Maui time!

Patricia so kindly booked a quick vacation for us to Maui for the week to disconnect and get away for a bit. And boy was it needed!

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When given the option to watch the movie "9 to 5" on the plane, you take it. Such a fun flick with strong female leads and a great supporting cast. 

We didn't even rent a car, just took a shuttle up north on the west side of the island and hunkered down at the Napali Kai Resort & Hotel. Quiet, not too busy, location right on the beach. Very laid back with everything you need within about 50 yards. Very walkable area with great views.  

 Sunset Tuesday night

Sunset Tuesday night

We're just wrapping up our Wednesday night where we swam in the ocean, played miniature golf (or their putting green, really. Just 18 holes of putting, no obsticles or anything), and naps. 

 

Our flight isn't until 5pm tomorrow so we're hoping to get in another swim or dip in the hot tub before heading out. Hope to post more pictures soon!

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Third time is a charm, right?

After many hours and days and weeks of frustrated waiting, Patricia finally has her first new car since 1998.  

We received an email from Anne from the national Care by Volvo car service that the regional manager in the Bay Area did indeed track down the exact car Patricia wanted as a replacement for the lemon we first received. Michael, Peter, and I’m sure a few other great heroes helped us finally pick it up on Friday. After a short test drive to make sure it was good to go, we signed the paperwork, grabbed our new keys, and headed to Patricia’s mothers for dinner in the city (and Mitchell’s Ice Cream for dessert)!

 

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All in all, the Volvo reputation for customer service is still intact. They clearly don’t have all the kinks worked out of the subscription service but in the end, the San Francisco dealership and management team was able to come through.  

Heres to many wonderful adventures!! 

Colorful bubbles

This week at Google has been a busy but colorful one. 

For a little team building exercise, our team lead brought everyone outside where we assembled, what I can only call, bubble-making devices. In order to make these contraptions you took two wooden dowels and screwed in a little eyelet at the very end. You then measured out a length of string to thread through the eyelets and tie together with a couple washers in the middle. What you were supposed to end up with was two, long sticks with a triangle shaped string. Like you were holding a couple messed up fishing rods. 

You then soaked the string in a bucket of soapy solution, pulled it out, and let the wind create some huge bubbles.  

 Soaking my string

Soaking my string

it was pretty neat watching everyone create their bubble makers and even more marvelous watching all these extremely colorful bubbles take shape. Michael doubles up the sticks and string attempting to make the largest bubble and I believe he was successful. 

Fool me twice...

Well, we picked it up and everything seemed great, that’s until we hit the Bay Bridge and the radio suddenly stopped and Patricia’s brand new Volvo XC40 stalled out again. 

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We’re stranded on Treasure Island waiting for the service guys to come and rescue us. We will try hard to get a new car now as this is ridiculous. Patty definitely doesn’t want a Volvo anymore.

Mobile updates & a new car

This may be a great way to quickly keep the family updated on our adventures, even from our phones.

Like, today, I’m working from home and was able to sneak away for a haircut. I’m also now anxiously awaiting Patricia to text me that her brand new, 2019, Volvo XC40 is ready to get picked up from the dealer.

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Long story short, we went to pick it up last Friday and it immediately began to stall on us, like the fuel pump just shut off. So strange but they gave us a loaner as they fix it  

BOOM! Messages received and we’re heading out to get her car!

And here we go!

After two decades of working on creating websites, brands, and services for companies and individuals alike, it's time for me to be my own client as I try and create a website for us to keep our family up-to-date on life stuff.

Of course, I've been spending the last few months digging through all my old favorites and comparing them to the new ones out there for a new platform to showcase our adventures. You think it would be pretty simple yet no one has completely mastered this just yet. Wix and Weebly are two strong contenders offering easy site creation and design tools, yet is littered with way more than I need for a simple photo site and none seem to work well with Instagram, our preferred way to post and share photos. Plus, Weebly doesn't provide domain name registrar protection meaning I've been receiving about 15 calls a day from companies looking to boost my site in Google search.

*insert eye roll here*

I just ended up coming back to Squarespace as it's a solid platform, clean and easy to use, and flexible enough to meet our needs today and in the future without a cluttered UI. 

Sadly, one of my first tasks was to create a memorial of sorts for Patricia's grandmother that we will keep up for most of the year. This included a few images and a video slideshow plus some text. Was easy to create on Wix and worked well. But with the need for our instagram feed and our wedding site coming, Wix's cluttered UI pushed me away from them. Weebly was much cleaner and offered great iOS apps for keeping tabs on the site with beautiful analytics and easy editing of the site. Honestly, if Weebly actually worked well and didn't force me to spend an extra $100 a year to protect my info, I may have stuck with them.

I'm writing all this as, of course, a test of Squarespace as I try and figure out how I will be handling the navigation of the site since we will keep up Granny Goose's memorial but with only that, the navigation seems awkward and it's not clear that it's another page you can navigate too.

Any who, off to flesh out this site for our Instagram feed (thanks to a third-party code embed) and our wedding planning!