Ten On Tuesday

A week or so ago my friend Anne and I were discussing movies that we can’t help but watch if we’re channel surfing. And then last weekend Dale and I were talking about it, too. (For him it’s Grease, in case you wondered.) During that conversation with Dale I realized that this would make a great Ten On Tuesday topic. And so, I present, the 10 Movies I Have to Stop & Watch While I’m Channel Surfing.

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  1. Steel Magnolias. One of the best ensemble casts ever.
  2. The Godfather. All that drama, it gets me every time.
  3. When Harry Met Sally. My most favorite romantic comedy ever.
  4. Dirty Dancing. Nobody flips past baby.
  5. Casablanca. It’s a classic for a reason.
  6. Gone With the Wind. I definitely prefer the first half over the second half and I prefer to shut it off before Rhett leaves Scarlett even though I know she’ll get him back.
  7. Love Actually. It’s not just for Christmas.
  8. The Sound of Music. And I sing along, too.
  9. Pretty Woman. Another Julia Roberts movie with the best ending ever.
  10. The Blindside. Because Sandra Bullock.

Ones that didn’t make the cut but I really wanted to include? Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Shining, Hope Floats, A League of Their Own and The Green Mile.

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Hello, hello! How was your weekend? Mine was spent mostly with Dale and was entirely fun.

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There was shopping. Yes, we bought all the shirts and the shorts, too. Plaid is his favorite color, after all.

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And there was eating and drinking. Littlenecks and beer.

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Friday night snacks, of course.

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And some lunch and a pint.

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There was home improvementing. (I’ve decided that’s a verb.) Including finishing the paint in the bathroom, making a decision on a new floor, and purchasing fun stuff like new towels.

And there was plenty of relaxing including knitting (socks and that interminable scarf), tv watching (Outlander and Call the Midwife) and reading (Brooklyn and The Children Act.)

It all came together to be a most excellent weekend at home. How about you? How was your weekend and what did you do?

Eye Candy Friday

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A purple mosaic for you today in honor of Prince. He was talented and iconic and his music was a big part of my high school and college days. Another musician gone too soon.

Celebrate something good this weekend, okay? And maybe listen to something inspirational by Prince while you do.

A Bit of Poetry For You

Today, I have been told by Kym, is Poem In Your Pocket Day. A day to select a poem and share it with others. Now. I am not generally a reader of poetry. Much of it goes over my head and I definitely prefer prose. Nevertheless, because it’s good to learn new things, yesterday I searched for a poem to share with all of you today. And I managed to find one that perfectly expresses the way I feel when I read a book.

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An Afternoon in the Stacks

Closing the book, I find I have left my head
inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open
their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound,
words adjusting themselves to their meaning.
Long passages open at successive pages. An echo,
continuous from the title onward, hums
behind me. From in here, the world looms,
a jungle redeemed by these linked sentences
carved out when an author traveled and a reader
kept the way open. When this book ends
I will pull it inside-out like a sock
and throw it back in the library. But the rumor
of it will haunt all that follows in my life.
A candleflame in Tibet leans when I move.

– William Stafford

Weekending. On Wednesday.

Now that the Monday holiday and Ten On Tuesday have passed I can fill you in on my extended weekend.

Undoubtedly, the most exciting thing I did this weekend was trade in my CrossTrek for an Outback. My lease was up on the CrossTrek so on Friday I went to see my favorite car salesperson – just to get my options. I have been debating for weeks whether I wanted to just give back the CrossTrek and not get anything (I can always drive the Mustang, especially since summer is coming) or whether I wanted to take the plunge and buy something or whether I wanted to lease another Subaru. Let’s just say they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I am now leasing a fully loaded 2016 Outback for $50 less per month than I was paying before. Winning!

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I wasn’t planning on getting red (I really wanted black) but this offer was color specific and too good to pass up just based on color. You may recall that we have had a red Outback before and, in that spirit, we have named the new car Ruby 2.0.

This whole process took up the better part of my Friday but I came home and surprised Dale with the new car and that was very cool. It delayed our Friday night snacks but knowing we had an extra long weekend ahead of us made that pretty bearable. What I pulled together had a decidedly Mexican twist since we were both lamenting the fact that for the last 3 years we have gone to Mexico for April vacation. We made the decision not to go this year quite some time ago and, while we’re both fine with that decision, we still have had lots of moments when we have wished we were there.

Tequila, shrimp, pico de gallo and taquitos along with a Mexican themed playlist helped a bit. Okay, the tequila helped the most.
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On Saturday evening we had dinner with friends. Burgers and flights of beer made for a fun night!

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On Sunday we finally got the warm weather they had been promising. I set up a hummingbird feeder, headed to Lowe’s for paint samples (I’ve actually lost track of how many times I’ve been to Lowe’s in the last week or so) and Dale painted.

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By late afternoon we were ready for a break and some fun. Next thing I knew we had beers and the deck furniture was set up and we were soaking up some sun.

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We ended the evening with a fire in the firepit with friends. It was great to be outside and not be freezing, I can tell you that.

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Monday started out quite warm and we had coffee on the deck for the first time this season. What a treat! I spent most of the morning out there, reading and relaxing while Dale kept his nose to the grindstone and painted away.

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Like Sunday we were ready for a break by mid afternoon and we headed out to check out refrigerators (again) and cruise around in the Mustang for a bit.

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We wound up at a new-ish place for drinks and apps, including bacon infused bourbon. That was definitely not a disappointment!

And now it’s the middle of the week. We are still contemplating refrigerator options (I told you it’s easier to buy a car!) and working on the bathroom (the concrete sink looks pretty good but updating that lead to extra stuff like painting) and I’m hoping we can squeeze in some more fun stuff, too, since Dale is off for the rest of the week.

Mexico definitely would have been more relaxing. Just sayin.


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