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My Favorite Things (Today)

I could hardly believe it when I checked Mama Kat’s writing prompts this week and found a topic I’d already entered as a title during a sleepless night mind-mapping section. So here are my current favorite things, in no particular order. I have affiliate links with a couple of them, but certainly not all. Take this one, for instance:


Non-slip tape. This is awesome! I bought the two-inch-wide clear tape, and my husband put it on the stairs down from the pantry to the back door. Our chocolate lab is thirteen and, um. . . more full-figured than she should be at her age. So the stairs were becoming a problem. After a few days of getting used to the tape she now hops up and down the steps like a pup! Thankfully, we had some left over. It came in handy when I slipped on our old bathmat and tumbled out of the shower. A wet, naked fifty-year-old woman wrapped like a burrito in a shower curtain is not pretty. Thankfully, my husband was home to unwrap me and help me get dried and into bed, where I stayed for forty-eight hours icing my hip and lower back. Now there’s tape on the bottom of the tub, too.


Tiffany Reisz books. She’s been writing like crazy lately, which makes me incredibly happy. The Red is her latest, and it was simply perfect. It’s a book from within her books – a book her main character in the Original Sinners series wrote. So the whole thing is like an inside joke. Her newest, Michael’s Wings, comes out today! I can’t wait for my local bookstore to order it for me, so I’ll download it on Kindle and order it from Carmichael’s so I’ll have a copy for her to sign 🙂 She’ll be in Kentucky later this month, and I hope to get a chance to see her!


Accupressure Pillow. The points on this thing are serious sharp to the touch, but I’ve slept more than one night with it under my neck or lower back and felt much less stiff than usual in the morning. And yes, they do make them in other colors. But when I have the option I always choose purple. I just noticed these are out of stock now on Zulily, but similar items are available on Amazon as well as most yoga supply shops. If there’s a locally-owned yoga shop near you this would be a great item to buy from a local business. I always #shopsmall when I can!


Kiss imPRESS Nails. I swear I wouldn’t have even looked at this ad except for Christian Siriano. Yes, the youngest winner of Project Runway, the man who made the term “fierce” popular, and my second-favorite Project Runway competitor. My FAVE is Chris March, who was in the finals competing with Christian. He was snubbed because of his use of human hair in his collection on skirts and lapels. Seriously, it was gorgeous, and there wasn’t a celebrity there who didn’t have human hair extensions glued, clipped, or sewn into their scalp. Completely hypocritical. Anyway, the nails don’t require glue, and can be removed easily. In other words, even someone with a tremor like mine can have a nice manicure for about five bucks without apologizing to the nail tech fifty times. I haven’t bought them yet, but it will be happening soon!


Sombra warming pain relief cream. Sorry to add yet another pain-relief item to this list, but you’d be surprised how many people on your Christmas gift list this year can use them. People who are doing hard physical work don’t have the time or energy to search out anything past Advil and a heating pad. It’s the people like me who pushed too hard for too long that have the answers. This is great because it doesn’t go on greasy, it smells like oranges, and it works for HOURS.

I am Gandolf! (sort of)

— 1 —

My lower back has been extremely painful this week. Changing positions is the worst, but I’ve found myself holding my breath because even breathing is painful. And, of course, I showed up at my doctor’s office for a scheduled visit only to find out he’d called in sick that day. And it’s not like getting rides to and from doctors’ appointments is an easy thing for me, so I’ve been in pain and grumpy. I’m currently using a pool cue as a cane until Michael can pick one up for me from the selection at my grandmother’s house, so I do look a bit like Gandolf sans beard.

— 2 —

 The day before the pain hit I took John and made a Kroger run. About halfway through I was miserable, so when I got to the pharmacy at the far end of the store I was spoiling for a fight. This is one of the many reasons I didn’t realize for quite some time that the pharmacy tech was hitting on me! That did perk me up a bit, and since he’d guessed my age as ten years younger than my date-of-birth proved I have him my Nerium card 🙂 He hasn’t bought anything yet, but who knows?!

— 3 —

Since the pain has severely limited my activities I’m savoring the small happy moments – like watching The Walking Dead and Talking Dead with my sixteen-year-old. I think I may enjoy the after-show more than the show itself, mainly because the host, Chris Hardwick, reminds me so much of both my sons. His dark yet goofy sense of humor is right up my alley 🙂

— 4 —

John and I also watch Face Off, and have every season. This was the first year that we both had a favorite from the very first episode . . . and it’s the same person! Dina, or as we call her, “cake girl”, quit her job decorating cakes to compete on the make-up effects show. She’s doing really well, and we may have to throw a party if she wins!

— 5 —

In other competition show news (yes, I am spending a lot of time lying flat watching TV or reading) I was very sad to see Chris March get the boot on Project Runway All-Stars. I just love him and his over-the-top designs, and wish his solo show would have lasted more than one season.

— 6 —

John learned an important lesson this week. He usually has pretty good manners – he opens more doors for me than Michael, by far. But when he had a friend come home on the bus with him this week I was completely embarrassed. John came in the door, told me, “I have a ton of homework,” and headed for his room, completely ignoring his guest. I limped around, getting the young man a snack and giving him passwords for the laptop in the living room so he could work on his own homework. Then I read John the riot act about never running off to leave a guest to their own devices, no matter what is going on. I insisted that he do his homework in the living room so as to be in the same room and be sociable, or in the dining room if they both needed computer access. He argued, but I think I got through to him how important it is to be a considerate host as well as how to be a considerate guest if the roles were reversed.  After all, haven’t we all been in that position? We have a guest over, but there are things we simply have to do? It’s a hard one for many adults, so if he learns it now it will hopefully serve him well later in life. We’ll see.

— 7 —

Then, this morning, I got a text from John that he’d forgotten to turn in some homework. He can do this by using turnitin.com, and even gets confirmation.  Seriously, how much easier can it be to turn in homework? But he’d forgotten, so I had to log onto his computer with its blue-painted keyboard, find the assignment, and send it. I would have been grumpy, but when I initially logged onto his computer this is what greeted me:
At least the kid doesn’t have self-esteem issues!

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