You're familiar with this amusement park ride, correct?
I've always enjoyed The Whip, which is good, because lately I feel as if I've been living on one. The week rushes past, and just when I think I'm about to catch my breath, I'm spun around a weekend and throttled down the next straight stretch of another week.
Right now, I might resemble that kid on the ride who you watch warily -- the one who looks like he's not entirely enjoying himself, the one who looks a shade sick -- but rest assured, I'm going to make it.
So let me take a moment to find some steady ground and tell you some of my random observations and happenings from the week, in no particular order:
1) I've been doing some informal research on U5 soccer games. Very informal. In other words, I've watched two children walk off the field, crying, and I've come to the over-generalized conclusion that there are two distinct types of five-year-old soccer players: those who cry because their team loses, and those (like my daughter) who cry because the parent responsible for bringing snacks for the team forgot to do so.
2) It's house rental season for us, which means on some weekends we rent our house to alumni who return to town for home football games. In a nutshell, we clean our house to the point that it looks like we don't live in it, and for roughly ten minutes I bask in the glorious orderliness of an entirely swept, scrubbed, vacuumed, scoured, wiped, washed, and Windexed home before I turn over the keys. (It's a nice ten minutes.)
3) I've signed up for another half marathon, which means that I ought to start running on a consistent basis instead of merely thinking about running on a consistent basis, which, for some reason, never actually whips me into shape.
4) I ran into a former student on campus who I haven't seen in three years. (She's now a senior applying for law school.) In our brief conversation, she relayed several memories from our class -- small, seemingly unimportant stories and words of encouragement that I don't recall sharing, but she remembers and still appreciates. I left the exchange feeling extremely heartened, reminded once again that we don't always know the impact we have on others.
5) Summer and fall have been playing tug-of-war in my neck of the woods. I think fall, finally, has won.
6) I'm reached a major cosmetic crossroads. It's been nearly five months since I've gotten my hair cut, and when it's humid I'm suspecting that I'm beginning to resemble Mufasa. Here's the quandary: Should I simply get a trim to tone things down a bit? Dare I take off significant length? Will I merely fall into paralysis of all grooming-related-activities and let another month slide by as the "Circle of Life" theme song resounds in my head?
What about you? Have your weeks been whipping by? Wishing you a smooth and safe ride ahead!
Image compliments of Steve Snodgrass (flickr.com)