“Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the V.P. is such a V.I.P., shouldn’t we keep the P.C. on the Q.T.? ‘Cause if it leaks to the V.C. he could end up M.I.A., and then we’d all be put out in K.P.”

Was I the only one that thought of this scene from Good Morning Vietnam when they saw the topic for this listicle?  I started cracking up, only I’m at work while I’m writing this which is NOT a good idea!

In case you haven’t figured out, the Listicle is Acronyms.  Specifically, the 10 acronyms you use regularly.  I feel like I could do a list of 50 instead of 10, given the background in music, financial services, military, etc.  But most of the one I use daily are a direct reference to things at work.  Yet oddly enough, the ones I cannot stand to use are the common text abbreviations.  Nope, I’m a full text typer!

  1. PDF: Portable Document Format
  2. NMIS: Northwestern Mutual Investment Services
  3. NMFN: Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  4. ETA: Electronic Transmittal of Application
  5. ISA: Individual Service Account
  6. EFT: Electronic Funds Transfer
  7. TNC: The Network Connection
  8. CSS: Client Service System
  9. CCV: Consolidated Client View (Also, Country Club of Virginia)
  10. IRA: Individual Retirement Account

Boring list, isn’t it!

My boring life

Sunday Social

I read this week’s questions, and I couldn’t help but laugh.  Read why below:

This Weeks Questions:

Did you sleepwalk as a child? Nope.  Slept like a log.  Still do.

Did you ever try to run away or sneak out of your house? Nope.  May have wanted to, but just went to dad’s for the weekend instead.  And sneaking out?  Forget it.  Not a chance.

Did you have any imaginary friends? Nope.  My brother did, but I had books.  All the friends I needed.

Did you ever go toilet papering? Nope.  Did go forking though, much more effective, and you can create patterns!  Best to do it in wet ground, though.

(Not my house)

Did you ever sneak tv shows you weren’t allowed to watch? Nope.  This is why having a stay at home (all.the.time) single mom was always a bummer.


Return to the Hodgepodge

I know I haven’t done the hodgepodge for the last three or four weeks, but life got in the way of me doing what I want.  What’s up with that?  Regardless, I’m thrilled to be participating again.

1. April showers bring May flowers…what have you been showered with this month?

Grace.  I turned 40 9 days ago, and was able to celebrate it in the best way possible.  Five days up north with family that was in a non-fighting frame of mind, great meals out at places I would never be able to experience at home, and the birth of a beautiful baby girl.  So special that I now share my birthday with both a niece and a nephew.  It has continued at home through blessings at work and through friends.  If you have to grow older, this is the way to do it.

2. What is the nature of compassion? Is it learned or innate? Can compassion be learned?  If you’re a parent is this something you’ve purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?

Interesting question.  I feel that for the most part, it’s something that is innate for people.  I know people who come from the worst of circumstances that are the most compassionate people I know.  I know people who have parents that are amazingly loving and they are the possessors of hearts of stone.  To a degree, it can be learned, but I really feel it’s more the cultivation of an internal nature.  To those that it does not come naturally, it is more of a learned behavior to be developed.

3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama…or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?

Depends on the mood.  I love both–and I love action flicks too.  The tween movies like High School Musical or anything starring Miley Cyrus are out.  But if Bring It On or Pretty Woman are playing on TV, I’ll stop and watch.  Then again, same goes for Live Free or Die Hard. . . .

4. It’s April which means baseball season is officially upon us in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying, “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” Agree or disagree?

I eat one hot dog a year out of obligation to tradition at the ballpark.  Years I don’t go to the ballpark?  Well, that’s a bonus.  Richmond is the capital of minor league sports.  We lost our Atlanta Braves AAA farm team a few years ago, and now have the Flying Squirrels, a AA feed team for the San Francisco Giants.  I have yet to go to a Squirrels game, though they play just five miles from my house.  Baseball just isn’t my favorite.  I’d go for the Ritz anytime.

Now the Ritz or a football game?  That’s another question!

5. What’s something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?

For the sake of my tires, the roads.  For the sake of my sanity, the local government.  For the sake of all involved, the traffic in  Short Pump.  The intersection just a few blocks up the street actually beat all of Northern Virginia as the worst intersection in the state for traffic, etc. for several years running.  That should tell you something.  You know, like FIX IT!

6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.

Is it bad that I can only think of two songs that have flowers in the title?  “The Rose” by Bette Midler and “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Guns ‘n Roses.  And I’m not a big fan of either of them.  Okay, I just scrolled through all 6000 of my songs in iTunes, and the only other one I found was Crimson & Clover, both versions (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Tommy James & the Shondells).  But THIS.  THIS was hilarious.  My favorite that mentions flora and fauna?  “Allergies” by the Barenaked Ladies!  Hilarious.  Plus, the story of my life.

7. April 22nd is Earth Day…do you believe in life on other planets?  That wasn’t the question you were expecting was it?

If we have life on this one, why not life on others.  Sure, why not.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Outside today the sky is blue and the breeze is blowing and a severe storm two days ago got the bulk of the active pollen down.  It’s about 70 degrees.  I’m stuck in an office with no windows.  And I really want to be outside, allergies not withstanding.  Yet if I had the day off, I would probably go home, mow the lawn, and then sit in the dark and cry because I couldn’t breathe.

The Daily Clicks

I’m baaaaaack!  I know, cheesy opening line, but one I used anyway.  I’ve actually missed my linky parties the last few weeks, but what can I say?  Life’s been busy!  I just wish it had been busy in a different manner.  I have had intensive classes for my investment license certification , a family member that has been suddenly ill so I have to trek across the river at least twice a week to help out (not complaining, just stating fact), my house feels like it’s falling down around my ears, and I am exhausted.  Oh, and I took five days out of town to celebrate my 40th birthday and meet my birthday-sharing new niece!!!  So I have just spent very little time on the computer lately.  But I have missed my link parties, so it’s time to crack down and get back to it!

Since it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Tuesday Topics!

The Austin Family Diary

To be honest, I had actually written a combined post for weeks seven/six, but I lost it when the computer did a freakout.  I might try to retype them someday, and I think five is pretty cute.  But now, it’s week four.  So here are the top sites I check daily.  *Disclaimer:  Work related websites, Email, and Facebook don’t count!

My Yahoo.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I said that email doesn’t count.  It’s not email.  But I use my.yahoo as my RSS feed or all my favorite blogs, so it keeps me up to date.  I tried Bloglovin’ when the Google reader went down and they were suggesting new sites to try?  But honestly, I like the one I have.  So I closed the Bloglovin’ membership.

Young House Love.  I have never met Sherry and John, nor do I ever expect to.  I know they are now big and famous :), but to me they’re still the sweet couple I stumbled across six or so years ago when they were referred by a friend as “the ones that bought the house next door to where ‘so-and-so’ lived when we were in high school”.  Do I  know them?  No.  Do I consider them a neighbor?  Yes.  It cracks me up when they talk about their journeys or visits to seven area craft stores or to go apple picking, because I live on those roads too.  Gotta love the Richmond peeps!

Granted, it’s only Monday-Friday.  But I’ve enjoyed her blog for gosh, almost ten years?  As a pop culture junkie, Whitney Matheson satisfies my need for quirky little tidbits about anything and everything.  Whitney has moved Chicago to DC to NYC since I’ve been reading her, and yes–she’s a Virginia native.  From about an hour north of where I grew up.  Always cracks me up when her southern roots show through, like when she mentions Smithfield ham or fried green tomatoes.  Hilarious.

I actually had to think a bit about what my fourth entry would be.  There are a lot of sites I visit often, but not daily.  And then when I went to go surf for others that I have hit recently it occurred to me that yes, I probably visit this site daily.  I love trivial bits of nothing.  Last night I ran across the TCM airing of The Wizard of Oz, remembered that a friend is related to one of the stars but couldn’t remember if he was the tin man or the cowardly lion, pulled up the computer, and looked at IMDB.  (Jack Haley was the lion, FYI.)  I love love love the trivia function on each entry, and look at it often.  And I am always saying “who on earth is that actor?  I know I’ve seen them before!”.  Back to IMDB I go.  (And on occasion, I venture over to the Broadway version–http://www.ibdb.com.)

So those are my four non-email, non-facebook entries.  Others that get an honorable mention: