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Don't forget the Glitter!

It kicks off Monday....
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Feeling nostalgic...

Okay.. here's a less sappy one. Remember these Lovely Rocker Ladies from the '80s'. This song just popped in my head this morning out of nowhere. Richard Marx & Fee Waybill ( The Tubes) wrote the song. Thought I would share my #TBT earwrom w/ you... ENJOY!

My favorite, Jan the guitarist, who is still Rock'n it!
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It finally happened..

I have been looking for a new vehicle for awhile. I had inherited 2 of my parents old cars. I also had 2 old one's between myself and my Honey Ted.. 4 older vehicles that need work and it seemed to be happening at the same time gets expensive & stressful. The last straw was having to pay for a new transmission when I was in Omaha, NE visiting my honey Ted's family during the holidays.
Another reason it was hard to get rid of my vehicles is because our Mini and Durango had a lot of memories to them. Strange that Ted & I get attached to cars/trucks, but it happens. The Durango was the vehicle we evacuated in when we lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. We lived in that truck for 3 days. The Mini was our very first purchase after we were getting setttled in Memphis at the time after Katrina. We lost everything, so it was a big deal for us.

Good and not so good memories came w/ the vehicles, but it was time. So this is what we decided on after a long search. It is not easy finding an AWD vehicle in a smaller SUV in this area. Then finding one you like how it drives and one you can see yourself in. It's not a small purchase, so you have to make sure you 'LIKE' it. :) We are ready for new adventures in our new ride. I'm hoping there are many more good ones for us rather than not so good. :)


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This is driving us (Honey Ted & I) crazy....

How do you overcome the pitfalls of new car shopping/buying?
Pitfalls such as:
-Dealership not caring about key things you want/need in a vehicle. If they don't have it, try talking you into something else. ...

-Not wanting to help find what would work for you in a price range anywhere close to what you can afford

-No new inventory until mid year, which isn't their fault, but still frustrating frown

-Talk to you or your honey, not both at the same time since you are both there

-Getting a sales person who knows nothing about their inventory or the vehicles on the lot. (ran across this ALOT)

- Getting snubbed and/or ignored when you have questions about their vehicles/inventory. Get talked too like you can't afford their vehicles.

Okay, these are some things we have run into trying to find a new affordable crossover/small suv type vehicle in 4 wheel or all wheel drive. The 4/all wheel drive is a big issue, which surprised me in Texas. Trucks.. 4x4 no problem.. most SUVs especially small ones, not common here...

We will hold out until we find something that works for us, but the search hasn't been the most enjoyable.

So, again... did you run across any of these pitfalls or others the last time you bought a vehicle? How did you deal with it?

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Did your favorites get nominated?

Oscar nominees were announced this morning. Oscar day is Sunday, February 22nd on ABC starting at 6pm CT.
This will get you to a printable list and ballot to pick your winners:
Copy & Paste:

Here are my picks:
Best Movie: Selma or Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater/Boyhood
Best Actress:Julianne Moore/ Still Alice
Best Actor: Michael Keeton/ Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette/ Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K Simmons Whiplash
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Say hey!

I got a new FB page. Be sure to drop by and say hey! You Rock!

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Hey there.. I have heard some folks ask about the ' 360 Holiday Decoration Cleanup' because it was postponed due to Very Cold weather a bit ago. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 24th. Here's the 411:
**Due to weather, the cleanup has been moved to Saturday, January 24th.**
Here at Keep Austin Beautiful we love the holidays as much as anyone else, but the thought of abandoned ornaments posing a threat to local wildlife and our waterways leaves us a bit scrooged. We are asking Austinites to love the holidays, love the trees, and love Austin by letting the beauty of the trees speak for themselves. If you must decorate, please remember to remove decorations in a timely manner and consider using biodegradable decorations – fruit ornamentals and tinsel made of popcorn, nuts, and dried fruit provide an earth-friendly alternative.
For any decorations that remain after the holidays, Keep Austin Beautiful will be holding its annual post-holiday cleanup on January 10. Our hope is to restore highway 360 back to its unadorned and natural state. Please join us in our cleanup effort. Friends and family are welcome!
Date: Saturday, January 24th
Time: 9am-noon
Join Keep Austin Beautiful for our 3rd Annual Post-Holiday Cleanup. Our goal is to restore Highway 360 back to its unadorned and natural state. Please join us in our cleanuo effort to keep the holidays merry and wrapped into the New Year. Friends and family are welcome!Please meet us at Canyon Springs Apartments at Bull Creek. We'll meet at their parking lot and then spread out all along the highway and take sections to clean. All of the collected decorations will be picked up and donated to Easter Seals. They have plenty of parking (carpool if you can!) and we'll spread out from there.Register: http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/volunteer_opportunities_registration

Lots more on how to help out Mama Earth on our '1 Thing' page. Thanks to all who are doing their part to keep Mama Earth Happy! She's the only one we have, so we need to keep her as nice and pretty as we can. Spread the '1 Thing' word!
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Kelly's new ear candy sound familiar?

I was Happy that Kelly Clarkson had new ear candy released today...'Heartbeat Song'.....

There are rumbles around the web that the music sounds a lot like Jimmy Eat's World Big Hit.
What do you think?

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Get rid of 'The Funk'...

So this morning I woke up in what I guess you could call a 'Funky Mood'. Not a 'Bad Mood' or 'Good Mood'. If you asked how are you? My answer.. 'OKAY''! News stories of Terrorists in Paris, a Dad throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge and other bad things didn't help 'The Funk'.. But one thing that always seems to get me out of 'The Funk' is music. It's amazing what a song can do to your mood and outlook for a moment, a day, and more....

I listened to this song before I got into work, and it really helped to get rid of 'The Funk'. I wanted to share it w/ you in case you had some 'FUNK' to get rid of too. Have a Happy & Safe weekend! Stay Warm! Keep your minds & hearts open for 'Happy Moments' that help stop 'The Funk'....

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It's back tonight. But w/ the People's Choice Awards going on too. I'llbe flipping back and forth. I really need to get DVR service... Now the next issue... What's for dinner w/ this menu of viewing tonight? HHHMMM.. something warm w/ the BBBBRRR Cold outside!
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Cool TS remake

Michigan band I Prevail TS Blank Space remake ROCKS!

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Resolutions? Or Memories?..

Happy 2015! I hope this year has a ton more happiness in it for you. It's that time of year again, where you hear about resolutions. You might even make one. I ran across this, which I find more productive for me. A memory jar... Grab a container and put in a slip of paper everytime something fun/nice/good happens for you during the year. The more good times you have/remember, could make you motivated to shoot for many more. Or that is how I'm taking it...

I was given this jar from my niece Kaiti. It has treats which is an extra bonus. I figure I can take a treat each time I add a slip of paper w/ a Fun/Good memory of an event I participated in. The end of the year you check out all your slips. I think the end of each month would be cool too.

If I was leaning towards a 'resolution' it would be to manage my time better, so I can have even more good times during 2015! This is something I will also work on. I can obtain short term goals much better, when my time is managed better. :)

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