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December 20th, 2010

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Here are a few recent pictures. The first bunch came from our visit to family in Beaver Dam, WI over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Then there was a small collision in the snowy parking lot of Holy Land (I wasn't moving at the time). The only casualty was my side view mirror.

Then there's today's snow burying everything in sight again. The pictures were taken with my new camera.


May 25th, 2010

nothing much yet

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Yes, it's been a while since I'e updated here, but time is still moving. Amethyst is 7 and Eleanor will shortly be 4. It's turned into an early summer with a few actually hot days, here in Minnesota.

October 12th, 2009

what season is this, anyway?

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(When I took Amethyst to her school today, she said, "This is fun, Daddy, but why did winter come before fall?"



She had a point. We still have a lot of trees with their leaves still green. The snow is now starting to stick to the pavement and it's still coming down...

July 31st, 2009

one million giraffes

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And now for something completely different, Amethyst has contributed a giraffe to the one million giraffes project! The direct link to her picture on the site is here. So why's this significant? It occurs to me that this is the very first time she's created something to be published on the web!



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July 30th, 2009

summer

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This summer has been a really great time to be outside. There's been next to no mosquitos. (What few there are seem to always go for my wife, Eve). There've been some different things so far. The biggest change has to be that I've joined Weight Watchers and I'm losing weight.  I'm not always on track with it, but for as much as I do, it seems to be helping me shed some pounds.

I've biked in to work a bit lately, including all this week as sort of a "Can I do it?" challenge to myself. So far, I've biked 319 miles this summer. A lot of this effort is supported by Eve in order to get my blood pressure down to more manageable levels.

Amethyst lost her first tooth week before last when we were  tent camping at Frontenac State Park.

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May 26th, 2009

Eleanor's Birthday

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Yes, Eleanor has turned 3 today!  We're planning a quiet evening celebration. Eve bought cupcakes to take to Daycare with Eleanor, so I guess there's really two celebrations.

January 12th, 2009

let it snow

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It's snowing quite a bit today. It's notable because it turns my dull gray parking lot window view from my work cube into a beautiful white field dotted with pine trees. (Yes, the trees were already there, but they don't really go with the field of grimy cars).

On Saturday, we picked up otookee and went to United Noodle a fantastic place for Asian foods ranging from noodles to frozen appetizers and all sorts of strange vegetables and exotic fruits.

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January 5th, 2009

on to another year...

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We stayed in Minneapolis over the holidays and put together some modular furniture. Amethyst now has the top bunk in a set of bunk beds we put together, finally freeing up the space where one of the beds sat in boxes in the basement for a few years. We also put together a dresser for Eleanor (and deconstructed her crib, as she's now in a real bed on the lower bunk). Eve put together a play kitchen mostly by herself (with too many screws!) a month or so ago, which the kids just recently got on Christmas Day.

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December 22nd, 2008

cold in MN

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Like a lot of places, Minneapolis became sub-zero over part of the weekend and this morning. Brr. Roads were deceptively good-- fine most places except where cars stopped for traffic lights and their exhaust put a thin layer of ice down-- black ice, though with the snowpack on the roads, it looked more like snow. Thankfully, I made it in to work without incident.

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December 19th, 2008

dinner at Obento-ya

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We went to Obento-ya Japanese Bistro last night. The food was tasty, but we probably should've ordered a bit more, given the portions. We were quick to be seated (the very box-like booths were very uncomfortable for those of us without perfect posture) and the order came reasonably quickly. Eleanor really liked the miso soup. The follow-up after that was lacking and it took a bit of standing up and putting on my coat (everyone else having gone out didn't seem to register) before the waiter returned to take my credit card. We'd have order dessert if we'd been asked right away. I think we'd go back again, but we'd likely order everything at the start.

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