Author Archives: Joel

It’s the end of karate (for the kids) as we know it, and I feel (sorta) fine

Nothing lasts forever. The Beatles. Vacation. Milk. For us, add to that the kids’ love for karate. I think it’s been about five years now, and they moved up slowly from white belt all the way to black belt. Pretty … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend 2019

I think we had a fairly low-key Memorial Day weekend. What, no out-of-state travel? No running around? Yeah, I guess so. We got a bunch of clean-up down at the house (in anticipation for a party at our house the … Continue reading

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Oooh, aaaah, we have a new outdoor bar cart

Last Christmas, my sister and her husband bought us an outdoor bar cart for use when entertaining in the backyard. It’s, of course, been cold and rainy these past few months, so no one has needed it. With Memorial Day … Continue reading

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I bought a gas pressure washer over Memorial Day weekend. It’s interesting.

Every year, we get mold on the vinyl siding of our house in areas that don’t get nearly enough direct sun. A stone wall in our backyard gets that way too. Too much shade from pine trees. I once rented … Continue reading

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The Garage Renovation Project has commenced – Phase 1 (Painting)

A new year, a new home project. The chaos that is our garage has been bothering me for eons. Yes, that’s right. Eons. I’ve been cleaning it out slowly these past few months, but that’s only step one. The next … Continue reading

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Brunch with friends in Morristown for Sheba’s birthday

On May 4th, we drove up north to Morristown to celebrate our friend Sheba’s birthday. For a nice change of pace, we went out for Sunday brunch. It was also the same weekend for the Kentucky Derby, so End of … Continue reading

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Avengers: Endgame was an epic movie, but I liked Infinity War better

**Warning – This will be a spoiler-heavy discussion about Avengers: Endgame (2019). If you haven’t seen it yet for some reason, step away from the website.** This is it. The big finale. The end of the line for many characters … Continue reading

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The kids on Spring Break

The kids spent a week on their own for Spring Break in April, and I think they enjoyed having a relaxed schedule for a few days. We (the parents) had work, so unfortunately we couldn’t take off or take them … Continue reading

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Lily now has orthodontic braces

Lily is the third and final Ipe getting orthodontic braces. Joshua completed his little journey in February, and I’m hopefully almost done with my Invisalign braces in another 6-12 months. Lily has not been happy with the alignment of her … Continue reading

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Catching up popular films – we watched Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

The Ipes recently stayed in on a less-than-wild Saturday night and watched Crazy Rich Asians (2018). The film came out last year, but now it’s available on HBO Go. Is it a romantic comedy? If so, it’s the first rom-com … Continue reading

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