Although it didn’t start out that way, this week has been a crazy one. On Wednesday we got a phone call telling us that our son had fallen out of the back of a truck, so you can imagine the panic that my husband and I felt as parents. My first thought was, “What truck? Who has a truck? What was he doing in a truck?” He was in the parking lot of a local restaurant, so the truck wasn’t on the road, driving, at least. He and another boy were in the truck, but my son was standing in the back, facing forward. The driver didn’t realize he was there and pulled forward while my son was still standing, and his legs caught the back of the tailgate and he literally, flipped backwards on his head. He went unconscious and suffered a concussion and walked away with thirteen stitches in the back of his head, road rash on the side of his face, and a sore back. He’s so lucky, and I have to keep from letting my mind go to what could have happened. These teenagers keep us on our toes, don’t they?
Let’s get on to lighter things, like this week’s Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
Drew’s Honeymoon House
You probably saw that Drew from The Property Brothers recently got married, and I stumbled upon his “Honeymoon House” and had to share. What a stunner! Full tour available here, including before photos.
We went to Nashville last weekend for a baseball tournament, and stayed at a Mariott hotel while we were there. I notice they got smart and instead of having to replenish the shampoo, conditioner and body wash on a daily basis, they installed this:
Why didn’t somebody think of this sooner?
We were recently invited to our first Indian wedding celebration, and it was fantastic. The music, the culture, the colors, the dancing, the food – all of it – fantastic. It made me realize that we Americans (in general), lack in such a rich and vibrant culture. My daughter came with us, and we both got henna tattoos on our hands (and when did I get man hands?). Can you believe these were done freehand? Talk about artistry! They basically squeeze it out of a plastic baggie, and you let it dry on your hands until it falls off naturally, and then you have the henna tattoo left behind.
I spotted these Post-It Extreme Notes recently and thought they were really cool for a situation where you’re doing work outside, or building a house and need to put notes in less-than-ideal weather situations. Just when you thought Post-Its couldn’t get any smarter…
Kimberley Freeman is a newly found author for me, and I recently finished my second book by her – Wildflower Hill – and really enjoyed it. She is great at developing her characters, and is an amazing storyteller as well (and the narration is spectacular as well). Here is a snippet of the description from Amazon:
“In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. But life is not about to follow the plan that Beattie had hoped for and fate will play her a cruel hand…
In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate. But on arrival she is presented with some surprising news – her recently deceased and much-loved grandmother Beattie Blaxland has left her Tasmanian property to Lydia. Told through the eyes of a young Beattie Blaxland and a contemporary Lydia Blaxland-Hunter, this is an emotionally charged, seductive tale of self-discovery, secrets and surprises.”
If you’re in the mood for a good movie, give Kodachrome a try. It’s on Netflix, and has Ed Harris as one of the stars (who I just love), and is a story of an estranged father and son. Here is the movie description:
“Matt, a struggling executive, finds his world turned upside down when his estranged father’s nurse shows up unexpectedly in his office. Matt’s father, a famed bad-boy photojournalist, is facing terminal cancer and his dying wish is for Matt to join him on a road trip from New York to Kansas to process his last rolls of Kodachrome film before the sole remaining lab closes and those captured moments are gone forever.”
My +1 for the week – Stupid Teenager Tricks
It goes without saying that my first paragraph sums up my +1 for the week. I’m still thanking God and my lucky stars that my boy is ok!
Have a great weekend!