This is what I’ve been encountering every morning this week as I’ve tried to get to work.

I’m pretty sure the universe is trying to tell me something.

Fortunately, the weekend is finally here! I’m looking forward to the return of this little guy and his dad tonight:


And “O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, wonderful” – my friend Janel is arriving tonight too! On Sunday I leave for a conference, so next week I’ll be checking in from St. Louis, Missouri.

Until then: have a wonderful weekend!

I’m a jerk.

My husband is accompanying our son to his Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee this week. I’ve written before about my compulsion to chronicle everything in photographs. My sorrow that I can’t be the one to go with my son is matched only by my anxiety that there won’t be enough documentation of the event I’m missing. I pestered my husband by text all day to send photos. He finally obliged by emailing me this one:

…whereupon I immediately fired off the following:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I didn’t get any more photo updates for a few hours, but he finally relented and sent me these:

And this:

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Global Finals in Tennessee

Destination Imagination is a non-profit program that promotes creativity and problem-solving skills in students from kindergarten through college level. This morning we said goodbye and good luck to our son, who is heading to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete with his Destination Imagination team at  Global Finals. There will be over 15,000 people from  1,200 teams from 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 13 countries competing against each other in various challenges.

Our daughter was sad that she couldn’t go too!

Good luck, DI’Ablos!

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Weekend Snapshots 4


Sadly, our record-setting, unprecedented eight day streak of being on time for school finally, inevitably ended…

It was graduation weekend at the University of Virginia. At work we had our own graduation celebration and awards luncheon for international students. It was so inspiring to talk to the award recipients from all over the world. They will take away much from their experience here, but they will also have immeasurably enriched the life of this community in lasting ways.

Feeling invigorated, I headed to Helping Hands, the after school elementary service group where I work with a much younger set of future movers and shakers. One day these little ones might also set the world on fire. This session, we’ve been holding a supply and money drive for a wonderful organization in our community called Shelter for Help in Emergency or S.H.E. This agency provides services to and a safe house for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. (Find out how you can help S.H.E. here).

On this particular day, our kids just had fun making super easy bird feeders.

Rice Cake Bird Feeder

Directions: Make a hole in a rice cake and attach ribbon. Coat rice cake with peanut butter and dip in bird seed. Hang in a covered area…Voilà!


“Chef Tedduccini”  whipped up a batch of pain au chocolat for breakfast. (Frozen Trader Joe’s brand…SCRUMPTIOUS)!

Chef Tedduccini

Our little renaissance man took a break from his labors to strum his ukulele:


Rained-out soccer games meant I finally had time to run a billion errands, starting with a long overdue trip to the blood bank.  My daughter scored me a Hello Kitty bandage by telling the phlebotomist that I should get a pink ribbon to match the skirt she was wearing, but that her favorite color was actually red:

Giving blood

Hair cut:

Hair experiments:

And…Happy reunions. Colin got back home just in time for bedtime hugs.

(Sure, he looks happy now, but just wait until I start meting out his punishment for having abandoned us for so long…)


Quick day trip to Arlington to see my family, including my brother who was visiting for the weekend.

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