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January Joy

The long lines everywhere have shortened and/or disappeared. The traffic’s back to normal and is even lighter than usual some mornings and evenings. It’s 2019 and everything’s getting back to the way it should be, without holiday hubbub (and The Sickness, which has finally ended). January is one of the most…. wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiimes…. of the year!

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Tara: Unplugged

It’s been a long hot summer, filled with heat, humidity, and the stench of disappointment (that last one’s on you, True Detective). It’s time for a wee break. That’s right… it’s time for


What does this mean? This means:

  • No blogging

Hmmm. Caps and exclamation points should mean more, eh? Well, it doesn’t, because:

  • I quit Pinterest early this year, after being on for less than a year. I figured I got all the good cauliflower recipes and ideas for carving pumpkins. And I grew tired of looking at starving, exercising women ogling the photo of lasagna that landed right next to them.
  • I quit Facebook last year after the algorithm changed (for the millionth time) making it more possible that I’ll meet and marry Joseph Gordon-Levitt than it is that someone will see my author page. I also was bugged by the revelation about that psychological study they did and didn’t tell anybody about. I went back, but decided to leave again when I read about software they’re making to identify every person in a photo by facial recognition. Creepy. PLUS! Facebook, IMHO, makes people lazy. And by people, I mean family. More on that another day.

I simply can’t quit Twitter, but I do need to step away a bit. It’s fun and fabulous, but it’s also a great way to procrastinate. I NEED TO FINISH MY BOOK! (I’m totes yelling at myself, not you lovely people). So I’ll be tweeting, but not as much as I have been. Will I survive?

*looking for my blankie and teddy bear*

My goals: to have fun, reconnect with the outdoors (without melting or feeling like I could fry eggs on my arm in the car — by the way, my arms look like a before and after tanning photo), take some piccies, write a LOT, read a LOT, nap A LOT.

The Bloggy Goodness returns in September — let me say that happy word again, SEPTEMBER. I’ll be refreshed and ready to blog some more. And hopefully, I’ll have more fun things to share! September 8 is the exact day for you people who need structure (that would include me as well.)

As I end here, I’ll say take care. Mind the Internet while I’m gone and please keep Twitter warm when I’m not around.

As I enjoy shameless self-promotion, I’ll invite you to read the bloggy archives. There they are! Under the heading Sands through the hourglass. *points to sidebar a la Vanna White* There’s some good stuff in the archives! I’m not bragging — people said so! In the comments or on the Twitter! People I’m not even related to!

Things happen online in the blink of an eye. The month will fly by before we know it. I took a month off in April and y’all barely blinked. Tempus fugit and all.

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you again upon my return on September 8! Parting is such sweet sorrow! Until September be-eth upon uth, er, us…

A Happiness Is Cartoon about uplugging



P.S. If you run out of things to read and miss me terribly, check out this site. She’s a good writer….

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RTT: Tastes, Smells, and Shells

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This week: Tastes, Smells, and Shells

  • I’ve remembered to use the Dixie cups in my bathroom approximately 50 percent of the time so far.
  • Old habits and all…
  • Did you know that you should wait 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth?
  • Filed under: Lessons I learned later in life than I should have (several years ago… as a kid, my dentist then didn’t tell me).
  • If you didn’t know that, The More You Know… *shooting star*
  • If you did know that, WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME?
  • It’s like that time I discovered Pistachios, on my own, because no one had told me how freakin’ delicious they are!
  • I hurt my knee last week — my foot slipped all of 2 inches on the bottom of the bathtub.
  • My new knee brace is cool, though. Makes me look all athletic.
  • Of course, it doesn’t match the pieces of cake I’m storing around my middle.
  • I baked the cake because I just wanted some yellow cake with chocolate icing.
  • Turns out, it was Obama’s birthday, so I decided I was celebrating. Thanks, OBAMA!
  • I should have used it to celebrate the fact that True Detective is almost over.
  • I hung a Car Jar Yankee Candle thingy that smells like “Sun and Sand” in my office.
  • Nitpick: It smells like sand and sunscreen and the ocean.
  • What does the sun smell like, singed nosehairs?
  • … Think … if you sniffed the sun …. OUCH!
  • The hangy thingy smells delish and is holding me over until I can spend some quality time (soon!) with my beloved beach.
  • She spies seashells by the seashore.

Shell-fie of my hand holding seashells

  • Does that make this a shell-fie?

Happy weekend, peeps!

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RTT: The Long and the Short of It

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This week: The Long and the Short of It

  • I didn’t post on Tuesday because I had been outside a lot of the day and the heat and humidity cause such malaise…
  • Fried brain = thinking in short bursts, not actual sentences.
  • I stayed in air conditioning since then and I feel so much better! *type type type*
  • I put those teeny Dixie cups in my bathroom, to rinse my mouth after brushing my teeth.
  • They caught my eye as I cupped water in my hand and brought it to my mouth, per usual.
  • One habit I did break recently was checking and using Facebook — for more than a month now, I’m FB free!
  • Ballpark: how many cat photos have I missed?
  • Thinking of mixing it up by taking my laptop to a coffee shop or the library.
  • I won’t melt going from the house to the car to the building door, right?
  • This last week of July feels like it’s about a month long.
  • Speaking of the interminable, if you ever want to feel like time isn’t flying, watch True Detective, season 2.


  • Speaking of long, the last two books I read were more than 400 pages each.
  • I have 11 library books to read after those, but I’m looking for a leaflet at this point.
  • Leaf… I said leaf… fall… autumn…… …… I can’t wait for you to come back!
  • You, too, peeps… for more blogging next week.
  • Peace out, yo.
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America! America! I laze these days for thee….

The lazy, hazy days of Summer are upon us! And for the first time in forever, I am hazily lazy-ing. It’s a holiday week here in the ol’ U.S. of A! July 4th is but a few days away. It’s a good reason to do nothing, eh?

I have an extremely light work week, designed by moi. But more importantly, the news has actually made it to and sunk into my brain. For instance, I woke up Monday morning and didn’t think immediately of all the things I have to do this week. With nothing on my agenda for that day, again, designed that way by moi, I decided that’s exactly what I was going to do. Nothing.

I did check my email and read it, even my work email. Did I answer any of the work email? No. It was a day off. That’s for today (and only today — working only one day this week).

What did I do instead?

I organized the stack of books I’m reading this week: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel; The History of the Future by James Howard Kunstler; three books by Susanna Kaysen; and I left room for the 4 I placed on hold at the library over the weekend. They’re sure to be in this week.

I also spent time on Twitter discussing very important things, like the fact that True Detective is boring me to tears this season, and that these characters are flawed (like last year) but unlikable (unlike last year). I know I can’t compare this year’s oranges to last year’s apples, and I don’t think I am truly. This story, on its own, has been done a MILLION times. And the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired.

After watching episode 2 on Sunday night, I tweeted the following, which seemed to strike a chord with peeps:


The convos continued into Monday. I must say that tweety fun was way better than watching either episode 1 or 2 of TD.

But I digress. Back to the point!

After doing my work today, I will spend the rest of the week reading, taking fun drives and walks in nature, writing my own creative works, and doing a wee bit of laundry later in the week. In honor of Independence Day, I shall separate my loads into reds, whites, and blues.

After today, I’m spending little time on technology so I won’t be blogging on Thursday. I know! Boo! Hiss! But it’s OK, bloggy readers. I’ll be back next week, all ready to go after being soooooo relaxed for most of this week.

SO! Happy Summer, peeps (at least those in the Northern Hemisphere). And Happy Birthday, America! This year, you turn 239! You don’t look a day over 238!

Here, a patriotic video in honor of this historic and fun celebration!

(if you’re a subscriber and can’t see the video in your email — the Chimp has been glitchy lately — click the post’s title to go to the site to see it. You won’t be sorry. Do it for AMERICA!)

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RTT: Scatterbrain

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This week: Scatterbrain

  • Driving at a place where two lanes merge into one, I was cut off by a speeding sedan that zoomed around me from the right (thanks, blind spot idiot).
  • His bumper sticker: that “coexist” one with the letters made of religious symbols from varying spiritual paths.
  • Enigma.
  • It took me 15 minutes to write down all the calls I have to make for my writing gig just for tomorrow.
  • Who said summer is the lazy season?
  • I’m still mulling the first episode of the new season of True Detective.
  • The only thing I have so far is “Time is NOT a flat circle” since I’m not on the edge of my seat waiting to see what’s going to happen next, like last time.
  • I’m not comparing these new oranges to those old apples — on its own, it just wasn’t that great, but I’m hoping it gets better now that alllllllllll of that exposition is out of the way.
  • Next time, they should just send Nic Notes (like Cliff Notes, but named for the writer) so we can get each character’s backstory without having to sit through such a disjointed hour with characters sounding like they’re reading from the script because they need to get alllllllll that info in.
  • I guess I’ve mulled that first ep more than I thought….
  • I’m waiting for the “Thanksgiving first, THEN Christmas” people to become outraged — yesterday, on June 24, I saw my first tweet advertisement for school supplies!
  • Didn’t summer just start?
  • This makes me happy, though, because I love back to school sales, a stationery addict’s Christmas.
  • Back to True Detective, you know, I think Colin Farrell looks a lot like Robert Downey Jr. in this pic.

colin farrell

  • Wondering, too: how can the mustache be so coiffed, but the hair, not so much?
  • Enigma #2.
  • I’m calling it now: the mustache did it.
  • I need some tea. Who wants some?
  • This post brought to you by tilt: my brain is like a pinball machine today.
  • Hoping the thoughts settle a bit later so I can work on one of my books and hit the creative jackpot.
  • Ding ding ding! Winner!
Posted in Random Thoughts Thursday

RTT: Magic 8 is great

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This week: Magic 8 is great

  • Tropical Storm Bill is now depressed. He’s downgraded to a depression and is hovering over Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Maybe he’ll feel better as he boots, scoots, and boogies up to the north and east toward the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic.
  • The meteorologists didn’t reveal the exact words of their high-tech prediction tool, most likely a Magic 8 ball, but they think he’ll be in my region on Sunday.
  • Will I change any plans based on that forecast?
  • *shake shake shake* Not Likely

magic 8 ball

  • Did you know there are several Magic 8 Ball’s online, like this one?
  • I asked if a lot of people will read my blog: As I see it, yes. YAY! Happy face!
  • Will I become a famous published author? Most likely. Score!
  • One more: Is the person reading this post the most awesome person ever? My sources say no.
  • *shake shake shake* *click click* Ahem! Yes, definitely. That’s better.
  • Good thing I asked again. Perhaps it was the way I phrased the question.
  • Speaking of interrogatives, I fear my spine and body are curving into a question mark from hunching over my laptop in my bed.
  • Do parents tell kids these days if they sit like that too long, they’ll stay that way forever?
  • I think this one might actually be true.
  • Let me get some scissors and go for a run, then get back to you about that.
  • The run will commence after I stretch out, then after the pain in my back subsides and allows me to stand upright fully.
  • Eh, I’ll just stay in this position for now… and possibly until True Detective starts again on Sunday. *moody then smiley somewhat hunched over happy dance*
  • If you follow me on any form of social media, you know I am obsessed with this show.
  • Can season two’s crime story top the bromance of season one?
  • *shake shake* Yes, definitely. Phew! Now, I don’t have to worry about watching and being disappointed.
  • I do still have to worry about sitting too close to the TV, though, right?
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Do I need to RSVP?


One of my favorite things about me: I’m usually late to popular parties. I saw Forrest Gump more than a year after it came out. I didn’t start going to Starbucks until a few years ago (for tea, too, not coffee). And right now, I’m rockin’ Take Me to Church and Chandelier, songs that have been out, like, forever.

I can’t even say it’s fashionably late. The rest of the world has moved on and then here I come a-runnin’ in when the party’s over.

Yes, I heard the church song in one ear when it came out, but it just didn’t grab my attention. And yes, I know of the Chandelier video and the fact that the uber-talented wee one from the dreadful Dance Moms is in it. I saw it. Didn’t really listen to the song, until the past week or so, and BOOM! It’s on repeat for a week.

I never pass on the virus of viral videos. I don’t do trendy bucket challenges or read the latest horrible book that has gotten published and everybody’s reading because the repressed Puritan nature of our country’s founding means if people think sex is included, especially in some taboo or kinky fashion, they can’t wait to get their hands on it.

I don’t do it on purpose (well, the not reading that horrible book, I did, but most other “popular” things, I don’t). Things that interest the masses just never seem to interest me. Sometimes, I come to them later, like with Chandelier and Take Me to Church. Most times, I don’t (see: most viral videos). I don’t know why I am this way. But I kind of like that I am.

Of course, I did get on the bandwagon early — had a seat up front, in fact — for True Detective. I even got other people to watch it — that’s right, I was a trendsetter! Early to the party and invited others! Even though that ended up being a bit of a phenomenon, I’m not sure it rises to the level of viral cat videos in popularity, though. So I’m not sure that counts.

I like weird things, it seems, not so much what’s in the mainstream. Sometimes, what’s in the mainstream finally catches my eyes and ears, but apparently, only after you people are done with it or have moved on to the next one. I may be a step (or a year) behind, but it’s way less crowded that way, which I love. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be so far behind, it’ll look like I’m at the beginning and y’all will try to catch up with me.


In case you’re even further behind than I am, here are the videos for Take Me to Church and Chandelier. You’re welcome.

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
~ Sia

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife

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Tara’s Take on Thanksgiving: Part Un of Quatre*

*Pardon my French, literally. Correctly, it should read La première partie de quatre. That was too long for a headline, though. That FrAmerican in the title says “part one of four.” Close enough.

As I said I would in the latest issue of Tara’s Take, starting today, and continuing each Tuesday until we stuff ourselves silly as a nation, I will write about Thanksgiving and what I’m grateful for. In the four posts before the holiday, I’ll explore the little things that make life as fun as it can be. I’m all about that, along with tiny moments, connection, silliness, fun, and joy.


In this first installment, I shall focus on entertainment and other fun things for which I’m grateful, some of the silly/little things that make life fun.

I’m not usually a network TV watcher, but How to Get Away with Murder caught my eye one night because the woman who played Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls is in it. This isn’t Stars Hollow, though. And I am hooked. I watched the first few eps on demand to catch up. Now, every Thursday, I sit in my jammies and wait to see how many times I say, “WHAT?” or “No Way!” as I watch. It’s junk food for my brain that actually makes me think a little. Plus, I love a good mystery. I’m grateful there are only 2 eps until we find out whodunit, though.

Other fun and entertaining things I’m grateful for:

  • Twix. Chocolate + cookie + caramel = heaven.
  • Pinterest, which I never thought I’d say. Lots o’ fun crafty things and tasty recipes. I haven’t been sucked into the pinning vortex never to return, as some have, so it’s all good.
  • WordPress. I love playing with my sites and tweaking bits here and there. I’m still discovering new and fun things it can do… like my Pictures page! I love discovering! and learning!
  • Hello Kitty. She turns 40 this year! Doesn’t look a day over 39. She’s a fun lil’ reminder of that childlike creative part of me (that Writer Me needs to rely on). And adorbs!
  • HBO for bringing me True Detective and for enabling me to watch Argo a million times. Time is a flat circle in that regard — how can I keep watching a movie I’ve seen so many times and still feel tension towards the ending I know is coming?
  • Jimmy Fallon. No explanation needed.
  • Tuna the Dog. Again, no explanation needed.
  • The USA Today online crossword puzzle.
  • Music/Muzak at the supermarket (I sing along).
  • The fact that Law And Order is on, like, 8 times a day on at least one channel in the lineup. Lenny Briscoe forever!
  • Acrylic paint, which I discovered this year (doing a project I found on Pinterest). Makes me want to paint more!
  • Songs o’ the 70s that are the greatest pick-me-up ever: YMCA, I Will Survive, My Sharona.
  • Theater. Any and all kinds. There’s nothing like live theater.
  • @midnight. I laugh in spite at myself at that stupid show, often.
  • The USPS, especially for the soon-to-be-released Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps.
  • Rudolph, my all-time favorite Christmas story. And adorbs! The TV version of that is 50 this year! Doesn’t look a day over 49 (it’s my running joke… just go with it).
  • Postcrossing, which has brought me cards from around the globe that probably crossed paths with the ones I sent… hence the name, right? Postcrossing!
  • And Twitter, where I’ve enjoyed some great conversations, in short bursts, with people all around the world — including in Spanish! — and met some people who’ve actually become friends. Twitter, to me, puts the social in Social Media.

Just a few entertaining things to get my rebooted annual Tara’s Take on Thanksgiving off to a fun start. What will I be grateful for next Tuesday and the following Tuesday and the Tuesday after that? The themes will change from week to week, but there will always be smiles. That’s the main goal here at Daisy Smiley Face. After all, it’s my happy place.

So visit next Tuesday to find out! Same Tara Time! Same Tara Channel!


I’d love to hear some of the entertaining things you’re grateful for and also your comments on this list. Anything ring true with you, too?

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Random Thoughts Thursday: I *heart* stuff

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

  • True Detective has returned to make going to sleep on Sunday nights difficult again.
  • Yes, I’m watching, not as obsessively as the first time, but still… Thanks, HBO, for the return to Carcosa and the blabble about time and flat circles and the Yellow King.
  • I *heart* Rust Cohle.
  • Sick to death of McConaughey, though.
  • He’s my new Bradley Cooper/JLaw — they wore out their welcome last January or so.
  • They replaced Anne Hathaway, who made me miserables for that entire awards season, then finally, thank all things good, disappeared.
  • Glad I finally saw Dallas Buyers Club, though (again, thanks, HBO).
  • I *heart* Jared Leto — he played Rayon.
  • I still *heart* MSCL.
  • Jeopardy! started its 31st season this week.
  • What is something that makes me extremely nerdily happy? (I *heart* Jeopardy!)
  • Can Brandon and Dylan and Steve and David Silver make appearances?
  • I still *heart* Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • If we could, I would totes meet you all at the Peach Pit for some pie and fun conversation.
  • I *heart* that… and you for reading!