Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Review: Outlive Your Life

Max Lucado is at it again. He is on a mission to deliver messages of hope and compassion to the world and he has artfully succeeded in his new book, "Out Live Your Life".

The premise of this book is simple: don't just "live", "outlive". By this, the author means that everyone should take a few extra seconds to think about how their daily, routine interactions with others will leave lasting impressions and may even forever impact lives. He devotes each chapter in the book to a scenario that has either happened in Biblical times or has occurred in his own life. There are lessons to be learned and this book should be on the must-read list for those that are willing and aching to get more mileage out of daily life.

One of my favorite scenes in the book deals with a homeless man that Mr. Lucado had met a year prior when he was panhandling for food on the side of a busy intersection. Mr. Lucado took the man to a local diner for a meal and conversation and this simple act of kindness would leave a lasting impression.

As fate would have it, the same man would be in the same location and the author would drive up for another chance meeting. This time, the panhandler recognized him and waved and shouted. Mr. Lucado remembered the man as well and they exchanged a smile and wave before continuing on with "life". The two men will remember each other for life and they were both forever changed by this random act of kindness.

This book is available at Barnes&Noble as well as Amazon. Be sure to check it out and tell 'em Emmy@A.Typical.Life sent you.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Goldfish *Colors* Crackers: A Review

I just want to preface this with saying, this turned out FAR different than I expected.

All 6 of us piled in the car last night to go to the store and, of course, we were all hungry. :)
My girls went down the bread/chip/cracker isle and immediately zoned in on these, ahem, colorful crackers...that appeared to be full of dyes.

If you knew my kiddos in real life, you would agree that they need to stay FAR away from the food dyes or risk bouncing off the wall.

SO, to make a long story short, hubby was worn down by 2 pint-sized terrorists and the crackers found their way home with us.

After eating and while watching "their show" before it was time for the bedtime routine, they brought me bowls and the HUGE 2.1 pound box of crackers and were armed with pouty faces.
I looked at the box to make sure I was ready for what was to ensue by giving them the dyed crackers and noticed something significant...


The "purple" is from beet juice, the "green" is from huito juice, the "yellow" is from annatto, and the "red" is from watermelon juice.

I almost fell over and had a cow.

These WILL be in my cart next week and I WILL be sending a letter to Mr. Pepperidge Farm to thank him for a "fun looking" cracker with no artificial dyes.

You should try some!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Always Remember 9/11

We will ALWAYS remember the sacrifice of the brave men and women that worked to save others on 9/11/01.

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the news?
I had just arrived at work when I heard it on the radio...why the radio happened to be on, I have no clue.
I worked at a bank and our team was usually straight-laced, but we were feeling a little silly, I guess.
Then, after we first heard what was going on, we couldn't stop listening.
Needless to say, there wasn't much "work" going on that day.

After coming home from work, I would realize that MY husband (who was in the Army) was slated to be deployed within the month.

I have never forgotten that day and the impact that it had on so many lives. It was nice to take a few minutes to remember.