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In what might or might not be related to last week’s post, most of us have colds. See you next week.

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Yesterday we went for a walk in the woods, fooled by beautiful autumn weather. When we were entering the woods, a few drops of rain fell but we looked up and only saw an innocent little cloud so we decided to carry on. Of course, when we were in the middle of our walk, the rain started pouring and we got soaked through. Still, a fun walk. (Also, we were occupied with parenting duties all through the weekend hence this shortened post.)

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As we let you know last time, our latest thing is identifying local plants. Let us share some of the results we came up with so far. (And if you think this is an extremely lame way of spending our time, we hear you but we politely disagree. Plants are weird.)

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This was a long weekend here and we didn’t do a lot of work. Instead we borrowed a plant atlas from the library and we tried to identify local weeds in it to create a herbarium with our son(s). Sometimes it’s hard.

It is a lot of fun though and makes you pay more attention to the greenery around (also makes you realize how few plant names you know). Long ago in elementary school I had to do this as a big homework and that might have been the only homework that ever taught me anything. So yeah, highly recommended.

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Our website is finally up! Today’s post is more of the story of its creating than a collection of pictures but for those two interested people, here’s the story.

We commissioned our previous website a long time ago. A friend coded it and we were happy with it – but it was a terrible time to get a new website. Just about a year later or even less than that the internet changed completely. Gradually, but not that gradually, all the websites worth their pixels were becoming responsive (which made sense as more and more people browsed on their phones). Our website, however, wasn’t. It was stuck in a small rectangle. While this wasn’t a major issue at first, it soon became one, with the website looking minuscule on both large monitors and phones. We ignored this for a while but in – yep – 2014 we decided to make a new website. We wanted to use the opportunity to start showing some projects differently and we got down to it quite enthusiastically. In fact, we were so over the old website that we stopped updating it completely (the fact that it had a rather complicated updating system didn’t help to keep it current). However, it took us, as you math whizzes already figured out, five years to get the job done: Five years of having an online presence that slowly evolved from inaccurate to embarrassing. There were always more important (aka paying) things to do and then we had a kid and then another one and also sometimes we wanted to sleep. So the website was always there as one of those looming duties you never get down to. But finally we struck a deal with great front-end developers and after inevitable delays on both sides (ah, that sleeping thing; also, pregnancy) we managed to design the website, have it coded and then have it fixed with our innumerable, pain-in-the-ass remarks which our programmer took on like a champ. (Seriously, we’re still awed by his infinite patience and professionalism.) Now, the website is still far from finished. We only added a handful of projects so far. We still need to test more stuff. But it’s up and it’s no longer embarrassing and we’re really relieved.

If you skipped the previous paragraph, we don’t blame you at all. The important thing is: here’s the link to visit the website, enjoy.

Next stop: a new look for the blog. It’s getting urgent so expect it some time in 2024.

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This week’s post has to be delayed for a bunch of great reasons. One, we have all of us a nasty cold, thanks to J’s preschool experience. And I mean, nasty. I don’t know how people deal with those preschool viruses. And two, we’re rushing (despite the fever) to finish our new website which has been literally five years in the making and we want to have it live this week. It’s a ton of work but it’s quite satisfying. Enjoy the preview.