Shannon Stacey
#listifylife – Scents That Conjure Up Memories

List of scents, below in text

Today’s Listify Life¬†theme is scents that conjure up memories. They’re hard to describe in words!

LOVE’S BABY SOFT – The perfume my dad gave me for Christmas when I was too young to wear perfume.

HAIRSPRAY – Some hairsprays remind me of the smell of sizzling hairspray being seared by a curling iron. Those bangs tho!

LIVER & ONIONS – Takes me back to gagging my way through washing the pan my stepfather fried his liver and onions in.

What about you? What scents take you back?

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#1linewed – He kissed a WHAT?

"I kissed a Yankees fan."

When a man kisses a woman, and THEN finds out she’s a Yankees fan…

Slow Summer Kisses

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Breakfast with the Staceys

Picture of my completed crossword puzzleSaturday morning, my husband and I went out for breakfast as we do on the weekends. It used to be a family affair, but children grow into teenagers who’d rather sleep late and then grab a Poptart in front of the PS4.

My husband usually reads the newspaper while I bomb around on my phone, but I wasn’t in the mood, so I grabbed the crossword puzzle and challenged myself to finish it before my breakfast arrived. I did…and then I had nothing to do.

My husband offered me the ad flyer from the local car dealership to look at, which I declined…

Me: I don’t need that. I’m going to be buried in my Jeep.

Him: Okay.

Me: You can’t do, it though. You’ll spend three weeks researching excavators. And then you’ll look at used excavators on Craigslist. And then you’ll research whether renting an excavator to do it yourself or hiring somebody to dig a Jeep-sized hole is more financially responsible. Then you’ll spend two weeks watching how-to videos on YouTube. Meanwhile, my Jeep will smell really bad because my dead body’s been in it for two months. I could ask [stepdad] because he just gets stuff done and he probably knows somebody with an excavator.¬†BUT…I’m not sure it’s smart to ask somebody who owns a commercial wood chipper to dispose of your dead body. I should tell our kids it’s my final wish to be buried in my Jeep and they have to honor it, but I think once I was dead and couldn’t yell at them, they’d just set the Jeep on fire with my body in it and call it a Viking funeral. Oh, we still have an episode of¬†Vikings on the DVR! I hate this season because (5-minute rant). But anyway, maybe I’ll leave my intellectual property rights to the person who promises to bury me in my Jeep. That’s legal, right?¬†Right?

Him: Sorry, I was reading this article. What did you say?

Me: Nothing. *pulls out phone*

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#listifylife – Weird talents or skills I have

List of weird talents, written out in text below

Asking people questions five seconds after they take big bites of food (even though I haven’t waited tables in over twenty years).

I brake with my left foot. (I’m not sure it’s a talent or a skill, but my husband assures me it’s weird.)

(I had to ask my husband for help…)

Damaging my RZR over and over without actually having an accident.

(Note to self: don’t ask husband for help again.)

This week’s ‚Ä™#‚Äélistifylife‚Ĩ theme was HARD and made me aware I have no weird talents or skills. How about you?

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A Netflix rec for the weekend

Photo of my movie log, described in text


You might remember I’m trying to¬†make time for movies, and I’m doing okay with it. Considering how seldom I’ve watched movies in the last few years, four in a month (so far) is progress.

As you can see, I’ve borrowed slightly from the¬†Rotten Tomatoes¬†scale. Whether I’m reading or viewing, I’m not super analytical. It’s just a “well, that sucked” (green splat) or a “that was good” (red tomato), but for a movie I¬†really liked and will probably watch again, I added a gold star to my ratings. So far…

Sisters was a green splat. Such a green splat I almost made it a brown splat, if you know what I mean. Miss Congeniality 2 was good. With the exception of a very charming, adorable and funny LeBron James, Trainwreck was a big green splat for me.

But finally, a gold star!

Leap Year is a 2010 romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. (And if you thought he was hot as Finn Polmar on The Good Wife, you do NOT want to miss him in this, in his full scruffy, broody, deep Irish brogue glory. Trust me.)

Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

And Matthew Goode is the scruffy, broody, deep-Irish-brogue-glory guy who ends up trying to get her to Dublin in time when her plans go awry. It’s all fish-out-of-water, opposites attract, road trip romantic yumminess.

Definitely a gold star. And, according to my TBW (to be watched) list, it was recommended to me by Vivian Arend and Susanna Kearsley, so I owe them both a drink!

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