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January 2021

Sun setting over Monterey Bay
New Year World-readable
Fingers crossed for a better 2021
Jaeger in a holiday mask
Christmas mask World-readable
2021-01-03 22:45:58
Masks are the future
Tags: covid-19
Sun setting over Summit Tree Farm
Applied Civics Seminar World-readable
2021-01-12 20:57:17
In which the intrepid narrator tries to explain and contextualize the attack on the US Capitol
Julian in the gap between the earthquake fence
San Andreas World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator takes his children to go visit the San Andreas Fault
Tags: hiking
American flag flying
Inauguration World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator watches history unfold with the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president

February 2021

Office in Wallingford
Uplift World-readable
2021-02-04 22:21:20
In which the intrepid narrator upgrades to a standing desk
Tags: covid-19
Breville Infuser espresso machine
Espresso From Home World-readable
2021-02-27 21:56:16
In which the intrepid narrator buys an espresso machine to honor his one-year quarantine anniversary

March 2021

Pandemic board with Seattle about to outbreak
Losing a whole year World-readable
2021-03-06 21:19:15
Looking back on a lost year during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tags: covid-19
Julian gets into the car for kindergarten
Kindergarten for real World-readable
2021-03-09 20:59:54
School, but in person!
Snow on the ground in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Snow Day World-readable
2021-03-10 21:21:36
In which snow falls at 3000 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the intrepid narrator observes a snow day from online school
Julian's coronavirus model
2021-03-14 11:07:43
Still trapped in an endless cycle of re-open and re-close
Tags: covid-19

April 2021

Julian prepares to catch a wave
Board World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator takes his kid body-boarding
Julian, Calvin, and Kiesa consult on birthday cakes
Birthdays World-readable
2021-04-14 20:07:25
In which the intrepid narrator's now-fully-vaccinated parents visit their grandkids
Kiesa and Jaeger signing mortgage papers on Loma Prieta Way
Signing World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator signs papers to buy a house in Santa Cruz
Sun sets over Lighthouse Point Beach
My Shot World-readable
2021-04-15 20:52:50
I am not throwing away my shot!
Tags: covid-19
COVID-19 vaccination site at Levi's Stadium
2021-04-18 16:31:39
In which the intrepid narrator gets his first Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
Tags: covid-19

May 2021

Levi's Stadium Vaccination Clinic
Second Shot World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator gets his second and final Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
Tags: covid-19
Kayak on the dock in Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor
Small Craft Harbor World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator paddles from Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor
East portal of the Snoqualmie Tunnel
2021-05-26 20:17:44
Finding the end of the tunnel
Tags: covid-19
Jaeger in front of San Jose Diridon Station
Capitol Corridor World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator completes a multi-modal circuit around San Francisco Bay

June 2021

Nanna Ct wrapped for fumigation
Fumigation World-readable
2021-06-10 21:12:02
In which the intrepid narrator gets his house tented for fumigation
Tent at Hampshire Rocks campground
Hampshire Rocks World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator goes camping near Lake Tahoe and narrowly avoids getting stuck in a major traffic jam
Cottonwood fluff falling over campsite
Aerialist World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator rides a ski resort tram and visits an aerial park
Julian in a kayak on Lake Tahoe
Tahoe City Kayak World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator goes kayaking on Lake Tahoe
Looking back into the kitchen at Nanna Court
Refinishing World-readable
2021-06-27 21:40:22
In which the intrepid narrator refinishes his wood floors
Exterior door handle at Nanna Ct
Locks World-readable
2021-06-28 21:06:02
In which the intrepid narrator replaces the locks and handles on his front door
Carpet install in progress in the living room
Carpet World-readable
2021-06-30 21:32:11
In which the intrepid narrator replaces the carpet in his new house

July 2021

Kiesa models the family room
Computer-aided layout World-readable
2021-07-03 22:31:43
Modeling the house and its furniture
Jaeger, Calvin, Kiesa, and Julian wait for the Scotts Valley Fourth of July parade
Fourth of July 2021 World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator observes the Fourth of July
Boxes packed in living room
Moving to Santa Cruz World-readable
2021-07-06 22:33:51
In which the intrepid narrator completes his move to Santa Cruz over one long and busy weekend
Plants packed and ready to move
Moving plants World-readable
2021-07-09 23:06:17
In which the intrepid narrator moves his houseplants between houses
737 wing flying over Santa Cruz
Iowa World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator visits USS Iowa in Los Angeles

August 2021

Willow naps in the afternoon sun
2021-08-08 20:33:30
In which the intrepid narrator reposts a bunch of cat pictures from the depths of the pandemic
Cloud Migration World-readable
2021-08-25 08:16:27
Tags: meta
Calvin and Julian in a foxhole on Four Mile Beach
Foxhole World-readable
Fortifying the beach
Tags: beach

September 2021

Dad, Kiesa, Julian, Calvin, Uncle Willy, Aunt Vero at breakfast
Celebrating a wedding in the global pandemic
Tags: family
Willy and Vero after the wedding
Wedding photography World-readable
Playing amateur wedding photographer at Willy and Vero's wedding
Tags: family
Vero and Willy at their wedding reception
Reception World-readable
After the wedding, the reception
Tags: family
willow attacks a cat toy
Willow, 2005-2021 World-readable
2021-09-11 15:17:49
Content warning: Death of a pet
Tags: willow
Julian, Kiesa, and Calvin at Gizdich Ranch
Gizdich Ranch World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator goes to pick apples outside of Watsonville
Tags: family
Refinished wood floors in the kitchen at Nanna Ct
Rats World-readable
2021-09-29 19:56:31
In which the intrepid narrator confronts a rodent infestation in his crawl space

October 2021

Julian, Kiesa, and Jaeger on BART
Fleet Week World-readable
Featuring the Blue Angels
Skeleton as librarian
The Skeleton World-readable
2021-10-09 20:53:33
A plastic skeleton dressed up as a librarian
Tags: halloween
Paradise: One town's struggle to survive an American wildfire
Paradise World-readable
2021-10-11 21:22:28
A book review
Crow guards the steps leading up to the house
Halloween 2021 World-readable
Finally something returns to normal
Tags: halloween

November 2021

News crew at Oakland Airport
Thanksgiving 2021 World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator visits family in Bellingham for a surprisingly-normal Thanksgiving

December 2021

Crochet coronavirus
Booster World-readable
2021-12-01 18:15:11
One step forward, hopefully towards to the end of the pandemic
Tags: covid-19
Waves breaking on Seabright Beach
Atmospheric River World-readable
Looking out at the roiling ocean in a winter storm
Rainbow over United 777 at SFO
DisCon III World-readable
In which the intrepid narrator leaves his time zone and travels across the country in a widebody jet to attend the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, DisCon III
K Street in Washington, DC
Pandemic Worldcon World-readable
My first day at Worldcon, including a smattering of panels and a John Scalzi Dance Party
Black Lives Matter Plaza looking towards the White House
Worldcon Friday World-readable
Attending Worldcon panels, meeting Escape Artists, and seeing modern art
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2021 Hugo Awards World-readable
Worldcon panels and the Hugo Awards
7000-series Metro train inside McPherson Square Station
American History World-readable
Spending all day at the National Museum of American History, with a brief excursion to the Worldcon closing ceremonies
Dulles Airport terminal lit up for Christmas
Dulles World-readable
Flying back across the country to Walla Walla for Christmas
Waiting for the Coast Starlight at San Jose Diridon
Coast Starlight World-readable
Taking the (very delayed) train to Los Angeles
The Last Bookstore
Endeavour World-readable
Face-to-face with a space shuttle
Avocado toast from Pitchoun!
Tar Pits World-readable
Seeing the La Brea Tar Pits, and ringing in 2022