And now, another brief musical interlude…

… she said, unnecessarily. (Brief musical interludes are part of each one of her posts, you know.)

Here’s a New Year’s-inspired song dedication for you for #TBT.

You’re welcome.

Okay, fine. I will type something further.

So… the year has started out on a pretty good note thus far. I find it strange that, for the first time ever (see my last post), I am starting the year feeling like I am standing at the very beginning of a new road, rather than in the middle of an old one. What could be around the next corner? I have no idea. Do you? And… would you like to meet me there? ๐Ÿ™‚

May as well continue my musical theme…
(Fast-forward to 2:30)

I say the year has started on a pretty good note… ignoring the rather expensive car maintenance issues I’ve just had to deal with. The kind where the mechanic/sales guy says, “You shouldn’t have been driving your car in this condition.” And I tell him, “I know. That’s why I drove it all the way over here to you.”

Two new front rotors and brakes + a new coolant and water pump system + oil change + patched up hole in tire made from screw that got stuck in it + other misc. repairs = $$$I won’t “end up on the side of the road with smoke coming out from under the hood” after skidding on a sheet of ice and sliding uncontrollably into a snow bank.


What else? What else…?

Oh… went to a party at my sister’s house over the weekend and won a bag of gourmet blueberry pancake mix. Yes, she gives out prizes. And yes, I had to play a game to win one. Totally nailed the quiz. Yes, it was a quiz. She claimed I won because we think alike as twins, but… I think it’s just because I am, like, super-super smart. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next day, we met up at a movie theater to see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen, courtesy of Fathom Events. “Dirty Dancing” and “An Affair to Remember” are coming up soon. I think I also saw “North By Northwest” on the list. Will have to look closer.

My daughter is excited about seeing “Dirty Dancing.” Like all of mankind, we like to re-enact the scene at the end when Jennifer jumps into Patrick’s amazingly strong arms and hangs out there in mid-air. We haven’t actually been able to do this since she was a toddler (she played the part of Jennifer; I was Patrick). It doesn’t work for us now for what I think are obvious reasons (she is now 11 and about 1/2-inch away from being my completed adult height).

Anyway…………… I never saw the movie when it was originally in theaters (had no interest for some reason). Saw it for the first time a year or so later on VHS. And that’s all I’ll say about that. Point is: After watching it countless times on a small TV screen over the past 5 million years, it’s probably time to get the full theater effect, complete with the audience applauding after every popular scene (as they did this weekend for “Singin’ in the Rain”). Plus, we would like to have the time of our lives.

Yes, I just said that.

But my sister said it first.

Because we are twins and we think alike. (Sometimes.)

And…. hmm. Let’s see. I think that about sums up my first two (nearly three) weeks of the year. Unless you want to hear about how much laundry and housecleaning I’ve done. Which reminds me…

Over the holidays, I bought a new broom, mop, bucket and book at Target. The cashier looked at me and said, “Please don’t tell me this was on someone’s Christmas list.” I told her, “No. Just my to-do list. I’m trying to start the New Year off right. Oh… and I need a gift receipt.” She looked at me again, “Let me guess: For the bucket?” (Didn’t know Target cashiers were so funny, did you?) I told her, “No, just the book.”

And, yes… I did need to return the book because my dad already had it. And, no… I haven’t actually returned it yet because I lost the receipt. ๐Ÿ˜

And, yes… you are correct. The receipt could be in the bucket. And yes, the fact that it could be in the bucket reveals that I haven’t actually used the broom, mop or bucket yet. ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh, but here’s one more new thing!… I have officially semi-joined the current version of the Modern World. I now have a smartphone (note: not an iPhone). Goodbye, 2G network. Hello, whoever knows my number and calls me. Coincidentally, my daughter is currently working on a writing project about Alexander Graham Bell for school. Good timing, I guess.

Think that’s all I’ve got to say…

… at the moment.

P.S. You were right. The receipt was in the bucket! Now… if you can find the book, I’ve got some gourmet blueberry pancakes with your name on them.


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