The View From My Window

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Totally Exhausted April 30, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:02 am

Wow, last week was a whirlwind and I think my age has finally caught up with me! All the travel last week with the time zone changes coupled with a weekend of heavy activity and little down time is causing my butt to drag a bit this Monday morning. The wedding on Saturday took most of the day and evening, and then Sunday was taken up with church, a bridal shower for daughter Annie and a tool shower for prospective son-in-law Josh. The evening ended with my falling into bed, one big tired and cranky blob. I think I woke up the same way this morning, feeling like I have an anvil on my head.

The showers were nice, but, I felt badly that events are starting to double and triple up and I have to choose between them. I missed a family bridal shower for daughter-in-law-to-be, Rhiannon, yesterday afternoon. I think all of the kids understand that we have to do our best to be there for the most important moments, as much as possible. I just wish I could do it all!!!!!

This tool shower business is a new invention, but, one that is engineered to make the groom feel more included in the pre-wedding events. It was a pretty practical thing, too. Annie’s young man took home a plethora of shop tools including an orbital sander, laser level, a variety of hand tools and gift cards and a very nice tool box. That should set this soon to graduate mechanical engineer up quite nicely!

Hope this week is quieter. I’m glad to be back at work and back to my normal routine.

Question: What do you do to get back on track when you’ve overdone it? 

 

1 Down: It Was a Beautiful Wedding April 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:59 pm

I attended my niece’s wedding today. The first of the four family weddings scheduled for this summer. My sister and I have the same plight, both having two children getting married within a few months of each other.

The wedding had an Irish theme, as you might expect with her groom’s last name being O’Neill and Cari having been born on St. Patrick’s Day. It was simple and beautiful. I was especially fond of the toasts made by the best man and the maid of honor. The best man was the brother of the groom and honored his brother with memories of their youth and a traditional Irish toast to the couple. The maid of honor, my niece Caitlin and sister of the bride, did the same, but added a special and poignant salute to their Grandpa “Dutch” who passed away just a couple of weeks ago. It was moving and very memorable. Another high point was my 14 year old son catching the garter. THAT WAS FUNNY!

So, it’s been a very busy week that has ended on a sweet note. I’ve had lovely visits with family, worn my new purple dress, eaten my piece of wedding cake and kicked off my high heels. Off to bed for a little snooze and tomorrow I’ll host my daughter Annie’s prospective in-laws and attend the first of her bridal showers. Her fiance will have a shower of his own tomorrow evening. His friends and male family members are throwing a tool shower for him. Boys just hate to be left out of all the fun of opening packages! 🙂

Never a dull moment around here!

 

Grumpy Old Men

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:03 am

No, I’m not talking about members of my family, although I could be. I started out the morning by watching that great Lemmon and Mathau flick, Grumpy Old Men. I’ll have to say, this movie exposes to me what I suspect my husband will be like when he gets older.

The sight of two old men still playing grade school pranks on each other is hilarious. My husband is a huge prankster (be forewarned)! He has quite a reputation at work. It’s amazing what he can do with a dead squirrel…

The one thing I can’t quite imagine is how an older woman that looks like Ann Margret would ever consider going out with Walter Mathau. He had one of the most recognizable ugly mugs on the planet. Oh well, one shouldn’t think too hard about these things and just enjoy the truly entertaining series of gaffs and jokes.

Is it a classic movie or an Oscar winner? Probably not. But, it’s a heck of a great time.

 

Heading East! April 26, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 10:08 pm

Friday morning at 3 a.m. Mountain Time, we’ll be up and starting back east toward Small Town, USA. It’s been a good visit with the family and a very informative and valuable time with work colleagues in Boulder. I learned a lot and have a great deal to share when I return.

Lucy (the Jack Russell Terrier) has mixed emotions about coming home. She and Grandpa are close friends and they will miss each other a great deal. Hopefully they’ll be able to see each other to play again in a few months when they come our way for a family wedding. He is her favorite playmate. (He feeds her olives…)

 

I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing… April 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:55 am

Oh my gosh, what a fabulous meal. And, even better, fabulous company!

Dinner last night at The Kitchen Cafe in Boulder was, to say the least, exquisite. The Kitchen is a little community bistro, famous for its menu which changes daily and is created from organic ingredients. The meal was served in four courses, and I can’t remember the last time I ate that much. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights:

Appetizers:

Hummus, Spiced Nuts, a Ricotta spread with roasted olives, mixed kalamata olives, a meat and cheese plate with pancetta, homemade salami and mixed cheeses and grilled bread.

Starters:

Cure Farm Spicy Green Salad – radish, hakuri turnips, lemon & pecorino, Warm Asparagus Flan – with truffle hazelnut vinaigrette & sprouts, Bollito Misto – long farm pork belly, brisket, house sausage & salsa verde, House Made Gnocchi – duck, english peas, chèvre & dill

Entrees:

Grilled Line Caught Hamachi – roasted spring vegetables & fennel chili salsa, Roasted Pork Loin with a mustard and fig sauce with polenta, Au Gratin potatoes and sauted greens

Dessert:

Angel Food Cake, Pot au Chocolat and Sticky Toffee Pudding

Assorted wines, coffees and El Dorado Spring water

It was a great meal, served family style, and  a lovely time was had by all. Thanks to all of my colleagues for a lovely experience in Boulder!

 

The Joys of Surfing at 28.8 April 23, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 10:32 am

I miss my T1. I miss my DSL. I miss my free Starbuck’s wireless. I am visiting my in-laws in a home that possesses no technology more current than a DVD player and am forced to connect by dial-up at 28.8!

It’s a real test of my patience to work in that kind of an environment. Pages that are usually swift to load are slow as molasses. Posting to my blog is an incredibly slow process (appreciate my dedication, please). However, there are a couple of high points in this.

The place where I have to use my laptop in the house is also the coolest place these days. Older folks on blood thinners tend to keep a pretty toasty house. 45 year old women definitely prefer the opposite temperature.

The slowness also gives me a chance to think more before I write. Not that it makes my writing better or more eloquent, but, I tend to write differently than when things move more quickly.

Oops, I just heard someone upstairs saying there’s something wrong with the phone line again. I’d better go remind them that it’s the sound that’s made when someone one is surfing the Web! 🙂

Hope the hotel in Boulder has a great wireless connection!

 

My 45th Birthday April 22, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:46 pm

Today I turned 45. Aren’t I the brave one, to be able to freely and openly state an age like that online for all to read. I’m not sure what the big deal is about admitting your age. I really have never had any hesitation when someone asked me to tell them how old I am, never been tempted to fudge and say that I’m 29 or 39. Maybe I’m strange, but, I have a great deal of respect for older people and their collective wit and wisdom and have no problem joining their rank.

The day was spent with family here in Denver. I was taken to lunch at White Fence Farm where we dined on fried chicken with all the trimmings. We wandered about the grounds and watched the little ones feed the goats and pose for pictures on the antique John Deere tractor. Inside, I took a picture of a familiar site as I picked up my free fudge that I was awarded for coming to White Fence Farm on my birthday. For those of you who work on the same campus as I do, this is a recognizable icon:

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Tomorrow I head to Boulder for the business part of this trip. The weather is beautiful and it’s been a very enjoyable time so far. I heard from all but one of my children today for my birthday and my Mom sang Happy Birthday to me on the phone. Life is good!

 

Kansas Has Improved! April 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:23 pm

The drive across Kansas today wasn’t nearly as bad as in the past. This was, in large part, to my ability to have a good cellular signal all the way across the state. In the past, I would lose my phone signal at about Hayes, KS and not get it back until I reached the airport in Denver. Sort of a problem when considering that’s exactly the kind of country where you’re likely to need a cell phone. You know, long distances between facilities, not too many houses, etc. However, this is now in my “much improved” category!

Another thing that made the drive across Kansas more bearable today was that it was actually more green there than at home. As we passed the many massive grain elevators throughout the state, it made me yearn for the days when my drive to and from work was dotted by working family farms. Today, that drive is marked by sub-divisions, convenience stores and a new golf course. I miss the farms and wonder who is going to feed all the people that will be living in those sub-divisions one day. Sometimes progress isn’t good, it’s just “progress.”

Another thing I like to look at on the drive through Kansas are the beautiful old churches that pop up all along I-70. Many of them are stone with tall steeples that you can see from many miles away. They sit tall and stately in the middle of wheat and corn fields. They make quite a statement.

It was a good trip today. It took us, in actual drive time, 11 hours and 11 minutes from our driveway to the in-laws house. Tack on a couple of hours for meals and gas stops and the whole trip was around 13 hours. I’ve been up since about 3 a.m. this morning, so I think it’s probably time to call it a day. I get to play on Saturday and Sunday and then it’s back to the purpose of the trip: business in Boulder.

 

Headed West April 19, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:14 am

Tomorrow, I’m out of here for a week, headed for Colorado. I must say, I’m ready for a little time away from home. Things have been pretty hectic on all fronts lately and I think a change of scenery, even if I’m working part of the time, is just what the doctor ordered!

It will be good to see the family in Denver. My husband will hang out with his folks there while I head on up to Boulder for a little work. That’s really a treat for me. I get to see a lot of my friends and colleagues in the Web world and catch up on things, while also doing some work for a professional organization that is interesting and fun.

The real challenge now is how to pack. That area of the country is still seeing snow, although the weather forecast is calling for some warmer, spring-like temperatures. I guess the only answer is pack for anything, take your coat and hope you don’t need it. These decisions are easier when you’re driving instead of flying.

We’re taking Lucy (the Jack Russell Terrier) with us. She loves to travel, loves Grandma and Grandpa and hates to be left behind.  She’s a wonderful traveler, too.  Never makes a peep the whole way and loves to look out the window and see what’s going on. We figure the old gal needs a break just as much as we do.

The next posts will be from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I’ll try to post a few pics along the way!

 

Time To Try Something New At Starbuck’s April 18, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:15 am

I am such a boring creature of habit. Occasionally, I join the other regulars at my office and hit Starbuck’s for my morning jolt. I always order a skinny vanilla latte. The only thing that ever changes is the size, and that’s usually in direct proportion to the kind of day I will have. Today, I think I may be brave enough to try something new. I took a look at the menu, because this is a big decision. Change is scary! What will I have?

I could just do a latte of a different flavor, like the Cinnamon Dolce Latte. But, that doesn’t seem like a big enough change. It’s only sticking my toe in the water. Or, I could try a Tazo Chai Tea Latte. Tea is a big change, right? Maybe I should have a Caffe Mocha, or a White Chocolate Mocha. Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Is it warm enough yet for a Vanilla Bean Frappucino Blended Creme?

I can’t decide. Better have a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte (extra hot). 🙂

ADDENDUM: I had a Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte today. It was good. I still like my Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte better.