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    another summer coming to a close.

    …Sara goes back to school on Saturday. and I’m certainly in a much better place this year than last – it helps knowing that Marc and I enjoy being empty nesters 🙂 and that she’s been home over three months (and that I have another very small being to care for). but still, it’s bittersweet. Tomorrow is busy with last minute shopping, laundry and cleaning, so today was the celebration. We saw Harry Potter (quickly – it was wonderful – not as good as the book, of course, nothing could be – the book was the best!) and then enjoyed a(nother!!) very late lunch at Bistro VG. The food was delicious…

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    ending and beginning.

    …with Sara’s help (coloring is contagious!) I got the beach album photos and art done yesterday. Added the journaling this morning and it’s done:Then picked up the last 17 photos from the summer blowout and got them into the album – this is probably the most caught up with photos I’ve ever been!…and thanks to Katie I have great patterned paper on the covers:Katie left at 7 am – little katie-car was packed, but she managed on her own (I think she was ready to do it by herself and I only cried a little bit). She was all the way moved in before 9 am.So instead of lugging boxes…

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    one day left.

    …before school starts and Katie moves back on campus. And I am very sad, but consoling myself just a bit – and yes – a smile, too – when I look back on this:more photos here – the only regret so far is that we’ve watched ZERO chick flicks – zero movies actually. but we did watch a whole season of entourage 🙂

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    tuesday.

    …was fun today – because I accomplished some good things and got to spend real catching up time with Katie. Got a good (early) start. Heard good news about Hewitt’s earnings finally?!). Confirmed five appointments to followup on Hewitt Foundation organizations – site/phone visit summaries are due September 7 and I represent 10 organizations…all of them are wonderful, awe-inspiring and I wish I had more time to spend. Two folks returned my intro-emails with phone calls. And I so wish I could’ve had the phone visit right then because their enthusiasm was/is contagious! Katie met me at 3:30 and we drove to Virginia-Highlands to visit Knitch (certain someone has a…

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    christmas in august.

    …what it seemed like at our house last night when Katie shared all the goodies she brought us back from Europe!The scene at the airport reminded me of the closing scene in Love Actually, where someone says (something like) if you want to know about love, hang out at the arrivals gate at Heathrow. And it’s so true – well the arrivals gate part, at Hartsfield-Jackson, anyway.Saturday was lots of fun, too, except I didn’t get any pictures of me and/or Sara enjoying our movie and lunch. The movie was delightful – superb performances by John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer and a crew of very talented younger actors. And…

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    sb kickoff.

    …the summer blowout is officially underway! Sara and I experimented a lot with sandwiches this past spring and created this healthier version of the Barefoot Contessa’s tomato, mozzarella & pesto panini. Our version uses just a little bit of pesto spread on the top and bottom slices of bread, then sliced tomato and sliced fresh mozzarella with a few basil leaves. We put the sandwiches on non-stick foil (or parchment paper) in a 375 degree oven until the bread is toasted. Flip the sandwiches and toast again until done. About 15 minutes altogether. No butter or oil on the bread – that’s why we call it healthier! Then we had…

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