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Wednesday Hodgepodge

American Idol is back for a 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?

I did watch the show for the first 5 or so seasons. Then when Simon Cowell left I stopped watching until the season that they brought on Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. After that, with all of the judging changes, it just got too goofy for me. Plus, I felt like the show moved from finding a great singer to all about the "show" ... lights, cameras, lot of action. The focus seemed to come off the singing and all the judges did was tell the contestants how great they were. Early on I would fantasize that I could actually sing (I assure you I cannot!), and the song I would sing at my audition was going to be "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." So when did you last have to 'eat a frog'? or two? How'd that work out? 

The only thing I can relate this to, personally, is exercise. If I don't do it first thing in the morning, I mean first thing, then it doesn't get done! That means I have to get up at least 45 minutes earlier than I want to each morning to make sure it gets done before I start my day. Always get that big yucky thing over with first thing so you can enjoy the rest of your day!

If you were going on a safari, what is the number one animal you'd want to see?

I would love to see a male lion and his den of lionesses interacting together with their cubs. Very interesting familial dynamic.

January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let's exhaust this topic in honor of the holiday, okay?

I do really like granola bars. My favorite is a chewy cranberry and dark chocolate. Yum! I also love granola either on bran cereal or in yogurt. This fall I found a yummy pumpkin spice granola at Aldi. It was amazing!

If only .......

I could live in Florida in the winter and Colorado in the summer, then I would probably be the most content woman in the world. I would still want to be here in my hometown in the fall and spring. Can you imagine such a life?

You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

Enough space for a reading nook next to a sunny window with a pretty view (and the reading nook, the sunny window, and the pretty view).

What is the one thing you have enjoyed about winter thus far? If it's not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it and what is something you've enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?

It hasn't been too miserably cold. I find it ironic that last year was the warmest recorded year in history, yet we had the longest and most frigid winter in my memory. It started in early October and we had a final snow in May! This year it's been dreary and wet with no snow, but the temps haven't been too horrible.

Insert your own random thought here.

Rick and I had a great time in New Orleans last week! While he was at his class I spent my time reading, watching t.v., blogging, and sleeping. I also spent several hours at the National WWII Museum preparing for our studies next year. When Rick got out of class we did some walking and some eating. It was nice to spend some time together and to enjoy a little pampering.


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