Buzz, Buzz, Buzz…it’s 1943!

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz…it’s 1943!

I just wanted to share my love for the Apple Sisters. I was listening to their podcast today, like I do every once in awhile, and found myself laughing for the umpteenth time. If you’ve never heard of the Apple Sisters, then please check out their website. They’re three musical comediennes who form an Andrews Sisters sort of trio on their podcast, with the premise that it is 1943. You’ll hear plenty of references to the war, popular music, and FDR. FDR has made a few appearances, specifically a memorable one on Thanksgiving. FYI, he likes to dance. The humor is sharp, and often absurd, which I love, and their voices harmonize well. The Halloween podcast is particularly ridiculous and fun. Also, they have a YouTube channel where you can watch their Holidoozy Christ-mess Spectacular, that ends in an unexpected, but touching, way.  I won’t ruin it for you, but there’s an off-script moment for one of the performers that I’m sure she’ll remember for the rest of her life. 

Anyway, just thought I’d share my love of the clever and humorous. Happy Thursday, all. 

The Wednesday Dance

My friend was kind enough to send this silly video to me a couple of weeks ago when I was going through a rough patch. It made me smile and laugh, and of course, I had to show it to everybody and their grandmother. So now I’m sharing it with you, on a Wednesday of remembrance. Hopefully, you’ll think of it if you’re going through your own rough patch. Wishing you smiles, happiness, and a plethora of Wednesday Dances.

Rory Gilmore’s Reading Challenge

Rory Gilmore’s Reading Challenge

I L-O-V-E-D Gilmore Girls. Loved it. I like how fast they spoke, and the litany of cultural references within one scene of dialogue between Rory and Lorelai. I loved their relationship, and the ups and downs (although I did not care for their big fight, or how much Rory changed toward the end – The Logan Years). But at the top of my love list was the fact that Rory was a girl just like me. She carried books with her to parties, and couldn’t decide which ones to take with her while backpacking through Europe. She loved books, period. Me, too. 

I came upon this website going over the 339 books Rory read or mentioned throughout the series. See how many of them you have read. I’m printing out the list to read the ones I haven’t gotten around to yet. 

Enjoy. 

Let the School Year Begin

http://marvelousteachermusings.com/2013/07/28/if-teachers-planned-inservice-training/

The former teacher in me can not get over how accurate this lady’s post is relating to Teacher Inservice Days prior to the start of the school year. My friend – another former teacher – shared this with me because we’re still nerds who love education although we don’t always love the bureaucracy of it. 

If you’re an educator, you’ll understand this completely. 

If not, just know that the post is funny and relatable. 

Thanks for letting me share a piece of my love of education…she said sheepishly. 🙂

Radical Move Ahead…maybe

I’ve been trying to finish this novel, I really have. But I’m not sure why I can’t. I’m either thinking about it too much, or I need to change it, or it’s so tonally different from other things I’ve written that I might be questioning myself. I don’t know. So, I’m left with a dilemma, and here is where the radical move comes in. Should I: 

(a) let the novel sit for a little while and move on to a different project? I do have other stories in various stages of completion. They’re projects I had planned on finishing anyway. 

(b) stick with it, regardless of how hard it is?

I have no idea. I should decide soon, though. It’s almost August (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?) and I wanted to have another story finished by the end of the year. Yikes, time goes by too too fast. 

Okay, I’ll stop whining now. 

I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

I've Been a Bad Blogger

Tulum, Mexico
MAY 2013

I’ve been a bad blogger. But I’ve also been very busy, so I hope that makes up for everything. One of those busy things was a trip to Cancun and the neighboring region. I’d never been to Cancun. It was beautiful, but word to the wise…IT IS HUMID! I’m from Arizona so I’m familiar with heat, but we like to say it’s a dry heat for a reason. I would start melting the moment I left the hotel. On a positive note, I got to walk around in Cancun, which reminded me a lot of Las Vegas…it has that kind of energy. I also went to Xcaret, which I can only describe as an amusement park, even though it doesn’t have rides and such. They have an INCREDIBLE show at the end of the night that highlights Mexican’s history and regions in a unique way. It’s part History on Broadway, part parade, part song and dance. And the costumes are nothing short of spectacular. For about $39 a person, you can dine in special seating during the 2 hour show. I recommend this highly. We got appetizers, two drinks, an entree, and a dessert with preferential seating.
I also went to Playa del Carmen’s famous 5ta Avenida, which is Spanish for 5th Avenue. A fitting name for a long street of restaurants, shops, and bars. On one of the hottest days, we went to Tulum, the site of ancient ruins that are preserved as is. Outside the ruins, there is a quaint but rustic village of shops and restaurants, but once inside, it is all as it was years and years ago. It was easy to picture an ancient civilization going about their daily rituals in this place. It’s nice that the ocean is right next to the site because walking through the ruins is akin to walking on the sun. In May, anyway. Don’t go in May.
Overall, I had a wonderful time, and thus concludes my How I Spent My Summer report, which is what I realize I’m doing, lol. I will try to be better at blogging, but hope my Mexican adventures made up for it.

Happy 50th, General Hospital!

My mom used to watch General Hospital a long time ago, in the Luke and Laura days. I started watching because of her, and their stories are threads of my own personal tapestry. The stories have changed, as have the characters, and I haven’t always liked the direction the showrunners have taken, but I will say this – General Hospital is a staple in daytime television, and will hopefully remain one for many years to come. The 50th Anniversary of the show is taking place this week, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying how wonderful it’s been seeing all the old characters back on the show. I’ve gotten teary an embarrassing amount of times. But I think the writers are doing a great job of honoring the show’s past while keeping their stories current. Well done.
Here’s a mash-up of the opening credits from the first years up until now. I have to say, my favorite was the Faces of the Heart opening by Dave Koz. If you’re a GH fan, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

If only I looked this cool while reading…Me reading looks MUCH more unglamorous – I’m talking yoga pants, oversized shirt that’s probably from high school, and let’s not even speak of the state of my hair. I shall strive to be better…lol. I will.
I have not posted in a while, and I wish I could say I’ve been furiously writing this whole time, but I haven’t. Life’s had me on a fast and furious wheel this month with work and family things. But hopefully April will be slower and allow me the time to devote some much needed TLC to Sebastian and Adriana, the protagonists in the series I’m working on right now. See, the problem is, I already know how the next two books in the series are going to go, so I find myself going to those stories and jotting down notes, pieces of dialogue, etc.
I’m procrastinating. Yup, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Maybe I need a procrastination intervention. It’s like that episode of How I Met Your Mother where the group has interventions for EVERYTHING, to the point that they actually have a go-to intervention banner. Ok, maybe I’m not that bad. Good pep talk.
Anyway, may you all enjoy a wonderful Easter holiday with your loved ones. Try not to overdose on Peeps, and if you made real hardboiled eggs, make a point to find all of them before the stench finds you in coming days.
Happy Easter!