242-Year Old Spoiler

I'm currently reading David McCullough's "1776," a book that chronicles that pivotal year in American history. Thanks to Hamilton, I'm inspired to learn more about the American Revolution. I'm a bit of a war buff anyway and while I'm quite familiar with both WWII and the Vietnam War, my knowledge of the American Revolution is … Continue reading 242-Year Old Spoiler

Guilty of Anthropomorphizing

Tara and I were shopping for groceries last week and I sort of freaked out because she was grabbing cans of cat food from the shelf and throwing them into the cart without even looking at the flavors. "What are you doing?!" I shrieked inquired. "Buying cat food?" she said, turning a declaration into a … Continue reading Guilty of Anthropomorphizing

Call Me Lazarus

My ongoing battle with telemarketers continues. I don't know why they love to bother me so much. It's as though I won some sort of lottery where the grand prize is daily harassment instead of a few million dollars. I have tried every trick in the book to shake them, but nothing has ever worked. A … Continue reading Call Me Lazarus

Un-July

Living in the Pacific Northwest, there isn't a lot of variation in the weather. A typical January day looks like this: Peek outside in March, and you're liable to see this: Curious about November? Here's what you're going to find: Yes, it's very often a broken record around these parts. But there is a brief … Continue reading Un-July

Yabba-Dabba-Don’t!

Like many social media denizens slash foodies, I like to take pictures of my food. Mostly these turn out decent, but I learned yesterday that it is virtually impossible to make split pea soup look even remotely palatable. Regardless of how delicious it might taste, it's going to resemble something regurgitated by a baby. Case in … Continue reading Yabba-Dabba-Don’t!

I Survived the Ghost Pepper

Sometimes, you've just gotta recharge your batteries. Tara has been working a lot of long hours lately, and craved a weekend getaway. When she suggested an impromptu adults-only trip to the Oregon coast, who was I to argue? We were able to find a last-minute deal on a beach house in Pacific City, and headed … Continue reading I Survived the Ghost Pepper

The Best Surprises Involve Sand Between the Toes

Saturday morning I woke up and Tara was standing by the side of the bed, yanking the covers off me. "Get up," she said. "We're going to the beach." "No, we're not," I mumbled sleepily, confused by my wife's declaration. She was going into the office to get some work done. We had no plans. … Continue reading The Best Surprises Involve Sand Between the Toes

Holy Matrimony!

As I write this post, I can hear waves crashing on the shore. I'm in a hotel room in Newport, Oregon, with the balcony door open and the cool salt air wafting in. I can hear the occasional cries of seagulls over the roar of the surf. It's been a constant in my ears since … Continue reading Holy Matrimony!

A Rabbit, a Vulcan, & a Stuffed Octopus

On a random note, the NFL season kicks off in exactly 100 days. It can't get here soon enough! I just don't follow any other sports these days. Except for women's mud wrestling, of course. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there. Along with a let's go, Broncos!! It's never too early to take … Continue reading A Rabbit, a Vulcan, & a Stuffed Octopus

We’re Such Groupies

Last weekend, when I wasn't busy proposing to my girlfriend or chatting with rock stars,* I was buying peanuts from WinCo. A handful of peanuts makes a perfect mid-morning snack, and eating an ounce a day, in fact, can cut your risk of heart disease in half, and decrease your diabetes risk by 25%. At … Continue reading We’re Such Groupies