I’m up a little earlier than normal this morning, trying to soak in every last minute of our vacation (more on that next week). I’m sitting on the porch, listening to the water lap up against the dock and the chipmunks scurrying around in the bush. Despite the fact that it’s an overcast day, there are birds chirping, the air is fresh, and I know I’m in a little piece of paradise. If heaven is real, I sure hope it looks, sounds, and smells a bit like this place. Unfortunately tomorrow morning the birds and the chipmunks will be interrupted by the sound of me kicking and screaming as Dave drags me into the car to head home.
You’ll have to forgive me for not keeping up on reading all my favorite blogs over the past week, because I’ve been to busy enjoying paradise. But I’ve still managed to round up five of my favorite things from the internet this week for your enjoyment.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably seen all of the ALS ice bucket challenge videos that have been posted by your friends, relatives, and celebrities. If you’re like me you’ve seen Facebook posts of people participating and loving the idea, and also posts by people who are tired of seeing the videos, are concerned that people are only doing the challenge and not donating, or that celebrities are only doing it for their own self promotion. Whatever your thoughts are on the subject, check out this infographic that someone shared on my Facebook feed this week. The “death” data is a tad old (2011) but I bet it’s still pretty accurate.
I’m not saying this should dictate your charitable donations…after all we all have to die of something, and given that I happen to suffer from a non-fatal-but-still-debilitating somewhat-rare condition that needs some major research funding, I know that there are a lot of great causes out there that aren’t depicted on this table. That said, I still think it’s interesting food for thought. Just sayin’….
Earlier this week the Ukraine detained a bunch of Russian paratroopers that were found in Ukrainian territory, and the Russians claimed that the paratroopers were “lost” while patrolling the border. Apparently they were found 20km from the Russian border. For anyone not familiar with kilometers, that’s a bit over 12 miles. Personally, I have a hard time imagining any military troops patrolling 20km (12 miles) in the wrong direction! I saw this cheeky tweet by @CanadaNATO about the incident. My fellow Canadians never fail to amuse me.
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014
I’ve been having a lot of fun downloading some fonts lately, so this post was made for me! I might just have to post some of my favorite fonts, including the ones you see most often on this blog, in the coming weeks!
Fall Film Challenge 2014
I was clued into this by Seriously, Sarah? You can read all of the rules here. Basically it will run from 09/01 to 11/13. You need to pick 25 movies that you have never seen before and that fall into various categories (and you can’t use one movie for more than one category). For example “any movie adapted from a novel” is one category and “any movie awarded an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay” is another category. You join the Facebook group and post your completed list on the page. The thing that makes this even better? There are prizes! Each film is worth 10 points. The person with the most points gets a $50 Amazon.com gift card. The first 5 people to complete the challenge (watch all 25 movies!) before the end date (11/13) get a $10 Redbox gift card. There’s going to be a bonus round announced in October, so I’m assuming that will help separate out the winner because otherwise all the people who complete the entire challenge would be eligible for that $50 Amazon.com gift card…right? Anyway, Dave always quotes movies that I’ve never seen (or even heard of) and watching new movies was part of my 101 in 1001 challenge so I’m going to try and participate in this Fall Film Challenge. I doubt I’ll be a winner, but I’ll definitely broaden my horizons a bit!
Last but not least, one of my favorite pictures from our current vacation that will be a little teaser for the blog content next week….
Until later, Ashlen