Friday, December 31, 2004

New Year's Eve Thoughts

I was out gardening today (yes, it's my day off. yes, it's sorta my job to garden. but what self-respecting gardener can turn down an opportunity to get out and dig in the dirt on New Year's Eve -- in Iowa!)

Anyway, I was out planting the last of the bulbs today and doing the last of the yard cleanup and it occurred to me that this was the first time in probably more than 2 years that I've had 5 days off in a row (Wednesday for Sebastian's surgery -- he's still hurting some but doing fine with his recovery; Thursday as a vacation day for our anniversary -- thanks everyone for the kind words (kind of a quiet one because of Seb's recovery but got to watch lots of football with him yesterday and today); Friday as the 2005 New Year's holiday; and Saturday and Sunday as regular days off) without being on a bus with a bunch of marching musicians. 2003 tour with the Colts. 2004 Rose Parade with our high school band. 2004 tour. 2004 Finals.

Damn but it feels weird..........

Already signed up for vacation for finals week. Now just have to pick out my other 2 weeks. I'm kinda thinking that the Southern leg would be nice. Oh the possibilities.



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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Happy Anniversary

to us.

Jody and I have been married 30 years today.

Anybody else got a special day to take note of? Leave a comment by clicking on the "0 comments" item at the bottom of this post.


Up front

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Fosse, Fosse, Fosse

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight......

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Monday, December 27, 2004


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Sunday, December 26, 2004


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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Make a joyful noise

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Friday, December 24, 2004

On guard

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Ok, so it's a bad pun. I'm on vacation. (In frozen Iowa).

Merry Christmas, every one!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Staff conference

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Thanks to the whole staff for everything they do!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Lots of new faces...

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...and lots of food.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


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Well, most of the pictures from a fantastic December camp are over at But there are always leftovers after I decide what I'm going to put out for Katherine to use for the official Colts website.

Since this is the Virtual Cooktruck, there are no leftovers, though. Only must-gos. So here we go with the obligatory PBJ picture. There'll be one a day again until we run out....

Bon Appetit

Monday, December 20, 2004

Seconds after I posted the menu...

I got this from Olaf. Somebody in Holland loves the Colts.

Olaf's note:
That sounds like cookin' to me
Made that grill working again!
I can't remember, but it makes me thinking where have I seen that before.
Food program stays top of the bill

Hope many vets came back to taste our food!

Hi from Olaf

Blow the dust off...

...the 2005 Colts virtual cooktruck is open for business.

Menu for Colts December 2004 Camp

Friday snack
Chicken nuggets with dips
Salty snacks and sweet snacks
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday breakfast
Pancakes (ummmmm, they were good)
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday lunch
Sloppy joes on a bun
French fries
Strawberry Jell-O with pineapple, peaches, and marshmallows
Brownies with gooey topping
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday dinner
Turkey and dressing
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Christmas cake
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday snack
Pizza sticks with sauce (A Colts December camp tradition)
Peanut butter and jelly

Sunday breakfast
Eggs McMona (Eggs, sausage, cheese in an English muffin)
Peanut butter and jelly

Sunday lunch
Chicken breast sandwich (or leftover sloppy joes, which is what I had)
Macaroni and cheese
Carrots and peas (the menu said green beans, but I remember carrots and peas)
Pretty pudding parfaits
Peanut butter and jelly