Monthly Archives: May 2013

One if by land, two if by sea, 6 hours if by air…

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That’s how long it takes to get to Boston from San Francisco on a non-stop Virgin America flight!

I know because we just took one. Don’t worry – it actually goes by really fast because you get FREE TV AND MOVIES on Virgin, on your own personal monitor. Which means you can EASILY pass the time watching a full marathon of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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Paint the Porch!

So, after celebrating our house-closeiversary, Trent and I stood on the sidewalk with our arms around each other and gazed at our beautiful old house, with its unique early Craftsman angles, shrouded in six different colors of blooming roses, and said…

“Damn. Our porch steps look like shit.”

The porch steps. Note the nice turquoise reveal, and the leaning wall, which I'm pretty sure is a late add-on and isn't even attached to the house. Because that's how our previous owners ROLLED!

The porch steps. Note the nice turquoise reveal, and the leaning wall, which I’m pretty sure is a late add-on and isn’t even attached to the house. Because that’s how our previous owners ROLLED!

EFF! I mean, how could we possibly have spent one full year on project after project after project and failed to notice that the very first thing people see on approach to our front door is a flight of six partially-cannonball black, partially-TURQUOISE BLUE steps, tucked between LEANING WALLS, one of which supports a rusty mailbox and a RAW WOOD railing?

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All in the Family

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We have a new baby in the family! Carson Scott Rippee:

How cute is he?!?!?!

How cute is he?!?!?!

Isn’t he just the cutest little snugglenugget ever? We met him this weekend while in Fresno, visiting Trent’s grandma for Mother’s Day. At the ripe old age of 7 weeks.

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Friday Flash-WAAAYYY-Back, Vol. IV

Flashin’ WAAAYYY back this Friday, folks.

I came home from work to discover two early birthday packages from Munga waiting behind the porch steps. They were filled with the gifts I requested:

Old family photos.

There’s NOTHING I love more than old photos. And so for this Friday flashback, I’m takin’ you all the way back. To before my existence.

FLASHBACK:

Baldassare and Maria Minaudo, my great-grandparents, on their wedding day about 100 years ago. Straight from Sicily to my foyer wall.

Baldassare and Maria Minaudo, my great-grandparents, on their wedding day about 100 years ago. Straight from Sicily to my foyer wall.

I’m so happy to have these, I don’t even know where to begin. Especially this one, above, which my mom took to a professional restorer in the 80s after rescuing it from near demise in a cedar chest. Continue reading

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4 de Mayo

Well, today it’s 6 de Mayo, but this blog is about two days ago.

Two days ago, I realized, was a BIG DAY.

If I had realized it sooner, and been less busy, I would have planned to blog about it on the ACTUAL day. But here I am, nonetheless, catching up two days later. Good enough, in this world.

4 de Mayo is the one year anniversary of our closing on 3675! Dang, that went fast…

3675 back in May of 2012, before we knew what we were in for...

3675 back in May of 2012, before we knew what we were in for (and before anyone cut that damn bush back)…

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