Archive for June, 2017

Driving up north

Today, we leave for a long trip up north. First, we’re stopping at my mom’s house to celebrate Jon’s 35th birthday and Father’s Day. 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival goes on for about a month. It takes over Washington Street and parts of campus with vendors, stages and events. It used to be called Top of the Park. Tonight, we’re going to visit and take in the sights.

There are movies to watch and music acts to take in – they are different every night.

I like to attend and support the event because I like that it happens in Ann Arbor and I want it to continue.

 

Hibiscus Tea

It’s delicious. It’s sour and doesn’t taste like any other tea I’ve ever had. It’s amazingly good for you too. Drink it.

Choose How You Feel

Last night, we were up late at a concert about 1 hr away, so we missed out on at least 4 hours of sleep we would normally get. I remember the words from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and Flip the Gratitude Switch by Kevin Clayson that when you wake up, you set your own mood.

If you wake up after 3 hours of sleep with kids waking you up, you can choose to say to yourself, “that was the perfect amount of sleep and I feel 100% ready to start my day” or you can say “ugh I feel terrible – today is going to be terrible, I should just call in.”

This isn’t new age BS. If you actually say these words to yourself, you manifest a better attitude which affects how you feel. It’s hard to overcome, but it’s effective if you avoid saying the negative and try starting with something positive. Read On…

Brief Interval

What we make of our life, the sum total of thoughts, emotions, words and actions that fill the brief interval between birth and death is our one great creative masterpiece.

I just started listening to this book called “The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science”. I know, what a title. I was sold by the reviews though. I love meditation and I can tell how my days begin to suffer if I don’t set aside at least 10 minutes to breathe deep and observe my thoughts. Read On…

Air Conditioning

We have a goofy situation at our house, where there’s a fused disconnect coming from a separate interruptible power source from DTE directly to the condenser for the air conditioning. At the condenser, there’s an identical fused disconnect there as well. When we bought the house, the owner happened to mention (conveniently after the sale was complete) that he had lost the pull-out handle that goes in the disconnect by the meter, so the system was inoperable until it was replaced. No problem, I thought – it must be a common item.

It’s not a common item. Read On…

Grad Party Season

Yesterday, we spent most of the day hanging out a neighbor’s graduation party. We did this because our yards are adjoined and Sully loved their playset. He heard them assembling it in the morning, rushed to get his tools and went to go assist them hammering it together.

Later that day, after a walk, we wandered over there and he spent a good amount of the day just climbing in and out of it and meeting other kids too.

Extended Vacation

We’re leaving for a long vacation to the cottage soon and I’m excited. We are going to spend a week at the cottage doing cottage things. 

We have a short list of to-dos up there, like fixing the oven and installing a light switch, but beside that, we’ll be on the beach and at the bonfire relaxing as much as possible.

The kids love the water and Sully will get some car time too. The only bummer is the mosquitos are out in full force. We’ll have to bring some of those personal fans to keep near all of us.

The Power of Stories

I was reminded of how powerful a story can be when trying to send a message yesterday during a conference. We had a breakout educational session  during the conference that focused on storytelling and it’s power for convincing someone of something.

We got a chance to practice this, by formulating a message with three supporting points and a story to highlight your personal experience of this.

I didn’t get a chance to use mine, but my message was to try Toastmasters. My story was going to be the time that I went to a U-M interview for a job I thought I was a shoo-in for and didn’t prepare. I froze during a question and never quite recovered from it. It sunk the whole interview and I didn’t get the job.

I joined Toastmaster shortly thereafter and improved on my speaking skills to be able to think quickly on my feet.

I improved my skills and got the same job a few years later with a stellar interview.

This just reemphasized the importance for me to always include a short story to get an important point across, in all interactions.