Thursday, June 26, 2014

What's Purple and Brown?

The boys have been enjoying taekwondo camp this week.  Q-ster just tested for his brown belt!

The kids line up to help each other lace up their chest protectors, with varying success.  Fortunately, the instructors jump in to assist the little ones.

Buster warms up with some burpees.  He's going to test for purple senior tomorrow!

Kick, kick, kick.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Entertainment while waiting for milkshakes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Travel Tips from the Pros

I've been collecting these travel articles for ages and just want to post them so I can find them later. I'm making a packing list for summer vacations, so it was the perfect time to review.

Penelope Trunk, as always, has some interesting and sharply worded thoughts on how you should try to maintain as much of a routine as usual, when you're on the road.

Ariana Huffington shares her thoughts.

This NY Times article about working mothers and business trips made me think, Really?  Is it really that hard?  Of course, my husband is a superhero, so that makes things easier for me.

Dan Pink has a whole series of travel tips.  This one is about avoiding sickness.

Booking a private tour guide can be an enlightening experience.

And now a whole bunch of packing lists.  This counts as fun for me!

The always awesome Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans. Camera and tech focused, since he photographs, blogs and tweets from the road for National Geographic. He just announced that he's going on sabbatical, so I'll have to dig into his archives.

Chookooloonks, also camera focused.

Chookooloonks again, this time camera and scuba gear.

The Unclutterer, pre-travel checklist

The Unclutterer, packing list.

And another packing list, from Wild Junket. More of a hard-core, long term traveler list.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Little Gladiator

Someone was exciting to try on his new taekwondo sparring gear tonight.  His big brother asks, "Hey, can I kick him in the head to try out the helmet?"


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dribble, Dribble, Swoosh

After seven hours of basketball camp each day this week, Q-ster's been asking to go outside in the evening and shoot more hoops.  Ok, kid.

Our foyer looks like a sporting goods store right now.  Q-ster's basketball shoes, 6 sets of soccer cleats (three from the neighbors and three of ours from previous years,) all kinds of taekwondo gear.  Fortunately, Buster can wear a set of Q-ster's almost-new but outgrown soccer shoes, and Q-ster can wear a set from our neighbors.  You know the drill - the kids have a one week camp and then the shoes are set aside, too small for the following year's camp.  Thank heavens we're getting more use by trading them around!

SwingDaddy is in charge of working out the mouth guard fittings from the TKD gear.  We never needed mouth guards in orchestra, so I don't have any experience with them.  The brass section never got that far out of hand.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Buster was quite pleased with the spaceship he built for himself out of foam blocks, chairs, and some electric train controllers.

He stopped to refuel, since the big engine in back uses a lot of energy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Being a Grown-up

Doing my best to give useful career advice on a panel. Summer interns are fun!