Monthly Archives: July 2018

And the kids are home again after all of their summer camping adventures

We picked up the kids on Saturday July 28th. First we drove up to the Lebanon NJ area in the morning to Crossroads Bible Camp to attend a mini morning worship service at the camp, then bring Lily home. Josh … Continue reading

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I’m building a new Plex / media server using a Synology DS918+ and Seagate IronWolf NAS drives

We have a primary media / backup storage model, but I don’t like it. If I had a million bucks, I’d structure things differently. Wouldn’t we all? When you have needs but finite resources… what to do? [Trigger warning – … Continue reading

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With the kids away at their respective summer camps, that means more time for ourselves

While the kids are both away, my wife and I have plenty of free time to…. catch up on work. We did find some free time together later in the week. Wednesday night – we met up for a rainy … Continue reading

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After a brief 48 hours, the kids are off (separately) for a week away at camp

In the 48 hours since he returned from Harrisburg, Joshua and Lily had time to watch Ant-Man and the Wasp with me (my 2nd time), attend karate classes, get a haircut, spend family time together, and pack for their next … Continue reading

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Josh spent a week in Harrisburg PA on our church mission trip

The kids have spent the summer home this year so we could save a little money, and limit the hassle of trying to coordinate drop off and pick up of the kids to various camps without being late to the … Continue reading

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I finished watching Blade Runner 2049 over the course of a week — why did it take me that long?

I watched the original Blade Runner (1982) film years ago. Directed by Ridley Scott, I remember thinking the film was pretty interesting. Fascinating cinematography, design, etc. I don’t remember the story being all that amazing — I thought it was … Continue reading

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Watching a Plays in the Park production of “Mamma Mia!”….. in the park

Some friends of ours from church who live in Edison NJ have often told us how some production company puts on musicals at Roosevelt Park in Edison. The ticket prices are reasonable, and all you have to do is bring … Continue reading

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Friday night date night with my wife, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and takeout sushi

My wife and I went out Friday night after work to see Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel’s latest MCU film. We originally planned to watch it with the kids, but they were repeatedly difficult this week, and took away movie … Continue reading

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We renewed our contract with Verizon and upgraded to the FiOS Gigabit plan

We’ve been out of contract with Verizon for their FiOS service for maybe two years now. Every time I went online to check their plans, any renewal would require me to increase my monthly spend for TV-internet-phone service another $30 … Continue reading

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Spending the day at Point Pleasant Beach

Last month at the end of the school year, the Ipes spent a Friday with the Winters family at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Unfortunately it was a cool, overcast, and windy beach day. We tried for part 2 this month … Continue reading

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