Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up (9.21.12)

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls.  They are Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit and you're keeping all of these balls in the air.

You will soon understand that Work is a rubber ball.  If you drop it, it will bounce back.  But the other four balls - Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit - are made of glass.  If you drop one of these balls, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered.  They will never be the same. You must understand that."

~ Bryan Dyson, Former CEO of Coco Cola

Just something to think about this Friday.

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot
Last week the Huffington Post compiled a list of the 10 Hottest Places on Earth. I was at first surprised to discover that College Station, Texas was NOT on the list, but then grateful that we don't live in Death Valley, the Lut Desert, or Timbuktu.

Dock Addition
Every summer, my sis-in-laws and I build ourselves a raft (and I use the term "raft" loosely, as we simply tie three inflatable air mattresses to one another with rope), tie our raft to the dock, and allow ourselves to drift out into the lake with our hard ciders, amaretto sours, and gossip magazines. It's heavenly...except for the fish.

 I'm afraid of fish, so I'm constantly fearful that fish will jump out of the water and onto my lap. Yes, I know that a fish jumping out of the lake and onto my lap is about as likely as me being struck by lightening or winning the lottery or being cast in the next Hunger Games movie (a girl can dream, right?), but I can't help worrying about fish attacks while we're on our raft.  This constant worry is why I have to drink hard ciders and amaretto sours.

This clever contraption would solve all my problems though (and would allow Jenna, Chandi, and I to finally toss our cheap air mattress in the trash), so on my to-do list for this coming week is to give my father-in-law a call and convince him we need to build a dock addition at the Lodge.  It looks pretty luxurious, right?  Perhaps fit for a movie star?

MomsEveryday: The Garden Man Can
In case you missed it the first time around, you can catch The Garden Man Can - about how our gardening results paled in comparison to my dad's, and how the kids never let me forget it - on MomsEveryday.  Quite frankly I'm thrilled to be done with spring and summer gardening...I'm ready for FALL!  (The all-caps was directed towards Mother Nature, who's still pounding us with near-90 degree high temperatures.)

Red Cross: Be Red Cross Ready
September is National Preparedness Month, which makes it a great time of year to create or update your emergency preparedness plan and assemble or restock your emergency preparedness kit.  You can learn more - and join Tom, Will, Hallie and me as we attempt to bring our family plan and kit into the 21st century - by clicking here!

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