Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Greetings and Salutations!

"I can't quit you, baby. So I'm gonna put you down for awhile."

Hello! I've been Fall Cleaning (my website) is that a thing???, but now I'm back, and I missed you!

If you've been a reader for years, you know there are tons of posts I have deleted. Tons. The blog has been running since 2012, and I just felt like it was time for a refresh. A lot of changes have taken place since the blog started, and I am so happy to have so many loyal followers who come to visit. I think it's wonderful to have formed online relationships with readers and other bloggers too. I look forward to forging new ones, and continuing those that have already been formed.

Make new friends, but keep the ooooold, one is silver and the other gold (sing it with me!!! or not... I know that's a little corny, but I'm okay with corny). 

It's been awhile, so I'll ask: what's going on with you?!?  I have been visiting blogs still, so I know somewhat, but I honestly have not been around to do so as much as I'd like. Work always has a way of getting involved with my free time! I know some of you can relate.

Carrera Slot Cars for the Win!

Sitting around the house tonight, fighting the urge to put up the Christmas Tree. We did that too early a couple of years ago and it kind of lost its magic and wonder by the time the holiday actually rolled around. I got a really cool tree last year for 90% off after the holidays were over. It spins so you can see all of the ornaments on the tree, and not just those on the front. I'm getting excited to pull it out of the box and get it set up. We discussed it though, and have decided to wait just a wee bit, or at least until it's a little closer to Thanksgiving. To squash my urge to decorate, I had to find something to do, so I pulled out some of the gifts I've gotten for the holidays and began wrapping them. Pretty early, I know, but pretty smart too because while I don't mind wrapping, I do hate doing it too close to Christmas Eve. When I wait too long, like I usually do, there are too many to do at once and that strips away some of the joy, making it a task instead of a privilege. You get what I'm saying, right? :)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Flash Season 6 on Digital and Blu-Ray: Release Date August 25

 Disclosure: A sample product was received. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

I got rid of cable and only have Netflix. One of the shows I started watching and got addicted to on it was The Flash. I watched through season 5 and then stopped because Season 6 was on cable only. Although I am pretty sure this season also went on Netflix after it ended on the CW Network, I just never picked it up again. Now with the Blu Ray set of season 6 being released on August 25th (as will the digital version), I thought it would be a great idea to get caught up and watch the season that I missed. Do you watch it? Do you know someone who does? I've always been a sucker for the comic book heroes. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Whiskware™ Portable Snack Containers are Cute Practical and Fun

 Disclosure: A sample was received. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Twist n' Lock Stackable Snack Packs from Whiskware

Look at these!!! Snack kits the kids will love because not only is there a super cute container to put their items in, but there are 3 snack containers included in each column. Whether your child is a small eater,, or a big one, the idea of having snacking options in their lunch (or even if they are on the go, such as in the car) is a big deal. It's a win-win for parents too because it means we can put healthy snacks the kids love in there, which deters them from considering processed foods in the lunch line at school.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

$250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

This is probably the longest giveaway I've joined in, to help promote, in terms of amount of time it runs. It's a good one though, and with so many people still at home, I'm sure it is one that will be well received too. With the winner being drawn at the very beginning of December, it will arrive just in time for some quality holiday shopping.

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Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day with Virgil's!

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Tomorrow, August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day and I for one cannot wait! I celebrate every year, and this year will be kicking it with both Black Cherry and the original handcrafted Root Beer from Virgil's! This rich, creamy root beer is crafted from a perfectly balanced, natural blend of 15 roots and spices. Every ingredient in Virgil's is all-natural - which means no preservatives, no aspartame, and no artificial colors. In addition to these (and other flavors you can get), you can also purchase Virgil's Zero Sugar Root Beer, which has no calories and is certified ketogenic, for those looking for a lower calorie rendition of this refreshing, sweet and delicious little something-something. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Would You Rather? The Grown Up Version.

Jet Ski or Paddle Board? Right now, my grandbabe would definitely say jet ski,
though she has recently done both (with an adult, of course)!

Little things amuse me. Right now, I'm sitting here thinking of a Would You Rather game, for adults. Usually it is a game I hate to play because it always ends up with something gross/icky coming into play. This is the grandma-rated version of the same game, and I'll keep it short. It does seem most people have a hard preference for these things though, and I think that is interesting. While some people love mustard, others hate it and only like honey mustard...deep dish, original or thin crust; mayo or absolutely not...that kind of simple, but still important-to-the-person -at-the-time kind of thing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Who DID I See that Concert With???

Yesterday an article came up on my phone about Fleetwood Mac. That was JUST before my generation of music (I had Stevie Nicks' CDs, but never any F/Mac). I clicked it just because...and became engrossed in the love story of two of the band members (turns out there was more than one, but that's a story for another day, and not this blog, lol). What was intriguing though wasn't so much the story as the way the guy in the pair I was reading about, still looked at the woman (so many years later). It seemed like he was still wearing his heart on his sleeve, which cannot be true (?) since he is happily married with three children of his own (something I also found out yesterday), and she (according to the article), had him kicked off of the reunion tour and they were in court...but there was an undeniable chemistry there, something you can't quite put your finger on, but you could feel it (so much so that I started googling to learn more about them, and that's how I came across the above information that has been repeated so often there must at least a modicum of truth to it).

That got me thinking of music, and musicians, which got me stuck in a YouTube loop (it happens once in awhile) of old music that I liked in high school. That led to me viewing AC/DC footage and I absentmindedly said out loud that it was the best concert I'd ever seen. And it was. I saw them in the mid-90's, and they really put on a good show.

But it took me a few minutes to remember who I saw the concert with. You would think that it being a great concert, I would easily remember WHO I saw it with, but I guess that's not how my brain works. So then I started to deliberately single out concerts I've seen, and try to remember instantly who was with me. Almost every single one required me thinking, really thinking about it (with a few solid exceptions), which led to this post.

The Steve Miller Band I remember seeing with my good friend, because it was one of those shows you didn't expect to be so great, but it really, really was... he sounded just as good in person as he did on record, and we were both marveling about it.

Brittany Spears I remember because it was my oldest son's first concert (he hates when I tell that story, but he LOVED her music (and this was waaaay back when, when she was pretty much a kid too), so I surprised him with tickets. His younger brothers fell asleep on the seats because it was in the p.m., which still makes me chuckle.

And Creed I remember because it was the second concert I took the same son to (the youngest opted out). LOL

Lynyrd clue who I saw it with, but I remember a group of us sitting on a hill at the amphitheater in West Palm Beach.

James clue again, but I remember being upset that he didn't play ANYTHING I knew and loved.

Bush was a good concert, but I remember being irked by the smell of certain something-something in the audience (I've always been a bit of a nerd, and that was never my scene). I wasn't a fan of the mosh pit either (again, a bit of a nerd here). In fact, regarding MOST things I've been a huge nerd (I own it, I don't mind) but in music I branched out a bit and liked quite a few genres, including rock n roll, which was probably a bit 'rebellious' of me since it embraced themes that were as far removed from my being as could possibly be, which I suppose was part of the rock and roll appeal. I still love the artists from that era, Led Zeppelin, Clapton, and the Doors (still popular from the generation just before), Queen, Motley Crue, Rush, U2, and so on and so forth... I could go on and on because there was a lot of music playing on the radio (and I liked many genres, though this post is focusing more on R&R).

There are other concerts too...most of whom I am stretching my mind to remember who I was with... and THEN, when I'm thinking of people, I'm trying to stretch my mind to think of what concerts I saw with that person (because surely there was something).

My mom wouldn't let me see any Rock-and-Roll concerts when I was a kid, but she let me listen to anything I wanted. She was more liberal than I was...I've always made sure my kids had the censored versions running on their top hit songs, and nothing too suggestive or otherwise not-so-decent playing in their lil' ears. Double standard? Perhaps, but there are two things I know 1). I can't bring myself to allow the kids to listen to certain music (all the cursing and way-too-adult lyrics seems inappropriate to me for the kids), but 2). I sure am glad my mom let me...

As for my recollection of concerts and who I saw them with, I have concluded that the mind is a funny thing. The way it processes is baffling, but I don't question it. I'm just bemused a bit by it today. :)

The one big takeaway I am getting from this post, is I have way too much time on my hands today (rare, and what a way to use it, LOLOL!!!). Oh well, everyone deserves a free day every once in awhile. :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wordless Wednesday: Vintage Stereo

I was in the thrift store, hoping to find a good elliptical and came across this little beauty.
We didn't buy it, but we sure did admire it. The turntable was made of metal! I've honestly never seen a stereo quite like it. Cool, right?