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Purple Puff Plant

A few days ago I posted this picture. We spotted this outside the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate park and really wanted to know what it was. After searching high and low.. and polling many sources.. it turns out this is a special type of geranium. “Geranium maderense” also called the “Madeira Cranesbill”. As luck will have it, it’s…

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Slave Driver

Solar lights installed by Marc the day before Mom and Dad showed up. In the background you can see the last remaining cactus in my yard. Thursday was a work day. Mom and Dad may be on vacation.. but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to work. When Marc and I were in Montana for Christmas we helped Mom and…

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Vanity at the DMV

Last year I bought the house. It turns out, when you buy a house they want you to have a valid form of ID (especially when you goto the bank and ask for $7k+ check from your account to pay for closing costs). This forced me to again realize that my driver’s license had expired in June. I knew about…

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Humphrey

Spring is sprung. That means that here in the Bay Area it’s kind of summer like (when it’s not raining). The weather has been very accommodating and only rained in the evening (or so I was told… I haven’t noticed, what with the sleeping and all). The daytime temperatures are in the 70s. Just before spring was officially sprung I…

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Our first Barbecue

This weekend we had our first barbecue. This is an accomplishment on many levels: 1. We don’t own a grill.. and had to borrow one from Mike. 2. Marc doesn’t possess the “barbecue gene” and had to dub Mike the grill king 3. aside from being mowed, our backyard was in no way barbecue ready.. and yet we seem to…

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Assuming our roles

I guess I finally feel like a home owner. This weekend we went up to Portland OR for a cousin’s wedding. I’m glad we were there.. but it finally occured to me that I’m thinking of all of our expenses in terms of the house. “Ah, $122 hotel bill… that’s the same as two gallons of paint.”

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… and HRBlock giveth back

I’m absurdly happy to report that HRBlock screwed up my taxes. See: The tax man giveth, the tax man taketh away I went to HRBlock because I knew taxes this year were going to be difficult. I bought a house and I did a cashless exercise of stock options (my company gives me stock options each year because I’m a…

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Boxes and boxes and boxes…

This weekend I finally figured out why we have no food in the house. On Saturday I found a stack of boxes (4 of them) in the garage that had all of our canned goods in them. These have been lost in the garage for the last 3 months. This means that I now have a lot of duplicates. For…

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