Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creative Blogger Award

Who are the sweetest guys in the world? It's a two-fer.

First up:  The Armchair Squid!  My friend is the king of all cephalopods of the order Teuthida AND the person who nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award. I'm humbly thankful, sir. The Armchair Squid's blog is the home of The Cephalopod Coffeehouse (a monthly book review blog hop) and Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  Currently, Squid and company are reviewing all 22 episodes of Star Trek's animated series. Please give Squid a visit; he's a creative whirlwind and there's always something interesting going on over there.

Secondly: My dear pal, Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined also nominated me on the same day! Thank you so much, Michael, and I humble myself a second time. By the way, that meant I had to take you off of my nominees list. Michael is my co-pilot for Ask An Aussie! and a creative, enthusiastic young man with thoughtful posts and plenty of "shenanigans." If you haven't visited him yet, get clicking. Right now, people. Don't hesitate. 

So, what now?

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Random, More Weird

It's time for a few random unrelated thoughts. Bear with me...

For the past few days, I volunteered at a conference. Hubzam, that giant of a man, took advantage of some vacation time to help, too. Gonzo got pulled into the mix, too. There was a hefty dose of reality involved.

The first morning of volunteering, I was standing in the closet when the thought occurred to me that the only thing I think about when I get dressed is comfort. When did this happen, I wondered?

Follow the de-evolution of my wardrobe:
  • When I was in my 20s, I really cared about what I wore. Jewelry, shoes, perfume...required. I cared about what others thought and I wanted to make a good impression. After all, I wanted to look my best - you never know who is watching, right?
  • In my 30s, I still cared, but it was compartmentalized. Jewelry, shoes...perfume gave me a rash. I knew that presentation was important and when it was important. I dressed selectively. My outfit was really important when I went out, and pretty important when I worked, but a crap-shoot at home. After all, I had children and I was a working mom. You never know who is watching, but I had decent curtains and confidence that no one was looking in the windows. Good enough.
  • In my 40s, my standard went from "look good" to "look presentable." Jewelry was for going out. Shoes had to be comfortable. Soap was my scent; I liked to be clean and that was close enough to cologne - I used nice soap. Late in that decade, a uniform was developing. Workdays were a thing of the past; all my work was at home. You never know who is watching, but the person that is watching should be aware of the fact that I think he or she is weird for watching. I'm old, man.
  • In my 50s: full on uniform! I'm proud of the fact that I am always clean. My uniform is short sleeves, V-necks and capris. My favorite shoes are "supportive" of my arches that fell long ago on some hard nursing floor. I hang on to old shirts just in case I'm doing something messy. Then, one day, I'll be going somewhere and think that old shirt is good enough and wear it out. I have an "oh, well..." wardrobe. If I was worried about what people think before, I now know they don't think about me much at all. Cool! And by the way, call before you come over...just in case.

Time magazine is a favorite at our house and this week's issue is called "The Answer Issue."  It contained a lovely article (page 31): "Why Parents Should Not Punish Kids with Public Shaming" written by Susanna Schrobsdorff.

The piece cited incidents where parents filmed a 13-year-old with her long hair cut off - as a punishment. Kids are made to hold up signs that say things like "I'm a liar" or "I embarrassed myself and my mother because she taught me better."

Has society sunk so low or are people so social media obsessed, that they think this "punishment" is okay? When did parenting, especially bad parenting, become YouTube fodder? Who are these idiots who WANT to post this demeaning stuff and who is in this sick audience? Do they Google "inappropriate punitive punishments?" Does the public actually fire up YouTube and search for just that kind of video entertainment?

On the other hand, would you search Time magazine for information about appropriate parenting?

What ever happened to common sense?


Okay, this rant o' random is almost done...just a few more things:
  • So many people commented on the post about Pinky Bandanna that I want to make another Pinky Bandanna. Sort of a doppelganger fashion-fail statement. I may ask Mom...
  • My dog has the most amazing bladder. She can go 12 hours without a bathroom break. That's awesome on the rare days I can't get back home on time. Coco, I salute you.
  • Why doesn't someone come up with a "shop and stock" business. When you're really busy, you can't wait to get back home. Upon reaching that destination, you realize there's no groceries in the house and everyone wants to know what's for supper. Back out the door! I'd hire someone to shop and stock the fridge so I didn't have to do that, if there was such a thing.
  • Everything aches the morning after moving around boxes. At the time I was doing it, it seemed fine.
  • Hubzam is a workhorse. I'm glad he is on my team. He may not be glad, but I am.
  • Gonzo will do anything I ask and not complain. Watching kids out in public this weekend made me realize how rare that is...
Tomorrow, my brain will be rested and normal. Shutting up now (hey, you - stop that clapping!).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Throw Up..Er, Throwback Thursday: The Temple of the Pink Bandanna

Once upon a time, I used to travel a lot more than I do now. Cruises were my favorite. In later years, my Mom would start to travel extensively and she told me that it began with her living vicariously through me. That cracks me up.

The night before I was leaving on a cruise to the Western Caribbean and Mexico, I visited my Mom because she had announced excitedly that she made me a present for the cruise. In fact, she made several just to sure that I got the color I wanted. Proudly, she held out her handiwork. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Funny You Should Ask That Musical Question, Part 3

Once again, our old pal Geezer Bear is here to review some musical questions. It seems we've ignored Rap. My bad. 

"How ya like me now?"
Kool Moe Dee 
"How Ya Like Me Now" (1987)

I've got some bad news: I don't know where you are now.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm Not Crying

My friends have my back and frequently, they suggest posts from stories they have heard. In a feat of blogger frugality, I realized it could be a Soundtrack of My Life post, too. Sweet....

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I had a lot of oral surgery. You'll never guess why...really, you won't. My dentist used to say my mouth was way too small for the amount of teeth I had. If you ever feel the need to say, "Cherdo has a big mouth," I'll stop you in your tracks with medical proof that is not the case at all. I even had a third set that had started to form on the right lower side of my jaw. You know, just in case I needed more than average.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Torn" BOTB Results!

The picture says it all! Natalie Imbruglia ran away with it. Perhaps it only makes sense - she was the artist who took it to number one.

But was Natalie Imbruglia the first to do it? NO! This was an Ednaswap original. As many of you noted, it was nice to hear this tune with more of a edge.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things!

It's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things. Welcome to our wonderful oasis of mini-celebrations. Hosted by Lexa Cain, and her wonderful co-hosts: 
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge         Katie @ TheCyborgMom

This week, I'm celebrating:
  1. A break from the 90-100 degree temperatures! 
  2. A welcome rain! Whoo-hoo, no standing outside with a hose and watering the garden! Oh...wait...that was Hubzam. I just watched.
  3. This may be a minor thing to some, but a huge deal to me: My vet is a genius, I've decided. I've used about six different vets over the last decade. He's the first one who has figured out a medicine regimen that has kept my dog, Coco, from scratching herself to death. Frequently allergy flair ups are killer on the budget bottom line.
  4. Finally settled on a disaster buddy (The Rock).
  5. Magoo got engaged to his long time gal-friend. We love her.
  6. Missed the speeding bullet, son!  Magoo was faced with a car repair that seemed HUGE. Like "new engine" huge. Fortune smiled on him and it was not a big deal after all. Whew!
  7. Juggernaut got a new job! He won't have to travel. The man is a homebody, first and foremost.
  8. I think I figured out the problem with my "jerky" scrollin' blog. 
Everyone have a great weekend! Be safe and have some fun.

Join us in the celebration and tell us how your week went!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Games on the Brain

On June 15, Sage had something on his blog that I thought was interesting. If you haven't read his Musings blog, you're missing out. His pictures are like a mini-vacation at your desk - I love them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Humpday Haiku: Blog Hobo

After being given a free e-book on blogging, I read it eagerly at first. The enthusiasm started to fade soon. I don't know what I thought it would be about but it sure wasn't interesting or fun. There's nothing in that book that speaks to me. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In Case of Emergency...I'm with The Rock

If there is ever a natural disaster and we pair up for maximum chance of survival, I'm with Dwayne Johnson: The Rock. Last Friday, I did a case study to help me choose my partner when I saw San Andreas, his new movie. Forget about 2D or 3D - I saw it in 1D... D as in Dwayne.

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Torn" BOTB: Ednaswap, Natalie Imbruglia and Lea Michele

Stephen T. McCarthy's Battle of the Bands!   And darn if I'm not on board this crazy train. 

Okay, here's my submissions for June 15th. I'm a big fan of the song "Torn" and boy, it's been done by a lot of people. Who's the cover and who's the original?  Most people would guess Natalie Imbruglia was the original, but they'd be wrong. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: What We Do In The Shadows

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to present 
Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society!

How could your old pal, Cherdo, possibly pass up any
opportunity to frolic with Mock & Squid? 

You can jump in the cauldron, too!  Sign up below!

This month, everyone gets to throw a movie of their own choice into the pot.  Here's the wrinkle for June, a fabulous idea from Mock:  the week before our gathering, a trivia challenge on Friday!  Everyone was invited to post three clues about his/her movie for others to guess (there's some smart movie buffs out there, starting with author Alex J. Cavanaugh who NAILED it!).  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Okay, One More Thing About Cooties

Mike from Billions of Versions of Normal (I'm a serious fan) mentioned one of the things we do to ourselves as humans in his comments on yesterday's post. There's a school of thought out there that we have brought on a lot of allergies, etc., by limiting our exposure to random cooties. I agree wholeheartedly. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Magic Paper: A Supermarket Fairy Tale

Upon viewing this cartoon on my screen, my son reminded me that this is the one thing that makes me irrationally angry. What thing is that, you ask? Hold your horses, people...I'm getting to that.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blog Tour! Author Chrys Fey

One of my favorite blogs belongs to writer Chrys Fey and it's called Write with Fey. With her experience and training, she is able to provide informative posts about the mechanics of writing in a style that I love! 

Give a big welcome to my guest host for June 9th: Take it away, Chrys!

Thank you for opening up for blog to me, Cherdo, so I can talk about my newest short story, Witch of Death. :)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Hack Stack: Drop Cable!

Okay, young whippersnappers, let's look at something useful for my movie loving, cable-abandoning friends. Some people don't want to get Netflix (hey, it's a free country...perhaps more so for you than the Netflix and Amazon Prime subscribers).

Where are the free movies and shows  online?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: June Trivia Clues

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to present 
Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society!

How could your old pal, Cherdo, possibly pass up any
opportunity to frolic with Mock & Squid? 

You can jump in the cauldron, too!  Sign up below!

This month, everyone gets to throw a movie of their own choice into the pot.  Here's the wrinkle for June, a fabulous idea from Mock:  the week before our gathering, a trivia challenge on Friday!  Everyone is invited to post three clues about his/her movie for others to guess.  

My clues for my movie are:

June's Bonehead Confession

There are times when I am glad that I know for certain that certain people never read my blog. This is one of those times. This is not so much as a single bonehead event, but a series of minor bonehead acts that come together and swirl around before they go down the drain of life.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bonehead Blog Hop - Monthly on the 5th

Face your fear! Come on, we all do boneheaded things from time to time and there's safety in numbers. Join our rag tag bunch on the fifth day of every month to share your boneheaded act or someone else's faux pas, if you're really desperate...we need a good laugh (or something to compare with our own boneheaded mistakes). 

Hosted by  Author Diana Wilder of  Diana Wilder, ...About myself, by myself and your old pal, Cherdo, of Cherdo on the Flipside, an equal opportunity offender and virtual bonehead mistake factory.

Join us, if you can - when you can! This is a no-stress blog hop!

Throwback + Thursday + Soundtrack...It's a Hybrid, People

It seems like only yesterday when my boys looked like the picture above. It was taken at the wedding of my oldest son, Juggernaut, and they both were "best men." You can tell by their faces that they are related. Perhaps the sunblock was applied a little heavy that year.

Time flies. I'm reminded of that a lot lately. My youngest of the bunch, this guy, ....

....enrolled in some college classes today (he will take them while he is still in high school...dual enrollment, I love you; what a great idea). It was a milestone that came too quick.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hump Day Haikus: Blogger Stats Apathy

Sometimes, I wander through the set up for my blog. Should I change things? Am I missing some important maintenance task? Can I go back and put one space after each sentence, instead of two? Should I turn off AdSense, since my entire effort put forth amounted to about two minutes of effort? Am I the ignorant step-child of the blog-o-sphere?

And then I remember...I'm on the Flipside. On the Flipside, we do what we want to do; we're the wrinkled, nearly retired, rebellious segment of society. Oh, yeah, baby.

A Haiku Collection 
About Blogger Stats Apathy
by Cherdo

Night time geezer gal
Technology apathy
A human chill pill

Numbers from Blogger
I read them and I move on
They tell me nothing

Can I turn them off?
I am wasting someone's time
Because I don't care

Lazy blogger girl
Statistical anti-nerd
No purpose, I moan.

The years have changed me
I put the "soft" in "software."
(Changed? One syllable?)

Midnight has passed
Tackle questions tomorrow
Mysteries will wait

I just like to play
And I'm not the only one
(Of course, I mean YOU)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Newsday?

Rumor has it that if you don't have something to say, you should stop talking. No one else follows that guideline,  so why should I?

This weekend,  chump that I am, I've turned on the news daily only to find a shocking absence of news.  Each and every time,  I took the informational bait in the form of clever,  enticing taglines like "news at eleven." Liar, liar, teleprompter on fire. 

Warning: this is neither the first nor the last time I'll rant on this topic.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The "Hallelujah" BOTB: Rufus Wainwright vs. k.d. Lange

Good grief, I forgot that today was the first of the month and it was time for Stephen T. McCarthy's Battle of the Bands! (Don't forget to check out my other post for Michael D'Agostino's Question of the Month today, too. He's made a nice tab for it at the top of the page.)

Without further adieu, I give you one of my favorite songs, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." I've learned my lesson about about using the original artist!! In this case, Leonard doesn't give my favorite version anyhow - but here it is:

I like my BOTB like I like my bacon: CANADIAN

June's Question of the Month Blog Hop!

Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list below to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 

If your house caught on fire, what's the one thing you'd grab before running out?