It’s all My Fault So Blame the Weather on Me

An Adirondack chair under a grape arbor in the snow

Ice, snow and freezing temperatures are all part of my birthday tradition.

The weather is really awful for most of the U.S. today, and I take full responsibility for it. If you go back through history you’ll see a long line of snow and ice storms and mind numbing cold temperatures on January 28th (plus or minus about 5 days). I can confirm this phenomenon has gone on since the 1970’s. How do I know? It’s my birthday.

I was born during a deep freeze, just after a snow storm. As a kid nearly every one of my birthday parties was rescheduled at least once because of the weather. One party wasn’t held until March because a pipe burst at the restaurant and there was major damage.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But it’s the end of January ~ of course the weather’s going to be bad!” You have a point. But, if we were to schedule a birthday get-together two weeks after my actual birthday, the weather will be bad that day too. I have years of facts to back me up on this.

So I apologize for any inconvenience I’ve caused. Trust me, I would put an end to this craziness if I could. The best I can do is hope you all stay safe and warm.

On a slightly related note, one year ago I said I was looking at making some changes. Then things changed a hell of a lot more than I planned. They aren’t done yet, but I think I’ve got a little better idea where they’re going. Thanks to all of those who’ve hung around over the last year. Stick around to see what happens next.

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Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/20/2013

Tis the season for more Holiday Guilty Pleasures! I’m going back in time for this week’s guilty pleasure to something I’m pretty sure most of you have never seen…three black-and-white stop motion videos from the 1950’s that are a tradition on my hometown TV station. People love them so much that they’ve posted them on-line so that the folks who moved away and can’t make it home over the holidays can still see the videos and share them with their families.

There’s just something special about these little songs. They’re so simple. So quant. A reminder of a simpler time when Christmas wasn’t about the latest electronic device and a lot more about your family and friends. They’re part of the Christmas Magic I’ve been look for. I don’t know that watching them helps me find it, but it brings back all kinds of memories and today I’ll take it.

Without any further adieu, here are the three videos that I can’t help but watch each Christmas.

Here are three friends of the Big Man in the Red Suit that you probably don’t know. This is probably my favorite video. It also spawned outbursts of, “And Joooooeee,” whenever someone listed names, and what’s not to love about that.

Frosty is the MAN! Well, the snowman. He looks a little different here than what a lot of us are use to, but he’s still his thumpity-thump-thump self.

Don’t forget Suzy Snowflake who is dressed in a snow-white gown and tapping on the window panes of North Main Street! Born from the classic 1951 song written by Sid Tepper and Roy Brodsky, and most notably performed by Rosemary Clooney, Suzy characterizes everything that is fun about the first snowfall of the year!

I find Hardrock, Coco, and yes, Joe, absolutely adorable. And if you are anything like the me, you’ll catch yourself humming Suzy Snowflake’s little theme song for days! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas One and All!

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 12/13/2013

Tis the season for Holiday Guilty Pleasures! This week’s Guilty Pleasure is more of a genre – it’s the cheesy Christmas movie.

There are loads of them playing pretty much 24/7 between Lifetime Movie Network and ABC Family and UP and a few other cable channels there are at least three or four new movies every weekend. And these movies play all weekend.

They are the guiltiest of pleasures. The girl always gets the boy. The day is always saved by a Christmas Miracle. There is always hope and always a happy ending. Big bonus – they are family friendly! That’s right Ladies and Gents, you can watch them with the kids, not that kids would want to watch a  lot of them, but there are a few that they would enjoy.

The plots are predictable. The acting by the supporting cast (and occasionally the stars) is not going to be winning any awards. And sometimes the writing is awful. But occasionally there is a real gem.

Love at The Christmas Table starring Danica McKellar is one of my favorites because it goes a little against the grain from most of the movies. Tom Cavanagh made a great almost Santa Clause in Snow along side Ashley Williams and they were a great pair again in Snow 2: Brain Freeze (these are two great ones for watching with the kids). One of the best I’ve seen come out so far this year has been Let It Snow with Candance Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch and Alan Thicke on the Hallmark Channel. But there are a ton…There was another where Ashley Williams played a librarian at a library was being closed by a handsome young Scrooge type that was cute…There was one with Drew Lachey last weekend on the new Up Network called Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas that wasn’t too bad. But there are a lot out there, so see what you like. (Side Note: Dean Cain is a king of Christmas movies – I believe he’s been in over 20! You don’t have to watch long to find one he’s in.)

So go on, pull up a couch, pour yourself some hot chocolate or a cup of tea and watch. As long as you have cable you can catch these movies. Sure, you’ll know how they’ll all end about 10 minutes in, but you’ll enjoy the trip all the same.

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!