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A while back, I read Dale’s blog about 50 Happy Things. It’s a blog hop thingy hosted by Tales From the Motherland. The idea is to take just fifteen minutes and quickly jot down fifty things that make you happy. I really wanted to do it and I started a list but I lost it when the boys came to stay for awhile and ended up watching TV on my bed. That’s where the list was, in long hand. Oops!  Then I started a list in my Memo app on my smartphone but the phone rang and I exited the app so I could pick up the phone because I’m strange that way. Well, when I went back to the list, it wasn’t there. I forgot to click on SAVE before exiting! Oops!

So here I am, two weeks after they were supposed to be posted and at the end of the first month of the year and no list of fifty things! So I decided to give it a try after I read Ra’s list. Only I’m realistic. It’s after ten at night. I’m exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open and my mind is zapped. So I am going to give it a try but I will be happy if I can get to eighteen happy things because it goes with the year 2018! So I’m crossing my fingers (not really or I can’t write/type) and jumping in.

  1. Spencer who keeps me company most days these days.
  2. Anderson who says he wants to live with me forever.
  3. Maya who is turning one in a week and loves me so much she practically jumps on top of me when I go over there!
  4. Mati, even though I rarely get to see him. He makes me smile every time I go into the living room because I have a photo frame with lots of his pictures and it comes to life with motion and his pictures start streaming (it’s a cloud based photo album).
  5. Tony because he is the perfect son. No explanation needed.
  6. Tina because she is a thoughtful daughter, sometimes only to others but more and more so to my needs.
  7. Susie because she makes me smile and gives me hope! She is the daughter I had for me and names for me.
  8. My house. Even though it is always messier than messy, it’s mine and I can come here and just be. Even if that is by myself.
  9. TV because it fills the silence when I need it to.
  10. Technology because it makes our lives richer, mostly.
  11. Streaming capabilities because I can watch a lot of things without having to buy them!
  12. The West Wing because, well because it’s the perfect show. Then. Now. Tomorrow.
  13. Heaters. Because it was awfully cold in here when the heat went out. I ended up buying room heaters and now I can have any room as cozy as I need to.
  14. My Samsung Galaxy s7 because it is constantly with me and I do everything on it. Everything. Hhm. Maybe I should give it a name.
  15. Lularoe clothing because after gaining 100 pounds, it is the only thing that fits!
  16. Coffee because it keeps me going when I have to keep going.
  17. Chocolate. Well because…CHOCOLATE!
  18. My car because it gets me places when I have to go, even when I don’t want to but have to.

Okay, I got to 18. I owe another 32!



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Today is National Margarita Day! That’s my favorite drink. If I order a cocktail when I’m out, it’s a Margarita. I probably won’t go out today but I’m thinking maybe I’ll make my own. I have mix and some José Cuervo Gold.
I love the drink so much that when I was pregnant the first two times, I wanted to name the baby Margarita but my ex didn’t go alone. He had veto power.
I love this song…love to think of sitting somewhere looking at the beach (not on the beach, though) and sipping on a Margarita. So…cheers!

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The soundtrack for today’s drive from Seattle to Portland was provided by The Beatles. I listened to them all the way home. It was a long, rainy, windy, foggy, stress-filled drive but the music made it better.

I keep trying to think of my favorite Beatles song but I don’t think I can come up with one. I love most of them. I like the early stuff…She Love You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Love Me Do, Help. I also love, love, love the later years: Hey Jude, Let It Be, Eleanor Rigby, A Day In the Life. How about Ob-la-di Ob-la-da? Get Back! Revolution. Back In the U.S.S.R.! The list goes on and on.

Do you have a favorite Beatles song? A favorite Beatle? A favorite Beatle memory? I think they are timeless. There are few bands that reach the level of recognition and timelessness that they do.

Okay, that’s the end of my words of wisdome; I will let it be!

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1. My all time favorite movie is The Godfather. I love all three in the trilogy but if I had to pick just one, it would be the original one with Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. I’ve loved it since I was in tenth grade when it was released and one of my favorite teachers spent two class periods talking about it.
2. My all time favorite novel is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I saw the movie when it came out. I was about 6 years old and identified with Scout. Then later on, in middle school, I picked up the book and read it for the first of many times.
3. I was born on Christmas day.
4. My middle name is Joy (as in Joy To the World, says my mom).
5. I love to laugh but I don’t do it often enough. I’ll have to work on that.
6. I worked at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California during the summer of 1976 which was our bicentennial year in the U.S.A. It was a very busy tourist season that year.
7. I met my (ex) husband as part of my work-study in college. He was president of one of the law student organizations and I was one of their part time secretaries.
8. My first job out of college was working for Prudential Insurance at their big historic building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. I was on a team that wrote the brochures describing the benefits (and restrictions) in each policy (known as the Benefits Description Unit).
9. I worked as a teacher aid in a first grade classroom in Santa Monica, California. It was a job that I fell into by accident when I called the school district to volunteer to help in a school and they put me to work as a paid employee!
10. One of the last jobs I had that I truly enjoyed was teaching English to adult non-English speakers in night school. They were there because they wanted to learn so it made it fun. I had some of my own daytime classroom students’ parents and grandparents in my night time class. I wish all students were as willing to learn as those adults were!

To read Ten Things About Me #1, go here.

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One of my all-time favorite TV shows is The West Wing.  I stream the entire seven seasons from beginning to end at least twice a year. It’s one of the things I do when I have work to do, like writing, is that I stream shows or movies that I have seen a gazillion times because I don’t have to watch those with undivided attention to appreciate them.  Over the weekend, while trying to get some writind done,  I began to stream it once again.

One of the things I like about the show, aside from the excellent acting and the political comment, is that almost every episode leaves me thinking about some topic in the show, and often it makes me cry.  One of these episodes was in Season 1, episode 10, titled “In Excelsis Deo”. In this particular episode, there were a couple of very poignant situations that left me with tears in my eyes.  First, there was a storyline in which a young homosexual youth was tortured and beaten to death because he was gay.  The description of the crime, along with the reactions of the characters, are quite moving.  Another storyline involved a homeless war veteran who froze to death in view of the Capitol.  Toby, a regular on the show who plays the White House Communications Chief, is called by D.C. police to identify the body.  He doesn’t know the man but the man was wearing his coat with his business card in the pocket.  It turns out that Toby had donated that coat to the Goodwill, that’s how the homeless man got it.  Toby, seeing a tattoo on the homeless man, realizes that the man was a Korean War veteran.  He calls around and finds out that the man was a recipient of the Purple Heart.  There is no information available on him, which means no one in his family has been notified.  So Toby go to where the man died and asks around if anyone knew him.  He is sent to a location in D.C., under an overpass, where homeless gather to eat and sleep.  He finds the dead man’s brother there and tells him about the death and learns that there is no one else in the family.  Toby arranges a military funeral for the dead man.  Mrs. Landingham, who we discover earlier in the same episode lost twin sons in the Vietnam war, asks to accompany Toby to Arlington National Cemetery.  Someone asks Toby if he knew the dead man and when he says no, he is asked “then why do you care?”  He answers, “because somebody should.” That makes me cry every time I watch it. In fact, it is such a touching moment, I sometimes replay that part a couple of times before going on to the next episode.

I think that TV is at its best when it moves us to feel, to act, to think, and to remember.  This show does all of that for me.  I think that’s why the series will always be unforgettable.

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