Spring is here!

Well, once again, I’ve fallen off the “I’m going to blog everyday” wagon!  And, no, I haven’t been crafting every day either.  Lately, an early Spring has sprung here in New England, and I’ve used every one of my few free moments to be outside enjoying it.  Yesterday, I spent 2 hours on the back deck with a good book, it was luxurious!  Finished the book, too!  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago.  Not my favorite book, but about a subject I knew very little about, which is always a good reason to read a book.  It dragged at times, but overall was a good read.

So, to get me back into the swing of things, I’m going to go with Carole Knits 10 on Tuesday suggestion today.  And today’s topic:  10 Songs That Put You In A Great Mood.  Since I LOVE music, this one should be easy!  In no particular order, here they are:

1.  Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aquilera – We danced to this song this morning in Zumba, so it’s fresh on my mind.  A great way to start my day!

2.  Daydream Believer by the Monkees – With the passing of Davy Jones last week, this one has been in my head a lot lately.  I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid watching the Monkees on TV.

3.  Candyman by Christina Aquilera – What can I say, I’m a Christina fan!  This one has a great beat and a Big Band sound you don’t often get in a Top 40 song.

4.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas – Most beach music will put me in a good mood, but this one in particular is an oldie but goodie!  This one and

5.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – I was first introduced to Stagger Lee in the movie Shag.  Everytime I hear it, I think back to my college girlfriends, roadtrips, Myrtle Beach.  I’m smiling right now just thinking about it!

6.  Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men – A new band out of Iceland, I can’t wait to hear more from them!

7.  The Cave by Mumford and Sons –  This whole album (Sigh No More) is terrific!  It’s what I play when I need to get stuff done.  A rockin’ beat, it keeps me moving!  But not dancing, this isn’t in my dance party playlist.

8.  Fire Burning by Sean Kingston – When I need to get my groove on!

9.  Cocnut by Harry Nilsson – For a more mellow great mood.

10.  You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon –  No music list of mine would be complete without an appearance by Rhymin’ Simon.  This song comes on the radio, it’s roll the windows down, turn it up time for me.  Happy-go-lucky is how I think of this song, and of course, the image of Chevy Chase playing a saxophone has to make you smile!  You Can Call Me Al


Ten on Tuesday – Beach Music

Oh, what a wonderful topic was picked this week!  I love beach music!  Not music you want to listen to at the beach, but good ole Myrtle Beach beach music.  I couldn’t tell you what exactly makes it “beach music”, but I know it when I hear it.  The Tams, Chairman of the Board, The Platters, The Embers, they make beach music.  So, in no particular order, my 10 favorite beach music songs:

1.  I Love Beach Music by The Embers

2.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas

3.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – Ever since the movie Shag, it’s been one of my faves!

4.  Carolina Girls by General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board

5.  Myrtle Beach Days by the Fantastic Shakers

6.  Rainy Day Bells by The Globetrotters

7.  Up On the Roof by The Drifters

8.  Across the Street by Lenny O’Henry

9.  Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations

10.  Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters

If you know any of these, kudos for you!  There’s not many of us, especially in New England.  If you don’t know any of these songs, I invite to you find them in iTunes!  Enjoy!


Ten on Tuesday – One Hit Wonders

Today has been a long one.  Sinus infection plus a migraine!?!  Really!?!?  Well, it at least gave me some time in bed to think about this one.  What makes a one hit wonder?  I’m not real sure, because some singers listed as “one hit wonders” on iTunes actually have other songs that I like.  I’m going with musicians that I have only heard of attached to the one song.  So, without further ado, my favorite ten one hit wonders in top ten order are as follows:

10.  Mickey by Toni Basil

9.  Funkytown by Lipps, Inc

8.  Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles

7.  Tainted Love by Soft Cell

6.  Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas

5.  In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry

4.  Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega

3.  Take on Me by A-Ha

2.  Coconut by Harry Nilsson

1.  No Myth by Michael Penn

My husband has argued my number one pick, but I LOVE No Myth.  Still have my cassette tape of his entire album. And in true one hit wonderness, it’s the only decent song on the album.  One of the first songs I downloaded when I got an iPod.  I’m sticking by my Michael Penn!!

Ten on Tuesday – Cocktails

Well, this week’s Ten on Tuesday couldn’t be more fun!  Cocktails!  When I think of cocktails, I think of summer, and when I think of summer, I get happy!  I love summer, and having a nice refreshing cocktail on the deck after a long day, well, you just can’t beat it.  Oh, wait, yeah you can.  Having a cocktail on the deck while looking out to sea, that would be the best!  And summer isn’t too far off, is it?  I’m in NC this week, yesterday was a balmy 75 degrees, today, more like the 50s, but summer has to be around the corner!

If summer won’t come to me, I’ll have to go to summer.  Here’s my favorite cocktails, in no particular order.

1.  John Daly – Sweet tea Vodka (preferably Firefly) and lemonade

2.  Margarita, on the rocks, with salt

3.  Pusser’s Pain Killer

4.  Mango Daiquiri

5.  Tequila Sunset

6.  Hurricane

7.  Whatever the rum punch thing was I had in the Bahamas last summer!

8.  Vodka tonic

9.  Mimosa

10.  Hot Toddy, but only when I’m sick

Yeah, now I’m thirsty.  It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!  Cheers!

Ten on Tuesday – Blogs

Alright, I’m almost missing this Tuesday, but it’s been on my mind all day.  Seems to be a trend!  Today’s request, 10 Non-knitting Blogs.  Now, since I’m new to the blogosphere, I don’t do a ton of blog reading, but those that I do read tend towards the knitting, cooking, and humorous side.  Since I have to refrain from the knitting, here are my favorite foodie and funny blogs.  Enjoy!

1.  Shooting the Breeze – Basically email correspondence between two friends on the mundane, but funny bits of life.  And yes, friends of mine.

2.  Fix Me a Snack – A mom who is trying to get her kids to eat better, successfully!

3.  Martha Stewart’s Blog – I need my Martha!

4.  PoMo GoLightly – Another blog from a friend, has some knitting, but more insightful thoughts, ideas, and really cool pictures.

5.  LA Weekly Food Blog – I know I’m stuck on blog’s of friends, but this one is really good.  Jenn has some unique ideas and perspectives on food.  And some killer recipes on occasion!

6.  Wet the Buns – Again, humorous ramblings from a friend living in LA.

7.  Jane4Girls – How to feed a family on $800 a year.  I only wish I could do this!

8.  100 Days of Real Food – Just what it says.  Take the pledge.

9.  A Year of Slow Cooking – Love my slow cooker.  This is an excellent resource for new recipes.

10.  Wicked Cool Deals – What can I say, I love a bargain!

These are all fun blogs, but I’m looking forward to reading other people’s lists.  I need to find a photography blog to get me going with my new camera!


Ten on Tuesday – Oscar Winners

This week’s Ten on Tuesday asked us for our 10 Favorite Oscar Winning Movies.  I’m sticking with Best Picture.  Since my Oscar winning movie knowledge is not what it should be, I had to look up the winners.  So, my list consists of all best picture winners and the year they won.  Generally, I shun the Oscar nominees, in most cases, I don’t agree with the Oscar nominators.  Or, at least, that’s what I thought.  There’s some great movies that have won for Best Picture! Who knew?!?  And some even better ones that didn’t win, The Wizard of Oz, the best movie ever, was up against Gone with the Wind in 1939.  In no particular order or preference:

1.  Gone With the Wind (1939)

2.  Casablanca (1943)

3.  The Sound of Music (1965)

4.  Schindler’s List (1993)

5.  Forrest Gump (1994)

6.  Shakespeare in Love (1998)

7.  Chicago (2002)

8.  The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

9.  Gladiator (2000)

10.  The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Now, get out there and watch some Oscar winners, I’m going to!

Ten on Tuesday – Bedside Table

My bedside table

As I sit here listening to the sleet hit the window, yes, we’re getting more of this stuff, I realize I never posted my list yesterday.  I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but I’m determined to keep it up.  I’m blaming all this crazy snow.  So without further ado 10 Things On My Nightstand/Bedside Table:

1.  Stained glass lamp made by my grandfather.  I’ve always had a thing for dolphins, wanted to be a marine biologist, so my grandfather designed this lamp just for me.  The red eyes used to freak me out, but I’ve grown used to them over the years.  I have a smaller version on my desk that was given to me after he died.  Never knew he made the smaller one, must have been the prototype.

2.  Seams to Me by Anna Marie Horner.  I’ve been looking for some new inspiration.

3.  Amy Butler’s In Stitches.  Same story, looking for inspiration, but with AB, I find her fabric as inspiring as her patterns.  I’m a sucker for an Amy Butler print!

4.  Grave Witch by Kalayna Price.  Just started this last night.  I’m ahead on my book club reading so thought I would pick this up before the next book club book.  Sometimes you just need a little guilty pleasure.  If it’s any good, I’ll be done in a couple of days, and that’s only reading before I fall asleep.

5.  Phone

6.  Electric blanket controller.  I do believe this has saved our marriage.  It’s a queen size blanket with separate controls.  I turn it on when I come upstairs so I can get into a nice warm bed on these cold winter days!

7.  Reading glasses.  Yep, had to finally breakdown and get them, but I must say, they really do help.

8.  Old Cooking Light magazines.  I’ve been working on my magazine collection, as in, purging.  After I flip through the Cooking Lights and pull out any recipes I may want to keep, I’ll box these up and send to my parents who are also trying to eat healthier.

9.  Sudoku, it’s addictive.

10.  Dashing Diva Cuticle Nectar.  This was on my list of 10 favorite health and beauty items.  It’s awesome!  I just forget to use it, that’s why it’s now located between the lamp and electric blanket controller.  Hopefully, I can’t miss it!

That about wraps up the Ten on Tuesday list this Wednesday.  I’ll admit, deciding to add the picture inspired me to clean off the bedside table.  This, of course, is the after.  You don’t want to know what was on there before!  Enjoy your snow day if you have one and stay warm!

Ten on Tuesday – Health and Beauty

Well, looks like another snow day at home.  This one is self-imposed.  The schools had a 90 minute delay, but this transplanted Southern belle doesn’t drive in the snow unless absolutely necessary.  Risking life and limb to get down our driveway and up the street to a main street wasn’t worth the shortened day today.  So, while I’ve got the kids entertained, thought I would tell you about my 10 Favorite Health and Beauty Products!

1.  Water – not really a product, but totally healthy!

2.  Aquaphor – Living in the cold, cold northeast, this has been a skin saver.  Everyone in my family has their own tub.

3.  Sunscreen –  in those far away days of summer, this is essential.

4.  Sunglasses – most people tend to think sunglasses are a summer accessory.  I disagree.  Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t go outside, ever, without my sunglasses.

5.  Vitamin D – studies have shown that most women are deficient.  I’ve been taking 2000 iu/day since finding out that I was deficient.  Plus, with the lack of sunshine up here. . .

6.  Neutrogena hand cream – best. hand. cream. ever.

7.  Lubriderm lotion – I’ve been using this as my moisturizer since I was a teenager.  Now my son uses is as well since it has a neutral scent.

8.  Dashing Diva Cuticle Nectar – I won this from a contest on their website and I love it!  It’s got a citrusy scent and really does help my cuticles.  Their whole line is wonderful.  I hope to one day actually make it to a Dashing Diva salon!

9.  OPI nail polish – who doesn’t love the fun names?!?  And it’s an excellent quality polish with good cover.

10.  Bobbi Brown Beach Perfume – all it takes is one little squirt and I’m on a beach on Emerald Isle.

There seems to be a theme to my list.  Looks like about half of the items involve moisture in some form.  What can I say?  My hands take a beating, especially on these wintry days!  Looks like the snow may finally be letting up.  Guess I should get out in it and clear the driveway.  Enjoy your snowday!

Ten on Tuesday – Games

Today has been a long day.  We had a snow day, so no school.  Santa brought the kids the Martha Stewart Baking Kit and Pizza Kit for Christmas.  After a couple of weeks of putting off actually using the kits with the kids in the kitchen, today seemed like a perfect opportunity.  Got the kitchen all cleaned up and pulled them out.  First we made the pizza dough, then while it was rising made some cupcakes.  The cupcakes were a big hit, as always.  The pizza, not so much.  Turns out we burned the cheese.  Ouch!  Couldn’t fool the kids though, tried to cover the burnt cheese with fresh cheese, the kids weren’t buying it.  Oh well, looks like tomorrow might be a snow day as well, so we’ll try again.

As for 10 on Tuesday, this week’s topic is 10 Favorite Games from your Childhood.  Oh, if I could only remember them all!  Of course, a couple are still in our overflowing game closet!  So, in no particular order, here we go. . .

1.  The Jaws game I used to play with our babysitter that lived down the street.  Our parents were friends and seems like we spent a few evenings over at her house.  She had a game that involved pulling teeth, I think, out of a shark’s head. Looked for that game for years to buy for myself.  Never did find it.  If you know the name of this game, please let me know!

2.  While we’re on babysitters, another one had silver shoes.  While it wasn’t an actual game per se, we had a great time making up games based on those silver shoes.

3.  Operation – this one’s still in our game closet, as in, the original one I used to play.  Even still has all the parts, funny bone, charlie horse, you know, all the good stuff!

4.  Battleship – wish I still had this one.  Looked to buy it for the kids for Christmas but couldn’t find the original version, just some new wave version 😦

5.  Dominoes with my grandfather, out of his poker box.  It was a beautiful black marble box that held a deck of cards, poker chips, and dominoes.

6.  Trivial Pursuit – again still in the closet.

7.  Twister – We didn’t own this one, but my grandfather had hooked a rug that had lots of different colors and sizes of blocks.  Whenever all four cousins were over there, we would always play our own version of Twister.

8.  Gin Rummy – played with my dad at a very early age.

9.  Olympics – this was a game my cousins and I made up.  We were all gymnasts and would pretend to be Mary Lou Retton.  One person would do some tumbling pass and the other two would judge, always looking for that perfect 10.

10.  Marco Polo – best summertime pool game ever!

Hope this list takes you back to some of your childhood memories!

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