Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Looking Back

1. First things first, did you have a good year?  I think overall it was fine.  We had a lot of loss, I lost an Aunt and an Uncle as well as my heart dog, but Josh is doing a little better with his depression and we are pretty healthy.
2. If you traveled, where did you go?  We took a couple of day trips to Arkansas just to get away and have some fun.
3. Which fashion trends did you love?  I will say the jumpsuits.  I even got one for my nephew's wedding.  So cute and comfortable.
4. Which fashion trends did you hate?  Many of the bad trends do not make it to Missouri.
5. What was your favorite article of clothing this year?  I am always in jeans and a t-shirt or sweats.
6. What song sums up this year for you?  Hold on Tight- ELO
7. What was your favorite movie of the year?  We never go see movies and looking over the movies of 2019, the only one I saw was Captain Marvel.  We are so far behind.  We just rent them.
8. Did an actor/actress catch your attention for the first time this year?  no, I do not pay enough attention.  Movies do not really stick with me like books.
9. Favorite new TV show?  The Neighborhood
10. Did you make any big permanent changes this year?  I started doing all over color on my hair.  I am getting so gray!  I was just doing highlights until Thanksgiving.
11. What was one nice thing you did for yourself?  Giving myself time to relax and read!
12. Did you develop a new obsession?  Reading!
13. Did you vote?  yes
14. Did you move?  no
15. Did you get a job?  not a new job, I have a job.
16. Did you get a pet?  I still have two dogs, no new pets.
17. Do you regret not doing anything?  no, not really
18. Do you regret doing something?  no
19. Have you done anything that scared you?  probably, but nothing is coming to mind.  The stuff with Josh can be scary sometimes.
20. Did anyone/thing make you so mad it stayed with you for days?  yes, but not this year, it was many years ago.
21. Did you lose anyone close to you?  I lost my Aunt Mildred and my Uncle Alan this year as well as my dog Mandy.  Then online we all lost Toni and Marge.
22. Who was important to you this year but wasn’t important last year?  My group of friends has not changed and I cannot think of anyone that has entered my life and filled an important role unless you count online friends...I did meet Linda this year (Blogging).  
23. Who wasn’t as important to you this year as they were last year?  My friends are all important to me.
24. If you could have a do over on one thing you did, would you take it?  Not anything from 2019, but I would have taken Josh to the doctor earlier for his depression.
25. What was the best moment of the year for you?  Maybe when Josh started volunteering at the library.
26. What was the worst?  When Mandy died.
27. What are you most proud of accomplishing?  Doing everything that I have been given to seems like too much sometimes, but I can do it.
28. What have you learned about yourself this year that you didn’t know in the years prior?  I am strong and I can handle a lot.
29. What do you wish for others for the coming year?  Happiness, peace, love and good health.
30. What do you wish for yourself?  same

Friday, December 27, 2019

Saturday 9: Cold as Ice

Saturday 9: Cold as Ice (1977)

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

Our last Saturday 9 of 2019. Thank you for another great year, everyone!

1) Look back on 2019 and share a happy moment. My nephew Dalton got married.  I love his new wife (Aubri), so that is definitely a happy moment.

2) As 2019 ends, are you making any New Year's resolutions for 2020?   keep reading books

3) Tell us about an obstacle or challenge you faced in 2019.   Mandy passing away was pretty hard on all of us and is still bothering Josh.  Christmas was hard for him.

4) Is it "cold as ice" outside where you are today?  Goodness no, we have been having close to 70 degree weather.

5) Foreigner is this week's featured artist. The band formed in New York City. If you were to travel to New York City, what would you be sure to see?  Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Central Park.

6) The band went by the name Trigger. They changed it because their prospective record label was already auditioning a different group named Trigger. They settled on Foreigner because half the members were foreign -- from England. If you received a free, round-trip airline ticket to any foreign country, where would you go?  I would love to go so many places...maybe Italy, France or London.

7) In 1977, when this song was popular, Star Wars was breaking all box office records. The Spy Who Loved Me, a James Bond movie, was also a 1977 hit. Which film series do you prefer: Star Wars or James Bond?  Do not throw things at me, but I do not like either of these.  I have seen more Star Wars movies though.  My husband loves them both.

8) In 1977, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated Apple. Are you answering these 9 questions on an Apple product (PC, laptop, pad or phone)?  no.  Josh has the Apple technology, but Karl and I just have regular stuff.  I did get a new laptop (touchscreen) for Christmas.  It is a Dell.  My phone is a Galaxy.

9) Random question: What was the last thing you thought of as you dozed off last night?  I was probably thinking about my book.  I finished Necessary Lies and have moved on to The Woman in the Window.  It is so good!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Reading over Christmas Break

I am so excited to be on Christmas Break, because that means I can read books again!  I am currently reading Necessary Lies.  It is historical fiction. It is set in North Carolina in 1960 and it is about how Eugenics or sterilization affected so many people there and the story is about a family is happened to.  It is such a good book and I have heard the other book I have checked out is very good as well.
I made some blueberry muffins this morning, just because we are all home and I am thinking I will make the dogs some homemade dog treats.  I have not done that in a while.
I got a new laptop and it is touch screen!  I love it.  I thought my other computer was doing fine, but my word, it is so slow compared to this one.  I am enjoying that.
Here is a picture of my books.  Let me know if you have read them!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Saturday 9: Happy Holidays!

Saturday 9: Happy Holidays! (from the archives)

1. As you can see, Sam loved giving her annual wish list to Santa. Yet some children are reluctant to climb into Jolly Old St. Nick's lap. Did you enjoy the tradition or were you shy? Or did you by pass it altogether -- either because you wrote him a letter or because your family didn't celebrate Christmas?  I enjoyed Santa, but I was also shy, I do not remember getting to see Santa very often, but it may be because we lived so far away from where a Santa was.  I do remember writing letters when I was old enough.

2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?  Nice!  I am always on the nice list because I am a good girl.

3. Did you ship any gifts to friends and family this year? If so, which one traveled the farthest?  I did not ship anything.  Everything will be given in person.

4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year? yes, of course!  My husband and I do not really exchange gifts because we spend most of our money on Josh and my we each get something for ourselves.

5. What's your favorite holiday-themed movie? Have you seen it yet this year?  It's A Wonderful Life...and yes, I watched it last weekend.

6. Thinking of movies, Christmas is lucrative for Hollywood. Have you ever gone to a movie theater on Christmas Day?  I went once with my cousin when I was younger and then Karl, Josh and I tried to go several years ago, but it was too busy.  There were people everywhere.

7. Have you ever suffered an embarrassing moment at the company Christmas party?  no

8. What's your favorite beverage in cold weather? hot chocolate

9. Share a memory from last Christmas.  Last Christmas we went to Nutcracker.  We took my mom with us.  This year in January we are taking her to see Les Miserables.  She has never seen a musical, so I hope she likes it.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Saturday 9- The Christmas Song

Saturday 9: The Christmas Song (1961)

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

1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?  Never, I have never even seen them before.  Is this a real thing? 

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit?   Yes, it does for sure.  When it is warm, it just does not seem like Christmas for me.

3) Nat sings that turkey helps to make the season bright. We just had it last month for Thanksgiving. Do you enjoy turkey all year around? Or do you consider it primarily a holiday dish?  Primarily a holiday dish, but we will have it again about one or two times (full turkey dinner) in the year.

4) This song was published as "The Christmas Song," but people often refer to it as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Merry Christmas to You." When you think of this song, which title comes to mind?  Merry Christmas to You 

5) Nat King Cole had a big hit in the 1950s with "Mona Lisa." The ballad compares an enigmatic woman to the da Vinci painting, which hangs in the Louvre. The Mona Lisa has been called the most instantly identifiable painting in the world. Can you think of another famous painting that you recognize on sight? (Extra points if you include a picture!) Water Lilies by Claude Monet used to be a favorite of mine.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?  just  a little, it is not my favorite.

7) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far this year is from her dentist. She never sees Dr. Douglas socially. In fact, she hasn't seen him since her annual check-up last March. Have you received many cards this year?   I have only received one so far also from a former student.

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?  I buy Bath and Body stuff for my co-workers, so I buy it a little along all year when it is on sale.  The rest of the family we bought during Thanksgiving/Black Friday.  I just have a couple more gifts to buy.

9) This time of year is big for charitable fundraising. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.  We usually donate to Victory Mission, they serve the homeless food and help them with shelter, etc.  We also donate to Convoy of Hope which helps during disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, etc.  Then we also donate to St. Jude.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Saturday 9- The Champion

Saturday 9: The Champion (2018)

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

1) This song is about doing what it takes to win. What's the most recent competition you won? (Yes, online solitaire counts.)  I do not remember.  I won $1000 on the radio one time though for recognizing a song and being a certain number caller.

2) The lyrics tell us to "go ahead and put your bets on me." Do you often play games of chance -- like the office football pool, or slot machines, or the lottery?  nope

3) The video includes footage of young people competing in The Special Olympics. What's your favorite sport to watch? Is it the same sport you most enjoying playing?  I do not really play sports, but I love to watch baseball and football.

4) This week's featured artist, Carrie Underwood, first came to America's attention when she won on American Idol. Prior to competing on that show, she'd never been on an airplane. How old were you when you took your first flight?  I have never been on an airplane.  I am not afraid to, we do not travel much and when we do we usually drive.

5) Carrie loves horror and her favorite author is Stephen King. What book are you currently reading?  I am not reading anything right now.

6) Carrie's duet partner on "The Champion" is rapper Ludacris. In addition to making music, he acts and has appeared in one Sam's favorite shows, Law & Order: SVU. What's your favorite "cop show?"  24..hee, hee.  I do not really watch a cop show right now. I used to watch The Rookie, but we do not watch anymore..  How about Magnum P.I.?  Does he count?  I watch that.

7) Ludacris is a distant cousin of comedian Richard Pryor. Have you studied your family's genealogy?  some

8) Soccer was a big deal in 2018, the year this song was released. According to Google, "FIFA World Cup" was the news story that generated the most internet searches. What's the last thing you "googled?"  I have been hunting for mittens, I have been googling a lot of stores lately looking for mittens.  We are doing a mitten exchange at work.

9) Random question: You're battling the flu. The doctor advises you to stay in bed a full five days. As you begin feeling better (around Day 3), do you continue to follow doctor's orders? Or do you get up and start moving before you're supposed to?  I am probably up for a while, but I still probably try to go back to bed.  I try to do what I am told.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- Shopping Days
Shopping Days

1.   What do you think of discounts and sales?:  I love them, but I really watch products because sometimes they are not really marked down much if at all.  It also amazes me how much products are marked up.

2.   What's the biggest bargain you've found?:  Nothing is really coming to mind, but probably something that was on clearance.

3.   What do you think of shopping days like Black Friday?:  Some of those deals are good, you have to watch them.  I went out in person once and I will never go again. The people act crazy!

4.   What are the good and bad things about shopping malls and shopping online?:  I shop mostly online because it is less stress for me and quicker.  You of course take the chance of someone taking your purchases that come in the mail.  I haven't yet, but I know it is a big problem.  I like the actual stores for clothes and shoes.  I like to try things on.  I can get my make-up (Ulta) and bath and body online.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Fill it in

1. Right now I'm filling out my Sunday Stealing_.
2. Fidgeting is my well known quirk.
3. Are you happy?
4. Wash hands first, then eat!
5. That's why people get sick.
6. 24is one of my favorite tv shows ever!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _Kansas City Chiefs Game, tomorrow my plans include  going back to work.
8. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I'd go to Orange Beach, Alabama.
9. Cruelty is something I don't understand.
10. Thanksgiving makes me think of family
11. Reading is the best way to relax!
12. It looks like Autumn in Missouri.
13. Fruit  is one of my favorite healthy snacks.
14. The smell of home cooking makes me think of my Granny.
15. When I am feeling lazy I watch tv or read.
16. When I look to the left, I see my Christmas tree.
17. The Living room and kitchen are the room(s) that have the best view in my home.
18. Nothing was done dirt cheap!
19. Voting is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.
20. If you have any comments feel free to share it with me.