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Friday Favorites #22: Dad Music, Video Chats, and Travelers

Happy Friday!

I don’t know what it is about busy weeks, but they seem to fly by more quickly than usual. I’ve really enjoyed getting to spend some quality time with my family this week, but I’m also looking forward to a weekend with some girlfriends I don’t get to see nearly enough!

The weekend festivities begin at approximately 3:30pm this afternoon, so once I hit ‘publish’ on this post, I have a couple more hours to spend walking the Lafayette reservoir and getting my nails done with my mom. But first! Friday’s are for Favorites, so let’s jump right in.

Friday Favorites


My dad’s “Top 1,000 Favorite Songs” playlist

My dad has managed to compile all of his favorite tunes, all 5,000 of them (the number grows every time I ask), on his ipod. I’ll admit, the playlist is pretty epic; it’s just banger after banger. The transition from Gary Jules’ Sad World into Toto’s Africa into Enya’s Sail Away was surprisingly flawless, but the song that really sealed the deal was Celine Dion’s cover of How Can I Get You Alone by Heart (above). Well played, Dad.


Google Hangouts
While I’ve been visiting with my family, Andrew has been busy on a work trip of his own. It’s been really nice to see his face each night, and I’m so grateful for video chat technology. We’ve used FaceTime before, but this trip we’ve been using Google Hangouts, which I like because of how seamlessly it’s integrated into GChat.



golden retriever
While I’m home, Traveler, my parents’ golden retriever, becomes my Kevin replacement. He does a decent job by prioritizing the same things: food and sleep, and human attention. (Thank you Sandy, for sending me updates and pictures of the real Kevins!)


Links from around the web:

Treadmill May Be Riskiest Machine, But Injuries From it Still Rare [NY Times] Odd, I find running on pavement to be a bigger challenge…

Carrot Apple Bread [Averie Cooks] I will be making this next week.

How ‘Healthy Diets’ Have Changed Over the Decade [Huffington Post] This article is pretty interesting, and overall I’d say we’re doing a lot better today than we were 10 years ago.

Why Do Cats Purr? [Wired] It’s not just because they’re happy…


Before I go, I wanted to make sure to wish all of the moms out there a very Happy Mothers’ Day this Sunday! Have a wonderful weekend.



Today, like every Friday, you can check out what others are loving by heading over to Heather’s blog. 🙂


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