Tuesday, March 13, 2018

3/13/18 - Rhyme time with AARP

You probably already know that I, at times, have problems with TV advertising. AARP, you know, the "old" folks gang has come out with advertising that rhymes. The dude in the ad is "rapping" without the music. First off - Are you trying to get people to join AARP by rapping? Second - I HATE rhyming things that aren't poems or songs. Third - What are we? Kindergarteners?

Rhyme time by AARP

More on the rhyming thing...

I don't know if it's the dots on my brain, I'm turning into a curmudgeon OR both but certain things really, really bother me. One of the many things is rhyming, especially business slogans. Business slogans that don't rhyme don't bother me. WTH?

"Where Courtesy Dwells and Service Excels" btw, if you check out that link, it's for a funeral home but you have to look at the name of the cemetery. What do you think when you see that?

Yeah, after reading this I'm leaning towards curmudgeon.

We are leaving next Thursday, can't wait!

#allthehashtags #keepDawnsnarky #iamacerbic

Saturday, March 10, 2018

3/10/18 - In 12 days

In 12 days we will be headed south on our maiden voyage of RV lifestyle. The end of January we purchased a small tow-behind trailer. We had originally thought this was going to have to wait until I received social security. I found a new, 2017 Coleman trailer half price in Manassas, VA, it couldn't be passed up.

I'm hoping I'll be able to take you with us where we go.


Monday, January 8, 2018

1/8/18 - 2018 Baby!

I wanted to do an end-of-year post to recap the fun that was 2017 but...stuff happens. Here it is, 2018 Baby! I kept my resolution for 2017 by not killing anyone and will once again resolve to not kill anyone in 2018. I am also adding one more resolution for 2018, no broken bones.

2017 was not a good year for broken bones.  I broke my pinky toe on my left foot three times, the first time was the day before I went to San Antonio, TX to visit Meghan. I broke the pinky toe on my right foot once and broke the pinky finger of my left hand on Christmas Day, not cool. My finger is still pretty swollen and still hurts, two weeks later.

My visit with Meghan in SATX was awesome. We ate good, saw a lot of cool stuff and had a great time just her and I. This year I plan on visiting around Thanksgiving. It's hard going through the holidays without her. Of all the states she could have moved to, I'm glad she picked Texas. If I ever move away from Delaware, that's where I'll be.

2017 I spent the summer with Cali. She turned 7 in March and Nash turned 3 in August. They are my joy!

David had spinal surgery on his neck, removing and replacing three discs and then fusing them together, in August 2017.  His recovery was slow and then he got pneumonia. That poor guy went through a lot.

I am blessed to have Richard, Kristin and my grandbabies so close. When I need help they are right here. It's nice to be able to just walk over and get some baby love.

David's brother Mike came from Illinois for a visit. It was very nice to have him after David had recovered from surgery.

All in all, 2017 wasn't all that bad.

Now...2018 Baby!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

9/2/17 - #whatbafflesme - pt. 2 - Youtube

I had Cali all summer and we've had a great time.  I'm also very excited that school starts Tuesday...Heehee.  Normally we do stuff in the mornings, she goes home to eat lunch with Mommy and Daddy and she comes back and we rest, watch tv or in her case, watch YouTube.  Usually we are laying in GiGi's bed so I know what she's watching.  If I'm not in there with her I check on her often.  She likes watching American Girl videos or ones with Barbie but as of late she has found a YouTube channel that is a family entitled 8 Passengers. It seems to be a family with 6 kids from Utah.  The family is pretty and for Cali, it's entertaining.  They post new content on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with occasional bonus videos.  I suppose the mom is a SAHM because she is the videographer.  It looks like she has been doing this for a couple years.  You can see doctor's visits, potty training, home schooling and vacations to name a few. They have over a million subscribers, seriously, you can check for yourself.

For this, it is a double banger #whatbafflesme.

#whatbafflesme number 1 is:  Will this Mom ever look back on her children's two-years in front of the camera or phone or GoPro and realize how much she has missed?  Sure they have gotten free stuff for creating "advertisements" with her family.  Will her kids look back on this and say, Hey, I was potty training, that's private?  Does she realize that while watching some of this with Cali all I can do is stare at that spot on her lip?  Ok, maybe that was a low blow but seriously, her face is big in the camera and she has a spot on her lip!

#whatbafflesme number 2 is:  Who the hell are these over a million subscribers that have nothing better to do with their life than to watch someone else's family?

Don't get me wrong, there are thousands, maybe millions of people with YouTube channels that post everything their family is doing.  They take the time to do the videography and then they have to edit their videos and then they post them.  As a mother and grandmother I would be concerned with who actually is watching this.

Time has sure changed a lot since I was a young mother.  I hated going to work because I'd rather be home rocking my babies.  I'd rather be reading them a book than watching television.  I'd rather be snuggling with them than anything.  And now as a grandmother I'd rather be doing those things with my grandbabies.

Life goes by too fast.  You blink and they are grown.  In an instant they are leaving the nest and all you'll have are memories.

Friday, September 1, 2017

9/1/17 - #whatbafflesme - pt. 1 - Gone With The Wind

This movie, hands down, is my favorite.  My Mom took me to see the movie in the Ball Theater in Millsboro in the '60's.  At that time it was a loooooooong movie for a little kid but the intermission was pretty cool.  The film came out in 1939, the book was published 1936.  Millions of copies of the book has been sold and millions of viewers has seen the movie in one form or another.  I've probably read the book over 20 times and have watched the movie countless times.  Although it is a work of fiction, it is loosely based on events during and after the Civil War.  There was slavery before and after the Civil War, *gasp*.  We cannot erase history.  We cannot go back in time and change history.  It was a dark time for blacks in our country.  The war ended 152 years ago.

American Civil War
  • began April 12, 1861
  • ended May 9, 1865
    • Result: Union Victory
President Abraham Lincoln, by executive order, signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 freeing all slaves in 10 states.  That was 154 years ago.  (Stick with me, I'm going somewhere with this)
Now this dumbass theater in Memphis, TN has decided, after a 34-year tradition of screening the movie, to stop this years viewing.  A "few" patrons said the movie was "racially insensitive".  Ok, here's #whatbafflesme, if you find a movie, that's being shown in a theater that charges money to see said movie "racially insensitive", DON'T FRIGGING GO!  So instead of the Orpheum Theatre telling the "few" to stick it, they decided to pull this film from their summer program.  To the "few" Memphians that may or may not be offended by the film, pull up your big-girl panties and find something else to complain about.
Oh, FYI, Hattie McDaniel that played Mammy in the film was the first black actress to be nominated and win an Oscar.