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I have two subjects in my head as possible posts. I’m just not feeling either one of them today. One because I don’t know if I want to write about it at all. The other because I can’t just get it right right now. I might try to work on it today while I watch the baseball games and hope the Braves finally win a game. If it works out I might go ahead and publish this afternoon in case I have something else in my head tomorrow.

In the interim, I will once again try something that has not yet been successful. I figure since I have a few more followers these days and my Facebook page has been a little more active, I will try again.

What topics would you like to s me write about in this space?

Are there questions about me you would like to ask?

Any TV shows you would like me to review?

Do anybody care?

Ask away in the comments and I will do my best to answer questions in a future post or write about the topics/shows you suggest.

Saturday Question – Best Front Person of a Band Not Included in the Title of the Band

Yesterday LA on Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50 posed the following

Top five top front person of a band whose name is not included in the title of the band.

I decided I would think about it and post mine today. Of course, I didn’t really think about it so I will be doing this off the top of my head. Feel free to join in in the comments

  • Freddie Mercury – Queen
  • Brian Wilson – The Beach Boys
  • Steven Tyler – Aerosmith
  • Phil Collins – Genesis
  • Steve Perry – Journey

I’m probably missing a lot of older bands, but that’s my list.


Looking Forward – Some Answers

During my time at home in the spring I had some questions as I looked forward to whatever the future brings. Let’s see what answers I have.

Can I really spend more than a few more months working somewhere that steals my joy?

The answer mentally and emotionally is no. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a choice. Now is not a great time to consider changing jobs/careers. I’m stuck.

Can I figure out a way to take a sabbatical and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life?

Technically, the answer is yes. Realistically, the answer is no. I can’t do this without buy in from others and others aren’t buying it. Early retirement does not appear to be considered a valid life plan. Quitting and figuring things out for a few months before moving on is also not seen as a valid life plan. Again, I am stuck.

Are the people I spend my time with the people I should be spending my time with?

Undetermined. It seems it will be a long time before I spend time with anyone not in my immediate family. Maybe it is better this way.

Who am I finding I miss seeing and who are the ones I’ve figured out I don’t miss at all?

Mainly, at this point I only miss my kids and my family in Kentucky. I was pretty solitary before this. I’m solitary now. Hard to miss what you never had.

Am I living a life that makes a difference?

No. That is one thing that would change if I could take a sabbatical. Even though some think I would “sit around and do nothing” what I would do is volunteer to help in the community where needed. There are plenty of places that could use my help these days.

Would I be happy coming out of this the same me I was when it started?

No. I have gone as far as looking up therapists covered by my insurance. I just can’t bring myself to make the call. If I can’t change my circumstances I can at least work on coping with them.

What things in my life am I finding I don’t miss?

Rush hour traffic. Some social obligations.

What things do I miss more than I expected?

The little things. Coffee out while reading my book and people watching. Going to football games. The possibility of going to a live concert. Travel, even domestic. The feeling of normal.

So, no real answers. Same old same old.

Answering Random Questions Stolen From Someone Else

I took these questions from Waking Up On The Wrong Side of 50. You should go check out their blog. I rarely have an idea for a Saturday blog, so I copied the questions and answered them. Thrilling, huh?

Also, I wrote this on my iPad so I assume there are typos.

  1. What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic? I learned that I’m not quite ready to become a hermit. I still need to see people outside my family. I learned I really need to change careers. I learned I miss the simple things in life like going out and having coffee somewhere while reading a book.
  2. What is your favorite place to vacation? My favorite place to go is to visit my family in Kentucky. I love the summer days in my brother’s pool and hanging out with my siblings and their families. I also love NYC and can’t wait to go back.
  3. What is your favorite season? This is a hard one. I used to love summer when the kids were little and summer was a break from school, sports and dance. Now I think maybe fall. The weather is cooler and we have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.
  4. Why did you start blogging and is it the same reason you continue? I answered this question here so I won’t say much more in this post. I worked alone and needed a way to feel connected and now it is a way to get my thoughts out and feel good that other people actually read them.
  5. Do you come from a large family? Two parents, two sisters, one brother. Two half sisters and a half brother who I rarely see. Tons of cousins,
  6. What was your best (maybe not favorite) subject in high school? Probably English. It was also my favorite.
  7. Which would you rather read, fiction or non fiction? I almost exclusively read fiction. I add a non-fiction here and there, but I would much rather read fiction.

Feel free to answer some in the comments or steal it like I did.

Looking Forward

I am still trying to find hope where I can. I’m trying to remember that someday I will get to go sit at a coffee shop and read my book. I will get to go to a football game again. I will get to go to church on Sunday morning. Looking forward is the only way I’m going to get through this. Looking forward also brings up some questions. One thing this isolation has done is make me think about what I miss and what I don’t miss. How I’m spending my time. Who I’m spending my time with. I see posts on social media that tell me some things about people that maybe I didn’t know before. So, as I look forward I think about these things:

Can I really spend more than a few more months working somewhere that steals my joy?

Can I figure out a way to take a sabbatical and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life?

Are the people I spend my time with the people I should be spending my time with?

Who am I finding I miss seeing and who are the ones I’ve figured out I don’t miss at all?

Am I living a life that makes a difference?

Would I be happy coming out of this the same me I was when it started?

What things in my life am I finding I don’t miss?

What things do I miss more than I expected?

It seems I’m going to have a lot more time to think about these things.


Pondering Life’s Important Questions

Spend some quarantine time pondering these questions.

As I wait for it to be time to go to work I ponder these deep questions:

Why is everything at Giant Foods normal sized?

Can you buy half and half and Whole Foods?

Can you drink Naked Tea while clothed?

Is a female paparazzi a mamarazzi?

Can I drink Honest Tea while telling a lie?

How do the streets with no outlets get electricity?

Why are there signs on highway entrances banning animals on foot when animals can’t read?

Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

Am I allowed to record The Today Show and watch it tomorrow?

Related – Can I record the Tonight Show and watch it in the morning?

If the men working are slow why not hire faster workers instead of just posting signs telling us they are slow?

When you post as sign the says Now Hiring Friendly People does that mean everyone you hired before was unfriendly?

These questions might be responsible for my lack of sleep at night.

When Do You Give Up?

I have a few shows on my DVR that I never feel like watching. I’ve watched a few episodes of one of them and find myself looking at my phone more than the screen. One I haven’t had the urge to watch once. I watched the first seasons of the shows and liked them enough to record season two, but apparently not enough to watch season two. Yet, they are still there, taking up space on my DVR. I have no idea how long they will sit there until I give up and delete them. Probably when the new TV season starts and I start having a disk space crisis and something has to go to make room for the shows I actually care about.

I will occasionally give up on a book if I read 50 pages and it’s not grabbing me. I have problems giving up if I’ve made it past 50 pages and then get bored after 100 or so. I feel like I’ve committed too much time to give up at that point so my reading slows down while I spend days finishing a book I no longer care about. Why do I do that? There are too many good books out there to waste time reading one I obviously don’t like. It’s the same with movies.  We recently watched an entire 90 minute movie that none of us as enjoying because no one wanted to be the one to suggest turning it off.

How long do you leave a show on your DVR before you admit you will never watch it and delete?

Do you have a page number for how long you read before you stop? Do you have a point of no return where you will finish no matter how bad it gets?

Do you turn movies off halfway through if you aren’t enjoying it?

Why do we waste precious time on things we aren’t enjoying?

My Answers to Questions No One Was Asking

Blair over at The Shameful  Sheep(go check her out) just posted her answers to some random questions. I agree with her that it would be fun to fill out, so here it goes:

What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

I’m going to agree with Blair here and pick Jennifer Lawrence. I know she would be sad that being my sister means she couldn’t date me, but she would have to live with it. She seems like fun.

What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I answered this one 17 years ago. Jessica. Not sure why, but I always liked that name.

What would you name your son if you had one?

I also already answered this one 21 years ago. Bradley. This one took some time. We had to discuss it quite a bit before landing on the name.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

This one is hard. I’ve been a TV addict for a long time. I can’t recall one show that really stood out as my absolute favorite. I really liked the Laff A Lympics. Since it is what popped in my head I will go with that.

What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I can’t remember what I did when I was eight. I can barely remember what I did last week. Probably something boring. It is always something boring. These days I wear scrubs to work on Halloween because it is easy and comfortable.

Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

Yes, All of them. Loved all of Harry Potter. Really only liked the first book in the other series, but continued reading anyway.

Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

I do, but here is my dirty little secret: I don’t like the Muppets. Never have, never will.

Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

It’s funny that this one came up. My daughter just mentioned recently that she;s never been. She’s a big fan of breadsticks and wants to try theirs. I guess I will be going back soon.

What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

I have no idea. I will assume since my younger sister is Kimberly, that that would have been my name had I been a girl.

If you have a nickname, what is it?

It will surprise no one who reads this blog that it is Tater. It came about because of my extreme love of tater tots. The only good thing about my time in jail was the free tater tots.

Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

Rural. I live in the burbs now and hate it. If I have to be around people, I want to be in a city with a decent transit system and most of what I need within walking distance. If I’m going to have to drive everywhere anyway, I might was well be out where I have some space.

Where did you buy your jeans?

Amazon. I don’t even remember what brand they are.

How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I don’t understand this question. Santa is real. Why are you trying to ruin Christmas?