Yup, it’s colder

Really…didn’t I say I wanted the number to get higher.

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Snowy Road

This is Ragged Mountain Road (Danbury NH) as we headed home yesterday. Certainly brings new meaning to “keep her between the uprights“. It was a long drive…but a safe one.

Ragged Mountain

First snowboarding trip of the season. Got JMan his season pass thanks to Zimmerman’s in Nashua NH, GMan and I had discounted tickets via Liftopia.

It started snowing when we left home and snowed the whole way up. The mountain was very quite and remained quite all day. Boarding got better and better but a dozen or so runs later we are cooked. I feel my 4 month absence from the gym!

The boys at the bottom.

GMan and I taking a pit stop on the way down. As you can see we have the whole place to ourselves.

Great place, great day, great company, we’ll be back.

Kitchen gadget queen

My dear wife has many titles and this one is especially appropriate. Not that she spends quality time on QVC but every kitchen store from Target to William Sonoma is prime pickings. This Hanukkah a new gadget was mentioned as a possible gift. The item in question is an Instant Pot.

A quick search resulted in many choices and many more gushing reviews with all manner of tasty meals cooked in minutes. What could be better, except someone other than us doing the cooking, or perhaps a phone and a credit card….which is dead handy for whipping up a meal. Basically an instant pot is a modern pressure cooker that won’t blow a hole in your kitchen ceiling.

Anyhow, always one for a bargain (remind me to tell you about the time I tried to bargain with a cashier over the price of a gallon of milk) I found one on sale at Target, better yet in NH so sorry MA I’ll keep the 6.5!

Tonight was it’s maiden voyage and Jess decided on chicken. I’m not going to bore you with the entire recipe but 3 minutes a side in the pot, then lock on the top and cook on high for 5 minutes….done!

The results were very good and we were all very impressed with the latest addition to our kitchen gadget family. The naming party is in a few week, watch out for the invite.

It wasn’t as quick as “chicken good” in the Fifth Element, but 11 minutes and only one pot to clean….I’d say it’s a winner.

Documenting on high

Today I’m doing some live Revit documentation of a church steeple. Really cool stuff.

Apparently the top of the steeple is leaning for the least 100 or so years. The intent is document the structure to see if a suitable jacking point can be used to right the steeple.

Water has done a number over the years but overall the building is in fine shape. I really like the rock counter balance on top of the bell.

Looking skyward to the top of the steeple. Clearly my iPhone flash is not bright enough to illuminate all the way up.

Corner structure detail. It was fun figuring out how all the loads are transferred down. Cold job this am and the entire steeple shook a lot when the wind picked up. Below is an image from my finished Revit model.

JMans first concert

JMans first school concert was last night. All the boys did a good job and it was a well attended event.

JMan is far right. This is combined grades.

JMan, back row, 5 from left, his grade only.