NYC and Boston

I have been meaning to post on our trip to NYC and Boston but time just got away from me. The original impetus for this trip was some of our boys really wanted to see NYC and our oldest is a Red Sox fan who we promised a trip to Fenway.  Although I have been all over the world I have never been to NYC and I spent one, brief … Read More

Code Adventure

I think it is time to get serious about learning to code.   Since beginning to tinker with WordPress back in 2009, I have taught myself the particulars of using WordPress (.com and .org), HTML and CSS.  These nuggets of knowledge have allowed me to be dangerous enough to build and manage my business’ websites and even attempt to help others.  What started as a need to build a website … Read More

Starting a watch collection

I’ve always liked watches.  My earliest recollection of owning a watch was a Swatch back in the mid-1980’s.  From a fashion standpoint, Swatch watches were all the rage in the 80’s.  Like most other fashion conscious teens, I had a black and white skinned Swatch.  Now that I think of it, I recall having a couple of the flexible plastic band watches.

Spring Break ’17 – Shenandoah Valley

Not only was spring break a full week this year, it is likely the last lengthy spring break for our kids. Maryland put down hard rules on school calendars going forward. With this in mind, my wife and I scoured VRBO for a place in the Shenandoah Valley for a little trip. We found what appeared to be a cute little place off the beaten path, pet-friendly and with solid … Read More

Being a Pittsburgher

We are all from somewhere. Some of us are proud of where we are from and others are meh about their hometown.  In my experience, Pittsburghers tend to be proud of their roots.  I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from The University of Pittsburgh. Since leaving da ‘Burgh, I’ve traveled the world extensively.  Today, I live in the Frederick, MD area.

Flash – A dog story

My wife and I have dodged dog pleading for what seems like a long time. Thus far, our middle son, Chase, has been the most vocal about getting a dog. This is the same son that, at three years old, cried for days about taking motherless ducklings to a rescue center. Of our three boys, he is the one with a soft spot for God’s creatures. A few weeks ago … Read More

Technology I Run

I thought it would be fun to share a list of apps, add-ons, and plugins that I use. Personally, I always find it interesting to know what other people use and find useful in the world of technology.  I will start by saying that I have a workhorse of a computer with my late 2008 MacBook. This beast has been running smoothly since I bought it refurbished from Apple in … Read More

Skied it: Seven Springs February 2017

We hit Seven Springs Mountain Resort this past weekend at just the right time. While the whole ski area was not open, most of the runs were skiable. Unfortunately, the big half pipe was still under construction. We arrived late afternoon on Friday and were skiing by 5:00pm. Conditions Friday night were awesome, temps were cold, the mountain was not very crowded, and snow conditions were packed powder to loose … Read More

Confession of a winter enthusiast

I am a winter enthusiast.  There, I said it.  I still wake up excited to see snow.  There is a good chance that I am more excited for a snow day than my three school-age kids.  As a kid, I spent most winters outside soaking wet and sled riding.  At 14, I learned to alpine ski and my appreciation for winter grew from there. I am lucky enough to have lived and … Read More

Removing image backgrounds with Word

The back story on how I discovered that Word has the ability to remove the background from images has to do with Legos.  The Lego fascination in my house started about six years ago with my now 13 year old son.  We have moved through many phases from Star Wars sets to super hero sets.  With three boys ranging in age from 7 to 13, our house has Lego parts in … Read More