Saturday, May 30, 2009

Midnight love song

So it's midnight, and I just want all of you out there to know how much I care. Hope you've got your jammies and slow-ish dancing slippers on. This here's a sort of a two-fer. Enjoy.

Rick Astley - Click to watch

Who loves ya, babe?

Tonight, I'm feeling like a little love in a maids uniform

Ah, isn't love, wonderful!

I Got Tagged in a Game of Blog Tag Too! What are the Chances?

Okay, speaking of chances, in other words, coincidences, I've been a fan of PinkPackrat for quite some time now. Pretty much since I started blogging last September. It didn't matter what she really wrote about, it was the way she wrote about it, and does, of course, that totally gets me enthralled. Needless to say, I'm hooked. I've been hooked.

Somehow or other I drifted, don't know how or what was going on. I think I did a feed instead of a follow because I was such a newbie and there's a million places where you can get your feed to store. Anyway, we were separated for about two months I think, maybe three I don't remember exactly. Then I shot her a glance again, one day just stumbled upon her somehow, and the next thing you know, I find out I know her! Well, not in person, but I know her writing on HubPages. Did the same to me there as she did to me here on blogspot. What a coincidence, huh? Out of the millions of people out there that blog and I happen to walk in on her Gin joint on today of all days... You get what I'm saying, of course.

So this wonderful blogger pal of mine, who incidentally got me onto Twitter all because of one of her blog posts, has decided to tag me. Why? Do you have to ask? Please. It's because I'm "delightful". Don't believe me, check out this post.

So what's this all about, this tag thing? Kinda like what we do on Facebook once in a while. The person who starts it is usually someone who wants to talk about themselves and then tags someone so they can read about the initial narcissist (I'm kidding here, I think. I don't really know who started this whole business. They could have been bullied into it for all I know.) At any rate, after that, it becomes a game. A way of getting to know people you know but don't really know. And it really is loads of fun. So here are the rules:

  1. Mention the blogger who tagged you and link to his /her blog (check)
  2. Post three lists of eight things about you that people don't know
  3. Tag eight of your favorite bloggers and don't forget to tell them they've been tagged.

So, let's play Blog Tag, shall we? By the way, if I had actually clicked into the Blog Tag link, I wouldn't have gone on my rant about how it started, I think...

List #1: Things I've always wanted to do

  1. Be a beekeeper and make my own honey and honey/wax products
  2. Stay for a month in the French countryside living the quiet life
  3. have my own writing studio that opens to a gorgeous garden
  4. have a green thumb
  5. Own a duck or two
  6. publish a book
  7. have my articles published in big magazines
  8. have a syndicate column for a while
  9. have a nice juicy mystery read to me and Dave by the one and only George Guidell, in person
  10. fall asleep to George Guidell reading a juicy mystery to me and Dave.

List #2: Foods I love

  1. Tyropita
  2. Steak
  3. Mashed potatoes
  4. Brown Cows (the ice cream on a stick with the chocolate coating)
  5. Ted Drews frozen concrete with pineapple or raspberry or reeces peanut butter cups or cling peaches or reeses pieces (they don't have this last topping, but I've had it somewhere similar and it's completely to die for.
  6. Potato skins
  7. gyros
  8. salads
  9. deviled eggs on soft white bread
  10. spaghetti
  11. dolmathes with a side of feta and calamata olives
  12. toast with butter and drizzled honey
  13. calamari on french bread with the sauce that comes with them and loads of lemon juice
  14. baklava
  15. skewer barbequed cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, zuchini, red onion
  16. tomato beef stew
  17. chicken casserole
  18. eggplant parmaesan
  19. pizza
  20. yogurt/fruit/granola/honey on a plate with a spoon and some lovely piece and quiet with a cup of earl grey or english breakfast, dash of milk

List #3: Things I love

  1. my family and pets
  2. scarves
  3. heels
  4. dresses
  5. hardwood floors
  6. laughing
  7. happy children
  8. a clean and organized house
  9. reading
  10. NPR
  11. vacations
  12. walking in perfect weather
  13. the coastal highway in Oregon
  14. music - jazz, lounge, classical, classic rock, folk and lots of other kinds
  15. Target
  16. black nail polish
  17. movies
  18. laptops
  19. bookstores and those thong bookmarks with the wax string and the beautiful beads.
  20. water with lots of lemon

#1 thing about me:

  1. I like to bend the rules (please note I couldn't contain myself, hope you all don't mind. If you did mind, I hope you stopped after number eight in each list.)

Okay. Onto tagging others. I'm tagging 8 people. Here they are:

  1. andrew t (Hello! For news and view, walk this way! This man has got it going on my friends.)

  2. Karen Luttrell (never miss a one, this women is a blessing to the blog world)

  3. Ronnie Kerrigan (for something interesting and a bit different, always with a reflection to ponder)

  4. Annie (a dream come true, love her stuff and yes, she's got more than one blog. Plus, she's organized and loves beautiful things!)

  5. Cherrie Pie (ALWAYS a good read, enjoy her immensely)

  6. Bill Zuback (photographer extraordinaire)

  7. Okay Tom, I'm gonna do this to you. And I still want to know if I need a body guard or not. (for all your locksmith needs, Tom's your man) Visit him on HubPages

  8. And dear dear Dave. Here's lookin' at you, kid.
  9. And here's another by a very good friend with a lot going on. But type your comments loudly as his hearing aid may occasionally need a new battery.
  10. Okay and a last minute add on I almost forgot about. Brittany, love you! I'm on my way to tack you on to the favorites on the bottom of my page here. Yes everyone, Brittany is another awesome blogger with two wonderful blogs. The Mirage Writer and The Work From Home Blog. You can find her profile here and choose where you want to go.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Twitter Celebrity Followers. Am I One?


It really gets this way some days. I've had to unfollow people cause I couldn't take it, and all my favorite people were getting lost in the shuffle. In fact, I'm debating unfollowing people as we speak. No, not you. Or you. And no, not you either. I'm talking about the people who follow celebrities and then you get to hear all about it. Egads! I mean really. If I wanted to know, I'd follow them, people! Give me some really great articles to read. Say something interesting. Take me the way of a really really cool photo you've taken.

And how do you lock in anyway? Anybody know?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday Afternoon with The Thin Man

Some days, you need some oldies but goodies. Stuff you can't find on the boob tube or the movies, but used to. And when they're good, really good, you want more more more.

Today, we here at Frieda Babbley have our eye on The Thin Man. A six film movie series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. The two work inexplicably together.

How it all got started: The Thin Man was a "hard boiled" detective novel, which blossomed onto the silver screens in 1934, spinned off on all four radio networks from 1941-1950, and later into an NBC television series 1957-1959.

Myrna Loy plays Nora Charles in the films. It was the start of her career. I must say it's a delight to see her beautiful, confident self play opposite William Powell, already a high on the hog film star, as a brilliant and often silly (especially around Nora) Nick Charles.

You'll want a nice Martini or Manhattan by your side, you'll want to don your Nick 'n Nora wear (you probably purchased from Frieda Babbley's Little Pleasures Amazon shop), and maybe a cozy throw.

Ready? Well, without further ado, here's Nick and Nora.

Oh, what a tease I am... Want more? Let me know, or open the last video onto you tube for parts 2-9 of 9. Or get to your local Blockbuster Video and have yourself a Thin Man weekend. Don't you deserve it?

Why yes, yes you do.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jazz Night ~ Smooth and Delicious

How about something smooth. Delicious, tonight.
I'm thinking... some coletrain. Pour that cocktail. Grab a stogie. Relax. And yes, all is well with the world....

John Coltrane - Every Time We Say Goodbye - 1961

John Coletrain - On Green Dolphin Street - 1960

And here's something interesting and Coletrane related for your viewing pleasure, when you're done, of course.

On Green Dolphin Street 1947

Enjoy, my friends. Tonight.... enjoy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

If I could turn back time...

Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre has turned back time. At 63 years of age, I'd say she wasn't showing it. Lots of plastic surgery contributed, mind you, and I'm not a plastic surgery promoter by any means, but I must say, she's done well for herself, and if it made her happy then alrighty then.

Who is Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre? You've probably already guessed if you didn't already know. CHER of course. The Cher I grew up with (figuratively speaking of course). The Cher whose hair flick I mimicked at three years old. The Cher whose songs I sang into a hairbrush. And yes, the share whose Sonny I never could understand the attraction for, but I did like his mustache because my dad had one.

Today is Cher's birthday. In honor of her birthday, I've put together a little something I hope you like. Grab a glass of wine. Sit back. Enjoy.

From 1967 movie "Good Times"

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy, Jimmy Dean. Film of 1982. Cast: Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Sudie Bond, Kathy Bates, Marta Heflin. A Robert Altman film.

Silkwood(1983).Directed by Mike Nichols.With Meryl Streep,Kurt Russell,Cher,Craig T. Nelson,Josef Sommer,Mike Nichols and others ... Based on the true story !

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. With Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz. Rusty Dennis is the mother of Rocky, a seriously deformed but extremely intelligent and emotionally warm child.

Cher in 1987 film "Suspect". Spanish over voiced.

Have another cherry. Moonstruck. 1987.

Mermaids. 1987 with Cher and Winona Ryder.

Cher has a cameo in 1992's The Player.

Cher also has a cameo in 1994's Ready to Wear, but couldn't find scene so you'll have to rent it.
2 Scenes from 'Faithful' movie with Cher 1996.

Cher in "If These Walls Could Talk" 1996

Cher in "Tea With Mussolini" 1999

Cher in "Stuck on You" 2003 interview (could not find movie clip with her in it)

Cher montage by Ellen for Cher 2008

Cher interview on Ellen 2008

Don't forget to tune in at 10pm central standard time for Wednesday Jazz Night on THURSDAY. Today is dedicated to the most wonderful CHER.
For more information on Cher. Go to
Thanks for reading and watching!

Just found this excellent Cher Site by a gal from St. Louis! How cool is that? It's Cherscholar on typepad.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Again with the Swine Flu. This time with Lucy.

Okay, well, I've had the flu now for just over a week.

"Swine flu?" you ask. I have no idea. Quite frankly, I didn't worry about it. I was, however, the ONLY one to have it. I kept myself pretty quarantined, but still, I'm sure it would have gone to someone else, right? But as luck would have it, nope.

So that got me thinking, could it have possibly been food poisoning? I've never heard of it taking so long to go through your body. Besides which, well, here were my symptoms and whatnot.

  • Itchy watery eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore upper throat. All of a sudden, just came on within an hour I think.
  • Fever followed within 2 hours (a noticeable one at any rate, like 100 or 101), and lasted four or five days.
  • If I didn't take Tylenol and Sudafed and a halls every four hours, I lived to regret it.
  • The first night, I threw up.
  • After that I refused to eat anything but saltines. I drank lemon water and room temperature sprite. That kept my tummy calm-ish.
  • Bathroom all normal.
  • So everything was from my stomach and up.
  • Oh and my body was continually sore. Every day sorer and sorer. (I think it's more and more sore, but it sounds sadder the other way.)
  • I had to sleep on the love seat because that way my feet and head could be elevated. It's the only think that saved me from dying of claustrophobia from a stuffy nose.
  • I couldn't focus for three days which was a total bite.
  • I fell asleep literally while talking to people in person or on the phone.
  • I apparently answered but never made much sense most of the time. I was totally in and out of dream state.
  • I did manage to be awake for a total of about 3 hours each day for three days.
  • The middle days were all a big blur. Don't know what I did when I did it and don't know how I managed to spit out any articles on HubPages, but I did.
  • Toward the end I just smelled like sick hospital person. Blech! Couldn't stand it. But... that means my nose wasn't so clogged. Hooray!

So, now I'm getting back into the swing of things and should start posting regularly.
Special thanks to all those who bore with me. I know you missed me as much as I missed you guys. It's crappy when you don't get to read other people's cool nifty stuff because you're life is hectic with end of school stuff, let alone because you're dying (slight exaggeration, here, of course).

So, Lucy! I'm ho-ome.

Think I'd like to watch some I Love Lucy. Anybody with me? How about an economical Lucy. I'd say that was fitting... And ladies, don't try this at home.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Night Jazz With Count Basie

Count Basie is one of the greatest Jazz and Big Band artists ever to bless my ears. Hank & Nadine seem to agree. Nadine has written a wonderful article filled with Count Basie surprises, including videos. So after you watch this, be sure to check it out. I'll post the link at the end.

In the mean time, get your scotch and soda, and enjoy this instrumental "Conversation", Count Basie style.

Hank and Nadine on Hubpages: Jazz Night with Count Basie

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Night at the Stack N Shack

Got a surprise visit tonight. My sister JT and her fiance Harry came by for a surprise visit. Just came over to pick me up so we could go out to eat. Awesome! I still need spring/summer shoes, so I donned the half spring half winter stylish ensemble. Not to worry, as long as you didn't take me all in, I looked fine. Gag.

We went to their favorite Steak 'n Shake and sat at a booth. Our waitress was a lady who's name was some sort of flower, that's about as much as I can remember.

I ordered an orange freeze, double steak burger with all the regular stuff on it, a side of fries (love those 'cause they're the shoestring kind) and an ice water with lemons (yummy!). I was lucky because my two strips of lemon were really four wedges that weren't cut all the way through. Needless to say, JT and Harold were jealous.

Jt and Harry ordered the same thing as me, but no orange freezes. I'm pretty sure they were jealous about that two, but then, some of us just know how to order better than others I suppose.

Anyway we had a blast. Talked about all kinds of things. We talked about work and work people. We talked about people sitting around us. We talked about the upcoming wedding, the gorgeous engagement photos done by so and so (they're featured on the top of the engagement page, so they're pretty proud of that, so am I).

We also talked about soap operas. JT's hooked on Days of Our Lives, or Days for those akin to the dramatic soap. She watches because it's on after The Ellen Show, which is my all time favorite, which I never watch because I never watch TV, but when I do, it's Ellen (which you can catch on NBC at 1pm central standard time). Anyway, we talked about how they end each scene with a LOOK. No matter what the situation, what the premise, there's always a paused dramatic LOOK or set of LOOKs. Try mimicking that in real life and you'll either get interrupted because someone else will step in to talk, or people with think you have reverse ADD, or people will just think you're plain wacko. We practiced some scenarios. I highly recommend it for its entertainment value.

Afterward we drove around a bit then came home.

So that was my night. An awesome surprise after a trying week. Good to get out unexpectedly. Good to laugh with people just as crazy as me.

So... You gotta Steak 'n Shake in your town?

It's always a good time.

The possibilities are endless...
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