I watched an episode of Big Bang Theory last night after Annie went to bed. I love that show because Troy belongs in it. In fact last night they were playing D&D and I got a really good chuckle out of that. At the end of each episode Chuck Lorre always writes a little post that you have to pause very quickly to read. I think I watched like 2 seasons before I started pausing and now I always do. They are different passages, sometimes witty, sometimes he talks about the characters, and sometimes, there is a gem like this one. (PS Did you know in real life Raj married a former Ms.India. This makes me smile on so many levels)

You can click on it to make it bigger so you can read it.


You know when you read something that is the right thing for you to read at the right time. This one was that for me. Perception…it really does craft our world. The word inspirational is such a buzz word now a days. When I look at the people in my life that inspire me, it’s usually because the way they see the world is something I admire. I rarely look up to those that have attained greatness, to be honest I’m usually just jealous, but I often look up to those that see the world as great, as a gift, and it’s because I struggle with that.

I was listening to Rich Rolls new podcast this week and it was another example of just a mix of people and opinions that I admire because they choose to see the world as a light bright place. His most recent one, he had on Gabrielle Reece, and it was a great listen, she was funny, but introspective too! I really enjoyed a section where she talked about following your own inner compass and that means not only ignoring when people don’t like what you are doing, but also ignoring the praise. They both are just opinions, other peoples opinions, and other peoples options are based on other peoples inner compasses. That’s my rewording of what she said at least. I nodded along to that for some time.

Rich is big on each person having a reason for being here. He has very much found his passion and listening to it in his voice, and how resolute he seems to be makes me a little jealous. I can tell by the way that he advocates individuals to find “their thing” that he must feel it’s pretty awesome to be on the other side of the quest. I don’t think I have found mine yet, in fact I know I haven’t or I would be shouting it to the world, and writing books and giving talks. I’m a work in progress I guess. I really like relating to people, and helping people, but I’m not 100% in the right place, I’m still searching for what that is.

I think most of us feel that way most the time.

5 rad things

5 things that I used the heck out of this year and I’m so glad I bought them:

My Klipsch headphones. I have 3 pairs because I lose things a lot. I get the nice ($$) ones because I like good sound and I’m already deaf enough. The toggle button works really well and it stands up fairly nicely to sweat, which is a major problem. Sometimes I have to dry them out for a few days to get the buttons to work again, but the sound is worth it and they are comfy as all get out.


Teavana. Oh dear, this was a pricy find! I’ve always wanted to be a tea drinker, but I wasn’t really actually fond of tea, until I discovered the herbal stuff at Teavana. My french press has been working overtime in combination with a mix of the Blueberry Bliss and the Kona Pineapple Pop. I like to add a little rock sugar and pour it over ice. Total treat, but not a caloric one.


Dude, I love my Flylady calendar. We get one every year. This calendar is about FUNCTION. There are no pretty pictures, it’s a work horse…like me (hahaha I crack myself up)

See how big each day is? We have found here in the Wieck house that we have to keep 2 calendars. One is electronic and is on every one of our mac devises (we are up to a house count of 7…we have a problem) , and the other is a paper copy on the Flylady calendar. Annie isn’t going to check the electronic calendar because she’s still learning to read…although it’s on her ipad mini, but she has learned to check the paper one every day. She likes to cross out the days too. She decorates with stickers as well when I’m not looking. She was actually crossing out things for a few months this summer and I kept thinking things had been canceled, but she just got black marker happy. So now the rule is “no using the black marker on the calendar without moms permission.” This thing has saved me so many times.


My darling ukulele. I don’t get to play it as much as I like, but I absolutely love it. I don’t see myself ever buying another ukulele, this one was made for me. Annie is now taking lessons and I need to sign myself up for some, but until then, I’m at peace when I’m strumming along.


My indoor outdoor temperature thingee. Why did I not get one of these years ago? Since we don’t have a TV (just 7 mac devises) we don’t have the morning weather. 95% of the time I just want to know how cold it is right now. This little guy tells me the outside temp and the inside temp. I use it when I’m getting dressed to go run or ride. It makes for super quick decision making. Love!


There ya go, 5 things that have made the year easier, healthier, and more fun. When I was writing this blog I asked Annie what her favorite 5 things were. She said…verbatim: “Toys, the roof over my head, you mommy, oh and daddy too, oh and blankie.” I was cracking up over that one.

Book Report

I love when I get a reading itch! I seem to go through phases of how much I read and what I read. I’ve been hitting it hard recently and thought I would share the few books I have gotten through and my take on them.

Silent Tears – by Kay Bratt

I just finished this yesterday and it was rough. It’s the true story, in journal form, of an Expats time in China, and most of her time is spent volunteering in a Chinese orphanage. Which is an odd name because the children aren’t orphans, they’ve been abandoned because they have deformities or because they are girls. The one phrase I keep coming up with after reading this is “complete and utter disregard for the sanctity of human life.” It’s heard breaking, and the 4 years the author spends doing work there pretty much sucks her emotionally dry. There are things that you can’t unsee, and in my case, things you can’t unread. If you can get through this book without immediately wanting to adopt a Chinese “orphan”, then you are more emotionally resilient than me. Be prepared for total heart break with this one.

The Light Between Oceans – ML Stedman

A total page turner, set on an tiny Australian island occupied only by a husband and wife who tend the lighthouse, this book dug it’s way into my heart. It’s vivid and you immediately place yourself in the story, wondering what you would do. The wife has lost baby after baby when suddenly one washes up on shore in a boat with a dead man. The husband wants to play by the rules, but the wife just wants the baby. What to do, what to do? The book takes a few harsh turns, and in the end, I was laying in bed at 2am balling my eyes out. It wasn’t the ending I wanted, but I understood it, and I accepted it.

Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter

Another island book, but this time an actress from a famous movie set appears there sick with stomach cancer in the 60s. The production company is hiding her away because she is actually pregnant by the main actor. A parallel story is running where an old man appears in the office of a famous producer in Hollywood, asking about the past. As the two stories collide you can’t wait to see how the middle of the story plays out. This book was awesome. I totally loved it, and the various stories that were woven in were so well done. This is the best book I’ve read in some time, loved it!

The Kitchen House – by Kathleen Grissom

Whew, plantation times, little Irish Lavinia is orphaned on the ship over to America and brought to the plantation of the ship owner as an indentured servant. She is raised in the kitchen house, but she is white, which is odd for everyone. It’s a story about the difficulties of being in two different worlds, heart in one, skin in another. This is one of those books that mounts and mounts and you know it’s going to blow up at one point. And it does, it blows up big, and leaves you up at 2am madly clicking the next button on your kindle. There’s no way for this one to end well, and lives are lost, but it’s a great read and worth the pain you know it will inflict.

Unbroken – by Laura Hillenbrand

Everyone is reading this book about Louis Zamperini, the famous American runner who is lost at sea in WW2. One third of this book would make for a great book but it keeps going. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that at the end of this book your jaw will be on the ground and you will feel privileged. No matter the hardships you have been through in life, I doubt that any of it compared to Louis’s life. The stories are all revealed in time, all the loose strings are tied up, and you will never be the same afterwards. This is a must read. Never Never Never Give Up!