A Weekend to Repeat

(You MUST watch the video at the end of this post…)

I’ve been giving thought to what exactly is appropriate content for the weekends. I know a lot of us are busy with other things, so a thought provoking post may not be the best type of content to publish. Plus, I hope you’ll get a chance to spend more time outside, away from your computer/phone/tablet, as the weather beings to get warmer.

With all that said I’m leaning towards the weekends not being as “structured” as the week day posts. Like yesterday’s post, some may have a more personal touch. I also have some posts in mind that will contain “content” that occurred to me while having coffee or a cigar with a friend. (Thinking “Conversations over Coffee” and “Cigar Conversation”). I know the family members who read this won’t mind a more personal related post on the weekend, and I hope my other readers will also enjoy the different flavored content. It will at least show that I am working on some of the things I post about in my own life 🙂

So we’ll begin with this weekend. As I’ve already shared with you yesterday, Friday evening was an absolute blast with close friends and family. Surprisingly I didn’t do an ounce of work this weekend…which was nice for a change and has me thinking about how I can structure my week so that work on the weekend isn’t necessary. I’ll either have to work more hours during the week or cut the amount of work I do outside of the day job. It will most likely be a combination of both. More on this to come.

Since work wasn’t on my mind so much I felt at ease spending a lot of time with Lindsay and Mozzie (and Lucy). This was a great weekend of family/friend time, and the type of weekend I hope to have more often.

Photos from this weekend are below. I hope you had a great weekend, too!

I’m Back!

Yep, one of these posts. The I’m-back-and-never-leaving-again post (#dontmakepromisesyoucantkeep – funny video on the use of hashtags by the by). Well, I’d like to be back, and I truly do hope to be on a semi-regular basis, but I won’t promise that. My last post was November 6, 2012. Approaching a year ago now. Let me count for you the ways my life has changed since then.

Aiken Web Solutions, LLC

Aiken Web Solutions, LLC
Aiken Web Solutions, LLC

I changed my business from a lukewarm just-testing-this-thing-out sole proprietorship to a full-fledged LLC effective January 1, 2013. Along with that came a highly talented team of designers, developers, copy writers, photographers, and sale reps. This took me out of pretending to know development to doing what I do best which is managing and building relationship which lead to sales. It has now been almost 10 months since making this transition and we have just brought on our first full-time employee, Mark Broomell, who handles business development and project management. This frees up more of my time to continue doing what I do best. Constantly learning, and constantly adapting. Business is going well 🙂 You can learn more about my company by visiting our site.

Harrisburg Cigar Club

I have the honor and pleasure of sitting on the board of the Harrisburg Cigar Club as our Communications Director. We have a club event once each month and many smaller events at local cigar shops. This keeps me busy but I love the club. The family gained here is amazing.

Mozzie Dean

This is the biggest change. While business is all-consuming at this point, it pales in comparison to Mozzie Dean, our first little boy. He was born on August 27, 2013. Weighed in at 7lbs 4.7oz and was 18 inches long. At his last doctor appointment he surpassed his birth-weight by 4oz and grew 2 inches. Both he and my wife are healthy, which is all I can really ask for.

Between these three items my days go by quickly, but I still find time to enjoy the finer things in coffee and cigars. Here’s to sticking around!

(What brought me back? My business uses the self-hosted version of WordPress for all of our clients, so I keep up with both WordPress.org updates as-well-as WordPress.com updates. I read about the cloudup.com acquisition and planned integration and thought that it would be a good idea for me to be more involved in a WP.com site. WP.com is typically a foreshadow of what is to come on the WP.org side.)

I’m Either a Coffee Snob or House Sitting is Not an Option Anymore

Twice a year my lovely wife and I will house and kid sit for a family so that the mom and dad can get some much needed alone time. Doing this is usually not too much of a hassle for us, but I’m beginning to think that maybe that is changing.

On my packing list this morning:

  • Coffee maker
  • Starbucks Komodo Dragon coffee beans
  • Grinder
  • Milk Frother (we use this to “steam” Apple Cider)

So. Either we are coffee snobs or house sitting takes us too far away from our daily routines 🙂

(Actually, if I use the term coffee “snob” I should have my french press with me…but alas, it has not seen the light of day since we moved back to PA. AND if I must be honest, I only brought all of the coffee things because I don’t want our beans to go stale while we are away. But, enjoy this post regardless 🙂 )

Time to Leave

When having coffee with a friend, or at a party, I typically start to leave when the conversation(s) have dried up and everyone begins to study their shoelaces. I’m not one to stick around if I’m left to myself by the fireplace, or if the conversation with a friend over coffee has left my coffee cold. If time is up, then time is up. I don’t see any sense in forcing conversation in any situation. So, I’ll just leave.

How about you? When do you know that it is time to leave?

My Most Relaxing Place in the World

Reading Angels and Demons on my iPad
Reading Angels and Demons on my iPad

Honestly, I can’t say that I have a place that I go to to relax. I more have an environment than an actual place. I need somewhere relatively quiet from the noise of today (cars, planes, cell phones, etc…) where I can read. A cup of coffee will add to the relaxation. This could be at a beautiful spot in nature, in a quiet coffee shop, in my car, or just in a chair in our family room.

If I was picky on where I go to relax, I would never have the chance.

What about you? Where do you relax the most? Or, what do you do to relax?

New Coffee at Home: Starbucks Kenya Coffee

Starbucks Kenya Coffee

We’ve offered Kenya coffee since 1971, and even after all these years, it never ceases to amaze us. The acidity is like a big bowl of fresh fruit. For a roaster, it’s a joy to find a coffee with the quintessential taste of Kenya. Juicy acidity, elegant mouthfeel and complex layers of flavor, often with wine-like low notes, hints of black currant, blackberry and even tart grapefruit. The rich flavors of Kenya captured in a cup.

Enjoy with:
A wedge of pink grapefruit on a sunny veranda.

I can speak to the fruitiness contained in this coffee! Very flavorful, great cup of coffee!

Oh, and here’s a sunny veranda in Kenya 🙂

Sunny Veranda in Kenya