Thursday, February 28, 2013

No-No's for a Retired Pope Benedict


Today Pope Benedict XVI is retiring…
hanging up his domed chess piece hat.
checkmate





At age 85, Pope Benedict
stated he was resigning 
"because of advanced age."
Hmmmm...and to think "advanced age" 
hasn't stopped Queen Elizabeth. 

Apparently Pope Benedict will live 
for the next two months 
in a lakeside retreat in the hills of Rome...
until the convent, 
where he will make his new home,
 is finished being renovated.

I'm thinking the Pope might want to 
ask for an extended stay or 
maybe plan a cruise.  
God Knows…
contractors never finish the job when they tell you they will. 
 Is it wrong to tell a white lie 
to the Pope?

Having a Pope onboard  
would be good for all the ships patrons.  
It's always good to have God on your side when cruising...
especial these days. 
He could even turn rough seas into calm Holy Waters.  
I know I'd feel really secure about my trip if I looked out 
and saw 
the Pope on the Poop Deck.


Anywhooo…….


Pope Benedict says he will live
"hidden from the world" 
in retirement.  
And will spend his time in prayer, reflection, and reading. 

Should he take up cruising, 
may I recommend a fast read…
"50 Shades of Grey."
(Note to self: very disrespectful….
keep that up and it will be 50 Shades of Purgatory.)

Retirement is a new concept for the Vatican.   
The last time a pontiff retired was 600 years ago, 
so there is no manual...
no silver linings playbook to work from.  
They'll  have to fly by the seat of their papal chair.

There are, however, a few NO-NO's for the retired Pope...

NO more tweets …
(he found it hard to keep them under 140 characters anyway.)

NO cape …only a simple white cassock

NO red shoes…back to his basic brown
There's no place like Rome.


NO ring...


AND NO fancy Swiss guards…


BUT
I'm pretty sure he will still be able to 
keep his
pope-on-a-rope.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dear Duncandog Since You've Been Gone


Dear Duncandog,




It's been a year 
since you've been gone.


And
 life just ain't the same.

When I come into the house…
you aren't scampering to the door to 
excitedly greet me.
Oh Boy, I miss you.


Whenever I turn around…
I am not stepping all over you.
Oh Boy, I miss you.


When I drop food on the kitchen floor,
you aren't there cleaning it up with your efficient 
lapping technique.
Oh Boy, I miss you.


When it's bedtime,
you aren't around to hug 
and wish good night.
Oh Boy, I miss you.


Anyboohoo……..



One year 
has passed 
since you've been gone….
but not 
one minute 
has passed 
that you haven't been 
missed.


Boy, Oh Boy, 
I miss you
my furry little friend.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar Material


What did ya think of the Oscars last night?

I thought they were okay at best...
a tad boring in spots.
But it's not like I had other plans 
for an icy cold Sunday night in February.

It dragged….
3 hours and 35 minutes...
and I only dozed off three times.
Lucky for me I didn't miss anything big…just the inconsequential, insipid, and inane parts...
ummm…which was often.

To spice up the night…I dressed for the occasion.
"Tonight i'm wearing a gold skirt/tank ensemble.  
My top is Gap Body and 
skirt is Oscar de La Who Ya Kidding?"
sorry. Lucky you. I Don't have a pic to show you.

Anywhooooo……

Does anyone know what was up with Renee Zellweger?
She had her usual 
I've-just-sucked-on-a-lemon look, 

but something was different.  
Was she smashed?…
or was it simply over botoxification?
I gotta admit, she looked smashing in that dress.

The Jaws Theme 
was perfect for 
getting the long-winded, show-dragging types off the stage.  
It would have been even better 
if a big mechanical shark rose up and pulled 
them off stage…



and to pull Quentin Tarantino off stage
with a lot of blood and gore 

would have been fitting.


As for  the host, Seth McFarlane…
some of his jokes were not so sharp
and many fell flat.

But musically speaking,
Seth McFarlane was right on Key.
who knew he could sing and dance?

I don't like to be overly critical …but seeing 
Seth is willing to dish out zingers...
he's gotta be able to take some in.
(Admittedly, zingers feel best 
going in the "out" direction.)

His song "We saw your boobs" was …
insensitive…sexist…and 3rd grade boy humor…
perfect from the creator of "Family Guy" and "Ted."
At least he was true to himself.

And Seth, 
please stop with old, tired jokes about
 Rhianna and Chris Brown's tumultuous relationship,
 George Clooney dating younger women and
Mel Gibson voicemail rants
Boring.Not. funny.


When 
Captain Kirk appeared overhead…


was he was giving us a true heads up?


There were some points in the show…
where nothing really materialized for Seth……
no matter how hard we wished he was 
beamed up.

ps.  Thank you, Jennifer Lawrence,
for tripping up the stairs to get your award.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Operating with MUSIC



I recently read a fascinating news article about a
double swap 
kidney transplant...
where each patient receives a kidney 
from a family member 
of the other patient.





The ole switcherooo...
or technical name....
"paired exhange."

The surgeries are done at the same time.  
That way no one has a chance to back out.

Nothing worse than a 
kidney 
grab-and-go.
na na na na na


What I also found interesting in the article
 was the description of the 
two operating rooms 
during the transplants.

Each operating room
worked similarly...
but
 differed 


musically.



One operating room played 
pulsing 90's rock music...
while the other 
played an 80's dance track.
say what?

(I thought this kind of stuff only happened on 
Grey's Anatomy.)


Anywhooooo.....


I didn't realize music 
(other than Mozart)
was being played during surgeries.

The article got me thinking 
about my colonoscopy 
when I was 
knocked out.

 There might have been a party going on 
behind me.

Hmmm...I wonder what was on the 
gastroenterologist's playlist???


Bad Moon Rising?
Moon Shadow?
Moon Dance?

or 
the colonoscopy favorite....

Dark Side Of The Moon?


Monday, February 18, 2013

Extreme Events


What's going on with all the 
Extreme weather 
these days?

Extreme weather is supposed to be rare... 
but lately it's occurring more frequently.


 Almost as often as 


this Kat stares into the frig.
(okay, maybe not that often.)


Over the past two two years around the world….
there have been major droughts, 
heat waves, tornadoes, floods, 
hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards.

But apparently there is another extreme threat 
that I should be aware of...
which also happens to 
fall from the sky… 
the Meteor.

It's crazy that a meteor 
with the weight of 10,000 tons and as
powerful as several nuclear bombs 
exploded over Russia 
sending rock fragment to Earth and 
injuring over a thousand people.

And hours later a 150 foot wide asteroid
came as close as 17,200 miles from Earth. 
phew. 
What about those other big rocks out there?


Anywhoooo…..

With all the recent weather chain of events
 I've decided to become more prepared 
with vital survival items...



And now 
with the extra threat of rock material falling from the sky…
I  have added some valuable 
head cover...



You can never be too careful
or 
too prepared.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Colintine's Day...Milestone 25


Today is 
Colintine's Day...

Colin's 
Birthday 
and 
Valentines Day 
all rolled into one sugary sweet day.

It is also
a milestone birthday for Colin.  
25 years old.  
A quarter of a century.
woo hoo


It's amazing to think about 
how much time has passed
since Colin was my little boy...

aka my sidekick.

ahhh...I'm remembering the days when
Colin would go wherever I would go... 
whether it was a quick trip to the Stop and Shop, 
or to the bank….
he'd jump in the car
riding shotgun.
And I remember hoping that would never end.


Anywhoooo……

Fast forward to TODAY….
and Colin is 25….
no longer that little boy  
but 
a young man with places to go...

making his mark in the world…

and now
touring the country with Dustin Lynch 
and the band.


And so,

the tables are turned
and now I am the follower...


Colin's groupie.

And wherever Colin goes 
like every good groupie...
I am with him
in love and support.

This Kat is Colin's Number One FAN!

Happy 25th Birthday, Colin.
xo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vacation Re-entry to Planet Reality


Re-entry
is a 
bee-otch...

especially 
re-entry
that involves 
breaking the speed of sound 
into Planet Earth's atmosphere.

(Apparently acceleration 
wreaks havoc on the human body.)

But almost as 
mind bending

 is the re-entry
from this world 


into this world...

especially when
having to accelerate 
from a 
slow crawl off the beach...
to
a full speed shoveling of snow 
off the front walk.

(Again, acceleration wreaking havoc on the human body.)



Anywhoooooo…….

There are times when I would appreciate 
the policy 
 they have during concerts...





I would happily welcome
a No Re-entry Policy
back to
Planet Reality.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Finding Nemo

The predicted and anticipated 
Blizzard of 2013,
Nemo 



turned out to be much more than a fish tale...
especially for those in 
the Northeast


where Nemo landed.  
(Thanks for the pic, Pat.)


The Blizzard,
 with the name of a tiny little fish...
had a whale of an effect.

Or so we heard.



Anywhoooo...


PaulA and I MISSED the Blizzard of 2013.  
Our timing was impeccable.

No snow or snow plows here in 
Key West...
just sun, sand, and sea.

But PaulA and I MISSED Nemo in another way. 
 We missed experiencing a significant Blizzard...
not our typical New England snowstorm.

The pictures sent to us 
of 3 feet of snow back home were
OFF THE HOOK.
holla Bri


So in honor of Nemo

whether in the Florida Keys 
or 
buried under 3 feet of snow....
we raise a glass
and

DRINK LIKE A FISH.



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sibling Rivalry Super Bowl


 Are you gearing up for 
The Super Bowl
or 
as the Media likes to call it...
"The Harbowl?"

You  have to be living under a goal post 
not to know that the two coaches 
in this year's Super Bowl 
are brothers,



John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens Head Coach
 and 
Jack Harbaugh, San Francisco 49'ers Head Coach.

The underlying story is the 
ultimate in 
sibling rivalry.
(Hmmm...I wonder who used to win at wrestling
when the brothers 
tried to get the other 
to yell "Uncle" 
and not look like a sissy 
when crying for momma. 
(Nothing like the family unit.)

Anywhoooo…..

I'm not a fan of siblings competing directly against each other…on a national stage.
 (I never liked it when 
Venus and Serena Williams
 competed in a Grand Slam Final.) 

I think the whole experience will be hardest on 
John and Jim's parents,
Jack and Jackie…
(How do they keep all the "J" names straight?)

The parents won't be able to look too happy
 for the winner…
when the other son is the LOSER.  
(I mean the one that lost.)

I wonder where Jack and Jackie will sit 
to watch the Super Bowl? 
I'm sure they'll want to sit somewhere impartial, but 
I think 



Switzerland
might be a little too far.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

I't's the First of Month....

seeing I'm a 
CREATURE 
of tradition 
and 
habit...


Rabbit

Rabbit


Rabbit


Happy February 1st