Monday, August 24, 2015

Another Random Wrap Up

Hello all - how is your summer going?  Our family still has two weeks left - we live in one of the last remaining states to start school the day after Labor Day.  Although pre-season band camp has started for my daughter, we get to sneak in one last trip before returning fully to the "real world."  It's not like my husband and I got the summer off from work, but with less on the schedule and less traffic in the city it feels like it.

Our summer travels have taken us here and there so has gone my brain - I am all over the place mentally.  I think deep down I am still getting used to life without the structure of the Air Force framing everything.  On the one hand it's a good change, on the other hand, limitless options mean you have to put more thought into things.  So while I continue doing that :-) here is a wrap up of stuff that I have been enjoying...

1.  Two words: Ranger Qualified.  Have you been following these amazing gals? There is another great article here from someone that was in the course with them.  My favorite by far is the below Facebook comments and responses.  God bless the sharp PA troop who is working the page! (source)

2.  Ashly Madison.  For those that used their government/military e-mail address to create their profile, I hope they are doubly punished.  A favorite author, Jennifer Weiner, has a hilarious NYT column on what the use of work e-mails and the site itself say about the state of America.

3.  Unless you live completely off the grid, you now know the names Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos. Pure awesomeness. Gotta love the last line of this article.

4.  Book recommendations!  The Martian by Andy Weir. It's fiction with lots of math and aerospace engineering. We listened to it in the car and everyone in the family was captivated.  It's soon to be a movie with Matt Damon.  If you're looking for some fun reading, a little bit self help, a little bit on faith in a modern world, check out For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker.  One of my favorite chapters included a tirade against "manpris" aka, men in capris :-)

Enjoy the last bit of summer!

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