March 31, 2024

Happy Easter 2024


Happy Easter 2024
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 31, 2024

Ever since Miss Sheri's surgery in January, our neighbor has been taking Blue for long walks in the neighborhood along with her dogs who also happen to be his mother and brother.  This week she brought new outfits for their journeys.  They're such good puppies.

When I first started working at Oracle in 2015, we had two large offices in Minnesota housing hundreds of employees.  When I returned to the company after Covid in 2022, I learned that both of those offices had been permanently closed.  It's nice to work from home, but you do miss those water cooler type of conversations with co-workers.  I volunteered to be an Oracle Cultural Ambassador for Minnesota and we hosted our first Happy Hour this week at The Loop in Minneapolis.  We had a pretty good turnout with 9 people for our first event and it was a bunch of fun connecting with fellow employees from different parts of the organization.

On Friday night we hooked up with our old buddies, Karl & Tina Zitzewitz, at Giuseppe's Italian restaurant in Burnsville.  Mmmmm.  Spicy Sausage Pasta. 

On Saturday, we drove 8 hours to the farm and back to visit Miss Sheri's family for Easter.  Abby had never been to Iowa before which is pretty crazy considering she's been to like 46 other states in her career as a flight attendant.  I think she was pretty impressed with the Hawkeye state.  I mean how couldn't you be?

It was so nice to see Grandma Leona, Jerry, Laura, & Karli even though it was for only a short time.  We always have a bunch of fun when we're together.

I'd intended this to me my top photo for my blog post this week, but liked what Chat GPT gave me instead.  I asked for a photo to best represent a great Easter in 2024 & found the result to be pretty neat.

For Easter Sunday we thought it would be fun to attend Avery & Abby's church which is Eagle Brook in Apple Valley.  We were pretty impressed.

They have a beautiful building, a great auditorium, the music was very well done, and it was one of the most inspirational sermons I've been to in a long time.  I was really happy with the place and it made for a great Easter Celebration!!

Grandma Linda joined us for brunch at the Crooked Pint in Apple Valley.  It was the perfect way to finish Easter!  Good food and good times with family.  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter as well!!

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