Arizona

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Ellie and I have a love affair with Arizona. We went there a few years back after we had been dating for about a year because it seemed like a good place to go in the middle of January. It was and we fell in love with it but we hadn’t been back since. Whenever […]

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Finishing the Basement

Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

This is only the beginning. This is not a complete story. It’s a work in progress and a learning experience all in one. Aren’t the best projects always like that? We didn’t buy the cabin up north, but that same weekend we decided to improve the home we own. It was a part whim, part […]

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Updating the basement shelving

Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

I’m particular.  I have a standard of quality. If my name is going to be tied to something, I want it to be something I’m proud of. This is a trait I developed in my twenties, unfortunately too late to apply to my schoolwork. It drives Ellie crazy at times. When I look at something […]

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The Cabin Up North

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In Wisconsin everyone knows someone who has a cabin up north. It’s a part of your childhood. What did you do this summer? I spent two weeks at the cabin up north. For those of us who didn’t have a cabin up north, we’d usually get invited by a friend for the vacation. My family […]

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Planting the Garden

Blog, Gardening, Home, Outside

I think we are finally past the wintry weather in Wisconsin. At least I hope so because recently I planted the garden for the year. In one fell swoop, I put the fate of my harvest in hands of nature. Oh lord, what have I done? This time last year, planting was much more of […]

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On work


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If you say, "The current job I have is everything I ever wanted," life becomes just so much more straightforward." -Sataya Nadella

December 1, 2017

Slowly Making a Home


Blog, Home, Woodworking

Sometimes home owning drags you down. You look up at the ceiling and wish you hadn’t seen the thing that needs to be fixed or you move something and find that the problem is bigger than you imagined. Sometimes you go into the basement to get the dog some breakfast and you realize the drain […]

October 27, 2017

Mulch Ado About Nothing


Blog, Gardening, Home, Outside

Do you ever come across a website that offers to make your life better and you think, “Great, but this is too good to be true”? I’ve often come across these as ambitious startups offering something free or asking me to please give my email address for updates which never actually come. Well, when I […]

October 17, 2017

Saving Energy to lower monthly bills


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A month ago I received an unpleasant piece of mail. The energy bill arrived and it was $30 more than it had been. And its graph highlighted that the price of the bill was increasing a little each month, though never $30 all at once. It was a shock to the system, something needed to […]

September 27, 2017

Stella, the newest member of our family


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Puppy. Puppy is the newest member of our family. Her name is Stella and she’s the best. We adopted her from a local rescue called Paddy’s Paws. She was born in Texas to a breeder’s boxer who got out and had a one-night stand with the neighbor’s lab. The day before we got her, she […]

September 13, 2017

Leaving CODAworx


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The CODAworx beginning After two and a half years at CODAworx, I put in my two weeks notice. It did not end up being or feeling like I had imagined. I expected feelings of regret and nervousness to kick in, but for many reasons, those feelings hardly came through. CODAworx was a job I took […]

August 29, 2017

I can’t believe I forgot to talk about Student Loans


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I’ve been talking about my student loans for years. It seems like it’s been a very slow process of whittling away at them to the point where they’re manageable. And what I consider slow is probably blazing fast for the average person. I mean, I rarely paid the minimum due each month and there would […]

July 10, 2017

Gardening in my yard


Gardening, Outside

Gardening is easy when you have a plot of land to do it. For years, I was stuck container gardening. It worked, but it wasn’t perfect. Last year I even went and bought a Garden Tower because I won a decent discount on one. I wanted to build a garden tower for much cheaper, but […]

June 23, 2017