

I miss you Grandpa!

Hmmm, I wonder if, say 80 years from now, someone, perhaps with some connection to me, will post an old picture of me and say some words.


08:55 AM EST [Link] Biked Again! [comments: 0]
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Rode the bike in again! It would appear I burn about 3 calories per minute on these rides. Another nice day, another nice ride. After today I think that'll be it until next week. This fitbit app is pretty cool how it tracks all these different things. I enjoy competing with others as well (if they chose to show what they are doing, you can compare against each other) - I find it motivating.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

08:09 AM EST [Link] First Ride of 2016 [comments: 0]
Took the bike out of storage and rode it into work today - hadn't ridden it in I figure a year and a half! Had to pump the tires a bit but it still rides great. It's not a bad ride as I'm only about a mile or so from the workplace and it's 98% bike trail - only having to stop to cross traffic at Mass Ave in Cambridge and then around my final destination. It was a little chilly, but it's supposed to real nice in the 60s by this afternoon, so the ride home should be good. I hadn't been in a while and was surprised to see some new luxury condos with large picture windows and cute little decks built abutting the trail in one place that looked really nice. Just another old warehouse that used to sit along old railroad tracks both now gone and replaced by condos and bike trails.

outbike427 (13k image)I took a leisurely ride - no need to get all sweaty and out of breath. Unfortunately my Fitbit did not seem to recognize that I was riding (I believe it is supposed to- somehow know)- perhaps it wasn't fast or long enough, but still. I stand corrected, in the app in did notice that I rode for 18 minutes, burning 49 calories. Some muscles may be sore later from getting used but we'll see - I'm fairly active. Trying to get into the mindset of riding a little bit as I may go on the annual citywide spring ride next month.
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Next on my "To-Read" book list (I've become fond of reading again. I was never a big reader until about 10 years ago. Just felt like learning about various things that sounded interesting to me. Probably why I prefer non-fiction. I like the real stories.):
Murder & Mayhem in Boston:: Historic Crimes in the Hub
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel


Monday, April 25, 2016

08:11 PM EST [Link] Quincy Park Tulips [comments: 0]
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A quick visit to the Quincy Street Open Space Park in Somerville. Lollygagging among the tulips.
More info - cool use of space.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

06:26 PM EST [Link] Goat Lovin Saturday! [comments: 0]
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Details to follow, but, awesome!

Too much to list for this Jersey weekend, just a lot of goats, a lot of swimming in the pool, and a little bit of hanging with friends at the diner before heading back up to Boston. Awesome weekend though, but now I am tired and a little sore from all the swimming. (Not used to it, yet).

One other thing, the owner of this particular goat needed a name and I came up with "Lollipop" and she chose it, so say hello to Lollipop!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

01:56 PM EST [Link] This is What It Sounds Like.... [comments: 0]
So sorry and sad to hear about the passing of Prince today. R.I.P.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

09:18 AM EST [Link] National Lookalike Day [comments: 0]
Apparently, today is National Lookalike Day. Through the power of the Internet, it came up with the following celebs that think look like me. I don't see it personally. Kevin Smith??

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If you want to try it yourself, pay Pictriev a visit.


Monday, April 18, 2016

10:53 AM EST [Link] Reading Maniac [comments: 0]
I've really stepped up my game in the recreational reading department these last few weeks, I'm on to my next book (5th in two weeks) about lighthouses and listening to the author talk about it tonight - I'll probably have him sign it if I stick around long enough. If they post photos from the event, I'll link them on the off chance I might be in one of them.

Update: Went, and signed!


Sunday, April 17, 2016

06:40 PM EST [Link] Attleboro Visit [comments: 0]
Quick recap:

* Spring Cleanup! Prepped mower, mowed lawns, trimmed edges, raked leaves, planted various plants and flowers, various yard duties
* Spoke to contractor about a little more work for the 3 season room
* Hiked Mass Audubon's Oak Knoll Sanctuary (up to the lake and back!)
* Checked out the statuary at La Salette (learning to use this new lens, it become apparent to me that I'll need to carry both lenses because this new one is so zoomed by default that to take a regular wide shot I need the other lens!)
* Had a somewhat disappointing lunch at an establishment near there (well, LD did)
* Replaced glass panes in doors with screens for summer
* Over the last couple of days averaging over 10,000 steps on the Alta

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Friday, April 15, 2016

08:06 PM EST [Link] New Lens on the World [comments: 0]
Canon-EF-70-300mm-f-4-5.6-IS-USM-Lens (16k image)Went ahead and pulled the trigger on a new lens for my camera - a 70-300mm zoom lens - hopefully I'll be able to get some better shots!

Other than that, the day was rather uneventful - finishing reading The Singularity is Near (Fascinating future in store if it all comes true) and clearing all the tree limbs from the back yard that had accumulated over the winter (of which there were many).


Thursday, April 14, 2016

01:04 PM EST [Link] A Hidden Fishing Spot [comments: 0]
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At lunch today, I took a walk out back today, as I sometimes do, but this time noticed a "hidden" area up a crest of a hill that I didn't know was traversable since it's always blocked by vegetation. Climbing to the top I noticed this rock, signalling where the Algonquins fished for alewife centuries ago.

Monday, April 11, 2016

09:08 AM EST [Link] Time to get a new ride [comments: 0]
Uhmm..why does my dash have the airbag light on, the Theft System light on, and the Service light on constantly now, for no reason? Probably a corroded wire or somesuch I imagine. Truth is, the car is over 15 years old and over 6 figure milage. Most likely going to need to get a new ride sooner rather than later. I'm going to try to just reset the lights myself later this afternoon

Update: thanks internet! It worked!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

06:22 PM EST [Link] Sunday Shopping [comments: 0]
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Did a little shopping and looking around today, and planted some clematis, and got some of the containers planted with some nice flowers for the decks. Next weekend I need to try to get going on the spring cleanup (ugh). We made some great grilled baby zucchinis in lemon juice, though, and a bunch of little things around the house! Typical quiet Sunday.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

09:31 PM EST [Link] I Want to Live Here [comments: 0]
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Came across an interesting house today - looks like a hobbit could live there!

05:30 PM EST [Link] Scituate Skies (4/9/2016) [comments: 0]
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Today's day trip.. also saw some other sights, may update later, such as a what I believe to be a juvenile common loon, a majestic looking mute swan, the lighthouse from various angles, some not usually taken as I at one point went onto someone's private property and captured a few (shhh!), some beach bunnies, a herd of deer grazing, and a house with some real interesting architecture. Also did a little shopping today getting ready for planting the gardens and containers around here. I even bought suet cake and holder and installed it into a tree to see what it attracts.

08:40 AM EST [Link] Sanctuary 100 [comments: 0]
Today's the 100th anniversary of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Massachusetts. Maybe we'll get out to one today!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

08:36 PM EST [Link] Books on my To-Read List [comments: 0]
Updated:
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse (Going to see the author in person late April)
The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City - Read this in a day - fascinating and haunting read! 5 stars.
Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service - just went to the Post Office to mail a package!
GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome - this one may be a little tough but the history geek in me wants to give it a try.
The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey Up next
The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) - Zombies!
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology - this just arrived and I didn't realize how big this book is!
If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny - I've finished this and I'm giving it 5 stars - I really like the endings of a lot of the chapters, bringing home a point. I highly recommend this book.

You can maybe tell my reading preferences by this list. Also a couple weeks back I created an account on GoodReads so you can find me there now as well.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

11:29 AM EST [Link] April Snow Showers [comments: 0]
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Woke up to this.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

03:21 PM EST [Link] This week's cut flowers [comments: 0]
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Continuing with the cut flowers for the vase...

Tonight's culinary adventure was Cod, with warm beetm carrot and arugula salad. This is second time I've dealt with beets (don;t really eat them all that much). What was interesting about this time was that after boiling them, we placed them in a shallot and lemon juice mixture to marinate for a while and then sauteed them with roasted carrots and arugula. It actually wasn't all that bad.


Friday, April 1, 2016

02:05 PM EST [Link] This Week's Book Reading [comments: 0]
Currently Reading: If At Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner. I heard it was good so I'm giving it a shot.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

11:00 AM EST [Link] Happy Easter! [comments: 0]
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This week's featured flowers are "Easter" Azaleas. Filled up the bird feeders, including the hummingbird feeder for the first time this year, hoping to see some this year. Planning on painting some eggs later - we'll see what develops - LD's been feeling "artsy" lately.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

06:55 PM EST [Link] Sleepy Saturday [comments: 0]
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Woodpecker spotted in the back yard this afternoon.

Saw Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice. Eh.. however, Wonder Woman is kick ass!

Mostly taking it easy trying to get over this bug, but did make some Provencal Chicken, Swiss Chard, and Potato Stew with Aioli and Garlic Toast; Hoisin and Shiitake Burgers with Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Bok Choi; and Mushroom and Collard Green Calzones. Although all three came out pretty good I felt my favorite was the chicken stew dish. Planning on cooking up a ham on Easter Sunday!


Friday, March 25, 2016

04:48 PM EST [Link] An Early Easter Visitor? [comments: 0]
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Look who I found in the back yard this afternoon!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

08:41 AM EST [Link] MeatLoaf at City Hall [comments: 0]
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Saw Meat Loaf last night at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. Both LD and I are trying to overcome some bug that's been bugging us all week, but we made the effort to attend. Strange venue, it's basically the auditorium of the City of Lynn's City Hall Administrative Office Building. It was weird stepping out of the auditorium last night and being instantaneously whisked into a hallways that reminded me of being back in elementary school - you know, that municipal building feel. I wasn't really able to get good pictures, the one above is during the classic "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights." I feel this might be Meat's last go round.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

11:34 AM EST [Link] PSA - Mansprawl [comments: 0]
Manspreading is wrong, people. Some of us would like to get by without having to go all the way around you.

Also, this article.

Just a public service announcement.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

03:33 PM EST [Link] Today's Adventure (Stones) [comments: 0]
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Went to a place in Walpole this afternoon that deals in patio supplies, like the actual stone and stuff - strange place, they also have a bunch of farm animals lounging about, chickens, goats, a llama, and a cow. Oh! And a stonework image of Stewie from Family Guy.

Also, Fitbits arrived today! Gonna try it out now! Will return with a writeup.

Song for today: Good Charlotte's 'Emotionless' - I like this song because it reminds of my life and although the song is a bit harsher than how I do feel, I can relate, and this song touches me in a profound way.


Friday, March 18, 2016

04:53 PM EST [Link] Slight Splurge Afternoon [comments: 0]
Splurged today - some Alstromeria for the vase, and new Fitbit's Alta's coming real soon to get back on the fitness train. Trying to plod through the Witches book - it's ok, though not as good as her previous work, Cleopatra (Which I remember now that I had the author sign for me!) It got me thinking what would be cool would be a book about the young girls that started the whole Salem Witch Trails in the first place - what happened to them? What became of their lives? Could they live with themselves knowing they made up things that sent people to hang? Could they live with the guilt? Did they care? Maybe that's addressed in this book but I haven't reached the end yet -although it's possible nobody ever noted anything about them after the fact - anyways I think that would be a good tale.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

10:53 AM EST [Link] Happy St. Patrick's Day [comments: 0]
In honor, I've decided to go with this office look today. I'm not even Irish!

"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed." ♣

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ROM Returns! Whaaat!? Back in my youth, I was a huge fan of ROM, as I've pointed out before. Nostalgic youthful memories I guess - not sure what this new series will entail, but seeing as I have a full run of the original series, it may be prudent to collect this new set as well.

Got the Spring/Summer planting bug - here's a helpful graphic of what we might try this time out.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

02:25 PM EST [Link] Cooking Night [comments: 0]
pankochick (43k image)Last night's cooking adventure, garlic and panko crusted chicken, over sauteed garlicky greens topped with maple glazed purple carrots. Our own creation!

#foodie

And to entertain your brain, try this game: Streamline


Sunday, March 13, 2016

06:55 PM EST [Link] Found it! [comments: 0]
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I think we found out where the Easter Bunny lives! I'll try to put up the full version of this glorious sight during the week ahead.

06:45 PM EST [Link] Dancing with Wolves [comments: 0]
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High point of this weekend was visiting the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ. I'll try to upload some pics I took during the week. Needless to say, if you're ever in the area - it's definitely worth checking out - another pretty amazing place!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

10:42 AM EST [Link] My Next Reading Task [comments: 0]
I happened to be watching Chronicle last night, and they had this amazing story of this doctor in Boston who basically goes around helping homeless people and has been doing it for three decades. The story sounded insightful, so I want to read his book (Stories from the Shadows) but first I have to finish The Witches, which is also making me want to pay a visit to Salem (but really present-day neighboring Danvers as that's where a lot of stuff occurred plus I've never actually visited THOSE places), as I've not been there in a few years.

Monday, March 7, 2016

08:34 AM EST [Link] Picky Sneaker Chooser [comments: 1]
Man, the New Balance Outlet was packed yesterday due to a huge sale they were having. We were able to score some new kicks though for good prices. LD was pretty astonished at how picky I've become about my sneaks! I was astonished at how picky I am about my sneaks! Go figure, I learn something new about myself every day.

Thinking of getting the Fitbit Alta since my last tracker, the Flex, crapped the bed.

I put the new zester I bought Saturday to good use last nite, using it to generate zest from oranges to top some salmon we made! Tasted pretty good, on top of a bed of white rice and roasted butternut squash.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

04:18 PM EST [Link] Shopping Day! [comments: 0]
Ok! Back from doing a bunch of shopping tasks. Ended up buying a new bird feeder and seed from a bird store down Route 1 in Foxboro. We'll see how it goes. Also went to Bed Bath and Beyond for a bunch of things I wanted, including a garlic press, lemon zester, and dishwater status magnet. Then happened to see two cat bed with cat heads and colors that look like the two cats we have, so LD had to get those. Finally topped it off with a jaunt to the bookstore. I wanted to get Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near" but I didn't see it so I went with the new Schiff book, "The Witches: Salem, 1692."
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Saw this little guy hiding out down the street, trying to hide perhaps?

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And here's a pic of Nubble Light I took a few years ago. Thought it was pretty cool so I'm re-displaying it again. And also, tonight I saw my first Robin in the lawn - spring is here! On Valentine's Day I got LD some flowers that came in a nice vase - those flowers have since dies, but every two weeks or so I've decided to buy new cut flowers to put in the vase - various varieties of flowers - just to keep it nice!

09:34 AM EST [Link] How to Food Prep Faster! [comments: 0]
This is mostly just for me, doing all the Blue Apron meals as of late, but I like these tips and will have to try them out! How to Quickly Deseed, Chop, and Peel Your Produce.

09:28 AM EST [Link] Must..Get..Birdfeeder [comments: 0]
Look outside this morning, old bird feeder on the ground in pieces. Must get a new one NOW! It doesn't need to be anything fancy, but something. Also I find that squirrels can get to anything no matter how squirrel-proof they say the product is. I mostly just want to get some nice pictures! I also want to buy some books to read - as usual my tastes run toward non-fiction human condition type stories. We'll see!

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