Archive fixed!!

I finally took a few hours to figure out what was wrong with my archive. It’s fixed, so anyone who wants to look at any old posts can now do it!! The links are to the right, on the bottom of the list.

Sorry for the previous inconvenience.

September 11th

A show called “The Flight That Fought Back” was on tonight on the Discovery Channel, about Flight 93, the fourth hijacked plane on September 11th. It’s been six years. SIX YEARS. That hardly seems possible. When I think about it, all of the emotions and memories of that time come back very quickly.

At that time, everyone said we’d remember exactly what we were doing when we heard, like our parents recalled the moment they heard JFK was shot. It’s true. I was driving down 6th Street, in my red ’88 Oldsmobile, going to my first class that day which was Mass Media Law. It really sunk in what was happening when I was turning left on to Medary Avenue. In class, our professor talked about how that day would affect the media. My next class was Spanish, and the advanced class before us had been watching the news in Spanish. That teacher turned it to English for us and we watched the screen in silence, shocked. Our teacher came in and said it was sad but class had to go on. I wanted to walk out then and I still wish I would have.

The next few days were spent glued to CNN, trying to make sense of what happened. Friends skipped work, class, and going out to watch the replay of the second plane smashing into the tower over and over. Cars lined up for hours to fill their tanks with a gas; people were afraid there’d be a shortage. It was impossible to buy a flag anywhere. The newspaper printed flags and I believe there are probably still some of those up in Brookings yet today. On Sept 12th, Megan and I drove to every convenience and grocery store trying to find a national newspaper. We were finally successful at one of the hotels across the interstate. I still have it.

Exactly three months later, I flew back from a weekend in Florida with Jon. I wondered why my flight was so empty, but Jon didn’t tell me that it was because it was December 11th until I arrived home again.

We’re flying home on September 12th for Brad and Niki’s wedding. Now, I’m kind of glad that it’s not on Sept 11th. It’s not something I’d really care to think about for hours over the ocean. I wonder if plane ticket sales still decrease on that date now. I bet they do.

Just for fun

Jon and I have been sitting on the couch on our laptops, as usual. This time it’s been fun though, not for work!

Funny kitties.

This site is even funnier if you work with digital billboards every day.

Use Firefox!

I discovered today that my blog doesn’t look the best in Internet Explorer. My profile and links are all the way at the bottom of the page!

They should be at the top. It looks just fine in Firefox.

Living Matrix-Style – now??

I’m on the New York Times email list, so I get links to stories every day.  This one is a bit odd to think about.  Basically, it looks at the possibility that our lives are actually not true lives but a computer stimulation (think The Matrix.)   Very interesting.

The Blarney Stone

After Toastmasters, Jon called and said to come to the Blarney Stone. Sai, Dan, Axel, David and Jon had been there for quite a while before I arrived.


Mom bought a webcam and I helped her set up a Skype account the other day. We just bought a new laptop (for our personal use, to replace our desktop.) It’s a Sony Vaio and has a built in web cam. If you have Skype, send us your user name!

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This will all go in the POD & be stored in their warehouse. This is mainly books…. We have a ways to go yet.


The only major things we haven’t sold yet are the cars and the bedroom set. I love our bed. We got it last year as a Christmas present to ourselves. However, it’s not worth it to store for 2 to 4 years. *sigh* Today I posted an ad on the classifieds. We’ll see if anyone is interested in it.

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Need help – What should I enter?

The Outdoor Campus is having a photography contest. I am going to do 2 categories for sure, Prairie Landscapes and Prairie Animals. Which of the above should I enter for Prairie Landscapes? Please vote by leaving a comment. Also, please vote for an animal below.


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I need you to vote!

Which of the four do you like best? Leave your vote in the comment section. Thanks!

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What is happening to our world? How can a 23-year-old guy be screwed up enough to murder 32 people? Why couldn’t anyone help him?

The polar opposites of good and evil amaze me. It astonishes me that a man who survived the Holocaust still believed there was good in the world. I don’t know that I could save everyone but myself, as he did, in that situation.

In Rapid City, South Dakota, high school shut down due to a gun scare. It amazes me that this can happen in South Dakota. It scares me too, because we think we are safe here.

In September, one of Daktronics’ interns was murdered by an office manager. His supervisor is in my book club and was also Jon’s supervisor previously. When I worked in Dak’s IT department, I talked to the accused murderer, purchased his cell phone and helped him with his accounts. He was nice. It is absolutely insane. I can’t even put into words how unfathomable this is to me.


Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group came to Sioux Falls Saturday! My co-worker Dave bought a code on eBay for $1 that allowed him to purchase tickets slightly before they all went on sale. So, he had 4 tickets in the 3rd row on the floor. Dave, Teresa, Jon and I all went – the show was amazing!!! Very cool. Daktronics did their theatre in Vegas – I think now I’ll definitely have to go there and see it. :-)


Jon flew out early this morning, and I went to Howard for Easter with my parents and brother. This evening after supper we drove around a bit. I didn’t bring my camera but used mom’s point-and-shoot. First stop was the calving pasture. Dad has about 230 cows there. This little guy was a day or two old. Dad implanted embryos for someone in Texas into these cows – he will be paid a certain amount for each live calf that he raises until weaning. So, this calf’s mother (red feet behind him) isn’t his biological mother.

There’s quite a bit of standing water around.

This was taken about two miles west of the farm.

For Sale

Our house is on the market and you can see it online. Besides the house, we still have a Taurus, Oldsmobile and Buick to sell…. plus our bedroom set. Other than that, most major items are spoken for!! I don’t think it has really sunk in yet.

New stuff

The next morning after my last post, we’d discovered someone had smashed in the back window of our rental car. Fun stuff dealing with getting a new one! Oh well. I’ll post some photos from the CCO sites later. It was great seeing all of the digital displays! (I am such a geek.)

Saturday – We met with our realtor, Mandy, who used to be our next-door neighbor in Brookings. I held book club at my house for the last time. Dave, one of my co-workers, managed to get a Wii for us in Brookings at midnight. Jon and Gilv drove to Brookings to get it, then played it til 5 AM. We have been trying to get one of them for months… it is pretty cool. I am very anti-video game, but this is so interactive that you start sweating when you are playing, and almost everything is multi-player. Playing double tennis is pretty sweet.

Sunday – Picked up the house all day. From now on it has to be show-ready at all times.

Monday – Came home to a “For Sale” sign in the yard. A bit of a stark reality – we are really selling everything we have (ok, so just major items and things we don’t want to move or store) and moving to Shanghai!


I love word games. I found this one, called Scrabble Blast, on MSN. It’s addicting. My best words have been FARMING (98 points) JEERS (77 points) TRINITY (72 points) and CITY (55 points). CITY was worth so many because it had triple points for the word, triple points for the I and double points for Y. Fun stuff!! I’ve learned never to settle for a word worth less than 20 points. There is no time limit so you can study the grid all you want.

Ice cream birthday cake from the NOC

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This is Noah! You've probably seen his baby photos in my Gallery. He just turned 1. I'm carpooling with his dad this week while Jon is in China.

Frost on my window

This morning when I opened the curtains I noticed the frost covering the window. It was really pretty so I decided to take the time to get my camera, put on my F1.8 50mm lens and shoot. This is the result. I did bring the background up and intensify the blue quite a bit in PS. I wish that I had a macro lens.

Desktop Wallpaper

Yesterday my co-workers were looking at my photographs. Previously I’d given some of them a few photos to use as desktop backgrounds. Due to popular demand, I put my name and website on several of them and formatted them to fit our widescreen laptops. So now Jamie has the sleeping pills, Autum has the cookie and milk, Jessie has the Falls in Black and White, and I have my travel books.

If you’d like one for your desktop, please email me which one you’d like and what resolution your display is set at. I won’t post full-size images here because they are too easy to steal, but I’d be happy to send one to you!

Here is another one. These made me realize I need to do more stock photography. When I was still doing the Photo-A-Day project, it made me look at everything more creatively to try to get in a good photo every day.

Yet more recipes….

Mom and I are having so much fun with this project. I can’t wait to see how the whole thing prints out. Anyone interested in a book, email me! Kristal, a friend at work, said she is going to do the same thing with her daughter (who is just 1 now.) Jon leaves for China again Friday at 6 AM, so I will probably work on it a lot this weekend. Plans seem to be moving forward much more quickly now, which we are happy about!

1566 Visitors since I put my counter up. Stop lurking and make a comment!! :-)

More recipes…

Tonight mom reminded me that I had photos in my 4-H book. It took about an hour but I managed to dig it out of the boxes in our basement. Oh, the great Special Foods photos…. I look so hot in permed hair and Coke-bottle sized glasses. Those will be coming….

Jared’s first Special Foods recipe.

I made these last night – yummy!!

Washington Pavilion Weekend

This weekend the Washington Pavilion had a movie marathon at its Cinedome. The Cinedome is like an IMAX, only more curved. It was only $5 a movie (usually $8) and they were playing 13 different ones (usually only have 2 playing for several months.) So Jon and I took advantage of this. Saturday we saw the Coral Reef, and today we saw Africa: The Serengeti, Amazon, and Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. They were all really good. At the last movie, we saw our friends Lura and Shon so went to have coffee with them.

We also purchased our tickets to The Producers. We already have tickets to the Blue Man Group in April. It is really nice to have somewhere to get some culture!

One of my pet peeves is people who forward emails that are obviously NOT true (if you bothered to read it carefully, or take a second to Google it.) I usually find a link stating what BS it is, hit reply-all, and tell everyone to think a minute before passing this on. Forwards that are untrue, not pertinent to anything I do or agree with, and not funny drive me nuts.

Tonight I discovered this email is mostly made up.
If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

Check it out.

This disappointed me a bit, because last week at the ESL class where I teach keyboarding, one of the instructors handed the article to me. She’d highlighted the “70 % couldn’t read” part. According to, A 1998 UNICEF study put the world illiteracy rate at 16%, well short of the 70% claimed here. It’s good to know the illiteracy rate is much lower than 70%!

Snopes did the math, and actually 5 people would be from the US and would have 23% of the world’s wealth. 50% of American’s own a computer, so the last statement is false too. I am sure the stats from other developed countries are the same. There isn’t quite as much difference between people as these stats want us to believe.

3 more recipe pages

Cherry bars are one of Jared’s favorites.

I love this photo of Jared licking the beaters – the look on his face is pricesless!

The background is a bit boring, but I don’t want them all to have fruit backgrounds. Maybe I’ll add a bit of texture.

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Teresa and Boots snuggling.

Recipe Book

Over Thanksgiving Mom and I came up with the idea of putting a bunch of our favorite meals from the farm together in a cookbook. We’re using old photos and taking some too. Here are two pages I’ve put together so far. We’ll get it printed at Shutterfly and it will be hardcover. Let us know if you may be interested in one!

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Amanda laminating signs that I helped her make for the bridal showcase.

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The signs that Amanda and I created.


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