Friday, June 14, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up (6.14.13)

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
When I first came across this article a year ago, I saved it with the intention of providing a link to it here or using it as a source for a Red Cross piece on water safety. As the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind" - no sooner did I bookmark the site than I forgot about the article. Until last week, that is, when it reappeared on my radar thanks to frequent posts/links on my Facebook wall.

It's about time this article made the rounds. As a lifeguard, water safety instructor, and lifelong swimming and boating enthusiast, I've spent much of my life by the water. I've witnessed swimmers in distress be rescued. But I've also witnessed failed rescue efforts and the aftermath of drowning. In either case, there are very few words - terrifying and horrific are the only two that even begin to scratch the surface - to describe these often preventable scenes.

Be a part of preventing drowning this summer. Please, read this article and then share what you learn far and wide.

Red Cross: Summer Safety Summary
On a related note, this week the Red Cross posted my Summer Safety Summary on their blog. Click here for lots of great information about the importance of swimming lessons, basic water safety, lifeguarding opportunities, fireworks safety, preventing heat-related illnesses, and protecting yourself against the West Nile Virus.

Office Bloopers
I don't know about you, but it broke my heart to bid farewell to The Office last month. Tom and I started watching The Office when Will was a newborn. We were exhausted, he was stressed, and I was depressed, and The Office - the first season on DVD and then the second season on DVR - was for a while the one bright spot in our evenings.

Since then we've seen every episode of the show, and while we thought that a couple of seasons dragged a little, this last season was excellent. Which made it even more difficult to say good-bye.

But now you don't have to say good-bye, at least not for another one hour, 46 minutes, and 48 seconds. When you have a little spare time, check out this compilation video of the bloopers from all nine seasons of The Office. I'm looking forward to fitting this "movie" in at some point this summer!

People Who Are Really Nailing This Parenting Thing
These parents seem to be - at least based on this series of photos compiled by BuzzFeed - kind, fun, clever, and at times, a little bit quirky and are my new idols. After a good laugh, I took careful notes so that these ideas can become realities in the Ferris household.

MomsEveryday: In Every Job That Must Be Done, There is an Element of Fun
In case you missed it the first time around, MomsEveryday ran "In Every Job That Must Be Done, There is an Element of Fun" - in which I discuss the work I make my children do throughout the summer months - on their website this week. Check it out here!

Happy weekend!

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