Sunday, December 23, 2007

Greetings from over 10,000 feet!

Happy new year everyone! If you received a Christmas card from us this year, here's a glimpse of where we decided to write them--from 10,000 feet! (And if you didn't receive one, we sincerely apologize--it's likely we don't have your mailing address...).

On December 17th, we ascended the longest tramway in the world to Sandia Peak. It was a gorgeous day, cold and crisp, with lots of snow at the top of the peak--perfect weather for a hot totty in the High Finance bar at the top of the peak while inscribing holiday greetings to friends and family. Great idea Jon!

The photo to the left is looking down on our shadow in the canyon--our tram is the large dot just below and right of center.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Window Cover Ceremony!

Ahhhhhh, we're finally able to rip off the butcher paper from our windows and replace it with curtains and shades. Freedom at last!

We installed blackout panels behind our curtains in the bedroom to save energy, and our shades are slightly opaque to also save energy too. The butcher paper was a fine stopgap to provide privacy until we could choose the right shades, but it's sooooo nice to be legit now! It's starting to look and feel like a home....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Disturbing Holiday Greeting

A friend of ours sent us this cute, free ElfYourself online greeting card application (by OfficeMax) where you can morph a photo of your head onto a group of singing elves. You can then call a toll-free number to record your own greeting for the elves to sing. We couldn't resist the temptation to try it with photos of our cats, Maximus and Alma, along with photos of some friends' cats.

What you are about to see may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. (Note: no animals were harmed during production of this video)...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Burn, Baby, Burn!

While it was no Disco Inferno, burning an acre or so of weeds was more fun than one might imagine. We did put our friends Mark & Tara to work, but they insisted it was voluntary, so we let them continue with this delusion, which made the burn much more fun and speedy.
It was one of the many highlights of their visit last week. In addition to hiking nearly every day (first at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Natl Monument, then in the Sandia Foothills on Elena Gallegos and Pino Trails), we ate wonderfully good food (homemade Frito pie!), and played lots of cards and board games. A good, old-fashioned round of Life anyone?

Mark and Tara brought their dog Kai and 17-year-old cat Chester with them, which was also a treat. It was so nice to have a dog in the house (particularly well-mannered, adorable Kai), and Chester kept us laughing with his territorial behavior, making it known that he was the oldest animal in the house--and all other beings, residents or otherwise, must submit. Poor Max and Alma cowered in the closet for most of Chester's reign-of-terror.

Kai, sensing an innate duty hearkening back to his unknown ancestors, was eager to herd our neighbor's sheep, but didn't quite know what to do with them once he had them. It was amusing to watch--for us, not the sheep--and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our woolly friends for helping us mow down the weeds in preparation for the Big Burn. Th-a-a-a-a-a-nks guys!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Blog Slackers

We apologize for the temporary delay in our blog service. It's been a busy few weeks at the Ashe household (and on the road...). Just after Thanksgiving, Val attended Autodesk University, her company's annual user conference (10,000 people!), in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Jon entertained guests back at the homestead, our good friends Mark & Tara, while waiting for the weather to subside for his long-awaited weed burn day. Exciting photos to come!