Sunday, April 22, 2018

STUFF, STUFF AND MORE STUFF

I absolutely adore jelly beans, but my favorite has to be the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans because they have the the most unusual flavors like cantaloupe and root beer.  
If you're looking for a sweet treat, today is the day to celebrate all things jellybeans - yay! Happy National Jellybean Day.

SO COOL
The year that read the same upside down was in 1961, which was also the same year I was born.  I'm not sure who will be around, but the next time this will happen is in the year 6009!

GAMES
Have you ever played Candy Crush? Released on Facebook back in 2012, it didn't take long for everyone to become addicted to this fun game, myself included.  It became so popular that it raked in $850,000 per day until the app Tinder overtook it last year.

Do you eat Twinkies? James Dewar created twinkies in 1930 with that yummy banana cream, then they changed it up by switching to vanilla cream filling because of the banana shortage during WWII. In 2007 the banana cream was added again.  Every now and then they do these promotions where they treat you to new flavors like strawberry, chocolate peanut butter, peppermint and more.  Unfortunately, if you're into eating a little more healthy, one of the ingredients in this popular snack cake is high fructose corn syrup.

DESSERT LOVE
Speaking of baking and yummy goodness, have you ever heard of Crack Pie?  It got its name from those who ate Christina Tosi's pie for the first time, because they couldn't stop eating it!  If you don't know who this famous baker is, you've seen her as a judge on Masterchef, and she owns the very well known  Milk Bar located in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington DC.  I just wanna know how in the world she stays so slim because she is literally eating sweet treats all the time! 

The ingredients to make this delicious treat are online, and it sure doesn't look like much, but if you want to get the actual pie, send $48.50 to https://www.goldbely.com/momofuku-milk-bar/pie-crack-crack-pie.   But act quickly because this pie sells out fast!

SAVE MONEY
Did you know that you can get cash back from Home Depot by visiting the Rebate Center at their site?  Save big on many appliances.


UNUSUAL HANGOUT SPOT
If you remember, one of the places on my Bucket List to visit is Switzerland. 


So when I found this really cool bar called the Museum HR Giger Bar that actually looks like you're inside an alien in the city of Gruyeres, I had to share,and add to the list.  

They even make this really neat cocktail called Alien Blood that might totally creep you out.(lol)





    MOVIES
    A while ago, a friend took me to the movies to, and he brought along a friend.  I knew how expensive it can be, so I declined all offers of popcorn and soda, preferring to go with a FREE ice cup, so I could get water from the fountain.  (Yes, I can be that frugal, and I just wanted to see the movie, right?-lol)

    I advised him not to do it (lol), but he and our other friend purchased popcorn, candy and drinks, then they purchased a bottle of water for me (which I did not ask for-lol)  That outing cost close to $60, and I cringed, because if you know me, I'm all about deals.

    If you want to get out of the house and see just released movies, save tons of money by purchasing the Movie Pass which is just $10 per month, (3 month sign-up) allowing you to see 4 movies a month.  This is perfect for date night or family adventures.  www.moviepass.com


    MONDAY IS NOT FUN
    We're certainly not fond of it, but despite that, Monday is actually the most productive day of the work week, according to a new survey from Redbooth.  Most of us love Friday in anticipation of the weekend, which is probably the reason we only complete 16% of work tasks, and sneak out early.  YIKES!

    LET'S CELEBRATE
    If you didn't already know, today is Earth Day, which was first celebrated in 1970 to protect the earth and its resources.  It's also my good buddy Elizabeth's bEarthday from alteredbooklover.blogspot.com.
    Stop by to say hello if you have a moment.

    RIP
    We say goodbye to Barbara Bush, who was laid to rest this weekend.  
    Being married for 73 years, she's a wonderful reminder that HEA does truly exist, just like all those romance novels we've read.  





    I'm also encouraged by how she consistently focused on literacy, which is so important.  So many people today are unable to read a novel,  a street sign, or a recipe.  



    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    STREAKING AND SOME OTHER STUFF

    Some may be too young to remember this trend, but I didn't get it. Seeing body parts flopping around while people ran down the street or across the football field just seemed strange, but being a "used to be pranker" I can get that there was some fun and shock value to it all.   

    Streaking was super popular back in the 70's, and really took off in colleges around the country.  In 1974, there was even a record for an entire group of 1543 streakers at the University of Georgia.


    As a kid, the closest I ever got to a real life streaker was when an acquaintance decided to show his private parts to me near my house while I was headed to visit a friend as a way to impress me.  Unfortunately for him, I just laughed, said 'uh...no', and promptly walked away.(lol)  He pretty much ignored me after that.   Fast forward 30+ years and this very happily married general practice physician, is still very embarrassed.(lol)

    GMAIL
    Google launched the now very popular email service Gmail to beta testers, and I was one of them, on April 1, 2004, but I didn't really use it that much at the time.  Code named Caribou, Gmail officially launched in 2007. It's hard to imagine, but there are now over 1.2 billion users around the world. (me included)

    CAMPING
    Have you ever gone camping when you were younger?  It was so much fun roughing it out in the elements, and we loved sleeping in tents. 

    Often, we showered in freezing cold water because there were so many people at the parks.   But things sure have changed because I can't even find the tents we used back then. (lol)





    These days, if you're going to be outside, it may as well be comfortable and convenient.

    A TOAST TO YOUR HEALTH
    If you're thinking of heading to CVS for sunscreen with a SPF below 15, don't waste your time.  They've also begun selling an EpiPen that's significantly less expensive, and their store- brand personal products will remove chemicals like parabens and more, all in an attempt to pay more attention to the healthy needs of their customers.

    FOOD LOVE
    Do you love Italian Food and want to get the best there is?  Why not schedule a food tour and experience plenty of gastronomical delights.

    Food & Sightseeing Tour - Downtown Naples Italy is around $44, and lasts for nearly 3 hours. Get comfy and make sure your tummy is ready to eat.   https://www.viator.com/tours/Naples/Downtown-Naples-Food-and-Wine-Tour/d508-20455P6

    Milwaukee Pizza Bus - Downtown Milwaukee has a tour that costs about around $60, and also lasts for nearly 3 hours.  While travel is mostly on the bus, you'll still need comfortable walking shoes. https://www.milwaukeefoodtours.com/pizza-bus/


    GO FLY A KITE
    Flying kites is really good exercise for kids and adults, but I sure don't see people doing it the way I did years ago.


    Nevertheless, the entire month of April is dedicated to flying kites, and there are types available










    SAY WHAT?
    I don't take cold medicine for health reasons, but lots of people do, so you can imagine my surprise when I watched the news in NC back in September, where Matthew Phelps allegedly stabbed his wife to death and blamed it on taking too much Coricidin the night before.  


    But the plot thickens it seems because the 29 year wanna be pastor stabbed his wife of less than a year, 123 times, then called 911 to admit that he was pretty sure he did it, even though his memory was fuzzy.  He says they were happy, but there were rumors that she was ready to leave.


    Even though there have been stories of kids using this medication to get high, Bayer says there are no ingredients in Coricidin to make someone turn homicidal.


    Obsessed with the movie American Psycho, investigators are combing through his and her social media and cell phones to get more information on his intent.

    My question to you is this.  Do you believe cold medicine can cause you to commit an act of violence, or is that a cop out


    Sunday, March 25, 2018

    SPRINGY SALAD AND SOME SMALL TALK

    I've been meeting more and bloggers who are vegetarians, and it's been encouraging me to try new ideas for healthier eating - sometimes(lol).  Most arugula salads tend to add pear or apples, but this recipe is a little bit different.  It's still simple to make though.

    ARUGULA SALAD W/ WALNUTS
    Ingredients
    3/4 Cup Walnut Pieces
    1/4 Cup Olive Oil
    2 Tbsp. Apricot Preserves
    2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
    2 Tbsp Minced Red Onion
    1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
    1/4 Tsp Salt
    1/8 Tsp Pepper
    1 Pkg Baby Arugula( 5 Oz)
    2 Endive, about 8 oz., halved crosswise, cut lengthwise in 1/4" wide strips(are you really going to measure this-lol)
    1 Container (16 Oz.) Grape Tomatoes

    DIRECTIONS
    In a small skillet, cook the walnuts over medium heat, stirring occasionally until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and cool.

    In a large serving bowl, whisk together oil, preserves, vinegar, onion, mustard, salt & pepper until blended.  Add the arugula, endive, tomatoes and walnuts, tossing until coated. Serve immediately.


    I WANT THAT HOUSE!
    Have you been house hunting, or thinking about moving into a new place?  I've found the perfect spot in Atherton California, which according to Bloomberg is the wealthiest place in the United States.  In fact, this city has an average household income of close to $444,000.


    Right now this 6 bedroom/8 bath home located at 147 Stockbridge Avenue can be yours for the bargain price of $15,500,000.00, making your mortgage about 80,000 a month!


    MALL LOVE
    Cary Towne Mall
    As a kid, hanging out at the mall seemed so fun because there were all these neat stores, and it seemed like they became larger and larger with each new place I visited.  Now, the mall that's closest to me hardly has any of the stores I remember, and there's not much traffic either.  To be honest, I love a good deal, and don't find many at the local malls these days, so I don't even visit as much as I used to.


    Mall of America
    Still, there are lots of malls that continue to be exciting, and some have sizes that are massive.

    In the US, the largest mall is The Mall of America, located in Bloomington Minnesota, which not only boasts over 500 well known stores and boutiques and is visited by about 40 million people each year, but it also comes with an actual amusement park!  During the week they close at 9:30pm.


    Dubai Mall
    Dubai Mall Aquarium
    If that's not big enough, and you have the time and energy to visit close to 650 stores on 4 floors, head to the Dubai Mall.  But if you don't want to shop, visit the huge aquarium that's there for your viewing pleasure, or grab a meal at one of their fantastic restaurants.  You can stay out late here, because this mall closes at 11pm.
    AMAZON IS AT THE TOP
    Remember those blog posts about finding jobs on Amazon, getting deals and sales, and those brick and mortar bookstores?  Well, all that and more has paid off for the Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos who is worth a whopping $123 billion dollars, making him #1 on Forbes Billionaires List, and dropping Bill Gates to #3.  If that's not enough, he also owns the Washington Post.


    SHOW YOUR CAT SOME LOVE
    Have you ever thought about writing that adorable furbaby in your home a personalized letter?  If you grab A Letter to My Cat, you'll see an anthology of love letters from celebrities and music stars that will make you smile.  The book also includes fantastic profiles and pictures of these special pets.


    Making Money Moves
    Are you witty with words, funny, or good with writing short little blurbs?  If so, Calypso Cards is looking for you, and it's a great way to earn some extra cash.  Click on this link below for submission rules and other pertinent information. Accepted submissions pay $50 each.  Submissions .


    On March 14, https://wordswisps.blogspot.com/ recommended a writer that I had never heard of in one of her posts, but he's actually very well known. When you read Mark's work, you'll realize very quickly that he has a potty mouth, but it absolutely takes nothing away from his ability to eloquently discuss the core of toxic and/or abusive relationships.

    Something about the quoted phrase below has resonated with me since early March, and I print this with his permission.  

    "You don’t want to bargain with your father for love, or your friends for companionship, or your boss for respect. Why? Because feeling like you have to manipulate people into loving or respecting you feels shitty. It undermines the whole project. If you have to convince someone to love you, then they don’t love you. If you have to cajole someone into respecting you, then they don’t respect you. The most precious and important things in life cannot be bargained with. To try to do so destroys them." Mark Manson - https://markmanson.net/how-to-grow-up.


    If you remember my post, "Sometimes It's Time to Start Over", back in January, this is a powerful reminder to do everything you can to get out of your abusive situation.



    That person you love is not only mistreating you, but he or she is going around town assassinating your character and lying about what's really going on in your home
    No matter what you do, you're never going to be respected or treated properly. That meal that took you four hours to cook is going to have something wrong with it.  The 40 pounds you gained due to stress, and the 50 pounds lost in a month just won't be enough.  He or she will do everything possible to portray you as the bad guy, and everyone he/she tells will believe you're the enemy or crazy. The lies and cheating won't ever end. Meanwhile, the attempt to wear you down emotionally will be relentless, and this person is NEVER going to change. 


    Any physical violence will only intensify. If you're nose is broken now, next week it could be your arm.  In a few days, you'll need to hide a black eye with makeup or a hat. The month after that, you could be in the hospital or even worse - dead.

    Talk to someone you trust,(not a gossipy friend or family member!) save money, write everything down, and maintain secrecy.  Also feel free to contact the national Domestic Hotline for help via their chat line http://www.thehotline.org/ or by calling 1−800−799−7233