#102 Top Ten Fav Things to Do

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Here’s a great topic, my top ten favorite things to do that I haven’t done in a year.

1.  Go Camping, complete with bonfire and cold beer!

2.  All Day cookout/get together with my extended family

3.  Line Dancing at Jewels

4.  Read a book cover to cover without stopping

5.  Dance in the rain with the kids

6.  Horseback Riding

7.  Backyard Bonfire

8.  Water skiing

9.  Sit on the back steps and smell grapes from the vineyard next door

10. Downhill Skiing


#97 If I could pilot any vehicle it would be..

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Short post today but I can’t pass up the topic.  If I could pilot any vehicle I think it would have to be that invisible plane which I think belonged to Wonder Woman.  Or maybe she just borrowed it from the League of Superheros but anyway the invisible plane would be fun!  Can you imagine?  I could sneak up on just about anyone in that plane and do a flyby…watch out Lyle you know I’m comin’ your way!  They’re bringing Wonder Woman back by the way and there’s a huge controversy over the costume she’s going to wear.  I’ll skip the costume but I’d love to have her lasso of truth, I can think of a few folks I’d like to use that thing on!

Course the other vehicle that would be fun is the Batmobile, now that was an awesome car!  I wonder if it would come with a sidekick at my beck and call?

Or the talking car, Kit, that David Hasselhoff I think it was used to drive.  I’d love to have a car that could talk to me on long road trips.  Shoot that car can drive itself probably better than I can.

We’re actually closer to that being a reality than most people would think with the introduction of the newest technology that includes forward collision detection.  With the help of GPS technology, cars can already talk to you and are now able to parallel park themselves, stop you from backing into something and alert you to something in your blind spot.  With the newest pedestrian detection system, the car will alert you to an obstacle in your path and if you don’t respond it will apply the brakes to stop the car or at least slow it down before impact depending on your speed.  Probably a good thing with all the people I see texting or applying make-up while driving!

So I guess if the talking cars that drive themselves are coming anyhow, I’ll stick with my wish for that invisible plane.  Course for me it will have to come with some kind of locator so I can find it when it’s parked.  It’s hard enough to remember where I parked my car in a parking garage or at the mall, I can’t imagine the trouble I’d have if I had to find an invisible plane!

So I’ve got dibs on that invisible plane.  What vehicle would you choose to pilot?

#96 Something About Bacon

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Any of you checking in daily with my blog realize that I’m having trouble staying disciplined enough to write something every day.  Well today’s post a day 2011 topic is one that I just can’t pass up.  I mean bacon is after all my favorite food.

To say that I love bacon is even an understatement.  Whenever I cook the bacon, I have to make extra because I eat so much of it while I’m cooking that there isn’t enough left for the kids.  Very rarely do I make less than a pound of bacon at a time and even more rare are the times when there is any bacon left once breakfast is over.

Now there are some brands of bacon that I don’t particularly like as well but in my years of eating bacon I’ve only found one brand that I thought was so awful I didn’t eat it.  Bacon is good just by itself or with eggs, French toast, or pancakes.  I love BLT sandwiches although I have to admit that I have been known to oder a BLT without the L and the T…yep I know that makes it a bacon sandwich.  I’ve also been known to make a bacon sandwich at home with just miracle whip and nothing else.

Hey did I mention that I love bacon?

If I Had A Magic Tree…

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Tonight’s post of the day 2011 will be short and sweet.  If I had a magic tree, it would grow “time”.  The reason I decided that this is what I would want my magic tree to grow is that I have discovered that there are so many amazing things that can be done in this world, there just seems not enough time to do them all.

I also would love to have an ample supply of time that I could pick as I need it so that I could spend more time with my children and my grandchildren who even though they occasionally bring some headaches, truly bring me so much joy every day.

So there you have it, get in line for the magic tree in my backyard will soon be sprouting leaves of time.

A Million Dollars to Spend

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Today’s post a day 2011 topic asks what I would do if I won a million dollars tax-free.  I had to sit and think about that a little bit.  Then I said out loud “what would I do with a million dollars?” and my 21-year-old daughter who was sitting not far away piped up and said,

“that’s easy, I’d move out.”

“if I win a million dollars you would move out?” I asked trying to clarify.

“no If I won a million dollars I’d move out.”  she replied as if that was obvious.

“well what would you do if I won a million dollars?” I asked

“I’d stay here.” she responded with a half laugh as if again I was questioning the obvious.

So glad we got that settled right off the bat.  Now when the money rolls in at least I know where she stands.

So I guess my list of what I’d do with a million dollars probably is very similar to the list of others.  I’d buy a new house for my daughters and I, something with some land.  In fact if I won a million dollars tax-free, I probably would buy enough land for a community of houses to be built on the same property.  My oldest daughter and her son in one.  My son and his family in another.  If we didn’t go extravagant there would enough left to build a couple more.  A house for my best friend and her husband.  And at least two more houses for any of their children who might want to join our little community.  Or anyone else in my family circle who might need a place to live.  Like any one or more of my son’s friends or my daughter’s best friend and her two girls.  Each family would have to handle their own utilities, furniture and such but I’d buy the property and the houses.  I guess that would take about half a million right there.

Next on my list would have to be to pay off some debts so that the kids and I could have a clean slate for the future.  I could pay everything off for less than $10,000 at this point.

And of course I would start college funds for the kids and grandkids, something that would grow as they do.

I’ve never had an absolutely brand new, never driven by anyone else car, so I’d have to get one of those.  At this point it would probably be a Buick Rendezvous.  I love my used one that I bought last year, so why not go with what I know, only newer.

Okay so half a million or so to build my little dream community. Another say another $100,000 by the time I start college funds, pay off debt and buy a new car.

I would definitely have to invest in my own business.  There are just so many directions that I would like to go with it and several of them require money, for equipment, for computers and software, for utilities and a building.  So maybe another hundred thousand there.  A little less if I put the building on that same piece of property with the houses.

So at this point, I still have three hundred thousand left, give or take a couple thousand.  I’d love to build a foster home in our little community.  There are just so many children, of all ages, who need a stable home with family to love, support and encourage them to develop to their full potential.

That would probably just about take care of that one million dollars I would think.

What Keeps Me Up At Night?

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When I read the post a day challenge topic, my first thought was “I don’t have anything that keeps me up at night”.  But as I thought more about it, what came to mind is what used to keep me up at night when I was a child so I thought I’d share that with you instead.

For me as a child, books were everything.  I collected all kinds of books including the entire Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.  I had all the encyclopedia sets including a Britannica and even a Charlie Brown set.   I had a set of double books.  I was always reading wherever I was.  My mom used to say that when I was reading it was like I went deaf.  I couldn’t hear anything or anyone, because I was caught up in the world of my book.  I was transported.

We lived in a mobile home trailer on its own lot so we did have quite a bit of space outside.  We were on the corner of two street so we had a backyard, front yard and a huge side yard.  But inside things were a little tight.  My younger sister and I shared a room at one end of the trailer.  Our bedroom was off the living room and the front door was right outside our bedroom door.  So I knew that in case of fire in the middle of the night, my sister and I were going out that front door.

But what kept me up at night was how I would get my books out if there was a fire.  And I can remember it keeping me up often at night for a period of several weeks.  I knew that I wouldn’t have time to get all my books out if there were a fire.  So at first I would lay in bed trying to prioritize which books I would grab first in a fire. But any plan I came up with initially meant I would lose some of my books that were so precious to me.

I can’t remember what triggered my fear of a fire.  But in the end, the final plan, the one let me sleep at night was this.  Take one end of each bookshelf and stick it out the nearest window.  This would let all the books slide down and out onto the ground.  To my young mind it seemed the fastest way to get my books out in the event of a fire.  Thank goodness I never had to put that plan in motion.

But today, other than interruptions from my two youngest daughter who move like helicopters in the night, I sleep pretty well.

Life is good today.  So what keeps you up at  night?  Either now or when you were a child. Post a comment below.  I’d love to hear about it.

Seafood and Cherry Cheesecake

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If I could have anything to eat right now, it would definitely involve some kind of shrimp or other seafood and finish up with a big old slice of cherry cheesecake.  I’ve always loved seafood though I can’t really remember the first time I was exposed to it.

In my experience, seafood is either an all or nothing type food.  You either absolutely love any kind of seafood or you hate it all.  For me personally, it’s a love thing with seafood.  The more the better actually.

It’s probably a good thing that I can’t afford to eat as much as I want because I probably would end up in a seafood coma.

I remember one year during the time I was working for a local homeless veteran organization.  It was income tax refund time and mine that year was substantial, which just meant that I was poor enough not to owe any taxes, so I got most of my withheld money back.  Now there are many things that people choose to do when their income tax refund arrives.

For me that year, I chose to take a group of about ten people, colleagues mostly, to Red Lobster.

It’s my favorite place to eat and I don’t get to go very often.  But that year I went with a whole group of people who I both respected and admired as colleagues and as friends.

It was great food, great conversation and a whole heck of a lot of fun, all centered around seafood.

And yes, I topped that lunch off with a big old slice of cherry cheesecake!

I’ve Joined the Post A Day 2011 Challenge!

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I’ve had this blog titled “Sounding Off” setup for over a year now without making any posts until today.  The 2011 Post A Day Challenge is the perfect opportunity for me to launch this blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.

Some posts may be short and some will be long depending on the time I have available for the day but I will do my best to get something up here each day.  Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

I hope you’ll check in with me daily to see how my progress is going.  And feel free to comment or even hold me accountable if I miss a day.  And if you don’t already have a blog, why not start one and join in the challenge!