Monthly Archives: January 2018

Lily and the Spelling Bee

On January 30th, Lily competed in a district spelling bee organized by the Hightstown Juniorettes, her first ever spelling bee. She spent the past three weeks studying words, and we were helping her practice. The day of the spelling bee, … Continue reading

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Ha! Swapped out old hard drive for new SANDISK SSD and it’s so much faster

A few weeks ago, we had a random power outage, and it seemed to have corrupted our kitchen PC. Not sure what happened exactly, but the hard drive came down with some serious drive errors. Even with a repair, it … Continue reading

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My review of The Greatest Showman (2017)

This may be an unpopular opinion in my house, but I…. really didn’t care for The Greatest Showman (2017) starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film is a fantasy version of the story of … Continue reading

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We bought ourselves a new KitchenAid cooktop

First new home improvement for 2018 – a new cooktop. We started looking late last year, but didn’t find very much that we liked. Even then, it’s a bit of a process: Go to a home improvement store and find … Continue reading

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Lunch with Doug & Kathy @ Delicious Heights in Basking Ridge NJ

Last week on Sunday, we drove up to Basking Ridge to meet up with our Doug & Kathy for lunch. As soon as church was over, we drove the 35 mins north to Delicious Heights, a restaurant at the Basking … Continue reading

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We went to see Trevor Noah at Radio City Music Hall

Christmas, my wife bought me (us?) two tickets to see Trevor Noah at Radio City Music Hall on Friday Jan 12th. The big evening finally arrived. I took off Friday, and we left around 5 pm. We hit some serious … Continue reading

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Mazel Tov! Celebrating Kayla’s Bat Mitzvah

During the last days of 2017, we attended our very first ever Bat Mitzvah ceremony and… reception? for a wonderful girl down the street, Kayla. We’re friends with the parents, and we felt very… honored to be invited to partake … Continue reading

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The Ipes completed the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V set and it’s pretty impressive

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Joshua, Lily, and I started a major endeavor – assembling the 1,969 piece Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V set. Growing up, I was a huge fan of the NASA space program. The … Continue reading

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Joel’s review of Lady Bird (2017) – I don’t know if I get it

My first film of the new year (and literally, we went on New Year’s Day) was Lady Bird. Well, the kids also went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so the Ipes actually saw two movies this year. [Side … Continue reading

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