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Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 43

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

Please continue to share the Go Fund Me page for our dear friends. Even if you are unable to donate, I would appreciate it if you could share on your blog.

Fundraiser by Norah Utley : Help the Sunby Family kick cancers ass

There is also a Meal Train set up for their family, so they can have scheduled grocery trips, meals, and so on as they navigate Tony’s post-chemo journey through physical therapy and the numerous doctor appointments, all while Kristen is caring for her elderly father and raising two children. When I say their plate is full, I mean it. So thank you for your support and for sharing these links on other sites and social media. You are the village they desperately need right now, and I appreciate all of you for it. Thank you. ❤️

Brown-haired girl

This is my natural hair color. I was a blonde for the first 14 years of my life, however after puberty, I saw my hair gradually darkening each winter. So I’d remedy it with Sun-In and lots of time in the sun and at the pool.

Then, as I grew older, I discovered hair dye and highlighting. It’s been since I’ve been in menopause that my hair has been fighting my typical every six months box highlighting job. In March, I lightened my hair for the last time and decided to go darker rather than resisting nature.

So I had my hair darkened last week instead, and I genuinely love it. I also like how no one noticed the change. This suggests one of two things: it wasn’t that drastic, or no one pays attention to minor details.

I think it’s a little bit of both. So, if you’re not sure about something you’ve always wanted to do, go ahead and do it.

Get the nose ring.

Dye your hair.

Do what you want. No one cares, and I mean that in the best possible manner. We’re all in our own simulation.

Insert Wii video game music.

Green peppers

This summer, I experimented with vegetable gardening by growing green peppers on my patio.

I got five peppers from a one-dollar packet of seeds, which makes me happy. I mean, I can’t buy five green peppers for a dollar at the store, so…

I grew those peppers 😊

I will definitely grow them again next summer, and I may even experiment with other vegetables like onions and lettuce.

Do you grow vegetables in your garden? Which are the easiest vegetables to grow?


Last month, I wrote about going to the Hall and Oates concert with my dad. While I was writing that post, I tried to find a picture of what I looked like at that time.

I was about to give up when I happened to open a folder and…

The 80s gave us such great sweaters.

I wish I still had that sweater. And that hair. Why does only one of my eyes have shadow on it?? Oh, yes, I remember the reason. Just prior to the photographer taking my picture, I was in the middle of gym class. What an injustice. At the very least, my hair held up. Thank you, White Rain hairspray.

Sorry about that, ozone layer, and all of my great-great-grandchildren.

Speaking of destroying the ozone layer, I stumbled upon this amazing article full of 80s beauty products. Can you say ten-o-six?

What I’m reading

Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life by Jenna Hollenstein

Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up by Selma Blair

Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom by Sharon Salzberg

On really difficult weeks/months, I enjoy watching this…

What I’ve been watching

Sins of Our Mother (Netflix)

I Am Not Okay with This (Netflix)

Sunshine Hotel (Amazon)

The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist (Netflix)

I’m angry at Hulu for dropping Housewives.

This concludes my rant for the month.

What I’m listening to

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile

Let Her Go by Family of the Year

Shameful Company by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Want by Birdtalker

I can’t get enough of this version:

I wish it were available on Apple Music or Spotify…

And while this has gone viral on TikTok, her voice is lovely, as is this rendition (and it’s on a loop):

What I’m clicking on

I do most of these. Do you?

I’m not a movie fan, but there are so many on here that I am looking forward to

So cool

The females in my generation were largely disregarded. Here are the signs.


Can you remember yours?

I love her to pieces

I wish I lived closer

Please, my fellow bloggers, read this.

What I’m quoting

“One can suffer a convulsion of one’s entire nature, and, unless it makes some noise, no one notices. It’s not just that we are incurious; we completely lack any sense of each other’s existences.” -Elizabeth Bowen

“Part of getting over it is knowing that you will never get over it.” -Anne Finger

“I’m not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish.” -Edith Sitwell

“Some women wait for something to change and nothing does change so they change themselves.” -Audra Lorde

“If you knew, as I do, the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing some of it.” -The Buddha

Hello October…

42 thoughts on “Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 43”

  1. Welcome to the natural hair club 🙂 I was naturally blonde until nearly 30, then had “highlights” for years, then had my hair dyed something resembling my natural color so that I could stop having it dyed without having to endure a painful growing out period. I am now happily mousey brownish with some goldish highlights. In the last year, I have gotten a few gray hairs, and I’m weirdly delighted to see them. This year, I also abandoned having a hairstyle. I just have a blunt cut that’s now a little past my shoulders. I can’t believe all the time/energy in my life I’ve wasted on hair–which is probably why that list of 80s beauty products triggered a tiny bit of PTSD. (Or those feelings were triggered by my likely undiagnosed autism. Hard to say.) You are so right: No one cares. Not really.

    Thanks for all the wonderful tidbits. That list of movies excites me. We are movie people, and this feels like the first fall since 2019 that there are movies to look forward to.

    Take care–

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  2. I was a towhead as a child too. I get highlights down, but like my dark blonde too. I got my hair done in AZ and I hated it! I was platinum blonde! The hair dresser highlighted my whole head! I went back to my CA hair dresser and she fixed it. I may have to drive five hours to get my hair done from now on!

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  3. Your natural look is quite different. Heart Flutters, eyes wet…the whole Patrick David Story Arc of Schitt$ Creek was a major highlight watching that show. I felt very in tune with David. That delivery by Noah is beautiful.

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  4. I love what you’ve done with your hair. That looks great. I’m excited about some of those movies. I feel lost with movies right now – all playing on different streaming places, and I never know what is any good, or where to find things I want to watch. This list looks great. That music video clip from Shitz Creek – wow, very moving song. I only watched a bit of the first season of that show, so I guess I missed something there. I liked that show, just haven’t watched it consistently. Story of my life.

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  5. There is so much great stuff here. I am going to have to come back and look at all those links you posted. For now…I love your hair. My natural colour – from youth – is a very dark brown, but now it’s 100% grey/white. I am not ready to stop colouring my hair quite yet, but I just saw a wonderful post about a woman who did, and she looks absolutely fantastic. One day! One day I’ll go completely white, but today is not that day *takes box of hair dye to bathroom*
    That sweater! I think I had a similar one, but with teddy bears instead of kittens.
    Those peppers!!! I’m so excited for you. Nothing is quite like eating food you grew yourself. So lovely! And from seed too!
    I have made a note of those three books, thanks for the recommendations. xoxo

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    1. So far, I’m enjoying my natural color. But I’m not sure what color clothing works best for me because I’ve always dressed as a blonde. It’s a minor issue, but it’s funny how I’m recognizing I don’t look as good in the clothes I used to.
      During the lockdown, my dear friend Rebecca let her hair go gray, and she looks beautiful. If you’re on the fence, I recommend it.

      I remember teddy bear sweaters!

      You know how it feels to raise your own food! I plan to grow more plants next summer. It was a lot of fun.

      I hope you enjoy them! Xoxo


    2. THOSE PEPPERS (caps intentional 😀 )!!! WOW!!! I tried my hand at growing peppers a few years back and learned that the same horned, fluorescent green, hissing worms that afflict tomatoes strike pepper plants as well. I was not able to save many of the peppers, I’m in awe of you that you got such beautiful looking ones!!!

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  6. I want a skeleton like yours. I NEED a skeleton and don’t know how I’ve lived this long without one. I like your brown hair. Once upon a time I went from a light blonde to a darker strawberry blonde. No one noticed. I thought I was radically changing my persona, but like you said: “No one cares, and I mean that in the best possible manner. We’re all in our own simulation.”

    I read the link as instructed. Seth nails it sometimes, doesn’t he?

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  7. The peppers look so fresh and crisp. We’ve been growing them for years, but only got 4 this year (and that’s with multiple plants). I did a post on our garden a few weeks ago. Our best growers are always the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans.

    I enjoyed looking at the 80’s products. I remember loving the Maybelline Kissing Potion. My BFF had one of the large sized Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper lipsmackers and that thing smelled SOOOO good. I think it lasted her the entire school year.

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    1. I completely forgot about cucumbers! I love those, and they taste much better fresh from the garden.

      I remember the scents of my Bonne Bell as well! I wish I could smell all of those products again.


  8. My hair has darkened up so much over the years! I used to be so blonde it was practically white in the summer and now it’s definitely brown. I don’t mind though and stopped coloring it years ago because I didn’t like how the dye made my hair feel.

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  9. OMG. Is this your dear friend Kristen and her husband? I’m soooo sorry they are going through this. Sending up the biggest prayers and positive vibes.

    I LOVE your hair! It’s so you and I agree that if no one noticed the change, it wasn’t drastic. Or yes, people just don’t pay as much attention as we think they do.

    I fell down a few rabbit holes on your links. Loved the nostalgic 80’s beauty products.

    I found that growing red or yellow peppers in pots were easy…also eggplant and tomoatoes.

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    1. It is. Thank you so much, friend. ❤️

      I love it too. It’s not as dramatic as I expected. Mostly because I hadn’t been lightening my hair as frequently as I had before.

      Some of those 1980s products had completely slipped my mind. It was nice to see them again.

      I’ve never gardened in a container before! It is much easier, and I think the critters are less interested in them! This year, a chipmunk ate our ground-growing pumpkins. Unfortunately, those are things that must be grown in the ground. 😂

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