Sunday, August 10, 2014

Europe - Day 1 - London

I'll keep saying it till it happens, but I'm going to start updating this blog more frequently. Yes, I know, the last entry was nearly a year ago. But it's time. I need to do this. For the sake of posterity, as well as myself.

Catie and I were married in December, in that nice sliver of insanity that takes place right after Christmas and before the New Year. Smashed right in between Catie's brother Max's birthday on the 27th, and my sister Jessica's birthday on the 29th. It was a busy time of the year, to say the least.

Given the craziness, we didn't get much of a chance for a honeymoon, and made the decision to delay it for the summer when she would have more time off, and I could get time off from work. So we did that, and made the most of it by spending nearly 2 weeks in Europe in July. I've attempted to document some of the highlights here. 

I started out trying to get all of the highlights into a single blog post, but I think it'll be easier if I break it down by day, or by segment. Here's the first one - London.

The second we dropped out luggage off in London, we hit the streets to figure out how to visit my cousin Lesley Colvin, who lives on the outskirts of London with her 3 kids and husband, Kyle (pictured later). This picture was taken with the intent of doing an entire series of "Catie <verb> <noun>". For instance, the title of this picture would be "Catie figures out London", or "Catie gets un-lost". They were all going to be travel based. I can't remember how many of these I have, but I'll post what I find.

Catie understands the bus routes.

These are two of Lesley's, Ella and Jones.

They have some fascination with these doors, and Catie nailed a great shot here of them realizing there was someone on the other side of the wall.

Lesley and baby Kate.

Catie shares some ice cream with the kids.

Catie makes new friends. Seriously, these kids loved her after only a few hours together. Thanks to the Colvin's for letting us come spend a few hours with them, we had a great time!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As American as Apple Pie

A few weeks ago, Catie and I took a trip to a local apple orchard, and picked a bunch of apples. We came home literally with about 20 pounds worth of apples, with the idea of making a couple apple pies. Unfortuantely we ran out of time that day, and weren't able to get to it. And I had left the apples in Catie's care.

She's somewhat of an apple eating machine, so I was somewhat surprised there were still some apples left this last Saturday. So, we proceeded with the original plan, and had our first adventure in pie-landia. Catie did a pretty phenomenal job decorating these things, if I do say so myself!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

An autumn affair

My roommate held a fantastic party at our house this last weekend, and I had the opportunity to document it with my camera. This has been an awesome hobby to get in to, and I can't wait to learn more. 

Catie setting up her piano

Nate built this stage for the event
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Getting married

Catie and I are getting married in December. This is one of the pictures that we're contemplating using for our announcement… Also I'm testing this feature in Piacasa to see how well it works for posting pictures, which I see myself doing a lot more of.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

I'm back baby!

After a year and a half of silence, I'm back from the grave. It might be a different address, but it's still me.

What caused me to break the silence? A number of things. For one, I've been contemplating getting back into the swing of writing in a blog for a couple months now - I find it very therapeutic. For another, I have also been thinking about doing more writing, potentially of the literary short story form, but I think I need to warm up my writing skills again. But the thing that really has lit the fire under me is  I've started to get a bunch of people contacting me, wanting to hear about my "experience". So in an attempt to not have to repeat the same information needlessly (my family is well aware of my feelings towards this), I've decided to provide documentation here.

Who are these people? Mostly they're undergraduates from my alma mater wanting to know the footsteps I've taken to miraculously make it through the winding journey to landing a job with my current employer. Don't get me wrong - I actually very much enjoy talking with these people. It's just there are a lot of the same questions, and if I can provide answers to common questions here, and more unique ones on the phone - this would be my preferred mode of communication.

Is that all I'm going to write about? Heavens no. But it will be the first thing. Look forward to more posts soon.