When she returns from Kripalu, Jeanine will be pleased to learn of her daughter’s exploits as a professional chef. Maya announced this morning that we would be having French Toast for breakfast and proceeded to create a masterpiece. Unfortunately, Kyle had long since left for school leaving Nico and I as the sole benefactors. Maya thought this would be a healthy breakfast to fuel her through the MCAST tests at school today.

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In case Jeanine checks the blog from Kripalu I though she would enjoy seeing a picture of her dog missing her. Kyle was in charge of dinner this evening and we enjoyed pasta with Vodka sauce.

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Jeanine is off to Kripalu, a center for yoga and health located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts for a 5 day retreat. She will be both student and teacher as she continues to acquire and share knowledge about healthy lifestyles, food, and eating. I will hold down the fort with the primary goal of keeping everyone alive until she returns. Unhealthy eating will be permitted. Having returned early from Baltimore, I was able to attend an outdoor soccer scrimage this morning and scored several nice goals. Despite the pouring rain, which fell throughout the match, it was a great tune up for our season opener next Sunday. Later in the afternoon I retrieved Nicolai from an all day referee training course held at the hotel pictured here.

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Obsolete perhaps, but still the subject of student interest. Is this the preppy equivalent of graffiti?

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The card catalogs, a bygone technology, remains a powerful reminder of the 13 million volume book collection and a work of art in and of itself.

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Sterling Memorial Library is architected in the style of a cathedral per the wishes of its benefactor but all religious symbols have been replaced with Yale inspired secular icons.

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This sculpture, Women’s Table, by Maya Lin, winner as a Yale senior, of the design competition for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. depicts the growth in number of female Yale graduates over the years. Women now outnumber men at the school by a wide margin.

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We stopped for a lunch break in downtown New Haven. I opted to visit the Yale campus instead of eating and was fortunate to catch up with a student led tour which was both informative and entertaining.

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When we came down for breakfast this morning we learned that the entire tournament had been cancelled due to heavy rains which had rendered the fields off limits for play. Needless to say this was not a very well received message and we had no real option but to re-board the bus and head for home. Eddie, our very skilled and accommodating driver was at the ready and so began the second half of our 800 mile journey.

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As has been the case since buses were invented, the adolescents commandeered the rear and parents were relegated to the front. The bus featured a nice video system and the boys selected Borat for the movie after which video choices were made by the parents.

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I took a vacation day to travel with Kyle and his soccer team by bus to Baltimore for a major soccer tournament with many of the best teams in the East. The trip took just over 8 hours and I put the time to good use finishing up on some work items and planning for my upcoming trip to Utah and Arizona.

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My return flight from California arrived at about 7am and I slept in for a couple of hours. I then spent the entire day working from home on performance reviews with no time for any photography. This is an art shot from earlier in the week.

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Not my best photo but I was determined to get a shot of this mother looking after her eggs.

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Another 12-hour day in the office starting at 4am still leaves me with ample time to use back roads rather than the highway on my drive to LAX to catch the red-eye back to Boston. To my surprise I came across a bunch of ostriches running about in a field. Only in California! For the record they are not as friendly as you might think.

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I am not sure what this fellow is although I am reminded of an Ibis. He is focused on this tide pool and could care less about the volleyball action on the beach. Update: A blog follower has informed me this is a Whimbrel. The Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus, is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is the one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.

This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.

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