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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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

08:23 AM EST [Link] Unbelievable [comments: 0]
It's April 19th....and it's actually sleeting outside right now. I was able to ride my bike yesterday but that's been the only time thus far this month - and only one day last month - so the weather hasn't been all that cooperative lately.

It's bound to get better though - probably straight into summer, hot. Don't seem to get spring anymore, just goes right into summer I bet.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

08:39 AM EST [Link] Acorn Street III [comments: 0]
"There's something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I'm born to leave."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

02:35 PM EST [Link] Fashion Statements [comments: 0]
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Another shot from last weekend's activities.

Monday, April 16, 2018

08:15 AM EST [Link] The Best Place to Be [comments: 0]
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Found myself in this location in Boonton, NJ over the weekend. Rather idyllic little spot, wouldn't you say?

Friday, April 13, 2018

02:09 PM EST [Link] Chillin' [comments: 0]
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Good day to catch up on some reading. We planted a Butterfly Bush today though!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

09:40 AM EST [Link] Finally, Spring! [comments: 0]
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"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." - Anonymous

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

08:24 AM EST [Link] Happy Spring! [comments: 0]
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These crocuses know where it's at. (Okay, so it's a picture I took a while ago, but felt like reposting because I think it came out killer). Actually, it still doesn't really feel like Spring because it's been rather cool still, Spring needs to get it's act together, like, real soon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

08:58 AM EST [Link] New Toys [comments: 0]
catree418 (76k image)I spent a little bit of the later afternoon yesterday putting together the mother of all cat trees for these two beasts. I have to say, putting it together was pretty easy, thanks to the clear directions and having each piece nicely numbered to show where everything goes. Once it was set up and put into place, the boys went at it. A little leery at first, checking it out, smelling it, not knowing what it was. Laurel took to it pretty quickly. He was already at the top and playing with the included ball toys. Hardy was a little more apprehensive at first and stayed toward the lower tiers, but all in all, I'd say within the first 15 minutes they were all ove the thing. My goal is that this will keep them occupied and maybe even get them tired, which it seems to be doing. Of course no sooner than half and hour the drapes you see behind the tree had to be removed due to Hardy being curious and unintentionally destructive.

I also popped on an HDTV antenna for my mom's tv since see doesn't have cable, just over the air, and the reception from the antenna she was using was pretty lame. It was one of those old ones with the ears. These new ones are flat and adhere to either a window or the wall. Seems to be working rather well, all the channels came in nice and clear except for NBC10 - perhaps their signal output isn't as strong as all the others? Also seems like she can get some more channels now, although I doubt she'd ever tune in to any of those.

And here's another city shot from last weekend, I liked the way the building looks set into the other ones behind it.

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Let's make some music. I must have passed this sign hundreds of times growing up in Boston.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

09:57 AM EST [Link] Hidden Niches [comments: 0]
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Just another pic from the other day. I went ahead and ordered a 6 ft cat tree for my Mom's two year-old wild cats (Laurel and Hardy) so I'm hoping to put that together later tonight. I wanted to get a real tall one because these two guys don't seem to be normal cats. Like, they might be descended from some wild F2 or F3 type cat, but we don't really know for sure. They are very long, extremely active, Polydactyl (which means they actually have thumbs, unlike most cats) and somewhat destructive, but very loving. They look forward to me coming over and playing with them nowadays. The minute they see me, they equate me with playing with them, so they get all excited and that's all they want to do with me. Also bought a new book to read (I am so far behind on my list - this is my first read of the year, But nothing has really grabbed my eye lately). Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World. What can I say, I always did like strong women! (Not physically strong mind you, but driven).

Sunday, April 8, 2018

08:09 AM EST [Link] A Different Angle [comments: 0]
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A view of the Old State House from a different angle, I like to call this one. LD had to attend a function in town for a couple hours yesterday so I went along and took a stroll around the city to see what I could see. It was a cool day, but sunny, and overall not too bad. The sun was actually working against me in some shots, but such is life.

I just watched this amazing show called Building Off the Grid, and on this particular episode the guy bought a lighthouse in Maine (called Halfway Rock in Casco Bay) that had been abandoned since the mid 70s and had serious damage and restoration work needed. If you know me, you know I love lighthouses, but if you can, you should check it out ( I believe it's one the American Country Channel or something like that). The work that had to be done and just the location made everything difficult but they did it, even getting all the interior details like it was the mid 1940s still (which was a requirement from the Historical Commision and such). Anyways, there are some amazing cinemagraphic shots in the episode that I found really breathtaking. Such a beautiful and yet dangerous place.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

07:48 PM EST [Link] Boston / Class of 2022 [comments: 0]
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Tripping around town - more to come...

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The Lion and I

Friday, April 6, 2018

05:40 PM EST [Link] Tulips in the Snow [comments: 0]
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Ok, it needs to stop snowing, stop raining, and be a temperature above 50 degrees. It's April ferchristsake.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

08:08 AM EST [Link] 10!?! [comments: 0]
I still want to know more about you. I still want to know what goes on in your heart and mind, and I still want you to share them with me like you always do. I still want to feel your touch, your kisses, and your hugs and jukebox dances, just like when we were first starting out. I still want you by my side every time. I still want to see your face every day and annoy you just for the heck of it. Thank you for giving me the life that I have always dreamed about. I love you so much. Happy 10th anniversary to us, Ladydoc!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

09:34 AM EST [Link] Happy Easter! [comments: 0]
Happy Easter! We're off to a day of brunch up in Gloucester with our double date friends. Perhaps more later....

Updated: Had a great time, my goodness, kinda ate so much that we came back and felt like blobs the rest of the day.

I didn't have a soda at lunch, I had a cocktail, but when I got home I finally decided to have one after almost a week, and boy did it taste so sweet. Almost too sweet. Funny thing is, that I didn't have a craving for it. I'm going to try to go a week or so without having another one.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

05:47 PM EST [Link] Goat Whisperer [comments: 0]
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An afternoon with Rango!

Friday, March 30, 2018

11:18 AM EST [Link] Good Friday [comments: 0]
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

07:40 AM EST [Link] Stabler Sightings and other Musings [comments: 0]
So, apparently Chris Meloni was in Somerville yesterday, down in Ball Square having breakfast, five minutes walk down the street from my house, AND I MISSED IT! I've seen the pictures - it really was him. Damn, could have said hello to Stabler!

In other news, I biked in today - and have joined a thing where every mile I pedal helps kids with cancer, so that's a plus. I'll be getting more info as the dates draw closer.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

01:52 PM EST [Link] Easter at Woody's Liquors [comments: 0]
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Happy Easter! Me and the Bunny outside Woody's Liquors in Somerville a couple of years ago. Such an "Old Somerville" thing to do! Something to keep the kids busy while you stock up inside!

08:43 AM EST [Link] Pumped at Assembly [comments: 0]
Went down and checked out a new sports gym down by Assembly Square yesterday. Amazing seeing all the fit people down there (men and women) and it's a somewhat upscale brand new looking place. Actually, my mom got a note in the mail saying basically that she could use the place for free as a program they are running so I drove her down there to find the place and she took them up on it and signed up!

The place looks so different now than when I was growing up. What a change!

In other news, I've been trying to cut back on my sugar intake - trying to cut back on my soda intake specifically and drinking more water - we'll see how I progress. I tried it once before a year or so ago and was good for a couple days until I watched a Celtics game and went on a mad soda binge, so we'll see. I don't plan to cut it out entirely, just scale back a bit.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

12:20 PM EST [Link] Cat Therapy [comments: 1]
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"Go ahead, I'm listening."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

04:06 PM EST [Link] Class of '86 [comments: 0]
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Photo courtesy of S.N.

Started off the morning checking out the our high school we all went to before they tear it down to build the new one. I can barely remember most of it, but I do remember the gawd awful blue tiled walls in the basement and cafeteria. They have never changed it! Everything seemed so small now when back then it seemed huge. Also, the desks are still exactly the same - also looks like never upgraded. Some classrooms were balls hot while one next to it was cold - I remember that too!

Things I notice about this photo:
1. I'm actually in it.
2. The kid in the back holding up his HS picture
3. Where did all our hair go?

Now tonight, house party! Pizza and a movie watching party of "I, Tonya" with guests and good friends!
Updated: This was a lot of fun - that movie is a real trip too!

Friday, March 23, 2018

03:19 PM EST [Link] Picture Perfect, Boston [comments: 0]
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

08:10 AM EST [Link] Nothing Burger [comments: 0]
Well, the weather people really screwed the pooch on this one. Hardly any snow from this fourth Nor'Easter! HAHAH! Well, I guess places like New York and D.C. got the brunt of this one, but they can have it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

10:20 AM EST [Link] Nor'Easter Number 4 [comments: 0]
A 4th nor'easter in as many weeks this month - are you freakin' kidding me? At least there's no supposed to be as much snow as last time, although we were all hoping it would miss us entirely which was the track earlier in the week, but I guess that changed.

Happy Spring all right. Stop it already, we want to get going on Spring stuff!

08:23 AM EST [Link] Assault [comments: 1]
So last nite, my mom and I went down to Porter Square. I had to some business to square away and afterwards we decided to get a coffee at the Dunkin Donuts. We drank our coffees there for a while and then a man walked in with an almost full bottle of open whiskey. A rather large jug full actually. Open container and all. He happened to sit at the table behind us. My mom was feeling a bit leery of this character so we decided to get up and go. As we were leaving he happened to notice the hoodie I was wearing. It had a wolf on the front (since I got it from that Wolf preserve down in Jersey a few years back). He started spouting how we was a wolf and part American Indian, then started naming off a bunch of tribes. Needless to say, this guy was already half way through the bottle and pretty out of it. As we went out the door, a woman (his companion apparently which I learned later), happened to overhear my mom talking about the large open whiskey bottle that the guy had.

So we're walking back toward my car in the parking lot, when a couple minutes later the woman, who had come up from behind us, confronted us and started yelling, looking at me, and saying why was I saying her "husband" had a big bottle of whiskey. I had said no such thing, my mom did, but she slapped me across the face anyway. It didn't hurt or anything, I was more stunned than anything. And then she got into with my mom, asking why she slapped me and the woman saying "What are you going to do about it?" and long story short, the lady ended up shoving my mom and she went down to the ground. Mind you this is all in broad daylight around 6pm in a crowded strip mall, although at this particular moment I don't think anyone but us saw what had happened. I was able to catch her as she was falling so it wasn't that bad a fall. Everything was alright. My mom said we should call the cops and the lady took off but I felt it wasn't worth the trouble as there was no real injury, just shock more than anything, plus I didn't feel the involvement would have been worth it.

City life...Hmm, maybe they got into it with someone else later, as I was checking the Cambridge police twitter Hmm

Monday, March 19, 2018

03:28 PM EST [Link] Game Time! [comments: 0]
Gem Thief DeMake

I'm currently stuck on Level 22!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

01:41 PM EST [Link] Beacon Hill Puddles [comments: 0]
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Ok, now back to watching marathon sessions of Flea Market Flip. Although, how many coffee tables and bar carts can one have?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

09:47 AM EST [Link] Over a Foot of Snow [comments: 0]
We got 19.9" of snow in Somerville yesterday, according to the NWS. It just wouldn't stop. Very tiring. Must of went out there 4 or 5 times trying to keep up with it. Arlington got 22" which is not far away - essentially the next town over, but the winner was Wilmington with 31.0"


One observation I noticed is that I can tell the storm is winding down when all the television channels stop showing nonstop coverage of the storm. And really, is it really necessary to have it on all freakin day? No kidding, we know its snowing out - why do we need to be reminded of it every single minute of the day? I find this very annoying. So instead I watched some cable channels and embarrassed to say but ended up watching some reruns of the Kardashians. Shameful, yet I was intrigued enough to keep watching it. Like, 3 episodes worth. Must have been the snow crazies addling my mind.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

07:48 PM EST [Link] Winter's Not Done yet... [comments: 0]
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Too bad the nice weather isn't going to last... third Nor'Easter in 12 Days here in New England coming! Interesting weekend all in all, it was good to get out there, see some sights, and recharge a little bit - we'd been in kind of a funk lately. Gloucester day trip - just had to get out somewhere by the water but all the southern areas are still trying to figure out how to get up and running, so we went north. Originally the plan was to head to Maine, but they've had a lot of snow so we felt it might be better to wait a little bit longer on that. Damage didn't seem to bad up there but rocks everywhere. I felt I got some pretty good pictures though.

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Went to a breakfast place on Sunday morning in Easton (not the place we really wanted to go, since they said the wait would be 1.5 hours, which is ridiculous), but a place not too much further away, the food was good, but the clientele was really strange. Needless to say, most likely will never go there again. (I mean, changing your infant baby on the table across from us? Really??)

In the early evening (did this day feel like the shortest ever, or what? We'd be like, "It's 9 o'clock already!?!") LD made a chicken pot pie in the Instant Pot which came out pretty good. I helped out doing the prep work, cutting up the veggies and such.

Went to to Sanctuary today. Had to get some goat time in and all, plus I needed to renew our yearly membership anyway.

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The beautiful Blossom. She might not be the physically most attractive goat, but that makes even more beautiful to me. Plus she's awesome.

Finished off the evening by watching some O.J. Simpson old interview. I liked how after every segment they had a panel, basically discussing what he said, and what they thought about it and him. Basically, he is what you think he is, IMHO.

08:56 AM EST [Link] Face the Day [comments: 0]
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Face the Day

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Twin Lights

Saturday, March 10, 2018

06:30 PM EST [Link] Gloucester Day Trip 031018 [comments: 0]
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DayTrip - Lobster Ravioli / Shrimp and Corn Chowder - Lobster Quesadillas / Birding / Storm Damage
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Take a seat and enjoy the view! Someone left this here!

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Eastern Point Light through the trees...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

07:44 AM EST [Link] Nor'Easter Part II [comments: 0]
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Trinity Church, Copley Sq, Boston. I like the way this one turned out - just the sense of scale and all. Trinity Church is the only church in the United States and the only building in Boston that has been honored as one of the "Ten Most Significant Buildings in the United States" by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1885, architects voted Trinity Church as the most important building in the U.S.; Trinity Church is the only building from the original 1885 list still included in the AIA's current top ten list. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 30, 1970.

It was mostly rain throughout most of the day, but overnight turned to heavy wet snow. Lot's of trees down or folks without power but I made it through unscathed thankfully, digging out and all. Every now and then overnight I'd hear thumping against the side of the house, like things repeatedly falling from the roof. Those things are most likely are clumps of wet snow (I hope!) I 'm actually in the office right now after deciding to work from yesterday. Some things are just easier to get done here and today's one of those days.

Also, Happy International Women's Day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

07:24 AM EST [Link] Another Nor'Easter [comments: 0]
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Boston Common

Another Nor'easter set to hit us up today - this one with more snow than last time, though I think the Boston area will be mostly rain based. We'll see.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10:26 AM EST [Link] Today's Puzzle Game [comments: 0]
Massi by venergy.

Starts out easy - gets more complicated as you go!

09:28 AM EST [Link] Love this Web Series [comments: 0]
I'm digging this new web series!

What Makes this Song Great?

Really makes me listen to the songs again and find more appreciation for what goes into making music. I especially liked the episodes on the Police, Metallica, and Soundgarden.

Monday, March 5, 2018

10:39 AM EST [Link] Night in Dorchester [comments: 0]
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When I think of Dorchester I do not imagine this view, but there it is! Good time last night, food was excellent. The cake was cool, even though the restaurant messed it up a bit. Must have had it next to something warm and a little bit of the side had started to melt. Story for another day.

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