Friday, December 31, 2021

Saturday 9: The Promise of a New Day


The Promise of a New Day

Saturday 9: The Promise of a New Day (1991)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2022.

1) In this song, Paula Abdul celebrates the promise of a new day. Here at Saturday 9, we're celebrating the promise of a new year. What do you hope 2022 will bring?  I thought about this and I just kept having thoughts of I just hope everyone is safe and healthy.  I know the New Year will bring bad and good, but I am not sure I have hopes for anything specific.
2) She sings that we should see the wisdom from mistakes of the past. What wisdom did you gain in 2021?  I think I learned a lot about change in 2021 and to go with it.  I have always had a hard time in the past with not liking change, but I learned last year that change can be good and you can learn a lot about yourself if you embrace it.  In the field of education, we had to do a lot of things that had not been done before because of covid.  I learned not so much that change is good, but how quickly you can make changes.
3) What is something you'd like to spend more time doing in 2022?  Not worrying about covid.  I would like to be able to spend time with family and enjoying ourselves.
4) Paula Abdul was once a "Laker Girl" and performed at L.A. Laker games. Do you have a favorite NBA team?  I do not care for basketball at least NBA.  I like to watch college basketball sometimes.
5) In 2009, she hosted RAH!, an elite cheer leading competition.  Do you remember any cheers from your school years?  I was a cheerleader, so I remember several.

6) While famous for performing, Paula has arguably been more successful for her work behind the scenes, winning an Emmy for her choreography. Are you comfortable being the center of attention? Or would you rather work behind the scenes?  I was ok with either when I was younger, but I think I am more comfortable in the background now.  I do not always have that choice as a teacher though.
7) She taught actor Val Kilmer how to dance for his role as Jim Morrison in the biopic The Doors. What talent, knowledge or advice have you recently shared?  I teach kids beginning reading skills, social skills, math, problem solving every day.  The last thing we did at school was learned about different holiday traditions and we learned some Christmas songs.

8) Paula was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2005 and uses a prescription biologic every day to help her cope with pain in her toes. On your last trip to the drug store, did you pick up a prescription, or something else?  prescription.

9) Random question: You have been house-hunting for months. You finally find your dream home and are just about to say "yes" when you spot a mouse scurrying across the floor. Would you take the house anyway?  I live in the country now and that is something we have to deal with from time to time.  I know how to get rid of them, so I would probably buy the house and just try to clean it up and put out traps.  Mice are so gross.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Sunday Stealing- Holiday questions


Holiday questions

1. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?  Remembering
why we celebrate in the first place.  This is when we celebrate the birth of

2. What’s the most annoying thing about this time of year?  Too busy

3. Who do you celebrate the holidays with?  My family on Christmas Day, but
Karl's family on some other days too.

4. Do you travel during the holidays?  not anymore.  We did when I was a kid.  
We went to celebrate the holiday with my Grandparents in Oklahoma, but
they have passed.

5. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?  both.  I love giving people gifts, but
I also love getting things that other people give me.  One of my kids painted
a rock for me.  I love it.  I think about him every time I see it.  He painted
a little face on it.

6. Who is the hardest person to buy a gift for?  My son, he doesn't ask for much, 
and every time I have tried to surprise him with something I think he will love,
he hates it.  He loved everything this year and he bought me a gift for the first
time this year.  He got me a Beach Boys Greatest Hits CD (2 CD's actually).
I love it!

7. What is your traditional holiday meal?  ham, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, 
dressing, deviled eggs, hot rolls and desserts.  I am thinking I will make my
cheesy burritos for New Year's Eve. though and that sounds good to me right
now.  Maybe some cheesecake too.

8. Does your town get decorated for the holidays?  not really.

9. Do you have a Christmas tree?  yes

10. If you have a tree, what is on top of it?  an angel

11. Do you decorate the outside of your house with lights?  oh yes! 
Lots of lights.

12. What is your favorite holiday memory as a child?  Being with family
especially my Grandparents.

13. What is your favorite holiday dessert?  pie...any kind.

14. Do you have a favorite holiday movie?  It's A Wonderful Life

15. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Putting up the tree right after 
Thanksgiving, so we can enjoy it a long time.  My church does more of a
concert to celebrate Christmas.  Our Pastor used to do a skit called The
Innkeeper that told the story of the birth of Jesus through the point of view
of the Innkeeper.  I loved it.  That was a great church tradition I enjoyed, 
but he stopped doing it.  I think people wanted something different every year.

Friday, December 24, 2021




1. As you can see, when Sam Winters was a little girl, she loved giving her annual wish list to Santa. If you could ask Santa for anything at all, right now, what would it be?  I would wish for everyone to be healthy and for covid to go away.

2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?  I would say nice.  I am usually pretty kind to everyone and try to be understanding.

3. Are you traveling this Christmas? If so, are you going by car, plane or train?  No

4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year?  Yes, I always buy little things.  Things that I will definitely use...lotion, candles, hair products.

5. What's your favorite holiday-themed movie or TV special? Have you seen it yet this year?  I like It's A Wonderful Life. I have not seen it this year.  I have watched Home Alone 2 this year and that is all with exception to the Hallmark Christmas movies.  I spend so much time watching those.  I do not have a lot of time to watch the others.

6. Which do you prefer: candy canes or gingerbread?  candy canes

7. Close your eyes and tell us the first carol that comes to mind.  "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".  Probably because that was the first song on our caroling list when we took the kids around singing at school.

8. What's your favorite winter beverage?  hot chocolate.

9. What do you remember most about the 2020 holiday season?  Everyone being nervous about being around other people because of covid.  My mom is actually not coming up this year because she is worried about this new strain, and she is high risk.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Tuesday 4 Meme- Christmas at Tuesday 4


Christmas at Tuesday 4

Welcome Friends.. to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.
Let's discuss Christmas!

1. Is your tree up? How tall... what color lights?  It has been up since the
day after Thanksgiving.  It is about 7' tall.  We are considering a new tree
for next year.  Not any bigger, just one that is pre-lit and easier to set up.
Our lights are multi-colored.

2. Are there gifts under the tree? When do you open them?  Yes, the gifts are
wrapped and under the tree.  We open them on Christmas day.

3. When does it go up and how long does it stay up?  It goes up the day after
Thanksgiving and comes down New Year's Day.  I clean the house up
and get ready to go back to work.

4. What is your favorite Christmas memory and is church in the plans for
 Christmas Eve?  My favorite Christmas memories are being at my
Grandparent's house.  It isn't one specific memory, just the memory
of being with family.  Our church does not have a Christmas Eve. service.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday Stealing- Fauxklore, Part 2


Fauxklore, Part 2

16. Do you want any piercings? no

17. What’s your mouse pad look like?  I do not have a mouse pad.

18. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?  no

19. How do you identify spiritually (do you follow a religion, 
what do you think about soul/spirit, etc.)?  Christian

20. Do you prefer your nails long or short?  short

21. What are your favorite smells?  Jasmine, bakery smells, soft fresh

22. Do you still use a radio or just use your phone/computer for music?  Radio
in my car, but at home, it is mostly on my phone or computer.

23. What kind of socks do you prefer to wear? Bombas, I have ankle ones
for most of the time, but mid-calf ones when I am working to keep me 
warmer at recess.  

24. Do you have any family heirlooms?  I have some things my Granie made. 
She crocheted and painted ceramics, so I have several ceramic holiday
things.  I have my Grandparents bedroom set.  It is made of Pecan. 
It is pretty, durable and heavy.

25. Are there any musicians you didn't like at first but grew on you?  Ozzy Osborne
freaked me out when I was a teen, but I love him now.

26. Is there anything you used to love but now dislike?  I am sure there are
many things, but nothing is coming to mind.  

27. Your favorite place to be aside from your home?  Anywhere on vacation.

28. What is your favorite kind of tea? sweet

29. Any old home remedies you use when you're sick?  chicken noodle soup, it
isn't really a "home" remedy, but I always think Vick's helps me.  Sleep is the 
best thing of all.

30. What level of brightness do you usually keep your phone at?  It is on pretty 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Saturday 9: Please Come Home for Christmas


Please Come Home for Christmas

Saturday 9: Please Come Home for Christmas (1992)

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

1) In this video, Jon Bon Jovi recalls decorating the tree with Cindy Crawford. They took turns wearing a Santa hat. Will anyone in your household be donning a Santa hat this season?  That will be me.  We are having a wear  Santa Hat day at school the same day as Santa visits, so I will be wearing my Santa hat that day.  
2) He sings of the salutations he's received from friends and relatives. Have you received many holiday cards this year?  no, how sad is that?  It gets worse every year.  I did send out cards.
3) Will you wrap many presents? Or do you prefer to use gift bags?  I wrapped 17 gifts for my pre-k kids and I always wrap Josh's.  Everyone else's are in gift bags.
4) Jon Bon Jovi says he and Frank Sinatra are distant relatives. Do you believe that musicality is a genetic gift, or that it can be taught?  I definitely think it is genetic, but it can be learned too.

5) Jon is such a big Star Wars fan that he wrote a carol called "R2-D2: We Wish You a Merry Christmas." There a dozen Star Wars movies. How many have you seen?  a few...Karl has seen all of them.  They are ok, just not my thing.

6) Jon once guest-starred as Carrie's love interest in an episode of Sex and the City, the popular HBO sitcom set in New York. The new reboot, And Just Like That, also centers around NYC life. Where does your favorite TV show take place?  Yellowstone, it takes place in Montana.

7) Jon met his wife, Dorothea, when they were still in high school. Do you remember who you wanted to marry when you were in high school?  Probably David, my high school boyfriend.  It wasn't a teenage tv star or anything.

8) At Christmastime 1992, when this song was released, toys that tied into Disney's Little Mermaid were very popular. Have you purchased toys for anyone on your gift list this year?  no, I usually get the dogs toys for Christmas, but I am leaning more toward some treats.

9) Jon recorded "Please Come Home for Christmas" to benefit The Special Olympics. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.  Convoy of Hope.  They recently helped get supplies to the tornado victims.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Sunday Stealing- Fauxklore




1. Have you ever been caught outdoors away from shelter during a thunderstorm?
During a thunderstorm yes, a  I keep an eye on that kind of 
weather really close.  We had tornadoes Friday night.   I try to stay safe
during thunderstorms too, but sometimes I am out driving and just have
to get home as fast as I can.  I keep an eye on radar.

2. Did you ever build furniture forts as a child?  Yes, with blankets and chairs.

3. Do you use any medicines daily?  yes.

4. When was the last time you used a disposable camera?  I am thinking Josh's
first birthday or maybe a wedding around the same time.

5. When was the last time you flew on a plane?  never

6. How many first cousins do you have?  only 6

7. What’s the longest period of time you’ve gone without sleep? only like
36 hours or so.  I stayed up one time to study for a test.  I only did that
one time.  I sleep pretty good, so I am usually able to get to sleep.

8. Did the house you grew up in have a big yard?  yes, very big.  The
house next door to us burned when I was little and my parents bought
the property next door so that would never happen again.  It almost
burned our house too.  Anyway, I had my yard and that yard to play in.

9. What has been the most difficult class you’ve ever taken?  Probably
trigonometry. I am not good at math.

10. What’s something that’s much more difficult than a lot of people realize?
loss, everyone deals with loss differently.  It can cause trauma, depression, 
it can change your life.  I am talking any kind of loss...a death, job, marriage, etc.

11. What are some things a house would need to have for you to purchase it?
large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fenced in yard.  We have a large bedroom in 
our current house and when we looked at houses in the past, we could not
find a house with bedrooms as big as ours, so I didn't like them.

12. Would you ever go out in public wearing pajamas?  no, that is not something
I would do.  

13. Have you ever had a lemonade stand?  no

14. Do you think you look older or younger than your real age?  I am told I look

15. Where have you lived throughout your life?  I lived in Kansas for 6 months
up around Kansas City and the rest of my life has been in Missouri...5 years
in Joplin for college and a job and the rest in the Springfield/Branson area.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Saturday 9: Drivers License


Drivers License

Saturday 9: Drivers License (2021)

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

1) This song is about a girl who just got her drivers license. Who taught you to drive?  My dad.

2) Do you like your drivers license/state ID photo?  It is ok, I have always had pictures that were decent.  I have seen crazy ones though for other people.

3) Think back to the first ticket you received. How old were you, and what was it for?  I was probably around 23 or so and I was driving too fast in a school zone.  It was when I lived in Kansas City and I quickly found out their police stop everyone there (Overland Park, KS).

4) In this week's song, Olivia Rodrigo is brokenhearted, driving through her boyfriend's neighborhood, certain that he has taken up with the sophisticated blonde girl. When it comes to romance, do you have a jealous streak?  I did when I was young, but I do not now.

5) Olivia grew up in Temecula, California. Temecula is home to 40 wineries and dozens of tasting rooms. Have you ever attended a wine tasting?  no

6) Her first on-screen appearance was in a commercial for Old Navy stores. Old Navy is owned by the same company as Banana Republic, Gap and Athletica. Have you done any of your holiday shopping at one of those stores? (Yes, their websites count.)  no, not any of those stores.  I got some things for Josh from Hollister though.

7) She went on to star in projects for Disney studios. That's also how pop stars Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, and Christina Aguilera got started. Arguably the first teen star created by Disney studios was Annette Funicello. Do you remember her?  a little, it seems like I have seen pictures or something.

8) "Drivers License" was one of this year's most popular songs. One of this year's most popular books is John Grisham's The Judge's List. Do you expect to do much reading between now and the end of the year? If so, what's on your TBR (to be read) list?  I have a few on hold that should be ready by next Friday.  The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowly Heller, Final Girls by Riley Sager, and Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay.  Daisy Jones and the Six might be ready before I have to return to school also.

9) Random Question: What is the longest line you ever stood in, and was it worth it?  I think it was the DMV during the 2020 Covid summer.  I was there a long time and it was after the shut down and everyone was trying to get their items taken care of.  I was renewing my driver's license, so yes, it was worth it.  I was able to wait in my car.  They didn't want anyone around each other.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Sunday Stealing- League of Extraordinary Penpals


 1. What are your plans for December?   I have two more weeks of school and then we start

Christmas Break.  I am going to get in some reading during that time off from
work.  We have a family Christmas dinner tonight (Mexican) at the restaurant
Josh works at.  I am excited about that because of the food.  I want to go and 
see some Christmas Lights and I am finally getting my hair cut and colored. 
It has been since July and I have a lot of gray right now.

2. How do you celebrate your wins/success?  go out to eat, either with friends
or family.

3. Are holiday movies only for the holiday season?  I think no, but I mostly only 
watch them during the holidays.  I think for me it makes the holiday more
special. I think Josh has a few movies picked out for us to watch over my break.

4. What would you consider a waste of money?  I am going to skip this because
what I think is a waste may be very important to you.  I think that is personal.

5. What do you like to eat for breakfast?  I like biscuits and gravy, but I also
enjoy eggs and toast also.  I think breakfast is so yummy.  If I eat breakfast 
though, it is at school with the kids.  I rarely eat breakfast at home.

6. How do you feel about poetry?  I enjoy some of it.  It is really good to use
when you are teaching kids how to read.  On a deeper level, I like a good poem.

7. Are you shy?  I am kind of.  I am a person that is a bit reserved/shy when I
first meet people, but once I get to know them and trust them, I am very chatty.

8. Do you take time to reflect on your goals?  I do usually during my prayer time
or right before.

9. Something you are curious to know more about?  I am not sure, but I love
to learn about almost anything.

10. Something that makes you feel fancy.  Sometimes my clothes make me feel
fancy and my beauty products.  I love my hair and make-up products
and lotions.

11. How you’re still handling the pandemic?  I try not to think about it.  I did
last year when I went back to work and I was super nervous, but I have been
ok so far.  It is out of my control.  I have done everything I can to protect myself.
I do not watch the news very often either.  Here is the Bible verse I live by:

12. A close friend you’ve never met in person?  When I had my country graphics
website, I became friends with several of the ladies.  One of them is Susan.
I have a friend that I talked to on the phone a lot.  Her name is Kat.  I would
write her letters when I would go on vacation or to visit my Grandparents.  
That was back in the day when I did not have a laptop or internet access or 
even a cell phone.  I think many of us talked on the phone and I would get so 
sad knowing I would never meet these precious ladies.  One of them told me 
we would all meet in heaven and she is so right. In fact, some of you knew Toni
and she is waiting for us there now.  Anyway, I have many friends I have never 
met in person and that includes all of you reading here today.  We may not
be close, but I think about you all and wish you well.

13. Do you get in on trends early or later?  Later.  I usually hate things at first.  I 
do not do well with change sometimes.  Then I finally get on board and it goes
out of style and I have to start over. 

14. What is something you do on a regular basis?  I am very routine oriented so I can
be running on time.  I do a lot of things regularly.

15. Do you enjoy spending time with family?  I enjoy spending time with my mom
and my dad when he was alive.  I can take everyone else in spoonfuls.  My
husband's family gets on my nerves.  They are so loud and yell all of the time.