Monday, September 9, 2013


     Another Monday, another list. This week the topic is, 10 things I shouldn't know ( but do). Hmmm, which 10 things. Let's face it, we all know things or have seen things we wish we hadn't. There are the 10 things you found out about your house while trying to do a renovation. Any health related knowledge you're forced to be informed about.  Those special TMI moments, the video your friend sent you the link too. Any thing that makes you shake your head and go, "Really?" How does the species survive?

     With so many things to choose from it was hard to narrow the list. I chose the latest tempest in a teapot that has been burning up the media. As much as I'm loathe to waste more time on this.....

10 things I wish I didn't know

1 Who Miley Cyrus is.
Although a case could be made for her having a modicum of talent, I liked Party in the USA, the song she did with Timbaland, We belong to the Music, and the new single but.... Enough.

2 Who Robin Thicke is.
For the record I'm not a fan, at all. His voice is like glass in my ears.

3 What the lowest common denominator is in entertainment.
The performance of the two above at the MVMA's, laughable. I didn't find it shocking, just tasteless in that "I'm embarrassed for you" kind of way.

4 What "twerking" is.
I knew this already, it's been around over 20 years so I didn't need the ridiculous amount of coverage it's been getting lately.

5 How inflammatory the media can be.
Already knew this one too but the firestorm of attention this got... Okay, it did provide a few laugh out loud moments reading some of the stories. I guess it was a slow news week, I mean the situation in Syria, who cares?

6 How quick people are to judge.
This surprised me, the public outrage. Yes, I agree it was tasteless but these two responsible for the moral degradation of society? That's giving them way too much credit. Let's face it, they're entertainers. If we don't watch, buy etc. they're out of a job. Don't like it, don't support it.

7 How off the mark people are in their criticism.
This surprised me too. I understand if you're a fan of one of the two attacking them to show your displeasure. But, they're entertainers. The job they had was to create a buzz about the show, which they did in spades. If you are truly outraged, write the show they were on. It was a rehearsed performance. Or better yet, write the sponsors of the show telling them you won't buy their products if they continue to support what you don't like. If you want to see change, make change, don't shoot the messenger.

8 How quickly people will cash in.
A twerk-out? Really? I guess anything that gets people off the couch.......

9 What people will do for attention.
I guess this shouldn't have surprised me but ... making history? Oh Miley, you poor deluded thing. I get that you're not  a Disney princess anymore. I get that you want to break away from that image. I think it is unfortunate you felt this was the way you had to do it.  I suspect there is as little in common with that woman on the stage to you as the character Hannah Montana was. If it is the "real" you, by all means let your freak flag fly. I don't care. You may want to look into the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise. It's been done.
As has taking an idea not you own and making it popular, Madonna already did that with "Vogue".

10 See all of the above.
Did we learn nothing from Paris, the assorted Kardashians, the Real Housewives of everywhere. I truly had to laugh about people writing what bad examples these two were to youth. If you're setting your moral compass to anyone's star but your own, well, I've got nothing. It's all smoke and mirrors, make believe. How they look, act, dress, complete fiction. Set your feet on the ground because only sailors look to the stars for guidance.

     Don't forget to drop by Stasha's to see everything we wish we didn't know.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chasing Summer

     I stuck my head up and it's September already? This summer has flown by. It's been a bit bitter sweet this year. But not quite done yet. I'll be enjoying it right to the end, the 22nd of September.

    So what has been happening? Well I'm glad you asked because the topic for Listicles this week is 10 memories of summer. I'm linking up with Stasha, okay a few days late but.....

10 memories of this summer

1 Working on the house.

Going from this,
to this
2 Gardening in the new place

From this

To this

3 The trip home for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary

the happy couple

4 The trip home for my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary

70 years and still going

5 Celebrating a friend's 50th. We've know each other over 30 years. Even though we don't see each other often, she is the kind of friend, when we do it's like no time has passed. We pick up right where we left off.

Everyone should have at least one friend like this

6 A promotion at work

7 Partying with my cousin aka Rorybore for four insane days at Fan Expo. Although I love SAHM Rory,
it was so much fun to hang out with Fangirl Rory. She's like a force of nature. LOL

Oh yes we did!
The link to the whole picture gallery

8 This is the bitter part. The progression of ALS has my other half in a wheelchair now. It's hard not to wonder if this is our last summer out and about. BUT I've decided to not dwell on what I can't change and to try and make the most of whatever time we have. For the most part it works. Sometimes with hilarious results. Be sure to ask Rory about the wheelchair debacle. LOL

To that end

9 A surprise 65th birthday party for my mother this weekend.

10 And it really will be a surprise because 3 days later we leave for...

That's right, a freakin' castle
In Tuscany
For a good friend's wedding

And if that weren't enough

Tickets for "La Traviata"
The 160th anniversary of it's debut
Il Teatro La Fenice
in FREAKIN' Venice

And just because the awesome couldn't stop there, four days touring Rome, then back to Toronto on the 22nd, just in time to say hello to Fall. I'm squeezing every last drop out of summer this year.

Drop by Stasha's and see what memories made everyone's list this summer.