That Was A Crazy Three Weeks

In case you were wondering, I am still around.  I have about a hundred drafts of things that have popped in my head the last three weeks but life has been crazy.

First off, there is the person that works with me that we have to fill in for the other when one of us goes on vacation. She decided to give one week notice that she wanted vacation two weeks ago. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal but the problem was it was Kylie’s last full week of summer break.

Therefore, the things we were going to do over the last two weeks of summer were pushed into trying to get done in one week. We hit three different pools and did our annual trip to Zoombezi Bay and Columbus Zoo.  We used to do season passes but the thirty minute drive gets old after say two times.

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Then I had to fill in at work for eleven straight days. Always a good time. Especially when there is a full moon all eleven days. At least it seemed like it. I was fried after that.

Of course the Olympics started that week also so I was staying up a little later. More on that in a few.

Then I was off and it was Kylie’s last two days before school started so I didn’t write at all last week. Did you miss me? Not only that I didn’t read much of other people’s writings. And of course we were still watching the Olympics.

How amazing was the United States?  Several times I teared  up in the emotions of the moment. So many medals won in events we hadn’t had much success in.  Women’s wrestling where Helen Maroulis won by beating the heavily favored Japanese woman. I saw her interview where she said she started to believe in herself when she understood that no matter what happens it doesn’t change who she is in Christ.

Since I am a distant runner it was awesome to see seven medals won by the United States in those events. I believe that was either the most ever or a tie for the most ever in middle to long distance running.

Today was the first day I’ve had by myself since school ended. It was weird. I missed having Kylie around. But it was also nice to get things caught up.

I even ran outside for the first time all summer. Eight miles in my new shoes. I felt really comfortable. I love my Brooks Pure Connect shoes. I ran in them for three years, three of my best years running. They quit selling them in stores two years ago and I tried other Brooks and even went back to Nike but it wasn’t the same. That is probably why I have had one injury after another for the last two years.  So I went online to brooks.com and found pure connect and ordered a pair. No problem on my run. I might have to order a spare pair, or three just to have around.

Then yesterday we went back home to spend time with my mom. Yesterday was the three year anniversary of my dad passing. It was good to see my brother and his family and my mom.  Lots of memories.

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That’s about it. Oh, I am looking into trying to get some of my short stories published for children’s books. I have started the process so let’s see how it goes. With that being said I probably won’t be posting any short stories, like Rodney The Raccoon or The Snowflake, until I find out if I make it or not.  I will still do poems and writing in general though. Say some prayers for me.

Have a great rest of the day.

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Crazy In A Good Way by Veridia –  

People Are Crazy by Billy Currington – 

Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne –  

Beautiful Life by 7eventh Time Down – 

I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice – 

Drink A Beer by Luke Bryan – 

You Should Be Here by Cole Swindell – 

 

The Unofficial End Of The Summer

Today is Kylie’s first day of school, her last year in elementary. How did that happen? She just started kindergarten the other day. Hard to believe how the time flies. I thought the summer disappeared when I blinked, she thinks it dragged on. Funny how the older you get, the faster it goes. Don’t wish your life away, enjoy every minute of being young.

What did you do over summer vacation? I don’t know why but I always disliked writing that essay every year. I think it was just for the teachers to see if us students remembered how to write and conjugate properly. This picture puts a new twist to my summer vacation with today’s social media world. lol

Ahh those summer memories of my youth though. The smell of the grass, sweat and dirt from playing baseball, water fun, tan legs. All that in one day then repeat the next day. I wouldn’t change the life I have lived for it has made me who I am today but I can’t believe when people say they wouldn’t go back. I would go back. No worries, no bills, moms cooking, just hanging out with friends. At least I would go back for the summer. Maybe not. That was then…and I am made new now.

My birthday is in summer so I have those memories also. Getting my license, driving across the “blue bridge” going to West Virginia because mom said I couldn’t. It had see through steel grates for the bottom and it was such a small two lane bridge you could actually give a high-five to drivers in cars going the opposite direction but I knew I could do it.

Summer nights. Fireflies. Kick the can. Rock concerts. Long walks. Girls. Mowing grass. Baseball. Basketball. Cruising. Girls. Parties. Water. Thunderstorms. Girls. Did I say girls?

My posts this week have been a little long and a little intense but they are what I believe in so I will leave you today with a short one full of memories.

Any summer memories you want to share?

Any of these songs take you down memory lane?

Any back to school stories to share?

End of the Summer by Theory of A Deadman – 

Summer Forever by Billy Currington – 

Beat This Summer by Brad Paisley – 

Boys of Summer by Don Henley – 

All Summer Long by Kid Rock – 

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams – 

Summer ’79 by The Ataris – 

Summer by Calvin Harris – 

Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – 

Ain’t Runnin Outta Summer by Gloriana – 

Crazy Summer Nights by Hope Partlow – 

Dusk and Summer by Dashboard Confessional – 

Endless Summer by Aaron Lewis – 

Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts – 

Out Of Summertime by Scotty McCreery – 

Summer Nights from Grease – 

Stone In Love by Journey – 

Cruel Summer by Banarama – 

Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft – 

The Flame by Cheap Trick – memories for me summer after I graduated