Greetings friends and relatives! It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed so quickly.Â But here we are, facing the end of 2006 already!
I spent a majority of the year working in Salt Lake City again this year.Â It was every other week for the first 3 months, but then turned into 4-5 days a week for the rest of the year, with an occasional break in the schedule.Â Early in the season, I split my weeks over weekends and had Jeff join me in Utah to take advantage of the many nearby ski and snowboard resorts. Â Late in my second season on the snowboard, Iâ€™m finally getting the hang of it and can almost keep up with Jeff! Â Weâ€™re looking forward to doing the same this coming season, so if youâ€™re interested in joining us in Utah this season, let us know. Â They say itâ€™s the â€œgreatest snow on earthâ€?.Â I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s true, but itâ€™s pretty close!Â I do know that Jeffâ€™s very anxious to use his new snowboard.
In my spare time, I continued my French language classes at the local chapter of the Alliance FranÃ§aise on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall. Â In addition to one trip to Geneva (Switzerland) and two to Montreal (Quebec) for work-related meetings, we were planning a fall vacation to visit France.
In the first half of October, we took an 11-day trip to France. Â We had been talking of it for years, and we finally made it happen. Â We flew from Minneapolis to Nice, where we spent 4 days on the cÃ´te dâ€™azur. Â Our friends Stephen and Cayetano, who live in Nice, were wonderful hosts, showing us sights from Monaco to Cannes and locations in between.
We then took the high-speed train (TGV) from Nice to Paris. Â I would recommend it to anyone. Â The scenery was beautiful, the coach was roomy and comfortable, and the whole trip was only 5 hours. Â No airport hassles either!Â Once in Paris, we spent the next 6 days on foot and using the Metro system.Â We covered a lot of area and saw a great many sights, including the scene depicted in the original oil painting we bought 2 years ago.
We had a wonderful time and I could go on about it for hours! Â There are photos online here and some more details if you read down this blog an article or two.
Meanwhile, Jeff has kept himself busy as usual. Â He again this year participated in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon as a runner in the 10-mile run, which he really enjoyed. Â He also has become a member of the marathonâ€™s staff working in the marketing and communications department and putting his technical writing skills to work.
This year also saw some more home improvement work.Â Although the finishing touches arenâ€™t complete on the hardwood flooring installation in the living and dining rooms, this spring we undertook the master bedroom, its closet and the hallway upstairs. Â It made a huge impact on the look of the room, calling for new furnishings. Â The trim work still calls my name when Iâ€™m home, but we still have the upstairs guest room to go.Â This winter or spring we also hope to work on the upstairs bathroom. Â Weâ€™ve selected tile already, and look forward to changing from shades of grey to more earthy tones.
Professionally, weâ€™ve both found ourselves very busy.Â I have been involved in a very large project that has been focused in Salt Lake City. Â That project is scheduled to be completed by mid-year, at which time Iâ€™m really hoping the commuting will significantly ease up. Â My company has asked me about interest in relocation to Utah, but I told them we arenâ€™t interested. Â We will see how things play out in 2007.Â Jeff got a promotion to a lead business analyst role this year, and I have noticed heâ€™s a lot busier! Â Heâ€™s enjoying the challenge though!
Weâ€™d like to thank our family and friends for being part of our lives and we look wish you all the best for the coming year. Â We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you if at all possible.
Kevin & Jeff