Happy newborn daughter

We have a calm, happy daughter. Not sure how we got so lucky. Ramona Mira is now six days old. This is her big smile, while wearing her star suit yesterday.

See Flickr for more photos of Ramona from my wife and me.

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My daughter, Ramona

My wife Heidi and I are excited to announce the birth of our daughter. Ramona Mira Cavalier was born on August 5, 2013 at 4:36 a.m., weighing 8 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches.

It was a 37-hour labor, but in the end she was born after only eight pushes over eight minutes. Ramona held [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 32-40

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 23-31, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Thursday, November 1: Rome/Lucera – Day 32

In the morning, we ate some food at our Rome hotel’s [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 23-31

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 12-22, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Tuesday, October 23: Lausanne/La Gruyère – Day 23

Took SBB trains from Lausanne to Palézieux to Gruyères
Gruyères [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 12-22

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 1-11, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Friday, October 12: Strasbourg/Baden-Baden/Stuttgart – Day 12

In the morning, we checked out of our hotel and [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 1-11

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012.
Monday, October 1: Oregon/Seattle/Stratosphere – Day 1

Departed Portland, Oregon (PDX) at 2 PM on Alaska Airlines AS2026 to Seattle (SEA). Departed SEA at 4:30 [...]

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40 days in Europe

This is a running blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. And it’s encouragement for us to record an ongoing outline of our experiences for posterity. I have dreamt of backpacking across Europe with a Eurail Pass since I was [...]

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33 days in Peru

Last week I returned home after spending over a month in Peru. My girlfriend and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Lima, Peru on December 4, 2011. We returned on January 6, 2012 (one day later than intended due to rain in the desert town of Arequipa).
We had an amazing trip to South America, [...]

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Dogs and cats, movies, photography, Comixed

Time to continue my giant post from two days ago with more slightly sorted randomness.
Dogs and cats
This video is kind of awesome: Bizkit the Sleep Walking Dog. Poor dog.
At last. My life is now complete: When poodles turn into peacocks (12 pictures). Sigh.
Oh no: How to properly massage a cat.
This is a cute kitten [...]

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Worms and insects, science, music, technology

Looks like I forgot to publish a post for a few weeks again. Oh well. It’s not like I haven’t been wasting time reading random crap online since my last post. Below are some things I’ve enjoyed.
Worms, insects and gardening
Here are three cool articles on worms and insects:

“Journalist hunts for acid-spitting Mongolian death worm“
“Zombie [...]

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