8 Things I Learned in July

Oops!  I’ve been gone from this blog for a little while.  But, hey, at least I am back with good news??  That’s right, folks.  I’m in the middle of birthday week!  It’s only the most fabulous week of the entire year – of which, I jam the most celebrations humanely possible into 7+ days  before laying dormant for the remaining 51 weeks.

The bad news is that I don’t have much to say today.  But, I figured I should pop on over here and get some of the writing cobwebs out before I go absolutely nuts-o’s from pent up word frustration.  Therefore, I decided it was a good time to link up with Emily’s Things I Learned post, especially since she is also returning from a little writing vacation.

In July, I learned that:

1.  There is this weird eclectic festival held in the Midwest each year where people camp out for four days, don face paint, opt for frequent nudity and ‘bond like family’ often with alcohol and drug paraphernalia in hand.  I’m not sure why I find this so fascinating to learn about besides confirming that there really is another person out there for everyone.

Source: The Daily Beast

2. Garth Brooks has (had?) an alter ego by the name of Chris Gaines, which was conceptualized as a creative outlet for Garth’s rock and roll side.  Nothing ever came of Gaines, but I find the whole thing and Garth’s disguise a little creepy.

3. Not writing for almost two weeks makes you question if you will ever write again.  Like, is this just writer’s block or am I losing it?  Let’s hope it’s the former!

4.The  Omnivore’s Dilemma is really long and intense.  I am liking it a lot, but I am definitely going to miss the end of July due date, folks!

5. Flowers from a boy are very nice :)

6. Even though 75 degrees used to scream summer when I lived in Cleveland, it now feels like fall weather to me.

7. After non-intentionally avoiding beef for six weeks, I become sick from eating it.  Awesome.  Another food item to cross off the ‘I can eat that’ list. 

8. Seasonal artists  in France went on a nude strike this month to fight for improved pay and insurance benefits. This article reports on the “ballsiness” of the demonstrators.  I find the word usage downright hilarious.  Mais Monsieur, what will we ever do without our artistes?!

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