Sunday, August 17, 2008

Another Sunday morning...

...round up where I briefly comment on a few items that caught my attention this week. And here goes:
1. Michael Phelps is an incredible athlete, arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. His breathtaking, record setting, and sometimes by-a-hair finishes are inspiring and a pure pleasure to behold. His excitement and dedication is contagious. But...after seeing an interview yesterday morning the news station did with his mom, I understand where he gets it. This is a family with its feet firmly planted into what's important and what really matters. Mrs. Phelps has done a great job, and Michael's closeness to her, the special bond that they obviously share is heartwarming and makes me like him (and her) even more. Way to go Michael (and Mom!)!!
2. All the USA Olympic athletes are inspiring. Those who win medals and also those who do not. All of them deserve our support, awe, and pride. What an impressive bunch they are!
3. Taking my little grandson out in the Sky convertible is a blast. He loves it!! He's only 2 so sat in a car seat as we cruised around this morning like two cool cats. Both of us in our sunglasses and with our hair flying. He glanced at me while we were stopped at a traffic light and said, "This is fun, Nana." And I said, yep it sure is.
4. Why is it that when a man drives around in a convertible sports car with his son or grandson sitting in a car seat by his side, it only magnifies his attractiveness. I mean, truly, what is sexier than a wonderfully sweet, handsome guy playing and hanging out with a baby. On his own!!! Without help!! But when a woman does the same, it only drags her sexiness down a notch (or three!). Oh it's still cute and sweet, but it really just serves as an alert that 1) she has a child (big red flag!) or 2) that she's old enough to be a grandma (bigger red flag!!).

Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday morning round up...

On Sundays, I will be writing briefly about just a few things that caught my attention during the previous week. Some topics will be about me (are you surprised?), but most will be about the world around me. Some will be political, some news specific. Some will be about local events, some global. So, in no particular order and with no rhyme or reason, here are today's round up thoughts:

1. The Olympic competitions are a very special time. It's the one occasion, aside from national catastrophes, when every American comes together to root on their fellow countrymen and women. When we are all on one side. It's a feel-good time, a patriotic time, and time of pride and wonder. The USA athletes are glorious examples of mind-boggling strength and endurance, and of all-inspiring dedication and determination. So, to all the USA athletes who are competing, good luck to you....and win or lose, you make us proud.

2. My husband is Canadian, and I'm awfully danged fond of the place myself, so I must add.... To all the Canadian athletes who are competing....good luck to you as well and if we don't win, I hope you do! :)

3. John Edwards is an embarassment and a disappointment. And I don't believe a word he is now saying regarding when his wife and family knew about the affair, when the affair ended, and about not being the father of the mistress's baby. After he lied about the affair itself for months while thousands contributed money, time, energy, and heart to his fruitless, now precarious and doomed presidential campaign, why in the world would anybody believe anything he says at this point. He is a rotten's as simple as that.

4. Birthdays are great!! So a very warm and happy thank you to my family, friends and co-workers who helped me celebrate my own birthday this week.

Enjoy the coming week!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vacation was great but...

Well, we just finished a two-week vacation. Actually one week's vacation to hubby's family's cottage on Crow Lake in Ontario, and one week with his girls and two of their friends here at our house. I worked most of this past week, though, but still took some time off while they were here. And through it all, here's what I learned...
1. One week away is never enough (six would be more like it).
2. One week away is too much if you use the pile of work that backed up at your office while you were away as the gauge (thankfully, I don't)
3. Four teenage girls eat just as much or more than 4 teenage boys (and I have the empty cabinets andtwo week's worth of grocery receipts to prove it!)
4. Ontario, Canada lake country has BUGS, lots of them (and they bite. hard.)
5. Bugs or no bugs, vacationing on a lake in Canada is hard to beat (and the bugs can be controlled).
6. No matter how hard you try, you cannot diet while on vacation. (ok. I really didn't try very hard. But still...)
7. Watching a child cliff diving from a 50-60 ft cliff doesn't get any easier even when that "child" is almost 22. (I told him to get his butt down from there, but he wouldn't listen. I was not surprised.)
8. Spending time with family is one the most important things you can do. (and enjoying it makes it so much easier)
9. Teens are interesting to talk to (and heavens to Betsy, you never know what they're going to say next)
10. The house gets eerily and sadly quiet once they are gone again. (normally, I love quiet. Today it just seems too quiet.)

And that's it for now. The season finale of HGTV's Design Star is coming up, and I simply can't miss it. Hope you all had good vacations this summer, or will have a good one soon. They are worth every minute.