We’re going on a family vacation this weekend. Me, my husband, my parents, and all the kids. (I’ll share all the details next week; I think it would make my parents nervous if I told the internets exactly where we’re going to be. They’d fully expect for creepy people in trench coats to follow us around, perhaps the occasional pro-scorpion zealot running up to spray Raid in my face as revenge for my constant blogging about cruelty to arachnids.) Anyway, you may have noticed a lack of exclamation points in those first two sentences. I assure you it’s not that I’m not excited. It’s just that I am…apprehensive. Getting nine people from one place to another is no easy thing, especially when five of them spend most of their time running around in circles and screaming. Also, the vacation itself will involve a lot of activity. I think that this is something that normal people look forward to; for those of us who aspire to be a brain in a jar, it sounds a bit overwhelming. Anyway, I’m sure it will be fine. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.
I will say that our destination is in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, which means that we need to find a place to go to Mass. I was thinking of St. Ann’s in Coppell. Anyone have any other recommendation in that general part of the metroplex? Also, we’re probably going to go to the Dallas soccer game while we’re there. That should be interesting since I’ve never been to any soccer games other than those played by my seven-year-old son. My husband is a huge soccer fan (which is not as strange as the fact that he’s also a huge cricket fan), so he’s excited about it.
Just checked the vacation forecast. Now this is what I like to see:
According to weather.com, there may be water falling from the clouds at some point during our visit to Dallas…what’s that called again…?
The fires from last week are almost entirely contained, but things around here are still dire (some crazy stats on that here). Still no rain, and now they’re saying we may not get much in the Fall either. Here’s a video of some footage from the past few weeks:
If we don’t get rain soon, it seems that more fires are a matter of when and not if. Please continue to keep those impacted by the drought and the fires in your prayers.
This is the first postpartum period where my hair has not fallen out like crazy. After every other baby, my hair has fallen out to such an extreme extent that I’m usually about to make an urgent doctor’s appointment just before it tapers off. This time, I’ve had no hair loss whatsoever. I’ve been puzzling over what I’ve done differently, and the only thing I can point to is that I’m taking a small dose of a kelp supplement along with the Primal Blueprint Advanced Health Formula multivitamin packets. I highly recommend the Primal Blueprint stuff. Their customer service is excellent, and I think that their supplement has a lot to do with how good I’ve felt lately, as well as my noticeable lack of hair loss. (And I have no affiliation with that company, and don’t receive a dime if people buy their products — just wanted to pass along something that works for me.)
I love the subject of nutrition. My fascination with it began when I was 18, and for the past 16 years I’ve read tons of books on the subject, from pop diet paperbacks to heavy textbooks. In the past decade, I doubt I’ve ever gone more than a few months without reading something related to the topic. And so when I say that I have found a book that is head and shoulders above everything else I’ve ever read on the subject, this is big news. It’s called The Perfect Health Diet, and it is awesome. (To give you an idea how good it is, I stayed up late reading it in the hospital the night after the baby was born because I couldn’t put it down!)
It’s written by a married couple, both Ph.D. scientists. The wife is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher, and the husband was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They had some chronic health problems they wanted to remedy, and so they put all their research expertise to work in the area of nutrition. The book is a summary of their findings. It reads more like a research paper than a glitzy paperback, but that’s one of the things I like about it. The authors don’t own a gym, they don’t have their own line of supplements, they weren’t trying to push any particular product. They just learned some things about health and diet that changed their lives drastically for the better, and they wrote a book about the conclusions they came to about what works and what doesn’t. It’s refreshingly simple, with footnotes citing quality studies and data after practically every other sentence. If you only read one book about how diet impacts health, make it this one. (Also, you can check out the authors’ website here.)
Considering that we are trying to get on the road 10 hours from now, and I need to somehow find time to both sleep and pack during that time (I’m writing this Thursday night), I guess I should wrap it up. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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