I love technology.

Technology – what’s not to love? Sure, we’ve become too reliant as it as a society and children of the future will have no idea how to interact with people in person. But whatever. Technology is awesome, because it let me talk with my family half-way across the country tonight.

Yep, I got to chat with mi familia tonight. Aren’t they cute?

Mi familia!

Mi familia!

Since I moved out here in June, I’ve seen my parents and little brother, Alan, twice – at Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Christmas, I got smart and bought my parent’s a camera for their computer, so I could see them more than my two or three visits home each year. I Skype with Alan somewhat frequently while he is at school, but it is nice to be able to talk with all three at once.

So, thanks to technology, I have been able to fend off homesickness just a little longer. Hopefully a few more evenings like this will tide me over until June, when I get to visit my beautiful California again!


Happy First Day of…Spring?

March 20. The first day of spring. In a previous life, today would have signaled the official start of warm weather. Grilling. Trips to the beach. Sunning on the deck while reading a book. 

Who am I kidding? I lived in San Luis Obispo. I could do all those activities year round. But I digress.

One word that describes March 20 in my current life? Frigid. With the windchill, it was -14 degrees when I left for work this morning. By all accounts, this has been the worst March in recent memory. In fact, today was the coldest first day of Spring Minnesota has had in 48 years. 48 years! The word around the office is that Mother Nature is breaking me in, and this cold weather is all my fault for moving here.

Another reason the cold could be my fault? Two weeks ago I made the unfounded decision to take my heated blanket off my bed. Sorry ’bout it.

Apparently on March 20, 2012, it was 80 degrees. Nice right?

So, it was sub-zero in Spring. But, it can’t possibly be this bad next year. I’m getting my dramatic winter weather over with. Right?