It’s That Time Again …

25 Jul

I look forward to this every year. Not just for the excitement and stories but because it reminds me of promises I made to myself in January …



I love it. I totally geek out about the Hammerheads, Makos, and Great Whites. I honestly start contemplating life as a marine biologist and imagining the safest way to swim with sharks, you know the small ones.

We get jazzed up the entire week, mark it on the calendar and anticipate the close calls in tagging and tracking the sharks in order to collect data. We find out about their hunting patterns, migrating patterns, eating patterns, any and all kinds of patterns we search for them, just like the rest of America. We love to revisit stories from last year and can’t wait to compare them to this year. Megaladon was one of my favorites. This year they had Michael Phelps racing a shark! Sort of …

Discovery Channel had their X-Factor this week. There’s no other week like it for them. They go all out with the programming and I am one of the many, glued to her television set waiting to see what will happen next. We make shark pancakes, shark tostadas and shark cake.



We do it all in order to celebrate SHARK WEEK!

You see because that’s where they get me … the dangers of the shark. I’m waiting to see what will happen next, the excitement of the stories and the enthusiasm of these researchers is contagious. I want to know what’s next because nothing says living on the edge more than sharks.

So here I am mid-July, during one of the best weeks of television and I’m reminded that I should be living my best week regardless of the month. I should be emptying out the tank, remembering the Bucket List additions I wrote down at the beginning of the year and doing a self-check on the New Year’s Eve promises. I should be living every week like it’s Shark Week.

I like to make a big deal of the whole thing. I like to build up momentum and spread it out to my son and daughter. If there’s no build up, or excitement leading up to this week what’s the point? Shark Week is the week for all of that. My kids, they love the series of adventures and imagine themselves on excursions just like these, on being adventurous, on following your passions, and on celebrating the little victories, just the way researchers do when they tag a shark.

Shark Week brings it all.

So with all these positive energy, I remembered the good vibes from January 1st. I remember the everyday balloons scenario that allows for appreciating the little things. I remembered the promises I made to myself and so I checked, have I been on track?

For the most part … yes … yes I have, although there have been some serious wipe-outs. But I still persist. I wake up with purpose, tired, but with purpose. I wake up and think it’s Shark Week! Go all out. No excuses … and so I try.


Buen Camino my friends!



10 Responses to “It’s That Time Again …”

  1. susielindau July 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM #

    Happy Shark Week, Guat! Spent some quality time with my son and snuck out surfing last Saturday. Love how you vibe off the simple things and ride the wave!

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 9:54 PM #

      I saw your surfing post. So glad you were able to get out to Cali. We are still vibing off Shark Week! If you can believe it! We have five episodes left on the DVR and my son is savoring it 🙂 Got to pump himself up for Back to School 🙂

      • susielindau August 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM #

        Oh, Wow! That is so great how you excite your kids. I can’t believe summer is almost over. We had rain for two weeks! Sun is shining today, so we are off to try paddle boarding!

        • The Guat August 13, 2017 at 9:58 PM #

          OHHHHHH I love that! I have yet to do that…almost conquered that this summer, but babysitters wonked out. I have to figured out a way to tow my kids with me behind the board or something 🙂 Hope you had a great paddle boarding adventure!

  2. bgddyjim July 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM #

    Happy shark week!

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 9:58 PM #

      Shark Week is the best! My son gets totally hyped up for it. We still have some on the DVR … my son likes to savor them and keep them just to watch them over again … and again 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

      • bgddyjim August 13, 2017 at 12:42 AM #

        All is well, thanks. 😎

  3. Cayman Thorn July 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM #

    I love El Semana de Tiburon. (Is that even right? lol).

    Love the cake and the thoughts. And yes! I love sharks. Especially sharks that are on television and not swimming anywhere near me. I love them very much. They are magical creatures as far as I’m concerned.

    I was really kinda pissed at the Phelps vs Shark race. What’s with the computer generated crap?! But the week cannot be harshed for me. It’s good TV.

    Peace and hammerheads!

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 10:03 PM #

      Duuuuuude that cake was good. Those fondant sharks were a trip. My kids were really happy with the dessert. Ate those sharks up quick! My son was kind of let down a little bit as he thought that the shark and Phelps were going to be right next to each other. But he still loves Phelps and sharks. We still have five episodes left on the DVR and he’s saving them! He likes to savor the awesomeness of Shark Week. Hammerheads! That episode was amazing! Thanks for hanging out. Buen Camino bud 🙂

      • Cayman Thorn August 14, 2017 at 4:54 AM #

        You have a smart little man. Well, he has a great mama.

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