9/12/17 – That Time I Threw Out the First Pitch

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I got the call at 5:31 Monday night.

“Would you like to throw out the first pitch tomorrow night?”

“I don’t think that’s something I can say ‘no’ to,” I replied.

Throwing out the first pitch was never on my radar for the sheer impossibility of it happening to me. But here I was with an opportunity of a lifetime thanks to Northwestern alumni getting the most tickets for BigTen Night.

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Visiting Biltmore: The French Connection

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During my quest to find a house, Lookie Lou was the nicest name realtors gave me. In four years, I saw 70+ properties and worked with 5+ realtors before buying my current house. After seeing that many homes, I’m certain realtors have a poster with my face and a red line through it. If I combined viewing all the bedrooms, all the bathrooms and all the basements of those properties, it doesn’t come close to matching the grandiosity of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

Before diving into our House Hunters: Biltmore Edition, there are a few things you should keep in perspective. Calling it a house is like saying New York is quaint. If there are “You are here” maps, it ceased being a house long ago. When it has wings, it is no longer a house.

If you don’t know of the Biltmore house, it is the largest private residence in America (and that includes the combination of all homes on my block). Calling it a residence or estate seems more appropriate to me. It’s staggering when you look at the stats: Continue reading Visiting Biltmore: The French Connection

DIY Garden Updates – July [Video]

There’s been a bit of a backlog uploading these to the blog. Here are two videos for your viewing pleasure. Notable updates:

  • Kale continues to thrive.
  • The peapods are dead.
  • Carrots are nearing harvest.
  • Roma tomatoes have started to grow.

This year’s veggies aren’t nearly as strong as last year. The difference in the growth of the tomatoes and peppers on the side of the house versus inside the built box is significant. The main difference is the quality of soil. The box had the perfect mix or rich soil (compost, peat moss and vermiculite).

32 Candles

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Every year, I stare at the flames as they dance like tender leaves in the wind. “Make a wish!” my family and friends instruct. I stare again at the candles. A Tesla seems like the right wish, but what are the odds the birthday fairy gets it equipped like I want?

At the robust age of 32 I wanted something a bit different for this year’s celebration. I am done with the bar parties that produced their unique set of fuzzy memories. Last year’s fête was a backyard BBQ with picture-perfect weather. This year I aimed for less of a celebration of me and the ceaseless wheels of time and more an acknowledgement of the important people in my life. Continue reading 32 Candles