Category Archives: Just For Fun

The Sounds Of The Silence Of My Blog

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Hi everybody! I’m still here…just busy, busy, busy! I’ve been helping the boys finish up this last couple of months of school (why do they schedule literally EVERY special activity and project in the last month???), and finishing up my own master’s program. I’m in week five now of ten of my very last college course ever! I’m done. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. I have been a part time or half time college student now since 1998. I’m not sure I know how to be anything else at this point in my life (more on my neurotic jitters of getting back out into the workforce in a later blog). When I started out, I simply wanted to correct what I considered to be one of my biggest mistakes in life–not finishing college right after high school. And now, here I am, well over a decade later, about to finish up my second master’s degree, wondering what I’m going to do after graduation.

Not unlike this guy…

Except, since I’m 46 and female instead of 22 and male, I also have her problems…mostly her tendency to say inappropriate, slightly shocking things to the wrong people…Well, okay, maybe not quite this bad…

However, being an optimistic type, I feel that good things are ahead for me (unlike poor, aimless Benjamin and sexy but borderline Mrs. Robinson)…Stick around to see what’s next! Maybe something in plastic, perhaps? 😉 I promise I’ll have some witty take on whatever happens, or doesn’t happen the way I planned and envisioned it. 

Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo…Until Next Time…

Fun Ways To Wear Your Green

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Like many Americans, I have a wee bit o’ Irish blood flowing through my veins–on both sides. And I’m pretty proud of it too! Seeing as how everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a list of a few alternatives to drinking green beer (which totally turns your teeth green, by the way…ewwww). 

Show your Irish pride…..

ON YOUR EARS 

My sparkly green peridot studs are from Ice.com

IN THE KITCHEN

Arguably, there’s nothing more Irish than potatoes! My choice for this year was some homemade potato soup…

WittyBizGal’s Irish Potato Soup

3 Large Potatoes, Skin On, Diced

1 Cup Chopped Onion

2 Cups Chicken Broth

3 Tbsp Butter or Margarine

3 Tbsp Flour

2 1/2 – 3 Cups Milk

1 Tbsp Parsley

1 Carrot, Chopped

1 Tsp Salt

3/4 Tsp Pepper

1 Cup Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

In a small saucepan, combine melted butter and flour–stir well. Gradually add milk and parsley and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Set aside. In a larger saucepan, combine broth, potatoes, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots can be pierced with a fork. Gradually add milk and flour mixture, stir, and cook until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted and combined. 

WITH YOUR STEREO

ON YOUR NAILS

My festive hue is “Ivy League”, from Sally Hansen

WITH YOUR CLOTHES

My kelly green t-shirt is Faded Glory, from WalMart...St Paddy’s Day pins are ancient, but from Hallmark, years ago…

AT THE BAR

(Photo shamelessly lifted from the Buena Vista website)

I highly recommend that you try an authentic Irish Coffee–either at your local watering hole, or by making one yourself at home. When I lived in California, I had the opportunity to have one at the San Francisco bar where the Irish Coffee was born–The Buena Vista. It was amazing and, I daresay, is the real San Francisco Treat…:-) If it’s not made the way they make them at the Buena Vista, it’s not an Irish Coffee! Click here to visit the Buena Vista website to read the Irish Coffee Story & get their stellar recipe: I WANT TO MAKE AN AUTHENTIC IRISH COFFEE

Last but not least, Dear Readers….

May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead…Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

5 Totally Tubular 80’s Phenomenon

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Ahhhh, the 80’s…I remember them well…

THE CABBAGE PATCH DOLL CHRISTMAS CRAZE

It was just a doll, people! And a rather homely doll at that….

RONALD REAGAN

The President’s President. Those of us who were around back then remember him being just as vilified by popular media and the entertainment industry  as any one of the current GOP contenders. Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle are cat fighting just like the Real Housewives of New Jersey over which of them is the fairest of them all…er…the most Reagan-like. Go figure…

Click Here To Visit The Reagan Library Online 

THE ERA OF THE TEEN (AND THE TEEN MOVIE)

Looking back, this was a good time to be a teen. After all, the 80’s was all about having fun! Then again, these movies encouraged us all to look something like the love child of Boy George and Madonna. Kiddies, see if you can spot Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men…back before he was Alan Harper, he was “Duckie”

FUN MUSIC…AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT DANCES TO GO WITH…

THE MULLET…BUSINESS IN THE FRONT, PARTY IN THE BACK

Lest you think this totally tubular trend is isolated to the 80’s, I am here to report that the mullet is alive and well in 2012: Rate My Mullet Mullet Joe.com

Valentine’s Day Inspiration; 10 Romantic On Screen Moments

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Well, tomorrow is the big day! This blog is really for you guys who are out there today–or worse, tomorrow–frantically schlepping around looking for the perfect card, box of candy, jewelry, or lingerie to let your girl know you care. Or, because there will be hell to pay if you show up empty handed.

Now, mind you, that is not a waste of your time by any stretch of the imagination. However, I cannot overstate the value of the following gestures acted out so brilliantly on silver screen and television. Because, guys, along with that overpriced ring and silly sappy poetry courtesy of Hallmark, this is what she really wants from you...

 

1) Rhett Sees Scarlett For The First Time

Look at her like she’s the only woman in the room…

2) “See…He’s Her Lobster!” The Ross & Rachel Prom Tape Moment  (Click Photo Below To View)

Do amazingly sweet things for her benefit, not for the recognition you’ll get for doing them…

3) John Cusak & The Boombox Scene from “Say Anything”

Say it with music…

4) William Hurt Breaks The Glass In “Body Heat”

Don’t be afraid of the grand gesture… ***Note*** For inspirational purposes only! Actual duplication of this one can lead to restraining orders and cancellation of home owner’s insurance policies. 


5) The Ending Scene Of The Notebook…True Love

Say you’ll love her forever and no matter what–and really mean it… Hint: Actions speak louder than words. 


6) From Here To Eternity, The Beach Scene

Kiss her like nobody’s ever kissed her before…


7) Any Scene From Ghost–Take Your Pick 

Self explanatory…


8) Sheldon & Amy Negotiate Love on Big Bang Theory

Compromise and give in just to make her happy…


9) I’ll Always Love You–Titanic

Give up your spot on the life raft for her…even if it costs you big time! 


10) Harry Declares His Love For Sally 

Love her not despite her flaws, but because of them…and be her lifelong best friend…

 

Good luck, guys….And Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretentious Like Oprah; A Few Of My Favorite Things

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The Original Diva Who Told You All About Her Favorite Things

While there is always a lot to be annoyed with and stressed out over during the holiday season, there are those aspects of Christmastime/Holidaytime that I truly look forward to every year. And, if Oprah Winfrey can hold her head high and publish lists of things she simply cannot live without and simultaneously assert that you shouldn’t either, why can’t I? 🙂 So here is my list…be it ever so humble…

FESTIVE CHAMPAGNE ON ORDINARY DAYS

Around Thanksgiving, I start to crave champagne, so I drink it all month instead of whatever else I’d normally drink like wine, beer, and the occasional shot of my beloved Jack Daniels. Hey, I gotta support my home state of Tennessee! 😉 Champagne is festive…it tickles your nose…and it feels fancy. And Korbel Brut is, hands down, the best lower priced champagne substitute on the market. Because, as all the year round fancy people will tell you, it’s not really champagne unless it comes from Champagne, France. But, truth be told, I’ve tried Dom–once. And I wasn’t convinced that it was any better than this.

FUNNY CHRISTMAS MOVIES

You know the ones…those Holiday themed gems that make you laugh every time, no matter how many times you’ve watched them. A Christmas Story and Home Alone top my list….

SPECIAL HOLIDAY MAKEUP PALETTES

They always come out this time of year, just in time for wallet emptying. And they’re always too beautifully packaged and marketed to resist. This year, being a huge fan of Bare Minerals makeup, the Ready collection eyeshadow compact in “Playlist” got me. But, luckily, it was worth every penny!

MERRY TUNES

I think we all have a favorite holiday song that always makes us sing along…mine is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

CHRISTMAS MOVIES THAT HELP YOU GO ON

When the season gets you down, like it does so many of us, these are the movies that you watch to get the inspiration to rock around the Christmas tree another day….

My two favorites are It’s a Wonderful Life and, of course, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, that has been done by literally everybody….




AND…AN OLD FASHIONED GUMDROP TREE….

These are nearly impossible to find now (the good ones anyway), but I got one from Signals a few years ago. If you want to find this kind (chrome plated) just search Google with those terms “chrome plated gumdrop tree”. Retailers will fleece you for one nowadays, but I daresay it’ll be worth it. I looked around for the history of them, but couldn’t find it. If you can, please post a link in the comment section. I seem to remember that they gained popularity during WWII. Anyway, what a fun holiday decoration! You simply decorate them with a package of multicolored gumdrops, also known as “spice drops”, and you’ll have a really great, apparently highly unique Christmas decoration. Oh, you’d better buy a few packages of drops, because they tend to get emptied pretty fast. 🙂

So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Winter Solstice to all! Because, however you celebrate it…however you feel it in your heart, you ought to be able to say it and wish it to others without an eyeroll, or a citation from the PC Police, or offending anybody. And I’ll leave you with that thought this year–please let people wish you good cheer in the way that makes them feel good. Because at this time of year, of all times, we all really need to lose the militant, uptight ‘tude over what is correct and is or is not “offensive” and just try to be happy…

Until next time…

10 Great Red Carpet Looks; The 2011 Emmys

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I always watch the award show red carpet arrivals with great interest…the actual shows, not so much. Who wants to hear and see a bunch of actors pontificate about the finer points of their “craft”, phony air kiss one another, and bash conservative politicians? Yawn…

So, without further ado, here are the ten overall looks, not just dresses, that made me say “Wow!”, along with a lot of difficult names that I had to look up proper spellings for… 

This may seem like an odd choice, as others have expressed strong dislike for Kaley Cuoco’s Emmy look…But, I thought she looked cute, unique, and age appropriate. 

I love just about everything about Kate Winslet–she’s one of my all time favorites…Last night, she looked flawless as usual, and although red was a really popular color for a lot of ladies last night, Kate did it best! 

Christine Baranski–classy, gorgeous, and age appropriately HOT! 

Jane Krakowski…I would have advised against the overdone spray tan, but other than that–she looked fantastic! 

Dianna Agron was a vision in violet…

Julia Stiles…great fitting, beautiful strapless gown–perfect! 

I thought Kate Flannery looked beautiful and elegant…and her gown is an exact match with her eyes–did you notice that? 

Padma Lakshmi…not sure what the heck that is on her arm, but she was a goddess last night…

Sofia Vergara–perfect! Someone should steer the redhead from Mad Men in this direction…you don’t always need to have everything spilling out of your top, we all know it’s ample and impressive already…

And finally, my absolute favorite look of the night…Cobie Smulders was perfect in every way! I loved the color of her gown, her flawless hair and makeup, and gorgeous accessories….WOW! 


See Ya 45…Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

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Today is my last day being 45. Tomorrow I turn 46, certainly not a milestone by anyone’s standards, but nonetheless pushing closer and closer to that very big milestone–50. I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see this year go…it’s been a real mixed bag. The arguable success of my nonprofit board service versus the shocking and sad death of a wonderful friend is a good example of the good and the bad, all jumbled up. 

Unlike most people, I don’t make my New Year’s Resolutions on New Year’s Eve or Day–I make them on my birthday, which is my New Year. This year, I thought about resolving one thing for each year I’ve lived but, let’s face it, I’ve lived way too long for that now…too hard to keep up with and follow through on that many different ones. So, I think I’ll stick with 10 realistic goals…and here they are…

  • Set aside at least one hour every day to read a book–no excuses. 
  • Learn all the basic jewelry making techniques…crimping, wrapping, etc. 
  • Take up the treadmill again, 3 times a week. That “But now I walk my dog.” excuse is so not cutting it…
  • Read one Robert Frost poem a day from the complete works volume gathering dust on my bookshelf. 
  • Teach my son his basic math skills…and actually learn them myself this time. Oops! Did I say that out loud?
  • Finish my final master’s degree…only 3 classes to go! 
  • Listen to more music.
  • Learn Robert’s Rules of Order once and for all. I’ve had the book for years but I mean really–who cracks it open unless they have to? 
  • Spend less time on Facebook…Damned addictive, that site is! 
  • Worry 50% less, Smile 50% more…Yes, I have found that it is true…when you frown a lot, your face eventually does stick that way! 

Well now, those ought to keep me suitably busy for the next 365 days…Happy Birthday to Me!