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Friday, December 31, 2010

So Long to 2010

Thought I 'd share Jib Jab's look back at 2010.




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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Giving Thought to New Year's Resolutions

Yep, it's that time of year again; time to give thought to whether it's worth making resolutions for the New Year.   I've made them in the past and haven't done real well carrying them out.

Last year, I believe I resolved to lose weight; I am down 11 pounds from last year, so I guess that's some progress, but not much to get excited about.  At my size, it's not even noticeable!

I love food and love eating, so it's tough to cut back; at one point, I was down 15 pounds, but I gained some back.   Gotta' keep working on it.

Maybe I'm cutting back on the wrong things........



Okay, so I will resolve to eat healthier.

Then there's the whole exercise thing.   I'm really not fond of it.

If blogging were exercise, I'd be reed thin by now!   After all, this is my 19th month on the keyboard; I have posted something nearly every day of that period, except for the few days last spring when I had the ear infection that somehow blossomed into pneumonia.  

Okay, so I'll repeat last year's resolution...to lose weight, I will eat healthier, and add to that I will exercise.....



I know you have to go at it gradually; if you overdo, you'll injure yourself and get discouraged.   I need to go back to the Silver Sneakers Classes.   But then I should do something more.

I have a hard time getting motivated to even leave the house in the winter.  It's nice and cosy and warm inside.......I know I should go walking.   But it's cold outside and the ground is snow-covered.


I'll work on it........We'll see where my weight is one year from today.   (If I lose 10 pounds per year, I should be svelte by the time I'm 83!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Word Wednesday #4

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification.

I decided a few  weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are today's words:

bigimbo:  a person who finds themselves married to two people at the same time: as in, "I've never seen such a bigimbo--he forgot he was married to Hannah and married Peggy last week."

flism:  the debris left behind when you swat a fly; as in, "Don't you dare swat that fly on the table.  You'll have flism all over the tablecloth and the food!"

gingier:  containing an excess of ginger; as in, "These cookies are gingier than I wanted them to be."

peedlydo:  the condition of being incontinenent, as in, "I'm so peedlydo, I don't dare laugh, cough, or sneeze, for fear of causing a flood!"

unolick:  a sexual technique that induces orgasm with one tongue stroke; as in, "OMG! Your unolick did it again!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When Men Bake Cookies

There are some jobs that are just best not given to men--baking and decorating cookies for holiday parties is one of them.  Here's why:



You just can't trust them with cookie dough and a pastry tube!  Unless you want butts and boobies on your buffet.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

Now That Santa's Job Is Done.....

Just in case you were wondering what Santa does in his off time.........




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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

There's a restaurant in Scarborough, Maine, at 521 Route 1, right across from the Scarborough Marsh called Anjon's.   In the summer, there's a fountain spouting water out front.  This time of year it is all wrapped in white plastic, which is what you see on the right in front of that car,

Behind the hostess station when you enter, all the different pasta sauces they make are available to take home, if you choose.  And you will want to take some home!
Their specialty is Italian food, although seafood and steaks are also on the menu.  The dining room is nicely deocrated with Roman columns, pictures that take you to Italy, and white tablecloths and bottles of olive oil are on each table.

Our waitress brought us a basket of fresh Italian bread that was so good, we ate it all!

Hubby ordered broiled haddock with a side of pasta topped with their yummy sauce.

I ordered the luncheon serving of lasagna with a meatball on the side.   The lasagna consisted of noodles layered with ricotta and mozzarella topped with their delicious marinara sauce and mozzerlla cheese.  The meatball was the best I've ever tasted.  I would have to say that Anjon's may be the best Itailian reataurant I've tried.
You'll notice in the upper right hand corner of this page from their menu is their meatball sandwich challenge.  They make a meatball sandwich with 12 meatballs!  It's $39.00, but if you can eat the whole thing within an hour, it's free, plus you get a free t-shirt and you picture on the wall.  We wouldn't think of attempting it, but whoever does will be eating 12 of the best meatballs on the planet!  Feel free to visit their website  to learn more about this wonderful Italian restaurant; also, their sauces can be ordered on line!

Note;  I was not compensated in any way for this review; the opinions expressed are mine only.


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Greeting

Just a lttle braggin...my west coast granddaughter!

Merry Christmas to all.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Santa wants to know?   Have you been good?  If you've been bad, Santa wants you to share all the juicy details in the comments!

Then Santa will decide what to bring you for Christmas!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Today is Festivus! Happy Festivus!

Some of you may recall this post from last year, but I really felt the need to post it again! Enjoy!
This holiday was originally conceived by writer Dan O'Keefe, and then expanded on by his son Daniel, a writer on the Seinfeld show. If you were a Seinfeld fan, you are familiar with the Feast of Festivus. Celebrated on December 23, it was probably one of the most creative legends that came out of the Seinfeld Series.

A holiday dreaded by George Castanza, it generated a frenzy of followers among the fans of the show. Retailers recognized a money-making opportunity marketing. Festivus memorabilia. There are t-shirts, signs, ornaments, Fesitvus poles--all kinds of goodies, many of which are still available on line.

The essential paraphernalia for a standard celebration is the Festivus pole--a light-weight aluminum pipe with a stand. No celebration would be complete without one.

Those who celebrate Christmas often stand the pole somewhere near their traditional Christmas tree.




Others choose to have the Festivus pole as the keynote piece of their celebration.


Some include Santa in the activities. Although a six-foot aluminum was the most popular (I actually purchased one a few years ago and gave it to my son and daughter-in-law--major Seinfeld fans.) , those who lack the funds or the space to set up a tall pole can opt to purchase a much shorter one for table top use.

Tradition calls for a gathering of friends and family for a holiday meal. The original meal served in the O'Keefe household was ham or turkey, but there's no specified menu required. Though the Costanzas had meatloaf, rumor has it that a ham glazed with melted junior mints is popular with many. Ben and Jerry's even came out with an ice cream flavor dedicated to the occasion.
During the holiday meal, it is customary to take part in the Airing of Grievances. This is the opportunity for each person to tell each of the others gathered round the table how they have disappointed the teller during the past year. Each person gets their turn to make his or her grievances known.


Some write the grievances on the refrigerator with washable marker, some write their complaints down on paper and drop them in the pole anonomously, to be read aloud after the meal.


After the dinner comes the part of the celebration most dreaded by George Costanza. The head of the household selects one diner and challenges him to a wrestling match. The Festival is not over until the host is "pinned." Failure to pin the head of the household results in the person being banned from that Festivus. The feats of strength have been modified over the years--some choose to have thumb-wrestling matches or hula-hoop competitions.

The Seinfeld version of the Festival included Festivus Miracles; hoever, there is some doubt (as often is the case with miracles) as to whether any actually occurred.


Some organizations actually used Festivus as a fundraising activity.

Although the O'Keefes originally celebrated Festivus in February, the Costanzas celebrated the holiday on December 23rd., and that is when the holiday continues to be celebrated. It's popularity is attributed to the fact that it is a secular holiday which has no religious affiliation; hence, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and agnostics all can celebrate the day.


The  UTube video below has several references to Festivus, so I thought I would add it to my post! 

Festivus--that holiday for the rest of us! Although the original holiday did not involve the consumption of alcohol, those who so desire are welcome to imbibe--responsibly, of course!

That last greeting is reserved for my detractors, if there be any today!


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Word Wednesday #3

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)

I decided a couple of weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.


Here are this week's new words for your use as you see fit:



diatibr:  a warrior whose main weapon is a powered by a diatum cell; as in, " The diatibr attaked the infidels, stabbing them with their light sabers."


glyse:  a group of flagrant fibs spoken by a suitor in an effort to gain access to a ladies' bloomers; as in, John was great at weaving glyse when romancing a barmaid."

mictivite:  to offer someone an opportunity to speak or sing with a microphone to a group; as in, "While attending the concert, Alan received a mictivite to come up on stage and perform.

pubdeh:  the riffraff or commoners known to frequent and hang out at pubs; as in, "Sarah refused to enter the establishment, for fear of being considered one of the pubdeh."

stypolo:  a team sport played while riding on hogs, the objective being to score goals against the other team; as in, "The boys got quite messy playing a rousing game of stypolo."


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Senior Texting Codes

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code).

A friend of mine shared these texting codes for seniors with me, and I knew I just had to post them for all of you.   It's important that we keep up with this technological stuff, you know!

We need to start learning these now!




ATD: At The Doctor's

BFF: Best Friend Farted

BTW: Bring The Wheelchair

BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM: Covered By Medicare

CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center

DWI: Driving While Incontinent

FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

FYI: Found Your Insulin

GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement

IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?

LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out

LOL: Living On Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk's On
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner

OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.

ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up

SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop

TTYL: Talk To You Louder

WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?

WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again

WTP: Where's The Prunes?

WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil


Got those?  Now you're ready to start texting!
 
 
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Poor Grandma!

I apologize in advance to anyone who is offended by this video.  It's a little lame, but I thought it was funny,and I'm tired and it's all I've got. I'm not sure how I feel about the message. 



I'm not sure how I feel about the message.   How about you?


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


My husband likes breakfast, no matter what time of day it is!  The Miss Portland Diner at 140 Marginal
Way in Portland, Maine serves breakfast all day. 


“There is nothin’ finer than a Worcester Diner” was the slogan of the Worcester Lunch Car Company (WLCC), which specialized in small, handcrafted diners with porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors. Worcester diners were often adorned with marble countertops, hardwood booths, and stainless steel panels shaped into starburst patterns and were well-known for their level of craftsmanship. Today you would be hard-pressed to find a finer example than the 1949 Miss Portland Diner – WLCC No. 818.  (This is a quote directly from the Miss Portland Diner homepage.)

Opened in 1949, The Diner has been relocated twice, most recently in 2007 when it was fully restored to it's original  look.  It actually made a cameo appearance in Mel Gibson's movie, the Man Without a Face in 1993,

An annex has been added at the back to handle the overflow, as the place is generally jammed at meal times.  We chose that time in mid-afternoon between the lunch crowd and dinner rush to have a lesisurely lunch.

We sat in the annex, and with Santa looking on, enjoyed a pleasant repast. 

Hubby, went for a breakfast plate with a ham, pepper, onion, and cheese omelet, homefries, and toast.  It definitely lived up to his expectations,  The omelet was stuffed with chunks of ham and veggies, and the homefries were nicely browned..


I was more of a mind to have lunch.  I started with a small salad with lots of purple onion, mixed greens, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, and ranch dressing.


The salad was accompanied by a fresh, crusty roll and real butter.

For my entree, the chicken pot pie hit the spot.  The crust was the best part of the pie--it was buttery, sweet and irresistable!

Hubby chose a slice of luscious coconut cream pie for dessert....yes, he tells me you can have dessert with breakfast.  As you can see, it contained plenty of coconut and was topped with real whipped cream.


I chose the lemon coconut cake.  It was light and fluffy with a nice white frosting topped with more coconut.  It turned out to be an excellent choice, even though I don't usually go for cake.  The lemon-coconut combination was what intrigued me, and this, too, did not disappoint.  The service was friendly, and  it was obvious the diner has many regular customers,from the banter between the waitresses and the diners.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Silliness.

The Office Party version of "Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!"


Christmas Rumors.........................



The Perils of Modern Architecture


Someone's just not feeling the holiday spirit!



A new take on the Night Before Christmas


Santa Claus goes to court?



Talk about distracted driving.....


Even Santa needs to wear a seat belt!





Merry Christmas to all from Wrestling With Retirement!



Which reminds me....time to send in your photo for the Wrestling With Retirement Bloggers Swimsuit Edition, if you haven't already!  Postings start in January!

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