This is my personal week in review, shared out for anyone and everyone.
The Big Takeaway from this Past Week
Learn from my fail: A little IT band issue kept me from running for the past five weeks. Five weeks ago in SLC it was 55 degrees and rainy. This week it was consistently in the low- to mid-90s. I went from zero to full speed with a hot blow dryer stuck down my throat, and misled myself to think I could put in my usual 20 weekly miles.
A couple broad reminders:
- Be cautious and know when it’s okay to acknowledge and say within your limitations
- Hot weather can do bad things in a short amount of time. Don’t leave kids or pets in cars. Drink lots of water. All the other stuff people tell us that we tend to ignore.
Probably Inappropriate Internet Content I Shared with My Kids This Week
What I Read This Past Week That’s Worth Sharing
This is a fascinating article for me because I’m interested in class divides and the cycles that perpetuate those classes. I have a lot of family who work in factories, who perform manual labor jobs. It’s where I came from, and their efforts contributed to my ability to work in a knowledge-based field.
It’s a stark reminder that their lives are different than mine. I’m worried about if I have a blog written for tomorrow. They’re wondering if they’re going to have a place to live in next week.
I like that this article bursts some misconceptions I have about rich folks as well. Or at least, some of them. The Million Dollar Man in this article is smart, with a budget, eating at home, spending a ton but also saving a ton and giving back responsibly.
The bigger thing is this, and I’ll elaborate more later, but: everyone you meet has battles. They’re fighting something.
The rich guy with the big swagger lives in terror of certain things. The person who cleans the toilets at the bus station has theirs as well. Each of us has a chance to be a resource for people with problems. The world has enough assholes.
What I’m Grateful for This Week
- Sooners softball taking title #3, and finally one of my teams finishes the job
- Whatever storyline Game of Thrones is taking with The Hound, I like it…
- First open water swim of the year, and selfies that look like elfish coneheads
- Lori’s prep for Ragnar is inspiring and makes me jealous
- Nathan’s bonding with kids in the neighborhood is such a big development
- Anna’s cannonball, reckless nature. Tonight, she wrestled with an older cousin she’s met once, and blasted him with an intentional fart in his face. So proud.
Listen to This
I go in and out with the Grateful Dead – sometimes I love them, sometimes I just get sick and tired of hearing the same chord progression for 13 straight minutes. But Morning Dew has long been one of my favorite Dead songs.
I never quite “got it” until this version by The National.
The National, by most accounts, are an incredible band who are capable of taking the happiest of songs and turning it into a funeral tribute.
I love them, but they’re the definition of melancholy.
This is a fit. I didn’t realize it until I heard The National’s version of it, but Morning Dew is about the last two people alive in the world. It’s not a cheery song, but compare their version to the Dead from 1977. It’s still dour, but there’s an excitement to it. In part because the Grateful Dead are some of the most amazing musicians in the world, but there’s something to be said for their outlook.
Regardless, this version is just amazing.