weekly photo challenge: celebration

There can be too much of a good celebration…as demonstrated by this sign…

Taking it down a couple of notches might be wiser…and safer…and perhaps more enjoyable…

…one might be able to remember what it is one was…celebrating…

………hugmamma. ūüėČ

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blows me away…!!!

 

WOW Hits 2006

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It never ceases to amaze me when a particular post, and I never know which one, sends my views soaring. I was¬†reminded of the once-in-a-great-while occurrence, when hits to my very recent post ” 365 photo challenge: loaded” skyrocketed to 408 views…and counting! The same thing happened with “the best gift…ever,” which hit¬†149 views. Long before that, as far as I can remember, was the post “putting a face on the unknown,” which got over 250 hits.

I know for sure there are other blogs which rack up astronomical views regularly. I don’t pretend to know their secret formulas. While all writers would love to be read, I think most who are passionate about their¬†own messages, their own¬†voices, can’t help but remain¬†true to their own styles, whatever that may be.

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So while I value what I write, I never know what readers will value. But sometimes it may involve “gimmicks.” The post about being “loaded,” connotes drinking to excess which may have a broad appeal, especially among the youth. The post about my daughter’s invaluable presence in my life, included a very fetching picture of her, again an attractive element to youthful readers, especially the males. And the post about the “unknown” was to do with the Human Rights Campaign¬†efforts on behalf of the gays, lesbian and transgender community. That included a segment about American ice skater Johnny Weir, with accompanying photo.¬†I learned that mention of this athlete brought a flood of gay fans to my blog.

I couldn’t hope to duplicate such numbers if I tried. It’s like¬†chatting with a friend in a crowded room¬†with¬†everyone talking, and your mention of some¬†inconsequential tidbit, draws everyone’s attention to your conversation. “Whaaa?!? What’d I say?…what’d I say?”

that’s exactly how i feel when views go through the roof…without any preconceived help on my part…hugmamma.¬†

weekly post challenge: when did you realize you were an adult?

My reply left as a comment on the WordPress Daily Post site was

 hugmamma

Probably when I received the first bill that I had to pay for with my own hard-earned cash.

i’ve been becoming more adult-like ever since…more and more bills…hugmamma. ;)

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I could add to that:
 
  • When I realized no one had my back.
  • When I could stop minding my p’s and q’s…sort of.
  • When I could wear mini skirts and not have the nuns around frowning at me.
  • When I could buy a hamburger, root beer float, and french fries, without waiting to be asked.
  • When I could stop taking afternoon naps at my mom’s insistence.
  • When I could stay out past midnight without my mom threatening to lock me out of the house.
  • When I could yell back at someone who was yelling at me.
  • When I could kiss…and not tell.
  • When I drank alcohol, and didn’t brag about it.
  • When the gynecologist could do what he does, and nobody blinked an eye…not even me.
  • When I could swear, albeit silently, and know I wasn’t condemned to hell.
  • When I could miss Mass, and know I wasn’t condemned to hell.
  • When I could dislike certain people, and know I wasn’t condemned to hell.
  • When I knew God loved me no matter what.
  • When my daughter was born, and I knew I couldn’t send her back from where she came.
  • When I started getting older, and no amount of whining could change that fact.

 

 

Chocolate Cherry Cheerwine Ice Cream Soda

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what about you…or are you not there yet?…hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: loaded

too many of these and I’d be…………………………………………………………………….

OVER-loaded!!!…………………………………………………………………….hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: invite

This is a fun challenge, although it’s not always easy to come up with the perfect photo for the “word-du-jour.” But it’s great trying. So if you’d like to join the fun, check out the details on the blog, my life in photos: 365 challenge. She’s always got great stories to go with her pictures.

Teatro Zinzanni,¬†a blend of Cirque du Soleil and Broadway, fulfills its promise of a night to remember. The fast-paced spectacle caters to adults because of its bawdy humor, but I find it no more objectionable than films that are rated PG-13.¬†When we’ve gone, the master-of-ceremonies, different each time, has embarked on a classy, but definitely gay, modus operandi. God help the men in the audience! They’re easy pickings for some good, old-fashioned, tongue-in-cheek humor. Throughout the show those who have involuntarily “volunteered,” find themselves the center of attention.¬†Women needn’t hold their breaths nor keep their eyes averted, for they’re rarely called upon to make a special appearance. While I’ve¬†relaxed completely, my husband has¬†tried to¬†appear invisible, sitting back into the shadows of our booth. But it’s all in good fun, and nobody is maimed in the delivery of a great show.

Duffy Bishop belts out the music in "Radio Free Starlight" at Teatro ZinZanni. The costumes are¬†gorgeous, colorful, whimsical, over-the-top! Audience members are welcome to dress up as well. In fact, the gift shop is equipped to accessorize those who want¬†feather boas to drape around their necks, or glittering masks¬†behind which to take refuge, or stylized hats to add the finishing touch to¬†a woman’s¬†“crowning glory.”¬†Baubles glitter within glass cases, perhaps a ring for each finger, or bangles that swath the length of one’s forearm, or a¬†tie awash in crystals to¬†accent a simple, black dress.

The minute I step inside the front door of Teatro Zinzanni, I find myself whisked back¬†to a time when an evening out included¬†dark, velvet curtains, a glass¬†of bubbly, an underlying excitement barely contained, eyes darting¬†everywhere soaking up¬†the circus-like atmosphere, women dressed for the occasion, men minding their p’s and q’s, performers mingling, heightening everyone’s expectations of¬†a fantastic evening.

And by the way,¬†a wonderful dinner of several courses¬†is part of the act. The night’s entertainment unfolds around¬†the appetizer, the soup, the salad, the entree and the dessert. What an imaginative way to help the digestive process. I’ve heard that laughter is good for the waistline. Believe me you’ll be skinnier at the end of the evening,¬†what with all your belly-laughing.

So for an uproarious good time………………………………………..you’re invited¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

and tell them………………………………………………………..hugmamma sent you!!!¬†

is she talkin’ about me?

My friend Mary came by with another piece of senior humor. Sorry young ‘uns, sometimes we¬†elderly citizens have¬†to step “outside the box” for a belly laugh, or two.

MY LIVING WILL: 

Last night, my¬†family¬†stopped by and¬†were sitting in the living room… I said to¬†them, ‘I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.’

They got up, unplugged the Computer, and threw out my wine.

They are¬†SO on my shit list¬†…

 

…well, maybe not a belly laugh…but at least a toothless grin…hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: stem

cheers!!!……………………………………….a tray full of stems………………………………

“okole maluna”…………………………..bottoms up!!!…………………….hugmamma.

habits to “steal” from hubby

Dr. √Ėz at ServiceNation 2008

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Dr. Oz had a couple of audience members participate in a contest today. Both women had to guess the correct answers to 3 questions. The game’s theme was “Habits you should steal from your husband!” Of course I couldn’t switch the channel without hearing the results.

My mind raced ahead to possible suggestions. Not easy, but several things came to mind. Topping the list was “snoring.” “Snoring,” I thought. Why would I want to rob my husband of that habit? Maybe so we can both lie awake all night?!? Not likely. Another thought was “procrastination.” The longer we’ve been married, I think that particular habit is wearing off on me. Think Christmas decor. It’s slowly coming down, still.

Well here are Dr. Oz expert answers to the question “What habits should wives steal from their husbands.”

  1. Like them, we should drink a beer a day. Liquor was a no-no.
    (Will definitely NOT tell my hubby this. He’ll definitely jump on this, adding it to the one glass of red wine a day he already enjoys to stave off heart attacks. And I have no liking for¬†the taste of beer, so this suggestion is a no-brainer for me.)
  2. Like them, we should get things off our chests. In other words, we should be aggressive, not passive. Holding everything inside can cause a heart attack, according to Dr. Oz.
    (My hubby’s pretty good about letting most things “roll off his back.” But I’ll remind him.)
  3. Like them, and this one I’d never heard, we should be “slipshods,” not “straighteners.”¬†¬†(The example given by Dr. Oz was news to me. According to him, I’m NOT suppose to fix the bed after waking up. The covers should be left off to allow the bed linens to dry out from the accumulation of bodily moisture, dust mites
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    and their feces, and so on and so forth. Yuck! Now that’s definitely one change my husband would welcome. He laughs at me when I fix the bed right before we climb in at night. That’s if I’d not fixed it earlier. I¬†have to straighten the covers so I¬†can¬†slide in beneath them. Makes sense to me.)

I definitely understand the¬†last 2 habits, although I think being too much of a type “A” personality has its drawbacks as well. Clenching one’s jaws in adamant self-righteousness can also lead to heart disease it¬†would seem. But I will definitely heed the lesson in #3. Who wants to aid and abet the proliferation of dust mites and all that other yucky stuff.

I definitely don’t get the health benefit of drinking a beer a day. Can someone enlighten me, preferably not a husband who already indulges? I think that would be a highly biased opinion.

now how about habits husbands can steal from wives?…any suggestions?…hugmamma.

‚Äúvino,¬†anyone?‚ÄĚ

Have you noticed how airports around the country, and the world, have been transformed into “destinations?” Passengers who once shopped for last-minute¬†trinkets, can now purchase Burberry coats, TUMI¬†luggage, and Disney memorabilia for themselves. Grabbing a cold, dry¬†ham and cheese sandwich, has been replaced by gastronomical delights like Wolfgang Puck’s 3-cheese-pizza, Sabarro’s¬†spaghetti and meatballs, and¬†Chinese delicacies. Bars have always been available for the business traveler in need of a “pick-me-up,” after a¬†day¬†of endless meetings. But according to a Journal article “Airports Blend More Spirits Into the Mix,”¬† “Alcohol has rarely been in short supply at airports, but some cash-strapped local governments are taking steps to open the taps further.”

Bars at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports¬†are open 24 hours, as are the¬†17 pushcart¬†vendors selling beer and wine. A plan¬†is in place to open a bar in the baggage claim of Las¬†Vegas’ airport, while¬†wine bars are¬†expanding. “Vino Volo, a San Fransisco airport wine-bar chain that opened its first shop in 2005, plans to add its 14th location this month and hopes to have 50 in three to five years. Vino Volo, which means ‘wine flight’ in Italian, offers meals and wine-tastings and sells bottles to go from most of its locations.” HMSHost, part of Italy’s Autogrill SpA, sells bottled local wines at two California airports. The company also sells bottled wines at wine bars in several airports, and is planning to open more.

“Critics say the last thing needed in the skies is more tipsy passengers.” This week¬†a flight, prepared¬†to take off from Florida’s St. Petersburg-Clearwater¬†International Airport, returned to the gate because of a drunken passenger. While such incidents have occurred before, Joe Tiberi, the International Association of Machinists union spokesman feels that ” ‘Making liquor more easily accessible in airports will only exacerbate the problem,’…” Rebecca Rolfes, a Chicago publishing exec, who travels from O’Hare several times a month feels pushcarts would allow¬†tipsy drinkers to roam concourses, bringing them into contact with families and non-drinking passengers.¬†“That could create ‘some pretty sloppy situations,’…”

The obvious benefits to increasing the availability of alcohol are providing respite for passengers other than food courts, more revenue for airports and cities, and¬†creation of jobs. Making a plea¬†for those like himself who may find themselves stranded overnight at the airport, electrician Ray Mazzoni feels¬†that with bars open 24 hours “you could have a drink and a snack and watch TV.”

It’s likely that if¬†“you build it, they will come.” The question is do we really need¬†IT? Just because we think it, does it mean we must give it life? There might be short, and long-term, consequences which we aren’t taking into account.¬†Dispensing more alcohol in airports doesn’t seem like a proposition worthy of our support. It’s not of medical or scientific or even human necessity. It’s a luxury most can’t afford.

in my opinion…hugmamma