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.

A man, a van and refinancing

We refinanced.

Because my husband is clever and hard working and knows money. He did his research with companies such as and he realized we could save a whole lot a month on our mortgage. Also looking into some home energy improvements to save even more on our monthly bills. All around hip hip hurray for him!

Except he broke my minivan. Just as he saved a whole lot and I started planning ways to spend his hard earned money, my lover drove my poor old mama mobile like it was a Formula 1.
Long story short, we returned from our camping trip in a tow truck.

See the ray of sunshine and hope over my beautiful van? Don’t be fooled. After they checked it out at the service center we decided the only thing to do was to donate it to a worthy cause. That was well over a week ago.

I have been at home ever since. My garden looks lovely, my photos are all edited, I have read everyones blog posts and my house is immaculate. I wish! I have been staring at used and new vehicles websites like a woman possessed. I know all the specs on all minivans available in the continental USA. I know the inventory of all car dealerships within 50 miles of our island. I know the name of the receptionist at two of them and I know one of them has lunch around 2 o’clock. I even know the code for exterior colors on the two minivans we narrowed it down to.

What I don’t know is which one to buy.

Contender number one is:


and contender number two is:


Please help. I have changed my mind 371 times in the past 24 hours. Little J has chosen both, Big M has not seen the ocean this month and husband will probably end up buying himself a Porsche if I don’t make the call soon.

Vote here:

Which Minivan should I make my husband buy me?


Promise I let you know the outcome. If I ever make it out of my house again.


Pillow talk

Progression of love and marriage:

Year one

Nothing can stop crazy love.

Year two

When an old car accident injury starts acting up, newly wedded man buys his beautiful young wife a posh pillow that is flown across the globe. Her neck is grateful. She shows her gratitude every day.

Year three

No changes. Pillow is still with wife.

Year four

Husband is known to use pillow if she is not present in bed.

Year five

Wife buys same kind of pillow for husband out of love. And as a subtle message as to not use hers anymore. Ever.

Year six

Husband is repeatedly caught switching the pillows. His is apparently not as worn and comfy as hers. She is well annoyed. But love prevents her from snatching it under his head while he sleeps. She dreams of it though.

Year seven

Husband caught switching the pillow. Confronted. He sees that in year seven she will not take to good ole switcheroo kindly. Husband blames 4 year old kid for the switch.

I am drawing the line here. Feel free to take my side. It is comfier anyway.