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Where procrastination comes to flourish

Did I tell you I have a new job? In October, I left my outpost in downtown Vancouver, Washington, where, from my cubicle, I could watch the bridge lift up and down over the Columbia River. I now spend my work week in a windowless cube under blue fluorescent lights in a “skyscraper” in downtown [...]

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In November, Martin and I went to Hawaii to celebrate the fact that we put a ring on one another’s finger and agreed to put up with each other’s gas until we’re old and incredibly gassy. (I jest. It was much more romantic than that.) These are the iPad doodles I drew from our trip. [...]

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Lately I’ve been documenting our adventures using my favorite iPad app, Paper by FiftyThree. It started with our honeymoon in Hawaii. I decided to sketch moments and memories, sometimes in real time, but most often after the fact using photographs. (I have a few more drawings to do for that sketchbook — but I’

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Two minutes after Martin’s mother dropped us off at the airport in Omaha, Martin realized he’d left his wallet (and his ID) at her house. He called her and shortly thereafter she was zooming her way back home, a good 20-minute drive from the airport, to locate the wallet and bring it back to us. [...]

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Just east of Portland is this amazing park called Thousand Acres. It’s a dog’s dream. There’s river access and miles of trails and marshland. On any given Sunday, hundreds of dogs romp through the brush there, sniffing butts and splashing through puddles and rolling in delicious smells. Today was no differ

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We got married! The wedding was awesome in every way possible. Here is a small selection of the more than 900 wonderful photos our photographer took. Photo credit: Bryan Rupp Photography

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It seems like a good time to change the look of my blog. It’s looked like this for… I don’t know, 4 or 5 years. Since before WordPress offered things like widgets and featured images. But every time I search for a new theme, I can’t find one that I like. They’re all so… bloggy. [...]

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Martin’s grandma gave us a jar of plum jelly last night. “[My daughter] Rosie made it,” she said. “So if you don’t like it, blame her.”

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Martin’s grandma is wonderfully adorable. At 91, she’s sharp as a whip and still makes her famous homemade loaves of bread and jams. Watching her play with her new iPad is so charming. She is a whiz at her pinochle app, but anything beyond that is a little confusing for her. She doesn’t really understand [

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I slept fitfully last night. Dream after dream dug up old regrets. In the course of seven hours of sleep, I managed to uncover too many insecurities: Classes I never attended, or worse, attended but slept through. My undergraduate thesis, which prevented me from graduating with honors because I half-assed my way through it.

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See? It exists. I used to have a tub of this stuff when I was in high school. Photo credit: alternatePhotography  

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When we moved into our house, the shower needed some work. Two out of three walls had tile only up to waist level; stained linoleum covered the third. The grout between the tiles was rotting away, causing a leak in the basement. I sealed the grout in silicone, which stopped the leak but looked absolutely [...]

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Dearest Internet, In case you have not heard, I am getting married. This means that we are planning a wedding and facing all sorts of decisions. Some of them are small (what will our colors be?) and some large (where do we draw the line on our guest list?) and none of them are easy. [...]

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Of course I know what you mean. Because that is the same exact comment that every single professional team athlete has ever said to an inquiring sports journalist after a win. “We really gelled tonight. We came together, got the defense we needed, played real hard on offense. We communicated and had each other’s

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Hey there. It’s me, MDIC. Remember me? Guess what? I’m procrastinating. So I’m back. See, thing is, I’ve got this story I’ve got to finish up for work. Every December, the company I work for publishes a compilation of our short stories, memoirs, essays and poems. Last year, my “story̶

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I read some sad news today: H&H Bagels is closing its Upper West Side location. Tomorrow. In case you are not a New Yorker, let me help you understand the magnitude of that statement: What if, overnight, the Grand Canyon zipped back together? Chicago deep-dish so-called pizza ceased to exist? The sun decided not to rise

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One of my favorite things about Twitter is following the feeds of the Portland Trailblazers: Nicholas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Wesley Matthews, and my personal favorite, the scrappy Aussie point guard Patty Mills. Mills’ tweets are particularly exuberant and endearing, filled with

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Hey there, Internet. There’s but a week left in February and yet this is my first post of 2011. And it’s a picture post at that. Shame on me, the writer who never has time to write anything that isn’t for a client. [Well... not entirely true. Check out my new food blog: Remember the Pudding.] Behold the [.

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What the what? It’s the end of 2010 already? I only just got used to writing the correct date on my checks. But I guess that’s my fault for still using checks. I really don’t have much to tell you—but I wanted to post something in December seeing as I don’t like to miss a month [...]

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Not that this should come as any surprise whatsoever, but being a homeowner is expensive. I love my house and I’m glad I bought it and I simply LOVE not having a landlord calling me up to yell at me for things I didn’t do, like the time she found a microwave by the garbage and [...]

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I’ve been thinking for some time now that I should create an MDIC spinoff blog that focuses exclusively on food. But then I pinch myself and remember — oh wait! Last time I checked I didn’t have time for one blog, let alone two. So, there you have it, my waning readership, you’ll just have to [...]

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They love me. I really don’t know what it is, but crazy old men have always seemed to think that I’m a good person to chat up. Doesn’t matter if I’m wearing headphones and staring intently out the light rail window, clearly deep in my own (more interesting) thoughts. Something about me invites conve

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It’s now been more than six months since I bought the house. And have I finished unpacking? Duh. Of course not. Which is nothing to beat myself up over. We all have a few of those boxes that just seem to linger in the basement, collecting dust and filled with who-knows-what, because we can’t bring ourselves [...

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Last tomato season, I wrote a story. A few weeks ago, as I was bushwhacking through my tomato jungle idly picking cherry tomatoes in my garden, I remembered it. And it occurred to me to submit it to my favorite food blog, Culinate. So I did. And they published it! That’s my exciting news: My first food-related essay

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Loved this little gem in this week’s CSA newsletter. Now, if I can only remember these words when I need them most: “With a big shift in weather this week, fall starts seeming pretty close. No doubt, by this point in the season our crew is feeling it, working early mornings and long days, often six [...]

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Here’s the thing about “easy three-step” processes that makes me start screaming expletives while I’m installing a showerhead: very few things actually ever really ARE three steps. Take toast-making, for instance. Here’s the easy three-step version: Take out a piece of bread. Put in toaster. R

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I’m not very good at fixing things. This inability has brought me to tears on more than one occasion. Nothing is more frustrating than reading “THREE EASY STEPS!” on the package of your new Venetian blinds and then failing to  progress beyond step one. To my credit, installing blinds actually takes about

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I noticed today that a coworker of mine has really excellent all-caps handwriting. That made me think of my father, who must’ve taken a drafting class at some point in his life. He always wrote in all caps, using only the most pristine and perfectly-angled letters. Maybe he was an architect in a previous life. Last

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I have not forgotten. I’ve just had lunch meetings every day this week. Blogging to resume shortly.

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