Casual Friday


This is how my Friday started – with a breakfast bagel at Einstein’s and good company to boot. Hope your Friday is off to a delicious start too.


—  Now THAT’S a library

—  Ricky Gervais to reprise role from The Office UK in the movie David Brent: Life on the Road. This is the news you needed to make your weekend better.

—  8 Life changing TED talks. This is on my list of things to watch while I hide from the heat this weekend.

—  The Wilhelm scream compilation

—  Behind the scenes photos of 80s movies. Confession: I’ve never seen St. Elmo’s Fire and I don’t plan to because I’m afraid it’s gonna be too sad. Isn’t there a tragic break-up with Ally Sheedy’s character? Or someone else. Eh, doesn’t matter. Not gonna see it.

—  Plan to make these adorable firecracker cupcakes

—  You may not want to make a headband but at least you’ll know how to make a Celtic knot

—  Video tutorial for a fairy lantern

—  Weak words and how to avoid them

—  Words to make you sound smart

Casual Friday

The weather forecast for this weekend is a high of 102°. In Phoenix we say that’s not too bad. We know it can get hotter. Ten degrees hotter. But trust me, once it gets to be 115° degrees don’t matter and it’s just hot. HOT hot. Boiling. Sweltering. Feeling like you’re inside a volcano swimming in molten lava kind of hot. Insert dramatic sigh here. I’m not looking forward to July and August. I hope you’re enjoying the weather wherever you’re at.

Here’s some links you can enjoy in the cool indoors.

Beauty and the Beast by Korean artistBeauty and the Beast

—  Koren artist gives western fairytales a makeover

—  Crazy things that correlate – Nicholas Cage films and drowning. The divorce rate in Maine and per capita consumption of margarine.

—  The science of motivation

—  Clothes hacks and goodbye to yellow armpits

—  50 questions to get to know someone

—  20 one-liners that are actually good

—  31 DIY paintings for your blank walls

—  13 infographics to help you eat healthier

—  Movie locations seen through Google Street View

—  Stephen king’s top 20 rules for writers

—  How to apply contour make up. I’ve been meaning to learn this for a long time but I’m actually one of those people who only wears make up for special occasions, like the Queen of England is visiting, for example.

Casual Friday

Of all the things I missed about this blog, I think I missed Casual Friday posts the most. It’s fun links on a Friday. What’s not to love?

—  Artist attempts to create most frustrating products imaginable.

impossible cutlery

—  By now you’ve seen Happy Chewbaca Mom. Now see what her family was gifted from Kohl’s.

—  Bryan Cranston’s Super Sweet 60

—  What the World Eats for Breakfast. Yes, it’s a BuzzFeed video but I loved it.

—  Riding a Roller Coaster Blind. Would this be scarier or less scary? I can’t decide.

—  We are about the same age if you’ve seen this movie and you were jealous of Nancy McKeon.

—  20 Healthiest Foods

—  I don’t really like this haircut but this Italian barber is a true artist.

—  50 Ways Happier, Healthier and More Successful People Live on Their Own Terms

—  I want to do every one of these things in my backyard


Casual Friday

You’re in a long line full of other last minute Christmas shoppers. Your smartphone is in your purse. So what are you going to do for the next ten minutes besides read the tabloid headlines or choose one of fifty kinds of gum? Click these links. Read the funny tweets. Boredom solved!

Momma's Gone City—  Jessica Shyba’s Instagram. Full of heart-melting photos of a boy and his puppy napping together.

—  Aaron Paul helps a fan propose

—  100 years of fashion in 100 seconds

—  19 what-a-coincidence pics

—  The next time you think it’s cold where you live: Antarctica Condition 1 weather

—  Peanuts Christmas dance in NYC

—  Do nothing for 2 minutes

—  Some quirky gift ideas: goldfish bath plug $12, Death Star ice mold $8, inflatable fast food $3, sock sandals $10, Nicholas Cage hairstyle whiteboard $20.

—  Some tweets that made me smile:







Casual Friday

This week I read Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters by Brian Donovan because it sounded funny and for some reason bad date stories are highly entertaining if they’re not your own. So, are you single? And you don’t have a date this weekend? Read this book and you’ll be glad you’re at home in your cow pattern pajamas eating chocolate ice cream while searching for a movie on NetFlix. (You’re welcome.)

Now I’m reading Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, which has been on my to-read list for awhile. I could recommend this book to a lot of people. For instance, if you had an embarrassing experience in school, like sitting in ketchup while wearing white shorts, then you should read this because then you will just be glad your family’s wild turkeys never followed you to school… and came inside… and pooped all over the place… and then the principal called your father to come clean up their mess… and all of your friends saw him cleaning up turkey poop and calling them by name as he shooed them out, “JENKINS, GO HOME!” See what I mean? Ketchup on your butt isn’t sounding so bad now, is it?

Here’s some other stuff that interested me this week:

—  Acorn Style by Paula Fisher. Love her Flickr stream. She’s one of those people who can take photos of anything and make it art.

Acorn Style—  Another creative Dad who can fix missing knobs

—  Their offices almost make you want to work for Facebook

—  Baby swings into camera

—  The average man’s body

—  Blockbuster sales training video: Part 1, Part 2

—  Woman’s embarrassing picture went viral

—  What 2,000 calories looks like

—  No, you can’t just go to the emergency room

—  “Carrie” trailer recut with “Cinderella” footage

—  JFK assassination exhibit. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

—  If you haven’t seen it yet, this wounded soldier’s salute is worth watching

—  Tweets that made me smile:



Casual Friday

Well, this is embarrassing. One whole week and no posts whatsoever. My excuse is that my husband and I took the kids to Disneyland and a quick stop at Newport Beach. But I didn’t come home empty handed. I brought back a cold. So the last few days have been spent blowing my nose and complaining about sinus pressure and a sore throat.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Here’s some links to click instead of working:

—  Mom turns baby pics into imaginary adventures

—  The Civil War in color

Three Confederate Prisoners—  This guy wants to know if you like his pants

—  The moment you’ve been waiting for, Morrissey fans: he’s finally got a memoir coming out. Too bad there’s no U.S. publication contract… yet.

—  It’s just a cat: A supercut of cats in horror movies.

—  110 Titainic GIFs. One for every time I’ve seen that movie.

—  Walter White’s obituary in an Albuquerque newspaper

—  The dungeon wasn’t on the lease

—  IKEA or Death. The quiz that determines how well you can distinguish between names of IKEA furniture and death metal bands.

—  Ted Cruz calls birth control “abortifacients”

—  Some tweets that made me smile:

Casual Friday

Murphy’s Law for Vacations: You will feel a cold coming on in the few days before your trip but you will not get sick until you have arrived at your destination and the fun is supposed to begin.

Is this true? I don’t know. I just made that up but it feels true. Jolie has a low fever and a runny nose. Lucas has been fighting off a cold that Madison seems to be trying to catch too. I can’t list my symptoms because it’s psychosomatic for me – the moment I say it they will really begin to bother me.

But anyway, I’m going out of town and I hope your weekend is just as awesome. Here’s some awesome things to get you started.

Gioacchino Petronicce

—  The Flickr photos of Gioacchino Petronicce

—  Baby eats ice cream for the first time. It’s every bit as cute as it sounds.

—  Now this is a Dad who has a dry sense of humor

—  The psychology of the Nacho Dorito

—  Kodak moments from 125 years ago

—  What we were reading 30 years ago: 1983′s Top 10 Bestsellers

—  You are what you read

—  Never good enough but that’s a good thing

—  Paris

—  Hong Kong

—  Some tweets that made me smile:






Casual Friday

If you’re at your desk and don’t feel like working, but IT have blocked Facebook and Twitter and using your smartphone is just too obvious, here’s some links to keep you entertained.

bill murray slimed—  Bill Murray fan art

—  Congresswoman: “They received almost $200 for a single meal for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl.”

—  Crossfit and rhabdo

—  A day of grace with Boston Ballet

—  What I learned from getting shot: “Everyone who’s ever shot me was black and wearing a hoodie. There just aren’t any reasonable inferences to draw from that fact.”

—  “The voices in my brother’s head”

—  Literacy test given to army recruits during WWI

—  Dog lovers, your daily dose of awwwww

—  Sleeping baby laughs

—  How to draw Walter White

—  Tricks advertisers use to manipulate food. I knew about mashed potatoes and food coloring used for ice cream but the rest of these were a surprise.

—  Starry Night by Vincent van Dominogh

—  Pure Egg-citement! A chicken lays an egg without a shell.

—  The only words to the Cops theme song I understood were “Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you…” Turns out, there are lyrics.

—  Some tweets that made me smile:








Casual Friday

There is a fiesta going on in my house right now. I’ve been teaching Hudson a few Spanish words and last night at the library he checked out a Mickey Mouse CD of songs all in Spanish. Granted, it doesn’t teach the English translation of the words but I like that he’s getting to hear the sounds. Even better? I like that he’s gleefully dancing around the living room because music is music whether or not you understand the lyrics.

While I do the mambo in my living room, please enjoy the following:

—  The dreary side of superhero life

—  Mean pictures aren’t funny

—  101 simple handmade gift tutorials. Because Halloween is around the corner and then POOF. It’s Christmas.

—  365 days of recycled outfits

—  Another epic post by The Bloggess

—  10 words that you’ve probably been misusing

—  For your husband on those long afternoons after a big lunch

—  Kid Snippets: “Minecraft.” The videos crack me up.

—  The Belle of the Ball

— Some tweets that made me smile

Casual Friday

Are you feeling lazy and unproductive today? Well, I ate lunch in my pajamas so I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Now a few links for your Friday afternoon:

—  Mom collaborates with her daughter to make awesome art like this:

art collaboration—  A tee shirt that makes you look like you have a wedgie. That’s just poor design.

—  Analysis of Breaking Bad hair and its relationship to violence

—  The perfect nap is art and science

—  Karma. Pass it on.

—  74 year-old man throws bricks at red light runners

—  Interesting chore system

—  Cheating in ping-pong made funny

—  Exquisite adjectives

—  If you ever need to create a maze, do it here. Then email me and tell me why you’d need to do this.

—  One year of recycled outfits

—  Some tweets I liked: