Month: September 2019

Music Monday for 09.30.2019

EDIT: Linky Tools is still not working for me. Cathy was kind enough to help a gal out last week by uploading a pic for me, and I am so thankful. However, I still can not get Mr. Linky to pull a photo from my site, OR let me upload one manually. I have no clue if it’s a blog issue, a size issue (I have resized several photos, and none have worked), or a computer issue. I am still working on it, but I may have to just leave links to all I visit until I can figure this out. Your patience is appreciated!

Farewell, September! You blew in and out of here so fast my head’s still spinning, and I still haven’t updated with my concert review from August, or my birthday trip to Memphis mid-month. I may never get around to it! But I digress. It is Monday, and Mondays are for sharing music!

The theme over at Dolly’s is “First Grade Songs – songs that were popular the year you were in first grade (or when you were 6 yrs old).” I started first grade at five years old, in 1975. A quick Google search showed me there was indeed a great selection of music available to choose from that year. But since the theme specifies first grade or six years old, I decided to go with songs from 1976, since I both turned six by the time 1976 rolled around, AND that was the second half of my first grade year. These are my favorites of the ones I came across! But only six, and it was kind of hard to narrow it down:

  1. Fleetwood Mac – “Rhiannon”
  2. Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic”
  3. The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
  4. Bellamy Brothers – “Let Your Love Flow”
  5. Eagles – “Take It To The Limit”
  6. Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Feel free to listen/check out the videos below…

Fleetwood Mac – “Rhiannon”

Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic”

The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”

Bellamy Brothers – “Let Your Love Flow”

Eagles – “Take It To The Limit”

Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”

What music was popular the year YOU were six, or when you were in first grade?

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Fall TV Season is well underway

One of the prompts for this week’s Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop was “Write about the fall lineup you’re most interested in watching.”

Finally, a prompt I feel completely qualified – nay, perhaps overqualified to write about – as TV is my jam. This fall season (with a few exceptions) kicked off earlier this week, and has really picked up speed. I don’t know if I have a particular lineup I’m excited about, but I *am* really excited about some shows I’m currently viewing, and some that are coming soon!

Here’s the master list, with premiere dates. If you’ve got time, you can scroll down and read my thoughts and watch some trailers if anything interests you.

  • Marianne – Netflix; currently streaming
  • American Horror Story – F/X; 9/18
  • A Very Brady Renovation – HGTV; 9/19
  • The Neighborhood – CBS; 9/23
  • 9-1-1 – Fox; 9/23
  • Prodigal Son – Fox; 9/24
  • Bluff City Law – NBC; 9/23
  • Emergence – ABC; 9/24
  • This Is Us – NBC; 9/24
  • Superstore – NBC; 9/26
  • Grey’s Anatomy – ABC; 9/26
  • Mom – CBS; 9/26
  • The Unicorn – CBS; 9/26
  • Ink Master: Grudge Match – Paramount; 10/1
  • S.W.A.T. – CBS; 10/2
  • The Walking Dead – AMC; 10/6

…and this isn’t even counting all the football and cooking shows and miscellaneous shows I might pick up along the way.

**If this is as far as you get, let me go ahead and ask: What are YOU most looking forward to watching this fall?**

Here’s what I’m currently watching:

Marianne – a French horror series about a horror writer whose novels, which she bases on her dreams, come true. Is anyone else watching? What are your thoughts? I have mixed feelings about this one. Sure, it’s good. It’s creepy. Super creepy. But other than that, I don’t feel like I really get as much from it, and therefore don’t like/enjoy it as much as many others do. But, I do enjoy it, and highly recommend it if you’re a horror fan. FYI: subtitled.

American Horror Story (Wednesday, 9/- I’m only one episode in on this season, titled “1984”, which, as you might have guessed, is an AHS-styled homage to 80’s slasher flicks. I have always liked AHS, and I grew up on 80s slasher films, so this season is right up my alley! Whereas I don’t like Marianne as much as many of my peers do, I seem to like AHS more than them. Of course I recommend it as well if you are a fan of the genre. I already included the AHS 1984 trailer in my Five for Friday post last week, but I’ve found an unofficial companion stream of wrap-ups from Think Story, posted after each episode airs. I find them pretty informative as well as hysterically funny! If you’re watching, you might, too. Here’s the first one (but the second episode breakdown is now up):

HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation – The Brady Bunch was one of my favorite before-myt-ime-tv-shows to watch in the afternoons after getting home from school. I loved that family, and loved their FABULOUS HOUSE! So naturally, I was really worried when I learned that HGTV won the bidding war on the Brady house, with plans to renovate it. The first thing that popped into my mind was that they were going to Chip-and-Joanna the hell out of this beloved place. I was so excited to learn that the HGTV team planned to restore the house to it’s 70s glory by replicating the original series set! This premiered a while back, and the Far-Out Finale is this coming Monday (9/30), but I’m sure you can catch it on HGTV or OnDemand or reruns or something.

The Neighborhood – I love this show first and foremost for its sensitively and well-written comedy and its top-notch cast (Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Tichina Arnold, Beth Behrs), but it also tackles race and privilege in a way that may make better sense to some who struggle to understand those issues.

9-1-1 – Now in its third season, this show continues to blow me away. There’s literally never a dull moment, so if you are into really hot rescue units and basically non-stop action, then this is the show for you. And just two more words: ANGELA. BASSETT.

Superstore – I have worked different positions in retail and other customer service industries for all of my adult life so I know, or have at least dealt with, all of these characters and customer situations at some point in time. And if you’ve ever worked in retail, you’ll recognize them, too. Plus, this cast is phenomenal.

Grey’s Anatomy – I didn’t get a chance to watch Grey’s in real time from the beginning, so I rectified that a few years ago by bingeing on a dozen or more seasons on Netflix. It’s different watching in real time, but I’m still along for the ride after all these cast changes and seasons.

And here are some that have premiered, but I haven’t gotten around to watching yet/I’ll give them at least a one episode chance, and those that are coming soon:

Prodigal Son – I haven’t watched this one yet, but I plan to this weekend. I’m very intrigued, and think this might just be the crime drama I need to fill the Criminal Minds (which won’t be back for it’s final season until 2020, sniff sniff)-sized hole left in my fall viewing schedule. And the cast is stellar: Tom Payne (Jesus from The Walking Dead), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls, Dirty John), and…LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS! MICHAEL SHEEN!!!

Bluff City Law – this is another one which has premiered that I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, but my Mom has, and she assures me I will love it! It also has scenes shot in my beloved Memphis, so I look forward to seeing those as much as I do watching Jimmy Smits and inevitably getting pulled into what is bound to be an amazing series.

Emergence – I love these types of shows, yet hesitate to get into them because they usually only last a season or two. But we’re due for a longer-lasting drama with mysterious circumstances, so maybe it’ll stick? Also, it’s hard to pass up something starring Clancy Brown.

Mom – I haven’t seen this season’s premiere yet, but this is another sitcom I love for its fantastic cast and hilarity!

S.W.A.T. – Criminal Minds hasn’t been the same without Shemar Moore, but he’s just as swoon-worthy in this show. I’m still getting caught up on previous seasons, and I look forward to the latest when I’m all caught up. Are you watching? What do you think?


The Unicorn – I like the premise: (per the official website) “Walton Goggins stars in a comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who helps Wade (Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago.” And I *LOVE* Walton Goggins in everything he’s done. The cast also includes Rob Cordry, Omar Miller, Michaela Watkins, and Maya Lynne Robinson. Sounds like a winner to me!

Ink Master: Grudge Match – I’m such a huge fan of reality tattoo competition series Ink Master that I’ve watched seasons 1-10 twice, watched all episodes of spinoff Ink Master Angels, and now eagerly look forward to Ink Master: Grudge Match, featuring contestants and winners from previous seasons.

The Walking Dead – a lot of fans jumped ship a few seasons back, but me? I’m in it till the end. I haven’t enjoyed the later seasons as much, but am very interested in this season’s war with The Whisperers, and “People are putting their shittin’ pants on” indeed. I haven’t read the novels, so I have no idea how things are going to play out, but the official trailer teases at the possibility of at least one new power couple, and I am pretty excited about that as well. If you’ve watched from the beginning, are you still watching?

What do YOU most look forward to watching this fall?

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Happy Fall, Y’all! (And Music Monday)

The Autumnal Equinox is today, and I honestly thought it was always on the 20th or the 21st. Learn something new every day! Moving on…

I’m really excited for fall! Although we won’t have fall temps for another month or two, the mornings are getting cooler. Not chilly, yet, but cooler at least. I have such plans for autumn. Never before have I been so focused on cleansing negative energy from myself and my home, and getting my home ready for winter. I usually dislike winter, but after all the chaos of this summer, (which you can read about here), I am ready for a change of pace. For the sake of my mental health, I am ready to settle in and hibernate as best I can, and hopefully heal and recover from all I’ve been dealing with this year. I do manage to get some breaks these days, but I need a reset, and badly.

I’ve been tweaking the blog a bit more, and now have a way to subscribe, contact me, and some social media icons! I haven’t invited anyone to the FB page yet because I am still getting it set up, but will be posting on it soon, so add me at all the social media sites you use! I’ve got some tweaking to do on everything still, but I’m mostly happy with how things look.

MUSIC MONDAY

Sadly, we lost Ric Ocasek of The Cars just over a week ago. I loved The Cars so, so much. I remember being a tween, going to my little country skating rink and skating to “Good Times Roll” and “Shake It Up.” Dancing in my bedroom in the pitch dark (because I was supposed to be in bed sleeping) to “Magic.” Introducing my boys to, and having them fall as in love with “My Best Friend’s Girl” as I had. They have so many great songs, and this is just one of them. I feel like this one is a bit under appreciated, so here you go:

The Cars – “Moving In Stereo”

The 4M theme at Cathy’s this week is freebie. Head over there to participate!

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Five for Friday

Last weekend and earlier this week, I took a trip out of town to visit family and take care of some more of my aunt’s estate business. Since I have not yet gotten into the habit of writing posts ahead of time, I had nothing to post here this week. I’m even having to bow out of Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop this week.

But..

I have tomorrow’s post ready!

I’m calling it “Five for Friday.” (I know that’s already in use a lot of other places, but I think it’s okay because a) a bunch of different blogs/websites use it for different reasons, and b) this blog is in its infancy and it will be a long while, if ever, for it to land on the first few pages of a “Five for Friday” Google search). I’ll list five things I’ve really been enjoying as of late. Could be songs, books, movies, podcasts, photos, random stuff…just anything. I hope to continue with it; it has potential to be fun.

So last night was the season 9 premiere of one of my favorite tv shows, American Horror Story, and this season’s theme is “American Horror Story: 1984”.

I can already tell I’m going to love this season! The wheels in my mind are already turning with theories, but that’s a different post for another time. However, the soundtrack, like in several previous seasons, is amazing. Inspired by the soundtrack (as I know so far) of AHS 1984, here are my Top 5 songs from the summer of ’84 – which, as far as years go, was a pretty good one for a newly-teenaged me (I did not hear these songs in the premiere; I was just inspired by the great music in the premiere to remember some of my own favorites from that time):

  1. Motley Crue – “Too Young To Fall In Love”
  2. Nightranger – “Sister Christian”
  3. The Cars – “Magic” (RIP Ric Ocasek)
  4. John Waite – “Missing You”
  5. Scandal – “The Warrior”

What are YOUR Top 5 songs from a favorite summer?

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Trying to get back into the groove.

And what better way than with a post for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop?

Having a completely new blog is so exciting! I did blog all about my summer here, will no doubt pick my music hops back up, and have decided I’ll probably start moving at least some of my older blog entries over here, but for now? It’s still basically empty.

For this week’s edition of Writer’s Workshop, I chose the prompt “Write about something you wish you were better at.”

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this. Being a Virgo means that, by design, I am a perfectionist and have a strong need to excel at anything I attempt. But I must have an equally powerful, laid-back moon rising because lately I rarely finish anything I start and am happy with basically anything I deem “good enough”. I’ve actually even become comfortable with things and situations that are nowhere near good enough, but due to any number of good reasons or pitiful excuses or outright necessity, I’ve had to become a real pro at, to borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn, making things work in less than ideal conditions.

To answer this, the long and short of it is that I basically wish I could do EVERYTHING I need and want to be able to do, better.

More realistically, though, I truly do wish I was a better homemaker.

I did a lot better when my sons were younger because their need for a reasonably clean home and reasonably nutritious food trumped my laziness and junk-food-eating ways. Most of the time, anyway. But as they’re now young adults who are only here a few hours a week and are totally able to fend for themselves, I just usually pick up what is convenient for me to fix for myself. I literally cringe when I think of amount of money I spend because I’m not a traditional cook, and at the thought of all the processed food I consume, which is not good for my body.

I also wish I was a better housekeeper. Thankfully, I’ve pretty much gotten hold of that. (It seems having a beloved relative pass away and having to clean out their house is quite the motivator to get your own in the best order that you can.) My own place is nowhere near as tidy as I’d like it to be, but I really am doing the best I can while holding down a job and settling an estate and traveling out of state most weekends.

And lastly….I wish I was better at finishing what I started. I have so many unfinished tasks and projects and things to do it’s not even funny. I wish I could blame it on the lack of time, because there is absolutely a lack of time for this sort of thing these days, but honestly? I’ve been unmotivated for years. I look to try to change that, if I can only figure out how.

What do you wish YOU were better at?

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Summer in a nutshell.

And what a summer it was! Now that it’s officially coming to a close in a few days, I feel like I can finally look back and reflect a bit.

It was quite challenging. I’ve taken some punches, and regrettably didn’t roll so well with all of them. But here I am, still hanging in there, and as a result of this summer, I am now a truly changed woman. And since we live in a TL;DR world these days, I’m laying it out here in bullet form.

  • Worked multiple 10+ day stretches at work.
  • Left purse in parking lot at work – thankfully had purse returned with all contents intact, including a substantial (to me) amount of cash.
  • After the twelfth day of a twelve day stretch, I headed to Mississippi for a much-needed weekend getaway. The Subaru’s transmission blew – AGAIN – right outside Tupelo MS. In other words, halfway between home and my destination. This resulted in a $565 tow bill back to Huntsville to have the transmission repaired under warranty, as I had just gotten the car back a month prior after having had the transmission replaced on my own dime.
  • Both sons also had expensive car repairs to deal with.
  • The last of my immediate Miller relatives, my Dad’s sister Sarah, passed away.
  • It’s been quite a challenge getting her estate settled, but I am close.
  • I now own property in Memphis, TN.
  • Got sick as a dog – two trips to Urgent Care, two missed days of work, and literally weeks to get completely over. But I did find out that I’ve lost 15 pounds since my last visit in February. I’m trying to keep the weight loss going.
  • Had to spend until July in the Beetle with no AC. I sure am glad I kept that car as a backup, though!
  • After I got the Subaru back, I immediately sold it to Carmax and bought a Honda Crosstour I’ve named Pearl. Isn’t she pretty?

  • I financed a car for the first time in almost 24 years, joined a credit union, and began repairing my credit score. Adulting achievement unlocked!
  • I’ve been learning a ton about my family (Dad’s side) since inheriting my aunt’s estate.
  • Two of my dogs fought. I was the only one at home at the time, so I was the one who had to separate them. I did, but not before enough damage to require an emergency vet visit occurred. I’m just so glad the smaller one didn’t die.
  • Actually made it out to a concert with amazing friends before the summer ended.

In bullet form, it doesn’t seem like much happened. But for just about every item on the list, there was expense and/or emotional turmoil to go along with it, and tons of other situations spinning off from them. I’m so thankful for the good things that happened, though, and for getting to spend more time with family. That really puts things in perspective. I am so ready to wind down this fall, and I hope I’ll be able to do that.

What have you been up to this summer?

We have liftoff!

Here she is! Storms and Stardust, my brand new home on the web. I have another blog, The ReInVintaged Life, which I’ll be keeping. I put an explanation for this blog here if you’re interested, but the long and short of it is that my content at The ReInVintaged Life just didn’t fit the blog at all. In order to steer that one back in the right direction, I created this one. It’ll be a lot like what The ReInVintaged Life turned into, and The ReInVintaged Life will be updated as I share vintage treasures, vintage repurposed and upcycled projects and Etsy store updates.

Please pardon the mess while I get settled in. I still have a bit of tweaking to do here such as social media links, categories, and pages. And of course, I have a lot to say (or I feel like I do)! Feel free to come back any time.

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