Joke Friday

To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, actress/vocalist,

Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City

Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.

One of the musical numbers she performed was "My Favorite Things"

from the legendary movie, "Sound Of Music".

Here are the lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,

Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,

Bundles of magazines tied up in string,

These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,

Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,

When the bones creak,

When the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,

No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,

Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',

Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',

And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,

When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,

When the hips break,

When the eyes grow dim,

Then I remember the great life I've had,

And then I don't feel so bad.

(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted

over four minutes and repeated encores.) Please share her

clever wit and humor with others who would appreciate it.

Martina McBride-Anyway

Yippee, i figured out how to get utube back on here - i'm not as dumb as i look. Check out her other songs as well,and thanks to Suzanne for turning me on to this.

Footnote: My son came into the computer room after i got this up and i told him to listen(since we have alot of commonalities in music). As soon as it started, he said, "it's Country" (kinda like a curse). I will admit that I am not a huge fan of "country" but good music is good music and I thought she has a nice voice, delivery and message ( which is all but missing in this day and age.)

Humpday Meme

Stolen awhile ago now from over at The Daily Tannebaum (see blogroll).

1. What is your favorite word?
Ordeal evidently - my son says i say it all the time; he's even starting to use it.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Begins with a c.

3. What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
Music , words, art.

4. What turns you off?
Failures to communicate and nose hair.

5. What is your favorite curse word?
Just one? damnit? Jesus Christ, or for G-d's sake(i'm sorry to say).

6. What sound or noise do you love?
The ocean. but i really liked the sounds the wind was making last nite.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
Tapping/hitting things/fidgiting noises( like my son makes).

8. What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Editor, agent, publicist, musician, writer, photographer - any but mine it seems.

9. What profession would you not like to attempt?
Boring, repetitive ones - like mine.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
There's a seat at the bar with your friends saved for you, drinks on the house.

If you want to play along, leave a link to your answers in the comments!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

My original title for this post was Savoir because there are some books that you just savoir; you can't wait to get in bed and read them, yet you don't want to read too fast or too much because you just know that you are going to hate it when it ends. The Secret Life of Bees is such a book. The characters are warm & charming and Lily, the main character, lets you into the depths of her soul, her young but wise old soul. I found myself crawling into this book at night or in the morning before i had to get up. These are characters that you just know and love and thus you never want it to end. Well, it ended for me this morning and predictably, I am sad-No more Lily, no more August, Rosaleen, May, Zach, no more crawling into their remarkable world and friendships at the end of the day. This one is definitely taking a place on my Favorite books of all times list and one i might even have to read again. I loved this book. Kudos Sue Monk Kidd.

Joke Friday

A Jewish husband and wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when
this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away.

The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who was that?"

"Oh, "replies the husband, "she's my mistress."

"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a

"I can understand that," replies her husband, "But remember, if we get a
divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in
Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Jaguar in the garage and no
more yacht club. But the decision is yours."

Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his

"Who's that woman with Moishe?" asks the wife.

"That's his mistress," says her husband.

"Ours is prettier, " she replies

writing promt: when was your passion born

My first books were The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames-nurse. Then while still in grade school there was: Diary of a Young girl-Anna Frank and I also read alot of Pearl S Buck.
I consumed Peyton Place and Gone with the Wind and Valley of the Dolls.

Write about your first book memory or your favorite book. my first book memory is 1st grade - Dick & Jane (and Spot)- remember learning to read, see Dick run, see Jane run after Dick(wait that doesn't sound right now does it? maybe she was running after Spot.

Favorite book, that's a tough one. I don't think I have "One".

I really really liked: Prince of Tides, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Vonnegut's Cat Cradle, Kate Vaiden, anything by Anais Nin,.....

Not enof time to finish this one now - late for work.
Another one from the dusty old draft file - please feel free to leave yours or a link to yours here.

Joke Friday

Subject: Reagan on Bush (aka "Shrub")

This is a direct quote from the just-published REAGAN DIARIES
It is dated May 17, 1986.

'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around
this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who
lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking
shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real
job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll
hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'

Jane Tomlinson

"Jane....exemplified qualities of the human spirit that most peoplre can only aspire to."

Yes, she was truly inspirational and remarkable. Another great article about her here.

Worst news...

I was just simple appalled last nite when i read this online. It is utterly mindboggling how human beings could do these things; worse than any animals.

Oldest blogger

Check it out here.

9/11 Memorial

So many hats.... little time. Yikes these 18 hr. days are killin me.

(I was disappointed i couldn't find a pic. of a woman doing this.)

6:20AM -mommy hat - make lunch send #1 son off to school
7:30 public servant hat: leave for jury duty ( yippee day off of work- i hope i get picked)
11:30 No hat- relieved of jury duty - damn. play hookey for rest of the day - feel just like i remember when i was a kid ( exuberant).
12:30 Movers hat: Return too large bookcase
1:00 Decorators hat: deliberate my decorating dilemmas
2:30 Mom hat- greet kid and head out to shop
6:00 Chauffeur hat - take kid to store for some needed school supply
7:00 Errand girl hat: food shop
7:30 Chef hat on and rattling the damn pots
8:00 Mom hat: dinner conversation
8:30 Maid hat - clean up dinner
9:00 Hairdresser hat - quick haircut for the spouse
10:00 Maid hat still on - throw laundry in
11:00 Correspondent hat - check emails from coaches, etc.
12:00 Blogger hat: Check blog - try to think of a coherent post fore bed.
12:20 Bedtime for Bonzo. Do not look at the to-do list, collect brush teeth, and take a deep breath cause...

in six short hours you get to do it all again!!

Joke Friday

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is"UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other tim es the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. I f you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so.......... it is time to shut UP....!

Oh . . one more thing:

What is the first thing you do in the morning &the last thing you do at night? U-P


Usually i'm writing about the recalcitrant patient but today was one of those increasingly rare moments when I really, really liked the patient. but then she was extraordinary. First thing I do when i pick up a chart is to look at the date of birth, she was only 48 or 49- usually one of my favorites, no real problems other than needs reading glasses. When she got up from her chair in the waiting room and started walking towards me, I knew she had had a stroke. While taking the medical history she confirmed this. As I did the exam i sensed her wonderful spirit and liked her immediately.

Then she asked me, " do you like your job?". hmm. how should i answer that question this time. sensing i could trust her, I just plain said, "No." She laughed.

or what about when they say "you're so patient"- if they only knew what i'm thinking.


insouciant \in-SOO-see-uhnt\, adjective:Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant.

Now there's a nice word, one i wish i could use to describe myself; instead of melancholy, moody, and the worst one: depressed.


(Wow, i must be really bored- i found this in drafts from a year ago and took it again with just about the same results).

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have low conscientiousness.
Impulsive and off the wall, you don't take life too seriously.
Unfortunately, you sometimes end up regretting your snap decisions.
Overall, you tend to lack focus, and it's difficult for you to get important things done.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.