Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas - and we'll see many of you tomorrow at my parent's house! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Indian Christians celebrate Christmas at the Church of
the Nativity, in Bethlehem. The Church is the site
traditionally believed by many to be the birthplace of
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Last night the Anderson's of Minneapolis/Shakopee had a pre-Christmas Christmas celebration at The Cheesecake Factory. Mmmmm, the food sure was good. Hope to see you all on Christmas - and if not, Merry Christmas!
UPDATE: Here's Tom enjoying his new gift - the head-mounted laser gun. You're welcome Tom!
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Joel, you've figured it out... your artists rendition was actually very close to how she actually looks. Here is an actual photo of Nala the Ewok princess. :) (watch out, it IS turning into cute dog blog.)
P.S. Nala is so cute! So is Koko. This is going to turn into the cute dog blog soon.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Thanks for the funny and fun blogs. I'm really glad, Matt, you explained it was a reenactment. Everybody's getting in the Christmas spirit. It makes me want to get a tree before Christmas Eve. Thanks for the great Thanksgiving Day Joel and Teresa, and a fun birthday celebration. I also wanted to congratulate Liv on her great performance and the enjoyable evening at the Seussical. Happy December and a blessed Advent season. Love, Nancy
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Janelle was looking at our new giant tree in our living room last night..."I could stare at this tree all night," she said. Seconds later I heard a thundering crash, and the tree had tipped over, spilling ornaments, needles and water all over the floor...the picture above is a dramatic reenactment!
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
The scientific rocket Maxus 6 was successfully launched from Esrange today (11/22/2004). Everything proceeded as planned and the scientists are looking forward to some exciting analysis of the data.
The rocket was launched from the Swedish Space Corporation rocket base Esrange at 08.35 UT and reached 706 km which enabled 12 minutes of microgravity.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Click on the image above to see the lonnnnng, slow route that was taken to get to the moon. Thrifty Swedes, they reached the moon with lots of fuel left over!
SMART-1 is the first of ESA's 'Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology'. It reached the Moon using revolutionary propulsion techniques and carrying a battery of miniaturised instruments. (click here for ESA web page about SMART-1).
Launched by the ESA last year, this is a Swedish built spacecraft and is only the second ever using an ion-drive as its main rocket.
Monday, November 15, 2004
I saw Mae in NYC last Saturday night. I was there for a conference. Mae, my brother Terrell, his girlfriend Jen, and I all went out to Dragonfly, a Filipino restaurant in Greenwich Village. Then, we went to Cafe Reggio, and then we went to Upright Citizens Brigade, a standup comedy and improv group. Fun show. It was great to see Mae. I had a whirlwind trip, but NY was fun.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
I sent out an e-mail to each of you inviting you to my candle party on Saturday, Nov. 20. If you could please let me know if you can come, I would really appreciate it. It should be a really great time and I would love it if you all could come. It will be at my house in Shakopee at 2:30 p.m. Talk to you soon!
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Just a reminder that the Como High production of Seussical has two more performances left (Saturday, November 13, 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 14, 2:00 pm; Tickets: $7 adults/ $5 students/seniors).
Lots of fun and good music!
Monday, November 08, 2004
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
I did send a blog mentioning seeing Teresa and Janelle's opus "Needle Tips" in the break room at CDC. I did see one person reading it, by the way...
UPDATE: This is Peter, since you didn't write it John, I'll remove the post. I'm not sure how that post got under your username? In any event, the post will be removed. If you want a new password, let me know at onebigswede at hotmail.com
Thursday, October 28, 2004
2-5 p.m. Saturday, October 30th at our church at 31st. St. and 14th Av. Just cake and punch, same as 30 years ago! No gifts.
Mark and I had a great dinner on the 26th at Famous Dave's. It was quite different than I had envisioned it. At least 6 times, different people came to ask us how our meal was. Do we look like someone who works for the Taste section, or what? Nancy
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
It's been a while since I posted, but I thought I'd report that while I was heating a cup of water in the microwave in the 4th floor break room I found a pile of a publication called "Needle Tips." On page 2 Janelle is listed as Editorial Assistant and Teresa as "Consultant". Thought you'd like to know that your work has made it over to the dark side...
Thursday, October 21, 2004
"Seussical" will be performed at Como Park High School on:
Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm
Friday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 14, 2:00 pm
Liv has a bigger role than in the past... she is Mayzie, the selfish, pleasure-seeking bird who leaves Horton with her egg.
Tickets: $7 adults/ $5 students/seniors
Hope to see you there!
Good to hear from you, Ingrid. Liv is interested in St. Olaf, and we just had a snack from your old bakery two weeks ago.
Hope everyone is doing well--congratulations on the new puppies, and good luck with the college search, and great photos--I enjoy looking at the blog and seeing what everyone's up to. Here's a picture from last weekend--I went to Toronto to run a half-marathon with my lab-mate, Michelle, who is from there. Oh Canada! Mae flew in from New York to be our bag-carrier and take photos and provide support, and it was great to see her (apparently the flight from Toronto to New York is only 52 minutes long). There was bad weather, but we did the race in two hours and two minutes, which is my best time so far. You can see the start and a bit of Toronto in the background of the photo.
Friday, October 15, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Maria has been asking for a puppy for well over a year and a half, and I finally agreed. I want to introduce everyone to our new little puppy, Nala. Nala is an 11 week old Shi Tzu, with a happy tempermant, and an overactive bladder.
After quite a bit of research, we bought Nala from a breeder in Eden Valley, MN over the weekend. We actually went to look at one of her littermates, who ended up being sick, and not for sale any longer.
Now for the fun work of getting her housetrained!
Monday, October 11, 2004
As you all know by now, the Twins didn't fare so well over the weekend. We were at the game on Friday when they lost 8-4. We ended up leaving an inning early because Maria didn't feel well, but the game ended up pretty much the same. Oh well, another year, another loss to the Yankees :(.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Just this week the Science Museum of Minnesota has opened a new movie - "Mars 3D" produced locally by Twist Films of Minneapolis. It gives you a ringside seat at the launch of the rovers, and 3D images captured by the rovers' cameras on the surface of Mars - pretty impressive stuff - worth the bus ride downtown!
I have to admit I hadn't even been in the long-since-re-opened downtown library, so I got to chance to do that too - it is great! There was also some kind of Twins fan rally going on on Kellogg Blvd. - downtown St. Paul is a happening place! (And I only had to pay ONE fare, since I made my trip and visits within the transfer time limit!)
Friday, October 08, 2004
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Jacque Jones points skyward in tribute to his father after hitting his home run to put the Twins ahead 2-0 in Game 1 of the series with the Yankees. Jones's Homer Means More Than Just a Run for the Twins
Monday, October 04, 2004
The Twins and Indians ended up finishing the game the next day, with the Twins winning in the 12th inning. They lost the next game to the Indians to set up a playoff division with the Yankees, just like last year. Hopefully we'll have a better outcome this year.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
( S@# #@@@
(supposed to be a Kubb "King" with a candle on it...)
Sunday, September 26, 2004
But still there's time to say
"May this year bring the very best
Of everything your way!"
Happy belated birthday to Lynda and Tom!
May today be a special day too.... and tomorrow
and tomorrow... and tomorrow.
Love, Nancy (Mom)
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
I dropped off the minivan at the body shop to have the bumper replaced and got a cute little chevy cavalier to drive for the day. From there I went to the Mall of America for a few errands and a brisk walk. It was getting a bit late, I was hungry (I’m working on an excuse, you see,) so I was trying to work my way quickly through IKEA. When I got to the "As Is" area with my 5 pillows I saw an interesting rolling cart that I thought would be usedful for "Clothes Corner." It was about 3' x 3' x 2'. As I rolled it out to the parking lot with my other purchases, it suddenly struck me... there was that "cute little" cavalier sitting there, not my minivan. It wouldn’t fit in the trunk; it wouldn’t fit in the back seat. There are no screwdrivers or pliers in a rental car and no, the handle of the car jack will not loosen screws. (I tried) I was feeling so foolish by this time. I couldn’t get any of the screws loose and I was starving. It was about 4:15. I ate half the package of Anna’s cookies I had bought, but it didn’t give me any ideas. I tried to call a friend to bring me a screwdriver, but she wasn’t home; neither was Mark. I tried to flag down a police car, but he didn’t see me. I got the tray off but the frame still would not fit. I ended up putting the U-shaped thing in the trunk, with only one side inside. The other two parts were sticking up in the air like a bike rack. The only thing I had to fasten the trunk was the ribbon from my Hershey kisses received at Kristen’s wedding. Finally, I carefully headed for home, but woe, it was not to be. In rush hour traffic headed north on 77 (Cedar) I hit a bump, the ribbon tore, the trunk flew open and the cart frame tumbled out. This is the part for which I am so grateful. It landed wheels down and went sailing across the right and left lanes of traffic and into the median without hitting a car and causing a terrible accident. I saw it all in the rearview mirror. I, of course, pulled off the road, waited for a lull in traffic, crossed to the median and walked back to pick it up. I was so grateful, as I said, but I was also so-o-o-o embarrassed to be walking with this frame over my shoulder, trying to be nonchalant!! That particular stretch of road is always bumper to bumper at 4:45, as people are trying to get on 62 crosstown, so it took several minutes before the traffic broke enough for me to get back across to my car. I hunkered down behind the car and discovered that the bolts had become loosened enough by the mishap to allow me to get one end off. I shoved it into the back seat and headed for home. At first, I wasn’t going to tell anybody, but I haven’t put anything on the blog for so long that I thought, "This is just the thing." Have any of you had someone tell you, "I saw the funniest thing on Cedar last night?" Or "I almost got hit by a rolling cart....?" Nancy
Monday, September 20, 2004
On Sunday afternoon we got together to celebrate the birthdays of Paul, Janelle and Tom. Here they are while blowing out their candles (or right after in Janelle's case). Happy Birthday all - and of course happy birthday to those not in the Twin Cities area!
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Thought I'd let you know how it went when TS Ivan came through on Thurs. afternoon. It rained extremely heavy around 5-6 pm, and the creek in our yard came out of its banks. It was pretty tense watching approach the house, but it didn't make it. Fortunately, our basement stayed dry and we never lost power. Others in the neighborhood weren't so lucky. Today is beautiful and cool and I have been picking up sticks and greenleaves in the yard. Have fun, and avoid hurricanes, if possible.
Maria, her mother and I went to Barnes and Noble in Edina last night for the speech and book signing by Aron Ralston. You may have heard of Aron last year when his story came out in the press about his ordeal in Blue John Canyon, Utah.
He was on a hike in a slot canyon when his right arm became pinned by a large boulder. He was trapped. After 6 days of being stuck, in desperation he ended up having to cut off his own arm. Then, despite losing blood fast, he rappelled down a cliff the equivalent of a 7 story building, and hiked out 7 miles until he found help, and his salvation, in a rescue helicopter.
His story is a compelling one, and I urge you, if you haven?t already, to read his book.
Halfway through Aron's story last night, Mom showed up to say hi. It was nice to see you mom!
Thursday, September 16, 2004
It's been a while since I blogged but I thought you'd like to hear about the hurricanes down here. Last week was Frances (which was actually a tropical depression when it got to us). Heavy rain and wind the night of Labor Day, 10 hours without power on Tues., schools closed, leaves and sticks all over the yard, but no major damage and flooding for us, but numerous trees down in the area.
Ivan should get here this afternoon, just raining lightly here now. A lot of schools were closed today, but not Lynda's. We have 2 Lithuanian women staying with us, part of a delegation of educators -- they're getting more excitement than they were expecting.
Hey maybe the Twins and Braves will meet again...
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Maria and I, along with her parents went to the Twins Game last night. I got the tickets to the game, along with passes to a hospitality tent at the last minute through my work. We ate our fill of brats, chicken and cookies in the hospitality tent.
We then proceeded to watch the Twins, and Johan Santana, destroy the White Sox inside the dome 10-2. The magic number is now 8! Above is a copy of the buttons they were handing out at the game. Cy Young all the way for Santana!
Monday, September 13, 2004
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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Here are a couple of pictures from our day at the fair on Labor Day. We had a great time visiting the Miracle of Birth barn, which is maria's favorite each year. We saw lambs, piglets, calves, ducklings and chickies.. We had a great time! Love, Maria
One of the lambs at the Miracle of Birth Barn
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Hopefully none of my colloquialisms was inappropriately used. For now, Livvi'i
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
...by the chocolate chip cookies :(
Here's a link to my picture. The rocket I added to Van Gogh's painting is from a photo of a real one Liv built and launched for Science Fair projects:
Liv worked an extra three hours last night as a volunteer at a certain political booth that shall remain nameless due to Anderson blog regulations. Strangely enough, after a half hour on the job, she was chosen to be interviewed by channel 29 news. She did a good job discussing young women and voting, and no one seemed to notice that she wasn't old enough to vote.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
We're sorry to hear that, Stephen. I hope you are okay and don't let it get you down too much. I had this happen once when Norris was little - Teresa, Norris and I were stopped at a sign and the woman behind me decided I should be moving and started forward. There wasn't any damage (though Norris was crying in his car seat). I thought we should just exchange insurance info and move on, but the woman insisted on having a sheriff check things out (in case I pulled out an old wreck and claimed she smashed into it, I guess). Funny thing was, when the sheriff came she got a ticket for having expired license tabs!
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
We took off in staggered order. Liv and Teresa had frequent-flyer tickets and left first, I followed on a different plane. Once they landed they jumped in a taxi and high tailed it to BU, as they had an appointment for a tour and visit. They traveled with carry-on luggage only. (Norris didn't come till the next day.)
Meanwhile, I arrived, collected my bag and threaded my way by bus and three subway lines to Harvard, to stop at Teresa's cousin Emmie's place. I had (barely adequete) directions to the place, and less than adequete instructions on where to find the key and no instructions on how to get in. (We'd been there once, about 8 years ago.)
"Keys in 2x4 cubby hole on back porch".
This lead to wandering back of the place (a brownstone-ish apartment-become-condo's near Harvard.) I spotted the porch. The porch had no access (up a level, no entrance, no stairs). I wandered around some more and found no access to the porch. Finally I realized the porch had a small notch (a cub hole?) formed where two 2x4's intersected. Found a baggy with keys by reaching up and feeling around in it.
Got in the front door and discovered that knowing I was looking for "unit 1B" didn't help; there were no labels.
"Ah - the porch was on the left side. HERE is a door on the left side! I'll try that!"
After trying every key (including the car key) I fumbled around some more, until a white-haired man brandishing a cane popped out of a side door.
"Why are you trying to break into my apartment!?!?! I'm calling the police!"
I stammered out an explanation, tried to offer my ID, only to have him reply "I'm calling the police!" and then disappear again.
I left a panicky cell phone message for Teresa and Liv (I had Teresa's phone) then called one of Emmie's friends, who explained carefully how to thread my way back to the right door (go right, then left down a hall, then left again then right then left).
THEY (Teresa and Liv) claim I was jumpy and on the alert for the fuzz the rest of the trip... but I think I was perfectly cool.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Nancy,Stevie and I spent last week visiting family in Illinois. Tom came down for the week end . The boys and I came home Sunday so I could attend a curriculum workshop and
Tom could go to work. Nancy was able to stay for a few more days. I just talked to her and she told me about the neat Spanish birthday card she got for you Liv. She says the card is in Minneapolis but she doesn't know where. So be patient please.
Anderson Alert! Our August 28 swimming party at the knoblauchs is being being postphoned until further notice. Bill left a message that indicated that he will be fishing in Canada that week.
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Monday, August 16, 2004
Saturday, August 14, 2004
This morning I drove up to Blaine to a monthly exam session run by the Anoka Radio Club. I wasn't sure if I was reading my directions correctly, but I looked ahead and realized I was following a truck with 6 different antennas - I was on the right track! And, it turned out that I could have carpooled as a neighbor, who recently got his license, showed up to take an advanced exam.
My studying paid off, and I passed the exam (it isn't too hard), and I stopped on the way home to pick up a radio:
Now I just have to wait for the FCC to process my paperwork - then I'll have a call sign and permission to transmit to other amateurs - till then I'll be figuring out how to use the radio.