The Russian sent me this the other day. I watched it and thought to myself “homeschooling hackschooling makes a lot of sense”, especially with my job. Hmmmm…

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon, Musician (1940 – 1980)

The new LEGO movie Rocks!

By the way, I took my girls to see the LEGO Movie this past weekend, helping contribute to the $69 million opening weekend revenues quite gladly (totally worth it!) and we loved every moment of it. The ending of course was what really “made it”. Not going to give it away, but if you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly movie to take the kids, this is the one!

Family Road Trip & Duct Tape

Another short clip from the National Employee Engagement Conference where I recall one particular family road trip where my brothers and I entertained ourselves with duct tape and my dad almost got arrested.

I’m heading to Chicago today for a little R&R with The Russian (and also to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary). After watching this video she has made sure that there is no duct tape to be found anywhere in the car. 😉

Build It Again Bricks Update #2

Last Wednesday, I did an all-school assembly at Orchard Park Elementary! I had a blast! Sure the kindergartners were making bead necklaces in the front row the whole time and yelling out questions, but I stayed on track anyway!

The highlight for me was when during the drawing, Katy Perry’s Roar came on and the ENTIRE school started singing with the song as I completed my drawings. Talk about awesome!

A big thank you to Susanna at Orchard Park Elementary and Josh at Mercy Road Church for your help in pulling all this together!

I’ve been a fan of Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs” for some time now. So much so, that I made a video trying to entice Mike to feature me on his show. I know, I know! My job’s not really THAT dirty, especially compared to some of the jobs featured on the show (Chinatown Garbage Collector, anyone? Or how about Avian Vomitologist?? Monkey Caretaker??)

So recently when I stumbled upon this interview with Mike Rowe, I had to watch it. It’s pretty long, 40 minutes, but it’s fascinating. He has some really interesting ideas and thoughts about entrepreneurship, success, the skills gap and why FOLLOWING your passion is a bit of a misnomer and that you should instead BRING your passion with you. Well worth a watch!

Recently stumbled on this video on Youtube and loved it! Not only is it well put together and creative, but its message is also right on as far as the role that ADD’ers play in this world. Very inspiring! Thanks to Andrea of The Art of ADD for conceiving it and putting it out for us to enjoy and share!

If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, you already know how I feel about LEGO! (I’m not paid to endorse LEGO, but I probably should be!) Anyway, here’s LEGO’s newest ad and it’s pretty great! I hope they make one where they feature a daughter instead of a son, though….

Laughter is the Best Medicine

There are studies showing that laughter can boost the immune system, reduce stress & cultivate optimism. When I was in high school my family went through the pain of divorce. A lot of things helped us survive mentally & emotionally, but nothing as much as my brother Sam’s sense of humor. If your heart is aching, laughter IS the best medicine.

Check out this really funny bit from one of Sam’s messages: