Skaneateles for 6 years

IMG_0687We’ve spent a lot of time in the finger lakes but for the most part it’s always been day trips. For our 6th anniversary we spent the weekend in Skaneateles. It was mostly just a relaxing weekend in a bed and breakfast. We spent the evenings in the local night scene, went for a lot of walks, sunsets, some shopping and a boat tour around the lake. Overall it was just a nice and relaxing weekend with each other.

Amazon Universal Wishlist

Amazon Universal WishlistJust found this the other day, figured my birthday was as good a day as any to post it.

Amazon has allowed other retailers to use their site as a store-front for quite some time now, I suspect Amazon gets some sort of kickback from this so it pays off for them I’m sure.  It seems they want to take control of the entire online marketplace now, which is perfectly fine by me.  Having only one place to shop for all your needs sounds like paradise.

Did you catch that I hate shopping?

Either this is a recent development or I’ve been in the dark.  You can now add items to your Amazon wishlist from any website.  This is awesome! To do so, all you need is the Universal Wishlist Button.  This is just a Bookmarklet, so if you don’t like clogging up your toolbar with links you use only rarely, just add it as a bookmark instead.

I took the liberty of adding a few ThinkGeek items to mine…   If you’re wondering what to get me for my birthday (and you don’t believe in charity:water for some unknown reason) feel free to check out my lists.

My Wish List

My Photography NEED list

But remember, I can already drink clean water.  There are MANY out there who can’t.  Please consider donating to those who need it.  If you’d like more information, check out my previous post all about the September Birthday Charity:Water campaign.

DISCLAIMER: items purchased, NOT on any of my lists are subject to be sold and proceeds donated to Charity:Water.  You have been warned.  Then again, I might sell items ON the list and donate the proceeds…

The Ride In

IMG_4488 On our way to Portland we flew through Newark (New Jersey) and for once we didn’t miss our flights because of it… Of course, once we got on the plane to Portland we did sit on the runway for an hour …sigh

Ahh well, once we were finally in the air Rachel and I watched Kingdom of Heaven on my iPhone and we were then graced with some magnificent views of the Mountainous west coast.

After being in Portland for all of 30 minutes we had a few observations:

  • It’s very green.  There’s huge Ponderosa Pine Trees absolutely everywhere and they’re gorgeous.
  • It’s very green-conscious.  We probably saw 147 bikes between the airport and our Hotel.  There are bike lanes on literally every street, and bike paths next to every highway.  There are “Please Conserve Water” signs everywhere.
  • The flowers are amazing and they’re everywhere
  • It’s Claim Jumpers not Clam Jumpers
  • Shopping is great here.  Lots of outlet stores and no sales tax!  This doesn’t mean we’ll be doing any this trip, but it certainly is a good place to go if you’d like to.  The pearl district seems to be where all the higher class shops are.
  • Unemployment is bad here, we saw beggars on pretty much every major intersection between the airport and the hotel.

We had a great trip in and a nice relaxing first day.

Merry Christmas 2.0!

Merry Christmas!

We’ve done Christmas a little bit different this year.

  • Hours spent in the malls: 0
  • Hours spent online shopping: 0

Sorry, we can’t give it away just yet though…

By this time everyone should have heard our request for memories for grandma.  Everyone wants to know what our gift was, and so rather than describe it, we thought we’d just show you.

Grandma's Hug Jug

To explain it, this is the card we gave her:

It was 1991, the year of the ice storm.  Your house was one of the few which still had power.  Mom dropped us off to spend the day with you.  To keep us busy, you pulled out a few empty gallons of milk which we decorated and filled with warm water.  You called them our “Hug Jugs.”  When we got cold you told us to hug them to stay warm.

It is said that memories are one of life’s greatest gifts.  They are like little hugs from the past that come to warm our hearts.  This is Grandma’s Hug Jug.  Inside, you’ll find cards which contain memories or pictures from your family and friends.  Some contain thoughts of all the times you have made us laugh, others contain memories of how you have helped us to be strong or how you have touched the lives of those who love you.

When you feel the need for a warm hug or a few giggles reach in and pull out a memory or a picture from the past.

And finally, if you’d like to read over some of the memories people have, they’re all available below:

Thanks for everybody’s help who contributed, we couldn’t have done it without you!