Friday, July 21, 2017

Flashback Friday: New Venture and A Trip To Canada!

July 1997:
The spouse began attending Quixtar/Amway meetings, and even switched our telephone over to MCI, instead of AT&T.  It supposedly not only lowered our bill, but we'd get paid a small amount for switching.  I wasn't thrilled, but agreed to go with him at times, and even began ordering some of the products.

We broke ground on our new home, and things seemed to be looking up.  The kids and I took a picnic lunch one day and watched our house being brought in to be set up on the foundation.  Met one of our new neighbors, who seemed friendly.

When I went to the apartment complex office to arrange for a month-to-month lease, I made a shocking discovery.

"We weren't going to renew your lease anyway, because of the white dog and the boxes you insist on keeping in the hallway."

Ummmmm.....okaaaay.....the dog wasn't ours, it belonged upstairs.  Our Norweigan Elkhound, Shadow, whom we'd had for nearly a year, wasn't registered, but I wasn't going to volunteer that information!  Also, the boxes were outside my door, behind the wall that supported the staircase.  The only ones who could see them besides us were my very understanding next door neighbors, who did NOT have any issues with them!  So what the hell was management's problem?  It seemed we were leaving at a good time.

When I told Frankie, the head of security about it, he was amazed, since any 'tenant issues' went through him first!  He'd received no complaints of Hercules (the American Eskimo upstairs, whom I took care of occasionally), Shadow, or the box issue.  As far as he was concerned, we were good tenants.

Whirlwind Trip To Vancouver!
As I stated back in Jan, my sister married a Canadian.  They planned their official wedding reception for the last weekend in July, so the kids and I left on Wednesday.  Spent all day on the plane, and K was thrilled he'd gotten a chance to check out the cockpit:)  While flying to Seattle, we sat near a woman who lived in Tacoma, so she pointed out Mt. Hood in Oregan, Mt. Rainier, and the Snake River.  Mom and Dad met us at Sea-Tac, and we drove 3 hours to Twasson.

Thursday, we ate breakfast with Granny M, and went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Friday, we took the kids to Stanley Park and the Aquarium.  D arrived late that night, and the reception was on Saturday.

A couple of humorous things occurred:
-Little S was potty-training, and refused to use the public toilets.  So she ran around the CSB in a shirt and pull up.  My sister was slightly alarmed, but I assured her it was perfectly all right for a 3 y/o to do so.

-At the park, S wanted Uncle Chris to push her on the swings.  He pushed her a little too high and she fell off....laughing:)

-At the Aquarium, it grew hot during the Beluga whale show, so K and Shunta stripped off their shirts.  Not to be left out, so did S.  Again, my sister was outraged.   I told her to calm down.

-During dinner with my sister's new in-laws on Friday, Chris's mother Nancy came over to where I was sitting with my sister's oldest and dearest friend, and proceeded to tell us what her other children were doing.  One was in Australia, her other son was in Japan, and another was very successful.  We'd already heard this from W, so we politely nodded and tried to encourage more conversation.  She soon moved on, and Kris and I looked at each other.

"Apparently, she failed to impress us."

-While we were riding in the car, the topic of D's new venture came up.  Kris and her hubby were pursuing it also, but W slammed ours.  Then in the next breath, asked K, "So how is yours going?" and seemed supportive.  This ruffled me.  Why was it okay for K but not us?  Made no sense.

-At the wedding reception, there was an incredible ice sculpture of a globe.  At one point, both my children were captured on film licking it.  Again, my sister was outraged.

-When W's friends Susan and Ted arrived, they brought with them the gag gift that W had given them at S's wedding shower, a leather chastity belt my dad had made.  Now, it had been 'gussied up' with a feather whip and handcuffs.  W laughed when she saw it, and tried it on, plus playfully aimed the whip at Chris!

-I was able to 'zing' my sister, something I don't often get the chance to do.  Back in '94, when she expressed concern over my decision to baptize S Catholic, I explained that we'd compromised.  She had stated, "Compromise is not in my vocabulary."

Fast-forward to now:  W was going on and on how stressed out she was, because..."He had his ideas on what was going to happen, and I had my ideas.  So we compromised."

My ears perked up.  "I'm SO happy that word finally entered your vocabulary!"

She looked at me for a moment, then shook her head.  "Oh shut up, Molls!"

Score one for me:)  My parents could barely contain their laughter!  My dad later patted me on the back for zinging her!

Sunday, we returned back to Sea-Tac and flew home.  With the 3 hour time change and the whirlwind trip, my appetite didn't have time to adjust, so I know I lost a few pounds:)

Next Month:  K Begins Kindergarten!

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Present Day:
I'm off to Chicago again today!  Going to meet Mom at O'Hare and help her get settled in the motel, then tomorrow we head home in the afternoon.  I'm also getting together with classmates at Sgt. Preston's downtown.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dominique Vs Paul #BB19

A very exciting Power of Veto game was played last night.  Contestants had to cross a shaky teeter-totter type bridge fifty times.  Christmas was not allowed to compete; Kevin had balance issues and finally decided to claim the monetary prize ($27!); Dominique had bouts where she kept her balance, but ultimately fell at a crucial moment, sending her score back to zero.  Jess also struggled, but was never in serious contention.  Alex and Jason, however, battled for the lead, with Jason claiming it about ten or so seconds ahead of Alex.  Now he had a MAJOR decision to make.

At first, his mind was made up.  He was going to pull Jess down.  But, who to put up in her place?  Alex wanted to put up Mark, to ensure he wouldn't vote for Dom.  But Mark was adamant about not being put up.  Jason wanted to put up Raven, to really stack the votes against Dom, but Alex was adamant.  Mark, or keep the noms the same.  So with a heavy heart, Jason refused to use his POV.

Paul The Snake?
Paul needs to watch his back; Dom is wise to the game he's playing, only she's calling him a snake instead of 'Puppet Master'.  I love Paul and would love to see him win, but at the same time, Dom is laying the groundwork for all the pieces to fall into place after she's gone.  I like P and Alex's 'secret alliance', but will she wise up to the fact he's actually playing her?  We've seen in past seasons where an early power alliance has fallen apart by the 5th or 6th week.

We'll see how the next HOH competition goes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Return of Christmas and Queen Alex:) #BB19

I am so thrilled Alex is HOH this week!

I've decided I really don't like Elena.

OMG..Christmas is back, and will be on crutches for nearly the entire summer?  Plus there's a chance she'll never regain full use/mobility in that foot again?  Ten bones....wow....the fall didn't look that bad!  My question is, should she have returned to the game?  I know there is a chance she could win HOH, but how will she get upstairs?  Is this why the Den of Temptation is over this week?  I thought it would end when all the house guests have been tempted.  How can she expect to compete in challenges?  I'm surprised her doctor/surgeon didn't pull her from the game for medical reasons.

Jessica and Dominique are up for eviction this week:)  Jess is the main target, but Dom's 'talk show' has raised some red flags in Paul's mind.  I really need to get back home to see last Thursday's show; I wasn't paying that close attention while I made copies of recipes for my mom.

Stay tuned.....

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday: Rosie The Rivetor!

July 1987:
After discovering I was not suited for any job involving plastic and conveyor belts, I was sent to Wabash National.  My job was simple:  insert rivets into the metal sides of what would become a semi-trailer.  I actually enjoyed this job.  I could keep up with the guys loading the metal onto the side table; I enjoyed applying the tape to the metal shims; and I didn't mind pushing a broom around, sweeping up sawdust and metal shavings. Only a handful of women worked there, which suited me; I enjoyed working with the guys and joking around with them.  After a week, a new girl joined our crew and while she and I got along well, it was soon apparent that our foreman favored me.  Jeff had graduated from a rival HS, and the day we both showed up with our senior shirts on, the others joked about the 'war'.  I just smiled and stated that everyone knew who had graduated from the 'better school', ha ha!  Toward the end of the month, the guys began pressing me to go out with them after work, but I was always greasy and tired, so declined the offer.  However, one night turned out to be a cleaner night, so I went, and proved to be good at darts.

Bill, one of the guys who joked around with me the most, asked me out, and one night after work, we went to a local nightclub and danced, then arranged to see each other on the weekend.

Bad Judgment
I spent the weekend with one of my former roommates, and when we arrived at the bar, two men soon joined us, uncle and nephew.  BJ had pressed me to try a Fuzzy Naval, but when I realized it had orange juice, I gave mine to her.  We both thought the nephew was cute, and when expressed a desire to change his shirt, we all went back to the room with him.  His uncle decided to inform me of his marital status, and showed me pics of his wife and kids.  I didn't find him particularly attractive anyway, and was especially dismissive of him after I found out he was married!

"Why did you come back here, then?"

I pointed at the bathroom door, where D and BJ had gone.  "To keep her out of trouble."  He got mad and huffed out of the room.

Later, when D and BJ emerged, the three of us went for a drive, and, not knowing what had transpired in the bathroom, I was thrilled with D began paying attention to me.  While making out with him in the back of BJ's car, I discovered she'd driven through the drive-through at McD's to pass the time while we were busy!

After dropping D back at the bar, BJ and I returned to her house, where she told me what had gone on in the bathroom!

New Cousin!!!
My aunt gave birth to my new cousin, Billy:)  I could hardly wait to see him!

Next Month:  I'm On The Receiving End of Jealousy.

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Present Day:
I'm off to Chicago with my mom today!  We'll be spending the night, then she has to be at O'Hare by 5am, to catch her plane to Vancouver, then after an hour layover, catch the plane to Whitehorse:)  My job is to make sure she makes that early flight, lol!  Then I catch the bus shuttle back to Lafayette.

The Next Person Eliminated is......
Cody!!!  But wait, there's another twist....one I knew would possibly happen.  Cody, Jillian, Cam, and whomever is voted out next week all get to compete for the chance to return!  Personally, I'd like to see Cam return.....unless one of my other faves gets eliminated next week.

We'll have to wait until Sun to find out who won the HOH competition,.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Operation Get Cody Out?? #BB19

Den of Temptation:
Cody, Jess, and Jason were turned into VeToads, and have to hop everywhere and sleep on lily pads.  Cody claims he's not bothered by the froggy costume, but he looks furious.

Ramses Conflicted?
On one hand, he doesn't want to be on the block.  On the other, he knows everyone wants Cody gone, and in order for that to happen, R has to throw the veto competition.

Paul:  Not paying attention caused him to get delay after delay...after delay....but was successful on #4 and 5

Alex, Elena, Josh, and Matt all had to take delays on all 5 terminals.

Ramses:  #1:  Delay.  #2:  Delay.  #3:  Delay.  #4:  Got it:)  #5:  Delay.

Winner:
P:  4:37 WINNER!!!!
A:  16:38
E: 22:35
J:  7:48
R: 7:44
M:  11:32

Veto Meeting:
Josh went off on Cody and Jess.  Cody retaliated by calling J a baby and a victim.  Paul used the veto on Josh, and told Cody to hop to the block.  Checkmate.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paul's House:) #BB19

*cue dance music*

Oh yeah....oh yeah....Paul won HOH!  Cody is being an absolute a$$ about it, and so is Jess. When Paul's room was ready, she refused to visit it.

P nominated two pawns, Alex and Josh.  Ramses used his curse nomination to put himself up as well.  Let's hope P convinces him to throw the competition so either of the others can pull themselves off and put up Cody!

Watching the fight for power was humorous.  Jess and Alex were trying vainly to win HOH; Kevin came close a few times.  The rest were feeding their tickets to Paul, who after numerous tries, finally accomplished his goal.  Cody was furious!

In the Den of Temptation, Christmas was chosen to be tempted by the Ring of Replacement, in which she can switch places with someone in a challenge.  In return, she cursed Jason, Cody, and Jess with
'veto curses', which remains to be explained.

Looking forward to Wednesday night!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flashback Friday and BB19 Week 1 Wrap Up

July 1977:
We spent the 4th of July at our new friends the Hoffers, and I quickly discovered a love of Ping-Pong, due to the table they had in their basement.  My sister and I might have even witnessed a fight between the twins S and D, which resulted in one of them (age 9) being spanked.  Can't remember which one, since I wasn't able to tell them apart yet.  Grandma and Grandpa Grauel moved to St. Pete Beach, Fla, and had a nice, one bedroom apt at 504 Suncoast Apts, right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.  The San Sea Air condos were directly in front, and the Don Cesar (pink castle-looking resort) was down the street.

Next Month:  Mom's Birthday and starting 6th grade:)

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Present Day:
Cody was LIVID last night!
Everyone in his alliance was furious at him, and tried to rally Paul to their side; for once, no lies were told.  After a while, tempers cooled, and Paul tried to rally everyone to his side, in order to keep Christmas safe.  Only a few wavered back and forth, but in the end, Cody's betrayal was too much, and Jillian was sent packing (8-4-yay!!!).

Christmas nearly ruined her own game, since her morning dance session with Jason ended in a fall.  She thought she'd broken her foot, but it turned out to be just ligaments torn.  So she's on crutches and a brace for the next several weeks.  It will be interesting to see how well she does in challenges.

So Who's HOH?
We don't know yet.  I don't subscribe to the live feeds, nor do I watch After Dark, so I'll have to find out on Sunday with the rest of America.  I really hope Cody is put up for elimination.  Mr. Personality he is NOT!

Forgot To Mention:
When Paul accepted the POP, he had to 'curse' someone.  He didn't know which number he picked, so no one, not even the audience knew who it was.  Ramses drew the unlucky number and now has to find a way to put himself on the block as a 3rd nominee sometime in the next three weeks.

I'm also off to WheatFest tonight and tomorrow:)  Then on Sunday, it's off to Lafayette, to help my mom finish packing and put her on a plane for Whitehorse, Yukon.  Then two glorious weeks of house-sitting, plus a class reunion.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Looking Forward To Tonight!! #BB19

The excitement continues.....
Brief Recap:
Sunday night, Cody nominated Alex as a replacement for Megan, and the Den of Temptation was opened.  Paul was awarded the Pendant of Protection, meaning he was safe for the next three weeks, and this becoming knowledge IF he was put up for eviction.

Wed Night:
Cody infuriated everyone by not revealing his plans OR why he chose not to keep building his starfish tower with two minutes left in the POV challenge.  Raven had chosen the Golden Starfish, ensuring her taste buds never having to endure being a 'Have Not' for the summer (eating slop, taking cold showers, sleeping on a spiked bed); Matt (Silver Fox) had locked in at 10 starfish; Jason (Rodeo Clown) clocked in at 14.  Jillian couldn't get her fish to behave; Cody looked over and saw Alex had a solid pile, so he decided to let his water clock expire and let her have the win, since he didn't want to boot her out in the 1st place!  Alex won with 16 starfish piled.  Now panic set in.

Paul, knowing he was safe, tried to feel out Cody's intentions, but hit a brick wall.  The rest of Cody's alliance kept trying to figure out his plan, but he didn't want anyone tipping off whom he planned to put up.  In the meantime, I'm sitting on the couch, eagerly awaiting the moment when C's plans blow up in his face, b/c I THINK he planned to back door Paul, having no knowledge of the POP!

Jessica grilled C mercilessly, but kept getting nowhere.  C tried to strike a deal with Jason, but had some rather strange terms:  He wouldn't put up J IF J agreed to keep Jess, Raven, Matt, Elena, Dominique, or Mark up. "Note, I didn't include Paul or Christmas in that statement."

HUH?????  Okay, now we know Christmas is also on your radar!  And you didn't include yourself???  Even Jason was confused.

At the POV meeting, Alex removed herself.  Cody stood up and nominated Paul.  Instantly, the video screen lit up with DOT emblem, causing Paul to reveal he'd been awarded the Pendant of Protection (POP).  Cody was furious and was trying to contain himself.  So he told Christmas that by the power of elimination, she was it.  Now Christmas was furious, and so was the rest of the Showmance Couples ('Jody'-Jess/Cody, Marlena'-Mark/Elena, and 'Maven'-Matt/Raven), because IF Cody had told one or more of his plans, they would have tried to talk him out of it (talk some sense into him???).  Essentially, Cody's plan erupted in his face.  It was beautiful!

What Will Happen Tonight???
I really hope Jillian goes home.  I like Christmas, and we haven't really seen her in competitions yet.  I'd like to see how far she goes.  I'd also like to pick her brain about being a NASCAR pit crew member (the 1st female one, mind you.....sound familiar??)

Check back tomorrow, should something equally explosive happen!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Megan's Meltdown #BB19

Wow.

You know BB19 is off to an explosive start if I'm blogging about it on Episode 3!

Recap:
The players moved in; Kevin grabbed the $25K which meant Paul (BB18) was moving back in.  This later revealed he was taking someone else's place, determined by an endurance competition.  Three were put up for eviction, and chose to leave the vote in their housemate's hands.  Cam (microbiologist?) was evicted.  Josh (Cuban Guy) unloaded on Megan (Miss Purple Hair and Fmr FBI agent).

Day #2):  Cody (Mr. Unlikable imho) won HOH and nominated Megan and Jillian (Miss Las Vegas) for eviction.

Did Megan Just Seal Her Fate???
While out in the yard, Jessica (Miss Big Boobs) refers to Alex (Miss Half-Pint Dynamo) as 'Pao-Pao', referring to Paola from a previous season, since both are Asian and tiny.  Megan thought she heard Jess say 'Panda', and took it upon herself to tell Alex that J was making 'racist remarks'.  Alex confronted Jess, who hotly denied it, and Alex, not knowing the whole story, unloaded on Megan, getting the whole house behind her.

Megan, confused and upset by yet another housemate's accusations, took refuge in the diary room.  Three hours later, Cody called a house meeting and informed everyone that due to a personal and unexpected turn of events, Megan had to leave the game.

I don't know if she pulled herself from the game, or if the producers feared for her sanity.  All I can say is, did she forget everything about her FBI life?  She made zero headway with Cody (but in her defense, not even PAUL could find common ground with him!), was on the receiving end of a rant from delusional Josh, and now reported a misunderstood nickname.  I liked her; I thought her FBI skills would take her far.  I really hope she regroups and is able to return at a later date, or even compete again.

In the meantime, Cody was struggling with his alliance, who all wanted Alex to go up as a replacement.  He respects her competitiveness, and was trying not to put her up.  But she basically told him if she wins the next HOH, then she was gunning for his group.  So, he went ahead and put her up, saying he looks forward to competing against her in the POV competition.  The ONLY hiccup to her potentially pulling herself off is, I think Cody wants to back door Paul, but now Paul has been awarded Protection for the next three weeks.  We still don't know who Paul unknowingly 'cursed', but IF this becomes public knowledge, there goes any 'friendship' for at least half the house.

WHEW!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Reading Schedule

How Did I Do Last Month?
-Add words to Heart Song/RiKar's Redemption  Maybe 300 to one and 50 to the other...
-Edit Spirit Pottery  Not yet....
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 2:)
-Do well at Vigo Co Fairgrounds Did Not Go
-Attend BFF's daughter's graduation party  Check:)
-Have fun in Nashville for granddaughter's 5th birthday party Check:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 3, plus some yard sale items:)
-Have a stress-free VBS week  LOL....check, unless you count the fact I 'volunteered' to create a newsletter.....and put in 9 hours doing it!
-Get green house on city list for removal  Discovered program is full; will try for 2018.
-Have large items hauled off by city  Check:)  All 5 toilets!
-Make progress on brown house  Got rid of several computer items:)
-Get hair trimmed/redyed  Not yet...
-Begin emptying storage unit  Check.....
-Continue to decorate house walls  Nope...
-Get cat spayed  Nope...
-Finalize July plans  Check:)
-Lose/keep off 5 lbs  Lost 7!!!

Progress...

Books Read:  2

Weight:  Went from 143-135:)

Karaoke Songs Added To Good List:  17
             Thurs:  8
                 Sat:  9

So What Are My July Goals?
-Add words to Heart Song and RiKar's Redemption
-Get hair trimmed and re-dyed  Check:)
-Pedicure  Check:)
-Attend Nashville event  Nope.....Mom leaving Sat am.
-Attend JHS mini-reunion
-Volunteer at Indies in Indy event
-Have a relaxing 'stay-cation' while house sitting  Check:)
-Do well at WheatFest  Handed out cards, but zero sales.

July Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs
Lost Hero-Rick Riordan  Nice to see how this series began!  Very good:)

E-book:
Lorelei's Lyric-DB Sieders
Our Song-Savannah Kade
Mann Cakes-Mysti Parker
KFC romance book

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
When I Look Into Your Eyes-Firehouse  Nailed it:)
Lose Yourself-Eminem  LOL....got about 50% of the words right!
When I Need You-Leo Sayer  Nailed it:)
(I'm going to be out of town most of this month.)

Sat:
Name-Goo Goo Dolls  Did fairly well; was complimented by Mark!
Nasty-Janet Jackson DNH
Need You Now-Lady Antebellum  Nailed my part; Charlie, not so much, lol!  Will do this again with Gary.
Neutron Dance-Pointer Sisters  Did okay until the end...
Never-Heart  DNH
Never Say Goodbye-Bon Jovi  Nailed it, and was cheered:)

Never Gonna Fall In Love Again-Eric Carmen  Nailed it:)
Never Gonna Give You Up-Rick Astley  Did well....
Never Surrender-Corey Hart  Not too bad....
Never Tear Us Apart-INXS  Did okay.

Friday, June 30, 2017

6 Month Check Up

Six Months Ago, I resolved to....
-Finish writing Heart Song
-Publish #4 of my Sci-Fi Rom series and write #5
-Get books #1-6 of my Arbor University Tales (Women's Fiction) series in print
-Successfully help my 6th grader bring up his grades in Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts
-Lose another 5 lbs or more
-Cut back on signings; instead of 14 like last year, only do six which cost money, and a few local ones which are free.
-Organize my basement office
-As for the karaoke songs, well, I'd like to maybe hit the 'P' titles?  I'm beginning the year still on the 'Love' titles.  I'm thinking there may not be many 'N' or 'O' titles.  I could be wrong.

How Am I Doing?
-Heart Song is still unfinished, though maybe 300 words have been added;
-Kira arrived in Feb, and #5 is still swirling around in my brain with maybe 300 words added;
-AU is still waiting on cover art;
-Teen did manage to pass the 6th grade with Ds in English and Social Studies and an F in Math;
-I HAVE lost 5 lbs and am trying to lose another 5;
-Have I cut back on signings?  *Ahem*  I've only paid for 3, though I still have 4 more to pay for, plus I had to pay $12 for our Farmer's Market in May.  So the short answer is 'no'.
-Basement office is still not yet organized.
-Karaoke titles....I've already hit the 'N' ones on Sat and am well into the 'W's on Thurs:)

So I'm about 45% accomplished.

How are your goals looking?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BB19: Paul is Back!

Watched last night's premier of the new season with interest.
A)  I can NOT stand Kevin or Jessica, or even Jillian.
    -Kevin's Boston accent is the same as nails on a chalkboard.  Plus, Paul or Cameron summed it up perfectly; he looks like a comic book villian.  I was hoping he'd be the 1st to go, but no.....Paul gave him a friendship bracelet, which kept him safe for the week.  I especially disliked him when he claimed the $25K, but when I realized it meant Paul was coming back, I forgave him:)  Still, can hardly wait to see him go.

   -Jessica and her big boobs.  Disliked her the instant she was introduced, but she seems more laid back, so maybe she's not as irritating as she came across in the first 10 minutes?

   -Jillian aka 'Miss Las Vegas Drama Queen'....she doesn't seem to be handling the stress very well.  She, Christmas, and Cam were up on the chopping block, and she just sounded so dejected!  Plus, I'm surprised Christmas, the fitness fanatic, didn't want the chance to compete against J and C.  I think she would have mopped the floor with the other two.  But, c'est la vie.....

B)  I loved Paul in last season, but this week he's coming off like an asshat.  Maybe Julie told him of his role, should he return, or maybe she didn't?  He just seems.....scripted.

C)  I'm sorry to see Cam go instead of Jillian (or Kevin!), but he may get a chance to return....in BB, you never know.  It's happened before.  Stay tuned on this one.

D)  I like Ramses, Christmas, Megan, Raven, Alex, and the rodeo clown.  The Cuban guy drives me slightly bonkers, but I think he's a chef, so the others might keep him around for his culinary skills.  It will also be interesting to see the two fitness fanatics, Christmas and Matt, go head to head in a physical challenge, though Matt reminds me of Jesse, whom I couldn't stand.  Let's hope Matt has a better personality.  Cody needs to get a personality.

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Update:
The HOH competition was held on Thurs, and damn it, Cody won instead of Paul.  First of all, some general thoughts:

A)  I really can't stand Cody or the Cuban guy, who managed to selfishly save himself, but at the same time, solved Kevin's problem of how to throw it, since he's ineligible to win HOH this week (see above).  Elena also drives my slightly crazy ( I suspect it's because she reminds me of my SIL's sister??).

B)  Right now, Cody seems to not want to honor his handshake with Paul, and instead, backdoor him.

C)  Megan did NOT deserve to be verbally abused by Cuban Guy, nor did she deserve to be nominated for eviction.

Secondly, I find Cody very unlikable.  I don't know what he did in order to attract the attention of the producers, but the guy is very keep-to-himself.  Proof of this came when he was supposed to 'tempt' Paul into giving him the aforementioned Friendship Bracelet, and last night when Megan went to talk to him about working out a deal to keep her safe.  WTH???  He acted completely disinterested.  I guarrantee, if Megan survives this week and rallies the troops, he's gonna find himself on the way out the door.  What happened to his social game?

I guess we'll find out next week.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Flashback Friday: Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

Yes, I realize again that this is really Saturday....but I've had a busy week with VBS.  And to be honest, I think I'm the only one who's actually reading these, so what does it matter if I post a day late?

June 2007:
I heard about a local festival, so I called and got some information about the Wine and Art Festival.  Recognizing I probably wasn't going to sell anything this first year, I nevertheless greeted everyone, acted as 'tour guide', pointed out the bathrooms, and even sampled some wine and secured a free session in an aqua massager.  I also networked with a local shop, who asked if they could host a signing for me at holiday time.

Bouyed by the reaction, I decided to branch out a little and visit other shops and even the local B&B.  Four days later, I received a shock.  A letter arrived from the owner of the B&B, inviting me to 'meet her friend who died on the cross', as she was 'shocked' by the language and 'graphic' content (tame by today's standards, lol!), and would therefore be NOT allowing her guests to read it.

It took me a few days to calm down.  After all, I HAD mentioned it had language and adult situations; she still chose to buy it.  I chalked it up to a learning experience.

I was also getting braver on Blogger, and instead of simply reading a few blogs, I actually commented.  My comments were well received, and soon I was interacting with a woman in Australia, a woman in Boston, and a few women in Michigan.  Some of them even commented on my 'notes' section of my website:)

T and I met for coffee a few times, and he opened up about what had taken place during Super Bowl Sunday at his house.  He expressed sorrow for friends taking sides, and was grateful for the listening ear and shoulder I provided.

Next Month:  I Get A Shock.

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Present Day:
VBS is over; I'm spending a relaxing weekend at home, though I may go to Corning Irish Festival on Sunday.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Flashback Friday: Parenting 101 and Misunderstanding

June 1997:
My time with the twins was dwindling down.  School was out, so I was no longer driving the teenagers home from school, nor was I driving the other teen to school and back.  The twins' mother was searching for a new sitter, plus the pool was now open.  My mother had officially retired from the high school, and came down one day to visit her grandkids.  Since the weather was nice, we took all four kids to the pool.

The first thing I noticed when we arrived was a very attractive man with a small child.  He reminded me of T, and my writer's brain went into overdrive.  While the kids splashed in the pool, and Mom and I chatted on the steps and kept track of little S, I was also mentally constructing a new story based on the guy.

Which quickly came to a halt the first time his child needed assistance.

The guy basically just wanted to sunbathe and not keep a sharp eye on his child, even getting into a somewhat heated argument with the pool monitor.  That ruined any fantasies I was having about him.  If you're not interested in being a parent, esp at the pool, stay home!

Misunderstanding.....
I remember Mom saying something about that now she was retired, she'd like to spend more time with her grandkids.....I was facing a summer with four kids, building our house, and longing for the time when it was just 'us' again.  Also, I knew we were planning a whirlwind trip to Vancouver in July, plus the spouse had attended an Amway/Quixtar meeting and was planning to 'swallow the kool aid'.  I wasn't happy about it, but he was excited about the new prospect, so hey....who was I to stand in his way?

Apparently, my mother took this as a 'no, I'm not interested in spending the summer with you'.  I wouldn't find this out until two months later.

Next Month:  Progress, plus Vancouver!

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Present Day:
We just had our hottest week of the summer so far (mid-90s); we have our new DRM table and chairs set up, plus a new sideboard, and some of the 'computer crap' has been moved out of the brown house:)  I'm still trying to organize a day to take the rest to the scrap yard, and start hauling the rolls of carpeting out of the back bedroom.  We hauled a truckload to the recycle, and another truckload of brush from the back yard.

I'll be at the Farmer's Market tomorrow, so hoping to add to my "Convention Fund".

Have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day!






Friday, June 9, 2017

Flashback Friday: Catching Up 1987

I've been busy the last several weeks, so missed a couple of decades

May:
My sister was at a swim meet in downtown Indpls at the Natatorium, so Dad picked me up and took me to it.  When we realized it would be several hours before her event, Dad and I went over to Union Station and had lunch at Sal Savatore's Italian restaurant and split a carafe of White Zinfindel wine.  After lunch, we went upstairs and wandered around the shops, stopping at the Virtual Reality ride.  Being a little tipsy, Dad told me to sit in the back seat; it was more enjoyable!  Afterward, we staggared out and went back to the swim meet.

Another weekend when Val went home, JD made arrangements to come up and see me.  At first, he went to the wrong dorm, surprising a VERY shocked young coed by kissing her when she opened the door!  Eventually, he found my door, and we had an enjoyable day, showing him around campus and eating lunch at the Flying Tomato Pizza Parlor.  A friendly game of poker followed, though I got cocky when I realized I held two aces in my hand.  Unfortunately, he had a full house.

Val, her brother, and I went to King's Island and had a GREAT time!  Right before we were due to board the bus, the others decided they wanted to go on the Water Rapids ride again.  I declined.....and they ended up with soaked clothes during the ride home.  I was thankful I was still dry!

June:
I arrived home after my 1st quarter and registered with ManPower again.  My 1st assignment sent me to a parking lot, and I enjoyed the 2 weeks I was there.  I arrived at 6am and was basically my own boss for the next twelve hours.  I handed out parking passes; took money; and began working on my 1st official 'book', mainly memoirs of my love life.  Go ahead; laugh at me.  I was trying to make sense of why I was getting bored after 3 months with each relationship, or sabotaging it after that length of time.

Two of my customers took a liking to me; one man who worked in the bank would bring me the occasional soft drink (he was married), and Chris, a single guy who worked for some company, came down and ate lunch with me, plus brought me flowers and tried to get me to go out with him.  I did go out with him a few times, but we just didn't 'click',  He was a health-food nut, and let's face it....I'm a McDonald's gal who only eats lettuce, carrots, corn, broccoli, and peas (when first frozen).  I beat him soundly at Putt-Putt one night, then when I used his restroom, discovered he was into menage e trois.  I decided to quit seeing him.

My 2nd assignment was at a plastics factory, in which I was to take cassette tape cases from the conveyor belt and put them into boxes.  I hated every minute of it.  My back ached; I had trouble keeping up with the conveyor (think Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory!).  I thought about not returning after the 1st night, and was ever so happy when MP called and sent me somewhere else!

Next Month:  I become Rosie The Rivetor:)

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Present Day:
Friends came and took half the computer stuff out of the brown house!  Hopefully today, we'll take a load to recycle, then a load of metal (from the green house) and computer parts (brown house) to the scrap yard.  I also sold the Nordic Track Ski machine to a friend:)  Making progress!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Flashback Friday: 5th Grade Wrap Up

June 1977:
Last month's post was a bit long-winded, and since the only photo Mom has of us in June is my sis and I showing off our brand new bikini swim suits, I thought I'd simply continue the events of May on this post.

History Made At The Indy 500:
Janet Guthrie became the 1st woman to qualify for this typically all-male sporting event:)  We went down for time trials on Mother's Day and parked in the infield, just as she began her qualification laps.

It was the first time I ever really remember going to the track, and Mom took us to our seats and even upstairs, where you could see the entire track.  It is also an event my family will not let me live down, since I quickly grew bored and pulled out a book.

I also remember this was about the time my mother's cousin came back into our lives.  We called him 'Uncle Don', and he had two large sheep dogs, Hans and Heather.  We also thought he was pretty cool because he worked at Wendy's and gave us free stuff (T-shirts, raincoats, and food).  He lived with my great-grandparents, and we soon learned that when you fed the dogs, you had to feed Hans first, and keep Heather away, since she would gobble her food, then push him away and eat his!  Yes, our sweet Heather was a pig when it came to dinnertime, lol!

Star Wars!
Dad took us to the movie, which at first I wasn't thrilled, since I decided the trailer looked 'scary'.....but it quickly became my favorite movie!  Every other night or week, Dad would take someone else to the show, and I instantly became a Model Child, promising to wake up in the morning, do my chores, do my homework on time.....if he'd please let me go too?  I ended up seeing Star  Wars 28 times over the course of the next year.  To this day, it remains the movie I've seen the most.

"Whoa....Did I Just See What I THOUGHT I Saw?"
During one of our class-switching times, I saw one of the boys, DP, reach out to his girlfriend, EM, and it looked as if he'd brushed his lips over hers before continuing on to his class.  EM turned around with a very startled expression, then blinked, and once we were all inside, instantly went into a huddle with the rest of her clique, and muffled giggles were heard, until Mr. M made us take our seats.

*Story Confirmed*
A month or so ago, I was chatting with a friend who was in our class at the time, and this was one of her memories also, though she remembers EM telling her about blow jobs also!

Saturday Night Fever!
I wanted to go see the movie, but since it was rated R, I wasn't allowed.  Someone opened a disco on the top floor of one of the buildings downtown; I bemoaned the fact I was only eleven.  Seven more years until I could go!

"Wait....You're Moving Up With Us?"
During the last week of school, we always got to check out the classroom where we'd be the next year, and meet the teacher.  But this year, my class was stunned when the other 5th grade teacher announced SHE was going to be our 6th grade teacher!  Sigh....another year with Mrs. Light....maybe she'd be nicer, since she already KNEW us?

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Present Day:
Heading home from Lafayette today.  Going to stop in Indy to grab A and J; once again, their mom is looking for housing.  Sigh....if I could go back 11 years, I never would have pulled the 'tough love'....it definitely backfired.

Anyway, I'm setting up at our 1st Friday event, then tomorrow I'm heading up to the Vigo Co Fairgrounds to see what the event is like and to get things ready for 'my' shift on Sunday.  Then it will be back to business as usual, Operation Reclaim My House on Monday, followed by resuming Operation Brown House.  Yeah, I've got a busy month ahead, with all my chicks back under my roof again.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Reading Schedule

Rather hard to believe it is JUNE already!  Last month, we finally got the keys to both our green and brown houses and began the tedious clean up stage.  Made a lot of progress on the green one, and began work on the brown one.

So how did I do last month?
-Add words to Heart Song  No
-Edit Ghost Story and find a title!  Edit, no, but title, maybe!
-Lose 5 lbs  Check:)  Lost 7 (I THINK!)
-Make payment to cover artist  Check:)  One more payment to go....
-Do well at Birds of a Feather  Sold 3:)
-Have a successful B and N signing  Collectively, we sold 20:)
-Finish cleaning yard (nearly done!) and start emptying storage unit (not yet)
-Do well at Opening Day of Farmer's Market  Sold 3:)
-Enjoy the Indy 500  Check:)  Takuma Sato won!!!
-Hang pretties/pictures/shelving  Getting closer:)
-Get hair redyed  Bleh....not yet.

Books Read:  8
           Print:  2
       E-Book:  6

Karaoke Songs Added To Good List:  16
          Thurs:  7
               Fri:  9


So What About June's Goals?
-Add words to Heart Song/RiKar's Redemption
-Edit Spirit Pottery
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 2:)
-Do well at Vigo Co Fairgrounds Did Not Go
-Attend BFF's daughter's graduation party  Check:)
-Have fun in Nashville for granddaughter's 5th birthday party Check:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 3, plus some yard sale items:)
-Have a stress-free VBS week  LOL....check, unless you count the fact I 'volunteered' to create a newsletter.....and put in 9 hours doing it!
-Get green house on city list for removal  Discovered program is full; will try for 2018.
-Have large items hauled off by city  Check:)  All 5 toilets!
-Make progress on brown house  Got rid of several computer items:)
-Get hair trimmed/redyed
-Begin emptying storage unit  Check.....
-Continue to decorate house walls
-Get cat spayed
-Finalize July plans
-Lose/keep off 5 lbs

Whew!  I know that sounds like a lot....but it's a lot of LITTLE stuff.

June Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs

E-book:
Matt Jackson, Catcher-Jean Joachim  DRR!  Loved this!!
Dumb Blonde-AJ Scudiere  Excellent:)
Lorelei's Lyric-DB Sieders
Our Song-Savannah Kade
Mann Cakes-Mysti Parker

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
What Part of No-Lorrie Morgan  Nailed it:)
Leader of the Band-Dan Fogleburg  Nailed it:)
What's Love Got To Do With It-Tina Turner  Did fairly well:)
What's On Your Mind-Information Society Did well:)
Little Toy Guns-Carrie Underwood DNH
What's Up-4 Non-Blondes Nailed it:)
Foolin' Yourself-Styx  Nailed it:)

Wheel In The Sky-Journey  DNH
Lose Yourself-Eminem
When A Man Loves A Woman-Michael Bolton

When All Is Said and Done-ABBA
Lotta Love-Nicolette Larson
When I Look Into Your Eyes-Firehouse

Sat:
More Than Words-Extreme  Did well:)
Morning Train-Sheena Easton  Not bad...
Mr. Roboto-Styx  Better than 2011, lol!
Mr. Sandman-The Chordettes  Not too awful....
My Church-Maren Morris Nailed it:)
Magical Mystery Tour-Beatles Sang it, but bleh.
My Boyfriend's Back-The Angels  Bleh....
My Favorite Mistake-Sheryl Crowe Did well:)
My Favorite Things-Julie Andrews DNH
My Guy-Mary Wells DNH
My Heart Will Live On-Celine Dion  Nailed it:)
My Life-Billy Joel  Did fairly well:)
My Immortal-Evanescence  Not too bad:)
My Sweet Lord-George Harrison  Ugh..


Friday, May 26, 2017

Flashback Friday: Catching up 2007

April:
The kids and I took off for Morgan County, in order to rendezvous with my dad at friends Ray, Jan, and Michael M's house.  Only our van had different ideas.

I noticed issues just as we drew closer to Martinsville, and made the decision to stop at my friend Sara's house.  But the van died just as we turned into their lane.....and then Sara and her family weren't home.  One of her neighbors drove us to the rendezvous point, and fortunately, my dad was there.  He drove us to D's job site, where we explained the problem, and D said he'd look at it after work.  Dad then drove me up to Fishers, dropped me off, then took the kids to Lafayette.

I hurriedly checked into my room, changed clothes, and took a deep breath.  I went back downstairs and spent the next several hours talking with other writers, editors, and hobnobbing with Dick Wolfsie.  Later that evening, D showed up and told me the van was going to be a $12 fix; he'd left his truck at Ray's, and would simply spend the weekend with me.

On Sat, he went back to work, and I attended my conference.  Afterward, I walked across the street to Applebee's, where I reconnected with an old friend, EKC, from my 1st year of college, and her son.  I gave her a copy of LIS, and apologized for anything 'too personal'.  Later that evening, friends KC, GFW, and NC arrived.  G asked the others to go get something out of the car and the door hadn't hardly closed when G whispered, "I think they're gay!"

"Really?  I was going to ask you the same thing, but wait until they at least reached the elevator!"

We shared our suspicions, but dropped the subject when they returned.  D arrived around ten, and the party broke up.

The next day, he and I surprised our friends by attending church, then drove home.  My parents arrived later that day with the kids.

May: 
At the Indy 500, Peyton Manning waved the green flag, and I was able to get several pictures of him:)  It was also the 1st race I'd attended with a rain delay that resulted in continuing the race, which Dario Franchiti won under yellow.

The older kids did well in school, with K passing 9th grade and S the 6th.

Next Month:  Beginning To Promote Myself!

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Present Day:
I'll be setting up tomorrow at the Opening Day of our Farmer's Market, then heading on up to Lafayette for the race:)

Have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flashback Friday: Catching Up 1997

April:
In preparation for our move, I began boxing up stuff.  I also wanted to get my manuscript printed out, so went to see TS, who offered to do it.  He read it over while getting things set up and was amazed at the story I'd put together.  But afterward, we got into an argument over expectations.  What I perceived as an innocent gesture, he thought his neighbors would take the wrong way.  And when he found out I'd told a friend about him, he lectured me on the need for privacy.  Furious, I decided to leave him alone for a few weeks.

May:
I helped my upstairs neighbors move to Greenwood, and two weeks later, they announced their intention to divorce.  K 'graduated' from Mother's Day Out, and we prepared for an enjoyable summer before our move.  The 500 was rained out, and rainy again on Monday.  They decided to run it on Tuesday, and D refused to let me get a babysitter for the kids.  I was so pissed, I declared a TV-free day so I could listen to the race on the radio.

Next Month:  The Pool:)

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Present Day:
We have access to both the other houses now!  Last week, someone broke into the brown house, so Ed brought over the keys to both houses and told us to do whatever we wanted with the contents, and give him a percentage of whatever we sold.  So now we're in the process of going through everything.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flashback Friday: Breaking The Rules

May 1977:
It's hard to believe that I would break the rules, but I did....twice.

Our school had painted the bathroom stalls in vibrant colors, and it wasn't long before people began to chip away the paint.  I found a particularly large area in one particular stall, along with a barrette someone had left behind, and over the period of a week, slowly chipped away at it.  But one day I got careless, and forgot to make sure no one was in the next stall.  I went back to class,.....and it wasn't long before I was called to the office.  Another girl, GC, was also in the office, and accused me of vandalism.

I covered my fury with her, and embarrassment at being found out, and put my acting skills to the test.  I protested that I couldn't possibly have done it; I was a rule follower, not a rule breaker!  Thankfully, the principal bought my act, and I escaped back to class.  Over the rest of the school year, I continued to chip the paint away, a small flake at a time, and always made sure the other stall was unoccupied.

A week or two later, I decided to play hooky from school.  I told my sister I was going to board the bus at the other stop, but instead, skipped around back and hid in the tree house.  Mom had already left for work, and I heard the bus honk several times.  When the coast was clear, I came out.....and promptly discovered I'd left my house key inside.

That sucked; I had no way of getting into the house.  I couldn't go to a neighbor and ask for the screwdrivers needed to take out a window; I couldn't even break into the garage.  So I resigned myself to a boring day....and decided to walk down to the creek.  What I had NOT counted on was a neighbor calling my mom to ask why I was outside.  Mom soon arrived home, and took me back to school.  I was humiliated, and though I don't really remember what excuse I gave, Mom says I was upset over other girls teasing me.

I do know that one girl, Tobey, came up to me later and angrily said she had been trying to be my friend; I didn't believe her, and was happy when she tossed her head and walked off.

Mom also graduated from Purdue, getting her Masters in Health Ed.  I was allowed to attend the graduation, and my sister and I were sad that our weekends with Dad ended afterward.  We asked Mom to go back to school, but she said no!

Next Month:  School's Out.....and A Surprise For 6th Grade!

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Present Day:
I've spent the past week with my parents, and Wednesday was our 26th wedding anniversary.  I went to Cheddars with Mom and Dad, and tomorrow we're all meeting at the Beefhouse in Covington.

Had fun at the Author's Fair last weekend, but the rain and storms knocked out the power to the surrounding area, so sales were down.  I only sold 1, and others didn't sell any.

Rain is supposed to stop this weekend, so everyone have a safe and happy weekend!







Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Reading List

May is here!  Did I meet my April Goals?
-Buy copies of Crossroads Check:)
-Add words to Ghost Story (finished it!  Total WC:  7989!) and Heart Song (nope)
-Do well at Vendor Fair on the 15th  Bleh....it was a bust.
-Do well at Author's Fair on the 29th  Storms....only sold 1
-Make another payment to cover artist(s) Not yet...
-Lose 5 lbs Almost; lost 3!
-Finish cleaning up yard 75%!
-Start clearing out junk in green house  Don't have keys yet...
-Hang pictures/pretties  Had to pay IRS $900, so this is tabled until May...
-Have a good Easter  Check:)

Books Read:  8
           Print:  3
       E-book:  5

Songs Added To Karaoke Good List:  15
                                                   Thurs:  3
                                                       Sat:  12

On Memory, I did fine until the break....then when I came back in, I was in the wrong key for a line or two!  Oops....

The Author's Fair this year apparently pissed off Mother Nature; there were storms, tornadoes, and 6 inches of rain fell in the span of maybe 6-8 hours?  At any rate, both I-64 and US 41 were shut down with flooded areas in the afternoon.  Thankfully by 5pm, the water had receded and we were able to get home w/o any problems.

May Goals:
-Add words to Heart Song
-Edit Ghost Story and find a title!
-Lose 5 lbs  Check:)  Lost 7 (I THINK!)
-Make payment to cover artist  Check:)  One more payment to go....
-Do well at Birds of a Feather  Sold 3:)
-Have a successful B&N signing  Collectively, we sold 20:)
-Finish cleaning yard (nearly done!) and start emptying storage unit
-Enjoy the Indy 500  Check:)  Takuma Sato won!!!
-Hang pretties/pictures/shelving
-Get hair redyed

May Reading Schedule:
Print:
The Liar-Nora Roberts  DRR!  Loved this!
Blinded By Blood-George Kramer  LOVED this!  If you don't mind graphic description, pick this up!

E-Book:
The Boss Too-Lexy Timm  Enjoyable
Who's The Boss Now-LT  The angst was finally too much, and I ended up skimming the last few chapters.
Love Life-LT  Finally finished it!  Wanted to smack Blake.  Too drawn out.
Unwilling-K.D. Wood  Bleh.  Too tedious.  Finally skimmed the last twelve chapters, just to get through it.
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus:  The Beginning-Lydia Sherrer Definitely interesting, but not really my fave genre to read.  Really didn't hold my interest past the 1st story.
Dan Alexander, Pitcher-Jean Joachim  Absolutely LOVED this!  Thought more was going to happen at the end, but it all turned out to be 'on the level'.  DRR!


Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
What About Love-Heart  Did well, even though I couldn't hit the high note....
Just Between You and Me-Lou Graham  Nailed it:)
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted-Jimmy Ruffin  Think it was okay....
What Have You Done For Me Lately-Janet Jackson  Did well:)
Last Name-Carrie Underwood  Think I nailed it:)
What I've Done-Linkin Park  DNH
What Kind Of Fool-Barbara Streisand/Barry Gibb  Nailed it:)
Lead Me On-Amy Grant Did well:)
What Do You Say-Reba McEntire Bleh.....

Sat:
Midnight Blue-Melissa Manchester  Did well:)
Midnight Blue-Lou Gramm  DNH
Miles To Go-Celine Dion  DNH
John Waite-Missing You  Nailed it:)
Missionary Man-Eurythmics  Nailed it:)
Misunderstanding-Genesis  Did fairly well:)
Million Reasons-Lady Gaga  Nailed it:)
The Sweetest Thing-Juice Newton  Nailed it:)
Miracle-Jon Bon Jovi  Nailed it:)
Modern Day Delilah-Van Stephenson  DNH
Money Changes Everything-Cyndi Lauper  Not too awful...
More Than I Can Say-Leo Sayer  Nailed it:)