June 2016 Column for Michiana House & Home Magazine: The Ninth Caller

phone            Somewhere during my childhood, I became obsessed with my local Top 40 radio station. I spent a lot of time calling DJs to make requests, chat during the wee hours of a slumber party (the fact that they were willing to talk to a group of 11-year-olds at 2 a.m. now strikes me as creepy) and trying to convince them to let me announce the Number One song on the “Hot Nine at 9.” I was also forever trying to win one of their contests. Never mind that I wasn’t 18, that my parents wouldn’t let me go to half of the concerts I was trying to score tickets to, or that with a rotary phone, I was unlikely to ever be the ninth caller, I kept trying.

One contest held me hostage in the house for nearly a week when I heard about it. The premise was simple: Be the ninth caller when the station played a certain four songs in a row. Although I can only remember one song on the list today, I clearly remember carrying a portable radio with me to every room in my house in order to catch this musical event when it occurred.

“Julie, take the radio off the dining room table,” my mother ordered as she brought in the pot roast and mashed potatoes she prepared.

“No problem,” I turned off the portable and flipped on the bigger stereo unit.

My father sighed. “You do realize that they could play these four songs in the middle of the night when you are asleep, don’t you?” He asked.

I hadn’t considered this, but it seemed unlikely. “They won’t,” I told him, silently planning to smuggle the radio into my bedroom at night just in case.

I skipped outings, no longer biked with my friends and turned down a McDonald’s run in order to stay close to home and my precious radio. Finally, as I played with my Barbies in my parents’ basement, I heard the first song…and then the second…this was it!!! They played the first two songs in succession three times to give the listening audience a heads up while I went nuts waiting for each song to be played. At the beginning of the final tune, I raced over to the phone we kept by my father’s desk and began dialing.

It took 30 seconds to make each call and naturally each time I finished, I was met with an unpleasant busy signal. Undeterred I kept trying thinking my persistence might prevail but eventually, I heard the DJ announce the winner’s name over the air.

“It’s not fair,” I told my parents later. “I gave up everything and got nothing out of the deal.”

With my parents unwilling to purchase a push-button phone, my career as a contest winner was limited, but I didn’t care. In an era where there was no participation prize, I had to take my lumps and realize I would lose more than I would win. There was no point in getting “hung up” about it.

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Happy New Year

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been blogging as much as I was earlier in 2016. I had a very busy second half of the year and I am afraid that took most of my time. However, I am super excited about 2017 and I am in hopes you are as well! I have no clue what this year will bring, but I am ready to face it head on.

Although I do not typically make New Year’s Resolutions, this year I did and I am hoping to keep them (instead of giving them up for Lent like I usually do LOL.) I will be spending the next couple of weeks blogging some catch up columns I did not post last year and updating my current columns. I am hoping to do a massive Buy It, Borrow It or Bag It to keep everyone in the loop as to what I am reading and what I am excited about. I will also be re-posting some of my entries for A Catholic Moment, a blog I contribute to that offers daily reflections on the gospel readings. I only post every other Saturday, but if you like what you read, you can feel free to check  the site out and get some daily inspiration from a number of really great people!

Until next time, take it easy. Enjoy the time you have on this planet, have courage and be kind.

J-

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Fabulous Fridays: #52lists project

This week we are asked to list all of the things we would like to make: 52lists

I am really pretty creative but I create as a go so…it’s hard to make a list of things I want to do. Still, I’ll give it a go:

  • A Cross stitch of Main Street USA at Walt Disney World
  • A cross stitch of the buildings at Epcot
  • The 15 foot Doctor Who scarf for Vincent
  • To finish my wedding scrap book (I’ve only been married for 2 years so what’s the hurry
  • To make a good grade on the GRE test so I can apply for doctoral programs
  • Make clothes for Sara’s emily doll
  • Finish my basement
  • Finish my closet
  • To make a retractable clothes line
  • to install a screen on the porch
  • To create a good landscape

Take action: Start one new project this week and set a time to complete it.

Hmmm….I am working on the first one as we speak but in order to start a second one…I’m going to go with the closet and I’m going to give myself until October (so that I can save the money for the project as well as complete it.

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Fabulous Fridays #52lists project

Once again, I’m tardy with this and for that I apologize. This weeks list is to list the things that make your spirit52lists feel free:

  • Singing
  • Playing guitar
  • Playing tennis
  • Creating anything
  • Writing
  • Walking in nature
  • Being by water

In order to take action, the author asks us to Turn one of your easiest freedoms-enhancing activities into a weekly routine. You deserve a little magic and lightness this year.

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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

Today’s list is all about the people you want to be like. I’ll refrain from judging you if you refrain from judging me about who made the cut for me! LOL OK, here we go:52lists

  • Ann Wilson
  • Gene Simmons (The man is a brilliant businessman)
  • Judy Blume (In my opinion one of the best authors ever!)
  • JK Rowling (I love the fact that she kept her common sense in the face of writing such an amazing story!)
  • Martha Stewart
  • My grandmother
  • My former religion teacher who has more faith than I will EVER have.

I know it seems like a short list, but in so many of these categories, I have never thought about this stuff before. The authors ask us to take action this week by finding the person you most want to emulate in your own life and try to be more like them.

Who do you admire? Feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Fabulous Fridays #52Lists Project

This week’s list asks us to jot down the things that motivate us. So…here are mine (In no particular order): 52lists

  • Money
  • Good ideas
  • Vincent
  • Chris
  • Mortality
  • Habit
  • Hunger (But not literal hunger)
  • What the scale says (this only applies to dietary issues)
  • Running
  • Getting a lot done in one day.

Take Action: Practice turning one of your motivators into a daily habit that will push you to take action and make your accomplishments happen. (Looks like I already do that!)

What made your list? Let me know!

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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

52listsThis week’s list is to list the difficult moments in the past that have shaped your life for the better. Some of these may seem a little strange, so I have tried to add a brief explanation where applicable.

  • My Father’s Death: I truly do not believe that I would have went to college or became a writer if my father were still alive. I was the kind of girl who believed her father if he said, “Oh, you can’t do that!” So when he died, I spread my wings a bit and now I know he is looking down on me and cheering me on to do even more.
  • My Mother’s Death: When my mom died. I had to learn independence. There was no one to run to like before. I had to learn how to have confidence in my decisions and to plan ahead because any decision I make could have long-term consequences.
  • Divorce: I truly believe there are a lot of lessons in a failed marriage, both good and bad.
  • Having children: Ask anyone, labor is “difficult” but when you hold your children for the first time, it is the only way you can ever understand your mother’s own love for you.
  • Financial trouble: Money troubles are hard, but getting through them shows that you are stronger than you think. It teaches you a thing or two about responsibility and also shows that it takes so much more than money to break you.
  • Crisis of faith: This one is very hard…sometimes it is hard to believe in something that offers no concrete proof. Reconciling the spiritual with the physical is often open to interpretation and some years are easier than others. But I’m pretty sure we grow from these experiences and get better with time.

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Fabulous Fridays #52Lists Projects

I apologize for not posting these in a timely fashion. I am hoping to do a little better but I have been swamped with some other work and personal things that have been going on. List 16 asks us to “List our Essentials.” I’m not totally sure what qualifies as an “essential” but I am assuming that it is something you can’t live without. Taking out the obvious essentials such as food, water, air, etc…Here are mine:

  • Books
  • Pen and paper
  • Computer
  • The Internet (substituting for TV and my DVDS LOL)
  • My “lucky” Van Halen shirt
  • Tennis racket
  • Can of tennis balls

I would have thought my list would have been a lot longer, but that’s what I could come up with. What’s on yours?

Until next time,

Julie

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May Column for Michiana House & Home Magazine: A Space Jam

Mars

Mars

Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when a sponsored Groupon advertisement caught my eye. Evidently, for the low, low price of $15, I can buy an acre of land on Mars. Now, I do not pretend to be an expert on interplanetary Real Estate deals, but I have a few questions about this.

For starters, who exactly owns Mars? It’s not that I don’t trust the oh-so-official-sounding Lunar Embassy, which is located in Nevada of all places, but how did they get to be the official Realtor of the Red Planet? Did the little guy from the Looney Tunes shorts hand over the deed to Mars in order to lay claim to Bugs Bunny’s hole? Was it some kind of a trade deal like that whole Michael Jordan thing in Space Jam? Why is he so keen to get rid of Mars in the first place? What does he know about it that we don’t?

Secondly, how did the head honcho of this Galactic Realty firm decide $15 was a fair price for Martian soil? According to the advertisement, this price represents a 57 percent discount off of the suggested retail price, which by anyone’s definition is an incredible deal, but I remain skeptical. For example, how do we know that an acre of land is the same thing on Mars as it is here? What if it is a different unit of measurement entirely? Has anyone actually seen the comps from other neighboring planets to tell us whether or not Mars actually appraised for this price and has it passed its inspection?
Exactly where are these available acres? Is the entire planet up for grabs or only a specific neighborhood? Will we be given the XY coordinates to our little corner of the universe or is Google Mars already up there taking a more modern image for us to see? I may not be a genius, but I do know location is a key factor when buying a piece of property. Does $15 get me an enviable spot in downtown metropolitan Mars, a sweet spot in suburban Mars or a remote, pre-war, pre-fab, previously uninhabited plot of Outer Mongolia Mars? I think we have a right to know. I also think we should be told what our taxes might be, what kinds of schools we can expect for that money as well as the government’s plan for a steady water supply, but hey, not everyone is as picky as I am.

I know I am probably going to kick myself for not jumping on this ground floor opportunity, but there are just too many unknowns for me to plunk down some cash on my Martian estate just yet. Although my friends tell me to stop analyzing the logistics just do it, I’m content to let other folks cough up their closing costs, invent a way to get there, fight off whatever they find and pave the way for the rest of us.

In the meantime, I am going to do something safe and have a star named after me.

 

 

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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

This week, we are asked to list our dream trips. I have to admit, I have never really thought about this before. My parents didn’t do much traveling, so I have never thought much about this, but if there were places I would like to see before I die, I guess they would be:

  1. Disney World (Of course I’ve been there but who wouldn’t want to go back?)
  2. Prince Edward Island (The land of Anne of Green Gables)
  3. Ireland
  4. London
  5. Washington D.C.
  6. The Grand Canyon
  7. Any national park (because I have never been to one.)
  8. Mt. Rushmore

I’m sure there are others, but those are the ones I can think of for now. The book says in order to take action, that we should implement the type of things we like to do on vacation in our every day lives. By their nature, vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but any vacation I have taken feels more like work (especially number 1.) I guess I could start taking in some state parks and taking the opportunity to travel more than I do.

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