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Fewer To Dos

I’m slowly making it through the To Dos on my list. I did a reasonable job of preparing for the summit, though I didn’t have as many charts and graphs as I would have liked and I failed to flog my employees into complying with my requests for a new podcast or a new staff photo. Still, we made it through the summit pretty well and the food, at least, was solid.

Then it was my in-laws’ visit. After brief confusion about their arrival dates, it turned out they were indeed arriving the day after the guys departed from the summit. Between the summit andthe visit, it’s been two solid weeks of eating out or eating in-but-fancy, including a weekend barbecue at Ray and Christine’s house (since they’re our “Seattle family” it was nice for the Family family to meet them). A couple of false starts (Panos Kleftiko unexpectedly closed the first day we tried them, and Serafina not open for breakfast on Saturdays, which we didn’t know until we showed up there) but all in all it’s been a good run of food and activities. I’ve even managed to squeeze in a little cooking, including some Chewy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip cookies. Bill and Elaine will only be in town for a couple more days and I hope it’s not another two years until we see them again. It’s been quite a while between visits recently.

Kate left for her class trip to OPI this morning. She’s having a fantastic year, really coming into her own and bonding with a small group of very nice girls. Many of the kids who tormented her in previous years have left the school to attend middle school elsewhere, plus the kids are all just growing up and getting more mature. Kate was telling us about a kid who is new to the school this year who is annoying a lot of people with his behavior and how the kids got together to pick two “representatives” to take the kid aside and try to talk through their issues with him. So far it hasn’t resulted in much for them but I’m quite pleased that the kids selected Kate to be one of their reps and that her ability to be fair, compassionate, and level-headed has been recognized (and is being honed). She was beside herself with excitement about this trip and I wish I could have squeezed in going to camp with her again this year, but it was not in the cards. I’m certain she’s going to have a really good time. We’ll hear all about it on Friday, I’m sure.

Now that the big milestones are passing I can get back to the regular level To Do lists. That in itself seemed miles away a few weeks ago.

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