Thursday, August 1, 2013

Friday Wrapup

Happy Friday, everyone! As we speak, I'm in Boston visiting friends for the weekend and undoubtedly creating many a story for next week's blog. So stay tuned!

But, true to form....let's get to it.


Can you pass this 101-year-old test for 8th graders in Kentucky? Answer: no. Click here. 

Now cry and be ashamed.

This week's Book of the Week is one that I definitely want to read. I blogged years ago about The Road, warning my sister not to read it, but when she didn't listen, she totally ended up in the fetal position rocking back and forth and cursing my name for ever even mentioning the book.

It's a little bleak.

So when my dad first started describing this week's pick, I was like 'Uh oh, is it another The Road?' and he assured me it was not. However, it does sound just dark enough to pique my interest - and is a great story overall.

Anyway, check it out here and then browse around at some other top picks!


Please send all good thoughts, if you don't mind, to my uncle, aunt, and extended family as they're dealing with the dreaded c-word, and have been for some time. Things are getting a bit more intense, so any positive vibes are very appreciated. Thanks.


So this week's Video of the Week is an homage to Courtney, whose birthday was yesterday (and since I'm too lazy to dedicate a blog to this momentous occasion each year, just click here and read a blog where I was all sentimental and stuff).

But ok, the reason I picked this song is because, at my 14th birthday party, I got the Violent Femmes tape (yes, I'm old.) And Courtney loved the tape even more than I did and so she made me play this song over and over and over and over during the course of the entire night (it was a sleepover! Painful). And it's so much harder to play songs on a tape over and over because of the rewinding and the tortuous exercise of it all. But I did it because she's one of my best friends. And because sometimes she scares me so I basically just do what she says.

Happy (belated) birthday, Court! Enjoy.

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. You're in my city! Blister in the Sun brings me back to 14 as well...when I was a freshman in high school we used to sing this on our way to tennis matches. Sending some good vibes your family's way.

  2. oh my gosh i just left boston on tuesday! we could have met and then been friends just from the magic of the internets! but then that's kind of creepy and not at all online dating-ey so forget i mentioned it. good luck re the C word - cancer sucks.