Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Non-Apocalypse Y'all!

So the Mayans got it wrong. This is like Deja vu with Y2K.

Personal Service Announcement: 
This is my 52nd post for the year 2012. I have successfully reached my goal of an average of one blog post a week. I like reaching goals, no surprise to those who know me well!

This one is pretty easy because i need an outlet for writing. This blog was a Christmas present from my husband in December 2008. On one of our Friday night 'date nights' in late fall over wine and dinner and music he asked me what i would call a blog if I had one and without even thinking i said 'Let me tell you what i think' and though i doubt he really needed to buy the URL to secure that (who else would have a blog titled like that?) he got it for me. I'm not sure i would have started it otherwise. 

Many people sadly, have quit blogging and you already know i blame the wicked Facebook for that. But i'm grateful to those of you who still check in, even if only a few of you do. 

I was reading some old blog posts today, and really there are some pretty hysterical posts back when Kylee/Modern Hippie (my kindred spirit niece) and Island Pearl and when louie first came on board and back then more Gumbo yayas weighed in. 

Two blog posts that come to mind are ones because they had nothing to do with my original subject. They took a turn because of the participation: One was a lengthly one that for some reason turned into a good grammar post which went on, i think, for 47 comments. Another one was louielouie/Sarah and Modern Hippie going back and forth about the glass blown snowman and who gets them in my will. (It's probably because getting a will is always my new year's resolution... ) I think that got 80 comments. 

So thank you all for contributing and reading.  On with the Menu. And honestly, i have no idea what to add after this. I'm winging it. 

Menu of the Day: 

1. In My Glass:
Molly Dooker's Two Left Feet. It's an Austrailian red blend that cost $25 and it's such a big red i almost need to do jumping jacks in between each glass. I just wrapped my last presents for Christmas. 

2. I have no idea why i said that. I would never do jumping jacks. Too hard on the knees. 

3. Music: 
I love Mark Knopfler's new cd Privateering. That's what's playing. It's a two cd set and there is not one bad song. 

4. On TV: 
A marathon of Snapped was on Oxygen channel today. (Nothing says Christmas like sociopathic wives murdering their husbands!) I have to admit to loving Snapped. And what about that woman's voice who narrates? I want that voice. Wouldn't that be cool to wow your friends at parties with a voice like that? You would be the life of the party!

5. The Best Thing:
This is my third day of vacation but my first day unencumbered. Nothing is finer to me than an unencumbered day. And by that, i mean i didn't have to even go for a run today. Or get in my car. In fact i refused to even check my mail. 

6. Book:
I barely started it yesterday but finished it today. It's from that movie, Silver Linings Playbook. Really good book and with Bradley Cooper in the movie, i imagine the movie is as good as the reviews say it is. Let me know if you have seen this movie! 

7. Christmas Day Plans: 
We are going to see Lincoln on Christmas Day. Troy and my relocated Morgan City, LA cousin Todd who arrives on Christmas Eve may come with us. We are also going to walk Chambers golf course in the morning after presents and breakfast. And probably go out for a drink at a bar on the water and then to Kylee's grandma's house for her annual open house. She lives so close we can walk there. We head out over the mountains for Brian's family Christmas the next day.

8. Shout Out: 
Amanda, i wrote you responding on the previous blog post, (maybe two back). I will loan you the Augusten Burroughs How To book. I LOVE this book. It's the best no-nonsense self-help book ever. I wish i had written this book. I feel like i could have because i agree with him and it's not your regular kind of self help book. The only other self help book that make sense to me nowadays is that He's Just Not That Into You. I bought that and gave it to Kylee when she was pretty young. I think it's part of why she is so grounded about guys to this day. I wish she still blogged here so she could weigh in. 

9. Ummagumma
 if you are still reading this is for you. (i don't forget.  Number 9 will always be YOUR number.) For those of you who don't know, ummagumma was a Gumbo Yaya friend. Her real name is Robin. 

I'll be back with comments before the holiday so this is not the final post. But i do celebrate with you all that we are still here on Earth living the high life.

By the way. To this day, we still don't have that will. But for sure, this year... we will!


jojo cucina cucina said...

Here's a funny Christmas story about my 82 year old friend Chuck (from the YMCA). louie, you met him once, he brought me garlic from his garden when we were at the pool. I pass by his house on Agate street every day on my way to work. This year the Christmas lights are amazing on both sides of the street, EXCEPT for Chuck's house. He doesn't even have his little tree up and it's December 10.

So i called his house when i knew he wasn't home and disguised my voice to sound like an old lady when his answering machine picked up. I said i was president of the Agate Homeowner's Association and we were calling all of the homes without Xmas lights urging them to get their lights up by Dec. 15 or the Agate Homeowners Association would have to fine him. Then I left my phone number.

I fully expected him to know it was me and call me. But two days go by and no call. I also notice he has not put up his fiber optic little tree. I go to the YMCA party and get there a little late because i was at a work meeting. Chuck has been telling people at the party about this old biddy who has the nerve to believe she could fine him for not having lights on. He totally believed me! He said he listened to the message 6 times and each time it made him madder. And for sure he was not going to put up his tree all year long just to make a point.

The folks at the party loved it because Chuck is a pretty wise and savvy guy and it's not easy to get him. He got such a kick out of it. I made another call to him a few days later....

to be continued.

louielouie said...

I have had a Facebook Account for approximately 5 hours and this is what I have learned:

1. We set my privacy settings pretty high, but it is confusing so I know I’m bound to mess up

2. Even your best friend will tag ugly pictures of you

3. There are no good pictures of me.

4. Ten thousand friends of the exactly 8 people I requested to be friends now “want” to be friends with me, or more accurately I SHOULD want to be friends with them.

5. To communicate on Facebook would have to be on all the time. I do not want to be on the time.

6. I’m already worried I will check it compulsively

7. I have already said no to 2 friend requests from work-people and can’t decide yet about my ex sister in-law’s request. I’m afraid to say no; what if I miss something about my son?

8. This is stressing me out.

jojo cucina cucina said...

hahaha..... this is exactly how i felt when i joined Facebook. And i only joined at first because of work. And when i got all these friend requests i got scared because i didn't understand how so many people knew so quickly that i had an account so I deactivated it within a half hour until it could be explained to me.

Here's my advice: don't friend anyone you wouldn't have lunch with. Lots of time people will ask to be your friend and if you don't friend them they will forget they even asked.

hahaha...THAT was not an ugly photo of you. It was quite a nice family one i thought. I had worse photos of you that i could have used!!!!

jojo cucina cucina said...

I can't wait until you start getting all the Scripture a Day from that long lost cousin you didn't know turned in a right wing tea partier. Or the ultrasound photos from your co-workers pregnant daughter. And let's not forget those e-cards. You will get tons of those! Plus many positive daily affirmations that will help remind you of what a great person you really are even if you don't believe it yourself.

Facebook is wonderful for the self esteem! hahahaha.

jojo cucina cucina said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. Hope everyone had a great one with no family dramas. We went to see Lincoln last night with my nephew Brian and his wife and my brother Troy. My Louisiana now California soon to be Vegas Cousin joined us for an easy dinner at our place afterwards and on to Kylee's grandma's place for open house. It was fun. But boy, am i tired today.

Lincoln was very good but too long and too many conversations that almost lulled me to sleep. all of us said that we felt like we wanted to sleep at one point. It made me want to learn more about Thaddeus Stevens and Mary Todd Lincoln. James Spader was a hoot in the movie and i kept waiting him to come back to any scene because he kept it lively.

The movie i want to see is Silver Linings Playbook. I just finished reading the book and liked it very much. Bradley Cooper is a new favorite of mine.