Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend Links - September 17, 2011


1. I think the girls would really enjoy it if we made some candles like these this fall.

2. Speaking of things my girls would like, I think they'd adore this room:

3. I have a lot of composition notebooks from the back to school sales (and, ahem, from last year's back to school sales. I can't resist these little books!). I kind of like them in all their black and white glory but then I see something like this and think, I really should cover them:

4. If the title of this article doesn't grab you, I don't know what will: Nazis, Needlework, and My Dad. As Spock would say, "Fascinating."

5. Here's yet another Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe.  Which reminds me, I haven't made any of them yet. And I hear there's a pumpkin shortage. I know Kroger didn't have a single can of pumpkin when I did my grocery shopping but Wal-Mart did. So, I'm not really sure what that means.

6. This is really more of a summer recipe but my friend Rachel made a salad similar to this one time and it was delish (I'm not actually a person that usually says "delish" which is not, of course, a proper word. But it seemed fitting here): Frog Eye Salad. Horrible name, tasty food. This happens often. Can you think of other examples?

7. The title is rather harsh, but I do wish every blogger, twitter-er, facebook-er and so on would read this list: 10 Flagrant Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid. And I wish a few radio hosts would read it, too.  Permit me to go on a rant here for a minute:

Stop saying impact when you mean affect. Impact is a noun, not a verb. Using "impact" as a verb instead of a noun causes you to make up new words, such as "impactful" which, I'm sorry, is just not a word and my respect for you diminishes when you use such made up words (not to mention concepts). (Side note: I'm right there with you on "ginormous". It's a real thing now. I use it all the time. It's one of our newest words. Hooray for us.) Impactful is not now, nor will it ever be, acceptable. So:

"That speech really had an impact on me" - acceptable
"Go impact your world" - completely and 100% not acceptable

Thank you, very much.

8. This post asks: What Does It Mean to Be Educated? What a great question! I don't think there are any easy answers.

9. I loved this post: How Do I Tell People We're Having Another Baby? (I do not agree with all the religious views of that blog because the authors are Catholic and I am most assuredly not but I love many of their posts.) How I wish our churches cultivated such a joy of life. We say we're pro-life (by which we mean anti-abortion) but when a family shows up expecting number 3, or 4, or - merciful heavens - 5, congratulations are a bit more, shall we say, dimmed. Any more than 3 and folks are apt to ask if you're going to be challenging the Duggars. (Ha ha, how original. Thanks so much for asking.)

I am happy to say I think this is changing (or maybe I'm just imagining that?). Every baby is reason to celebrate. As we get ready for our own #4 to turn 1 next week (!!!!! How did this happen so quickly?!) I'm grateful for all our family and friends who have treated her like the treasure she is. (Accident? Not a chance. She's one of the best surprise presents I've ever received!)

10. Speaking of parenting (we were, weren't we?) here are two fabulous posts about raising daughters:
50 Rules for Dads of Daughters and
A Letter to My Teenage Daughters.

To which I simply say, Yes. This.

Found anything interesting this week?

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