Month: June 2014

“We are here! We are here! We are here!”*

Can you tell I’ve got a *THING* for Dr. Seuss?

June (as could be easily predicted) was (oh, I really hate to say it) *cringe* busy.

Not just busy, but

*braces self for the backlash*

CRAZY-BUSY!

There. I said it.

I know. I know.

I’m not proud, but there you have it.

The “B” word.

Forgive me.

 

By now, you all must know that children in Nova Scotia *just* finished school. Just. As in, this morning. Yup. So, we really couldn’t do a lot of relaxing and adventuring over the not-really-long weekend and since today was a school and work day, it doesn’t quite feel like summer.

 

On a personal note, we have a funeral service to attend this afternoon and we intend to pay our respects before any kind of festivity can even be a glint in our eyes.

I am choosing to look at this experience in the way I normally would. I am choosing to see it in as positive a light as possible. Goodbyes can lead to closure. Closure can lead to peace. Peace is always a good thing.

 

Thank you to the kind people who have been popping in periodically this month to read and see that I am still here.

I am still here.

I am. We are … and we are grateful.

 

Thank you for believing in us.

Onward to summer.

*Yes, we are.

 

 

Always Wear Sunscreen

Oh sure! It looks all friendly and happy with its toasty rays and snazzy shades, but trust me there’s a burning desire to fry your skin lurking just under those fiery smiling lips.

I just committed a drive-by sunscreening at Thing 2’s school. I’m guilty as charged, but I’m not sorry.

The UV Report is “High” today and in the confusion of the morning rush to make it to the bus on time, Thing 2 – who will spend an hour outside during high noon – did not get her sunscreen. Aack!

What’s an easily scorched, SPF MUD wearing, mother of Celtic heritage to do?

Well, first I consulted social media, because TWEEPS!

Then, I called school to make sure it was okay to pop by, then I brushed my teeth and grabbed my Kinesys and fled.

Because skin is our largest organ and we don’t have a spare.

Summer is coming’ in, but fast.*

Don’t be fooled by our hazy Maritime mornings, either. Those hazy** days can be the worst offenders for sun damage.

My best advice?

Always wear sunscreen.

Och!

 

So, do you have a favourite brand of sunscreen? Do you have a way to remember to apply it – even during the crazy-busy morning rush? What’s your secret to keeping your skin safe?

*Bonus: Natalie Cole because I love her and I used her Daddy’s lyric – and often do!

**BONUS Bonus of Nat King Cole because I said “hazy” and well… just listen.