Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Good to Have a Friend

Jack watching LDS General Conference with me
It's good to have a friend, even a pint-sized, furry one.  Or maybe I should say especially a pint-sized furry one.

Jack is my cat, and we are buds.  We chill, hang out together and just enjoy each other's company.

I like being snuggled up.
"Me, too, Jack!"
Recently Jack watched General Conference with me.  I like to spend the weekend with my boy.

Mom, don't let anybody see me in the shawl, okay?
"Not promising anything, Jack."
 It was chilly in the morning and we snuggled up under a couple of afghans.

We're just two snuggle-bunnies.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TBT: The Trombone Man

Jay in 1969
Phoenix, Arizona
And when those Longview Lancers fall in line
We're going to win a game another time!
We're all for Longview anyone can tell,
And for those Lancers we will yell and yell and yell!

We're going to show you what real sports are like.
We're going to fight hard, play hard, all the time.
And when the whistle blows for the game to stop
We'll be on top
For old Longview School!

That was our elementary school fight song.  The sprawling Longview School that we knew - right on the corner of 12th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona - is long gone, replaced by a modern, characterless, multi-story building.

The marching band, back in the day, made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, was quite the band!  It was so good, largely due to the efforts of our beloved band leader, Mr. Wells, it was featured in the Phoenix Rodeo Parade that marched up Central Avenue year after year.  

My brother played the trombone in that band.  And in the Jazz Band.

He's now a grandfather of two.

Here is Jay today:

Jay, the guy with the bow tie
Jay, last year, with two of his five children.

Christian, Nils, and Jay
Time marches... pardon the pun... on!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Luncheon

Ivy (Planning), Nikita (Marketing) and Barbara (Admin)
Friday was a real treat. We Marketing and Admin folks don't often go to lunch with the Planners and Engineers, but on Friday we dragged all the ladies in the office that didn't have to be somewhere else, and went for a birthday luncheon.

Oh, yes, did I mention, it was for my birthday?

I'm a lucky duck.

Carmen (Admin), Veronica (Admin) and Ana (Engineering)
I work with some really great ladies.

They're beautiful inside and out.
Sabrina (Marketing) wasn't too shy to sit at the head of the table!
She makes me laugh!  She's very funny.
Here are just some of the tasty luncheon treats we ordered (below).  Everything was really good!  I had the Meatloaf Sliders with the salad (below).

Meatloaf Sliders and a Wedge salad. Yum!
 You could get them with fries, too.  Carmen got hers like this:

Meatloaf Sliders with Fries.  Yum Again.
Sabrina opted for the pot pie.

Marie's pot pie and a small Cesar salad.  Yum. Er, again...  for a third time!

Are you hungry yet?

Happy Birthday to me!
What a nice Friday lunch.  Happy Birthday to me!  Thanks, ladies!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Livia and Fred flying kites
With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You're a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Kites against a brooding sky
When you send it flyin' up there
All at once you're lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over houses and trees
With your fist holding tight 
To the string of your kite

Fredrik delights as his kite soars high above the park

Oh, oh, oh!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let's go fly a kite!

-Lyrics and Music by the Sherman Brothers, from Disney's Mary Poppins

Monday, October 20, 2014

So Long and Good Luck!

We just lost a co-worker... well, we didn't actually LOSE Emma, we know where she is, but she left the company to pursue other horizons.  I'm really going to miss her.  She is a really nice lady, a good friend, and a co-worker who was kind and a lot of fun to work with.

Emma's farewell lunch was held at the San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights.  I had never been there before, but it's quite the place!

Barbara, Carmen and Veronica in the parking lot
The winery has been around for 97 years!  That's a long time in this area of the world.

The Winery gives tours of the facilities and wine tastings, but they also have a delightful restaurant.

Barbara, Veronica and Carmen posing with Emma's gift
When you first get inside, there is a long counter.  All the varieties of wines that the Winery produces are available there for tasting and purchase.

The wine counter

There is also a large gift shop with all kinds of delightful things.  (Even for non-wine drinkers, like me!)

Carmen and Barbara
(I know, they look like they're praying!  They're really just shopping.)
 Since Halloween is coming up there were all kinds of fun Halloween themed gifts.
Veronica being silly
 We had a long table for all nine of us.

Oops,. didn't get everyone in...
 I had to try twice to get everyone in the shot!

There, that's better!
(L to R) Sabrina, Carmen, Barbara, Joel, Juan, Veronica, Emma and Nikita
I work with great people.  I sure enjoy spending time with them.  Sabrina cracks me up.  She's a delightful story-teller.  Joel is our boss and COO of the company.  Juan is the company's CFO. The rest of us are in either marketing and admin.

There were all kinds of good things to choose from to eat
 I had a bow-tie pasta dish with shrimp that was excellent.

The atmosphere is fun.  The ceiling is rounded and has staves, so it's almost like being on the inside of a very large wine barrel.

A very, very large wine barrel.
Looking into a conference room
 The large dining room was nearly full.  It is a loud and lively place.

The desserts were very Italian
I had the small cannoli shown on the plate above.  (Not bad, but not like the wonderful ones at Mama Louisa's in Tucson, Arizona.  They are the bar, for me.)

Sabrina, Carmen and Barbara
 Of course, Emma was the guest of honor.  She had a couple of presents to open.

Veronica (on the left) photobombs, while I take a serious snap of our beautiful Emma
I didn't notice the face Veronica was making until I went back through these photos!  Ha! Someone was telling a joke, I believe.

Emma began opening her gifts after dessert.

It was fun to see her look of joy.  Then we'd get sad.  We tried to hold back the tears!  I had to give her a million hugs on her last day.  

 And now we take a moment to compose our emotions before we plough onward with our story...

The barrel stave ceiling
... isn't the ceiling cool?

Okay, I'm doing better now.  Here's a photo of part of the gang:

Barbara, Veronica, Nikita, Carmen and Sabrina
Have I mentioned how much I love these wonderful ladies?  I'm so blessed to work with delightful women.
We took a couple of photos as we were leaving.  Joel ended up right in the light on this bottom one (below).  He ends up looking rather like an angel of light.

The group:
Barbara, Chico the Mexican Giraffe, Emma, Veronica, Joel, Nikita, Carmen, Sabrina and Moi
It was a fun lunch.  Emma seemed to enjoy it.  She's already been at her new job for half a week now.

Time marches on and the only constant is change.

Emma, we miss you!  Hope you stop by and visit a lot!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy 93rd Birthday!

My Beautiful Tante Aase
My Aunt Aase is the last of her generation on my Mother's side of the family.  She was married to my handsome Uncle Knut, my mother's brother, who passed away (way too young!) in the 1970s.

She turned 93 last month, and I totally forgot I had this photo to post!  So, I'm trying to make up for that.

Aase is a great lady.  She has been kind and hard-working all her life. She is a terrific cook and baker.  I loved visiting at her house when I was a kid.

You'd never guess her age without the number on the cake there to remind you, would you?

Hope you are doing well, Tante!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT: The Caprican Years

Yours Truly with Scott and Meldee
(The vehicle behind us was a converted Zamboni - an original from the TV series)
There's an old, animated feature-length cartoon that has a line in it that goes: "We were young.  We were wolves."  My friends and I often quote that.

Because we're weird.

We weren't actually EVER really wolves.  It's just a thing to say.

Because how do you explain all the odd things we used to do?  Yeah.  We played dress up and had lots of parties in fake, alien surroundings.  We spent a lot of time in outer space. And we had a LOT OF FUN doing it.

Recently my friend Scott in Indiana unearthed a centuries old photo (see above) of some interesting aliens: a couple of Caprican women and a dashing Colonial fighter pilot.

Okay.  We were really into the original Battlestar Galactica TV series at the time.  You know, the one that Glen A. Larson produced as a "Wagon Train to the stars"?  The one that starred Lorne Greene and had a bunch of evil robots called Cylons in it?  You remember.

Or, maybe you don't remember.  It came out in 1978.  That's a long, long time ago.  It now also seems like it took place in a galaxy far, far away.

That's why I decided I had to share this with you for Throwback Thursday!

I think we did a pretty good job of copying the costumes:

Actress Jane Seymour as a Caprican woman
It suddenly occurs to me that I still have that dress... in a closet somewhere...

The Original Cast main characters were played by
(L to R) Maren Jensen (seated), Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch and Loren Greene

Halloween was a lot more fun back then.