Category Archives: Just for Fun

Top 10 80s songs to embarrass your kids!


It is back to school time and it is time to pay back for all of the annoying, whining, and embarrassing this THEY did to US this summer.

I am thinking about blaring my “80s faves” at the bus stop, or when dropping them off at a friends house.  I wanted to come up with a list of the Top 10 most embarrassing 80s songs.

PLEASE feel free to add your own!  btw, if you can’t remember the song, click the link!

10. Cars That Go Boom by L’Trimm (ESPECIALLY if you drive a “grocery getter”!)

9. Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter

8. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

7. We Built This City by Jefferson Starship

6. Bang Your Head by Quiet Riot

5. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham (I am still waiting for George to go straight and marry me!)

4. Mickey by Toni Basil

3. Like a Virgin by Madonna

2. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice

1. Da Butt by E.U. (and notably one of my favorite songs of ALL TIME)

So, come on Mamas and Daddys, SHOW THEM WHO IS BOSS!!!  😀

Yay! A Matching Pair!


ashton sock boxI supposed you would have to know how chaotic our mornings can be sometimes.  There you go.

This morning, Ashton grumbled to the sock box and the next thing I heard was, “Ooh, already a sock.”  There was raw excitement in the way he said it.

“It’s gonna be a good day.” It seemed to be the underlying message of his comment.

Then, to make his day even better, he found a matching pair!  (He is usually too impatient to look long enough to find one.)

Yep, today is gonna be a good day!  🙂

***This is NOT to say Ashton has no socks.  On the contrary, he has a million of them.  I have delegated the chore of pairing his own socks to him.  🙂

Train Yourself to Seek Opportunity


Sometimes an opportunity doesn’t seem like much…until you make something of it. ~Sunshine E. Monk

It is so easy to fall into a rut and claim that there are no opportunities.  When in fact, there are times in life when we need to think outside of the box and seek our own opportunities.  (After all, in life, nobody is holding us back but ourselves, right?)  You might think it is hard, but in reality, it just takes a little time and attention.In one of the sessions I attended during a Women’s Wellness Retreat a few years ago, the instructor likened finding pennies on the ground to seeking your own opportunities.  Her story (filtered through my memory) went something like this:

Most of the time when we are walking through public places, and even at home, we unconsciously step over and ignore pennies.  We do it without notice.  Most of the time, if a penny on the ground is actually noticed, we think to ourselves, “oh, its only a penny, not worth the time or effort to pick it up.”  But in reality, if you start to teach yourself to seek out spare change on the ground, you would be surprised how much more you notice.  And after a period of time, say a year, you will notice how many coins or pieces of money you have found on the ground, simply by being open to seeking it out.

Similarly, we pass over so many opportunities each day.  It might be an opportunity as simple as a conversation with someone to encourage them, or as complex as creating a way for your dreams to come true or creating career opportunities.

I have noticed, however, that we keep our eyes closed to the opportunities and keep focused on the task at hand.  Sometimes we might even brush off our instinct for an idea or opportunity because it sounds “over the top” or crazy.  Some of the most profound inventions came from ideas that were over the top.  Apple has reinvented itself with ideas that were over the top.  In our own lives, we need to be aware of our own ideas and opportunities, even if they sound like they are over the top.  Your dreams might not be as unaccessible as you think.

Be open to other people and be open to opportunities that may present themselves, no matter how big or small they might seem.  Live in the opportunities and learn from them.  When we seek them out, we will notice them more.

If you don’t believe me, try it yourself.  Start trying to pay attention to the ground for loose pennies or change.  The first month, you might not even find a cent.  But you will see, the more you try to be aware of the opportunities to seek lost change, the more times you will actually find and notice pennies…and opportunities.

How much can you find over a year?  I will await your responses next year!  🙂  I will report my own seized opportunities through the next year.  Challenge?

Love is never free


Oh no, no, no.  Love is never free.  There is a premium.  But who controls the cost?

I was just sitting around on facebook and was not expecting the attack.  And when I say attack, I don’t mean one of warfare.  I mean one of love and affection.

My darling sweet son, one of the loves of my life, decided to rub my back.  “For no reason.”

Who am I to pass up a “free” backrub?  (Especially since I seem to have pulled a muscle in my shoulder from carrying around school books…unfortunately I am not joking).

So, he rubbed and he rubbed, and then he karate chopped and scratched, and all the little things that our family does to one anothers’ backs.  Then, I became enlightened…so far the backrub has more than 30 seconds…that means he wants something.  And I think, in some ways, he suspects that I know this and he is actually waiting for me to ask what he wants.  But I stay quiet.  Heck, he IS rubbing my back.

This went on for nearly 15 minutes before he was able to finally ask.  And guess what?  The answer was STILL NO!  HA…Mama wins again.  Kids think they are so smart. 🙂

The Study of Happiness


The Happy Movie is awesome!

I just watched the most eye-opening documentary – “Happy” – on the study of happiness (aka positive psychology for those who care). There were some amazingly simple and fundamental points made within the nearly two hours of information. Sounds boring, but really, it was awesome.  Just understanding that happiness is something that exists within each of us and that bonds us, is truly compelling.

It kind of reminds me of the simplicity of togetherness that we all seek.  Good movie, check it out!

I know the full movie is available on netflix, and there is a clip of it available below (and no, I am not getting paid to promote it or anything…it just added a new perspective through my journey!)

Film – The Happy Movie | The Happy Movie.

We were the original “facebook”


Recently, I gave my son, Ashton, a journal.  I have been trying to encourage him to write his thoughts and feelings.  As I began digging through all of my own old diaries, I found the notebooks we used to pass between friends and classes.  We would each taking turns with this notebook and draw pictures or cartoons, write about whatever”boring teacher” we were ignoring, talk about the latest romance, or write specific notes to specific people.  All day long, as the person writes a few messages or whatever, they pass it along to another of the people in our group.  They take a turn and pass it on to whoever they see next.  And so on…

We were the original facebook!  🙂 

PS  I still have the majority of our books.  Hmm…

My Angels


I am blessed enough to be in a unique awareness.  I am very aware of people in my life having certain purpose for my life.  As if I was meant to know them.  As if God brought them into my life as a way of teaching me, comforting me, guiding me, or encouraging me.

I truly do not mean this to sound ego-centric, though I suppose technically it is.  It is just life.  It is how God speaks to us.  It is how God gives us the information that we need to process, contemplate, and regurgitate in our own lives.

These people in my life sometimes appear for a moment and some have been with me forever since.  Either way, they shape who I am.

At one point, I just started referring to them as my angels. Though most people usually just call them friends.  🙂

I was telling my friend about some ideas I had and this was her response. It moved me so deeply, that I now use it as an affirmation. Jen has been one of my angels…from out of nowhere. ❤

Sometimes, people enter my life for just a brief moment, as if the “fates align” and all chaos in my world grinds to a screeching halt – just for one specific moment with one specific person – for one specific, life-altering moment of time.  Maybe it is something they say to me…may just a gesture, but it is life changing!

Other times, my angel stays in my life for any period of time…even forever.

ALL of these people serve a purpose in my own life. It is how God works through each of us to comfort and love one another.  This weekend, at my Women’s Wellness Retreat, we called it a “Community of Women” or a “Circle of Friends.”

My angels inspire me, love me, nurture me.  At times, their presence in my life might be turbulent, angry or uncomfortable, but even those times ultimately bring to acceptance, or a different perspective…a deep, life-altering enlightenment.

I am so grateful for the angels that God has brought into my life.  I am grateful for the treasures of life, laughter, tears they have given me.  I am grateful for the love, motivation and comfort, as well as the challenges and diversity they have given me.

I also want to point out that God works through ALL of us – whether we want to or not.  Perhaps you have experienced this as well.  There are times in my deepest, darkest moments, when my struggles are burdening my heart from moment to moment in excruciating agony…when survival is my ultimate daily goal.  My head is too full of worry and uncertainty; of my own emotional, physical, and spiritual fears.  But then someone comes up to me and tells me that I have encouraged THEM!  (With absolutely no intent or knowledge on my part).

That is when I realize that God works through me to show love, grace and determination to those around me.  And I am humbled.

Praise God for the Gift of Community, Fellowship, and Life.

My Newest Obsession: SongPop!


OMgoodness!!!!!  I am completely and totally addicted to the game SongPop.  (If you have not heard of it, I think it is available through facebook or iproducts.)

Man, I tell ya…it is like I have worked my whole life building a musical database in my head JUST TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SONGPOP!

Everywhere I go now, when I hear a song, I immediately try to think of the song title and singer or band.  It is a festering obsession!  When I am driving, my finger involuntarily twitches on the steering wheel every time a new song comes on…it is trying to click the mouse button!

I

can’t

stop

playing!

If you play, look me up!  SunniMonk as usual!