March 31, 2007

Betty's Trip

Betty sent this great update from her trip:

Hi everyone-

I am eurotripping and thought I would email you all to let you know that I am alive. Last week I was in Amsterdam and Copenhagen and now I am in Prague. And then next week I am going to Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome to be exact), then back to London for a few days and then off to Greece! After that I will be back home (just in time for my 21st birthday!) Once I move into my new apartment in DC, I expect everyone to come and visit me. Copenhagen was much nicer than I imaged it would be. I saw the changing of the guards and the statue of the little mermaid, among other things. In Amerstda, I went on a canal ride, went to the Anne Frank House and to the Van Gough Museum and I even went to the Heiniken Factory. Tomorrow I am going to explore Prague by starting at Castle and walking around the Jewish Quarter. I am taking lots of pictures, so when you all come to visit me I can show you them. Hope all is well back in America! Write back if you want, I check my email about once a day because luckily there are lots of internet cafes in Europe!

Sounds like an amazing trip!!

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March 30, 2007

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March 29, 2007

Museum Field Trip

Our whole group at work took a field trip this afternoon to the SJ Art Museum for a docent-led tour of the M.C. Escher and Op Art exhibits (and then we wandered through the very cool Il Lee: Ballpoint Abstractions and interesting Jess: To and From the Printed Page and spent some time on the couch watch the Listening Post). It was a great field trip -- I just love that museum and it was so much fun to all go together and get away from our desks for a while.

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March 27, 2007

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March 26, 2007

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March 24, 2007


While I was away last week, a rooster came to live over our back fence. It crows pretty much all the time, driving all of us crazy (two neighbors so far have stopped by to ask if it bothers us too). The cats seemed intrigued by it for a while, but now pretty much ignore it.

I was catching up on the pile of newspapers that accumulated, and apparently this is a town-wide epidemic!

Why Did the Rooster Cross the Road?

MHPD Animal Control officer Daniel Pina said the Scrambl'z rooster is not the only one homeless in Morgan Hill. "There are a lot of roosters popping up in the city," he said. "We've had two at Creekside Village, one of them may be the one at Scrambl'z, it's the same general area. There's a third one now in the Venetian Way/Tahoe Way area, it's up on a two-story building, so I haven't been able to get it."

Shachar even called and spoke to Officer Pina a few days ago to add his voice to the list of complaining neighbors, but apparently they haven't been able to catch our rooster yet. It was hard for me to even capture a photo of the guy the other day!


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March 23, 2007

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Potential Westport Library Expansion

Nice article in the Westport News about plans to expand the library there:

Library Explores Possible Renovation and Expansion

Next year marks the library's 100th anniversary, and many of the board and advisory council members hope that the milestone will help with some of the fund-raising challenges. Library Advisory Council member Ann Sheffer said she thinks that a renovation and expansion could "just really remind everyone that for the last 100 years, what a wonderful place this has been."

Personally I'm glad our new library fundraising efforts here are drawing to a close -- the library is set to open this summer and we're doing one last push for contributions (get yours in by May 1st to be assured your name is in the program, on the donor wall, etc.)

In other family clippings, here's Brian on ClickZNews: Mobile Was the Message at South-by-Southwest Fest.

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March 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Shachar!

Happy birthday today to Shachar!!!


Dinner out for his birthday:

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March 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Shimon

Happy birthday today to Shachar's dad!

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March 19, 2007

One Year Anniversary

Today is our one year anniversary! Hard to believe its been a whole year since our wedding -- and what a wonderful busy year it's been!

Of course I'm going to spend my whole anniversary on a plane getting home, so we'll have to celebrate it later. I'm in the Munich airport now after a quick flight from Basel and will be back in the SF airport around 8pm tonight if all continues as planned. It was a really great trip but I will be very very glad to get back home!

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March 18, 2007

Basel, Day 2

Another great day here in Basel. We got up and played in the house for a while and then went to a great cafe for brunch. We walked around town and took another ferry ride and then came home on the tram. After playing cars and paper dolls at home for a while, Paul, Seth and I went out to the paper museum, which was really cool - - we got to make paper, see them make type letters and do some of our own printing. After that I took a much needed nap and then Seth and I played pirates, we all had dinner, and then watched some more tv before the kids went to bed.

Many more photos to come!

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March 17, 2007

In Basel

Basel is really wonderful and I'll have lots and lots of photos to post from today. Seth is a giant bundle of creative energy and Fiona is just adorable. After a morning of playing at home and a brief walk to the store and bakery, Paul and I wandered all over the city while Aimee took the kids to a birthday party. We wandered through the streets looking at the lovely little stores and even took a tiny ferry across the river to the other side. I can completely see why they love it here -- the city is the perfect scale and is absolutely filled with magical things.

Until I get my photos uploaded, here's a live webcam view of one of the squares we walked through.

And tonight, Aimee is making us raclette for dinner. I am SO lucky!

Update: a few photos from the day:

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March 16, 2007

... and off again!

The work part of the trip is done, and now I'm heading back to the airport to catch my plane to Basel for a weekend of fun with Paul, Aimee, Seth and Fiona! Yay!

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March 15, 2007

... and now in Munich

And now I'm in Munich in a lovely (but slightly strange) hotel. The room is great but the layout is a little weird (since the first thing you see is the bathtub, and you can't close the curtains and still use the desk so I'm feeling like I'm sitting here working under a spotlight (and its only a second floor internal courtyard room). But the internet access is free and it really is a very nice room. Tomorrow I'll go find our offices and do my 5 training sessions before working my way back to the airport.

I thought my French was bad, but by the time I got to the airport today I was realizing how much French I actually do know. I was still failing pretty miserably in actual conversations with people, but I had a decent internal dialog going where I could name most things and understand what was going on around me, as well as order food, thank people, etc. On the other hand, the moment I stepped off the plane in Germany I realized how completely and absolute my lack of German is.

I don't think I've ever actually been completely alone in a foreign country where I didn't speak a word of the language. When I was in Germany before, I was with Hanna, who at least had some high school German behind her (plus we were staying with Bellamy, who was fluent). Even when visiting Israel and Japan I had brushed up on the language quite a bit before embarking -- and so even if I'll never be able to talk to anyone, I could at least handle the basic pleasantries and count (though the concept of having different terms in Japanese for counting round things, flat things, people, etc. was what made me drop the classes I was taking). When Carrie and I were in Amsterdam, we at least were lost there together. So I'll have to brush up on a few stock phrases for the morning and should be just fine once I get to the office... and my co-puzzler Lisa's husband is in town on business today as well, so at least I have one person to call in the case of a real emergency, which is nicely reassuring.

Gute Nacht!

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March 14, 2007

Je suis en Paris

I've made it to Paris -- and promptly realized how much of my French I've lost since living here (not that I was so great at it even then, but Paul and I did occasionally have our "good French days" as we called them). I thought I'd try to watch some TV to re-tune my ears and am watching Nouvelle Star, their version of American Idol and burning through my one hour of paid internet access before bed. I'm hoping to wander around a bit in the morning and then head over to the office for my next training session. Then its right off to the airport to head off on the next leg of the trip (and the last set of trainings before a fun weekend).

On the way here it was so much fun to see so many familiar sites (like the FNAC that Paul and I bought our super snazzy financial calculators which calculated net present value, which for some reason just cracked me up during my cab ride from the train station).

Updated with some photos:

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... and off again

Just finished my two training sessions here in the UK office and after Petra finishes with another meeting I'll head off to the train station to continue my journeys (and probably catch up on sleep on the train if I can). More from the next stop...

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March 13, 2007

... and now back to England

Our presentation here in Dublin is over so we're waiting for a cab back to the airport to fly back to Heathrow. One more training session today in the office there and then two tomorrow before I head to Paris (I decided to go to Paris tomorrow night instead of catching the 6:30 am train Thursday morning so I'll at least have one morning to wander around there).

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March 12, 2007

Dinner in Dublin

Petra and I just arrived here in Dublin and have checked into our hotel for an hour of regrouping before we head out to dinner with all the people we'll be presenting to in the morning. Today's two training sessions went very well and the trip from London was quite painless. Tomorrow we fly back to London and, if the passport line doesn't hold me up too long, will have another training in that office tomorrow afternoon and a couple more on Wednesday. Turns out the office is a LONG way from Hanna's (who lives in the East End) so I'm not sure I'll be able to get back into the city to have dinner with them all again unfortunately.

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March 11, 2007

Brian in Fast Company

Brian appears to be blogging for Fast Company now!

FC Expert Blogs

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March 10, 2007

In London

I've safely arrived in London and am hanging out with Hanna, John and Albert. Betty and her friends and Bryan and Stacey are all coming over for dinner later.

Update: a few photos:

Dinner time for Albert and then a bath before bed

Betty came over with 2 of her sorority sisters from DC who are visiting during their spring break

Bryan and Stacey also joined us for dinner

Betty introduces Bryan and Stacey to the world of Facebook and everyone gathered around for a look

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March 09, 2007

Off I go

I thought I was leaving later tonight, but sometime in the process I changed my itinerary and it didn't sink in, so I'm actually leaving early this afternoon on my whirlwind business trip (with some fun stops to see friends as well). I'll try to blog from there (of course) and will be back on March 19.

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March 04, 2007

Restful Weekend

Its been ages since we had a really quiet weekend with nothing (like a giant puzzle day fundraiser) hanging over our heads (ok, there were a few things we should have been working on, but it was really nice to take the weekend off). We made hamentashen for Purim, we took a long walk in Monterey, we took naps, we went on a bike ride, watched some tv movies, and generally loafed around the house.

This week is going to be pretty insane (I'm at a conference Tuesday and another one Thursday and Friday and then leave for London Friday night, plus I have to go back up to SF on Wednesday to pick up my new passport -- long story, and I have the second week of my online class and all the preparations for my trip and various other things), so it was really nice to rest up before this all starts.

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LibraryThing Piece

Since two of you have already sent me this article this morning (thank you Mom and Brian), I thought I should blog it so the rest of you know that I have in fact seen in by now. :)

Novelties: A Cozy Book Club, in a Virtual Reading Room
Social networks that tap the interests and buying power of traditionally reserved groups like the bookish are a small but growing force on the Web.

And no, despite meaning to for ages, I haven't had time to add my collection to the site, but certainly know many people who have.

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March 03, 2007

Congrats to Darin!

Mom pointed out that Darin has been named a regional finalist for the White House Fellow Program! (my Dad was a White House Fellow the year we all lived in DC in 1979-80, so I understand how fantastic this is). Way to go Darin!

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