Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend activities

Saturday morning we decided to take care of one item on our bucket list: ride our bikes down an airport runway. {We have decided to put items on our bucket list AFTER we hear about them!} One incentive for this ride -- a chance for an iPad which DH dearly desires. It was cold and rainy so we figured this would be a slam dunk for the iPad....

Wrong! There were lots of folks out there with their bikes, scooters, skates, and just their feet.
Oh well, it was still lots of fun and the rain stopped and the sun came out just for us!

Thankfully they were not allowing planes to land during this event or we might have been in trouble.

After the approximately 3 mile ride, we enjoyed the brats, chips, and cake the wonderful airport folks served. While other folks had tailgate picnics in football stadium parking lots, these guys were having a hood picnic in the airport lot!

I had to drag DH away from this stunt plane. I sure don't want to see him flying upside down in the air!

Sunday we headed up to the Monastery and there had been a dusting of the white stuff during the night. Winter is on its way.

The low-hanging clouds were so beautiful.

The rain and cool temps gave me a lot of time for crafting. Got caught up on some birthday cards and one for a friend whose brother died recently.

Literacy tutoring begins this week. I'm really looking forward to meeting my student on Wednesday. I'm sure we'll have an interesting journey, learning from each other.

What will you be doing this week?

Friday, October 22, 2010

The last of the aprons

The final three aprons for the cafe --- what fun I've had altering these aprons.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time for some humor

Youngest daughter passed this video along..... Hope it brings some laughter to you as it did to me.
Make sure you have your sound turned on!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Just another Sunday in Paradise

Just another spectular fall day in the Roaring Fork Valley. Here are some photos from out and about in Aspen:

The Marmot store

The cheese store

Found this at Susie's but refrained from buying it! :-)

Feeding the birds

From atop Boogies where we had breakfast

Out shopping on a mid-October day in Aspen... looking for snow?

Friday, October 15, 2010

More visitors

For the last few days we have enjoyed a visit with some good friends from Boulder. Yesterday we drove to Paonia, over McClure Pass, to visit one of their relatives. On the way we were in awe of the fall beauty we are enjoying this year.The man we went to visit lives in a sustainable home he built of mostly recycled materials. I LOVED his home!

While there we met his sweet little daughter, and their cat, who looked remarkably like my old Phoumiphon, the best cat ever,

and several chickens.

The evening was so beautiful
and we enjoyed wonderful pasta dishes at this restaurant.

Of course, we had to get a picture of our friends by our favorite downtown cow:

Lots of laughs, lots of stories, a great time!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More books and a typo

Went to help pack up all the library sale leftovers this morning and came home with nearly 25 pounds of children's books! Several books on insects for my little neighbor who is a budding entomologist. Also snagged a copy of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, one of my favorites, and The Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius, which I've always thought was such a beautiful book and a great read-aloud. Two books that are new to me but looked worthy of lugging home (I was on my bike and had to go uphill) are The Moorchild and Jasmine Nights. Might just have to read those now.

Last night was our first class in Literacy Outreach training. This afternoon I was going through all the handouts we were given to read for homework and came upon this:

Mind you, this is a Literacy Outreach program! :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10-10-10 and a guest

In honor of today being 10-10-10, and because it is such a wonderful number sequence, especially for someone born on 01-01 married to someone born on 10-01, here's some random information about 10-10-10:

10 (base ten) = 1010 (base two)

(base ten): 10 x 10 = 100

(base two): 10 x 10 = 100

The binary attributes of 101010 lends itself to use by the sciences of fractals (recursive geometric shapes) and chaos theory (the butterfly effect).

For the grand finale: 101010 (base two) equals 42 (base ten) which points us to the fact that 42 is the answer to the ultimate question in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. Yes, dear reader, the ANSWER to the ultimate question is 101010!


This weekend, DH and I were blessed by the visit of one of my dear friends. M and I went to high school together. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and sometimes forever ago. She is now a librarian at our hometown library --- my dream job, if I were to be asked! She took the train up here from Denver and arrived early Friday evening. DH went to bed at his normal time, but M and I stayed up past 2am that night, chatting. Oh my, I haven't seen 2am very often. But what fun!

Saturday we just walked and walked all over Glenwood Springs. Took M to our favorite bookstore and of course to the library where the book sale was finishing up. {An aside, yep, DH and I got MORE books!} When we looked at our watches we discovered it was already 4:00 -- we'd walked right through lunch. We grabbed some dinner and made our way home, riding the bus to give our tired feet a break. We had intended to hike up to Doc Holliday's grave but we'll have to do that next time....

Sunday morning, up early, a quick bite to eat and then off to the Monastery. Beautiful mass, and the monks welcomed her heartily. Had a nice chat with Brother Thomas and Father Ed. Back home, DH cooked a wonderful lunch and then it was back downtown, to the train station. I think --- and I sure hope --- we'll see M, and perhaps her husband too, back up here!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Latest thrift-store find and my neighbor

Found this absolutely wonderful desk at the Habitat Restore near here. What a great find. Solid piece of furniture with only a tiny bit of wear. The bottom two drawers are actually a big file drawer. And plenty of room for a few books. Nice..... I moved right into it!

And here's my sweet little neighbor. He loves studying bugs and playing Set with me. And he loves his little dog, Conny, who has been sporting an adorable pink and white polka-dot dress lately!

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