Monday, March 19, 2018


Have you ever started eating something that tasted so yummy, and you couldn't stop?  Lately, I've been absolutely hooked on Halo Mandarin Oranges because they are so sweet and delicious.  They are about 37-40 calories each and have NO seeds! Sometimes they can be a little pricey, but I had a coupon for a FREE bag, which I used at Walmart.  However, Aldi's sells them at bargain prices.  What treat can't you get enough of these days?

Do you have duplicate copies of books, or doing some Spring decluttering around the house?  If so, has been around since 2003 and needs books, games, cds and care packages to send to the troops that are overseas. Another suggestion for book donations is which has been around since 1999.  These are both non-profit agencies.

Barbie's & 4 Furbies from McDonald's Happy Meals - 1999
Barbie has been around since March 1959, and Mattel has sold more than 1 billion dolls.  I've collected quite a few over the years. Many have been sold,or given away to my granddaughter, but I still have hundreds of them.  

By the way, if you happen to have $9000 lying around, you could score a vintage mint in box Barbie# 4 from eBay that's currently for sale.

But if you happen to have these dolls just sitting around the house, you may be surprised that they could still be worth lots of cash.  Holiday Barbie, and other collector dolls as recent as 2010 may be considered valuable.
And don't forget about those old clothes from back in the day, especially if they're still in the package.
Did you know that when you return an item to the store, it may be actually tracked by a company called Retail Equation?  Certain stores capture your personal information to see how often returns are being made.  Customers who are returning items frequently, or suspected of suspicious activity, (return abuse/return fraud) could be flagged and barred from making future returns.  Retail stores report losses in the millions because of this problem.

A few stores that are known to use this company for reports are Sephora, CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot, JC Penney and Victoria's Secret.

Many years ago,  a friend used to purchase clothing for parties and other events, then return it on Monday.  It didn't matter how many times I tried to convince her not to do it, she happily kept tucking price tags under her sleeves for months. YIKES! She outgrew this after about a year, but I can imagine that these days they would have been waiting for her at the door to tell her NO before she even headed to the Customer Service Desk. (lol)  These days, she owns a salon in Texas, has 6 grandkids, and says she has very little time to shop these days.

I absolutely love the Animal Planet because they  provide some really neat programs.  So this weekend, I watched The Zoo, which focuses on a zoo in Bronx New York.  Now before you get all excited, the director of this zoo is nothing like Jack Hanna from the Columbus Zoo. (lol)  He's very laid back, and you don't even see much of him.  But you do see his wife and all the other people who interact with the animals in such a loving manner.  

Laying an egg together
Maleo Egg & Regular Chicken Egg
I learned that the Maleo Bird is addicted to peanuts and is totally monogamous, hanging out with each other most of the time.  The female lays an egg in the perfect spot, along with her mate and they never returns.  

Also porcupines aren't as scary as I thought they were.  For years it was thought that they attacked people by spraying those quills, but that's not true.They can be rubbed and petted just like dogs or cats.  They raise their quills, stomp their feet and back up towards the person who is making them nervous.  Because their quills come out rather easily, an animal who attacks them actually gets stuck with them.  Those they lose easily grow back.

What are you reading these days?

If you like chicken, today is your day!  

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Back in the day, it was a well known secret that I would play practical jokes on just about anyone at work, and sometimes it caused me to get into trouble. (lol)  No way could I get away with any of this now, and would be immediately terminated.

I put soap in the bathroom that turned your hands black.  I smeared vaseline on the customer service phones so they would stick to their ears, and once I called a 900 number (can you still make those anymore?) and transferred it to another person so they could hear some really raunchy sex talk.  
I laughed so hard as she called over all the rest of the service reps to listen.  I always wondered why she didn't just hang up the phone. (lol)

But the one time I got pats on the back and lots of thumbs ups was when I hired a stripper for my boss's birthday. 

At the time, I was an assistant to this tiny beautiful bombshell with a killer walk and a brilliant mind. She knew everything there was to know about the cable industry, and eventually worked her way up to become a vice president. She was also hooked on coca cola and came in every morning at 7:50am with a Giant Gulp from the 7-11. She had a really neat sense of humor, unless you screwed up. So if *Audrey power walked from her office back to the customer service area, everyone knew that somebody was in trouble.  

Eventually, she and I became really close, but I was a kid and liked to shock her. (lol)  One day, I got permission from Audrey's boss to hire a stripper for her 30th birthday, and I did the happy dance. After collecting money from her staff and all the managers, I hired this stripper who came dressed as an exterminator.  Yep, when he came in, she showed him where to spray, then went back to her office without a clue..

Meanwhile, almost every employee tried to find a way to peek into the office or hang out in the hallway while this was going on, and it was hard for me to control myself while this guy walked around faking it.  Eventually, he went back into the office to give her this fraudulent bill, and asked her to walk with him to get her approval.  

By then, there was this chair in the middle of the customer service department.  Somehow, this gorgeous guy got in front of her, ripped off his uniform,(he wore a thong) picked her up, put her on that chair, and by now, nearly 150 people squeezed into the office to see the show. He grinded, danced and smiled until she was red all over, and I clapped with glee.  She was a really good sport about it and loved her cake at the end.

All my friends and family were so glad when I outgrew this phase, and could rest easy that I wouldn't eventually end doing something so ludicrous I couldn't recover.

Ironically, now I'm the total opposite and very laid back.  Well mostly.  Sometimes I play small jokes on people. (lol) No strippers and nothing too wild.  Just give me a really good book or movie to watch, and a cheeseburger.

But what about you?  What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

Did you know you can save up to 80% if visit and the Warehouse?  Don't forget to search for coupons on the site too.

Do you have a Dairy Queen in your neck of the woods?  If so, take advantage of a FREE soft serve cone on March 20.

I don't use it much, but this search engine has been around since 1995. When the founders tried to use plain old Yahoo, they couldn't because it was already trademarked for barbeque sauce and canoes.  They didn't want to give up the name, so they added an exclamation point instead.

Usually I'm not bothered by long lines because it's the perfect opportunity to talk to the person behind me, read magazines or day dream.  So the other day in Walmart there were only two open registers, so I was chatting with the lady behind me about crafting.  Before I knew it, all hell broke loose up front.  

Apparently, someone jumped in front of another lady, and my goodness she was yelling for that lady to go to the back of the line.  The lady didn't want to go, and there was this screaming match.  Eventually, the lady who jumped in line just left her cart there, and left the store.  She refused to go to the back of that line.(lol)

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Do you like to travel?  Is your passport in order?  Are you able to be away from home for about 2-3 months? Do you have someone reliable to watch your fur babies?  Are you a social media guru that doesn't mind sharing?  If you answered yes to these questions, this job would be perfect for you!

Busabout (yes, this is a real thing-lol) is currently on the hunt for a Blogger, Youtuber, Snapchatter or Instagrammer to pretty much travel around the world, visiting 15 countries.  Everything will be paid for including places to stay, spending money, and your trip home.  All you have to do is take pics, share, share, share and meet the required deadlines.  In addition, if you really know what you're doing and excel during that period, you're entitled to a "success fee"  once you get back home.

If you have what it takes, and are over 18 get your application in asap by visiting here Application. Applications will be accepted until April 17, so get started right away with your pitch! 

Speaking of travel, if you're a last minute traveler and don't schedule hotel visits in advance, visit Hotel Tonight to find  amazing deals on luxury hotels that aren't always published.  Even better, this app allows you to find savings of up to 50%-60% off in hotels around the world!

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you already know that I like to share information that's unusual, or makes me scratch my head in wonder. (lol)  

It's not official yet, but if you live or plan to live in Rhode Island and love your porn, it may soon cost you.  A bill has been introduced requiring all Internet providers to block sexual content, and anything considered offensive.  The best and only way around it if this bill gets passed?  Pay up $20 and you'll be magically unblocked.  Those funds would then be used for funding the Council on Human Trafficking.  The bill also proposes a penalty for those who refuse to block their content.  

  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup tarragon leaves
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 5-oz. can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped mixed tender herbs (such as celery leaves, basil, parsley, and/or dill)
  • 2 English muffins, split, lightly toasted
Purée basil, parsley, tarragon, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a blender until very smooth and pale green. 

Transfer dressing to a medium bowl and add tuna. Using a fork, break up tuna and incorporate into dressing. Mix in celery, shallot, and garlic; season with salt and lots of pepper.

Toss chopped mixed herbs with remaining 1 tsp. lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss again.

Build sandwiches with English muffins, tuna salad (you may have a bit extra), and herb salad.

Everyone knows that I've been watching Top Chef since 2006, and it's one of the only cooking shows I'll watch over and over and over again, which my son can never understand(lol)  The show is so popular around the world now that you can watch Top Chef Canada, Top Chef Africa, Top Chef France, Top Chef Mexico, Top Chef Panama, Top Chef Italy, Top Chef Spain & Top Chef Thailand.

It's 2018, and Chef and Judge Tom Colicchio still feels that Season 9 winner, (Texas) Paul Qui has phenomenal food and is the best chef.  He cooked his favorite dish of root vegetables and sunchoke dashi soup.

If you watch the show, it seems like they make their decisions of who will be kicked off very quickly with little discussion, but in reality, it can sometimes take as long as 6 hours or more to make a decision, and they can't leave until they all agree!

The next season will be held in various cities throughout Kentucky.
Just in case you didn't know, March 9 is  National Meatball Day.  So that means there should be balls made from pork, beef, veggies, chickpeas, chicken and turkey all over the place tomorrow.  Rachel Ray even has a recipe that includes bacon! Make them yourself, or head out to a restaurant with a friend.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


So the other day, a friend from Florida called to get my feedback on something that happened between she and her husband, and I found this quite interesting.  You'd be really amazed at some of the things I hear from strangers and friends that truly sadden me.

*Janet said her husband conversationally told her that someone had called him fat while he was at work.  She responded that he looked fine to her, and that to her he looked like he'd been losing weight. 
In a show of support, she innocently asked, "who in the world would say that?" When he responded "none of your business", she thought he was joking.  Thinking nothing of it, she asked again.  She told me that not only did he give the same response, but he did so angrily, and that it was no big deal. Janet told him if it's no big deal why didn't he want her to know who said it, and what's the problem? He then yelled that she needed to stop asking questions, or he was really going to get mad and tear something up in the house.  Say what? 
*Not real name

Years ago I used to really get into who would win best picture, with parties and contests, but now I just watch for the outfits and performances.  Anywho, those who were fortunate enough to be nominated should be thrilled even if they don't win because they really score with a  Swag Bag filled worth over $100,000!  

What could cost that much?  Color changing lipstick, a 6 night stay in Hawaii in a 2 bedroom room luxury villa,  a 12 night stay and tour in Tanzania that costs $40,000, and a whole lot more!  Would you really be upset if you didn't win that Oscar?

One of the things that I never understood is that people are there early, sweating and hoping it won't their outfits won't get messed up, taking pictures, walking the red carpet and just sort of hanging out for hours before the actual event. 

Antonio Diaz - Photographer

Then you have to be aerobically ready to make it up all those dang steps, and still look glamorous or sexy.  

After that, there are all these parties, more sweating, more eating and more pictures.  By this time, a few people are pretty wasted.(lol)  

If it were me, I'd get there no more 10 minutes before, looking fabulous and picture ready, and as one of the 1500 invitees to the Governor's Ball, I'd grab my golden chocolate statue, Macaroni & Cheese, Baked Potato with caviar and Wagyu Slider To Go,then rush home so I could get in my pajamas with a good book and all those yummy goodies.(lol)

Meanwhile, I'll be watching at home with my cheeseburger, lemonade and maybe a salad.  How about you?