The X Files

I missed out on this cultural waypoint of the 1990s, second grade was too early to get hooked on a television show for me. At the time it was also way outside of my comfort zone. Even as an adult I have an overactive imagination, but as a child it was a problem because I wasn’t yet old enough to not believe everything I saw on television. So far my favourite episode is very close to the end of season two where Cigarette Smoking Man™ is visibly shaken by coming close to public exposure. That moment of fear and weakness from the villain is pretty rewarding.

On Holiday

We’ve spent a week in Gulf Shores, AL on Perdido Bay and it’s been pretty amazing. We have watched dolphins teaching their calves to hunt, went kayaking to Wolf Bay, watched the sunset across the Gulf of Mexico, counted lightning strikes in Pensacola, hiked through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, swam with bioluminescent phytoplankton in Perdido Bay, and had time to just relax together. I haven’t had a vacation this refreshing and fun in a long time, it was the perfect way to bring the summer to a close

Fort Morgan, Alabama

I will admit to having never heard of Fort Morgan in school while growing up. In Virginia there’s a lot greater focus on Richmond and Arlington than Mobile, Alabama. But Jake and his sister, having grown up in Alabama, knew enough about it to be excited. And excitement is contagious.

Home Library

On our nine shelves, we have probably close to a thousand volumes ranging from art history to environmental policy, werewolves to opium dens, and comedy to tragedy. Most are non-fiction, but a few shelves are dedicated to comics, novels, and short stories. We have an art and design section and a psychology section, periodicals and religion.

La Vaquita

A well kept secret of Durham lives right across the street from one of the city’s most prestigious restaurants. What looks like a highway rest stop is actually the best homemade Mexican restaurant in the Triangle. La Vaquita, the funny looking building with the cow on the roof, may not be fancy but they serve up authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine every day of the week.