Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Favorites

Some weeks are just too much for one moment, so I am going with another blogging tradition: FFF: Friday's Five Faves

Oh. Wait. Does this mean I have to count? Good grief. I am totally not in the mood to count, or think about order.

Ahem. This is a Chickenblog post, for a Friday, with random references to stuff I really liked from this week. Thank you.

Max is transitioning from home school to other school, and this week I have been enjoying his company especially much, since we have Maria home from school too. Wow, what a weird sentence. I think wine with dinner may have been a radical move on my part.

Yes, well, basically we have had some fun, some escapades, some adventures of the atypical variety. Fall Break = Blessing

Fall Break means Maria can join us on the regular walks Max and I have been taking. Sometimes the beach, sometimes the nature center. Always refreshing.

This nature walk was around the lagoon. We made two passes, because Maria hoped we would see something new. We did not see mule deer, badgers, weasels, gray foxes, or snakes. But it was fun looking.

We saw fish jumping out of the water, and egrets looking for fish. We saw ducks. We saw the last blooms of nasturtiums, tunas... the bright red cactus fruit. And seaweed, carried by the tide up the river.

A new school year, and new team members for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox. Team San Diego hosted a demonstration competition. It was a last opportunity to see LogoMotion played. It has been my favorite game in the three years I have followed Team Paradox and FIRST robotics. Of course my opinion my shift in seventy-nine days, when the new season kicks-off! It will be interesting to see what they have in store for all of the high school robotics teams who are preparing for and anticipating FRC in 2012!

Big thank yous to our hosts, FIRST 2485 We Are Robotics-Lords. They have great facilities, and it was a good opportunity to show our newest team members the ins and outs of a playing in competition.

Mark Leon! Have I mentioned who Mark Leon is? Yeah, I think I have written about this blue haired-NASA-math emcee a few times. He knows how to shine the spotlight on math, science, and the kids that bring it to the field. Thank you, Mark!

It's not enough for Team San Diego to devote a twelve hour day to robotics, they always manage to do more, go further, which is why it is no surprise that the event was played for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Team San Diego and FIRST are in the Pink!

Tatiana, Tots. Yup. She definitely makes the list. The list of favorite things from my week. She is a national treasure. Smart, funny, and beautiful. And a really cool thing is, I am available to see my kids to school, volunteer, show up at robot competitions, take hungry people out to lunch, find canvases and buy duct tape. This time and opportunity is good, but what makes it truly great is that all these children and friends, and friends of children... all of them make it worthwhile and special.

And... one more hug.

What a week.

Hey, it's Friday. And late October. Where are the days going? How did we get here?
It's nice to look back and reflect on the favorites, the highlights, and goodness that comprises our days. Now, for the days ahead! Forward!

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