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Darla's Blog Picks: Countrified hicks, big girls and zombie preparedness

by Darla Lindauer Modified: May 17, 2013 at 10:40 am •  Published: May 17, 2013

1. Science World Report

By: This site seems to be updated by many contributors, so the credit goes to “Staff” today.

What blog is about – “Science World Report reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavor from the eyes of the researcher and the interested public.”

Featured post – 105-Year-Old Texas Woman Reveals Bacon as her Secret behind Long Life – “Strangely, her key to longevity is bacon.”

Finally! Thank you, Pearl, for making my dream come true. I love bacon so much I could eat it every day all day! Remember when the restaurant Waffle House had all-you-can-eat of the whole menu? Yes, I was the one who went in after a night out and ordered coffee and all bacon. One time I had 12 pieces at one time! I have not done that since I was young, so I think my arteries are OK. I am too scared to eat much of it now. I wish there was a proven diet to not physically be bad for me of nachos and bacon. Life would be good. Darla Lindauer


2. Questions Make You Smarter

By: Sean Dressler – “I am a musician, father, computer guy living in Oklahoma City.”

What blog is about – Questioning religion, politics, etc.

Featured post – Do angels really exist? – “Suddenly I felt something push my hand that was on the steering wheel to the right. I looked over to see what it was and realized that I was into the oncoming lane, and my hand had been pushed over to get me straightened out with the lane I was supposed to be in.”

I agree with Sean on this. I think the “proof” is in our own experiences, and no matter how many times we tell a story to someone else, they will always question if it is real. So, do I believe in angels and miracles? Yes, I do. Some of this is from memory, some is from being told. When I was young, I got bitten by a fiddleback spider and my arm started to turn black and rot. I remember not feeling well at all. My biggest memory is feeling like I was going to burn up, being in the hospital and my parents praying for me with all their might. I can see a woman laying on me crying and touching my arm. I thought it was mom, but she said she did not get in bed with me. I was scheduled for surgery first thing in the morning. I remember waking up and feeling fine. And then I knew why. The rot was gone. I remember people coming to view the “miracle” that had happened. Take what you want from that, but my dad told me later that the doctor started going to church afterward.Darla Lindauer


3. The Zombie Preparedness Initiative

By: “Started in 2004 by a group of college students after having watched Shaun of the Dead. The group of friends decided they would not fall prey to stupidity or rely on luck as the heroes of the show had done; they decided to plan ahead.”  

What blog is about – “A site dedicated to not just surviving the zombie apocalypse, but thriving through it.”

Featured post – 10 Things To Do Before the Apocalypse – “Many studies have shown that continuing education helps the brain stay sharper and more focused as we age.  A sharp, focused mind is your number one tool for surviving the undead hordes.”

Zombies or not, this post can help us in our every day lives. I now know that my best friend and I are not crazy. We know it is going to happen; it is just a question of when, but we did not start a web site. Ha-ha. I have the perfect house picked out, but, unfortunately, I don’t have the money to build it. Here it is, though. Zombie Proof House As an OCD person, I think I am going to add to the list, soap, toothpaste, scrubbers to exfoliate and lotion. You know, the important things!  Ha-ha!Darla Lindauer


4. Countrified Hicks

By: Melody – “Melody is a graduate practical nurse and holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in digital design.”

What blog is about – “A blog about the simple life. Homesteading. Frugal living. Self-sufficient. Sustainability. Homeschooling. Farm Life. Cooking. Canning. Baking. Recipes. Tips & Tricks. Family Life. You will also find tips on prepping and becoming a prepper.”

Featured post – Frugal Living Series: Videoblog Post #2 (Don’t Waste Nothing) – “In this video blog, “Countrified Hicks” talks about how you should not waste anything.”

This video is awesome but as bad as watching an infomercial and becoming addicted to something all wrapped up in one! Once the first video got finished, I could not seem to quit clicking for another one to come on. Finally, I had to remind myself I am at work and I need to work. So, be careful on that part. The infomercial aspect of it aggravates me. Why is it when I see or read about all these self-sufficient people who are so organized and have a plan for the future and make things for pennies I feel like I can do it just like them? My brain tricks me into thinking it is so simple. Simple would be if I could just borrow that family and make them part of mine. There is great information in here. She made Dr. Pepper jelly in video blog post # 1! I am quite impressed. One thing I did not know is that there are such strong accents in Oklahoma. – Darla Lindauer


5. The Verge

By: The site has so many contributors I couldn’t begin to list them all, but this post is by Casey Newton – Senior reporter at The Verge.

What blog is about – Technology, science, art and culture.

Featured post – Square introduces $299 stand aimed at replacing cash registers – “The stand marked an improvement on clunky point-of-sale systems that have dominated sales counters for decades.”

As I read about this new technology I am left wondering, why? I am not sure, but I think I might be stuck in the mindset of “if it is not broke, don’t fix it.” Does that make me old or practical? Maybe it will work out better for us in the long run. I was shopping the other day with my 8-year-old and my 3-year-old, and the store had something similar to this. You could check out anywhere in the store you wanted if you had a credit card. So, I opted to check out in the middle of the women’s section. The salesperson informed me, if I wanted my receipt, I would need to go to register No. 2 and she would have it ready for me. That was cool, but am I paying higher prices for clothes just so technology can replace a register that worked just fine? Here is the problem, though I’m not sure who it is a problem for. I got home, put my things away and later looked at the receipt. Because of all the chaos of my items being handed to the saleswoman to check out in the women’s section and her trying to get them in a bag she had with her, she did not charge me for a pair of shoes that cost more than $20. So, am I now a thief? Should I really have to pack my two children back in a car to go pay for something they gave to me by checking me out in an unorganized fashion? No, I did not. But, I went back alone the next day. Was the new technology really more convenient? – Darla Lindauer


6. Coupon Princess

By: I did not see a reference to her name so the Coupon Princess gets the credit here. -  “PR Friendly, Frugal Blogger, Deal Pro 2009 – current, Savings Nation Ambassador ask me about Coupon Classes in Oklahoma!”

What blog is about – Coupons and deals in Oklahoma

Featured post – Oklahoma City Zoo Pass Sale at Mathis Brothers – “The pass will allow 2 adults and up to 5 children into the Zoo for an entire year.”

This is the first time I have run across this site, and I will be adding it to my sites to follow! This is a good deal, and I did call and confirm the deal is good until the end of the month. Yet another thing I wish I had time to do — couponing. But, it looks like I could start with someone else doing the work for me! I think maybe that is called lazy couponing. Enjoy the deals! Darla Lindauer


7. The Big Girl Blog

By: CeCe – “A Plus Size Princess in New York City. Follow her adventures in dating, fashion, fitness & music”

What blog is about – Fashion, fitness, dating, travel and beauty.

Featured post – Why Are We So Hard on Ourselves? – “Confession: I’m a Weight Watchers drop out.”

This is a question that will linger for a lifetime. Why are women so hard on themselves? Why are some so confident? Is this all in how our brains are wired. Could it be hormones, or could it be peer pressure alone? One thing I do know, society puts too much emphasis on how a girl should look. Why is it that almost all girls grow up playing princess and thinking they are princesses … but, then they get old enough to understand commercials and their dreams are shattered. My daughter, who is autistic, has very little social skills and relies on others for examples on how to act. She told me the other day, “My legs are fat.” (She is not even close to being considered by a professional doctor as being “overweight.”) I replied, “No, they are not. Why do you say that?” She replied that, according to the magazines, she was in the plus-size category. I am to blame here. I love tabloid magazines, and she got a hold of it. And, we all know how true they are. I had to do some mending. I was so mad at myself. I replied, “Mommy buys this stuff so I can laugh at it, and it is not true, just like TV shows are not real.” I then went off on a rant on how she is not fat and the people who think she would be are mean and nasty people and only care about themselves and what others think. She finally stopped me and said, “Mom, all you had to do was tell me it is fake. I was not going to quit eating anyway.” Ah, the simplicity of a child who thinks literally. But, my anger about how society views women lingers on. Being healthy is all that matters. – Darla Lindauer


Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email

by Darla Lindauer
Data Team Manager
Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group since 2008. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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