Dirty Laundry, Old Friends, Everybody Wins

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Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I missed my self-imposed Monday deadline for this week’s blog – my apologies!
I hope you’re enjoying the gorgeous weather after a partially dreary weekend. I did my morning workout at Gray’s Lake today and was reminded that few things are a therapeutic as fresh air, sunshine and a good sweat.

DIRTY LAUNDRY

The bulk of my Saturday was spent doing laundry. The twist is that Michael and I had to haul our dirties to our friend Jimmy’s house. We are in the process of remodeling our bathroom/laundry area at home so we’re back to cleaning clothes in remote locations. The weekend before it was Duds ‘N Suds in Beaverdale. I’d forgotten how much I hate the process of loading everything in the car, driving to the laundromat, sitting around waiting for loads to finish, folding everything, loading it back in the car … you know the drill. Part of the reason it irritates me so is that I am a multi-tasker. I’m rarely doing just one thing at a time. I often throw in a load of laundry while I’m getting ready for work. If it’s Saturday or Sunday I’m cleaning the house or paying bills or getting something else accomplished while the clothes and sheets and towels are getting cleaned and dried. At least at James’ house I had the luxury of sitting on the deck in the sun with good friends! Thankfully, the laundry situation will be relatively short-lived.

OLD FRIENDS

On the topic of friends, on Saturday night I got to see one I hadn’t seen in a few years. Some of you may remember Roshini Rajkumar from her stint as the Ames Live Link Reporter. Roshini left Channel 8 for Nashville, then worked in Detroit for a few years and is now back in her hometown of Minneapolis. Roshini is one of those people who’s always impressed me. She’s a force of nature. Always thinking, always talking, always looking ahead to the next project or job opportunity. She’s owned her own company for the last several years, and it’s going great for her. Bryan Karrick was part of our outing, and the three of us spent a lot of time talking about old times and how much fun we had working together and hanging out when we were young, inexperienced, broke and totally carefree. It’s always fun to catch up with people who hold a special place in your heart and memory.

EVERYBODY WINS
This is the last week for the “Everybody Wins” reading program that I participate in at Windsor Elementary. Today I was struck by the fact that there are few things as wonderful as someone being happy to see you. When I walked into the library for our pizza party this afternoon, my student jumped up, did a fist pump, and said “Yes!” It made my day. It also reminded me that each of us can have an impact by doing relatively small things in our communities. I have to admit, my student’s excitement over my appearance was soon overshadowed when Cubbie Bear showed up. I wish I had a photo of the kids faces when he walked in the room to surprise them. It was awesome… and hard to describe … they were so elated … I guess it was a lot like this …

Ah, the joy of hugging Cubbie … there’s nothing like it! If this doesn’t put a smile on your face I don’t know what will.

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy the long weekend!

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