Trucks and Trains!

Categories: Family, With the Kiddos

One advantage of being with small children all day is finding the joy in the small things again. With no meetings to get to and a schedule all our own we are able to take time to explore the things that make them smile.

For example, instead of hoping to not get stopped by a train on our way home, we actually do a u-turn and park next to the tracks so we can watch it.

And instead of just noticing that they’re clearing land for a new housing development as we drive down the road, we grab our water bottles, put on some sun screen, park the car, and walk down the path next to the new development to spend an hour watching the trucks and waving at the construction guys.


Big mom-ing wins are often found in the little things.

I support public education in Arizona

Categories: Education, Politics

Governor Ducey, Representative Griffin/John/Nutt,

I am a registered voter in Arizona who highly values education. This coming school year our oldest will enroll in kindergarten. She is very excited to go to her school and comments on it every time we go past. Each time we go past her school in the evening around dinner time she always asks why there are still cars there and why the teachers haven’t gone home to eat dinner yet.

My mom was an elementary teacher when I was a child and I have taught elementary school as well. I know exactly why there are still cars at the school when the school day is long over and everyone should be home eating dinner. I have been that teacher spending my evenings at school and going home after the sun goes down.

There are still cars at the school because the teachers and staff care about their students and want to make sure they have everything prepared for the next day. They are there after hours because teaching is more than just what happens during the school hours. It is preparing lessons, activities, and science experiments. It is grading assignments and figuring out how to teach the next topics based on how well the students know the past ones. It is researching ways to help students who bring to class with them their mental problems, their physical problems, their family problems, their emotional problems, because none of that stays at home when a child comes to school.

To work in a school means having your heart split amongst all your students. And unfortunately to work in a school in Arizona means trying to teach your heart without adequate supplies or support.

I will gladly provide my daughter’s teacher with however many reams of paper she puts on the supply list, with facial tissue, crayons, pencils, and whatever other supplies she needs. Because I care about my daughter’s education, and all her classmates. And I know that based on past actions my daughter’s teacher will not be able to count on the state supporting her.

You have an opportunity right now to have a positive effect on the future of Arizona. Without adequate education in this state corporations will not be able to attract employees because they will not want their children to go to school here. And the businesses, and their tax revenue, will go elsewhere. Consider the future. Make a difference.

Sincerely,
Lisa M. G. Dennis, PhD.

Me, the Runner, Part 1

Categories: Exercise, Family

Today was the Boston Marathon. So that seems like a good time to pick back up my topical autobiographies.

I have always been a runner. When I was a baby my dad, also a runner, would push me on runs and races in the stroller. Back then they didn’t have the fancy jogging strollers we have now and I’ve been told that he and I wore out several strollers with all the miles we did. I don’t have any memory of those runs, but I’ve seen the pictures.

As with many Utah running events, competitors included everyone from very young youngsters to grandparents. There was even one report of a runner who pushed a baby buggy around the whole course.
“Lindsey Races to Easy 10,000-Meter Win,” Salt Lake Tribune, September 14, 1980

I ran my first race at 3. It was the Brigham Street Mile. My dad ran the whole thing holding my hand and my mom ran the whole thing from the side cheering for me. As the youngest runner in the race I remember being interviewed and they asked me how fast I was going to run. I replied, “Fast.” This photo was published in the newspaper.

There were 250 runners competing to set their personal best mile times and, for at least one runner, the event was especially memorable.
Kent Giles ran the distance alongside his daughter Lisa. While there are many father-daughter running combinations on Utah’s roads these days, Kent will probably always remember the sight of 3 1/2 year old Lisa crossing the finish line in the Brigham Street Mile.
“Padilla Clocks 3:44.11 Mile,” Salt Lake Tribune, May 16, 1982

I did some Turkey Trots and other short races with my dad over the years. In the summers he’d wake me up in the morning and we’d go run a few miles and then I’d go back to bed (I’m not a morning person) and he’d go to work. I really enjoyed that special time I had with my dad and that running was a special thing that he and I shared.

Part 2: Junior High Track & Field

Talent!

Categories: How To, Quilting/Sewing/Knitting/Crafting

For reasons I can’t fully understand myself, I organized an on-line talent show for a moms of multiples group I’m in on FaceBook. I gave everyone three weeks to get their talents ready to share and then this morning set up the place for everyone to share their photos, videos, links, or whatever, of whatever talents they had.

These are the instructions I gave:

Where: Right here! We’ll have a dedicated thread on the day of the “show” for you to share your talents.

How? Share a video, photo, link, etc., that will show us your talent. Unfortunately, this talent show will not allow us to actually taste any cooking talents. But otherwise, it might actually be easier to share some talents here than at a traditional talent show.

What: Definitely share any traditional talent show talents, but let’s also share those that don’t typically get included in a talent show. Some possible ideas include:
• singing
• musical instruments
• dancing
• theatrical readings
• sewing skills
• needlework
• yarn arts
• painting
• sculpting
• gardening
• writing
• poetry
• photography
• stand-up comedy
• cooking (we’ll have to settle for recipes and photos)
• skeet shooting
• deer skinning
• swimming
• diving
• skiing
• ice skating
• curling (please tell me we have a member who curls)
• organizing your car or your pantry
• make-up or hair
• keeping your house clean with multiples running around
• staying on top of laundry
• getting a good deal
• mad tandem feeding skills
• how fast you are at changing a diaper
• how many kids you can get in a shopping cart and still get groceries for your family
• things you can do while wearing a baby
• talent for getting a toddler to eat what you fixed
• car maintenance
• wood working
• making others smile

These are the talents I shared with the group:

The four quilts I designed and made for our kids. I love the set they make.

These are the wall quilts we hang by our front door, a picnic blanket I made, and the pillow covers we have for the different seasons. All designed by me.

Brett has joked with me about needing to make a tutorial for this skill of mine for a while. So I finally did. He thinks it’s very impressive.

What talents can you share?

Pyeong Chang 2018 Closing Ceremonies

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsAnother Olympics in the books. Thanks for joining us for our Olympic commentary. We certainly had a good time doing it. I’m excited to see what our growing commentating team does in 2.5 years in Tokyo. Enjoy!

Amanda: From a production assistant who graduated from BYU and now works at NBC.

🤦🏼‍ Canadian skier arrested, accused of stealing car at Winter Olympics
We saw Stephano at the airport. Saw his name and jacket and wondered what his sport was. Did not expect this.
Esports get a cool reception at Winter Games
Adorable children in tiger hats!
Had the first 13 minutes on mute, but they seem cool. Might have to watch this part on replay.
Definitely cool now.
The silver medalist at the victory ceremony for the men’s cross country skiing has a hat that makes him look like a Smurf.
We now have some dancing pianos? 🤨
If Beyoncé and Lady Gaga had a Korean baby, this K-pop Star would be it.
Handover to Beijing time! Of course there is a panda! No! Two pandas!
I’ve been to so many places on this Beijing video! The panda ice skates at the Summer Palace!
The heart gloves! I considered buying some!
Ooh. I think you’ll like the snow globe bit.
I saw this!

Lisa: Oyf!
Um… no.
That’s something we’ll watch for.

Amanda: Yeah. I’m fine with there being video game competitions. But I’m with Ted Ligety on this one.

Lisa: When snowboarding was invented it was called snurfing. Brett thinks we should go back to that name.

Amanda: I like it! Snow + surfing. It makes sense.

Lisa: I want a paint splattered snow suit.
Those traditional hats that keep the back of their necks warm look like a smart idea.
Tiger hats!

Amanda: Prettier than the Russian ones.

Lisa: How many countries are there in the world?
Guy from Tonga is wearing a coat.

Amanda: Wolfram Alpha says there are 206 sovereign states.
Not later he isn’t.

Lisa: I’ll watch.
Probably depends on who is counting since some countries don’t recognize others.

Amanda: True.

Lisa: The girls are doing their version of ice dancing to the music playing during the athletes coming in.

Amanda: Fun!

Lisa: We had the first bit on mute because we were talking with grandparents. I’ll watch it again on the rebroadcast.

Amanda: I was on the phone with Blake off and on the whole time, so I definitely missed things.

Lisa: Our athletes have regular mittens this time.
“The Ameri-curl on ice.” Referring to our win in men’s curling.

Amanda: Heh. I think I saw that pun somewhere.

Lisa: I want a drone light show at my next event.

Amanda: They are really cool.

Lisa: Remembering athletes who have passed away. Dandelions are for new beginnings. Turtle for long life.

Amanda: Ohhh. Interesting.

Lisa: Numbers- passage of time.
Pushing boundaries, overcoming obstacles, beating time.

Amanda: I understood none of that, it seems.

Lisa: It was the black and white light dance thing.
Accurate description.
“Why are no kids crying about the fireworks?”
– Shimei

Amanda:

Lisa: I do like the snow globe portion.

Amanda: The definitive ranking of Norway’s Olympic curling pants

Lisa: Love it.
Now I watch the rebroadcast to catch what I missed during the bedtime routine.

Amanda: I wonder if I can find it too. I want to watch stuff with commentary and just audio in general.

Lisa: During a lot of the Olympics I felt like I was watching the future. Today I’m watching the past. Not sure when I watched the present.

Amanda: Maybe the last time the Olympics were in your time zone?

Lisa: It was fun watching so much of it live.

Amanda: It worked well for the evening broadcasts to be the next day’s events.

Lisa: Definitely.

Amanda: Watching the replay! I’ll FF through the stuff I don’t care about. Like this interview with Ivanka Trump. No thank you

Lisa: Lightbulb in this room just blew. Lightbulbs don’t last long in our house. It’s weird.

Amanda: Don’t care or don’t need to watch. Like the athletes parade. That was long enough yesterday.
I don’t think I’ve ever had to replace one here get.
Wow to Jonny Weir’s hair.

Lisa: The tiger hats the performers wear for the ceremonies are fun.

Amanda: So stinking cute.

Lisa: Huh. 102 performers in paint splattered suits because there were 102 events.
I wish I could fast forward through the pop performances. I’m not much of a concert goer so that part of the opening and closing ceremonies never interests me.

Amanda: That makes sense.
I look forward to actually hearing the combination of traditional and modern instruments.
Did I hear right that the guitarist is a boy?

Lisa: I like the traditional type of music.
Yup. And he’s 13.
Norway should curl in those light suits.

Amanda: I thought he was a girl. 🤭
I would watch that.

Lisa: Brett thinks this tune is on his Baroque Pandora station.

Amanda: I think I saw it was Vivaldi’s Winter, so probably.

Lisa: Definitely a unique arrangement of it. Also, perfect for the Winter Olympics.

Amanda: For sure!
FFed through the parade, but caught the tail end. Way more closeups on the Americans than in the live version.
300 drones!

Lisa: Of course.

Lisa: The parade is just starting for us. No fast forwarding for us. 🙁
Iddo wanted to know why our flag bearer is called the glitter fairy so I had to repeat that she puts glitter on her cheeks for races.
The NBC Olympic website has SERIOUS design flaws because I can never find what I’m looking for.

Amanda: Ha!
Lame. I’ve been pretty happy with the Roku app.

Lisa: Brett wanted to know how the athlete from Togo fared and I had to go to Google to find it because the NBC website isn’t obvious, if it’s even possible, how to look up results by country.
I even tried searching “Togo” on the NBC site and there wasn’t even a mention of the country.

Amanda: I wonder if the official PyeongChang app or website would work better.

Lisa: The official app told me they had 1 athlete but I still had to go to Wikipedia to find out how that athlete did.

Amanda: Lame.

Lisa: Olympics.org is a bit better.

Amanda: That’s good.
I didn’t notice that the kids in the snow globe section had coats that light up! I want one!

Lisa: I know! And a tiger hat. Which apparently are not currently for sale.

Amanda: 😔

Lisa: I want fiber optics in the fur color of my coat.

Amanda: I need a new coat. Might as well be one with fiber optics.

Lisa: Exactly.
I did not know there were different flags for the Winter and Summer Olympics.
We’re having a series of Asian Olympics between now and 2022.
I like that they use the LED squares in the audience to make it look like people are taking photos.

Amanda: Are they visually different or just physically different? I must have missed that.

Lisa: Apparently they’re just physically different.

Amanda: I realized this too. If we’re still here or back or nearby, I will try to go!
Interesting.

Lisa: They’ve been passing this one around for Winter Olympics since 1960 something.

Amanda: That’s cool.

Lisa: I remember watching the 2008 Olympics “with” you shortly after I moved to Tucson.

Amanda: I remember that too.

Lisa: You need an LED panda suit to go with your fiber optic coat.
Apparently Tokyo is having a hard time with their mascot because it’s not as cute as the Korean one.

Amanda: You know, I think you’re right.
I don’t even remember if I’ve seen it.

Lisa: Lighted dragon!
From what I was reading, Tokyo hasn’t settled on one, but the options presented are not being well received.

Amanda: That explains why I haven’t seen one. C’mon Japan. We can do kawaii!
Kawaii = cute.

Lisa: The current options aren’t cute enough or look too much like Pokémon.

Amanda: I’m sure they’ll figure something out.

Lisa: This is what I learned while trying to figure out if you can buy tiger hats.

Amanda: Hehe. Excellent.

Lisa: Hooray for another Olympics!
Tokyo in 2.5 years. It’s amazing to think of the commentary my kids will be doing by then. All three of them will be able to pay attention to what’s going on.

Amanda: Um, four?

Lisa: Right. Four.

Amanda: You have four kids.

Lisa: Sorry. Izri isn’t fully walking yet so he’s normally tied to me so I only count three kids wandering around.

Amanda: That’s fair. But he will be much more mobile and talkative in 2.5 years.

Lisa: Although I put him down on the floor when we got to church today and in the time it took me to put our fleece tail down the crack so we wouldn’t loose a whole bunch of crayons down the crack later Izri crawled under the bench to visit the stake Primary presidency members who were visiting for ward conference and seated in the row behind us. Only Izri is having HUGE separation and stranger issues right now so he definitely wasn’t happy with where he found himself.

Amanda: Ha!

February 23rd and 24th at the Olympics

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsI spent the 23rd getting my family ready to go to Mesa so I could run a 10K on the 24th and the three older kids could run a 1K, so there wasn’t much Olympic watching on my end that day. And by the 24th things were starting to wind down at the Olympics. But we still got some commentary in. Bobsled. Curling. Hockey.

FEBRUARY 23

Lisa: Olympics at the hotel.
Bobsledder J. Olsen had an emergency appendectomy when he arrived in PyeongChang.
Estimated 2.5 Gs on long track speed skaters as they go around the curves.
I don’t think you can say someone did a quad at big air if he landed on his back and the jump wasn’t scored.

Amanda: 😬
I agree.
😮

FEBRUARY 24

Amanda: I was hoping to find a list like this. The Norwegian curling team’s crazy pants

Lisa: Someone needs to make that list.
Men’s mass start speed skating = Olympic conga line.

Amanda: I don’t know if the above list is exhaustive, but it’s pretty good.
I wanted to watch that! I was almost home in time, but I had to take the dog out.

Lisa: There is at least one pair not on the list. But it’s a good list. We need curling pants for 2022.
The mass start is about 8 minutes long. You should look it up.

Amanda: I will try and watch a replay after church. My live options are hockey and cross country.
Or just Olympic themed pajama pants.

Lisa: Funky pajama pants would be my version of curling pants.

Amanda: Same. We should look for appropriate pajama material.

Lisa: We’ve got four years. We’ll find something perfect.

Amanda: 👍🏻
Maybe we need something appropriate for summer too.

Lisa: Definitely.
5Gs of force going around turns in a 4-man bobsled.
Apparently bobsled is the sport to be in if you are in the military. Blake should take it up.
Wait. We won the men’s curling medal? Cool!
Korea had never won a medal on snow until today. Cool.
“A freak of nature as an athlete.” We think that’s supposed to be a compliment.
Swiss bobsled team has a very prescribed handshake thingy they do before going down.
The NBC bobsled commentator is totally into this sport. You have to get excited listening to him.
Another bobsled tie. This time for silver. I’ve lost track of how many time John Morgan has said “WOW!” He wants to rename the “House of Speed” (apparently the nickname for the sliding center) to the “House of Excitement.”
Also, before these Olympics South Korea had only ever won medals on ice skates of some form. But they won two sledding medals and one snowboard.
Interesting observation between ice dancing and figure skating – ice dancers can wear their hair down and the open parts on their dresses are actually open, not just flesh colored fabric.

Amanda: Wow!
I will let him know!
We did! A bunch of nobodies from Michigan, after the national team gave up on Shuster.
Neat!
Probably?
Rituals are important, especially to athletes.
There is definitely something about the home field advantage.
That is interesting.
Watching the gold medal hockey game. It’s close!

Lisa: I’m cheering for Germany.

Amanda: I think Blake is too. I don’t care.

Lisa: Germany has never won.
The women’s game went to overtime too.

Amanda: I’m now more in favor for them then.

Lisa: And then a shoot out.
And then sudden death.

Amanda: I saw footage of it.
Going into overtime.

Lisa: Yup. Third time in history.
I’ve been awake since 4am (20 hours) so I probably won’t stay up to finish this game. And I didn’t sleep well last night because you don’t sleep well the first night in a new place. Only half your brain goes to sleep.

Amanda: Yeah, you definitely need some sleep.
OT is 20 minutes!?

Lisa: It’s another period.

Amanda: I have just learned this.

Lisa: After that it’s best out of 5 for a shoot out.
After that they do sudden death.

Amanda: Right. Like the women’s game.

Lisa: Yup.

Amanda: So it comes down to whomever scores first in OT? They don’t necessarily play the full period?
Correction. Minnesota.

February 22nd at the Olympics (in which Amanda actually gets there)

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsWhile it wasn’t the Olympic trip she was hoping for, Amanda did have an Olympic experience, and totally made my day and my kids’ day by “taking” them with her. Photos courtesy of Amanda and myself.

Lisa: David Wise won men’s ski half pipe and afterwards hoisted his daughter and son. He had a flag too, but I like hoisting your kids better.
Iddo wants to be a goalie when she grows up and plays hockey so she doesn’t have to skate all over the ice.
They’re rebroadcasting yesterday’s game.

Amanda: That’s so sweet! I remember Dan Jansen doing that after speed skating many years ago.
Sorry to break it to you kid, but you’ll still skate all over. At least in practice.
Makes sense. It was really late for most people and there isn’t anything happening right now.

Lisa: She wants to know where the judges are sitting. Hockey is just figure skating with pads and sticks.

Amanda: On the ice! The referee skates with them, I think.
The Edmonton Oilers did hire David Pelletier (a figure skater) to be their skating coach.

Lisa: But they don’t determine the score like in figure skating.

Amanda: This is true.

Lisa: The replay just ended. “Look at the tumbly tumbly US! They just got in one big pile! Canada looks a little sad. They were hoping they’d win. Yea United States!”
Hockey medals handed out right after the game.

Amanda: Ha!
I heard that one of the Canadians took hers off immediately.

Lisa: Not everyone can be full of the Olympic spirit. And they were definitely dejected when they lost. Super sad.

Amanda: Agreed.
So, our driver dropped us off somewhere relatively terrible. I’m not sure how this is going to work with the shuttles. I’m trying hard not to be super angry right now, but hope we can figure this out.

Lisa: Good luck.

Amanda: Thank you.
This just reminds me that I am more comfortable working out my own transportation. Even relying on public transport, but navigating and planning routes myself. I should have made plans a few months ago, instead of waiting until we knew Blake’s schedule, and been in charge of this trip instead of being at the mercy of someone else and the arrangements they made. And why would this driver drop us off at the media hotel!? Some of this could have been avoided.
Sitting on a bus watching the Olympics in Korea is not the experience I wanted. Close, sort of. But not enough.

Lisa: Frustrating.

Amanda: Very.

Lisa: I definitely prefer coordinating my own vacations.

Amanda: For sure. I can also blame the IOC, right? Why have games so far away from a major city?
I understand having spread out events, but when the hub is still so hard to get to, that’s also frustrating.

Lisa: True.
Make the best of it and enjoy the adventure.

Amanda: I’m trying. 😕
I’m on yet another bus now. This one should be taking me to the main plaza. I’m with another MilSpouse and her kids. I’ve yelled at one of them, but he threw a snowball at me and she is okay that I yelled. I’m not in a snowball throwing mood.
Also, one of my apps said this bus wasn’t even running yet. So, the apps are wrong.
If I’m coming back for the Paralympics, I’m in charge of transport.

Lisa: The Toyota commercials have me excited about the Paralympics.
Cool!

Amanda: They could be a lot of fun. I hope we can work it out.

Lisa: The kids are suitably impressed with your photo.

Amanda: Ha!
Olympic Village!

Lisa: Yay!

Amanda: 😍

Lisa: That looks very official.

Amanda: That’s my ticket! I made it!

Lisa: Woohoo!

Amanda:

(Amanda is holding the same Olympic sign that Iddo is holding here. We scanned in Iddo’s sign and emailed it to Amanda who printed it and took it with her.)

Lisa: You just made her night!

Amanda:

(Amanda played the two videos I sent her of my kids, the first of them all doing Shimri’s Olympic trick together, the second of Iddo’s gymnastics routines (she’s had three classes) so that they could do their Olympic tricks at the actual Olympics.)

Lisa: You are the best!
Excited Olympic watchers

Amanda: I’m happy to help!
😍

Lisa: Medvedeva’s free skate program makes me think of miming or silent movies as she wordlessly tries to tell a story when she isn’t spinning and jumping.

Amanda: I’m guessing that’s the Russian with black gloves? I’m back on a bus. Hoping we get back okay.

Lisa: Yup. That’s her.
Good luck.

Amanda: Cool. Caught the last of that.
Thank you.
Made the second bus back. So, if it only takes 45 minutes, like it did coming here, or if our driver waits for us if we’re late, we’re fine.
I am so glad I didn’t wear my thermals.
But running in a coat and sweater and being out of water is not a combination I recommend.

Lisa: Technology, and you, are just so amazing and cool.

Amanda: Thank you. 😊

Lisa: A whole bunch of guys with leaf blowers clearing the ski jump hill tracks. That was rather funny looking.
France’s jumper’s face while he was in the air was also funny looking.

Amanda: Watching some ski cross on the bus. I don’t speak Korean, but the 😬 sound when watching a crash is the same.
Having just seen that hill – holy wow is that high.

Lisa: I’m watching the ski jumping portion of team nordic combined.
Finland’s jumper’s face when he was sitting at the top was funny looking.
Amanda: I was just there!

Lisa: I KNOW!!!
The Austria jumper’s face is just funny looking. He seemed a little too excited to be jumping off buildings with only a not entirely form fitting suit to keep in him the air.

Amanda: I hope that’s still an excited yell. And not a “stop talking about it already” 😉
Our bus connection was at the Alpensia ski center.
Mine would be an excited face.
Not. Not be. Very important.

Lisa: I’m so excited!!!!

(I took excited photos with all the kids before they went to bed so I could send them to you at appropriate times. All children are currently sleeping.)

Amanda: Very forward thinking! Because I was wondering!
Accidentally took a photo of an Olympic team member!

Lisa: Cool!

Amanda: I saw some other potential Olympians. But none I recognized.

Lisa: What amazes me as I look at the aerial shots is that the snow is on the Olympic course but not everywhere.

Amanda: Actual train of thought I just had:
It’s cool that other countries are excited about the Olympics. And that they are showing them on this bus. Oh yeah, I’m on an Olympic shuttle bus.

Lisa: Still, they are excited enough to have Olympic shuttle busses.

Amanda: It’s true. There is some snow on the ground, but it’s not everywhere. It thundersnowed in Seoul last night. I woke up during the storm.
I’m actually on a bus that’s supposed to be for the media. 🤭

Lisa: We do commentary. We’re totally media. We just have a very small subscription.

Amanda: That’s true. I’m just relieved I didn’t have to show a press pass.
If this ski cross is in real time, they are just cruising through and getting skiers from the bottom to the top and in the right jerseys fast.
Have you figured out or heard why they have a small final and a big final in ski and snowboard cross? Blake asked and I think tried to look it up, but I don’t think we found a satisfactory answer.

Lisa: I have no idea.

Amanda: Oh well.

Lisa: I’m watching the cross-country portion of team nordic combined right now.
It does not appear to be a live event.

Amanda: Just drove past Phoenix Snow Park.

Lisa: Cool.

Amanda: This may not have turned out to be the Olympic experience I was hoping for, but it’s definitely better than nothing!

Lisa: Definitely.
BYU gave students the second week of the 2002 Olympics off because so many students were volunteering. I wasn’t a volunteer but I went up to Salt Lake one day and just soaked in the atmosphere and it was fun.

Amanda: Made it to our next stop with 7 minutes to spare! Time enough for the restroom!

Lisa: Very important.

Amanda: I think that’s a great way to do it. Probably less stressful for than today’s travel shenanigans, but still good just be around them.

Lisa: Foreign travel usually involves some level of shenanigans.

Amanda: So true.
Too many today. But we emerged from the restroom just as our driver pulled up outside. Once again, almost too close for comfort, like yesterday. But we did it!

Lisa: Phew!

Amanda: I am relieved. In more ways than one, since we made our last connection. And heated seats on cold days are pretty much the best thing ever.

Lisa: Ski cross!

Amanda: I won’t spoil it for you!

Lisa: This doesn’t have the live thing on it either.
I barely moved past bunny hills when I skied in 6th grade. So while I prefer SBX, this is still impressive to me.

Amanda: I have never skied or boarded in my life. So it’s all impressive.

Lisa: Canadians do a special hand shake/high five after winning their heat.

Amanda: Cool!
Btw, I did pick something up for you. I think you’ll like it.

Lisa: Go Canadian friends!!
Also, liking the plaid jackets.
Yay!

A sport with entropy!

Amanda: That’s such a cute photo of Izri!

Lisa: We talk a lot about entropy at our house. Particularly when our kids want us to put a piece of food back together that fell apart.
He LOVES the camera, so it’s not hard to get a good one of him.

Amanda: That only really works with things like frosting or peanut butter as glue.
Also entropy is what makes ski/snowboard cross and short track so exciting.

Lisa: Yup.
Iddo is going to start kindergarten being able to accurately use “entropy” and “inertia” in a sentence.

Amanda: 👩🏼‍🎓