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I Bet I’m Ice Cream {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday!! We made it y’all.

It’s been a while since my last Fun Friday post, so I thought I’d share a few pictures, videos, and stories that made me laugh or smile this week. Enjoy!


I’ll kick things off with a sweet dog who just can’t figure out where that squeaky noise is coming from.

With every squeak she just looks like, “What was that?! Oh well, back to frolicking in the snow.”

I have some good news for the optimists out there. According to a recent study by lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, optimistic people have healthier hearts. The study showed optimists were “50 and 76 percent more likely to have total health scores in the intermediate or ideal ranges, respectively.” The association remained significant even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.

Here’s to seeing the glass half full!

Moving on to a completely different, but health-related story, I want to share a short article by Elaine Ambrose entitled “Don’t Fart During an MRI.”  I don’t think this one needs much explaining. Just read it.

I’ll close out this week’s edition of Fun Friday with an excellent prank video.

How low can you go?

Have a wonderful weekend!!

A Tale of Two Love Stories {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a hot minute since I made a Fun Friday post, and I think it’s time for some pictures, videos, and stories that made me smile or laugh lately. I hope they bring a smile to your face, too!

Let’s kick things off with the case of the cat and the “empty” food bowl.

It’s funny how peculiar animals are about certain things. My parents’ dog Scooter will not turn around on the hardwood floors (likely because he’s scared of slipping). It’s hilarious to watch him slowly back away when he wants to leave the kitchen. What a goober.

Next up is a video of an English bulldog riding a motorcycle who waves to a passing biker ON HER OWN. The dog waves first without prompting from her owner. I had to watch it twice to make sure.

You totally thought I was making that one up, didn’t you? 🙂

On to another video. I am a big fan of Key & Peele, and they recently released a new sketch about text messaging. (**Warning: harsh language is used in the video.)

That’s definitely one of those “I’m-laughing-because-it’s-true” videos. Making people laugh is a talent in itself, but it’s even more impressive that Key and Peele are able to mix humor and social commentary so well.

To wrap things up, I’ll share two love stories. The first is a post from Humans of New York. The couple in the photo share the story of the beginning of their 50+ year relationship. It’s a sweet and funny story.

The second is a video of the first marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple in North Carolina.

Last Friday, October 10th, a federal judge ruled that North Carolina’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. I watched the marriage in the video happen live on TV. It was a beautiful, and I felt blessed to witness such a significant moment in history.

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Derek and I saw these flags on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill when were on our way to church. The town put them up to commemorate the momentous ruling.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!

A Swift Kick In The Butt {Fun Friday}

Hallelujah, it’s Friday!!! Work was absolutely crazy this week. Obviously I know that protecting confidentiality is of the utmost importance, but sometimes I REALLY wish I didn’t have to abide by HIPAA regulations. You would not believe some of the things I see and hear with my cases. My friends Brittany and Caroline, who are also social workers, devised a plan for us to write a book called I Can’t Make This Sh*t Up. We can all attest to the cliché that truth is stranger than fiction.

Anywayyyy, on to some Fun Friday stories, pictures, and videos!


Let’s get this party started with a dog video. (I have a dog video problem.)

He is so perplexed by that fountain.

Next up is a “Lip Flip” segment from The Tonight Show. Have you seen this yet? This one with Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crystal is by far the funniest one to me.

I find it unsettling and hilarious.

Below is an amusing Calvin and Hobbes strip that I want to put up in my office.

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Sometimes we all need one. 🙂

Finally I want to share an NPR segment called, “Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down.” While charity is certainly necessary in the short-term, it is often not the best way to help people long-term.  Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen, noticed that many of the individuals eating at local soup kitchens were battling addiction and facing incarceration in addition to dealing with unemployment and homelessness. Egger decided to take a “teach a man to fish” approach and created a culinary job training program, which teaches individuals how to cook and earn a food handler’s license. The individuals in the job training program help produce approximately 10,000 meals each day. About 5,000 meals are sent to local nonprofit organizations and another 5,000 meals are distributed to local, low-income schools.

My graduate school classmate Allison is starting up a non-profit with a similar model in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s called Made With Love Bakery. Made With Love Bakery is a “faith-based transitional employment bakery sharing the love of Jesus Christ with individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness, giving them a second chance at employment and equipping them with the training and support they need to overcome poverty.” You can find out more on the website or her blog.

Sheesh, I’m supposed to turn off the social work for these posts. What can I say? I love seeing people find creative ways to address social issues. It inspires me.

Have a great weekend!!

Have You Seen Your Cat? {Fun Friday}

This Fun Friday post is brought to you from Lexington, Kentucky! I’m spending a long weekend at my parents’ house to celebrate my grandpa’s 90th birthday. It is SO great to be home. I haven’t seen my family since I graduated back in May, and I am excited to spend time with everyone, especially for such a happy occasion.

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Happy 90th birthday, Pop-Pop!

On to some pictures, videos, and stories that made me smile or laugh this week .  . .

I was laughing out loud when I saw this spider dog video on Good Morning America today.

Those poor, poor people.

Tina over at Carrots ‘n’ Cake (one of my favorite blogs) shared this awkward parenting story by Glennon Melton on her post today. I found the description of an Uno game gone wrong hilarious. You’ll appreciate it even more if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad.

Since I already included a video of a dog pranking people, I think we need a video of people pranking dogs.

I love all the different reactions. The beagle puppy just doesn’t care.

With all the dog videos this week, I’ll wrap things up with a cat picture.

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

Every Loaf Of Bread Is A Tragic Story {Fun Friday}

Happy Labor Day weekend! I am THRILLED it’s a three day weekend. This week was the most grueling week of work since I started. All of my patients this week were either very sick or had complex social situations. I worked late every single day and still didn’t get everything done. I am definitely thankful for a few days off to relax. Needless to say, my crazy week kept me from blogging as much as usual and explains why I’m a bit late with the Fun Friday post. Better late than never!


To start things off, I want to share an article from The Boston Globe.  The article is about a love story that spans more than 60 years. In 1950, Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery met working at marine geology lab in California. They were friends and even wrote to each other in code, but nothing became of the friendship beyond that summer. Both Riggs and Attebery married, had children, divorced, and changed careers. They led full lives and never crossed paths after that summer in 1950. That is, until 2012 when Riggs received a familiar coded letter. After more than 60 years Attebery tracked Riggs down and sent her a letter, which ended up being the very delayed beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Up next is a cute video of a dog named Mille helping her owners carry the groceries.

Her owners’ accents are just as entertaining as her skills. It took me a couple seconds to figure out that they were speaking English.

I also enjoyed the sign below.

I think I’ll start referring to beer as “success stories.”

Finally, since Derek and I have been watching Lord of the Rings lately, I want to share an older video of Dominic Monaghan prank interviewing Elijah Wood. I can’t imagine what Wood was thinking during the interview. He handles it much better than I would.

When will you wear wigs???

Have a great weekend!

Heartbroken

I was hesitant to share this post because I feel like I failed, and I am ashamed. However, it would be disingenuous for me to pretend that this didn’t happen. I know that some people will disagree with our decision, but I felt it was important to share so that people know the reasoning behind our choice and so that others don’t make the same mistakes.

If you read my post A New Addition, you know that Derek and I started a 7-day trial period with a rescue dog we named Wink. On Friday we made the gut-wrenching decision that we are not a good match for her. Today we will take her back to the rescue group where she will be fostered again. I have shed many tears this week, and I am absolutely heartbroken.

I didn’t even mention the trial period because we never would have guessed how things turned out. She is one of the sweetest, most loving dogs I’ve ever met, but it was not working out for a multitude of reasons. The foster family’s experience with Wink was completely different from our experience. Despite following the suggestions of the rescue group and my own research, Wink became more anxious as the week progressed and never (truly never, not an exaggeration) went to the bathroom outside. I knew we would need to train Wink, but the significant issues she has require time and energy that Derek and I do not have right now. If I had known the full extent of her challenges, I would have said that she wasn’t right for us from the beginning.

We don’t think the rescue group was trying to deceive us or anything, but it is clear that they did not know Wink as well as we had hoped. It also became apparent that they provided a list of dogs without really considering the match between dog and owner. Some of the suggestions they gave me, like putting Wink in the yard for a few hours, clearly didn’t match our application information. We do not have a fenced yard. Derek and I put our faith in the rescue group to help us find a good match, and we should have been more critical. I also realize now that we should not pursue owning a dog until we are ready to handle anything.

My biggest fear is that Wink’s week with us, even with all of the walks, treats, and love, will further traumatize her. She’s clearly had a tough life, and I hope that we didn’t make it worse. With the right family, Wink has the potential to be an amazing dog. We ultimately decided that we cannot provide her the kind of care she needs, and she is more likely to thrive in a different environment. We donated our adoption fee to Wink’s care, and we gave the rescue our feedback, hoping it will help them make a better match.

I had many sleepless nights this week over this decision. I spent all of my time trying to make things work, but nothing changed. It will be incredibly difficult to leave her with the foster group, but in my heart I know it’s the right decision. I am heartbroken, but I am hopeful for Wink. I am hopeful that the next family is the one that will bring out the best in her, and she will live a long, happy life.

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables {Fun Friday}

It’s a historic day here on Brown is the New Pink. I’m posting my fun Friday post on Friday afternoon. Victory!

TGIF y’all! It’s been another busy week. My dad had  knee replacement surgery on Monday, so I’ve been checking in with my parents everyday. He’s home now and doing well, but I wish I could be there with them. On a good note, I also bought my plane ticket for my trip home to Kentucky in September. We’ll be celebrating my grandfather’s 90th birthday the weekend that I visit. I can’t wait to see everyone! I also got dinner with my friends Caroline and Jenna this week, and I had a great time catching up with both of them. To top it all off, Derek is coming home tonight! It’s always a good week when I get to see or talk to all of my favorite people.

Anyway, enough about my week. On to some stories, videos, and pictures that made me smile and laugh this week.


I haven’t posted anything from him in a while, but I love Stephen Colbert. He never fails to make me laugh. Below is a clip of him and Jon Stewart vying for the title of World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan.

Jamil Ahmad, former Pakistani civil servant, wrote a book of short stories called The Wandering Falcon. He passed away this week at home at the age of 83. I heard Ahmad’s story on NPR, and I’ve had it on my mind ever since. He completed the book’s manuscript around 1973-74. Ahmad reached out to publishers back then, but no one took the story. His wife, Helga Ahmad, persisted with the search for a publisher, and he was finally published when he was 79 years old. It took 40 years and the encouragement and support of his spouse, but he finally became a published author. What a great reminder to never give up on your dreams and that supporting others’ dreams can make all the difference for them.

Like most people, I attend several meetings each week at work. While I can appreciate their purpose, they can be long and tedious. The image below sums up how I feel towards the end of seemingly never-ending meeting.

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Below is an amusing video about an innovative way to reduce food waste and get more people to eat fruits and vegetables. The EU made 2014 the “European Year Against Food Waste,” and a supermarket chain in France decided to launch a campaign to sell imperfect fruits and vegetables. The campaign is called “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables.” The grocery stores sold fruit juice and vegetable soup made with inglorious fruits and veggies to show that they tasted the same as their better looking counterparts, and they reduced the price of these fruits and vegetables by 30%. Less waste and more affordable produce? What a great idea!

I’ll conclude this week’s fun Friday post with a mindlessly funny video. The dog in the video is SO freaked out by an egg rolling on the floor. The way the dog awkwardly flails his paws around is quite entertaining.

Happy weekend to you!

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