Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bye Bye Florida

Finally, at day 28, I have completed the project in Florida! I have been here so long that most of my local co-workers thought I had relocated down to Florida. Well, the nice warm weather is surely nice and no more plowing the snow and driving on the dangerous icy roads. However, at the same time, the warm weather also causes the pollen allergy comes back earlier down here. Also tried to enjoy nice warm sun in the north central Florida during the lunch break. All trees are all covered by the Spanish moss here. Quite an interesting scene.

Went to a new local Singapore restaurant and ordered my favorite Singapore fried rice noodle with shrimp, chicken, and beef. The curry tasted great in the noodle with a pot of jasmine tea. Good meal. Well, I am just ready to go home tomorrow and jump right back to the cold and snow! LOL.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Grinding Day Continues In Florida

I was back to the grinding mill in Florida after only spending 3 days at home in Wisconsin. Today is day 5 non-stop working day even though it is the weekend. The project is in the crunching time so I just have to bite the tongue and keep going until this coming Friday when it hits the deadline.

The only good thing is the warm weather down here. So far, it has been 60'F (15'C) in the daytime and 30-40'F (-2'C-5'C) at night. It feels warm to me but all the local people are complaining about the cold. I just jokingly call them wimps. :) I could even get some Ben & Jerry's ice cream (strawberry kiwi, mango lime, and chunky monkey) and enjoyed it outside while locals hid indoor and shivered.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day Chocolate Fig Cake

Finally I got a nice break on this past Valentine's Day weekend. I made this moisture gluten-free chocolate cake from scratch. It was covered with the home made chocolate buttercream frosting. The filling was chocolate buttercream mixed chopped figs. Very tasty!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ready To Go Home

It has been a long and tired working trip. I had to work almost everyday for this 11-day trip and I am ready to go home. And I will have to fly back down to Floria again next Wednesday for another 10-day straight work trip. Aw, well, just hope that the flight will not delay.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Florida Sunshine!

Finally, Florida gets its sunshine back! It is 70s here this weekend. Some local people still wear long sleeves and jackets. Me only T-shirt and shirt! Heat Wave! Of course, I had to work on Sunday but I did get to visit my old campus, University of Florida. There are some new buildings but most of the scenery is still the same. And it just brought back some many memories.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Did I Bring Freezing Air Down To Florida?

Can you believe it? Look at the lowest temperature on the north central Florida weather forecast. It will be in teens tonight? All my co-workers here blame me on bringing the freezing weather down to here. Guess I just cannot get away from the cold weather!

Monday, February 2, 2009

10-Hour Long Trip To Florida

It was really a long day so far. Hard to believe that it would take almost 10 hours to travel from Wisconsin to Florida. The flight from Milwaukee to Atlanta arrived on time. But the next flight from Atlanta to Gainesville was a nightmare. At first, the inbound flight had some mechanic problems so they had to fix it. After waiting for almost 2 hours, the airline staff told us that a new airplane would be used for the flight. So all passengers moved to a new gate. We waited for another 30 minutes and were told the new flight also had mechanic problems and needed to be fixed. We then waited for another several hours. Finally, we got on the airplane and there were still some glitches. Anyway, it is almost 10 hours between I got to the Milwaukee airport and checked in the hotel at Gainesville. It is very warm but raining.