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costa rica, DIY, travel, unschooling »

[27 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 264 views]
Smelly water and updates

I managed to break our new (used) washing machine. I blame myself partially, but also our shitty rental. The problem is, the “mountain water” that we are using is literally filled with sediment and debris. Large debris sometimes. So the little filter on the washer intake got totally clogged. So then I had this seemingly genius idea to just remove the filter. I figured that would keep the water moving. It worked so well that some debris came right in and managed to clog the intake valve. The washer overflowed, …

DIY, learning online, learning Spanish, online resources, unschooling »

[3 Jan 2008 | 10 Comments | 648 views]

We need to learn Spanish to prepare for life in Costa Rica. I had a lot of fun immersing myself while we were there, and except for one occasion at a bus terminal where I was completely dumbfounded, I was able to communicate well enough. It would be really helpful to learn some of the grammar and improve my vocabulary for our return to Costa Rica.
I’m always on the lookout for free online resources since I spend a lot of time at a computer. I’m getting close …

blogging, costa rica, DIY, travel »

[1 Aug 2007 | 2 Comments | 189 views]

Thanks to a cool countdown widget for WordPress (KB Countdown), I just made our Costa Rican Dreamline to the right. I’ve had the date of September 1, 2008 floating in my head for awhile. It’s not oriented towards the academic calendar as a new beginning but towards the end of summer and wanting Winter 2007-2008 to be the last one we spend in cold. Of course, our house isn’t anywhere near on the market or ready for it, but we could keep putting stuff off forever until …

buying eyeglasses online, DIY, finances »

[19 Jun 2007 | Comments Off | 686 views]

It’s been a few weeks since I went to the opthalmologist, and I’ve finally gotten a moment (or decided to give myself a moment) to take the next step. From the doc I got my prescription, but she was unable to measure my pupillary distance (PD) because she had nothing to measure in millimeters, which sounded terribly careless and half-assed to me. Measuring that isn’t rocket science, and I don’t think she or her optician is any better at making a rough measurement using nothing but their hands, …

DIY, raising ducks »

[3 May 2007 | One Comment | 913 views]

It’s been a while since I posted about using freecycle to obtain materials to build my duck house. I figured I’d share some of the pictures of the house we built.