I Can’t Drive… 55!

This is my bestie from high school, Sheryl (on the right, 1985).

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This is also my bestie from high school, Mindy (on the right, 1987… no giggling at the funny old pictures).

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We were as close as sisters and were always there for each other no matter what.  And the trouble we used to get in… well, that’s a story for another day.

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Sheryls wedding, 1987

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Graduation, Baby! 1985

Anyway, just before our senior year of high school started, Sheryl’s dad won a car.  Not just any car, but a 1985 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z and the very first one to come off the line.  The license plate read CAR-001.

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It had a factory stereo in it that could blast the ice off the windows.  Turn up that bass!  Which we did… often.  You could hear Sheryl coming from a block away.

One day we decided to go test just how sporty this little car actually was.  We went across the river to the backroads of rural Graham County, Arizona, where we had miles upon miles of empty road with all kinds of hills and twists and turns.  Sheryl managed to exceed 80 mph on one stretch… keeping in mind that this was back in the day when the legal speed limit on every major highway was only 55 mph, so hitting 80+ was a big deal.  If we would have been caught, Sheryl surely would’ve had her license revoked.

Needless to say, Sheryl acquired many speeding tickets during the next couple of years.  It’s a really good thing her brother was a cop.

The following was a song we would crank up in that sporty little car of hers with the kick-ass stereo whenever we would cruise the backroads because it was oh-so-true. This is also my pick for James’s Motivational Music Monday this week.  After all these years, it still gets the blood and the heart pumping.

Sadly, Sheryl died in 2012.  However, 30+ years later, Mindy and I are still in touch.

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AJ, Me, Mindy, 2013

In My Mind’s Eye…

Ever wonder what people are thinking?  Yeah, me too.  The following is kinda like my week in review, per a few of my personal thoughts… things I probably would never say out loud.  Except to James. And sometimes I still am able to surprise him by the off things that run through my brain…

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My pie is leaking! Why is my pie leaking?! (The child finished it off regardless.)

  • Where’d all these dishes come from?  I just did the dishes.  Why is the sink full 15 minutes later? No one is ever allowed to eat again.  No more cooking, no more eating, no more dishes. Problem solved.  Oh wait, we can eat out.  That’ll work.  (Didn’t happen, and the sink continues to produce dirty dishes.)
  • Surprise, surprise… another cleavage shot.  I’m so tired of all the cleavage selfies.  Are you in that much need of attention?  Get a dog. (No, really… do these women even know what “self-respect” means?)
  • Why are you coming up behind me so fast?  Are you late?  You should plan your time better. Dude!  You’re too close!  Here, let me slow wayyyy down… (The driver behind me got the message loud and clear and backed off.)
  • B**ch!  Bring that owl to us now before I call the cops!  (Federally protected bird.  The lady was hemming and hawing about not having time to bring it to the rescue center even though it had been in her possession for over 12 hours already with a broken wing.  I didn’t have to use profanity; I flat out begged her and appealed to her sense of decency.  She found someone right away to bring us the owl.  And that’s why I make the big bucks… hahahaha)
  • Dongle.  What a stupid word.  Who came up with that stupid word?  “Hold on while I grab my dongle.”  Seriously?!  (I ordered a bluetooth USB dongle and still can’t get over that stupid term.)
  • I promise to never ever eat fruit and nuts before a run again, if I can just make it through this one without having to crawl.  (I didn’t have to crawl.)
  • Would it be wrong for me to ground my child from his PS4 just so I can use it to play the newest Kingdom Hearts game?  (A video game I’ve played from the moment it was first launched, only for the PlayStation.  I have been waiting for-ev-er for AJ to save up enough money for a PS4 so I can continue to play this game.  He graciously told me I could play it anytime if I stored my credit card number to his PlayStation account… I think I prefer the grounding method.)

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Have a happy week!

So Much Love!

Ya’all are simply amazing!  Love is all over Word Press today for Valentine’s Day!  Songs, poems, letters, recipes, stories… such a positive atmosphere!

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I’m especially enjoying all the music!  I follow quite a few blogs who love their music just as much as I, and a few songs have popped up over the past few days that I haven’t heard or have forgotten about. If you are a music lover, go check out some of these blogs:

All these blogs offer more than just music, and if I’ve left anyone out, I apologize.  Sometimes my Reader and my email trip me up.

So to all my fellow music lovers, not only is this my choice for MMM this week, this is also for you…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Sneaky Pete

Back in January, I was trying to mask the torture of treadmill running by streaming a TV show on my Kindle.  As I was streaming from an Amazon device, I came across all the Amazon shows and found “Sneaky Pete,” read the description, and thought, yeah, that might work.

Side note here… James and I do not watch TV.  We cannot commit the time it takes in watching a series, so we stick with the occasional movie, “Frasier” reruns, and a true crime series every now and again… all of which require zero emotional commitment.  We also love a good alien documentary as well (but that’s another post).

Anyhoo….

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Giovanni Ribisi — photo credit Amazon

I decided to watch “Sneaky Pete.”  If you haven’t read the description or seen previews, it’s about a con artist (Giovanni Ribisi) who gets out of prison, goes into hiding, and assumes someone else’s identity, basically living this other person’s life.  Okay, it’s a bit more detailed than that, but I think you get the idea.

Anyone remember Giovanni Ribisi?  He was that dorky little kid on “My Two Dads” back in the late ’80s.  It took me a long time to remember where I’d seen him before (besides being Phoebe’s little brother on “Friends“).

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My Two Dads — photo credit FamousFix.com

Giovanni also played the kid brother to Nicholas Cage in “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

Sooo…

After that first episode, I was hooked.  It took me 3 weeks to convince James to sit down and watch it with me as I thought he would like it as well.  I was right.  And James is a hard sell, believe you me.

The show’s co-creator, executive producer, and evil villain is played by Bryan Cranston.  I don’t have a clue who Bryan Cranston is (sorry), but some people might know him from “Breaking Bad,” or “Malcolm in the Middle,” or even a few “Seinfeld” episodes.  He does evil well in this show.

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Bryan Cranston — photo credit Amazon

James and I stayed up past our bedtime last night and managed to watch episodes 6 and 7. We were left speechless with our jaws hanging open.  Season 1 only has 11 episodes, and I’m dying to binge watch the last of them today… alas, time does not allow for that, so I must wait.

My point?  If you like a good crime drama, like to see people get their comeuppance, and love when your show has wicked twists and turns that always leave you guessing (close your mouth please), give “Sneaky Pete” a watch.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hiya!

Hey!  How’s that for a catchy title!  I’m brilliant that way, you know.

I got an email from my sister today saying I’d been awful quiet, so I thought I’d write a quick update to say, yes, I’m still here.

Over the weekend, we had snowmageddon.  I am not a snow person.  I do not do snow.  And yet, this winter, snow insists on showing up on my doorstep and wreaking havoc on my roads. That nonsense is about to end though as the forecast is predicting rain, rain, and more rain. Hallelujah!

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Last Friday, AJ twisted his ankle at school and sprained it.  Yep… snow.  Or ice.  Same difference. But did I mention it’s going to rain?  Hallelujah!

It’s so cold in my house that the fishtank heater can’t even keep up with warming the water.  I had to get a backup because I know this current one is going to fail any day now as it’s been running 24/7 just lately.  But it’s about to be 50 deg F here in the next day or two.  That’s right… dare I say it?!  Hallelujah!

And don’t you worry about the raccoons… we’ve got them covered.  They’re getting plenty to eat, snow and all. The cats are kind of hungry, but those little raccoons are sure sitting pretty!

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Because this little sweetie is probably thinking, “It’s good to be alive right about now” (hallelujah!), he deserves a little Andy Grammer!

  • Winter got you down?  Or are you used to it and loving the snowy days?
  • Who wishes they were in Hawaii right now besides me?
  • Who’s running Reno in April?  Anybody?  Anybody?

Go check out James’s most recent post at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest… he has an exciting announcement about BibRave!

Happy Birthday!

I noticed a few of my favorite bloggers celebrated their birthday in January!

At Seek The Best Blog, there were lots of birthdays being celebrated over there!  We also had Brian from Bonnywood Manor singing some tunes!  And then Ben at Running Of The Books celebrated his with a run, yummy food, and some great wine!  And we have yet to learn how Susan from Woman on the Ledge will celebrate (beginning of February/end of January… you know, same thing).

I wish you all a big…

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But I have to confess… now that the secret is out over at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest, I celebrated a birthday last week as well.  The big 5-0.  We don’t put those two numbers together because they’re just not pretty.  We call this birthday the “one day older than yesterday” birthday. Because I’m still coming to terms with that ridiculous number 5.

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However, that being said, I have some mighty big goals to celebrate that mighty big number.  I wanted to do everything 5-0 this year… you know, 50K ultra, actually tackle my 50-mile bike ride, maybe even try doing 50 situps… 🙂

Can’t say I’ll hit the 50K, but I have faith I’ll hit the 50-miler at some point this summer (we’re bringing the trainer inside so my sit bones can get used to my saddle while the rain continues to… rain).  But… okay… I’m going to put it out there… the real goal is the Marine Corps Marathon in October (my very first 26.2)*.  There’s a caveat to that though… by the time we have to enter the drawing in March, my pace has to be below a certain time.  So, I’m diligently getting up stupid early every morning, hitting the treadmill and running intervals to speed my slow ass up.  I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I decided to follow Ma Allie‘s recipe for baking a cake and came up with this:

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Okay, I’m kidding… it wasn’t Ma Allie’s fault, she’s a wonderful cook; I wish I had her talent.  It’s me, all me… just another one of my many cooking disasters, made the weekend before my birthday. Hence, the beautiful, store-bought, chocolate pie above.  My family are so loving and forgiving!

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One final note, and I’m going to jump the gun and spill the beans here, Queen with Adam Lambert are coming to Seattle in July.  Tickets went on sale today, and we snatched a couple of those bad boys up!!  Adam may not be Freddie, but I think he’s going to rock the house, and I can’t wait!

And, to all of us struggling with that ugly number 5, this is for us…

  • Did you hit the half-century mark recently?  If so, does the number matter to you?
  • Any other January birthdays I missed?
  • Who else is putting in for the MCM??

*To SRG… we considered coming your way like we discussed, but it’s not feasible this year… THIS year, 😀

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Love breaks….

Written by a fellow blogger turned beautiful and inspirational friend… a tough lady who beat the hell out of cancer. I am thankful and proud to be part of this wonderful community. No hate, just love.

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Love breaks barriers…

This is Paula. Or here in the blogging world she is Never A Dull Bling

When I started blogging she was my very first follower. She encouraged me with my revenge and wogging. Laughed at my humor and all in all a perfect first follower. As time went on we found out we live only a few hours from each other. We moved to WA from AZ. She, like me only has one child. It was funny to see so many connections in our cyber world friendship.

When the cancer call came I used my blog as my safe space. The one place where I felt safe in sharing my fears, tears and ‘deer in the headlights’ moments.  The one place where I could talk about revenge on my body. Not for weight and strength, but for fighting the enemy within.

I remember I posted my results…

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