Monday, June 30, 2014


 R E A D I N G 

If I stay (and the sequel, Where She Went) for book club- a club that sort of impromptu started as a result of an Instagram photo but I hope we can keep it going! Last month we read Brain on Fire and even talked about the book for 20 minutes, which I really consider a success. ;-)

 L I S T E N I N G 

to TJ chewing on his toenails...and Dateline Mysteries is on in the background.

 T H I N K I N G 

It's high time I start really planning for both of our upcoming trips! We have a hotel for Rome, and hotels for Seattle/Tacoma, but I want to do more research on the "what" to do- I do have Italy pretty well scouted but there's always more to be done.

 W I S H I N G 

I had a laundry fairy. It's gotten to the point where my laundry is SO out of control it'll take about 3 loads to do so I avoid it and it mounts and really I just want to buy all new clothes and give up. I realize some of you are laughing at this because it doesn't sound like a lot... but M and I still do our own clothes and with no kids, typically laundry is 2 loads- 1 dark 1 light, sometimes even 1 when I mash them all in together and am lazy about it. But WOOF. Idontwannaaaaaa.

 L O V I N G 

Life, lately. It's been good. I've gotten a lot of alone time to recharge (see 'wanting' re: continual weekend abandonment by my husband.. ;-) -- spent a good amount of quality time with friends and have been content for the most part.

 W A N T I N G 

This week to fly by because THREE DAY WEEKEND. We're still debating our 4th plans. M's been out of town the last 2 weekends, and 2 other weekends prior to that over the last 2 months.. so he's trending more towards "stay home" where I, as the abandonee, would like to spend some time myself at the lake. The only catch is the lake we've been invited to typically turns into a "WOO HOO PARTY!" time.. which I'm not sure I'm up for. Although as far as I know we were the only couple invited up.. so we'll see. Maybe just for a night or two. Regardless, I'm looking forward to a long weekend.

 F E E L I N G 

Really grateful. Thursday the St. Paul Fire Department honored the 5 people who saved my dad's life. The ceremony was at the YMCA where it happened. I'm not sure what my dad and I were thinking, but we imagined a super small casual ceremony in the lobby of the YCMA. Wrong, so wrong. I walked into a conference room filled with about 20 people and 4 cameras that belonged to the local news station. The Pioneer Press did a write up on it, and he was on the 6:00 news. It makes sense, everybody loves a feel good story.. and it was fantastic PR for the Fire Department and the YMCA. Apparently St. Paul is the best place to have a heart attack/cardiac arrest, as they have one of the highest survival rates in the country. It was a really neat ceremony and I'm so glad I was able to be there.

The man in the blue polo next to my dad is actually one of my dad's closest friends. He was playing handball with him the morning it happened, and is the one that performed life-saving CPR. He's always been important to our family but there's really nothing I can do to express how thankful I am for him now.

Also, I learned, another man who performed CPR- in the long sleeved yellow button up- is a fire chief in Hudson, WI (former St. Paul fire chief). It scares me to think about but he said he hadn't been to the YCMA in the morning at that hour for months due to a new schedule. It really was a case of absolutely everything going perfectly as it needed to, to save my dad. Ack, OK I need to stop.

Some other weekend snaps:


  1. I can barely even read your "Feeling" paragraph without the lump in my throat wanting to burst. What a lucky man!

  2. I'm in a local Rotary club with the wife of one of the guys that helped save your dad. She was @ the ceremony also with their kids. Such a small world!!!

  3. What a great ceremony for those who saved your dad. What a blessing those people are!

  4. That is such a cool ceremony!! It's so interesting to hear the story from everyone else's perspectives who were involved in helping save him. I bet you just find yourself shaking your head at how it all went down. Unbelievable and what an incredible blessing each and everyone of them is to your family now.

    Also, Weston....nuff said! ;)

  5. Ugh, did you like Brain on Fire? I read it and found it kind of whiny, but then again being a neuroscientist, I'm sure I'm totally deafened to others' sad brain stories (especially since you know she comes out alive). Lastly, LOVE that ceremony for your dad. So glad everything turned out okay (and love that his heroes are being honored)!