Sunday, September 28, 2008

Backyardigans and the Race for the Cure

This past week I helped setup and tear down for the Backyardigans. They had 3 trucks to unload and load and I got to help with the audio section. It was cool being a roadie for a day.

Yesterday, I worked with the Race for the Cure in Greenville. I helped setup and tear down the event. During the race I was at the 2mile mark and got to cheer on everyone as they came by. It was a fun time!

I was not feeling great yesterday and today I woke up with a soar throat and stuffy head. Thankfully, after taking some medicine, eating a lot of fruit, and taking a two hour nap I am feeling a bit better.

I will be commuting to work for the next three weeks for a short assignment. Starting Tuesday, Natalie and I will be carpooling to save some gas. Laslty, Anna, the dog, has graduated to her bigger cage, which she is really enjoying the extra space. Have a great week!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Catching up on photos

I had a backlog of photos that I have wanted to post. So, I have four new albums for everyone to check out. They are listed in order of most recent to oldest.

Anna, Natalie, and I went to the Graveyard Fields along the Blue Ridge Parkway last weekend. We didn't do the long hike, so I don't know why they are called the graveyard fields, but we did get to pick a bunch of wild blueberries growing along the trail and river. Anna stuck her paws in the river, but the water was really cold, so she didn't get too wet.

When Natalie's parents visited us we took them to Merrimack Falls and Grandfather Mountain.

A few more pics from our Costa Rica trip last May.

Natalie and I went on a road trip after graduation and part of it brought us to St. Louis and Memphis.

Monday, September 15, 2008

What's happening on September 15th, 2008

Today I had the pleasure of waking up extra early for the second day in a row. No, it is not for job. Instead it is for a 12 pound bundle of energy, named Anna. Anna is a cute, wrinkly Vizsla that Natalie and I adopted this weekend. She is 8 weeks and 1 day old today. This weekend we have spent a lot of time together. However, she has slept through a good deal of it. The first night she was pretty scared and cried a bit. But since then she cries less and less. Today she went into her crate for a nap, which is very different than the first few attempts of me trying to persuade her to go to her crate. Anna may be the smartest dog I have ever had. At less than 48 hours of time together, she has learned to come, sit, and walk well on a leash. Also, she appears to be picking up on the fact that her name is "Anna." Also, she is great when meeting other people and dogs and even her potty training has been remarkably easy so far. Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself, but she is amazing.

While we usually just play in the yard, I have taken her on a few walks and she now gets excited when I bring out the leash, since she knows she will get to go far away from home and smell all kinds of things. I will post a bunch of pictures soon, but wanted to post something while the dog is napping.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Great Conversation with Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman is a New York Times columnist, among many other things. I enjoy his optimism, enthusiasm, and most of all his ability to clearly articulate a future I would like to see happen.

Charlie Rose had an interview with him last night and if you have time, check it out:

Doggie Names

Natalie and I have been tossing around names this past week. We are about to adopt an 8 week old Vizsla dog. The dog will be female. Vizslas are very energetic, medium-sized, reddish-brown haired dogs. Listed below are some of the names we have thrown around:

1. Amber
2. China
3. Fifa
4. Havanah
5. Spark
6. Clay
7. Scotch
8. Winter
9. Fern
10. Obama :-)

Please let us know if you have any suggestions or votes for the names above.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Vizsla puppies and Carowinds

Natalie and I went to Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte last weekend. It was awesome riding on the roller coasters, cooling off in the water park, and riding some old school rides as well. The following day we went and visited some vizsla puppies. We are hoping to be bringing one of them home soon. This was Natalie's first visit and my second. They are five weeks old in the pictures. Enjoy!

Friday, September 05, 2008

An IMBA Commercial

I wanted to send out a video that includes a couple of my fellow IMBA classmates. What do you think?