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January 15th
2011
written by Alonna

Occasionally in life, things just fall into place. That’s how I feel about our recent move from Idaho to Colorado, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything has turned out.  Here are the highlights:

Colorado!

  • A new job : After 3 months of searching, I accepted a position with Seagate in Longmont, Colorado.  The new job has gotten off to a great start.  I’m excited about the work (ASIC Verification for SSD drives), I like my boss and coworkers, I’m happy with the pay and benefits, and the location is perfect.  And an added bonus: part of my team works in Shakopee, MN only 20 minutes from my parents’ house.  This means I can occasionally work remotely from that site while visiting family and friends.
  • A new home : At the last minute, we found a rental condo in a NE Boulder community called “Gunbarrel”.  We are loving this area – we have easy access to both Boulder and my job in Longmont, yet are surrounded by farms, open space hiking and biking trails, and great mountain views.  While the rental is only temporary, we’re thinking about sticking to this area when we search for a new place.
  • Boise House – SOLD! After only 3 days on the market, we accepted a full-price offer on our house in Boise.  We credit this to the perfect combination of a nice house in a great location, setting the right price, a lot of preparation, presentation and staging, and a good dose of luck.
  • Enjoying the Rockies : With a little bit of summer left when we arrived, we were able to get in some mountain biking and hiking.  With winter is in full swing, we’ve been hitting the slopes, and Colorado snow has not disappointed us! (more…)
January 22nd
2010
written by Alonna

The last two weeks have flow by; it’s hard to believe I’ve completed my last Spanish class and homestay in Quito. My Spanish has definitely improved and I’m having fun trying to speak it. I hope to continue to practice for the next month while I’m in South America.

I can’t say enough great things about my host family here in Quito. They welcomed me into their home and made me feel like part of their family. They have a lovely house just a block away from the school and very close to La Mariscal, a popular area for tourists with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops (in fact, it’s sometimes referred to as “gringoland” since there are so many white foreigners).

In the house, I have my own room and bathroom upstairs with everything I need. When I arrived there was a huge bouquet of beautiful pink roses in my room as a belated birthday gift!

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December 28th
2009
written by Alonna

It’s been really nice to be back in the US for the holidays. We’ve been able to see both of our families, catch up with friends, relax, and plan the next phase of our trip. For Christmas we spent 12 days traveling to both Virginia and Minnesota to visit family, and the common theme for the entire trip was SNOW! Between the huge East Coast snow storm and then the Midwest snow storm, we got our share of snow this holiday season. And for the most part, we loved it!

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May 26th
2009
written by Alonna

We went to Moab for a weekend and met up with Ben’s mom.  It was GREAT!  Seriously, I can’t tell you how much I love this place…

Alonna & Ben Robin - Dead Horse Point

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April 25th
2009
written by Alonna

Here’s a few random things I’ve been up to lately…

HP Ski Day at Bogus – Cross Country Skiing with my co-workers Soumya and Theresa:

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January 3rd
2009
written by Alonna

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  Ben and I had a great time in Minnesota visiting family and friends.  It always goes by too fast though, doesn’t it?

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December 3rd
2008
written by Alonna

Here are some photos from Thanksgiving at my grandparent’s house in South Dakota (including a few below from my sister-in-law Heather).  We had a great time – lots of family, food, desserts, card playing, and fun!

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August 29th
2008
written by Alonna
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Last weekend the Albertus family (plus us two Scott’s) took a weekend trip to a lake in Minnesota.  We stayed at a nice resort called Ruttgers on Bay Lake and took advantage of tons of available activities including: water skiing, swimming, fishing, jumping on the water trampoline, tennis, campfires, Clay’s birthday, board games and yard games.  We had so much fun!  Here’s some of the highlights… (more…)

August 20th
2008
written by Alonna

I’ve already posted about some of our activities in and around Coeur d’Alene.  But we also had a fun time along the way.  Here’s two google map snapshots of our route, and some photos of the trip:

A = Boise    B = Grangeville    C = Coeur d’Alene    D = Route of the Hiawatha    E = Moscow

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August 19th
2008
written by Alonna

Ben, Beth and I rode a “rails-to-trails” bike ride in Northern Idaho called Route of the Hiawatha.  It’s an old train route in the mountains, going through 10 tunnels and over 7 trestles (bridges).  The coolest part was a 1.66 mile long tunnel!  The tunnel was pitch black (bike lamps required), and super cold.  It was damp and only 40 degrees F inside.  We were warned ahead of time to go slow, because if you go fast you’ll get mud splashed in a straight line up your back.  Sure enough, a few guys sped past us and they all had thick mud streaks right up their backs!  Anyway, the scenery was gorgeous and we had a really fun time.  The trail is 15 miles long downhill, then you take a bus back up to the top.  Here’s a few photos from the ride.

Start of the adventure:                                         The view:

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