O Internet, O Internet…

reading material

A collection of stuff I wrote, read, watched, and maybe fell asleep on (JK, that’s just my desk and my couch).



This article over at AdFreak featuring an ad spot by Pantene Philippines has gone completely viral. I have been spoiled by NF readers, because while I may receive an angry comment or a mean email, they are pretty infrequent. Some of the comments on this piece lead me to believe that many people on the internet just completely lack sanity and many of their thoughts are in no way based in reality. *exhale*

– If you like a feel-good video, check out this article re: WestJet’s really sweet holiday stunt at Adweek.

– On parents not sleeping enough over at BabyCenter. ZZZzzz.

– I’m writing a five-part series at BabyCenter on engaging your child’s senses through play. So far we’ve covered soundtouch, taste, and sight.


– “When White Parents Have ‘The Talk’ With Black Sons” This may not seem to apply to you (or me), but I think it applies to all of us, and I think articles like these give us a greater understanding for what’s going on in our world and even in the house next door. The stories and trials of others evoke empathy and we all could probably use a teeny bit more of that.

– “A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter to Santa” – over at The Ugly Volvo – is really funny.

– The comments over on this post –> Christmas Without Santa, Easter Without Bunnies –> that I wrote on Monday. Super interesting comments; I would need half a day to reply to them all, but I’m enjoying reading them.

– This is pretty neat. 8 Photos You Didn’t See From Obama’s Trip to South Africa.


– The DietBet news feed. We started yesterday, but it’s not too late to join. The pot’s up to $5,700.

– I don’t like flash mobs, but I LOVE this flash mob. Beautiful Mandela tribute ahead.


And as always, when I’m not NFing, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sometimes on my kitchen counter eating pizza out of the box like an animal.

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  • Reply Rebecca December 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    You make me laugh, you make me cry, and you make me think. :-) Thanks!!!

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Best compliment of my life, Rebecca. Thank you!

  • Reply Kristi December 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I went to college with the first girl in the Pantene ad; the one who’s leading the meeting in the board room and is labeled as being “bossy”. We were chatting the other day and she mentioned she’s getting lots of comments and emails as well about the ad, so fear not. You are not alone with the mean/harsh/generally insane comments! Under the veil of internet and computer screen, some people just loose their minds completely. Those of us who can keep it together come here and share all the lol’s with you. :)

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

      You are so right. Anonymity does weird things to the psyche, I think. Also! I am emailing you. O_O If that emoticon creeped you out a little, then I did it right. :)

  • Reply Jessica December 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Don’t listen to the crazies. They are just that – crazy! We are all entitled to our own opinion but the internet seems to make people way to mean and anonymous. My daughter loves santa but the easter bunny is weird but either way I was very interested in your family’s traditions! Keep doing what you are doing! Love your smart witty blog and don’t change :)

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Jessica, you’re so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) Seriously, I made a couple of smiley faces in real life just now.

      • Reply Jessica December 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

        You are so very welcome! :) Happy Friday!

  • Reply Laurie December 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Why did that video make me cry so hard? I don’t even know what they were saying but tears were STREAMING down my face. Goodness. I’m glad I’m working from home today.

    You can’t pay attention to the comments. To any real comments. The anonymity brings out the worst in a lot of people. I don’t know why but it’s better to just ignore them.

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

      It’s beautiful, right?? :) If you click through to YouTube, you can get the translation, which is also lovely.

  • Reply S December 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    That video was beautiful. I work in a grocery store, and at the 10 year anniversary of when the first plane hit on 9/11, an older man I work with who was a retired opera singer got out in front of his register and sang ‘God Bless America’ and the entire place came to a halt to watch. It was also beautiful and teary!

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Oh my gosh, that sounds lovely! Is it weird that I teared up READING this comment? Probably. :P

  • Reply Hong December 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    The link about Obama’s recent trip to South Africa was amazing. It reminded me of a recent piece of advice from Philip Galanes (Social Qs column in NYT) just basically reminding us that our political affiliation shouldn’t be our defining characteristic, and that we *gasp* are pretty similar despite those differences and what the heck happened to being civil?

    Also, along the same lines, I loved how you put forth your views about celebrating holidays without putting down any one else’s view. I especially love how you’re teaching your kids to respect other people’s views (it’s so amazing to think of other people as actual individuals with feelings and thoughts that they probably value as much as you value yours!).

    • Reply Roo December 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Good point… sometimes we only see a person for what they’re ‘famous’ for – a politician, for example. But really there’s way more to a human than a political affiliation. If only everyone felt the same way. :)

      And as for this “it’s so amazing to think of other people as actual individuals with feelings and thoughts that they probably value as much as you value yours!” FOR REAL. :)

  • Reply Tanja December 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Roo, can you kick off a dietbet AFTER the holidays. The reality is between all the parties, my parents being here and work being super busy I’m not going to lose 4% of my weight in 4 weeks even if I REALLY need to.

  • Reply Sarah December 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Can I ask if the comments on the Pantene ad were directed at you/what kinds of comments they were? I saw your piece through my facebook feed and was SO excited that you had written it! But I think the comments have gotten saner, because they seemed like (gasp) pretty thoughtful discussion on the whole.

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