Saturday, March 26, 2022

Saturday 9--Memories

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Saturday 9: Memories (2019)

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

1) This song is a toast. Have you ever performed an official toast (at a wedding, a graduation, a retirement party, etc.)?

Not that I can recall.  I can count the weddings I’ve attended on one hand, and never has anyone asked me to speak.

2) According to Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, this is a "toast to the ones here today." Tell us about someone in your life that you're especially grateful for.

Hubs.  He’s my best friend, my partner-in-crime (well, not really crime), and my alter-ego.  We are so suited for each other, and we’ve weathered some pretty tough ups and downs.  I can’t imagine my life without him in it.

3) Levine is the song's composer. He said he was compelled to write it, to help him cope with the death of a friend. His lyrics acknowledge that "everybody hurts sometimes." What advice would you share with someone who is struggling?

Reach out.  Everyone has struggled…perhaps not in the exact same way, but struggled nonetheless.  Struggling alone is the worst.  Someone to listen makes things not so bad (in my experience). 

4) Adam Levine was one of the original judges on The Voice. Are you a fan of the show?

I’ve never seen it.  I’m more the America’s Got Talent type.

5) Among his friends, Adam is known to be an excellent Scrabble player. Is there a game you're particularly good at (or you especially enjoy)?

Hubs and I love, love, love tabletop games, and I think we have most of the popular ones that can be played by just two players.  Our favorites are Catan Dice and YamSlam.  We have a local place called Slice and Dice that is a pizza joint and game shop.  They have a huge library of games that you can play while you enjoy their amazing pizza—and then you can go to the shop and buy the ones you enjoy.  How cool is that?!  Not to mention, it's right across from Mom's apartment building and the pizza is AMAZING.

6) Though he's a multi-Grammy winner, Adam wasn't always successful. In fact, he was fired after just three hours at his first job as a waiter. Have you ever had a job that just wasn't a good fit?

OMG, yes.  I was fried on the long term care/skilled nursing Director of Nursing role, but I was too far out from hospital nursing to go back to the bedside.  I left Florida and moved to Virginia, and proceeded to get canned from the job I took in the same field, because I just was DONE and did not do a good job.  Fortunately, it led to another job (in the same field, natch) that got me BACK to New Mexico.  Dream!  I managed to fall into a remote utilization review job that led me into this path in my career, and I haven’t looked back.  So getting fired from the job in Virginia wasn’t such a bad thing after all….

7) In 2019, when this song was released, Joaquin Phoenix gave his Oscar-winning performance in Joker. Heath Ledger also won an Oscar for is portrayal of the same character in a different film, and Cesar Romero was The Joker on TV. Today The Batman is doing great business at the box office. Do you have a favorite super hero, or arch villain?

I love superheroes.  Especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  My favorites are Dr. Strange, IronMan, and Black Panther.  I do not care for DC characters (Superman, Batman) at ALL.  Hubs is horrified, but I yam what I yam.

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8) Also in 2019, two familiar names had books on NY Times best seller list: John Grisham with The Guardians and Janet Evanovich with Twisted Twenty Six. Are either of these authors among your favorites?

I read early John Grisham, and really enjoyed his first few books.  I’ve never read Janet Evanovich.

9) Random Question: What's something you wish you'd figured out earlier?

Finances.  OMG, all the money I’ve made over the years and blown.  I didn’t exactly learn good money habits from my family.  My parents didn’t start saving until their 50s, and then they managed to luck out in the cell phone/Apple boom.  I, on the other hand, never got the hang of saving, and when I did, I job hopped, and cashed out those 401Ks to move on to the next place.  It was a long and very steep learning curve that will probably bite me in the ass in the end.  Regardless, I finally got out of debt during the pandemic (yay refinance) and am now concentrating on saving every penny for my retirement.  Hubs being younger (12 years) will be a help, but I’m planning on working full-time until 70, at least.  After that, part-time.  I just want to keep up my current lifestyle, I don’t want to travel the world or do anything like that.  Hopefully, my catch-up contributions will keep me in the black.


  1. Ugh...retirement planning. That is where we fell short, too. The biggest issue now is my husband isn't really on board. He refused to participate in his 401K program for YEARS until first the guys at work talked about it being a good idea and then our tax preparer told him if he'd do it we wouldn't OWE the government every single year. It irked me that I'd been telling him that for years. Anyway, he's still not really into it. He's the type that just cruises through life not paying attention to the details.

  2. #3 -- YES! I wasted so much time trying to be "brave." Who decided that "brave" meant "solitary?" Just surviving the hurt with your heart and wits in tact makes you brave.

    #9 -- Oh, I've made plenty of dumb decisions, too!

  3. #3, I totally agree! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. Financial issues are a pain in the behind. I like superheroes from both universes, though I am not up on them as far as the comics - I stopped reading them when I was like 15 - but I read both and preferred the Marvel women to the DC women at the time. Black Widow was my favorite, followed by The Invisible Girl.