Author Archives: Joel

Happy Easter!

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Follow-up on the new master bedroom closet

Quick follow-up on our master bedroom closet and the renovation that started last December – we started organizing and hanging up our clothes last month. Still working out what makes the most sense, but so far, so good. Still need … Continue reading

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Lily’s NERF-themed 11th birthday party

[It’s been a busy few months, and I’m still catching up on recent events.] Lily turned 11 this year. We looked at a few options at celebrating her birthday — going away for an extended weekend, small family gathering, larger … Continue reading

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The 2019 cycling season has officially begun. Find your cycling buddy!

I had a practice solo ride about two weeks ago on a lovely 70 degree Friday after work. It was the first nice day in months after months of cold weather. When you see an opportunity, I say take it. … Continue reading

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I picked up a new pair of running shoes – Brooks Revel 2

I’ve been using a pair of Brooks running shoes for about two years now. I’ve never been a fan of their blue/green color scheme, but they seemed decent for running. One of my former colleagues who is an avid runner … Continue reading

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We Will Rock You – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Last Friday night, Nums, Josh, and I watched Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) at home. We borrowed a disc from a neighbor a while back, and now had a chance to sit and watch it. Lily wasn’t particularly interested so she did … Continue reading

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I purchased and installed a Nest Protect – it’s okay but doesn’t integrate with Google Assistant

I’ve been exploring life with the Google Assistant and comparing it against the Amazon Alexa AI. We have many products in our integrated with Alexa, and only a few devices integrated with Google Assistant. While I’ll admit that the Assistant … Continue reading

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I watched cheesy comedy Blockers (2018) but I’ll admit that it brings up an important topic: women have their own agency

Blockers is a raunchy 2018 comedy that I didn’t find terribly funny or realistic. Despite all that, I thought the film brought up an important topic. Blockers (2018) The film stars Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz as three parents, … Continue reading

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The CMB Karate Demo Team half-time performance – Princeton University

Last Saturday night, the kids and their karate demonstration team performed at Princeton University during half-time for the Princeton-Yale basketball game. First time for them doing this at Princeton, and first time the Ipes have been to a Princeton game. … Continue reading

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It was a good run – Lily at the 2019 NJSFWC State Spelling Bee

Ah, it was a terrific run, but it’s over. 🙁 This weekend, Lily competed at the 2019 NJSFWC state spelling bee. About 20 kids were there from all over the state to compete, and it was fierce. Right out of … Continue reading

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