Sunday, March 28, 2010
Our choice for this year's spring break came about when I spent 2 hours on a layover in Washington, Dulles Airport back in January. As I sat there I thought about all the fun things that we could get up to in Washington - so the idea was born!
We plan to spend most of our time visiting the museums and monuments of our capital. I have spent a fair amount of time here in the past, but Zack has never been here. We love to explore the great cities of the world and I truly think Washington DC holds some of the greatest museums and monuments our country has to offer!
Today (Sunday) was our first full day here and we certainly got busy seeing the sites! We are staying at hotel our in the burbs (New Carrolton, MD) and taking the subway into the city everyday. We were up and about at 8:00AM and we headed out on the subway by 9:30AM or so. The Smithsonian stop on the National Mall was our stop and we exited the subway line to find ourselves face-to-face with the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian "Castle". A quick investigation proved to us that we won't get to the top of the Washington Monument today so we turned our attention to the Smithsonian Museums.
Our first stop was at the Smithsonian "Castle" to learn more about the entire chain of museums. While we were there, Zack learned about a sculpture at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Museum that is a giant cypher. This cypher is so complex that it has never been cracked. Of course that totally and completely aroused his imagination and we made the Hirshhorn our first stop. Much of the artwork in the Hirshhorn is modern art and try as I might I didn't see much beauty or purpose in a lot of it. But we did get to see the sculpture with the cypher in it and Zack is determined to try and crack it! Good luck on that one Z man! :-)
After the Hirshhorn we journeyed to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The magnitude of that museum always seems to overwhelm my senses! I think Zack enjoyed it immensely - especially the part gallery dedicated to astronomy and the universe.
After the Air and Space Museum we spent the rest of our day exploring the confines of the National Mall. We visited the WWII Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. Though I am anything but an art critic, I don't understand the design principles to what was done for the WWII Memorial - it just didn't make much sense to me. On the otherhand, every time I walk past the stark "wall" of the Vietnam War Memorial, I am left with a sense of the immense sacrifice that was given by all who fought in that war. Just a very interesting difference in the two monuments.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It is that time of year again - snow season in Colorado! The picture above was taken from my back porch about 45 minutes after I had arrived home. When I arrived home there was only a small amount of snow sticking to my grass. Then within 10 minutes everything had gone white. Before we lost the light to nightfall, I couldn't even see the house across the cul-de-sac. This snow storm is absolutely crazy!
Though I love all seasons in Colorado I do grow frustrated with the continued snow fall so late into the spring. We tend to get our biggest snow storms during this time of year - just when you are really growing weary of the winter season and are longing for the spring weather. I guess the good thing from it all is that the more snow and moisture we get now, the less likely we are to have major wildfires in the summer.
Things are on a slow and steady pace with us. I am working constantly right now - but given the schedule of the project that I am working on for my employer I guess that is to be expected. Zack is doing so-so. He continues to deal with a fair amount of anxiety. At this point both his psychologist and I have come to accept the fact that we are going to be dealing with the anxiety for a fairly long period of time.
Due to all the constraints of work and life I haven't had a lot of time to write updates to this blog. Additionally, 2 weeks ago I started a "page"(essentially a blog) on Facebook called 365 Things to do in and around Denver, Colorado.n In the last 2 weeks the number of subscribers has exploded to over 2,200. Given the massive audience I have for that page, I am spending the free time I do have writing the posts that I put up on that page. I certainly am not a good writer so it takes me a considerable amount of time to craft those entries. (For those of you not on Facebook, consider joining and becoming a subscriber to my page.) Therefore, I haven't had a lot of time to write on this blog. However, next week we are heading out on our spring break vacation to Washington DC. I will be sure to provide lots of blog updates from there.
We hope that everyone is having a great week so far.
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
We have the additional 2 dogs because my brother's family is in Vail staying with friends. Normally when Tim, Celinde and Cole go to the mountains they stay in their own place in Silverthorne and take their dogs. They own a place about 3 miles away from the condo that Zack and I have. But since they are staying at a friend's place in Vail they didn't have the option to take the dogs. So we ended up with 4 dogs for the weekend.
It is always an adventure having all 4 dogs here in our house. Though they get along very well they each bring different personalities to the little pack that they form. Bay kinds of checks out and just finds a quiet place to sleep and get away from the hustle and bustle of the other three. Lex is totally inspired by having Ray and Lulu here. He is constantly mixing it up with Lulu in terms of trying to prove which of them is the dominant pup. Ray becomes a needy little puppy who wants constant attention from me. When he is away from his 'parents' he just wants my attention. Lulu is the ultimate hell raiser who is always in the mood for causing some kind of issue. When she is here, she becomes the huntress, going after every squirrel in the yard and terrorizing them (and occasionally eating them!).
(The pack - from left to right - Lulu, Ray, Bailey and Lex)
So we definitely have an adventurous weekend ahead of us with a house of pups!
We hope you all have a fun and adventurous weekend too!
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Yesterday on Facebook I started a FanPage called "365 Things to do in and around Denver, Colorado". The whole point of this page is to document something fun and different to do each day of the year. It is kind of like a blog to some degree but you write your entires in "Notes" and then post them to the wall of the fan page.
Given yesterday was my first day at it, I decided to do 2 entries. The first was on the best burgers in the state of Colorado. For those of you who aren't aware of what place sports the best burgers in Colorado, it is Bud's Bar in Sedalia, CO (a very small town right outside of Denver proper). Of course many might chose to disagree with that statement but Bud won't like it if you do - lol! (Just teasing of course). The burgers were actually voted the best burgers in Denver's free progressive news paper call "Westword". So there is some serious power behind Bud's Bar claiming to have the best burgers!
The second entry was an oldie but a goodie for me - taking a hike on the Highline Canal Trail. Today I only did one entry. The entry for today was about the Fourney Transportation Museum which is home to the largest steam locomotive in the world!
I have so many ideas of other fun and unusual places to include on this web page. Some of the places I was thinking about are: The Molly Brown House Museum, Dinosaur Ridge, Mother Cabrini Shrine, Red Rocks, Confluence Park, The Flagship REI, Downtown Aquarium, etc, etc, etc.
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook - please do become a fan of the page. I am sure you will out some interesting things about Denver along the way!
Well - we have reached the half way point of the week. I hope everyone's week is going well!
Thanks and peace to all! ~ J.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
"Indeed this very love which is my boast,
And which, when rising up from breast to brow,
Doth crown me with a ruby large enow
To draw men's eyes and prove the inner cost,---
This love even, all my worth, to the uttermost,
I should not love withal, unless that thou
Hadst set me an example, shown me how,
When first thine earnest eyes with mine were crossed,
And love called love. And thus, I cannot speak
Of love even, as a good thing of my own:
Thy soul hath snatched up mine all faint and weak,
And placed it by thee on a golden throne,---
And that I love (O soul, we must be meek!)
Is by thee only, whom I love alone."
Why this post tonight... Well that would be my business and my business only - but it is for someone who is very important to me.
Hope everyone is having a great week so far!
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.
Monday, March 8, 2010
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
(The guts of the old workhorse exposed so that I can get the hard drive out.)
We use this computer for just about everything. Some of the key things we do with this machine are: use it to edit and manage our key family photos and videos, maintain our master library of songs (MP3), use it to stream music to various audio devices throughout the house, maintain my master library of "reference" work documents, store my Quicken files, store my my entire genealogy database, edit and produce this blog and of course the most important use.... allow Zack to play Microsoft Windows based computer games - LOL! I have had this computer for over five years. I purchased it in January of 2005 when the previous workhorse suffered a fatal hard drive error. This time death was due to a failed power supply. I can tell from the indicator lights on the power supply it is receiving power from the cord but it isn't distributing the power to the motherboard. Since this computer was already 5 years old and was becoming a dinosaur unable to handle many of the demands placed upon it the time had come to get a new machine and move to the latest and greatest technology that was available.So yesterday Zack and I went out computer shopping. We first went to Costco and did a quick scan of the models that they had available. I liked what I saw but felt I had to also check out Best Buy. I spent about 20 minutes looking around at Best Buy until I decided I had found the model that I wanted. I went with an HP Pavilon Elite with an AMD Phenom II X4 925 processor, 1 TB of hard disk, 8 GB of memory, an ATI Radeon 512MB Video Card and built in wireless 802.11g networking. In general it's a pretty beefy machine. I kind of figured if this machine is going to last as long as the previous machine I might as well go with a machine that is near the top of the line. I did splurge in the fact that I bought a new monitor with it. Instead of just hooking it up to my old 20 inch CRT monitor, I also purchase a 23 inch flat screen High Def monitor. That little accessory was totally and completely unneeded but with the way they "package" the monitor and CPU it was a better deal.
(The new monitor before Zack and I got it hooked up.)
This blog post is being written from the new computer. It is the first thing I am doing from it. There is still a ton of work to do to get it configured the way I want it - so it will take some time to get full productive. But given the state of the old work horse it is good to have the new machine up and running.
I hope everyone is having a great week!
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.