Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Day 11.161: Moving on up

Today was E5N1's step-up day - he spent some time at the Middle School seeing the school and meeting some of his teachers for next year. Meanwhile, it was Exile #4's last day of Middle School and in the evening we visited the High School for her promotion ceremony:



Exile #3 does not have a new school for next year, but today was a pretty significant occasion for her too - her 16th birthday!


Happy Birthday Exile #3!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Day 11.160: Perfect day for...

...an outdoors concert tonight. But that was last night and we had no such plans today. Alternatively, as Exile #2 said - or any day this week (except for yesterday) or as my boss said - or any day last week or this week (except yesterday).

Never mind - it really was beautiful today - at lunch time there was hardly a cloud in the sky:


- in fact no clouds - the thing that looked like a small wispy cloud was actually the moon. Unfortunately, this was a little too much clear sky (and sun) for E5N1 who caught the sun a bit during his school field day - despite leaving slathered in high SPF.

Tomorrow is step-up day at the middle school for him, but that is only vying for third most important event happening on Day 11.161. See you then!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Day 11.159: 0 for 2 at Thompson's Point

Last year we had tickets to see Phantogram at Thompson's Point only to hear a couple of weeks before the gig that it had been canceled. This year we had high hopes of redemption when we got tickets to see another of our favorite bands - alt-J at the same venue tonight. After a hot day had turned stormy we were less optimistic as we set out. Even less so as we drove through a violent storm.

By the time we arrived and parked, the storm was moving out to sea and we allowed ourselves a little hope that it would work out. Then we were ushered into this indoor space instead of to the outside stage area to wait for the storm to clear:


A few minutes later, they told us that the concert was canceled.

Hmph - we're oh for two as US sports fans would say.

We drove through another storm with some exciting lightning on our way home, so it was probably for the best.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Day 11.158: Exile #2's Sunday Column #229

Exile #2 writes...

Father’s Day got off to a bit of a slow start, with much of the family recovering from the show yesterday. Exile #3, in particular, looked almost boneless lying in bed this morning. But the kids managed to rally and wish their Dad a happy Father’s Day. He’s been working phenomenally hard this week, taking and editing photos and film footage of the dance show, with a bit of sermon podcast management thrown in for extra fun. There certainly has not been much time for idling. The pace lessens a little this week but there are still a few important events, including Exile #4's promotion from Middle School. She’ll be joining her sister in High School in September, while E5N1 will be arriving to take Exile #4’s place in Middle School. But first, vacation!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Day 11.157: Recital day

Considering the performances started at 11 am and were finished before 2:30 pm, the recital filled the day pretty effectively. I had the job of taking one of the two videos of the performances (and I will be editing the DVD together), but for now here is another of the photos I took of the dress rehearsal on Thursday:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Day 11.156: I filled the dance-gap with...

Today was the day between the dress rehearsal (yesterday evening) and the recital - one performance each side of noon tomorrow. I filled this gap-day with editing photos of the dress rehearsal. Tomorrow, I will be recording the show and then comes the video editing!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Day 11.155: Dress rehearsal

I was planning to stop into the dance recital dress rehearsal on my way home from work to check out the angles for doing the video recording of the performance on Saturday. Part way through the day, I got an email asking if I could step in to take some photographs since two professionals had let the artistic director down at late notice. This meant I was there for the whole evening and I have several hours of photo editing to do. It also meant that I got to see the whole show including the first time that Exile #3 and E5N1 have been in the same choreographed dance (it is a combined piece for both their hip-hop classes):