High Five for Friday

*Truth be told – this post was supposed to go out this morning.  Got to love technology issues!*

Woop! Another Friday in the books!  I’m going to be honest – not much has been happening lately over in this neck of the woods.  So, today’s post is a bit of a mash up between exciting events and link love for some awesome bloggers’ posts these past few days.  I hope that you’re having a great week wherever you are! :)

1. My cousin applied for a job in Charleston, SC a couple weeks ago. After a few interviews, she got the job!!! I always hear how difficult it is to apply for jobs in another state so I am super impressed and happy for her!! And, so are a lot of other people on Facebook. Haha.

2. Guys – this is kind of weird. Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line are coming to the Nationals stadium in a couple of weeks. I’ve actually known about this concert for a long time, but originally decided, for various reasons, not to buy tickets. Well, I’ve been waking up with dreams this week that I’m going to the concert!! I think God is trying to tell me something… So, I naturally bought tickets today for the show.

Why We Mother @ Hello Neverland

3. I really enjoyed Kenzie’s post on motherhood over at Hello Neverland this week.  As a mother of a two-week old, she discusses her struggles with raising a newborn child and her associated feelings regarding self-pity.  Even though I’m not a mother, I easily related to her emotions regarding self-reflection and faith.

How We Survive without Cable @ A Beautiful Exchange

4. Ever since I gave up cable, I’ve been intrigued by other families’ stories of how they cut the cable lines.  Hayley over at A Beautiful Exchange writes an awesome post on all the resources her family uses instead of watching cable.  Have you ever thought of giving it up?

5. I celebrated my friends wedding this weekend, and also met my other friend’s baby. She is the most chill child ever!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth

Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Hey y’all! I finished Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris last week.  It’s easily one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.  Although I caused my friends some confusion, the book actually has nothing to do with diabetes and only one chapter is devoted to owls – primarily deceased ones, too.  No big deal.

In actuality, this book is a collection of humorous essays that left me literally laughing out loud.  I know this is an overused phrase, but I received quite some looks at the pool as I was chuckling at my tablet.  Most of the essays chronicle David’s explorations throughout various countries.  In fact, this global element is what placed the book on the 26 Books that will Change the Way You See the World list.  The stories are light-hearted and culturally fascinating as Sedaris humorously points out the different idiosyncrasies from country to country.

There are two aspects of this book that I greatly value.  The first is obviously Sedaris’ ability to write hilarious and entertaining stories out of nearly thin air – no grocery store trip, airport line or standard family dinner is left untapped.  The second is Sedaris’ writing style.  His mix of quirkiness and humor with a dash of emotionally charged storytelling leaves me with writer’s envy.  I’m hoping his writing can inspire a little bit of mine.

There are a lot of knee-slap worthy, and also downright I-can’t-believe-he-said-that-but-I’m-laughing-anyways quotes from David throughout the book.  My favorites include:

  • “Listen,” I’d always like to say, “I’m not a parent myself, but I think the best solution at this point is to slap that child across the face.  It won’t stop its crying, but at least now it’ll be doing it for a good reason.”
  • When my mother announced dinner, he took off his jacket, stepped out of his trousers, and took his seat alongside the rest of us. From the tabletop up, he was business casual – the ironed shirt, the loosened tie – but from there on down it was just briefs and bare legs.
  • Of the many expressions we Americans tend to overuse, I think the most irritating is ‘Blind people are human too.’
  • People didn’t say “artist,” they said “starving artist,” so even if you weren’t doing anything of consequence, as long as you were hungry you were on the right track, weren’t you?
  • Since I’d come back to Raleigh, my most daring achievement was to move into my own apartment, this at my father’s insistence and done practically at knifepoint.
  • He can talk about litter, but when the topic shifts to the price of heating oil or the correct way to lay a paving stone, he can shift with it.  For me, though, there is no other topic.
  • As a child, I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.  By this I meant that I would stop living in a fantasy world; that, while standing in line for a hamburger or my shot at the ATM, I would not daydream about befriending a gorilla or inventing a pill that would make hair waterproof.  In this regard too, my diaries have proven me wrong.

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I feel like a book is only as good as what it teaches you.  For me, Sedaris’ Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a reminder to enjoy the simple and, of course, funny things in life.  There are too many things in the world to take seriously, but this book ain’t one of them, folks.  If you’re looking for an entertaining read (ideally by pool-side), I highly recommend LEDWO.  Get some.

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