Sweet Jesus, it’s Monday! Still trying to decide why we needed that 7th day – and I don’t mean Sunday! But whether you’ve downloaded him (lol) per the suggestion on this bumper sticker, talked to him, or prayed to him, I sure hope bumper-sticker Jesus brings you a good Monday and that he walks with you today. Oh, how I hope he walks with all of us today.
(p.s. – he is a pretty good guy to have on your side. i recommend it.)
To quote Sara Bareilles, the best part about having your own blog is that you get to “say what you wanna say.” So today, I’m telling you that if you are in the tri-state area, you should come to Oakland, Iowa this weekend for Junkapalooza. You don’t know what it is? Why the hell not? Go here to learn more.
But back to why you need to be there. I’ve got reasons. I’m sure you’re not shocked. But they’re good, so they deserve noting.
1. Cheesy homemade spiral fries directly out of the fryer and ooey, gooey homemade brownies made from one of my best friends from high school who has absolutely never made anything I didn’t like (and if you know me, you know how effing picky I am)! If that’s not a good enough reason, you’re crazy! But I’ll continue…
2. Who cares that you’re tired or you have a volleyball tournament, soccer tournament, counseling for your cat, and 25 loads of laundry, all the cool kids are going to be loitering on Main Street chatting, reliving old times, and getting some sweet deals on cool shit. Yes, you can quote me on that.
3. Christmas is 16 Fridays away. Here’s your chance to get a gift for the impossible person that has everything or deserves the perfect something. Wreathes, furniture made from barn wood, a set of 1980′s Playboys – all available to you in Oakland, Iowa this weekend! lol.
4. This is only the beginning. Some really great people in Oakland are already banding together to make Oakland the town it used to be – the one that had Fall Festivals, farmer’s markets, and people waving at each other on Main Street. In fact, they have even managed to get the Main Street declared a historical landmark this week. So if this goes well, it will be only the beginning of the fun things we have planned. And I do mean f.u.n. – fun! Be part of the revival. Be part of the solution. Be part of the success story.
5. Here’s the biggest reason of all, at least for me. My great Aunt Merle used to be the curator for the museum. She loved it with her life and devoted her every moment to it. She’d dress up in long dresses when it was 100 degrees to promote it. I can only imagine how happy it would make her to know that her tradition is being carried on, and that it’s even being expanded upon. So, yes, this weekend is personal. There’s a little Bolton tradition living on in this weekend. And just as much love for my home town…
Sometimes, people ask me why I go to so much work for something, and I just wonder why they wouldn’t. I love my hometown. I love that I feel safe when I go there. I love that there are still people willing to put forth effort to make their town better and be willing to go after grants and have a vision for what could be. And l love that 20 years later, my high school English teacher calls to ask a favor. Isn’t that what small towns are all about?
I really hope you decide to come support a good cause.
My Aunt Merle might even offer you some chocolate-covered cashews when you get to heaven if you do…
9am – 7pm Saturday
9am – 4pm Sunday
Admission is $4 at the gate
(it is a donation to the Heritage Gardens at the Museum)
Come ready to spend your cash
on the unique, the original, the Oakland experience!
If only it could be that simple on a Monday! I think I’d consider myself an inmate and steer clear, aka you’d find me at home on my couch! But as usual, we shall haul our asses to work and lead the pack to greatness. That’s what we do, right? At least in our own minds.
The world is full of fabulous people. We just get told about the awful people on the news instead. So I’m sharing my fab folks with you. I met Jeannine on-line through my writing. She is rockstar funny and a fabulous person. She’s also in the process of transitioning into being teenager-free in her home after many years of writing about “the dude.” You gotta meet her! So I did a short interview. Check out her answers.
Introducing Jeannine Bergers Everett -
What is your biggest annoyance/pet peeve? (Be sure to explain yourself in full detail so we can be frustrated with you!)
1. My biggest pet peeve – I have so many, and they range from the significant to the petty. The greatest? Don’t ask for my opinion if you’ve already made up your mind. I don’t mind opining. I do it more than I should. If you ask for my viewpoint, however, it’s polite to listen to it before jumping in to tell my how misguided I am. This is especially true for trivial matters. My mother has argued both sides of the question “when making a cheese tray, does one cube the cheese, or slice it?” for at least ten years. My sisters and I have learned that there is no correct answer. We just point to each other and say “I don’t know, ask her.” This is why god gave us Cheez whiz.
Also, use your turn signals, people. That’s what they’re there for.
If you had super hero powers, what would be your first act in fixing the world? (world peace comes to mind – lol)
2. If I had super powers that could fix the world, I would reduce the disparity between the wealthy and the poor. Desperation is never a good foundation for political stability. I’m not talking socialism here, but right now the deck is way too stacked in favor of a small percentage of individuals. Food, shelter, education. Renewable, sustainable energy would be good too, along with bubble blowers in random locations. Who doesn’t like bubbles?
3. The best advice I ever got was given to me by my son, the dude. Snark that I am, my glass tends to run on the half-empty spectrum. Coming home from preschool one day, he suggested we skip to the car, since it was more fun than walking. “We ought to skip all of the time,” he said. That was the moment that I realized that happiness is not something we can find. It is. We must choose to see it. We can walk, or we can skip. We worry far too much about looking stupid, which is a waste of time, because we do anyway.
What’s your Guilty Pleasure (scrogging or Facebook stalking are both completely acceptable answers – lol)?
4. My guilty pleasure is raw cookie dough. When I was dumped by my college boyfriend, my sister and I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies that never made it to the oven. It works best with red wine to cleanse the palate. I also have a thing for Tom Hiddleston. I imagine he goes well with red wine also.
If you have a business or a cause you’d like to promote, tell us about it here. (It’s okay if it’s simply to Spay and Neuter your Pets!)
5. My cause to promote – Get rid of standardized tests, including AP exams, and re-introduce flexibility into education. I’m a believer in and a product of the public school system. My son, however, spends more time preparing for exams than discussing the material he’s learning. All of the kids have the same high school classes, and every teacher is shoved into the same box. Education is really about the process, not the outcome. It’s easier to attack the problem through standardization, but it only works if every kid is the same. As a substitute teacher, I encountered a wide variety of stupidity among even the smartest of students.
If there’s anything you’d like to add:
6. What I want to put out there? Choose the light. It’s simple, but not always easy. I view my snark not as cynicism, but a weird sort of optimism. Our world is crazy and absurd. If I can find the humor in it, perhaps I can stay on the right side of sanity. Embrace quiet. Filling our lives with business only masks the truth. The answer is usually in the silence, so take the time to experience it. Practice kindness. It gets easier the more we do it.
This sounds really cheesy, I know. Don’t ask me if it should be cubed or sliced.
That’s how freaking funny she is. She even breaks out the cheese jokes! If you wanna know more, check out her blog, mobyjoecafe.
Also, if you’ve got a comment about this interview or something to say to Jeannine, be sure to leave it, and don’t be afraid to hit that Share key and share her with the world!
It never fails that the people who work the hardest to make it look the easiest (i.e. Peyton Manning or even Martha Stewart) are the envy of all and hated the most for having it so easy. Mmm…
So it’s International Bacon Day this weekend, and what kind of bacon lover would I be if I didn’t have a little homage to bacon on its big day? So picture blog it is! The kind that won’t only make you hungry, but remind you why you hang out with me!
Bacon is one of those things that sets people apart. There are those that love bacon and there are those that don’t (even though I’m flabbergasted that those people exist). My work husband of 7 years loved bacon. If there was a bacon something-or-other to purchase, I was buying it. There was the bacon popcorn, the bacon-flavored toothpicks, the socks that looked like bacon, and the bacon-scented scratch and sniff bra. No wait, that’s just one I assumed they made for women who’ve been married for 20 years or over.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. The point is that bacon has taken over where cupcakes left off. It is having its finest hour, but in my opinion, it’s gonna get more than an hour. I love me some bacon! Always have, always will. In fact, I think I could Bubba Gump shrimp-it.
I love me some sautéed green beans and bacon. MMMMMMmmmmmm… It’s a staple in our household. Sure, they aren’t as healthy, but Who. Gives. A. Crap. When. They’re. That. Good???
I’m also a big fan of getting my bacon a little syrup-y! Yes, I am guilty of dipping my bacon in the vat of syrup I have covering my pancakes. Listen people, you can live life or you can spend it skinny. I’ll take living.
So you can think I’m a freak if you want. I completely understand if you do, but if you haven’t tried a PB &B Dog at B&B Classic Dogs in Bellevue, you are freaking missing out! No, they are not paying me to say this. I just flipping love the peanut butter and bacon hot dog. Hell yeah! My family was completely shocked that I even tried it. Can’t say I blame them, but it has 3 of my favorite ingredients: peanut butter, bacon, and processed meats. What’s not to love?
The only thing poor bacon can’t fix: water chestnuts. Ug. Sorry, bacon, even you can’t save that gritty pile of nothingness. But don’t you worry, I won’t hold it against you. In fact, I will continue to worship you as I always have.
And in your honor,
I will eat you on a burger.
I will eat you on your own.
I will eat you in green beans.
I will eat you in a scone.
I will eat you lightly fried.
I will eat you wrapped ‘round a filet.
I will sniff your make-me-hungry bouquet
Every. Single. Effing. Day. because
Yes, Bacon, I will eat you every possible way!
Okay, so tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat bacon? Will you be celebrating Bacon Day? Have you attended any events like Baconfest? Fill me in, people!
I have always loved that line from Cocktail where he says, “There are 2 kinds of people. There are workers and there are hustlers. The workers never hustle and the hustlers never work, and, you my friend, are a worker.” Yep. I like workers. Not a fan of the ass-sitters that boss everyone else around.
According to my sister-in-law, Hiro 88 is the best place in Omaha to get sushi! She says that if you want consistency and good service, you to Hiro. So needless to say, she was completely jealous when I told her I was meeting the Omaha Bloggers for a complimentary boatload of sushi! And I do mean a boat-load – that’s seriously what they call it!
Holy Boat Load, Batman!
Personally, I was a huge fan of the crab rangoon. Yum. I dipped it. I snarfed it. I horded it.
Plus, I got to see all the awesome bloggers who have been helping each other out all year which is why we got together: to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!
I’ll toast to many more years!
Let me just say – big fan of the raspberry wisp. Big fan.
Of course, it’s not a party if it doesn’t involve dessert! Check out the amazing cupcakes from Omaha Cupcake! Even filled with Bavarian as an added treat! OMG! That’s dessert.
So Happy Anniversary to me (and the rest of the bloggers, of course)!
Have you been to either place? What’s your favorite thing to order?