Thursday, October 3, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up (10.4.13 on 10.3.13)

No, it's not Friday. This week's Weekly Wrap-Up is hitting the interwebs a day early in order to open up the Friday slot for my boy's birthday post. Hard to believe today is his last day as a six-year-old...

Cups, 17.0
Two years ago I shared too many versions of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful". Last year I shared too many versions of Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me, Maybe". This year I shared - and continue to share - too many versions of Cups. I have a sickness.

I try my best, however, to share only videos and audio clips that 1) maintain the integrity of the original song (yes, it's possible for spoofs to do this) and 2) offer a unique take on the what the original artist created. This version of Cups aligns with both of my guidelines, and is, quite frankly, beautifully done. Gorgeous voices singing unique and interesting harmonies...I promise you'll love it.

Spreading the Awkwardness
We've all seen at least a few awkward family photos...heck, some of us have even been a part of an awkward family photo or two. These photos never fail to elicit a laugh, and they make us feel better about the family photo we took in front of Christmas tree last year - you know, the one in which little Susie is crying and little Jimmy has his finger up his nose and Grandma's eyes are closed.
Older child attempted to run away.
Younger child blinded by cupcake hat.
So what could be better than a website devoted to these photos? Not much! Awkward family photo after awkward family photo, added every few hours every single day. This website is almost as enjoyable as Des Hommes et des Chatons. Almost, but not quite.

Something to Think About
I want to urge you to make waves. I want to urge you to rock the boat. I want to urge you to get off your duff. I want you to speak out at whatever cost if it comes from your heart. You're going to build this country in which my six grandchildren will grow up. And when you see what you have done, I hope that you are proud of it.     ~ Ann Richards

I know people whose lives dramatically changed - and not for better - between Monday night and Tuesday morning as a direct result of the government shutdown. I side with neither political party, but with the American People who deserve better from their elected officials. I have no idea what I can do to rock the boat, and to help our country move toward a solution, but you can bet I'm going to find out. Suggestions welcome.

This video's made the rounds on Facebook, but I thought I'd throw it up here for those of you who haven't yet had a chance to enjoy watching Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon make fun of our #hashtag-driven society. My plan to stay as far away from hashtags as possible is underway and going well, and this video keeps me motivated to continue avoiding the pound sign for as long as possible. #ihatehashtags #iwantadonut

Red Cross: Recommit to Preparedness
September was National Preparedness Month, and now October is Fire Safety Month. I encourage you to take a few minutes this month to recommit yourself to emergency preparedness so that when disaster strikes, your family, your home, and your workplace will be safe. Questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

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