Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The meaning of life...or something like that

Okay, it's Wednesday but its hot. I'm gonna try for a random dozen but heat does funny things to the brain so we'll see what happens...

1. Why is hot weather such a big news story in July? Oh, I know I talk about the weather on a pretty regular basis here but this is a blog about nothin' so weather talk is appropriate. I'm pretty sure it's always been hot in July and I'm pretty sure that's the way it was meant to be. I guess when you have 24/7 news channels to fill hot weather in July becomes a big story which may explain why we now have news people advising, "...if you're outside and become overheated you'll need to go inside where there is ac..." Seriously? Do we need the news people to tell us this?

2. Let's get this bit out there right off the bat...The Bachelorette. Or should I say the aftermath of The Bachelorette? Yikes. Did anyone watch that interview with Jake and Vienna or did you cringe, cover your eyes and plug your ears, and then go to the kitchen for an icy cold diet coke? Or maybe something stronger?

3. Lisbon. Must go there.

4. My husband has one of those killer whistles which comes in handy if you are trying to get the attention of your child in a sea of thousands but is completely annoying when you are standing less than one foot from the source. I'm convinced that thirty years of standing right beside him while he whistles at every concert, sporting event, program, etc. is the reason I respond to almost every question he asks with, "What did you say?" I think he finds that annoying but he only has himself to blame.

5. We went to see Toy Story 3 on Monday afternoon and no, we did not have any young children to chaperone. We just wanted to see it and we liked it a lot. I love the detail, especially the baby doll with one eye that stays open and one eye that blinks. Didn't every little girl have a doll like that?

6. Tomorrow is my mom's 80th birthday...betcha can't guess what's on tap for tomorrow's blog post?

7. My sweet girlies are coming home for the weekend. Sad its only for a weekend but so happy to have them home snug in their own beds. Or in sleeping bags on the floor since my whole family is coming to town too and the girls may or may not have a bed to sleep in. I mean, I can't put my 80 year old mother in a sleeping bag on the floor can I? And she would be quick to correct me and say, "Hey, I'm not 80 yet."

8. A friend emailed me this cartoon today...I had no idea the cartoonist at The New Yorker was reading my blog.
Cartoons © 2009 The New Yorker – All rights reserved.

9. I saw an ad for a movie coming out called Ramona and Beezus. I loved the Ramona series as a child but I'm always leery of my favorite childhood books becoming movies. Especially books where the title character is so clearly etched in my brain...very seldom does that translate to a movie in a way that is satisfying. We'll see.

10. Mary over at Life in a Small Town has bestowed another bloggy award on my blog...its called 'A Blog with Substance'.

For some reason I find that funny. If you are a regular reader here you probably find it funny too. Thanks Mary! As part of the award I'm supposed to explain my blog philosophy in five words. Oh dear. There are so many things wrong with that statement. First of all, have I ever managed to say anything in only 5 words? And second, philosophy? I'm supposed to have a philosophy? Hmmm...okay here it is

random musings about everyday mid-life

Is that a philosophy? I think it works because essentially it means I can talk about anything and everything which is pretty much what I do here. And see, I managed to use five words but then I felt the need to explain the five words. Welcome to my world.

11. Is anyone cooking dinner these days? I mean, real cooking? In my opinion its too hot to cook and I like to prepare easy meals in the summertime anyway. We had BLT's for dinner on Monday night and last night we ate big salads topped with a grilled chicken breast. And you do know that when I say its too hot to cook I mean its too hot for me to cook. It is not however, too hot for hubs to stand beside a bbq grill at 7:30 PM with our outdoor thermometer registering a balmy 103. He's a trooper. Most days I'm really glad I'm the wife and not the husband here.

12. If you clicked on every link in this post you deserve your own award. How about I send you out with a little music? Love this oldie but a goodie....oh, and you'll want to please just disregard John Sebastians sideburns.


  1. Here are my random comments: That killer whistle runs in our family - my husband is jealous of mine. I remember watching Toy Story (the 1st one) with your girls in TN when they were wee ones (1995 perhaps?). Your 5-word philosophy is right on. Have a great Wednesday!

  2. Happy Birthday to your mom! That song sure brought back memories of a particular summer at the pool. WOW! Thanks for the chuckles. Have a fabulous day. Blessings, SusanD

  3. "disregard the sideburns"! Hahahahaha! I think I like what the heat does to your brain. I'll be giggling all day about #'s 1, 5, 7, 8 &12. Basically, I'll be driving everyone else nuts and they'll be asking me all day, "What is so funny?"

  4. I love your random posts--they are so...random! My hubby and I went to see Toy Story 3 alone, too. Loved it! Especially the Barbie and Ken storyline...too funny!

    I'm sad to say I did sit and watch that fiasco with Jake and Vienna on Monday...but have sworn off The Bachelorette from now on...I'm sick of Ali and her giggling, tipsy-acting self.

    That's great about your mom turning 80! Hope she has a great b'day!

  5. I saw on teh news that you guys are cookin' in the NorthEast. We've had humidity but not as hot as you but we still have simple meals. We eat lots of salads and I use the crockpot alot. Who wants to cook when it's summertime anyway?!?

  6. Great post. I loved Toy Story too. Love your randomness and congrats on the award.

  7. I am not cooking these days. I'm sending my husband out to the grill to cook.

    Because it's 102.

    And I don't do anything after 98.

  8. Hi!

    I'm visiting for the first time from Mary's Life in a Small Town Blog. Congratulations on the award!

    I really enjoyed your post and I will be back for more. I'm now your newest follower and look forward to getting know you.

    Have a great day!

  9. Congrats on your award...random musings about everyday mid-life. I like it, I'm right there with you sister!

    Happy Birthday to your mom! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating! Enjoy!

  10. That's so true about it being too hot to cook but not for the guys to grill!
    I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet, but MS saw it in IMax and said it was they came to life. Me? I'm too cheap...I can't see spending $16 for a movie!

  11. I sometimes wonder what the news would talk about if there was a law that they could NOT talk about the weather! Hot or cold!
    How fun for you to have a houseful this weekend!
    And you totally deserve the award!

  12. Joyce,

    Got to love your weather top story. You are right! However it seems like some people think they are invincible in any kind of weather. I for one am wishing for cooler temps.

    Can't wait to hear how your mom's 80th goes. I bet it will make her feel on top of the world.

    Please stop by my blog today and make sure you sign up for the giveaway that ends today. The book is a masterpiece in itself.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  13. Awwww... Yes, you 'do' deserve the award. :) Love reading your random. Happy birthday to your mom. And yes, it is too hot to cook {I'll be using that one too}, even if it's raining here and not as hot as a result. ;)

  14. I think you should do the random questions for everyone. They would be really random (see Nr. 3) haha, j/k!
    Love coming here on Wednesdays. It´s what we want: "Real life of mid life" ! :)

  15. I have never been able to whistle. It sure would have come in handy when the boys were little!

    It is pretty hot here, though not quite as hot as ya'll...we set a new record yesterday -- 94.

    Congratulations on your award! I must agree with Mary that your blogs do have substance. I've learned a lot from your blogs...about many things.

    Happy Birthday to your mom! Can't wait to hear how the weekend goes.

  16. 1. I have always wanted to whistle like hubs.
    2. We have a retarded BBQ and we find BBQ to be a last minute option. Bummer.
    3. It is finally hot here.
    4. My girls are having their first slumber party tonight.
    5. My cabinet shelf broke today sending all of my cute Christmas dishes shattering to the ground, scaring the living daylights out of me and denting my floors at my new house.


  17. It was a lot of fun reading your random dozen. I feel like I was in "your world" for a few minutes there. Thanks~

  18. Hope your mom had a wonderful birthday.

    Hope you are not sweltering in these sauna like conditions!


  19. Love this post. Every single one I did a smile and nod...especially the comic and Ramona and Beezus. I can still picture in my mind what each of those characters should look like and I am not sure that I can handle anyone else's ideas.

  20. Loved your post. You are so funny!!! I got some good laughs out of your comments. And those sideburns... what a hoot! That song brings back lots of memories. I know you are so excited to see your girls this weekend. Happy Birthday to your sweet Mom! I haven't done much cooking lately. We eat lighter in the summer anyway. Plus, it is so hot, who wants to eat much of anything, except ice cream and popsicles! My husband loves to grill too. Have fun with the girls and your Mom this weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

  21. Hi Joyce! Yes, I've said the same thing about the weather and the,uh...I mean "meteorologists". Excuse me. :-0
    I mean, it is SUMMER in OHIO! Hello. It's JULY! We were expecting snow flurries? I. don'
    Okay, I'm done. Sorry for taking a rant on your blog. LOL
    I don't watch the Bachelorette or Bachelor but I saw some of that interview somewhere on's everywhere....and I!! The guy does strike me as being a little cold and distant. And she doesn't seem to be marriage material from what I ascertained from the little I saw. Just my HO.
    I, too, have always wanted to be able to whistle like your husband! I've tried and tried but to no avail. I guess it isn't very ladylike anyway. *sigh*
    Have a great weekend with your girlies! :-)

  22. HAHAHAH... Can I use that comic? This was a hilarious post all out!