Monday, December 11, 2017

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

Turns out, I have been using the wrong facial soap for YEARS!  The pharmacy/grocery store brand I started using, Neutrogena far exceeds the cleanliness of the  department store brand, which will not remain nameless (Clinique).  I've used the same facial soap forever it seems.  I always had to clean my face with toner after cleansing because there was so much dirt and makeup left on my skin.  I
recently switched to Neutrogena, and it removes virtually ALL of the dirt and makeup, including what the other soap was leaving behind.  My skin feels so clean now.  What took me so long to switch?  I'm glad I did!

New topic, because this is a random post:  My school is not releasing for the winter break until December 22nd.  You read that correctly!  I will have two whole days before Christmas to do all the things that normally take me about a week.  Augh!!!!!  I would rather have a few extra days on the front end of Christmas than all the days we get after Christmas.  They were dead set that we were going to finish the semester before Christmas.  We never did that when I was in school.  It's not as if students are going to forget everything they learned so that they can't pass semester exams after a two week break.  Rant over.

So... what is your favorite Christmas tradition?  I like to look at lights.  My kids outgrew that a while back until last year that my daughter asked if she and I could go, so we did.  Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, one of my favorite things to do was to go Christmas Caroling.  Do people even do that anymore?  What tradition do you and your family have?

And I will leave you with a smile:

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

Happy beginning-of-the-holiday season!  I love Christmas!  I love the songs, decorations, gifts, traditions, church service, and so on.  I like to put my tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  This year, it has taken longer.  We're using the artificial tree this year.  My son helped me put it up last Monday.  I did the lights two days later, and I did the ornaments this past weekend.  I'm waiting for my husband to put the treetop on.

We used to have an angel on top of the tree.  Well, actually, we still have it, but we started using a star two years ago.  I think the tree we used when I was growing up was a glass finial.  What do you use at the top of your tree, if you have one?

New topic... Friday as I was about to leave work, I felt something in my mouth.  Turns out a crown had fallen off.  Yep.  My luck.  Friday evening.  I tried to put it back in, but it's the very back tooth, and I couldn't do it, and I dropped it.  I spent about half an hour looking for it.  I went to the dentist Saturday, and of course, they have a huge treatment plan for me which I can't afford right now.  I had to ask them to please put the original one back on.  It fell out again before I was even out of the chair.  Finally, she did it right.  It's been 72 hours, and it's still there.  I hate going to the dentist!  Does anyone else?

My student intern will only be with me through the end of the week.  She's going to be a great teacher, and she has a job taking over for a teacher who is retiring in another district.  I'm going to miss her!

So, what's at the top of your wish list this year... or your child(ren)'s wish list? (Remember looking through the wish book when you were little?)  I'm having a hard time coming up with anything.  I just bought myself some new clothes and shoes.  I also had a birthday 3 months ago, so I really don't need anything.  Of course, there are a few little things I would like.  Some bubble bath, for example.

I sure am enjoying some of these Hallmark Christmas movies.  Are you watching any?

And to make you smile, here's a cat video you might like.  Be sure to watch number 3 (reverse order)!

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sunday Synopsis

Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch, #22; Harry Bosch Universe, #30)Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I thought that Michael Connelly may have taken on a co-author. It just didn't seem like his writing style, but after a few chapters, I knew it was authentic Connelly. I can't really put my finger on why I thought that.

I love the character Harry Bosch, even more than the Lincoln Lawyer character. His character changes, but somehow stays the same. His personality is so well-defined. Then again, just when you think you know him, he does something surprising while staying in character to do so.

This book has two main plots. One of them is when Bosch responds to a call from a pharmacy and discovers that there are illegal clinics prescribing Oxycontin. Bosch has to go under cover to get to the bottom of the mystery. The other conflict involves a former case of his in which the defendant was found guilty, but new technology makes it seem as if he was wrongfully convicted. Is what's left of Bosch's career going to survive?

This was a pretty good page-turner after getting past the first few chapters. Everything had to be set up so that readers who have not read the entire series can till enjoy this title as a stand-alone.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What a Girl Wants

What a girl wants, what a girl needs... I bet you sang that!
This is my take, based on relationships I've been in and others that I've seen, of some things that makes girls happy, and things that don't.  These are not necessarily in order.

What a girl wants
1.  To be loved, wholly and completely.
2.  To be cherished.
3.  To be number one.
4.  To be hugged daily.
5.  To be kissed.
6.  To be publicly acknowledged with love.
7.  To hold hands.
8.  To have her opinion respected.
9.  To feel valued.
10. To matter.
11. To be included.
12. To be appreciated.
13. To have promises kept.

What a girl doesn't want
1.  To be ignored.
2.  To be made fun of.
3.  To be taken advantage of.
4.  To be demeaned.
5.  To be controlled.
6.  To be lied to.
7.  To be spoken down to.
8.  To feel unimportant.
9.  To be called negative.
10. To be treated like a child.
11. To feel like an obligation.
12. To be left out.
13. To be business partners only.

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A Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is the best meal of the year!  Turkey and dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, black olives, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes with loads of butter!
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Random Tuesday

I'm late, but it's still Tuesday!  I'm linking up with Stacy.

Thanksgiving is over!  Let the Christmas season begin!  Actually, Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the whole year.  Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, not necessarily in that order.  Now, I can take or leave the desserts.  I'm not crazy about pumpkin.  But the dinner... yum!

My school was out for the whole week.  It was a nice break.  Usually, we have three weeks of school between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year, we have four.  Whose bright idea was it to keep us in school until December 22?  That gives me two days off before "The Big Guy" comes down the chimney!  That's not enough time!  But... before I panic too much... at least I don't have little ones.  On second thought, I will probably panic a little bit.

I usually get sad on Christmas morning.  Why?  Because it's OVER, that's why!  Christmas is such a cheerful time of year.  The celebration of Jesus' birth, the music, the Christmas movies, Christmas carols, decorations, and buying gifts.

 Unfortunately, my better half doesn't have the same sentiments.  He'd rather go on a vacation and skip Christmas, but I just can't and don't want to.  It would be like Christmas with the Kranks!

And - big news - my daughter graduates from college in less than three weeks!

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?

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