I will get on with the random in just a moment but I want to ask you favor. I just got word last week that a childhood friend of mine needs some serious cheering up and considering last week’s Christmas card post, I knew I could count on my loyal readers to help.
I want to flood my friend Tonda’s mailbox at the Oak Grove Manor Nursing Home in Ohio because she is very dear to me and to a lot of other people we went to high school with. She is fighting a terminal illness during COVID when no one can visit. She is really lonely and is feeling quite sad. So if you have an extra card, would you mind sending one her way with a brief note of encouragement?
Here are the details:
Oak Grove Manor
1670 Crider Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44903
*and yes, we got her permission to share the information on this very public site. It is that dire of a circumstance.
If you have a friend who loves to write or loves to send cards, you are more than welcome to pass this information on! I would love for Tonda to get an overwhelming amount of mail from all around the globe! Keep the cards light and happy, if you would. Thank you so much ahead of time. 🙂
Do you know I used to be obsessed with Menudo?
Not the soup.
The Puerto Rican boy band was hugely popular in the early to mid-80s all over Latin America and in Los Angeles and Miami and parts of New York City.
And in rural Central Ohio.
I don’t honestly know how I became so obsessed with Menudo between the years of 1982-1984 but now that I think about it; I blame Bop Magazine. I wallpapered the walls of my room with that magazine’s cutouts of Ricky, Ray, Charlie, Roy, and the other guy (I didn’t really like him, but it didn’t stop me from taping his face all over my room).
At 13, I even mailed away to get tourism information from the Puerto Rican tourism board. Why? What in the hell was I doing with that information??
When it arrived in my mailbox in a massive yellow envelope the size of a college acceptance package, I was so excited!
Then I pasted that shit all over my walls too.
Then Ricky Martin came along and I was like WHAT IN THE HELL, HE’S LIKE 10! Isn’t that illegal?
By the way, he looked like this:
And make this song:
Back when this song came out (no pun intended) in 1999, I told all of my friends that, ahem; I discovered him first.
People made fun of my Menudo obsession back in the 80s and all I know is that I liked boy bands before they were cool.
So I guess that makes me a trendsetter.
Do you need good vibes?
So I’ve been learning that we need to raise our vibration. It’s not as dirty as it sounds (unfortunately) but long story short, the lower your vibration, the worse off you are.
An easier way to think of this:
Low vibration = negative vibes
High vibration = positive vibes
I had a holy shit moment this past fall.
I looked at all the things that lower my vibration and at one point; I was doing all of them.
If you do all of those things too, you’re not alone.
There were days I was doing every single one of them.
Some days within one HOUR.
But there are things you can do that help to raise your vibration.
Because it is unrealistic to think you have to give up all that other negative stuff at once. We are human and we need to go easy on ourselves. Why? Because we are carrying some heavy burdens.
I see you and I see that invisible burden you are carrying.
My invisible burdens were the reason I was doing a lot of that negative low vibration shit. Because if I feel like shit? I was going to make others feel like shit too.
It took a lot of soul homework to come to that realization.
More of that soon to come.
But for real. I see you. It’s all good.
Let’s listen to some music instead of gossiping. 🙂
Do you need a squirrel in underpants?
Yes, you do.
2020 seems like just the year to be signified by having a squirrel wearing underpants on your tree, doesn’t it?
Do you need this recipe?
Five words – Salted caramel Rolo Muddy Buddies.
Do you know that this song was about John Lennon?
The Universe plopped this song into my lap one rainy October evening:
I used to love this song when it was popular (also during my middle school years) but I never knew what the song was about. So I looked it up, and I found out it was a tribute to John Lennon who was assassinated a year and a half before. I felt it only appropriated to share it in this month’s tater tot post.
40 years after John Lennon’s untimely death.
Do you need to watch this?
YES, you do. This girl is so brave.
As I mentioned before, I have been doing soul homework since July and this documentary is in line with all I have been learning. It is definitely worth watching on Netflix.
I watched this movie one evening in October while I was putting together an IKEA coffee table and it was as random as that sentence. But it was also a bit comforting because it is mostly based in the 70s, as was most of my childhood. And Helen Reddy just died this past fall, and it felt like I needed to honor her.
I have finally begun the series The Crown,. My parents have been watching this for years and have loved this series, and now I am hooked as well. I am fascinated by the Royal Family, but even if you aren’t I think you will love this show.
Mike and I found this one evening and were intrigued because we had both heard of Steve Aoki BUT we had no idea that his dad was the founder of the Benihana restaurant chain! This was a crazy cool documentary about music, the Japanese culture, and family dynamics.
We watched this on Thanksgiving night and she is a hoot. Another one to add to the standup comedian list.
This should be in the music section below, but I added it here instead. This song is written and performed by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang. Read the article from Rolling Stone here about the details but long story short. He and his dad were very close, and this song is Wolfgang’s loving tribute to his dad, Eddie Van Halen, after his death. Make sure you listen all the way to the end. Tears. The good kind.
Do you need to listen to this?
Here are some songs I have been playing on auto-repeat lately.
Here is where you most likely have heard Steve Aoki before, but this isn’t what he is “known for” as he is a club DJ.
Do you need to read these links?
Department Store Museum I shared this in Friday’s post but wanted to share it here too in case you didn’t see it because it is such a cool find.
I was watching Planes, Trains & Automobiles recently (because it’s something we always watch this time of year) and it made me rethink my favorite John Hughes movie. I think it’s that one. Then I found this article:
Also, John Candy’s daughter is absolutely lovely, looks so much like him, and has a YouTube channel where she interviews character actors and former SCTV alum who worked with her dad.
Do you need to read these?
Do you need to feel happy?
Tiny gingerbread houses that sit on your mug
Decorating without a Christmas tree
Do you need this commercial?
And as someone who spelled her name K-A-R-I in the 1970s and 1980s, I FEEL YOU, SHIORI.
Love, light, and healing to all of you, dear ones.