Monday, May 15, 2006

Changes all over

I haven't updated you all on baseball for a week now, so I thought I would get the changes up.

Colorado Rockies (21-17, 2nd in NL West, 1.0 game behind the Friars)
After coming off a tough 1-2 series with the Cardinals, the Rockies lost another 2 out of 3 against the Astros. Andy Pettitte held the Rox to 3 hits with no runs to win the series. However, the Rox are 4-2 this season against the defending NL Central champs.

Minnesota Twins (17-20, 3rd in AL Central, 7.5 games behind the Sox)
The Twins had won the first 2 games out of a 4 game series going into Sunday. After giving up 3 runs to the White Sox in the top of the first, the Twins pounded out 7 runs against the "Twins Killer" himself, Mark Buehrle in the bottom of the inning. That was not enough, apparently, as they lost by a final score of 9-7. Hopefully the Twins can rebound and take 3 out of 4 against the division leaders.

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Office Season Finale

Well, the season finale for Season 2 of "The Office" was last night. As always, I was thoroughly entertained. I can't wait for Season 2 to come out on DVD. It is one of those shows that gets funnier every time you watch it. Hilarious. Plus Jim finally found his guts.

This weekend, I'm planning on hitting up some graduation parties (already went to one Thursday night for Sarah's cousin). I also am hitting up the 'rent's house for Mom's Day brunch. Other than that, I hope that Sarah and I can get some wedding stuff figured out. We need to get a date, a church, and a reception hall before they are all gone. I'm guessing that it will be a busy weekend. Not a problem, though. A busy weekend ALWAYS beats a work day!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Random Thoughts for a Tuesday

The Rox are for real.

The Twins are not.

Packing in order to move is the worst idea in the world.

My love for my Xterra increases every day.

I have no idea how I'm going to live in an apartment.

I have no idea how I'm going to fit everything in my apartment.

I need to win Powerball to stop working forever.

Memorial Weekend can not come sooner. (May 26 - Rehearsal Dinner, May 27 - Gutschick and Michelle's Wedding, May 28 - 11:00 Flight to Vegas, May 30 - Fly Back to Denver, June 1 - 7:00 am Flight to Phoenix and Formal Dinner at Midwestern University with Sarah, June 2 - Sarah's PA Graduation Ceremony, June 3 - Fly Back to Denver)

Kyle is crazy and I want to be there to watch him prove it.

Spanky is one fun pooch.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Still First Place

I guess it's time for another baseball summary. . .

Colorado Rockies (16-12, 1st in the NL West, 1.0 games ahead of Arizona)
Jeff Francis pitched seven scoreless innings and Jose Mesa and Brian Fuentes combined for two shutout innings of relief to lead the Rox past the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds. Matt Holliday continues to be hot at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Danny Ardoin drove in the another.

Minnesota Twins (11-16, 4th in the AL Central, 8.0 games behind Chicago)
The Twins pitchers look like they are finally turning their season around. After Santana's great performance on Wednesday, Brad Radke turns out a one-run game yesterday. Torii Hunter hit his sixth homer of the year.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

David Anderson - WR - Houston Texans

Ah yes. . . the NFL Draft weekend is finally over and I can resume my normal daily activity. It was a good weekend, with DA getting drafted (finally) by the Houston Texans. The boy has skill. He should have gone higher. But what do I know? I found it funny that the Texans drafted him. This is why - Gary Kubiak is the head coach of the Texans. He is the former offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. His son is named Klint and he plays safety for none other than the Colorado State Rams. I'm guessing that Kubiak might have had a little bit of a bias towards Anderson. Wouldn't you?

Colorado Rockies (15-11, 1st in the NL West, 1.5 games ahead of San Fran)
The Rockies continue to control the NL West. This weekend, they swept a series with the Marlins. Unfortunately, they were one-hit last night against the Braves to end their winning streak. However, they are still on top of the West. GO ROX!!

Minnesota Twins (9-16, 4th in the AL, 9 games behind the Sox)
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Twins suck. Just plain suck. There is no way that I can sugar coat that at all. They are just terrible. This past weekend, they were swept by the Tigers. For the entire series, the score was 33-1. The Twins scored 1 run in three games while giving up 33. Unfortunately, the game that they scored that run, the Tigers scored 18. Good Lord. It is pretty amazing. Don't you worry though, I'm still wearing my Twins gear!! I supported them in the 90's when they were so bad, why would I stop now?

Professionally, I've been doing well. Work is. . . well. . . work. If I really loved it, I wouldn't have to get paid to do it! But I am enjoying what I am doing. Lately, I have been working on a few cool projects, including some in Castle Rock. We are re-designing I-25 at the Plum Creek Parkway exit. I haven't done much with interstate highways before now, so I am learning a ton along the way. We are also designing I-25 from Meadows/Founders Parkway to 5th Street (also in Castle Rock). Again, my experience in highway projects is pretty minimal, so it is very interesting.
On the other side of the scale, I am also working on Weld County Road 33, which is just south of Evans, CO. Evans is just south of Greeley, so you can imagine how little traffic that road gets. Nonetheless, it has been a pretty interesting project.
We just finished up a roadway design project down in Pueblo that will provide access to the Xcel power plant down there. They are increasing the size of the plant significantly and they need a wider road system coming into the plant to allow access to the bigger trucks. Next month, I get to go down there for a couple weeks doing some sort of asphalt inspection.
Finally, I am doing anything that they throw at me. I've been to a few public meetings, a pre-construction meeting, several client meetings, and everywhere else you can imagine. HDR has been great at letting me get involved on whatever level I want to be involved.

On a personal side, things are going great. Sarah and I are just getting our feet wet in wedding planning stuff. It is going to be a ton of work, but it will all be worth it in the end. We are discussing an August wedding next summer (2007). That is over a year away, so we should have no problems getting everything put together by then. We shall see.
In a couple weeks, I am moving again. Since the roomies are all getting hitched, they apparently want to live with their wives. Lame. So I found an apartment in between Wadsworth and Sheridan north of Hampden. I have never lived in an apartment before, so it should be interesting.

That is probably all for now. Hope everyone is doing well wherever you are reading this!