March 9 2018

Five Favorites Friday – Broadway Musicals

Hey, it’s been a while since I did a Five Favorites Friday post so l thought I would do one!  I’ve had Broadway musicals on the brain this week.  You see, Star-Lord and I just booked our flight to New York City for this December and I’ve been put in charge of planning our activities.  I’m super excited to be going to NYC at Christmas time – I can’t wait to see all the Christmas lights and displays!  We are definitely going to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall but I also want to see another Broadway show while we are there.  I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Hamilton but after watching a preview, it didn’t appeal to me that much.  But what did catch my eye was The Phantom of the Opera.  It’s one I haven’t seen yet and it’s been playing in NYC for 30 years.  So I think I’m safe in saying this one will be fantastic!  Anyway, we have been fortunate to be able to see a lot of wonderful shows right here in Albuquerque at Popejoy Hall.  I am grateful we have this venue that brings us some culture.  Hah!  As a matter of fact, we are going to see A Chorus Line tomorrow.  I am really looking forward to this one!  So all of this got me thinking about all the musicals we have seen the past few years and here are my five favorites of the shows I’ve seen so far (in no particular order).


This was the first live Broadway musical I ever saw and I was just blown away.  It is fantastic!  I had read the book on which it is based and wasn’t that impressed.  However, the musical is definitely impressive with enjoyable songs and interesting sets.  There are some really clever moments that tie into the Wizard of Oz which I loved.


Mamma Mia!

This is my absolute favorite. I’ve seen it twice – once in Albuquerque and once in NYC.  And I’d see it again in a heartbeat.  It’s a great story and the music, well, it’s Abba, so it’s awesome!


Million Dollar Quartet

I’ve also see this one twice.  We enjoyed it so much that we just had to see it again when we had the opportunity to in Las Vegas.  It’s just fun, fun, fun and will get you dancing and singing!  Not only that, it’s a wonderful story about Sun Studios and a recording session with four musical greats.  Who knew that Elvis was not the original singer of “Blue Suede Shoes”?  I sure didn’t.  In any case, there’s not a bad song to be found here.  Loved everything about this.


A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder

This one surprised me as I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.  I was just blown away by the creativity in showing the demise of several characters.  It was done is such a clever and humorous way.  And the ending had a nice twist which is always fun.


The Lion King

This one is a visual treat.  Many of the songs were very familiar as I have seen the movie dozens of times.  I find I enjoy a show more if I know the music beforehand.  Of course, there are some new songs too.  It’s interesting to see how the costumes are done to portray animals.  Some of the performers even have extra tools to move their costumes, in particular the giraffes.

If you have any recommendations for shows to see, I would love to hear them!

Honorable Mentions: Mary Poppins and Pirates of Penzance

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November 24 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Famous Dogs

It’s the day after Thanksgiving which means I have a turkey hangover, I can officially start playing Christmas music, and I’m avoiding the Black Friday madness by shopping online! And since today is Friday, it’s time for some favorites. As I was contemplating my choices for today, it occurred to me that I may have to eventually do two posts – one for famous real dogs and one for famous animated dogs. For today, I am focusing on the real dogs. Be sure to let me know what your favorites are too!

Lassie – I can still remember watching Lassie on TV every afternoon when I was in elementary school. It didn’t matter how much fun I was having playing outside, at 3:00pm, it was Lassie time. I loved it when she lifted her paw to say goodbye to her viewers.

Benji – This little guy had so much personality and so many great expressions – almost human! My favorite scene is from the second Benji movie (For the Love of Benji) in which he steals a string of sausage. I laugh every time.

Hooch – Speaking of dogs with great facial expressions, this guy from the movie, Turner and Hooch, was hilarious. The slow motion scenes of him running are too funny. Of course, his tendency to drool made me cringe.

Wishbone – Of course, we all loved Wishbone in our house because he was a Jack Russell Terrier and he loved imagining he was the lead character in classic books. There have been quite a few Jack Russells on TV and in film. It’s really not surprising as they are so cute and smart.

And speaking of cute and smart Jack Russells…

Maxwell Smart – Okay, he’s not famous on the scale of my previous choices but he has a decent group of faithful followers on Facebook. And, well, I just think he’s the most awesome dog ever!


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November 17 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Pie!

As Thanksgiving draws ever closer, my thoughts turn to comfort foods and decadent desserts.  In particular Thanksgiving makes me think of pies, so for this Friday, I am sharing my five favorites.

Cherry – I have to say I’m an oddity because I do not like apple pie – positively un-American, right? Oh well, I hear George Washington was a fan of cherries!


Chocolate – I especially like it if the layers of chocolate and whipped cream are of equal height!


Peanut Butter – I first had a peanut butter pie at The Daily Grind here in Albuquerque. Oh my! Positively decadent.


Pecan Cream Cheese – This pie is soooo easy to make and it is so delicious too. Click on the picture for the recipe.


Pumpkin – This simple pie just screams Thanksgiving to me. I never have it any other time of the year. Guess that keeps it special!

What pie will you be making for Thanksgiving?



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November 10 2017

Five Favorites Friday – 40 Posts Celebration!

Today will be my 40th post for Five Favorites Friday. When I started these weekly posts, I wasn’t sure where they would take me but it’s turned out to be lots of fun and I’ve enjoyed coming up with something different each week.  I hope that you have enjoyed them too. So today I decided to share my five favorite Five Favorites Friday posts. Say that three times fast! Just click on the pictures to see the original posts.

Since I like to blog about Albuquerque, my first choice is obvious:

Things I Love about Albuquerque


This was a fun one, especially since it was one of my more popular posts.  Everyone loves Abba!

Abba Songs


This was during my nostalgia kick and it was great fun reminiscing – oh heck, I’m still on a nostalgia kick!

Childhood Toys


When Sir Roger Moore passed away, I just had to do a tribute. I’m such a James Bond fan.

James Bond Movies


This is a favorite because I thought it was pretty clever and since I’m rarely clever…


As always, I welcome suggestions for Five Favorites Friday!


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November 3 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Harrison Ford Movies

When it comes to my favorites actors, Harrison Ford has always been on my list. It started out as a teen crush when I fell in “love” with Han Solo. Ruggedly handsome with a healthy dose of snark; a lot of swagger with a vulnerable side. And when it came down to the wire, he was the one who saved the day by shooting Darth Vader’s Tie-fighter allowing Luke to get that one in a million shot.  Now while I will probably never forgive Harrison for encouraging the demise of my beloved Han Solo, I am still a fan.  In an effort not to be too predictable with this post, I will not be listing any favorites movies from the Star Wars or Indiana Jones franchises. Instead, I am going to talk about some possibly lesser known Ford movies (unless you’re a die hard fan like me).

Force 10 From Navarone

I’m not typically a fan of war-type movies but this one is really interesting and features a very young Harrison Ford. This movie has a wonderful ensemble cast. It takes place during World War II in which a team of assorted military experts are on a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy. There are a lot of twists and turns to this one. An oldie but a goodie!


The Frisco Kid

If ever there was an odd pairing for a movie, it’s this one. Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford in the Old West? Sounds crazy! But this is such a fun movie with lots of heart to boot (pun intended!) The plot centers on Wilder as a Polish rabbi trying to make his way through the Old West to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. His adventures are sometimes heartbreaking but often hilarious. And, of course, Harrison Ford as a tough cowboy with a heart of gold is what makes the movie for me.


Regarding Henry

I will never understand why Ford did not win an Oscar for his performance in this movie.  I just thought he did a wonderful job portraying a man who loses his memory and must relearn speech and mobility after he gets shot. Warning: this movie may require a few tissues while viewing it.


Working Girl

Okay, this movie is mostly about Melanie Griffith’s character.  She plays a secretary whose great business idea is stolen by her boss so she seizes an opportunity to steal it back when her boss gets sidelined by a skiing accident. Harrison Ford is helping her even though he doesn’t know she is pretending to be more than she really is. Ford is his usual charming self and this is one of those movies I can watch again and again.


Six Days Seven Nights

In this one, a magazine editor and pilot must put aside their mutual dislike after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island in order to survive. I suppose it’s a classic opposites attract kind of movie. What can I say, I liked it!

Do you have a favorite Harrison Ford movie? Let me know, although I’m sure I’ve seen it!

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October 27 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Max’s Halloween Costumes

Max loves to dress up for Halloween and this year will be no exception. He is quite excited about this year’s costume but we can’t reveal it yet! Instead I will share five of my favorites costumes from previous years. Even though Max is only six years old, you would think that picking five would be a cinch. Nope! You see, sometimes Max just can’t decide which costume he wants to wear so we go through several options. After all, they have to look great as well as be functional for trick-or-treating. Here are the winning costumes that met all of our criteria.

2012 – Count Dogula

2013 – A Bark-Owl

2014 – A Terrier-fying Monster

2015 –  Superdog

2016 – Max the Minion

I have to say that 2017’s costume is going to be a fun one. Check back – you won’t want to miss it!


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October 20 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Monsters!

Halloween is only 10 days away! It’s hard to believe as the weather is unseasonably warm here. If it continues in this manner, we will have a ton of trick-or-treaters come the big night. Should be fun to see what costumes the kids favor this year.

This month I’ve focused on a Halloween theme for my Friday favorites posts. As I mentioned last Friday, I really don’t do scary. Even so, I do enjoy all the wonderful decorations as well as the creativity of many who decorate their homes. When I look at all the new things you can buy these days, I am amazed! I also love all of the spooky snacks. Almost makes me wish I was still doing the giant Halloween spread for one of my husband’s gaming nights, but then again, that was a lot work. But I digress. For today, I’m sharing my five favorite monsters. If you are expecting to see vampires, werewolves, gremlins, or zombies, well, let’s just say I prefer the friendlier monsters.

Let the count down to my favorite monster begin!

5. Bumble the Abominable Snowman

He starts out as rather scary in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but it turns out he just had a bad toothache. In the end he helps to put the star on the Christmas tree!

4. James P. Sullivan

He’s so lovable in Monsters, Inc. even when trying to be scary and I loved his interactions with little Boo.

3. Frankenstein’s Monster

Not the original monster but the one from Young Frankenstein, one of my all-time favorite movies. “Puttin’ on the riiiitzzzz!”

2. Harry

The most adorable Sasquatch ever! If you haven’t seen Harry and the Hendersons, it’s definitely worth a viewing.

And, of course, the cutest most non-scariest monster of all time.

1. Grover!

He’s so cute and fluffy!

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October 13 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Scary Movies

Let me just say right off the bat that “scary” is used loosely in my post for today. I am not someone who likes to watch scary movies by any stretch of the imagination. There are some movies from my childhood that are seared into my brain. I’m talking about The Omen and The Trilogy of Terror. Nope, I do not like those movies at all. Frankly, I really don’t remember the first two stories in The Trilogy of Terror. I only remember the one with the creepy doll with sharp teeth that terrorized a woman in her apartment. Here, let me share my horror of this doll with you.

Yup, the stuff of nightmares. *shudder* Needless to say, I will not see the new IT movie currently in theaters. The original with Tim Curry was traumatizing enough! Speaking of Tim Curry, that guy is seriously creepy. If it wasn’t bad enough that he played Pennywise, he also played the Lord of Darkness in Legend. Another nightmare-inducing character. And don’t even get me started on movies like Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Aliens, or Predator. And then they had the audacity to make the movie Alien Vs. Predator.  I mean, really!

So I don’t do scary. Having said that, I do like a good psychological thriller. Or if the movie is completely over the top ridiculous, I’m okay. Anyone see Killer Klowns from Outer Space? Haha. Guess I just don’t like pop-out scares or terrifying dolls running around on the carpet chasing people with a knife!

If there’s some comedic relief, a slow-build-up, or a surprise twist ending, I can roll with it. Here’s five that meet my qualifications:

The Others

While the ending is supposed to be a surprise twist, it’s not too hard to see what’s coming. This one is all about the mood and slow buildup  – who to trust, what to believe?



This movie really doesn’t start out as that scary but eventually does build up to some terrifying moments. Thank goodness for the comedic relief in this one! It has a few jump scares but I enjoyed it nonetheless.


The Silence of the Lambs

I actually resisted seeing this movie for a very long time because everyone talked about how scary it was. Ironically, I watched it by myself (what was I thinking) one lazy afternoon and was fascinated more than scared. Truly a great psychological thriller. Anthony Hopkins – what an amazing actor.


The Sixth Sense

I think by now everyone knows the surprise twist ending to this one which is why it was such a great movie. At the time, no one saw that coming!



This one is just plain fun even with the gross out factor in some scenes. It’s worth a viewing just for Bill Murray’s cameo.


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October 6 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Halloween Candy

It’s October already! This time of year goes by way too fast, don’t you think?

I’ve decided to focus on Halloween all month for my Friday favorites posts. I’m kicking things off with some nostalgia for the bygone days of my youth when I would go trick-or-treating and get lots of candy. Was it me, or did it take forever to get dark on Halloween? It was uncool to be trick-or-treating if it was still light out. And do you remember those costumes back then with plastic masks that you could barely breathe in and that nasty little rubber strap that would never stay on? Ah yes, those were the days.

I remember being fond of the neighbors who passed out candy bars. Those were the prized candy items. If you were giving out popcorn balls, Smarties, Sugar Daddys, or those tiny Dum Dums lollipops, you were not my favorite house. And just what were those weird, orange peanut-shaped candies? Blech! Of course, you may disagree with me on these. Maybe you loved Smarties? I always felt they tasted a bit like chalk, not that I know what chalk tastes like. I just think that Sweetarts are way better. But then along came Sprees…

Anyway, here are my top five favorites for vintage Halloween candy.

Charms Blow Pops

Now this is a lollipop. Decent size, great flavors, and there was gum in the middle! Which reminds me of the Tootsie Roll pops. Those were gross. Chocolate in the middle of a fruit flavored lollipop?  No, thank you!


Pixy Sticks

I shudder to think of eating these now. Basically a packet of flavored sugar. The trick was to open them wide enough so that you could spill the entire contents in your mouth at once. Yikes! But I sure loved them as a kid. They were a cheap candy so you got a lot of them in your trick-or-treat bag. By the way, I knew some kids that used pillowcases to collect their candy. Meanwhile, I had a rather small plastic orange pumpkin that required me to go home every now and then to unload! The trials and tribulations of a trick-or-treater. Sigh…



Yup, Snickers were the best candy bar to have in my Halloween haul. Milky Way was my second favorite. I wasn’t too fond of 3 Muskeeters but they would do when the other two ran out. Haha. These days I much prefer Almond Joy but I won’t say no to a Snickers! I do have to wonder what the deal is with these “fun size” candy bars now. What’s fun about less candy? Give me the full size, please!



These strawberry licorice sticks were the only kind of licorice I would eat. If it was an off brand or had a different texture – nope. And do not give me black licorice. Eww! I’m not picky, really.



I have to say that I still love these. If you like sour candy, they will rock your world. These hard candies have a wonderful sour and fizzy center.

So what’s your favorite candy that you remember from your trick-or-treating days?

If you want to see a funny skit about Halloween, check out this fun video from a Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine: Halloween




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September 29 2017

Five Favorites Friday – Hot Air Balloons

Only one more week until the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins! I’m hoping that we will have some gorgeous weather for the fiesta. We’ve had a bunch of rain the past few days so my fingers are crossed that the skies are clearing and will be perfect for the balloon launches. It’s always so wonderful to be able to see hundreds of colorful balloons launch during the fiesta. It’s hard to believe that this event started in 1972 with just 13 hot air balloons and now it’s the largest event in the world with almost 600 balloons! We are fortunate to live very close to the balloon fiesta park so all we have to do most mornings is look out our windows to see them. Sometimes we will head to the small park near our house to get some even better views. Because we live so close to the action, we haven’t gone to the balloon fiesta park in quite a while. Still, it’s definitely a mind-blowing experience to be on the field with the balloons as they launch; so I highly recommend it. If you’re not an early riser, you can always go to the park in the evening and watch the balloon glow.

I love all the balloons, but for my Friday favorites post, I decided to focus on the special shape balloons. They tend to be the most popular and it’s easy to see why. They are such fun and every year there are new ones. Hopefully, I will be able to capture some great pictures of them this year to share with you.

Here are my five favorite special shape balloons:


Scorch the Dragon


Smokey Bear

Pepsi Supercan (oh, you know I had to include this one!)

If you’d like to know more about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, click here

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