And Then There is My Brother, Pat!

Saturday morning with the sun barely up, I was awaken by my cell phone ringing. I struggled out of bed, found the phone and said hello. A cheery voice greeted me with, “Mary! It’s Pat!” I asked what time it was and I could tell Pat was taken aback. “What time is it?………What?………ARE YOU IN […]


HEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLPPPPPPPP

Why the delay in our trip summary? Will was in Washington DC for a long weekend. He presented a thing on data security at PyData DC. At some time, we’ll be able to see his talk on YouTube. Oh no. I’m not at all interesting in securing my data, but I want to see if […]


Still at Parents Day

We started down the street toward the Doppler Building. [DOPPLER= first codename for Amazon’s Echo thing] We saw various other Amazon buildings with beautiful courtyards between them. We saw the construction of Amazon’s Spheres which will open in 2018. The Spheres (big white round buildings) will have plants from around the world and everything will […]


Another Wonderful Trip to Seattle

Eldon and I have just gotten home from a short trip to visit the kids in Seattle. The purpose of the trip was to participate in the very first Bring Your Parents to Work Day at Amazon. When Will mentioned the event, I thought it was a hilarious idea. I had visions of all the […]


A Squirrel Tried to Kill Me

I’ve been biking to work for a couple months now, and it’s been going great. No major issues, and it’s actually quite relaxing… mostly. Today was an exception. Today I met a squirrel that I shall call Bernaldus (yes, it’s technically a name). Anyway, Bernaldus had a very bad attitude for some reason. I was […]


The Greatest Gift is Commitment

I am in awe. Justin has been telling me about these gifts he got for us in Japan for, I think, years now. Guess what showed up just as we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary?! Let’s see what’s in there! Ooooo, this is looking good already. Anytime you see Boba, you know it’s gonna be […]


Batman Shorts!

Joni recently learned to make pants. She’s very proud of her new skill. For my birthday she decided to make me Batman shorts! You might be aware that I’ve kind of got a thing for Batman. Joni set in to make the shorts yesterday. Things got off to a rocky start… Turns out that if […]


Christmas 2015

This Christmas we couldn’t make it back to MN (or FL) to see anyone, so we ended up having a lovely little quiet Christmas with just the two of us and the dog. We both took Christmas Eve off work and just hung out at home all day for the most part. We made a […]


Year in Review

I’ve been thinking that we might be getting to the point in our lives where Christmas cards needs to become a thing. It’s still daunting though, so as a transitional step, here’s a Christmas card esque newsletter type thing! Some might also call it a blog post. And it is. It’s just a blog post […]


More Camping Success

No joke, we went camping over Thanksgiving weekend and it was awesome!  Everything is extra good while camping.  Hot drinks are great, all of the food you make is so satisfying, and fire is the best.  We were not cold at all in the tent, even though the lows were below freezing.  We have two […]