Month of Letters, Day 11

It is Tuesday, February 11, also known as the eleventh day of the Month of Letters challenge (fondly known as “LetterMo.” Today I sent three cards and letters: A Valentine’s Day card to my mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. A Get Well Soon card to my father in California. A birthday card and letter to myContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 11”

College Craziness Gets Crazier

We had planned to leave home in the early afternoon last Friday for my son’s audition at Boston Conservatory, Berklee. But at the last minute, he received an email from a different university. The message said we had missed the merit-based financial need deadline for Johns Hopkins University (and its conservatory, Peabody Institute) but thatContinue reading “College Craziness Gets Crazier”

Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners

Last week, T.C. Williams High School Reflections winners were honored in an awards ceremony at school. Ten students won awards for Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. It’s the only high school in Alexandria that participates in the PTA Reflections contest, so our 1st Place winners are also the 1st Place winnersContinue reading “Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners”

College Craziness, Part…whatever

Just when you think it’s over…it’s not. Did I mention that the college application process never seems to end? My son thought he was finished when he submitted his final application, this one to James Madison University. And then he received an email about having to apply separately to the music department and to setContinue reading “College Craziness, Part…whatever”

Photo Friday: 18 Years

Eighteen years ago yesterday, my husband was on the phone trying to get someone to fix a burst pipe when I hurried in from an ultrasound appointment, three weeks before my due date. “Cancel the plumber. We’re having a baby today.” We rushed to the hospital, and Jonathan Morgan Petrini was born an hour andContinue reading “Photo Friday: 18 Years”

College Craziness, Part 3

Another college application has been submitted! This one went to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I would like to say that my son is a well-organized and forward-thinking teen who planned ahead and sent this one off days or even weeks before the last possible moment. But no. He hit “submit” with 20 minutesContinue reading “College Craziness, Part 3”

College Craziness, Part 2

My son has submitted another college application. Tonight was the deadline for applying to Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia. The application seemed particularly long and detailed, but he has been working on it for some time, and finally finished tonight, a whole hour or two before the midnight deadline. Woo hoo. He sent offContinue reading “College Craziness, Part 2”

Winter (Concert) Is Coming

The T.C. Williams H.S. Orchestra concert is coming! Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., we will all be in the high school auditorium to hear the three orchestras (9th Grade, Concert, and Chamber) perform the music they’ve been working on this fall. My son is a first violinist in the Chamber Orchestra, but on one piece, he’llContinue reading “Winter (Concert) Is Coming”

Boston or Busk

In my role as high-school orchestra parent/roadie/groupie, I often accompany groups of violin-toting teenagers as they perform in various venues. One of the activities of the T.C. Williams High School orchestra is busking. Don’t know what it means to busk? Here’s a definition: busk1 /b…ôsk/ verb 1. perform music or other entertainment in the streetContinue reading “Boston or Busk”