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Friday 5: Rockit
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Lynda, the Library, and me
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Friday 5: Straight no chaser

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…………..

Lynda, the Library, and me

The Big!Work!Project! which surely you are tired of hearing of by now involved new software, and a new-to-us way of writing reports. It’s Crystal Reports, which while it’s new-to-us, isn’t very new-to-me. I was using it over 10 years ago at the C-P, and I won’t lie, seeing it re-emerge sent a shiver of dread down my spine. What I needed was a refresher.

Last Tuesday night, I had a dream that I went to Lynda.com (a training site that’s been live since 1995) and signed up for Crystal Reports training.

Wednesday I woke and thought…good idea, dream-Kim! Lynda is free to try for the first month, and then $20-30 each subsequent month. I looked online and saw that there was a Crystal Reports Essentials class. Niiiiiice.

And then I paused. And started to Google. Because I’m a member of 2 different library systems, I thought maybe one of them had a discount available. Turns out, The Philadephia Free Library offers free access to Lynda.com. That partnership started on September 5 — my birthday.

Which is how I earned a digital certificate in Crystal Reports for absolutely free, and how I’m going to take SQL and other data classes each month FOR FREE.

You probably thought this was a sponsored post for Lynda.com but instead, I’m going to tell you to join your local library and get stuff for free!

But if Lynda.com wants to give me money to talk about them, I’m all ears! 😉

Friday 5: Straight no chaser

Happy June! Happy almost-summer! Sweet, sweet summer, my favorite time of year. Sunshine, corn, beer, and peaches for months. Bring it. (huffs Noxzema)

We’re going to go to the NJ Renaissance Fair this weekend. Today looks like misery out, so maybe we’ll aim for tomorrow. I could stand to pick up the house a bit, and we also need to come up with a solution for the gap in the back fences before Murphy finds it and heads for the hills. We have a stack of cinderblocks to keep Ollie in, but Murph’s a LOT leapier. I need to order a dress from eShakti for some fancy weddings I’m going to this summer. I’ve had my tape measure out for days and absolutely no desire to measure myself. eShakti is a good site, but shipping takes a while, so I need to get this ball rolling.

Yesterday in strange internet news, I was followed by 2 fake Twitter accounts. Both of them used pictures of Douglas Fraser as their profile picture. Is this … is this the way people think I can be catfished? By using silver fox retired military dudes? I’m not sure what to even think about that.

I also learned how to tell who watches your Snapchat stories. Handy info. I’ll keep an eye out for General Fraser (Ret).

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Welcome to the Saturday version of the Friday 5! (womp womp) Last night I came home and an hour later went back out again to celebrate WM’s birthday with the family (postponed due to Vegas and food poisoning.) We each had ONE BEER and as a result, came home and passed out in the living room. Long live middle age!

This week’s Friday 5 theme is Straight No Chaser. Let’s get to it!

1. What keeps you on the straight and narrow?
Hm. That’s a toughie. I try to be a forthright person. I try to do the right thing, but when I mess up (and I do, often) I admit I was wrong, I apologize, and I fix it. I guess you could say that’s my personal code. That, and this:

2. Who in your life is a real straight shooter?
That would be WM. He’s a very honest dude.

3. How straight are your teeth and hair?
My upper teeth are straight and in very good shape except for the missing tooth. The tentative date for the end of my dental implant journey is June 26! I had impressions done on Tuesday for the crown. I don’t want to get excited but it will be so nice not to be wearing the flipper anymore. My lower teeth are an ugly nightmare, but at this point I have no interest in straightening them. No touchie the teeth.

My hair? Getting frizzier by the day. At least in the summer I can use the humidity excuse.

4. What’s a good song with the word straight in its lyrics or title?
Paula Abdul’s Straight Up. (Straight up now tell me are ya gonna love me forever? Oh oh oh…or are we stuck in a hit and run?)

5. What’s something that needs straightening?

My laundry situation. Cripes. We had a crazy couple of weeks and I am down to my undesirable underwear. That needs to change this weekend.

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Happy weekend!

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