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By Lauri Mackey — 1 year agoThe Airport Play DateLet me start by saying that if you are planning your #playdate at the airport, there is not a lot of help on the internet about what to do while you are there. In the end I took a bit from everyone and made up most of it on my own. I made it more of a treasure hunt to be documented with selfies to cement the deal. Here’s my treasure hunt list:1) Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie. I didn’t have time on my way in, but I found it and took a picture on my way back into town…yuck!2) Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to. I didn’t end up with any exotic options, but I chose Portland, Oregon because the guy I was talking to, David, suggested it because the house from Goonies is there…I would totally go see that!3) Find the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. I chose beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers from Pasadena. Are there people who would really buy beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers that say Pasadena on them?? Maybe I missed the memo.4) Take 2 Selfies with a stranger. I chose David from the departures board, and this lovely flight attendant which brings me to the 5th item that I couldn’t bring into fruition…read on.5) Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. Remember those? They would give them out to kids when they traveled. Well, guess what? They don’t have them anymore and haven’t had them for years according to this lovely flight attendant. I asked her to think of something and she did! She came back with a plastic cup, a napkin, a cookie, and pretzels and said it was the best she could do. She gets an “A” for effort!!6) Find an airport sign that is laughable. I found one! In the Burbank airport there is a long stretch of red carpet that runs the length of the path of gates. If you are paying attention you notice that it isn’t just for decoration, there is a purpose and a sign. It tells you that the red carpet is supposed to remain clear of people…no loitering basically because it is meant to be used in an emergency only. Really? For what emergency? A shooting where we all run for our lives? A gas leak that again, has us running for our lives? I guarantee that no one is going to be looking at that sign or the color of the carpet when that happens. The best part? No one was reading it. There was one person (who moved before I got a picture) sitting against the wall, on the red carpet, directly under the sign. No joke.7) Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport. Burbank has a hall of art with Amelia Earhart! So cool! And Phoenix has an entire exhibit of crazy art there. Do all airports have art? I think so…the ones in the Dallas airport…all of the sculptures are pretty incredible.8) Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard. You should get extra points for the security guard…they are super paranoid!9) This is a freebie. I just wanted to be on the look-out for something strange or weird that wasn’t already on my list. I found it! Flying Cats! I sat down and talked to this poor lady who had both of her cats in small carriers and the cats were meowing like mad. She told me she had already given them Xanax and it was having zero effect. I took a video, laughed a bit, felt sorry for those poor cats (and their human mama) and chalked this one up as done!10) Two plane photos. You saw my first one at the top looking over Burbank as I took off. The other one was the best I could do from within the airport, but it totally counted!Moral of the story…if you have an airport date…here’s the short list to cut and paste and print out. It really was a lot of fun and required me to use my social skills and to be brave in talking with complete strangers, videoing flying cats, taking pictures of myself in crazy hats and taking a picture of the beer stein Pasadena salt and pepper shakers without the employee looking at me like I might shoplift at any moment. Be adventurous! Tell me about your latest #playdate below.1. Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie2. Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to.3. Take a picture of the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. Or buy it and give it to someone as your next white elephant gift at Christmas this year.4. Take 2 Selfies with a stranger.5. Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. (Let me know which airline you get this from because American Airlines isn’t doing it anymore…so sad!)6. Take a picture of an airport sign that is laughable.7. Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport.8. Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard.9. Freebie! Find something weird/strange/out of the ordinary that isn’t on your list.10. 2 Plane Photos – One from inside the plane/One from the outside.
By Lauri Mackey — 1 year ago
“Life is busy.” It’s the unmistakably counted on answer when you ask someone the dreaded socially correct question now known as a greeting in our fair culture of “How are you?”. Is your response different? A “fine, how are you?” perhaps? I’m just as guilty as the next person and it has become habit to say either “fine, how are you?” or if I know them a bit better, “I’m busy”. And if I hesitate (usually trying to think of how I really am so I can answer honestly) the person asking the question immediately thinks that something must be wrong in my life and jumps to conclusions that who knows what that has formed in their minds from sour milk to my dog dying.
Now that I’ve formed this little rant on the “how are you” question…I HAVE BEEN BUSY! Haha! I can honestly answer that my life has been busy. You have to understand that I am crazy OCD and an organizational freakazoid who has dialed in my “to-do list” and my “must-do” list so I’m practically scheduled out every day of the week. Throw in a trip to Oakland for a family affair, my women’s conference where I was in charge of the almost 50 women volunteers, a couple of relatives popping in to say hello for a few days, and a planned trip coming up for four days the end of this week, and I pretty much throw my perfectly laid out plan out the window. Well, not all of it…but it does get a bit more stressful and trying to shove 6 days of work into 3 days of time available.
After some recuperating and catching up I realized that sometimes I consider my life boring. Not bad boring, but routine boring. The same old things week after week. The same chores, the same workouts, the same type of work. Wearing my retainers every night, praying, meditating, daily reading, meals…all of it! And then I remember my younger adult self. Scattered, not settled into a career or a happy marriage. When the dust settled on the last two weeks and as I look forward to this coming weekend trip, I realize that I LOVE the BORING BLISS OF MY ROUTINE.
I love that I’m the first one up every morning because my hubby and puppies are not morning beings. I love going downstairs and getting a glass of water first thing and putting away the dishes from the night before and laying out my breakfast utensils. I love writing my morning pages, saying my morning prayers, and doing my daily reading and journaling all before the rest of my household awakes. I absolutely LOVE everything about Lauri’s Lemonade Stand…from the podcast, to the weekly blog, to Ms Penelope Pickwick’s Bookworm Report every Tuesday (See the latest one HERE). I love the routine of cooking dinner or just going out if it’s been a long day and that I watch documentaries on Monday nights with my hubby (If you haven’t seen the movie Embrace…I highly recommend it!).
In today’s blog I just want to publicly acknowledge the boring bliss of my routine. I absolutely love it. I love the busy moments and the quiet moments. I love the growth moments and the bliss moments that happen after the growth moments and I realize that I’ve learned something new. I love the boring bliss of my routine! The next time someone asks “how are you?” what will you say?
By Lauri Mackey — 2 years agoRandom Blog DayAs I write this blog, I’ve realized how much I enjoy podcasting! Every week I Skype my mentor buddies, Elizabeth and Laurence and we talk about our life struggles, where our podcasts are and where we want them to go and encourage each other to do and be more. Each of us have different struggles on our journey which means that the solutions vary as much as the struggles themselves do.I completely enjoy writing, but something about listening and connecting to someone in person over a podcast is so much more moving. I love the written word and can’t keep my nose out of a book, but I’ve decided to take my blog to random status. It will no longer be a weekly blog (unlike my podcast that comes out every single Monday without fail!), but to a “so inspired have to write this to everyone” status of randomness.I am appreciating all of your responses and feedback to everything I’m trying to accomplish by bringing positivity into the lives of women! Keep it coming! You can catch me on iTunes every week by clicking here: Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Positivity Podcast for Women or on Facebook by clicking here: Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Facebook Positivity or simply visiting me on my website by clicking here: http://www.laurislemonadestand.com/Thank you for your love and dedication!Wishing you the best in positivity today and all the days ahead!