Walks in the Park

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One of our favorite family traditions are our weekend morning walks. Every Saturday and Sunday, Meaghan, Rowen, and I get ourselves out of the house right after breakfast to take advantage of the lovely early morning weather and the best part of the day's energy. Rain or shine we can be found doing loops of our favorite local parks and nature reserves. This morning we had a lovely time at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.
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New Job, New House

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I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, so I'm going to do so now. As an addendum, my first day with CrowdCompass went great. I was so busy and by the end of the day my brain was so full that I just zoned out on the ride home. Met a ton of great people and absorbed a large amount of new information. More fire-hose drinking today, I think. We sign away out house this evening. I'm going straight to the broker's office from work. Then it's just a matter of a few days before we sign the paperwork for…
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Hawaii Day Five – Pineapples and Chinese Hats

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The Dole plantation was established around 65 years ago as a fruit stand. It became famous for its pineapples and as part of the ever expanding Dole empire. These days it is a popular tourist attraction on Oahu. We got an early start this morning and beat the traffic to arrive just as it opened and be first in line for Dole whip, their signature pineapple ice-cream. We sat and ate our cups and cones with spoons and licks while looking out over the plantation grounds. The day was off to a good start. As we exited the main pavilion Rowen noticed a stand offering face painting and…
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Bring the rain

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The weather this morning was perfect. Meaghan and I took Rowen to the Beaverton Farmer's market as is our norm on a Saturday. While the winds made it at times difficult for vendors to hold down their stalls, it meant fewer people and thinner crowds. The light breeze and threat of rain provided some relief to the relentless summer sun we've enjoyed this year. I love the long hot summers. They are lovely for getting outside and soaking up the sun rays. Yet I find the early fall to be one of my favorite times of year. After so much…
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Apple Music

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I signed up for Apple Music as soon as iOS 8.4 hit my phone. So far I've been very happy with it, although I've heard that others are experiencing some issues upon canceling their subscriptions. I'll have to wait and see what the long-term experience is like for Meaghan and I but in the positive camp things have been great. I'm able to browse listening to artists and material that I likely wouldn't ever buy or in many cases ever listen to again. It's a nice way to stream what I'm curious about without committing money to a purchase I'd likely regret. At work…
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Don Quixote

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I recently got a bug to read the classic Don Quixote. It's a big book and I have to wade through some chapters but I'm having a great time. It's a sad but brilliant tale of a man so taken by the romantic tales of chivalrous knights in his beloved books that sets out into the world to prove himself one of them. What ensues are rich accounts of the history of the brave Don Quixote de la Mancha told in all the glory befitting of a great hero. I think part of the inspiration to read of his adventures is from watching…
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Wine Journal

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Moleskin now offer a wine journal. I can finally pair my love for journaling with my developing love for wine. The journal is carefully laid out with different sections for different kinds of wines as well as spirits and a set of pages with blank tabs for custom types. I've tried journaling about different wines before but I never really stuck to it. I'm hoping the magic of Moleskine that helps me keep other journals will work for this too.
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Kindle PaperWhite

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I caved and bought myself a brand-new paperwhite this weekend. I used eBooks before or rather I've used my iPad as an eBook before, but this is my first Kindle. It felt superfluous to own an iPad and a Kindle, which is why I held off for so many years. Although it's only been a few days I already love it. I've spent the last few nights falling asleep reading on my Kindle until my eyes could bear the weight no more.
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Weekend Alone

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Meg and Ro are visiting Meaghan's sister in Medford this weekend to celebrate her 30th birthday. I'm holding down the fort and getting in some much needed recharge time. Thanks to Amazon Prime I have a wealth of TV shows at my fingertips. Perfect for a hermit weekend of media consumption. I'm starting out with Boardwalk Empire since I've heard good things from a few folks already. The 1920s gangster genre often provides a rich source of storytelling material. HBO usually knock out pretty solid content too. While I watch I'm playing through Sleeping Dogs. It's a Grand Theft Auto style game set in Hong Kong…
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Speak Up

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I remember a day in school where we learned about racism and the African-American Civil Rights Movement. We learned that prior to the movement racism was extremely widespread. It was a popular belief that white and black people should be treated differently. However, decades later it is unthinkable. People cluck their tongues at the thought of racism and shun those who still cling to outdated beliefs. My grandma on my father's side is sadly still racist. We have not had a relationship for over twenty years as a result. It is unthinkable to me that she still believes the color…
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