My friend Angie does a wonderful blog post every Friday called “A Week in Review” and I simply adore it. (Check it out here.) In fact, I adore it so much that I’m stealing the idea. Here are a few highlights from the last several days:
Miracle on the Hudson
I know this technically happened last week, but we were very taken in by the story of the US Airways flight that crash-landed in the Hudson River. Actually, Ryan was the most taken in. I think he watched every minute of footage about the story for the three or four days that it dominated the news. He’s never been a nervous flyer, but this incident gave him pause. For two days, this is pretty much all I heard: I don’t understand—a little goose can kill a big, huge jet engine? Why isn’t this more widely known? Why don’t they make special grates that go over the engines to keep the geese out? We don’t we have better technology than this?
And while the rest of the nation was caught up in the warm-fuzziness of the pilot’s amazing work and the unlikely survival of every single passenger, Ryan had to wonder (aloud) if a truly amazing pilot might have found a way to avoid hitting the geese altogether.
I gave up trying to discuss this with him because his scientific mind has a hard time accounting for this simple truth: Geese happen.
The other day Alison called me to tell me that when she sends me “LOL” in a text message it is because she has actually laughed out loud at my previous message; no courtesy LOLs from her. I really appreciated that because I send her a lot of funny texts.
Speaking of texts, I love text messaging. Since I’m not much of a phone talker, I love being able to communicate important bits of information without actually having to speak to anyone. Genius. One of the important bits of information I communicated this week was to Ryan’s brother, Val. I needed to ask him if he likes burritos. I’m still waiting to hear back.
The sun is shining today and the high is nearly fifty degrees. It might as well be eighty degrees, it’s so sunny and glorious outside! However, lest I get tempted to don a bathing suit and tan on the front lawn, the forecast predicts highs in the twenties and thirties for the next several days. Bah!
Tomorrow Val and Heidi arrive for a week! A WEEEEEK! We are downright giddy. And downleft giddy, too. Pretty much all around giddy. And now you understand why I need to know their feelings on burritos.
Ryan and I have spent the past few weeks getting back in the dieting saddle. We follow the Weight Watchers point-system, which worked for us in the past to lose weight and then for several more years to maintain it. The maintaining era began its demise when we decided to sell our house and move across the country last year. As it turns out, excess body fat does not aid in the sell of a home.
We watched the inauguration Tuesday morning. Living only a couple of hours from Washington DC, we tossed around the idea of going to watch and participate in the events. However, those ideas were squashed once we saw the weather forecast. And someday, when our children ask us why we didn’t attend one of the most historical inaugurations in our nation’s history, we will tell them it was cold that day. I think they’ll understand.
And then we’ll show them these pictures I took of the TV on that day.
Those were the highlights, my friends. How was your week?