Tuesday, June 18, 2019

first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a [mid sized suv]

not soon after we discovered we were expecting, the power steering in my wife's car starting going out.  not only was it pricey to fix, but we realized even if we did repair it, a two door coupe isn't the best family car.  so began the new car search.

compared to house shopping here in maine, car shopping was a breeze!  we knew roughly what we wanted, there were several places to shop for one, we didn't have to worry about being out bid by another young couple and we didn't have to make a major life decision, the moment we saw the car.  i really hate saying this, but comparatively, car shopping was actually enjoyable.

we found a nice toyota rav 4 we liked, test drove it and then spent a few weeks talking it over, did a little research, talked to some friends and family and decided to get it.

"we asked for it...we got it..." 

since purchasing it we've only come to love it more and enjoy sharing the road with all the other rav 4's out there which, if you haven't noticed, seems to be every other car.

i'm very happy to call our toyota rav 4 the new family truckster...our generations station wagon.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

oh [baby]

this blog has followed me through several of life's adventures: my internship in san diego, graduating from college and getting a real job, being laid off during the great recession, becoming a licensed architect and moving across the country to maine.  well, it's about to follow me during another great adventure, having a baby!  my wife and i are expecting in october.

most adventures in life seem to come as an equal mix of excitement and being scared shitless and this one is no different.  i'm terrified, i'm thrilled, i'm nervous, i'm excited, life seems to be moving fast and slow at the same time, it's absolute craziness.  as chaotic as everything has been since we found out, i think this might just be the happiest i've ever been.

a lot of life has happened in the last few months, but hopefully i'll be posting more.

they say you should do one thing that scares you everyday, basically saying people should step out of their comfort zone every once in a while.  if that's true, let's just say i think i've reach my quota for the year just five months into 2019.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

bbq and [besties]

another year older and another year celebrating with bbq.  i'm not complaining about either....

i entered 38 with a surprise gathering my wife planned at one of my favorite places to eat.  she knows too well some of my favorite things in life are well done burnt ends and good friends.  the only downfall was i was so busy chatting and catching up with everyone, i didn't have time to enjoy much bbq.  i did however snag a few smoked chicken wings from a friend which have know entered my top five all time best wings i've ever had in my life.

much like the wings i have a feeling 38 is going to be one of the best years of my life.

snow [bowl]

as i’ve written about before, to get through a maine winter one must find themselves a hobby or three.  one that i’ve taken up is bowling.  it’s on an architecture, engineering, construction bowling league but it's a bowling league nonetheless.  the season goes from january  through march which takes a nice, healthy bite out of the winter months.  it’s not so much about bowling as it is about networking, making friends and doing something, anything, to get out of hibernating in your house for a few precious hours. 

i joined a team that had recently taken last-place in the league.   however this year we had a few new people join the team who seemed to be pretty good.  as the season went on we find ourselves getting more and more competitive. by some miracle, we snuck into the semi finals by a half a game.  by  yet another miracle we beat the dominant number one team to make it to the finals.  during the final game we kept her cool against a construction team who had won before.  at the end the night we came out the winners. 

i’m no athlete. in my life there have been very few teams i’ve been on let alone on teams who have won a championships.  we did get a trophy recognizing our teams accomplishment this season, but all in all the best prize was making new friends and strengthening those relationships with friends i already had. 

...that and having something to do during this long, dark, bitter cold and miserable season we call winter here in maine.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

[bar] chart

sometimes there's no better way to get to know a place than to go to where the locals hang out. the neighborhood bar.

it's also winter in maine so you have to find activities to keep you entertained...

wanting to discover and get to know the city of south portland a little better , as well as just get out of the house, some friends and i planned out a south portland bar crawl.  to keep it interesting, it was a mix of breweries, restaurants and dive bars which provided us a mix of craft beers, cheap drafts, appetizers and meals.  some of the places were warm and welcoming and will find us visiting again, others gave us the vibe that non regulars would be better off at applebee's.  shady looks aside it was a successful bar crawl which basically means memories were made and good times were had. 

not only do we know sopo just a tad bit better now, but it was great to get out of the house.

the route we took:

foulmouthed brewing
rj's pub
evelyn's tavern
spring point tavern
elesmere bbq