Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cabin Day



The Dude and I decided to take a quick trip to the cabin this weekend - just the guys. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to go - but when Shana offered to keep Duke at home - well, the thought of two nights of uninterrupted sleep sealed the deal.

We left town in a torrential rain - with tornadoes to the south of the Twin Cities, and flash flooding all around. We got to the cabin in one piece - but not until 10:30 p.m.

Saturday morning dawned damp and cool. Both the Dude and I slept in - 8:15 !! Grandma-ma had already left the cabin for the farm where they were holding the big two-day sale. After putzing around the cabin for a few hours - we ventured up to the farm. We shopped around - but resisted the temptation to purchase any treasures - but the nutcracker - well - almost.



Then it was off to Vergas for lunch - mmmm homemade apple pie - and shopping.



Later in the afternoon, we walked up to the farm to help with post-sale clean-up. After putting the unsold treasures away, the Dude and cousin Bella walked back to the cabin. (I hitched a ride with Grandma-ma). We finished the evening with some swimming and an interesting dinner - a combination of smoked salmon and hot dogs - very delicious.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Is That Really How We Roll?



Not sure I want to roll with this cowboy - but that's the theme for an upcoming business meeting I will attend. It's a 4 day event, but I've been able to limit my participation in the land of the neon cowboy to 24 hours.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Since Last We Met



Things I’ve done since last post:

1. Finally left my desk for lunch. See picture above.

2. Began Oliver! rehearsals

3. Marched in my first ever parade

4. Arrived very late to a work-sponsored “team” outing – Twins game at Target Field (my first time ever there) – we left minutes after I sat down. It was too hot in the sun (I hope we don't miss the Dome already?).

5. Hired someone to help me dig out from under my ridiculous workload

6. Made peace with the fact that this new (OK I started in January) role means lots of email – most of it I should read but don’t. As of this moment, 1178 items in “In Box”, 391 unopened. [Secret: if you call me on the telephone – and I’m not in a meeting – I will answer your question in about 30 seconds. Even if I’m in a meeting I usually call you back when I return. But if you insist on emails, go ahead, you will be #392.]

Friday, June 04, 2010

Just Ask Me



Everything you wanted to know about Pocahontas but were afraid to ask. Here is the Dude posing in front of his big 4th grade research project, comparing and contrasting the images of Pocahontas as potrayed in popular culture (aka Disney) with what we know about the real Pocahontas . Not sure what triggered his interest in this - but he can get pretty fired up with the way Uncle Walt has the story all wrong.

Note the mix of old-school and new technologies - the obligatory poster board timeline and his laptop with PowerPoint.

Showed the pic to a co-worker with a 2 year old. Her response, "Wow, only in 4th grade and he knows PowerPoint." Obviously a new mother. The Dude has been working in PowerPoint for years.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Room With A View - About Time

[Target Field from 46 stories.]

This morning at 9:00 AM I found myself in a beautiful conference room at a local law firm. This certainly beats my usual 9:00 a.m. "Stand-Up" held in the basement of our building. To make things extra sweet - I was sitting down.

What do you bet that when it's 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, and a few men on base - that most of the attorneys find some reason to wander by the conference room. I bet some even bring a pair of binoculars.