Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday 9--Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing (1985)

Don't know this outstanding classic?  Or haven't seen the groundbreaking MTV video?  Find it here.

Gotta give it to Sam--I am a huge Dire Straits fan, and never tire of this song.  Fabulous choice for this week!!!

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What's the last thing you wore on your head?  I have this great sun hat from Sunday Afternoons called the Shade Goddess hat (don’t you love that), a breathable fabric, wide brim, with a little flap to cover my neck and an adjustable strap thing to keep it on my head.  With the crazy sun we have here in New Mexico, this thing gets a lot of use! 'Course, LOL, that is NOT me in the picture.  But the hat is identical :)

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2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What's the biggest purchase you've made lately? A new motor and squirrel cage assembly for our air conditioner.  Was it big in size or expense? Expense, definitely, about $700.  Not so big in size.  I had no clue what a squirrel cage was, but now I know.  It basically pushes the cold air into your house.

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  Fun fact--in all the places I've lived, people just call an air conditioner an air conditioner, or "the A/C".  Here in my part of New Mexico, it is called "refrigerated air"; as opposed to swamp (or evaporative) coolers.  I get a kick of it every time, and envision some old Route 66 motor court with a blinking neon sign "refrigerated air!!".    

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions?  Something bit me on my foot between my big and second toes.  It itches.

4) The term "dire straits" describes a troubling situation that's difficult to extricate oneself from. When's the last time you found yourself in dire straits?  A few weeks ago.  Got through it.

5) There's a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It's a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both?  Fascinating, especially the bird-like theories.

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist?  Definitely journalist.  I suck at music.

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it's more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now?  Nope, ate the steak a couple of days ago.  But we're headed to the grocery store today, so there's a distinct possibility that some steak might find its way to the freezer.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today's young people look up to?  I have not a clue, not having any young people in my household, or general vicinity even. 

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you're handed doesn't have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want?   I order what I want.  If they were on a budget, I doubt they’d have brought me to a place that has no prices on the menu.  Or…if they did it by accident, I hope they’d say so.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Love Me Some Questions

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1. Has anyone ever made fun of your taste in music?  Not really.  My musical tastes are all over the place and have changed a lot over the last couple of years.  I think people are more surprised by my love of bluegrass and traditional Appalachian music—it’s not exactly mainstream.  All my co-workers are listening to classic rock on their earbuds, and I’m rocking out to Ola Belle Reed.

2. Is anyone’s birthday coming up?  Hubs, at the end of September, which also is my next three-day weekend, hooray!

3. Do you remember who you liked in grade eight?  A boy named Chuck.  Tall, gangly, long strawberry blond hair.  I’ve always been attracted to redheads since then, lol.  First two husbands were redheads, this one is not.  Go figure.

4. When was the last time you burned any part of your body?  A few weeks ago, when I stupidly grabbed the handle of a pot of boiling water without putting potholders on first. 

5. If I gave you ten dollars, what would you spend it on?   I’m working on replacing all my hard/soft cover favorite re-reads with Kindle books.  This project will probably take decades, haha.  So, I’d buy a Kindle book.

6. What are you most excited about right now?  Starting my MBA in Healthcare Management.  I love, love, love learning new things.

7. Does / did either of your parents serve in the military?  Yes.  My father was a proud member of the U. S. Navy Submarine Service.  He served on the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus.  This photo shows him in his United States Submarine Veterans gear, headed to a meeting.  I sure do miss him....he was larger than life.  Fair winds and following seas, Dad.

8. Are you somewhat of a perfectionist?  Somewhat?!?!?!  That doesn’t even begin to describe it.  It can be a real hindrance, let me tell you.  Fear of not being able to do something perfectly has kept me from even trying to do so many things….

9. Do you like sour candy?  I’m not a candy person period.  Give me salty any day.

10. Are all nighters something you have grown used to?  Not so much.  Back in the day, I worked 12-hour nights, but that is definitely was not good for my mental health.  I’m happy to be a sleep at night person these days.

11. Do you usually wear sunglasses when you’re driving?  Always.  I live in one of the sunniest states in the US—we have something like 325 days of blue sky and sun a year here in New Mexico.

12. Do you wear your shoes around the house?  I have “house” shoes.  Cheap flip flops in summer, and fuzzy hard soled slippers in winter.

13. What clothes are you most comfortable in?  Old, washed-a-million-times, soft PJs.  I change the minute I get home.  Getting the underwires off is KEY, lol.

14. Are you good at painting nails?  Hell to the no.  I bite my nails, so don’t bother with them.  I let the lady at the nail salon deal with the pedicure.

15. Smoothies or slushies?  Neither, but if I had to choose—a smoothie.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday 9: No One's Here to Sleep

Saturday 9: No One's Here to Sleep (2013)

1) This song is the theme of How to Get Away with Murder, the legal drama that premiered in 2014 and airs on Thursday nights. Are you fan?    Not really.  I saw the first couple of episodes, and while Viola Davis was fabulous as always, and I’ve enjoyed other Shondaland shows, I just could not get into it. 

2) The song's refrain says, "I'll never catch up with you." Behind the wheel, do you carefully observe the speed limit? Or do you have a lead foot, making it hard for anyone to catch up with you?  Welllll, somewhere in between.  Our speed limit on the Interstate is 75, and I’m usually doing 10 over, along with just about everyone else.  In town, speed trucks are everywhere, so I usually keep it right on the speed limit.

3) How to Get Away with Murder is about Annalise Keating, a law professor at a top Philadelphia university. She has a reputation for being tough, demanding and able to turn her students into successful defense attorneys. Tell us about a teacher who helped prepare you for life after graduation.  The clinical instructors in nursing school were the most important to me--real world, on the floor, at the bedside education in nursing.  That’s the way it’s done.

4) The students she feels show the most promise -- and are recruited to help her solve murders -- are known as The Keating Four. Did you ever sense that you were your teacher's favorite?  In 3rd grade, in a tiny town in Mississippi, I had a teacher named Miss Stringfellow.  She had an enormous, died black a’ la Priscilla Presley, beehive hairdo.  She loved me (I have no clue why) and she put my desk next to hers and called on me often, etc.  It did not endear me to my classmates, but it was nice to get the attention.  I didn’t really care about my classmates, I was more of a “impress the grownups” type.  I spent my recesses sitting in a corner of the playground reading a book, lol.  Besides, I always knew we wouldn’t be at that school that long.  One more year, and it was on to a new school, thanks to my father’s career.

5) Viola Davis was just nominated for an Emmy for playing Professor Keating. Ms. Davis was born on a farm in SC. Have you spent more of your life in a rural, suburban or urban setting?  Rural and suburban.  Cities sort of freak me out--they’re exciting to visit, but extremely overwhelming.

6) Next to Annalise Keating, Viola Davis is best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Aibileen in the movie, The Help. Have you seen it?  Yes.  Fantastic, important film.

7) In 2014, the year How to Get Away with Murder premiered, we lost two famous comedians: Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Who was the last person to make you laugh out loud? (This means actually, literally laughing out loud, not just keystroking LOL.)  My husband, yesterday.

8) The 2014 Olympics were held in Sochi. Have you ever been to Russia? If not, is it a dream destination of yours?   Nope, and nope.

9) Random question: The sign on the railing says, "Wet Paint." Do you touch the railing to see if it's really wet?  Nope, I’m a rule follower, lol.

Forgiveness is a Thing

Well, as you saw in my last post, things have been less than happy around the old homestead.  Long story short, hubs quit school at the beginning of the year, did not graduate, and did not get a job.  He lied to me about all of that.  He got dressed for school, went to the library, and sat.  Came home for lunch, took Maddie to the dog park, and went to the library. Came home after I did.  I had no clue.

He told me finally, because he knew I'd be expecting a non-existent paycheck to hit the bank.  He had packed, figuring I would boot him out.

I freaked out, was pissed, horrified, and every other adjective you can think of.  Still am pissed.  But I've decided to forgive him, and like my Mom says "forge ahead".  He is the love of my life, but more importantly,  my best friend.  Which makes the whole thing hurt more, I suppose.

Counseling is in order.  For both of us.  He's re-applied for school.  I kind of understand some of reasons for leaving school, but not the execution...obviously.

He called the parents, both his and mine, and confessed/apologized.  I told my co-workers, since I had raved to them how proud I was of him, and now I'm telling my few readers.

I still have faith that he will be a wonderful teacher.  That may be misguided, but it's mine, and I'm gonna hang on to it.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Not the Best Week Ever

This week has sucked.  This year has sucked.  I found out this week that someone very dear to me has been lying to me for EIGHT MONTHS.  Elaborate lies.  That I shared with others.  I feel like a gullible fool.  I feel betrayed.  I'm embarrassed that I unwittingly have lied to others.  And I am pissed beyond belief.

I literally can't believe this happened to me .... AGAIN.  What is wrong me, that I can't see this shit while it's happening?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Saturday 9--Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs

1) This is the theme from Frasier, a TV show that ran from 1993 to 2004. Were you a fan?

Not so much, I’ve seen it, and enjoyed the characters especially, but never really became a “fan”.

2) The show is about a radio advice show host, Dr. Frasier Krane. When you listen to the radio, do you tune in for talk or music?  

I used to listen to the news every morning on the way to work, but it literally started depressing the hell out of me, and was NOT a good way to begin a workday.  I’ve replaced radio with podcasts. 

3) The theme's composer explained that tossed salad and scrambled eggs are both "mixed up," like the people who called Frasier's radio show. Which did you eat more recently, tossed salad or scrambled eggs?  

Yesterday I had an egg scrambled with a handful of spinach.  Yum.

4) Peri Gilpin played Roz, Frasier's coworker at the radio station. The actress originally cast was Lisa Kudrow, but the show's producers didn't feel she was "right." Being released from Frasier gave her the opportunity to accept a bigger and better part: Phoebe on Friends. Can you think of a time when a setback was really a blessing in disguise?  

Yep.  Took a job that I hated, then, as part of that job, interacted with a person who later was instrumental in me leaving that job and starting a whole new career path.

5) Dr. Krane shared his home with Martin, his retired dad. Martin's favorite chair was well-worn recliner, held together in parts with tape. Frasier tried to replace it by giving his father a brand-new, expensive leather chair as a gift. Martin wanted his old recliner back. Tell us about a present you either gave or received that wasn't a hit.

Several years ago, after my divorce, I bought a beautiful, heavy, sterling silver handmade bracelet at Indian Market in Santa Fe.  Handmade by a gentleman from Santo Domingo pueblo, it was stunning.  It meant a lot to me, it was the first thing I bought as an independent woman.  I gave this bracelet that meant a lot to me, to someone I cherish deeply.  I’ve never seen her wear it in any of the zillion photographs of her on Instagram.  Not once.  I wish she had said “you know, this isn’t really my style” or whatever, and given it back.  Which is petty, I know.  But, still, it’s the way I feel.

6) Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Krane on three different series (Cheers, Wings and Frasier) over 20 years. What job have you held the longest?

Like a lot of nurses, I’ve job-hopped throughout my career.  And we moved around a lot!  My longest job was my last job as a utilization review RN for a health insurance company.  I was there 5 years.  My plan is to stay at this job, as a utilization review RN for a hospital system, for the rest of my working life.

7) Before he found success on Cheers, Grammer played bit parts on the daytime dramas Ryan's World and Another World. Have you ever followed a soap opera?

Back in the day there was something called Ryan’s Hope.  I watched that one summer. 

8) In addition to work in front of the camera, Grammer has done voice over work on commercials for Dr. Pepper and Cheerios. Are either of those products in your kitchen right now?   

Nope, I don’t do cereal or soda.

9) Random question: You're invited to a party where dinner is served buffet style. There's spaghetti with tomato sauce, barbecue spare ribs and buffalo wings. When the evening is over, how likely are you to have a food stain on your clothes?  

Not too likely, I'd avoid the spaghetti and ribs, and I’m pretty talented at wing eating. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Catch Up List

Well, I've been away for awhile.  Stuff has been going on.  So here's a quick rundown:

Went to the doctor, my labs sucked.  Back to the whole "change your eating habits and lose weight or else" go I.  Started a new medication that makes me feel crappy, and eating low carb makes me feel crappy.  Feeling crappy is not conducive to blogging, so there's that.

Really missed being in school.  Yeah, I know, that sounds weird.  I've decided to go back to my alma mater, Western Governors University (WGU) and get my MBA in Healthcare Management.  My mother thinks two Master's degrees are excessive, but whatever.  It's the learning new stuff that I enjoy.  I'm really excited to learn more about the business side of things.  And I didn't want to get a doctorate in Nursing....

My Dad's ashes were finally committed to the deep with full military honors off the U. S. S. Albany (SSN-753) on July 29, during their deployment.  The fact that his ceremony occurred on a submarine was very special.  His service on submarines (especially the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus) was one of things he was most proud of.  A fitting end to a larger than life man.

U. S. S. Albany (SSN-753)
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Maddie graduates from her intermediate class today.  She's been great, but I don't think we'll go on to the advanced.  She has a solid knowledge of all the stuff we wanted....sit, stay, down, come, heel, etc., and she can down stay at the front door of Petsmart with people coming in and out.  She's so freakin' smart.  We are going to give her a treat by taking her to one of our favorite restaurants with a "petio" that is connected to a bookstore that welcomes dogs.  She LOVES going out an about and is SO well-behaved.

I'm really going to try to post a little more often, but rest assured, I still read all my favorite blogs!