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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Good morning to you!

“Take your time going but hurry back.” That is advice given to me frequently by my friend Alan, starting three decades ago. I was never exactly sure what it meant. I am still not, but that hasn’t kept me from saying the same phrase to my family and friends ever since — leaving them in a similar state of confusion.

For whatever reason, I have been in a continual competition with the clock for much of my life. This started in my teenage years when I first had to get to places on time without Mom making sure of it. I liked to wait to the last minute and then see how quickly I could get to where I needed to be. Then I would try to cut an extra minute or two off my time with a few more efficiencies. It was a game that entertained me. Others? Not so much.

What I didn’t realize back then was that this race to beat the clock created all kinds of unnecessary stress and pressure, but I had to learn this on my own.

In my first job out of college, I worked with a wonderful woman named Helene. She was seemingly always cheerful, energetic and successful. And, maybe not surprisingly, she was one of the senior members of our department. My coworkers told me Helene started each day bright and early, and she was “always the first person at work.”

The challenge was on. The next morning, I arrived to work 15 minutes early. I quickly realized that everyone except me was already doing this. So, the following day, I showed up 30 minutes early, and I arrived before most everyone else — except Helene. I then came to work an hour early. She still beat me. I assumed there was no way Helene came to work 90 minutes before start time. I was wrong. Bound and determined to beat her, I eventually showed up two hours early, and I celebrated my victory — only to learn that Helene was on vacation that day. I submitted. Helene won.

That competition with Helene did change a habit for me, though. I didn't keep showing up to work two hours early, but I did realize how much more prepared I was to start my day at least 30 minutes in advance and how much more relaxed I was by not showing up 60 seconds before start time. I learned that I was able to get much more accomplished each day by arriving early and, as a result, I was more successful.

Less stress. More success. Just by getting to work earlier. Had I realized this as a teenager, I may not have been racing against the clock so much. Maybe. More than likely, though, I would have still taken my time going but hurrying back.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Colder air moves in today, and light snow and mixed precipitation is possible. We’ll start another gradual warming trend tomorrow. Our next rain chance comes Sunday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Restaurant Patio

1. Big Grove Brewery

2. Destination Grille

3. Eatery A

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From the March issue of Adel Living magazine

Trip of a lifetime
Residents share stories of their dreams-come-true vacations.

By Chantel Boyd

For some people, vacationing is a part of their routine. They plan, take and enjoy numerous trips to see the sights and “get away” from the usual hustle and bustle of life. They enjoy good times and make fond memories. They share photos and stories, but it isn’t long before they are looking forward to their next excursion. For some others, a vacation turns out to be much more than that — it is a dream come true, and, no matter how many vacations may follow, none will ever compare. It is a trip of a lifetime.

Traveling perks of the job
Jodi Selby of Adel switched careers a couple of years ago and now works for an international company that has her traveling to Europe every fall. The whole family — Jodi and her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Rori — benefits as they are able to take trips they wouldn’t otherwise be able to manage, says Jodi.

“In 2022, Rori went with me to Düsseldorf, Germany, and we added a few days and went to Paris,” she says.


Chocolate fix? Cocoa is scarce and more expensive than ever. In New York, May cocoa futures are nearly three times the price of a year ago and 38% above the previous all time record set in July 1977. That was during a similar period of poor growing conditions in West Africa where all of the top five cacao growing countries are. Hershey hoarders have never been cooler. (FT)

Wall Street Journal wine expert Lettie Teague went to Costco and studied the store’s Kirkland Signature wines all the way to their sources. She recommended these wines as bargains tasting exponentially above their prices: 2021 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur, $6.89; 2023 Kirkland Signature Marlborough New Zealand Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc, $7.49; Kirkland Signature Brut Champagne, $19.99; 2022 Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir, $11.99; and 2021 Kirkland Signature Old Vine Sonoma Zinfandel, $9.99.

Specials: Glasses of three French wines are only $5 a pour on Tuesdays at Django (1420 Locust St., Des Moines), when oysters are $2 each and a French Riviera wine dinner is scheduled for April 20 - tickets now on sale... Red Lobster's (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) Tuesday special includes a pound of snow crab, fries and a side for $20.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Sweet victory: Hawkeyes survive to top West Virginia, 64-54

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Caitlin Clark scored 32 points and No. 1 seed Iowa survived one of its worst offensive performances of the season to beat No. 8 seed West Virginia 64-54 on Monday night in a women's NCAA Tournament second-round game. The Hawkeyes (31-4) advanced to play No. 5 seed Colorado in Saturday's Albany 2 Regional semifinal....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: P!nk announces she’s bringing the party to Des Moines this fall

DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the biggest pop stars on the planet is bringing her next tour to downtown Des Moines. On Monday, P!nk (aka Pink) announced that she will play Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Thursday, October 24th..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Community mourning after Norwalk police officer dies of cancer

Many Facebook profiles now show the purple ribbon badge in honor of Ofc. Jayson Spurr, who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Ella Anderson, Diana Ross, Keira Knightley, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, T.R. Knight, Jay Sean, Martin Short, Leslie Mann, Eric Allan Kramer, Mikel Arteta, Von Miller, Jennifer Grey

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did the old alpine skier die so suddenly? HE HAD REACHED HIS PEAK! - Clare Baker. Or, HE WENT DOWNHILL FAST! - Rex Post. Or, Because he suffered from an avalanche of conditions! - William Snyder. Or, He was attacked by a snow cat! - Gail Tomlinson.

Today's riddle

What is a horse's  favorite state?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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