Aren’t you elated?! It’s been months (or at least a month) since I did Friday Faves (FF) and I didn’t originally plan on putting together FF today, but some days I just surprise myself as well as my readers! Since I just gave you an update on my life, I thought I’d share an amusing anecdote to fill up some space because just jumping into a bunch of links seems so impersonal. However, I spend a lot of time sitting on my couch with my broken foot propped up on pillows, so it’s not like there are all that many stories to share. Although when I was using Stella the Walker to hobble up the stairs after returning from a doctor’s appointment this morning, the UPS man asked if I broke my foot after falling from drinking too much. I informed him that I’m not a drinker (except for that wine cooler on New Year’s Eve). He said that maybe I should start. So, yeah, my UPS man encouraged me to become drop down drunk. I guess what’s what brown can do for you.
What is up with our culture’s obsession with drunkenness? I can think of several movies where drunken people get married or have one-night stands…and hilarity ensues. I don’t understand the humor behind promiscuous sex or “accidental” marriages. I mean, alcoholic drinks are expensive, so getting that sloshed isn’t cheap, especially if you can’t remember the “good time” you had last night. Plus, I’ve heard about the upchucking and killer headaches that follow. It makes me just want to stay home and watch “Fraggle Rock” on NetFlix streaming. I am grateful to state stores for supplying me with free moving boxes.
Oh, and for those of you who want to argue about the merits of drinking in biblical times, remember this–Apostle Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach, not become rip roarin’ drunk during a toga party. The key is moderation, friends, and not to take advice on drinking from your UPS man.
A story and a lesson on morality–does Friday Faves get any better than this?
So, onto this week’s linkage…
*Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Sara Groves, particularly her latest album, Invisible Empires. Those of you who have been listening to her for years are thinking, ‘Yeah, Amy, we know how awesome Invisible Empires is….where have you been?” I decided to share the above video of Sara singing “Obsolete,” which is one of my fave songs from the album because it’s all vulnerable and emotional. I think Sara paints beautiful word pictures with her lyrics and I like her gentle melodies.
*If you’re under 21, sometimes it’s hard to get find a pal (or UPS man) who will buy you alcohol. Therefore, some teens have decided to make their own “moonshine” using hand sanitizer. Yes, hand sanitizer! My friend, Shari, who is a dedicated child care professional, first told me that the two year-olds in her classroom weren’t allowed to use hand sanitizer due to its alcohol content. We laughed, thinking of all the moms who rub it on their kids like sunscreen. But, apparently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health wasn’t too far off with this one. For more information, on this alarming trend check out this article from The Morning Call.
*What do you get for the paparazzi who has everything? A vintage camera fashioned into a tape dispenser! It’ll only set you back $21. Other vintage items available from A Mano Trading include an Ultraman Piggy Bank (sorry, it’s sold out! What a hotseller!) and a needlepoint squirrel. Personally, I like this closeout bag.
*Finally, I want to tell you about a unique opportunity to spy on a red tail hawk nest thanks to Cornell. Via this link, you can check out Big Red and her mate, Ezra, as they care for their three eyasses. I spent a good hour watching Big Red feed her babies a vole carcass. It sounds gross, but it makes for fascinating viewing. (Click here to view additional videos of the eyasses hatching, eating, and fighting like siblings do.)
As always, have a great weekend!
Because I just adore your comments, here are some discussion questions…I’m going to a book sale and church–what are you doing this weekend? Have you ever tried to drink hand sanitizer? With your UPS man (or woman?)What is your favorite Sara Groves song? Which do you like best–Sarah, Sara, Sarai, or some other alternative spelling of the name? What do you think of the goods at A Mano Trading? Any good gifts for Mother’s Day? Speaking of mothers, what do you think of Big Red’s parenting skills?