So were you nice to someone today?

Without any other fluff, here’s this week’s hodgepodge!

1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?

Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you’re so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.
I don’t know that I’ll make an effort tomorrow, but it’s a good idea.  The first I thought of was when my car broke down on the side of the road, and a girl stopped and drove me home.  I’ll never forget when she turned to me and said, “Always happy to help a chick in need” and her stopping made the difference between me completely losing it or holding it together that day.  So I’ve tried to do the same when seeing people stranded on the side of the road.

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So do you have a bleeding heart?

I’m writing two posts in one night, how’s that for being impressive?  To be honest I’m actually writing about six in draft form, but I hope to post one tonight and then the hodgepodge tomorrow, so I count that!

Without further ado, here is this week’s Hodgepodge.  Play along!


1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you’re unsure what an acrostic is click here.
Long ago I had the experience
Of falling head of heels for someone
Valuable lessons learned and treasured
Even if the ending wasn’t so happy

2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not? Continue reading

Did I Rejoin the Linkup?

Yes! Yes I am!

It has been a long time since I linked up to a listicle.  But I’m trying to write more, and I do miss these sort of free-form lists.  So I’m going to try to commit to the Wednesday Hodgepodge for the year and answer the weekly lists. So without further ado, here’s this week’s (five days late!).

1. Share one thing that really makes your day. Continue reading

Labor Day Listicle

For some reason, even though I know the calendar says otherwise, I don’t feel like we’ve reached the end of the summer.  Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids and am not gearing up for school?  Maybe it’s because every day in summer has been just like every day in spring?  At a certain point, the days all flow together, you know . . . .

Regardless, today’s Listicle is about saying farewell to summer.  So I bring you:


  1. Turning 40 and gaining a niece on the same day. Continue reading

Stop spending my money!

Ten points if you can name where that quote came from.  I don’t know why I remember it, but I do.

Okay, full confession time.  I haven’t participated in the Monday Listicles for awhile because honestly, they didn’t appeal to me.  Example:  10 Things That Make My Family Awesome.  Um, it’s just me and the dog.  Short list.  10 Things About Summer.  My answer would have been something along the lines of 1.  I dislike it immensely.  2.  It’s not October.  That’s about it.  10 Things and I were not getting along, so I took a break.  But I’m looking forward to this week’s topic–and was instantly reminded of this clip (and a later scene from this same episode is also where the post title comes from!)

10 Things I Buy Every Week

  1. Milk.  Skim Milk.  At least once a week, sometimes twice. Continue reading

Picture Perfect

I love taking photographs.  Always have.  As I’ve gotten older, I find I prefer to take more photos of nature and landscapes than I do of people.  I think it’s because photos of people tend to be busier, and as I age I prefer simplicity.  When I read this week’s topic, I thought of a ton of photos–but most of them were taken with film and I don’t have digital copies!  So here are ten that came to mind that I had digital copies of:

I remember this day so clearly, the butterflies were swarming around the coneflowers! Continue reading

Where’d they go????

This week’s topic had me ready to go, as I always seem to get invested in a television show that subsequently gets yanked off the air.  It cracks me up when people say that a show was cancelled too soon if it was pulled after ten years (Friends, Frasier).  Honestly, at that point, the story has been told.  It might be funny to tell it again, but the story was told.  I always think of Cheers though, which was the dead last ranked show at #77 according to Nielsen the week it made its debut.  Thanks to Brandon Tartikoff it stayed on the air, but all too often shows don’t get the chance to stick around.

So here is my list of 10.  Oddly enough, many people appear in more than one of these shows before finding the show that kept them on the air . . . . Continue reading

It’s a lot of effort to look this way….

I was a tried and true 80s child.  Big hair, makeup, whole shebang.  And I was awesome at it.  Now, you’re lucky if I throw on eyeshadow.  But there are still some things I will never give up!


  1. Baby wipes.  Preferably Huggies unscented or cucumber green tea.  Works great as a makeup remover.  So much so, that we used to use them at the theme park I worked at to remove Klingon makeup.  Takes off a little foundation with no problem.
  2. Blinc mascara.  This stuff is absolutely awesome.  It’s the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t make me look like a raccoon and also has no issues when I wear contacts.
  3. Almay Anti-Chap SPF Lipcolor in Sugarplum.  Hands off, people, this one is mine.  I love this color, love the lipstick.  And they quit making it like ten years ago.  So I buy it whenever it comes up on ebay.  I thought I had found a replacement in the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Cocoa, but dangnabbit they discontinued that too.  And it’s even harder to find.
  4. Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash.  Love this stuff.
  5. Q-Tips.  I am obsessed with them.  I clean my ears daily, and during bad allergy times twice a day.  It’s an obsession, but it needs to be done too.
  6. Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste.  Which is a big surprise given that I was very much a Colgate girl for the first 25 years of my life.  Either one will work, but I prefer the A&H.  Just stay away from Crest.  It causes  Alzheimers.  (Not really, but that stays in my brain.)
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  7. Lubriderm moisturizing lotion with SPF.  This is actually my daily moisturizer.  Works better that most of the store bought stuff too.  I’m highly sensitive to scents and fragrances, so a lot of moisturizers I can’t wear.  This one works great.
  8. Revlon gel eyeliner.  OHEMGEE.  This is the best stuff I’ve found.
  9. Mineral Veil SPF brush.  Dry sunscreen.  Great for arms, hands, and face.
  10. St. Ives Green Tea Facial scrub.  I can’t wear the stuff that has walnut husks and apricots in it.  It’s too harsh for my skin.  This actually works pretty well.

Superficial Listicle

This week’s Listicle is on the first things you notice about a person.  As superficial and selfish as it sounds, the first things you notice about someone are going to be the physical and not the important things.  And as someone who spent a decade and a half working in the men’s clothing industry and doing costume work, I’m probably guiltier of most. **Disclaimer:  Costumers are noticeably the frumpiest looking people backstage.  That’s ’cause we’re spending so much time making everyone else presentable we don’t care about ourselves!  So in no particular order, here are:


  1. Height
  2. (Men) Pattern choice in tie/shirt combo (Women) Makeup choice, particularly around the eyes
  3. Accent
  4. Teeth and evidence of orthodontia (aka nice smile)
  5. Shoe choice (Men and women both, but for different reasons)
  6. Wedding band present (Mama trained me to look before I could walk, it’s a hard habit to break)
  7. Manners/chivalry.  (Say thank you, say please, say ma’am/sir, hold the door, etc.)
  8. Level of sincerity–something that you can detect early
  9. How they treat their elders
  10. How they treat small children


Anyone else a fan of Sky High?  I took my godsons to see this movie in the theaters and have loved it ever since.  Plus, bonus: Bruce Campbell!  His turn as Coach Boomer aka Sonic Boom gave this week’s title.  Yes, I’m a middle aged woman and I love tween movies.  It’s a sickness.

My favorite roles in movies or TV shows have always been the ones that were the character parts, or the quirky people.  There are a few exceptions, but were I ever to get a ton of talent, a size four body, and a big case of narcissism these are the parts that I would want to play.  I feel like the quirky person is usually the supporting role, but sometimes the interesting one is also the lead.  Oh, and they’re all women.  If I had to pick overall leads, men and women, I’d be here all day!

10 Favorite Female Characters in Movies or TV Continue reading

“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!

It’s Spring? Really?

I feel like many of the recent Link parties that I have seen lately have focused on Spring.  Which is awesome, if Mother Nature could get over her menopausal madness and remember that it IS spring.  Or did Persephone decide to stay down under for too long and Demeter is showing her displeasure?  Things around here have just been plain loopy!  So as such, I don’t see how I can truly list 10 Things Spring as directed this week.  Instead, we’re doing another anti-listicle, and finding:

10 Things That Should Be Occurring Now That Spring Is Here:

  1. April showers that bring May flowers.  This might be put off by a few months judging by the snowstorm that is going on outside my window.  I can understand it a bit farther north/west of here, as spring storms are not so uncommon there.  But this is Virginia people.  This is the South.  Why is it snowing outside my window?  And twelve hours before the earliest weather forecast predicting snow at that.  It’s a pretty snow, I’ll give it that.  Big fat flakes falling fastidiously and forcefully forth.  (How’s that for alliteration?)
  2. Spring cleaning.  Or Winter cleaning for that matter.  Or weekly cleaning.  Yeah, my house is a mess.  I have my annual winter-turns-to-spring head cold, and just haven’t felt like doing much of anything.
  3. Shopping for a springy Easter dress.  I’m sorry, but can’t get motivated to have a cute sundress to wear with white shoes for the first time this year when it is 37 degrees outside and, oh yeah, SNOWING.
  4. Goodwill cleanout.  When you switch the closet from dark and drab winter colors to the fun spring and summer clothing, and throw away all the stuff you haven’t worn in the last seven years.  (Because everyone knows that if you’ve worn it in the last six years there is a chance you might wear it again.)
  5. The dog spending time outside in order to burn off his energy.  Unfortunately, Levi hates the cold and refuses to spend time outside when the temperature is this low.  I’m so used to having a dog with fur, that it’s a bit odd to me that his hairy behind doesn’t want to stay outside.  If he can find a patch of sun, that’s okay, but usually it’s out, squat, and back in again.
  6. Studying.  Yeah, that’s right I said studying.  Truth be told I should have been studying since January, but life and family have gotten in the way.  So I’m taking a hiatus from the CLU courses.  Unfortunately, I start the Series 7 investment exam class in eight days.  And have done no prep work.  I’m so screwed.
  7. Getting excited for my birthday and the arrival of my niece.  Okay, yeah, I’m doing that.  It’s a bit bittersweet, however, as my mother will not be able to get up to see the baby (two hours north) due to her illness and complications.
  8. Flying.  Kite flying, that is.  But between the rain (and the SNOW) it’s a bit too wet to get on the flying field and spend time outside in the mud.
  9. Hammock sitting.  Nothing beats sitting outside on a crisp spring day when the sun is shining and enjoying the weather before the bugs arrive to ruin the experience.  Even fun to do it with a blanket and a pillow to keep warm.  Not so much fun when you need three down comforters and a parka to stay outside for three minutes.
  10. Turning green!  It needs to be green with the flowers and buds on the trees and grass starting to fill in.  Prepping to plant tomato plants and dreading the first week of many when you need to cut the grass.

Someday.  Someday soon . . . .

The Anti-Listicle

Sometimes the topics that are “assigned” for the Listicles (or any of the other link parties I participate in) are biased against those of us that aren’t parents, aren’t married, aren’t Stepford wives, etc.  This week’s Listicle is one of those topics–10 ways my partner’s awesome.  Well, I’m not married, not dating (though I think I might be ready to start again), not in a business relationship that can be termed a partnership, and so therefore I’m struggling with the topic.  So instead, I think I’m going to share how I’ve found:

10 Reasons Being Alone Is Awesome:

Disclaimer: many of these that seem snarky and bitter are laughingly related to the time when I *was* in the committed relationship.  You know–the one where I should have BEEN committed for thinking it would work out?

  1. Shaving your legs is something you only have to do when you go to see the gynecologist or wear a bathing suit.  So therefore only once or twice a year.
  2. Exclusive control of the remote, and endless movie marathons on Lifetime or Oxygen.  Or, when you’ve seen all of those a thousand times, you can watch Burlesque again without any guilt when you fawn over Cam Gigandet’s abs.
  3. The dog doesn’t know how to hog the blankets (though he does take up a lot of bed space now that he’s learned how to jump on the bed).
  4. More closet space.
  5. You can have Cherry Garcia for dinner and not feel like you’re failing to provide nutritional meals for the family.
  6. You don’t have to share the bathroom.  You can leave your magazine open to the page you were on, the toilet paper always rolls the “right” way, and you don’t have to worry about hiding the tampons.
  7. The dog makes a great screening panel for all your dates, and if the dog doesn’t approve then you know it won’t work.
  8. You don’t have to worry about turning on the computer and being bombed with ads from whatever XXX website they accessed when you were at work.
  9. You’re always up for girls night, be it dinner and game night, 80s movie night, or just hanging out to give your friends a chance to get away from their families for a few hours.
  10. You know that you’re not set in your ways, you just have had a lifetime of figuring out what you will settle for and what you demand as a necessity.

See you next week!

Take a big whiff!

For some reason when I saw this week’s topic for the Monday Listicles, a scene from Bring It On kept running through my head.  Thus the title of this posting.
Update: I just realized that the screen capture for this video is a bit vulgar.  Sorry about that.  But the clip is still funny, so I’m not going to take it down.

Cracks me up.  Everytime.  Plus, I’m convinced that if I had a dollar for every time that Bring It On or one of its many sequels is on the air, I’d never have to work again.  It has taken over the top spot from Legally Blonde.  Still in second place is Harry Potter and any of the movies in that franchise.

Anywho, this week’s monday listicles reminds me so much of my childhood.  There are so many smells I associate with childhood, that in a single whiff I’m right back to the kitchen table either playing or eating.

10 Fantastic Smells

  1. Play Doh.  A fresh, new can of Play Doh.
  2. Real vanilla
  3. Fresh cut grass.  You know, before the sneezing begins from the horrific allergies
  4. That first whiff of fresh burning tobacco.  You know, before the coughing and hacking begins because it’s just so nasty.
  5. Tomato plants.  You know what I mean–that earthy, green smell
  6. Puppies
  7. Coconut shampoo
  8. Fresh spring rain
  9. Freshly baked angel food cake
  10. Burning leaves

And Proud Of It!

I truly enjoy participating with the Monday Listicles, but I have to admit some of these topics are challenging me to think.  And when I’m sitting in front of the laptop at 1030 in the evening, thinking is usually what I am trying to avoid!!!


  1. My diploma.  Well, diplomas.  I worked hard for those suckers.  Had the chance to leave and join a national tour of Oliver! a few weeks before my undergrad graduation, and turned it down because I knew myself well enough to know I’d not go back.
  2. My job.  Not only do I have one, but it is in a field that I never ever thought I’d work in.  I not only enjoy it, I’m darn good at it.
  3. My work at church.  I love these kids so much, and they still make me smile and break my heart with their love at every turn.
  4. My friends.  I’m a difficult person, I recognize this.  And I am hard to love.  The fact that I have people that I can turn to when I need help, comfort, solace, and support is amazing to me.  The fact that I can put someone down as an emergency contact and know for sure that they will be there when needed is astounding.
  5. My baby brother.  Our childhood was quite difficult.  We raised each other in some ways, and he’s turned into a fine young gentleman.  One who, in about six weeks, will become a father in his own right.

    Wow, this is a bit harder than I expected!

  6. Trivial, but I finally cleaned the living room floor.  Trust me it needed it.
  7. For kicking the impulse habit when it comes to Amazon.  Whoo, that was hard.  I’d buy books like there was no tomorrow.  Now, I have my local library AND my brother’s much larger one on permanent tab status and use them liberally.  Sometimes too much so, as the three week lending period will expire and I have too many books to read still!
  8. For keeping up with the 100 books in 2013 challenge on Goodreads/Facebook.  I’m currently about 8 books ahead of schedule, which counterbalances the fact that I’ve read some horrible bubble-gum stuff and reread Harry Potter (as I do every year)
  9. For trying to make an effort with family.  It’s not always easy y’all.
  10. For completing a list of 10 things, without resorting to things like not eating all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Folding laundry.  Which come to think of it probably deserves its own list!