Mini Weapons Collection

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Marcus shows off some of his mini weapons of mass destruction. These are really fun books.

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When in Peru (How to Drive)

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When in Peru, drive over the white line (not between the white lines). Lanes mean nothing. In fact, feel free to create your own lane just for fun.

When in Peru, wave your left hand wildly out your window to tell another driver “I’m coming over whether you like it or not!” Using your turn signal is purely optional, and most times, meaningless.

However, when in Peru, use your turn signal to let others know you are rounding a bend. This is especially fun on winding roads.

When in Peru, turn right from the left lane and left from the right lane. Anything goes.

When in Peru, slow down for speed bumps on all of the main roads (except for the highway). Speed bumps are the only speed control.

When in Peru, watch out for buses. They stop anywhere to let people on and off. Taxis are even worse.

When in Peru, take taxis at your own risk. They do crazy things like drive the wrong way down a one-way street.

When in Peru, be entertained at intersections when you stop for a red light. Have some loose change on hand to give to your entertainers afterwards (if you are close enough to the action).

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Or, when you stop, feel free to buy something! They sell all sorts of interesting things in the middle of the streets-

sponges, stress balls, maps, children’s books, sun visors, socks, bottled water/soda, snacks and ice cream.

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When in Peru, if a police officer pulls you over with a made up story that you just ran a light on a turn signal (that didn’t exist), pull out your wallet and give them some money. That is all they are after.

When in Peru, if you are pedestrian, watch out! Pedestrians have no right-of-way. And, don’t be nice and stop for a pedestrian to cross in front of you because the car behind you will whip around you and hit them.

When in Peru, opt to be a passenger and close your eyes! You’ll breathe easier that way.

Taking Charge of You

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I had never seen a sign like this before. There is one above every mirror, in every restroom, at my husband’s workplace here in Lima, Peru. I really like what it says because it’s true. We are in charge, or responsible for our own health and safety. At least, as adults we are, and as mothers and fathers we are also responsible for our children’s health and safety.

If we replaced the words “health and safety” with other words, it’d still ring true… Stand in front of a mirror and repeat after me-

You are looking at the person in charge of your daily choices.

You are looking at the person in charge of your life choices.

You are looking at the person in charge of your happiness, your contentment, and your attitude.

You are looking at the person in charge of your thoughts, your actions, your reactions, your goals, your words, your beliefs…

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am tempted to blame these things on other people, or on my circumstances. For example, I have been terrible about working out lately and I’ve been excusing it or blaming it on the muggy hot temps here, and the fact that my workout space has turned into this-

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This is the corner of my room where I normally workout, because normally it’s just empty space. But right now it’s covered with my children’s mattresses. My bedroom has become a hotel room. It’s simply been way too hot for my kids to sleep well in their own rooms, even with fans running on high and the screen-less windows open. Our only air conditioning unit is in my bedroom.

I may blame the blazing sun on my lack of exercise, but the truth of the matter is that I’m simply too lazy to put the mattress up against the wall every day. Or to find another workout solution.

Maybe tonight I’ll put up my own sign above my mirror. It could say something like this:

“You are the person in charge of your happiness, and you are happy when you work out!”

And under that I might add:

“So stop blaming Mr. Sun, and go workout!”