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 reviews.

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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.

I’ve not lived in Pittsburgh for twenty years, which gave me pause on writing this post.  My stance is that I’m a Pittsburgher regardless of where I live.  I’m fortunate Continue reading

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 the dog topic came up again.

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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 2009. The hard drive did crap out on me a few years back but nothing too bad. So, I took the time to upgrade the memory and add more hard drive space. Since those upgrades, it has been chugging along. Continue reading

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 granular with a little powder on the sides of many runs.

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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 skied in Europe as well as the western United States.  Now, don’t get me wrong I appreciate the mountains any time of year.  But, covered in fresh powder is how I like my mountains.

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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 every room.  Every year we build a village under our Christmas tree and as part of the village everyone in the house puts their Lego self under the tree.  Not surprisingly in our house, Lego selves are ski oriented.  Continue reading

Rainy winter means puzzle time

So, what do you do to when you are a skier that lives in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and the winter has been more rain than snow? For me, I like to build some puzzles. More specifically, I like to build ski-oriented puzzles. Unfortunately, there are two such puzzles that I have found, and I have already built one of the two. Here is the one that was worked on through a few weeks of last winter. Continue reading

Hello world!

In keeping with blogging tradition, I am leaving the Hello World title in place.   This post will serve as my welcome to readers and provide some color on what type of ramblings you should expect.  If you have not hit the ‘About me’ page, you will want to drop a click up there.  My plan is to post on many topics.  I will ask in advance for your forgiveness if I occasionally get on my soapbox on a topic or two. Continue reading

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