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The Thrill and Stress of Too Many Hobbies

September 11th, 2014, 3 Comments

Today, 4PM. Jacob and Oliver excitedly peer at the box in our kitchen – a really big box, taller than them. Inside is is the first model airplane I’d ever purchased. The three of us hunkered down on the kitchen floor, opened the box, unpacked the parts, examined the controller, and found the manual with […]

2AM to Seattle

August 30th, 2014, 3 Comments

Monday morning, 1:45AM. Laura and I walk into the boys’ room. We turn on the light. Nothing happens. (They’re sound sleepers.) “Boys, it’s time to get up to go get on the train!” Four eyes pop open. “Yay! Oh I’m so excited!” And then, “Meow!” (They enjoy playing with their stuffed cats that Laura got […]

Review: The Wheel of Time

May 28th, 2014, No Comments

Five years ago, I opened The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series, and read: “Lord of the Morning,” he said, “I have come for you.” … On the island, the air shimmered and coalesced. The black-clad man stood staring at the fiery mountain rising out of the plain. […]

Jacob’s Pretend Train Office

May 25th, 2014, No Comments

“5213.” “5213.” Silence. “Train office to train 5213.” More silence. “Train office to train 5213. Is there an emergency?” At this point, I had a decision to make. Jacob’s voice was sounding a little vexed over the radio he was using to talk to me from the next room. Do I answer it, even though […]

End of a year

May 23rd, 2014, No Comments

“AAAAHHH! LOOK OUT! A SHARK!” Such were the cries a few first graders raised Monday. Laura and I had gone to school to eat lunch with Jacob — this was his last week of first grade. We stayed for recess after lunch, and Jacob and his friend told us to pretend to be a shark […]

A Dry Spring

April 21st, 2014, No Comments

Spring in the prairie is a bit of an odd thing this year. Here and there, near ditches and creeks, a short, soft blanket of lush green grass covers the ground. A few feet away, patches of green are visible between the brown shoots of last year’s grass. Some trees are already turning green, purple, […]

Springtime in the Mountains

March 31st, 2014, No Comments

The scene: early one morning as the sun has just started to rise. Jacob and Oliver, ages 7 and 4, are the first people to wake up in the house — their grandparents’ in California, where the four of us are visiting for the first time as a family. They have a conversation and decide […]

Good all-day light laptop?

February 24th, 2014, 32 Comments

I am trying to find a laptop with all-day battery life that’s fairly light. Perhaps I am dreaming too big here, but I thought I’d toss out my hopes and see if there are any recommendations. I am hoping for: Battery life around 9 hours powered up Fairly light. 2 or 3 pounds would be […]

Migrated from Hetzner to OVH hosting

February 7th, 2014, 5 Comments

Since August 2011, my sites such as complete.org have been running on a Xen-backed virtual private server (VPS) at Hetzner Online, based in Germany. I had what they called their VQ19 package, which included 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 100Mb NIC and 4TB transfer. Unlike many other VPS hosts, I never had performance problems. However, I […]

Delicious Holiday Recipes

December 9th, 2013, 9 Comments

I’ve come up with some new favorites this season. The boys and Laura were around for all three, and I am happy to report there were many kitchen smiles over these! From-Scratch Hot Chocolate There’s something about hot chocolate made from scratch, with chocolate melted into milk, instead of a powder stirred in. It takes […]

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