SarahMakesYouSmarter: IDEAS

So I know I usually do this on Wednesdays BUT THIS VIDEO IS TOO EXCITING! I’ve watched it about 4-5 times now, and I’ve decided that it’s on my list of top 10 videos that made an impact on me (right up there with the Charlie Chaplin video….goosebumps forever.)

Please please PLEASE watch this full screen!

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TATTOO

So, bucket list 2013 is fully underway and Sunday I got to cross off a big one: GET FIRST TATTOO. (Please ignore puffy, tired eyes….I was absurdly hung over all of Sunday thanks to A GOOD FRIEND, SHELBY!

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NEXT UP: GET MY FIRST CAR

Sarah

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I heard this spoken word poet do a TED talk that was wonderful…though, sadly, I find I cannot remember her last name to look her up again. All I remember is that she talked about being named Sarah.

‘Sarah’ has been a very popular name in the U.S. as well as countless other countries around the world. Variations on the name include  Sara, Sarai, Sari, Sadie, Zara, Amira, Armelle, Damita, Zarita, Gimbya, Nimeesha, Jahzara, Panchali, Farsiris, Parmida, Yepa, Tazanna, Umatilla, Wealote…………I could keep going.

It’s an extremely popular name partially due to the biblical Sarah/Sarai, wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. It means “princess” in Hebrew.  According to nameberry.com, Sarah/Sara was in the Top 10 most popular baby names from 1978 to 2002. I was born in 1990, so there you go.

Anyway, this Poet Sarah from the TED talk performed an amazing poem at the end of her talk wherein she said something to the effect of–and, keep in mind, this is not a direct quote from her. I can’t find the talk video anymore–the following:

My mother named me Sarah. It’s a biblical name. Sarah was very old and had no children. Then God told her, “Sarah, you’re going to have a child.” She was around 90 years old. Having a child was an impossible feat.

God basically said to her, ‘Sarah, you’re going to do something impossible.’ And what did she do?

She laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

My mother named me Sarah to remind me that, when faced with the impossible, be brave enough to laugh, and then be brave enough to make the impossible happen.

I love this. It gave me a new outlook on a name that I disliked for the last 15-20 years. In my first class on my first day of my first year of high school, I was one of five Sarahs. We all laughed about it, asked about nicknames or middle names, and realized that four of us (myself included) were also Sarah Elizabeths.

Great.

Then the bell rang, first period ended…….and THREE of those Sarahs followed me to my second period. We all played violin.

Brilliant.

But that Poet Sarah, she made me rethink the name. She put a new twist on something that I always thought was too common, and she added some shine to something I always thought was too dull.

My name is Sarah, and I laugh in the face of the impossible. 

Why America is not the greatest country in the world:

I’m not saying we ever were “the greatest”, but this is the most honest thing I’ve heard on television in a very long time.

TL;DR: WORTH THE WATCH

Oh, the beauty of the internet!

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So I wanted to blog today due to the fact that illness chains me to my apartment. I will spare you the details, but your hint is to just imagine what would happen to you if YOU undercooked your Chinese food for dinner last night…………..

ANYWAY, I would like to bring your attention to some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL websites on the internet! (You can view more in this reddit thread that was on the front page this morning.)

Evangel Cathedral *(DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF EPILEPSY OR YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO FLASHING LIGHTS)*

The WORST site on the internet

ACTUALLY awesome, useless sites for your enjoyment:

Love music? Love squares?

Garfield minus Garfield

Why no one in Russia is angry about getting a 404 error…

Clean your computer screen here!

This one is for Katherine and anyone else allergic to cats.

Have you ever wondered how long you could stay on a raft with a chicken?

How many 5 year olds could you take in a fight?

A tumblr dedicated to looking at Kim Jong-Un looking at things. (The more pages you go through, the funnier it gets.)

Blast from your past!

Emails from an asshole

Stumped on what to make for dinner? THIS WILL HELP

Better than the weather channel

Colin’s Giraffe

Wishes for your health from the Porcelain Palace,

Sarah