Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Spring is finally starting to peek its head out of the clouds here. We have a couple of warm, sunny days followed by a rainy, cold day, but our daffodils are starting to pop up all over the place!

A few years ago our neighbors gave us two tiny lilac plants. BD has been babysitting these plants through the last couple of winters. It looks like we're going to have our first blooms this year!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Been There. Skied That.

I'm starting to discover why people never take vacations and end up with 14 kabillion hours of PTO stockpiled. It's because although the vacation itself is fabulous, the killer week before and the insane week after the vacation makes it almost not even worth it.

But, it's Saturday now, and I slept for 12 hours last night, and it's sunny here, so I think it's time to look at some vaca pics, yes? Okay, then...on with the show!

(Dims the lights/loads up the projector.)

We went to Big Sky, Montana with BD's dad and step mom. We rented a ski-in/ski-out condo that had access to both the Big Sky resort and the Moonlight Basin resort. It was also about 50 yards from the Moonlight Spa - which we didn't know before we got there, but we certainly weren't complaining about it!

We woke up to beautiful scenery every day. The weather for the first half of the week was sunny and warm -- perfect spring skiing weather. Snow moved in later in the week, and we skied on fresh powder for a few days.

BD and his dad skied together every morning. They skied with me in the afternoons, and I also went to ski school a couple of times. I don't ski as well as they do, so ski school is fun for me to improve my skiing and ski with people who are on my level.

BD likes to ski non-stop from lift open until lift close. I think his dad was pretty tired by the end of the week.
Some other interesting things we saw were prairie dogs outside the airport, the standard "mardi gras" tree (I think a tree like this exists at every US ski resort), and a search and rescue dog on the ski lift.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The View from Here: Friday

8" of new snow overnight and still falling...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The View from Here: Wednesday

Back at the condo after skiing all afternoon -- headed to the hot tub. What a life!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The View from Here: Tuesday

Sunrise over the mountains...

Monday, March 15, 2010

The View from Here: Monday

Early morning - Big Sky, MT

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The View from Here: Sunday

Outside the Gallatin Airport in Bozeman, MT.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tales of the Tail: It's a Hard Knock Life

He leads such a tough life.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Procrastination is My Middle Name

Actually Ann is my middle name but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

The second draft of my capstone project (equivalent to a thesis) is due to my advisors tomorrow. I submitted a first draft almost a month ago and, up until this past weekend, pretty much haven't touched it since then.

It's not like I didn't know this day was coming; it is clearly marked on the class syllabus and my personal calendar. But who wants to actually do the work when you can sit around and fret about it not being done?!

I have been working on it frantically since Saturday, and I've made really good progress, but I've still got a long way to go. Looks like it's going to be another late night.

Who really needs sleep anyway? It is way overrated.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Crappie. It's What's for Dinner.

When we were visiting Louisiana at Christmas, BD and his dad did several days of white perch (crappie) fishing. If you've never had white perch before, it is one of the cleanest tasting fresh water fish.

Luckily we drove the trip instead of flying, so we were able to travel back with an ice chest full of frozen fish goodness.

We defrosted a baggie of it last night and created ourselves a fried fish feast.

It was the inaugural use of the little Fry Daddy that BD got for Christmas. He used it out on the back deck so it did not stink up our house like fried food.


Fried fish, baked hushpuppies, and cole slaw. More YUM.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Letters from First Grade #4

Here is the fourth letter from my nephew who's in first grade. (I'm a few weeks late in posting the pictures -- which explains the Valentine's stationery.) Some of this letter is in response to questions I asked him in my previous letter to him.


Dear Aunt [LA]
Last Saturday
I had soccer
practice. This
Saturday is my
big game! I
think I would
like to go snow
skiing too! My
favorite part of
Christmas is
when I get
presents. Do you
remember what
school I go to?
I go to [school name].
Love, [nephew]