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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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Hello, dear readers!  Today is a fun day in Mean Maureenland – it’s my birthday AND, as of today, I officially have 100 days left until Baby Mean arrives.  (Of course, babies rarely arrive on their exact due dates, but is important for me to mark these milestones because pregnancy lasts approximately INFINITY DAYS and I need to feel like I’m making progress.)  So, huzzah!  Huzzah to me for staying alive another year, and huzzah to baby Mean for growing like a champ and getting closer and closer to joining us in the Land Outside My Womb (which is also the title of an absolutely horrible children’s book I just came up with.)

ANYWAY, weekend!  In honor of my birthday and Halloween, I’m gonna do a fall themed round up today.  Perhaps you are celebrating Halloween a bit early with some parties?  Perhaps you are going out for a hike wherever you are, enjoying the brisk fall weather and crisp, fallen leaves?  Or, you know, if you live in LA like me, you are going to be expending most of your energy denying the fact that is going to be 90 god damned degrees in my neighborhood tomorrow.  BUT WHATEVER, I’M STILL GOING TO PRETEND IT’S FUN FALL TIME.

For example, I’m going to order some of these adorable literary themed tights to wear and ward off the chill in the air!

And maybe I’ll make a version of these cute spider chocolate chip cookies!

Or drink these delicious looking fall themed mocktails!

Maybe I’ll channel my inner Martha Stewart (okay, fine, more like my inner Pinterest fail) and carve or decorate a pumpkin!

And you know what?  Fuck you, unseasonably warm weather, I’M MAKING SOME GOD DAMNED PUMPKIN SOUP.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend, whatever the weather, and that I can tone down my hostility toward mother nature enough to enjoy my own weekend!  See you Monday!

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round up!

Hey, all!  Slightly later round up tonight because I had work drinks to attend this evening.  Or, in my case, being pregnant, some very intoxicating club soda with lime.  (PS – I MISS WINE. SIGH.)  Anyway, enough of my sad, alcohol free existence – let’s get to the weekly wrap up!


One of the biggest stories of the week was the ridiculous, sad and embarrassing arrest of 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed for building a clock.  In order to maintain my going into the weekend optimism, I’m going to focus on the bright side – that Ahmed has received praise and invitations from no less than the White House, Google and Facebook, that this has shone a much needed spotlight on Islamophobia, and that he’s leaving his stupid high school for something (hopefully) better.  Needless to say, #IstandwithAhmed.

Anyway, in non crazy news, it’s going to be fall soon (ALLEGEDLY, anyway), and the onset of fall/winter weather means the possibility of rain!  Which means, you should probably buy this adorable doggie rain jacket like my friend Angie did, if your dog hates the rain as much as our doggies do.

I can’t tell if this is relaxing or anxiety producing, but I found this National Geographic short film on lava flow very mesmerizing.

One very unique way to save $$$ on a wedding photographer.

And in serious world news, the LA Times has an amazing, important article and photo series on the refugee crisis, particularly focused on those fleeing Syria.

(PS – If you’re looking for guidance donation wise, the International Rescue Committee is a very good organization and they were one of Google’s vetted partners during their campaign to match refugee crisis donations.  You can donate at this link.)

And finally, your moment of zen – the most chilled out donkey in the world.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  May you be as relaxed as a donkey in a hammock, and as unarrested as a budding young scientist!

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