Sunday, July 24, 2016

Why I Won't Wear The Suit

One of my favorite authors, Jennifer Weiner, has started a campaign called #wearthesuit, and by suit she means swimsuit.

I love the idea. I don't think anyone should feel ashamed to get in the pool or go to the beach if they want to, no matter how much they weigh.

This campaign has really taken off and I think that's absolutely wonderful. No one should be kept from doing something they love to do because they are scared to put on a piece of clothing.

As for me, I won't be wearing the suit. It has nothing to do with weight, though to be honest, I don't wish to find out what size I'd be wearing these days.

When I was stick thin, I hated buying a swim suit. They always looked awkward on me. Plus I'm one of the few people that absolutely hates anything to do with swimming.  I don'I t think I've had a tan in years. (At least since I used the tanning bed in the Curves that I used to work at back in the day when I was a skinny bitch)

So don't worry about me when I won't wear the suit. Its not because of any body issues I have, its because I have no desire to get out there in a swimsuit.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What I'm Listening To

My musical taste has changed a lot in the last few years. I blame it on my advancing age.


Lately I've been listening to my Irish Boys (Celtic Thunder) and their various solo projects.

My favorite Celtic Thunder CD is Heritage which seems to be required listening on Saturday afternoons. My mom, loves "Home from the Sea" and "Place in the Choir." My favorites are "Whiskey in the Jar" and "Galway Girl." Great listening, even though they are a prefabricated band.

The other album I totally love right now is Keith Harkin's (the Justin Hayward clone from Celtic Thunder) latest solo album On Mercy Street. His style is hard to pinpoint. Its rockin' folk music. His songs are fun, thought provoking and downright pretty.

I shouldn't forget to mention Byrne and Kelly's (More Celtic Thunder boys) Acoustically Irish. They do wonderful versions of "No Man's Land" "Back Home In Derry" and "Brown Eyed Girl."

If you like Irish music or voices, these are albums you really should give a listen to. All of them are fabulous!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Politics Will Be The Death Of Me

I don't think I've ever been so frustrated with what's going on in Washington D.C. Most of the time one can almost pretend that that little city doesn't exist.

Unfortunately this is an election year and we have some slim and scary pickings.

I'm not a fan of either candidate but one is far more frightening then the other in my eyes.

Personally, I think we need to have some new rules for people running for president.

1. You can only make an attempt at running once. If we don't like ya don't get a shot at making our lives hell again.

2. You should have some idea of how government works. Erm...Trump I'm looking at you. For all your supposed business acumen (Do you even know what that word means?) You really don't seem to know anything about how things are done.

3. Candidates should stop making promises that there is no way in hell they can keep. Just an FYI to everyone, Congress is the body of government that actually does stuff. That is assuming they ever stop hating on the other party to actually accomplish something.

4. If you don't show up to your job. (Hey Rubio...we're looking at you....)You shouldn't be able to run for re-election)

Anyone else have anything to add? Now I'm going to wait for The Daily Show and Nightly

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Remember When?

TV networks are cheap.

We can see that by all the reality crap that they put on every day.


But what really gets me is when talk shows are reruns.

Come on? Are we that cheap? Apparently so.

I hate when stuff like the Tonight Show etc aren't new. I mean why can't they get guest hosts when Jimmy is off? They did it for Johnny Carson back in the day. Surely there are enough people that can do the job?

These shows involve pop culture and world news. Reruns are just...blech!

Its bad enough we don't get any good tv in the summer.

Dear TV execs, some of us can't afford to go on vacation. I know I never will see another one in my life...yeah and I'm just 42.


So could you at least give me something to watch, besides Ancient Aliens.

Oh and a side note to Stephen Moffat, screw you for keeping Doctor Who off my telly until Christmas

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Death By Reassessment

The county that I live in just reassessed our property values.

The world is coming to an end.

They assessed my new home at $20,000.00 more than it was appraised at last year when I bought it. I'm scared to death of what the new taxes are and how much its going to cost to appeal.

I'm probably going to have to get a second job somewhere and start eating ramen noodles on a daily basis.

It doesn't help matters that I lost $70 from my review job that folded this year and I never got paid for my final reviews.

Every little bit counts.

I give up.

Plus I can understand people living on netflix and hulu, because I'd do anything to get away from political ads.

I swear to god, all the candidates suck..presidential and otherwise. (sorry Bernie, I do loves ya) I can't even get away from Trump and the NRA's nasty ad on Antenna TV, which is the only channel I can stomach watching these days.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

A Very Nice Birthday

I got to go out today, which is a first. I spent some quality time at Barnes and Noble at South Hills Village.

Can I just say, I love that fresh book smell.

I got a tenth Doctor bobble head, a new cookbook and two other books for my reading enjoyment

I had a wonderful snack at the Cafe in Barnes and Noble

And then a fabulous drink at T. G. I. Fridays

We stopped at Trax Farms on the way home and got some corn for the holiday and saw this cool fountain.

All in all, a very nice day

Thursday, June 30, 2016

42nd Birthday Mix

This is the first year in awhile that the birthday mix has flitted around in my head. Maybe it is because this is the first year in awhile that I've been able to enjoy music, so I'm going to make the mix/playlist.

These are 42 songs that have meant something to me in my life so far. I know that many have appeared on other mixes, but when I think of songs that are a snapshot of my life, these are the songs that I think of.

Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
David Bowie - Strangers When We Meet
Elvis Costello - Man Out Of Time
Celtic Thunder - Whiskey In The Jar
The Monkees - Our Own World
Diana Krall - Narrow Daylight
Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
Josh Groban - Brave
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
The Moody Blues - Steppin' In A Slide Zone
Byrne and Kelly- No Man's Land
Gorden Lightfoot - Race Among The Ruins
The Beatles - I'll Follow The Sun
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - Lady Willpower
Herman's Hermits - If You're Thinking What I'm Thinking
Stevie Nicks w/Tom Petty - Stop Dragging My Heart Around
The Smithereens  - The House We Used To Live In
Traveling Wilburys - The End Of The Line
Laura Bell Bundy - Giddy On Up
Keri Noble - I Won't
Julia Fordham - Hope Prayer & Time
Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars
The Byrds - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Susan Werner - St Mary's of Regret
Grey Eye Glances  - Halfway Back
Mika - We Are Golden
Mitchell Musso - Hey
Glass Tiger - I'm Still Searching
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Three Dog Night - Shambala
The Wallflowers - Sleepwalker
Matchbox Twenty - Last Beautiful Girl
Justin Hayward - The Way of The World
Gloriana - Wild At Heart
Feargal Sharkey - Cold Cold Streets
Erasure - Sunday Girl
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Billie Myers - Am I Here Yet (Return To Sender)
Geri Halliwell - Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Oingo Boingo - Try To Believe
Keith Harkin - Orange Moon
Zac Brown Band - Knee Deep

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I Have An Evil Floor

We've been in this house for about a year now and I swear I've not been able to get the dining room floor clean once.

The problem.

Its a porous floor.

Which means that any normal floor cleaners make it look awful. I know I need to get a finisher on it to make it shine, but I'd like it to look clean first and no matter what I do, that just doesn't seem to happen.

It is terribly frustrating.

I can use my swifter wet jet on the kitchen floor, but not in the dining room. It totally screws it up.

My floor is 100% evil.

Any hints as to how to clean this bastard would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Men Who Look Good In Period Costumes

Hugh Laurie
Colin Firth

Ioan Gruffudd

Richard Coyle in Steampunk fashion

Aidan Turner

Hugh Grant

Back to Dear John

OK, so I've been watching the US and UK version of this show, as most of you know. We all know I huge Old Man Crush on Judd Hirsch.

I absolutely adore the US version, but after seeing the UK one, I find it more disappointing, because they tried to make the US version more sophisticated. Of course, even when Judd Hirsch plays a schmuck, he plays a smart schmuck.

The problem is, the original John Lacey was a little bit of loser, not the smart kind hearted guy that Hirsch played. The John Lacey in the UK version is more "real" to the ridiculous. He's a lot more self deprecating.

The Kate and Kirk banter is much more amusing in the UK version too. A little nastier, but that is what makes it funny. Especially as Kirk isn't really good looking. Jere Burns who plays that part, is actually very easy on the eyes.

Louise is fabulous in the UK version too and that's saying a lot because Jane Carr who plays the part in the US version is great.

Much more sexual innuendo too.

I really wish these shows were available on DVD so I could totally binge out on them.