Saturday Scavenger Shots: Hurdle

Happy Saturday! People, I am tired. We had dress rehearsal for our choir concert today and lots of standing was involved. Then afterwards I went on a training walk with my friend. We walked about 7 miles today. After that, I went grocery shopping for my mom so that we don’t have to run around tomorrow before the concert. My legs feel like lead. But did I take the smart road and take it easy for the rest of the night? Nope. I’m doing my laundry now, which involves going up and down the stairs to the laundry room.

Anyway, AlienCG chose this week’s word to be “hurdle”. Here’s a photo of just part of the walking path we were on today. When our legs are tired, just a small trip feels like a hurdle.

So who is AlienCG going to pick for next week’s word-chooser? We shall see!

An Eggcellent Easter

Happy Day-After-Easter! Did the Great, Holy Bunny visit your residences this past weekend? Did you wine and dine?

My mom had Easter over at her place this year, so the brother that lives in Ohio visited with his family and brought the honey-baked ham, booze and pop. I brought the extra dishes, some other party accessories and a bag of jellybeans for my mom. My brother arrived, found the bag of jellybeans as if he had a special radar, and he and his oldest son chowed down on half the bag!

Anyway, everything was delicious and the company was fun. Afterwards, my brother cleared the table and then I did the dishes. It was nice to be away from the loud family, but I was still able to be a part of the conversations since the kitchen was nice and open. We cleared things up quickly and then most of us got into the Indians game that was on TV! Even me! He has truly risen.

After my brother and his family left, my mom and I watched “The King’s Speech” that she bought me as an Easter present. Awesome movie, it deserved its awards.

What did you all do for Easter? I hope you ate heartily with some fun people!

Let’s Channel Our Inner Couch Potato

Why, hello there! How are you? Are you ready for the Easter weekend? I had to work today and some of it was kind of interesting. Although I do not work for a certain department anymore, they are short-staffed at the moment and my new manager requested my help. I’m going to label the new files and also look through them to see what kind of documentation they need. Looking through those files today gave me chills. There was a time when I was so uptight about making sure everything was in order and lost sleep over what I thought I missed. Although it’s not my problem anymore, I can’t help to feel nervous for that department. 

Anyway, here is this week’s edition of the Friday 5! Happy Easter, everyone!

What are your thoughts on late-night television talk shows?
– I rarely stay up late for those shows, but if I hear that certain people will be on the show as a guest, I will record it to watch during the day.

What television program is so bad you can’t believe anyone watches it?
– “Jersey Shore” – but if that wasn’t on, there would be one less show to make fun of, right?

In what way have your television-viewing habits changed over the years?
– I don’t usually like to have a television schedule. Now that I live on my own and have discovered DVR, I have a few shows I want to watch every week. The fact that those shows are awesome helps, too.

If you were in charge of the universe, what changes might you make to television?
Limited commercial interruptions!

What is most likely the very next thing you will be watching on television?
Well Sunday I’ll probably watch “America’s Funniest Videos” and then Wednesday is the 2nd to the last episode of the 2nd season of “Justified”. That one is a must.

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Procrastination

Thank you to NoRegrets for choosing this week’s word! We had to come up with a photo that represented “procrastination”.

Hey, remember in a previous post when I said I was going to a concert tonight? Yeah, I chickened out and changed my mind. For now. I would just feel more comfortable going with some friends to the next concert instead of going all by my lonesome. Next time when it comes to asking some friends to meet me there, I will not procrastinate! Ha ha!

Speaking of procrastinating, here is my photo for this week’s word. This game (called “Bouncing Balls”) on Facebook is my current addiction. Getting caught in it makes me want to put off other things I need to be doing, like, oh….socializing or maybe sleeping!

That’s my photo for SSS this week. Stay tuned to find out who NoRegrets picks for next week’s word-chooser!

Friday 5 – “Unwanted Attention”

Well hello, my friends! Time for another edition of the ole “Friday 5”! Woo hoo! Let’s get started!

1. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to mosquitoes?
That would be me. If a renegade mosquito is hiding out during the winter time, it’ll find me.

2. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to illness-causing viruses and bacteria?
The students who attend school here, and their kids. Yikes.

3. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to rip-off artists?
I don’t know anyone at the moment… I know a few people on FB who have been hit by hackers, though.

4. In what way were you recently the object of unwanted attention?
After our most recent grad ceremony, I was sitting down and talking to a few of my coworkers. Another coworker came up and brought a mistake to my attention, loud and clear for the others to hear. Thanks, man.

5. When you go out with friends, which of you is most likely to be flirted with?
The ones who flirt back or are the most talkative. Alas, I am not one of those girls. I kind of wish I was, but in a way, I figure my match will find me either way. 

Blogging and Photos

Hi! Here are a few things:

– I have a twitch in my left eyelid. I think it might have something to do with either not enough sleep or staring at the computer for too long…or both….It knows I’m blogging about it, so now it’s not there.

– A couple of weeks ago I bought some cocoa butter lotion that contains Vitamin E. It makes my skin smell like Easter candy, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just an observation.

– On Saturday I’m going to see a couple of bands in Lakewood. The show is in a bowling alley I used to go to when I went to high school in that city. The guy I’ve been struggling to get over is in one of those bands, and I have wanted to be a friend and see at least one of his shows (even though he has never seen any of my choir concerts). I will be out of my element and my comfort zone and will most likely feel very awkward, but I feel like I need to do this. But dang, I wish his band would perform closer to my town instead of 40 minutes away and within my bedtime. I’m turning into a cranky, house-bound old lady.

Oh and speaking of visiting Lakewood, I did pop over there on Sunday because the weather was so Summery and awesome. Here are some photos:

The Love Shack...for Birds

This was taken at Lakewood Park. I think this martin house has been here for years. The birds adore it and put it to good use!

15, 30, 40, Love...Or Something Like That

I’m still at Lakewood Park in this shot. I learned a lesson or two about tennis on this court.

Swimming Lessons

Still at Lakewood Park – This was where I was able to get some nerves and actually learn to swim and dive. I was 19 at the time and was in a class with some younger kids who were very sweet and accepted me as one of their own.

Open the Doors and There's All the People

This was the church I’m sure I blogged about in the past. Our family would attend Christmas Eve service there and then we would go home and open presents and chat. This church was a big part of our Christmas tradition! During the Summer, the parking lot was used for bike riding.

"Tara"

Yeah, that’s my name!

Footsies

Here are my feet if you needed to see them. My camera wasn’t quite awake at the time, and didn’t open all the way before I took the shots. That’s why you see the wavy lines in this one.

Horses on the Beach

I sat on a log and spaced out for awhile; staring out across a very calm Lake Erie. Then I heard a noise, glanced behind me and saw two guys riding some huge horses. I caught them a few times during their visit. Glad I brought my camera!

Bittersweet Symphony

You know that solo I auditioned for last week? Yeah, I didn’t get it. He chose the only guy who auditioned because he had a really nice, booming bass voice. I am not a bass. I’m not even a salmon. But hey I tried and will try again the next time I get the opportunity to audition for a solo. Our director was at least more up front about it this time and announced who he chose and then thanked the rest of us for auditioning.

I was upset, but not as upset as I was the first time I wasn’t picked for a solo. Thankfully the Cackler’s obnoxious level wasn’t cranked all the way up to 11 this time. She was pretty tame, aside from one moment when she threw her head all the way back and cackled about something our director said during practice.

During the day, a guy I know talked about how he turned to respond to someone on the street but the only thing that came out of his mouth was a burp. That story amused me more than it should’ve, but the image came back during choir and was exactly what I needed to cheer up. Unlike the Cackler, I tried to contain my laughter. So my shoulders were shaking and that got my friend’s attention, and so I told her the story and could barely finish before laughing again. I couldn’t even stop while we were singing somber songs from Handel’s “Messiah”. The story isn’t as funny today, but I thanked the guy for giving me a good laugh.