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On the morning of November 10, 2012, Bart and I saw the sun rise one last time from our driveway in Erie, Colorado as we got in our cars and began the three day, 1700 mile trek to our new home in Washington, D.C. Two years used to seem like an eternity, but I still feel “new” to my job, our church, and the area in general even 24 months after our relocation. Nevertheless, a lot has happened for Bart and me since we began this new chapter in 2012.

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Bart and I are cheapskates when it comes to watching movies: very, very few films come out that inspire us enough to drop $30 just to watch it. Therefore, we often wait to catch something on DVD or streaming, or we catch crazy early matinees on Saturdays when we can go for almost half price. (Can I just interject here that movies, like everything else, are so ridiculously expensive here in Washington, DC?) This Saturday, we didn’t have a lot planned, and I was in a rare mood to actually cough up a little cash to go see something in the theater. After weeks of being uninspired by recent new releases, I finally decided I would be interested enough in seeing Interstellar to brave a Saturday morning matinee, so Bart and I headed to the theater to catch this brand new release.

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Believe it or not, this weekend marks one full year that we’ve been in our new house. I guess that after a year, you can’t really call a 52-year-old house new, but it still feels like yesterday since we had boxes piled high everywhere. We’ve been pretty busy this year, ripping things out, putting new things in, and making our own personal mark on our space. We’ve also accomplished a lot out of the house, from regional travel to making friends, from getting involved at church to traveling out of the country a few times. Let’s take a look back at what all our first year as homeowners in the DC area has brought us.
Home sweet home

Home sweet home

 

Not that Washington, DC is “Home” yet, but it’s our home for now. We’ve learned to appreciate the opportunities here in DC and how to deal with the crummy parts, like traffic and overcrowding. Being settled in our own house and finally having friends and being involved in a church has helped us reorient and figure out what our new chapter of life looks like. It’s ever changing still, but that keeps life interesting, right? It will be interesting to reflect on the coming year next October to see what year two in our house and year three of Washington, DC, look like.

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One thing about working at an observatory is that you are surrounded by people who know what’s cool to look at in the sky. I’m really not an astronomer, and while I enjoy seeing neat things like comets and eclipses, I never ever know when they are or where to see them. I did hear the hubbub about the so-called blood moon happening this morning, but I promptly forgot until I got to work. Fortunately, I was reminded by my friend in the office next to mine, and we went outside to do a little amateur observing.
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They say you can’t go home again, but this week I tried. I had a work meeting that took me to my old stomping grounds near Boulder. This was my first trip back to Colorado since we moved almost two years ago, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going back to a place I called home for over eight years.
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Bonjour! Guten tag! You may have noticed that the blog has been a little quiet the last week or two. That’s because Bart and I have been doing some globe trotting and just got back into the states on Sunday. Now that I’m back, I’m excited to share what the Taylors have been up to.
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This week, my coworkers and I had a meeting for work in Ottawa, Canada. I was only gone a couple of nights and returned yesterday, but I really enjoyed seeing the other national capitol up north.
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