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Music on a Friday!

Published January 31, 2014 by suejansons

Hello! Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. I have fallen victim to the creeping crud that has been going around. I have lost my voice and I have been coughing my head off while turning my throat raw……. Needless to say, it has not been fun. I am starting to get better a little bit every day and I am grateful. Looks like a full 2 weeks of recovery though.

So, I have chosen to post a music video for you today. I heard this song on my way in to work this morning. I have loved this song since it came out. It is a little dark, as is the video, but I love the beat. And from what I understand, Imagine Dragons killed it with their performance at the Grammy’s. Wish I felt up to watching it. Oh well……

The video, while dark in a way, is lightened by the use of puppets. I LOVE the puppets and feel bad for them. And I love the character that Lou Diamond Phillips plays too. And karma gets him! HA! So, please enjoy the video and have a Scentsational Friday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU

Music Monday (Episode 2)

Published January 27, 2014 by suejansons

In neck of the woods today, it is rainy and gloomy. It makes me think of oldies music for some reason. Today, I chose “Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood. I love the laid back funky vibe of the song. And the video goes perfectly with the song in black and white. I also love the bridge with its soft guitar. And the song is about love. You can never go wrong with a song about love.

I also think of my daughter when I hear that song because she moved to California last year. I miss her a lot, but she seems happy and that makes me happy.

So, for your enjoyment, here is “Sweater Weather.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCdwKhTtNNw

Sue’s Unfortunate Event

Published January 24, 2014 by suejansons

I was reminded the other day of the first car I owned. It was a 1971 green Chevy Impala. It was not my favorite car, but it got the job done, most of the time. I cannot tell you how many miles were on it, but there were a lot and I added even more to them.

When I owned this car, I lived on Long Island. The land of the ice and snow, as I now call it. I live in Orlando now, so you can understand why. One of the things that happened in winter when it snowed is that the plow trucks would spread sand and salt on the roads to melt the ice and give your car traction. While this was very helpful, if you had a metal car, like a 1971 green Chevy Impala, it would cause your car to rust. Cars are now made of plastic, so I don’t think it is a big issue anymore.

Anyway, the two back panels of the car were rusted out. There was definitely access to the trunk this way. Why do I mention this, you ask? Well I will tell you about the unfortunate event I once had in this car. The rusty panels become a huge factor in this story.

A bunch of my friends and I had planned this trip to go to upstate New York. There was a little town called Cobleskill and one person out of our group had friends that lived there. We planned to go up to see the friends play in a band and to just have a fun weekend. My ex-husband and I had never been up there before so we needed to follow another couple.

We left after work on a Friday and we left after dark. We were taking a parkway that had no lights on it. We are driving when all of a sudden, we heard clang, clang, clang. I said “Oh no, I think that was our lug wrench!” My ex asked why I thought it was the lug wrench. I told him that it probably fell out the side of the car where it was rusted out. And that is what happened. We decided that we would be ok until we got to the town and we could get a new one there.

Next thing we hear is the sound of our tire blowing out! Seriously, I am not kidding. Within 15 minutes of us losing our lug wrench, one of our tires blows out! We pull over and watch as we see the car we were following keep going, and going,  and then they were gone.

We are now on the side of the road, with no lights what so ever, with no lug wrench and a blown out tire. We don’t have a flashlight either. We look around the car to see what there is that we can use. We found a pair of vice grips! So while my ex-husband used the vice grips on the lug nuts, I used a lighter so he could see. I am sure it was a funny scene to other people, but not funny enough to stop and help! It took a long time, but we managed to get the tire changed. Just as we were about done, someone finally had turned around to help us. We told them we were grateful, but we had managed to get the job done. And shortly after that, the couple we were following pulled up behind us. They finally realized we were no longer behind them and fortunately came back to find us!

We were finally back on the road again and we actually had a good time that weekend! But I will never forget that adventure! What are the odds of all those things happening at that time in that order? Do you have a funny story about a road trip or your car? I would love for you to share them with me!

Hope you have a Scentsational Day!

Learning The Hard Way

Published January 23, 2014 by suejansons

Learning the hard way.  That seems to be the story of my life. I envy the people that seem to have an easy life. My mother always said that what you see is not always the reality, but I would be happy to be able to fake it like they do.

Since I was little, it seems that I never could quite get it right the first time. I don’t know if this was because I was the first born child or just my personality or what. It could be that I am super stubborn (did I say that?). I would just jump into things feet first and deal with the consequences. I guess I never thought that there would be any consequences. But there always are, aren’t there?

My first huge lesson was getting married at age 17. I got pregnant, and things were fine for a while. Money was beyond tight, but we muddled through. He started to isolate me from my friends and family. But I didn’t realize this at the time. He was possessive and overbearing, but I just thought that was the way love was. I didn’t know any better. Along the way we had three beautiful children. If it weren’t for them, I am not sure where I would be right now. They really kept me going.

So fast forward to my late 20’s and we grew apart and starting drifting in different directions. I started going to college and that was really the beginning of the end for us. I guess he felt threatened by my trying to better myself and started accusing me of cheating. And what does an idiot do when he THINKS his wife is cheating? He cheats.

My youngest was less than a year old and I did not have a lot of options, so I tried to make it work for a while. That lasted about 3 years. Then I just couldn’t take it anymore. So we separated and he made my life a living hell. He did everything in his power to make life hard. He didn’t pay any child support for the longest time, he put nails and screws in my tire at least once a week. He drained the oil out of my car. He unhooked the brake lights as well.  Mind you, this is the vehicle I drove his kids in!

It really got so bad that I moved someplace he could not find me. Then, miraculously, I wasn’t having the car issues anymore! Eventually, his efforts to prove his love to me happened less frequently and he fell in love with his best friend’s wife. Talk about a Jerry Springer show! I have to admit that this bothered me……. Not because I was jealous, but because I knew this person and it just felt very weird. The funny part was that he told me I was not allowed to date anyone he knew. Double standard! I had to come to terms with this though because they eventually got married. That union was going to last 11 years. The reason that union ended, according to my kids, is she was playing a game called Second Life and fell in love with her in game husband. Can you say kharma?

So I learned the hard way what love was not………..And so did he!

My Friend Corona!

Published January 21, 2014 by suejansons

ImageI have a very dear friend. Her name is Corona. No, it is not a beer…………. She is a 3 year old Blue and Gold Macaw. She adopted me a year ago and has made me laugh more times than I can count. She is very social too. She talks all the time and learns new words almost daily. One of the funniest things she likes to do is talk into her food dish. I guess she likes to amplify her voice. And usually she says “Got some food?” when doing it. Her other favorite thing to do is to tell you good-bye in the morning. She will start saying that about a half hour after I wake up and she tells my husband that too. We must hear it 50 times before we leave. I guess she wants to make sure we hear her.

I originally got her for my husband for Valentines Day last year, but he was afraid of her beak. And I think because I did not show fear and he did, she bonded with me. She likes to feed me and preen my hair. She loves sitting on my shoulder too. She is very affectionate and I would get more macaws if my husband would allow it. LOL

Macaws live a very long time. At least 50 years in captivity. In the wild they can live up to 80 years. When you get a macaw, you should realize that it is a life long commitment.

And you don’t have to worry about my husband. He has a Goffin Cockatoo that loves him (and her beak is much smaller).

What about you? Do you have a feathered or furry friend that holds a special place in your heart? I would love to hear about them! And pictures are awesome too!

Have a Scentsational Day!

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Music Monday!

Published January 20, 2014 by suejansons

Music Monday!

If you know me, you know I love music! I thought I would try to have features on certain days, so I have now initiated Music Mondays!

So, my pick for today is Counting Stars by One Republic. I think it is such a catchy tune. I remember when they came out with Apologize with Timbaland. I love that song too! And Timbaland was everywhere when that song came out. He worked with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake too.

Enjoy! And let me know what song or songs get you moving on this MLK Monday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg&list=TL3ruwLOTjM1ZnXofZlKTLo2oKZGJEhyfS

Have a Scentsational Day!

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