Just want to let everyone know, the Terrazzo Coffeehouse, located on the main floor of the Spencer Dream Center is now open for business, serving all those tasty Starbuck's products as well as fruit smoothies, sandwiches, soup, salad and more. This is one of the continuous funding mechanisms for the Dream Center, so each dollar you spend doesn't only taste good, it feels good as the coffeehouse's motto claims.
So far the Dream Center has become a northwest Iowa location for the Iowa Food Bank, also has a clothing outreach, and has opened The Underground to provide a safe haven for young people, looking to have some good fan, in a controlled environment. There are also sorts of plans which will be launched in the coming months - but right now, Terrazzo is the hot thing, open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Be sure to check out the grand opening Flagfest weekend.
And now, the rest of the column...
I found out what happens when you don't take time to stop and smell the roses as they say. Your smeller, and everything else in your body stops functioning properly.
The old saying, "Use it or lose it" should be amended to read, "Use it or lose, but make sure you take some down time to rest it."
Between work and a busy schedule with four young people at home, involved in a wide variety of activities, there's rarely a slow day. Trying to squeeze early morning work outs into that schedule reduces rest by a couple of hours a night.
I found out his week that up at 5 a.m. and in bed around 11 p.m. takes a toll when performed over the course of a couple of weeks. My body needed a cleansing - or purging or whatever term you want to use - and it forced the matter as I found myself quite ill during the overnight hours heading into Thursday. Getting a total of an hour of sleep between midnight and 6 a.m., I knew I just needed to refresh my being. It's amazing what a couple extra hours of sleep will do. Between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. I crashed and burned, and it worked miracles. I awoke, after a nightmarish overnight, the four hours of bonus sleep, gave me all the juice I needed. I hadn't felt so good in about three weeks. Fully charged I headed off to work ready to hit the ground running, which was good because right now there's a great deal of ground to be covered.
Looking back on a night I don't share many fond memories of, I think it served as a wake-up call to the importance of rest in one's life.
I share this with you in an attempt to allow my hindsight to be your foresight. If you know you're not getting the rest your body requires, don't wait until your body decides to send you a very desperate and unpleasant message. Just carve out some time to score the nap.
Another great saying, "Youth is wasted on the young." Well, I guess I don't have an amendments for that particular phrase. But at the same time, I'm too old to know what to do with it anyway.
Here's to hoping you all have a happy and healthy week as we look forward to the Flagfest festivities next weekend.