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The YHL-Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

The YHL-Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

I am just barely squeezing this post out in time to participate in Young House Love‘s (unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge!  (photo credit to Young House Love) Let me explain: there’s a song out that is currently getting some airtime by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis called Thrift Shop.  You can watch the edited version of the video … Continue reading

Inspired to awaken the dead (blog)

Inspired to awaken the dead (blog)

Well it’s been 116 days since we last posted here on the ol’ blog.  And it had been pretty spotty for a few months before that.  We promise we haven’t forgotten about you little bloggie!!  We just got busy, or lazy, or an 80-20 ratio of lazy and busy. Inspiration hit me yesterday after we drove … Continue reading

Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

For Shaun’s 26th birthday, I bought my first Living Social deal: a weekend getaway in South Lake Tahoe.  I had never been to Tahoe and figured that we could enjoy a nice weekend in a winter wonderland at some point in November or December.  Well, November & December came and went – with no snow in the mountains. After not taking any time … Continue reading

Don’t Worry, We’re Still Alive

Don’t Worry, We’re Still Alive

Jen and I both thought that winter would be a slow season, consisting of every weekend at home and a lot of looooong Skyrim sessions. While there’s been a little bit of both, we still managed to stay very busy since Jen’s last post about October. Please be forewarned that all pictures below were taken with … Continue reading

Monthly Film Roll: October 2011

Monthly Film Roll: October 2011

As I continue learning to love the California Central Valley, I decided it was important to start finding the beauty in the area.  This prompted a new goal of improving my film photography skills by using a roll of film each month around town in Modesto and the neighboring areas.  I hope these pictures capture some great … Continue reading

Leaf Peepers

Leaf Peepers

Leaf peeping is an informal term, commonly used in the United States, for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors (Wikipedia) For the last 2 years in a row, Shaun, Rosco & I have taken late-season camping trips to the Eastern Sierras via Highway 108.  Nearly … Continue reading

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

Location: Burgson Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest off HWY 108 (Clark Fork Rd to Fence Creek Rd to Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead). Dates Hiked:  July 16-17, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead to Burgson Lake Total Distance: Roundtrip about 7.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Other Rules/Info: Wilderness permit required for all overnight trips in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Dogs on leash / … Continue reading

Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Sheesh.  July is over.  And our sad little blog has sat unattended for a month.  I have some decent excuses: 2 summer online classes, projects at work becoming more intense (plus my annual performance review), baby sister visiting for 2 weeks, still getting settled into our house, plus the normal chores of cooking, cleaning, pet care, and down … Continue reading