Hello, everyone! I hope this first decade of the new millennium has been a good one for you! As the year comes to a close, it’s always nice to reflect on the things that made it special and memorable. Of course, nothing can compare with just spending time with friends and family, whether it is as a guest at Buckingham Palace (really good tea!) or at the White House (love their dog, Bo!).
I hope this first decade of the new millennium has been a good one for you! As the year comes to a close, it’s always nice to reflect on the things that made it special and memorable. Of course, nothing can compare with just spending time with friends and family, whether it is as a guest at Buckingham Palace (really good tea!) or at the White House (love their dog, Bo!).
This has been a good year for us. With two of our own teenagers in the house now, you never know what you can expect! Then of course there were those 10 refugee teenagers we took in for a few months after that nasty pygmy mouse stampede in the Congo. It was quite chaotic here for a while, as you can imagine, but since our kids are fluent in 10 tribal languages, at least there was no language barrier! Boy, good thing they did that African Language Immersion Preschool!
We were fortunate to take some really memorable vacations this year. First stop was Alaska, where we competed in the Iditarod and placed second! We would have won, but our sled dogs saw a squirrel and took off in the wrong direction. LOL! Still it was a lot of fun, and it was really cool to be able to see Russia from our sled.
On the way home we went through Alberta to join an archaeological dig, where we helped discover several new species of dinosaurs. Don’t be surprised when you hear about the new Beckermanasaurus!
The summer was pretty quiet. While the kids were off on a teen tour searching for the lost civilization of Lemuria (they found it!), the hubby and I went hunting for black truffles in Umbria, Italy, to bring back to our friend Wolfgang, who was featuring them in a dish at his newest restaurant. Wolfie was so grateful, he named one of the dishes after us. So now we have a dinosaur and a pasta named in our honor!
Things were a little slow at work for my husband this year with the economy being what it is, so he used his free time to work on several privately funded projects including invisibility, teleportation and time travel. He hasn’t quite perfected the first two yet, but he is making great strides with the third! We will let you know how that’s going as soon as he gets back from 1963! By the way, if you watch that Zapruder film again, you might just catch a glimpse of him behind Kennedy’s motorcade!
Meanwhile back at home, I’ve been doing the usual - taking care of the family, writing, doing laundry. I did have a little incident in the kitchen trying to get a stain out of a shirt. While mixing a couple of ingredients together I accidentally invented a clean bio fuel that will make gasoline obsolete. Everyone seems to be pretty excited about this. I’m just happy because it also got the stain out!
Oh, and if anyone is looking for a kitten, we are trying to find some homes for a litter our dog Riley gave birth to last month. Yes, Riley is the first dog ever to have kittens. Pretty amazing, especially when you consider that Riley is a male!
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and new year!
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