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Saturday, June 18, 2011

It feels good… yea!

Remember my quest to organize and minimize? (Jog your memory by reading my first post of the year about organizing.) Well, it’s still in the process and I’m continually making progress. Today I needed to catch up on (and organize!)  some bills and in the process I had a lot of papers to go through and a file to clean out. I didn’t know when I pulled the file out of the cabinet that it would be such a gigantic task. It was so much that I had to ask Amber to help me. She’s such a wonderful daughter!


100_4800Here she is sorting papers for me into three or four piles so I can find the most recent one. On the right are most of the papers that were discarded.

And below are the final ones that I had to sort before I could anything away. I’m pretty pleased that I made a dent in minimizing and exceptionally pleased that I caught up on my bills.  

100_4803Now if I can get through my book and magazine reading piles, the needs-to-be-reviewed pile and go through the pile of other paper items to review and to do I’ll feel even better.  

What did you do today?


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Enjoy the beat of 175 Cherry Lane

image For the past two years or so I have explored different types and genres of music and I have been quite surprised at how my tastes have evolved. I recently previewed 175 Cherry Lane by KO and, in all honesty, I was surprised. It’s an album that draws you in and one you’d like to put at the top of your playlist especially if you’re a fan of rock. To me, it has the sounds of soft rock without any jarring tones or dramatic yelling. Each song is relatable and provides soothing sounds to accompany whatever you’re doing – whether it’s simply relaxing to listen to music, getting a little work done or taking care of housework. It’s perfect for bopping along to. It’s a perfection that’s expected from those who love KO. They love his sound and the messages in his music that hit the heart and soul.
If you’re interested in a sound from Kevin O’Connor an “introspective guitar and vocal artist who has been performing and recording his original music in the New York area for 25 years” then you have to pick up a copy of the CD 175 Cherry Lane from KO from cdbaby or iTunes. You’ll be glad you did and so will your friends when you share it with them.

Pop Rocks! I still love them

My oldest daughter Amber and I decided to eat at Crackle Barrel this past Saturday. Wait, let me clarify: Amber wanted to eat there and it didn’t take much for her to convince me after I found out she was going to pay for it. :-D

Fans of Crackle Barrel know that they have a little shop with all kinds of old-fashioned, country goodies as well as candy that is seriously a blast from the past. They have boxes of candies from different decades – 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s – with Jaw Breakers, Now & Laters, those little tab-like candies that are stuck to the white paper (do you remember those) and thousands of others.

100_4745 There was one candy included that I decided to buy separately. I bought two little packages of Pop Rocks in the original flavor cherry. I didn’t even know – or remember – that they came in different flavors, but I do remember that they were the coolest, “funnest” and yummiest candy ever.

I excitedly paid for them and was even more excited to share with my neighbor – he’s 40 and I knew he would get a straight blast-from-the-past moment of enjoyment at the site. (Well, I figured he would be as pleased as I was.)

Amber was driving so when I got in the car I carefully tore open the package (so I could save it. Yup, crazy, huh?) and poured some into my hand. I gazed in wonder at the little rocks… Would they still pop? I mean the package said “still popping after 30 years,” but was it really true?


I popped them in my mouth and widened my eyes in memory of the childhood joy. I started bobbing my head and smiling. Amber, who’s almost 20, says, “I’m glad you are enjoying yourself” and was shaking her head at me. I didn’t care. I popped some more and opened my mouth a little. That caused another teenage roll of the eyes, but it didn’t change my happiness.

Just writing this post has me smiling at the memory and you can best be believing that I will be going back to Crackle Barrel for some more real soon.

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