The day after

The Ellen DeGeneres Show - David Beckham, Lady Gaga performs. (Season 7 Episode 1)  

I love the day after Labor Day-

  1. I still continue to wear white; I love being a rebel.
  2. All kids are back to school; even if there not your kids, it’s still great.
  3. Here in San Diego the tourists have gone home; this means I can now fit my towel spaciously on the beach.
  4. Ellen DeGeneres starts her new season and the others will start soon; re-runs get old quick.
  5. The weather gets a tad cooler; 105 degree weather makes many people cranky (not me though).

I don’t like the day after Labor Day-

  1. Football…Football…and yes, more Football.
  2. Only 104 shopping days left until Christmas.
  3. It’s only that much closer to me getting one year older.
  4. Darkness takes to the skies almost after lunch.
  5. I’m still unemployed.

What about you?


The 4th

It seems like the  4th of July snuck up on me. I think when you are unemployed all the days just kind of meld together. You’re not looking forward to that 3 day weekend because basically you have a 7 day weekend which stinks with a capital S. I don’t have that excitement of sitting at my desk waiting for the email to come saying we can all leave early and to have a nice holiday weekend. And then you get back to work on Monday and start counting the days until Labor Day with your fellow employees. Oh how I yearn for that feeling again.

I really don’t have many 4th memories; I don’t think we did anything special when I was a kid except go see some fireworks. I remember of course having to get there early so you have a place for your blanket and then it seemed to be over quite quickly. I think I enjoyed running around my neighborhood with sparklers like a crazy person more than the “ooh’s” and “aah’s” of watching fireworks. To me, the best fireworks I have seen are in Disneyland, now that is worth the wait. There is nothing like hearing Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) speak over all the land just before the show starts…her voice is as sweet as a spoon full of sugar (love how I tied that in)!! A couple of years ago I could watch the Legoland Fireworks from my bed…now that’s living! I know I am now offically old because they were the best.

 Did you know now that they are making fireworks eco friendly? Think of it…all those chemicals and smoke you see going up in the air after that big BOOM. I’m surprised they didn’t hand out face masks before the show. Current pyrotechnics use oxidizing chemicals and heavy metals to make the light and color. Now they can use nitrogen-rich materials that burn cleaner with less smoke; but of course they are more expensive. Let’s see…cost vs. air quality. My bet is they may be handing out face masks.

I hope you all enjoy your 4th of July, your 3 day holiday weekend and to all the unemployed out there like me another 7 day weekend. And don’t forget (I remind my kids every holiday), don’t drink and drive…the road blocks are all over. I mean you should never drink and drive but the odds of getting caught this weekend are worse. And yes, drunk drivers should get caught as to save innocent people but…just be careful!

They say it’s your Birthday

Its May 20th today…is there mail delivery, are they picking up my garbage, are the schools closed? Today is Cher’s birthday (is it not a national holiday yet)…Happy 63rd Birthday Cher! I first saw you in 1975 and last saw you just a couple of months ago…you still got it!

Cher and I actually have a little bond that she may or may not remember. Back in 1975 I went to see her at a small venue in NJ. I was just a child sitting in the 3rd row with my cheap instamatic camera. During a song I stood up to take my idol’s photo and my flash jammed and I was having major camera problems. Cher noticed how my camera would not shoot and she actually waited for my flash to go off before she continued to saunter across the stage. CHER WAITED FOR ME!

My story continues…as the years went on I shared this miraculous (yes, in my mind it is miraculous) story with my children and anyone else who would listen. Then, years later after telling my tale, my mom (who attended this Cher concert with me) had mentioned how Cher waited for me to take her photo. My kids reply was “you mean that actually happened”. WHAT…for all these years they thought I fabricated this tale or maybe I just imagined or hoped that it had happened in my mind. NO…it really did happen; CHER WAITED FOR ME and I had a witness.

So Cher…if you come upon this birthday wish just know I genuinely do hope you have a great day and year. You may remember that little girl in New Jersey fidgeting with her camera…that was me!

Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s day and since I am a Mom I guess that gives me the right to celebrate. I believe people have different ideas of what a Mom’s job is. I do know out of all my jobs it was the hardest but definitely the most rewarding. I believe the job of a mom is to raise your children to be responsible & good adults for society. Once they are out in the world you have done your job. It’s not to say you can’t still love them or help them out if you choose (and they ask for help) but when they leave the nest they are their own person. Let them live their lives the way they see fit.  What makes me point this out is that my mother, I believe, still thinks she has some kind of ownership on my life because she is my “mother”. Giving birth does not mean you have control of this person the rest of their life.

My children are 26 and 23 and are now responsible and good adults that are out in society…I have done my job quite well if I do say so myself. Now I just have to hope they will continue that path and know I will be there for them…not because I own them but only because I love them. And I feel they do not owe me anything…it was my pleasure! (wait, I do have some stomach stretch marks I need to get rid of)

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there…yes, even my Mom.

Our May Flowers are here

May Pole Celebration...I think I did this one year?

May Pole Celebration...I think I did this one year?

May 1st, often called May Day, may have more holidays than any other day of the year. It’s a celebration of Spring. It’s a day of political protests. It’s a neopagan festival, a saint’s feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.

All I know is that it’s Friday and I have nothing to write for the Daily Dalia so I am adding to the list above…May Day is a day off for Dalia’s. I mean Dahlia’s are flowers so I think I fall into the catagory for a holiday.

The Hills are Alive

I did end up watching both The Sound of Music and The Ten Commandments this past Easter weekend (well, most of the movies…they are both so damn long). I had to laugh because I watched The Sound of Music with a 12 year old that has never seen it.  She kept stating how “predictable” it was, she knew right away the governess and captain would get together. She also knew the exact moment the captain would have a change of heart. I think what she didn’t realize was that the predictability was only because all the movies in her time have been copied from the classics. This was made in 1965…was it predictable then?

 She did know a lot of the songs but unless you were born under a rock you have to know Doe a deer, a female deer. Gwen Stefani made The Lonely Goatherd known by the youth of today from her re-make which is wonderful. But what this 12 year old didn’t guess was that this story is true and that this family did not want to support Hitler and at the end hikes over the hill to Switzerland. (In reality the real Von Trapp family walked to the local train station and boarded the next train to Italy, from which they fled to London and ultimately the United States). And for some strange reason I doubt the governess made all the children clothes from the drapes…even the Von Trapp kids would have to know how geeky they looked.

I do know that Julie Andrews was perfect for this role, she had both that old time Hollywood beauty and an innocence that made it all come together to help the movie win the Oscar that year. How can you not like Julie Andrews…her voice is still heard at Disneyland every night on Main Street. She is a classic among classics.

Your Perfect Easter

Wishing you your perfect Easter…from the Daily Dalia