Thanksgiving 2006

Thanksgiving is a serious tradition at the Talus-Heavner household. It is a time for friends to gather together either physically or in kindred spirit, celebrate life, eat good food, and reflect on the life we enjoy together. And then we get three days to recover! And it is Carrie and Matt’s anniversary (number seven in 2006). Wahoo! And if you have participated in the feast in person, you know about the weigh-in/weigh-out tradition. Our winner this year went out with a net weight gain of eight pounds. In Juneau, Carrie sells artwork at the Fall Market, and Torsten and Matt enjoy a weekend of hanging out (getting Christmas decorations ready).

We’ve got a slide show of the feast and the weekend available.

Good biking in Juneau

After lots of good snow, we’re enjoying clear cool weather. It is perfect biking. Matt ventured out across Auke Lake from campus at lunch today.

Talus Tiles 2006

Carrie has been working away to get her tiles (and prints and cards) ready for Fall Market in Juneau. You can see some of her tiles at the 2006 Talus Tiles page (this web page is password protected, so email for the password.)

Talus Tiles 2006 Logo

Juneau Snow

We’ve been enjoying a great dump of snow so far in November, 2006.  We have some more pictures of Torsten and Carrie out sledding.

New Blog Software

Howdy blog fans! I was using iWeb for the web pages, including the built in blogs. I really liked the Mac-way except for the fact that I was tied to one single computer. I realize now that I could copy the Sites and the /Library/Applications/iWebSomethingerotherFolder around, but I didn’t, and that hard drive died. So I want something all out on a server somwhere else (at and if you tell ’em that sent you, I’ll get a little kick back from your web hosting escapades.) At any rate, we’re giving WordPress at dreamhost a shot (Tom and Laura at Spacenuts seem to like it). And now Carrie or Matt (or anyone else who asks) can add a blog entry. We’ll see how this adventure goes. And we’ll probably keep using iWeb for the main web stuff, but WordPress for the blog. If you want to find the old blog archives for pre July stuff, it is still around.

Torsten Movies

For the grandparents (and anyone else who thinks there is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine!).  We’ve got three small Torsten video clips available.

Halloween 2006

Torsten has been enjoying being Nemo for over a month–and finally Halloween arrived! Torsten enjoyed his first symphony with Carrie (Matt was on travel)–it was a Halloween symphony and Torsten was one of the costume finalists! Pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and all of the regularly Halloween fun was great! Many pictures and friends are in the spooky Halloween Slide show.

Carrie and Torsten visit Houston

Nana and TorstenTortsen and Carrie had a great visit to Houston.  (Matt was in North Carolina at the North American Symposium on Bat Research–an excellent conference, but Matt missed out seeing the family!)  Torsten loved visiting with grandparents despite the vicious mosquitos.  Catching up with former Juneau-ites Carrie, Adam, and Megan was a great part of the visit as well.  Check out the whole slideshow.

Juneau in the Fall

We did manage to spend time in Juneau. It was a very rainy fall (we hit 60” of rain for the year by Oct 1). Lots of playing inside as well as keeping busy with work, teaching, tile painting, Torsten thoroughly enjoyed dancing to the accordion at a Sons of Norway gathering.

We’ve got a few photos from walking out to the Glacier, walking around the neighborhood, and dancing to the accordion at the Sons of Norway at the Fall 2006 slide show.

Tracy Arm Tour

Torsten and Carrie went on down to Tracy Arm with Rob, Erica, Sammy, and Izzy. Whales are big, ice is cold, glaciers are cool (especially calving sea water glaciers). Matt was doing his civic duty (jury duty). Check out the photo highlights.