Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 9 - 16, 2015, AZ

Tuesday, February 10.  Back to work yesterday and it was the first day since the 1st of January that was busy, but not stressed.  The computer systems are working, we are learning how to use them, and the day just went well.

Tonight, we met Jay and Diane (Randy's classmates from Stoughton) and Diane's husband, John, at Garcia's for a drink and dinner, and some great conversation.  It was a nice time.

Friday, February 13.  Today marks the anniversary of Mike's passing away 2 years ago and it has been so emotional. For some reason, during these periods, my thoughts are focused in the difficult last days in the hospital; how he suffered so and struggled for every breath, and then was so heavily medicated that we couldn't communicate, and how our family rallied around to be with him, still hopeful that he would recover.  I know it was will get better once again, when the calendar moves past those events, but the last few days have been rough.  I talked with both sons, saw them on FaceTime and also got to see the grandkids.

What a guy!  I am so fortunate to have him as my best friend and husband, loving father to our 2 sons. I really miss you, Mike!

Tonight, Pat and Roger came over.  Rog fixed Old Fashioneds and we drank a toast to Mike, then went to have fish fry.  Earlier in the day, we went to Costco to get my new glasses and then stopped at Julie's Aunt Jean's for a visit.

Yesterday, Randy and I took off to go see the Biosphere2 near Oracle, north of Tucson - about a 2-hour drive from here.  What an interesting facility and also the experiments that took place there.  It is an on-going ecological experiment. It is a tightly sealed glass and steel geodesic structure I in which scientists have created seven complete ecosystems or biomes that mirror those of Earth. The systems include an ocean, a desert, a savannah, a rainforest, a marsh, an area of intensive agriculture and a human habitat.The project is designed to last for 100 years, providing valuable data for research and education to help scientists better understand how our world works. On September 26, 1991, eight researchers, known as “biospherians,” sealed the airlock on this massive enclosed ecological system – and Biosphere 2 was born. Following their 24-month adventure, these men and women emerged from their mini-world on September 26, 1993. 

We both found it to be very interesting.  It is currently owned and operated by Arizona State University where they continue ecological studies and experiments.

Sunday, February 15.  We spent our Saturday hanging out, doing laundry, had a nice breakfast, went to the pool, took naps, and talked a lot with family.  In the evening we went to the clubhouse to see the Maggie Mae show - a lively, talented country music entertainer from Oxford, WI.  The show was very entertaining!

This morning, I got Randy to the airport by 6am for his flight back home.  All went well for him.  I lounged around the house the entire day and was ready for bed by 7:30.  Gotta get ready for another busy week coming up.