It was an uneventful week for me since my return from Ireland. I realized last night that I could become a hermit. I think I did too much peopling (yes that's my word) in Ireland, because since my return, I think I have spoken to five people (in person) - and that was either on my walks with Lady or when I ran to the store. I think I needed the down time and I mean lazy time. I did nothing but read (magazines, newspapers, and mail); watch TV (recorded shows and movies) and catch-up on the games I play. Also busy writing up my reviews for the different restaurants and such.
I keep my brain and hand/eye coordination active almost every day via the online games I play. I play five different Solitaire games, (every other day a solitaire tournament); 3 different Mahjong games, and 3 different word games - all per day. So you can imagine how much I had to catch up on this past week. I play them on the laptop (no games on the phone) because the screen is better to see...LOL! Yes I still do crossword puzzles as well. I truly do not compete with anyone but myself, but it is fun to see how I end up in the solitaire tournaments.
One of the things I thought about this past week (yes I did some thinking) was about sibling rivalry. With the age difference between my sister and I, I did not experience the sibling rivalry that I've seen with others. In many ways, I guess for many it is a love/hate relationship (perhaps the first one they ever experience). I remember watching my friends families and the fighting/arguments between siblings and I would be afraid for them. It would make me so upset to see/hear how cruel they could be to each other and then it seemed the next moment everything would be good between them again. I mention this because I watched my niece and nephew interact on vacation. They are less than two years apart so there has always been a bit of a grab for attention. My only rule on the vacation was that they had to stay as a pair when out/about. Neither had traveled internationally before and I wanted to be sure they stayed safe. I watched them pick on each other, get mad at each other, and then miraculously (at least to me) watch out for each other, help each other, and encourage each other. I tried to stay clear when they were at each other, but the only thing I kept reminding them was: you are all each other have and you have to be there for each other. Don't get me wrong, they have an older brother who will also be there for them, but these two are close together in age and have been through most things at about the same time. My hope is that as siblings get older the rivalry of youth matures into a supportive and loving sibling relationship. Hopefully, with age and wisdom comes understanding and love.
The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about:
International Widows Day
National Columnists Day
National Pink Day
Swim a Lap Day
Log Cabin Day
National Catfish Day
National Canoe Day
Sun Glasses Day
Insurance Awareness Day - Now who do you think invented that!?!
International Body Piercing Day
Paul Bunyan Day
International Mud Day
Waffle Iron Day
I finished reading a Patterson novel. Getting ready to start another. I have added a few more books to my reading list. What are you reading this summer?
A huge shout out to my awesome friend Meghan on her engagement to marry! Hugs to her and Dan.
I have a few topics written down for discussion today, but I think I've covered enough. Would not want to bore you. I need to think about what day I'll be traveling back to VA. You never know when I'll show up...LOL! Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless." - Maxime Lagacé
"Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you." - Naval Ravikant
The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha