Monday, December 31, 2007

iPhone World Clock refuses to let go of 2007?

I just checked the world clock on my iPhone to see if my nephew was now in the next year since he is currently in India. The iPhone shows the right time but the date for the other timezones is wrong. Tokyo and New Delhi should both be in 2008 already and it shows 07/12/31 not 08/01/01. I took a photo to show this. Yes, my iPhone is set automatically and it is showing today is 07/12/31.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Well the title for this blog entry was easy.

I have completed another semester in my quest to get a second Masters degree. I am also maintaining an A average. Ok, so some of them have a little horizontal line following them. I am now officially in the Masters program and get to plan on more classes for a couple of years. I even get an official advisor and plan to meet and put together a map to get from where I am now to the graduation.

The Christmas shopping is all done and the cards should have been in the mail. Technical difficulties prevented that. Hallmark Photo Cards have no traction in a printer. It is hard to tell the glossy side from the back and trying to print proved nearly impossible. I wasted 2 for every good one. Had to order HP Photo Cards and they won't arrive until the end of the week. I guess I will be changing my design to include Happy New Year! The HP cards have a backing that almost feels like sandpaper in comparison to the Hallmark cards. I ordered enough of the HP cards to take care of next year too so I might even get the cards out before Christmas.

Today we get to start opening presents - first at our house, then at my in-laws. Then tomorrow we open our stockings at home and then at my parents. Lastly we open additional presents at my parents. This is all intermingled with food and drink. Most importantly though we reflect on the gift that God gave us at this holiday time. Our redemption in the form of the baby, Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

B&B - 2nd stay

The start of the concert season gave us the opportunity for a second time at the B&B in Winona. This time we were able to get the Maude King Alexander room in the front of the house. This room is huge and has a huge bathroom including a shower and separate tub.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Winona B&B - First time at a B&B

With a daughter in a symphony orchestra, we have a good excuse to get away. We discovered a better way to stay in Winona. Last school year we were staying at the Holiday Inn. Most of the nights were bought using points earned over years of business travel. When we had to spend real money we looked at what alternatives were available. We never thought of ourselves as B&B people but the Alexander Mansion in Winona has won us over. For the same price as a room in the Holiday Inn we get a wonderfully decorated room in a mansion formerly owned by one of the founders of Watkins. Also in the price is a wine and cheese reception and a 5-course breakfast that is awesome!
Our first time was at the start of the school year and we stayed in the Maid Mary room. It was a smaller room in the back of the house. That night was part of our 25th anniversary celebration. The other guests that night included a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary and a couple that had been married a year ago at the B&B.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Least Dangerous Game had danger today

Aric decided to hide today for Least Dangerous Game at Matt's Bar on Cedar in Minneapolis. It is the "Home of the Jucy Lucy". I was not there in time to win (congratulations Ed Kohler) but I did meet Chuckumentary and Aric returned. Aric had hightailed it out of there once he was found. That wasn't the danger though. I ordered a Jucy Lucy for lunch. These hamburgers have radioactive hot cheese inside that can squirt out and cause bodily harm. It was delicious.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Catching up on the blog

Didn't realize that it has been so long since I updated this blog. The last 2 months have been a good time for me. I started a new contract position that has been interesting. I also got to go to Alaska on a Princess cruise. The photo is just outside of Skagway and taken from a moving train. Check out the White Pass and Yukon Railway

Oh - one other change - this is my first blog post from my new MacBook Pro. Seems that Safari and Blogger are not fully compatible - I had to manually add the link above.

Saturday, May 05, 2007


Took a break from the paper last night to attend the Minnesota Orchestra concert last night. They named it "Fleezanis Flair & West Side Story" and flair it was! Jorja Fleezanis is the concertmaster and the Kurt Weill, Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Opus 12 really highlighted her talent. This concert is presented at 8:0opm tonight - get tickets and go!

Now back to my regularly scheduled paper - it will be done today!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Yay! Classes are over ...

Too bad that paper is not yet done. Is it getting done - no, I have a blog post to create. Ok, I promise I will work on it right after I publish this post.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Final week - no, not Finals week

Pleasant part of going to graduate school is that the professors don't give finals. So this is the last week of class. The downside is that they instead grade papers and presentations. One presentation done last week. One this afternoon - group of 4 of us and it will be awesome. The paperwork that goes with it is nearly 100 pages plus 4 DVDs. Then I have the other class that requires a 12 page paper - gotta get moving on that but posting to the blog instead, cleaning instead, surfing instead ... one of these days I will get motivated about it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Yes, it has been a while

I knew it had been a while since I blogged - I didn't realize it was 5 months! I am now enrolled in classes for a Post-baccalaureate certificate in technical communication at the U of M. I have completed a contract position with U.S. Foodservice and looking at possibly starting another one there soon. As you can see from the previous entry, I have a working digital camera again and will probably post more often now - with pictures even!

Better sign of spring than a robin

On a walk to get dinner, I spotted the best sign of spring in this area. A line at Cup and Cone. This means that summer will be coming soon and the end of the dreary weather. The robins are unpredictable - they were walking around in the snow a week ago.