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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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Capr 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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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Endian Goose Chicks, Wellesley MA (5.30.16)
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Turkey Strut. Westwood, MA (5.30.16)
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Cormorant Convention 2 (5.29.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

12:35 PM EST [Link] Tear It Down From Within! [comments: 0]
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Now, this, is open-concept. Tearing down the office building across the way. Looks like they're gutting from the inside out, rather than a straight wrecking ball.

07:58 AM EST [Link] Image of the day [comments: 0]
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One of my own from a few weeks ago. Horse in Shadow!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

08:04 AM EST [Link] 1st Bike Ride in 2017! [comments: 0]
Took the bike to ride in this morning - earliest of the year ever! But the weather is unseasonably warm with temps between 50 and 60 over the next few days, so, yes! The firefly lighting system I installed over the winter work flawlessly (Thanks LD!) although nicely it doesn't get dark now until after 5 pm. For the record, the last time I rode in was Nov. 17, 2016 I believe. As for my rant yesterday, I gave up - they beat you down so you just don't care anymore. What does it matter anyway? Great morale booster this place conveys, eh? If that's the choice, so be it - just don't blame me if a certain capability is needed. I suppose we'd just find another way, even if it might not be the most pleasing or cost-effective over the long haul - but that's not my concern. It would be nice to have a shelf in a file cabinet though - no storage is just ridiculous for an office setting. Also, if I get sick I will be spreading my germs freely to everyone and the first f**ker who messes with the heating/cooling is going to get an earful - because you know these offices can never get the temperature right. Everything in life is cyclical and one way or another, eventually things will change.

Today's braingame distraction: Princess and Hero

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

07:57 PM EST [Link] Architecture to Explain Mental Illness [comments: 0]
This is kind of cool. An artist is Using Architecture To Explain 16 Mental Illnesses And Disorders.

11:18 AM EST [Link] But There's Fruit! [comments: 0]
Just learned that when we move into the new space, it is so small that the large format digitizer I've used in the past won't be able to come with us. They might as well just ditch the color plotter while they're at it, why not? Another capability out the door - no forethought for the future. Just because those things maybe haven't been used that much lately doesn't mean they never will. In the long run, anything that needed that will need to be subbed out and no doubt cost more. Also, I guess these "tables" that we're supposed to be sitting at have no room for personalization, or any kind of partition - not even a inch. Wonder where I am supposed to put my stapler. And no storage for anything whatsoever. I find it all very strange and somewhat dehumanizing. I understand the need to cut real estate costs because you must be sucking in other areas and want to balance the books so you can tell your shareholder you're doing fine but this seems a bit extreme, not to mention the fact that this open concept crap was the in-thing like 15 years ago and not so much now. I find it incredible that senior people would either be in the same room with us or a tiny open cubicle - even VPs! Guess they don't plan on hiring any new senior people because why would they agree to being in that kind of environment? You can forget about mentoring as well since they won't be around to do so. Plus if everyone does decide to just work from home what's the sense of even having this office to begin with? Even more empty space which the tablet could have sat in. You can't make room for a piece of equipment that does fold up btw and only takes up 20 sq. ft of floor space? I'm trying to keep an open mind and I know it will be what it will be, but it does sounds less appealing every day. One of the amenities they came up with is fresh fruit everyday. Are you serious? What a joke.

Monday, February 20, 2017

06:36 PM EST [Link] Boating Fun [comments: 0]
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The cure for anything is saltwater - sweat, tears, or the sea.- Isak Dinesen

04:06 PM EST [Link] Needham Barn [comments: 0]
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Just another sight over the long weekend.

Time to start my reading journey goals for the year. Currently Reading: Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

05:09 PM EST [Link] Warm Day Number 2 [comments: 0]
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Padro and Pan
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Emu Mood
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Alpaca smiling

Great warm day to spend some time at the Sanctuary. Also tried this awesome Italian restaurant for lunch in Taunton called La Familia.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

10:25 PM EST [Link] Featured on Instagramers Massachusetts! [comments: 0]
Finally got one of my pics recognized by Instagramers Massachusetts, the Official IGers Community for the ️State of Massachusetts!

Check it!

06:15 PM EST [Link] A Warm Day in February [comments: 0]
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Friday, February 17, 2017

08:39 AM EST [Link] Valentine's Day Flowers [comments: 0]
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

12:10 PM EST [Link] February Thoughts [comments: 0]
To my mind, February is the worst month. Why? Because it's the one where we seem to get the most snow (after 2 events now I'm done, snow fatigue has set in - I literally found myself feeling short with people and in general just an overall tiredness and irritability). Made harder that it takes longer to deal with this stuff, from cleaning, to scraping, to not trying to get injured. Also, it's the month, where if I'm not careful, I generally get sick. Just the other day I felt a sore throat coming on, but luckily I seemed to have nipped it in the bud.

On the plus side, it is the shortest month!

07:51 AM EST [Link] Bolton Library in the Snow [comments: 0]

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Cool Architecture.

07:34 AM EST [Link] My What Big Ears [comments: 0]
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My, What big ears you have, Mr. Fennec Fox.
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Just hitching a ride, no worries...right?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

08:55 AM EST [Link] A Kind of Perfect [comments: 1]
Hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day. I spent mine at home with a quiet dinner and some cookie baking (and of course buying flowers and sending them to LDs workplace). It might not sound so spectacular but after waiting so long for a love that's real, it's kind of perfect.

Ok, back to your regularly scheduled day.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

06:57 PM EST [Link] Visit to Bolton [comments: 0]
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Checked out another animal place in the town of Bolton (in between various bouts of shovelling the last two days), a suburb I had never been to before. I do have a bunch of pics of the animals which I might share later, but I was more enamored with the various scenery along the route covered in snow.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

02:01 PM EST [Link] Backyard Birding [comments: 0]
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Got some visitors to the backyard feeder after the storm.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

12:58 PM EST [Link] Quiet Before the Storm [comments: 0]
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Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Monday, February 6, 2017

04:06 PM EST [Link] MsPac History Lesson [comments: 0]
Actually owning a Ms. Pacman arcade machine in our game room made me want to read this amazing story!

The MIT Dropouts Who Created Ms. Pac-Man: A 35th-Anniversary Oral History.

09:39 AM EST [Link] Amazing! [comments: 0]
What an amazing Superbowl WIN!!!

They did it again!

(Don't be a hater.)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

03:45 PM EST [Link] Stonington CT [comments: 0]
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Shot from Stonington, CT.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

05:21 PM EST [Link] Animals Inside and Out [comments: 0]
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Here's a picture of an animal I visited today. Not shown is a picture of an animal that visited us yesterday. Somehow a starling got down the chimney, past the flue, and ended up in the fireplace. I heard this rustling all afternoon not sure what it was or was coming from. Eventually found out a bird was in the fireplace. We got the animal control officer down who proceeded to open the grate (something I was averse to do myself for this very reason) and thereby letting the bird fly into house with us ducking so as not to get hit by it's crazy flying around in a panic, not to mention the cats going nutty watching it. Luckily he was somehow able to capture it quickly and let it go to fly into a tree outside the house.

Friday, February 3, 2017

03:29 PM EST [Link] Chasing Skies [comments: 0]
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Here's a view from my office in the early morning yesterday. As an interesting side note, we are going to be moving to an open-office concept where no one has assigned office anymore. Not really sure how it's going to work since people are on calls, or background noise, or where we are supposed to put all our things or whatever, but that's the way it is so in a couple of months we'll see how it all pans out. Obviously a cost savings move, I get that, but not sure how well it will work out with the kind of work myself and some others do. As usual they say it's for productivity and collaboration and maybe that was so ten years ago but there's articles out there saying that it's actually less productive nowadays, plus with some folks voices might be hard to concentrate at times. My team is all over the country and not actually in the office that I reside in these days so it doesn't help me as of yet. I guess we'll see, they're sending some guy up to talk to us about it next week. I suspect they'll be some pushback but obviously the choice has already been made, so we'll have to deal with it. Seems like there's more and more a push for folks to work from home, maybe in 5 years or so there won't be a need for a central office location anymore.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

08:52 AM EST [Link] Uhoh - Tweak [comments: 0]
Thanks little bit of snow that I slipped a little on (but didn't fall thankfully) while walking into the office from the parking lot. Just enough to tweak my back again. Arrrgh!

This is a perfect reason why winter sucks, not to mention the cold, spending more time to scrape or get rid of the snow on various surfaces, making everything generally take longer, costing more in heating costs, etc etc. I'm such a crab.

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Here's another pic from last weekend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

08:52 AM EST [Link] Today's History Lesson [comments: 0]
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

Thomas Jefferson

Monday, January 30, 2017

11:21 AM EST [Link] Perkin's Cove Jan 2017 [comments: 0]
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Here's a pic from Perkin's Cove in Ogunquit I took at the start of this month. Now that January's just about over figured I'd do something full circle.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

08:10 PM EST [Link] Sunday Activities [comments: 0]
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To be fleshed out more later:
Took tree down - yes, finally got around to taking the last of the holiday decorations down including the tree. I felt a little sad about it because it looked so nice where we had it, but storing it away does open up the room a lot again with space.
Tens device tryout - I got to tryout one of those OTC Tens devices but I got to say I didn't like it very much. Weird sensation plus, maybe it's just me, but it seemed to be affected other parts of body.
Instant Pot tryout - finally got around to unboxing this present from the holidays. Have it set up, now just need to run a test and then figure out what to cook in it.
Underwater cam/bike mount set up - I bought this cheap GoPro ripoff over the holidays for myself just to see how it would be. It can shoot underwater and comes with a bike mount if I ever want to record one of my future bike treks. I finally got it working now because I finally got around to getting an SD card in it. The resolution looks to be pretty terrible (hence the cheap price), but it may provide me a little diversion.
Finishing fillings with baked pasta - so much cheese!
Baking cupcakes - LD did a good job with this.
Watching SAG awards - bleh. Update:(but there was Winona's facial expressions!)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

04:53 PM EST [Link] Never Give Up the Ship! [comments: 0]
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Scituate Day Trip! A little history, a good lunch, scenery, and good times with special people....

11:12 AM EST [Link] Purple Carnations [comments: 0]
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January 29th is National Carnation Day. I just felt like putting some life back into the vase.

Friday, January 27, 2017

04:46 PM EST [Link] Dreamy Day / Stromboli [comments: 0]
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I made another one of my homemade stromboli for dinner. I slice up the mushrooms and spinach, make up some garlic paste, saute the mushrooms and baby spinach, throw it together with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and some garlic paste that I mince and create myself from cloves, roll out the pizza dough and place it together, throw it in the oven, and make the sauce using peeled tomatoes. A bunch of leftover filling we end up using for pastas later on. I'm getting to be pretty good at making these now. I learned today that the dough is actually located at the deli section of the supermarket. Perhaps I'll post a pic of the finished product if it comes out looking as good as it tastes.

Also bought a bouquet of purple carnations for the vase to perk this place up a bit plus I thought they looked really cool. Starting to finally take down the last of the holiday decorations this weekend, plus need to figure out how to dismantle that giant tree limb in the back yard. Thankfully when that thing fell it didn't hit anything - the benefits of having a large yard!

11:28 AM EST [Link] Tree Cleanup [comments: 0]
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This fell in the yard overnight...
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...at least there's this.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

09:19 AM EST [Link] Today's Mood [comments: 0]
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That kind of day, amIright? Actually it can't be too bad - my jalopy of a car passed inspection!
Thanks Sparkle for helping me form this entry!

08:22 AM EST [Link] Tiago [comments: 0]
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Monday, January 23, 2017

08:39 AM EST [Link] Divided States [comments: 0]
Ended up watching a very interesting documentary about a lot things that went down during the Obama Administration, and how the rise of the Tea Party, and other back room machinations and deals lead to where we are today. Pretty fascinating look at how government works and all the various pulls for power within. Divided States of America. Oh, and then the Patriots won and are going to the Superbowl again.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

08:14 PM EST [Link] More Strange Sights [comments: 0]
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Looks like they are moving the statuary around again. And yes, that is a lion on the front roof, and a life size unicorn in the driveway.

06:30 PM EST [Link] Visiting the Animals [comments: 0]
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We didn't attend the Women's March but many of our friends did. Instead, we visiting some animals - our zen place. We also sponsored one of the goats there. Such a beautiful day today, in may ways besides just the mild weather.

09:22 AM EST [Link] Apocolypse [comments: 0]
While most people were probably watching the Inauguration, we were visiting an office of the IRS. What a day! Actually, it wasn't bad - pretty boring actually, but good to get certain things straightened out. Other than that, it was a pretty low key kind of day.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

09:41 AM EST [Link] TBT Breakfast [comments: 0]
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Throwback pic of my breakfast from a little diner in Denville NJ from 3 years ago! Figured I'd reshare it since it looks as delicious now as when it did when I first photographed/ate it! To top it off, these pancakes were actually vegan!

07:55 AM EST [Link] Hello Frick and Frack! [comments: 0]
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After some debate, with various suggestions from some folks, we've come to the decision that these guys' names shall be Frick and Frack! I personally find it hard to tell one from the other apart as these two brothers look a lot alike to me, but at least one of them is a polydactyl, meaning it has extra toes, which also makes them even cuter!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10:09 AM EST [Link] Long Stretch Ahead [comments: 0]
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Kittery Point, Maine

Back to the grind today. Was nice having some days off to recuperate but it's always a hassle trying to get back into the swing of things. Let's see. didn't really do too much, I did end up cooking 3 meals over the weekend including some chicken and roasted fennel tryout. Yesterday pretty much ran errands, watched some ST: Voyager reruns, blah blah blah. It was nice having another long weekend, but the next holiday we get off isn't til the end of May so that sucks. Long stretch ahead. My mom got two new kittens over the weekend - I'll be meeting them tonight - intrigued to see these little new members of the family!

And here they are:

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Entertaining suggestions for names since they currently don't have any.

Finally, more Internet of Things. Necessary? No. Interesting? Yes.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

04:18 PM EST [Link] We Goat This [comments: 0]
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Another trip to the sanctuary!

09:44 AM EST [Link] More Culinary Delights [comments: 0]
Last night I made a stromboli, putting it all together myself from scratch, and it actually came out pretty good - for some reason I got the dough to crisp just right and all the filling (cheeses, mushrooms, spinach) didn't blast out of it as it was baking like it usually does. I'm on a roll! I even drained the tomatoes to make the sauce nice and thick!

Friday, January 13, 2017

08:16 PM EST [Link] Friday Nite Feels [comments: 0]
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Friday nite feels. Yes, we have a real jukebox in the sitting room. Usually blast it while making dinner. Speaking of which, tonight I cooked up a recipe called Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussel Sprouts
and it came out pretty delicious, if I do say so myself. Now I'm off to chill.

10:16 AM EST [Link] Lines [comments: 0]
How about using your brain and play some Lines FRVR? I try to play at least once a day myself.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

01:16 PM EST [Link] January Blues [comments: 0]
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I'm missing summer - here's a pic I took from Pemaquid Point Maine last August during my birthday celebrations. You know it's a slow winter when I'm actually watching episodes of the New Celebrity Apprentice and L&O:SVU marathon sessions.

Funny how everything old is new again. Just over the holiday break we saw that Fuji has these cameras that print out the picture on film just like the old polaroid's used to do (contemplating getting one just to try it out) and now Kodak's investigating What it Would Take to Bring Back Kodachrome - something I've never had to chance to use but have heard wonderful things about. I used to shoot film on my grandmothers old 8MM - no sound, but probably where I first got interested in taking pictures. I would try different things but of course you would never know how it came out until after you got the film developed at a lab a few weeks later (I think we used to send it to Sears actually who would do it) - most of the time it was just darkness, but not always. Still have the tapes and the projector to run them - maybe someday I'll let someone watch my cringe-worthy home movies. I watched some of them a while back and realized I had no idea who some of the people were in them - just phantoms to time and to me.

Monday, January 9, 2017

03:41 PM EST [Link] Nubble Take 2 [comments: 0]
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Cape Neddick - 1/2/17

I feel this shot looks really good at the bigger size, you can see all different details in the rocks and the lighthouse, but it's shrunk down here for the site.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

06:52 PM EST [Link] R.I.P. Daisy [comments: 0]
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Daisy and I, Fall 2016

Was saddened to hear of the passing of Daisy today, the lovely kind sheep that I posed with at the Sanctuary last fall. Rest in Peace, Daisy.

02:00 PM EST [Link] Cleaning Up Snow [comments: 0]
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Bird Friends...

*cleaning off snow - probably got close to a foot, thankfully it was fluffy and happened on a Saturday so not too much impact overall.
* cooking steaks dinner/eggplant parm - both came out pretty good, once again I was the prepping machine chopping all the various veggies.
* setting up catcam #2 - finally got a sweet deal on another security cam that I like - and integrates easily with a cellphone. Now I can watch cats sleep both upstairs and downstairs now!
* back update: Still sore but getting a little better by the day - keep working those kinks out. Ah, getting older sucks...

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Just hanging around...


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