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Monday, January 15, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

So I missed yesterday's jot prompt which was "Ultimatum."  I don't like ultimatums and try not to use them because then it means I need to carry through with whatever the "punishment" is.  I also try not to get myself in a position where ultimatums are used either.  Anyway, the prompt was just too depressing for me and I suppose I could have just written the above, but I also worked yesterday and that kind of cut my day in half.  By the time I figured out what I COULD write (or that I didn't really have to write about Ultimatum), I didn't feel like it anymore so I watched Taken 3 when I came home from work instead.  Totally vegged out.

Today's #JusJoJan is the word "Justice" as suggested by Barb at Gallimaufry (what a cool word is that!) 

It immediately made me think of the Al Pacino movie "And Justice For All." 

Here's the ending:

"You're out of order..."

Scales of justice, trying to balance "necessary" work and "fun work."  I hate when "necessary" work tips the scales don't you?  Hopefully I'll get some fun work in because I have Tuesday and Wednesday off.  Interesting that Michaels is no longer "fun" work already?!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

Today's prompt for #JusJoJan coincides with #SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday) also hosted by Linda G. Hill.  The prompt intrigued me since the instructions were:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is as follows: read closely. When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page. Enjoy!

I love that kind of mystery exercise.  Here are my words:

To Live Happily...  and the rest of the sentence... an inward power of the soul.  - Marcus Aurelius

From the cover of the book "Positive Quotes for Every Day" by Patricia Lorenz.

To live happily! 

I didn't know who Marcus Aurelius was so I had to look him up (don't judge if you knew who he was).  Turns out he was a Roman emperor, the last of the so-called Five Good emperors, according to Wikipedia.  He was a practitioner of "Stoicism" (which I also had to look up).  I thought being "stoic" was being too serious or not showing any emotion.  I was correct about that, but I didn't realize that stoicism was an actual philosophy.  "According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature's plan, and BY WORKING TOGETHER AND TREATING OTHERS IN A FAIR AND JUST MANNER. 

Did I shout that loud enough for Washington (or Mar-a-Lago) to hear?

So, also in my quest for the perfect me this year is being a part of the Creative Dream Circle with Andrea Schroeder. 

I actually drew up this "map" last February but it is still in my conscious mind and is the basis for the vision cards I made for this year. 

I love doing stuff like this.  Some may think it is silly but I believe that if you keep thinking about the positive ways to bring the things you want into your life, you'll get them.  "An inward power of the soul."  

Who wouldn't want "To Live Happily?"  

And that's my Stream of Consciousness.  Where is your mind taking you today?


Friday, January 12, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

Today's #JusJoJan comes from Fandango at This, That and The Other and it is the word Aggravate.

Yesterday was humiliate and my answer was #45.  Today is also #45 and it is amazing that one person can do so much to aggravate so many people at once without having to face some sort of censure (impeachment).  I continue to pray.

As a rule I stay out of political discussions and I am not getting into one now.  I will admit I don't know all the ins and outs of all the political actions, all I know is how my life is when certain groups are in office as opposed to how it is when other groups are in office.  This is not my group.

Tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

The prompt for #JustJoJan today is the word "Humiliate", as suggested by Jim Adams at A Unique Title For Me.  Go visit and read his story for today's prompt. 

I'm sorry and I definitely don't want to start up a whole political issue but the only thing I can think of for this word is #45.  Even when I Googled images for that word, there were quite a few pictures of him. 

I guess I should be very grateful that I don't have any personal experiences regarding humiliate or being humiliated.  There may be something but perhaps I've blocked it. 


  That's my jot for today.  Short and sweet. 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

Since it's Wednesday on #JusJoJan, I'm going with a different prompt today and sharing my 2018 Reading Challenge.  For the last few years I have been following the PopSugar Challenge and keeping track of my reading in a couple of ways.  I am on Goodreads (I am everywhere) as Scr4pl80 and I list them there.  I also keep a reading log in a small binder using some journal pages that I picked up from Modern Mrs. Darcy.   It is a really cool way to keep track of what I am reading, what I want to read, what I have read, the challenges, etc.

I am trying to use books that I already have to fill the categories first.  These are a few of the ones I have so far:

A book made into a movie you've already seen:   Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally.  My husband and I recently watched this with our son.  I had never seen it before and although we all know what happened during that terrible period, this story is very moving.

True Crime:        Son - The Shocking True Story of Fred and Ruth Coe.  Fred was a rapist in Spokane, Washington and Ruth was his mother who tried to kill to protect him.  I've had this one on the shelf for a VERY long time and I'm trying to clear out to make room for new stuff.  

The next book in a series you started:    Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma.  Last year I read Map of Time, the first book in this series about time travel.  It was pretty good and I'm looking forward to getting into this one. 

A novel based on a real person:     Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins.  Even though he had to take some time off for health reasons, as he says, he is not dead yet.  Hoping to see him tour again!  

A book about death or grief:    Act of Love by Paige Mitchell.  This is the story of a 23-year-old who kills his older brother who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident and paralyzed from the waist down.  Another one on my shelf for ages.  I may have even read it but can't remember it. 

A book about time travel:    Map of Chaos by Felix J. Palma.  The last in the series about time travel.

A book that is also a stage play or a musical:     Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I have not seen the play but it has been such a big hit that I figured I should at least read the book.

A book that you borrowed or was given to you as a gift:  Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks.  I got this for Christmas from my daughter so I thought I'd start with it.  So far so good.

A book about or involving a sport:   Boys Will Be Boys by Jeff Pearlman.  It is the story of the "glory days and party nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty."  The Cowboys have always been my husband's favorite team and I must admit that while I am a baseball girl, the Cowboys do have the best looking uniforms (IMO) and some mighty fine looking quarterbacks, which makes them easy to watch.  

A childhood classic you've never read:  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.  I've seen the movies but never read the book.

A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner:   11/22/63 by Stephen King.  Looking forward to this one too.  It is about the assassination of JFK.  Told by Stephen King, there's gotta be some kind of twist.

A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to:  How to Think Like Sherlock by Daniel Smith.  It is supposed to "improve your powers of observation, memory and deduction."  Figured since I was getting older, improving the memory might not be such a bad idea.

A book with song lyrics in the title:  Gold Dust Woman, the biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis.  I just found this in the bookstore and had to have it.  Ms. Nicks is my muse, my idol!  Isn't this cover just delightful?

Since I've set my goal at 25 books this year, at least I have half of them picked out.  That should make it a little easier.  How about you?  Any reading goals for the year?  Advice for some of the other categories:

Nordic Noir?
Book with alliteration in the title?
Set on a different planet?
Female author who uses male pseudonym?
Book by two authors?
Book that involves a bookstore or a library?  This has got to be one for me given my job history of working in a library!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

Today in #JusJoJan we have "Coffee" suggested by Barbara at Teleportingweena.  Thanks Barbara!

AHHHH Coffeeee...I've been drinking coffee since I was at least a teen.  My parents wouldn't let me drink it when I was too young but probably around the age of 13 or so I guess they figured I could handle it.  Now I drink at least 3 large cups every morning, low fat or fat free milk, no sugar.  Once I hit midday though, I'm done and I switch to water or tea. 

For 18 years of our married life my husband worked for Sara Lee in the Coffee and Tea division.  We never had to pay for coffee during all that time and he would come home smelling SO good.  My favorite from that time was a mocha blend.  Haven't been able to find a good one since he stopped working there.  What a shock it was to have to buy coffee for the first time!  It's expensive!   

I love having big mugs to use and here are some of my favorites:

My daughter brought this one for me when Disneyland and I both turned 60.

A good motivational one to start the day.

My other daughter made this one for me.

Sometimes I drop a chocolate mint marshmallow in it for that minty flavor!  YUMMM

Coffee is such a part of every morning that sometimes my husband will leave me little notes or, in this case, flowers because he knows that's where I'll go first thing.  Isn't he great?

Now our daughter works at Starbucks so sometimes we can get free coffee again :) 

And, of course, I made these mug-shaped gift card holders so you can give a Starbucks gift card to your friends :) 

And that's my take on "coffee."  How about you?  Coffee or tea?  Flavored or regular?  Sugar or no sugar?  Share and please visit the other participants in #JusJoJan if you have time. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

Pants is the prompt for today's #JusJoJan sponsored by Linda G. Hill and as suggested by "Pen" at Pensivity101

Last year my husband and I went to the Summer of Love exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and we were brought back to the seventies.  There were several different fashion areas and I took a lot of pictures of the different outfits I would love to have today.  This is not one of them, but it does show the multicolored pants people were wearing back then. 

My husband said he had a pair of jeans from that time that he sewed different colored patches on.  I was always a (little) overweight and did not think that the bright colors and large patterns would look good on me.  

Here are some retro-inspired yoga pants/leggings that you can get now.  I love the colors but somehow I don't think that garden would look quite as good on my legs.

These are just wrong:

I'm sure I would feel like I had had an accident in my pants if I had to wear these.    

Here is me, from our eighth grade graduation picnic in 1969.  I went to a Catholic school and this was one of the first times we got to wear anything other than our dull green and gray uniforms. 

I thought I was fat then.  Wish I looked like that now except for the chest area if you know what I mean - (I'd say boobs but my kids read my blog once in a while).  Looks like rainbow sherbet doesn't it?

Have you ever worn wildly decorated pants?  Like the style with the crotch to your knees?  Love to hear!

Hope you are enjoying the #JustJoJan.  Feel free to hop right in any time!