Time for a Brain Dump!

It has been a while since I just rambled on about a variety of topics that are totally unrelated, except that they are all stuck in my head together. So, yes, it is time to spill my guts, purge my thoughts, make room for new thoughts, get it all out……..a good old-fashioned Brain Dump!

First up…..I went to the book store in town, yesterday, to pick up a book by a local author (and former teacher of mine) and left with four books by local authors – including the latest book by a life-long friend of mine, Bonnie. I had been meaning to order her book – a collection of poetry called Dancing with the Spirits of Shadowplay – the third in a series of books she has had published. So, when I walked in the store and turned left to the “Local Authors” shelf, it reached out and grabbed me from the top shelf! Happy for the reminder and excited to see it there, I snatched it off the shelf and continued to look for the one I went in to get and also decided on the others, as well. I paid for my purchases and left the store. Later, I sent a note to Bonnie on Facebook to let her know I found her book in the book store. She was SO excited to hear it! All her previous books were only available via mail order – none had been displayed on a shelf in a brick and mortar store! Her comment was, “I wish I could have seen it!” My heart sank! I missed an opportunity to do something nice for someone I care about – I never even thought about taking my phone out of my purse and snapping a photo of it! I started to comment back with “Crap! Sorry, I should have taken a pic for you” when I stopped myself and realized I could fix it! Today, I took the book back to the book store and told the owner the story and asked for a favor — she laughed and not only let me put it back on the shelf and snap some photos, she also helped me move another book to make room for it right where it was when I found it the day before! Soon thereafter, the photos were posted and tagged for Bonnie on FB! YAY! There is a solution for everything……if you think about it and make it happen! 🙂

I watched two movies on pay-per-view in the last couple of weeks. One that utterly disturbed me – it was called Compliance. I really wish I hadn’t watched it, but I did and once I got into it, despite the bad acting and incredibly unbelievable story (which they implied at the end was a true story that happened in multiple states across the country), I could not stop myself from sitting there in shock through the whole thing! I could not believe that several grown adults would do such horrible things to an innocent teenager just because a twisted man claiming to be a police detective on the phone tells them to do it! The story is that a manager at a fast food restaurant gets a prank call from this guy saying he is a police detective investigating a theft claim at their restaurant by a young teenage employee. They strip search her, inspect every inch of her body, and the male non-employee the female manager gets to “watch” her does far worse than that at the instruction of the caller until another male – an off shift janitor – comes in and is the only adult who thinks for himself and puts an end to it all and calls the REAL cops! I just can’t believe there are people out there (if it really was a true story and not a work of fiction) that are so stupid, gullible, or whatever you want to call it, to just blindly do whatever they are told just because someone claims to have authority over them! Unbelievable!!!!

The second movie I saw was The Words with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid – very good! This was about a writer who can’t get anything published until he happens on a handwritten manuscript with no author credit that is so good, so intriguing, that he publishes it with his own name as the author! The real author reads the book and knows that it is the story he wrote and frantically lost so many years ago! He confronts the young writer, who is now faced with a moral dilemma. I very much enjoyed this movie!

The weather has been CRAZY lately! We had a TON of snow over Christmas and the week or so following. Then, it stayed really cold for a while, so the snow wouldn’t melt. Then, all of a sudden – in mid-January – in Western NY – it warmed up……..into the 60s and even hit 70+!!! WOW – SPRING!!!  Well, spring for a day or two or three…….then, yesterday and today it was super cold, again, and that awful four-letter word that starts with “S” is expected to be back by the end of the week and into next week!

With the heavy snow over Christmas and some predictions of a rough winter this year, I bought myself a snow blower! I got one that is self-propelled and has an electric start so it would be easy to handle. The day I got it, I went out to learn how to use it……what a riot!!! The driveway had been plowed and packed down and rutted, so there was uneven ice and packed snow under the new layers I was trying to blow away. That made it difficult to operate the snow blower – I kept having to wiggle it and maneuver it to get it over the hard ruts and ice. But, I did it – I learned how to use it! It took a little time for me to get used to it, though! I couldn’t seem to make myself remember that all I had to do was let go of the throttle handle and the machine would stop! Instead, I was practically running behind it, holding it at arm’s length, trying to keep up with it! Must have been a hoot to watch me! 🙂 So, now I think I’m used it it! And since the snow has all melted, I will be able to start fresh and run it before the driveway gets all packed down and rough to run over!

When the snow is fresh and soft and fluffy and deep, the girls LOVE it! They don’t want to stay out too long (they are still southern girls, you know) and they don’t like it once it freezes and gets hard to walk on, but when it is fresh and fluffy, they get out there and roll around in it and leap around in it and run all over the yard and bury their noses and faces in it! It is so fun to watch them play and wrestle in it!

I’ve been working on finding all my high school classmates so I can compile a mailing list to prepare for our 40th class reunion! FOURTY YEARS! WOW! It has been fun searching for them all. I’ve found probably two-thirds or more of them, but still have some to find. The reunion will be in 2014, so we need to start figuring out what we’re going to do, where we’re going to have it, and all those details. So far, just me and a couple of others have been kicking around some preliminary thoughts, but I’m working on a survey and planning a meeting to get more ideas and helpers. This is going to be so much fun — planning the event and then seeing all the ones I haven’t reconnected with, yet! I’m excited!

Well, speaking of meetings, I have one to get to……so, this is all I’ll dump out of my brain, for now!

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