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Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 40

If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Here is an explanation of the tater tot post.


Ella and I were visiting our local mall a few weeks ago when I noticed the old Banana Republic, where I used to work many years ago, had closed.

In honor of Pride Month, they transformed the storefront into a Love Wall.


I mentioned in last month’s tater tot post that we went to the airport to watch planes take off and land. I now have the Plane Finder app on my phone thanks to to Bijoux in the comments.

Now I can sit in my backyard and see where all the planes flying overhead are going. I also discovered that we are on the flight path of O’Hare airport, because an airplane passes over our house every two minutes.

It’s exciting to see where they’re going, and I’ve turned into the person that texts people and says things like, “There’s a plane headed to Shangai, China flying over your house right now!”


We added two hammocks to our backyard a few weeks ago andwe haven’t done anything productive around the house since.

I was going to write a whole post on our hammocks, but I previously wrote an entire post about our daybed, so this felt like bragging.

I almost don’t want to say it because I’m afraid the daybed will hear, but the hammocks are better than the daybed. Shhhhhhh….

Mike and I would spend the entire day in the hammock. Mike and I have spent entire days in the hammocks. (Fixed it)

We even likened ourselves to Joey and Chandler in the Friends episode when they couldn’t move out of their Lazy Boy recliners to get food.


“I guess we have to get up to eat.”

“I guess we have to get up to use the bathroom.”

We had planned to take a trip this summer, but now that we have hammocks…

Photo by Daria Klimova on

Monthly rant

Now that my book is finished, here is an excerpt I left out:

Women are still going through perimenopause without any kind of alternative to hormone replacement. Depression, migraines, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, hot flashes and so much more are all perimenopausal symptoms that must be managed with no alternative for relief. Why? There are risk factors associated with hormone replacement for a certain population of females. Yet, no alternative exists besides diet and exercise. 

Here is an analogy I devised to demonstrate how ridiculous all of this is. 

People have used parachutes to land on the ground when skydiving for the past 40 years. However, after extensive testing, they discovered that some people using those parachutes were developing side effects as a result of those dives. So, in order to protect all of the divers, they reduced the usage of parachutes and only utilized them when necessary.

They do not, however, have a backup plan for skydiving from now on. Oh and when you board the plane, you won’t be given a parachute for your jump. But you won’t know that until you’re ready to jump.

This is what perimenopause feels like in America right now.

Like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. You’re standing in front of an open door with no other option except to jump. But no one has a strategy for you, and you’re staring back at your skydiving instructors (gynecologists), who have no idea how to help you. 

Worse, they are looking at you as if to say, “What’s the matter? Just jump already!” 

We should insist on a parachute backup plan from our doctors during perimenopause. Because the “parachute” does not always open, and as this is our first time in an airplane, we have no knowledge how to properly jump.

What I’m reading

Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul by Deepak Chopra, MD

A Year of Living with More Compassion: 52 Quotes & Weekly Compassion Practices by Richard Fields

What I’m watching

Robin’s Wish (Peacock)

I Am Big Bird (Peacock)

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (Netflix)

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club (Peacock-I didn’t see the first season, but this one is enjoyable. I have some thoughts after three episodes, so let’s chat in the comments)

And this oldie:

What I’m listening to

Breathe Again

A Different Corner

So Done

Where In The World Are You

What I’m clicking on

Meet Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees (I no longer use Google as my search engine and instead use this one as a result of this blog article.)

Have I Shared Fake News?

Whose Thoughts Are You Thinking? — Ten Percent Happier

Validation: The Most Powerful Relationship Skill You Were Never Taught

Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world | TED Talk (thank you to my blogger friend for this one)

Innie Belly Button vs. Outie Belly Button: Causes & More

Why it’s important to admit when you’re wrong – Big Think

With Roe overturned, which states have banned abortion?

All three of Maya Lin’s Wave Fields – Public Delivery

No More Mondays: The Story Behind The “Last” Garfield Comic

The Unbearable Poopness of Bookstores

That’s a Stress Response (My eye has been twitching since spring, and my doctor told me last week that it’s caused by buried stress)

What I’m quoting

“Organizations- including religious groups- that designate some members as “favored” aren’t considered in the Tao. No matter how much they attempt to convince themselves and others of their spiritual connection, the act of exclusion and partiality eliminates their functioning from their true self. In other words, if a thought or behavior divides us, it is not of God; if it unites us, it is of God. Stay centered on this Tao that resides within you, Lao-tzu advises, and you’ll never have a thought that isn’t in harmony with spirit.”

-Wayne Dyer

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

-Malala Yousafzai

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

-George Bernard Shaw

“I had not loved enough. I’d been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta.”

-Lorene Cary

Here’s to July…

26 thoughts on “Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 40”

  1. I found the plane app very interesting. That would be fun to know where the planes are going. We get some way up high on their way to the Phoenix airport. Then there is a small airport in Carefree about two miles from us. I think they are people mostly flying around for fun without a destination.

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  2. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed PlaneFinder. We are on the flight path from Florida to Cleveland. In the winter, we often make comments like, “Welcome back to Hell!” when those flights from Tampa are overhead. And isn’t it nice to see those UPS and FedEx planes, helping our supply chain issues?

    I was only able to watch the first episode of the Ex-Wives UGT because I don’t subscribe to Peacock. I’m hoping like the last UGT, it shows up on Bravo eventually. My only comment is that I’m so glad I don’t have to put up with Vicki anymore on RHOC.

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    1. That is funny! I’m sure I’m going to be envious of so many people come January… Those planes haven’t even caught my attention yet! There are SO MANY PLANES here because there are SO MANY AIRPORTS nearby. Two in Chicago, one in Milwaukee, and numerous little ones across the region. It’s been a lot of fun.

      I’m hoping it airs on Bravo as well. Miami Housewives is now on Bravo, and they began on Peacock, so hopefully they will make the switch as well.
      On this show, Vicki is a little less obnoxious. However, Dorinda…


      1. I don’t have Peacock either (or Bravo for that matter) but I’ve been thinking about adding Peacock so I can watch. From your comment, Dorinda is obnoxious? She’s my big draw for wanting to watch (I’ve really missed her) so maybe I need to skip it for a bit.

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      2. Dorinda was great in the first few seasons of NYC, but she took a dark turn once Tinsley joined the cast. Or, at the very least, Dorinda’s final season. Dorinda is giving us the last season of Dorinda in New York, which I loathe. Jill Zarin is being quite pleasant, which surprises me. Phaedra and Eva from Atlanta are by far my favorites.


  3. Oh yes, hammocks are THE BEST! I always feel a bit guilty how lazy I get in summer when I can just lounge outside and read and completely neglect all the housework– but not enough to stop lazing about!

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  4. I wouldn’t leave a hammock either if I had one. Sounds like a perfect summer to me.

    I’m watching Keep Sweet right now as I type! Only on the 2nd episode. I might not be able to stomach much more.

    Great links to check out, thanks.


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      1. I’m afraid that if I got into a hammock, I wouldn’t be able to get out! Got a forklift for a not-so-fit older lady?! lol

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  5. I love that you’re using that plane app. How fun is that? I’ve never had a hammock but it looks seriously relaxing. Also, now I’m wondering if I should see if the Banana Republic in our mall still exists. I haven’t shopped there for YEARS.

    Thanks for all those great links, I’m going to work my way through them.

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  6. Ha, I love the hammocks and their endless joy. So fun. Cracking up at the similarities between you and Joey and Chandler. I look forward to checking out the big bird link and, well, so many others. One of my offspring needs to read the one about being wrong sometimes. For real. It had been so long since I put the TV on (other than the morning news and that isn’t through netflix or anything), that the other day I had to ask the kids how to get to Netflix. They were like HUH?

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  7. We just put our hammock up yesterday–so, of course, it’s raining today. 🙂 I’m fine with the rain, tbh. It’s good for the plants and our water bill. One of my goals is to spend much more time in the hammock than I have the past few years.

    I started to watch Stay Sweet, but I can’t stomach it. Especially now. The abuse of women in the name of religion…I don’t know what to do with all the feelings I’m having these days. I would really like to find some things I enjoy watching, but I’m in a dry spell right now. More hammock time, I guess!

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    1. Isn’t it interesting how we think about rain as we become older? I used to despise rain as a youngster, but now I think exactly like you!

      Due to the heat and humidity, we haven’t used our hammock since the night of the 3rd. High humidity.  But it rained last night, and it’s going to cool down this weekend, so I can’t wait to get back to it.

      Why is it always men? When the most recent mass shooting occurred to a beloved town, I asked again, “Why is it always men?” Why can’t they manage their rage? Why do we let them control us? (I’m generalizing, but still. Why??)

      Enjoy your hammock time! ❤️


      1. Well, because they have control of resources and systems is the short answer, I guess. But, yeah. Having a hard time putting up with so many things they do these days. Good thing we have hammocks.

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  8. I love the plane app. We’ve been flying quite a bit, and I enjoy seeing the homes below me out the window, wondering what that family is doing while I’m up there. Maybe one day we can look at each other that way…or in person, whichever comes first.

    I love love love your hammocks and I laughed so hard about you and Mike spending ALL your time there as well as your summer trip. I won’t tell your daybed.

    I don’t have peacock, so I’ve only seen the sneak peek of Ex-wives’ trip. But man, am I in!

    My SIL recently shared the Helping Other’s-side effects video, and it touched me. Coming from someone in law enforcement, I think he feels this deeply.

    Happy July! I love the photo of the pups looking out the window. Were they looking for airplanes?
    One of my favorite songs; if Gary had that app, he wouldn’t have so many questions.

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    1. It would be cool to see your plane flying over my house! Meeting you in person would be much more fun. ❤️

      It’s been rainy and muggy, but tomorrow is expected to be gorgeous, so hammocks are on the plan!

      It’s such a touching video, and with everything going on, I thought it could be therapeutic.

      The dogs were waiting for my dad to arrive! They love their Mama and Papa.

      Happy July!

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