Monthly Archives: January 2015

Last Goodbye

We just left Dorothy’s funeral.


It was a good funeral – as good as a funeral can be. Trent did a fabulous job remembering his grandmother, embodying her best virtues, and leaving his family with the kind of wisdom she would have shared herself.

I know she is proud of him. The baby of the baby, become such a fine man.

Driving back to the hotel, across downtown San Antonio in the rain, Van Halen’s “Dreams” came on the radio. It’s a song I used to play for my team in high school, to get them pumped up before competition. We’d sit in a circle on the gym floor, holding hands, with our eyes closed, and envision all our dreams coming true to rockin’ 80s guitar riffs.

Trent knows that story. “We can’t be sad when DREAMS is on!” I said, blowing my nose and turning up the volume.

Actually, though, it turns out we can. And that’s okay.

We miss you, Grandma. We always will.

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In Memoriam

In memory of Dorothy, 1923 - 2015.

In memory of Dorothy, 1923 – 2015.

This week, we lost a very special someone in our lives.

Dorothy Ackermann Eastwood departed this world peacefully on January 21, 2015. She was 91 years old. She had just celebrated her 76th wedding anniversary, with our beloved Grandpa Burgess, who is now left behind.

Trent – who adored his grandmother (to put it mildly) – is very, very sad. We both are. Continue reading

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Into the Vortex

This past MLK Day weekend, we did something I said we would NEVER DO AGAIN…

We went to Michigan in the dead of winter.

Oh, God – it was just like we remembered it from our fateful frozen adventure in January 2013: bitterly cold, dirty, blustery, slippery, gray, and pretty darn depressing. I just don’t get why places like “Michigan in winter” haven’t evolved off the planet by now or something. That seems possible, right?

But yet, there it is, still. Sitting smack dab on the 45th parallel, surrounded by giant fresh water reservoirs that turn all that “chilly air” over Wisconsin and the “Windy City” into “AIR SO F#@%ING COLD IT WILL FREEZE THE FACE OFF YOUR HEAD” as it travels eastward…

Ah, yes. That's Detroit down there, the day before our arrival.

Ah, yes. That’s Detroit down there, the day before our arrival (source).

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2015 Jumpstart

One of the best things about 2015 so far is the fact that I have Kim with me here in the Bay Area for the next 3 months.

Kim + Lisa on the Coastal Trail, by Kim.

Kim + Lisa on the Coastal Trail, by Kim.

She’s enrolled in a program at the Stanford D School, and even though that means she KINDA has work to do (kinda sorta), in all actuality she has a lot of free time to just kick it (I mean, it’s only Stanford). And so we’re in full-on adventure mode, hanging out whenever possible and planning all kinds of epic funness. Continue reading

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An easy recipe for de-stressing!

An easy recipe for de-stressing!

So it’s no secret at this point that 2014 was kind of a stressball of a year. It didn’t really start out that way, but by Q4 it was almost unsafe to approach me unless you were bringing beer or puppies.

Really – lots of beer and puppies.

I can say, though, with certainty, that I now have a battle-tested strategy for regeneration after such a year. OPERATION: SECOND HONEYMOON did the trick. So well, actually, that it might have to become an annual year-end practice (especially if I continue working in eCommerce).

Here are a few words on how it works… Continue reading

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