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📸 Starting her 44th trip around the sun with 🥧!

Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-18 12:52

So damn grateful you were born sweetheart! Love you so much. #pieforbreakfast #thisis44

📸 Damn Maine!

Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-15 22:40

This evening hour light…. Our departure tomorrow is early, and even though our time here was short, it’s hard not to feel the echoes of something bigger reflecting back on us. No doubt we’ll be doing the same, in kind, on the long drive home.

📸 Just took a solar bag shower outdoors

Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-14 23:15

letting my pasty white farmer-tan skin battle it out with the last few hours of coastal Maine sunlight. It felt almost as glorious as this place we are staying in. It’s been a shameful amount of time since @allthatmel and I have been to the rocky shores of Maine. Really grateful we made the trip. 😌

📸 The light in our home... for better or worse... 🏡❤️

Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-27 23:44

📸 Our piggies combined....

Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-27 23:34

📸 Thoroughly enjoyed this break from the heat (and the 🇪🇨 hammock we got on our 20th).

Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-24 23:19

Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-20 00:02

🔗 “Let’s Talk About Peeing In Space”

Probably one of the most entertaining and informative Twitter threads I’ve ever read. So, so, good..


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-14 14:10

🔗 “Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/arts/bob-ross-paintings-mystery.html

Been working at a new co-working environment...

Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-08 19:33

…and it’s been interesting seeing the differences between the spaces that I’ve worked at in the past versus this space now.

One of the the key “needs” that I have come up with is pretty straight forward: do NOT neglect your inherent need for natural light.

Sure, you may think that you don’t need it, or that maybe you take enough breaks versus grinding away in your cave. Trust me on this, you need natural light. You need to see the outside world.

Make sure that you do. #StepsOffSoapbox

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-27 14:35

It’s official. We all got spoiled by the stability of the iOS12 public beta.

While not hot garbage (for me anyways), iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 are about as glitchy as they come. Definitely heed Apple’s “thrill seeker” warning. Lots of good stuff on the way though!

📸 I love it when I am out walking and shots just magically come together.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 22:30

Durham is always filled with these kinds of encounters. And when the afternoon storms are rolling in like they are here? I turn down whatever is coming through my earbuds, center myself into the present, and pay close attention. I don’t have to capture it every time, but whenever I do, it’s a treat.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-08 02:18

Been a while since we properly 🚀 ‘ed it…. (that’s when we inhabit a couch, each of us at the opposite end, and we talk about everything going on in our lives whilst listening to music). It’s really lovely!

Saying goodbye to an old friend...

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-07 17:20

I recently sent my trustworthy iPad Air 2 to greener pastures and snagged the most recent iPad Pro 11in with the latest corresponding Brydge keyboard. Even though it was definitely time to upgrade, I still felt pretty nostalgic for my old setup and all of the adventures I’d been on with it. Tried and true, it worked flawlessly on consistent basis.

Still, we all know when it’s time.

I recieved the iPad Pro about a week before the Brydge shipped so I got to put it through its paces on its own before using it in what would be it’s everyday set up (basically a compact iOS-fueled laptop). I immediately saw the hardware differences in the iPad Pro (how could I not). I love so much about it, from it’s form factor, to it’s insane speed, all the way down to how well Face ID works. It’s aces. And the Brydge keyboard is the same, however, I’ve been somewhat surprised at how much I’ve become accustomed to the low travel of my 13in MBP butterfly keyboard and how that relates experientially to the Brydge. I initially thought I got a bad Brydge unit, but then I started typing with more vigor (something we’ve all done before keyboard-gate) and it’s all coming back. I do wish it somehow used the smart connector on the iPad Pro, but I understand why they didn’t and latency on bluetooth is minimal to non-existent. Additionally, I love the form factor and build quality (yes, it adds hella weight, but I knew that going in) it’s the perfect match to my iPad Pro, and it just looks cool aesthetically.

So yeah, I’m smitten! It is a glorious set up for me on my admin/correspondence text-heavy days and, like my old trusty iPadAir 2, I expect this setup to last a good, long time.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-30 00:38

Those evenings… storms coming in… right before you decide to cut the back deck lights on.

Finished off the back deck repair job we started a few weeks ago!

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-29 12:36

Had some tricky cuts to make at the very end but, all in all? We think it came out great! It’s finally up to code, safe, and structurally very sound.

Now we just have attempt the rest of the back deck which is easily as rotted out as the top level replaced. 😅 All in good time.

Old houses man, I tell ya!

old rotten joists that need to be replacedold rotten joists that need to be replaced, and more of the back decknew sleeves, joists, and deck planks installed!!another look from a different angle at the new sleeves, joists, and deck planks we installedTad bravely holding a power drill standing in the top deck space area, shortly after it had been completely dismantled.picture of the top deck area, construction completed!

TFW, as a freelancer, the IRS sends you something in snail mail.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-06 23:41

And it is just them letting you know that they are updating your physical mailing address. :)

Rewatching last night’s GOT episode on an iPadAir2 and my goodness....

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-29 22:07

The difference in clarity, rendered blacks, and just the all out general experience is completely different from watching it on our 1080p Samsung TV (which we also love FWIW).

It’s genuinely wild!

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-28 18:24

We all have latent ambition on the daily. Every once and a while though, that bites you back.😬 this deck is gonna involve way more TLC than we originally anticipated.

Just raised the keyboard tray of my home made standing desk an inch and dear lord...

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-26 23:13

My shoulders, wrists, and forearms immediately relaxed. I’m such a preoccupied idiot when it comes to this stuff. I’m in my 40’s now, you’d think I’d be more dialed in than, clearly, dialed out.

Should’ve done this a while ago. Definitely putting a weekly reoccurring OmniFocus task to check in with my body and see what’s not working and what can be improved.

📸 Found this photo in an old archive folder from a long gone MacBook Pro…

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-15 14:59

It was taken right around when we moved to Durham, NC. My first piece of writing was just accepted to be published. That was also the first time my words provided any kind of payment.

I was just starting Conduit and work was coming in.

So much has changed since then. Durham’s not the same - that green wall has been replaced by a towering condo complex.

I’m certainly not the same either. There was a lot of joy, a lot of mistakes to learn from, a lot of anxiety and hope generated from all of the above… life basically.

This photo brought all of that back, as well as immense amounts gratitude.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-03 21:38

Chain link sunset 🌅

Spent the afternoon inoculating logs! 🍄🍄🍄

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-31 02:56

🎵 This new Billie Eilish album... whew...

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-29 19:14

Such a great mix of synth pop and creepiness that stops just short of detracting from the over all amazing creativity at play here. It’s brilliant really. Crank it and dance, but also give it a spin over a decent pair of headphones. There’s a lot to be found on this album and its production. Despite its polish it doesn’t feel pretentious at all. It feels (and sounds) like you are sitting in on someone having a lot of fun which, I’m guessing a lot of us could use these days. Myself included. If this sounds like your bag, have it!

Initial Second Gen AirPods Impressions...

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-27 21:36

Loving them so far! Just as I loved the first gen AirPods.

The new “Hey Siri” integration is a way more subtle improvement than I was expecting. We have a HomePod in our home and have come to rely upon it throughout our day. Being able to use the same vocal interface as I walk around town is such a no-brainer enhancement to my life that I didn’t even know what a luxury it was until it was here.

Which, for me anyways, is why I gravitated toward the Apple ecosystem years ago. It’s those “Ah HA!” moments that always resonate.

In short, the second Gen AirPods have essentially delivered the current experience I have in my home (with my HomePod), to the world around me everywhere I go (at least where ever there is an internet connection). As cliche as it’s become to say in the last few years, I can honestly say that this subtle shift is kind of magical.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 21:32

Been trying to get more afternoon naps in lately… 😑😐😴