Late Night Phone Call

I was up late last night, very late.  Marcus, who does wardrobe on Signing Time, stopped by with my clean, steamed orange outfits close to 11PM.  I could not really pack until after he got there and I didn’t really pack after he left.  Marcus wants me to blog about the many wardrobe secrets of Signing Time.  (Sigh)  I just don’t know if I dare!  Not that you want to know the potential wardrobe malfunctions, so you are looking for them, but I am sure I could save you some wardrobe malfunctions of your own.  If you bug me about it enough I might just give in.  Or maybe we should have a wardrobe chat, like the sweater folding chat which was followed by the sweater folding blog.  

Like I said, it was still very late and I hadn’t packed.  I was on my computer doing all of the important things that just can’t wait until tomorrow, when you have an 11AM flight.  Plus, as I became more tired, I lost the ability to complete a task with velocity and finally could not complete a task at all.  Eventually in a sleep deprived, groggy state, I had that jarring, recurring thought… “Is my cell phone ringer off?”  (If you have read any of my posts in the past two weeks, you can understand why this makes my heart pound!)  I located my cell phone and the ringer was off, I turned it on and there were no calls. This was around 4:30AM.  I thought about plugging it in to charge and then I paced a few pointless circles in my kitchen, noticed all of the lights were on in the kitchen and dining room and then… my home phone starts ringing.  Just so you know, no one calls my home phone during daylight, so it is even more rare for it to ring in the middle of the night.  I fumbled through the sofa cushions and found the cordless phone.  “Hello?”  I said nervously, thinking to myself, “I have never anticipated someone’s reply more than right this second.”  

“Hello.  I am calling for Rachel de Azevedo,” said the woman on the other end of the line.  

“That would be me.”  I respond quietly and intently. 

“Ms. de Azevedo, (of course she slaughters the pronunciation of “de Azevedo”) this is Erin, I am an agent with Delta Airlines.  Your 11AM flight tomorrow has been canceled and you are now departing tomorrow at 9 o’clock PM.”  I asked her some random pointless questions, like “When was it cancelled?” and “Why didn’t I know sooner?”  As if that matters, but it was 4AM and I was half horrified I was going to have to try to get a first time baby delivered in the next 5 hours before a flight.  THAT is PRESSURE!  

The moral of the story is, sometimes you CAN have your cake and eat it too!?  And the other moral of the story is that procrastination can pay off!  Ok, neither one of those is the moral of the story and I am obviously very tired and thankful that I can still pack, take a nap, see my kids when they get home from school, AND fly to Oregon tonight!    

As promised, here is my nephew Carter who was born yesterday.

And I am working to get Twitter up on my blog so that I don’t have to commit to an entire blog every time the phone rings in the middle of the night.  Or when Lucy chooses to run for student council and yesterday she gave the speech to her class, that went like this,

“Hi!  I am Lucy Coleman.  If you have any questions about the school, I am willing to answer them.  Vote for me!”  

And then, she won!!  See, with Twitter you will get all of that and so much more 🙂

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The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

11 thoughts on “Late Night Phone Call

  1. LOL… you know, I nearly asked you last night in chat if your phone was charged and the ringer on!!!! Next time I’m just going to ask. Congratulations to Lucy and to Christian & Rachael~ I love the name Carter!!! What a birthday present. He’s so adorable.
    Safe travels my friend.

  2. brookelmt: You know Lucy, she is full of surprises. When she told me she wanted to run for student council I tried to hide my surprise. The first thing I said is, “You will probably win, everyone in the entire school knows you, even if you don’t know them.” When Leah heard about it, her response was exactly like mine, “Lucy, you will win, everyone knows you and likes you!” The day she gave the speech she said she had never been so scared. (SWEET)

    Kei: You should know by now… and I should know as well that it is the little, very important things that I always forget. Did I tell you about the time I got to a ST! performance and as I was about to step onto the stage, realized I had not taped one of my fingers… I got 9 out of 10 of them. HELLO??? I almost forgot to back my ST! shoes tonight. Guess I would have had to wear my black flip flops and Marcus would have fired ME… if he could!

    SallyAnn: Thanks! Baby Season is almost complete… for now… in my family. Sort of makes me wonder if I should see if I can get one too! “Hey, everyone around here has a baby except for me!! No fair!” Come to think of it, I will just make myself available for babysitting the new babies, that way I can still sleep all night.

  3. Kei: Thank you Kei for throwing me under the bus! Just a comment or two ago I said how lucky I am to have you as a friend. That is currently under reconsideration. 😉

    Here is the wrong colored finger post from the ST! Forums.
    That was a special day!

    You know 2 nights ago I stayed up all night, part of my “important stuff to do” was going through my flickr photos. When I saw that Sarasota interview, I giggled. I was not the only one having a wardrobe malfunction. And it was not duct tape, I think it was masking tape – can you believe I wasn’t carrying my own tape that day. Note to self: Self, Be sure to bring colored electric tape to… all… outreach… events… Oh, never mind.

  4. Hello!
    I am new to your blog, and have some reading to catch up on. I have come to know Jana at who knows you apparently and so found your blog that way.

    I just wanted to say thank you, my daughter loves the videos and it really made sign click for her. I grew up with ASL around ( tended a deaf toddler from when I was 12 to 14, then later in high school has some deaf mates and so took 2 years of ASL then and later some in college ) and planned to teach my kids sign because it is a beautiful language that I feel is a great skill to have so to be able to communicate with people who aren’t/can’t speak english out of necessity not slothfulness 🙂
    Anyhow, we have used it since she was born ( my hubby has since taken classes at his university as well ) but it just wasn’t clicking, then we bought the Signing Time dvds and the rest is history. Thank you for all you do and are, it is such a blessing to anyone’s life that you may enter through them.

    Thank you!
    The Lewis Family

  5. Saw you last night in Salem Oregon! It was magical for my little boy. My friend and I came and had a good cry so thanks all around! We are both School nurses so we work and play with kids like your Lucy.

    I think if my mom was like you I might be sick when you were far away as well. You do good things Miss Rachel (AKA birthing coach). I stink at signing but am trying. Again…A big thanks to you and your family for sharing you with the world.

    Cindy and Andrew

  6. Again, Thanks for coming to the Buddy Walk today. I hope you make it to your friend before the baby comes. Prayers.
    Jennifer and Brook

  7. Lewis_Family: I am glad Jana sent you our way! There is a lot of info and resources on our ST! web-site as well as throughout my blog. Glad we are “making it click” for your family!

    choffer: I don’t MEAN to make everyone cry when I perform, but I figure if I am going to cry, I’d rather not cry alone.

    “I think if my mom was like you I might be sick when you were far away as well.” – Wow, thank you for that huge acknowledgement.

    cathybarra: Charming Cathy!

    Googsmom: Yeah!! You posted on my blog! It was great meeting you at the events. The prayers must have worked.

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