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 decorator....money 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 Dickens...so 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?
Persist!

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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.

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