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Five Fun Things on Friday (3-4-11)

There are two fun reasons why I love seeing Jennette’s name on a book cover!
Happy Friday everyone!  It’s interesting how even when you are “retired” and work at home, Friday feels a bit different than any other day.  It’s been a month since I’ve shared one of my lists of Five Fun Things, and this week I found some great ones, so read on and get ready to smile!

Fun Thing #1:  Why I’m Happy About Jennette’s New Book!

If you read many food blogs, you may have noticed I work hard to keep my blog focused on the food.  I turn down lots of requests to promote books for other bloggers, but in this case I have two fun reasons for telling you about Chocolate & Vicodin, the latest book by blogger Jennette Fulda. I started reading Jennette’s blog in 2006, and I was captivated by her writing and the story of how she lost over 200 pounds on the South Beach Diet.  When I attended the 2006 BlogHer Conference, I met a book editor who asked if I knew any good writers who might want to write a book.  I mentioned Jennette and that ended up being the connection that led to a contract for her first book, Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir, which I also talked about on my blog
Fast forward a few years when Jennette has quit her job to create Make My Blog Pretty, a web-design company, and last year I hired her to re-design Kalyn’s Kitchen to create the look you see now!  As you can probably tell, I think Jennette is ultra-talented, and wish her all the success in the world with the new book.   Not everyone could write an entertaining book about a chronic headache, but I’m reading the book right now and enjoying her writing at the same time I’m wishing her darn headache would just go away!  (Blogger disclosure:  I bought this book myself and Jennette didn’t ask me to write about it on the blog.)
Fun Thing #2:  The Laughing Baby on You Tube!
You may know about this because it’s really been making the rounds (and now has over 6,000,000 views on You Tube), but if you haven’t seen this video of a baby laughing while the dad rips up a job rejection letter, you must watch it immediately!  I’d say bookmark this page, and watch that video every time your spirits need a little boost.

Fun Thing #3:  Best-Ever Version of The Star Spangled Banner!
I spotted this video on Facebook of a group of girls aged 6, 7, and 8 singing The Star Spangled Banner at a basketball game in Texas, and every time I’ve listened to it I’ve gotten goosebumps!  This is another complete mood-booster and not to be missed!  (And can someone explain to me why these girls are not singing The Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl or at least on national TV somewhere?  Let’s hope we’ll be seeing that happen soon!)
Fun Thing #4:  Funny  Thoughts on Taking Food Photos!
My own experience taking food photos is sometimes frustrating, but in a completely different way than  what Katy at Thought for Food describes in How to Take a Saliva-Inducing Photo for Your Food Blog.  Even if you’re not a blogger, I think you’ll get a laugh out of this and be duly impressed with the great shots she’s able to end up with.
Fun Thing #5:  FoodFacts.com can Help You Make Informed Choices About Your Food!
I get a lot of PR e-mails about new food-related internet sites, most of which I just delete quickly and forget about.  However, recently I got an e-mail letting me know about FoodFacts.com, a site where you can enter the name of a food product and get a list of all the ingredients it contains, nutritional information, and even a FoodFacts “health score” ranking the product on a scale of 1-10 for how healthful it is.  I had fun looking up a few of my favorite products here; let me know what you think!
Now it’s your turn to share!  What fun things have you seen this week when you’ve been clicking around the web?  Please share in the comments and let us in on the fun!    If you need just a little more Friday Fun, you can use the label for Five Fun Things on Friday to see fun things I’ve shared on other Fridays!
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    12 Comments on “Five Fun Things on Friday (3-4-11)”

  1. Lydia, I am really enjoying the book; I just have about 25 pages left which I plan to read tonight. Glad you enjoyed the links!

  2. I loved Katy's post — food photography in my house bears a striking similarity! And I enjoyed Jennette's first book, so I'm looking forward to reading this new one. Thanks, as always, for a fun Friday.

  3. Thanks Karina! I agree, Jennette is so multi-talented (hmm, remind me of you!) I love finding fun things to share.

  4. Your Fridays things are so fun. My favorite this week is Katy's food photography post- very funny! And how cool is it that you hooked Jeannette up with an editor- congrats to her new book. She did a lovely job on your blog design. Multi-talented lady.

    And laughing babies? Never get enough. Such good medicine. 🙂

  5. Nisrine, thanks. Just went to a movie, so the weekend is off to a good start.

    Katy, I do feel lucky to have my lovely office/studio, but remember that I had to teach school for 30 years to get a house this nice. Will definitely try to find you at BlogHer Food!

    Sandi, have watched the baby over and over myself.

    Texas Peach, I LOVED that video. I'm going to make a clickable link so people will go see it. Everyone Click Here to go see the video about the perfect proposal.

    Frances, aren't they just amazing!

  6. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing that video of the girls! That was AAAAAAhhh Mazing!

  7. Just listened to the little girls singing the Star Spangled Banner. All I can say is WOW! It was so good that it brought tears to my eyes.
    I am posting a link to an incredible story about a perfect proposal. The young girl in the story is a friend of a friend of ours. http://bit.ly/hTNiTs

  8. I have giggled with that baby several times… it's been that kind of week.
    TGIF~ and all my friday's favorites 🙂

  9. Kalyn, how fun on a Friday that my post made your list of Fun Things! Thanks for including me — and yes, I was more than a little jealous when I saw your tweet about having a separate room for photography. A girl can dream, right?

    And as far as the other items, I now have a new book on my to-read list, and a website to scour when ingredients are a question.

    Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to meeting you at BHF!

  10. I like fun facts 4 and 5 and am on my way to check out the laughing baby, which sounds promising.


    Hope you're having a fun, feisty and fabulous one.

  11. Shirley, it was ultra fun when I just casually mentioned Jennette to that person and it worked out so well for her! Of course, it's her talent that got her the book deal, not me, but I was glad to mention her. And she's a great web-designer too. Glad you enjoyed this edition of Five Fun Things!

  12. Wow, Kalyn, I had no idea on your longstanding connection with Jennette and the role you played in her first book–very cool! She's my blog design person, too, and I so appreciate all her expertise and ultra responsiveness. 🙂 And, yes, I want her headache to go away, too!

    I loved that post on taking a great food photo and the food facts site sounds like one that may provide critical info to everyone.

    Will check out the Star Spangled Banner performance and the laughing baby, too (they are always hard to resist!).

    Thanks, and happy Friday!