Five Things for Friday

Trader Joe's Bran Flakes

1. When I bought these bran flakes at Trader Joe’s, seeing those blueberries in them just looked too good. So blueberries and cereal was my breakfast for the past week. Food that looks like the box just seems to taste better.

2. I don’t know if this is a big deal everywhere, but it has gone crazy viral in the Bay Area. Yesterday my high school video teacher uploaded a video asking Will Ferrell to be his date to the Senior Ball and help him chaperone. When BuzzFeed picked up the story, my Facebook feed blew up with people freaking out. If Will Ferrell actually goes, I think all alumni should get to go too. Way to go Mr. Cochran!

3. Have you guys started the show True Detective on HBO? Ohmygosh. It is so good. We watched 3 episodes on Sunday, only interrupted because the Oscar’s were starting. Now it is even better watching it knowing that Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor. I highly recommend it.

4. I love, love, loved this amazing poem written by a 14 year old boy? So cool!

5. Bet you didn’t know we were animal rescuers. Listen to this story. (Don’t worry, it ends well.) On Wednesday I was sitting on the couch after work and heard this loud *BANG* against the window. I look over and see all these feathers falling to the ground, and I know a bird just flew in to the glass.

Worried, I look out and see a bird on the ground with one wing fully open and it’s head kind of shaking like it was dizzy. I of course panic and think it’s dying, and call Shawn crying, “A bird hit the window really hard and I think it’s dying! What do I do? It’s so sad!”

Luckily he was just about to pull into the driveway. He rushed in the house and gave me the ole, “Ok, whatta we got? Where is the poor guy?” He picked it up, but the bird wasn’t able to fly away and it didn’t close its beak. It just sat on his hand.

Shawn rescuing a bird-1

We have this amazing wildlife rescue organization in the Bay Area that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild animals for free. I gave them a call and they said to bring the bird in right away. I made him a comfy little paper towel nest in a tupperware box, and we drove him in. They said he had thrush, and it’s a good thing we brought him in because within an hour the birds brain starts to swell and they die, but they give him medicine to stop the swelling. He should be fine in 3 days, and they release him within 1/2 a mile of where the animal was found. All for free! They even gave us a case number to check up on him and see how he is doing. We call him Peck now, and hope he is recovering well. Poor little guy.

Lovely comments so far...

  1. says

    Aw, your birdie rescue is awesome — what good hearts you have! I would like to think I’d know what to do in a wildlife emergency, but I can’t guarantee that. And Shawn’s reaction (“Ok, whatta we got? Where is the poor guy?”) made me chuckle with sweetness! I can totally see my husband doing that, too.

  2. says

    Ohhh my goodness,Natalie! That bird story is so cute :) warms my heart. So strange that birds fly into windows though… Sooo weird. Nice that the bird was able to be rescued. Wonderful. The bran you got from trader joes and your cereal bowl, look identical. Love fresh fruit chunks in cereal… My favorite bananas :D happy Friday!

  3. says

    What a great 5 things, the poem is amazing, so clever and the young boy being 14 yrs old makes it even better. So nice that you rescued the little bird, I am a big animal lover so it’s comforting to know there are organizations like that out there.

  4. Laura Oyler says

    Wow! I’ve never seen such real blueberries in cereal! Looks yummy! I saw that video from your teacher on my facebook feed!

  5. says

    Oh Natalie, I’m so happy you were there to take care of that little bird. You are so kind :D
    I’ve loving the blueberries, my favorite, with the bran cereal. That sounds really good! Enjoy your weekend :D

  6. says

    Yum, love blueberries in my cereal :) Aaaw, what a great story, I hope Peck recovers well. You two are so wonderful for rescuing him and hope you have a great weekend Natalie :)

  7. says

    You crack me up! You definitely did nail the breakfast cereal. Love it!

    And so cool about Mr. Cochran!

    Aaaaaaaaand of course I have to comment about Peck. So sweet that you guys named him! You will have to keep us posted on his progress! Did the bang into the window scare the living daylight’s out of you?! A blackbird flew into our big living room window last spring (he flew away…), and I nearly had a heart attack. It was a good thing I was the only one in the living room. Pretty sure I would have been a sight to see. :)

    • says

      Poor little Peck! Totally freaked me out when he slammed into the window. Such a loud bang! Thought I was under attack or something, haha!

  8. says

    Natalie how did you know about the wildlife rescue thing? You are like 10 times more on top of it than I am. Way to save the day! And Peck! I know humans are always wishing to fly but I honestly don’t, because I would be the Peck of the humans. Flying into windows all the time. (And Peck even has the excuse that he’s sick. I wouldn’t.)

    • says

      Haha, definitely not that “on top of it”, believe me. I probably wouldn’t have known about the rescue organization if we hadn’t gone there on a field trip in elementary school. Remember field trips? Those were the best days at school! I always got to bring a Lunchable for lunch, I felt like a fancy girl.

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