This year, Phil turned a nice round number. We had a party.

Click on the Birthdays link for photos from his (and my) birthday.



On Thanksgiving, my cousin George gave me one of the best presents ever, Nanoblocks. He bought this for me while in Japan. The blocks are a fraction of the size of LEGOs. I built my own nano-Neuschwanstein. Here are some photos.


The box


Size comparison - Left: normal LEGO brick, Right: Nanoblock


Here are some photos of the completed structure. Some have a LEGO brick in this photo so you can compare the size of the nanostructure and a traditional LEGO.


My fingers felt like blobs when trying to build the structure because the bricks were so tiny. I loved every minute of putting it together. Although, I do have some bricks left over, so either I didn’t do something right or they gave me extra pieces.

Thanks George!!!



On November 1st, I went to Straubing with a group of friends to see the Straubing Tigers play hockey.

I’ve posted photos from our day in Straubing on its own page. Enjoy!


Sunday – Game Day

Today, both the Packers and Brewers are playing. Once again it’s do or die for the Brewers in their first game of the best of 7 series vs. the Cardinals, a rematch of the 1982 World Series, which the Brewers lost. A move to the NL by the Brewers means this is “only” for the pennant and a trip to the World Series.

Celebrating my Wisconsin and Czech heritage


Fortunately, the Packers play after the Brewers, so I can watch BOTH games.

Phil staring at the pond

Phil and I went for a walk this afternoon, enjoying the Englischer Garten in fall.

Now, we’re ready for a beer and pizza dinner followed by the Brewers and the Packers games.

Go Brewpack!


England – Cornwall

For the last week in September, Phil and I were in England. We celebrated Norman’s 80th birthday and spent three nights on the British coast in Cornwall and two nights with friends. We had amazing summer-like weather and a wonderful time.

Peggy and Phil in Cornwall at the Lizard, Britain's southern most point

Check out the page by clicking on England on the right.


Oktoberfest 2011

It’s that time of year again, Oktoberfest.

Phil and Peggy at Oktoberfest. Prost!

I’ve posted photos from our trip to the Wiesen again this year. Check out the Oktoberfest page for photos from this year and years gone by.


Anniversary Weekend

Phil and I went to Prague to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

We had a wonderful weekend wandering the streets of this beautiful city.

I’ve posted photos from the trip in the Prague page.

Like always, if you need the password (to this or any other page), please contact me.


World Cup 2011

This year, the Women’s World Cup was held in Germany. Besides watching some games in Biergartens, Phil and attended a couple of games in Augsburg. I also followed Team USA to watch the semifinal and the final.

Phil and Peggy at the Japan - England game in Augsburg

Unfortunately, the USA lost to Sweden in the group stage and didn’t play in Augsburg, like I’d hoped. So, we got to see England beat Japan in the group stage and Australia vs. Sweden in the quarter finals. Sweden beat Australia before losing to Japan.

I also got to see the USA beat France in the semifinal in Mönchengladbach. Thanks to a friend, I was also in Frankfurt for the final, USA vs. Japan on Sunday July 17th. Unfortunately, the USA lost in penalties. Congratulations Japan. Go USA!

Peggy after the USA beat France in the semifinals

Click on the “World Cup 2011” link to the right for the photos.


Royalty Check

I got my first (and only?) royalty check for my book.

For those of you now asking yourselves, “What book?” here once again is the link to the publisher.

“Catalytic and Mechanistic Studies on the Influence of Light Irradiation of Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions” (

I doubt any more checks will be coming my way. I guess I’ll just have to write another book. 😉


Englischer Garten

Every summer, a shepherd  is allowed to let his flock graze in the Englischer Garten. I love going to see the sheep (and goats?!).

So, Phil and I took a walk (when it finally stopped raining or threatening to rain), and I took some photos. Check out the Munich page for more photos from our walk.


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