Pool at the Confidant

Bienvenidos a Miami! Molly and I were beyond excited to visit the Sunshine State not only for an escape from the cold grayness of January in Chicago but also to celebrate the wedding of our friends Ryan and Joanna! After a busy holiday season and some last minute work fire drills, the trip south sort […]

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Finding time for a mountain getaway seemed to be nearly out of reach in 2018 but Molly and I figured even a short getaway was better than no getaway. We planned out a quick four-nighter over Molly’s birthday book-ended by immovable work commitments (adulting sucks). Due to the time constraints, we would be limited to […]

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It is large, heavy, plays extremely directional sound, and isn’t waterproof; but I still love this ugly chunk of plastic.  The newer models seem to address many of these issues, but I hope not at the expense of durability.  Our Rukus has survived all sorts of abuse over the 6 years we have owned it: […]

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Two months of shocking reality after our three-week road trip in May, the family needed some quiet time.  Vacation days were in short supply, but we decided to take a 3.5-day canoe-camping weekend trip up to the Flambeau Flowage.  We had attempted this trip a year prior with Crosby, yielding dubious results; but he was […]

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Continued from WEEK 1 and WEEK 2… The ocean-withdrawal gloom was heavy as we left the coast and climbed into the Sierras.  However, with their massive lodgepole pines and spotless white snowfields, we quickly remembered that there are many other beautiful places in our world other than the ocean.  The higher we got, the more […]