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Make it a great day… Always!

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Laverne and Shirley

If yesterday’s post didn’t make me feel old. How about this one.

Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, who teamed up as Laverne and Shirley on the classic, eponymous sitcom from 1976 to 1983, are reuniting for a guest appearance on a teen sitcom. It will be the first time they’ve acted together in 30 years.

Marshall, 69, and Williams, 65, will appear on Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, playing the creators of a ’70s TV show who haven’t spoken in 30 years.

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30 years later…

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I remember when I was a kid watching this show and the one before it, Happy Days.

I wanted a “S” on my shirts so bad! And who hasn’t tried a “Pepsi & Milk”, Laverne’s favorite drink.

This show was just so fun to watch, until the moved to California. But at least they had Lenny & Squiggy with them.

Plus, I just loved the theme song to the show.

Just in case you want to sing along (like me!)

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
Schemeel, schlemazel, Hasenfeff Inc
We’re gonna do it!

Give us any chance – we’ll take it
Read us any rule – we’ll break it
We’re gonna make our dreams come true….
Doin’ it our way

Nothin’s gonna turn us back now
Straight ahead and on the track now
We’re gonna make our dreams come true…
Doin’ it our way

There is nothing we won’t try
Never heard the word impossible
This time there’s no stopping us
We’re gonna do it

On your mark, get set and go now
Got a dream and we just know now
We’re gonna make our dream come true
And we’ll do it our way – yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
And do it our way – yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you

20-Year Old Songs

You know how much I love lists. I was checking out my newsfeeds and I found this one — 20 Songs You Can’t Even Believe Are 20 Years Old, that was in the Rolling Stone magazine.

Needless to say, I was a little shocked that these songs were already 20 years old. How could that be? It just seems like yesterday I was adding them to my iTunes library. And when I think of “oldies”, I think of songs from the 50’s, 60’s and the 70’s. Not the 90’s!!

20 Songs You Can’t Even Believe Are 20 Years Old

By Pat Pemberton | Rolling Stone – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 2:58 PM EDT

Remember that dancing bee girl from Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video? She’s 30. That won’t mean much to incoming college freshmen, who weren’t even alive during Kurt Cobain‘s lifetime. But for those who wore flannel shirts and watched that new show Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1993, it might seem like someone hit life’s skip-forward button.

As Gen X-ers wonder how they became middle-aged so soon, here are 20 tunes they can’t fathom are 20 years old.

  • “Loser” by Beck
  • “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
  • “All Apologies” by Nirvana
  • “Who Am I (What’s My Name?)” by Snoop Doggy Dogg
  • Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum
  • “No Rain” by Blind Melon
  • “Creep” by Radiohead
  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers
  • “Whoomp (There It Is)” by Tag Team
  • “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes
  • “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf
  • “Insane in the Membrane” by Cypress Hill
  • “Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Whatta Man” by Salt-n-Pepa With En Vogue
  • “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” by Lenny Kravitz
  • “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots
  • “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows
  • “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam
  • “Cryin'” by Aerosmith

I was just listening to “Jeremy” by Peral Jam and it doesn’t sound like a song that is 20 years old!

 

 

 

 

Supermoon 2013

I am a little late on the whole “Supermoon” phenom. But while I was checking out the pictures that were posted, But here is one that I really liked.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Supermoon! Amazing pictures of the solar system’s best lunar show this weekend

  • The moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal during this year’s ‘supermoon’
  • The moon will be about 222,000 miles from Earth

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 09:54 EST, 23 June 2013

Updated: 10:57 EST, 23 June 2013

Prepare to howl.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky today as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual.

The supermoon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal – the outcome of a cosmic quirk as the moon orbits within about 222,000 miles (357,000 kilometers) of our planet.

Some viewers may think the shining orb looks more dazzling, but it’s actually an optical illusion.

The glowing disc is simply larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

But don’t worry if you missed it. The supermoon’s effect should still linger until at least Tuesday.

Supermoon - NASA 

I am so glad that the Daily Mail added the graphic from the NASA to explains what causes a supermoon.

 

Supermoon in Von Ormy, Texas by Sylvia Garza

Supermoon in Von Ormy, Texas by Sylvia Garza

And I even tried to get a picture of the Supermoon in Von Ormy. Texas. Now, I was using my cell phone so the picture isn’t the greatest. And it was reallylate and dark out when I took the picture. And living in South Texas, I have this thing about the chupacabra and being outside at night. Any little noise I hear, I am sure it’s the chupacabra waiting for me. I know, it’s a folktale, but when in Rome.

 

 So, until the next Supermoon in August 10, 2014.

Four Years Ago Today

Here is the post from June 25, 2009 that I blogged about “Celebrities Always Die in Threes“.  I thought since it has been four years now (time flies by way too fast), I would repost it again.

All day at work, I have been listening to Michael Jasckson on Pandora. He did have some really great songs.

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, you may be gone, but you have never been forgotten.

 

 

You Know the Saying, “Celebrities Always Die in Threes” — you know when a famous person dies, they say celebrity deaths always come in threes?

Well these past couple of weeks proves that there is some truth in this saying. The most recent celebrities deaths have been Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Here are some of things that I will remember of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Ed McMahon

There were so many shows that Ed McMahon was on The Tonight Show, Star Search, TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes and all of those commercials. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon won’t be the same with Ed McMahon.

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I remember watching the commercials that she did before she was a TV/movie star. Ultra Brite toothpaste, Wella Balsam shampoo, and her own brand of shampoo, marketed by Fabergé. Then when I saw her on Charlie’s Angels, I wanted a “Farrah Do” or “Farrah Hair”.

There were two movies that she did that really stuck in my mind, Extremities and  The Burning Bed.

Michael Jackson

One of my favorite albums is his Off the Wall released August 10, 1979. This recrod had some of Michael Jackson’s classic songs that made himthe King of Pop.

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
Rock with You
Off the Wall
She’s out of My Life

Then there is “Beat It” and “Billie Jean“. And probably on of my favorite video –“Thriller“.

And who could forget —

On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special, both with The Jackson 5 and on his own singing “Billie Jean”. Debuting his signature dance move—the moonwalk.

I remember watching the special and just being glues to the TV when he sang that song. And when he did the moonwalk… WOW!

There are just too many of his songs, either with his brothers or when he was on his own, to name my favorites.One of those songs on my list of Michael Jackson’s songs is Man in the Mirror. This song alaways gets to me.

Rest in peace Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

I got this from my friend Jason… “remember life is short. You are still here, enjoy each moment!”

Mike Wazowski Cake Pops

OK, I don’t have any children and my nephew and niece are in their 20’s now, but I am a big fan of Monsters, Inc. and really want to see the new movie coming out soon, the prequel, Monsters University.

In one of the newsletters I receive, Spoonful, there was a recipe for Mike Wazowski Cake Pops.Imight just have to make these and watch Monsters. Inc. before seeing the new movie.

 

Mike Wazowski Cake Pops

Mike Wazowski Cake Pops
Prep Time 45 minutes Cook Time 1 hour

Don’t take your “eye” off of these delicious Mike Wazowski-inspired treats, they’ll fly off the plate fast!

What you’ll need

  • Baked cake (your favorite box mix)
  • 1 Can of frosting
  • Jumbo candy eyes
  • Small white pearl candies (for the teeth)
  • White candy hearts (for the horns)
  • Green candy coating
  • 10 pieces of chocolate candy coating (for the mouth)
  • New and clean craft brush ¼ inch
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Brick of Styrofoam
  • Parchment lined baking sheet
  • Edible food pens
Helpful Tip:If you find your candying coating a little too thick, you can add a few drops of vegetable oil at a time until you get your desired consistency.

How to make it

  1. Bake your cake according to the box instructions and set aside to cool completely. Prep your candy decorations by putting them into a small bowl or plate.

  2. Crumble the cake finely into a bowl. Discard any hard edging of the cake that does not crumble neatly. Spoon in ½ – ¾ the can of frosting and use your hands to mix the frosting thoroughly into the cake.

  3. Using your hands, scoop out a small portion of cake and roll it into a ball. Shape the ball into a fat teardrop shape and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the cake is shaped, place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 15 minutes. After that time, transfer to the refrigerator.

  4. Meanwhile, pour the green candy coating into a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 50% for 40-second intervals. Stir after each 40-second interval, being careful to not over heat the candy coating. When there are only a few lumps left, stir the coating until it is melted and smooth.

  5. Remove 3 or 4 cakes from the refrigerator at a time to dip. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the coating, then insert into the bottom of the cake. Now, dip the pop into the coating, submerging the cake completely. Do not swirl the cake pop or the cake will come apart into the bowl. Let any extra coating drip back into the bowl.
  6. Before the coating dries, insert two white candy hearts on top of the head for the horns pushing the top of the hearts into the coating and letting the bottom of the hearts stick out the top. Insert one jumbo eye into the center of the cake pop closer to the top than the bottom. Insert the stick end of the cake pop into a brick of Styrofoam to let dry.

  7. Once all the cake pops are dipped and decorated, melt the 6 pieces of chocolate candy coating. Using a new and clean craft brush, dip the brush into the chocolate candy coating and paint on the mouth. Before the mouth dries, place 5 to 4 white pearl candies into the mouth for the top teeth, and 3 to 4 pearl candies for the bottom teeth. Repeat with the rest of the cake pops.

  8. Once all the mouths are dry, use a black edible food pen and draw a line across the middle 3 upper teeth for Mike’s retainer.

James Gandolfini… Gone Too Soon

Well, when I got home tonight, I saw/read that actor James Gandolfini died.

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(CNN) – James Gandolfini, best known for his role as an anxiety-ridden mob boss on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died in Italy, possibly of a heart attack, an HBO spokeswoman and the actor’s managers said Wednesday. He was 51.

I remember watching James Gandolfini in some movies like “Crimson Tide ” (1995), “The Juror” (1996) and “8mm” (1999). I was not a regular watcher of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” but I saw a couple of the shows.

Reading some of the posts on the social media sites, it looked like he had a lot of fans.

As I mentioned in my previous post about Slim Whitman… heaven just got a little bit more interesting with James “Tony Soprano” Gandolfini is in the house!

R.I.P. James Gandolfini.

Side note:
Slim Whitman and James Gandolfini are not the only “famous” people who died today. Author Vince Flynn, 47, American author (Mitch Rapp series), also died today.

As I have blogged about before. Theses famous people’s death seem to go in three’s.

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