Here are two videos of the 'Trad Session' (traditional music session) that we were able to enjoy in Peppers Bar (established 1810) in the small town of Feakle (near Ennis). It was amazing! The videos are too dark to really see the musicians, however there is 1 guitar, 1 harp, 2 banjos, and 3 fiddles playing!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here's a few teaser pictures of our trip to Ireland (April-May 2009). Finally! I know... I know!
The Cliffs of Moher!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sara had her Senior Art Show Exhibition for her Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis on the evening of April 10th at BSU. Altogether, there were 16 graduating artists with work on exhibit and a ton of people came for the show. It is our general consensus/bias that Sara's work was the hit of the show. It was amazing...
Friday, March 20, 2009
As many of you know, on January 20th the rental house Sara was living in had a serious housefire. Thankfully everyone was okay (unfortunatley everything was not but things are replaceable right!!!). Sara and her roomate Kevin were at work when the fire started. Her other roomate and that roomate's boyfriend were asleep in the house (scarry!). The fire started in the attic and thankfully a neighbor saw the flames (at around 7am). He immediatley called 911 and then started banging on the door of the house to see if anyone was home. The two in the house threw on some coats and shoes and ran out of the door. Thankfully right as they got out of the house the fire trucks arrived. Firemen are awesome! These next two pictures were from local news channels.
This pictures below is from the back of the house with the firemen trying to contain the fire that was then trapped between the layers and layers of roof and inside the house.
Below is the South side of the house. They worked on containing the fire from early morning until mid afternoon. Apparently these types of fires are very scarry and complicated because it was such an old house with layers and layers of roofs and insulation. You can easily be decieved that the fire is out when it is actually still burning and contained in a layer somewhere.Below, Sara and a friend are clearing stuff off the front yard and putting it temporarily into the detached garage. The firemen were an awesome help. Sara and another roomate are both graduating art majors and when the firemen entered the house and saw all the artwork they started hauling it out onto the front yard. Then they asked if there was anything else that anyone really needed or wanted and they kept going back into the house to save more things! They really are heroes in so many ways.
Shelly and Zane (Two Below Beer by New Belgium)
Chad and Sara (The Dude from the Big Lebowski drinking White Russian)
Sharene (Greyhound) and Chad
Matt and friend (spiked tropical drink)
Abbie, Brad, and Kristy (Menage a Trois wine!)
Among other things were hot cocoa (dressed all in brown with white scarf for whipped cream), a Lumberjack (drinking cheep beer), a lifeguard (drinking water since she was the DD!), and a 'Tallboy' (drank by a very tall coworker of mine). It was awesome to see what people came up with and I must say I was very proud of the idea.
For Chad's Birthday (Dec 6th) in 08 Chad decided that instead of gifts he wanted to take a trip to Chicago and go to a live Blues Club; so that's exactly what we did! We very much enjoyed our time there and can't wait to go back someday. We stayed right in downtown Chicago, walked the Magnificent Mile, went to the Blues Chicago on Clark Street for live music, ate at a few Irish pubs, and visited the Navy Pier and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass. Of course, we also went to the Observatory at the top of the John Hancock Building. We visited this at dusk in order to see the city during daylight, sunset, and all lit up beautifully at night. It's such a cool view of everything including the Sears tower! Because we went in the month of December all the Christmas lights were up everywhere in the city. It was really beautiful, but also really cold! We even manged to fit in finding one geocache while we were there! It was a very quick trip but we had a blast!
At Blues Chicago during a fun night drinking.
Chad with the John Hancock building in background.
All in all great trip. But next time we have to go back to see a Bear's game for Chad.
November was a fairly mellow month for us. Below are some pictures of a trip to Pine Burl Hot Springs north of Crouch, Id. We took a day trip there with our friends Sumer, Tanya and Jeff. It was a bit of an overcast and rainy day - perfect for hot springs! We had the springs all to ourselves (passed a Boyscout troup on the way out thankfully) and spent most the day in there. It was perfect.