Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The next morning

You'd think we lived in Holland...

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Snow Finally Started

Most of this snow day was totally snow free.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Guest Room

Some readers of this blog have voiced concerns over the state of the
guest room. Here's a new picture. Please note the recent upgrades:
- Blinds for the window. Now the neighbors don't get to see you change.
- Warm blanket. It's winter. Heat is expensive.
- Lamps. Since it gets dark at 4:30 here, you'll be glad there's
artificial light.

If you're lucky we'll even open up the heating vent in the guest room.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New furniture

We picked up a living room table set we'd been eyeing for awhile.
Here's the new look.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

5 Guys


Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Lines were very long, but they had the precinct set up very
efficiently. We only had to wait 25 minutes or so from walking in the
door to walking out.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Homemade Marshymallows

We cooked up some fresh marshmallows today, trying out a recipe that
we might use to make Halloween s'mores next weekend.

They turned out really well, though now we have about a year's worth
of marshmallow. Good thing they freeze well.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Trying on some gear

At the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, ME

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Mystic Morning

From Kitchen Little

Friday, October 10, 2008

My First Falcon Football Game

I'm working security and this is the view from my post. Not too shabby
I suppose, considering I'm being paid to attend.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bobby Flay quesadillas


Saturday, September 13, 2008


We have disembarked!

It went much faster than I thought it was going to. That's always a
good thing.

Waiting in line

We whizzed through the ticket line for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis
Island only to find a massive line for the ferry itself. Hopefully the
line will move quickly.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ready for Halloween as soon as we let her go she pawed at it relentlessly trying
to get it off. Hopefully Target will take back a slightly used

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pre-Tropical Storm

It's hot & very humid (@ 2:00 pm). It definitely feels tropical. No
wind and not much rain right now. Hanna isn't supposed to come through
until late tonight to morning tomorrow.

Friday, September 5, 2008


(it wasn't Coors, don't worry)


Warm chocolate bread pudding

At "The Taste of Mystic"


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Our dehumidifier

We've had some problems in the basement with mold growing on Tabby's
food because of the humidity in our basement.

We got the dehumidifier at Morgan & White, which is run by a couple of
old guys (Mr. Morgan & Mr. White we presume). It was very old school
as far as appliance stores go, but they did have good humidifiers in
stock, which we found out was not too common at other places.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Celebrating the first day of school

The first day went really well. I have mainly upper level freshies
this semester, so there was a lot of timidity in the group, but they
did seem like a nice bunch of kids.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My new classroom pics

The room is nice and large. Lots of space and plenty of storage. Now I
just need to figure out what I'm teaching a little better.

My new classroom

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Westbrook Jrs.

Westbrook Muster is the 2nd largest muster in the nation. Notable
groups were the Ancient Mariners and Marlborough Jr. Corps.

Westbrook Fife & Drum Corps

At the Westbrook Muster, with a total of 44 corps.

My mocha is happy

Breakfast at Paperback Cafe

We arrived at 9:08, which turned out to be about 8 minutes later than
everybody else there. It was busy, but last time we were here it was
really good, so it should be worth it.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chillin' at The Dinosaur Place

Jamie & Brooke met us at our house for the grand tour and then we
headed over to The Dinosaur Place. They have a trail with life sized
models of dinosaurs (and a splash park).

We had a fun time looking at the dinosaurs with Brooke & hanging out
with Jamie.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The mostly finished guest bedroom

Today we moved our guest bed in from Sam's parents' place and set up
the guest bedroom. The trim still needs to be painted and we need some
lamps and decoration, but we could (theoretically) house guests!

The (now) uncarpeted stairs

This week Sam and I pulled up the somewhat gross carpet in the living
room and on our stairs. We're planning on eventually getting the
floors redone, but for the time being they're not in too bad of shape.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beautiful flowers

This morning we met the Jamies at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield for
their "Peach Festival." We hit up their Sunflower Maze first, & then
checked out the rest of the festivities.

There wasn't too much going on other than carriage rides and a
scavenger hunt of sorts in the grocery-type store they had. We did the
scavenger hunt (in which we couldn't find any of the information in
the store), and then had lunch in a cafe down the road called Perk on
Main, which featured various types of crepes and some tasty coffee.

What does 235,000 sunflowers look like?


Lyman Orchard Sunflower Maze

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rescued Seals

A seal that is in the rescue & rehab area of the aquarium.

Cove Fresh Fish Market

For lunch today, Sam & I decided to try out the CT style lobster roll
at a local seafood shack. We found this place in Mystic was highly

It was pretty tasty!

Connecticut Style Lobster Roll

Generally lobster rolls are filled with a lobster salad, but in
Connecticut, they're filled with chunks of good ol' lobster meat. Yum!


Christian Voter's Guide

Sojourners (a Christian social justice organization) has just put out a guide to Christian voter's issues. I haven't read it through in great detail as of yet, but it looks quite informative and well thought out. This isn't what you might typically think when you think of Christian values (as in the Christian right), but seems (to me) to be well aligned with biblical principles.

Sojourners has identified seven main issues and in the guide breaks down some of what can be included in each. The seven issues are:

  1. Compassion and economic justice
  2. Peace and restraint of violence
  3. A consistent ethic of life
  4. Racial justice
  5. Human rights, dignity, and gender justice
  6. Strengthened families and renewed culture
  7. Good stewardship of God's creation
To get the guide, you can go to this website.

Testing the system

Just checking to see if this mobile blogging idea will work.

I'm at the Mystic Starbucks using my 2 free hours of WiFi from being a
starbucks card holder.

Neglected (slightly)

OK. So I haven't updated in awhile.

I think I have a new idea of how to keep this up to date a little easier. I'm going to try to do a little mobile blogging. For example, I'll take pictures with my phone, then put the pictures online with a short commentary from where ever I am. That should be a little lower maintenance and still keep all of you updated with what we're up to.

I'm sure it'll take most of you several days before find I've posted again. :-)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stepping up communications

I may have more of a vested interest in improving ease of communication than others who read this blog since my wife is a cool 736 miles away. However, it won't be too long before I'm a cool 776, 889, and 916 miles away from my parents, my sister's family, and my brother respectively. That isn't to exclude friends and extended family members, who I welcome to utilize these tools as well.

The internet nowadays has come a long way. The ability to create and share content has become extremely easy and cheap. I think we should kick up the friends & family communication scheme with a little web 2.0 technology. Here are my picks for two free tools to keep us all in better contact with each other.

  • Skype: An online chat, voice chat (if you have a microphone), and video chat (if you have a webcam). You do have to download the program, but it's not a major problem. You can just have it on in the background when you're on the computer and you can see when your friends come online. It even works all over the world, so if you happen to know people on the far side of the Earth, it's a good way to stay in touch with them as well.
  • --> My Skype name: ben.wildeboer (look me up when you get on!)

  • Twitter: I'm really not sure how to describe it, it's kind of like text messaging on steroids (without the side effects). The Twitter FAQ page probably does a pretty good job of explaining it. You can just check it online, or you can "follow" people and get their messages sent to your phone. You can also write your own "tweets" from your phone. It's a great way to stay in touch even when you're not by a computer.
  • --> My Twitter ID: WillyB (check it out!)

I look forward to seeing you online!!

It's Official

As of Monday, January 7th, Sam is an official employee of Pfizer, Inc. We drove out to Connecticut on Thursday (Jan. 4) with a Jeep packed to the gills. After unpacking and seeing the sights in Connecticut (see the pics!). I had to come back home. Unfortunately, Sam had to stay.

We're just completing our first week apart. So far...we're surviving. It's not great, but we do get to see each other via Skype, we email during the day, and talk & text each other frequently. It doesn't exactly make up for not having any physical contact, but it's a drastic improvement upon writing letters back & forth.

In the meantime, stay tuned for a second post tonight on suggestions for staying in closer contact with family/friends. It's gonna be good.