Saturday, August 29, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Live Journal

Live Journal

1. Who is the hottest celebrity you can think of?  Kevin Costner and Cole Hauser were nice
 to look at while I was watching Yellowstone!  Any fans out there in blog land?  This would
be a great show to binge for you if not!  It is on Paramount Network.
I binged TV's 'Yellowstone.' When do I get the brand on my chest? - Houston  Chronicle

2. Do you ever get so nervous that you can't even think?  So, on the first day of school I was
 teaching my computer class.  I have never taught computers ever in my life.  My certification
 is in early childhood special education and early childhood (birth-3rd grade).  So here I am
 teaching away and in walks our media guy to take pictures.  So I was reading a book and my
 arm was in the way. I was trying tog et my arm out of the way so Ben (the media guy) could get a
 picture and I turn around and in walks the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.
 Ok, so I did kind of freeze because a lot of times, they just want to observe and that is fine,
 but they wanted to say hello to the kids and I had kept reading.  I was so embarrassed.
 I stopped though and told them we were enjoying our first day back in school.

3. Do you sing when there is no music?  Totally, all of the time.  There is usually a song
 playing in my head.

4.Who was the best political leader in history and why?  I will go with Abraham Lincoln...
here is what the internet had to say about him:  was an American statesman and 
lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865.
 Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis
in the American Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln | Biography, Facts, History, & Childhood | Britannica

5 If you could dance with anyone in the world right now, who would it be and what song would you dance to?
My dad and I don't even care what is playing.  I just want to see him again. 
He passed away 3 years ago.

6 Finish this sentence your own way. There are two types of people in the world... good and bad

7 What have you saved since elementary school?  I have a dollhouse my Grandpa made me. 
 I love that thing. I played with it all of the time when I was little.  I still have it. 
 I never had a girl to pass it on to, but I have it.

8 Have you ever won an award?  This sure is a popular question.

9. Do you feel more connected to the sun or the moon?  both, but I will say sun since it
 makes me so happy.

10 Do flaws make people interesting to you?  YES!  That is what makes them unique.

11 Who is your favorite historical figure?  Jesus

12. White bread or wheat bread?  I like both as long as the bread is fresh.

13. Do you usually do things fast or right?  I do things fast first and then I go back over it and do it right.
  If it is a one and done thing, I do it right.  I have been writing schedules for school, and I have been
 doing those fast, but going back over them and updating them.  

14. Are you or have you ever been in a band?  school band, but I don't think that is what the question
 is asking. I have never been in a band.

15. Here are 4 statements about me. Only one of them is true. Which one is it?
My favorite color is green.
I lived in Arkansas.
I own a truck.
I am turning 50 on September 9!
(Answer at the bottom)

16. Would you wear a thong bathing suit in public?  never

17. Have you thought about death today?  no

18. What is your favorite breakfast?  eggs, toast, bacon and orange juice

19. Are you the life of the party?  no, not at all.

20. If you hit an animal with your car would you get out to try and make sure it was okay?  If it is a pet 
I would or a non threatening animal.  I have only hit one animal and it was a coyote or something
 like that.  I didn't check on it.

21. When do you get your most peaceful and satisfying sleep?  Friday night.  I am so dead tired by
 Friday night. I go right to sleep and I get to sleep in too.

22. What thought gets you out of bed in the morning?  I have to be at work soon.

23. What are you a member of?  MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association)

24. Name one place you refuse to ever go.  a snake pit, I am scared to death of snakes.

25. When (and if) people (or animals) go to heaven, do they become angels?  no, I believe they join the
 angels in heaven, but as humans.  Angels are different and were created for a different purpose. 
 I really want to believe my dogs will be in heaven, but I just do not know.  I do believe God knows 
the desires of our hearts and it might happen.  I hope so, I miss my Mandy so much.

#15...The last one is true!  I am turning 50 soon.  I actually love all colors, I have lived in
Missouri and Kansas, but not Arkansas and I drive a white Toyota Camry.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Saturday 9- Buttered Popcorn


Saturday 9: Buttered Popcorn (1961)

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

1) This Saturday, the treat's on Sam. Will you have buttered popcorn, caramel corn or cheese popcorn?  Oh gosh!  I love them all.  I think some buttery movie pop corn sounds good.

2) This record represents the Supremes as they are seldom heard. Florence Ballard is singing lead, with background vocals provided by Mary Wilson, Barbara Martin and Diane Ross. That's right, "Diane." Her parents meant for her to be named "Diane," and that's what old friends and family still call her, but the hospital mistakenly put her name down as "Diana." Motown execs thought "Diana Ross" had a better sound and the rest, as they say, is history. Do you often make typos? Or are you careful and precise at the keyboard?  I make a lot of typos trying to type fast.

3) Barbara Martin left the Supremes in 1962, before they reached stardom, because she was a new mom and wanted to stay home with her baby. Have you ever found yourself in the difficult position of having to choose between your personal and professional lives?  it seems like that happens a lot with us. 

4) Florence Ballard's cousin, Hank, wrote the famous Chubby Checkers dance record, "The Twist." When did you last get on your feet and dance?  I was dancing in school today to some music one of the teachers was playing.

5) Mary Wilson stayed with the group until it disbanded in 1977. She has said that one of her most memorable moments came in 1968, when the group performed for Princess Margaret. Mary recalled that the Princess loudly asked if Mary's hair was real or a wig. Mary was shocked, expecting better behavior from a royal. Tell us a time when someone's behavior shocked you.  I am not often shocked by people's behavior, but my husband's family is really different than me.  I have mentioned this before, but during my son's 4th birthday my sister-in-law caused a scene at Josh's was his royal birthday...he turned 4 on the 4th...I had invited my family from Oklahoma and my sister-in-law was showing her ass so to speak.  She was yelling and fighting with my husband.  I told her Josh's party was not the time for that kind of behavior and I asked her to leave...which she did not.   They were never invited to Josh's birthday again.  My family did not want anything to do with them after that and I didn't speak to her for probably 5 years.  I had to let it go and forgive her, but I still do not hang out with her.  I would expect someone to come to my house and respect my son's day and have fun...not fight and act like a jerk.

6) In 1961, when this song was released, the TV show Hazel premiered and was a top 5 hit for NBC. Oscar winner Shirley Booth played the title character, a very capable and lovable maid. If Crazy Sam could have a maid for just a few hours today, she'd love to have her refrigerator cleaned and kitchen cabinets organized. If you could have a pair of helping hands around your house this afternoon, what would you ask the maid to do?  My kitchen also needs attention.  I have been cleaning on the rest of the house over the week.  I think organizing cabinets sounds like a wonderful idea.

7) Also in 1961, President John F. Kennedy appeared on the cover of Time as their Man of the Year. Are there any magazines in your home right now? If so, who is on the cover?  I only have a Missouri Conservationist magazine and it has animals on it.

8) Ernest Hemingway died in 1961. Have you read any of his works?  I don't think so.

9) Random question: How many pancakes are in the perfect stack?  It depends on how big they are.  I will say 3 kind of medium sized ones.

I know it isn't fall yet, but I do not have a lot of time for messing with my blog now that school is back in session, so I decorated it the other day to get it done.  The first week with kids went great at the elementary and I am so super busy.  The day goes by so fast.  I am loving it so far and it is really different.  The kids are doing good with all of the changes.  It is the adults that have problems. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme- Soda Pop!


Soda Pop!

Welcome to Tuesday 4 which was started by our friend Toni Taddeo

and kept up in memory of her.
Different sections of the USA have different words and customs
they use. Let's talk about them.

1. In New Jersey you put your groceries in a paper bag or plastic
bag. In Athens, Ohio where I went to university, you put them
in a paper sack. Is it bag , sack or something else where you live?
When I worked at grocery stores here we asked "paper (bag) or
plastic (bag)" to put the groceries in.  We have cloth bags
we use and wash.

2. NJ says  Stockings. Athens,  Ohio used to call them "hose"
and in Britain they are tights. What about where you live?  My mom 
called them tights when I was little, but they were colored
and textured. They are called hose here.  I don't think anyone
wears them anymore though.  I like the colored textured tights.

3.Soda, Pop, Coke? I have heard all 3 here.
4. Shopping cart or trolley or? What do you call it?  cart. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Saturday 9- I See Love


I See Love

I See Love (2010)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme from Mike and Molly, a TV show that ran from 2010 to 2016. Were you a fan?  No, we did not watch this show.  I bet it is good though.  Sometimes I feel like we have too many tv shows to watch.  I bet it was on at the same time as another show we watched.

2) Molly was played by Melissa McCarthy. Today she's one of Hollywood's best-paid actresses, but when she began her career, she was barely scraping by. She recently recalled the time when, as a struggling actress, she was rejected at the ATM because it only gave out $20s and she didn't have even that much in her checking account. How often do you visit the ATM? Several times a week? Several times a month? Never?  Rarely.  I will get money only when I absolutely need it.  I mostly use my bank card though, I do not need cash much.

3) When she was broke, Melissa couldn't afford blueberries and avocados.  Now she savors them. When you're a few bucks ahead, what do you splurge on?  When we have extra money we might pick up some clothes or shoes.

4) Mike was played by Billy Gardell. He was working at a comedy club, cleaning the bathrooms and answering the phone. He used to crack jokes with other employees and finally one of his coworkers dared him to go onstage on "open mic night." A comedy career was born. Tell us about someone who pushed you to make the right move.  I did encourage my husband recently to make a job go back to the company he had worked for before.  He did go back and he is happy about that.  He was miserable at his other job.

5) On the show, Mike's best friend was his fellow officer, Carl McMillan. Carl was not especially motivated and still lived with his grandmother, well into his 30s. How old were you when you moved out of the house for good?  Well, I was 17 when I moved out to go to college, but I would come home for the summer.  I moved out for good when I was 21 or so.  That would have been my senior year in college, I had taken a job and found an apartment with a friend.

6) Mike's and Molly's mothers are different as night and day and frequently did not get along. Have you ever had in-law trouble?  Yes.  That is all.

7) This week's song was written by Keb Mo. He switches among several different guitars when he works -- electric, acoustic and resonator. Can you play guitar?  no, but that would be so cool!

8) In 2010, when this show premiered, Apple introduced the iPad. Do you use a tablet?  I have a tablet, but I find myself either on my computer or my phone more often.  Probably my age.  It is not an iPad, I might use one of those more, they are nice.  We use them at the school.

9) This week's random question gives you an opportunity to brag: What's something you do better than most people?  I don't think I do anything better than most people.  I am pretty good at working with non-verbal kids, but I am not doing that this year!  I am back at the elementary and I will be teaching a 4th grade computer class and doing elementary sped.  Covid really has things messed up for the district, so there has been a lot of shuffling.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme- A Matter of Time


A Matter of Time

Welcome to Tuesday 4, a collection of 4 questions each week.
It is kept up in honor and memory of our dear friend Toni Taddeo,
the founder of the meme.

Let's discuss time!
1. Are meals eaten at certain times in your home or
are they more spontaneous? 
We only eat as a family at night, it is not a certain time,
but around the same time...depends on how long it is taking
it to cook.

2. If you attend religious services or club meetings, are 
they morning, afternoon or evening? Are there 
advantages/disadvantages to that time?  We attend morning,
so we can get about our day.  If I have school meetings,
they are at night sometimes, but that isn't too often.

3.Are you in bed and up in the mornings at a regular time each day?
Once school starts yes and it starts on Wednesday!  We have
meetings anyway and then next Tuesday the kids start.  I get
up around 5AM and go to bed around 10PM.

4.Do you set apart specific times during the day or week to do certain things like study, shopping, laundry, visiting?  Yes, I visit my
mom every Friday after school and I do laundry on Sunday and also
on Wednesday.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Sunday Stealing- From Friday Five


From Friday Five

Stolen from Friday Five

1. What makes it easy to talk to someone?  I think for me, it is if they are a
 talkative person.  I am not very talkative, so I think I can be hard to talk
 to unless you know me.  I hate that about myself. 

2. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger?  See 
 My mom probably has though, she talks to everyone.

3. Do you like to argue?  no, and I do not enjoy being around people that do.  

4. Some people like to talk about things, and some people like to do things. Which are you?
It depends on what it is.  Sometimes I can be a talker and sometimes I just do
 things.  I like to think about things first and sometimes they do not get done.

5. Who is easier to talk to – men or women?  women, they are more talkative
generally...unless you are my husband and he is more talkative than most

6. What is your favorite place?  My gazebo.  It is pretty out there and peaceful
in my yard.

7. What is your favorite place in your home?  My living room

8. Would you most want to live in a city, a suburb or the country?  country

9. What is special about the town you live in?  It isn't anything special, but we
do have The World's Smallest Cathedral.  This is a farming community, 
people go to bed early. It is nice and quiet.

10. How much time do you spend in nature?  In the Spring I would be outside
 all day in my yard reading and taking in nature, but once it gets hot and
the mosquitoes come to ruin my life, I stay in.

11. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?  no, just whatever 
sounds good that day.

12. Do you make up a grocery shopping list and stick to it when shopping?  yes

13. What is one thing that you always buy, but never write down on a list?  Pepsi

14. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to
 discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?  Ketchup is something I am
always worried we will run out of.  I use it a lot.

15. Do you get your groceries delivered?  no

Friday, August 14, 2020

Saturday 9- CSI: Who Are You?


Saturday 9: Who Are You? (1977)

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

1) This song, originally recorded by The Who, was the theme of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which ran from 2000 to 2015. Did you watch it? Were you a fan?  I never watched any of the CSI shows.

2) When the show premiered, Gil Grissom (William Petersen) was the CSI team's supervisor. Gil's mother was deaf, and so he was fluent in American Sign Language. Can you communicate using ASL?  I actually can a little bit, you almost have to be able to working in special education.  ASL is one of the first types of communication the speech therapists will try to teach non verbal kids...that or PECS (picture exchange).

3) His assistant is blood-splatter analyst Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger). Catherine's family moved often, which made it hard for her to get traction in her studies. She finally just dropped out of high school. She later got her GED, and even graduated from college. Have you ever considered going back to school?  I graduated from college when I was 22, but I did go back to college to get my certification to teach several years ago.  I am done now, I don't want to go back anymore.
4) Though set in Las Vegas, most of CSI was filmed in Santa Clarita, CA. Santa Clarita is also home to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. Do you enjoy roller coasters?  I did when I was young, I am not sure if I would now or not.  I do enjoy smaller roller coasters still.  It has been years since I have been on a big one.

5) The vocalist on the CSI theme, Roger Daltry of the Who, made a cameo appearance on the show during season 7. Do you have a favorite Who song?  I like Who Are You and My Generation.

6) CSI became a franchise, followed by CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. If we could organize a Saturday 9 field trip, which of these CSI cities would you prefer we visit: Las Vegas, Miami or New York?  I have always wanted to visit Miami.

7) In 2000, the last original Peanuts comic strip was published. How many Peanuts characters can you name?  Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Woodstock.  I have people texting me, so I am blank now.

8) Also in 2000, media giant Time Warner merged with America Online, the email provider. It's estimated that 74% of us check our email at least once/day. Are you one of the 74%?  Oh yes, I have to check email for work....all year long.

9) Random question -
- Did you more recently cut and paste, or delete? I deleted some text from this post I pasted.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme- Weather or Not...


Weather or Not...

1. What kind of weather pleases you the most?  I like a sunny cool day.  The sun makes me so happy.

Do rainy days bother you or do you find them a time to relax and take it easy?  Any puddle jumping in your life?  I enjoy rainy days as long as they do not go on and on for a long time.  It seems like sometimes we have rain for a month here.  I do not jump in puddles.

Do you have meals you enjoy in certain kinds of weather or certain seasons? Please share with us?  I like to have chili in the winter and other hot meals.  I never have chili in the summer.

As the prophet Jeremiah tells us,  It is a good idea to bloom where you are planted.
How do you handle stormy weather and does a day need to be sunny for you to enjoy it? Why not give us hints on enjoying any kind of weather.  This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it....and that is the way you HAVE to look at it.  How can you not like a day the Lord has made?  No, I do not HAVE to have sun, but God generously gives sunny days.  I understand we need rain for the trees, grass and plants to grow.  Those days also bring rainbows.  I think the hardest for me is the freezing cold.  I do love snow though. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sunday Stealing- Extraordinary Penpals


Extraordinary Penpals

1. What are your plans for August?  I am finishing up appointments and starting
back to school in about a week and a half.

2. Review the first half of 2020 quarantine

3. A place you’d go if money were no object  car lot to get my husband and I both
new cars.

4. Who was your childhood best friend  Britteny

5. The city or town you love most  I don't really love a city or town.  I will say 
Reeds Spring.  That is where I grew up and went to school and where I
work now.  It is where I feel most at home.

6. How do you spend hot days?  In the house reading or in the pool

7. Are you a skilled cook or baker?  not really.  I like to bake, and I do better at
baking than cooking, but I would not call myself skilled.

8. One thing you wish you could currently do.  Retire, I love kids, but this school 
year is going to be crazy and the anxiety is already super high.

9. A time when you learned your lesson  When Molly was a puppy I was kissing
her and she was right in my face.  She bit my nose.  My nose looked crazy
for a week or so.  I will not do that again.  She didn't get in trouble,
it was my fault.

10. What consistently makes you laugh  Liberty Biberty
(Liberty Mutual Commercials)...I know ya'll hate them, but I laugh every time
at that crazy dude.

11. Routines that bring you calm and peace.  reading at night

12. Who annoys you the most?  My husband probably, he talks about work
constantly and complains.

13. Describe some of your favorite household items.  I don't know...maybe 
my blankets

14. What have you gotten better at?  being patient

15. Share a random memory.  This is not a memory, but a dream I had last
night...I dreamed my friend from college Luis had Covid and was in the
hospital. He was dying. I went to see him and I was in his room with NO MASK!
I wonder if I dreamed that because that is how I will feel at the school. 
Our kids will be unmasked.  I am let's say...way less than 6 feet from them. 
Who knows.  I think that probably woke me up.  My friend Luis is fine.  He
is a UPS driver.

16. How many pairs of shoes do you have?  Not too terribly many, I hate shoes.

17. Who do you go to for encouragement?  My co-worker Lori.  She always makes
me feel calm.  She is a Pastor's wife.  She will be encouraging when we go back
to school.  We have a lot of kids not returning though.

18. References you make that others don’t get.  I can't seem to stop saying 
awesome and while I know people understand what I am saying, that is
something I said in high school.

19. What are 10 things you consider essential for you?
a drink, my watch, phone, tylenol, a little cash, driver's license,
hair tie, mask, blistex, lotion

20. Is there any accent you wish you had? Australian