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Egg of the Day #2230

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Egg of the Day #2230

I let it become quite late again, distracted by pixelated monsters, while Laurel watched and gradually drifted off. On her bedside table a lamp waits patiently, casting a moon on the wall – the last thing we’ll see before the room goes dark.

I’ve been a bit lazier than I intended the past few days, but perhaps it is for the best. I may be better off taking some time to decompress – there will be plenty of work waiting for me soon.


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October 31, 2014 at 2:00 am

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Photo of the Day #2229

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Photo of the Day #2229

I caught Laurel mid-yawn just moments before this – a great shot, but not one that you will ever see. She’s retracted, turtle-like, into the sweater, while Pearce is all enthusiasm.

Pearce’s Halloween costume required a mustache, so he grew out his facial hair over the past few weeks. This week he’s been slowly paring it down, shaving it away bit by bit to reveal new faces. It’s a good experiment – I might do the same if my own face had the potential.

Lazy night, good night – and a late one, at that.

in love with a robot

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October 30, 2014 at 1:33 am

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Jelly of the Day #2228

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Jelly of the Day #2228

Pearce has an exceptional affinity for persimmons, and last week I came home to find a huge basket full of them, bright orange, hand-picked, scuffed here and their by their lives on the tree. A sign warned that they weren’t ready yet, and Pearce explained that unripe persimmons will start out sweet, but leave you with a terrible dryness afterwards, as if the fruit were made of chalk.

Today they are properly ripe, and for this kind of persimmon that means they are on the verge of structural collapse. Take a bite, and you’ll find it has the consistency of jell-o; I could hardly take this photo before the slice fell apart in my fingers.

They are peculiar things, very sweet, and they capture the light beautifully – that delicious golden glow, full of sunspots.

I fear we won’t have time to eat them all before they melt away – but then, one should never underestimate Pearce when he’s given a bounty of fruit.


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October 29, 2014 at 1:29 am

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Dessert of the Day #2227

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Dessert of the Day #2227

I went in for another interview today, and got a job offer at the end. It came gradually in conversation, and I wasn’t quite expecting it – then suddenly I was shaking hands, introduced to the team, and everyone gave a friendly applause. I’m still digesting the reality of it, but I think I’ll really like it there – a lot to learn, and lots of smart people to work with.

Laurel and I met for dinner afterwards – slightly fancy Thai, with delicately arranged desserts served in glass bowls of peculiar design. It was a small celebration for an accumulation of things – Laurel’s new apartment, my completion of App Academy, my sudden new job, our one-year anniversary…

This year will be a good one, I think.

ladies and gentlemen

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October 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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Aisle of the Day #2226

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Aisle of the Day #2226

We get occasional droughts with our friends, it seems – stretches of three or so weeks where we hardly see each other, for no particular reason other than chance fluctuations in our life’s climate. Today Laurel held a Halloween tea party, and the forecast from here looks good. Pearce arrived first, bearing popcorn and conversation and a box of mixed tea; he left before the Haus folk arrived, when the tea party slowly transitioned into a delicious Mitch-made dinner.

Our meal plan was hatched without regard for what Laurel’s kitchen provided, so we went out to the little local grocery to collect what would become our dinner. I like seeing everyone like this – a mundane errand, but taken together. It almost feels more like a gathering than the meal itself.

laurel the carpenter

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October 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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Recruit of the Day #2225

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Recruit of the Day #2225

With our App Academy responsibilities starting to ease a little, Matt took some time today to come to the other side of the bay and join us on the plastic cliffs. Pearce met him for the first time, but was amicable as always, happy to give Matt a proper overview of basic climbing techniques.

This was only Matt’s second time climbing, I believe, but he took to it well, scaling a few V2s and putting forth a weighty effort at the routes that denied him.

It’s good to be back doing this, and always fun to introduce someone new to the gym. If you haven’t yet, do come and give it a try.

laurel’s fantasy life

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October 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

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Pizza of the Day #2224

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Pizza of the Day #2224

Today marked the official end of App Academy, though they’ll still offer a few lectures, and advice whenever we need it. Employers came to talk to us, and to check out our creations, and for an hour or two the class was loud and buzzing with business talk.

Tonight didn’t quite have the kick that our Final Project Day did, since we haven’t really finished the ultimate goal of the course – finding ourselves snazzy new careers – so our celebration was a more mild thing. I went along with a few for pizzas, though I’m sure other little parties took place as well.

These are great people, and this whole thing has been a fantastic experience. I won’t feel done until I’ve started the next thing, and then that won’t be done for quite a long time – so it goes. Always something new today, which is the way we like it to be.

man, it’s so loud in here

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October 25, 2014 at 12:46 am


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