Derek’s first time in a tuxedo

Last night was the first music conservatory performance of the year at BTWHSPVA (Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts…phew) or Booker for short. While expectations at JL Long MS had been “dress in black”, Booker does the full-on tux and dresses. What a great performance! 2 sections of wind symphony, then classical guitar solos and an ensemble. String orchestra finished with 2 sections and then joined together for 1 song. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 9 double-bases and 9 cellos on the stage at the same time before. Tonight is choir and piano, looking forward to going back.

Early bats enough for 6-3 win over Pinkston

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Pinkston 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 6
Woodrow 5 1 0 0 6 7 7

Missing several key seniors (Elaine, Carly, Dori) Woodrow bagged their limit in the first inning and had solid enough pitching and defense to freeze out Pinkston in a chilly 45 degree scrimmage Friday night.  Sophomore pitcher Lauren suffered some control issues in the 4th inning, issuing 4 walks, but otherwise only gave up 1 hit and no balls out of the infield to go along with 4 Ks and a 1-2-3 5th inning.  Aliyah, Mariah, and Briana drove in the key 1st inning runs with Aliyah’s solid rip to the right center wall scoring 2 on a triple.

team talks after win

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Family Spring Schedule and Events

The family’s been gearing up for an intensive Spring.  We all cherished this last Fall because we had very little going on and knew that it was just a respire. Now everyone’s excited (and a little scared) about upcoming events.


Derek’s primary items this Spring are:

  • baseball – tournaments every other weekend starting 3/14, practices Mon/Wed
  • School of Rock – lessons and band practices on Wed
  • Math & Science team – Saturday meets until mid April, state competition in May


  • softball – practice every day, games mostly on Fridays
  • Softball tournaments 2/13-2/15 and 2/19-21
  • UIL Solo and Ensemble competition 2/14
  • Annie rehearsals – evenings
  • Annie performances: 4/23-26 (Lauren in 4 songs)

If you’re interested in attending any of these items, let me know and I’ll give you more detailed schedule info.

It’s January…must be time to blog again :-)

Yeah, this has happened before, part of that whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing I guess. Well unlike recent years, there’s actually a lot going on that I’d like to write about for a change. So we’ll see…

First off, I’ve started off with a much more dedicated focus to the “get in shape” thing this year. At 48, those feelings of mortality have begun to creep in, and now it’s beginning to feel more like, “you better get on top of this or you’re going to start having life-altering consequences”. Other than a few sick days with bronchitis, I’ve worked out every weekday and significantly changed to a smaller portion, more paelo-style eating regimen. I’m down 15 pounds and 5% BMI for January. Yea! Continue reading