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What is this thing called “caring” you speak of?

Who even blogs anymore? I don’t even know. But I’ve been thinking about some things lately, so I decided to write them down. The time has arrived for me to decide if I want to become an American Citizen. It isn’t a decision I’m taking lightly and I’m wondering what factors other people took into consideration before making their decisions.

As I’m thinking about becoming a citizen and claiming this country as my own, I’ve been thinking about where I live. Three things come up as important to me and I would like to get more involved in making one or more of them happen. They are:

ONE: Public education should be something we value as something that advances the human race. It should be a free, safe place for all children under 18.

TWO: Medical insurance should insure the ill and the injured. It should not be a for-profit industry, that seems backwards and terrible.

THREE: There are many, many ways to give people a leg up that don’t involve giving them a handout. Leveling the playing field could be as simple as spending a few hours with new mothers that don’t have a support network, or being a role model for troubled youth. Both of these small ideas contribute to a stronger, smarter, healthier workforce, so why don’t we value them?

This is the best resource I’ve found for diving deeper into some of these issues: http://www.impact.upenn.edu/

Do you guys think about these things too? Are the other issues that you see as more important? i’m interested. Tell me more.

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When Thursday feels like Friday

Wear

Library Cards!

Read

Great tips from successful writers. Including this quote from Ann Lamont, author of Bird by Bird,

“I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much.”

Watch

The Knight Rider of Bel Aire, because Hasselhoff.

Drink

I’ve really been into Perfect Manhattans lately, but with an orange peel instead of a cherry. Do you have a classic cocktail that you change up a little bit to make it your own? Tell me all about it.

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Thursday is the new gold

Look

Competitive Aquascapes is apparently a thing. Instead of pondering how odd that is, I chose to be impressed with the results.

Read

I really enjoyed reading how a company named after its “creative auteur” changed once he left. Rethinking Bruce Mau Designs Also, that photo of coworkers dressing the same after working together a while? I live for that.

Be Patient

Photograph by Mathieu Dupuis

Sunrise, sunrise, sunrise, blahblahblah – I’ll take sunset over sunrise, any day!. These photographs of “the Golden Hour” on the National Geographic website are so beautiful, reminding me that patiently watching the sunset is a pretty rewarding thing to do. I mean, especially if there is a cocktail involved. [you have to sign up for a free account to go through all the photos, but worth it for other NG stuff too]

Eat

Photo by Budget Bytes

Sriracha Meatballs from Budget Bytes. They are pretty tasty and really spicy. I should have taken a picture of this when I made it, but I ate it instead. I make quite a few recipes from this blog, so I recommend browsing through it. Mm….Dragon Bowls and Italian Wonder Pot…

Drink

Jeffrey Morganthaler, from Portland, has a pretty amazing blog about bartending, making delicious cocktails and other cool, drink related things. In one of his posts, he discusses using an address book to keep drink recipes organized. I think that is pretty brilliant.

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Tuesday’s child is full of grace

Project have-a-milkshake-everyday is complete!

Here is the end result. For someone that expects praise whenever they unload the dishwasher, you cannot imagine how proud of myself I am for this.

If you would like to see more pictures of my offspring, we must be related. Also, you can see more than you’d ever want to on Flickr at slangandthegang.

 

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Thursday, give me a break!

A quick update – I’m taking a bit of a blogging hiatus for personal reasons.

By personal reasons, I mean I’m making a tiny human. I recognize pretty much everyone else in the world has gone through or will go through this experience, so it is hardly an excuse to slack off, but I really just want to sleep and eat ice cream right now.

Also, how excited am I that the name of my blog will finally make sense?

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Don’t be a big baby, Thursday

Remember when Thursdays = Must See TV? I’m not even ashamed to admit it, I totally had the Rachel haircut. I didn’t see any must see TV this week, but I did see an amazing documentary.

Watch

Not a ton of time to post lately, but this documentary was so, so good. You have to check it out. It is about the war on drugs and as some one with absolutely no experience with anything to do with drugs, I found it very interesting. 

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Who even likes Thursdays?

So much for my plan of posting every Thursday. Nobody likes a whiner, so instead of complaining about how busy I’ve been, I’ll just pretend like nothing happened and continue posting as often as I can.

Learn

What is digital strategy, anyway? Here’s a great slide deck on Digital Strategy 101 from Bud Caddell’s really good blog, What Consumes Me. Keep clicking through and learn your face off.

Listen

A remix project based on Bowie songs? Yeah, you know you need to listen to all of the I Heart Bowie Project, right now.

Read

Michael’s cousin’s cousin (did you follow that?) works at Babble and posted this article on Caveman Parenting (I didn’t know what it was either) a few days ago. I thought it was a great read and reminder that we are all constantly adapting to our current environments. The idea that we should be parenting, or eating, or exercising like our ancestors doesn’t really make sense for who we are today.  If you like that, give her a follow – Andrea posts smart stuff (mostly parent focused though) all the time. 

 Vote

What’s your favorite video on the beach song?

Madonna – Cherish – A classic, I’ve been trying to perfect that sassy shoulder shrug move for years.

Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do Without You – I still want that outfit, high waisted jeans and all. This may be a loose interpretation of beach, as I don’t actually see water in the video, but I say it still counts.

Coldplay – Yellow – Jolly Old England, isn’t it? Who’s kidding who? I’m from Canada, this is what my normal beach experience looks like as well.