2009 News

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6th Street Improv with friends

Bryan performing with 6th Street Improv

My high school graduating class has mini-reunions every four months, but it had been over a year since our reunion committee (Heather, Sarah, Pam, Bryan and myself) had gotten together. We'd met once or twice a month planning our 20th reunion and we missed hanging out. So, when Bryan's opening performance at 6th Street Improv came around, the group thought it would be a great night on the town.

Our group met up first for dinner at Chevy's, then headed to the 6th Street Playhouse for the performance. Bryan and the rest of the cast brought the house down again and again. Bravo!

Erik, Heather, Sarah and Mike at 6th Street Improv's opening performance Pam and I at 6th Street Improv's opening performance

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Vacation to Hawaii

Bamboo and waterfall

In mid-January, Bob and I jetted off to the Big Island of Hawaii for a well-needed vacation. We relaxed, we drank foo-foo drinks with umbrellas, we shopped, we went horseback riding and flew over an active volcano...and that's just for starters! Check out the photo album, here.

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2009 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament

2009 Ice Bowl participants

On February 7th, I participated in the annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament held at my home course, Low Gap Park. We had a strong turn-out...81 players!

My 'championship' plaque

Unlike the tournament in 2006 (where I played the two worst rounds of my life), I didn't let nerves get to me. First off, I was grouped (coincidentally?) with Trey, Tim and Bob - most of our regular weekend crew. So, other than having to wait on the tees for the group ahead of us to finish, it was just another round with the guys. I managed to keep my score within one point of my average.

Each player was placed into a division based on age and average score. I, being the only woman participant, was in a division all my own. Needless to say, I took the Advanced Women's division championship for the tournament. (Please excuse the typo on my plaque, it was a low-budget tourney!)

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Another SIM racing season begins

WSRL banner

This season's start marks my 8th racing season with the Western States Racing League (WSRL). SIM racing allows us wanna-be racers an outlet to get our adreneline rushes without the risk of injury and incurring the costs associated with real racecars. I race online twice a week with a great group of guys, many of whom I consider extended family. Keep track (no pun intended!) of how I'm doing on the racing page.

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A Mustang run to Powell's Sweet Shoppe

A Mustang run to Powell's Sweet Shoppe

Valentine's Day - what better day to visit a sweet shoppe with your sweetheart? And if you can make the run in a Mustang, there's not much of anything better! If you haven't had an opportunity to visit Powell's Sweet Shoppe on the Windsor Town Green, make one! It is, if nothing else, a fun trip down memory lane. All those candies you remember from your childhood reside here, just waiting to be re-discovered.

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Trinecom logo

I had been thankful that Bob and I had not been directly affected by the recession and then WHAM! I was laid off at the beginning of March. I can appreciate that it was purely a business decision and necessary for Trinecom's survival. But, for one that hasn't been unemployed since high school, it throw me into very unfamiliar territory. In addition, I was just a month shy of my 10-year anniversary...it had been nearly a decade since I last looked for employment. Gone was the methodology I had used previously - newspaper want ads, walking into the business and completing an application. Now everything is online - from the job posting, to the application, to the correspondence, to posting your own resume.

My job history was this - since 1986, I've applied for 6 jobs, had 6 interviews and was employed 6 times - never a rejection, never an application completed that I did not get the job for. I quickly learned that finding a job was not as easy as it sounded. I spent the most part of March scanning job boards, writing a resume, completing applications and attending job interviews.

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Mary's Pizza Shack Dine-n-Donate

Mary's Pizza Shack Dine-n-Donate flyer

On December 30, 2008, 16-year-old Branden Van Der Boon (Tony & Gissel's - high-school classmates of mine - son), a Junior at Windsor High School, suffered a serious brain injury while skateboarding. The traumatic brain injury left him in a coma for a total of twelve days. Along with suffering multiple injuries from his fall, he has had to endure several surgeries to relieve the swelling from his brain. He spent a total of 5 weeks in the hospital, and while he is now home, he faces a long period of rehabilitation and continues to work through problems with memory loss, balance and cognitive function related to the serious impact of the crash.

Working with Mary's Pizza Shack, who donate 20% of each ticket during the fundraiser, and the Windsor community, we were able to raise over $1000 for Branden's trust fund!

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HHS Mini Reunion

Starting off the wine tasting at the Wine Annex

March 14th marked 2009's first mini-reunion for Healdsburg High School's grads. Our day's schedule included walking amongst the Healdsburg city streets around the Healdsburg Plaza, visiting some of the winery tasting rooms that adorn the area, followed by dinner at the Healdsburg Bar and Grill.

Tony and Heather at Topel Tasha, Trish and Roy at Topel

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Disc golf diversion

Scenery on Anderson Valley Brewing Company's disc golf course

Bob and I took a short drive over Highway 253 on the 28th to visit Anderson Valley Brewing Company's disc golf course and take in a round. The morning glories and the wild daisies were in full bloom and the it was a nice diversion from job hunting. Though I must warn, if you plan on playing this course, bring your big arm! There are some long fairways!

Wild daisies Tough disc golf basket at Anderson Valley Brewing Company's course

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