Happy Labor Day… Now get to Work

Sep 5, 2014 by

We were lamenting whether it was worth going out or not.  My wife hemmed and hawed and suggested we just stay home.

I insisted we go and packed up the car with wife, dog, kid and chairs for 6 as we were bringing extras for friends and family we were meeting there.   We pulled out of the drive way as the sun was setting and headed toward the beach.  There was a free movie night at the pier and they were showing the Lego movie, which I had not seen yet and I love Lego’s.

More importantly, I love those fun community events like outdoor movies and how awesome is it that we get to watch movies at the ocean?  So we were packed up and we trudged on.  I was contemplating my wife’s offers of just calling it off and staying home as it was late and by the time we got there our child would be asleep and couldn’t care less about any movie at all, and we also hadn’t had any dinner yet.  I was determined to make it happen.  We threw out suggestions of fast food that didn’t sound appealing, but was close by that we could grab for dinner.  We picked something close by and paid way too much for some crappy food and found our way to park.

At this point we now had to figure out how we were going to get ourselves, a small dog, a small child, 6 chairs, a diaper bag, and our fast food dinner from the parking lot down to the pier.  With 6 chairs strapped to my shoulders, a fast food bag in one hand and the dogs leash in the other I was wishing I had listened to my wife as we began our trek.   Then midway through our journey my oh so cute dog decided to stop mid way and take a giant crap on the sidewalk full of people.  It was at this point that I was cursing me and my good ideas.  I handed my wife the fast food, and dogs leash, put down all 6 chairs and scooped up the poop with haste as to not block all of the foot traffic around us.  We repacked all the equipment onto us and made our way to our destination.

Grumbling and complaining I setup the chairs for the movie which had just started and we sat down.  We met up with our other family and friends who took their seats next to us and all of a sudden all was well.  We settled into our spots and I held my son on my lap as my wife held our dog and had a fantastic evening.

It was all worth it.  It was a pain in the ass in the making, but it made a fantastic moment.


The epiphany then struck me that we must work to create fun.  You have to put in the effort to plan and coordinate with friends and family to make meaningful events and moments happen.  It’s because of the work that you can truly enjoy the moments you create.   I could have stayed at home and taken it easy, but I would have missed out on the great memories waiting for me.  I could have not done the work and I would have not gotten the rewards.

It’s just that simple.

So Labor Day has come and gone.  It’s now time to get to work.  Go out and create some fun memories for you and your friends and family.  Plan a camping trip.  Invite some friends over for dinner.  Go for a hike.  Plan and do something.  It is so worth it and so much better than just staying home.


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Plan a Dinner with some Friends

Dec 2, 2013 by

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope you gathered with family and friends and ate way too much great food.  I also hope you paused at sometime during the meal to think how much fun it was and maybe even wondered why you don’t do this more often than just once a year.

Here is now your chance.

Plan a dinner with some friends this week.  Pick a few friends out and send them an email or text and pick out a night that works for everyone.  Then divvy up the meal so not one person is doing all the work.  Make something awesome to eat.  This is especially easy to do around the holidays as you can make it a festive themed event and make some tasty food and drinks like this Puerto Rican Eggnog (*Caution: Adults Only).

Have everyone show up at the designated houses.  Put some good music on, put the cell phones away and enjoy each others company and some good food and drink.  Tell stories of what happening in your life.  Discuss interesting things you saw that day.  Talk about the challenges you are going through and ask for some opinions and advice.

The bottom line is to share yourself and your time and some good food with others.

We had a great thanksgiving but one of our friends was sick and sadly couldn’t make it, so in the spirit of more great leftovers we are going to do a Thanksgiving 2.0 soon for her.  Beyond the great food, its just another great excuse to get together.

Your TSA for this week is to plan a meal with friends this week.  Then do it again next week.  Watch this turn into a fun new event you look forward to all week.  Invite some new friends and neighbors and watch it grow into a new tradition.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 


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Cook Together

Jun 10, 2013 by

I finally got back into the kitchen after an extended break due to some sinus issues that resulted in me not being able to smell or taste anything.  Not fun.  But I’m back, and back with a vengeance.  I posted, not one, not two, but three awesome recipes and it feels great.  I love cooking.

We also went up to visit my wife’s sister and family yesterday and all cooked a big breakfast together and it was so much fun.  We had 10 people all packed into the sisters cute apartment and cooking up a storm.  The kids helped make blueberry pancakes.  We had eggs, potatoes, lil smokies, bacon and more.  It was a great breakfast and great time with family.

Your Truly Simple Action of the week is to plan and cook a family meal.  It could be breakfast, or a nice dinner, or even a picnic lunch.  Just plan a meal with your family and friends and cook and eat it together.  There is something so simple and therapeutic about everyone gathering around the kitchen helping and talking and having a good time.

Pick a meal.  Pick a day.  Invite your family and friends.  Do it.

But I don’t have a big kitchen, or I don’t have the right tools you say.  Well first off, stop whining.  No one likes a complainer.

You will be fine, and you will make do.  We squeezed way too many people into a very small kitchen to make this breakfast.  We were stepping all over each other to share the stove, but we made it work.  We didn’t have all the right tools, but a towel works just fine for a pot holder.  You will figure it out.  I have complete faith in you.  Don’t let some little excuse prevent you from doing this.  Just start doing it and you will figure it all out on the way.  You may hit a little speed bump or two, but that only makes it that much easier the next time you do it.

We had a great time cooking, eating and talking about everything under the sun.  I want you to do the same.

Pick a meal.  Pick a day.  Invite your family and friends.  Do it.  It’s just that simple.


Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:


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TSA#33 – Family Cookout

Jul 2, 2012 by

Summer is actually here and its the perfect time to gather your family and friends and have a cookout.  My family is visiting from rainy Washington and and are enjoying some sun with us for a few days.  We are taking full advantage of their time with us and having some fun days at the beach and some great cookouts as well.

Family Cook out

Some friends joined us and here we are having our 2nd cookout of the weekend.  It was so much fun.

Quite the spread

Here is some of the awesome food we picked up at the farmers market.  From left to right, lobster tails, cedar plank salmon, and halibut.  It was a good day at the famers market and a tasty cookout.  It was much better than the BBQ chicken I killed the night before.  Not my best BBQ moment. 😉

So your TSA for this week is to plan a cookout.  It is 4th of July this week, so that also gives you an extra excuse reason.  Email some friends, invite your family, or have a neighbor over for dinner.  Just grab something fun to cook and throw it on some paper plates and have a fun evening with some people you enjoy being with.   It’s just that simple.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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