Blog

Portland Anniversary, Day 1: Relocation

After arriving, we wrote to the Airbnb hosts letting them know we had moved out and wanted to cancel the remainder of our reservation. This was a tricky and stressful matter for us because, technically, they could have refused our request and argued we owed them the full week’s worth of rent – as traditional Airbnb policy doesn’t allow for cancellations once you’ve arrived.

Read More...

Joanne and Tomiwa’s Wedding

The wedding/reception was at a lovely venue called Paradise Falls. I was tempted to bring my camera, fulfilling my role as a Chinese wedding guest… but decided to just bring my phone. I figured I’d let the professional photographers handle the photos.

Read More...

Travel Day to San Diego

Liz and I are heading out to San Diego, to attend my cousin Joanne’s wedding. We flew out on Friday, giving ourselves the full day to travel and get settled before the festivities.

Read More...

Learning How to Relax Again

As a developer, generally the task before you is taking a large amount of chaos and uncertainty… and then distilling that down to a stable, predictably recurring outcome. This work lends itself well to how, I feel, my brain is naturally wired.

This mindset, howver, works less well in the real world – where I have control of fewer variables. And despite my best plans and intentions, the outcomes are never as stable as I may want them to be.

Read More...

A Day of Conversation

Bob was on a slightly shorter schedule today, but we fell to talking. And then talking some more. And then some more. And then next thing we both knew, nearly two hours had gone by. And since we were close to his quitting time anyways, we decided to go upstairs for a beer.

Read More...

Reviewing the Kitchen Designs

Going into this meeting was a bit stressful. It’s a big step, a lot of money, and a lot of heavy decisions. This is also a pretty big thing for Liz as well, who has been thinking and planning her “ideal” kitchen since whe was much younger (all the way back to her high school years). To say that she’s given this a great deal of thought is an understatement.

Read More...

The Man with the Golden Airline Ticket

“A quarter of a million dollars gave him access to fly first class anywhere in the world on American for the rest of his life. He flew so much it paid for itself. Often he’d leave in the morning for a business trip, fly back, and I hadn’t even known he’d left. Other times, I remember calling his office to find out what country he was in.”

Read More...