There's Something About Mary

Here is where I will post things that make me think, make me laugh, or make me happy.

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So this happened. 

  • Got our marriage license this morning! It was quick and painless. Thank goodness for Spring break. I really think that’s why there wasn’t a long line. Woo-hoo. 
  • After the wedding, once things have slowed down a bit, I think I’m going to go become licensed spin instructor. I would love to teach spin classes on the reg. 
  • I’m SO excited The Mindy Project is back on. I’ve been LOVING it.
  • I shouldn’t care about these people but, Nathan telling Jenelle to get an abortion after he was ALL about having a baby after knowing her for 2 seconds was awful. Who even says that?  
garycope:

36giraffes:

When you are out there in the world, and you meet someone and you tell them that you go to Virginia Tech, and they say, “Oh, isn’t that the school where….” - you interrupt them right there and say, “Yes, it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the United States.” That’s what you tell the. You tell them, “Yes, it’s the school where students are passionate about serving their country and supporting each other.” You tell them, “Yes, it is the school where we produce graduates who are leaders in their industries, pillars of their community, who vary their Hokie pride with them every day for the rest of their lives.” You say, “Yes, that is the school I attend. That is Virginia Tech” - Michelle Obama 

And yes, the First Lady really did say this. Fact checked.

garycope:

36giraffes:

When you are out there in the world, and you meet someone and you tell them that you go to Virginia Tech, and they say, “Oh, isn’t that the school where….” - you interrupt them right there and say, “Yes, it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the United States.” That’s what you tell the. You tell them, “Yes, it’s the school where students are passionate about serving their country and supporting each other.” You tell them, “Yes, it is the school where we produce graduates who are leaders in their industries, pillars of their community, who vary their Hokie pride with them every day for the rest of their lives.” You say, “Yes, that is the school I attend. That is Virginia Tech” - Michelle Obama 

And yes, the First Lady really did say this. Fact checked.

connieanony:

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

ALL THE FEELS.

I look at all the faces, all 32 of them and I just cannot grasp the magnitude of loss.

We have all grown so much over the last 7 years. There have been so many milestones met and it is just so sad to think their families didn’t get to experience this with their loved ones. It’s so sad that we’ve gone 7 years since seeing their faces. 

Every anniversary, I am reminded of the stories and reminded of all these fantastically big futures that were so prematurely ended and I feel two emotions: unbearable sadness and encouragement. The source of the sadness is obvious, but the encouragement comes from their lives and their stories which make me want to try harder, be better, and to do what I can in my life to honor theirs. This could come in the form of a series of random acts of kindness or in the quieter moments of personal reflection. 

It always hits me like a ton of bricks. I remember the day, I remember it all unfolding - the chaos, the sadness, and being forced to accept such an atrocity. 32 lives, 32 futures. It’s still so unbelievable today.

And yet, these personal tragedies happen all the time, all over the world.   Tragedy doesn’t discriminate and while I wish I never had to go through this, I know that I can relate to so many in their pain and at the very least no matter how different we are, we can at least relate to one another even if that is our lowest common denominator. 

I think about them all the time. I think about our last exchanges, our funny memories, the tremendous loss and I know that I will never forget them. I know that we are always doing our best to venerate their lives. 

I also believe that such anniversaries are about the survivors - those in those classrooms who saw unspeakable things, those who live with this particular cross to bear, and for the families and friends who are affected day to day. May we find the comfort we need to face this day.

My hope is that we support one another and take some time to reflect on how interconnected we all are and what we can do to strengthen those connections. 

Let’s Go. 

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sciencingsara:

I like the broccoli scan a lot.