We all have these kinds of weeks where everything just hits at once. Busy busy busy. An unexpected and alarming health crisis in the family. Impossible to keep up with everything at work or home. Plus, our dog wants me to let him out every hour or so, all night long, so he can patrol the back yard looking for nightime intruders. Driving home from work Friday, the rain stopped abruptly and look what appeared.
Pretty cool, I thought, and also kind of soothing as if there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Rainbows usually have a brief lifespan, but this one just stayed and stayed. I saw some other drivers holding cellphones out their windows to snap the event. This thing was huge, seeming to stretch from Naperville to Plainfield.
I asked my friend, Jodi, who was golfing, if she saw it and indeed she did. In fact, I'll bet the whole western Chicago suburban area near us took note of this huge and basically perfect rainbow that hung in the sky for at least 15 minutes on Friday. What a nice way to end a basically cruddy week!
You've got to take a listen to this! It's a special "Welcome Back Andy" edition of Matt Ryd YouTube. Andy Hannon is a big ukulele enthusiast, and this whole thing has something to do with a "uke-off" challenge.
If the movies of John Hughes made an impact on your life, be sure to read Sincerely, John Hughes, a blog post by Alison Byrne Fields who exchanged letters with the famous writer/director during her high school days. Her comments put it all in perspective, touching on Hughes' impact and offering a glimpse into why he has kept a low profile in recent years.
Remember the Snuggie blanket infomercial last winter? The one with people stuffed into large blanket-type garments with sleeves? Some brilliant marketing wizard has figured out a way to leverage this concept for the lucrative pet industry, with a Snuggie for Dogs! Even better, it comes with a talking dog tag you can attach to your pet's collar. Just record your message and it's ready to go. The message for our dog would say something like, "Hello, my name is Trey. Watch out or I may bite you."