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Hello and Happy Monday, gang!

I cannot believe it’s the last Monday in July. I feel as if summer is slipping away and soon it will be over and I won’t have much to show for it. Speaking of which, I’ve been doing a lot of research about a lot of different travel destinations lately. I would love to slip in an overseas trip but I don’t think it’s going to happen because of the crazy schedules Michael and I are maintaining. We’re kind of kicking ourselves for being so responsible our entire marriage. Instead of taking off on crazy adventures around the globe we’ve played it safe – working, saving money, paying off debt, buying a new furnace and air conditioning unit, fixing the roof …. you get the idea. So what do you think? Is it better to throw caution to the wind and do all of the things on your proverbial bucket list, or be responsible and realize that some of those things may never happen (or at least not for awhile)? I’m torn.

Part of the reason I’m pondering what we want to do versus what we should do is because I’ve been thinking again about how quickly time passes. My mom had foot surgery last week and it happened to fall on the same date as my Grandma Susan’s death. Even if you’re not superstitious that coincidence might creep you out and I think my mom thought seriously about rescheduling. She didn’t, and everything went fine. The bigger issue to me is being struck by the fact that my parents are getting older (although in pretty great health) and acknowledging that you just never know how much time you’ll have left on this earth. When my grandma died four years ago we were in the midst of planning a huge 90th birthday for her. Don’t get me wrong – she lived a full life, but her death was still pretty sudden and it hit me and my mom particularly hard. So maybe I’m leaning toward more of a “Carpe Diem” attitude – we’ll see.

I just finished reading a fantastic book. “The Pillars Of The Earth” by Ken Follet is probably one of the longest reads I’ve tackled in recent years, and one of the best. My mom suggested it during my last Arizona visit so we picked it up in the airport when I was leaving. If you are a book chomp like me and you love engrossing, detailed fiction with deep characters – go get this. Now I’m looking for something new. Any suggestions? Yesterday at Target I bought “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Great Gatsby” but neither one is lengthy so I’ll need a new title soon.

Thanks for all of the snake comments and emails during the past few weeks. I’m glad to know I am not the only person scared of them (you should talk to Dan Winters!) and also very intrigued by the fact that they are a protected species. When I was a kid I watched my Grandma Susan kill a huge bull snake with a garden tool. Amazing. Good thing nobody ratted her out.

Guess what? My ears are crooked. Seriously. I just noticed this on Friday. Sonya and I were getting ready for the five o’clock show and I kept fiddling with my earrings because the left was obviously hanging lower than the right. I went so far as to take them off and put them on the counter in an effort to figure out what was causing the difference. They are identical in length. So, I started inspecting my ears and sure enough … my left earlobe hangs lower than my right! My ears are crooked! I can’t believe I’ve never noticed this before. Weird.

That’s it for now, my tummy is rumbling.
Have a wonderful week!


  • Larry

    If you look for deals, traveling doesn't have to be expensive, and doesn't require a lot of saving.
    If you're willing to drive, and if you're willing to stay in something less than a four-star resort, you're ability to take trips on the cheap, goes up considerably.
    Travel nurtures your soul.
    And if it turns out you do live to 90, you might get have less money when you get there, but think of the memories you'll have.

  • Nicholas

    Erin – I can help you out with any long weekend international trips, I have done it many times and it works great. Plus, there are great deals out there. Hopefully, I will see you soon!


  • Camden

    Erin, I couldn't find out where to email you. Just wanted to say I loved your reaction to Hugh Jackman being in Iowa on tonight's 6pm broadcast. I totally agree! :) I think you bring a refreshing, young and spontaneous perspective to the newscasts and looking through your bio it looks like you definitely have some reporting chops too! Keep up the good work and keep having fun!

  • Camden

    Okay, I just read your blog, so I have to comment on that too. Definitely make sure to live life now–you never know what is around the corner! If you balance the work with fun you will never have regrets. Have you read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? I read it a few months ago and it definitely helps you put your life into perspective.

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