Saturday, February 17, 2018

Flashback Friday: Making My Valentine Drool....

Feb 1998
I called T.

"Will you be my Valentine?"

"I'd like to be, but not this year."

"Too bad, because IF you were my Valentine, this is what would be waiting for you tonight:  Roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, broccoli, fresh rolls, and a red velvet cake for dessert."

"WOW!  Is it too late to change my mind?  So......who's your Valentine this year?"

"Since it can't be you, then it's my kids."

Before you judge, remember, D was barely speaking to me and with the accident the previous month, was now making weekly trips to the chiropractor.  We were also getting ready to file our taxes.

Next Month:  Tax Refund Arrives!!!

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Present Day:
I was supposed to head home today, since my dad's surgery isn't until March 14th, but woke up feeling wonky yesterday.  Hopefully having lunch with a friend, as well as attending a teleconference with Hydra.

Don't know if I'll go to Kimmieoke tonight at the Eagles, or stay home and watch the Olympics.

Yesterday was a crazy day:  Lindsey Vonn ended up in 5th place in the women's Super G when Austria took over 1st and pushed her to 4th.....then a Czech Republic skier edged out Austria for the gold by .001 of a second!

In men's Figure Skating, Nathan Chen skated a near-flawless long program to go from 17th to first, until Japan edged him out. Then Spain and the final Japanese skater pushed him off the podium.  It ended up being Japan 1st and 2nd, Spain 3rd, and USA 4th.

I'd speculated that since Chen was now in 17th, maybe the pressure would be off and he'd land all his quads.....he did, doing 6, and only bobbling on one of them:)  When Andrea Joyce interviewed him, he confirmed it:  He just wanted to enjoy the moment, with no pressure:)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flashback Friday: Strange Way To Celebrate Valentine's Day....

Feb 1988:
Six months of trying to flip-flop my body clock finally took its toll, esp with the speeding ticket the previous month.  I decided to end my relationship with CS.

As luck would have it, this momentous occasion happened to be on Valentine's Day.  We spent a lackluster day together, most of it while he was sleeping, then I gently broke up with him.  Friends JR and DH took me out to dinner at Ponderosa and presented me with a small teddy bear that I promptly placed on my dashboard (he lay flat on his tummy) and named 'Co-Pilot'.

Friend BH and I, along with JR, went to a local bar, the Round Up, and had so much fun dancing, that I decided to make one more trip down, to party and say farewell to this college town.

Little did I know Fate had other plans.....

Next Month:  Fall out From Speeding Ticket and Oops, Rebellion Part 3?

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Present Day:
I'm currently at my parents' house, helping out for either the next week, or staying longer if my dad's surgery is scheduled.  So far, I've taken down the tree and put away the decorations, and played Words With Friends with K,S, J, F, and A.  I joined the app just to play with my son, and suddenly more people want to play with me!

I have to take issue with this app:  It won't recognize some names; some words; but accepts "QIS" as a WORD?  I've been playing for nearly a week, and some of the letter combinations has just bumfuzzled me.  One game, I was given nearly only vowels, no matter how many times I tried to swap them out.

This is why I've always hated playing Scrabble....

Olympic Update:
Figure Skating, Team Competition:
USA is in 2nd, due to Nathan Chen stumbling and falling twice on his quads, then the Pair duo tripping, but not falling.  Japan's Men's skater was flawless, as was the German pair, the Canadian pair, and the Russian pair.

Moguls:
USA did well in both men's and women's.

Opening ceremonies are tonight!  Anxious to see who's carrying the flag.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Reality Recap

Ink Master #4:  Ingenuity

Flash Challenge:  Painting stairs to make a picture.
Steve:  Issues with teammate, who wants to be a diva (I think???? Had him confused with Daniel)
DJ:  Josh, calling out other contestants and getting on their nerves
Anthony:  David has attitude over his idea not being picked

End Result:
Steve:  Flower
DJ:  Goose
Anthony:  Shadows-Chosen as winner!

Elimination Tattoo:  Mash-up Tatts
Team A targeting Matt, Josh, and Lil D.

Critique-Bottom:
Lil D
Matt
Katie
Gary
Mike
Jason

Chopping Block:
Matt (chosen by coaches)
Lil' D
Katie

Matt sent home.

Amazing Race #5:  Prague
Double U-Turn:  BB picked Well-Strung

Detour:
This (Beer)                 or             That (Astronomy):
X-treme                                        Ocean (decided to switch)
Yale                                               Firefighters
Ocean                                            B/B (wrong lecture hall; decided to switch)
Indy                                              Well-Strung (1st)
B/B
Well-Strung (2nd)

Firefighters finished 1st; off to the bathing in beer!
X-treme 2nd, but found bathing place 1st.
Yale-3rd

Kafta Phones-Roadblock
"The Meaning of Life is that it Stops"
X-treme 1st-earns trip to Perth:)
F/F
Yale
Indy
Ocean
B/B
Well-Strung-Eliminated.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February Reading Schedule

Is it just me, or did January seem to drag?  Maybe it was all the cold and snow that kept me indoors.  Too bad I didn't write anything except blog posts....

So How Did I Do?
Buy inventory  Check:)  Bought copies of HS, CA, and half of what I need of Kenzie's.  TP and Orion still to be ordered.
Write Ch 6 of Heart Song  Nope
Get my clothes out of the box and into a rubbermaid 3 drawer chest Check:)
Organize boys' room  Check:)
Lose 5 lbs Nope; with Christmas and being snowed in for 2 weeks, gained 4 lbs.  Ugh...
Pay cover artist (Paid half!) for Winning Her Heart AND order copies Sitting in my Cart.... 
Pay for March event  Cancelled
Buy new Prayer Journal and calendar  Check:)
Finish watching Criminal Minds (Check!) and The Crown (Check!) before binge-watching Game of Thrones 
Start watching The Ranch on Netflix  (Check!  Watched all episodes!  WOW!)

Books Read:  3
            Print:  2
        E-Book:  1

Karaoke Songs Added:  17
                            Thurs:  3
                                 Sat:  14

February Goals:
Finish Buying Inventory
Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song
Start 'Bad Ideas' story Started 1/30 and finished 2/4!!!!!!
Finish paying WHH cover artist
Lose 5 lbs (starting weight:  236)
Watch SE7 Game of Thrones
Watch Stranger Things on NetFlix
Be helpful to the parents when Dad undergoes knee surgery (aneurysm behind knee cap)
File Taxes


Reading Schedule:
Print:
Lost Child of Hermes-Alison Sky Richards
Beguiled On A Christmas Morning-Sandra Sookoo
The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern
Fiction Sample-Alianne Donnelly

E-Book:
Green Castles-KL Montgomery  Good story!  Was a little lost, locationally at first, but then figured out they were in Greencastle, not Plainfield or Greenwood.
Back To School-Dylan Cross Story began good, but as it went on, I was appalled at how the administrator treated her....seemed to enjoy it also!  Kept hoping it was a pre-arranged 'fantasy', but no dice.  First time I've ever given a 1 or 2 star rating.
This Regret-Victoria Ashley
The Last July-Breanna Thaman
Perfect Stranger-Morgan Kay
Meet Me In Fantasyland-Mary Martinez
Naughty or Nice-Amber Skyze

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs: 

Amazed-Lonestar
***Due to trip to Lafayette, will not be able to sing.  Brower was sick 2/1*****

Sat:
Paparazzi-Lady Gaga (re-sing) Nailed it!
Paperback Writer-Beatles Nailed it!
In The End-Linkin Park (with Melissa) Nailed it!  I sang, she rapped:)
Paradise City-Guns-n-Roses Did well; Elaine sang it with me
Parents Just Don't  Understand-DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Better than in 2011 or 12, when I tried it at Cincinnati Saloon!
Part-Time Lover-Stevie Wonder Not too bad:)
*****Due to Lafayette trip, will only be in town one week******

Monday, February 5, 2018

Philly Eagles Win! #SuperBowl52 (LII)

Super Bowl Observations:
Pre-Game:
Are the cheerleaders for both teams wearing bikinis????? WTH????

Leslie Odom Jr:  America The Beautiful.  Good job!

Pink:  Nat'l Anthem.  Whoo hoo!!!  Found out today she had the flu....as long as she didn't infect anyone!

NO PLAYERS KNEELING!  Whoot!

Commercial #1:  
Ameritrade, with Lionel Richie, trying to get him to say 'All Night Long'.  Cute!

Coin Toss:
Eagles call tails; it's heads.  Pats choose to kick off.

1st Q:
Philly-11 plays, F/G:  3 pts

Comm #2-4:
Cute Sprint comm!
Star Wars:  Solo coming Memorial Day!!
Jurassic Park:  Lost Kingdom.  Looks intense!

Pats-8 plays, F/G:  3 pts

Comm #5-6:
Danny DeVito as Red M&M!  Priceless!
Game of Thrones-inspired/Camelot:  Bud Lite!  TBC....

Philly-TD!  XP, nada.  9 pts

Comm #7:
Dodge Ram and Vikings.....Love it!!

*****End 1st Q:  Philly 9, Pats 3*******

Comm #8-10:
Doritos with Peter Dinklage....awesome!
Mt. Dew Ice with Morgan Freeman.....equally awesome!
Tide:  Weeeeeird.....

2nd Q:
Pats player tried to jump over Philly.....FAIL!
Pats F/G attempt:  Catcher fumbles ball; kick goes wide to left and bounces off upright.

Philly 1....2.....3....4.....punt

Comm #11:
Bud Lite Pt 2....strange.....

Pats player:  Wind knocked out of him?  Sent to locker room.

Comm #12-13:

Great Rocket Mortgage!!!!
Avacados.....weeeeird....

TD Philly!!!!!  2-pt conversion, nada.  15 pts.

Comm #14-16:
Pringles???
Febreeze???
Chris Pratt-'getting in shape' for Michelob Ultra...WTH?

Pats-F/G:  6 pts

Interception by Pars at 5 yd line!!!

TD Pats!!  XP, nada.  Wide left.  12 pts

Comm #17:
Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride-tourism comm for Australia!

TD Philly!!  XP, good:  22 pts

*********Halftime:  Philly, 22, Pats 12*********

Comm #18:
Great Toyota one!!!  Priest, Rabbi, Muslim, and Monk...going to the SB!

Justin Timberlake is in da house!
-???
-Rock Your Body??
-Great shout-out Minnesota!
-??  Sound really not that great.
-??  Can't understand words; music drowns him out.  Great choreography with mike stand!
-???
-???  Playing piano.....PRINCE!!!  "I Will Die 4 U" with projector screen and hologram!!  LOVE IT!!!  Outside shot of downtown Minneapolis....going purple....GREAT TRIBUTE!!!!!
-???
-Can't Stop The Feeling:)   Kid looks thrilled to be taking a selfie with JT!

3rd Q:
TD Pats!!!  XP, good:  19 pts

Comm #19:
Tide:  Stand By Me

TD Philly!!!!  Under Review.....

Comm #20:
Jurassic Park Jeep with Jeff Goldblume....clever!

TD Philly ruled good!  XP yes:  29 pts.  This one's going to be talked about; did the player have control as he stepped out of bounds?

Comm #21-22:
Steven Tyler 'Dream On' as he drives around the track with Kia Stinger.....gets younger:)
The Voice:  Loved it!!!!  Kelly Clarkson is new judge:)

TD Pats!!!  XP good:  26 pts

Comm #23-24:
Babies are Equal....T-Mobile.  Duh.....
Kraft:  'There are many ways to Family"  Again, Duh!

Spotted in-house:  Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Bradley Cooper

*******End of 3rd:  Philly, 29, Pats, 26*************

Comm #25:
Eli Manning dances with another player to Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)  Best one of the night!!!

4th Q:
Philly, F/G:  32 pts

TD Pats!!  XP good:  33 pts (takes lead for 1st time!)

Comm #26-28:
Alexa loses her voice-funny!
Coke For All! 
Peyton Manning and Universal....kid tells him, "You're un-coachable!"

TD Philly!!!  Under Review.....Ruled good!  Another one going to be talked about for days to come....was the player a runner or was he diving?  Ruled:  Runner who was tripped....that makes ball Good when hit the ground.  Player loses ball, but recovers it before it hit the ground again.
2-pt conversion, nada.  38 pts and retake lead.

Tom Brady-picked off!  Philly's ball!  Did the ball hit the ground or player's foot???

Comm #29:
Another weird Tide one.... Tide Ad??  Tie-Dad???

Philly F/G:  Good!  41 pts

Pats 4th and 10, convert 1st down, 45 seconds left in game.  Can't get past 30 yd line, clock runs out.

EAGLES WIN!!!!!!  41-33!!!!!  Brady looks stunned.




Saturday, January 27, 2018

Reality TV Recap #3

Ink Master Ep #3:
Testing Proportion
Flash Challenge:  Coach's Face-Off
Steve-Portrait of elderly man with pipe
Anthony-Portrait of Tiger Lady
DJ- Hand holding apple, with snake above

Steve won the challenge, which meant his team was safe.  The next twist?  2 artists would be eliminated, one from each team....and the coaches had to make the choice.

Elimination Challenge:  Mythical Gods
DJ-Zeus
Anthony-Hades

Observation #1:  Is DJ setting up Sparks for failure?  Told him to flip his stencil, so the face was turned OUTWARD instead of INWARD.  Isn't that a no-no???

#2:  Amanda used Hercules for reference, not Hades.

#3:  Jason has the only color tat.

Best over all:  
Frank's Hades

Chopping Block:
DJ: Deanna, Sparks, Lil' D
Anthony:  Jason, Amanda, Linzy

As they deliberated, Anthony pointed out that Amanda and Jason were coachable; they asked questions and followed his advice.  Linzy did not, so she was eliminated.

DJ and Sparks' feud came to a head when he said both Deanna and Lil 'D's were more coachable.  Sparks packed up.

I was disappointed; Sparks was the only one I remembered from the Angel series, and had hoped he'd do well.  He just picked the wrong coach. 

Amazing Race Ep #4:  France!
In Saint-Tropez, they had to sail a dinghy and collect two parts of their clues.
Team Xtreme was there 1st; Indy didn't read their clue and had to set out again after finally getting the first half.

Speed bump:  NBA had to stack 15 dinghys in numerical order before they could do the roadblock.  Cedric found out his weight was a huge disadvantage:  He kept sinking.

Firefighters didn't understand how to put their car in 'Reverse', and had to put it in 'Neutral', then push it backward.  Geez.....

Ocean seemed lost, but finally found it.  Evan (Team Yale) had a tooth get chipped when the sail smacked her in the mouth.

Detour:  Bread or Tread?
X-Tread (making a sandal) 1st to finish
BB-Bread-3rd
Indy-Bread-2nd
Well-Strung-Tread
Chomp-Tread
Ocean-Tread
Yale-Tread
Firefighters-Tread
NBA -Tread

Head-To-Head Challenge #2:
Xtreme vs Indy
Indy Wins!!!  5K for each!
Xtreme vs Well-Strung
Xtreme Wins!!
Well-Strung vs Chomp
Chomp Wins!!
Well-Strung vs Ocean
Well-Strung Wins!!
Ocean vs Yale
Yale Wins!!
Ocean vs Firefighters
Firefighters Win!!
Ocean vs NBA
Ocean Wins!!!

It was a VERY close win; the tape measure had to come out, and sadly, the NBA players were eliminated 

Next up:  Les Baux!
Roadblock:  Making a catapult while your partner is in stocks.
Ocean finished 1st, followed by:
BB
Xtreme
Firefighters
Yale
Well Strung
Chomp
Indy

Detour:  Bull or Van Gogh Painting Puzzle
All but Chomp went for the Bull.
Ocean finished 1st and arrived at the Pit Stop 1st!  Won a trip to Bali!!
Xtreme and Firefighters were on their heels and got to witness the Proposal!!!
Yale just missed it; arrived as they were kissing.
Indy was able to congratulate the happy couple:)
BB-6th
Well-Strung
Chomp had trouble understanding the puzzle concept, but finally solved it and arrived last.  They were eliminated.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Flashback Friday

Jan 2008:
Hubby underwent cataract surgery, and knowing full well about my eye phobia, decided to describe it in full detail, which had me screwing up my eyes and clutching my ears, vowing to NEVER have it done......or at least get a hefty dose of the 'I-don't-care' medicine.

I also took our Black Lab to Head Start to visit my youngling's class, and she was very well received:)

Eli Manning and the Giants were headed to the Super Bowl!

K received his driver's license:)  When a winter storm hit while he and I were at the store, I very nicely told him to go get our van and meet me at the door, so I wouldn't get too wet.

Next Month:  Valentine's Day!

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Present Day:
Temps have warmed up!  The snow has melted, and things are looking up.

The only uncertainty is my dad's surgery.  He's having two 3-hour stress tests next week, and while Mom asked me to come up, I can't, because W is having a root canal on Tuesday, then we have another appointment on Wed.  Right now, I'm scheduled to go up Feb 5th....but might change it to the 7th, since D has to be in Indy for his doctor appointments on that day.  So we'll see.....

New Diet
We're trying to go low-carb, and a do a modified keto diet.
Mon:  D made goulash (I was at the writer's meeting in Washington)
Tues:  Sweet-n-Sour Chicken (with only 2 cups of rice instead of 3)
Wed:  Homemade meatballs stuffed with goat cheese
Thurs:  Rosemary chicken with quinoa
Tonight, steaks, and tomorrow, spaghetti squash.

Hopefully this will help on my quest to drop 5 pounds each month???