Wednesday, May 20, 2009


May 20, 2009

Walter and I drove to Austin last night to judge entries in Texas History Day today and tomorrow.  Amazingly, 1013 middle school and high school students thought enough of history to enter through their local competitions and qualify to compete in this state event, with hopes of qualifying for nationals.  AND, this was originally scheduled to take place on a weekend (postponed by swine flu), not during the week when the opportunity to miss class would be a driver.  

I don't have a lot of time to write.  I judged senior high group exhibits this morning. . .who knew that an exhibit on Joseph Stalin could be so compelling?. . .and will judge middle school individual performance this afternoon.  I am hoping that watching dynamic, charismatic middle school students will not be too excruciating.

We also have the great luck to have friends from all over the state in for judging, so tonight promises to be quite relaxing.


  1. Hang in there!
    But have fun in Austin!! Need a list of our favorite places to eat?

  2. Re: your trip to DC. sounds like you are going to be in the neck of the woods i'll be in from the 17-25 of june (taking care of papa on chemo) -- the appalachains of va. if you want to stop in blacksburg (home of va tech) i'd love to recommend some good places to eat or beautiful places to see and places to hike (the appalachain trail!). in dc a not miss place is great falls park. great wandering about on the c & o canals - and if you were whitewater boaters, the water below the falls is great too.

  3. I'll be thinking of you as you are amongst many brilliant middleschoolers! You are an amazing lady Vickie. Enjoy your time among friends.
    btw - I read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I wonder if you would as well. It is about the year of her life after she lost her husband...