Archive for January, 2008

When Life Gets Routine…

Posted by len on 31st January 2008

BroganHeadlamp.jpg…you either have to be a good writer or the blog dries up.
I think our lives have become rather routine as of late. Sometimes weird things happen that really strike us as “weird”. Something that most Americans would find odd, or interesting, or out of the ordinary. Those are the times we think: “We gotta put that on the Squid!”.
I think we’re starting to acclimate to our new surroundings since those moments are happening less and less.
But, in order not to let you, loyal reader, down, we include here a photo of our very first nephew, Brogan.
Brogan lives in Iowa. He recently reminded us that we need to update our website more frequently so he gets honored as a “Special Squid Pal”.
You can see him here testing out a headlamp that I had gotten for Christmas a few years back.
Right now he’s quite a bit bigger and older than who you see pictured. I think he’s somewhere near 7 foot 3 inches by now.

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Heroes of the Voyage: Episode Kin

Posted by len on 24th January 2008

My brother Michael (aka Gordo) and his wife Kristie just left after a rousing good time here in Lisbon.
The weather got a little glum but that didn’t stop the fun.
Squid “S-Spot” codpieces are in the mail to our two “very special” heroes for visiting us in our lonely land…

The photo shows the Heroes in front of the official nexus of the Shimmering Age of Discovery…Lisboa!!

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Posted by sue on 7th January 2008

We spent 5 nights in Paris this past week to celebrate the New Year, see the city and to visit friends. Paris is of course a grand, beautiful city, with lots and lots to see. We’d visited once before–just 3 days back in 1998. At that time we hit some of the main tourist attractions, so we didn’t feel the need to do the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre this time.

We did, however, walk around Montmartre to Sacre Coeur:

We also visited the Musee d’Orsay, which houses lots of works by the Impressionist painters (and Pre- and Post Impressionism). The building itself is very cool, because it used to be a train station and hotel.

The best part of the trip was the fact that we were welcomed to Paris by actual Parisians, Lee and Lauren Sullivan, with whom we shared a few lovely meals, including New Year’s Eve. Merci beaucoup!

All in all, we had a lovely time. A couple things did make a appreciate Lisbon a little more, though: Paris is very, very expensive, and this time of year it is cold!

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Bonne Annee!

Posted by sue on 1st January 2008

Len and I are celebrating the beginning of 2008 in the City of Lights, and wish all our friends and family a very Happy New Year!

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