Friday, April 24, 2020

Saturday9- All Right

All Right

Saturday 9: All Right (1983)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song has an optimistic message about love: "It gets tough sometimes, but you can give it one more try ..." Do you tend to take an optimistic look at life?  Oh definitely.  I mean, it isn't like bad things don't happen to me, but I just have to learn from it and move on.

2) In this song, Christopher Cross sings, "Time and time again I see people so unsure like me ..." Tell us about a recent time when your confidence could have used a boost.  I had to give a presentation at school to some colleagues a while back.  I really do hate public speaking like that.  It went fine though.

3) The Doobie Bros.' Michael McDonald plays on this record. Do you have a favorite Doobie Bros. song?  Listen to the Music

4) Though no longer making hits, Christopher Cross still has loyal fans who attend his concerts. Time permitting, he spends time after each show signing autographs. Have you ever asked a celebrity for his/her autograph?  Well, the only autograph I went to get was the one of Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinal great)...but by the time we got there he had stopped signing autographs so we missed out.  He was getting a bust at the Springfield Hall of Fame and so we watched that dedication, he played his harmonica and spoke.  We had a great time.  Afterwards, we were standing on the sidewalk and he was in his Cardinal red car waiting for his wife and we were just watching him from a distance.  He looked over at us and waved us over to his car!  We had a short conversation and he handed me a few pre-autographed cards of his and told me to make sure the kids got them.  I asked him if I could take his picture with my son and he said yes.  Here is the picture and we had it professional framed with his autograph.  I will never forget that moment.  

5) Christopher Cross' dad was an Army doctor stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. With all the museums and monuments, our nation's capital could be a great place for a kid to grow up ... except sometimes we take the advantages of our hometown for granted. Tell us about a nearby museum, park, theater, etc., you'll visit again when this period of crisis is over and it's agreed that it's safe to do so.  This area is known for the original Bass Pro Shop...I don't go much anymore, Silver Dollar City (theme park)...but honestly...I am more likely to visit the Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO.  I love going there, it is so peaceful and beautiful.  We went back at Christmas.  They had Christmas lights everywhere and Christmas music playing, but this is a great time of year to visit too because they have lots of flowers planted in there.

6) In 1983, when "All Right" was popular, Flashdance was a hit in movie theaters and on the radio. What's the most recent movie you watched? Most recent song you heard on the radio?  I watched a Hallmark movie today and I haven't listened to the radio in a while.  I can't remember.
7) Also in 1983, America West Airlines took off, flying between Las Vegas and Phoenix. They went nationwide in 2005 after they merged with US Airways. In 2013, they merged again, this time with American Airlines. Do you collect miles in an airline loyalty program?  no

8) Super Mario Bros. debuted in 1983. Can you name gaming's most famous siblings?  no

9) Random question -- Under hypnosis, you discover you lived three past lives. In the first, you were wealthy beyond your wildest imaginings, thanks to a loveless marriage. In the second, you were a star on the roller derby circuit who had earned the nickname "Smasher." In the third, you were a brilliant mathematician who worked your way through school as an exotic dancer. Which of these would you find most shocking?  Probably the 3rd.  I would never be into exotic dancing.  My body doesn't move that way.  I was a good roller skater, so that would only surprise me a little and young people do dumb things, so that might explain a loveless marriage.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Quirky Questions


 1.   Did you become what you wanted to be when you grew up? Are you happy with your choice?  no and yes...when I was in high school I wanted to work in the field of medical technology.  It would have been my dream to be able to work on a cure for diseases.  My friends always said I should be a dad was a teacher too.  I didn't want to do that...hahahaha....I went to college and I know we have a fellow blogger that is in medical technology...maybe two is a difficult field.  I am terrible at math and that is just not acceptable for that field  I am really good at science especially chemistry.  Anyway,  changed my major to sociology and psycology thinking I would be a counselor, but when I graduated my life went in a different direction.  I was offered a job with then Department of Mental Health, but I turned it down to go back to school and be a early childhood teacher.  I think that is the best decision I ever could have made.  so, no I didn't do what I originally wanted, but yes I am happy with my final choice.

2.    Did man really go to the moon or was it a publicity stunt?  I believe it happened.  If it didn' stupid is that to stage it?  I know our government does stupid stuff all of the time, but I mean how dumb.

3.    Given the opportunity to change one major aspect of your life (i.e. career, relationship, family) with no guarantee of the outcome, would you take the chance? Why?  I don't think I would change anything.  

4.    Does money buy happiness?  no, but it can buy you things that can make you happy for a while...dogs. Hee, hee

5.    What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?  I have to lay there and wake up for a bit.  Lately, I have been walking on my treadmill almost right away.

6.    What are we going to do when we run out of room to bury the dead?  I dont think that is going to be a problem.  Hopefully Jesus comes before then.

7.    What is your greatest fear? Why? Is it rational or unreasonable?  snakes and mice.  I think it is pretty irrational.  I know they will not hurt me if I stay away from them, but I absolutely freak out.  I am not scared of spiders, but I have friends that are and it is the same thing.  I am less afraid if mice.  I mean snakes are another level.  I have nightmares about them at times chasing me.

8.    How do you feel about the exploitation of your private data in the digital age? Does it ever cross your mind or are you hyper-aware of the risks?  Let me just say I am totally aware of it, but I don't really think about it or worry about it.

9.    You can be forgiven one debt. What is it? If you don’t have debt, then how did you do it?  credit card.  We do not owe much on our house and we owe nothing on our cars.

10.    Hot or cold?  I like it when it is hot...are we talking about weather?

11.    What is your favorite thing in the world (aside from family, friends, pets)? is a picture taken of me today that I am going to send to the kids.

12.    You have to give up one of your five senses. Which one would you go without?  I hate this question because I love all of my senses.  I think I usually say taste to this question hoping I would eat more healthy.

13.    Do you believe everyone has a doppelgänger?  I kind of do.  I even saw mine one time when I was watching a St. Louis Cardinals game.  I paused the tv and just stared at her.   I couldn't believe it.  It was a long time ago, but if it ever happens again...I will take a picture.  It was crazy!

14.    Likewise, does everyone have a soulmate or is it just a matter of proximity and circumstance?  I am not sure about that.

15.    Imagine you have a theme song that plays every time you enter a room. What would your song be?  The thought of this cracks me up.  I am not sure.  If you have any ideas let me know in the comments.  Maybe Happy by Pharell?

Friday, April 17, 2020

Saturday 9- I Don't Care


 Saturday 9: I Don't Care (2019)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song begins with Ed Sheeran admitting he's not enjoying the party he's at. What's something you have to do this weekend, but don't want to do?  I am going to be going to the school on Monday to pack up the room, so Sunday I will have to go to bed early.  I like to stay up late reading.  It is not a big deal though, but there is really nothing else I have to do.

2) Justin Bieber sings about trying to have a conversation at a party. Have you seen any of your social gatherings cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic?  Yes, my friends and I always go to a religious women's conference in Branson called Pure Joy.  It has been post-poned until August and it is the first week of school, so not sure of we will go or not.

3) Both Ed and Justin conclude that this party -- and everything else -- is okay because they're with the ones they love. Who in your life always makes you feel comfortable and content?  My husband Karl and my son Josh.

4) Ed and Justin have both appeared on The Simpsons. Are you a Simpsons fan? not at all

5) Speaking of animation, Ed Sheeran has said that he'd love to do a Disney soundtrack, like Elton John's Lion King. Do you have a favorite Disney movie?  Beauty and the Beast
6) Justin Bieber is fluent in French, and Ed says he knows enough to get by. Say something to us in French. Parlez-vous français?

7) Justin can solve a Rubik's Cube in less than two minutes. Are you good at puzzles?  Certain types I enjoy more so I am better at those.  I like jigsaw puzzles and word searches.

8) In 2019, the year this song was popular, 20 new governors took office. Tell us something about the governor of your state (or commonwealth)?  The governor of Missouri is Mike Parson.  He was actually elected Lieutenant Governor and Eric Greitens was elected Governor.  Grietens had to resign his position due to corruption and felony charges, so Mike Parson became Governor.  I think this virus has made things hard for the Governors to make decisions, but I think he is doing ok.  

9) Random question: Did you more recently give a compliment, or receive one?  I gave one to my friend, she showed me a picture of her granddaughter.  She was so cute.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Sunday Stealing- More COVID 19 Questions



1 – What is something you are doing due to the pandemic that you normally don’t do? After the pandemic will you continue to so this?  I have actually been walking on my treadmill again.  I started last week.  I figure this will be a good time to get some habits started and I used to exercise all of the time.  We will not be going back to school, so I have this time, plus the summer to work on it.  We will see from there...hopefully I can keep it up that long.

2 - What made you happy, sad, or frustrated today? List, all big and/or small, as there may be some of one or all of these feelings!  I was able to re-connect with my former music minister from church and his wife.  They have been gone from our church for 20 years probably.  I have been watching him sing on his facebook page.  He has the most beautiful voice and it makes me happy and made me smile.  I am hoping his wife will sing with him soon, she has a beautiful voice too.  I have also been feeling grief over the lives lost during this virus.

3- What is one of the first things you will do when the pandemic is over?  Well, I imagine we will be able to get back into the school to work on the classroom.  They do not want us in there much right now.

4 – Are you an essential employee or do you know someone who is? Is this affecting you in some way?  My husband is an essential employee (construction).  He is actually working in one of the hospitals here and has seen the Covid-19 patients being taken to rooms.  It scares me to death that he could bring that home when Josh and I are staying in.

5 – What are you doing to destress during this stressful time?  I am walking on my treadmill and keeping up with my religious community.  I think most people in my circles are reading the Bible and in prayer more than ever right now.  I am not really hearing fear, just more time to spend with the Lord.  I am at peace...most of the time. 

6 – Have you tried any new recipes during this time? Please share your recipe if you want to.  no, not really

7 – Have you always lived where you do now? If not, how did you wind up in the place you currently live?  I have lived here since we got married.  We had hoped to move to a little bigger house, but it just didn't work out for us.  We almost have our house paid for now.  Why leave?

8- Where is the last place you visited on-line?  I just visited my former music minister's current church and listened to him sing and listened to their church service.  He is in Scottsdale, Arizona...Dream Center Church.

9- What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?  I am not co-worker Lori thanks me all of the time for having so much grace with her.  She thinks that is a great quality of mine...I don't know...I never thought about it that way at all.  I just go with the flow.  In any case, I thought that was nice of her to say.

10 – Tell me about the last photo on your camera (phone or real camera or both!)  Did I tell you guys we had a  parade in our cars for my great-niece Chloe?  She turned 10.  I have a picture of her on my camera which is the last picture and the very last thing is a video of me reading Goodnight Moon to upload for the kids...which I did last week.

Happy Easter if you celebrate!  Jesus is ALIVE!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Saturday 9- The Easter Bunny Bop

The Easter Bunny Bop

Saturday 9: The Easter Bunny Bop (2015)

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

1) This song encourages little ones to celebrate Easter by doing a little dance. Do you feel like dancing this morning?  I could dance, I just walked a little on my treadmill, so I have some energy.

2) Everyone in this video is wearing bunny ears. Target, Amazon and other retailers sell bunny ear headbands sized for adults and priced at about $5. Will you be wearing bunny ears, or perhaps a more conventional chapeau, this weekend? Or, because of the corona virus, will your Easter attire be the same as any other day?  I have bunny ears, but I will probably not wear them.  I thought about making a video for the kids with bunny ears on to wish them a Happy Easter.  We will see.
3) This week's featured artists, The Bounce Patrol Kids, are a children's entertainment juggernaut: CDs, DVDs, downloads, and t-shirts. Additionally, they often update their YouTube channel because they want children the world over to have access to their upbeat, energetic songs for free. Besides the Bounce Patrol, what's the last YouTube video you watched?  I tried to watch a walking video on YouTube this morning, but my internet has been crazy and it went off at the time.  

4) According to Forbes magazine, the average American household spends $20.66 on candy each Easter. Will you be consuming candy this weekend?  Possibly, we would have to get some.

5) The biggest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy, measured 34 feet tall and weighed a staggering 15,000 lbs. Do you thinks it's possible to have too much chocolate?  Oh yes.  I love chocolate, but I eat it in moderation.
6) After chocolate, the top-selling Easter candy is Peeps Marshmallow Chicks. They're so popular that, in 2018, they were the subject of a Jeopardy clue. Do you often watch Jeopardyno, I did in college some.

7) Jelly beans are also popular this time of year. In a 2019 poll, jelly bean fans responded that Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn is their favorite flavor. Sam is crazy about cherry. Do you have a favorite?  I love that buttered pop corn flavor too, but I just like to eat jelly beans all the flavors.

8) We've been talking a lot about sweets this morning. The only holiday that generates more candy sales is Halloween. When do you eat more candy: Easter or Halloween?  Halloween

9) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What makes you feel refreshed or rejuvenated? A good night's sleep and a nice hot shower.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday 4 meme- Heigh-ho, heigh-ho It's Off to Work We Go

1. Describe the best job you ever had why was it good? (if it was awful, tell us about that instead)  The best job I have had is teaching special education preschool students.  I love it.  These kids are so sweet.  You do get behaviors sometimes, but you know why they are acting out.  I really love working with kids with Autism.  I think those kids can be harder to reach and when you do, it is the best thing ever!

2.  How did you learn to do your job?  Most of what I do I learned on the job or I learned in seminars.  I am in a school now where there is a team and so we can all learn from each other, but when I first wasn't like that at all.  I had to figure a lot out on my own.  I do have a bachelor's in early childhood education and I am certified by the state to teach birth-3rd grade as well as preschool-special education. College does not teach you how to work with students with autism.

3. You are now in charge of your town's public relations committee.. Tell us why we need to move to your town.  The town I live in is very quiet and peaceful.  It is wooded and hilly here.  The area I live in is known for the lakes, Silver Dollar City and Branson.  Here is a picture of Table Rock Lake where I grew up and I still teach in this community.

4.  It's lunch time! Build your perfect sandwich for us.. what's in it and on it and what's in our cups?  I like a warm sandwich, so my favorite sandwich is a club sandwich.  Here is the description from google:
A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich, is a sandwich of bread, sliced cooked poultry, ham or fried bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It is often cut into quarters or halves and held together by cocktail sticks.
I also like to drink sweet tea.  I would love to have that for lunch right about now.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Gratitude


. Name a highlight of your day-  We were almost out of toilet paper and my husband went to so many stores looking for some yesterday and today, but with no luck.  I had posted on a site where a person was looking for toilet paper that we had not found any in three different towns.  My co-worker Beth saw that post...texted me later in the evening and asked if we found toilet paper.  I said no.  She said she got us some!  I met her and now we have toilet paper for a while.  It was a 12 pack.  I am so thankful to her.  I was kind of starting to get a little stressed about it.

2. What made you smile today?  When I met Beth for the toilet paper she did the cutest thing....since we could not hug each other, she did sign language for "I love You", but those middle fingers you put down...she kissed those and turned her hand around to me and said "I love you".  I did the same back.  I miss my friends.

3. What made you laugh today?  My husband was making fun of a show I was watching.  The show was so depressing, but I just had to keep watching it.  He was making cracks.  The show was called Tales from the Loop on Amazon Prime.  It is science fiction.

4. Recall a time when you needed encouragement.  When my dog Mandy died.  I did not take it well at all and I got the best comfort from one of my students.  She had told me her dog died over the weekend too.  It was something we talked about and shared.  We have not spoken of it since, but she really was a comfort to me.  I miss school.

5. What is a luxury you are thankful for  Maybe the nice toilet paper like Charmin.  We have been trying some off brand stuff.  You can't be picky right now.

6. Favorite childhood memory  I loved doing things with my dad.  He would take me running errands with him.  Just spending time with him.

7. Favorite song–and why?  I do not have one favorite song.  I love lots of songs.

8. Where is your favorite place?  Why?  My house, I feel safe and comfortable.

9. What is your favorite scent  I like bakery scents like blueberry muffin, sugar cookie and coconut smells like sun screen.

10. What is your favorite topic to talk about?  I find a lot of peace when I get to talk about God.  My co-worker Lori is a Pastor's wife and she is amazing to talk to.  I miss her too.

11. What do you like doing so much that you lose track of time?  READ!  I love reading books.  I like to talk about books too.  I am currently reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

12. If you had 5 minutes and the whole world was forced to listen, what would you say?  Jesus loves you and Be Kind and love one another.  I would say more than that, but that is the gist.

13. Whose life do you envy the most, and why?  I do not envy anyone.  I know what I may think is great may not be at all, so I just try to be happy being myself.

14. What would you different with your education if you got a chance to start over?  I would have be an education major when I first went to college and started teaching earlier, then I would get my masters.  

15. What would you do with your life if you had no fear?  I would try more things like sky diving, bungee jumping...I am afraid of heights, so those are big no's for me.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Saturday 9- Could've Been


 Saturday 9: Could've Been (1987)

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

1) This wistful song is about a love affair that ended. What song reminds you of a long-ago love?  Maybe certain songs that come on the radio, but that was a long time ago, I do not think about them often.

2) It was written by Lois Blaisch, a singer-songwriter who performs at clubs around Los Angeles and has sung outdoors at Disneyland. Would you prefer to attend a concert indoors, or outside under the stars?  When I was younger I always enjoyed the outdoor concerts, but probably now I would enjoy an indoor concert more.  I do not go to concerts though.  It is not my thing.

3) This week's featured artist, Tiffany, appeared on the TV talent show Star Search when she was just 14. She came in second. Though she was disappointed, she admits she learned from it. She studied the singer who won and says it made her a better performer. Can you recall a time when you weathered a tough time and came through stronger?  We all do this a lot whether we realize it or not.  It is happening right now too with the coronavirus stuff, and we are going to be just fine.

4) Early in her career, she toured Alaska, opening for country legend George Jones. Have you ever visited our 50th state?   no, I have a friend that lives there though.

5) Tiffany provided the voice of Judy Jetson in 1990's Jetsons: The Movie. Which cartoon did you enjoy more: the space-age Jetsons or the pre-historic FlintstonesI watched both of those cartoons.  I may have enjoyed The Flintstones a little more.

6) In 2007, she appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and lost 28 lbs. Are you making an effort to stay fit during this stay-at-home period?  Not really

7) In 1987, when this song was popular, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What's your favorite Aretha song?  I really enjoy Respect.

8) Also in 1987, third-generation race car driver Marco Andretti was born. Are you a race fan?  not particularly

9) Random question: Do you find it easy to sit still, or are you fidgety?  I think can sit still better than most people, but I do fidget some.