Monday, February 18, 2008

Off to the Big Apple

Hi Everyone!

Well I'm off to the Big Apple tomorrow for a conference and unfortunately woke up sick this morning! It might have something to do with staying out very late on Friday after the great AbbaMania concert. Because we knew one of the lead singers, we got to party with the band until the wee, or not-so-wee, hours in the morning. By the end of it I felt very old and in need of a hot water bottle. Some of us (like me) embraced the 70s spirit of the evening with retro-clothes. And of course we played silly games like "scary-face" making at the bar. I post a picture of 3 women trying to look scary. Only two succeed. For some reason I couldn't muster "scary" with all that 70s karma floating around me.

I can hardly wait to see Peter in New York, meet friends and colleagues at the conference, eat Mexican and Ethiopian food (not at the same time) and do some shopping. After my presentation on Sunday, Peter and I are headed up to Massachusetts where several of my students are defending their theses later that week. Then it's back to Rostock on March 1st.

One thing I hope to bring back with me are some measuring cups. I've started impressing my friends with rough attempts at baking banana bread, but since English measuring units aren't used here, I've been guessing at how much of various ingredients I'm putting in. This isn't always successful! My recent result was more like banana stone than banana bread...

I'm also looking forward to longer daylight hours in Rostock. Each day between Dec. 21st and June 21st our day length increases by 3 minutes. While the sun was rising close to 9am and setting before 4pm in December, I'm awaiting the long days of June with 18 hours of sunshine.

Hope you all are well.....


djbudig said...

Maybe you're too old to stay out so late??? Thanks for the nice Valentine. Will call you in MA next week. Hope you are feeling better.
Love, Mom

MaddMedic said...

What Ma said!!
Its somewhat frightening knowing you are baking!! I am having trouble with that one!!
But if you make good banana bread, Nik and Nate will really want to come see you and old whatshisname.
I also am fighting off a cold or flu. Must be the season, or all the sick people I have been taking care of!!