Me VS Him – Why My Mom Likes My Brother the Best

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I always joke that my mom likes my brother the best, but I think it’s time to show you why. A comparison of our lives last week should give you a better idea of why my mom thinks he’s so great.

Me versus My Brother

Last week, I went to the grocery store and was excited to see that the hot dogs we like to eat were on sale. SCORE!

On that same day, my brother boarded an OCEARCH boat as a shark expert participating in #ExpeditionCapeCode.


Last week, I had a hard time deciding which pair of black yoga pants to wear to the playground. The bootcut or the barely bootcut… It was a tough choice. And, in a move that surprised even me, I went with shorts instead.

On that same day, my brother helped to catch and tag a Great White Shark. They named her Betsy.


Last week, I cleaned all three of my toilets – and I mopped my kitchen floor. No one noticed.

And my brother wrote a blog post about what sharks really do during a hurricane (Hint: It’s not Sharknado). His blog post was picked up by no less than four news outlets.

Nick Whitney Sharknado

Last week, I was excited to use my Kroger fuel points to get $0.10 off every gallon of gas I bought. I spent $100 at Target to celebrate.

And on that same day, my brother helped to capture and tag ANOTHER Great White Shark, named Katherine.


Tagging Shark

Last week on Facebook, I shared a coupon code to get a great deal on yummy body wash.

And my brother was featured on Facebook in an OCEARCH caption contest.

Nick Whitney Caption Contest

489 people chimed in with their captions, and there were a few that even I have to mention.

This is one of my favorites, for obvious reasons.
My Favorite for Obvious Reasons

My Mom got a little excited during the caption contest. Can you hear her excitement through your computer?
My Mom is So Proud of My Brother

My Mom Was In Her Element

And the one that should have WON!
The Clear WINNER

So – while cheap hot dogs, discount gas, clean toilets and a coupon code for body wash are fine – I think we can all agree that catching Great White sharks and writing blog posts referencing Sharknado is a little cooler.


  1. Amy

    September 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Does your brother have kids? The one that gives grandkids is always the favorite! But if he has kids, all hope might be lost! šŸ™‚

  2. Anna Luther

    September 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Oh – yeah – forgot to mention that he has two beautiful children too… See? There’s really no hope for me.

  3. Samantha

    September 2, 2013 at 8:25 am

    You have three though, three is always more than two šŸ™‚

  4. Mom of 2

    September 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

  5. Becca

    September 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Sorry Nick I think Anna more exciting and fun sharks freak me out. But I’ll follow you anyways just to see what Moms post. Love you site Anna and this post. Should I go harass your brother and his bright yellow ‘man in the yellow from curious George’ rain coat?

  6. Christie

    September 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Gotta admit, your brother’s job is pretty rad. But what kind of giveaway’s would he have? Protective underwater chain mail? Chum? Shark bait? Not as appealing….

  7. sparkling74

    September 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I know all about that Ocearch boat because that’s where I live! Maybe I should run out and meet your brother so I can be one step closer to meeting you!

  8. Liz

    September 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You are hilarious! I watch those ocearch vids on YouTube. Obsessed!

  9. Anna's Mom

    September 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Just reading this post again before bed and I have to say – isn’t your brother just the handsomest thing? And he is nice too. Great combination if you ask me. Anyway, I did get a bit carried away with the “name your caption” post….so I quit commenting besides – I just couldn’t keep up. Your brother would have called me from the red phone and told me to STOP anyway so I cut myself off …..
    But – you are my favorite daughter so that’s something. Call me – not now – in the morning – I have an idea for a blog post – about your brother . Love you!

  10. Dara

    September 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I can so relate to this! my brother is a meteorologist on the weather channel and is certainly the favorite in my family too!

  11. Katy (in a Corner) Morgan

    September 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Great response, Anna’s mom! As always.

    Anna, you really need to work on getting more outdoors shots of you and your family to make it appear as though you do something all day. šŸ˜‰

  12. Katy (in a Corner) Morgan

    September 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    *Outdoor. Not outdoors. Coincidentally, I need to work on my grammar and going outdoor more.

  13. MomChalant

    September 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Clean toilets are definitely something to be proud of! I absolutely hate cleaning the toilets so it’s a huge accomplishment when they’re clean (and actually stay clean for longer than week).

  14. Heronsister

    September 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Why does the guy chasing fish get more glamor than the gal nurturing the next generation (via spending choices and toilets)? Life is so unfair! šŸ˜‰

  15. Katy (in a Corner) Morgan

    September 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Whoa, Dara! My best friend is a meteorologist and producer for the Weather Channel. They probably know each other! Small world. Not that you know me, but it’s still a small world. šŸ™‚

  16. Dara

    September 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    who is it? email me, we will see if they know each other! (I’m sure they do, but they could be good friends maybe!)

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