Tuesday, December 30, 2008
There were more of them than I actually expected to get, since we already had 12 smaller ones in the back, but I am not complaining. If you click the picture of the truck it will take you to the gallery that shows the rocks in place around the house.
The only problem was that they dumped them in the street so we had to set up a light and some cones so that our neighbours would not crash into them.
With uncle Kevin (said Kevvvviinnnn)
With Silly Aunt Jody...check out those cool spiderman Pjs......they were new :)
this is his "angry" face....or so he said after we took his picture and he looked at it in the camera
Anyway here are the pictures of the big day....this is actually before the ceremony(click on the picture below to see all graduation pictures):
One of the things that is really cool is that when they announce you, they also announce your advisor. The graduate hands their hood (the long thing that hangs down the back), to their advisor and the advisor "hoods" the graduate. Even though it is a little blurry, here is my advisor hooding me....see how he chokes me? I am sure that it has nothing to do with having to take my signature page around to my committee for me 3 times :)
This is afterwards, with my parents. My parents never take pictures.....
One of my pleasures of the entire program is that I was in a cohort of students. We took all our classes together and they became life long friends. They were there to support me, they understood the struggles and together we were shoulders to lean on. Two of my cohort members were also graduating with me. Here we are left to right....Scott, Jody, and Larry.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
When the snow was coming down yesterday, Shadow was out in it. I'm not sure what she thinks about it (Shadow does not have very many deep thoughts), but she seemed perfectly happy.
So I guess it is time to get out the shovel... or maybe the broom, I'll have to see how wet it is.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Jody is glad it is done, and I am proud of her for completing it. I think she might even let you check out a copy of it if you would like to read it in book form.
We both had the Sesame Chicken for Lunch, which is really awesome
And of course you have to have a gift exchange... We drew names and Jody got me and I got Jody... amazing huh..
I got the chocolate and the pens and Jody got the wrapping paper cutter...
It was a great time and hopefully our office can have more parties in the future.
Friday, December 12, 2008
So the other day we got a shipment of some food and in the bottom was some dry ice. That triggered "root beer" in my mind. I made root beer once before when I was teaching HS and it was really cool. So I said to Kevin...lets try it.
Here is what you need:
1 gallon water
1 pound of sugar
1 oz of root beer extract
1 pound of dry ice
First mix the water, sugar, and extract.....it will be really dark brown...
Add the dry ice.....
Start to watch the magic (I think this would be really cool at a Halloween Party)
Put a lid on it and wait about 45 min to an hour.....
Monday, December 1, 2008
Yes, that is our table top stuck in the ground after flying off the deck. It did hit the house and do a little damage to the stucco, but amazingly nothing was seriously broken and best of all no one was killed. I have now moved the glass to a safe location.
The red line marks the path that the glass flew.
The odd thing is that we have had high winds before and never even thought the top would fly off, so live and learn...
So here are some pictures of the work we had done. Click on the picture for more pics.
So we still have a lot of work to do out here, but we have a plan and are starting on getting everything going. But that is the 'joy' of a new house. Even after the house is done, you still have a lot of work to do.
While we were in Vegas, we decided to stop at the Bakery and get a yummy dessert and a cup of tea. So on Tuesday night we shared this:
This was layered with some sort of cookie crust, ganache on top, the flake of real gold and the white chocolate Cello. It was Divine.
On Wed after I did my presentation at the conference, we went to a late lunch with some coworkers...then I went back to the hotel room to work, I had a headache, and so rested some too. Since our lunch was late, we really didn't want a full dinner...so instead we just had dessert, and back to the bakery we went and this time:
This was a really light cake on the outside filled with dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse, with chocolate curls on top.
Eat your heart out Dennis....
Unfortunately, I gave it all back to the casino too... :(
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope your holiday is filled with good food, family, friends and all good things.
We have much for which to be thankful for.
Later today we will be hosting dinner here, our first holiday dinner in the new house.All the best to you and yours!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Vegas seems really kinda quiet, I know it is November and usally it is cold here this time of year, but the casinos seem a little empty and the sidewalks are not packed. I guess the economic issues are hitting here as well.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here are some pics (click to see more):
Finally, we put pictures on the wall, things put away, and all the boxes removed! You will see that we do have Christmas Trees up….I know it is early, but it is also a Holiday Party :), but you will get the idea of how the house is laid out.
Stay tuned for more pictures of during the party…..
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Click the picture to see more pictures.
Friday, November 7, 2008
As for the election results I think that the Republicans started out way behind because many people in the US would have taken 'anyone but a Republican'. John McCain has done some great service for our country, but I also believe that during the campaign his original goals got sidelined in place of what the Republican machine wanted. His concession speech was excellent and hopefully the politicians will take his advice. At least he is still in the Senate.
I hope the Democrats don't take this big win to their heads and think they have all the power now, because if they are not doing things right, the people will vote them out too. I already saw how Joe Lieberman was already going to be 'punished' for crossing party lines when he talked for McCain during the campaign. This is really unfortunate as this sets a precedent for what happens when a representative crosses party lines.
As for our new President-Elect, I hope that some of the things he has promised do happen. I don't expect all of them to occur and actually hope some of them do not. If you look at other past presidents and look at what they promised during their campaigns and then to what they accomplished I don't believe any of them accomplished 100% of them. I don't think it is possible to even do it. I think he will be lucky if he even gets started on 25% of them during this term. I do believe that Obama was the better choice for world relations. I think we have been a poor neighbor as a country in the last few years. I expect that Obama will help to ease some of those tensions.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
We are having a big party on Saturday November 15th, starting at 12:00 pm.
Why? Well we really have 3 reasons:
- We want to have an open house for the new place.
- We always have a holiday party, but know that the time is going to be crazy in Dec, so decided to do it early.
- For Jody's graduation
We know how busy everyone is, so we thought we would throw it all into one big celebration. That means though that if it is a holiday party....we need holiday decorations...so today we started getting out the trees and other decorations. Please watch for pictures later this week.
We hope you can come to the party, no need to bring anything, or RSVP, please just come and surprise us!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
After a filling and talkative dinner...
For dessert we headed out to Terror in the Corn at Anderson Farms. They do a great job of setting up a great haunted "house". They start you out by taking you on a tractor ride out to their "haunted" mining town. And then you follow a trail thru the corn and then finally thru a series of buildings in the town. They really have a nice setup, but it was fun and we didn't know if we should laugh or scream half the time. Oh, did I mention that it was raining the entire time? Not a hard rain, but just enough to add an extra bit of erieiness to it. It was also quite cold, at around 40, which for some reason it had been the entire day.
Jody also met a new friend...
And why do I always end up in Jail?
Anyway, it was a great time... tell us about the haunted houses in your area...