Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up (9.13.13)

Friday the 13th
Prior to yesterday, I was inclined to believe that all of the superstitious hoopla associated with Friday the 13th was just that...hoopla. But then I expanded my "research" beyond Pinterest (scrolling through page after page of Friday the 13th movie posters and images qualifies as research, right?), to, Wikipedia, and a 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal titled "Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?".  Did you know that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday the 13th? Supposedly - and according to the above-mentioned scientific study - the risk of hospital admission as a result of a traffic-related accident increases by 52% on Friday the 13th. I may have to rethink my stance on Friday the 13th...or at least stay home today, just to be on the safe side.

How to Make Your Athlete Proud
I've linked to this article before, but now is the time of year - fall sports practices have begun, and games commence in a few short weeks - to talk about what it means to be a good sports parent.

Will has played some form of team sport every spring and fall for the last three years, and in that time I've crossed paths with quite a few parents who, at least on the sidelines, scare me. I'm especially nervous this fall because Will moves up to machine-pitch - rather than tee-ball or coach-pitch - baseball and I've been told that at this point (when our boys are seven years old? Really?) parent "involvement" starts to get ugly. If your children will play individual or team sports this fall, I highly recommend reading the article I linked to above (I try to remember to reread the article every season) so that your sidelines behavior will make you, at least as a fan, someone of whom your child can be proud.

Irish Cups
I find this "Cups" video mesmerizing - I literally couldn't look away once I started watching. Even if you can look away, I encourage you to stay tuned until the end, when the kids celebrate their "accomplishment" (hundreds of students, hundreds of cups,a gigantic snake of a circle to keep the hundreds of cups moving between the hundreds of a students, and no major, visible mistakes? I'd call that an accomplishment).

On a related note, my bro-in-law, who works as an elementary school principal in Illinois, had to ban the Cups song from the cafeteria less than a week into the school year. Wonder why?

Genius, Guiness
Need to smile? Watch this video.
Need to cry? Watch this video.
Need a pick me up? Watch this video.
Need a reminder to see the best in people? Watch this video.
Whatever you do, watch this commercial. It has nothing to do with beer and everything to do with "dedication, friendship, and the choices we make".

MomsEveryday: If you missed them the first time around, MomsEveryday ran When I Grow Up (about Hallie's realization that I don't bake cupcakes and vacuum the carpet for a living) and The Cliche  is True...Painfully So (about sending "babies" off to school) this week. Check 'em out!

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