Wednesday, April 9, 2014


My freshman kid jumped right in to the robotics team at Ithaca High School this academic year. Weekly club meetings in the fall gave way to a full-on build season in January after they received the 2014 competition challenge "Aerial Assist" from FIRST.

in the pit with team 639
One of the first times my husband peeked into the tech room during build season, he said, "It's looks they're saving the world in there..." Indeed. Watching the teams in action at the regional competitions is better than any sporting event you will ever witness. If you can't go, the competitions are streamed live. It's all so organized (pit administration!) and high tech.

At the Finger Lakes Regional at RIT, it was a gas to walk around the pit area. "Robot," they yell, "robot coming through!" when they're pushing their baby in or out of the workshop area. There's crazy costumes, mascots, loud music and lots of dancing, too. It's incredibly energizing to witness all these smart young people working together and having such a good time. Like maybe there's hope after all.

Team 639 goes to the nationals in St. Louis later this month. So grateful for their dedicated mentors, teachers, and volunteers.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm Alice and that's my brother Ian

We're young. And we've only been in our new home for about a week, but it hasn't escaped our notice that our mommy is posting pictures of cats on the internet.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Calling CNY fiber arts fans, friends, fanatics

Save the date: April 25-27, 2014 in Syracuse, NY. The Yarn Cupboard is gearing up for their 4th Annual Fiber Arts Retreat at Christ the King Retreat and Conference Center in the beautiful Salt City.

This year's instructors include: Jill Draper, Lori Versaci, Sandi Wisehart, Laura Nelkin and Kate Gagnon Osborne & Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens and more. Woo hoo! You won’t want to miss this special event featuring workshop instruction from some of the most accomplished (and nice!) fiber artists & handmade crafters in the business. 

Besides the great camaraderie and the classes, Susan of the YC usually lines up some really interesting people for evening lectures. In the past few years, we heard how the Great Adirondack Yarn Company was started. The US distributor of Manos del Uruguay gave a presentation on the cooperative model and how that works. Last year, Jill Draper (Makes Stuff) talked about how she sources New York State wool for her gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.