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  • I have a complicated relationship with Valentines Day. ๐Ÿค” No, it’s not actually complicated, I just hate it. ๐Ÿ˜…

    So, I was shocked to see what my Partner left for me this morning. ๐Ÿ“ท

    A metal bucket filled with ice and green bottled beverages on a countertop with a note, with heart stickers, reading: A Bucket* of goodies just for you on this Hallmark Holiday (*its pronounced 'Bouquet')

    He really is too sweet. ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป

    (In my defense, we did go out on Monday to “celebrate” the fake holiday.)

  • Decided to escape the house for a bit of nature with the Partner; in our defense, the sun was out when we started on our walk. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฅ๏ธ

    It was a lovely walk, about four miles, in a local city park. ๐Ÿ“ท

  • I can’t believe it’s been a year since we said goodbye to Russell. The pain has faded a little but it feels like it’s been both an eternity but also just the blink of an eye since we said our farewells to our little puppy-rabbit. ๐Ÿ’”

    Lots of tears today… ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    A tan fluffy dog rests on a blue quilt and beige cushion, looking directly at the camera. The watermark reads ''.

    We miss you, we still miss you. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ“ท

  • Finally got around to installing an “extender” SATA card into my media server, to add more drives…and of course, it doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ˜ค ๐Ÿ’พ ๐Ÿ“ท

    An open computer case displays components and wiring. A spinning fan is visible on a motherboard lit by blue LEDs.
  • The “view” from inside the front door this morning. ๐Ÿฅถ๐ŸงŠ๐Ÿ“ท

    Ice obscure the view through a window, hinting at an outdoor scene with blurred colors.
  • Went skiing earlier, the first time in seven years. We had a great time but good grief, I’m sore…where is a hot-tub when you need one?! ๐Ÿคฃโ›ท๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท

    (Not pictured: the massive amount of beginners on the slopes, they were everywhere, crashing into everything. ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ)

    A red snow groomer with a front blade is parked on a snowy surface, near pine trees and a clear sky overhead. A snowy ski slope with skiers and a chairlift, surrounded by trees under a blue sky with wispy clouds. Skiers descend a snowy slope with trees and clear skies. Skiers disembark from a chairlift atop a snowy hill. A snowy landscape with skiers on slopes and a chairlift, amidst leafless trees against a cloudy sky. Ski lift chairs ascend above a snowy slope with skiers; textured clouds and a setting sun provide the backdrop.
  • I had a craving earlier today and yea, it isnโ€™t healthy at all but as itโ€™s 10ยฐF, so eating bad food doesnโ€™t count. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅถ

    A slice of cheese pizza rests on a blue-and-white patterned plate, with a granular topping, possibly Parmesan, on a kitchen counter with a calendar in the background.

    It would have been better if we went to Chicago but the pizza was still dang tasty! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“ท

  • We normally take down Christmas on January 6th (growing up, we’d leave Christmas up until Epiphany) but given the craziness of last weekend (trip to the theater, an engagement party, chores, & migraines), we just didn’t get to it…so tonight is it, say farewell to the Home Alone house. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“ท

    A miniature house (the Home Alone house, in Lego form), filled with lights, and van on a snowy landscape, surrounded by trees, with the website address '' displayed as a watermark.
  • Snowfall and a Show

    Over the weekend, my Partner and I were offered tickets to see Mrs. Doubtfire at the local theater. ๐ŸŽญ It was an unexpected treat (our friends had just come back from London and were rather jet-lagged), both the show and the holiday decoration in the theater.๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ“ท It was also the first serious snowfall โ€ฆ read more

  • Whilst out walking on my lunch break, I saw some winter lettuce. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿฅฌ ๐Ÿ“ท

    Three different types of winter lettuce, along with fallen leaves, in a galvanized metal container.

    It was good to get out of the house for some fresh air; I really need to do more of that this Winter.

  • So, I did a thing last night…I finally moved to a new server case. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“ท

    Photo of a tech mess: two computer cases (one horizontal on the floor with open wires exposed and the other vertical with wires poking out), parts on the floor, three computer fan boxes, screws everywhere...on top of a grey/white carpet (the carpet is on top of a hard-wood floor), with a Christmas tree in the background (presents under it), and a couch on the edge of the upper-right side of the photo.

    It took far longer to get started than I though it would and I ended up with a bloody hand (it’s a very nice case but that metal is sharp ๐Ÿคฃ)…and I haven’t installed case fans yet but…the server is back online and running!

  • Holiday Lights @ the Gardens ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“ท

    Last weekend, my partner and I went to see some holiday lights at our local botanical garden. It was a wonderful time, they always so such a great job of decorating things and of course, me being me, I took well over two hundred photos (yes, I’m that guy). I wanted to post them all but that โ€ฆ read more

  • It’s hard to stay up all night, running around the house, keeping everyone up… ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿˆ

    Grey cat sleeping in the sun, curled up into a ball, half on a white chair and half on a red plaid blanket.

    I guess I have become a crazy cat person, all I seem to do lately is take pictures of Alex. ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ“ท

  • Someone is very upset they’re not allowed to eat this morning before going to the vet… ๐Ÿ˜น

    Grey cat sitting (half on grey tile, half on cherry-red hardwood) in front of an empty feeder, looking back to the camera.

    Alex is making his displeasure known, to everyone in the house. ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ“ท

  • My Partner and I went out to dinner with my little brother and his girlfriend tonight…and it was the best sushi of my life. ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ“ท

    Roll of tuna sushi, horizontally cut, next to a stack of spring rolls on a different plate. Roll of fried sushi, coated in an orange sauce.

    So full and so happy. ๐Ÿ˜„