1. Birthday Week
It was my birthday on Wednesday and I was completely spoiled!! Josh took the day off of work and catered to my every whim – we saw a movie, went to the bookstore and he was entirely patient during a trip to Target. I received tons of cards and gifts from my wonderful friends and family and I could not be more grateful for all the love. Also – cards featuring cats are clearly perfect for this crazy cat lady and I can’t believe I didn’t get any doubles! Well done friends, well done.
2. The Tonight Dough
Caramel and chocolate ice creams with chocolate cookie swirls & gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. I feel like that’s an #enoughsaid. But I’ll add: It’s delicious and everything I ever wanted and more.
3. Patriots Respond to the Wells Report
Brady officially filed an appeal for his suspension and the Patriots released their own response to the Wells Report about the same time I was releasing mine yesterday. I quickly linked theirs at the bottom of my post, but in case you missed it, you can find it at http://www.wellsreportcontext.com. I mean, I’m sure everyone that already decided the Patriots were guilty will definitely go read it. PS: Their response was 20,000 words. So if you thought MINE was long 😉
4. Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not in a Pool
My friend Caitlin asked for something guaranteed to make her laugh the other day – and this is what I sent her, so I figured I’d share.
5. Split Image
Split Image is a beautifully written article by Kate Fagan on ESPNW.com and it is worth your time. Fagan writes about Madison Holleran, a track star who lost her battle with depression at 19 while attending the University of Pennsylvania last year. Fagan looks at Madison’s Instagram account and social media presence to compare the difference between what was publicly displayed versus Madison’s inner struggles.
“Young women growing up on Instagram are spending a significant chunk of each day absorbing others’ filtered images while they walk through their own realities, unfiltered.”
The article is well-researched and supported by the Holleran family. In memory of Madison, the family has dedicated a Facebook page to ending the stigma of mental illness and suicide prevention. Madison excelled in both academia and sports, while also being beautiful and popular and having a strong family life. It seemed like Madison had everything going for her – but that is why mental illness can be a silent and vicious foe. It is our job to spread understanding so people can come out of the darkness and survive.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/
- Out of the Darkness: http://www.afsp.org/out-of-the-darkness-walks
Ending the Friday Five on a serious note, again. But I felt like that article needed to be shared, even if the subject is uncomfortable.
How was your week?