Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- Books



 Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.  We ask 4 questions each week to get you talking, thinking, questioning and seeing how your friends feel about things too.   It helps us get to know other bloggers.

Let's think about books and reading this week.

1.Do you have a favorite place to read? Maybe you can post a photo of it or describe it for us?  My area is just my normal chair in my living room.  It is comfy and quiet.  

2.Some say reading makes a person more educated, more informed.  Do you think novels do this in any way? Do you learn things from novels?  Would you tell us what you have learned?  I do learn when I am reading.  I learn a lot when I read historical fiction.  I do learn a lot just reading any type of book though.  I read a book called Before We Were Yours and it was about Georgia Tann.  She would have children kidnapped and then sell the kids to families wanting to adopt children.  It was a great book, very sad...but true.  I had never heard of this.  I can say the same thing about several historical fiction books I have read.  Before we Were Yours actually follows some fictional children, but when Lisa Wingate was writing this book, she talked to several survivor children from this time to create her characters.  Georgia Tann was thought to have stolen over 5,000 children.  She adopted them to wealthy families, some kids were abused and some were killed.  This happened between 1924-1950 in Tennessee.  Joan Crawford and June Allyson adopted from Georgia Tann and the wrestler Ric Flair was a child stolen by Georgia Tann.


3. Are there any books on your list to read right now?  I love to read, there are currently 105 books on my TBR list.

4, Which books did you like the most and which did you dislike most?  I enjoy psychological thrillers (I was a psychology minor in college), historical fiction and romance the most, but I like to try all genres.  This will be an unpopular opinion, but it is mine...I do not enjoy cozy mysteries at all.  They are so boring to me.  I do enjoy Agatha Christie and suspense as well.  

Friday, January 19, 2024

Saturday 9: Young Girl (1968)


Saturday 9: Young Girl (1968)

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

1) The song is about a girl who is too young for romance. How old were you when your parents allowed you to date?  16

2) Lead singer Gary Puckett mentions the girl's perfume. What scent do you wear most often?  I do not wear perfume, but I put on Victoria's Secret Bare Vanilla or Pure Seduction lotion.

3) "Young Girl" reached #2 on the charts and stayed there for three weeks, but it never hit #1. It was stuck behind Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." Are you competitive by nature? Or would you be satisfied doing well, but not being #1?   I am really not competitive.  I am happy doing well.

4) The Union Gap got together in San Diego, California's second most populated city. Have you ever visited California? If yes, where did you go?  no

5) The Union Gap performed at a White House state dinner for special guests Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Some in attendance that night maintain that President Nixon seemed to be playing matchmaker that night between the Prince and his daughter, Tricia. Have you ever tried to fix people up? If yes, did romance result?  I don't think I have ever fixed anyone up.

6) After six Top 20 hits in three years, the Union Gap disbanded. Today Gary Puckett tours as a solo artist on the "oldies circuit" with Peter Noone of the Herman's Hermits. Without looking it up, can you name any of the Herman's Hermits hits? I did look them up because they sounded familiar.  I know the songs I'm Into Something Good and I'm Henry VIII I Am.

7) In 1968, when "Young Girl" was a hit, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. Think about the last wedding you attended. Were you closer to the bride or groom?  groom, my nephew's wedding.

8) Also in 1968, the most popular movie in theaters was Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand. What's the last movie you watched?  Killers of the Flower Moon...such a sad story.  It took place in Oklahoma and my family is from there.

9) Random question -- Come clean: Right now are there more dishes in your sink or clothes in your hamper?  Not much in either.  I just did laundry, but when this posts, my laundry basket will be more full than my sink.

Friday, January 12, 2024

Saturday 9: Hotel California (1977)


Hotel California

Saturday 9: Hotel California (1977)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Don Henley called the hotel's front desk and asked, "Please bring me my wine." He was told they haven't had wine since 1969. When did you last have a glass of wine?  

I am not sure if you will remember this story, but about 4 years ago my teacher friend had a baby shower.  The girl that threw her party had it at a winery.  I never drink, but that day I was really stressed out because I was running late and I got lost, so I had a glass of wine, but just one.  It was delicious.  I do not drink.  I could drink wine though.  Fun fact, I have her 4 years old in my pre-K classroom.

2) The lyrics refer to wine as a "spirit." That is incorrect. Wines are fermented, not distilled, and have a lower alcohol content than spirits. When "Hotel California" was popular, listeners who were into wine called radio stations to let them know about the mistake. Are you a wine aficionado? Are any of your friends or family knowledgeable about wine?  

I am clueless.  The Principal at our school loves wine.  I bet she knows some things.  My teacher friend Tania probably does too.

3) In the song, Henley sings about looking for the door that will take him "back to the place I was before." Don says that refers to a loss of innocence and a longing for a simpler time. When you think about "the good old days," where does your mind wander to?  

It always goes to high school and being at the lake, but I really loved college and my life then too.
4) With five #1 singles, six #1 albums, and six Grammy awards, it's generally agreed that the Eagles were one of the most popular groups of the 1970s. Which decade produced most of your favorite songs? 

70's, 80's and 90's.  I stopped listening to popular music when I turned 50.  I started hating it.  Funny how that happened.
5) The Eagles were formed in 1971 when four of them happened to find themselves hired to play back up for Linda Ronstadt. The men found they really hit off and wanted to keep working together when the gig with Linda was up. Tell us about how you met someone important in your life.  

I feel like I should just stick with my teacher friend Tania who had the baby shower.  My first year at the Primary school, she was a teacher in ECSE (early childhood special education)...she still is, but I met her then.  Just at school.  We do things together sometimes, but mostly teacher friends at school.  She is great.  We share ideas for lessons, etc.
6) The Eagles are still on the road, filling big arenas for their Long Goodbye tour. One explanation for their enduring popularity is that their music spans genres. They scored hits on the rock, pop and country charts. Other popular categories of music include classical, gospel, jazz, Latin, reggae, New Age, and rap. Which do you listen to most often? Which did you listen to most recently?  

I listen to classical, gospel, latin.  I don't listen to any of those real often.  I would say gospel is the last I listened to.
7) In 1976, when "Hotel California" was topping the charts, the trend in home decor was vibrant. Intense copper, bright pink and vivid avocado were among the popular colors for bath towels, mats and shower curtains that year. If we were to peek into your 2024 bathroom(s), what colors would we find?  

I need to redecorate my bathrooms, but one is gray and blue and the other is crimson and cream.  I know they sound crazy, but they are pretty.
8) Handbags were big in 1976. Not just in popularity but in size. Purses routinely had compartments on the inside and pockets on the outside. When you leave the house, do you travel light? Or do you prefer to carry a lot with you?  

We are talking a purse right?  I like to carry my wallet and phone.  Then I add some gum, keys.  Not a ton.  I will say light.  I think a lot of teachers carry a lot though.

9) Random question -- How different is your life today than it was a year ago: (a) a lot; (b) a little); (c) not at all? 

It is a little different this year because we are taking care of my mom more.  Not a huge difference though.  She is fine now, but the weather is so crazy, we just have kept her at our house.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- Food and Health

Food and Health

 Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4....

How we eat, drink and exercise are important to our health. Let's talk about it.

1. Do you believe you eat a healthy diet and what makes it healthy?  I really try to have a healthy balanced diet, but if I am being truthful, I could do a lot better.

2. What sort of drinks do you have with meals or between meals. Does it include enough water?  I have two caffeine drinks in the morning and I drink water the rest of the day.  I need the caffeine to get myself going.

3. Do you enjoy snacks throughout the day and what kind do you enjoy?  I eat more snacks when I am at home, but when I am working, I do not have snacks.  I like chocolate and crackers.

4. How do you make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet?   I eat a balanced diet, I try anyway.  I take some supplements...mostly for immune system though.  I need to be on a good multi-vitamin...any suggestions?

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Sunday Stealing- My Favorites


Sunday Stealing

1. Favorite food- Mexican (burritos)

2. Favorite color-red, but I love all of the colors

3. Favorite Animal- dog

4. Favorite thing to do on a cold day- read or watch tv

5. Favorite vacation spot- by the ocean

6. Favorite TV show- I am currently enjoying The Crown

7. Favorite Mythical creature- unicorn

8. Favorite fairy tale- I like all of the different versions of Cinderella

9. Favorite thing to draw- houses, hearts, people, dogs

10. Favorite scent- vanilla

11. Favorite mode of transportation-car

12. Favorite vegetable-green beans

13. Favorite candy-chocolate

14. Favorite sport-baseball and football

15. Favorite weather- sunny and warm in the 60's or 70's.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Saturday 9: This Could Be the Start of Something


Saturday 9: This Could Be the Start of Something (1959)

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

Welcome to the first Saturday 9 on 2024.

1) We're beginning the year with an optimistic song about starting something new. Right now, are you feeling positive about 2024?  Not really.  I spent New Year's Eve at the ER with my mom again...another UTI and she was confused.  We were there 6 hours.  We went to bed at 4AM.  The ER got busy at midnight with the people that had been drinking too much.  Anyway, she I am writing this on Friday morning and she is at our house, but could probably go home soon.  It is snowing , so we shall see.  Josh also caught something from the ER, so I am keeping an eye on him too.
2) In this song, Jack Jones sings that because he's on a diet he declines a rich dessert. Are you trying to lose a few pounds after the holidays?  not right now.

3) The specific dessert referred to is a Charlotte Russe, a cake made with custard, fruit, cream, whiskey and gelatin. Preparation sounds like a great deal of work! What's the most recent dish you whipped up in your kitchen?  I baked cookies the other day.  I have been cooking food for my mom.

4) The lyrics contrast dining at Sardi's in New York with sunbathing in Malibu. Do you enjoy nightlife or are you more outdoorsy?  I would have said nightlife when I was younger.  I like to take walks outside and be in the pool, but the mosquitoes keep me inside.

5) This week's song was written by Steve Allen. While best known for his work on TV (he was the first host of The Tonight Show), he was also a composer who felt most creative at the piano. When do you feel most creative?  I don't really ever feel creative.  I will say lesson planning and house decorating.
6) This week's artist, Jack Jones, won a pair of Grammy Awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yet he's probably best known for singing the song that welcomed travelers aboard The Love Boat every week. What TV theme song can you sing along with?  FRIENDS, but I can sing a lot of theme songs.  
7) In 1959, when this song was popular, "continuing dramas" (aka soap operas) like Young Dr. Malone and Ma Perkins were broadcast daily on the radio. When you turn on the radio, do you listen for news, talk or music?  music

8) Now let's turn the calendar and our attention from 1959 to 2024. Is there a skill you're looking forward to learning, or improving, this year?  The only skills I have planned to improve on right now are teaching reading skills.  I will be attending training for specifically teaching young kids reading.

9) Have you purchased anything on impulse yet this year?  I have bought some more clothes.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Tuesday 4- Happy New Year!


Happy New Year

Happy New year!
Let's  start off the year with some questions about you....

1. What was your dream job when you were a little kid?  I wanted to be an anthropologist when I was really young, then later in high school I wanted to work in medical technology. Alternatively.. what is a dream date?  nice dinner and musical theater.

2. Who is going to play you in the movie about your life? Sandra Bullock

3.What is the best life lesson you have learned so far? God is enough.

4. What is your favorite name for a girl.. how about for a boy?  I had a student named Whitley that I really loved her and I liked her name.  Josh is my son's name, so I will go with Whitley and Joshua.

Thank you for making Tuesday 4 a success and for helping to keep Toni's project going. I know she would be pleased.   I am so grateful for all of you.