I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already, and I haven’t posted my finished projects for Week 14 of the 52 Weeks Challenge. With taxes due in April, and Iowa’s Destination ImagiNation® tournament taking place about the same time (for which my husband and I volunteer), our lives have become a multi-leg marathon.
Early last week, I finished a hat and scarflette set with yarn that had been sitting in the family room for so long, I forgot it was there.
After that, I found some leftover yarn from one of my husband’s projects. He didn’t have a use for it, so I crocheted a head warmer and almost finished a matching scarf, but then ran out of yarn. I will have to order more yarn online, which of course will result in more leftover yarn. Sounds like the never-ending story, doesn’t it?!
On Friday night John and I did set-up, along with other volunteers, for the state Destination ImagiNation tournament, which took place the next day. Students from around Iowa selected one of six Team Challenges in which to compete, then worked for months to arrive at a solution that culminates in an 8-minute skit. In another part of the competition, teams solve an on-the-spot problem called an Instant Challenge. This is the area in which my husband and I volunteer. In fact, for the last five years we have appraised (scored teams) at Global Finals, where students from around the U.S. and more than 30 countries compete. This coming May will be our 6th year of Global Finals appraising at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In any event, by the conclusion of the state tournament, 16 Iowa teams qualified to advance to Global Finals. The video below provides a glimpse of what that experience is like.
After the tournament, I spent the better part of one day updating fundraising letters, press releases and other support documents, and uploading them to the state’s Web site. Globals-bound teams have a huge fundraising task ahead of them before they can compete in Tennessee on May 25–28.
After the weekend, I set aside Destination ImagiNation tasks long enough to add a second paper butterfly-and-flower garland to my paper goods shop on Etsy, reminding me that spring is definitely here, and that there are more unfinished projects around the corner. Looks like this marathon is not yet over!
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