Thoughts about Grief and Free Movies

This weekend, the Century Aurora movie theater (formerly Century 16 at Town Centre), the site of a horrible shooting six months ago,  re-opened with free movies and popcorn for the public. So we went. It is relatively close to our house, and since we are on a strict budget, the allure of free movies was […]

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Before and After: Veggie Garden Winter Weeding

Today it was bright and sunny, and it was a beautiful day to work in the yard. If there’s one thing the entire wedding planning process taught me, it’s that if you have the time and energy to do something now that will help you later, DO IT, because chances are pretty darn good that […]

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Aquariums: The Circle of Life

Michael here. Yes, I’ll be posting too! After all, there’s more than one Neeland in the Neeland Cottage. Now, Kalani and I have only been together a relatively short time, but there’s a pattern I’ve noticed already. If something is living, it’s Michael’s job to keep it living, and if something used to be living, it’s Michael’s […]

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How to make Garden Markers using Frozen Juice Can Lids

Good morning, Internet! Today Denver is recovering from its cold snap and it is a beautiful 50 degrees F outside, and a great day to be Doing Things. Today I decided to make some garden markers to show us what plants we put where. I was inspired by the photos from similar projects on  In […]

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Thoughts upon a winter’s morning

Good morning, Internet. It’s cold today. The temperature when we woke up this morning registered at 6 degrees Fahrenheit, with a “feels-like” temperature of -2.  I know it doesn’t compare to some areas of the country, but it’s pretty much as cold as it ever gets here. There’s something primal about the cold.  All the busy-ness […]

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Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 1 – Research

One of our major projects for 2013 is to get into home brewing.  Michael and I are both big fans of craft beer, especially dark, sweet beers.  It’s hard to explain why. I never drank beer in college; it always seemed to have that cheap, gross edge. Now, of course, I realize that’s because beer […]

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Our 2013 Garden Plan

Good morning, Internet. I trust you have all had your coffee. Yesterday, after reading books on urban or suburban homesteading skills (like making your own yogurt, keeping bees, growing food, etc), I became very inspired and drew out a Master Plan for our little yard. We have a corner lot with a very small house […]

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Our Victorian-Inspired Geektastic Wedding

Good morning, my dear fellow Netizens. Today, I thought I would share some of the work and design that went into our fabulous, Victorian-inspired, totally geektastic wedding that we had last October. This is a rather long post, with a lot of pictures (I’m sure most brides tend to overestimate how interesting their own wedding […]

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Happy 2013, Internet!

Good morning, dear (currently imaginary) readers. I have decided to start a new blog. Unlike some of my previous blogs, such as NotSpendingMoney.com (which I recently sold and is no longer up) and TheGeekTourist.com (which is still there but I haven’t updated since my wedding), this one will be more personal. It will be a […]

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