Tuesday, February 27, 2007


So, I thought I had a post all ready to go from my Chicago trip this past weekend. However, I am sad to report that the photos apparently never made it to blogger. That means you will have to use your imagination.

Jennie and I spend our weekend in Chicago, visiting her sister, brother-in-law and two kids. Saturday evening, we attended a benefit for their Montesorri school at the East Bank Club on the Chicago River. It was a nice time. Jennie had created a looping DVD of photos that played during the event. We also offered up a photo montage set to music as an auction item. I think it brought something like $480, all of which will go towards the school.

We stopped downtown for lunch on the way out on Sunday. Jennie's mom has the "Road Food" book by the Sterns. So, we ate at the Billy Goat Tavern, home to the famous Saturday Night Live "Cheesebouger" skit.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Blossom School Charity Event

the lghtig isn't great but jennie and i are in chicago for this great event.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Driving Artwork

I took this photo of the pretty flashing lights on my way back from Detroit a few nights ago. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Big Prizes for the J!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Motor City Monday (and Tuesday)

Jennie and I have just arrived in Detroit for the 2007 Conference on Career and Technical Education. We will be here tonight (Sunday) through Tuesday afternoon. This is Jennie's first year attending...my second. These type of events really help teachers keep fresh in the classroom, providing new insights on how to do things we currently do better, and giving new ideas for instruction.

This great view is from our 50th floor hotel room at the Detroit Marriott in the GM Renaissance Center. The dark area on the left is the Detroit River. Follow it up the page to see the lighted outline of the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit to Windsor, Ontario (Canada.) Straight ahead just up Jefferson Avenue is Cobo Center and Cobo Arena. In the bottom right-hand corner is the entrance to the Windsor Tunnel, which runs under the Detroit River.

I think we're both looking forward to our couple of days here in Detroit. Mom and Dad have Daisy through Wednesday. Thanks Mom and Dad! Consider this practice for your new puppy! Although by now, you're experts. Please don't feed Daisy too many Chicken McNuggets.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Somehow, the other picture of Sean is missing from my blog. Not wanting him to feel shown up by a certain other MCR-OP (Dayna), I'm putting on this new and improved pic!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Post No. 207

I was planning on throwng a big party for my 200th post on Blogger, but I missed it. It turns out I'm on 207 now! I need to go back and review some of my posts becuase I'm finding it hard to believe that I have THAT much to blog about.

Come to think of it, many of my blog posts have come from my cell phone. Ah, that makes more sense.

In other news, both Jennie and I had to return to school today after our 4 day weekend, due to the freezing temperatures. One of my schools--North Branch--was still off due to a building problem.

My students are currently working on their CIW Site Design Specialist certifications. It's a new program I'm piloting this year. I think I'm one of the first in the state to be teaching it. Jennie and I are one of the first few certified instructors in the country! I think it is going to be good, but I've got a few bumps in the road to get over in order to make it a positive experience for my students. More info is available at www.ciwcertified.com.

I have a meeting in Lansing tomorrow to get my program state approved. So, I must now invest some time into moving my Sirius Satellite Radio from the Pacifica to my Saab! It's cold, but I need it for tomorrow's trip!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

No School: Day 2

I would have posted yesterday (aka: No School - Day 1), but I was too busy sleeping until 11am!
Sometimes life is good. Of course, the reason we didn't have school was due to the bone-chilling temperatures around here. I think the low over the past few days has been around -5. With a 10 mph wind, we're talking -25 below zero! Too cold for students to be standing outside.

So, no snow days this year, but 2 cold days so far...

Monday, February 05, 2007

Super Bowl Sunday at The Cottage Inn

Jennie and I spent the early part of Sunday shooting pictures at a fire damaged home in Howell for a video/web project. Afterwards, we met up with her parents in Ann Arbor for some Cottage Inn pizza. It had been a while since we last did the Sunday Cottage Inn dinner. As usual, the pizza, salad and bread were all great! Thanks Mom and Dad Sahakian for the pizza (and left-overs!)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Daisy's New Do

This horribly shot photo from my camera phone (the problem is all the white snow makes poor Daisy look dark) shows Daisy's new hair-do. Just like the old one, only shorter!