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Young at Heart

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“Fairy tales can come true,
It can happen to you. . . .”
~ Frank Sinatra, “Young At Heart”

A little something for your weekend relaxation:

Enjoy a lovely weekend!

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[Note: This post is #25 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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Leap Day

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Today is an ephemeral ghost… A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not “exist.” In mundane terms, it marks a “leap” in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up!

But this day holds another secret—it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability… A day of unlocked potential.

Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you?

Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Happy Leap Day!

I’m so excited to have an extra 24 hours this year!

Poster for movie Brigadoon

Lots of lore and legend circulate about Leap Day traditions, but I don’t think I’ve ever really paid much attention to them. The one tradition that has developed in our household is watching the fabulous musical Brigadoon. My mom was fan of both Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly, so it’s not surprising this story was one of her favorites. And there is something quite magical in a story about a whole town appearing only one day every one hundred years…..

How are you spending your extra hours?

Any fun Leap Day/Leap Year traditions in your family?

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Monday Moments: A Case of…

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Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday and you’re not feeling real well, does anyone ever say to you, “Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays?” ~ Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Remember that scene? Ahhh… It’s one of my favorites from that movie. It was is a strange little movie, but there are so many scenes that just crack me up. That was one of them.

So what is it about Mondays? Is it really just the end of the weekend that makes us dislike them so?

During the summer months, my husband usually takes advantage of flextime at work, doing four ten-hour days. For several years, he took Fridays off, but for the last few years, he has taken Mondays off instead. His logic? Fridays off were good, but Mondays off were priceless! Skipping them at work made his weeks so much happier than when he took Fridays off. All the Monday-problems were solved by the time he got there on Tuesday mornings. Smart man!

What about you? You ever get a case of the Mondays?

More importantly, any tricks to survive gray winter Mondays?

Maybe I’ll go watch Office Space……..

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth movie poster

“Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you. I move the stars for no one….” ~ Jareth

Everyone has at least one of them, right? A treasured, hidden, guilty pleasure movie that perhaps not even your best friend knows about?  Or maybe just your best friend does? Have you watched Hunt for Red October a hundred times just for Sean Connery?  Settled in to Love Actually for Colin Firth?  Know all the lyrics to Grease 2?  Can’t stop watching a flick you’d never actually admit to owning?

I’ll tell you mine if you’ll tell me  yours…..    Okay, I’ll tell you mine even if you don’t tell me  yours.

As you might figure out from the movie poster, Labyrinth is one of my most guilty, most pleasurable distractions.  It’s silly, it’s a little campy.  I mean, come on… it has Frank Oz, Jim Henson and muppet-like characters.  Okay, it has Jennifer Connelly, too.

And then there’s Jareth…. played by David Bowie.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I’ll just tell you now… David Bowie is worth sitting through even the silliest parts.  Yes, even the Helping Hands and the door knockers.  His outfit alone… yowza!  Don’t even get me started on the hair!

But, like all the best guilty pleasures, it remains a favorite because the story it tells is timeless.  A young girl, conflicted between youth and adulthood, between girl and woman, dreams of having a different life, something more than what reality has given her.  And in the end, well… no spoilers here.  I’ll just leave it that character growth for Sarah and Jareth is a large part of the story.   Sarah must decide which path to take, especially given one of Jareth’s better lines:  “I have reordered time, I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn’t that generous?”

There’s even a rather good soundtrack as well.  The dance at the ball is one of the most spectacular scenes, played against the song “As the World Falls Down.” Labyrinth ball You can watch that clip on YouTube here.  A lot of girls who saw this movie swore that their wedding dress or their first dance would be modeled after that scene.  Well, up until she breaks the mirror anyway….   Maybe, just maybe, I might have been one of those, way back then.

So, grab a chair and a drink of your choice and ‘fess up along with me.

What’s your guilty pleasure movie?
What keeps you coming back again and again to it?

I promise I won’t tell….

[Note: This post is #12 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the lower left of the page for more information.]

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