Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gaels gone mild

Okay, So i watched as the St. Mary's Gaels got stomped in the Sweet Sixteen NCAA Basketball Tourney as Baylor went on to the Elite Eight. At least now, we won't have to face Duke.Traveling to S.F.'s ATT Park to watch the game on the Jumbotron was an experience. One of the Alumni donated money to have this free event for all the Gaels goin' wild. It was sad to see us lose, but it was great catching up with a few of my class mates that made it there. Afterward, I drove back to Calistoga and stoppped in St. Helena to get a free cheeseburger at the new "Gotts" that used to be "Taylors Refresher". A big legal battle is developing over the switching of the former name.
Today, I am back at work and I really am not feeling very prepared today. I drank enough coffee this morning to make me a little "thin-skinned" . Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Springing

The swallows have returned to make their babies and head south to Capistrano sometime in July. The Enchanted magnolias have blossomed and we have had a lot of tourists over the past weekend for the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference.I went on a nice little hike to a place called "Zin Zin Falls" not far from Lake Berryessa on my days off. It was eight miles round trip. You can say that I was pretty spent by the end of the hike. I ate a tub of yogurt before I laid down to rest that evening and it helped assuage the pain I usually get from cramping, sore muscles. It worked. This is the type of weather that motivates me in to action. I make promises to myself to start exercising more, but there is only 24 hours in a day, and I usually have other things I want to do with my time.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Marching on

The weather is wonderful. The skys are clear. Today, we are having the Healthy Worlds of Flavor Conference at Greystone. I will only be there today and Sunday as the event will be held over my regular days off. It seems that the Mustard that fills the rows in the vineyards will soon be plowed under to add nitrogen to the soil. The days seem like they are getting longer now that we have set our clocks forward and the sun stays around until late in the day. Beautiful days are ahead. St. Patricks' day was yesterday and came and went without a lot of fanfare.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Moving Forward

Everyone and everything is taking on a certain color.Even my co-workers Susan and Liz look, uh... fresh after having seen "Avatar" . Now with the clocks moving ahead an hour, everyone is gearing up for Spring.Last Sunday was the Napa Marathon with the local winner crossing the finish line in 2:56:23 I would have beaten him in 1984 with a personal best of 2:50:14 Now after having had my meniscus repaired on my left knee, Thirty pounds heavier and 25 years older... well, you get the picture ). I do miss running long distances though. It was a cheap natural high when the endorphins produced a buzz that would last a day or two. My exercise regime nowadays is climbing a flight of stairs accompanied by heavy breathing and the only high being the altitude.

Wednesday is St. Patty's day and next Sunday is Palm Sunday. The swallows will return then, as it is also the Vernal Equinox. I should also mention that yesterday was my thirty-third sober birthday. I can still recall the half pint of Royal Gate vodka and eight Heineken beers that brought to the brink. Thank God for all the support of family and friends for putting up with me during those early days. Thank God for the running too... It helps me blow off steam while getting healthy. Perhaps I will get back to it this summer. I know that swimming will be on the agenda. Come May, the pools will reopen at Bothe State Park and in Calistoga. I can hardly wait.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Schedule Change

This week will be the beginning of my new schedule change. I will begin working almost regular business days. My days off will be Friday and Saturday instead of Monday and Tuesday. This suits me just fine. Working weekends can be a grind. Fridays can be the worst because most of the people in the education department are trying to get things wrapped up before leaving on Friday afternoon.Lately, I've been spending more time drawing and painting with watercolor pencils. Then I scan my work and modify it in Photoshop.I love the way I can enhance my images using Photoshop.

Friday, March 05, 2010

My Brother, a Swedish Hero

I was just sent a very moving flash video of someone that finds my brother to be a great hero. I see not a hint of any blantant gushing, or idolatry...only a warm, heart-felt acknowledgment of the great human being he is. Now take the time to download and see for yourself . Just click on the following link, and allow two minutes to witness this well deserved tribute.

My Brother

Also, if you are in the Chicago area, you may want to visit his web site, for he is truly the

Chicagoland Santa

Now excuse as I am trying to remove a swollen tongue that is caught in my cheek.