Archive for January 2011

All of this talk of impending snow reminds me of ...

When I had just moved to Chicago two years ago and had three different appointments on a very snowy January day.  I was certain that one of them was going to cancel.  It was really coming down.  In NYC/NJ, schools would definitely have been closed or at least delayed.  But, as it turns out, not one of those appointments was canceled.  One... Read more »

Snapple "Real Fact" #831

Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day.  Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. Today, I am grateful ~1/ That I’m somewhere between a six-year-old and an adult2/ even if I’m usually laughing to myself, which I’m caught doing all the time3/ For diet Peach Snapple. Thank you for reading Stop... Read more »

7 reasons to see The Fighter

1/ Mark Wahlberg ~ I’m married. I’m not blind. 2/ Christian Bale ~ I may have scolded him on this blog for being a jerk but to say he can act is the understatement of the century. 3/ Melissa Leo as trashy, bleached, chain smoking Alice Ward4/ The seven women who play Micky Ward’s trashy,... Read more »
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Last night, I was at Quartino and was reminded of...

the fact that H & I almost got engaged there.  H had stuffed the ring in his sock.  I didn’t know this, of course.  But, he decided at some point between wine and pizza that it wasn’t the right atmosphere for a marriage proposal (loud!) and popped the question when we got back home. Today,... Read more »

Comcast Cable goes black during the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion

Have you ever heard of the Heidi Bowl? In 1968, during a football game where the New York Jets were playing the Oakland Raiders, NBC terminated the broadcast – with 65 seconds left in the game and Jets leading 32-29 – so that it could air the originally scheduled made-for-TV children’s movie Heidi. Yes, HEIDI! ... Read more »

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day

Yes, there is actually a National Chocolate Cake Day.  It’s today. Needless to say, I am grateful for ~1/ chocolate2/ cake3/ and that first bite that makes everything in the world seem alright. Thank you for reading Stop and Blog the Roses.  Follow me on Twitter @fernronay.
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When Things Go Viral and Words to Live By

When things go viral, it’s sometimes like a worldwide web version of Telephone.  ‘Timmy’s dog is furry’ turns into ’I know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.’ Take the case of Regina Brett. She’s a columnist for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s  largest newspaper.  The day before her 45th birthday she wrote a column called The 45 Lessons Life Taught Me.   And... Read more »

8 Uses for a Chicago Public Library Card

8 Uses for a Chicago Public Library Card
I renewed my Chicago Public Library card today. H thinks the fact that I have one is cute/funny/geeky.  Say what you want about us geeks.  We know a good geeky deal when we see one… Today, I am grateful ~1/ for libraries2/ and my library card3/ and not having to pay for books I hate. ... Read more »

Oprah's Big Reveal

She has a half sister.  And, it’s a family story that couldn’t have been written any better had it been one of the novels in Oprah’s Book Club.  First, the facts:- Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey had Oprah in 1954.  They never married. - As far as Oprah knew, Vernita Lee had only two other children – a daughter Pat and... Read more »
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Since we moved to Chicago two years ago...

1/ We met famed Cubs fan Woo Woo … dressed in White Sox garb2/ I interviewed Cubs pitcher Randy Wells for Chicago3Media3/ and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Let’s go, Bears!!  Then, eventually, let’s go, Bulls! And then, our work will be done here. Thank you for reading Stop and Blog the Roses.  Follow... Read more »