Friday the 13th, Random 5 and 50 Shades

It’s Friday! It’s time for 5 random thoughts (not 13!)

1. Two road trips this week and I always notice things alongside the highway.  There’s the usual – a tire, a deer, maybe some garbage.  What gets my attention are the shoes.  There usually is only one and it’s often upright, like someone stepped out of it.  Weird.

2.  There’s a movie opening today based on a book involving grey ties.   Did I ever tell you that Mom bought me that book for my birthday years ago?  She made it clear she had no intentions of reading it but I think she did it to scandalize me and my sister … and it worked.    The two of us traumatized our grown kids by leaving it out on end tables.  The comments of horror from my sister’s daughters and the looks our boys shot my way were well worth it.  Maybe that was Mom’s point, to stir things up a little, and to remind us that we always have a choice.  God, I love her.  The book series itself?   Definitely mature reading but in there lies a love story –and how the love of a good woman can repair and restore even the most damaged man. It’s a story as old as time and romance novels sell well for that reason.  Oh, and here in Grand Rapids, there’s a local man running a petition to stop theaters from showing the movie: the petition has 2,000 signatures.  Impressive except for the fact that 9,000+ advance tickets have been sold.   I’m probably not seeing the movie but that fact makes me snicker.

3. Here comes Valentines Day! Earlier this week Hubbs was over-scheduled and racing around like he tends to do.  I had some extra time that morning so I left for work, made a stop, and swung back by the house with breakfast in hand.  The look on his face?  Absolute delight.   Why wait for 2/14 to show love for the one you love?

You're the best!

Happy Valentines Day!

4.  I’m off to the Dentist for more crown restoration.  Yes – dental work on Friday the 13th – nothing could go wrong with that, right?

5. Driving yesterday I came across a tune from years back.  Do you remember 867-5309 or “Jenny” by  Tommy Tutone?

*867 was the phone exchange in the town where I attended High School. Never knew anyone named Jenny though.


How was your week?  What are your Valentines Day plans?  Going to see any new movies? Know anyone named Jenny?

related:  No gates, no locks, no chance

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13 thoughts on “Friday the 13th, Random 5 and 50 Shades

  1. #2 is so funny and your relationship with Mom so fun. heehee
    I’m really behind…haven’t finished Gone Girl and haven’t seen it either.

  2. The fact that today is Friday, the 13th hadn’t crossed my mind until I saw the title of your post.
    I don’t envy you the dental work…. sending good thoughts!
    I agree that there’s no need to wait for a special day to show those we love how we feel about them.
    And I heard that 867-5309 song a couple of days ago!
    Have a great weekend, MJ!

    • 6 1/2 hours and I lost count after 15 shots in the mouth, that’s when I realized I shouldn’t be counting 🙂 Feeling ok but very SORE!

      Hope your weekend was wonderful, MJ

  3. Shades of whatever! Wasn’t a fan of the book but more because the writing wasn’t good than the concept. However, I don’t think it should be banned. There is a controversy here. A middle school teacher erroneously (we hope) handed out a word quiz based on the book. Probably got it from a friend and copied the wrong thing. She collected it right away but one fast thinking kid posted it and all hell broke lose. Thank God I did most of my dumb mistakes in a day when they couldn’t be permanently memorialized.

    • Agreed – mostly I read it b/c I CAN. A good friend had her church tell her it wasn’t allowed. Good grief. So much for free thinking! MJ

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  5. Love Tommy Tutone’s red shoes. And surprised that it is a “real” phone number not the umbiquitous 555-

  6. Happy Valentine’s day to you and yours! Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Saturday of all things lovely! ~ Sheila

  7. I read the books – all three of them. And when others asked what I thought, I also cited the love story as the main reason I kept reading. (I mean, really! Did any of us believe that Anastasia’s very first time was earth shattering? 😉 )

    I see shoes on the road here too. Makes me wonder if it’s some “thing” about which I’m not in-the-know.

    I remember the song … and can still sing along to every word!

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