i took zane to vegas for supernatural con. it was super fun. she won the juniors costume contest (dressed as bobby) and got to meet AND HUG mischa collins. there is photographic evidence. i was mostly bored (i enjoy the show, but not to the fandom extent that most of the attendees do, and having already watched q&a's from 7yr of other cons, i knew the answers to most of the repeat questions.)
evan gave his senior exhibition on the ethics of bioengineering. for those who don't know, it's a giant thesis project they work on all senior year with a faculty advisor in their discipline. they have to research and write a 75page+ paper, interviewing several experts in the field they choose. it culminates with an all-day tour de force of half hour presentations by the seniors on their topics, which are juried and judged by experts from the community. he did very well, this is the last thing they HAVE to complete at his school to be able to graduate, so now he is clear for takeoff!
zoe has started swim. this means we never see her anymore. (zoe and evan leave for high school at 6:45am, she returns on the late bus at 6:20pm) her first meet was last weekend, she had to swim back for 3, the only one. she is doing very well, now she just needs to work on her focus, and not freaking out when her coach puts her in by herself (she is used to swimming anchor in the relays like last year, but now she needs to start working on her solo swim times.)
both zoe and zane got promoted to jr zoologists this year at the zoo. this means they are already working weekends, and they have moved from showing animals to the guests, to fully caretaking animals in different blocks. (right now they are on the starter block taking care of small mammalian animals like possums, hedgehogs, chinchillas, etc etc.) what this means for us is a lot of driving to the other side of the city. i don't mind tho, ocean beach is one of my favorite places to run, and i like doing it at low tide so i can collect sand dollars.