Home in Boston

Posted by len on February 6th, 2009

Yes, the overseas adventure is officially over.
Thank you to everyone that followed us, even sporadically, on this blog.
We are now both settled in Boston (or more specifically Somerville, right next to Cambridge).
We actually just found our own apartment and it has plenty of room for visitors.
We expect to be moving in near the end of February.
It’s a very Bostonian brick building from the 20’s with those old radiators and old-tymey goodness.
Given that we’re living very ‘normal’ lives again we imagined shutting down Runaway Squid.
However, our parents protested, as, apparently, it is the main way they keep track of us.
Here we go again.

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Once Upon a Time

Posted by len on November 2nd, 2008


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What Nerds Carry With Them

Posted by len on September 27th, 2008

Less than a week ago I moved from Portugal to Boston, Massachusetts.
As much as I tried to resist the temptation, over the two years we’ve been away from the US I collected stuff, some technology, some art supplies, and the like. I really needed this stuff…at the time.
So I gave away quite a few things (nothing compared to what we unloaded when we moved away from the US!).

But, I did end up with two large suitcases to haul, both weighing in at 32 kg (70 lbs).

What was in those two suitcases?

– Some clothes (didn’t buy much in this department overseas so most of what I had was getting old and I just donated it to orphans)
– 6 very heavy science and computer books (openGL, wave action, flash)
– 4 computer hard drives (total storage capacity: 1.2 Terabytes)
– 2 console game systems (PS2 and Gamecube)
– 4 game controllers, wires, power supplies, etc.
– flatbed scanner (full A4 page size)
– laptop stand (to elevate it)
– bluetooth keyboard
– small set of oil paints and oil medium and some sketch books
– two bars of portuguese baking chocolate

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September 22nd: Halfway Home

Posted by len on September 10th, 2008

This crazy ride, the one with incomprehensible words, strange customs, and foreign rhythms, is finally coming to a close, for me.
On September 22nd I’m returning to the country in which I will actually be a legal resident.
I’m moving to Boston, to continue working with the small engineering company I’ve been working for remotely since shortly after I arrived in Morocco so long ago (feels like a REALLY long time ago to me).
Sue is going to continue teaching one more term here in Lisbon and then join me there (unless Boston ends up being a nightmare!- not likely) in late December.

So…prepare for exciting overreaching attempts to make a relatively familiar place like Boston seem wicked interesting and blog-worthy in the months ahead!

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Our Trip Up North in Doodles

Posted by len on September 3rd, 2008

Northern Portugal Doodles
To see photos to go along with the doodles, click HERE

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The Road to B’Jesus

Posted by sue on August 23rd, 2008


We didn’t quite make it there, though.

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The Portuguese sure love their beaches

Posted by sue on August 22nd, 2008


And you can see why! This is the Santa Cruz beach, near Torres Vedras, where we began our little road trip last week with our friend Fátima.

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Posted by sue on August 12th, 2008

We’re headed out this morning for a mostly unplanned trip to northern Portugal, thinking we’ll be gone for a week or so. I’ll try to post pictures and such from the road, but it will depend on the availability of convenient internet access and whether or not Len is willing to let me use his computer for a few minutes here and there.

Otherwise, Blogust will officially continue when we get back to Lisbon! Até logo!

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All this relaxation is starting to hurt

Posted by sue on August 10th, 2008

So, it’s been 11 days since my last day of work at the American School of Languages, and I’m starting to feel the toll that rest and relaxation is taking on my body. No kidding! It turns that, rather perversely, my body actually got accustomed to at least one hour per day of walking up and down hills (normal walking to work and lunch and home) and the moving around I do at school while I’m teaching. I wouldn’t say teaching is a particularly active job, but it’s not all that sedentary either– I certainly don’t sit in front of a computer for hours, or do any one thing for extended periods of time. I’m always moving around the school, getting materials together, making copies, reading a bit, always in fairly short stints. But now, without my walk to school, I’ve been getting less regular exercise and sitting for longer periods, reading a book or surfing the Internet.

So, twice this week I woke up in the morning with a sore back. Not fair! I guess I’ll need to balance my loafing with more exercise the rest of the month, until I go back to the old routine in September.

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Posted by sue on August 9th, 2008

The patron saint of Lisbon is Saint Anthony, and the big celebration here every year is on his feast day. The celebration consists mainly of much eating of sardines and drinking in the streets.


Here are some traditional sardines, pictured alongside the nicest, smartest, most fun guy in Portugal, Shrikesh “Chico” Laxmidas.

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