02.13.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: The inevitable has happened. It always does when I go out into public in the Winter, well… ever since I had chemo several years ago and my immune system crashed. I have a cold. A nasty bugger. And just shortly after being so happy that I hadn’t caught one yet. So last night I took a shot of Nyquil and slept for 9 hours. I just took another shot and will probably be in blissful sleep soon. Somehow, I managed to get through all of my writing projects despite feeling like crap all day.

What I learned today: As soon as you say something hasn’t happened, it happens. I wonder why that is?

What I am most proud of today: I am still able to maintain a positive attitude. Although, if I could find the person who gave me their cold bug, I would probably slaughter them in their sleep… okay, maybe not. I couldn’t hurt even a fly (honestly, I’ve had some flies live in my presence for months!), but I would give them a good tongue-lashing!

What did you do today? Learn any lessons? Have a reason to be proud? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Saturday 9: The Theme from Love Story (1970)

Saturday 9: The Theme from Love Story (1970)

In honor of Valentine’s Day. Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) The very popular tagline for this movie is, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Here’s your chance to rewrite it. “Love means _____________________.”

Love means allowing your partner to be his/her authentic self. To not put on pretenses. To not have to walk around on eggshells. To be whomever he or she chooses to be.

2) The movie was famous for a montage of the lovers frolicking in the snow. Do you enjoy sledding, skating, skiing, snowball fights, snowmen, etc.? Or do you just want spring to hurry up and get here?

I love the snow, but I enjoy it best before all of the frolicking begins. I love to watch it fall, blanketing the world in white. But most of all, I love the silence that comes with it.

3) In the movie, Oliver asks his father for $5,000. The money is required for wife Jenny’s hospital treatment, but Oliver is too proud to tell his father why he needs it. Adjusted for inflation, $5,000 in 1970 is $30,000 today. How much would you be willing to lend a friend or family member without knowing the reason?

Oh wow, this is a tough question. I don’t have much to give and I guess it would depend on how close the friendship was and how well I trusted the family member. If it was a close and trusting relationship, I would give everything I had.

4) In the movie, Jenny is the daughter of a baker who owns a little shop in Cranston, Rhode Island. Think of the last baked goods you consumed. Were they home made? Did you buy them from a bakery, the grocery store, or a coffee shop, like Starbucks?

It’s been ages since I’ve had baked goods. I guess the last ones I had were Krispy Kreme donuts. They bring back such wonderful memories from childhood.

5) In 1970, when the movie was first released, California’s First Lady Nancy Reagan said she liked it but was upset to hear Ali MacGraw’s character swear. What’s the curse word you use most often? (Feel free to spell it with *’s, in case Nancy Reagan stops by Sat. 9)

I say “What the Fuck!” a lot and personally, I could care less if Nancy Reagan stopped by. I would say Fuck in front of her too.

6) Now 75, Ali MacGraw has let her famous hair go gray. She says she’s glad to “look like a grown up.” Do you feel your age? Or older or younger than your years?

Most of the time, I don’t feel my age. Mentally, I still feel about 25. Some days though, my body reminds me that I am nearing 50. I don’t mind the silver strands in my blond hair though. I’ve earned them!

7) MacGraw and her Love Story co-star Ryan O’Neal are currently on tour in the play, Love Letters, and they’re drawing big crowds of fans who remember them in their famous film. Tell us of another movie couple you felt had romantic chemistry.

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy! I loved their witty repartee and the longing in their eyes as they acted together. Of course, they were off-screen partners too, so that only made them sizzle even more on-screen!

8) Red is the signature color of Valentine’s Day. Are you wearing red right now?

No, as usual, I am wearing black. It is my signature color and it matches my dead, cold heart. I even prefer black roses.

9) Because Valentine’s Day is such a big day for chocolate … would you prefer a large, solid milk chocolate heart or a small box of four assorted chocolates?

I don’t like milk chocolate and I don’t like the surprise of assorted chocolates. Sometimes you receive something not so delicious in those. I would prefer some exotic dark chocolates with hot pepper flakes or some fine sea salt dark chocolate. Oh hell, just give me some dark chocolates and no one will get hurt!


Do you have any thoughts on Valentine’s Day? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Who are your favorite on-screen Lovers? Let me know in the comments!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – 02.13.16


If we were having coffee, I would offer you some biscuits and jam with your morning espresso. We would sit in the sun room and enjoy the warmth in Winter.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you of the excitement that is bubbling up inside of me. Writing gives me the greatest pleasure and I have so many projects to look forward to this year. I would laugh, maniacally and rub my hands. And whisper that tomorrow will be a great triumph for me as a writer. It’s Bloody Valentine’s day, I would say in my best British accent. And then I would tell you about my upcoming Film-Noir WhoDunIt for March, the A-to-Z challenge and Poem-A-Day in April, and the anticipation of stories again in May. I would whisper my plans for a long hot summer of writing tales about Serial Killers, Angels, Demons and Vampires. Not to mention the chill of Autumn with poetry, Ghostly and Witchly tales. And end my enthusiasm by telling you of my wintery tales in outer space and of Christmas.

“It’s all planned out, you see,” I would tell you.

If we were having coffee, I would complain a bit about my feet, always about my feet. How they freeze and sometimes burn for no apparent reasons except that the nerves are all screwed-up due to neuropathy. I would beg you not to laugh as I told you of my escapades with trying to walk straight lines and maneuver through the house with feet that do not feel where they are going.

And finally, if we were having coffee, we would sit and sigh, enjoy the warmth on our faces, and reminisce about the old days when life was full of fun, when adulthood didn’t weigh heavily upon our minds and bodies, and when we could laugh at silly jokes without a care in the world.

If we were having coffee, what would YOU tell me? Let me know in comments!


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