December 31, 2010 – Winter Break!

Remember a few days ago this same shot with piles of snow and frost – all gone!

When it gets up to 61 degrees on December 30, snow goes by-by real fast.

This airmass feels much like early April – first cumulous clouds after months of stratus, warm, moist air, and the promise of apple buds.  OK, now I’m getting carried away with the apple bud part.  And I think we all now what might follow this respite!  But at any rate, it’s nice to rid the driveway of ice and have a clear slate for the snow to fall the next time.  It’s like Winter 2.0, starting January 1 without any snow.  Hopefully it makes for a shorter mental winter.

Claire (and I) woke up at 4:30 am for her flight from DSM to Chicago.  It was delayed from 7:30 am to mid afternoon, and her connecting flight to Montreal was also delayed, so she had an extra 12 hours or so of waiting in airports today. The best part of the day, wasn’t the delay, but not having her luggage arrive!  Sometimes too much information isn’t a good thing.  I was tracking her flight on flight tracker and watching the Chicago radar and as she was en route, there were tornadoes SW of Chicago, with the storms heading that way – it was a race, would the plane beat the big storms to O’Hare?  The plane did and most of the strong storms went slightly south of Chicago, so the plane landed without incident.

one year ago…”Happy New Year”

December 29, 2010 – A Night at the Game

We are very fortunate for the last two years to “borrow” season tix to Iowa State women’s basketball.  The seats are in the second row behind the scorer’s table.  So, today, a night at the game.

Coach Fennelly shaking hands with a “Lady Rattler” from Florida A&M (great marching band anyone?). The uniforms, however looked a lot like Gatorade bottles.

bill fennelly

Bill talks with point guard Lauren Mansfield.  I can only imagine what it must be like to be coach and have a vision in your head about how a team plays and reacts and trying to get that into the heads of five independent players on the team.

Bill Fennelly in time out

Bill looks relatively calm in this time-out.

Mascot Cy, ISU Mascot

Everybody’s best friend Cy posing for a picture.

rich fellingham, molly parrot

Rich Fellingham and Molly Parrot, the voices of the Cyclones.  It’s always a surprise, one way or another to see radio folks in person.

#11 Kelsey Bolte hits another three.  She finished with 28 points as the Cyclones silenced the Lady Rattlers.

As a bonus, Emma’s band played at the game.  During break, the Cyclones invite local high school bands to play during the games when the Cyclone pep band is away.

one year ago…”Volunteer Leave Wraps Up”

December 27, 2010 – AARP Comes Calling, Really?

Gee, I know I took a few days off from shaving over the holidays and the salt and pepper beard resembled gimpy old man Brett Favre’s face, but I am not even within a year of a milestone birthday and this comes in the mail.

Maybe by sending this early, the AARP people want you to slowly get used to the idea that you are closer to the nursing home than to Sweet Home Alabama?

one year ago…”Sticky Rolls”