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Stopping by Mrs 4444 to say hello!  Check it out, it’s a great place to defrag the brain!

Finally finding time to stop in and catch up…. computer time has been even more severely compromised this week as both my laptop and Tara’s need to go in for repair, so we are down to the desktop computer.  We also seem to be so busy, feels like we are never home to just sit and relax.  I can’t however really figure out what the heck we are doing!  With my two jobs I am working 40ish hours a week, the past two have been nice, although I work all weekend, I have had three midweek days off in a row.

Last Thursday I took Tara and all three great nephews to see Avatar – The Last Airbender.  They all really liked it.  I didn’t have much of a clue what I was watching, but some of the CGI was pretty cool.
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Tara has made some new friends, Sidney and Julia.  Three girls that get along ALL the time, from my experience that is rare.  I love both of these girls!  I am really happy for Tara.  They had a sleep over here Wednesday night with all three, and last night just Sidney.  I feel like have have gained two children (I mean that as a good thing!).  Last summer it was Tara and the boys (my great nephews), it feels strange having girls around!   I will be watching the boys on Tuesdays this summer too.

I celebrated the 4th by working and then my niece’s family, Tara and I went to see fireworks.  The traffic getting to and from them was a nightmare, but they were good.

It was also my mother’s 86th birthday.  We did not celebrate much on the 4th, but on Monday my sister, brother in law, Tara, mom and I went to Jim’s (Chinese) Buffet.  It is one of their favorite spots to eat, and Tara loves it now too.  SO MANY CHOICES.  (This carrot cake was good, but TOO dry).

The weather had been AWFULLY hot here this week… worse than Florida hot.  We have been taking advantage of the pool.  I don’t know why we never used it last year.  During the week, even with the kids out of school it really is not that crowded.  I love it there in the late afternoon/evening.

Big Brother started last night.  I love Big Brother season.  Tara had her friends over to watch it too… neither of them had ever seen it before.

Today I start back to work after my three days off from Walgreens, but first we have a few errands to run.  I am praying for RAIN!
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Lolli @ Better in Bulk hosts Give Me Your Best shot each Friday….
I have not joined in for GMYBS lately, but I really do love this photo I took yesterday.  I don’t always take my camera to the pool when we go, but yesterday morning I missed a great photo op that my IPhone just would not capture, so yesterday afternoon I took my Canon along with me.  This little guy came for a visit.

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Catching Up!

Life continues to keep me on my toes.  It seems like we are not really doing anything exciting, but I don’t seem to have much free time either!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there.  This day is always a little sad for me since my dad passed many years ago, and we weren’t in contact with Tara’s father.  It is sadder still this year, since we found out earlier this year that he passed away in December.

On this last full day of Spring, it has been feeling much more like summer.  We have been back “home” for one year now, and last summer we were “spoiled” by a cool (and rainy) summer.  This year the heat has been turned up and we have had quite a few 90 degree days and summer arrives tomorrow!

“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.”
– Bob Marley

Tara completed 7th grade on 6/4 and ended the year with a 93% average. She had all A’s with the exception of one B in Math.  Tara HATES Math, so that B is just fine with me!  She has made the decision to go back to “regular” school in the fall.  I am happy with the decision, but it was made completely by her!

As of Memorial Day weekend, we have new neighbors, who have a daughter (and a son too).  The daughter, M., is a little younger than Tara, but they have things in common, and enjoy spending time together.  It is great to see Tara outside playing with friends (other than her male cousins!).  She also met a few other kids from the complex, a couple of girls that are closer to her age, and although they will be one year behind her, will be going to the same middle school she will attend.

We have spent some time in the pool already this year.  We never even dipped our toes in last summer.  It is a great place to meet people, in fact that is how we finally got connected with the other girls Tara met.  We met the Mom in the pool one evening.  We have taken advantage a few days that many of the public school kids are still in school here because of a teacher’s strike in the spring.  Those poor kids go to school until 6/29.

 Speaking of the pool, I am the “pool manager” for the season.  They had put out a request for someone to do the job, and initially I did not inquire, but then found out they were having trouble filling the job (seems some couldn’t pass the drug test).  I had no problem with that test, and I do have experience with pools as we had a pool at our home in Florida that I maintained.  Along with the hours I have been getting at Walgreen’s, I am now working a “full time” schedule.  The pool is approximately 2-3 hours per day,  6 to 7 days a week.  I am able to set the time I want to go each day as long as I have things completed and ready for the pool to open at 10am.  I have been trying to arrive between 5:30 am and 6:30 am.  I enjoy the quiet early mornings!

After spending 30 years sitting on my tush to work, I now find myself with two jobs that keep me on my feet!  It is a VERY good thing.  I have lost around 25 lbs (maybe more) since January with working at Walgreens.  I already bought pants one size smaller, and they are getting loose too!  The pool job requires not only walking around the pool, but uses my arms/shoulders a great deal moving around chairs, and vacuuming and skimming the pool.  The wooden pole that is used is a bit heavy, and with the added resistance from the water, I can really feel that I am using muscles that don’t generally get worked out!  It is ALL GOOD!  I also find that at the end of my days I am more physically tired, and I sleep oh so much better.  No more nights where I am up to 1 or 2 am…. but I am still usually up by 5:30 or 6!

I will also be watching my great nephews on Tuesdays this summer.  Last summer they usually spent one day a week with us while my niece worked.  This summer we have a more “official” arrangement.  Hopefully we will have as much fun this summer as last… and for sure we will be spending some time at the pool!

Tara and I had a movie trifecta weekend.  We saw Marmaduke, Toy Story 3 and The Karate Kid.  All were good movies.  I would rank Karate Kid as my favorite, with Toy Story 3 a close second and Marmaduke in third.  It will not win any awards, but it was very funny.  I love movies with talking pets!!!

That’s about it for now….. Every time I post, I promise myself I will post more regularly and find time to visit, but truth be told, I spend very little time on the computer these days, which is such a HUGE change for me!

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Random Tuesday Thoughts

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Keely, the “UnMom” hosts Random Tuesday Thoughts each week.  Stop on over for a visit.

It seems like the only posts I feel I am able to do these days are those that are filled with randomness.  That’s about what life is constructed of these days, randomness and fragments, with little in the way of real substance!

I think I have failed in the last two posts to share one exciting piece of randomness… since I have started working, I have lost 15 lbs.  Now to some that is a HUGE amount, but for me, but a drop in the bucket of what I need to shed, but it is 15 lbs none the less.  I would think it is a combination of all of the walking/standing I do, and the change in eating patterns since I work at least three evenings over the dinner hour.  I try not to buy junk in the store to eat, either packing dinner, or finding something somewhat healthy in the freezer (have YOU ever checked out the clearance items in Walgreens freezers?  You can get some great deals!)

It is Tuesday, and it is raining, again (or is that still?).  It rained yesterday, which was a day off for me.  I work at 4:00 today, and then I am off until Friday at 4pm, starting off 5 days of working in a row.  Tara has spring break starting tomorrow, so we will have TWO days off together, and I think the weather is supposed to be nice, and hopefully we can get outside and spend some time together.

Speaking of Walgreens, you should check out the Dove deal this week.  You can buy a shampoo, conditioner or styling product for $4 and get a $4 Register Rewards, so it is FREE.  If you are lucky enough to have a Dove coupon for the product that is around for $2.00, you can actually make money on the deal!  I love watching those folks who are coupon/rewards experts come into the store each week and work the sales to their advantage!  One man bought $16.42 (inc tax) worth of product, and received $16 worth of reward checks back.  For those not familiar, you can then turn around and use them on your next shopping order for most items (sometimes you can’t redeem them for products by the manufacturer who the rewards were from). Walgreens does not require you to sign up for a card or anything either.

Tara and I helped with an Easter Egg hunt at the church we attend (when we attend – it is the church I grew up in, which my mother attends and is right next to where we live.)  After working late of Friday night, we got up early Saturday morning to fill and hide eggs.  It was fun.  It is good for Tara to give of her time.  She also helped in Children’s Church on Sunday while I was working.

We went to see How to Train Your Dragon on Sunday evening after I was done work (I worked the day shift).  It was a great movie, but OY VEY was it expensive.  $28 just for the tickets (3D) for the two of us.   It was however worth the money, and gave Tara and I the opportunity to do something together out of the house!

Movies are slowly pricing themselves out of the reach of “normal” families with children.  I can’t imagine what it would cost to take a family of four to the movies and buy snacks for them all.  Luckily Tara and I don’t feel like we HAVE to have snacks when we go, many times (this time included) we did not.  Anyway, the story was good.  It is about a Viking boy who learns to tame a dragon (Toothless), who is really cute!  Makes you want to run out and get a dragon for a pet, but there is that fire breathing thing and all that might make it difficult to keep one in a house!  I felt that there were some pretty scary parts that I would think might scare younger children, but I have read quite a few reviews that said their younger kids loved it!
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Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments – Mrs 4444 hosts Friday Fragments each week for us to defrag out brains!  Head on over, check it out, play along and say hi to her!
Mommy's IdeaJust when I think I’ve my “groove” back, I get knocked back out with what I have to assume was a “24 Bug”. The bug hit me like a Mack Truck on Wednesday evening sitting at TGIFriday’s.  Let’s just say what little I did eat of the meal I ordered didn’t stay with me for very long, I actually had to pull off the road on the way home.  It was not fun, nor were the next 12 hours!

Today I am feeling 90% better.  I have a headache (could be lack of caffeine), and my stomach is still a little “grumbly”.  I have to work this evening, so I MUST feel better!

I was so happy that we were having some spring time weather, hoping to get out to a park for some fresh air and time with my camera.  Did not happen…..  I’ve got no good photos for this week at all!

The weekend is here, but it really won’t be much of a weekend for me.  I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  I need to figure out some things that Tara and I can do before I go to work.  We are supposed to get a lot of rain this weekend, so it won’t involve outdoors!  Maybe a movie?

We saw Alice in Wonderland last weekend.  We both really enjoyed it.  Have you seen it?  I thought the interpretation of the characters were great!  (Taken with my IPhone)

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Quotable Sunday – Laughter

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Tara and I went to the movies yesterday, the first of the new year.  Our choice for the day – Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and a few very funny moments with Billy Crystal. 

We both enjoyed the movie, and the laughter throughout the theater would confirm that at the very least, it was funny!  I love to see  Dwayne Johnson (his smile and his pecs) on the big screen! 

Tara and I go to movies to be entertained.  If we go to a comedy and it makes us laugh, it gets a thumbs up. It does not have to be a critiques choice or award winning!  Regal theaters have great pretzel bites, so that’s a plus too!

Derek “The Tooth” Thompson is a washed up pro hockey player, who is sentenced to Tooth Fairy duty for discouraging dreams of children, in particular his girlfriends daughter.
So, since we had some good laughs, I thought I would share quotes about laughter!
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.  ~Yiddish Proverb
A laugh is a smile that bursts.  ~Mary H. Waldrip
 
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”  ~Quincy Jones
   
Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.  – Unknown
Earth laughs in flowers – Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
— Shirley MacLaine
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.  ~Woody Allen

I hope your today is filled with SMILES and LAUGHTER!

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Looking back over the year…. and End of Year Meme!

I want to wish all my blog friends near and far a Very Happy New Year.  I hope it is a happy and healthy one!  I’m not making any real resolutions.  I just want to live life SIMPLY!

I have made so many friends in the blog-o-sphere this year.  I hope each one of you know how special you are too me. It is strange I guess, for folks that don’t  blog, to understand how relationships are built through blogging, but since you all blog too, you get it!  I check several times a day to see if any of my blog list of favorites has updated, and get concerned when the time between updates seems unusually long!  You all have made me laugh, made me smile, and sometimes even cry!  I’m hoping 2010 will bring more friends, and hopefully I will get to met some of my friends face to face!
Ann’s throwing the VGNO party a night early since tonight is the big party night of the year!

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2009 has been a really big year for my family.  I knew as we headed into 2009, that changes were on the horizon, as I had decided to retire from my job of 29+ years, and relocate back home to PA.

The first three months seemed like they would never end, as my retirement date was March 27th.  This changed several times, so there were many days that I didn’t know what end was up.

I not only retired, but I pulled Tara from public school, and we home schooled for the remainder of the school year in Florida.  Too much “tween” drama was distracting her from her studies, and her stress level was off the charts!  Not having to worry about structured learning was very helpful in our preparations for returning home.

By the end of March, we had secured a fabulous new flat for our residence.  The only downside was we had to find new homes for more than 1/2 of our beloved pets, but it was necessary!

April and May found me spending time sorting, organizing, purging, recycling, donating, and trashing.  We had so much stuff spread out over our house, we just would not have that kind of storage room in our new home!  You can read about that adventure on my New Adventures blog if you go back to the beginning!

I bought a new (pre-owned) vehicle – a mom-mobile – mini van. To replace our 12 year old Blazer.  We loved that car, but it was starting to show it’s age, and there was no way we could make the 1,000 mile trip with three people and five pets.

My mother arrived on May 20th, for the final two weeks of packing.  We worked very hard and were exhausted every day by night time!

On June 3rd, we left our Florida home of 6 years and 3 days, and began our journey home.  Two days later, we arrived in the rain at our final destination.

The unpacking and getting settled began.  We spent the summer getting reacquainted with the area, and our friends and family.  It was my first ever summer as a SAHM.  I enjoyed taking my great nephews and Tara on outings each week!

August found us in Ocean City, NJ reuniting with more family.

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September brought us to school.  Tara was enrolled in Connections Academy, virtual school in lieu of traditional school.  It has caused some tension in our family, but I think it was the right decision at this time for Tara.

In October we enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and foliage.  I had a great time with my camera.

I spent most of the first two weeks of November not feeling well.  Then we made a weekend trip to VA to visit my former boss, and Tara’s best friend (our neighbors) from Florida, who now live near Charlottesville.  We had a great time.  Thanksgiving was spent with family, at my nephews home, where we also celebrated his engagement to Tasha!

Our first snowfall came on Dec 10th, and again we had a bigger snowfall on Dec 19th.  We had a white Christmas. We hosted our first family function in our home.  It was nice to have an apartment full of loved ones!

 

Now 2009 is coming to an end, and my hiatus from working must come to an end.  I have been applying for jobs that will supplement my pension, without too much stress.  I want a job I can leave behind when my work day is over!  Keeping fingers crossed I hear back about the job I interviewed for on Tuesday.

Woke up this morning, and shortly after I realized it was SNOWING!  Great way to close out the year.  I guess it’s not good if people have plans that require them to be on the road, but my plan is to stay home!  (I ran out and picked up a few things we needed shortly after the snow started!)

END OF THE YEAR MEME

I found this meme @Ramblin’ with Roger, who found it @Spatula Forum and it was also part of @Sunday Stealing.  So now that I have given it proper credit as far back as I can trace, on with my answers.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?  Drove from Orlando to Philadelphia with 3 cats, a dog, guinea pig, one twelve  year old and my mom.  When we did the reverse trip in 2003 to move to Orlando, we had just two cats, and 3 people.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I did not make any resolutions as such.  I knew it would be a year of great changes for our family, and it was.  It’s been exciting.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?  At home.  A nice meal, and some yummy snacks.  I hope to watch some of the Three Stooges Marathon on AMC.  It starts at 7am on 12/31 and goes for 23 hours.  I grew up watching these reruns, and Tara has never experienced them.  It is her kind of humor!  I prefer quiet New Year’s celebrations. (It was a quiet night, we did watch the ball drop with all three of us together)

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Not this year thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?  Just the good ole’ USofA.  I had not left the state of FL for 5 years, so traveling through GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, and DE were exciting for me.  We also went to Ocean City, NJ for a couple days, and to VA for a weekend. Oh, and does the World Showcase at EPCOT count?

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?   A new job.  I retired in March, so technically I had it in 2009, but I am now looking for part time employment.  Keeping fingers crossed I get an answer this week from an interview on Tuesday.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  March 27th, the day I retired from my career at AT&T, it was 29 years, 4 months, and 12 days long.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  Getting back to PA to be close to family.  We had been working on it for two years.

9. What was your biggest failure?  I don’t think I really failed at anything.  I might have managed money a little better…. but that’s the story of my life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  Thankfully nothing serious.  I had the flu in November, not sure if it was swine, but it had me down a week, and not feeling myself for two.  My family has stayed fairly well. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?  My Canon Rebel Xsi.

12. Where did most of your money go?  Wow, I wish I knew.  Moving expenses, getting settle expenses, I paid cash for a pre-owned car.  Lots of technology – 2 laptops, 2 IPhones, 2 cameras…. like mother like daughter!  Cash, cash, cash, no credit cards were used!

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?  I’m not sure.  Music is something in the background to me most of the time.  Maybe something Brittney, Tara got to go to see her in concert and we listened to Circus all the time!

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?  Saved money.  Slept.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?  Spent money. 

16. What was your favourite TV program?  This is a hard one.  A new show?  Glee.  I found this show late.  Monday Night CBS shows are some of our favorites.  Big Bang Theory is the top favorite there.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  No, I try not to hate. 

18. What was the best book you read?  Read or finished?  Sadly I think I only read one full book this year.  It was a book from a series about the Amish.  I have six days to read a book for book club on 1/6 – Black Dahlia!  Reading more is one thing that I would like to do in 2010.  I just have to stay off the darned laptop!

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?  I don’t have an answer for this.  I listen the music of so many blog friends that I really like, but sadly music is not big on my list.  I mean I listen when in the car, but that is about it.  I was so much different when I was young. 

20. What was your favorite film of this year? We saw 24 films in the theater this year (see list below), and many more for the first time on DVD (I wish I had kept a list, that was one great thing about Blockbuster and Netflix on line!)  We saw Star Trek 4 times, that was hands down Tara’s favorite.  Movies that I came away from saying I totally enjoyed were Blindside and Julie and Julia. 

21. What did you do on your birthday?  Hmm, good thing I have a blog or I would have to say I don’t remember… be right back – oh, I should not have had to look.  We spent the day in Magic Kingdom.  Disney was giving you a free day of admission this year for your birthday.  Since we had annual passes, I got a $75 gift card to be spent at Disney.  We had fun, at lunch at Tony’s.  If you want to revisit that day  you can go here, here and here.  Tara got to spend her free day at Animal Kingdom.

22. What kept you sane?  Blogging and photography.

23. Who did you miss?  Okay, my who are our pets that we had to give to knew homes.  Maia the yorkie, Daphne, and Emmie and Cassie the cats (the latter two live local, so we can visit them, but it makes me sad, and I want to bring them home!)

24. Who was the best new person you met? I’ve met so many fabulous new people on line this past year, the list is too long to mention, in real life, I think I would have to say our neighbor Vivian.  I am just getting to know her, but she is so full of life and positive energy.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:  That I really do love being close to family.  When we lived in FL, I tried to tell myself that we weren’t missing out on much being away from family, we kept in touch through pictures, etc., but it has been so nice being able to spend time with them all – for holidays and special occasions, and just for the heck of it!  Also, that we can do with less!

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Movies we saw in 2009

I had this as part of my wrap up post, but it was already too long, so I moved it to it’s own post!
Tara and I love going to the movies.  In Florida it was the thing we did when we both were bored.  We had a great Regal Theater five minutes from home, so even on the spur of the moment we could usually make it to the next showing of any movie we wanted to see.  Here, the theaters are a little further and more planning is required, we don’t go quite as frequently.

Movies we have seen in the theater

  1. Bride War
  2. Paul Blart Mall Cop
  3. Hotel for Dog
  4. Coraline 
  5. Pink Panther 2 
  6. Confessions of a Shopaholic 
  7. Monsters Vs Aliens
  8. Hannah Montana
  9. 17 Again 
  10. Earth
  11. Star Trek 
  12. Angels & Demons
  13. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  14. Up
  15. Land of the Lost
  16. Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  17. G-Force
  18. Shorts
  19. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  20. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (3D)
  21. Where the Wild Things Are
  22. Planet 51
  23. Blind Side
  24. Alvin & The Chipmunks (The Squeakuel)
  25. Transformers (Tara only)

I do not recall all of the movies we saw on DVD for the first time, but here are some:
Julie and Julia (one of my top favs of 2009)
Duplicity
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
The Proposal
Inkheart
Knowing
My Sister’s Keeper
Twilight
Obsessed
Race to Witch Mountain
Taken
The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
Push
Harry Potter
Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins

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Random Thoughts Tuesday

Random Thoughts Tuesday is hosted by Keely @ The Un Mom.
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Good Morning.  For those of you who are counting, there are 10 days until Christmas.  I have not started shopping.. another week gone by.  I really don’t have much to buy, a couple hours should accomplish the job.  I just need to get out of the house, alone!


 “This, then, is our responsibility … to share what we have so that the benefits of human wisdom, with its infinite delites, may be enjoyed by all”.
– Pearl S. Buck

Today, my mom, Tara and I are going to the Pearl S. Buck House to tour the Festival of the Trees.  Local businesses and community organization decorate trees that are placed in the house.  I am hoping this day trip with the two of them works out.  Mom and Tara don’t “get” each other sometimes.. tones of voices and subtle jokes that are misunderstood, sometimes lead to tension. 

I’ve seen two great movies recently, one that many of you may already have seen –
Julie & Julia.  It was a fun movie.  Tara wants us to find a cookbook and cook something new every day – I don’t have a problem with that, but while she has a wide range of foods that she likes, she always wants, noodles, rice or pasta to be included!  Meryl Streep was great as Julia, many times I forgot it was not really Julia Child herself.  I never knew much about Julia Child, I did not realize she was not French!  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, and rent it. 

The other movie, Blind Side, was one that Tara has been wanting to watch since we  started seeing the trailers.  This is not just another football movie!  We went to the theater to see the Frog and the Princess, but changed our mind when we got to the window.  I was not prepared… no tissues.  I cried throughout the movie. They were tears of sadness and happiness, and I laughed too.  This is a true story.  But for the kindness of a stranger, the fate of this young man might have been very, very different.  The movie reminds me of Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”. Sandra Bullock was great in this role, in my opinion, the movie was very well cast.  If you don’t want to see it in the theater, add it to your “rental queue”!

This has turned out more of a movie review than a RTT.

I’m battling a congested head and sore throat, I don’t think I am sick, I think it is my body trying to adjust to HEAT.  In FL, yes, it got chilly enough for heat, but it was not on every day.  I hate waking up every morning with that stuffy head feeling!

Oh, I got a “photography” job.  My neighbor asked if I would take some candid shots of guests, and her set up at an Art Sale she is having this weekend.  She is an event planner, trying to get her business going here in PA.  It is funny, they moved here from FL too.  I won’t get paid in cash, but I will be able to pick out  a piece of art work.  She is also going to have a community event here where she is going to showcase the artwork of some of the residents, and I will be able to include some of my best photographs that have appeal to the general public!

On the job hunt front, for some reason the hiring manager never got the application I submitted on line.  Before I knew this, I had seen a new ad running for the job, so I reapplied.  My sister talked to the HR guy yesterday about something else, and he said he had it this time, that he only had a couple of applications.  So hopefully this time I will hear something.  He was concerned that they don’t pay like AT&T.  I didn’t expect that.  I just need something to supplement my pension.

Well, that is it for today!

Have a Fa La La La Day!

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Thursday Thirteen and Thursday Thunks

I had gotten away from doing some of these types of weekly memes, it seems like every day is taken up with photo memes I love to participate in, but I guess since I have three blogs, I have enough “real estate” in the blogosphere to post a couple times a day!!! I also posted to A Thousand Words Thursday in the post before this one.

I know we still have Thanksgiving to get through (7 days from today), and as much as I am looking forward to our first real family Thanksgiving in 7 years, Christmas is only 35 days away….. and yesterday I was thinking about all the holiday movies I love to watch (and Tara too).  When we lived in FL, we would set a Saturday aside, and have a Christmas movie marathon.  When it doesn’t get very cold, you need to work on getting in the mood!
Thirteen Favorite Holiday movies:

  1. Elf
  2. Jingle All the Way
  3. Christmas Story
  4. The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3)
  5. Christmas Vacation
  6. Holiday Inn (I love the old movies!)
  7. It’s A Wonderful Life
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. The Polar Express
  10. Christmas in CT
  11. Deck the Halls
  12. Scrooged
  13. Home Alone (I still remember seeing this in the theater on a first date…..)

and many many LIFETIME holiday themed movies… Fa La La La Lifetime, I can’t wait.  It’s a guilty holiday pleasure!

Now Thursday Thunks (sometimes these questions scare me, so I just copied them and have not read them yet…)

1. If you won a brand new house in a Dream House Giveaway would you move into it, sell it to pay the taxes and make a profit, rent it out or give it to a family member/friend who might need it?  I think I would sell it, and maybe buy something smaller and put the rest of the money away.

2. Are you good at billards?  I’m not bad.  Have not played in some time.

3. Does anyone on the planet really want to see Levi Johnston naked in Playgirl (other than when Bristol Palin did)?  Umm, no, not me!
4. Is your phone ringing right now?  No.  I really hate when the phone rings!
5. Do you think man has eaten or tried to eat every type of animal on the face of the earth at one point or another? If not, what don’t you think man has tried?  I would guess probably at some point.  Look at all the ICKY things they eat on Survivor.  If we haven’t tried to eat it, is is probably because we haven’t been able to capture it!
6. The new movie Avatar has been showing sneak peeks and been hyped to the max. Will you see it?  I haven’t paid much attention to it.  Is is like the cartoon?  If so then maybe Tara will want to see it.
7. If a slightly bigger fish eats a small fish, then a bigger fish immediately eats that one, then an even bigger fish immediately eats that fish and then finally a huge fish eats the one that just ate that fish and it gets caught by you… how many meals will you have from that one fish?  Is that like a turducken?  We caught a fish within a fish one time… we still only got one meal out of it!
8. If you had an appointment with the doctor and all the plants in the office were dead, would you still see the doctor?  Probably, I’m sure the doctor is not the one who cares for the plants.
9. Have you ever seen the number 666 in a dream?  Not that I remember
10. “At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.“~ Benjamin Franklin
So what happens at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100?  It’s all down hill from there! 


11. Would you want your phone number to be (area code) 123-4567? No, just like 555-1212, you would probably get lots of wrong numbers!

Have a fabulous day!

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