ten on tuesday.

1. Our family celebrated tonight’s last swim meet of the season with an impromptu late evening trip to the Waffle House. We even played a little Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber on the jukebox. Parenthood, we have arrived.

2. Not to belabor the point but it really is so amazing to me when I see our kids swimming confidently through the water. Sarah in particular since she’s been at it longer. They’re not championship swimmers by a long shot but I’m so proud of all the skills they’ve acquired over the last several years thanks to their own hard work and the dedication of their coaches. They can both swim laps around me! I think I ought to start making good on my investment and paying them to give me a few lessons.

3. Today is my niece Charlotte’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday my sweet Char!!! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in person later this month.

4. It also happens to be our dog Tigger’s randomly selected 2nd birthday, according to the kids. We smuggled a piece of sausage out of the Waffle House for him. Happy Birthday Tiggs M’Giggs.

5. The winner of Best Thing I Read on the Internet This Week goes to this blog post, without question. Preach.

6. A close runner up (but too serious to take the win) is this New York Times article which investigates the phenomenon of “cool” teens turing into struggling adults. I often encourage the girls I loosely mentor to embrace their inner geek…and most certainly to embrace the geeks around them. They’re the ones that are going places. Finally some evidence to back up my theory.

7. Ephraim told me tonight that I am 1% better at bedtime tuck-in then Daddy. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the 1%.

8. Found on a “Spy Notebook” today:

Apparently it was a slow news day at our house. Thank goodness the agents didn’t overhear what I had to say about Leviticus…

9. My dear friend Amy Shertzer just returned to the States from a whirlwind trip to Spain with her hubby. Sadly, she realized once she returned home to LA that she had left her camera bag (with 8K worth of equipment!) on one of her connecting planes. Needless to say, she’s devastated. She has so many good people sending so many good vibes out for her right now that I just know it’s going to work out. But still. Trauma.

10. The good news is that Amy also seriously knows her way around an iPhone, and that’s not missing. In fact, she’ll be part of a workshop coming up with Big Picture Classes that will help you with all the ins and outs of your own handiest little camera. Amy has generously offered to let me give a class away here, and since blog comments are all but extinct on this ol’ blog (no hard feelings…swear!) I’m just going to give it to the first person that says they’re interested. So let me know if that’s YOU and I’ll hook you up with Amy. =) Happy Tuesday!

KarlyJuly 1, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Me please! I’ve been reading Amy’s blog for years and would love to have a chance to learn!

AnonymousJuly 1, 2014 - 8:41 pm

I look forward to the TOT post’s. My kids make fun of me when I try and use my phone for pictures –

Carol MoyerJuly 1, 2014 - 8:42 pm

mine was the last post

JessicaJuly 1, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Oh man! I should have read this sooner! I adore Amy’s Instagram feed. I’ll add my positive thoughts, she must be devastated.

DianeJuly 1, 2014 - 8:50 pm

RE: #5… loved seeing Idris Elba in that mix THREE times. He’s fab!! Thanks for sharing, Erin!

Kyra ParksJuly 1, 2014 - 9:39 pm

I can’t imagine how Amy feels! Sending good thoughts her way! And, I’d love to take that class!

AnitaJuly 1, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Oh no! I really hope Amy somehow gets her camera gear back! I lost a camera once and I was devastated (and it was only a little POS). Sending lots of positive vibes her way! Also, I would LOVE to take the iPhone class. Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

KellyJuly 2, 2014 - 5:24 am

Too late to be the first! My heart is just breaking for her on the camera. I know our camera is a thing technically, but it is also like my baby. We just wrapped up swim team as well and we went from a 5 year old who could barely cross the pool to a 6 year old who can swim well! Makes me so proud. Can’t wait for the little to start next year.

Kathryn BenfietJuly 2, 2014 - 8:17 am

Not the first…so sad. Will pray for Amy’s equipment to be found and returned. What a horrible feeling. Have a lovely weekend.

DonyaJuly 2, 2014 - 9:09 am

Crossing my fingers for Amy! I left my camera bag and memory card (luckily not the camera) on a flight once too and it held all the photos from a trip to Europe. I was devastated and sadly never found it. I sure hope she has better luck!

DebsJuly 2, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Poor Amy – I hope it comes good for her

Deanna M.July 2, 2014 - 7:43 pm

I’m still reading!!!! Would love a chance to take the class. What a heart wrenching story–sending Amy hopeful thoughts!

NicoleJuly 3, 2014 - 11:51 am

Our power was out so I was late to reading thus post, so I guess no iPhone class for me! Although I think I may still take it bc I certainly could use some iPhone photo help! I sure hope she gets that bag back!

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