Friday, March 30, 2007

Our Arrival!!

As Katie and I checked in for our international flight, we learned that had been moved up to business class, but we wouldn't be sitting together. The lady said it would work out fine - suggesting we'd "make it work." Sure enough, two gentlemen were kind enough to let us switch so that we could sit together - did I mention business class?

In business class, my feet couldn't reach the seat in front of me. For our meal, I had a choice between cheese tortilini and filet migon (I chose the latter). Everyone was taking off their shoes - it's a German thing. The things we learn when we travel...

I won't go on and on, but the flight couldn't have been better. The lay overs were managable, and it actually seemed painless when we finally reached Amsterdam. The one our flight to Frankfurt was easy.

When we finally figured out which train to take out of the airport, we were on our way. As we left the dark terminal on a high speed train, we popped out into my first sights of Germany. The train sped it's way through a forest of trees - birch and pin oaks. What an amazing introduction to the country!! The trees were all seemingly perfectly straight. Browns and whites were streaking past us as we made our way to the city. Two stops later, we were at the main train station. Our hotel is literally across the street. We just got done walking the downtown. Hard to describe - wonderfully new and fresh. We ate an appetizer outside at a nice cafe, and now we're off for dinner.

Thanks for checking in with us. Pics might be hard to come by but we'll do what we can.

Until then, hope you're well.

Hans and Katie

Saturday, March 24, 2007

My Wife and March Madness

It's 7:29 am on a SATURDAY and my wife is checking online to see how how she's doing in the NCAA basketball pool. That's about all I have to say.

Friday, March 09, 2007

March Madness

Well, it's that time of year - March Madness. I'll write a little more when I have more time, but for now, a couple interesting articles I found today. Is your productivity lacking because of your bracket...?

The (Overblown) Cost of March Madness

March Madness by the Numbers

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I Got Quesadillas

I got quesadillas for dinner tonight. Does this deserve a blog entry? If you knew how good I eat b/c of my wife, you'd understand.

Katie and I had a pretty full day. Nothing stressful, but we had church, errands, homework, and then Katie went for a run (yeah, a COLD run). When she went for a run, I cleaned a little and ran to see a friend who was in town. When I got back, Katie was in the kitchen still in her running clothes. She said her run was "excellent" and in the same breath, she said she was making a treat for us tonight. Our plan was to stay in and watch a movie or West Wing. And Katie was making quesadillas!

All I want is for everyone to know how great of a wife I have. After a long, cold run on a Sunday afternoon of a busy weekend, my wife is making our night all the better with her excellent cooking. Tonight, I got quesadillas.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Cut and Paste Pics

I love photography. I love candid shots of people. I love pictures that make me appreciate beauty. So I found these off I hope I'm not infringing on any copyrighted material, so I've cited my sources (I hope).

Lunch Time!
Panda cubs drink milk at the Giant Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu, China Friday Feb. 9, 2007. A mini-baby boom last year has pushed up the number of pandas bred in captivity in China to 217, state media said Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. Some 34 pandas were born by artificial insemination in 2006 and 30 survived, both record numbers for the endangered species.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT

Toddy Tapper
A toddy tapper climbs a palm tree to collect toddy in the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Friday, Feb.23, 2007. Toddy, or palm wine, is a traditional intoxicating drink created from the sap of various species of palm tree. The drink is particularly common in parts of south India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

'The Queen' Arrives
British actress Helen Mirren, won an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her work in "The Queen." (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

'Happyness' Stars Arrive
Will Smith, nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "The Pursuit of Happyness," arrives with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and son Jaden for the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)