|The fact that Hobart is walking around with no shoelaces on his sneakers stresses me out.|
|My birthday card from Eva Claire.|
|The Far Side.|
|You're both nuts!|
|That was actually my new laptop cover, but when Leblanc walked in and saw it she was obsessed with it and said she was ordering one immediately. So, we just swapped instead! Hers actually looks way better with my new backpack, anyways :)|
|I will be devastated if these people put Freddie away after Halloween.|
|Nice comment, Hobart.|
|This was him cracking up over his comment on Bode's picture. Pure evil runs through this boy's veins.|
|Alex, Harry, and Bode...bro-in' out hard.|
|Got me some Harley Love time today during Maya's field hockey game at Nobles. I got her a new Pura Vida bracelet, too :)|
|Maybe one of the nicest days of the Fall so far.|
|I've been playing around with my iPhone's new camera features. Worked pretty well on cleaning up the highlights and shadows in this one. Impressive.|
|Maya needed to swing by Alex's to grab something, so I broke into their chip cabinet and packed the three of us some sweet potato tortilla chip snack bags for the ride home. Naughtayyyyyy.|
|Paul B. in the house for dinner tonight as a thank you to him for decorating our front lawn with killer Halloween dec's.|
|This kid didn't eat a bite off that awesome Halloween plate. Not one.|
A reader's response that got me thinking about yesterday's post on friendships:
I think the greatest gift we can give our kids is how to develop a REAL friendship with someone...I think with all the "playdates" and sports teams, after school activities that our kids never have REAL time to spend, for long periods of time I mean, with friends where you really have a chance to know what they like, what they are afraid of, what makes them laugh... being able to get to a deeper level with someone is SO important in life...
I have friends who say "I don't want my child to have a best friend, I want them to float with all different groups and be with different kids all the time- it's too exclusive to have a best friend"
I disagree. I think that if we want our kids to marry someone great and have that person be their best friend they have to actually practice having a best friend in life before that. Being able to be yourself, have an argument and get over it and move on are the best lessons for a successful happy life.
By having all those deep relationships with friends over the years you have mastered how to have successful relationships...they were all part of the puzzle of who you have become. Just so you know...most of us miss our friends and would love to have them in our daily life...
When I used to workout at Boston Sports Club, I used to spend a lot of my "rest" time (there was a whole lot of that going on back then since I used to spend more time sitting around talking than actually exercising) looking around.
One of the things I remember watching all of the time were the trainers with their 1-on-1 clients: whether they were actually paying attention to the client or the other people in the room, what movements they had them doing, how the client was responding to them, their energy levels.
But, one of the things I used to always be so impressed with was how flexible and adaptable the trainers were to their environment. In other words, I used to wonder how they would so seamlessly move from one machine to the next without ever having to wait for someone else to stop using the piece of equipment they had lined up next on their client's list of exercises to do.
I always wondered if they were all just getting lucky with their timing, or if they were actually changing things up as they went along to accommodate the equipment and space use in the room.
I see our coaches doing the same thing now and it's obvious that they're just tweaking things as they go; they're being flexible and pulling it off without anyone even being able to notice. They're not complaining to their clients about having to wait or not having enough of something. They're not hovering over other athletes training, making it obvious that they're being inconvenienced. And, they're not arguing or making it known at all that they're having to make a new game plan than what they had on the schedule for that moment.
I think that's such an impressive quality that I try to use in my own life outside of the gym as much as possible. Being able to adapt to unexpected situations without missing a beat or making it known to anyone around you is something I think takes a lot of patience and requires a really good sense of what the big picture is.
Every now and then I'll catch myself making some comment to someone (strangers, my kids, other athletes in the gym) about how much of a pain it was to have to change up what I was planning to do, but I'm getting good at realizing how gross that makes me feel.
It's always so much more impressive to notice when someone else clearly makes those on-a-whim changes, and then pulls it off gracefully and as if it was part of their plan the whole time.