Saturday, October 31, 2015

I heart Ghosties

I love Halloween. Not because it is my birthday or because people get super creative playing dress up or even because we come together as a community in an effort to rot the teeth of small children. Nah, those are just bonuses. I love Halloween and the Halloween season because of all the scary ghost stories on TV. Now, I’m not talking about fake ghost stories like the kind told ‘round a campfire that keeps you shivering in your tent instead of using the bathroom. No, I adore honest to God, real ghosts and the stories about them. That’s right, I believe in ghosts and am fascinated by their behavior. I love hearing about how they haunt houses and people. I love how they appear at night or right out in the daylight. I love how they spook and confuse folk. Maybe most of all, I love how they confirm my belief in life after death. Don’t get me wrong though, I am scared of ghosts and am afraid that I might one day see one in person. But that doesn’t stop me from relishing every ghoulish tale I see and hear. Maybe it is just in my blood. I am a Halloween baby after all.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Crushin' On Girl Crush

Okay, I am really late to the party on this song. I haven't been listening to country music lately, so I missed out on this song when it came out. Every once in a while I'd catch the very end of it while flipping through stations and think 'gee that sounds good'. But before today I'd never heard all of Girl Crush. OMG (I know, so 2012)I'm OBSESSED with this song! It is so sexy and so sad that it makes me want to cry and fan myself at the same time. If you've never heard it, you're in for a treat. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

My Love, My Lust, The Infomercial

Hello, my name is Mila and I love infomercials. All kinds too, be they about a miracle blender or an age defying skin care regimen or even a fish oil supplement. If it can make my life better, I’m listening. But my absolute favorite, the kind of infomercial that I love the most, is the all mighty exercise video infomercial. Some Saturday mornings I’ll scroll through my channels just searching for new exercise infomercials. And sadly, it doesn’t end there. Once I find one that catches my interest, I will watch it two to three times that day, and then several more times during the week. Within a week I’m obsessed with the product and believe that it will be the key to my happiness. I’m going to be thin, and healthy and gorgeous once I get my hands on it. My current obsession is PiYo. Maybe you’ve seen the ads, it is a combination of Pilates and yoga. Talk about speaking to me, those are two types of workouts that I actually enjoy. Did I mention that I have Pilates videos and have a whole cardio/yoga program that I bought a year ago (I had to have it after watching another infomercial, go figure)? But lusting or not, I have promised myself I won’t give into my infomercial lust, at least not yet. I have plenty of videos, many of them unviewed. PiYo has to wait until I’ve tried some of my other loves that I lost interest in once in my possession—I mean come on, actually doing the videos can be a dud. I’d much rather just fantasize about my after photo. So no new videos for me, but no one can stop me from trolling those channels looking for my next love.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Love

I’m a fall baby so it is no wonder that I have a special affinity for the season. Like most, I love the changing of the leaves and the crispness in the air, but those aren’t what I love most about fall. First off, I love that it has two names and of the two autumn is my favorite. It is so romantic and evocative. But that is only the beginning, I love seeing my local Dairy Queen advertising Pumpkin Spice Blizzards. Those things are amazing and I don’t even like pumpkin pie. I love finally seeing caramel apples in my local grocery store and the first biting taste of apple cider of the year. I know, you’re thinking I only love the tastes of fall, but that’s not true. I love snuggling up on my couch on the weekends when the wind is blowing and knowing that I don’t have to face the chilly weather if I don’t want to. I love hearing the reverberation of Friday night announcers’ voices as they explain what’s going on during that night’s football game, even though I’m not at the game. I love flipping through magazines to see what this year’s new boots will look like, even if I have to intention of sporting them. And don’t get me started on big sweaters. When the first leaves fall off the trees, I know I can finally dig out my big sweaters and lose myself in their comfort. Summer is my favorite season, but the charms of autumn sure do give her a run for her money! So what do you love about fall? Are they my favorite things or whole different slew of wonders that make you happy when the leaves turn?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Grandma

Today is my grandma’s birthday but sadly this is her first birthday where she’s not here with us. She would have been 102 today. Last year we celebrated at the Cheesecake Factory and although she was in a wheelchair, had lost her second oldest son two days before and was wearing a wig, grandma didn’t seem like she had spent 101 years on Earth. In fact, people kept coming up to her and congratulating her and telling her how good she looked and how young she seemed. Thinking about Grandma makes me feel warm inside. She was smart, loved reading (guess I got that from her) and could make me smile with a sly comment. She lived far longer than most of us will, so I can’t say that I wished she had more time but I confess I wish I had spent more time asking her questions about her life. If you still have a grandma or a grandma figure in your life make sure you find out her life story, give her some love and let her know what she means to you. Happy Birthday Grandma! I hope you’re having fun up there!