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Category: family

12/09/21 12:45 - ID#60861

Thanksgiving week

The house was very full for Thanksgiving week. (e:hodown) came and visited us from her globetrotting travels, and was with us the week before.

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We went with (e:mike) for a crazy night at the wine bar at Main. (e:hodown) found a new ping pong buddy.

Then (e:terry)'s family came into town the Tuesday before. Altogether we had 9 people in the house which was the most ever. The Mickelson's got to pingpong, (e:paul) got to teach unicycling, and we took the family to the botanical gardens and parking lot christmas market on South Park.

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Category: house

11/14/21 12:22 - ID#60857

dj roomba

As confirmation of my previous post that i turned thirty, I went and bought a Roomba.

My union at work got a new contract got a new contract with retroactive pay, so i thought I'd splurge.

We also had to get ready for (e:Terry)'s family coming to stay for Thanksgiving. So (e:Paul) and I went for a shopstravaganza at Niagara Falls Boulevard Plaza of Hell.

I am terrible shopper and waffled the whole time at Best Buy whether to get one and if so, Paul eventually convinced me to just pick one. I also had decision paralysis on choosing a shopping curtain.

Anyway the Roomba navigation is kind of dumb, it has to bump into everything. But it is amazing at cleaning and the floors have never been less dusty.

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Category: birthday

08/09/21 10:38 - ID#60845

Now I'm 30

Last Thursday i turned thirty! It seems crazy, i know it doesn't actually change anything but it feels like i just finished school yesterday. I remember (e:mike,58043) 's 30th 8 years ago and it seemed so far away.

To celebrate, and since my sisters' partners both also turned 30 within weeks of me, my parents rented a house down in Pennsylvania near Allegheny. It was a fun weekend of games, pizzas and watching (e:Paul) learn how to unicycle.

Then last Thursday we went over to my parents to celebrate with my Aunt Shirley who i share a birthday with.

All in all a great birthday. Can't ask for better guys and family.

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Category: baking

12/28/20 10:23 - ID#60832

Cookie cheer

Since I didn't go over to my parents for the usual cookie decorating shenanigans (e:terry) and I went on a baking bonanza and made a shitton of cookies to deliver.

We baked:
  • Double batch of oatmeal scotches
  • Choco-chip, heavy on the dark brown sugar
  • Shortbread thumbprints with raspberry jam from my mom's coworker
  • Snickersdoodles
  • Rumballs

Turns out despite meticulous planning with recipe and plate distributions in a google sheet, we ended up with 10 plates worth instead of 6.

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Category: house

12/28/20 10:17 - ID#60831

New mattress

I can't believe after not posting for so long and everything that happened this is what I am posting but gotta start somewhere. We finally bought a new mattress, after years of researching while sleeping on the saggy pokey old one. I think I did a good job sifting out the marketing bullshit, and settled on a natural latex one. The outside is wool and cotton so there's no flame retardants. In theory it's compostable?

But it's very quiet and I can sleep again.

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Category: sheep

08/02/20 05:38 - ID#60819

Finding sheep


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Category: bikes

08/02/20 05:37 - ID#60818

Rotterdam to Albany


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Category: bikes

08/02/20 05:34 - ID#60817

Utica to Rotterdam


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Category: bikes

08/02/20 05:32 - ID#60816

Syracuse to Utica

Next morning was a late start with a long climb out of Syracuse. It was another very hot day.

Right on the edge of Syracuse there's a state park called Green Lake. Due to the minerals in it, it's a brilliant blue color. I would have loved to swim in it but it was a roped-off lifeguard situation, and was packed with families. Maybe another time.
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Breakfast in Canastota. We were able to find a place that had a tofu scramble. I thought it would be hard to find vegan food in rural New York but it was not. The place was called "The Toast" and it was great. Unfortunately writing this in November it appears to have closed.
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Right east of there was Oneida, New York. Next time I would like to see it because it basically was a utopian cult turned company turned town. Very interesting.

(e:terry) was getting beat by the heat. He was a little cranky by the time we got to Rome around 3pm. I convinced him we would go to Utica and stay in a hotel.
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In Utica we ate at Zenia's Lebanese restaurant. It was so good.
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We stayed at the Rosemont bed and breakfast. The building was a classy Victorian house.

I had never stayed in an actual bnb before, so I didn't know what to expect. The woman at the desk took our preferences for breakfast the next morning, had a whole list of recommendations of what to do etc. It was very nice. I think we stayed in the "Wine and Roses" room, lol.

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Sheep getting ready for bed.
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Utica obviously had seen some much better days but there was some remnants of some nice houses and architecture. The neighborhood around the hotel had brick houses nicer than Allentown, but a lot of vacant lots. Aroud the corner was a beer store, while I waited for Terry outside I saw a ton of drug deals.

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Category: bikes

08/02/20 05:29 - ID#60815

Macedon to Syracuse

Out of Macedon we decided to make our next destination Syracuse.

A lot of the canal was missing in this segment as the NYS Barge canal had replaced a lot of the old Erie Canal. So what remained was more of a swampy brush.
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Obligatory stop for snacks in the town of Clyde, NY. It had a nice little square and also a cafe with snacks and coffee.
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Out of Clyde continuing east, there was a bit of road riding with striped bike lanes. I didn't mind it since traffic was light but on a 90 degree day it was scorching in the sun. I also got stung by a bee for the first time in my life. It flew right into my shirt. Surprisingly didn't hurt that bad.
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The next stop was a strange town called Weedsport. Twixxie and Ernie wanted to see the Teddy Mountain plushie store. Terry and I ate some Weedsport ice. The cucumber flavor was the most fucking delicious ice I have ever had.
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Contiuing on into Syracuse which is suprisingly hilly. After such a hot day and a general need to wash our shorts, we checked into a temple turned hotel called Hotel Skyler. The rooms were very nice and the hotel clerk had locked our bikes in one of the rooms. They also had halved capacity for COVID.

Downtown Syracuse was actually put together. I think they urban renewaled less than Buffalo in their core. Armory Square had a lot of shops and restaurants, and of course a vegetarian friendly burrito place.
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Syracuse does have a monument to Columbus downtown, with Native American heads attached to all the corners. WTF?
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