Monday, September 22, 2014


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Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:

-----Ebola. It is being said that the death rate is now 70%.
-----A friend who has broken her arm and needed surgery. She was bucked off a horse.
-----My Husband who is trying to give up smoking. He wants to do this so our children will have less of a chance of taking up the habit/becoming addicted themselves. He has spent a lot of money previously on quitting to no avail. This time, he is trying with the supervision of a doctor and is waiting for an e-pipe that is late in arriving.
-----After two tragedies, Malaysia Airlines has decided they need to cut 6,000 jobs.
-----All who battle mental illness.
-----Friends who were in the desert about twenty minutes from their night's lodging when a person on a cell phone rear-ended them causing a rollover. They have been stranded 3,000 miles from home for the last twenty days or so. One of them is still recovering from the accident.
-----A couple I know who would like to afford getting married this year.
-----My son who is in the military. He has just finished basic training and will be a combat engineer.
-----A friend who is under care at a health rehab. We hope he does not get any further complications/hospitalizations. Things are going well right now as he has been able to walk. If he is able to get in a car, he will be able to come home. It has been a journey of about a year.


This post is in no particular order. Prayer/thought requests just go to the top as I hear more about what is going on. If you can think of a way to help these people, PLEASE do so. This post will be second-from-the-top during the midst of an emergency (such as an Amber Alert).

Note: I would not advise linking to this will wind up with a broken link each time I have to change the post-dating to keep this a Vigil at the Top.

At JPUSA. Summer 2011.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

-----Awesome moment...a video of a mother with Alzheimer's recognizing her daughter for a bit.
-----CVS changes its name and stops tobacco sales! My Husband is going to start stopping smoking this month.
-----Preschooler wants the detailed Hubble Space Telescope kit if Lego decides to make one. The Hubble's 25th Anniversary is next year.


I have started going through an Advanced Reader Copy of "Philosphy Bites Again" (coming out in December). The bite-sized topics in the book are a selection of interviews from a popular podcast...popular meaning 20 MILLION downloads and listeners around the globe. The podcast started in 2007 and the hosts are David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton.

Topics (in order of my interest):
Free Will
The Meaning of Life
The Afterlife
Consciousness and the self

Friday, August 29, 2014

Marc Martel is A Canadian Christian rock musician...and, yes, he has performed with Queen. :-)

The Breast Cancer Site has this awesome hoodie back in stock. :-)

-----California's Yes Means Yes Sexual Assault Bill
-----Sadly, there was not funding for a crossing guard where one was needed...this retired Marine took care of that.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday 9: I Got You, Babe

1) Popular music has produced almost countless groups, but not that many duos. Besides Sonny & Cher, can you name another?
Captain & Tennille. Hall and Oates. Simon and Garfunkel. Pet Shop Boys. Eurythmics. Pink Floyd (in its current lineup). Depeche Mode (my favorite of my answers).
Wikipedia lists 168 Rock Music Duos.

2) Hearing this recording from his clock radio is how Bill Murray woke up every morning in Groundhog Day. What woke you up this morning?
Sinuses....they are kicking my but. I can't take most sinus medicine due to thyroid issues. Ibuprofen is helping some tonight with various stuff but not much. I hate that there has been so many weather changes.

3) When she was growing up, Cher practiced her autograph for when she became a star. Is your signature legible? Or is it more of a scrawl?
Legible. My everyday writing is not pretty no matter how much I try though. I am good at calligraphy but haven't really been able to translate that to my handwriting. It really bugs me that a lot of the schools are eliminating cursive!

4) In addition to show biz, Sonny & Cher had many careers: Sonny was a restauranteur and politician, Cher is an interior designer. Would you like to try your hand at any of those professions?
I used to REALLY want to be an interior and the criticism of others has zapped a lot of that inclination out of me or made me suppress it. When, I eventually have a coffee haus, the menu will be much like that of a restaurant.
---I really liked Cher's "Sanctuary" line when she had that and used to get the catalog. There was a lot of stuff that was medieval-looking.

5) In 1965, when this song topped the charts, Sonny and Cher were as famous for their wardrobe as for their music. Sonny was fond of tall, heavy-heeled boots while Cher often paired granny dresses with bare feet. What's on your feet right now?
Fresh socks as I was cleaning a dish and made water go on the floor (and, of course, stepped in it).

6) By 1968, their career crashed. Cher's early attempts as a movie actress failed, their records stopped selling and the IRS came after them for back taxes. Have you ever been audited?
No. I (paranoidly) worry about it every time a filing is difficult to figure out. The only time we made a mistake though, the IRS sent us a refund of the money we cheated ourselves.

7) In 1971 they were on top again with their TV show. But their marriage was coming apart. Sonny said, "For the last 5 years I worried about our career, not about us." Have you ever been guilty of putting career before relationship?
Probably at times before we were married, as I had many big projects and priorities and did not get to see my (then)boyfriend much.

8) By 1972 they were living separate lives -- in the same house. For the sake of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, they pretended to be happily married another year and a half. Tell us about a time when you pretended to be happy, but weren't.
I had children who picked on me in elementary school and high school. Ignoring it, being cheerful with life and occasionally extremely insulting their lack of intelligence was my strategy. Somehow, no matter how happy, nice or insulting I was to certain people...I was like their addictive cat toy to bat at.

9) While their separation and divorce were bitter, they resumed their friendship when Cher showed up at the opening of his restaurant in 1976. Have you ever made the first move in repairing a relationship?
Yes, but it has only worked temporarily...a few complex family relationships and dramatic people. I keep having to remind myself that just because someone is supposed to be your family or friend, it doesn't mean they will act as such. I hate drama.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reading Bingo 2014

I am starting to participate in Random House of Canada's Reading Bingo Challenge 2014. :-)
I plan to fill the whole card...of course, I would start with reading a book that is over 500 pages. :-)

My first reading choice is 850 pages. A friend says you should have your children read they can read something with morality. I am reading a big Barnes & Noble book that belonged to my Mother...Oliver Twist (which my Mother loved), A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. I suppose most would argue this is four books...but this is the one I want to read. :-)

From A Tale of Two Cities (and the back cover of the book):
"In the black prison of the Conciergerie, the doomed of the day awaited their fate. They were in number as the weeks of the year. Fifty-two were to roll that afternoon on the life-tide of the city to the boundless ending sea. Before their cells were quit of them, new occupants were appointed; before their blood ran into the blood spilled yesterday, the blood that was to mingle with theirs tomorrow was already set apart."

Will Charles Dickens inspire me to think more about morality? I will let you know 850 pages from now.
If you have read these stories, around what age did you first read each? Other authors you would recommend for homeschooling PreK-12?
(Book Number 13,122 in my Mother's books...yes, you read that right).

I have the "casebound" edition (a normal hardback). 
There was also a leatherbound edition published the same year.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday 9 Meme

I thought I had not heard this song before...until I realized it was a cover.
This is the original by Willie "Sugar Billy" Garner.

Well, for some reason, I got the wrong questions.
I will leave these Billy Joel answers up....and put the Joss Stone answers below.
*shakes head at my mistake* :-)

1) This song begins with the story of a man who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a comic. What comedian always makes you laugh?
I don't really watch any comedians consistently. The authors Douglas Adams and Roger Zelazny can always make me laugh.

2) The lyrics say, "You don't need to worry about me 'cause I'm alright." Tell us about a time when you had to reassure your family or friends.
Honestly, there hasn't been one to the extent that there should have been. All the people I have been around handle grief/tragedy in a pretty stoic manner and expect me to do the same. :-(

3) This song was the original theme of the Tom Hanks sitcom Bosom Buddies. Tom Hanks is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother. Is there anyone noteworthy, celebrated or infamous in your family tree?
Dictator, boxer, baseball player, painter.

4) Before going solo, Billy Joel was in bands called The Echoes, The Emeralds, The Hassles and Attila. What do you think would be a good name for a band?
The Baby Hugs....because my daughter just got done giving me sweet little hugs.

5) Billy Joel wrote one of his most famous songs, "Just the Way You Are," for his first wife, Elizabeth. Even though they divorced more than 30 years ago, fans still demand he perform the song in concert. Do you go out of your way to listen to songs that remind you of a long-ago lost love? Or do you avoid them?
I avoid the songs other than once or twice a year. There is one that I avoid totally as I don't really want to learn the lyrics...the song helped me through a tough time but would make me bitter now.

6) In 2008 Billy Joel had to return a $3,000,000 advance for his memoirs because he didn't finish them. Have you ever read a celebrity tell-all?
The one I remember is Priscilla's "Elvis and Me." I am not interested in these types of books.

7) Billy Joel was in a motorcycle accident and did irreparable damage to his left thumb. Are you comfortable on a motorcycle?
If there is a sissy bar and the driver is a veteran motorcycle rider. In some cities, I would not want to be on one at all...due to bad automobile drivers.

8) In addition to riding cycles, Billy enjoys sailing in Oyster Bay. Do your summer plans include time on a boat?
I wish. I am hoping that we get to do a cruise up the Mississippi next year. We are definitely planning a train trip this year.

9) Billy Joel is a popular college commencement speaker. If you were asked advice from the Class of 2014, what would you say?


1) The lyrics say, "I'm as proud as a girl can be." Tell us about something you're proud of.
I am proud of the fact that I am brushing up on my Spanish. I have been making rapid progress via Duolingo and I think I will be fully ready in a year for teaching the kids Spanish as a part of our homeschooling.

2) This song is from her first CD, The Soul Sessions. She's told interviewers that the first CD she ever owned was by Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits. So while we're talking firsts, do you remember your first CD (or tape or record)?
The first thing I can remember listening to that was sort of mine was a book/record of "The Hobbit."

3) Last year, two men were convicted of plotting to kill Joss Stone. Even though she had (fortunately!) never even met the men, she still had to testify during their trial. Have you ever had to speak to a judge?
Yes. Oddly, I am now having a flashback of speaking to one at a traffic or housing court or something like that...a vague memory of something that was a big deal to me at the time. I remember how quickly everyone's "case" was handled. It bothers me how quickly a "speedy trial" can be over and how profoundly snap judgments can financially effect people.    

4) Joss is frequently in the British press because of her friendship with Princes William and Harry. Who among your friends leads the most exciting life?
 I guess different people for different reasons. I find myself being the trendsetter a lot....I both mind that flattering and draining. Sometimes, I have friends who constantly claim my ideas as their own and I don't get over that very easily.

5) Because of dyslexia, Joss had trouble in school and dropped out when she was 16. What's the last grade you completed?
Well, that is a complex one. Let us just say I have gotten much farther in actual credits and studies than on paper. Long story. Anyway, my highest degree will eventually be a Phd. in Environmental Engineering.

6) She provided the voice of the villainness for the James Bond video game, Blood Stone. Do you have a Playstation or Xbox?
We have an XBox and XBox 360.

7) Sam is especially crazy this morning because she can't find her phone. What's the last thing you misplaced?
My class ring. I thought it was lost because people were being careless but I had put it safely away because I noticed people were being careless. I was very relieved when I found it and a ring that Husband gave me which had dropped.

8) After composing this Saturday 9, Sam is off to Lowe's to pick up some heavy duty indoor/outdoor trash bags. Will you be in any stores this weekend?
No but I get to go spice shopping soon! That is exciting to me as spices are ridiculously priced in our city....5 dollars for things that are normally 99-cents.

9) Do you consider yourself more book smart, or street smart?
Book...but I am so much more street smart than I used to be.

Monday, July 28, 2014


1) What do you think of 3D movies?
I would love to see them but I only see in 2D due to true alternating exotropia. I can't look at HD TVs for too long and I think the movies would probably give me headaches.

2) If you could learn one extreme sport for free, what would it be?
I would like to Zorb...I know this would not require skill and many wouldn't consider this extreme but it is what I would like to do.

3) What nearby museums, galleries, or theaters are your favorites?
There re pretty much none nearby. we have to go out of town for such. I like The art Institute of Chicago.

4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Well, the fact that I like lepidoptera, of course...especially blue lepidoptera. :-)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Unconscious Mutterings...a word association meme.

Pescado...I have been brushing up on my Spanish lately. I was collecting Algerian fish recipes for a while...they seem good at making yummy fish dishes in Algeria. I miss having tropical fish...I do have a lot of the supplies still...when Toddler and Preschooler are bigger. The game "Go Fish."
"Fishin' in the Dark" by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Here are the and make a political point.
Moxy Früvous were awesome.

California Dreaming...on a Winter's day. There is a lot in California that I would like my life to be full of.

Martha Stewart Living. To every time their is a season...turn, turn, turn.

Great Expectations...which I have only read a bit of and should fix that.

One of my favorite mugs is the coffee mug we bought my mother...inherited back...I use it often.

The jackets that the Century 21 salespeople wore. Letterman's jacket. Yellow Jackets and their nasty bites.

Bowling. Bowl of Ramen. The band Bowling for Soup. The Rose Bowl...I would love to see the parade and Pasadena (especially the places associated with Julia Child).

Catholic Confessional.

My feet are cold in my socks right now.

Tanktop. Tank Girl. Fish tank. Dunk tank....a friend's pool contractor did such a BAD job that I pictured the falling apart pool being used as a giant dunk tank for a few of the people in that company.

July 23, 2014

This Fall, I want to make feather dance fans with our Preschooler. Like American Indians use for dance (and prayer) but with no religious symbolism. I have been doing some research and I know to cut the feathers across the top. I know that peacock and ostrich feathers are usually used by the Navajo. We will likely be using turkey feathers and collecting decorations from nature, thrift shops and dollar stores. I want to encourage Preschooler to imitate movements...he has very little interest in this other than jumping and things that super heroes do.
Speaking of super heroes...our friend's socks. :-)

Something very cool by The Chicago Chalk Champ.

Mrs. Kravitz decided to report us instead of coming to knock on the door....we could have told her that the guard on the lawn mower blade broke and that Husband had driven out-of-town to get another mower.I hate the American lawn and I am not very fond of Mrs. Kravitz (no idea of her real name but she was sitting on her front lawn watching us earlier as if she were a queen and all she surveyed needed to obey her wishes..she takes real glee in her havoc). I guess pulling every weed down to the tiniest over the next week will help our landscaping efforts.

Toddler said "raffe" (giraffe) a couple of times and "goat" while we were doing Preeschooler's sticker book and video for the letter G. I asked her if she could say "guh" and she said it many times throughout the video. The first time Toddler said guh was the best though...a little voice and little eyes just looking sweetly at Preschooler and I. Toddler may learn letters,etc. at a pretty early age...she is there every time we are working on them. When done, we ate the last of the guh-grapes.
---I like that these alphabet videos feature a gesture to help children remember each letter. :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 22, 2014

Got a picture of Toddler after she had eaten a chocolate chip cookie today. Messy. :-)
She was wearing a cute little sleeveless denim romper today as it was very hot out.
It got cold enough last night that I had pain from Reynaud's Phenomenon but we woke up to hotness.
Some wild flowers that got transplanted in heat did not make it when they had to tolerate this heat, too...
so, back to the drawing board with a border there.
Maybe a few of the wild flowers will make it.  

Dinner from the supermarket for an evening when I was wishing for KFC.
After eating a few bites, we established Toddler does not like coleslaw. She started dramatically spitting it.
Mommy: You don't like that?
Toddler: Uck.
Me: (handing her a bite of something she did like) This is good?
Toddler: (nods head) Good.

As far as smaller quantities of Sioux City sodas, we pay $2.26 for a four-pack at a local supermarket that carries specialty items.

Toddler did a really good job of eating the meat off his chicken legs....that's an accomplishment for a little boy. :-)
We enjoyed some Del Monte organic bananas and I noticed they smelled a lot better than the non-organic bananas we normally get. :-)
When Daddy went to get a prescription, he found Preschooler a Nerf gun for a dollar...Preschooler is so pleased and has decorated it with the big sticker that was on top of the bananas.

I found a really versatile recipe for "Chocolate Banana Buttermilk Bread" that I will make in some form(s) next month.

---I saw a photo of a cos-play that I thought was pretty cool. Of course, people online were criticizing this group (I think from last year's Comic-Con). This kind of thing makes me angry. People tell (semi-famous) musicians that their music was mediocre or criticize something like people who went through a lot of trouble to make something like a costume....yet the critics likely will never attempt anything on that level of craftsmanship. I wish people would please take the time to learn something of what they were talking about before they damage self-esteem.
---I saw several photos of a passive solar home. I am very interested in this (though the expense looks to be great...or, at least, two much for us). Placement of windows is important in this and maybe I can work on modifying our windows a little in this respect....hmmm.

I saw a cool old photo of Michael Jackson skateboarding the other day that was captioned "Blame It On the Boogie."

Husband and I watched this performance of "Slave to the Rhythm" today and were amazed at the "Pepper's Ghost" illusion. A lot of people online think this is a holgram (or CGI or an impersonator).

Almost all of the singing done by Eddie Vedder...epic.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 21, 2014

-----Our toddler sat down properly on a chair today and facing forward! She sat in the chair and played with Iron Man and looked at the Walt Disney book "Thumper's Little Sisters."

-----Preschooler tried Hamburger Helper for the first time today. It was Cheesy Macaroni, sirloin, real bacon bits, a bit of Old Bay and parsley flakes. We were given a few of the multi-packs. I thought it would be a challenge...a bit of Mother used to make it taste good and I think I did good, too. There was also one of his vitamins, black seedless grapes, fuji apples, toasted French bread with butter and milk.

-----I finished reading "Abraham and Sarah: The Long Journey," a novel by Roberta Kells Dorr. The author lived in the Middle East for seventeen years! The books was written in 1995 and I inherited it from my Mother (who bought it in 2007). I did not like Sarah's character very much...fearful and manipulative and I did not see much of the spunk that Abraham saw (the author told of it but did not show it often enough). I would like it if there were a book by this author that explored Ishmael further.
Roberta Kells Dorr missionary, author, artist dies in Kentucky (2010). She was also a popular lecturer and I am hoping I can find recordings.

-----I am planning to reread "Abraham and Sarah" while spontaneously reading another I have started. I am on page 41 of Honkytonk Man by Clancy Carlile. This book was published in 1980 and my Mother purchased it in 1992 (as Number 9,280 in her collection). There are several song lyrics used that were written by the author. It is a rite-of-passage novel that the dust jacket totes as being landmark like "The Yearling," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Addie Pray" (the last one I have not heard of).
~~~I am going to store this with our Nashville Armchair Traveling stuff. A pet project of mine. I want our children to be well-traveled in both real life and in the limitless bounds of their imaginations.
~~~I was planning on looking up some Grand Ole Opry videos for the kids but did not get to that today. Part of the reason was I distracted over thoughts of how I would dearly have liked to take my Mother to see The Grand Ole Opry. She did get to look around there but never saw a concert.
~~~I have some of my parents records. I will soon be playing the songs of Roy Acuff and other Opry stars.
~~~If we can make it to Nashville this year, a friend might be able to visit with us. We also have a lot of friends who perform concerts there (not at the Opry).

-----We miss Oldest and are looking forward to his return from National Guard Basic Training. All these conflicts going on in the world are scaring me. A friend who was career military gave me a talk and told me not to worry and what to expect from the modern day National Guard...I try to keep that talk in mind.

So, stuff like this is what makes it hard to get ahead.
Amazon said Husband's tablet he does not use was "scratched, cracked and broken"....he took a picture and it wasn' much for the 100% rating he has maintained since 2004. The small amount of money for Husband's phone will not come until next month and the money for my phone will not come until a month from whenever the purchaser actually decides to pay (Ebay). A check someone wrote us has not cleared. So, that's almost 4 hundred not arrived and MOST may NEVER arrive.
But hey...we are up $2.75 that I earned...on a gift certificate.
Some days.

-----Toddler explored a show he hasn't watched yet- "Dino Squad" which is about teens who turn into super hero dinosaurs.
-----Did some arm and leg exercises (while listening to AC/DC). Re-aggravated my sciatic nerve on my right leg which has been giving me pains since about July 2nd (so ready for that to go away).
-----I want to become skilled at drawing flowers. This would include pen and ink drawing. I draw little doodles of flowers all over the place...basically, the same doodles since high school. It would be nice to fill the margins of my many idea, project and class notebooks with beautiful flowers.

-----I have added Bolthouse Farms Stone Fruit Juice to our next grocery list. It combines plum and apricot.
-----A copycat recipe for Jimmy John's Avocado Sandwich Spread.

-----Husband was able to get some things that we had in storage. The lawn mower we normally use broke and we were given my Mother's lawnmower (which Husband brought home). Husband is hard on mowers but we are hoping to get 7 years or so of use out of my Mother's mower (happy to have it).

Preschooler is into Peppa Pig and Beanie Babies. I added one to my Wish List (for him). He tells me he would like "a small one and a big one and all the friends." It is too bad we don't have the ability to travel to the UK while Preschooler and Toddler are this age...there is a very popular Peppa Pig's World amusement park.

Fisher-Price's description says this toy is for a girl. I beg to differ...our (male) Preschooler likes both Peppa Pig and dollhouses.

-----We had more of the ice cream leftover from our observance of National Ice Cream Day on the 20th. Husband went out and bought three cartons of Breyer's...Strawberry, Coffee and Girl Scout Thin Mints. When I asked Preschooler, who fell asleep before having some the first night, if he wanted some...he came RUNNING and stated enthusiastically that he wanted Strawberry without having me list the rest of the kinds.
-----I found a CD that a friend gave us called "Go Out With Joy." I haven't opened it yet and I am going to find the tracks to listen and see if Preschooler would like it as a stocking stuffer. The Book of Isaiah is qouted on the front.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Unconscious association meme.

The Charles Atlas Song from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Lou Ferrigno. Strong coffee. I was going to use espresso to make a copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino but I don't have all the indgredients and I think we will just buy more espresso beans next month (in the interest of freshness and having good coffee to drink). The Cowardly Lion. Today is the anniversary of when Bruce Lee died. Bruce Lee. Gale force winds...I just learned that there is such a thing as a "Gale Warning" issued in maritime locations. There are some beautiful strongboxes. I wonder what happened with that strongbox from the Titanic that there was intent to open (back in the late 80s). Strong's Concordance.

Oh bathing suits are making a comeback.

A title for a car. Boxers fighting to hold onto the title. Coming up with a catchy title.

Tick Tock
The clock in Peter Pan. Tik-Tok in "Return to Oz." Tick said in a threat by some movie villian. An analog sound. There is a novel by Dean Koontz called "Tick Tock" and I have no idea what the plot is...I should get on Goodreads and check this out.

I have a friend who is having a dispute with a pool really sounds like one should never do business with Classic Pool of New Carlisle and Troy, Ohio...she has documented MULTIPLE safety issues...I hope it is resolved soon.

I used to get all sorts of complimentary magazines...there is a difference between complimentary and free in the magazine world (free subscriptions do not count towards certain numbers that are needed for taxes).


Stupid drivers make it hard to arrive safely.


So wrong

This post is a work-in-progress. :-)

Monday, June 30, 2014

-----Wondering why I am the one who is at fault when I figure out that people are lying to me. Hmmm.....yeah, nice logic. Apparently, it is a big flaw that I DON"T TRUST PEOPLE WHO ARE LYING. I guess I should learn to bow to those who have DECIDED they are superior. The truth would be so much easier.
-----There is now something worse than the c-string (in women's fashion trends)...the strapless panty.'s couture...right. Please pass some regulations as I don't want to see this on anyone in real life.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday 9 Meme......

1) The subject of this song is frankly sexual. Do you blush easily?
Yes, and I am told that is unusual in today's day and age.

2) Prince is his real name (Prince Rogers, to be exact). Growing up, his relatives called him "Skipper." Do you have any nicknames within your family?
Yes, one of these will be the name of my coffee haus (someday). :-)

3) Prince says he's "obsessed" with Mozart and reads whatever he can find about the composer. What's the last book you read?
I am currently reading a book of my mother's about a wagon train during the time the Mormons were both persecuted and aggressors..."The Fancher Train" by Amelia Bean. If this is the part of history I am thinking, there is no way this story will have anything close to a happy ending. The book came out in 1958 and my mother bought it in of her first couple hundred books (she would go on to have and read THOUSANDS).

4) Between Prince and The Beach Boys, the Corvette is a much sung-about car. Tell us about your vehicle.
Our vehicle is not a much-sung about car...but a much sung-in car. My husband is a musician and also I anticipate many sing-alongs as Toddler and Preschooler get older.

5) In the 1980s, when Prince was popular, MTV could turn a song into a hit. In 2014, how do you hear new music?
The "Discover" function on Spotify. Last night I was listening to "Hey Brother" by Avicii which was recommended because I like some Calvin Harris songs.

6) In 1982, when "Little Red Corvette" ruled the airwaves, Braniff Airways shocked the travel industry and threw passengers into chaos by declaring bankruptcy. When did you last fly? Did your trip go smoothly?
Over a decade ago and there was turbulence.
We usually drive. I love trains and I am hoping we can take the little ones on their first Amtrak trip this Summer.

7) 1982 is also the year Disney opened Epcot. Have you ever been to a Disney park?
Walt Disney World...Magic Kingdom, parts of Hollywood Studios and parts of Epcot.
I was hoping we could go to Disneyland when Husband displays some artwork this year...but it does not look like we will be able to come up with a way of affording either going to the park or getting the artwork to California. :-(

8) 1982 is the year Cheers premiered. The sitcom was set in a bar where "everybody knows your name." Tell us about your favorite local bar or restaurant.
We like a local spaghetti house with great prices. I love that the garlic bread tastes slightly sweet and it is a similar spaghetti house that first acquainted me with the idea of sugar in spaghetti sauces.

9) The 1980s were considered a highpoint in professional tennis, with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominating the sport. Do you play tennis?
Not in a long time. I wish I could get Husband to play with me.

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