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The Best of 2016


Hug the Santa!


Look, those were the little pieces I created on Christmas Day! Apparently they were palatable enough as the masculine young Santa gave me a tight bear hug after his gastronomic desires were satisfied. Haaa!





Happy Holidays!



11th Visit: Blue Leopard


Retained top and bottom wires as before, kept using lacing on the top; Changed to leopard rubber bands but using the same pattern: from top 3rd to bottom 4th and 5th. The doctor kept giving his approbation on BT's daily oral hygiene. She is ahead of her schedule. We are almost there. Yayyy! But honestly, her smile was nearly perfect to begin with. So that is to be expected :)

Northview - 1st Tournament This Year


Some facts:
1) Mason High School sent 3 teams (instead of 2): Green, White and Black with 45 team members total to this tournament, which was about 200 miles to the north of Mason.
2) The charter bus (as opposed to a traditional school bus), set off at 3:17pm on Friday and came back at 10:46 Saturday night.
3) BT was on the Green Team. She participated in 4 events and placed in 3 of them: 1st place in Anatomy & Physiology, 1st place in Microbe Mission and 2nd place in Disease Detectives.
4) Mentor High School top team placed 1st, Mason High School Green Team placed 2nd overall.

Trump's Call with Taiwan


(Image Credit: cnn.com/2016/12/05/politics/kfile-stephen-moore-taiwan-call/index.html)

Secret Peek



As BT was elected the cultural officer of CNHS at school, one of her jobs was to plan, organize, and lead some of the holiday activities. And the jobs she assigned to me were to hunt for the music books weeks ago and then be out of their sight when the kids come to rehearsal at our house. (OMG. How exasperating! How I want to listen and talk to the kids and give my opinion about the quintet.) So the only way to take a peek of the music scene was from 2nd floor. That was what I did this afternoon. Secretly and super creepily. :)

10th Visit: Pink Manatee


Retained top and bottom wires, added lacing which is stronger than the chain; Kept using manatee rubber bands, going back to the old pattern: from top 3rd to bottom 4th and 5th. Not much happened this time, but still a fun visit.

Hilary Hahn - Sarabande in D Minor by Bach

#Crackedup



Personal Learning Day



I did it!


Someone didn't believe one could enjoy the experience of feeding a spruce. So I did it. All by myself. In 15 minutes. Ha!

Colors 4 A Cure Run


Those were the selfies taken before and after 5k run on Saturday.
Who was that grinning purple monster?? It looks kinda familiar to me, I wonder why...

Meet the Fall








The Real Winner

The good day that I had been hoping for didn't come.

It was a dreary day. To me, and so many others. In a slough of despond, I was working out at the gym while watching TV this morning. The news happened to be Hillary Clinton's concession speech. It was painful and emotional. But she was brave, thankful, and graceful. It was the best speech of this kind I have ever heard. I felt that although she didn't win the White House, she has won her position in our hearts.

Now I'm posting the complete transcript of her speech here to keep as a memento. I also hope it will inspire Jenny to always fight for what is right and to pursue and achieve her dreams.

"Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much.

Very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so very much for being here. I love you all, too.

Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.

I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this.

Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.

We don't just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.

Let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let's do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet. And breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.

We've spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone--for people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.

So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey.
[Cheers and applause]

It has been a joy getting to know them better, and it gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing Virginia in the Senate.
[Cheers and applause]

To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.

We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world. And to Bill and Chelsea, Mark, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express.

You crisscrossed this country on our behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most--even 4-month-old Aidan, who traveled with his mom. I will always be grateful to the talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country.

You poured your hearts into this campaign. To some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. Some of you, it was your first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors, posted on Facebook--even in secret private Facebook sites.

I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.
[Cheers and applause]

To everyone who sent in contributions, even as small as $5, and kept us going, thank you from all of us. And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this--I have, as Tim said, spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in.

I've had successes and I've had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers--you will have successes and setbacks too.

This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.

It is, it is worth it.
[Cheers and applause]

And so we need--we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will--and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
[Cheers and applause]

And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
[Cheers and applause]

Finally, I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me.

I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, "Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election.

May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America."

Make a Difference


Hope For a Good Tomorrow


(References: www.cbsnews.com/pictures/wild-donald-trump-quotes/
www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/10/trump-once-said-he-would-pay-legal-fees-for-people-who-beat-up-protesters-now-that-its-happened-can-he/ )

9th Visit: Purple Manatee


Changed top and bottom wires, using detailing wires with bands for both; Chain the top and changed rubber bands from sea lions to manatee again, which are 7.9mm thick and 5/16" in diameter (thicker and slightly bigger in size), with new positioning from top 3rd to bottom 5th and 6th.

And there was a wonderful grinning fright!

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