Monday Listicles

Oh my, last day of 2012!! Can you believe it???

I just cannot wrap my head around it. This is the first year of my life I feel like it just zoomed by. I blame twitter.

That happens to be one of three suggestions that Kate’s made for today’s listicle: 10 TWEETS or 10 THINGS TOTALLY 80′ or 10 CRUSHES. Which one will you go for? I made my husband write a listicle because I was going to sort out my end of year taxes tonight. Instead I bought a very cute new pullover. But thanks for helping me out honey…

Last week Kelly asked us to tell the story behind our Christmas ornaments and I really loved reading your listicles. It also helped me make a new year’s resolution: make it a tradition to gift an ornament to my son every year. Thank you Kelly, beautiful list inspiration!

Next week I am calling the topic: 10 THINGS YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF CHANGING IN 2013. Let us do an antidote to this mad New Year’s resolutions pressure shall we?

Have a fabulous time ringing in 2013! until next year 🙂

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!


10 THINGS 1980s

While my wife was only 2 years old at the start of the 80’s I was well into my teens so you get to see this post “Ten Things 80’s” from my perspective. The 80’s to me represented personal expression and world awareness.

1. 1980’s fashion… I just had to have a Members Only jackets and Parachute pants.

2. 1980’s English music invasion! The Cure (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration) Duran Duran (Rio), Depeche Mode (Some Great Reward and Music For the Masses), INXS (Listen Like Thieves), and The Police (Synchronicity)

3. The 1980’s President, Ronald Regan.

4. The space shuttle both the highs and lows.

5. 1981 The world was given MTV … Music videos for all. I think the MTV of the 80’s is much better than the MTV of today.

6. 1980’s introduced me to the terms Cold War, Communism, and Terrorism. The expansion of communism through the Soviet war in Afghanistan, The Iran–Contra affair, The 1983 Invasion of Grenada and Beirut barracks bombings; The 1986 Operation El Dorado Canyon conducted against Libya by the United States, and the 1988 Lockerbie bombing to name a few.

7. Movies! John Hughes owned the 80’s with Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Weird Science. Other movies like the Big Chill, Red Dawn St. Elmo’s Fire, and Footloose reflected our fears and the coming of age.

8. Freedom! I got my 1st job and purchased my 1st car. No more school bus or asking for rides.

9. Bills (car insurance, car payments, and gas)… along with freedom came further responsibility and hard choices. I was the eldest of seven children so I got minimal financial assistance from my parents. I had to ask myself do I need that Members Only Jacket more than gas for the car?

10. Service to my country. I joined the U.S. Navy in June 1989. I wanted to do my part against the Communist and terrorist. I wanted adventure. I wanted my family and community to be proud of me.

In case like me you did not know what Members Only jacket is. No, this is not my husband.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday Listicles

Merry Christmas!

Ho ho hope you are having a wonderful time over the holidays, making memories and loving one another. Perhaps you even added a new Christmas decoration on your tree? Because this is what we are talking about this week. Kelly suggested a list of 10 ORNAMENTS ON YOUR TREE AND STORIES BEHIND THEM. Isn’t that wonderful?

Last week was fun and you listed some pretty fancy music for us all. Thank you Rachée, Mrs RKFJ and Stephanie for suggesting a great topic.

You have been sending me many great ideas for future Listicles and next week it is Kate’s turn to choose. She twitted me three suggestions in one day so feel free to choose:

Have a lovely Christmas Eve my friends!
Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. I bought our Christmas tree on a work trip to Kuala Lumpur. With it I picked up a few boxes of red baubles. They were the only ornaments as we celebrated our first Christmas as a couple in Bahrain.

2. Next year my husband’s aunt send us each a special ornament to represent what we love the most.
Pretty stiletto for me.

Wine for him.

3. Same year I picked up this one at JFK.

4. And this one I could not resist. We were already on a waiting list for Big M who was born in spring of next year.

5. After I returned from my vacation in NY I went to Nepal for work. I stopped at my favorite store in Katmandu to buy some presents for the family. As I was picking out pashminas the store owner asked me about my plans for next year. I told him we were hoping to start a family and he gave me this bell to make a wish. I got pregnant a few months later. This ornament is still one of my favorite presents ever.

6. My mother-in-law sends us ornaments every year. This one is my favorite.

7. This is my husband’s family tradition. One green pickle, send to us the year we got married to be hidden on the tree and found on Christmas day.

8. Our town. We got it the first year we moved here.

9. Little J’s buddy brought him this handmade ornament in South Africa last year.

10. Ornaments Little J made in the past few years: