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Today Atticus came out to work with me in the marshes.  We were all suited up in our boots, rain gear, GPSs, and backpacks.

One of us lugged a bucket and one of us shouldered a 20 foot long pvc pipe.  These are the tools of my trade.

I’ll bet you’re wondering what the heck we did out there with that stuff.  Wouldn’t you just love to find out…  But the thing is that it’s late and I have to go home so I’m not going to tell you.

But I will tell you that there might have been a part of the day out there where we ran around in shin-deep mud like crazy fools laughing our heads off and the herons were like

“What. the. heck?”

And it was fun.

Yeah mud!

In other news, today is a momentous day.

Today marks the 5th anniversary of our very first date.

In fact, in about 15 minutes, it will be the 5 year anniversary of exactly when our first date began.  So, if you excuse me, I have a 5th Anniversary surprise to deliver.

Have a nice weekend.


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I’m one for surprises.

But, there’s a caveat.  I don’t like to be surprised.  Just to surprise someone else.

Well, there’s a caveat to that caveat.  I like being purely surprised–out of the blue.  But, I don’t like being half surprised–like “Ohhh Pinto, this weekend is going to be a surprise!”  And then I have to wait and stew and wonder a couple days.  No fun.

However, like I said, I enjoy surprising others very, very much.

This one time, I flew to Oregon for the weekend and didn’t tell Atticus I was coming.  I got in at 9pm, called him as he was getting home, and said “Hello Atticus.  Could you please come pick me up from the airport because my cab didn’t come.”   There was about 30 seconds of confused silence.  It was awesome.

Or, this other time, I finished my semester coursework a week early (They said it couldn’t be done.  hah!).  Then I hopped on a red-eye flight from Boston, took a cab to Atticus’ house where he had already arrived for Christmas, and was casually lounging on the couch by the time he came downstairs in his pajamas.  There was about 30 seconds of the best hug ever.  It was awesome.

Then, there was this time in 2011 when Atticus was freaking out about his dissertation and he said something like, “I just need to have something to look forward to, or one weekend where I don’t have to worry about anything…”  And I thought, “Hmmmmm.”

And then I went searching for the nicest, most relaxingest get-away I could possibly conjure up on the Oregon coast, took stock of the hefty price that would cost for a weekend, and then stewed about how there was no way in heck almighty I could scrounge up the extra monies for such a thing.

And then, I remembered that I’m employed by the government.  And then I remembered that I am going on a business trip for a week at the end of this month.  And then I remembered how the government pays me $146/day for food and lodging on these trips.  And then I thought, “I’ll betcha I could save a whole lot of that per diem money if I really wanted to.”

And, if you add up the fact that I’ll probably be able to save 60-70 dollars of that per diem easy.  Well, that’s around $350 right there!  $350 that is not in the budget.  $350 of unplanned funds.   Really, you could say it’s sort of like a secret $350–a gift from the $350 fairy that would be just about the right amount of moolah for a memorable, relaxing weekend during the off-season for a 5-star river side lodge.

And that my friends, is going to be a nice surprise.

Behold! Our secret weekend getaway...which will remain a secret until after the fact since Atticus might, for once, actually come around here looking for hints.


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How to Have the Worst Interview of your Life

All you have to do is begin this way:

Interviewer: Okay, so this interview is for fill-in-blank internship and we’re excited to have you here today.  We’ll be looking forward to working with the final candidate this summer in Antarctica/Siberian Gulag/Saharan Desert/Some Other Completely Impossible Place for you to Live.   So, let’s get started with some questions.  First, do you have any for us?

Me: Actually, yes.  I just wanted to clarify something.  I was under the impression that this fill-in-blank internship could be done elsewhere.  For example, Bermuda/Ski Resort/My Actual Home?

Interviewer:  :: awkward silence::  Ahhhhh…I see.   Well, actually, no.  We’re only interested in people who are willing to move to The Somme in 1916/Gang-ridden Marijuana Farms/Not where you need to be living this summer.

Me: Ahhh…I see.

Interviewer: ::silence::

Me: ::silence::

Interviewer: Well!  Let’s start our 45 minute interview!

Taa daa!!

In other “I’m not getting that internship in this life or the next” news, Atticus is having his own job interview today.  Since they aren’t asking him to move to a Gulag, it’s going to go very well.  Go Atticus, go!

However, regardless of how many times I tell him that he’ll be shiny and great, he still gave me the “why are you leaving me when I’m about to die?” face when I said goodbye this morning.

It looked a lot like this

Melodramatic Atticus is going to be amazing today.  Mark my words, phone interview people.

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Solved it

I solved the last name dilemma!

We’ve been back and forth and back and forth about changing them, not changing them, hyphenating, not hyphenating…but I finally have the answer.  Thanks to an offhand facebook comment from a friend’s mother, I’ve decided to make a new last name out of an anagram of both our current last names!!


Here are my favorites so far:

Pinto and Atticus __fill in the blank__

1.  ShardInUrn
2.  HardSinRun
3.  DarnHisRun
4.  DarnHisUrn
5.  RadShinRun
6.  AhRindUrns


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Things We’re Serious About

Ping-Pong Tournaments

Snowball Fights

Settlers of Catan

Shuffleboard X-treme

Matching Pajamas



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We Have A Family Pet

It’s an octopus?

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On the Actual Anniversary of my Wedding

wedding paul

Just so darn happy...

When this entry posts, I have no idea what I’ll be doing.  All I know is that, whatever it is, I’ll be within 1000 miles of where I live and probably eating something at some point.   Atticus has taken it upon himself to orchestrate some kind of surprise extravaganza and, to give him credit, I really don’t have any clue what it could be (except the two facts above, which are all my wiles could drag from the man over the past month and a half).  For my part, I have put together a magnificent present for him with a theme of “paper.”

I know…I have some catching up to do.

Anyway, I’m thinking that this whole anniversary thing is a big deal.  Not in a sort of “We made it a whole entire year and didn’t get a divorce” way but more of a “Holy crud?  It’s here already?  Man, that’s gone fast because it’s been awesome!” kind of way.  Also, it means sexy pajamas…probably.

So, in honor of this most momentous day, I offer you…a love haiku.

First Year

Dedicated to Atticus

Reading Milton aloud?

Others may say that’s boring.

We just smile and go on.


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