Watching Balloon Fiesta LIVE from

This is a big morning in my life! As the person who hand-coded the HTML pages for the first web presence for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta back in 1994, nothing brings me greater joy than to be able to share this event with the world online and to be able to see it happening LIVE on the Internet is a dream come true! 



Unable to attend the event in person this year I was feeling pretty maudlin when I awoke this morning to phone notifications that today’s #BalloonFiesta activities had started. Because I had caught the first live stream from yesterday evening in time to watch the Balloon Glow, I decided to check right away today to see if they were able to get the live stream up. It was up and the announcers were already chatting away. I quickly snagged a screenshot and created an image to share with our Balloon Talk group members on Facebook

43rd Wedding Anniversary

Wow! That’s right. Today marks my 43rd Wedding Anniversary. Yes, I’ve been married to the same person for over 40 years. It was my first and the way I see things, destined to be my only marriage. I was raised in a family with a heritage that believes marriage is a life-long commitment, for better or worse. The thing is when you get this far down the road, you learn that everything worth pursuing in life comes with challenge. There are no perfect people or situations. 

This anniversary, like many in the past several years, I am over 1,000 miles away from my husband. Our goal, of course, was to be together on this special day, but life circumstances prevented that. We are at peace with the situation and are optimistic that next year at this time we will be able to celebrate our anniversary together in person.