Hurricane Harvey Relief

This tragedy has affected so many people and it’s heartwarming to see the amount of help they have received.

My family was fortunate. Although the water in our neighborhood got higher than I ever saw, none of us received any water in our homes. We are helping those who were not so fortunate now.

As I scroll through Facebook to see who needs help where, what supplies are needed, where we can take food, or volunteer, I am seeing so many different websites and locations that I wanted to try and compile them to make it easier for those of you who do want to help.

Monetary Donations: Before you donate any money, please make sure it is legitimate. Be very wary of all of the GoFundMe pages, too. Unfortunately, there are people out there trying to make a buck off of others’ pain and suffering and there is a special place in Hell for them. Here is a list of a few places to donate money.

Other Donations: These are pages/places for clothing, food, household items, etc.

To Volunteer: 

I know there are a ton of places I didn’t list, so please feel free to do so in the comments or let me know an I will add it.

Even though the rain has stopped, the water and flooding have not. The clean up process is going to be long and arduous so we need to help people stay positive by staying positive ourselves. If you plan on donating clothing, please be mindful of what you take. Don’t use this as a chance to clean out your closet and take a bunch of winter boots and coats – it’s still summer here in Texas.

 

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My Special Gift

If you know me, you know that I’m pretty gifted (hahaha!!). I do have one talent that not many people know about.

I didn’t really think it was anything special until someone pointed it out to me: “Wait, you do what while you watch TV?!” There was some laughter after that and a lot of sharing around the office.

I couldn’t understand how no one else was able to do what I do, I don’t really think it is that distinct, but I guess I just don’t understand how awesome I truly am sometimes. I continue to hone this skill every time I watch shows like Scandal, any of The Real Housewives series, Friends from College (one of my new favorite shows), and others.

What’s my special gift, you ask?

I like to see if I can tell what wine the characters are drinking on the show and whether or not I have tried it. *Clapping and laughter*

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Seriously, though. If a show has a long running, the wines usually change as the budget grows. The characters might start out drinking some Kendall Jackson in the pilot episode and by the third season, they are downing bottles of Groth. This has never happened on Scandal, though. Olivia Pope and her father have always enjoyed good wine.

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And if you ever had a chance to watch Cougar Town, this was a prime example. Talk about winos, but they always made me feel better about my own consumption.

cougar-town-wine-7Jules is imbibing in some R. Brenner here – she obviously had (another) bad day.

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You can plainly see her and Andy have upgraded to Jordan.

I guess I have a pretty cool talent that I will continue to use for the rest of my life. If you would like to learn how to obtain this skill, I can most definitely help you with that. You bring the wine.

 

But first, everything

As I type, there are a million different things running through my mind, and many of them are giving me a headache.

I’m a pretty organized person. I have two separate planners – one for my work life and one for my personal life. Lately, I have been stressing over both of them. So much so that my desk and work space resemble the beginnings of what will end up on Hoarders.

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I feel like there is so much going on that I don’t have time to take a breath, and when I do, I feel guilty because I know there is something else I should be doing.

 

giphy-downsized (2)In the mornings, I sit down and take a look at what I have coming up for the day and then the week. Then, I decide what I need to do first, and today is everything. That makes me freak out because I know that not everything can be done at the same time, but everything is equally as important (in my mind anyway). It can make me crazy.

Of course this isn’t the first time I have felt this way, and it won’t be the last (because what’s the fun in that?). This is when I have to remind myself to stop, take a breath, and remember that everything doesn’t include work, appointments, emails, swim practice, exercise, etc. Everything is my son. Everything is my husband. Everything is this day that I have been given.

The everything that needs to come first isn’t in any calendar, it’s in my heart.

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Bringin’ Back the Old School

Can I just say how excited I am that women’s loafers are making a comeback?

I haven’t been too keen on bringing back the 90’s, but this part of the train I can jump on, and with enthusiasm. When I say loafers, I mean the ones with the tassels, not the Hugh Hefner-type shoes.

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I remember getting a pair of loafers when I was in junior high and I was so excited; they were probably one of my favorite pairs of shoes and I know they got some wear.

I’ll be doing a major shoe search today to find a pair that I can wear now. I won’t be like a regular mom, I’ll be a cool mom.