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Take Along the Tarter Sauce {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday! I hope the week treated you well. I’m off to Wilmington again to visit Derek. We’re halfway through his rotation! Only 3 more weeks of living apart. 🙂

Welcome to another edition of Fun Friday!

What I’m about to share will confirm that I am my mother’s daughter. My mom is a big fan of Life’s Little Instructions Books, and for some odd reason she always kept them in the bathrooms. I grew up getting one or two sentence life advice in the bathroom. Weird, right? Well, my mom gave me one, and guess where it resides? Yes, in my bathroom. Glad I can carry on this bizarre tradition. Anyway, today’s advice is kind of quirky and made me laugh, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.


I cannot wait to tell someone to take along the tarter sauce.

Have you ever wondered what the velociraptors in Jurassic Park were actually thinking? (Wow, this post keeps getting weirder.) Me either, but the comic below shows what Jurassic Park may have been like from their perspective.


Poor, innocent velociraptor. Those things terrified/fascinated me as a kid. Did you know there is a 4th Jurassic Park movie coming out next summer? Chris Pratt, whom I love from Parks and Rec, is the lead character. And let me just tell you, he looks SO GOOD.


Oh hey there Chris Pratt.

Since we’re on the topic of Chris Pratt, I will share one of my favorite scenes from Parks and Rec.  Chris Pratt’s character Andy Dwyer forgot to pay the cable bill, and a group of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) campaign donors have gathered to watch a televised debate. Andy takes it upon himself to provide entertainment while Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) steals the neighbor’s cable.

Love that character.

On an unrelated note, I listen to NPR on my way to work every morning, and I heard an amazing piece this week. Ted Stanley, founder and former CEO of MBI Inc., is giving $650 MILLION to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The money will be used for psychiatric research that focuses on genetic contributions to mental illness.

Ted Stanley’s experience with mental illness in his personal life inspired him to make this incredible gift. His son Jonathan Stanley was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychosis when he was 19 years old. Fortunately Jonathan responded well to lithium and went on to complete college and law school. However, the Stanley family recognizes that other families and individuals aren’t so lucky. Some individuals do not respond to medications as well or without devastating side effects. Jonathan Stanley had this to say about his father’s donations, “A lot of rich families – a good chunk of this huge amount of money that’s going to Broad – would’ve ended up in my bank account. All I can say is my family got it right.” Indeed they did.

Have a great weekend!


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