Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday Thought: I'm a Liar....

I lie like a rug.
A red carpet, to be exact.
I'm not doing a follow up to my Boscar's Rain Delay.

I just can't!! 
I want to, but I just can't make myself do it.
I usually compile lists of the movies I've seen throughout the year and have comments to make.
The day before the awards I realized that my procrastinating ways were going to keep me from being on time.  I had every intention of doing a follow up post with my reaction to the show, but I....just....can't.

Monday through Wednesday I spend about 7-8 hours each day looking at the computer screen and talking to avatars that talk back to me. It's not a hard thing to do, but in it's own way it is exhausting.  I don't know if it the fact that I appear on camera (see? I'm in show biz afterall) to my students and must maintain a certain level of enthusiasm and cheer, (yeah, sure, and Cate Blanchett thinks she's a great actress). 

Or. If it is the 5am classes I have to be perky for. Or. The fact that I go back to sleep for an hour after my morning "performance" and then revive for my afternoon "matinee".  Sometimes I really lose my mind and throw in an evening performance just to test the boundaries of my sanity. 

All I know is that it is tiring and I've got to figure out a new way to get "real life" things done. Grocery shopping, laundry, housecleaning (what's that?), cooking (again, huh?) and blogging, of course, which has taken the low spot on the list of things to do.

This is the first week of not doing the dog walking. I thought I would have all sorts of extra time on my hands! Nope. And I have no explanation for why that is. It evaporated!

This is not hard work, people. But it's been an adjustment for me. It has disrupted my "engraved in steel" habit of grocery shopping on Mondays. My "I took having a washer and dryer in the house for granted and could do laundry anytime I want" laundry habits.

I grocery shop in spurts now.
 We are on an "as needed" basis with all food groups including the feline and canine food. I patronize five different grocery stores depending on the day, the need, the time available. I know, I know, my Orlando friends. Shocking. You used to be able to set your clock by my appearance in Publix on Monday mornings.
I've gone rogue.
And not by choice.

So, I'm going to change. 

I will cut myself some slack from Monday through Wednesday and save necessary real life chores for my two lighter days, Thursday and Friday. I only perform for the avatars in the morning those days.
So. New schedule. New Plan. No dogs. Piece of cake.

Until the clocks turn back on Sunday.
 I will have to learn the time difference all over again between here and where the Avatars live, Japan. I was just getting used to the way it was. 

I believe these issues are all called "First World Problems".
I'll get used to it.
By the time the clocks "fall" back.
Vicious cycle.

As for the Oscars....short version:

Loved Ellen
Happy with all winners
John Travolta made me feel better about myself
Loved Lupita's dress and speech
Loved Jared speech and Matthew's tux
What happened to Kim Novak
Pink rocks
I wish I was in that Selfie
Next year I will do a proper Boscar's post.
I hope.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Boscars" on Rain Delay!

Boscar Rain Delay!
See The Boston Lady's Post-Mortem Reactions to
the Wet Results!
Special Extra-Edition Coming to a Blog Near You
 Later This Week!
(If anyone really cares...)

Although it's not really the rain that has kept me from doing my annual "Boscars" post, it does give me a special thrill to say 'rain delay', since it's such a rare event in CA.

It has rained for four days! Not constantly in our area, but enough to wreak some havoc on the roads and bring down some mud into neighborhoods.

The Oscar organizers in Hollywood have been struggling to get ready for tonight's show. Plastic has been their friend as they put it over everything.

 Hollywood Boulevard has been closed for about two weeks as they prepare the red carpet area and it will be interesting to see how they manage it all by broadcast time.

I will have to do a "Boscar Autopsy" later this week (for those who care about such things) - My last week wrangling dogs and training new walkers was really busy and I couldn't get organized for a proper post.

I will say that my hopes for best picture are long shots:

I always root for the low-budget, smaller underdogs.

What were your favorites this year?

Happy watching!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

You Never Know What Might Happen When You Have a Blog.

Every once in awhile I question whether I should keep going with my blog.

Mr. Tennis says he likes the record it keeps of our lives, some of my friends and family like to keep up with us through it and I enjoy sharing my life experience with all of them and all my blog friends as well.

Still, it's been very hard to keep it up and running when I'm online several hours a day with my Japanese students and then running to walk dogs in-between classes.  Something had to give.

I decided to concentrate on the classes and give up the dogs.  

My three regulars: Basil, Somer and Badger

I tend to thrive on a schedule and routine and that's what the online classes give me.  After this week I will be slowly giving my pooches over to new "walkers". I will be sad, but much less stressed.


Last week brought an unexpected surprise in my email!
With a skeptical eye I read this email from a woman who "cleans out storage units for a living".  She had found a POW/MIA bracelet with Mr. Tennis' father's name on it! There are a lot of us who remember seeing or wearing similar bracelets - I was in Canada during those years, but I saw some worn up there.

This caring woman spent a good bit of time researching his name and trying to find his family. Finally, her research brought her to my blog and this post:

"A Welcome Presence" from November 2009

Take a look at it if you have a chance.  It was this picture that sealed the deal for her:

First anniversary for Orlando Grandma and Grandpa Courtney

She had seen a picture of my father-in-law on a memorial site and saw the resemblence.  When she read some of my posts, that one in particular, the pieces started falling in place.

After a couple of emails back and forth, she said she wanted to mail the bracelet to us.  My husband, Orlando Grandma, and his two brothers wore similar bracelets after their dad was shot down over Laos. We are not sure where those bracelets are now, so that makes this one extra special.

I asked her where the storage unit was that she found it in. Sarasota, FL. Someone in that area most likely wore this bracelet in support of Courtney Weissmueller, his sons and his wife. Sadly, my father-in-law did not make the trip home as all had hoped, but last week a very little piece of him reappeared and refreshed our memories of him again.

Thanks Julie!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Did I mention......?

.....that we are pickup truck people now?

Mr. T was whalloped from behind on one of the highways here in November which resulted in his car being declared 'totalled'. Fortunately he was okay, but his beloved car/moving office was not. It seemed to be the final cap on our year of challenges.

Every week we had a new rental car for about five weeks while we waited for the insurance company to come to their senses.  Did we get the true value of his well-kept Ford Edge?

So we took what they gave us and got ourselves a used pickup.

It's how we roll now.

With our "Gator" sticker.

Our Gator colors.

And even a Gator sweatshirt worn to the beach this past weekend.

It was cloudy!!  A rare occurence in sunny SoCal.

Beautiful little cove in the Laguna Beach area that allows canines (even black and white ones) during certain months of the year.

We explored.

Admired the tide pools and vowed to come back at low tide some time.

Looked at the rich folks' houses.

Admired their plants on the rocks ...

...and their cute hidden stairways.

I even took a video of some wave action and the nice houses on the cliffs.
 Take a look at it if you have about a minute.


We are pickup truck people now.
And we like it.

Braggy bit here:

We attended the "premiere" of Sammy's first on-screen casting credit with her married name.  
And Yes.
We cheered during the credits. 
Like the fools we are.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oh Yes They Did!

I posted a picture of our weekend biking adventure on Facebook and someone commented, "Seriously?".

Yes, seriously, absolutely, positively, we went public with our "new" biking contraption!

It takes a real man to do this!

There was one escape attempt, but after settling the passengers back down, they finally relaxed and took in the sights along the Huntington Beach Bike Trail.

Because they were so well-behaved we stopped at a newly discovered dog beach.

Such easy access and great views.

I guarded the bikes while Mr. Tennis took them for a frolic.

I was amused by this Dog Walker with his charges of various sizes.

What a handful!

So... we survived our first big test of the bike trailer. Not sure where we will take it next, but this opens up all sorts of possibilities now!

Comfy pillow for the spoiled Black and Whites...

We are finally going to have a taste of winter this weekend. Warm thoughts to all of you who had to endure the icy/snowy/cold weather in the Mid-West and Southeast. Extra Special thoughts to anyone affected by the Atlanta gridlock. What a nightmare!

Have a great weekend!
Or at least a warm one!