Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Here is my favorite Alphabeat song!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
The agenda for the trip...
- Arrived at Dulles at 3pm on Saturday
- Stephanie picked me up and we raced to London Bob in Alexandia for my haircut - thank's Stephen!
- Stacey picked me up in Old Town and we headed to Cactus Cantina to meet Kara, Chris, Sheila, Jeff, Megan, Brad, Emily, and Connie for Mexican!!
- Then back to Kara's for deserts!
- Sunday morning Kara and I met up with Stacey and James for church at McLean.
- After chuch Kara and I headed to Amie and Alex's to meet Sophie...who had just turned 5 days old - so precious.
- We then met up with Stacey, Jeff, and Aaron at Jettie's for lunch...and then off to Union Station to make my 4pm train.
What a fantastic day...great to see everyone!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
My second visitor to Copenhagen was Aaron Patterson, a friend from DC who decided he needed a break from the beltway. After a quick stopover in Iceland, he headed to Copenhagen for 5 days at the end of March.
After a short detour through the city, Aaron met me at work "christened" the apartment with my first dinner party.
Aaron checked out the Little Mermaid!
Nikki was gracious enough to invite us over for a delicious "spag bowl" dinner as the Aussies call it (spaghetti dinner).
We took a day trip up to Helsingnør to explore the cute seaside town. Helsingør famous for being the home of Kronberg Castle...the setting for Shakespeare's famous Hamlet and origin of the famous line "there's something rotten in the state of Denmark"). A highlight of the trip was relaxing on the beach in front of the castle for a picnic lunch.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
What do I do? I work in the Centre Sales and Planning group. Copenhagen in the HQ for Mærsk, which has Area headquarters in 16 different Areas around the world (i.e. North America, South America, Central Europe, Greater China, etc). The Centre functions do a lot of the planning/strategy and then the Areas do the implementing. I am the implementation manager of a project called FORESIGHT which is a global forecasting platform. Previously, we had no uniform forecasting process or system for Sales to indicate how much of our ship's space was going to be in demand for the coming months. My job involves working with our technical team in London to ensure the system meets the business requirements, working the the Area inmplementation managers to ensure their roll out plans are going smoothly and assist them with any issues they have, make process guidelines, and work with other departments to make sure FORESIGHT data is incorporated into the end to end process of getting cargo from point A to point B. I started right before we went live, and now we're right in the middle of the first phase, so things have been hectic to say the least! While it is quite stressful at times, I do like it and I am learning a lot.
Sweden was the favorite and scored 3 goals in the first 25min. Denmark slowly made their way back into the game and tied it late in the 2nd half. I was told repeatedly that this almost never happens by the Norwegian friends I was watching the game with...who were graciously explaining things to the other Americans and myself. With one minute left Denmark received a red card and some drunk Danish fan ran out into the field and swung at the ref (he missed). The players got him away and over to security. Then, instead of carrying on with the game, the refs ran off the field and said the game was over, Denmark's goals were taken away, and Sweden won 3-0.
What?! So all the players get punished for one stupid guy? This hardly seems legit. It's interesting though...the paper's are all supporting the refs and blaming the fan. Of course the fan should be the one to bear the blame, however I think it this would have happened in the States, there would have been a lot of commentary on the ref's decision to call the game..and not end it in a tie.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
I've finally gotten pretty close to moved in. Still have to hang my pictures and curtains. The bedroom curtains are starting to be an issue because the days are getting so long here - so I'm sure I'll get myself in gear soon!
This is the courtyard of my building. There is a "back door" in my kitchen (complete with an antique looking key) that leads down this insanely narrow winding staircase into the courtyard. i go down these steps to take the trash down to the bins and sometimes to hang my sheets on the communal clotheslines.
Below are some pictures of my apartment. The bathroom and kitchen have heated floors..quite nice in the winter!
I've got 4 months of life to catch up on now...so I better get started!