Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lazy Weekends

As I was sick most of all last week, this weekend was spent relaxing and laying around. Roma definitely enjoyed these days too, as you can see... Love sharing photos of our little girl.....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Europe Trip Update...

So all is moving forward with our upcoming trip back across the pond.  We are two months out and couldn't be more ready for the trip!

This weekend we finalized the plans, finally.  As a planner and an engineer, we definitely worked through all the kinks and were able to optimize our time.  We even booked the remaining hotels for our trip!  So it now looks like we'll be taking 2 days in Brussesl, Belgium, 4 days through Germany by train and rental car (Frankfurt, Rothenburg, the "Romantic Road", Fussen, and Munich), a day trip to Reutte, Austria, and 2 days in Paris, France.  That'll be 3 new countries for my list...a mere 1 for the more-well-traveled Deb...(this is her 4th trip to Europe...first time to Belgium).

I think the hotel that we've talked about the most is Hotel Gasthof Goldener Greifen in Rothenburg ob der Tauber .  Reason is we keep calling it Gryffindor, thanks of course to Harry Potter.  The funny thing is, I had to look up the name of the hotel because I only know it as Gryffindor. 

Deb got me a good book for Christmas, which is very different from the political thrillers I enjoy's a book on the Eiffel Tower written from the construction, feasibility, etc stand point.  Never knew there was so much controversy behind it, including Parisians not wanting it... I am enjoying it thoroughly and learning much about it's construction.  They started talking engineering and I couldn't help but be intrigued!  I'm sure when we are in Paris in two months I'll be quite ready to start telling Deb how the tower was designed for wind!  Dorky engineer, I know...

Book: Eiffel's Tower by Jill Jonnes

Happy New Year 2011...

Happy New Year to everyone...and sorry it's so late.  We have been busy with family, friends, work, etc etc...  Hopefully the holidays were great for everyone.  Ours were wonderful.  We got to see all the family between our travels to St Louis, Denver, Florida, as well as those who came and saw us in Houston.  No doubt about it, we are tired!

We kicked off the new year at our friends' black tie party...I even pulled out the tux for it...why not, considering we bought it for the wedding.  We had a great time that night..

A blurry shot, but this is all we have...unless others happened to snap one. 
The next day I hit the links for our annual New Years Day golf game...with two foursomes at Wildcat.  Definitely was a hard course...wasn't as bad as two weeks prior, but wasn't good either.  We were dealing with very chilly temperatures along with gusty winds.  I went "tin cup" once again, but at the end of the day, it was a great day at a great course.
Our last visit was by Deb's mom and sis, who both came down for a long weekend to share a belated xmas.  Kitty got a gift, which she loved...a chirping bird.  We obviously have to hold Roma as she'd likely swallow it whole leaving a very disappointed cat. 

Kitty doesn't make the blog much (with Roma hogging all the time), but today she does:
Many more things to come as the new year moves forward...will have to get to posting as time allows! 

Happy New Year all.....