Tracy Rotton is Founder & Principal of Taupecat Studios. With twenty years of web development experience for large corporations, government contractors, and boutique agencies, she has experience building dynamic web experiences for clients both large and small. She's also a co-organizer of WordPress DC, one of the most active and popular WordPress meetup groups in the world, and has spoken at WordCamps and other technology conferences throughout the U.S.
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In lieu of a “traditional” fall play this year, Sasha’s drama club put on a radio play of Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. It can be listened to at ShowTix4U, now through December 27. Sasha plays the parts of the radio announcer and Mrs. Cratchit.
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2020 has been quite a year, with lots of great adventures for the whole family:
We finally got to see Hamilton live on stage at the Kennedy Center;
The whole family went on a wonderful cruise through Scandinavia, Scotland, and Iceland;
We saw Cirque du Soleil when it came to the D.C. area;
Sasha competed in a number of Irish dance competitions around the region; and
Tracy resumed her WordCamp speaking presence with talks in Washington, D.C. and Lancaster, PA.
At least, we assume that’s what our counterparts did this year in the alternate universe where COVID-19 wasn’t a thing.
Instead, like you, we spent much of our year hunkered down and doing our best to stay healthy. Fortunately, none of us caught the virus, at least as far as we can tell.
And so while our Hamilton tickets went unused and we contented ourselves to watch the Broadway recording on Disney+, we were grateful that Mark’s job at the National Institutes of Health is going well (albeit from home, of course) and Tracy’s WordPress development business had a strong year. Lois couldn’t attend her knitting camps in Vermont, of course, but busied herself knitting and cooking at home.
The kids (Sam in 10th grade, Sasha in 7th) have been “going” to school via Zoom all year, and will probably continue to do so in the second semester. Sasha’s drama club still did its fall play: a radio drama version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; details on how to hear it will be posted on the family here when available. Sam found ways to connect with his friends through online gaming, and Sasha did virtual “movie nights” with her friends, and kept up her voice lessons and dancing remotely.
We hope you’re all doing well also in this crazy, topsy-turvy year. Here’s hoping that 2021 brings a more normal year and an end to this pandemic. Keep safe, stay healthy, and have a happy holiday season.
Another summer vacation is in the books. This year, we took a road trip through the southeastern United States. The highlight of the trip, of course, was the Great American Eclipse, which we saw at totality in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with our friends Tara, Doug, and Liam.
Furniture shopping in High Point, North Carolina
A day at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center
Seeing Rifftrax live in Nashville
Visiting the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky
A day at the amusement/water park
Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park
Solar eclipse viewing in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
A visit to the Makers Mark distillery in Loretta, Kentucky
Horseback riding in Snowshoe, West Virginia
Buying way too many books at the Green Valley Bookfair in Virginia
With school out for the day, and the government shutdown over, Mark and my mom decided to take the kids to the National Zoo. Little did they realize that they’d be interviewed by channels 5 and 7 news, Taiwan TV and Corcoran College. Here’s Sasha and Sam, who made the 5 o’clock channel 5 news.
Saturday was our last day of skiing for the season. Having had a good lesson at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid earlier in the week, I wanted to take Sasha for one more lesson closer to home. She was a little scared at first, but quickly got the hang of it. We can’t wait for next season!