January 2018 Misc Roundup

Will finished out his holiday visit with a board game with our neighbor Adam, and flew home with his giant backpack.

Lucy has a kindergarten buddy at school; got to bring home the class “pet” for a weekend; helped decorate for a surprise birthday party for her best friend’s mom; hung out with friends a lot; went rock climbing with her class;and is preparing for the school play.

Becky and I played Mario Kart with the Swenson kids while they took Grandpa Ken to the new Star War; enjoyed a dinner with good friends at Holdfast, procured a new pencil pouch; and started using this new sous vide thing.


Hank turned 3 this month!

#5: Firefly Marathon

It’s hard to find anyone who can stand sci-fi that doesn’t like Firefly. The show itself is popular, but the drama surrounding its making and cancellation is pretty engaging on its own. Becky has seen the whole series multiple times, but for me it’s only been once, so it was time to relive the magic.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos!

And yes, that’s us dressed as Mal and Kaylee for Halloween in 2010.

Ben: Oh man, this series was soooo good. It had so much potential, and it was hard to watch knowing the end was so close to hand. I loved the little details; the Chinese swearing, the little grammatical regionalisms, the nuance with which they treated the sex trade. I mean, the science was iffy at best, but the fiction. Now that we’ve finished I’m sad there’s no more to watch. This show deserved six more seasons.

Becky: It’s been 8 years since I’ve watched these through. They were a favorite of mine & Mike’s and we shared them with Ben & Margaret. Rewatching reminded me of just how big of a story this was supposed to be and just how unfinished the cancellation left each character’s storyline. The character development and their relationships are the best part of the show; you can’t help but be drawn in and want to know even more. The movie (years later) helped, but couldn’t reach the depth needed. There will always be a special place in my heart for this amazing story that almost was.

2: Yay, Enough About Toilets

The first four Things of the year, flashback to numbers 37, and what we’re working on now.


#27: Explore a New Beach Town; Oceanside

Now here’s a Thing that keeps showing up on our list. We love the Oregon coast, and there’s still plenty of it that we don’t know very well.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos!

Our new beach town this year is Oceanside, which is straight west of Tillamook. It’s off the beaten path, so it’s pretty small and quiet, which is exactly what we were looking for. We found a lovely Vacasa rental right over the beach, and it was even better than we had hoped for.

We spent two days and some change hiking, reading, watching movies, planning our podcast, eating (mostly in, but we did discover Roseanna’s Cafe, which is way better than it has any right to be), and just vacationing in general. It was perfect.