Category Archives: Fluff

I Love to Laugh!!

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Has it been a week already? Man, that flu just wiped an entire week+ off my calendar. I’ve been down for the count for 10 days now. I’m getting a little better, but still not good enough to subject you to seeing my face on the screen. ☺

Looks like I’ll be posting my vlog/blog on Thursdays for awhile now. I’ve been helping out at a store, and Wednesdays are the day they need me the most. I liked doing the vlog on Wednesdays (hump day), but for the time being, Thursdays will have to be it.

On to the purpose as to why we are meeting here.  🙂 Our childhood movies bring back such great warm-fuzzy moments for us, don’t they? Like there was the time when I was about four and my family was watching Winnie the Pooh in the theatre, and my father fell asleep. When it was over, my mom placed a gentle hand on my dad’s leg to wake him up. If you know my dad, you know what happened next. He bounced up out of his chair and vigorously marched toward the screen. When he actually “came to”, the giant theatre screen was 8 inches from his nose. He turned around to find his family, but alas, we were all scrunched down in our chairs, not exactly wanting to claim the crazy aisle-walker. (If it happened now, I’d be proud to claim you, Dad! ☺)

One of my favorite childhood movies was Mary Poppins. I even have a collectible Mary Poppins spoon, to commemorate that night when Dick Van Dyke became permanently etched in my brain as a lovable half chimneysweep/half penguin. Like Uncle Albert on Mary Poppins, I love movies that make me laugh. “Long, and loud and clee-ah!” So I’ve included one of my all time favorite videos here, for you to have a good laugh today. Over a year ago, our friend Tim Thomas showed it to me, and it’s still the funniest I’ve ever seen!

Tell me about one of your favorite childhood movies, or a share something that made you laugh “long and loud and clee-ah!”

Favorite Food Finds!

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Well, I meant to come to you with a vlog today, but apparently some evil cat has been walking all over my computer again, and messing with the computer’s innards—which is always a mystery to me. How can a cat, simply walking across my keyboard, destroy my video-making Quick Time Player, turn on 16 programs, open up 4,699 spam emails, Tweet 36 messages through Hoot Suite and Skype a man named Stan in Alaska?

Anyway, my simple word program is still working, so I’m coming to you via a simple blog today.

This past week, my friend Jennie Bishop invited me to join her for lunch at a little café in Sanford, called The Corner Cafe. When I stepped in, the guy who looked like he could be in charge, greeted me and asked if it was my first time there. I said yes, and he took pleasure in explaining how each sandwich, soup and salad was created. I could tell right away this food wasn’t just made. Mike, as it turns out, is the owner and chef. And Mike was right. His food is good.

As a matter of fact, his onion soup is so spectacular; I thought I’d share it on my vlog/blog. But that’s not the only reason I’m sharing about The Corner Café today.

Mike does something that I sorely miss in my life. I live in a big city. I used to go to a big church. It seems like the bigger life is around me, the more I feel alone. When I walked into The Corner Café, I felt like I was welcomed into a family. I returned about four days later with my hubby and Mike remembered me. That may not be surprising for some of you folk who live in smaller communities, but I can walk into the same Panera three times in one week and no one remembers I was even there at all. Mike chatted with other patrons and called them each by name. His twenty-something-year-old employees were equally friendly and respectful. This personal touch struck a chord in me where I knew something was missing.

Okay…the onion soup. I LOVE a good bowl of onion soup—and if the restaurant skimps on the cheese over the top of it, well, a buzzer goes off in my head, telling me they just lost a customer. At Corner Café? Oh my, I can’t explain it, but I’ll try. Even though it was still 90 degrees outside, I gave the onion soup a try. It was in a yummy bread bowl, with plentiful melted cheese dripping over it’s top and sides. The soup’s texture was thicker than usual, but not too thick—just enough to make you crave more. And no salt was added, but it’s flavor made every taste bud in my mouth stand up and do a little dance.

So all this food critique got me thinking. When I meet face to face with an AMAZING piece of culinary delight, I take note. I have a list of my favorite foods throughout the world. Most recently, I added The Best Fish-n-Chips Ever, on our recent visit to Ireland. So why not share this with you, my beloved vlog-viewers? And best yet, YOU can share with me all your favorite food discoveries! So I’ve started a list below. All you need to do is add to it. Think of your favorite salmon, pizza, hot dog, hamburger or chocolate cake or whatever. And then give credit to the restaurant and where. (Maybe some other time we’ll make a list of favorite HOMEmade foods and who makes it.)

The Top 100 Favorite Food Finds in America and Abroad (not in any certain order.)

1. Onion Soup—The Corner Café, Sanford, Florida
2. Fish-n-Chips—Strandhill Pub, Strandhill (outside of Sligo), Ireland
3. Ice cream—University of Wisconsin dairy department (yes, it’s true!)
4. Salad—the Summer Salad, right here in Orlando, at Crispers
5. Clam chowder—Mike’s on the Waterfront, north of Boston, Mass.
6. Steak—Florentine steak; can’t remember name, but was a tiny restaurant in Florence, Italy
7. Frozen custard—Abbott’s, Rochester, NY
8. Crème Brulee—Bellagio, Las Vegas
9. Bread—Bubble Bread, The Bubble Room, Sanibel Island, Florida
10. French Fries—I really hate to admit this, but McDonalds. So far, no one has beat a fresh batch, right out of the grease. ☺

Bonus addition:

Best privately owned restaurant: Bridgeport Inn, Bridgeport, California (right outside of Bodie State Park)
Best fast food restaurant (I know this sounds like an oxymoron that there are ANY “best” fast food, but there is actually a tie!): In n Out (throughout the west) and Culvers (Wisconsin/Minnesota areas)

Okay, what about you? What are your favorite finds? I’d love to hear from you!

Hurricanes and Birthdays

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What in the world do hurricanes have to do with birthdays? For one thing, my birthday is smack dab in the middle of the busiest part of hurricane season. (A fact I didn’t know growing up in Rochester, NY, as I celebrated it up over Labor Day weekend–the weekend before school started. But I digress…) Anyway, join guest vlogger Sandi Lacey and I as we discuss–oh, so intellectually–the similarities between hurricanes and birthdays. Then, if YOU have celebrated a birthday in the last year…um…that means YOU…drop us a comment and let us know if your birthday was hurricane related or not. 🙂

Movies: One Liner contest and your top 5

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Movies. For most of us, they play a significant role in our lives. But what makes a movie quotable? Or a favorite?

CONTEST! I’m holding a contest to see who can correctly identify the most movie one liners and the person who said it, based on the 15 I have quoted in this vlog! Deadline is this Friday at midnight!

Top 5 Movie List: As a writer, I’m very interested in what makes movies memorable and lasting. I’d love to hear your Top Five Movie list, and why they are your favorite. Here’s mine:
Tie for 5th place: Right Stuff (because it’s heroic and based on true events) and Nell (great characters and plot)
4th place: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (the wonderfully crafted characters make me howl with laughter!)
3rd place: Singing in the Rain (my favorite of all musicals. I love Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.)
2nd place: Shindler’s List (so inspirational and poignant)
1st place: Les Mes (aside from the Bible, it’s my favorite example of grace and God’s redemption.)
And the movie that stands alone: The Passion of the Christ. (Good timing! Invite friends and watch it again this Easter weekend!)

Can’t wait to hear what your favorites are! And don’t forget the contest! Name those one liners (movie and character who spoke it) Even if you don’t know them all, the person who guesses the most will win. So give it a try! 🙂

Ponderables: Why Can’t I Be More Techy?

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Ok, I never claimed to be a techy. As a matter of fact, I pretty much stink at technical things. It’s a modern day miracle that I’ve actually learned how to post videos! (It took blood, sweat, and a few tears with my ever-patient and techy husband.)

Because I’m so non-techy, today’s vlog was cut off, and my guest vlogger, Twila Belk and I weren’t even aware of it!  (Imagine us talking on and on and it not even recording.  Anyone else ever been there?)

So I’ve decided to still post the vlog, but make it half-vlog/half-blog. Twila and I were talking ponderables, and Twila was on a roll.  Too bad the video camera stopped.  (Of COURSE it’s the camera’s error…certainly not OPERATOR’S error! Haha)

So let’s make lemonade out of lemons and continue to ponder…

Twila:  Why did Cleopatra wear a veil? (Was it to hide chin hairs?)

Twila:  Did the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 shave her legs?

Twila:  Why do restaurants offer small, medium, and large drinks when they give free refills?

Twila:  If we gathered up all our dust, could we create a man?

Laurie (but not original, just one of my favs): If the number 2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still number 2?

Laurie:  Why can’t a woman over the age of 50 be smarter and more technically minded than a 7 year old?

Now it’s your turn! What ponderable have you been pondering recently? What doesn’t make sense to you? Or what question of yours has never been answered? Or did you ever have a “Tech Moment?”  Spill it, girlfriend! 🙂  (Or guy friend…)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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I recorded this little ditty in May 2009, the night of my daughter’s high school graduation and party. The kids had played around on Photo Booth, and it looked like fun. So, by 2 a.m., the house was clean again and I was a little slap-happy. When I sat down to check facebook, the mirror on Photo Booth was still on and I noticed how my shirt looked like the world…sort of. Hence the making of a very weird-two-a.m.-sort-of video. 🙂 I think I was preaching to myself, knowing that in just a few short months, my one and only little girl was going to start college.

So, tell me….what would YOU be worried about, except for the fact you know He’s got the whole world in His hands?