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How “New” Music Changed Me

I was born in the 70s so I grew up listening to music mostly from the 80s and 90s.  When I moved back to New Jersey in 1999 and started mingling with people who were older than myself, I started to REALLY have an appreciation for 1960-1980 rock and roll music.  In fact, to ME it was NEW music!  I may have heard some of the songs before, but never really paid much attention since I was stuck in my own 80’s glam/R&B world.  To this day, when those oldies but goodies come on the radio, they bring me back to the local bars (okay, there were OTHER places too…not just the bar…I think?)

All of my life I’ve been a fan of many different types of music and as I’ve gotten older (not old, just older), I’ve come to appreciate classic rock so much more than I thought I ever would!  Not only because of the musicianship but it brings me back to a time in my life where I changed for the better.  A time when I was lost and confused but found my way.  When decisions had to be made.  When growing up had to happen.  When I had to depend on myself.  When I FOUND myself. 

I’ve posted a few videos below of songs that make me feel good and bring me back to one of the greatest times of my life.

What genre of music had you not been a fan of that you took a liking to years later?

~Stacy

Sidebar:  There are many others that bring back the “fuzzies” but these are the ones that stand out the most at this moment.

Brandy – Looking Glass

Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John

Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen

Big Shot – Billy Joel

Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf

Boston – Piece of Mind

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How Friends Reruns Changed Me

I’ve been going through a Friends rerun phase lately.  It has made me reflect back to when I was younger and how simple things were back then.  When I told my dad that I have been in a writing rut and binge watching Friends he laughed and said something like “sometimes you just have to clear your head with TV or other distractions for a while” and assured me that my urge to write will come back.  Well it did and it has EVERYTHING to do with my Friends binge!

Now, before I go on, I will confess I am a huge fan of social media and most of you know that but lately I feel as though I do not need it as much in my life anymore.  When I say “social media” I mean, needing to know what everyone else is doing all the time.  Not to mention the TIME wasted on what other people are doing!  It is exhausting, addictive and before you know it it’s the end of 2018 and you look back and think about all the time spent on social media and you just shake your head.  Of course I am talking about myself here.  YOU may not spend as much time on social media as I do and that’s a good thing unless you make money on social media and it is your job to be on.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing my family and friend’s pictures (especially of their animals 🙂 ) but it snowballed into needing to see more and more and before I knew it, I was spending HOURS on social media a day just scrolling, liking, commenting and scrolling some more.  One day a few months back I woke up and felt this craving for a simpler life.  Not a life without social media but to scale it back…A LOT!  I felt this need to go back in time to see how life was before social media to realize how much I do not NEED it in my life and to treat it more as a WANT.  And that is how my Friends binge began.

Some of the things that I learned while binge watching Friends:

Simplicity

The life of the characters on Friends was so simple yet fun.  The simplicity of meeting your close friends at a coffee shop to catch up or at your apartment in the City was the way of life.   Although their lives could be filled with major drama, they always found a way to work through it.  And, yes, I know it’s a TV show but what if we started living that way again…simple.  I mean, meeting at the coffee shop was the highlight of their day!  These days people are more worried about how many complete strangers are watching their political or agenda driven videos.  Not simple.

Laughs

Why don’t we laugh anymore? Why are people stressed out more than they were back in the day?  Hell, you can’t make a joke anymore without someone getting offended.  Our world has become so serious and honestly I’m getting sick of it!  Why can’t we just laugh at someone who has a turkey on their head?  Or how about when we wear leather pants, sweat our asses off on a date, go into the bathroom, take them off, then can’t pull them back up because we have put water, lotion and baby powder on our legs then walk out naked?  Have you seen that episode?  I’ve linked it below.  Be careful, you may laugh your ass off!

Ross’s Leather Pants

Friendships

Friendships are soooo important!  Everyone should have a few good people in their life that you can trust WITH YOUR LIFE.  Having your tribe is such a great feeling.  It may take a while to find out who your REAL tribe is but when you do it’s magical.  You can be you…no filter and no judgement.  You may all be different in personalities as the Friends characters were, but respect is key.  When you have that, you’re family.

In closing, I think I’m going to take a break from some of my social media outlets that waste my time and concentrate more on my real life friendships, this blog, my writing and maybe do some more videos.  You may say, “well, blogging and videos are social media too”.  Maybe it is.  But I don’t think those are a waste of my time.  Big difference.

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy

 

Weekend Fun 7.20.18 – 7.22.18

Hey everyone!  Just got back from the west coast of Florida to visit Gina, Tony and my nieces.  It was a much needed weekend away!  My niece Sophia has her permit now and is driving really well (we didn’t die) and Ava is doing great with her YouTube channel.  Follow her at Ava Kathryn.

Below are some pictures from my weekend…..

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

Gulfstream Park 1.13.18 – 1.15.18

 

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Hey hey HEY!  Sorry I’ve been hiding for a while but I’M BACK!

I hope that everyone is having a good new year so far (I know, it’s May already!).  I rang in the new year snoring in my bed with dreams of what 2018 will have in store for me.  So far, so good!

Ron and I went to our favorite horse track on Martin Luther King weekend and had an awesome time!  We arrived on Saturday morning and went straight to the track, grabbed a beer and got to betting!  We had some wins here and there and then this happened….

…The same horse that I won on last year on New Year’s Eve WAS AT THE TRACK AGAIN THIS TIME! Yes, Ultra Brat was running again!  The only difference was that last year I bet on her at the huge price of 35-1 and won $188.50, this time, she was 6-1 (well, actually 5-1 at the gate) and I won $36.   I can’t complain that’s for sure and I was so excited to see the horse again!

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We had a fun day of cool weather, picked up Steak and Shake (seems to have become a tradition on our first night, not sure why) and went back to the hotel.  We usually stay at the Hampton Inn in Hallandale/Aventura 2 nights but our friends Jim, Karen and Jimmy were kind enough to invite us to their house to stay on Sunday night AND they were going to be meet us at the track the next day!  We were so excited as we hadn’t seen them since Amy and John’s wedding last March.

On Sunday, Ron and I arrived at the track early and got a good seat right at the finish line.  When Jim, Karen and Jimmy arrived, we started eating, drinking, laughing and betting!  We didn’t hit too big but we had a great time enjoying each other’s company and fresh air! When the racing day was over, we stopped to have dinner and then went back to their house and enjoyed the night laughing and drinking 🙂

The next morning we got up early and headed back home.

Looking forward to going back soon!

Till next time…

~Stacy

Don’t know how to bet on horses?  I recommend the book below!

Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Weekend in St. Augustine 12.9.17 – 12.10.17

My long time friend/sister Gina who I’ve known since we were 4 years old came to see me this passed weekend with my two nieces.  We had planned a trip to St. Augustine to see the Tour of Lights that they have from November – January every year.  They arrived at our house around 7:00pm and we had pizza and garlic knots from our favorite pizza place,  Alberto’s.   After dinner we spent time relaxing, catching up and maybe a little drinking…maybe…..

When we woke up in the morning, we packed my car and left for St. Augustine.  We arrived at the hotel around 11:30am and were able to check in early which worked out great.  We unloaded the car, freshened up and went out exploring the famous St. George Street in the historic district of St. Augustine.

After we walked around for a few minutes we started to get hungry and decided to go to Pizza Time (I try to ALWAYS stop there for pizza when I’m in town because they have the BEST PIZZA in the state of Florida)  In fact, they were named Second Best Pizza Place IN THE COUNTRY by TripAdvisor.  I’m not sure who is in first place (They HAVE to be from NJ or NY.  Maybe V&J’s in Pompton Plains, NJ cause their pizza is like crack!) but Pizza Time has got to be one of my all time favorites.  I never thought I would say that about Florida pizza because, let’s face it, trying to find decent pizza in Florida is like trying to find a needle in a haystack but Pizza Time is the BEST!  It helps that the owners are from Brooklyn too…sooooo there’s that…..

Best pizza I’ve ever tasted in my life so far:

 V&J’s – Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Pizza Time – St. Augustine, Florida

 Alberto’s – Edgewater, Florida

In that order

After we ate we walked around some more and checked out some chocolate shops, gift shops, The Oldest Wood School House in the USA and made our way to the Fountain of Youth.  We took a shot of “youth water” and feel younger already!

I bought the tickets in advance for the Tour of Lights so we wouldn’t have to wait in a line to get tickets when we arrived.  After we parked and got on the trolley to get to where we needed to be to hop on the OTHER trolley to see the lights, we were welcomed by a line that seemed to be never ending!  Recommendation: If you are planning to go on the trolley ride to see the lights, get there at least 2 hours ahead of time to wait on the LONG ASS line! It was a little disappointing but the most important part thing is that we were able to get together and they were able to see St. Augustine for the first time.  We walked around for a little while then went to dinner at Gypsy Cab Company

Below are some pictures and videos from our trip.

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The marshmellow rice krispy treat was amazing!
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Loved these Walking Dead bobbleheads

Till next time….