Archive for March, 2009

Meals with friends

I had Sunday dinner with these friends last weekend.

gm “I’m ready for summer!”

km I think he is even cuter when he is under the table!

l She always has the perfect smile!

ds I think Dave is saying to Steven, “Hey, aren’t you going to be in trouble if you don’t smile for this picture?!!”

Anyway, dinner at El Azteca was enjoyed by all!


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Warming up the bikes


Mmmmm, it’s feeling warm enough now that one starts to think about getting out the old bicycle.  Mine has been in my nice warm walk in closet all winter.  While I was “trying” to fall asleep the other night, I was thinking of all the “sporty” things one could do in Ames…and there is quite a list.  I’ve never been the athletic type, but thanks to my sister and her P.E. teacher background, I was introduced to almost any activity you can imagine while I was a little kid and she was in college.  I did tennis (with a homemade mini tennis racquet), bowling, swimming, badmitten, scooters, jump rope, some kind of clicking dancing sticks, ice skating, roller skating, sledding, and Go You Chicken Fat Go (exercise tape), probably all before the age of 5!  Anyway, the result is, I enjoy playing around with sporting activities and there’s not much I am afraid to try.  Maybe this summer I’ll have to see how many things I can find along these lines in Ames.  One of the things on my life list is to ride a part of RAGBRAI too, so guess I better get the bike outside and get going!

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What a great friend!


I’ve been having some nice coffee breaks lately.  Thanks Judy!

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The Men’s College Pancake Event

The college guys in our Sunday fellowship meeting are so awesome! Dave and Judy usually have them all stay after our meeting for some home cooked food, and yesterday I tagged along for some brunch. The guys must have asked if they could help with the food prep, and Judy assigned them the pancake “event”. Here’s Cody putting on his “uniform”!

pancake1 I think he must be consulting with the head architect and the psychological counselor about his approach for the event. In the mean time, Cale is working on the logistics of moving the pancake batter from the bowl to the griddle.


A slight equipment problem slowed down the first batch of pancakes (griddle wasn’t plugged in) but their technique was highly skilled and intense!


Due to the the equipment failure though, the experienced independent consultant had to be brought in. She assured them that this was just a test batch and that with the help of some Pam, every thing would be fine. Dave, the safety specialist, reminded everyone where the fire extinguisher was located as he looked on with his coffee and the high level managers continued to do what high level managers do best, and in no time at all we were feasting on pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and having a wonderful time!

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With these wonderful guys around, it’s easier not to miss my own college age “domestic engineer” who is far away across the sea. (looks like they use the same “uniform” there too though!)


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Outdoor Spaces


It was a beautiful week here in the heartland, stretching up into the 70’s F at least once.  Here is a pic from the balcony at Steven’s new place!  Don’t you think it looks a little bit like spring?!!  Last year I wrote about outdoor spaces my family has enjoyed over the years.  I’ve moved also and won’t have my shaded veranda any more, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy some sun from my balcony.  My apartment complex also had picnic tables around, so maybe I’ll sit out there and write you a letter one of these days!

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