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I initially had big dreams for this summer.  I decided to forgo the classes for a variety of reasons.  I wanted to spend more time with Sarah, hit the workouts at Fit Body Boot Camp harder, and make it a summer of getting back outside (camping, hiking, backpacking).  Sounded like a plan at the moment.  Then it happened, this strange pain in my stomach on the way to visit friends in Long Island.  A few days later I found myself in a random walk-in clinic with the PA ordering me to go get a cat-scan at a nearby emergency room.  It was only twelve hours before I would find myself in surgery having my appendix removed.  After weeks of recovery and continued healing, it happened…Summer was gone.  When I walked outside this morning, there was a slight cool crispness in the air, with just a hint of humidity.  It is the first of many mornings that coolness would start to move in.  It occurred to me that based on the current state of my body, travel commitments for work, and the upcoming fall school semester, that most of my original plans were not going to happen. 

This really means nothing other than me rambling and wishing things had turned out differently.  Sarah traveling makes me realize what life is like for her when I am roaming the country.  It throws your own routine out of whack.  I now find myself pondering ideas for the Fall and Winter.  Pumpkin picking, lots of Squash, attempts at canning, and a last minute camping trip await me.  The cool weather also brings more excuses to practice my handcrafted coffee.  Summer is gone, but the excitement of life is not gone. 


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Chicago visit

Last week marked my first proper visit to Chicago. My other trips were so quick and I did not stay in proper downtown. The first thing that I was amazed by was the architecture. What a beautiful city! I had no idea or I would have high-tailed it there earlier in my life. I have visited a lot of cities – London, Buenos Aires, Paris and many others. Baltimore almost seems like a town in comparison to Chicago’s skyscrapers. The Carbon and Carbide Building, the Hancock Building, the Tribune building (not to mention the Trump Tower which glints and towers in all its… glory).

We had a lot of coffee – Intelligentsia coffee to be exact. I had regular cups, a latte and a mocha! Oh the decadence, but it is not every day that you get beautiful latte art to stare at until you slurp it up!

I wish that I had saved up some money for shopping. It looked like there was some really good shopping there but I was not really in the mood and didn’t really have the money. Maybe next time!

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Not to long ago, I purchased a DeLonghi espresso machine off Woot.com. While it wasn’t the Rancilio Silvia I’ve been dreaming of, who could argue with the price of it. It was certainly a few steps above those plastic ones at Wal-Mart. So I took the plunge, enjoying my morning and midnight espresso with it. This was until one day that it went haywire, shot hot water everywhere, and just quit working right. So I contacted DeLonghi who after a series of e-mail and phone calls replaced my espresso machine with a BRAND NEW ONE. Needless to say, I’m happy, satisfied, and a DeLonghi customer for life. Other companies should take a hint.

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