April 29, 2009


I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico this weekend on a work related trip.

We arrived at the Minneapolis airport at 9am, just in time for breakfast.

This Bloody Mary was like a salad in a glass, it came with a beer chaser and a plate! It included celery, a pickle, jalapeno pepper, black olive, green olive, pearl onion, beef jerky stick, shrimp and a hunk of cheese.

We visited "old town" which is a part of town that's...well, old. There were street vendors and lots of souvenir shops. I purchased the cutest brown beaded necklace from one of the ladies on the sidewalk.

We ate lunch at the Church Street Cafe, the oldest house in Albuquerque that has been converted into a restaurant. The guacamole was SO good I could have licked the bowl clean. It was served with fresh, homemade tortilla chips.

There were bunches of red peppers hanging from all the buildings.

The weather was nice, about 70 degrees and windy. Although it wouldn't have been my first choice of places to visit, I'm glad I was able to go.

April 21, 2009

Spring Fever

The weather is getting warmer and I'm ready to pack up my sweaters and dig out the short-sleeves and capris! Received an email from Boden today...they're having a mid-season sale! I got a really good deal on these - 

I'm looking forward to doing more shopping in Albuquerque this weekend. And I'm really looking forward to warm weather, relaxation and fun with friends.

April 17, 2009

Pizza Night

We had homemade pizza for supper tonight. The Chef Boyardee kind out of a box that I've never liked...and still don't. The two people I live with love it though.

Now we're going to watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua!

April 16, 2009

Camera RAW

I've started experimenting with shooting photos in Camera RAW rather than jpeg. The advantage is much more creative control when editing your photos. The disadvantage is the huge file size and slower upload.

Here is a photo I took this evening of Jake and a friend. The first one is straight out of the camera without any editing -

Since I took the photo in "RAW" format, I was able to adjust it to look like this -

I still need some practice but the results are rather dramatic.

April 11, 2009


I hope everyone had a nice Easter. We did our ritual easter egg coloring on Friday afternoon. They were Star Wars eggs...very cool!

April 6, 2009

Bath Time

I'm so sick of muddy dogs! At least this one I can pick up and carry to the bathtub. She stays inside all day so it's only after I let her out in the evening that she gets a little mud on her feet.

This one, on the other hand, is outside all day. By the time we get home in the evening her legs and belly are black with mud! I stand in the bathroom, Tim or Jake open the front door and she comes running straight to the bathtub and hops in. After bath time, I mop the muddy paw print trail off the kitchen floor.

Sometimes I think my life would be a little bit easier without dogs...but I really can't imagine my life without them either!

April 5, 2009

Monkey boy

This is why I won't be painting my walls for a few years...

There are hand and foot prints all over the wall. But until this stops there's no sense in painting them.