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A child in a colorful rain suit working a water jump.

Rain suit water pump combo

Child wearing a llama costume looking at a case of cakes in a bakery.

Llama llama cake 🐑 🍰

Child in a winter coat walking towards a fallen log in the woods.

Springtime adventuring.

Child climbing into an ornate window seat.

Gotta get to the view.

Man in yellow coat pulling a child on a sled through a snowy city street.

Snow day explorations

Large masonry oven.

Oven lovin’ — totally smitten

Child in a winter coat and a black hat wearing a yellow backpack standing on a bridge overlooking a river and some brick mills.

Throw back to our recent exploration of some nearby mills.

Man in yellow rain coat walking a black and white dog, with a 3 year old walk through a snowy graveyard.

We went for a cold wet walk today.

Young child wearing a winter coat and a yellow backpack running along an outdoor corridor.

Exploring the mills of Saco and Biddeford.

A 3 year old wearing a black beanie sitting on an elaborately carpeted staircase.

Working on our Wes Anderson game at the Portland Museum of Art.

Toddler eating a very large pastry.

Today has been deemed a success. 🧁

Child in blanket fort.

Blanket fort, the second

Dog in a blanket fort.

Blanket fort, the first

Black and white dog on couch.

Hanging with Abe.

Eating pancakes and French toast.

Breakfast grin. 😬

Black and white dog snoozing on its back. Legs all in the air.

We got a touch of spring today!

A group of wooden gnomes making and eating pizza.

Some folks watch football. We paint wooden gnomes and make little felt hats for them so they can run a small cafe.

A building with some hand lettered typography: “oysters”.

A building with some hand lettered typography: “oysters”.

I’m really into this treif typography.

Cooking in a play kitchen, wearing a chef’s hat and apron.

Sick day spent cooking.

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5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF! Another rocket ship run! 🚀

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IE 11, hello there.

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Oh hey buddy — here comes the snow.

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Sometimes Avi and I wear matching sweaters.

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Impromptu trip to the Children’s Museum.

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Breakfast with snow.

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Rounding out the year with some quality playground-snacking time.

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Is this the best seat in the house?

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Merry Christmas you all! May it be safe, cozy, and happy.

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Wandering the old port

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Requisite solstice time clementine mutilation. Day 1 of 13, winter break.

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I’m usually not one for food photos, but today Tova made the cake to end all cakes. Check out this splendiferous solstice Yule log!

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Steamy bakery window in an old fire station.

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Watching a squirrel in the snow

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Last night burning bright!

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Waiting for breakfast

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Exploring some teeny tiny lighthouses

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Cold, wet beach-fun

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Sometimes you’ve gotta build with blocks while wearing a raincoat, rain boots, and a hat.

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Another snow day! ❄️ ⛄️



Six years ago we went for a hike and got married! We’ve been on a lot of hikes since then, and I’m wicked excited to go on a whole heap more!

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Snowy adventures (the dog wussed out after about 3 minutes).

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First snow day of the year!

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I don’t care if you think I’m a monster. I love leaving menu-bar-mode enabled in emacs.

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Cold weather climbing practice. Eat your heart out Bear Grylls.

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Salamanders, pill-bugs and worms

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Post-bagel ambulation 🥯

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Gonna snow soon.

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Portland has the littlest flatiron building.

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I’ve done a good job of working myself into a panicked frenzy about the state of the world (read here as the climate” and American politics”) over the last few days, and found myself feeling really hopeless. I generally make an effort to be Pollyanna-ish about life, the universe, and everything, but that has been a struggle lately. This evening, though, we went across town to the reformed shul to participate in a vigil honoring the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The turn out was remarkable. Feeling apart of the community did me a lot of good. I wouldn’t say I’m hopeful, but I’m feeling like I am not alone which counts for a lot.

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I love it when you talk dirty to me, Amazon. Treat yourself!

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Running along the boardwalk.

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The fish-bubble at LL Bean in Freeport never gets old

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Wandering around a nearby cemetery

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A family friend took a photo of my face that I don’t loathe!

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A very fall weekend.

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Final product of the adventure, success!

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Spoils from earlier adventure

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Throwback to some recent adventuring

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Goobers chillin’ on a rainy day

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View from a bridge in Shelburne Falls, MA

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On our way home from Massachusetts we got to cross a bunch of covered bridges in New Hampshire.

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Grandma’s house has really cool toys.

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Painting pumpkins 🎨 🎃

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Rambling western Massachusetts, exploring some state parks between visiting fall festival after fall festival.

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🍃🍂🍁 🎃

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Wandering western Massachusetts.

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Watching the construction on Pearl Street.

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Evening art activities, and an iron safety lesson.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to be a father to a son.

I, and he, are some of the most privileged people on the planet: white males.

Avi is compassionate, goofy and smart. He is the love of my life, but I know I can’t forget that he could be the boy bullying a classmate, or catcalling a passing stranger, or so so so much worse…and that I must remember the same for myself.

I’ve struggled to put into words how best to express my wish for his future. Luckily Tova did it better than I could ever:

So as he sleeps his sweet toddler sleep in his warm, safe bed, I make him (and everyone he meets) a promise:

To give him space to be sad and scared, and not just commend his bravery and strength.

To encourage him to be courteous to all, rather than chivalrous toward women.

To teach him that men can be nurturing, warm, sensitive, beautiful, and vulnerable.

To explain that he has incredible privilege in this world, and he can use it to stand up for and empower others.

I will work hard to let him know that he can both wonder at the size of trucks and appreciate the beauty of flowers.

That being called girly” is not an insult.

That he can come to me without fear when he makes mistakes.

That I will take time to listen to him, and to answer awkward questions honestly.

Avi, I promise I will do my absolute best to raise you to be someone who gives a damn. To not just believe in people and their stories, but to care.

And I promise to always give a damn, even if I don’t know how to put it into words.

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Nerds in the woods

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Running through the woods

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:falls to knees, weeping:

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Longtime no home screen update.

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Throwing back to this weekend. I’m really glad we got to visit this place early in its history as a National Monument, and I’m excited to visit again as it grows.

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At what point does my attic-office become a co-working space?

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Some more photos taken on our adventures up in the county, including what I believe to be a fly agaric mushroom, like the ones Viking berserkers would munch before going berserk.”

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Our last day in the county was gorgeous. I can’t wait to get back up north.

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Exploring the wilds of rural Maine.

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We broke the fast in style yesterday evening.

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Someone really loves interpretive panels.

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We’re sticking close to home this weekend. Today we walked through a nearby wood and explored a cemetery.

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Wandering the Fort Andross mill in Brunswick, Maine

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Sliding into the new year like…

Coworkers

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My coworkers. One old. One new. It has been nice having them around during the workday 🐶

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Thistles by the sea

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Full house 🐶 🏠

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Experimenting with the public works

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Portland from the Back Cove.

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We walked to a lighthouse. It was a much longer walk than I anticipated.

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Tidepooling with mama, ex-marine biologist.

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Today we explored South Portland. Even though it is only a short bridge away we almost never go. We started by visiting the bakery BLVL (not pictured, but knock your socks off phenomenal), then we visited Twin Lights State Park, from where you can sometimes see whales from the shore, next up was a quick lunch break at the Toast Bar…which is exactly what it sounds like, only 120% better. Finally we wrapped our wanderings visiting Spring Point Ledge Light.

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Baby moose eating an afternoon snack

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Throw back to last weekend in Scranton, PA where we ate at a great kosher deli and found these amazing deco doors.

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It has been a lot of fun over the last few weeks to see Avi switch from scribbling to drawing specific shapes and figures. This is a sun, but also the rain.”

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2018-09-01



We kicked the weekend off by exploring Gray and New Gloucester, Maine. We visited with some baby moose getting fed at the Maine Wildlife Park, ate pizza at the New Gloucester Village Store, and stopped by Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the last active Shaker community.

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End of summer vibes

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This sums up my priorities pretty well

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I never imagined the joy I’d experience from re-uniting with folks that I lived with and saw almost every single day for 4 years 7 years on.

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2018-08-23



This weekend we drove to Newfoundland Pennsylvania to attend my college roomate’s wedding on his family farm. It was steupenous. We had an absolute blast camping, hanging out with the animals, seeing old friends and making new ones.

We also took the opportunity to explore the area a bit. Scranton is a really great city, especially if you like train museums and kosher delis! On the way back we also poked around Great Barington Massachusetts and found some stellar ice cream.

It was nice to check out of daily life for a bit and hang out with the family on the road. Wicked thankful for all the wandering we’ve been able to do this summer, and excited to see where we get to next!

2018-08-25





2018-08-26





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Making this fairy house into a home.

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Bedhead, pancakes, and the big green bib.

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While not nearly on par with Iceland, it is reassuring to see that fairies are getting some municipal love. 🧚‍♀️ 💕

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Squeezing in a little bit of wandering before it rains.

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Sunflowers at Big Sky Baking Co.

🌻 🌻 🌻 🌻 🍞 🍞 🍞 🍞

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We had a lot of fun exploring Portsmouth, NH this morning. We’ve driven through, and grabbed a bite to eat a few times but we’d never taken the time to wander the city. It was fun ambling around the nearly colonial-era streets.

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Poopn’ next to a car that costs about what our house cost.

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Shadow friends, the animated version!

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Bug light in South Portland, ME is a teeny tiny, but very beautiful lighthouse.

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You can just see Mt. Washington!

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Tonight we ate fresh falafel, donuts and ice cream by the ocean.

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We stole ourselves to Freeport this evening to escape the heat of the city…and to ride on a giant boot. Also, there may have been ice cream.

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LL Bean has very good air conditioning.

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Shut up, it is a million degrees outside. I’m hiding in the relative shade of my very warm attic-office today.

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Today we crashed the bougie beaches of Kennebunk, Maine

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Light in the old port this evening.

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To get ourselves out of the house on this rainy Saturday we decided to drive up the coast to Maine’s capital, Augusta. We didn’t make it though! Instead we got sidetracked in a little town called Hallowel, home to Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and this library. We thought it was a church but it is actually the oldest library building in Maine still serving its original purpose! It was built in 1880.

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Rainy day road trip

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Why box yourself in like that macaroni and cheese?

(Posted while cooking a box for brunch)

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It was an interesting (read as terrifying”) experience being in the grocery store when EVERYONE’S phone received an emergency alert. Luckily, it was just for some impending weather.

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This evening we assembled this little play kitchen. Remodeling a bona fide kitchen with nothing but a stapler and a piece of bologna may have been easier 🦄

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You had a good life weird plastic hubcap cover. You are gross and broken now. RIP

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The Draken Harald Hårfagre

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We caught a glimpse of the Draken Harald Hårfagre on our bike ride this evening! Even from a distance Avi was mesmerized and said, Wow, an animal ship! It can talk because it has a face.”

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Our air plant bloomed today! 🌱 🎉

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Making ice cream”🍦

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Oogling some tractors

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We had a lot of fun visiting Wolfe’s Neck Center in Freeport today. Excited to go for a hayride in the fall!

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Adventure time! Because they’re open 24 hours a day and they have AC.

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2 pictures taken exactly 1 year apart (July 3rd) in the same spot.

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Waiting patiently” for breakfast.

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Pistachios all day long

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We got a new tent after having a kid. This is our first time pitching it (in a friend’s backyard). 3 or 4 of our old, pre-kid tent could fit inside of our new tent. Is this glamping? ⛺️ 💋

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Not a fan of running.

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I’m pretty pleased with the Apple Watch a little over one week in⌚️ 🏃

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I don’t typically post photos of food because I think they always look a bit gross, but for dinner this evening I made an 80% whole wheat pizza with a mushroom, pepper, sweet potato sauce (more of a ragu, really) topped with cheese and nutritional yeast. It was hideous delicious.

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A portrait of picnic heartbreak 🧀 💔

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Portland Pride kicking off with a rainbow (is it a Sun Dog?)!

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Big day of biking, eating, walking, playing, and riding the narrow gauge railway! We bike by the train museum ALL THE TIME, but finally made time to go for a ride today.

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The Denver-based family folks came to see the ocean.

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Play hard. Nap hard.

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Trunk potty party people watching downtown

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How did I not know that you can copy requests as cURL in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari’s dev. tools!?

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Adventure time! Today we day-tripped to Old Sturbridge Village for one of their Wool Days,” wherein the sheep are sheared, harangued by agreeable dogs, and oggled by many an onlooker. We had a blast. On the way back to Maine we stopped from some dinner and wandering in Portsmouth, NH. Despite having lived nearby for so long we’d never visited. Would recommend. We will revisit. A delicious veggie burger was eaten.

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Yellow road trip buddy

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Sheepdog, Oula. That’ll do”

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We biked circles around the parking lot for a really long time.

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“My god Mary, they built this thing in Bedford Falls!?”

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Someone got roped into a historical preservation photo shoot yesterday afternoon.

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You mean I can’t come with you!?

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Peekaboo! We spent the better part of the day exploring Portland. Spring seems to have sprung! 🐣 🌱

A young child in warm clothes sits on a rock, while pointing at the ocean.

Yo, it is the ocean.

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Maine, you aren’t the absolute worst, I guess. 🙄

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Kurt Vonnegut, genius.

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Playground weather returns!?

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From one of my favorite lunch spots downtown.

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Creep peeking on the renaissance revival Customs House in downtown Portland down an alley.

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To take our mind off the sleet, and this seemingly endless winter we went on a little itty bitty road trip today.

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It was in that moment that Miriam decided to never fly economy class again. The fuckers in first class had actual life vests and were drunk enough to not mind the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

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Our trip to DC is coming to a close. It has been a blast, and I’m sad to see it end, but also feeling rejuvenated and excited for the spring 🐣

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Waiting for the train

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We shared lots of giggles today

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Today was a great day spent exploring the city, and hanging with good friends

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Yesterday, Avi went to the aquarium, and I got the rest of the stitches out of my eye! HOORAY to having vision better than 20/200! 🙌

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Shorts and short sleeves — the preferred attire of Mainers in DC

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Drawn by mom, under Avi’s art direction. I think they have a promising future in comics. (Note, it is unclear what the letters signifying. Avi insisted the parents have Qs, he have a B, and the dog a W.)

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March for Our Lives, 2018-03-24

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Wrapped the day with some more LEGO (Note that Avi cannot abide tires remaining on wheels)

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Stopped by the children’s museum, too. The museum’s interactive water exhibit looks ever so slightly like a local ecological catastrophe.

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City-stomping all afternoon long

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LEGO all morning long

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TFW you are trying to write an indieweb how-to guide and you can’t get your demo site to authenticate.

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In my natural element, at a bagel shop.

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Snow days are for lounging.

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Snow days are for play dough.

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Snow days are for painting.

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Throw back to one of our last days living on Mount Desert Island.

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A weekend of baking, birthday parties, running with friends, riding in new carseats, and books.

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someone spent a long time in their rain-suit

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Watching the the snow plows in the parking lot.

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Preparing for toddler thunderdome on this very snowy day.

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Throwback to that time we went to Iceland and I snuggled with all of the moss.

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Llama pillow at grandma’s house

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Hey hey New Hampshire 👋

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Throwback to beach combing this past summer before we moved.

Does Hogwarts have an early-enrollment program? 🧙‍♂️


Staring. Judging. Always judging.

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The captain came to visit!

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Making Hamantaschen!

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Things in things

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Spent the morning in this kitchen designed for the very tall making a whole bunch of pita and falafel.

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Grim, yet excellently rendered

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Another snow day on the horizon. Not heaps predicted, but conditions are supposed to get fairly dicey around 1 PM or so, local government and schools decided to have an earlier dismissal. I got Avi to day care a bit earlier than usual this morning to try to squeeze in a solid half days worth of work before then, but now I’m stuck staring at a blank .php file in vim. Pseudo code time. 🌨 🏂 ⛄️

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🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀

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“A live donkey is better than a dead lion, isn’t it?”

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Today in frustrating error messages

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We marveled at the balmy temperature as we walked to the children’s museum.

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What are you doing youtube!?

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I did not buy this typewriter today. I did look at this typewriter for a very long time, however.

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Our kitchen has a really pretty corner. It is also sort of a fire hazard. 🔥 🌴 🙏

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The house is a wee bit nippy this morning.

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We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rounding out the day’s activities with LEGO, of course.

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Treehouse peepin’

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Next stop, physics!!!!!

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Emerging from the nap-fort

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Bald bedtime book bananza

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“shh, I need ta focut”

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v cold. v cozy. v tower.

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“Feel free to enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait for a table to become available…”

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It’s the dog is merely a blur” degrees outside.

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We’re as prepped as can be for this storm ❄️ ⛄️. Avi is excited to watch all the snow plows go by. The dog is excited for winter to be over.

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I think all this talk of a snow hurricane” and a bomb cyclone” has got folks a bit nervous here in Portland, ME.

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Birthday llama goes grocery shopping

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Bouncing into 2018!

Heaps has changed this past year:

  • Avi learned to walk, talk, sing and so much more
  • We moved to Portland, ME
  • My folks’ moved to Denver, CO
  • My sister-in-law moved to Madrid
  • Both Tova and I started to work for HistoryIT
  • Aaaaaand I went all in on the Indieweb!

Here we go, 2018 🎉 🎩

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Eating the birthday cake he helped make, while reluctantly wearing his birthday crown 👑!

The birthday extravaganza will continue tomorrow 💥 🎉

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I’m a sucker for all things the year in review.”

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Avi helped make his own birthday cake today! Thanks dude 🤙

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“Ground control, we’re ready for liftoff.”

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I cleaned up webmention support on my site this evening. I’m pleased with the new display. The next step is to actually store the content someplace, rather than displaying it directly from webmention.io.

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Sledding…uphill

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Mommy/sledding time!

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Mommy/Mario time

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Knocking it back, Christmas-style and hoping the snow lets up enough to find some Chinese takeaway.

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Western Mass for the weekend.

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A difficult choice

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Laziest. Dog. Ever.

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Looks like we may get our first snow of the season tonight! Our first since moving to Portland. ❄️🤞 🎉

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Yup…month 13 is out of bounds.

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Anyone ever seen this before? The degradation of the guest icon isn’t an artifact of the photo, it appears like that on the screen. What is weirdest is that I have the guest account disabled. Selecting it brings up a password entry screen that I can’t get through.

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Our shelf grows slightly more festive this year (note blue bowl of chalk and pterodactyl cookie cutter, too)

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The great bridge crossing of December 3, 2017

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We found a cow when we were in Denver.

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Aunt | Cousin | Cousin | Aunt

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Built a fort. Ate some pizza. Watched the Magic School Bus. 💫 🚌 🍕

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It’s our five year anniversary today! 🎉

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So sad that this queen doesn’t live a more comfortable life…

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How on earth what this a software fix!?

A good buddy of mine suggested that maybe there’s a threshold pressure required for the touchscreen, that changes with temperature, and they added a process that adjusts it based on the internal thermometer reading”

Seems viable, but I’d love to know for sure.

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…and then it snowed. Well, sleeted.

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I’ve been stricken by the iOS 11 autocorrect bug! 🐛 what is weird is that I hadn’t seen it for days and days. Then I used WhatsApp and BOOOM! 💥 there it was, and now it is everywhere. I️

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Whenever I read Avi The Shape of Me and Other Stuff I wonder if Dr. Seuss invented the first blog(g)?

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Weird light on a building

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Third breakfast, 8:04 AM

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Day light savings time is a great idea…

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Movie night! This evening I went to see Blade Runner while Avi stayed home with mom and watched Curious George. I’m still digesting Blade Runner, but know I enjoyed it. The score and sound effects alone made it worth the trip to the cinema.

The original Blade Runner is the first film I remember seeing that simultaneously felt like it had real narrative stakes while following characters who, for the most part, didn’t matter” in the grand scheme of the narrative’s world. This movie picked up where the last one left off, in a way, which shifted the story’s scale…maybe focus is a better word? The characters were operating at the same or a similar level as the first movie, but they seemed to matter more to the world.

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Home sick, but llama nonetheless.

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Box. Crayons. Adventure!

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Sassy coworkers.

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Sickday. Rain day. Working from home day.

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Bashi is by far the most patient member of the household.

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Brooding playground pose

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I love pasting JSON into Skype chats.

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That crazed look you get when you snag the only fire truck themed shopping cart at the grocery store.

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Watching the BHFDs ladder truck spray the ambulances clean at the baseball field 🚒 💦 🚑

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Toddler semi-formal attire. 🤵

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Best buds reunited.

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This morning I remembered that I used to run a theater with this crazy, Art Deco chandelier in it.

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The kitchen is starting to feel jungle-y. 🐯 🐒 🌱🌴🌳

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Fun evening activity: clean install!

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Fancy new micropub media endpoint!

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Spent a lovely, weirdly warm, fall weekend exploring New England. MA, CT, NH, and back home to ME!

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Had a blast at the Ashfield fall festival today! Made new friends, ran into old ones and ate a whole heap of maple-y goodness. 🍁

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Come for the sukkah building, stay for the bagels.

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🐑 (actually a lama)

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Thursday morning selfies. Thanks @khdunphey and @strouter for avicado’s awesome new shirt!

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🍎 🐐 🕶

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Lazy New Year vibes

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Scheming and secrets. Olly olly oxen free.

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Waffle salad for dinner! A pretty great innovation. Also, cashew cream is mad delicious.

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Been wicked foggy all weekend, but also unseasonably warm. Had a blast biking around, exploring playgrounds and playing under tables. Now, back to work before Rosh Hashanah!

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An after breakfast snooze.

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Sublime Text 3.0 features many new features and improvements…also a new icon. Griping about change is a bit passé, but here I am. Gripers gotta gripe. I realize that this is only a logo, and that they can be changed by the user…but this is a demonstrably terrible logo. Firstly, the old logo communicated something about the app. It was a key cap, much like the ones that must be tapped and poked to use sublime text. This new logo is abstract to the point of near meaninglessness. And while icons needn’t always carry meaning this icon seems a little blind to what meaning it edges against. Beyond being vaguely reminiscent of the cool s, it also looks a heap like a broken capital N, or, you know, a bit like the insignia of the Schutzstaffel, or SS. Does any of this matter in the long run? Probably not, but iconography can help to shape the personality of a product (see Susan Kare’s work for Apple). Product design and app development aren’t purely technical. There is also a good bit of theatre involved. The set needs to be dressed.

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Tonight’s sleeping arrangement may very well prove that Bashi is one of the most patient dogs ever.

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Waiting for this train to cross the road. This very long very slow train. 🚂

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First day of big-kid daycare today!

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Having a great weekend so far. Spent most of Saturday exploring different playgrounds around Portland, today we wandered around downtown before the rain started and then hung out with some buds at the children’s museum! Tomorrow we’ll relish in the extra day of weekendy-goodness before Tuesday, when this dude starts at pre-school!

Gray day spent exploring Portland, ME