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8:45 AM (Central time): I'm just not ready to start my day yet, so I thought I would post a little update. There's nothing significant to report, but that's a good thing! Last week, I went on a quick trip to Washington DC for a work meeting. What an amazing place. I wish I could go for longer and see more of it. All I saw, other than the scenery during my cab ride, was the hotel I stayed in (The River Inn) and the building where the meeting was held (at The Urban Institute). Because I had to fly across the country, I stayed at the hotel the night before and the night of the meeting (most others flew in that morning and left that afternoon), so I had a lot of time to myself. It was good to get home though.

The girls are doing well. Most of the time, they really seem to get along, and Sophie's dramatic episodes seem to be getting a little better. We're really trying to get them to do more to contribute to the running of our home, and that responsibility seems to be having a positive effect. They continue to charm everyone around here (including us, most of the time). We spend a lot of time laughing in our house!

Did I mention that we got Randall a guitar for his birthday? (Seemed fitting, since he got me a tuba for mine). He signed up for e-mail lessons through a well-recommended web site and has been practicing nearly every day. He's starting to get callouses on his fingertips, and is really enjoying what he is learning. It's good for the girls to see us applying our musical skills--it's making them want to be musical too. Elisabeth is doing well with her piano lessons (and she inherited my ability to play by ear), and Sophie loves to sing and dance.

I'm driving to Albuquerque tonight (it's about four hours away and one time zone to the west) to spend the weekend with Randall's sister Sabine--just the two of us. I've never gone on a trip like that, and I'm looking forward to showing off the city we lived in for five years. She never got a chance to visit us when we lived there. We'll stay the weekend in a hotel downtown, go shopping, eat, visit, and just enjoy ourselves. We plan to go to our old church (First United Methodist Church, downtown) on Sunday morning, so that will be nice. Other than that, as much as I want to visit friends, this time is for Sabine! (Apologies to those of you in or near Albuquerque who are reading this--we'll try to catch you next time!).

Well, I'd better post this before I lose it like Randall did last week!!


I am so excited that you and Sabine will have a girls' weekend -- Sounds wonderful and I will be thinking about the two of you.

And I will be thinking about Randall and the girls. I hope you will all have great fun.

With a tuba and a guitar, all you need is a tamborine player with some pink boots!!!! Tell the girls hello.