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I always do my best.
2) In this song, Ricky sings that he's "allergic to tragedy." Do you suffer from any allergies?
Since we got our Chihuahua, Paco, I've realized that not only am I allergic to him, but I'm developing all kinds of other food/med issues as well. It's pretty annoying, especially since it jacks up my face!
4) The lyrics to this week's song encourage us, "Don't wait until mañana." Are you a procrastinator?
I'm the best kind of procrastinator: I wait until the last minute, and then I whip out a kick-ass job.
5) Ricky Martin is a judge on The Voice ... Mexico, aired on Mexican television. When you watch competition shows like The Voice, Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, do you usually agree with the judges? Or do you think you could do a better job?
I don't watch them currently, since our TV is still in the box, but mostly I agree. I think. I dunno; it's been a while.
6) Ricky tells interviewers that when he was very young, he'd sing in the family kitchen, pretending a wooden spoon was his microphone. Crazy Sam admits to lip synching into a black Magic Marker. When you gave imaginary concerts, what did you use as a microphone?
I never used anything. I just leaned back my head and belted it out.
7) Ricky began working at the tender age of 9, performing in commercials. How old were you when you received your first paycheck?
I was 15, working at the Big M market on State Fair Blvd outside of Syracuse, NY. Good times.
8) Ricky does yoga to stay in shape. Have you ever tried yoga?
I love yoga! It's been a while since I've practiced, but getting back into it is on my to-do list.
9) Ricky is of primarily Spanish descent, with a little French mixed in. When you think of French cuisine, what comes to mind?
Escargot - which I actually tried once and liked!
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Saturday 9: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1939)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song is about love at first sight. Do you believe that immediate attraction lasts?
I do, yes. Absolutely, I do.
2) The lyrics mention "a breath of spring" and robins singing. Now that we're deep into winter, what do you miss about spring?
I live in the land of almost-perpetual sunshine, near-constant warmth, and ubiquitous palm trees. It doesn't suck. I'm not complaining.
3) Though the world knew her as Judy Garland, this week's featured artist was born Frances Gumm and her family called her "Baby." Does your family have any pet names for you?
Since I've been asked about a thousand times here, and all over the Interwebs and Social Media about my "Smellyann" username, I'll have to share the whys and wherefores of that again:
My real name is Melanie Ann. My dad always called me Mellie-Ann. My sister, showing the font of love that comes with being middle school siblings close in age, change it once to "Smellyann" to tease me with it. The joke was on her, though - I liked it and kept it!
(And no, I don't stink. Well. Usually.)
4) Because she was petite - just 4'11 - it was obvious when Garland gained even a few pounds and consequently she battled her weight her whole life. Now that we're in the new year, have you made any resolutions about your own diet?
I'm not much bigger at 5'2", so it becomes glaringly obvious on me, too. I've put on about (no lie) 20 pounds since we've moved here, and no matter what I do, they don't come off. So I'm either settled in my comfort zone or else I just need to get off my ass and MOVE more. I'm going to try the latter, along with a much more restrictive diet, as soon as I'm feeling motivated. (Migraines have sucked lately...)
5) The year this song came out, 1939, was the year Garland's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, was released. Which of her three traveling companions is your favorite: Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion?
Toto. ;) He knew they belonged together from the beginning and fought to stay there.
6) Barry Manilow enjoyed Judy's performance of this song so much, he did a "dream duet" with her and included it in his recent CD. What performer who is no longer with us do you wish you could have seen in concert?
It depends on how eager I am to do whatever it is. Right?
8) During World War II, Judy worked tirelessly to entertain the troops. Tell us about a cause that's near and dear to your heart.
Animal welfare, the environment, and exposing - and eliminating - the abuses of children.
9) The American Film Institute lists Garland as the 8th greatest movie star of all time. Who is your all time favorite actor or actress?
I don't have one. I have favorites from each era, but I'd be hard-pressed to come up with an all-time favorite. There's always someone new coming out who impresses me, like Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe it's a good thing I'm not voting for any awards?
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Sure, you're talking to an 80s girl, here. There's this one ("Mony, Mony"), "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding"... I can remember shouting the dirty lyrics to this one when it came on at the skating rink, too!
2) When is the last time you danced around your home?
I dance around my house for Hubs' entertainment (okay, for my own as well) almost every day! What I lack in grace and coordination, I make up for with enthusiasm! Hee.
3) In this song, Billy says he dances with his own reflection. Is there a mirror in the room you're in right now?
There was... until a few days ago. Hubs knocked it down when he fell off the ladder, trying to change a light bulb. Um, no, I did not authorize that project. (Yes, he's okay. But the mirror is no more.)
4) Dancing with Myself is also the name of Billy Idol's 2014 autobiography. Let's say you're going to write your life story. What do you title it?
That remains to be seen... I was going to name it Passages: A Series of Vignettes, but that seemed cheesy, and I changed the styling of the book. So I'll let you know when I know, m'kay?
5) This month, Billy resumes his 2014-15 concert tour in New Orleans. Have you ever been to Louisiana?
At least twice, yes. Hubs' sister lives there, so we visited her once when I was preggers with #1, and then we drove to New Orleans when I was preggers with #2 and #3 to ship our car out to Guam (and SIL met us there, too). I loved Nawlins! Great city. I'd love to go again.
6) In 1980, when "Dancing with Myself" was first popular, VHS players were all the rage. Do you still have yours?
No way, but we can't seem to get the Blu-Ray player to work right, either. We're stuck in DVD-land for now, I suppose.
7) In 1980, The Love Boat was getting good ratings. Have you ever taken a cruise?
Yes, a few. Let me see:
In 1999, my late gran'pappy took some of us on my second cruise, a Western Caribbean on Princess. We went to Cozumel, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman Island; Limón, Costa Rica; and through the Panama Canal.
In 2006, Hubs and I took our littles to Disney World and then met up with my Dad and his then-wife for a short Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. I didn't love Nassau the first time, and I loved it even less the second time, but hey, the cruising itself was a good time!
In 2008, Hubs and I went on our oft-mentioned latent honeymoon cruise to the Mediterranean on Holland America line. We flew to Barcelona and cruised from there to France, Monaco, several ports in Italy and Greece, and Croatia. We flew from Venice back to Madrid to fly home. You can read about that spectacular trip here, if you so desire.
Four cruises? Is that all? Seems like there were more. I guess I'm thinking of all the scientific, non-pleasure cruise time I've spent as well!
8) Sally Field won her first Oscar in 1980 for the movie Norma Rae. Five years later she won a second Oscar for Places in the Heart and delivered one of the most quoted acceptance speeches in Academy history. Do you remember what she said?
Something about, "You like me, you really do like me," right? Isn't that the one? I was only nine then, so forgive me if I'm mistaken.
9) In 1980, People magazine named Stephen King one of the most intriguing people of the year because he had two big paperback bestsellers - The Dead Zone and The Shining. Do you have a favorite Stephen King book?
Haha. No. I tried to read The Shining, but I didn't get very far because I kept shutting my eyes at the scary parts. That habit doesn't work too well with books, you feel me?
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When I was about four years old, my mother gave me this mostly-blue jewelry box. I thought it was the most special thing, and I adored it.
After she died, when I was seven, I would wind the music box and play the "Raindrops Are Falling on My Head" song and watch the ballerina twirl, endlessly, for hours upon hours.
The box started to fall apart during my many moves back and forth to college dorm rooms, and in years after that. But I still cherished it.
A couple years ago, when Sophia was seven, I decided to pass the box on to her. She needed one for her treasures, and I thought I had outgrown it.
Well, Sophia... is not the most careful child ever. Also, she's very active in her wakefulness, and even when she's asleep. Love that child to death, but if she's not creatively and constructively involved in something, she tends to default to destructive behavior. It's not intentional, or malicious, and she's outgrown it a bit now at nearly ten, but it's still a salient characteristic of hers.
So, that box was utterly destroyed. I tried to pretend - to myself and to her - that it was just a "thing" and that things don't matter.
But, sometimes, they kind of do, you know?
I've tried hunting all over the Interwebs for even just a photograph of that box. They don't seem to ever have existed, based on the search results. Nothing on eBay, nothing on Google Images, nothing anywhere...
Except the picture at the top of this post. I don't really want to replace the jewelry box. I just want a photo of it. Guess I'll need to hunt through my billions of photographs to see if there is a glimpse of it in any of those.
And now I'll go throughout my day with "Raindrops" going through my head...
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Hubs and I just celebrated our 14th anniversary, so that's on my mind. I'll definitely be telling the grandkiddos about how we met and eloped two months later!
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9. The US Postal service sold more than 500 million of the Elvis commemorative stamp. According to the Census Bureau, that was two stamps each for every man, woman and child in the United States. When is the last time you visited the post office?
Friday. Ugh, I had scheduled a package pick-up, but I got a notification that the postal worker (who is NOT my favorite person on the planet, y'all) did the pickup, when in fact she actually had not. So I had to drive the packages down to the Post Office. I know, I know... #FirstWorldProblems!
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The New Year's Eve Meme
In 2014, I gained:
all-new respect for my brain tumor-fighter of a husband.
some excess baggage, in the form of "friends" who really weren't.
wondering when Hubs would recover.
wondering IF he would. :'(
I was hugely satisfied by:
my 20th high school reunion this past summer. I am so thrilled that I was able to go, and I had a fantastic time.
And frustrated by:
our Chihuahua puppy Paco's inability to learn to pee and poop outside, rather than in the laundry.
I am so embarrassed that I:
have such a messy house.
Once again, I:
suffered many migraines and was a frequent flyer at the local ER.
Once again, I did not:
find a suitable psychopharmacologist to help me manage my post-bariatric surgery bipolar medicine issues. :\
The biggest physical difference between me last December and this December is:
I've grown enough hair back to have had it cut several times!
The biggest psychological difference between me last December and this December is:
Oh, honey. I should write a book. Oh wait, I am.
I loved spending time:
with the people who loved spending time with me.
Why did I spend even two minutes:
working on that ill-conceived fundraiser for those unfortunately-conceived, selfish people. Ugh. What a clusterf**k.
I should have spent more time:
knitting for Stephanie's kiddo, Vinnie.
I regret buying:
into the idea that if I weigh more, I'm worth less.
I will never regret buying... even though with that money I could have:
the girls each a bicycle with my Christmas gift card from my father-in-law, though I could have bought something for myself. I got what I really wanted, anyway.
I ...way too much.
complained about stupid sh*t
I didn’t... enough.
... drove me crazy.
My dad's ultra-Conservative and über-racist views...
The most relaxing place I went was:
Why did I go to...
so much trouble for those people, who crapped on me in return?
The best thing I did for someone else was:
for once, keep my mouth shut and simply apologize.
The best thing I did for myself was:
realize that my migraines were generated by nerve cord damage from my last c-section, nearly a decade ago.
The best thing someone did for me was:
think of me, when least I expected anything, at all, from that person.
The one thing I’d like to do again, but do it better, was:
express my sincere condolences for someone else's loss, while not mentioning my own feelings about it whatsoever. Publicly, anyway.
Happy New Year, folks! I hope 2015 is everything you want it to be.
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Clear and sunny, with a few wispy clouds...
2. The lyrics refer to snowballs. Have you ever been in a snowball fight?
Oh, yes. You don't grow up in Syracuse, NY, without having at least one good one every year!
3. Chionophobia is fear of snow. What phobias do you have?
What's the fear of mustard touching you? I also don't like things (namely insects) touching me without my advanced written permission.
4. In 2004, Canadian school children raised money for charity by setting a new world record: the most snow angels made in 24-hour period. Have you ever participated in a fundraising stunt?
Fundraiser, definitely. A "stunt," no.
5. When marshmallows were first introduced, they were used for medicinal purposes. Specifically to soothe sore throats. What do you take when your throat is bothering you?
Really? That's so crazy! I usually suck on a lozenge or something tame like that... ;)
6. Marshmallows are an important ingredient in the Rice Krispies Treat recipe. If you were asked to prepare something for a bake sale, what would you make?
They're mid-way between my favorite genre and not my favorite genre. Kind of a "meh" for me.
8. Darlene's father advised her to always "shoot for the stars." Share some good advice you've received.
My father told me to "never let anyone rob you of your joy." It's among the few good things he has said to me.
9. Will you be returning any holiday gifts?
Nah. I'm not a gift-returner. I just love being thought of enough to merit a gift!
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