Teresa and Andrew wish you all a Healthy
and Happy Holiday Season
Here's what have been up to in 2011:
Every time we put one of these e-cards together, our first thought is, "we
haven't done anything this year... what are we going to write about?"
After looking back over photos to clear some cobwebs from the memory, we're
able to say "Oh yeah, that's what happened!"
As always, we've been fully enjoying life out here in Colorado. While the skiing
thus far this year looks questionable, Andrew managed to ski up at
Monarch numerous times last winter with friends, and even catch a few days
at Vail with his family. We also did a
good bit of snowshoeing and hiking around the state, including trips with our friends Gautam
and Donna, Andrew's family, and
Andrew and his friend Mark mountain
biked many days in the summer of 2011. They
covered many of the local trails, some of the local forest roads, as well as
trails through Vail and Crested Butte. Much of it was in preparation for a
60 mile round-trip ride between Leadville and Fairplay, climbing (and dropping)
7100 feet over two major mountain passes,
It was a success, albeit a painful one. (Teresa provided support.) As if that wasn't enough pain,
Andrew managed to climb two 14,000 ft plus peaks, La Plata (with Phil, friend
and owner of Andrew's employer InfoTank) and Quandary (late spring back country
ski ascent with Mark).
Teresa and Andrew took mid-year mini vacation to Grand Junction, Colorado.
(You have to remember, we live in a small town, so a trip to a place like Grand
Junction is an opportunity to enjoy all the "big city" has to offer, including
sushi!) We enjoyed mountain biking some of the fabulous trails of Fruita
and the Colorado wine country near Palisade. Later in the summer, we took a trip with friends
Gautam and Donna to Telluride, Mesa Verde, and Durango. On the way back,
we met up with Andrew's co-worker (back when he worked at Nexidia), Maria and
her friend Victor, at the Sand Dunes while on her big
move across the country. We also traveled
again to Lyons to enjoy another music festival, the
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
In other travels, we had both joyous trips and solemn ones as well.
In May, we welcomed Andrew's first nephew, Jordan David Koransky, son of proud
parents Todd and Meghan Koransky. Of course, he's adorable
and charming, like all the Koransky men! We look forward to watching him grow
and spoiling him rotten as any loving aunt and uncle would! We attended the bris at the end of May
and enjoyed visiting with much of the family.
On a sadder note, in mid-December we received the news that Andrew's Grandmother, Evelyn Koransky,
died after many years of poor health. Although Teresa never really got to
know her, Andrew remembers good times, and we enjoyed seeing the family together
again in Munster, IN.
We also had to take an emergency trip to Fort Collins (home of CSU's world
renown veterinary hospital)
after a lump was detected on Simon's spleen. Thankfully, after a CSU
diagnosis and trips to our local vet, it was removed and discovered to be
non-cancerous. Simon beat the odds, and is one lucky dog. Although
he is definitely slowing down and has a couple of problems that come with age, he is still quite spry.
In other random news, Andrew was mentioned in the
local, online publication, the
Salida Citizen... on
April 1st. We also we won an award for our Halloween costume at the
KHEN Halloween Bash. We went as the "one
percent," dressed to the hilt with pig noses and signs that read "keep calm and
carry on." We won third place! (Not bad for a last minute
costume.) Teresa participated in a fun FIBArk
event called the Cruiser Criterium
(a costumed bike-ride fundraiser)
as the farmer's wife chasing after the three blind mice. (FIBArk is our
towns largest festival celebrating all aspects of whitewater sports.) Wife
and mice won honorable mention.
Andrew, after a very long hiatus, has started singing again, first with the "Freedom Choir" at Fourth
of July and later with "You've Got Male". The group just
finished their Christmas performance with the Noteables, and they will have another
set of spring concerts in April. He is really enjoying
Andrew continues working for InfoTank, Inc.,
a Georgia based company. In the past year, he has produced both
Android applications, as well as finishing up a video processing engine
which allows customers to easily publish audio and videos to multiple devices.
He continues to enjoy working on websites and apps for various InfoTank clients,
as well as providing IT support for a few local customers.
Teresa left PakMail in October to refresh
her Tanda CAD freelance drawing and design
services. She's still working on getting the business she wants in a questionable
economy. In the meantime, her artistic endeavor called
HiFi Follies, creating art from old vinyl records, has been picking up interest.
HiFi Follies is in
EarthSong Gallery in Salida and she's had several art shows in the Salida
area with some success. She just sent a package to Florida for sale in a shop
there. She's had a bit of luck online at
Etsy.com (a site for handmade/homemade goods) and she's beginning to sell
On the home front, we have completed a number of renovations on our home.
We finally installed our wood stove (which was purchased two years ago!) after
talented masons built a beautiful rock
wall / hearth (see here for
time lapse construction video). In the fall, we completed a major
landscaping project (see below for before and after photos). We also had
our crawlspace (and garage door) insulated and installed thermal blinds and curtains. The house already feels warmer this winter thus far, but with windows
and stucco planned next year, we hope to keep our home even warmer in the coming
winters when the temperatures drop below zero.
That about does it for this year... we hope all of this finds you well, and.....
May the Universe smile on all of you with Peace and Happiness!
Teresa, Andrew, and Simon
What a long strange trip it's been...
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"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", performed by Urban Method, NBC's Sing Off competition.