Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Years Resolution Early

So I have started my New Years resolution early...making our house more environmentally friendly.

1) We already changed out all of our light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs about 2 years ago.

2) I got a worm bed to stop wasting food...problem is I fried all the worms on a really hot day this past August...so I have to get some more worms. It worked great...while alive.

3) Finally got my recycling bins...not that Severance has recycling...so I have to waste gas and haul it to Fort Collins when they fill up.

4) Got rid of all phosphorus containing soaps/detergents in the house and replaced with non-phosphorus.

5) Got rid of all cleaners that were not environmentally friendly.

6) Finally have enough reusable shopping bags so that we don't get plastic or paper anymore. Hey and did you know you get a $0.05 credit for each bag you take into Safeway, Wholefoods, etc.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Latest Knee Update

17 days out of surgery...

Day 4 - Post op Appt - No infection, 2 stitches out

Day 5 - First Physical Therapy (PT) appt - still swollen pretty good, but can bend over 90 degrees and straighten to almost 0.

Day - 10 - PT - Get to 0 degrees, Down to 1 crutch

Day - 12 - PT - still on one crutch...Physical Terrorist tells me to slow down

Day 13 - No more crutches...Surgeon tells me to slow down and my first race can be in the fall of 2009. Hey...no swelling and rest of stitches out.

Day 14 - Still 0 degree and 125 degrees...allowed to start riding bike for 10min twice a day. Set goal of 10 degrees per week for myself.

Day 15 - Drank too much beer at Festivus Party night before and knee is swollen pretty good this morning.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Great TV Adventure

So with the economy in the tank...Joel had decided that it would be a good time to find a deal on a new flat screen TV.

Now the last time we bought a TV...it took about three weeks, 3 televisions delivered to our house and returned, and that doesn't even count trying to find something to set the 300 pound thing on!!!!

Mark my words...I am not going with Joel to look for the "new" tv. I will take on the responsibility of trying to 1) find something to put it on and 2) get rid of the 1970, formica bedside tables we currently have as our tv crap stands (in the living room).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Couldn't Be Stated Better...

Sign taken at the Ourayle House out in Ouray

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Farm...

I am sooo addicted to My Farm on facebook...so anyone out there...send me some trees!!!!

Repeal of Prohibition Celebration

Raise your glass to 75 Years of Beer this Friday, December 5th!

On December 5th, 1933 came the repeal of Prohibition. After 4708 long dry days, America was once again able to join friends to raise a glass and cheer this historic day!

Join us any time on Friday, December 5th, have your World Beer Tour card swiped and we'll add a WBT credit* (#1933), good toward your main tour just for celebrating this monumental occasion with us.

*No purchase necessary. Members can only receive 4 WBT credits per day.

“I think it would be a good time for a beer” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt after signing the repeal.

For more information on 75 Years of Beer, visit: www.75YearsofBeer.org

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Dinner Exchange Club

So I am now participating in a Dinner exchange club. This is where families get together and exchange dinners. So depending upon how many families participate each month will determine how many meals you make and will get. This is the first month that I am participating and there are a total of 8 families (including me). So I have to make seven dinners of the same thing to exchange...I will get 7 different meals out of this.

The rules are simple:
1) Must be child friendly (since most have children under age 7 and are learning to eat)
2) Must be high quality and mostly healthy...aka no fatty meats...get the good stuff.
3) No gross combinations...ie green olives, raisins, and cinnamon. (What?!?!)
4) Not too spicy...hot, salty, pepper, etc.
5) Must be able to be frozen and reheated easily.

I am excited about this...hopefully I will get some new recipes out of this and quit eating the same old thing during the week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Post Op Recovery

Well...it's all fixed. I have a new ACL out of my hamstring tendon. Let the healing begin.

So I had the surgery on 21 Friday...and just slept most of the day. Saturday and Sunday were interesting...I was taking pain medication about every 4 hours. I woke up on Saturday night in tears...oh yeah the knee was awake!!!

Monday and Tuesday weren't too bad...I am now down to 2 pain pills a day...one in the morning and one at night. Although I totally over did it on Tuesday and paid for it last night.

Today is the first meeting with the Physical Terrorist. We will see how I feel this afternoon.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bring on Colorado!!

So finally scored CU-OSU tickets for the game on Saturday...so we will be going to the football game tomorrow.

Also have book club tonight...finally finished the book...so bring on the wine!!! Isn't that what women do at book clubs anyway...act like we read the book and just drink wine?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Melody or Maddi???

Guess Who...

Dine for a Cause

Next week, from the 3rd-9th, when you eat at the following Fort Collins restaurants, 8% of your check will go towards energy and water efficiency improvements in those restaurants. It's a painless way to lower energy and water use in our City!

Mugs Coffee Lounge
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Austin's American Grill
Enzio's Italian Kitchen
The Moot House
CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing
The Egg & I
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Aspen Grille
The Melting Pot
Eliot's Mess
Bisetti's Italian Restaurant
Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine
Cafe Ardour

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Favorite Website!!! Cupcakes!!!

Check it out...


Back in CO

Well...I am back in the USA and the state of CO...at least for the next three weeks.

After being in Atlanta/Savannah for the past week...I feel like I need to detox my body of all the greese I ate. I have been feeling a little dumpy lately...don't know if it's because I haven't been exercising or that is around the monthly. Could have something to do with both.

I think that I have got to find some sort of exercise regime...I am not very happy with myself at the moment...but with the upcoming surgery...I am not very motivated. I have started looking into gyms again...we shall see.

Work has been driving me batty...for some reason the boss units have gotten a little micro-manager like...for gawd's sake just let me do my job!!! Ok...I feel better.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Old Chicago's Halloween Mini-Tour

Sample all eight brews and get a special Halloween Mini Tour T-Shirt... the design even glows in the dark—we heard a glowing Mini Tour shirt will also keep you safe from Stingy Jack!

• Blue Moon Specialty
• Woodchuck Hard Cider
• Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
• Left Hand Terra-Rye'zd Black Rye Lager
• Plus four local choices

The Mini Tour starts on Wednesday, October 15th with our Kick-Off Party from 7–9pm.

Monday, October 13, 2008

AP Football Poll

AP Top 25
1. Texas (39) 6-0 1,599
2. Alabama (26) 6-0 1,582
3. Penn State 7-0 1,492
4. Oklahoma 5-1 1,306
5. Florida 5-1 1,284
6. USC 4-1 1,247
7. Texas Tech 6-0 1,210
8. Oklahoma State 6-0 1,184
9. Brigham Young 6-0 1,131
10. Georgia 5-1 1,081
11. Missouri 5-1 984
12. Ohio State 6-1 908
13. LSU 4-1 893
14. Utah 7-0 834
15. Boise State 5-0 714
16. Kansas 5-1 620
17. Virginia Tech 5-1 540
18. North Carolina 5-1 416
19. South Florida 5-1 397
20. Michigan State 6-1 371
21. Wake Forest 4-1 330
22. Vanderbilt 5-1 258
23. Pittsburgh 4-1 182
24. Ball State 7-0 166
25. California 4-1 115

OSU's schedule for rest of year...
Saturday, October18 - vs. Baylor (Homecoming)
Saturday, October25 - @ Texas
Saturday, November01 - vs. Iowa State
Saturday, November08 - @ Texas Tech
Saturday, November15 - @ Colorado
Saturday, November29 - vs. Oklahoma

Sunday, October 12, 2008

#8 Baby!!!

Can you say upset city...and now ranked in the top 10???


Being in the Big 12 South...we still have to play Texas Tech and Texas...

Bowl game bound???

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Durango Hash Website Up...

Big News...

The Durango Hash got their website up!!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Isolation Ale is here!

Once again I am out of town...but check it out!!!

Isolation Ale Event - Isolation Ale is here!

Host: Odell Brewing Co

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Odell Tap Room
Street: 800 E. Lincoln Ave.
City/Town: Fort Collins, CO

Monday, October 6, 2008

Survived the Weekend...

Well...I made it through another White family function...barely. I have come to the conclusion that I am officially done with these sorts of things. I am at a point in my life where I do not need to be told what to do, where to go, what to wear, etc. I am pretty sure that Joel and I have our own jobs, pay our own bills, live our own lives, etc...without the help of our parents (unlike some of our siblings).

The latest is that I was told what I could/could not wear to a wedding that I was a guest. I was not in the wedding in any way...yet was told I could not wear a formal wedding appropriate sari...yeah right...I guess it would have been more approaprate to wear a wife beater with no bra, ragged blue jeans, and flip flops. Joel proceeded to veto the former outfit and I wore the sari anyway. I guess trying to introduce and break cultural boundries just isn't the cards. Although most of Joel's counsins, aunts, and uncles loved the sari.

Joel and I are now off to Houston for a traditional Philippeno wedding...I brought Joel a traditional men's pineapple cloth barong (shirt) back for wedding. I will be wearing a traditional Indoesian skirt and scarf (ok...not Philippeno, but hey same part of the world).

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Back from SE Asia

Geeze...what a trip. I was all over SE Asia for the last three weeks...Singapore, Jakarta-Indonesia, Singapore, Phuket-Thailand, Manila-Philippines, Kyoto-Japan. Lots of work and very little play.

I will try to get all the pictures posted this week...at least before I get back on the road for the next three weeks or so.

Good to be home...now I need to get back to the biking thing and get off any weight I thought I might put on over in Asia.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Doppel Bock Tapping Party - FC Brewery

Although I cannot attend...

Host: The Fort Collins Brewery

Doppel Bock Tapping Party - Sausages, big brews and the FCB crew.

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: FCB
Street: 1900 E. Lincoln Ave #B
City/Town: Fort Collins, CO

Contact Info
Phone: 9704721499
Email: info@fortcollinsbrewery.com

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Bike...

So maybe I should screw this whole competitive thing and go with more leisure like activities...

This would of course require two things...1) a change in attitude and 2) new hardware.

As far as the attitude...that might be the harder part...but the hardware...

Below is what I was thinking...isn't it the coolest...I could ride around Severance in style!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Getting ready for surgery...

So I have to get a bike trainer for my knee workouts...since there is no more running.

Looking at two; both ~$300

1upUSACPR-A2000 All Aluminum

The other is a Demo Unit Kurt Kinetic 2008 Rock & Roll PRO

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Getting ready for Labor Day...

I will be so glad when this Invihash thing is over...bring on the beer.

Made it through California last week...Now getting ready for SE Asia.

Not much else going on...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vernal, UT

So made it to Vernal, UT...there are only about 2-3 places to even get a beer in this town...so of course we hit 1 of them.

Had a couple of Ambers...and watched the olympics...nothing like half naked women...hugging and slapping each other's butts...diving for balls in the sand...ahhh women's beach volleyball...all the boys like it!!!

The big adventure is finding food and beer in the same establishment...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bike Workout #1

OK...since I can't run or do any activities that involve such...I got the old mountain bike out for the first time in I don't know how long...

Distance: 8.60 miles
Time: 43:22

I am headed to UT for the rest of the week...and won't be getting a whole lot of exercise...at least my legs...liver maybe...legs not so much.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Meet my new Knee...

Taking up Old Hobby...

So after sulking around for a couple of days...it just came to me as to what I could do with some of my new found "free" time...

Competative Shooting.

We finally have an indoor shooting range in Fort Collins...so I guess I will start running up a bullet bill and go back to working on my shooting.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Officially Done...

I got the call from the Orthopod last night...Torn ACL in Left knee. But hey...I didn't rip it off the bone.

I am done at least until next summer...

My list of things I cannot do:
Snow Skiing
Snowshoe racing
14ners...due to having to get down...he stated I can go up.

What in the Hell am I supposed to do???? This is not going to be pretty at my house for a while. I am already in a mood.

Softball Results...

OK...I might as well focus on the good of the summer seasons.

Played in 3 leagues this summer...2 co-ed and 1 womens.

Wellington Co-ed
Took 1st in Regular League with a record of 14-2
1st in Tournament (this is where I got hurt)

Windsor Co-Ed
Took 3rd in Regular League with a record of 7-5
Took 2nd in Tournament

Loveland Womens (Season Not Over)
Currently 3rd place with a record of 7-4

Thursday, August 7, 2008

End Game...

So...For those who don't know...

While Playing in a softball tournament the last weekend in July...I fielded a ball and came down on my knee wrong...probably blowing by left ACL.

MRI was on 5 August....waiting for the results.

Looks like my softball days are over until spring. Still holding out that the Adventure Race will be a go...depends on what kind of brace they get me into to stablize the kneee.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Totally Irrirated...

So just to fume a bit...

I totally hate it when you donate to someone's cause...and do not get a thank you, a kiss my @ss, or even a Fuke U...

Just a little acknowledgement would be nice.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Special Olympics

Signed Up to participate in the Denver Oyster Adventure Race...as part of the race need to raise some money for the kids...

Help a girl out...

you can give on-line ***HERE***

Team Name: "Formidable Scent"

Gotta love a team name that expresses stinch...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Back from South Africa

So we are back from South Africa...Joel got home on Sunday, July 7...but I stayed an extra 5 days and didn't get home until Thursday, July 11. Had to help out my co-workers there.

I will try and get the pictures posted as soon as I can...but lots to do at work after being gone 2.5 weeks.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Yummy Veggie Corn Pie Recipe...

For all those that have wanted this since the Wild West Relay...

Salsa: 2 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeƱo pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pie: 1 1/4 cups crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 35 crackers)
3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg white, lightly beaten Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups fat-free milk, divided
2 3/4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten 1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare the salsa, combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl.
To prepare the pie, combine crackers, cheese, butter, and 1 egg white in a medium bowl. Toss with a fork until moist; reserve 2 tablespoons. Press the remaining cracker mixture into bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes; cool on a wire rack.
Combine 1 cup milk, corn, sugar, and onion salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Combine 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl; gradually add to corn mixture. Cook until thick (about 1 minute); remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup onions and olives. Combine 2 egg whites and the egg in a small bowl; gradually add to corn mixture. Pour into prepared crust, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cracker mixture and paprika.
Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until the center is set.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

South Africa Planned...

Finally we have our trip to South Africa figured out...at least until we get there.

20 June - Leave on Plane out of DEN
21 June - Arrive in J'Burg and Drive to Jan's Cabin
22 June - AM Jan's Cabin; 13:00 Check in for Rhino hiking/camping in Kruger
23 June - Rhino Walking Tour
24 June - Rhino Walking Tour
25 June - Rhino Walking Tour until 11:00; Back to Jan's
26 June - Toodling around Kruger and Jan's
27 June - Leave Jan's and drive through Swaziland to Santa Lucia
28 June - Santa Lucia
29 June - Drive to Durban and toodle around; Fly to Cape Town
30 June - Joel Golfing; Melody Working in Port Elizabeth
1 July - Cape Town
2 July - Cape Town and Wine Country
3 July - Wine Country
4 July - Fly to J'burg for touring
5 July - Touring J'burg...Fly back to USA @ 18:00

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Presidential Fitness Test

For all you out there that remember the presidential fitness test in grade school...


Now you can get your adult version.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Nail Gun...

My new Nail Gun, made by Dewalt.
It can drive a 6-D nail thru a 2 X 4 at 200 yards.
This makes construction a real breeze…you can sit in your lawn chair and build a fence.
Just get the neighbor kids to hold the fence boards in place while you sit back, relax with a cold beer, when they have the board in the right place just fire away.
With the hundred round magazine, you can build a fence with a minimum of reloading.
After a day of fence building with the new Dewalt Rapid fire nail gun, the neighbor's will not ask you fix or build anything else.
Available for a little more is the "band-aid magazine" for those near missing when fence building.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Manual Labor...

So what started out as a quick trip back to OK for some camping and fun...turned into camping, shooting, four-wheeling, beer drinking...then the manual labor began at my parents. So instead of coming home on Tuesday eveing...I stayed another four nights to help out around the ranch.

I will get some pictures posted of the fun.

Some of the chores...
Building raised flowerbeds out of cinder blocks around a celler
Building a firewood stand
Cleaning the crazy garage (my father is a packrat...and a full long-bed pickup bed full of trash later)...we still had not even touched most of it.
Correcting my father's tomato garden made out of feed buckets
Feeding general livestock animals (horses and cattle)
Watching the little rat dog run the fence line "playing" with the bull and feeder steer.

Oh...we did have a 50 cal. gun for destroying a tree!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Softball results so Far...

Women's Tuesday nights
1st game - Won 16 - 0
2nd Game - Won 16 - 10

Co-ed Friday Nights (Work Team)
1st Game Lost 4 - 14
2nd Game Won 10 - 3
3rd Game Lost 14 - 22
4th Game Won 16 - 5

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Softball gripe

I swear...being the captain of a co-ed softball team sucks. What is the deal with everyone wanting to play the same position??? Nobody wants to catch...all the women want to play 2nd...AHHHH....

I have one girl that tried to say I was being sexist toward her because I told her to wear a mouthpiece to play SS. WHAT?!?! As if I'm not a feminist?!?! Fine I hope your teeth get busted out. Don't blame me.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

First Run

So I haven't run in a while...quite a while to be exact. After all the injuries (knee, hip, lower back, etc). I had to lay off for a while.

But with the arrival of the new GPS, heart rate monitor, watch thing...Garmin 405, I had to start back up...that and the health fair at work was an eye opener...

I will post the nast results from the health fair tomorrow.

As for my pathtic run...
1.38 miles
10:08 pace

Will keep this route for at least the next 3 days...don't want to start hurting in the joints again.

Survived Vegas...

So we all survived Vegas...barely. Came home with 3/4 of the money we took. Not bad...so I am going to spend it on a Garmin 405 GPS heartrate monitor!!!

On Saturday we laid at the pool at the Flamingo all day...in a cabana. It is the way to go....not ever going to fight for a spot at the pool again...will have my own chairs, shade, TV, etc.

Managed to hit the Spirament Rhino on Sunday night...google it...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lame O

So I have been so swamped at work...I haven't been able to keep up with this blog, my facebook account, my hash space, etc, etc...

We are trying to launch an entirely new training program at work...and it's getting closer to the launch date and we are still trying to come up with instruments and presentations. One of my co-workers is in Argentina teaching...so not much help there. Oh well...it will get done eventually.

Tomorrow is Steve's b-day!!! HAPPY B-DAY Steve!!!!

We leave for Las Vegas on Friday...at least I get a little break. Gina got us a cabana at the pool for Saturday...can't wait. Joel thinks he wants to take the Wii and play all day at the pool.

Also trying to decide if we are going to South Africa this year...started looking at airfare...Ouch! But it would be the trip of a lifetime...and I would get to see some good friends I haven't seen in a year.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Found on bottom of a kleenex box

don't be bashful.
don't be shy.
it's time to unabashedly let it out!
so be messy.
be imperfect.
be liberated and free.
be what you are.
be human.
blow it loud and blow it proud.

Mexico Write Up 2006

Hola from Mexico…where to begin…

Dia Uno:
Left Denver on Sunday morning…you all will be happy to hear that I did not take out anyone in the airport this time around (think India). Managed to get to Monterrey, Mexico without any international incidents. The hotel was very nice and is right outside a macro plaza and many museums (that I won't get to visit). Dinner…where does one begin. The restaurant's name was "El Rei de Cabrito" which translates to "the king of little goats". Is anyone catching on to this yet?!? For someone who refuses to eat veil and lamb…bring on the baby goat (just eat it Melody and don't offend the locals). Although I must admit…it was quite tender. We (my co-workers and I) proceeded to walk off our dinner of infant goat in the macro plaza and took in the local arts and culture for the rest of the evening. Let me mention how hot & HUMID it is here…my hair is doing the "Pollyanna" curl.

Dia Dos:
Ahh…time to begin actually working. One thing to note is that everyone in Mexico is on "Hawaiian time"…don't get in any big hurry and if they tell you to be ready @ 07:30…they won't show up until at least 30 min. -1 hour later. So needless to say…setting up the room for training at 08:30 didn't occur until ~10:00. So once we got the room set up…we didn't actually start the training until 15:30 in the afternoon. WHAT?!?! Who's bright scheduling idea was this??? And no…I got no siesta in between all this. Ahh…let's not forget dinner. Four of us walked to a local restaurant…again with the infant animals…but let’s start at the beginning of the meal. Appetizers - some sort of cheese dish and cuitlacoche (this is a dish that they let mold grow on…tasted like mushrooms to me); we will see in a couple of days if I have to get into the Cypro. On to the main course…my co-workers decided to share a "suckling pig"…I swear I dissected something like this in high school (fetal pig). I had to tap the ball of the femur just to make sure it had hardened up. I thought I would play it safe and order a chili shrimp dish…oh the shrimp was "cooked"; not how you & I think of cooked…it was "cooked" in vinegar i.e. soaked in acid for 30 minutes. So my first bite of shrimp was cold…humm…but very vinegary…Look up "Ceviche".

Dia Tres:
Good Lord where to begin on this day. Have I mentioned how hot & humid it is here? Day starts with meeting our distributors at "08:30" for a 3-hour training. Needless to say around 09:15 we finally are off to the offices. We stood around for about another "15 minutes" and didn't get started training until 10:00. Now let's remember that I have the "beast" that I have to feed ~every 3-4 hours. This training didn't get over until ~13:00…and we had to wait "30 minutes" for everyone. Needless to say the beast was very upset when 14:30 rolled around and still no food. Have I mentioned again how hot and humid it is here. This becomes very important shortly. With "lunch" finished…we now have to pack up and head to the next town "San Luis Potosi ". This is about a ~5.5 hour drive from Monterrey. We again sit around for "30 minutes" before we leave. There are 5 adults (with a week's worth of luggage), large laboratory instruments, and 5 computers in 1 Nissan wagon vehicle (about the size of a outback) with no A/C & 1/4 tank of gas. So about 17:00 we finally get on the road (Monterrey is a city of 6 million people) right in the middle of rush hour. As I am sweating away into a pile of salt, trying to catch a few zzzz's…I am awoke by the rest of the car telling me that the car is overheating and we need to turn around. WHAT??? We aren't going to try and cross the desert on a horse with no name??? About this time…all I can do is start laughing. We manage to get back through traffic and to the rental car place (Sheraton Hotel…and I'm thinking I should just say). We are now currently in a Ford Mini-van with A/C. I am much happier now…out of my sweat-stained suit and in my Keen's and knickers. I will let you all know how the tequila is…for I fully intend to hit it when we finally arrive at our destination. A destination that we were supposed to be at ~17:00pm…it's now 01:00

India Past Trip Write-Up 2006

For something fun I thought I would publish the e-mails I sent about past trips...this was before my blogg.

India 2006:
As some of you know or may not…I am currently in Hyderabad, India for work.

Day 1-3 (it all blurs together):
Tried to take lady out at Denver airport when two of my bags decided to jump ship on the escalator (they just kept sliding down) while on my way to the check in counter…I'm surprised that it didn't break her legs…What was my name in the whole situation…Jan, Jan Brady.
Got on plane in Denver at 08:30 local time (2 hour flight). Had 2 hour layover in Chicago. Get on plane for Frankfurt (8 hour flight). Thank goodness my company had the sense to put me in "Economy Plus", although I think I need first class next time (seats turn into little beds). Did not get much sleep at all on this flight.

Arrived in Germany ~06:30 local time…had a 5 hour layover in Germany…jet lag starts to set in. Couldn't find any place open to convert currency to Euros…so had to eat at McDonald's with credit card. Mumm…cheeseburger at 6am local time. Is this what Mr. Jimmy Buffet was talking about?? Also last time I will see ice.

Get on plane to Hyderabad ~11:15 local time (another 8.5 hour flight). Jet lag has officially set in and I feel like I am drunk as a skunk…without having had one drink. So needless to say, I am out like a light from take off. I must note…I am the only skinny little blonde on the plane…everyone else was either very very tan or maybe a different culture…I will let you all ponder that one. When I did finally awake, the airline attendant stated "you slept the entire time, we have been keeping an eye on you"…WHAT?? Is there something I needed to know about my safety??
Get off plane in India (local time now 23:30). Customs was a breeze. Getting my luggage however took over an hour. Once I acquired my luggage…the fun begins. I now have to find my driver in a sea of beggars…but first I had to pee. I now get my first experience of a toilet in India. There is a reason mother's teach their daughters the "hover" technique. Every heard of the "cocaine nail"…well here it is the left hand and not used for snorting…there ain't no toilet paper, all there is is a little trickling faucet in the stall with you…think hard kids. Although the beggar woman in the bathroom did have toilet paper for me…I really did try to tip her 3 quarters…but she didn't want them…she wanted "dollar"…that's all I could understand…and I didn't have a paper one. So NO TIP FOR YOU. I kinda felt like the bathroom Nazi.
Anyway…on to finding the driver…It is now 01:00 local time…In the sea of beggars and taxi drivers, I find a gentleman with a sign with my name on it…and off we go. We almost ran over, no less than 3 motorcyclists for the 6km ride to the hotel. Again…have no Rs (rupees) so no tip for him either…although I don't even know if I am supposed to tip or not. I just make a beeline for the hotel door.

All checked in…I must say, all of the hotel floors are marble and countertops are granite. I'm still trying to figure out how I can sneak it on the plane with me. There are some sort of protests going on…so no going out. At this point I haven't got the nerves to try and venture out by myself…also still tired.

My co-workers will be taking me out tomorrow. "I feel today you can take rest as it being a local bund called by Naxalites (protests). We can go to Charminar, Chudi Bazaar and have Hyderabad biryani at Hotel Paradise (dinner at 8:00 pm is ok with you!!!)." Maybe I will have more to report on the local culture side tomorrow.
I must now nap again.

Let's see, where did I leave off…Oh yes, sleeping all day to try and get over jet lag…I am still not sleeping through the night (as it is 5am local time and 5:30 pm CO time)

Day 4 (Sunday):
I must make a small correction to Saturday…there was not a religious holiday, it was protests from the extremist groups…good thing I didn't go try and venture off by myself.
Sunday brings a day of outings…to the Charminar (four tombs). The first thing to note is the heat and humidity as I walk out of the hotel. This was a very interesting site…it is located in the "old" part of the city…Muslim dominated, so of course I am not covered in a burka. Talk about getting starred at…but let me back up to the drive over to the site. Traffic is crazy here…there are no "lanes" so to speak of…everyone just drives where ever…I was told that at least 5 people get run over everyday. As one walks to places of interest…you must learn to not get run over by cars, buses, and/or "two wheelers" aka motorbikes. After visiting the tombs…off to the bizarre we go. If you have ever been to NYC and into Chinatown…it has nothing on this place. It was the craziest place I have ever been…one almost feels a bit uncomfortable walking up and down the lanes. The shop owners send out the kids to try and get you to walk into the shops…and they all have the same krap. Anyone want a 9k gold bracelet…can't guarantee that it won't turn your arm green. Have I mentioned yet how hot and humid it is here?!? Also worth mentioning is that the air pollution is so bad here that it is like smoking 20 cigarettes a day to breath the air.
After the bizarre, we go to a famous hotel for dinner…this is my first experience of Biryani. This is supposed to be a spicy indian rice dish. One must also keep in mind that Mutton is goat here in India…I opted for the chicken biryani…although I cannot guarantee that they didn't kill the chicken in the kitchen. Oh well…it was good. On the way to dinner…the beggars were pounding on the windows of the car…beggars with no arms, no hands, etc…just keep looking forward Melody…don't turn your head and draw more attention. I don't know who wanted to stare more…them at me or me at them.

Day 5:
Work actually starts…pooh…but after work we head for the bar for cocktails. I am the only women in the bar…this is where I experience my first "Indian" beer...

Day 6 will bring more work…and an outing to an old fort and more restaurants.

Picture of SE Asia...

You can see the pictures by checking out the links on the right hand side of this blog.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


So I arrived in Hanoi in the middle of a Cholera outbreak...don't drink the water. Good thing I was doing a drinking water and wastewater training.

Got to see a water puppet show, shop for silk, and tea.

$1 - 16,000 VMD

It rained the entire time I was in Hanoi. I flew to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on Wednesday evening. Much different weather...very hot and humid. Not quite as bad as Bangkok, but hot.

I did two seminars...one for Drinking water on Thursday and one on Wastewater on Friday. I got to tour the Cu Chi tunnels from the war...very interesting. They are small. It is quite amazing that considering the fire power the American forces had...they couldn't compete.

Monday, March 31, 2008


So I arrived in Bangkok...

$1 = 28.97 THB

Saturday we toured a little provice outside of Bangkok by the name of Ko Koed. I dropped about $10 there. We then proceded to have some lunch, had a 1.5 hour thai massage, and then went to Chinatown.

Sunday found me seeing the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and Chatuchak (JJ) market. I definately helped to stimulate the Thai economy in the JJ market. I got some cool bronze bells, a bronze budda, a 25" wood carving, some marientes, and my favorite...a bronze that is of 2 Thai dancers holding a bell between them. I will see if I can't get some pictures posted later.

I flew into Hanoi early this morning...I have already had a bowl of Pho!!! Mummmm....noodles.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Arrival in Singapore...

So I am finally in Singapore...

I was upgraded to First Class from Denver to San Fran...upgraded to Business Class from San Fran to Tokyo...and cattle car from Tokyo to Singapore...2 out of three isn't bad.

#1) US $1 = Sing $1.363

Got up early and went to Little India in Singapore...bought a sapphire blue and magenta colored Saree for $35 sing bucks...big fun. Now I have to figure out how to put 12 yards of material around me and not choke myself to death!!! If I figure it out...I will try and post a picture. I am also looking at a silk Saree for something fun. I guess I will wear them when Pays 4 Busch takes me out to eat at an Indian Resturant in Fort Collins or Denver!!!

I am eating lunch today with some of our co-workers here in Singapore...the Easter bunny came to my hotel room for two of the children (ages 4 & 7). I guess the Easter bunny isn't something that makes appearances here...so it should be pretty funny watching their faces and explaining that a large white rabbit left goodies for them in my room!!!

Will try to keep updates posted.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Catching up...

So I haven't been keeping up with the blogg lately...lame. So what have I been doing???

Well then house project is still moving forward. I am still cleaning, getting rid of crap, culling the my closets, etc. Went by a door place...looking to replace the front door with something a little more snazzy than the red metal number...some sort of fiberglass with a stain-glass insert. Should be nice. I think we may just try and finish the basement instead of buying a new house...I figure $25,000 is cheaper than $350,000....

I am also trying to get ready to be in SE Asia for almost 3 weeks. I leave on MArch 21...which is creeping up on me way to fast. I did get a new hard-sided 25" suitcase from REI. That should help getting all the goodies home from Singapore, Bangkok, and Vietnam.

Work is still nuts...I can't seem to keep up.

Monday, March 10, 2008


It's that time of the year again...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hunting in OK

Just thought I would share...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vote Chooser...

Try this out...

You answer 10 questions and it shows how many of your choices match the responses of each of the candidates. Who knows--a surprise might await you!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008


So I went to check out this house that Joel was soooo enamoured with...it sits right next to a nice golf course.

The house was GREAT!!! Nice layout, nice basement, big rooms, granite, gas stove, etc...

DEAL BREAKER...no yard. The front yard was rock with 3 aspen clumps...and there was not enough backyard to have a garden...The back also didn't have grass or irrigation completed.

We will keep looking...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Busy Week of Cooking, Cleaning, & House Hunting...

So this week is going to be crazy...

Tomorrow I am going to look at a house in Loveland...near a golf course (So Joel is very excited). You can check it out here. Enter # 556735. This means the culling and cleaning of our house in Severance must go into over-drive if we want to get it on the market.

Wednesday - Yadda (a friend and Hach co-worker from Bangkok, Thailand) is going to cook some traditional Thai dinner at our house. Joyce (from Hach Singapore) wants to learn to make home-made ice cream, we are going to make chocolate ice-cream also.

We spent the weekend taking Yadda and Joyce to Estes Park, CO and Rocky Mountain National Park. They had never seen snow...since they both live near the equator. So we had a snowball fight, made snow angels, and saw the elk. I also introduced them to Mexican Fajitas and Pork Verde.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Still Cleaning...

So I only made 3 trips to Goodwill and the humane society this week...

We didn't get to "run" in the hash today due to cleaning and culling...but did hook up at the on-after at Chipper's Bowling. Yes...the FCH3 ended at a bowling alley and proceded to do the Beers, Burgers, and Bowling hash. Good Times by all...some more than others.

Anyone need a set of 1977 encyclopedias??? I do have all the yearly updates...just to keep you up on your k-now-ledge.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Still Cleaning and Culling...

We are still working on getting the house ready for market...

Saturday I culled an entire 4-runner full of krap. Off to Goodwill it went...everything from old blinds left by the previous owner of the house, old ski boots, 4 sets of salt/pepper shakers, baby clothes (which I can't figure out where they came from), telephones, mugs, etc....etc...

Yesterday was the culling of the old computers. I found this place in Loveland that took 3 monitors, 2 laptops, 1 printer, 1 scanner, 3 computers, cables, etc...another 4-runner full...all for $15. It honestly think there is something fishy about it...but hey it was $15. Am probably hazardous polluting some 3rd world country.

Also managed to pack 3 sets of China from my maternal great-grandmother...it will stay in the boxes until I dump them on my nieces in about 50 years!!! On to the next person.

Will be working all week to cull and clean more.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Clean & Shaved Pussy




Wednesday, February 6, 2008

First Caucus...

So last night I did my first caucus here in Colorado. Even if the person I want doesn't win...I now have the right to bitch since I voted.

It was in interesting experience. For the tiny district that I am a part of...we had over 20 people show up...I have no idea how many are in our district total. Some people are very passionate about who they want for president and why...we had people a generation younger than me to people who are my grandparents generation. It was interesting to hear the "why's" on candidates.

I am a registered Democrat.

Monday, February 4, 2008

House Hunting...

So yesterday Joel and I drove around Fart Collins looking at houses. Nothing too serious until we found a house in North Fort Collins listed for $500,000. This I had to see...so we call the realtor and got into it before the Stupid Bowl. Not impressed.

We have been thinking about moving into Fort Collins for ~8 months now...so I actually called the realtor we used when we bought our house back in 2001 today. I figured if we were actually walking into houses to look at them...it was time to call Russell.

I really have no desire to try and sell a house...and then of all things MOVE!!! Almost 7 years in one house...one tends to accumulate a lot of krap. Boy do we have krap.

If Joel does make me move...we are going for the 20-year house. I better be in it 20 years...so here are my wants:

Min. 4 bedrooms
Min. 3 bathrooms
Min. 3,000 ft2 finished
YARD...I want a yard...so I would like ~1/4 acre.
Open floor plan
Granite countertops
5 burner gas stove
double ovens

I figure it is going to cost us anywhere from $350,000 and up...probably up.

Yo boss...I need a raise!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Melody's Farmers Market

So it's time to start thinking about my Farmer's Market for 2008.

I have gotten about 12 seed catalogs in the mail over the past couple of weeks. It's time to order my seeds. I have found Johnny's Seeds to be the best for me for most veggies...for my tomatoes I like Totally Tomatoes.

I will be growing the usual tomatoes...
Sungold cherries - Orange sweet things
Striped German - Bi-colored medium sized
Yellow Pear - Yellow pear-shaped cherries
Brandywines - Yummy

I will also be growing the following:
Onions - Walla-Walla, Copra, and some reds
Parsely - curled and italian leaf
Peppers - I don't know which ones yet
Broccoli - If I can get it in the ground soon enough
Cabbage - again if I can get it in the ground soon enough
Shallotts - I would like to try this year

Finally getting Better...

So 12 days after I came down with the Funk...I am starting to feel better. Still not 100%...but getting there.

Got my appetite back...and tried some new recipes...YUMMY...

Alaskan Smoked Salmon Bruschetta
Ancho-Encrusted Alaskan Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta in Cilantro Pesto

These will be 2 recipes we will be using for our Beer Dinner at our house this month. The beers will be from the Alaskan Brewery in Juneau. Joel and I's favorite...

I will be doing Grilled Alaskan Salmon with Tomoto-Arugula Salsa for a beer dinner at a friends house!!! Yummy...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Day 10 of Flu...

So I am now on Day 10 of this funky flu/infection I caught...my boss seems to think I will probably end with with walking phenomia. I guess it is a possibility.

I have been having to work through it...since my company's sales meeting was earlier this week. We had 3 people put into the hospital since Saturday...don't know if they picked up the funk here or brought it with them.

I have had to miss 2 snowshoe races due to this funk...which mean I now don't qualify for the series. I really didn't know how I would run in snowshoes at 9,000ft in altitude when I was caughing my lungs up anyway.

Oh....Joel's eye chop went fine...he can now see 20/15.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Eye Chop

So today is Joel's eye chop...hopefully all goes well and he can see the cat on the carpet. Time will tell...

Still fighting the Flu...they still don't want me at work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Brought back Mexican Goat Flu...

So I'm back from the Tex-Mex hash in El Paso and Mexico...along with the flu. I couldn't even get out of bed yesterday I hurt so bad.

At least today I went to work for 1/2 a day...until everyone sent me home. I can't even do my snowshoe race tonight...it will have to be my only miss...since I have to complete 5/6 in order to qualify.

Not much else...work is swamping me with the Sales meeting this weekend.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Can O Worm...

The Can O Worms is on its way!!! Bring on the worm poop for my garden!!!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bring on the $40 t-Shirts...

Old Chicago's 2008 Mini Tour Line Up

St. Patrick’s Tour: February 27 – March 17

Cinco de Mayo Tour: April 16 – May 5

Summer Tour: June 25 – July 31

Oktoberfest Tour: September 10 – October 5

Halloween Tour: October 15 – October 31

Holiday Tour: December 3 – December 31

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Slippers???

Anyone for some of the latest style is house slippers???

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:

You need four maxi pads to make a pair.

Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.

The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.

Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part. Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers, etc.

These slippers are:

* Soft and Hygienic

* Non-slip grip strips on the soles

* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh

* No more bending over to mop up spills

* Disposable and biodegradable

* Environmentally safe

* Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.