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Barf Me Out

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Unlike my previous St. Patrick’s Day entries which are lighthearted this one, while still humorous is not at all about leprechauns nor pots of gold but rather how nauseated just the mere thought of eating the traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes (at least in the states as in Ireland the long-established feast is made with lamb or bacon instead of corned beef and cabbage) makes me.  I can’t for the life of me understand why my family insists on serving that specific food on the same day year after year and we’re not even Irish!  While I’m not a big meat eater I can consume some such as fast-food cheeseburgers, cold cuts and the occasional turkey but that’s where it ends.  


Not only am I extremely finicky about certain types of food I’ll consume I also have a keen sense of smell whether it’s of someone’s perfume/cologne, foul breath or the putrid stench rancid food gives off which is exactly what I smell whenever corned beef, cabbage and potatoes are cooking.  I can and have literally felt my stomach turn within the first few whiffs and must always leave the room.  Now this is where it gets weird.  I can’t stand the odor of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes yet I can occasionally eat a Rueben sandwich since the meat is similar to that of cold cuts but sans the sauerkraut.  I’m not sure what the difference is between the two but the meat made in Rueben sandwiches that I can tolerate from time to time looks, smells and tastes entirely different than the one made with cabbage and potatoes.  Gag me with a spoon on that kind.  Fer shur.


All of this writing of corned beef has not only made me feel the need for two tablespoons of Pepto Bismol it’s also made me not want to eat meat for a very long time.  I haven’t for the past five Fridays due to Lent but today I’ll be having a very vegan dinner.  Whatever that may be.


*  Given this special day I kind of want to find a clover patch and search for one with four leaflets.  Then again even if I were to find one I doubt if it would bring me good luck at all as I’d probably pick a clover mixed with poison ivy.




Headin’ to the Wild West

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Being the quintessential 80sgirl that I am you’d think that I would have seen Young Guns followed by its equally successful sequel Young Guns II but I never had the interest in sitting through almost two hours of a western movie despite the all-star cast.  Some thirty years later; however, AMC is playing both and dammit I’m gonna watch them.  Strange how I never knew anything about Billy the Kid as I don’t even think we covered it in elementary, junior high or high school.  If we did I didn’t pay any attention which was the norm yet I learned more by watching Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure than I ever would have from some old text book or teacher.  Maybe I’ll be more enlightened by watching both movies.  As the Asia song goes “Only Time Will Tell.”  But I do have a keen interest in riding a horse at this particular time while blaring “Blaze of Glory.”  YEEHAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Au Revoir Music Videos

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m still trying to recover from this one.  Last night while watching I Want My 80’s on MTV Classic I began searching various channels and shows when I came to VH1.  It’s been at least two years since I’ve watched it due to the Top 20 Countdown being cancelled and as I kept going from one hour to the next all I saw were movies, ridiculous reality shows I’ve seen previews of on MTV Classic and reruns of television shows.  Where the hell were the music videos?  I searched straight into next Saturday and not one single hour had any music videos set to play.  For those unaware of this tidbit VH1 stands or at least stood for Video Hits 1 because the motherf*cking network played music videos.


I then began to search the internet to see if I was alone in thinking this but apparently I’m not as various websites have stated both VH1 as well as MTV no longer play music videos as they used to as they’ve now been replaced with what else but reality shows and many sites as well as forums have said that the demand to watch music videos has decreased since most people can simply go online to see them.  Horse pucky!!!!  But it really doesn’t affect me since I rarely listen to new artists and if I happen to hear a particularly catchy tune on the radio which sparks my interest I may try to listen to more songs from her, him or them.  If in fact I like it enough I’ll buy the CD as I recently ordered some from my most favorite website Amazon.com.


Just writing about how VH1 used to play music videos reminds me of years ago when they would play the Big 80’s which was a thirty minute show that aired music videos from the eighties and the History of Music Videos A to Z that played music videos from artists/groups that began with the letter A all the way until they got to the letter Z.  Usually two or three videos from one specific artist or group was played then they’d go on to the next.  It usually ran for about three days and mostly 80’s music videos were shown which I loved.  In fact I can remember them showing Paula Abdul’s picture who represented the A’s then ZZ Top who represented the Z’s and it was far out!!!!!  Now, more than twenty plus years later they’ve been replaced with completely scripted asinine shows from the most desperate wannabe stars working in an urban salon to wives or, in many cases former wives of celebrities whose narcissistic lives apparently peak many people’s interests to countless other crapola shows.  In fact since they no longer or rarely play music videos I think the channel should change its name to CTV which could stand for Crapola Television because that’s basically what the station’s become.  At least they still have MTV Classic so I can get my fix of videos at a time when music still meant something. 


Cafe Overflow

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments


There are no words to describe the sheer bliss I feel each and every time I drink a Venti White Chocolate Mocha containing two pumps of whatever flavored syrup I have a craving for that particular day from Starbucks.  Whether it’s a warm or hot day as I sit outside watching the rush of traffic and preoccupied passersby I relish in drinking my iced coffee in addition to going to the drive-thru which always uplifts my mood thus making my travels more pleasurable while pop songs from the eighties emit from the CD player.  


While I can’t get enough java there comes a point when I have to ask myself “How much is too much?” in regards to the number of Starbucks which continue to be built.  There’s practically one on every corner and then some!  Several weeks ago while running errands I noticed three Starbucks at separate shopping centers in addition to having one at the mall and if that’s not enough they’re in the process of making one at Target.  Five Starbucks within a mile of each other.  That’s ludicrous!  There are so many other places of business which the public could benefit from such as a 7-Eleven, Mexican/fast food restaurants particularly west coast style, specialty shops and even franchises that would be an asset to everyone but instead they keep on constructing Starbucks.  


I’ve tried and tried to comprehend the reasoning as to why there are more Starbucks now than ever before as more and more just keep popping up but still can’t.  At least whenever I have a thirst for a frou-frou coffee there’s a variety of locations to choose from.    

Endless Scenic Views

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I never realized this before but whenever I’d go on my computer and see the same desktop picture of a girl running on the beach  adjacent to a huge rock formation it was as blasé as could be.  I’d simply move my mouse since I rarely turn off the PC and that same mundane photo would be on the screen.  I’ve had my computer for more than a year and a half and I’ve changed the background design several times but the ones that were readily available were as lackluster as could be.  They weren’t eye-catching or inspiring in the least.  


It might not matter to everyone but many people want their screen setting to be appealing.  Whether it’s of a large body of water, a sunset, a voluptuous woman/well-built guy or a number of other attractive or, in some cases unattractive yet at the same time quite amusing images it’s important that the first thing you see once you turn on your computer is something you enjoy.  I was online earlier and after I closed the web browser and looked at the uninteresting picture I remembered how on my previous computer I had various backgrounds from waterfalls to nature and then it hit me!  Obtain great backdrops which is exactly what I did.  After downloading the application I’m now able to view majestic looking settings.  I adjusted it so that each day I’m greeted with a dazzlingly different picture.  As I stared at this particular wallpaper it was and is mesmerizing making me wish I was in that specific wondrous city.  Not sure which one since there was no information about it but I have a feeling it’s someplace such as Tokyo.  Now I totally feel donning a komono while listening to “Mr. Roboto.”


Now you be the judge.  What would you rather see this luminous photo or a frickin’ hydrangea?




Is There No End?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I’ve never written three separate entries within the span of three days but due to yesterday’s unfathomable tragedy taken place at yet another high school I feel compelled to do so.  I hadn’t heard about the devastating events that unfolded until I’d gotten home from mass and saw it on the news.  My God what’s happening in this world?  I now feel like my parents when I say that things like this never happened when I was in school.  Kids bringing guns to school for what?  Anger?  Revenge?  I never thought heinous acts like this could occur but I was even more horrified upon learning that this is the eighteenth school shooting to happen this year.  What the f*ck?  Eighteen shootings at places where kids as well as adults go to receive an education in this country?  This is the reason why I rarely watch the news because of the atrocious crimes being committed worldwide.  I never thought I’d see the day when it would get to the point that metal detectors would be implemented in any type of school but when you’ve got kids bringing contraband that’s the outcome.  


The public as well as media outlets can try to assess the situation to the moon and back by blaming movies, television, video games, social media and any other source by which kids can view violence but there’s really no clear-cut answer for this.  When I was in school ADHD wasn’t mentioned but today you hear so many cases of it and the medication kids are taking for it.  Do they play a key role in adolescent’s deciding to shoot up a school?  Are they taking mind-altering drugs or are they suffering from (often times) an undiagnosed form of mental illness?  Then there’s the controversial topic of firearms in regards to whether or not there should be federal bans on them as this is most prevalent following a mass shooting.  There are numerous perspectives when looking at violence in schools and the contributing factors but is there an answer or a way to prevent another disaster like this from happening?  I don’t think there is.


How many times do kids who are angered say they want to kill someone?  Yet the following day they’re fine as if nothing happened.  What about people who pose with weapons or post ominous messages on their social media accounts?  If the police or F.B.I. were to investigate every one of these cases it not only would be futile many times there’s not enough hard evidence to prove somebody’s actually intent on harming others so it’s left alone.  Nobody knows what homicidal thoughts are racing through a person’s mind if they don’t say anything and many times if they do that person doesn’t take them seriously.  It’s easy to say afterward what could have or should have been done to prevent such a catastrophe but let’s face it if a person has a detailed plan of going on a murderous rampage and doesn’t say or do anything to anybody to cause alarm it’s not something that can be prevented.  Right now people will be talking about this most horrific of tragedies but as time goes by it will start to fade out of the spotlight just as all the other deadly shootings in the past have until another killing spree occurs.  But what can be done about it?  Again, it’s much easier said than done.    


These past two days have been beyond emotionally draining for me which is why I’m going to watch The Goonies as a way of temporarily escaping the realm of reality as I pray not only for the victims of this most senseless act but also for their family and friends.                                                               


Abstinence Unattainable

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While I’m pleased that I was able to not only receive ashes but to also attend mass last night someone brought up a relevant point that I’d completely forgotten about.  Giving something up for Lent.  I’ve tried several times in the past to forgo eating chocolate, my absolute weakness but by the third or forth day my indulgence for cocoa entirely takes over my abstention and I feel consumed with guilt.  Same thing goes for Starbucks coffee.  Last year I tried telling myself I could go forty-six days (the actual amount of days which begin on Ash Wednesday and last until Holy Saturday including the 6 Sundays) without it but by the second week my intense craving for White Chocolate Mocha overpowered my fasting and there went my religious observance.


So this year I decided to not even try to forbear from something I really enjoy in terms of edible substances since no matter how hard I try I always end up losing my willpower thus feeling remorseful afterward.  No more!  As long as I adhere to not eating meat every Friday until Easter Sunday which I probably won’t anyway, attend church and don’t commit any mortal sins which I have no intention of doing then I think I’m OK.  At least I hope so. 


Now that Lent is this particular of topics I question whether or not people who refrain from something they truly enjoy during Lent such as smoking or giving up sweets can really last the duration or give up after a certain amount of time due to extreme hankering of their weakness such as myself.  For some it’s easy to restrain themselves from what they take pleasure in be it drinking alcohol, watching television or even swearing and I commend them for that but for someone like me it’s almost impossible since I have an absolute sweet tooth which coincides with me drinking my coffee from Starbucks.  I know for a fact that many people who give up something for Lent won’t be able to follow through for the entire time due to their strong desire for what they’ve been depriving themselves of whether it’s food, nicotine, social media or a multitude of other things they have an extreme affinity for.  And if you really think about it what’s going to happen if someone can’t or doesn’t desist from something?  Are they going to be struck down as form of punishment?  Better yet what about those who do in fact give up what they really like?  Are good things going to come to them as a result?  Well, maybe but at least I feel a tad better now.   


Ashes and Hearts

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments



I can’t remember the last time Ash Wednesday was on Valentine’s Day.  Come to think of it I never realized they could both share the same day so I did a bit of research and found out the last time Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day was back in 1945.  Thankfully I overheard someone talking about it otherwise I would’ve completely forgotten about it being the first day of Lent, eaten some type of chicken since I’m not big on meat then felt guilt-ridden upon discovering what I’d done.  I’m so glad that the mass is in the evening so I’ll be able to attend it unlike the past several years due to my work schedule.


As for Valentine’s Day I savor chocolate but that’s the extent of it.  I’ve never been fond of flowers or roses and can’t think of a better way to celebrate the most lovey-dovey of holidays than to watch the most fitting of movies such as the 1981 slasher film My Bloody Valentine which pretty much sums up my viewpoint of  St. Valentine’s Day.


Wills and the Aftermath

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments



This particular entry is one I’ve been wanting to post for a while now as it gives new meaning to the proverb “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” or in this case a way out for some.  It’s also something that’s gone on in families for years and will continue to indefinitely.  Anyone having gone through the formalities of a will, especially if it pertains to a substantial amount of money, property or other article of value can more than identify with what I’m about to write.  Many families, large or small are extremely tight-knit enjoying get-togethers as often as possible.  Of course not everyone agrees on everything particularly at holidays and when coupled with alcohol which happens quite frequently in families but nonetheless it’s still a time for people to all visit with each other.  While family gatherings can be a time of happiness, stories, laughter, numerous photos and of course food things can drastically change when a member possessing a vast financial portfolio passes away.  The smiles abruptly fade thus exhibiting peoples’ true colors as dark as can be.


Whether someone passes away from old age, a long-suffering illness, suddenly or any other unfortunate manner if they were well off in terms of resources just about everyone’s hands become outreached in wanting their share.  Of course there’s the heartache and tears, especially at the funeral, wake or other type of service held but once the procession is over and the grief has somewhat subsided the subject of the will arises as the tears quickly dry replaced with widened eyes and perked up ears at the thought of what relatives will soon be inheriting.


Whether family members attend the reading of the will or receive a copy in the mail often times when they learn what, how much or little they’ll be receiving as opposed to others emotions ranging from jealousy to pure rage are immediately incited.  Some feeling a sense of entitlement while others think certain people should never have been written in.  By the time the estate attorney or whoever else reading the will aloud or the person/persons reading it on paper is finished some are ecstatic over their newly acquired inheritance while others want to punch specific beneficiaries in their throat, throats or possibly commit some other bodily injury to them.  I’m sure they’ll also be cursing the testator due to their decision as to who gets what.  


I can only imagine the expletives spoken/screamed by relatives who feel completely f*cked over once they get into their vehicles as they leave or have finished reading what they’ve just been left.  Forget the family functions as now emotions of bitterness, resentment and possibly hate run strong thus destroying any future plans of togetherness for years to come if not permanently.  Suddenly widows, siblings and every relative named or not named in the will feel they should have received more or at least something while at the same time they feel others shouldn’t have gotten anything.  Before long accusations begin, family members start dredging up things from the past while claiming to be perfect and before you know it that once close family is no more.  You now look at your family who, just weeks or even days earlier were as thick as thieves but now due to the death of a member who had a large amount of money, property, valuables and even insurance policies certain people aren’t speaking to one another while verbal as well as physical confrontations occur among others and in many cases family members contest the will for a number of reasons.  This is prevalent in many families as it’s occurred in mine on more than one occasion and I guarantee things are never the same as they’d once been prior to the loss of a relative.


Then there are situations of someone having been in a relationship with a person.  They’re as much a couple as can be except they aren’t married and neither is in the other person’s will.  They do everything together including having children then one of them dies unexpectedly and immediately the man or woman’s family shows up complete with their attorney and World War III erupts.  Since there was no will the deceased person’s family claims they have exclusive rights to his/her worldly goods while their better half fights back and since a child or children are involved it becomes even more contentious.  From litigation to going so far as to hire private investigators to dig up their past it becomes an absolute nightmare for everyone involved and many times the end results are not fair.  The same thing goes if the man or woman has children from a previous marriage or relationship as now they’re clashing with their parent’s domestic partner in court over what else?  MONEY!!!!!!!  Even going so far as to evict that person from the home they’ve been living at with their partner and many times the children legally have that right.  Lovely.


There are also times when illegitimate children suddenly appear out of nowhere after the person they’re claiming to be their parent who was well off dies adding more unnecessary grief to the family or other member who mysteriously crawls out of the woodwork now that a relative they’ve only met a few times, once or never has passed as they deviously seize the opportunity to cash in.  The perfect plot for innumerable Lifetime Movies.


Isn’t it strange how, when someone wealthy becomes ill and knows they don’t have much time suddenly relatives who’ve had little or no contact with them begin to appear making it seem as if they’re worried about their ailing aunt, grandfather, etc. when in reality they just want a piece of the pie filling and all only to discover it’s often times rancid?  Many times they’re hoping to make it big by relying on their family member to kick the bucket in hopes of inheriting bank.  Forget working at a job like most people just wait for your rich relative to croak.  And let’s not forget kissing one’s ass in hopes of collecting which is quite prevalent in families as the outcome is sometimes in the person or leeches’ favor yet other times is not.    


That old saying of how life isn’t fair is exemplified especially when it comes to wills in terms of who gets what and how much when a sizable amount of money is involved.  I can only imagine the infinite number of families who’ve battled each other out in court over a relative’s assets often times making them like asses.  Insults slurred, allegations yelled, fistfights, gavel pounding and everything in between because everybody involved wants what they feel is theirs.  Those who say money doesn’t always change people can try bullshitting themselves but let them be named as beneficiary in someone’s will and inherit a considerable amount of cash then we’ll see if they’re the same person as beforehand.  


There’s a program called The Will: Family Secrets Revealed that, unfortunately is no longer on that depicted real-life stories of celebrities, political figures and other important people who bequeathed what and to whom which caused nothing but dissention and legal disputes sometimes fueled by greed yet others simply wanting what’s just.  Whether it’s the children fighting their mother/father’s spouse who, most times isn’t their biological parent over money, high-priced items, property or in many instances royalties.  Often times it’s the second or third wife of someone notably wealthy who only married him for his money and is now wrangling with his kids, who are many times around the same age or even younger than them as her over his estate.  There have been so many stories about famous people and the internal chaos enduring in their family as they all go for the jugular in terms of getting what they want.  The sad thing is most of the time the stepmother or sibling winds up with the majority of the funds while the children receive only a portion of them.  I loved watching the program because it made me realize no matter how rich a family is they also have problems.  Sometimes more than others as they strive for what they believe is theirs.       


Then there are lessons parents or other relative like to teach members of their family.  Take for example, an astute businessman who amassed a fortune and his kids feel they’ll be more than taken care of after he’s gone.  Imagine their aghast upon discovering he left them only a fraction of his net worth or nothing at all depending on the person with the rest being divided between his wife which most likely won’t be his first and may even include HER children, various charities or someone/something else.  They’re immediately consumed with immense rage and possibly hatred even resulting in them being glad they’re father’s dead.  Why?  Because as his children they felt deserving of having his entire estate be equally split among them and now they feel royally f*cked over.  Maybe they were but at the same time maybe their father had reasons for doing what he did.  Whatever the case this has happened in many families and whether it’s right or wrong it undoubtedly affects each member.


My feelings run deep regarding money inherited from someone’s will as I know firsthand how much friction it can cause.  It’s also one of the many reasons why families are never the same as they’d once been following the passing of someone having had a tremendous amount of means.  I also feel that in many situations those who are left a significant amount of money are not at all deserving of it while those who truly are receive only a snippet of what they should.  A prime example of how unjust life can be.  Such are the cases of men/women who marry solely for the purpose of financial gain.  They cause a lifetime of turmoil among their now widowed family often times with the end result being that they’ll be set for life or at least for a time being depending on their lifestyles while the children of the deceased receive a paltry amount of what they should have.  Almost as if the widow or black widow has the devil on her/his shoulder.


Other instances include family members, business partners, so-called friends or a number of other unscrupulous people who manipulate somebody into changing their will or naming them sole beneficiary of their entire estate.  Another example could be family members or distant relatives who are not at all close to someone yet due to a number of legal reasons could end up with all that person’s valuables including policies whereas that same person could have had a caregiver who always made sure they were fed, clothed and alright but since they had no will made out that person’s out of luck unless of course they want to take it to court thus adding more compounding problems to the situation.


The list goes on in terms of how completely arduous it can be when it comes to the protocols of a will including everyone involved but one thing I know is that life has a way of balancing or in this particular circumstance evening things out.  While it’s true that greed consumes countless people, especially upon learning (or planning) that they’re being named as beneficiary in someone’s will all the cash/materialistic objects they obtain are not at all good and if anything are evil goods.  It’s not money they worked for but rather collected or schemed to get their hands on and despite whatever acquisitive items they buy with that corrupt money I like to think it will most definitely come back to them in more ways than they could ever think possible.  Unfortunately; however, it doesn’t always work like that as there are people who commit malevolent acts their entire lives and nothing ever happens to them.  They live superb lives despite what they did to get the money but instead of karma coming back at them they continue to live carefree, often times extravagant lives.  That’s when one questions God as I have innumerable times and will for the rest of my life. 

Spirited Saturday

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments



Yesterday I had the afternoon off and just the sight of grass even if it’s horrendously muddy outside excites me.  Ever since December the snow’s been dreadful.  Mounds of white crapola, frigid weather and no desire to go out.  So being able to look out and see the neighborhood instead of piles of snow in front of each person’s house is a wonderful thing.  I was all ready to exercise when the doorbell rang.  Imagine my surprise to see two girls selling what else but Girl Scout Cookies.  Being a former Girl Scout I had to fulfill my obligation since I always hoped people would buy from me.  With that I purchased four boxes but what many people don’t realize is that when the Girl Scouts go door-to-door it’s a sign that spring’s not too far away.  While I don’t mind winter it’s the snow I absolutely loathe and after almost two months of seeing it, having to drive in it and just wanting it gone being able to look outside at having it be bright gives a person a more positive outlook on life or at least for the day.  Add Girl Scout Cookies to the mix and it can’t get any better.  Well, it could but yesterday gave me hope.  I also had a better work out than I would have had the bell not rung.