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Sunday Stealing: The 15 Meme


Link is here. Go to it. That's a direct order from HQ.

Let's go!!!

Fifteen Meme

 from Liv Rants  

What was your first job like?


Har. That's funny... I was a cashier at a small-town grocery store in Central NY. I LOVED that job, I loved my customers, and I loved having another escape from my sucky home life! ;)

It’s a typical Sunday, how are you spending it? 


On the 7th day, I rests!

What was the happiest day of your life? 

Picture it: On December 29th, 2000, Rob and I went down to the courthouse, via bus because we didn't have a vehicle, to get our marriage certificate. We had to wait two days to get married, and of course the courthouse was closed on New Year's Day - even for the eager-to-marry. So, we decided to get married on January 2nd, 2001. I had to work all day, but when my bosses at the law firm found out I was planning on leaving early to elope, they let me go at 4 PM. I took the bus to central park, and Rob took another bus from my apartment to meet me there. We ended up arriving around 4:30-4:45 and found each other after a furious search - with no cell phones, I might add. Finally, we found each other and, with moments to spare, we ran, hand in hand and laughing giddily all the way, to the courthouse to get married. I remember the actual ceremony in front of the Justice of the Peace, of course, but that laughing and running? Best high of my life!

What was the best decision you ever made? 

Didn'tcha read the last answer?! Marrying Rob two months after I met him was, without a doubt, the smartest, most clear-headed thinking I've ever demonstrated. Yup.

Tell your go-to “pretend” game as a child (who was your alter-ego?) 

My sister, her BFF Heather, and I used to play our Peter and the Wolf recording and act out the various parts ourselves. It was great fun! We did other skits, too, but Peter was our favorite.

What email service do you use? 


#1: Gmail. Seriously, no, I can't stand it. I'm a Yahoo! girl.

What fandoms would you consider yourself a part of? 

Seriously?! What am I, 15?

Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. Chapstick, gloss, balm, lipstick) 

This. Or really, whatever is handy, but I'm always embalming my lips.

How many devices do you own which can access the internet? 

Personally, just my iPhone 5 () and this-here craptastic desktop, but we also have Rob's iPhone 4 (), his Toughbook, and each of the three kiddos' Kindle Fires. So what's that, seven?

Last strong smell you can remember smelling? 

'Nuff said. (It's been done, chill.)

If you had to move your birthday to another date, which one would you choose and why? 

I wouldn't. Even though NO ONE can remember it, they should: It's 9/8/76. Reallly, is that so hard?!

Inspiration behind your blog title? 


My name is Melanie Ann. My dad calls me Mellie-Ann. My sister, who is only 17 months older, called me "Smellyann" one time in middle school as a ha-ha joke. Only, the joke was on her, 'cause I liked it!


If you could spend a rainy day with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?


Rain, snow, sleet, sun, hail... I'm with this guy!

Is there a foreign culture that you love? 

All of the above!

Do you have a favorite soft drink?


It's a tie between Diet Coke and Diet Mt. Dew, but I'm trying to quit. And really, what the heck do the words "soft drink" mean, anyway?!

Listen up, y'all - have a ball this week!


Saturday 9: Susan

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Saturday 9: Susan

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) In this song, our hero tells Susan that "no other girl could ever take the place of you." Crazy Sam feels that no other earmuffs could ever take the place of the ones she left in restaurant coat room last month. Tell us about something you recently broke, lost or misplaced.

I was frying an egg in olive oil, and I had my iPhone next to the stove to listen to music. Well, I ended up spilling hot oil all over the phone, and now I can't hear anyone who calls me. Not cool, Self! (This was days ago, and the 'rice trick' didn't work. :/ )

2) When this song was first released back in 1968, the name Susan was very popular. According the Social Security Administration, it was one of the top 10 baby girl names of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Today it's not even in the top 100. Do you know anyone named Susan (or Suzanne)?

I do, but I don't think I have any Sue-ish friends on Facebook!

3) The Buckinghams were Chicago's attempt to get in on The British Invasion begun by the Beatles. (Hence the silly suits.) But they took their name from Chicago's famous Buckingham Fountain. If Crazy Sam visited your neighborhood, what local site would you recommend she check out?

We have yet to go ourselves, but I plan to take the kids to the Coral Castle right down the road from us soon. A man built his paradise for the unrequited love of his life. It's a pretty amazing story.

4) Chicago is known for deep dish pizza. Describe your dream pizza. (Calories, carbs and gluten need not be a factor because it's dream pizza!)

There's a local pizzeria in Leonia, New Jersey, where the pizza can't be beat. It's a traditional New York-style thin crust, that you fold in half, and nothing is better than a fresh, hot slice of cheese pizza from there. If you've ever been to a Manhattan-area pizzeria, you'll know that it defies further description without being personally tasted!

 5) The Buckinghams got their big break by winning a local "battle of the bands." Do you often go to concerts or bars to listen to live music?

I haven't been to a concert in a couple years, but I adore it. I'm good with anything from a major-venue, mainstream artist to a local band playing for free at the park... Actually, if that counts, then yes ,I've heard a lot of live salsa and merengue since we've lived here!

6) The best-selling book in 1968 (the year "Susan" was released) was Airport by Arthur Hailey. It was set during a snowstorm at Lincoln International, a fictional airport based on Chicago's O'Hare. What's the most recent airport you flew to? Why were you there?

We flew from New York City's JFK International into Barcelona and back for our European cruise in 2008. I don't think I've flown since then, but we have maybe three different flying trips planned for this calendar year: back to Virginia to visit our friends there, to Central New York for my 20th high school reunion (!!!),and to Central Missouri for a visit to Hubs' family.

7) Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Sox ... Chicago is a big sports town. What's your favorite pro team?

Now that we don't have any TV service at all, I don't really follow any major league sports. I do, however, take every opportunity to root for my alma mater. Go 'Canes!

8) Thinking of sports, did you watch the Olympics? If yes, which events?

I did not, because no TV, but the Olympics are one of the few reasons I would consider re-suscribing to a service! I adore watching the Games, normally.

9) Do you consider yourself an idealist or a pragmatist?

Oh, I have my rose-colored glasses firmly planted on my head at all times! ;)


The #Disney Goodies Are Coming In! More #DisneySide Within =D

 (Part TWO. See Part ONE here.)


Oh. Em. Gee, you guys! I'm getting SUPER excited planning our #DisneySide Celebration @Home party. You know I've changed my mind 1,000 times since I got the word that I was selected to host, about when, where, and with whom to party, right?!


I'm now 99.9% sure that we're going to have the party in this Great Room at our neighborhood clubhouse at the end of March. It will be Jack's 11th birthday party, and we'll have friends and neighbors, along with my brother-in-law and his two kiddos in to visit from Missouri! Big fun ahead!


Pardon the cleavage shot, but I had to show off my new Mickey necklace that I got for FREE from Listia! It's actually really high quality, and I love it. Win!


From Amazon, I got this Unique Mickey Mouse Pinata with Pull Strings (ships free with Prime membership). 
. I didn't pay anything, since I get so many free Amazon credits. Jack can't wait to fill it with candy, though he's a little disappointed it's not the kind at which he'd be able to take a jolly good whack!

And yeah, that's my itty-bitty size 5 foot next to it, so you can see how big the piñata is!


More Amazon goodies arrived Monday, like these Wilton Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paper Fun Pix Cupcake Toppers, Set of 24 (free shipping with or without Prime!). Jack is super excited to see what his cupcakes are going to look like, and speaking of which, this also came in that same package:


I see a lot of baking for this party in my future!

Also, I was supposed to receive this wall mural:


but instead, I received this:


Guest of Honor pin ribbon. What gives, Hallmark?! I'm not sure I'm that upset, other than I didn't get what I really ordered. I'm not yet sure what I'm going to do about it, though, if anything...


More goodies from Monday's Amazon delivery include these Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Favors - 24 Decorative disposable straws (ships free as an add-on item),


these Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Treat Sacks 8pk (ships free; might need another set!), and,


these Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Favors - 16 ct bubble makers (ships FREE with Prime).



And finally, my sister and her family are coming down here to Florida's Walt Disney World parks TODAY!!!!! so I had to run to Wal-Mart last night to pick up a few cute things to spread the Disney magic to them. I'll ship it to their POP Sports hotel mid-trip, and hopefully her two girls, ages 11 and 13, won't find it entirely too juvenile a package. It's hard to shop for teens and tweens with a Disney theme without going a little child-like at heart, though, so I hope they don't mind...

More to come! Yes, I plan to go all-out... okay, all-out within a well-defined budget. Show some restraint, Self!

More to come...lots more! ;)


Saturday 9: As Time Goes By


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 1) This is the theme song of Casablanca, generally acknowledged as one the screen's great love stories. In honor of Valentine's Day weekend, what's your favorite movie romance?

"Baby" and Johnny in Dirty Dancing!

2) Even though he was only 5'8 and had a receding hairline, Humphrey Bogart was a popular leading man. What movie or TV actor or actress makes your heart skip a beat?

Matt Damon is just plain yummy!!

3) Sweethearts are those little heart-shaped candies that are printed with messages like, "Be Mine" and "Kiss Me." Do you like how they taste? 

No. I never have. I almost bought a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs tonight, though, but I refrained, remembering the last holiday lbs I'm still trying to remove...

4) Valentine's Day is a big day for florists. When is the last time a floral arrangement adorned your table or desk?


Hubs had his brain surgery on February 5th. The next day, after I picked up the children from their sitter and we subsequently visited him in the hospital, we were driving home and spotted one of Miami's ubiquitous street vendors (and I mean middle-of-the-road, dodging traffic) selling flowers. I'm the spontaneous sort, so I pulled right over and let the kids choose a bouquet for their dad. He was recuperating on the 9th floor, the Neuro floor, with shades drawn to protect his head from pain. They decided on these sunflowers, now all but dead, to bring the sunshine to him without hurting him. Sweet kids, we have. ♥

5) Do you think an e-card means as much as a conventional card in an envelope?

In the sense that it's the thought that counts, sure, why not? They're thinking of you, so what does the medium matter?

6) Despite what you see on Valentines, the human heart isn't bright red. It's really a brownish shade of red, like a brick. Now it's your turn. Share some trivia that's been rattling around in your head.

A male shark will bite the female shark with whom he's mating in order to help hold on and get those claspers into her cloaca. In the female, the flesh is thicker where the males typically bite, to protect her from pain.

7) When is the last time you thought your heart would break?


On Monday, Hubs pushed himself so hard, too fast, and as a result was in so much pain, I sobbed and hyperventilated just watching him suffer. That was pretty heartbreaking, and on Valentine's Day, I had to get him readmitted into the hospital.

8) What is the most recent thing to lift your heart?

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The same night he was readmitted, Friday night, I talked to the children on the two hour-long drive home about needing to give me extra help around the house while Daddy was recuperating. I told them I would take care of the dishes, laundry, and the rest of the house, if they would just clean their rooms and bathroom. After we returned home, I was more physically and emotionally weary than I can ever remember being in my entire life, and I had to ask Chloë to switch laundry loads for me so the clothes in the washer wouldn't get stinky. I started to apologize for having to ask her, but she interrupted me to say, "Mom, it's okay: I understand." Two kinder words have never been spoken.

9) Who is the most "hard-hearted" person you know?

My dad is pretty embittered by his circumstances. He's difficult.


Building Anticipation For My #DisneySide Party!



Full Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect, I was chosen to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration! I received an awesome party kit containing lots of free products in order to host the party. The opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.


I was really excited to get my party package, especially since I knew they were being shipped via UPS out of Orlando, right up the road from us, and others were getting huge boxes weighing about 28 lbs. I made sure to stay away from the other chosen bloggers' posts, so I could be surprised about what I was going to get, too!


I was right - when my box came, it was pretty huge! The first thing I got when I tore open my package was this awesome suitcase from the official luggage of Walt Disney World Resort, American Tourister! I can not wait to use it for the first time, but right now it's holding all the rest of my kit, seen below:


Check out the inside of my American Tourister luggage, full of party supplies! Yup, my excitement was through the roof...


Thanks to Hanes, we can show off our Disney Side and some artisitic flair with a fun t-shirt decorating activity at the party. I have enough for ten guests, so now I just need to figure out who those ten guests will be! Natch, the first three will be my own kidoodles: Chloë, Jack, and Sophia.


Party sponsor Crayola sent a pack of fabric markers for decorating the Hanes tees.


ESPN's World Wide of Sports place mats were also included.


All of our guests will take home a classic Mickey & Minnie in love poster.


Ignore my pale, white skin and plethora of freckles, but I had to show my ESPN World Wide of Sports wristbands for my potential party-goers!


I received a pretty cool set of three Mickey-themed Disney cookie cutters, but you know what? I happened to have already bought this very same set the last time we were in Orlando, last May! So I may give away this set as a game prize; haven't decided yet.


To my amusement, I received bunches of red balloons - and one yellow one (not pictured). Silly!



Everyone will receive calendar cards promoting the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted movie, hitting theaters on March 21st - the day before Jack turns 11 and Rob's brother's family arrive in Miami... hmmm. *wheels turning*


I was sent lots of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party decorations and supplies, including these cupcake liners,


... several packs of napkins,


... swirly decorations to hang from the ceiling,


... a tablecloth,


... paper plates, and, of course,


... cups!


We'll watch a Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD during our shindig, to get everyone pumped to visit the parks - hopefully sometime in 2014?! In fact, my big sister Stacey and her family are on their way down to sunny Orlando from snowy New York State next week!! I was hoping to drive up and meet them there to do the party with them, but Rob's brain had other plans. ;)


All guests will get yet another ESPN Wide World of Sports gift, decals for their... car, or whatever window they'd like to adorn.


My suitcase wouldn't be complete without a Disney luggage tag, of course!


I was given recipe cards and measuring cups from ABC's The Chew.


We'll download Disney's new iPhone storytelling app, Story, to help prep for the party!


In my party kit, I also received some fun Disney-themed templates for face painting! Too bad I Freecycled my face paints after Halloween, but I can visit the party store to get more, right?!


All the party guests will get Mickey stickers and Goofy tattoos! Don't know about your kids, but mine love stickers and tattoos...


To help fend off party hunger, among other things we'll snack on are Craisins from Disney sponsor, Ocean Spray. Yum!


And lastly, I'll be able to give everyone who comes a pack of photo paper cards from Hewlett Packard. HP is a favorite sponsor of mine; maybe I'll use my pack to make some awesome invites?!


Of course, the fun doesn't stop there. I picked up these silicone baking cups from to help me with my Disney @Home Celebration. I have some round ones already, and I love them. Go Green, y'all!


I picked up a light-up Mickey and Minnie cup, for everyone who comes to the party, last night at Walgreens, along with some Minnie-themed games and activities:


... a canvas painting kit,


... a super-cute set of three wooden Minnie Bow-tique puzzles,


... a fun pop-up game, and,


... and a sticker set. Because, stickers.


I also discovered that the Disney Store is running a 25% off sale, good even on sale items, so I ran ove there to pick up a few more goodies for our party, too! Maybe I'll wait and show those a little later, like after my order arrives, 'kay?

And what about you?  Wanna come party with us?? How do YOU show your Disney Side?

Stay tuned for lots more to come on this subject. :)


So This Happened: #GruesomeButAwesome



Apologies for those of you with weak stomachs. If you don't like the looks of this, though, consider how the patient feels!

(And yessssss, I have his permission to post this picture, so get off my back, will ya?!)

Surgery, to remove the cerebellar lesion near the peduncle connecting to the brain stem, lasted about 13 hours on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

On Friday, Rob got out of bed and walked!

On Sunday, he came home:


On Tuesday, he had his first shower in a week. (PHEW!!)

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, he went double the prescribed amount between pain med doses.

Today is Valentine's Day, 2014, and I would like to say to my amazing, fearless husband who perseveres and rarely complains:

I'm so impressed with your courage and tenacity. While I worry, you keep plugging along in your rough recovery. I can hear your aches and see you in pain, but your standard line is, "I'm fine."

When I tried to lie down with you on the couch, but we couldn't manage it without hurting you, I went to bed. What did your silly @$$ do but crawl from the couch to the bed, in order to lie down with me.

Soon, this will all be behind us. Your hair will grow out again, you'll be off all those prescriptions... Hell, maybe you'll even drive again! Whatever happens, I'm here. I'll always be here for you.



The Denouement Of A Cerebellar Brain Tumor Saga

Or, "Getting Inside My Husband's Head!" (I have a million more, but I'll spare ya!)


This was Rob in October 2013. See? Skinny, hairy, mostly functional.


This was Rob just four months later. A week ago, in fact.

The backstory synopsis: In 2010, he had a cluster of headaches that brought him to various Virginia Beach-area Emergency Departments multiple times. Finally, they did an MRI and CT scan, which revealed an old TIA (Trans-ischemic attack, or a mini-stroke) of unknown origin. He was admitted to the neurology department at Portsmouth Naval Hospital for further testing, which coincidentally revealed a probably-congenital cavernous hemangioma on his lower cerebellum, near the peduncle that connects to the brain stem. (Don't worry about what that means other than that, because it was benign, asymptomatic, and in a dangerous spot, they decided not to touch it.)

Fast-forward to May, 2013. Rob retired after 20 years in the United States Navy. Having given two decades of his life to his country out of the need to provide for his wife and kids, we moved to the Miami, Florida, area so that he could pursue his dreams of going to college for a BSN and becoming a trauma nurse. However, the tumor had other plans for him, and one day I noticed him exhibiting a whole host of odd behaviors that brought us to the Emergency Department yet again. And then again, and then again, until I finally sought out a neurosurgeon at the University of Miami, Dr. S. 

Dr. S. looked at the scans we'd brought to him and told my husband that he COULD operate, but that he would NOT operate because it was too risky. Alternatively, he recommended Rob go to Dr. F., a radiologist-oncologist who would perform Cyberknife radiation surgery to blast the tumor. Because it was benign and slow-growing, they said, it would be even slower to resolve, but Cyberknife should do the trick.

Turns out, after five Cyberknife surgeries in June, that not only did the tumor not shrink, but in September, I started realizing something not-so-funny was going on with my husband again. Back to the ER, more MRI, more consultations with both Dr. S. and Dr. F., and three stays in Neuro-ICU revealed that the site of Cyberknife radiation had bled in his brain, and the surrounding, formerly healthy tissue was swollen. Inflamed. Damaged. Dr. S. told us the tumor was gone, but the bleeding and swelling were obviously a problem, so they put Rob on a lengthy course of Decadron, a steroid routinely prescribed for brain tumor patients.

Over the succeeding four months, Rob gained over 40 pounds on his slight frame. He started having to walk with a cane, shuffling slowly and painfully around while the rest of his family constantly waited for him to catch up. He got in a motorcycle crash and was banned (by me) from riding, and then he was banned (by Dr. S.) from driving at all. He had a lot of dizziness, confusion, memory loss, and so many other problems. It was ridonkulous. Basically, if it was a side-effect of Decadron, Rob had it. Poster child, much?

The two doctors were no longer in agreement about how best to treat him. Dr. S. insisted the tumor was gone and he would not operate; Dr. F. said it was still there but Rob was doing fine. I turned to friends in-the-know to track down another doctor for a second opinion, which led us to the office of Dr. Jacques Morcos on the morning of Friday, February 1, 2014.

After his residents took a history and did a brief neurological exam, Dr. Morcos walked in and shocked us to the core. He told us that not only was the brain tumor still there, it was operable. He was the one who could do it, should do it, and needed to do it NOW before another, probably catastrophic brain bleed occurred. After a barrage of questions, mostly from me, we left the office thoroughly stunned, scared, shaking, and crying, to discuss it and leave Rob to make his decision.

That afternoon, Rob said "yes" to surgery. He cut off his long, curly hair, and we started to make the plans and arrangements.


On Tuesday, February 4th, we dropped off the children to a babsitter we'd just met, not knowing when I would be back to get them. We checked Rob into Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Morcos said he needed to be for his condition and this surgery. I went to get him sushi, which he referred to as a condemned man's last meal. We were preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. We prayed. We called everyone. We hugged, kissed, and held hands. And then we waited.


Around 7 PM on Tuesday, Dr. Angela Richardson, the resident of Dr. Morcos who had done his intake on Friday, arrived in his room to shave his head in preparation for surgery. As you can see, we were in good spirits. Hopeful. Light. We knew were in good hands, in the right place now.


Dr. Richardson applied the fiducials to Rob's head, letting me mark their locations in case any fell off. Then he was whisked off for a pre-op MRI, with the fiducials in place, so that Dr. Morcos and his surgical GPS would know exactly where to go the following morning in the Operating Room.


Early Wednesday morning, around 0530, Rob and I were collected and delivered to pre-op to prepare for surgery. Anesthesiologists, nurses, neurosurgeon, neurosurgical residents all came to see Rob and do their last evaluations. I took his glasses, kissed him goodbye, and was escorted by a hospitality representative to BUPA, the International Hospitality suite (for VIPs, I guess, I don't know) to wait. Dr. Morcos had told us on Friday that the long part of surgery would be getting in to the depth of the brain, about 15 mm, where the tumor was situated. The actual extraction of the tumor was the easy part, he said, and would only take about ten minutes. On Wednesday, as I was leaving, he said the whole thing would take about three hours.

At the time, I thought that seemed like forever.

I was able to get updates from the OR, via the hospitality staff, every two hours. Two hours took an eternity to pass! I was there at the desk, by the phones, exactly 120 minutes after the official start time of surgery, which was four hours after I had said good-bye to my husband. He was supposed to start at 0730, but it was 0924. At 1124, I was told that it would be another two or three hours, but that things were going well.

At 1324, hours into surgery and roughly six hours into anesthesia, I was there again. I had napped, unable to do much else but wait. This time, I was told there were still hours to go, but that things were going fine.

What in the world was going on?! I had no idea. But I was shaken to the core.

I checked back again and again and again, updating family and friends as I learned new information.

Finally, nearly 13 hours after I was escorted out, I was visited by another resident of Dr. Morcos. Don't ask me his name; I'd know it - and him - if I saw it - and him - but it's a long Indian name and I was physically and emotionally exhausted at the time. He was smiling and friendly. I was not.

"WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?!!" I demanded right away.

He was expecting that, fortunately. There is a significant difference, after all, between three hours and thirteen

Rob was prone on the operating table, with Dr. Morcos and his tools entering through a long incision from the crown of his head to the middle of the back of his neck, for hours and hours under general anesthesia. They had expected to be able to get in and scoop out the tumor fairly easily. However, the Cyberknife radiation had fused the tumor into the brain tissue, essentiallly gluing it in place in the brain, and the neurosurgeons needed to slowly and tediously chip away at it, piece by piece, bit by bit, as carefully as technology allowed.

But they got it.

Now, it's Saturday afternoon, some 2½ days after surgery ended, and I am preparing to go up to visit Rob in the hospital with the kids. He's having some issues with his vision, his electrolytes, and his blood pressure. He's been out of bed walking, with the aid of a physical therapist and a walker, which he'll also need when he comes home. His head is heavy on his weak neck now, and he lists to his left side. His appetite is also weak... but his mind is strong.

He's still MY Rob. He's still mentally there. He's full of piss and vinegar, humor and wit, and also, love and affection for us. Time will tell how this will play out, but I am faithful and confident that he will be well again. Healthy, functional, and happy. Smart. Funny. Agile. My Rob.

I'm so thankful to Dr. Morcos and his team. So grateful. Dr. Shifforbrains... well. Never mind about him.


Saturday 9: Why Don't We Get Drunk?

Hey folks... I realize I've been absent again, but once more, we are dealing with Hubs' brain situation. He had major surgery on Wednesday, which lasted all day, and I've been back and forth at the hospital since then. I'll post about that shortly, but please please forgive me for being such a bad blahgger and an even worse visit-backer!!

With that said, I'm going to play today. So let's, shall we?


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Saturday 9: Why Don't We Get Drunk?

 Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.
1)This week's song was once named the favorite love song of Bud Wiser, the godfather to this humble blog. With Valentine's Day coming up, what's your favorite love song?
That's hilarious... Mine is our wedding song (and about eleventy billion others', but so what?), Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight."
2) When this song was first released back in 1973, the "Why don't we get drunk and screw?" refrain was considered shocking. With the explicit sexual content in many of today's songs, it now hardly raises an eyebrow. When is the last time you were shocked? (Not just by a song, by anything at all.)
I was completely shocked - probably not in the way you mean, but stunned out of my gourd nonetheless - a week ago yesterday morning. After 9 months of being told my husband's brain tumor was inoperable, we sought a second opinion from a much more highly qualified neurosurgeon who told us that not only was it operable, but that it MUST be done IMMEDIATELY. Five days later, he spent 13 hours in the operating room having his cerebellum hacked into (if one can carefully "hack"). Cue the tears!
3) Buffett named his first daughter Savannah, presumably after his favorite city. Tell us about your favorite city.
I have a love of travel, so I can't. My favorite Northeastern US city is, of course, and will always be New York (specifically Manhattan). I'm not a big fan of the South, but I adore Charleston, South Carolina. It's completely charming. I haven't spent enough time in the western US to evaluate that; I'm an East Coast girl. I love my home city, Miami, to pieces. Abroad, I think Venice is the coolest, but I'm pretty fond of Nice and Barcelona, too. Hm. Tough question!
4) Mr. Buffett opened a Margaritaville Casino in Atlantic City. Have you ever gambled in Atlantic City? What about Las Vegas?
I have been to Atlantic City numerous times as a kid wih my grandparents. Grandma LOVED to play the slot at Trump Tower, usually, while Grandpa and I - and my sister, if she was with us - strolled the boardwalk and took in a show. We always got salt water taffy. I still have my playbook from A Chorus Line there. I haven't visted AC as an adult.
As for Vegas, I went there for a week or so  --  coincidentally when my Grandmother died and I therefore couldn't make it to say goodbye or go to her funeral -- with my quadriplegic friend, Marc. I was his nurse, so I had to stick by him all the time. He did let me go toss $20 or so into the Treasure Island coffers at one point, though. I had no clue how to play Texas Hold'Em at the time!
5) Saving Florida's manatees is a cause near and dear to Jimmy Buffett's heart. If we were to make a $100 contribution to any charity in your honor, which would you choose?
I'd split it four ways among diabetes research (for my mother), an environmental group, an animal rights group, and Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome research (for my son).
6) If today was your birthday, your astrological sign would be Aquarius. How often do you check your horoscope?
I don't really check it, but I do listen when my morning radio program tells what the daily Virgo 'scope is. I'm a true Virgo, and it's usually pretty accurate... but I hardly live by it or anything.
7) On this date in 1974, the show Good Times ("Dy-no-mite!") premiered and, much to Sam's confusion and chagrin, still enjoys an audience in syndication. Tell us about a pop culture phenomenon that you just never got into.
First of all, I wasn't alive when that show opened, so ha! Sorry, I'm feeling old lately, so that had to be said. ;) As for me, I could never understand the appeal of Jennifer Lopez. J.Lo may be gorgeous and a good singer, but her acting is only so-so, and I can't stand her singing.
8) Is there a home improvement project on your list of things to do?
What's with that segue?
Mainly, I need to organize, organize, organize! We still haven't finished unpacking, and we've lived here over 10 months!! Of course, with Hubs being largely out of commission during that timeframe, I have a bit of an excuse... but not much!
9) A warm-weather choice to consider on a February day: Ice cream sundae or banana split?
Neither, because even the thought of ice cream turns my stomach anymore. Here's what I'm craving right now: A slice of whole grain toast, topped with vegan cheddar "cheese" and avocado slices, drizzled with fresh lemon juice. Yum!
Thanks for stopping by. Please keep Rob (Hubs) in your thoughts and prayers. He's doing well, but we have a long row to hoe.