Category Archives: Moving back to the U.S.

YakTrax and Hats

Yes, when we gave away our YakTrax in Maine in 2006, I sure don’t think we figured we’d be buying them again in 2012.  But here we are, and today we happily bought two new pairs of YakTrax at 30% … Continue reading

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Settling in nicely

Okay, I promise there will be more interesting and exotic posts to come, but for now rather than post nothing, let me just say we’re continuing to settle in well here.    Other than our brief snow last weekend, the … Continue reading

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Sunday Snow and the New York Times

Utah has been kind to us, easing us back into life with four seasons after 5+ years spent in the mild weather of the tropics.  For our first week here we’ve had comfortable temperatures, many sunny days, and no snow, … Continue reading

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Controlled chaos

Heck, who am I kidding?  It’s not “controlled” at all.  It’s complete chaos.    After all, we’re moving! On the other hand, we are eating 3 tasty hot meals a day; today’s lunch for 9 a great example of creative … Continue reading

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Is She Too Cute?!?

Okay, I know that I’ve got a static “page” here on this blog for the latest Avila pix, and these will go there eventually as well. But, gosh darn it, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any new pictures … Continue reading

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Morning Howler Concert

It’s that time of the year.  Woke up again this morning, around 5 am or so, to the deep-throated growling and hollering of the “congo” or howler monkeys.  It went on for quite a while and it’s one of the … Continue reading

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11 from 2011

Oh, I know, “numbered lists” are very popular. And somehow the change from one year to the next seems to bring out the need even more strongly to make lists. So, here I am.  Especially with such big changes on … Continue reading

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Carmen the Magician

On Tuesday morning, after the Christmas holiday was over and our trusty housekeeper, Carmen, returned to work, I showed her the tablecloth from Christmas dinner that I’d saved especially for her.  Why, you might ask? Because this beautiful white linen … Continue reading

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Car Adventures

Or should that be car mis-adventures?!? The other day, David was driving our friends’ car, and managed to inadvertently and unknowingly (are those two different?) park in a loading zone somewhere in downtown San Ramon while doing errands.  As a … Continue reading

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Traditions Part 2

Okay, what follows the Thanksgiving tradition most closely?  Duh… The Christmas Tree tradition, of course!  This year, perhaps following in my general sloth around not doing the big Thanksgiving party, I was slightly lobbying for putting up a smaller tree.  … Continue reading

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