Friday, July 5, 2013

Give Me Friday or Give Me Death

I know that most of my blogger friends will be recapping their Fourth of July festivities on Monday, but guess what? I'm working today. And by "working" I mean I'm sitting at my desk writing my blog (for a second time because I somehow lost the first one) and fending off stupid requests from the few people who also weren't smart enough to take off today.

If you recall from Gwensday's post, that was the day of Red White and Boom in Columbus. We went to our neighbor Carrie's house for a cookout and to watch the fireworks.

Colin's holiday wear


Carrie's dog Doodle loves Aaron. And vice versa.

On the 4th, we slept in. While eating breakfast, we listened to some American music, which in my world includes the following:

Americana by Gwen Carmack on Grooveshark

  1. "American Salute" by Morton Gould - based on the "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" tune. I can't convey just how much I love this. You should listen to it - it's not that long.
  2. "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland - This is almost 25 minutes, but it just screams 'Merica to me. 
  3. "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin - I always wish I could play this on the piano, but then again, I've never really tried. 
  4. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" words by Julia Ward Howe (Did anyone else read her biography as a kid? No? Well, I did.) This choral arrangement is the way I always think of this song.
  5. "Rodeo: Hoedown" by Aaron Copland - No, it's not just the theme song for Beef.

Then we wandered down to the Doo Dah Parade.

The Marching Fidels, a Doo Dah tradition

We watched at an intersection and the police officer there was a hoot!

Columbus is sometimes referred to as "Cowtown." 

"Summer's Eve Top 10 Douches," including Kim K

Poking fun at Ohio's new restrictions on abortion, which were snuck into the freakin' budget (watch for a soapbox post on THAT soon). The "Life Begins at Erection" sign refers to how Ohio has apparently now redefined pregnancy. Another favorite sign that I didn't get a picture of said "Masturbation is Murder."

Me, Amy

Red, White and Budweiser

The after party took place on our porch. I turned in early but there was dancing and loud music until past midnight. I did not take a picture of the aftermath today, but it's full of those Budweiser cans! Thank God for recycling day today!


  1. haha life begins at erection. wow hahah! and i'm working today too :( booooooo

  2. I'm not sure which is the big winner... Keeping Up with the Kardouchians or Life Beging at Erection.

    Love it. I'm sorry you're stuck at work, hope your day of tooling around on the net goes quickly. <3

  3. That parade looks like a great time. I'm working today as well (well at least sitting at my desk) but I'm hoping to sneak out early. Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Um. The Doo Dah Parade. Does that happen every fourth because if it does, I am booking a hotel room RIGHT NOW!!!!! That look EPIC!!!

  5. I seriously have GOT to get to that parade! Def looks like an awesome time!!


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