slew of photos

Since I find myself with at least a little bit of time on my hands (my program closes down from Christmas through New Year’s), I finally got through the rest of the photos that have been sitting on my laptop since this past August. So, I present to you a list of photo albums that I have now uploaded to Gallery.

Hawaii – Day Eight
This photo album contains pictures of the Tropical Botanical Gardens and our helicopter ride over the volcano.

Hawaii – Day Nine
There aren’t a lot of photos in this album. We took a quiet drive this day up the coast from Hilo to Waimea. On the way, there’s a beautiful waterfall, called Akaka Falls. These are photos of the falls.

Hawaii – Day Ten
After staying just north of Waimea, we wandered up to the top of Waipio Valley. We didn’t go down because the road is a wee bit treacherous especially in a large SUV like we were driving. A couple of the photos have pictures of the beach at the bottom of the valley. You can see surfers heading out to the ocean.

Hawaii – Day Twelve
After getting back to Kona, we made a day trip back to the Waimea area for lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. That evening, we got to enjoy our first real sunset in Kona (it had rained almost every evening before then).

Hawaii – Day Fourteen
On this evening we drove up to Old Airport Beach and enjoyed a beautiful sunset at the beach. The tidepools and waves created some gorgeous settings for photos.

Hawaii – Day Fifteen
It took my whole vacation to finally get a good picture of one of the many resident gecko’s at Gram’s house, but I finally got a couple good pictures.

The reason we were in Reno was, unfortunately, because Sean’s uncle George had gotten very ill. We took a couple chances to get some fresh air while we were there, though, and drove up to Lake Tahoe. I also took the opportunity to get more pictures of Sean’s family.

We flew home to Huntsville for Thanksgiving this year. For Thanksgiving dinner, we had a wonderful group of family and friends at my parents’ house. I also took the chance to snap some photos of my niece and nephew, Katera and Carlile.

Pierce’s Baptism
While we were home for Thanksgiving, my youngest nephew Pierce was baptised. Stuart took the video and I took pictures as fast as I could. Here are some of the decent ones of what I took.

five things you don’t know about me (or maybe you do)

Since Geof has been so kind to tag me with this meme, I figured I’d be nice enough to answer it. This is a little hard for me, most people know the big things about me. Let’s see if I can give this a try, though.

1. I grew up racing sailboats with my family. My oldest brother, my dad and I really enjoyed sailing. We would race sailboats mainly on Lake Guntersville, which was about 45 minutes away from my home. It’s actually a sport I really miss now that I’m grown up and would love to get back into it, but Phoenix, AZ is not exactly an ideal location for lots of sailing.

2. When I went to ASMS in high school, I was very determined to study marine biology in college. In the two years that I was there, I took a 180 degree turn from marine biology to electrical engineering based on the classes I took there. I’ve never looked back since.

3. I’ve been to 38 of the 50 states in this country, Mexico, Canada and 7 European countries.

4. When I first started working at my current job, I was constantly plagued with wondering if I had made the right choice in coming out here or not. The day I changed from being a software designer to the test lead for my team, I’ve never wondered since. It sounds kind of hokey, but I really love being part of a systems team instead of the software team. I just use my software background to be a better systems person.

5. Growing up, I managed to break multiple fingers in both of my hands (not great for someone who also played the cello). A couple years ago, I was actually diagnosed with having arthritis in my hands as a result of my fingers having been broken.

I don’t know how much of that people already knew, but I did my best. I am formally tagging my darling husband Sean, and Sarah.

just around the corner

Christmas decorations hung? Check
Christmas cards mailed? Check (just this morning)
Baked goods? Like I ever stop baking
Christmas presents? Check
Stocking stuffers for Sean? Check

Oh my goodness. I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. We’re pretty much set around here. It’s going to be just Sean and me for Christmas. Presents on Christmas Eve with Swedish meatballs for dinner. Then, a day of lazing about enjoying all of our wonderful gifts on Christmas day.

Mom and dad come in on the 28th for a visit. I guess that means I have to clean up all of the wrapping paper from the floor in the guest bedroom.

Mother Nature’s even cooperating with us and giving us just a little bit of cool weather to get us in the spirit around here. Pictures of our LED lit mesquite to follow soon.