Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 - A Year of Adventures

Here's the cliffnote version of 2007. Enjoy the slideshow below. There's music, so turn up the volume!

  • Holly promoted to Neighborhood Services Director at the City of Janesville
  • Trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic with Mom, Dad, Jesse, me and Chuck
  • Trip to Washington, DC
  • Easter weekend in New York City
  • Trip to Cancun, Mexico
  • Trip to Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Memorial Day weekend in Seattle, Washington
  • Holly receives the Future Leader Award from the Wisconsin City Manager's Association
  • Trip to St. Louis
  • John Mayer at Summerfest in Milwaukee
  • Holly resigns from the City of Janesville
  • Trip to St. Thomas and St. John, USVI
  • Jewel and the Chicago Symphany at the Rosemont in Chicago
  • Find out we're moving to Denmark in 2008
  • Trip to Cabo San Lucas

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season -
No matter where your travels take you!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Getting Ready for the Holidays

I'm ready for the holidays; however I must admit I didn't have much to do. Given the upcoming move to Denmark, Chuck 'gave' all my Christmas stuff to my sister Kasey. I prefer to think that we 'lent' them to her and maybe someday I'll see my stuff again. 2 trees, hundreds of snowmen ornaments, christmas dishes, and all my other decorating items are boxed up.

So, this year my Christmas prep didn't consist of much! I did make my usual Christmas chocolates (on a smaller scale than usual)...much to Chuck's disappointment...although he did help with the turtles. It is definitely a 2-person job. We only made 400 turtles this year, a heck of a lot less than last year's 800+! I even got him to help out with peanut butter balls, hazelnut truffles, almond toffee, and pretzels. The trade off? I had to make fried oysters, the candy. Bet you don't know what they are. White nouget filling, coated with chocolate and crushed peanuts.
Let the craziness begin. I'm ready for Christmas!

Cabo San Lucas 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

New to Blogs?

Welcome to all the first time bloggers and welcome to the Roamin-eskos blog. Here's a quick summary of the blog layout.

  • Pictures and slide shows are located on the right. Just click on the link and the slideshow will start. Click the back arrow on the top tool bar to go back to the blog.

  • To click on a montage, which is located as a blog entry, click on the green arrow. You may have to click it twice. The montage will play the pictures as a slideshow and includes music.

  • The most recent blog entries will be on the first page.

  • You can read previous entries by looking at the 'Blog Archive' to the right.

  • You can add comments (please do) to each of the blog entries, by clicking on the 'comments' text underneath a post. You can type in your comment in the box. You don't have to register to leave a comment. Under 'Identity' just click the button next to Anonymous. Click 'Publish your comment'. Comments aren't private, so everyone visiting the blog will be able to read it.

  • Soon, I'll be posting a little game called, Where in the World are the Romensko's roamin'? I'll post a few pictures and give some clues, then under comments feel free to guess. I'll post the answer in a subsequent post.

Happy blogging.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Turkey day in Cabo San Lucas

We just returned from a week long siesta in Cabo. It's always nice to return to Mexico and habla en espanol. Chuck's proficiency is marginal, so it's always funny to hear him try to speak least he tries.

The direct flight on American was fabulous. We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, which is located on the Pacific side of Cabo. It's very secluded and located on the other side of the large mountain separating the Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Cortez. The resort was gorgeous, very secluded, adults only, and overall a nice place. However, they would benefit tremendously if they stopped charging for all the little things and just made the place an all inclusive resort.

The weather was a beautiful 90 each day with nice winds off the ocean, which made it very pleasant to tomar el sol (take in the sun or sunbathe).

Our relaxation was reading, listening to music, walks on the beach, and of course, I had to try the spa. The reflexology was great; however my manicure looks like a 5 year old did it. I have more nail polish on my skin than I have on my nails! Patricia kept saying no te precupes (don't you worry) I'll fix it. Ha!

The flight home was crummy, but that's completely my fault for booking Frontier to Denver then United to Chicago. Lesson learned - always book connections on the same carrier. We carried on our luggage, so at least we didn't have that hassle too. In the end we arrived home at 2:30 am, 4 hours later than originally planned.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hotel Sax

A few months ago, Chuck and I bid on a live auction item at a fundraiser for Community Action. We were quite excited to spend a weekend in Chicago at the Hotel Sax; a new swanky hotel that was formerly the House of Blues hotel. Located in the hotel is Bin 36 a cool little wine bar with tapas. I'd definitely head back there, with some of my amazing girlfriends, of course!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Preparing for the Move Across the Pond

It's official! We are on our way to Denmark. We leave in March/April 2008 and we'll be spending the next 2+ years in a yet to be named city in Denmark. We're very fortunate to be able to do something like this in our life. We are on this planet once, and I truly believe that you need to take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. There are so many countries to see, new cultures to learn about and much history to learn.

Details are being worked out, so I'll post more when we know more.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

What's with the title Roamin' esko ?

Marrying into the Romenesko family and getting the new last name was a challenge. Schultz was so much easier and no one ever called me something else. It's common to hear various man ow ski, ro meski, ro men ski, you get the point. Email addresses typically include some portion of your last name. It was very common for people to email me at work (or so they thought) and it never arrived. I wonder why? Perhaps a misspelling?!?!? At my very first City of Janesville City Council meeting, I was introduced as Holly Romenski. Talk about embarrassing.

So, at my farewell party at the City of Janesville, the always clever and hilarious Leisure Services staff came up with the Roamin' eskos. Chuck and I are always traveling and it does kind of sound like Romenesko. So...that's how and why I decided to name the blog the roamin' eskos.