This week started with a bang. Monday morning, I received the photo illustrating this post. A friend of ours climbed Mt. Everest (talk about a bucket-list item!) and took a photo on her climb of…Juliet’s School of Possibilities! (The jacket…you know…weight!) We were nervous when the news of the various tragedies came out of Everest but she was very well trained (and former military too) and made it down just fine.
I took a trip this week to a much more accessible set of mountains: The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I flew into Knoxville and then stayed at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (where I was giving a talk for a conference). The whole place was done up in total Dolly Parton style, from the word “Dream” on the lamp shades to the inspirational quotes in the hallway. And a treasure chest which contains a song to be taken out on Dolly Parton’s 100th birthday in 2046. Can’t wait!
My flight back to Philadelphia was delayed, but I raced right from the airport to my son’s middle school and got there in time for his performance of Antigone. Good thing I was on time as the show was only 20 minutes! It was nice to cap the first half of the week with a work/life win.
Actually, this week has featured a lot of extra stuff to work into the schedule. Two Little League playoff games, the preschool picnic, the third grade wax museum and poetry reading, the kids’ end-of-year swim team party. Everybody got to everything. But I’m ready for school year logistics to be done!
In other news: Sarah and I are recording two Best of Both Worlds episodes this weekend. One is on frugal parenting tips, and the other is on kids at different ages and stages (with a summer focus). If you’ve got frugal ideas, feel free to post them here (or on our Instagram page).