Friday, August 3, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up (8.3.12)

A New Kind of Birthday Party
I understand and appreciate that parents are trying to come up with unique ways to celebrate their children's birthday parties. But there are just some venues - like the Eagle Gun Range in Louisville, Texas, that is now advertising themselves as a place where little boys' dream birthday parties can become a reality - that I don't think are appropriate for an eight-year-old and his/her friends. What do you think?

These United States, Simply Put
I've been to all but three of the contiguous United States (though I'll admit that for about five of the states, my visit consisted of driving from one border to another and stopping only for meals and bathroom breaks), and from what I've seen, this map is reasonably accurate.  I especially love my home state of Wisconsin's description: "People Who Make Cheese".  I wish I had some squeaky Wisconsin cheese curds right now...

We Can Do It
This image, of Rosie the Riveter, has been one of my favorites for more than 20 years. I proudly wore Rosie on a t-shirt as a high schooler and displayed a poster of her in my dorm as a college student, and I now have a Rosie tin hanging in my laundry room.

Since you're all already aware of my obsession with The Hunger Games (and if you're not, you can read all about it here and here), I'm sure you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this mash-up of Rosie and my girl Katniss.
As always, may the odds be ever in your favor.

MomsEveryday: I Think It's Me
Much to my dismay, record-setting heat and oppressive humidity have followed me around like a shadow this summer. Is it fall yet?

MomsEveryday: Obsession
I'm not ashamed to admit how proud I was when I learned that my two blog posts on The Hunger Games (which ran on MomsEveryday this week) inspired my editor at MomsEveryday to finally pick up (and devour in five days) the entire trilogy. Welcome to the fan club, Karie!

Red Cross: A Medal-Worthy Performance
Interested in learning more about how the British Red Cross prepared for and is now providing support to spectators during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London? That's what I'm writing about this week over on the National American Red Cross blog.

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