Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grasshoppers, Snakes, and Diabetic dogs

Well, another busy week and another week closer to graduation/moving/getting married.  Aside from a wonderful afternoon out by the pool on Tuesday the week has been filled with school reading and web projects.  This weekend has been much more exciting.

Yesterday Erin and I met with our wedding photographer for and engagement photo session up at Red Rocks.  We had already rescheduled twice and were afraid the weather wouldn't cooperate again, but we were pleasantly surprised.  In the late evening setting sun our photographer had us take different poses throughout the park.  While Erin did get a little burnt on the motorcycle tailpipes it was a fun outing.

Today we continued to enjoy the sunshine as we took a hike up Green Mountain just West of Denver.  We got some great views of the city and the mountains.  There was quite a lot of interesting wildlife on the trail as well.  The grasshoppers were buzzing around our feet and the views were so gorgeous that I didn't see a snake until it leapt up to almost bite me.

Fortunately, we later learned that it was a bull snake and non-venemous.  Still, it certainly made us more careful about where we stepped.

Even before we saw the snake we were greeted with an interesting site as a woman was carrying a large dog down the trail on her shoulders.  She asked us if we had any candy or sweets as the dog was diabetic and hadn't gotten enough sugar before they left out.  Erin was able to give the dog some of her vitamin water which seemed to get it up and walking again so the lady could continue down the trail.

All in all it was a pretty exciting hike and we agreed much better than going to the gym.  But now it's time to prepare for next week and all the work that still needs to be done.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Life in 3D

Well, life keeps barreling on in all of its multiple dimensions.

School stays interesting as I pass the mid-term mark, but I'm looking forward to the day when it's over.  It has been rewarding being the president of the Association for International Management and I'm glad to be handing it off to some enthusiastic students.

Work has been picking up lately with two new projects.  It's times like these when work is at just the right level (not too much, not too little) that I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing.  I really enjoy the freedom available as a freelance developer and hope that it will always be available.

The wedding plans continue to shape up.  Erin and I now both have our wedding rings after a long process.  Our jeweler has been wonderful, though a little eccentric at times.  We've also gotten most of our ceremony finalized with just a few details to work out.  It wasn't the easiest of processes to put together, but like the rings it is an expression of our hearts and I hope we'll look back at each experience as being worth the difficulties.

Through it all we continue to have fun and try not to take things too seriously.  We just got back from watching Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D which was a fun (though goofy) film.  We also had a wonderful time spending the day celebrating mother's day with Erin's family.

All of these things have been possible because of my mom and I am grateful for all the support she has given.  Happy Mothers Day.