First Weekend of March

1. The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, has a library of over 7,000 books!

James Mattis served in the Marine Corps for 44 years.  He was retired for 3 years before becoming the current Secretary of Defense.  He currently has a library of over 7,000 books.  When you hear that, you often think “well, libraries have that many books and so do book stores;” however, if I’m not mistaken, he has read all of them.  That’s a lot of books to have read!  It kind of puts into perspective the amount of books we each read in our lifetime.  I’m slacking tremendously in that area and hearing that he has read that many, inspires me to read more.  How many books have you read?

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2. We all pay attention to the weather.

So all last week it was poor weather and raining all day.  It was cold as well.  I didn’t have to work this weekend and I had no homework to accomplish, which rarely happens.  We decided to go to the zoo after my wife was done working, since the zoo is right next to her work.  Our train of thought, was the same as everyone else here in Fort Worth.  The lines were so long and everyone parking lot was full so they had people parking on the curb of residential areas.  After waiting in line for 15-20 min to get to the parking area, we decided it wasn’t the best idea.  So we decided to go to the park instead.  There were still so many people there, but it was around the naptime of most younger kids, so there was still plenty for our daughter to do since she doesn’t like to take naps.

3. Moving takes a considerable amount of planning.

Like I have mentioned before, my family and I will be moving to Japan for a couple of years at the end of August.  When we do our research, (and by we, I mostly mean my wife), there is a lot that has to get done before leaving.  We can only take so much with us, we can’t take our cars, we have to have passports for everyone and proper documentation, we have to make sure our dog meets all of the medical requirements to go to another country, where will we be living, etc.  I only listed a few small items, but the list is extremely long.  If we don’t start planning now, 6 months out, then we may not accomplish all that we need to get done prior to our move.

What did you learn this weekend?  What’s your excuse?

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