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Friday 5: Aloon Again, Naturally
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Written after kissing the cable to my house
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Friday 5: Rockit

Friday 5: Aloon Again, Naturally

Happy Friday, happy Friday the 13th and happy birthday to my sister-in-law!

I returned from Austin yesterday with a brain full of knowledge, a belly full of BBQ, and a phone full of photos. It was a FANTASTIC trip and I’d definitely go back. I’ll resize the photos this weekend and see if I can get something online Monday.

This dude had a double-ear infection AND a mouth infection AND broke a nail. He’s better now.

This conference happened at the same time as TNP’s Annual Conference. The office is closed today so people can travel back to Philadelphia and recover. I spent most of my upright hours cleaning the yard of dog poop and broken branches from the umpty-dozen winter storms we had. I can’t believe I still have frigging trees yet. I also unearthed a birdbath underneath the ivy in the back of the yard. (Murphy is trampling the ivy to death. Good dog!) I can’t even lift the bowl part to put on the pedestal. No idea what to do with it.

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Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is “Aloon Again, Naturally.”

On with the show this is it!

1. With which Looney Tunes character do you have the most in common?
I feel like Granny, but I’m going with Slowpoke Rodriguez, the slowest mouse in all of Mexico. “Despite his seeming physical deficiency, Slowpoke proves himself to be very cunning and virtually smart as Speedy is fast. ”

2. Who or what are your metaphorical Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote?
Erm, I’m not sure, but I’m going to declare right here that Road Runner is by far my favorite Looney Tune character. I was amazed to find out that so many adults hate him, just because he always wins. Nobody seems to remember that he’s running for his life, because that batty self-declared genius is trying to eat him. Let’s hear it for my boy.

meep meep, bitches


3. What’s up, doc?

The World’s Blackest Paint is called Vantablack 2.0, and if I ever get my mitts on it, I’m going to use it to paint a fake tunnel entrance on every brick wall I see. If you want to fall into a d-bag rabbit hole, go searching for news stories on the blackest black, the pinkest pink, and the glitteriest glitter.

4. When did you last hear some opera music?
Probably the last time I was in the car with WM. His Sirius stations of choice veer toward classical. Mine is Margaritaville. Relatedly, our first ‘date’ was in October 2006 when we went to see Bugs Bunny on Broadway. This Friday 5 is making me smile.

5. What’s a good life lesson you learned from Looney Tunes?
Me: Being a genius doesn’t automatically mean you’re bright.
WM: Never look down.

Written after kissing the cable to my house

Back online again! It turns out the problem I thought was solved here wasn’t solved, and our Comcast (I will never get used to “Xfinity”) service plonked yesterday morning, just as I was hooking up my laptop for my weekly work from home day. I ended up tossing on clothes (black top and navy sweater, because I didn’t do laundry) and dashing into work. I made it by 10 am. Today the Comcast tech came and replaced the cable line. We are up and running and hopefully will be without problems forever and ever amen.

Easter was delightful as always for time spent with family but emotionally fraught as usual because it’s another year that I am unchurched. I was raised Catholic but joined an Episcopalian Church about 8 years ago. And then I left that church because the pastor started veering away from the “love your neighbor” message and aligned himself with the Church of Nigeria and … nope. I feel my unchurchedness strongly around Easter, but I never look for a church this time of year because I’d feel like a bandwagon fan.

ANYWAY, religious angst aside, I made these!

Nom.


The recipe is here and although reviewers felt it was too sweet it was A-OKAY for House Russell. I’d like to find a better chocolate substitute – one that doesn’t melt at the slightest touch.

On Saturday, Mom and I did our yearly Easter bread/ham pie baking:

And WM got a much-longed-for tattoo. He went to Deanna at DNA Tattooing in Williamstown, NJ.

I’ll put the picture of the finished product down a bit for people who are squeamish about shiny reddish newly-done-tattoo pics.

I’m currently suffering a janky left thumb/hand injury because I got sucked into I Love Hue for my phone. I guess was holding the phone too tightly when I was playing and when I touch my left thumb to my left palm, ouch. I’m self-medicating with Aleve and a thumb brace. Between that, other general aches and pains, and the fact that my jawline in photos is … softening … I feel 120 years old right now.

But I’m a 120-year-old who came in SECOND PLACE in her brother’s NCAA pool so huzzah! That’ll buy me some more peanut butter and an Icy Hot Smart Relief system…







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It’s a St. Brigid’s cross. She’s the patron saint of Blacksmiths and Midwives. And Ireland and scholars, which is why WM has always loved the symbol.

Friday 5: Rockit

Happy Saturday! I was going to write this last night but we watched the Olympics Opening Ceremonies instead. It was amazing and the five little kids who carried the artistic storyline were adorable!

Everyone needs gym buddies.


This weekend I have nothing planned but a cheat day wings meal and finishing up the A pillow from HELL. I should have just bought him a Paw Patrol Valentine’s box.

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Time for the Friday 5: the theme is Rockit. Let’s get to it!

1. What’s your favorite instrumental hit song?
Wipeout by the Surfaris, which is probably my mother’s doing. But it was also in Dirty Dancing.

2. What’s a good movie with rockets in in it?
On a more erudite day, I’d say Hidden Figures. If I’m feeling all “USA! USA!” (Which I still do, despite her issues at the moment. Right now she’s the girlfriend whom I’m telling to take more walks, quit drinking, and brush her teeth.) it’s Independence Day. There are spaceships, which in my world count as rockets. My blog, my rules.

3. In 1977, Voyager I took off on its very long journey, loaded with two golden records containing sounds meant “to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them,” according to Wikipedia. The contents were chosen by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan, but if Dr. Sagan called you today (you know, from beyond) and said there was room for ten more minutes of music and he was letting you choose it, what would you fill the ten minutes with?
Ten minutes is a lot, so I’m bringing in WM, my classical music expert, to help.

WM:

  • Ode to Joy
  • Soundtrack to Looney Tunes
  • Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

In his defense, we looked up the music on the records and most of his classical suggestions were covered.

Me:

4. What’s something you know about constellations?
Orion is almost always over my house. I can find the Big Dipper and Little Dipper easily, as well as Cassiopeia. Jack Johnson has a peaceful song about them. And it was the last warship with sails.

In my defense I was born in the early 70s.

5. When did you last spend time in a rocking chair?
WM’s chair is a rocking recliner, but the last time I spent time there was when I had that nasty bout of food poisoning in May.

And now that THAT’s out of the way … rat your hair, ladies and gents! It’s time for the 80s!

Yesssssssss…………..

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