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visit Christkindlmarket in Chicago

Towards the end of November we have many reasons to celebrate. There is Tom's and my Wedding Anniversary, then there is Thanksgiving, medium_XmasChicago.jpegand then my birthday - which was my 50th this year.

On our wedding anniversary we drank that bottle of 10-year-old Rioja, which we had brought from Germany.

For Thanksgiving Becky hosted the traditional family turkey feast for roughly 20 people. And for my 50th birthday Tom and I drove to Chicago.

We had lunch at Glünz Bavarian Haus. Delicious Käsespätzle with a small salad, and Hofbräu beer and cranberry-Schorle for drinks. After that we went for a stroll across Daley Plaza and the Christkindlmarket. It was too warm for Glühwein, actually, but we still had to have some - because that's the tradition.   

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go for a walk in the woods

Today was one of the few Sundays which was not filled with all kinds of *work* to do. And the weather was perfect for a walk in the woods. Cool, but not too cold. Damp, but not raining or snowing. We even had a little bit of November sun peaking thru.

So we took Armani out to the Bicentennial Woods Nature Preserve. 200 year old oaks, maples, and sassafras trees - all left to themselves. The only interruption being the river and a 2.3 mile long trail for people. We should have worn orange caps, because hunting season is in full swing. But Tom didn't think about it, and I didn't know about it.


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Freeze! - so that I can take your picture.

medium_salamander.jpgIt's getting pretty chilly out, today the high was only 40°F. Too cold for the salamander on our front porch to be able to run away.

So I could take my time, get the camera out, and take a close-up picture of a really pretty black salamander.

When Mollie came home she wanted to take the salamander in, to see if it would move once it thawed out. Of course it did - and now it sits in the bathtub. Armani wants to eat it.


still have my (temporary) job


 After our vacation trip to Munich Lincoln moved me from the factory location back upstairs. The customer service department needs help with sanning and filing their huge backlog of unfiled purchase orders. So I built myself another tool to speed up the process of renaming and moving those documents once they are scanned.

And in between I am entering tax exempt certificates into the new database.... there's over 2,000 of those - and only three people to do it. With these two tasks on hand my job is guaranteed thru the end of this year, even though it's still a *temporary* job, and I am still not a Lincoln employee.