Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Bike!

My new bike!

Today was another fairly quiet day at work, but tomorrow is supposed to be relatively busy (to make up for this week thus far, I supposed). After work I went and got my nails done, then decided to go ahead and buy myself a new bike. (The last bike I bought was stolen in Hawaii. I finally got it back, but whoever had stolen it, painted it and trashed it... they took off all the stuff I had put on it! I was really upset). I'm going to store my bike down in my basement in my store room... no one else has a key! I did try it out a little bit after I got it out of my car, I'm a little wobbly. I did buy a helmet, a bell and extra little lights (I don't plan to ride it at night). I'll get it out this weekend and try to go up the nearby logging road. It'll give me another choice for exercising.

Speaking of exercising, I did take my doggies out for their walk. We did 2.2 miles. I have over 11,000 steps today. YAY!

Okay... it's bedtime... 9:47pm and I still need to respond to one more email, so I'll sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Day is Done...

I took this photo at sunset just after 8pm tonight. I was getting ready to take the dogs for a short walk. I don't like that the sun is setting just after 8pm and isn't coming up until about 7am!

Okay... Just popping on for a second. No real news to report tonight. Work went okay, then I treated myself to Taco Bell for dinner tonight (yum, yum!). Tonight I visited with my neighbors for a little bit (the kids wish they could have a dog... so my dogs are kind of their surrogate dogs!).

I also did some chores tonight, laundry, changing out my bedding, vacuumed upstairs, did some dishes.

Now it is after 10pm and my bedtime... so I'd better sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Monday, August 29, 2011

Posable doggies

The dogs at the base of a large tree

Sitting up in the tree

Resting on a rock

Bruno, my Idol *smiles* (immortalized?)

Peanut, my other Idol *smiles* (immortalized?)

My doggies, side-by-side...

So, work was fine today, I had a cancellation and a no-show, so it was a quieter day than normal. However, the one appointment I had today lasted for a couple hours (it was the first appt).

Tonight I'm just "chillin", not much going on. I'm hoping to take the dogs out for a short walk after I finish my dinner. I'm watching the news right now.

Okay, I'm going to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Schloss Solitude

Various pictures of Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart.

Solitude Castle in the forests to the west of Stuttgart is the work of the constructional minded Duke Carl Eugen. He appreciated the location "At the Five Oaks" "far from the turmoil and disappointments of the world" when he wanted to rest while hunting. The Rococo Castle Solitude, which cannot hide its relationship with Sanssouci in Potsdam, was built in the years 1764 to 1775 by the building masters Friedrich Weyhing, Philippe de la Guêpière and Reinhold Ferdinand Heinrich Fischer. The castle itself served for the purpose of representation, for the accommodation of living, social, dining and servants' rooms, on its back side a series of so-called cavalier's buildings were constructed. The facility is connected with the residence castle in Ludwigsburg through a twelve kilometer long, straight street, the course of which can easily be recognized. The High Carls School, a favorite project of Carl Eugen, began its work at Solitude. Schiller's father, the Capitain Johann Kaspar Schiller, was "intendant" at Solitude in those years. From 1972 to 1983, the castle was completely renovated. Today it is the home of the Academy Castle Solitude, founded in 1990, a Swabian "Villa Massimo" for art scholarship holders from around the world who have been given living, working and exhibition space in the cavalier's buildings.

That blurp is from a Stuttgart tourist website.

So... "chilled" this morning and then decided I needed to get out with the dogs. This place is within about 15 minutes of where I'd have to "report" if I had to go "in" on a call. So... it was within my range for activities. Since I had the dogs with me, I didn't go into the castle. The dogs and I had a picnic. I had a sandwich and had picked up some oven-roasted sliced turkey for the dogs for "their" picnic. They sure enjoyed it. After touring the grounds of the castle, then we walked through some of the woods. It was funny, I started my "Runkeeper" program and somehow it went through a timewarp and said I walked 55 miles in about 40 minutes. WOW! Actually, I walked a little more than a mile through the woods. At least I got my 10,000 steps in for today!

The doggies and I got home about 6:30 or so, and I've been catching up on the Hurricane Irene damages, glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Now it's 8pm already and I'm tired... not really ready to head into another week.

Okay... signing off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quiet day

Old houses in Jettingen, France

Not sure what kind of instrument this is, this guy was playing it in Basel (Switzerland) and it made wonderful music. *smiles* I even gave him some euro coins!

SO... it was a relaxing day. I spent part of the day updating my Iphone and my Ipad (I don't do that very often) and re-sync'd my Ipad with Itunes.

This afternoon I ran some errands, I had to go dump my garbage, to include my old monitor. Yesterday it literally went "snap, crackle, pop" and burnt out. I don't use my desktop much, but my system wi-fi system is run through it, so I can't really go without a monitor. SO... I had to go buy a new monitor today (I got a 22" for $189). It's all hooked up now and ready to go.

I also stopped by the SI-Centrum center.. that's a weird place. I thought it was a mall, and it does have *some* stores in it, but darn, maybe because I didn't buy anything, it cost me over 7 euro for 30 minutes of parking. THAT's Expensive! Then I went to check out a Chinese restaurant that some of my co-workers had said was pretty good. It was so-so. I guess I'll never find anything to compare to "The Little Village" in Chinatown in Honolulu. There were even better chinese restaurants up in North Pole, Alaska (the Pagoda).

Tonight I downloaded and watched "Soul Surfer" about Bethany Hamilton. I was in Hawaii when she lost her arm and remember that time very well. It's a good movie. I watched it on my Ipad.

So... not much else to write about. I did go out to the "Ritter Sport" company today and picked up some chocolate (not that I need it much, but I got some to take into work).

Okay... signing off for another day. My "on-call" has gone okay, I've just had one call (Thursday night) and it wasn't anything I had to go into deal with. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a quiet weekend.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Friday, August 26, 2011

Huh? Where's lunch?

Flowers along my volksmarch this past weekend in France

Windmill from along the path in Jettingen, France

An old wine press in Jettingen, France

So, today was a very nice day. I worked on documentation for a couple hours this morning and then got to go for a company picnic. The picnic started at 10am and I got there about noon and there was no food left. HUH??? So, I walked to a nearby store to get some food, came back and they were grilling more burgers and hotdogs (they had to go buy more food). It was hot out there today, in the 90's or so. I stayed for a couple hours then walked back over to my clinic for an hour or so and we got to leave work at 3pm today. THAT was nice. Not that I did anything when I got home, because it was over 100 (about 102*) degrees out. So, I've just been watching some TV and messing on the computer.

I would like to make a "European" calendar this year, so I've started going through my files of pictures that I have taken since I got here, to find some pictures to use. Not sure if I am going to make a horizonal calendar or a vertical calendar. I have some "vertical" pictures I would like to use (like the picture that was on my Christmas card last year). Anyway, I'd like to order the calendars before I go on my cruise, so they will be back by the time I get back and I can send some out for Christmas.

Okay... I'm going to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Half Timbered houses (near Jettingen, France)

Sorry... taken into the sun, but I think it says the date under the window on the right.

These photos were taken last week, some on the way to Jettingen, some IN Jettingen.

Work went okay today, another one of those days that seemed to go by too fast. I went out to lunch with a bunch of co-workers to one of my favorite (but very slow service) restaurants. I should have known better and driven myself, and as it turned out three of us (2 of us with 1pm appointments) were a half hour late! YIKES! Fortunately, one of those was my boss, so at least I didn't get into too much trouble, but I *hate* to do that to my clients. And... fortunately that appointment was with a "regular" client that I see weekly, who would understand that it was an unusual event.

Tonight has been lovely outside, no heavy rains or thunderstorms. I took the dogs for about a 2 1/2 mile walk after I watched "America's Got Talent." I don't like that it is getting dark by about 9pm now. I want it to stay light until about 10pm at least. Anyway...we had a wonderful walk. Again, I still don't have my 10,000 steps in, I'm only up to 8200. Not sure if I will pace away the rest tonight or now, I'll see how I feel when I get down to bed and how soon I get there.

Tomorrow we are having a "team-building" day at work. The best thing about that for me, is that I get to wear jeans, and we'll get off about an hour early! YAY!

Okay... signing off for another night.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Munster Church in Basel

Crypts line the walls inside the church...

They were getting ready to have service, but were still letting tourists in.

I think all the biggest churches in Europe are always in some stage of repair.

Work was fine today, not too busy. I had quite a lot of documentation to write. I still have one more lengthy note to finish. I made the mistake of going to Burger King for lunch, it settled really heavy on my stomach, so much so, that I barely ate anything for dinner tonight. I'm doing better now though, because I just got done taking the dogs for about a 2 1/2 mile walk (I didn't use my runkeeper program toniight). About halfway through it started raining steadily, but stopped before we got home.

When I got home we had a DOWNPOUR. Man, the wind blew so hard that I thought WE were having a hurricane HERE! Thankfully I was inside and there was no damage here. While the dogs & I were out walking we saw a huge tree limb (about 10" diameter) that had blown across a road (not one that many people walk or drive down, thankfully).

Okay... it's bedtime... I suppose I should sign off. I hope you liked the pictures of the Munster church in Basel. I'm on call this week, so I won't be doing much traveling or sightseeing. I *might* go on into Stuttgart (they have a wine fest, but I can't drink anyway, even if I wanted to, because I'm on call). Maybe I'll stay home and clean house and do stuff around here. I can go see my friends David & Carol on Sunday (I'm sure they will be home).

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

P.S. 58 days til my cruise from Rome to NJ!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Basel and what's up with Earthquakes?

I took this ferry across the river in Basel, it is pulled along the wire and only uses water for power. It was neat. I took it back and forth across the river (they have them at more than one location along the river). You can see a lot of people "floating" down the river.

Looking across to the sunbathers and you can see a boat going by and people in the water floating...

Here's a close up of an older woman floating down the river with a drybag.

Here's an aerial shot of the boat and the line it is using to go across the Rhine river in Basel...

Me... overlooking the Rhine, in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday.

Had a so-so busy day at work today. The morning was taken up with a long appointment with a new client, this afternoon I had a teleconference and a late appointment. It was just over 100* today here at the house (I did take a photo and posted it on my Facebook account).

I've spent quite a bit of time tonight glued to the TV, they had a large 5.8 earthquake in the DC area. Wow! I have friends out in that area that felt it. And that earthquake happened after the one at midnight in Colorado that was a 5.4. (That's not a common place for earthquakes).

I did take the dogs for a short (okay... about 2 miles) walk just after the sun set, so it was a little cooler. I've got just over 7300 steps today... not doing so good walking with all the heat.

Okay... signing off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's so HOT outside...

See that time? See that temperature? It's HOT outside! That was the temperature when I got home. SO... I haven't taken the dogs on their walk yet, I'm waiting for it to cool off more. It's still over 9 at 7:30pm. UGH!

Work went fine. I had a new client this morning, wow, she's had a rough life. I hope things work out for her... I'll be supportive of her while I can.

Okay... not much else to write about today so I'll sign off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Sunday, August 21, 2011


There are inside pools, but we stayed outside...

They have trampolines for the kids to jump on in the swim park...

The pool was pretty busy, but it was also c-c-c-old...

Another shot of the pool...

As the sun set the pool became a lot less crowded!

Wow... what a LAZY day! I slept until about 9, and then after the doggies had their potty break, I laid down on the couch and dozed off and on until about 1pm! Then I had a bite to eat and played on the computer for awhile. About 3 I went with my neighbors across the street to the local "pool" complex. We just went to the outside pool (which was 4 euro per adult). Now that I've been there, I think I'll go some day when I have a holiday and go to the inside pools and sauna.

After I got home (a little after 8pm), I took the dogs for a short walk, about a mile and a half. Because of being lazy today I will probably only get about 7,000 steps. That's okay though, yesterday was pretty rough doing all that walking in the heat... I deserved the break I took today! *smiles*


now it's almost 10pm, time for me to get ready for bed. Sure wish I had tomorrow and the rest of the week's supposed to be hot/nice all week! I could use spending every day out at the pool or running back down to Basel to float the Rhine river! That'd be fun! BUT, I go on call on Tuesday... so no going anywhere this week.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jettingen, France Volksmarch

This is my co-worker David and his wife. I walked with them today, we did the 10k. It was blistering hot out there today. It was about 90* (Way to hot to do a 10k in the middle of the day... but we did have plenty of water with us and there were a couple fountains along the way to splash water onto our faces. (David put his whole head under the fawcet!).

The cornfields were REALLY tall and I was wishing I had some corn (no, I didn't pick any!)

The church in Jettingen

The finish area! Enjoyed some pork steak and fries!

Don't Worry, be Happy! *smiles*

Wow, what a LONG day! Whew! I'm tired! But, I do have over 25,000 steps today! I had to meet the bus at 7am and we didn't get back until 9:30pm or so. We were supposed to be back about 8pm. I guess there was a major accident/traffic jam on the route we were supposed to take on the way home, so we ended up taking a detour.

We got down to Jettingen about 11:15 or so, and were there til 3:15. It was really neat to go and I took 250 pictures today (along the Volksmarch and in Basel, Switzerland where we stopped on our way back).

All-in-all it was a good day (although there were some rowdy drunks in the back of the bus). As I mentioned, my co-worker and his wife were on board. Then there was a couple who work with my neighbors (I've volksmarched with Steve & Monna before), and then there were co-workers of my friend David (married to Carol) that I had met last year when I went with David & Carol to the Esslingen Christmas market.

Okay... signing off. I'll post more pictures over this week. And hopefully say more about Basel later this week.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris