Category Archives: Music

Friday Night Asks [THWQ]

Enjoy these questions for a little Friday night fun.

1. Who is your favorite actor/actress on the stage?

– Hmm, I don’t see stage shows, so I’ll go with Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan for film.

2. What are your top three favorite musicals?

– Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady (but I love so many more!).

3. Who sang Little Drummer Boy best?

– Joan Jett.

4. Do you prefer stage, television, or movie productions?

– Movies.

5. What is green with white spots?

– Moldy lime gelatin.

6. If you could only have one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– My fave Bigelow Constant Comment black tea flavored with orange.

7. Who would you like to be stranded in an elevator/lift with?

– A fireman.

8. British, American, Canadian, or Australian English – who does it best?

– Hugh Grant. Can I change my answer to no. 7?

9. How do you like your potatoes?

– With Mr. Grant.

10. What is one breakfast item you don’t like doing without?

– The tea I mentioned above.

11. Butter, Margarine, or something else?

– Butter.

12. What do you like on your waffles?

– Butter & maple syrup.

13. Do you use social media (which platform)?

– WP, Twitter, Nextdoor, Reddit.

14. What is orange and only bounces once?

– A tropical print check.

15. What music videos/songs best sums up your childhood, teenage years, young adulthood, and current age (4 songs)?

– Stones by Neil Diamond.

– Movin’ Out by Billy Joel.

– California Dreamin’ by the Mamas & the Papas.

– The Story by Brandi Carlile.

16. Does is feel like the holidays/Christmas?

– Sure, the chocolate pizza has arrived. Every year another law firm sends us one because we referred a client to them once. When it’s on the counter, all festive, then Christmas is official.πŸŽ„

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30-Day Song Challenge: Not Again!

Day 14: My Wedding? 😱😱😱 There’s only one song suitable for this occasion…

https://youtu.be/bm51ihfi1p4

The Liars Club

Like Fandango, I’m already breaking my own rules and playing a game instead of writing, aka lying. Blame Rory and his Daily Fun Three.

Name Three…

Three of your childhood books?

– Arty The Smarty, The Velveteen Rabbit, Little House on the Prairie

Three of your best memories?

– the themed parties I did for my kids ~ forex… one Barbie/pink, one Halloween/pirates, and one backwards birthday (probably the most fun ever)

Things that are yellow and triangular?

– a slice of lemon meringue pie and a lemon square cut on the diagonal which is now two triangles if you know math which I do so that’s three right there boom πŸ’₯

Wishes you would like to be granted if you had a magic genie lamp?

– instant and complete elimination of all weapons that cause mass death and our ability to make more of same, eliminate pollution everywhere, fix my fucking heater since my landlord is ignoring my text 😑

Beautiful places you have ever visited?

– Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Monterey, CA

Things you fall back on to make you feel better when having a bad day?

– sugar, rage, resolve

Things that best describe your family?

– smart, successful, funny (daughters & sons-in-law)

Of your favourite blogs?

– Fandango, The Haunted Wordsmith, Msjadeli (also all others, bloggers or not, who comment here regularly… much ❀️)

Things you would choose if you had ten minutes in your favourite store if you didn’t have to pay for them?

– three fucking heaters

Dishes you can cook in less than 15 minutes and ready to eat direct from serve?

– I don’t understand this question

Pet peeves?

– passive aggression, vehicles with obnoxious blindingly bright headlights, BMWs in general

Bird species beginning with the name G?

– gnu, goose, green parrot 🦜

Of your most favourite letters from the alphabet?

– XYZ

Of the most boring things you have ever done?

– tried to read Ulysses, played Encore with geniuses, driven from Irvine to LA on a Friday night omg

Questions you would ask of your pet if you could?

– why are you so yowly, why don’t you bury your p00ps so our enemies won’t find us, why can’t you let me smoosh you when I’m cold???

Of your favourite cartoons from now or when younger?

– the Pink Panther, Rocky, Bullwinkle

Of the emoticons you use the most when writing or in social media or comments?

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30-Day Song Challenge: β€˜70s!

I officially became a teenager in 1974, so we can “kill” two songs with one stone here for Days 12 and 13. Just kidding, I have two stones. 🎢

My choice for Day 12, a song from my preteen years is “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” a hilarious 1972 tune by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Yep, I was a warped kid. It begins early! πŸ˜‚

https://youtu.be/-Ux3-a9RE1Q

And for Day 13, here’s one of my very favorite songs of all time: “Stones” by Neil Diamond, 1971. ❀️

https://youtu.be/t0kfeS9WGBA

Foiled by Lobby Music!

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Time: 1:55pm.

Location: My office building, Irvine, CA.

Deets: I innocently step out of the elevator into the lobby, on my way to get the mail, and what do I hear?

NOT THE BOY?!?! 😱😱😱

🎢 pah-rum-pah-rum-rum🎢

Oh noes! I didn’t think he’d get me at work. I’ve stayed out of the malls. I’ve been so good, so careful. But when it’s your time, there’s nothing you can do. You’re gonna go down. That’s just the way it is.

Until next year! Onward!

PS: The mail wasn’t even ready yet. πŸ™„

30-Day Song Challenge: HC

Who guessed “Hotel California” for my Day 11 ~ a song I never get tired of hearing? Hopefully everyone! You’re all winners! And for your prize, click on the video and listen with me…

https://youtu.be/aNyK6EcHlzM

30-Day Song Challenge: Happy & Sad

Alrighty! Mood tunes for Days 9 and 10… good pairing.

“Brand New Key” by Melanie always makes me happy and here’s a fun video to go along with it:

https://youtu.be/9xlOxnl3jgo

“Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend” by Lobo makes me sad:

https://youtu.be/-Co3LwNnXmg

Day 11 will be a big surprise to everyone! Who can guess which song I never get tired of hearing? πŸ˜‚

Sunday Night Ramble

So, it’s been a few weeks since I finished NaNoWriMo (did I mention that I surprised myself and wrote 50,000 words?) and I want to keep the good writing momentum going. You’re actually not supposed to edit what you wrote until January, so I’ve been working on my poetry collection and (of course) noodling around on here.

I’ve also been reading a lot of news. Not gonna jabber on about the political dumpster fires because there’s enough of that elsewhere, but there is one thing that bugs me. I’m sad that the PC police have managed to ruin “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Seems that some folks just can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality. What’s next ~ eliminate the romance novel section at B&N? Plenty of iffy consent scenes in some of those books… I’m surprised there haven’t been boycotts already. Some people can’t stand swear words; others can’t bear gory violence or horror on the screen. To each their own, eh?

Remember the old joke… to some people, kinky means tickling with a feather; to others, it means using the whole chicken. Subjective stuff, a matter of opinion. And in my opinion, opinions should be off-limits to the nannies. Dreamy song lyrics, fantasy art, and fictional novels/plays/films are in the realm of opinion.

I used to enjoy watching beauty pageants when I was a teenager, but now I think they’re boring and dumb. So, I don’t watch them. Wow! What a great solution to the problem of disliking an entertainment offering. Don’t watch it. Don’t read it. Don’t listen to it.

I’m not talking about trolls spewing death threats on the internet or engaging in hate speech. I don’t believe people should be free to engage in this behavior ~ in fact, I think they should be penalized severely.

But as far as fiction and fantasy triggering traumatic memories… there’s no end to that cascade. Some people find it cathartic to recreate a bad memory in fantasy and change the outcome. It’s a form of power. I do this. In fact, most of my writing may be this in one way or another. My NaNo work in progress definitely is.

Back to the writing momentum. Going forward, I’ll probably do fewer blog games and questions and awards because I want to keep my focus on actual writing, such as the prompts and poetry and such. Plus I have to catch up on reading too ~ real books, not just blogs. The games etc. have been a fun break though. Hope everyone understands!

Here’s a cute kitteh to console you.

Song Lyric Sunday: Boys

The first song that popped into my head was “Boys of Summer,” but I bet others will choose that one, so I’m going to come up with something more obscure. Give me a minute…

Aha! “My Boyfriend’s Back” ~ check out this fantastic video I found with no effort at all. Must be my reward for staying home on a Saturday night. Now, I have no idea what horror movie or TV show is going on in this vid, but it’s cool and very well done. I am confident one of my readers will know.

https://youtu.be/s4x4iFmTWtE

The song was originally a hit for the Angels in 1963 and written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer. It’s been covered and parodied many times.

He went away and you hung around
And bothered me, every night
And when I wouldn’t go out with you
You said things that weren’t very nice
My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
You see him comin’ better cut out on the double
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
You been spreading lies that I was untrue
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
So look out now ’cause he’s comin’ after you
He’s been gone for such a long time
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
Now he’s back and things’ll be fine
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
You’re gonna be sorry you were ever born
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
‘Cause he’s kinda big and he’s awful strong
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
(You’re a big man now but he’ll cut you down to size
(Wait and see)
My boyfriend’s back he’s gonna save my reputation
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
If I were you I’d take a permanent vacation
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
Yeah, my boyfriend’s back (La-day-la, my boyfriend’s back)
Look out now, yeah, my boyfriend’s back (La-day-la, my boyfriend’s back)
I could see him comin’ so you better get a runnin’ alright now (La-day-la, my boyfriend’s back)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (La-day-la, my boyfriends’s back)
My boyfriend’s back now (La-day-la, my boyfriend’s back)
Know he’s comin’ after you because he knows I’ve been true now (La-day-la, my boyfriend’s back)

QoQ ~ Saturday Night Special

The daily questions from Queen Teresa

1. What do you put in your sandwich?

– PB&J usually.

2. Sunrises, midday sun, or sunsets?

– Love a pastel sunrise (but also vivid sunsets). Can do without the blasting midday glare.

3. You have 24 hours left to live – how do you spend it?

– Wishing I hadn’t agreed to play thermonuclear war…

4. Do you believe in good luck and/or good luck charms?

– No, but even so there are numbers I prefer.

5. What is your favorite soup?

– Meh, not a soup person except when I’m sick, then the classic chicken noodle.

6. What is the best thing to do in each season?

– Avoid migraine triggers.

7. Have you ever played a sport?

– I liked tennis, ping-pong, and badminton and was okay at each, but it’s not okay to be okay at anything… you must practice like a maniac to get on a team and win win win, else your like is not legit. The tennis coach wouldn’t let me on the tennis team because he said my hands were too thin.

8. What is the most exotic animal you have ever touched?

– Snakes 🐍 probably. I took care of our lab boa in biology. When his head was away from the cage door, I’d open it and pet him. Obviously the teacher would have been mad if he had known.

9. If you lived in the Matrix, what skill would you want to instantly learn?

– Invisibility.

10. What is one blog that you think everyone should read/visit?

– Mine!

11. What is one song that best describes your day so far?

– Year of the Cat.