Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday 9- Sweet City Woman

Saturday 9: Sweet City Woman (1971)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The lyrics tell us the singer is on his way to catch a train and he really wants to be on time. When is the last time you were late for something?  I usually run pretty early, so I cannot remember.

2) He sings he's on his way to meet a woman known for her macaroons. What's your favorite cookie?  Snicker doodles and Chocolate Chip.

3) His girlfriend's face is so pretty she lights up the city night. How many lights are in the room you're in? How many are switched on? two lights, one is on.

4) This is the rare top 40 tune that prominently features a banjo. Sam has always been crazy about the sound of a banjo. What sound makes you smile? (It doesn't have to be a musical instrument. Think bacon sizzling, church bells, etc.)  Kids laughing

5) 47 years after their record was a hit, The Stampeders still tour every summer, playing festivals across the US and their native Canada. Do you enjoy live music under the stars? Or would you prefer to be seated in a theater?  I enjoy both.

6) In 1971, when this song was popular on the radio, detective shows were popular on TV. Mannix, Ironside and Cannon were all in the Top 20. Who is your favorite TV detective?  I enjoy detectives from the movies, but not sure about tv...I will say Monk.

7) Also in 1971, the Post Office Department was disbanded as a Cabinet department and became The United States Postal Service. When did you last go to the post office? Were you mailing something? Buying stamps? Picking up a package? Renewing your passport?  My husband just went down there to mail a letter today.  Our post office is closed during the hours I am home, so it has been since summer for me.  I was either mailing an item or picking up a package.

8) Race car legend Jeff Gordon was born in 1971. Do you watch NASCAR?  I used to go to Nascar races, then I got bored with them.  No, I do not watch anymore.  Fun son shares a birthday with Jeff Gordon...August 4th...different years.

9) Random question -- Do you have a vaccination scar? If so, where is it?  I have one on my upper left arm.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Stealing- The Phone and Pancake

Sunday Stealing

The Phone and Pancakes -- A contribution from Kwizgiver (Thanks)

1. Your phone rings. Who is the most likely caller?  my mom
How long do you chat on the phone each day?  I do not like talking on the phone, so most days I am not on the phone, but if my mom calls about 30 minutes.
Who do you speak to the most?  my mom
Do you often not answer if a certain person comes up on your caller id? sometimes, if it is a person that will keep me on the phone a long time.
Do you phone friends at work?  no, but we text.
Do you make personal calls at work?  not usually
Who do you always say “I love you” at the end of the call? my mom
Do you use a landline or cell more often? landline
Who in the blogosphere that you haven’t chatted with but would like to?  I used to be a stay at home mom and when I was I was able to chat with my online friends on the phone, but now I do not have time.  

Scratch or mix? Buttermilk or plain?  This is crazy, but I rarely make pancakes.  I have used a mix when I have made them.
Pure and simple, or with additions cooked in?  pure and simple
For breakfast or for dinner? either/or
Preferred syrup or other topping? How about the best side dish? maple syrup...maybe bacon as a side
Favorite pancake restaurant? IHOP?  We do not go to them.
Any tasty recipes out there, for pancakes or other special breakfast dishes? Bring 'em on
!  I do not have any recipes.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday 9- Unbreak My Heart

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Unbreak My Heart (1996)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Songs like this are enduringly popular in part because each of us has had our heart broken. Give us the name of a heartbreaker from your own life.  Forrest, he was a boyfriend in college.

2) Toni Braxton sings that "nights are so unkind." What did you do last night?  I went to visit my mom after work, we went out to eat and visited.

3) While this song has Toni singing the blues, in real life her love life is happier. Now aged 50, she's engaged and has been sporting a diamond on her left hand. Do you believe that a bride is ever too old to have a big wedding?  No, I think she should have whatever she wants for her wedding.

4) Growing up, Toni Braxton's parents severely restricted how much TV their children could watch each day. Ironically, today Toni and her sisters participate in a reality TV show on the WE-TV network, so TV cameras are a big part of their daily adult lives. What TV show do you try not to miss?  I am enjoying the new show New Amsterdam and I also like the re-boot of Magnum P.I., I watched the original too.  I never miss a new Hallmark movie either.

5) She is prone to dry skin and applies Kiehl's Hand Salve to her hands and arms throughout the day. Tell us about a product you're brand loyal to.  I really enjoy trying new things.  I seem to always have Paul Mitchell Freeze & Shine Spray though to keep my hair in place.

6) Toni admits to being "a bit of a germaphobe," and always maintains a supply of hand sanitizer and wipes. What is always on your shopping list?  Probably things to drink and snacks.

7) While she is not shy about her body, and has worn revealing outfits on the red carpet, Toni Braxton refused a 2011 offer from Hugh Hefner and Playboy to pose nude. What's the last thing you said "no" to?  I had to say no to a Girls Trip to Arkansas next Friday.  I have other plans.  I do wish I could go though...maybe another time.

8) In 1996, the year this song was popular, Mattel introduced a Star Trek Barbie and Ken set. Have you ever fantasized about space travel?  maybe when I was little.  I have zero desire now. Hahahaha

9) Random question -- Would you (or did you) invite an ex to your wedding?  no

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Stealing- Friday Questions on Sunday

Sunday Stealing

1. Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you?  no, I learned foreign languages (french and spanish) in school..I have tried learning some sign language as an adult.  I use it the most because I use it with my work.

Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type?  I do not donate blood, I believe I am A positive, but I am not sure why I know that.  Maybe it isn't.

Have you ever been in a play or musical?  no

Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone?  I use certain text tones for the people that message me a lot.  My husband has a very distinct one so I know to check it right away.  I use a default ringtone for everyone.

When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on actual film, or all digital now?  It was probably shortly after my son was born...he is 20.  I had film before that of course, but we are completely digital now.

What do you think someone else would say the most daring thing you’ve done is?  I am not very daring.  I will do things others will not though, so I just do not consider anything I do daring.  I have no idea what others think of me.

Do you talk with your hands?  Yes!

Given the choice in a restaurant – would you go with a booth or table (or bar!!!) for seating?  We like a booth

What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now?  I do not like milk, so none.  I use it in cereal though.

How do you keep track of all your passwords? Do you make your passwords super complicated and change them often, or use the same ones over and over?  I have a few different ones I use and variations of the same ones.  I write them down.

Are you a note taker?  Oh goodness yes, it helps me learn and remember to write things down. 

Do you remember what your first social media posting (or status update) was on Facebook or Twitter – without looking it up? What was it?  I do not remember, that would be over 10 years ago.  I am sure it was ridiculous though. like...making my first post on facebook or testing out twitter.  Hahahahaha

Do you have a “power” song?  Not really, that is probably a good idea to have one though.

Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all matchy matchy? eclectic, I have several teacher mugs from students over the years.  I also have matching ones that go with my dishes.  I never use them though.

Do you have a junk drawer in your house/garage/at work/wherever?  Several and a junk room.  I worked over the summer trying to clean that stuff up.

Do you ever get the urge to watch a favorite scene from a movie, and watch just that scene? nope

Have you ever woken up and felt guilty from a dream you had, or, mad at someone else for something they did in the dream? no, but I did have a dream once that my son died and I woke up very upset and crying.

How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To where did you fly?  I have never flown anywhere.  We drive when we go on vacation.

Are you good at keeping track of your things – or do you easily misplace them? Do you ever leave anything behind when you travel?  I am good at keeping track of my things, but if anyone moves anything, I am lost.  I rarely leave things behind, I used to do that as a kid though.  I would leave things at my Granda's house.

Is there any place you go where time seems to stand still? What is it about that place that makes it that way?  Maybe the lake or ocean.  I can get lost listening to the water because it is so relaxing.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday 9- Treat You Better

Saturday 9- Treat You Better

Saturday 9: Treat You Better (2016)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 

This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this information about The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let's spread the word that there's help out there.

1) In this song, a young man advises his neighbor to stop wasting her time with a guy who makes her cry. What is something you regret wasting time on? (It doesn't have to be a romance.)  worrying about things I cannot control

2) Much of this video takes place in a very sparely-decorated apartment. Because Shawn Mendes and the girl he’s singing to both appear young, it’s easy to assume they are both in their first apartments. Tell us about the first place you ever rented.  The first place I ever lived in after my parents house was my college dorm.  It was small and I had some posters to decorate with.  By the time I actually rented a house, my roommates and I had some nicer decor.

3) It's clear he can hear his neighbors' conversations and arguments through the walls. Are your neighbors quiet? Do you consider yourself a quiet neighbor?  I am a quiet neighbor, but I do not need to be, there aren't any neighbors close enough to hear any noise from my house.

4) This song received a lot of attention and airplay because it was used in a Southwest Airline commercial. When you last visited an airport, were you traveling yourself or meeting someone?  I was dropping someone off.

5) This week's artist, Shawn Mendes, was a serious skateboarder during his high school years. Sam has never even set foot on a skateboard. How about you? yes, I have been on a skateboard...I do not care anything about it though.

6) Shawn is happy eating cold cereal with milk for every meal -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. He prefers cereal with almonds in it. What about you? Do you have a favorite cereal?  I do not really have a favorite and I do not eat it all of the time.  I go through phases.

7) He says he started eating cereal beyond breakfast because it's convenient, and it helps him avoid "junk food" when he's in a hurry. Do you often order your food "to go?"  More than I would like to.

8) In 2016, when this song was popular, a German shorthaired pointer named CJ won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. Is there a dog who holds a special place in your heart?  I have 3 dogs that hold a special place in my heart.  Mandy, Molly and Meisha.  The dog that loves me most though is Mandy, so she is very special to me.  Here is Mandy.

9) And this week, we're trying a random fill in the blank: I wish someone would create an app that is like GasBuddy, but for propane so you could just look at an app for the best price.  If there is one, let me know!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Stealing- Identity Ask

Sunday Stealing

1: Favorite style of clothing- I like Bojo Chic, but I wear comfortable clothes these days.
Do I ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts? yes, from my co-workers.
Have I ever kissed the last person I texted? not usually unless it is my husband, but we are usually with each other, so no reason to text.
When did I last hold hands?  I held my son's hand Friday night, he is going through a hard time.
How long does it take me to get ready in the morning? 1 1/2 hours
Have I shaved my legs in the past three days? nope
Where am I right now? home in my living room
Do I have someone of the opposite sex I can tell everything to? my husband
How often do I wear a fake smile? not too often, it is typically sincere.
When was the last time I hugged someone?  Friday son.
Is there anyone I trust even though I should not? My husband shares too much with his family about my him for that reason.
What is something I disliked about today? The St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs and ended their season, but I was not surprised or anything.  My KC Chiefs are also not on until Monday night.
If I could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?  not sure.  Maybe some of my close online friends
14: What do I think about most?  my son
Do I prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?  behind it
Do I prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online? neither, I text more than anything, but of those two...talking on the phone.
Do I believe in ghosts? How about aliens? no and no
Do I believe in magic? no
Do I believe in luck? yes
What's the weather like right now? today is supposed to be sunny and low 80's
What was the last book I've readShe Believes by Debbie Lindell
Do I like the smell of gasoline?  yes
What was the worst injury I've ever had?  I fell a couple of years ago and had pains in my arms for a year.  I could barely lift anything for a few days.
Do I spend money or save it? spend
Can I touch my nose with my tongue? no

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday 9- So Into You

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: So Into You (1977)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The singer says that he noticed the lady in question as soon as she walked into the room. Tell us about someone who made a powerful first impression on you.  Maybe when I met Stan Musial #6.  I was star struck...he is a Hall of Fame baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in case you have never heard of him.  Here is a picture of the day I met him, he is with my son Josh here.


2) He sings that he's so into her, he can't think about other, more mundane things. Do you find you get easily distracted from your daily tasks? Or do you enjoy seeing your everyday chores through completion?  I try to see my tasks through, but sometimes I can be easily distracted.  I start thinking of other things I need to do and the next thing I know, I have several projects going.  I always see them through though.


3) The band took their name from Georgia's biggest city. Have you ever been to Atlanta?  I have driven through Atlanta on my way to Florida.

4) The Atlanta Rhythm Section once played the White House. President Carter's son, Chip, was a big fan and invited them to play at his 28th birthday party. How did you celebrate your last birthday?  My co-workers threw a party for me and showered me with gifts.  We do this with all of our co-workers so our birthdays are special.  My husband got me Chinese for dinner, which is a favorite.  Here is a picture of my gifts from my co-workers...a giant mum, which is gorgeous!  Pajamas, lotion, chocolate pretzels, popcorn and a candle.  Loved it!

5) Studio One, where the band made all their recordings, was torn down and replaced by a parking lot. Can you think of a structure that you missed, after it met with a wrecking ball?  no, not really...but I sure do miss the twin towers since 9/11/2001...not that I ever saw them in person, but on tv, they were so beautiful.

6) This song hit #7 on the US pop charts. 7 is the number most often chosen as "a lucky number." How about you? Do you have a lucky number?  no

7) Today the Atlanta Rhythm Section reunites with to play at classic rock concerts. What oldies band would you love to see again?  The Cars, The Beach Boys, The Cathedrals

8) In 1977, the star of NBC's Chico and the Man, Freddie Prinze, took his own life. Is there a celebrity death you found shocking?  Michael Jackson and Prince

9) Random question: What word do you always misspell?  cemetery