Friday, July 07, 2006

Home Again

Just in case anyone is still checking this, I am back in Seattle again having taken a job with a Seattle based company called Jonova as a consultant.

Monday, March 06, 2006

San Sebastian

Melissa and I went with some of my classmates to San Sebastian. This is a photo of us at a cidareria where we ate a nice lunch with all you can drink cidar. The food was great although the main course was steak, so Melissa didn't appreciate it much. The cidar was very much an aquired taste, as in after a couple glasses it didn't taste that bad.
Overall, the city of San Sebastian was gorgeous. The have a beautiful protected bay with very nice sandy beaches. There were tons of bars serving great tapas and serving lots of good wine and beer. I highly recommend going, although I might wait until it was a bit warmer. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mel's Birthday

Well, it was Melissa's birthday this past Friday. Without the usual friends and family around it was up to me to provide all the entertainment Melissa expects on her day. I cooked, cleaned, provided presents, waited on her hand and foot, bought a cool Spanish cream cake (seen in photo), and even dressed up in Melissa and Heather's birthday tradition. Melissa thoroughly enjoyed herself. Although I think she was a little disappointed with my poor rendition of "Feliz CumpleaƱos." Somehow I managed to never learn to sing well..... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Keeping busy

Well I can tell the weather here is starting to turn towards Spring. Not quite there yet, but I have shed the gloves and hat while keeping the big coat. This is good, because it gives Melissa and I a chance to do more things outside. Still waiting for the real nice weather to come though.

Anyway, life for me is pretty smooth. I am most concerned with the whole job search. So if any of you reading this happen to be looking (or know someone who is) for a supply chain analyst/manager with experience in the high tech industry be sure to give me an email (Especially in or around the Seattle area). Beyond that I have this thesis to write. It is looking pretty good so far. I think I talked at length about it in a past post.

As for life in Europe, Melissa and I are trying to plan a trip up to Amsterdam to visit my sister. We are looking at going in mid-march before tourist season, but after the cold season. We also want to go down to Seville at some point.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Back in Zaragoza

Well I am back in Zaragoza again, so I decided to end my hiatus of blog entries. Maybe people will even start reading this again.

Anyway to fill everyone in on the past month or so, I spent Christmas in Paris with my parents, sister, and wife. We had a great time, although Paris was a little colder then expected. I especially liked the Louve and crepes with Nutilla. I have some pictures, and will post some here soon. We rented an apartment for the 8 days we were there. It was a couple blocks from Notre Dame and right in the middle of a good shopping and eating district. My dad took us out to an exceptionally nice dinner at Taillevent, probably the best meal I ever had. The most interesting part was the wine parings with each course. We had Sauternes with every course, which I never would have imagined doing myself. Sauternes with a spicy lobster, Sauternes with duck, Sauternes with fromage...

I could go on about Paris, but I'll move on to the next event.

After Paris, I went to Boston for the part of my program at MIT. Melissa got to go back home and visit family and friends. MIT was interesting. It doesn't have the classic college campus you would expect for such a well known university. We did recruiting visits with a couple dozen companies, which was pretty exhausting. It was a bit tough for me, because I really want a job on the west coast. Most of the companies there were recruiting for East Coast, Europe, or Asia. Beyond that we played the most complex computer simulation game I have been involved in. Of course I thoroughly enjoyed that. We still have one more round of the game before I find out if my team won.

Anyway I am back here in Zaragoza.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Valencia

I had a whole weekend free so Melissa and I thought we would try to explore a bit of Spain. The allure of a bit of warm weather and oranges brought us to Valencia. We had a great time there. It was warm enough to shed our coats for a couple of days and go see some of the things the city has to offer.

I was impressed by the nice beaches there and they had a couple of good museums. Melissa and I really enjoyed ourselves and plan on visiting again soon. Although we will probably go during a warmer month when Melissa can lay on the beach. It was a fairly touristy city. Not as bad as Barcelona, but you could easily get by there speaking only English as every waiter and receptionist spoke good English. Apparently it is a big tourist city with a look of UK tourists. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Finals Over, so I went Bowling

Finals are over! So I did what any American would do... I went bowling. I was very shocked last week when I found a bowling alley. After informing my classmates we soon made plans to go bowling at the next opportunity, which was the day we finished finals. So after a day with 6 hours of testing we proceeded to go directly to the bowling alley and paid way too much for a couple games of bowling. Melissa overcame her fear of bowling to join us as well (She ended up beating several of my classmates). It was a good way to relax after the finals.

Christmas is rapidly approaching which means I actually get to see my family for a little bit. My sister and parents are coming into town in less then two weeks.

The job search is continuing as well. I have an interview with Accenture, which would be good because I should be able to be in Seattle. Also have a bunch of interviews in January while I am at MIT.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Don't Run into Trees

A piece of advice, don't play American football on a field with trees in the center. It really hurts when you run into them while running full speed. Of course most people would just avoid the trees....

But as many people who have known me for awhile would know, I do have a tendency to do somewhat clumsy things on occasion. So it is not that suprising that I collided with a tree in the center of a field. I was wide open too...

Don't worry I am not hurt that badly besides my pride. Finished out the game, although I wasn't quite the same after that.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mel's First Turkey

So Thanksgiving went pretty well. There was a very good turnout at the event I went to. Melissa made her very first turkey that was enjoyed by all who attended. It turned out really well. There were a bunch of non-Americans there who we explained the history of Thanksgiving to. It is kind of an odd holiday once explained, but it is very true to its roots of being all about the food. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving in Spain

Well there is no Thanksgiving in Spain, no big surprise there.

Several members of my class have put together a Thanksgiving feast none the less. Although we are doing it on Friday instead of Thursday. We are even playing a little touch football on Saturday.

The interesting part of this is going to pick up the turkey. As Melissa and I have one of the few working ovens among the students, we were selected for cooking one of the three turkeys for the feast. Turkeys are hard to find in Spain, especially ones of a large size like you might find in the states. Anyway I went to pick up the turkey at this pretty random butcher shop near the center of town. My friend who was with me, and who thankfully speaks fluent Spanish, talks to them for a bit and then they bring out the birds...

Its a whole damn turkey with a good amount of feathers still on it. We watch as they cut off the head, neck, feet, pluck some feathers, and debate over which part of the wing to remove. It is a bloody affair conducted with an extremely large butcher knife (roughly the size of sword from my pirate costume).

Melissa is going to try and cook this thing some how. We shall see how it goes...

Monday, November 21, 2005

Quick Photo, in fancy new style

Eric, and I exploring the courtyard of the castle near Mel and mine apartment. This is the only way to get Eric on film, by having Melissa take sneak shots from behind. Posted by Picasa

Heading towards Finals

This semester has flown by, hard to believe I have finals in a couple of weeks. I still am buried under all the work I have, but it is not too bad. Not too much new has happened since I last wrote. Melissa has been working several nights a week now as an English teacher for a couple group of kids and one group of adults. She is not loving the work, but it makes the money situation a lot better for us.

Looking forward to my parents visiting us in less then a month now. I am looking forward to showing them around the city, and having lots of good meals and wine. We are then off to Paris after my classes get out and spending Christmas and New Year's there. After that I fly off to Boston for my month at Cambridge. That will be an interesting month as I should be interviewing a lot as we have a bunch of companies coming to recruit us and our counterparts at MIT proper.

I really need to get better at Spanish..... Melissa's dad is already studying hard so he will be better then me at Spanish by the time he visits in April. I think he is still mad I beat him at Ping Pong...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Busy Busy

Sorry for the lack of updates. Busy time of year in Zaragoza. I found out that Chinese food here is cheaper then going to the grocery store. My friend Eric Kleven was in town for almost a week, and he, Melissa, and I went out to Chinese food close to our apartment. For under thirty euros we had a 7 course meal, a bottle of wine, a bottle of plum wine, sparkling water, still water, and got a calendar. For those that know me and Eric, there was so much food that even we couldn't come close to finishing all the food. Not that is was the best Chinese food I have ever had, but it was good enough that I wanted to keep eating.

Beyond going out to Chinese food it was fun having Eric around for the week. Gave me a chance to get all my business talk out of me for awhile. Now Melissa can go at least a week or two without having to pretend to find my conversation (or is lecture a better word) about various business topics interesting. I think Eric had fun here, we showed him around a bit, drank way too much wine, and watched his collection of films and TV shows that were in English. I hadn't seen TV or a movie in English in almost three months, Melissa and I are now total Scrub addicts.

I'll try to write more for the next couple weeks to make up for this horrible dry spell.

Monday, October 31, 2005


Melissa and Jon on Halloween. Posted by Picasa

The big flower arrangement for Pilar. For the offering of the flowers on the day of Pilar, everyone gives flowers and they make this huge pyramid right in front of Basilica de Pilar. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Nothing Overly Exciting

Had a mostly boring week sad to say. Did a lot of reading and homework mostly. Melissa signed up for a 5K race in Zaragoza. They give you over an hour to finish the race! Melissa will be seeing people on their first kilometer when she finishes...

My program is going to Barcelona next week to visit the port there and see how incoming shipments from China and other far away places works. Should be interesting and I get to go to Barcelona for the day.

Still trying to work out what I am doing between the 2nd and 7th of January. I have to be at MIT in Boston starting the morning of the 8th. Melissa is going home to Seattle the 4th or so for a month, so I don't know if I should try to work on my thesis or go visit someone.

Speaking of that thesis, right now it looks like I am going to try and model the cost and benefit of improved read ranges in RFID inventory systems. That could still change though.