Jul 30, 2014  •  In Christianity, Funny, Web

The Ten Commandments, Upworthy Style

David Tate has penned for McSweeney’s a “More Engaging Copy for The Ten Commandments” — restyled in the way of the insufferable headlines of sites like Upworthy. The results are amusingly click-worthy, to say the least.  ;-)

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You won’t believe what God said to this man…

  1. What You Need to Know Now About the Lord Totally Being God
  2. At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew That I Shouldn’t Have Other Gods.
  3. Are You Making This Common Mistake with Graven Images?
  4. How I Work: Read This Life Hack from God Your Only Creator.
  5. She Admitted to Doing What Every Sunday?
  6. Seven Morning Habits of People Holier Than You: #7 No Killing Before Lunch.
  7. 37 Things in Your Bedroom That You Need to Get Rid of Right Now, Like Adulteresses.
  8. What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About Stealing Your Neighbors Servants.
  9. This Little Girl Bore False Witness and the Results Will Shock You.
  10. Doctors Hate Her But You Shouldn’t Covet Her.

Can you think of better clickbait headlines for the Ten Commandments?

Jul 26, 2014  •  In Infographics, Information

What Do People Think About How You Pronounce Certain Words?

Do you place your flowers in a “vhas” or a “vace”? Do you sit down to relax on a “chase lounge” or a “shays lounge”?

Believe it or not, how you pronounce these words may affect others’ perception of you!

The following infographic is based on a survey of over 1,000 people on how they pronounce some of the most divisive words in the English language. The participants were then asked what they think of those who say them each way. The results may surprise you! (And wow, I didn’t know there was even a different way of pronouncing “roof”!)

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Via Mental Floss.

Jul 25, 2014  •  In Aerin, Claire, Education, Parenting, Personal

Summer Camp

Claire and Aerin are now halfway through their first summer camp experience. 8-)  

The camp is run by Claire’s Montessori school; it is set during the hours that would otherwise be taken up by classes during the school year. And while the school continues to run educational programs and activities at camp, these summertime sessions tend to be less structured with more “fun” activities like outdoor games, messy art projects, visits from exotic animals and their handlers, and even field trips.

For a small additional fee, children ages 3 and over — like Claire! — can take a bus to the local pool and take 2-hour group swimming lessons twice a week.

Aerin’s first week was admittedly tough with some tears and extra clinginess toward her mommy. But this was expected; I knew camp would be tough for my little girl who has never been in a daily class environment before.

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Puffy eyes from crying! (I am so glad that the school sends us photo updates!)

But by the end of the first week, she no longer cried at dropoff, and even began to voluntarily hug and kiss her teacher — something she only does with 3 other people in her life!

I had been nervous all last month that Aerin’s delays would adversely affect her participation in class. But a week before I left for Korea, Aerin went through a mini language explosion: constantly repeating things we say; correctly identifying objects, letters, colors, and numbers; regularly using 2- and 3- word sentences; and most importantly, verbally communicating her wants and needs.

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Learning colors while making (and eating) different-hued popsicles at camp

With the language explosion came another desirable behavior: interacting, and playing with other kids more — especially her older sister! Many times, Aerin will follow Claire around the house, imitating her and trying to include herself in whatever activity Claire might be doing. Claire sometimes gets annoyed at Aerin and they will inevitably fight, but to have my two girls play with each other and communicate amongst themselves…to have Claire look out for her little sister (she defended her at the playground the other day) and to see Aerin clearly looking up to her older sister for companionship and guidance — all behaviors they had never exhibited before — are so encouraging and heartwarming!

Aerin’s teacher tells me that while her speech is still behind other kids her age, the delay is modest, and at about the same level of that of other young children who come from households whose main language isn’t English. “Most importantly,” she told me, “we can all tell that she’s trying. She looks at my mouth when I speak, and I could tell that she’s just soaking everything in!”

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Lining up for relay games. (Faces and names blurred for privacy reasons.)

For Claire, the transition from preschool to summer camp has been painless save for one aspect: her twice-weekly swimming lessons. My cautious girl has never been a big fan of water and hates to get water in her eyes. Even when taking a bath, I have to place a washcloth over her eyes whilst rinsing her hair!

Her swimming instructors tell me that Claire refused to get her torso into the water for the first couple of sessions. Instead, she sat on the pool steps and splashed around. :-|  But little by little, she has gotten braver — she even tried to doggy-paddle the other day!  :mrgreen:

J, who was a competitive swimmer in his younger days, wants the instructors to push Claire more. However, they told us that because she is still at such a young age, they don’t want her to associate the water with bad experiences. Instead, they want her to feel fully comfortable in the water and see her having fun first. This is the teaching style with which I agree, but J believes that it’s too “American.” :-?  He feels that children should be pressured to succeed. It’s a topic we will certainly approach again and again as our girls grow older.

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When Claire showed me this geography exercise, she told me, “Look, umma! Orange is
North America! Pink is South America! Green is Africa! Red is Europe!” It’s hard to believe
she’s only 3 years old!

Aside from her swimming lessons, Claire continues to thrive and be a leader amongst her peers. While her introspective and analytical tendencies definitely come from me, she is much more confident, assertive, and social than I ever was as a child. Her teachers and classmates love her, and I am so glad that preschool has helped her get out of her shell this past year.

J and I are thinking about extending C&A’s summer camp by another couple of weeks because it seems so beneficial for everyone involved. We especially feel that it will be a nice transition period for Aerin, who will start preschool in September. (Claire will move onto pre-K…where does the time go???)

As for me, while I have been enjoying the extra 3 hours to myself while the girls are at camp, I’ve been keeping myself busy…by job-hunting. Yes, I am back in the market again so that we can comfortably send both girls to school starting in the fall. Please wish me luck!

Jul 23, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Books, Entertainment, Geek

Clever Game of Thrones Mashups

Eric La Sorda (Imgur user timburtongameofthrones) is an illustrator who — you guessed it — imagines GoT characters in the style of, or as certain characters from pop culture. It seems that he started by drawing his favorite Westerosians à la Tim Burton, and eventually went on to mash them up with individuals from Family Guy, Scooby Doo, Warner Brothers cartoons, Disney, and even Pokémon.

I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorites from his expansive collection. Be sure to check out his gallery for the full collection!

Peter Stark:
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Lois Stark:
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Chris Snow and Brian:
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