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by Darla Lindauer Modified: July 19, 2013 at 9:10 am •  Published: July 19, 2013

1. Single dad laughing

By: Dan Pearce – “Single dad to Noah, the absolute awesomest kid on the planet. That is the truth.”

What blog is about – “Randomness that rolls out of our sometimes crazy, sometimes lame, hopefully sometimes interesting lives.”

Featured post – 25 More of the Creepiest Things Ever Said by Kids – “I asked you what the creepiest thing was that you’ve ever heard a kid say. I had no idea what to expect. This is what I got. Plus a few future posts as well.”

All I can say is wow! I halfway expected this post to be so cute and uplifting. I, instead, find myself a little freaked out to be honest. But, I am laughing, out loud a few times at my desk. I am not sure if that is wrong or not, but you have to admit some of this is hilarious to think how the parents reacted! It does explain a few things; maybe I can cancel the therapist for my daughter now. Ha-ha. I am actually quite used to freaky things being said around my house. My daughter has autism and has a fascination with death and how things happen. Mix that with not being able to put the correct emotion to a situation, you might end up with laughter about horrible things, crying because she is excited or anger from attention being given. She speaks her mind no matter what the thought might be with no filter. Some of it is quite disturbing, yet I find myself laughing later. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right?? I, myself, have asked myself a few times, where did she even get this thought? I govern what she watches quite close, so who knows?Darla Lindauer

 

2. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

By: This site is run by a full staff. The post says the credit goes to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

What blog is about – Tips on how to care for your animals.

Featured post – Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets – “This goes beyond the usual caveat of ’never leave your pet in a car’ while you go shopping, baby-sit, attend a sporting event, spy on your girlfriend, etc. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe in the yard or out and about:”

I was asked to share this with everyone. I spoke with a few veterinary clinics, and they have had numerous cases of animals having heat-related illnesses, some even dying. Honestly, I do not think of this much because my cat is indoors only, but this is one reason why I do not get a dog. I love dogs, but I am gone from home all day, and I feel guilty they get no attention all day, but also they are stuck inside and cannot go to the restroom if needed or they are stuck outside in the elements. I know those of you who have a pet as a family member know this already, but for those of you who have pets as “pets,” keep this in mind every time you leave the house. I honestly do not get the dog chained up with no shade in some backyards. They are usually bigger dogs. Maybe it is for protection, but meanwhile I feel horrible for them. If you just have to have them, then build a better fence and give them some shade. It hurts me to see any animal like that. Maybe we should put the owner on the chain for a bit. I bet that would change it. Be safe!Darla Lindauer

 

3. Dear Coffee, I Love You.

By: The reference to “we” is used in the “About “section on this, so I think more than one person contributes to the site. The contact tab, however, mentions a Brian W. Jones for questions.

What blog is about – “Articles and reviews that focus on the intersection of coffee, culture, creativity and design.”

Featured post – Ministry of Supply’s Coffee Infused Socks – “It is supposed to work like a filter for bad odors, effectively preventing your feet from smelling after a long day at the office.”

OK, so the first thought was, good idea and it might even work? Being an addict to coffee, I was thinking more of coffee being soaked into your feet to help with energy, like a coffee IV or something. I guess a sock as an odor eater, would work, too. Just not as energizing. Ha-ha. There is a video to watch, which I found to be quite funny. Why is the music in the background so adventuresome? At the end, I felt like I had just been on a journey with Frodo and Sam to throw the ring into the lake of fire and was successful! If these socks can make me feel like that, then I definitely want some! The other thing I noticed is they are striped like clown socks. When he says it will be the best sock you wear to work, I laughed. I do not think the red and pink stripes will go over well with my heels, and I am pretty sure no man at my job has any socks of this loudness! I have an idea. Why don’t you change your socks daily and wash them in-between wearing them? Should I make a video on how to do that?Darla Lindauer

 

4. Taste for Adventure

By: Bev – “I’m a self-proclaimed foodie with an unabashed obsession in the kitchen.”

What blog is about – “Over 25,000 of the best recipes around – from kitchen-tested to home-tested.”

Featured post – Mini Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Cupcakes

I am not even hungry at the moment, but these look amazing! I think my girls, as picky as they are, will love them! I have seen quite a few made with mashed potatoes as a topper, too. I am going to make these this weekend. The best thing about recipes like this is you can adjust them to your taste. My girls are young, and anything red is a turn off for them, so I would remove the red bell peppers from the recipe. My girls would prefer the chicken, but this would be yummy with extra lean ground beef or turkey, as well. I think some ground turkey with an onion soup mix would be good! Best thing to do is get things your children will eat or you can hide in there. I saw one recipe where they diced up some zucchini in it. The kids will never know! I can’t wait! – Darla Lindauer

 

5. Well Done Stuff

By: I did not find a name of anyone who contributes to the web site; I did find a reference to “we,” so the credit will go to Well Done Stuff.

What blog is about – “To find, uncover and feature all the creative and innovative things on different categories.”

Featured post – Life Tips You Need to Know

As I read this post, I had quite a few emotional responses to it. Rubbing food on DVDs to fix scratches or furniture to hide marks, really? What about the leftover food? Won’t it spoil? I wonder if they did this and then put the DVD up and went back to a big fuzzy moldy mess in the box. I will not try that, but it might work. The bowl suggestion to amplify your phone speaker makes me curious. I might have to try this one with someone’s phone. I am still living in the stone age of phones. Then, I got to the toaster suggestion and my mouth dropped open with amazement. Why did I not think of this? I did not know you could turn a toaster on its side. I guess I just assumed I couldn’t. I will be trying this one. I love finding things like this, true or not; it is fun to wonder who the heck came up with these things. – Darla Lindauer

 

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


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