DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Unplanned rest day Got home this morning, nearly fell asleep before I walked the pups. I did manage to get them out for 45 minutes before it got too hot and I got too tired. Just over 8000 steps - that's enough. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got some naps in - thanks SO much, neighbors, for shooting of fireworks and making the pups go ballistic. I'd planned to walk the pups again this evening, but I woke up @ 7:30p, pottied the... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:57:45 EST When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again When Johnny comes marching home again, <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> We'll give him a hearty welcome then <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> The men will cheer and the boys will shout <BR> The ladies they will all turn out <BR> And we'll all feel glad when Johnny comes marching home. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The old church bell will peal with joy <BR> Hurrah! Hurrah! <BR> To welcome home our darling boy, <BR> Hurra... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 01:05:37 EST Yankee Doodle Dandy From the 1942 musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" about George M Cohan. I've got it stuck in my head, so I thought I'd share! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, <BR> A Yankee Doodle do or die; <BR> A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's. <BR> Born on the Fourth of July. <BR> I've got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart, <BR> She's my Yankee Doodle joy. <BR> Yankee Doodle came to London, <BR> Just to ride... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:51:25 EST We're Melting!! So, today is the real day I was supposed to come back to work. Walked the pups this morning, but Spartacus, the little weasel, started limping about a mile out. No stickers in his foot, so I think it might have been an ant bite. Toted him 2 miles. back to the house. Walked myself over to Walgreens and got a prescription refill, so I got my > 4 miles & 10K steps in before I went to sleep. <BR> <BR> Feels like the AC is off - I was sweating from the get-go, and finally, everyone else is compl... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:08:23 EST Up On the Roof My vacation is over - I'm bummed - good thing I checked my calendar yesterday - I have to go back tonight, not tomorrow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had an early morning walk with the pups. With all the rain we've been getting lately, there are huge mud puddles in the alleys I take to avoid the sun. This morning, there was a new one, and as I was scooching along the side, I slipped into the mud on my butt. Only 15... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:52:44 EST In the Summertime Mungo Jerry had their biggest hit, In The Summertime, in 1970. I know summer is here when I hear this one! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> [Chorus:] <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh <BR> Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh <BR> <img src=" Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:57:14 EST Summertime From "Porgy and Bess", 1934. Songwriters: GERSHWIN, IRA / GERSHWIN, GEORGE / HEYWARD, DU BOSE. Sam Cooke covered it in 1957 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's summertime and the living is easy <BR> Fish are jumping and the cotton is high <BR> Your daddy's rich and your mama's good-looking <BR> Hush, little baby don't you cry <BR> Don't cry, don't... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:47:13 EST Summertime Blues Getting hotter every day, and we're hitting the monsoon season - it typically begins in late June to early July. Strong winds, frequent thunderstorms, possible hail, and flash floods. We hope for the rain and pray no one gets flooded. I have to laugh when I open the front door and the fluffy pups run out about 6 feet, stop in the middle of the driveway and look back at me accusingly - "make the water stop!" The weasel, Spartacus, hears the rain, and turns around to go back inside before he ev... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:44:49 EST Girls Lie Too A warning for those guys that say anything to get into the gal's pants ... <BR> Girls Lie Too, 2004 recorded by Terri Clark, written by LOVELACE, KELLEY / HARRINGTON, CONNIE / NICHOLS, TIM <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So she can't go out tonight again <BR> Her sister's sick, she's gotta babysit <BR> Yeah that sounds like a pretty good excuse <BR> Now you didn't hear any of this <BR> But things aren't always what ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:27:57 EST Giant Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. Hugs to my friends that can now marry those they want to. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another Melissa Etheridge song from her "Lucky" album, 2004 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You tried to hold us down <BR> You tried to hold us ba... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:41:24 EST Secret Agent I'm off this week - staying home, walking the pups a lot in the early mornings, seeing some movies. Decided to see Spy with Melissa McCarthy. I really wanted to like this movie, but I'd have to give it a C. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Melissa Etheridge wrote and recorded Secret Agent in 2004. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smooth as cre... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:06:30 EST Leader of the Pack Monday, the SyFy channel showed all 3 of the original Jurassic Park movies. Naturally, having watched them, I had to go out yesterday and see Jurassic World again. Woo-hoo, Chris Pratt as the alpha of the raptor pack! (Is it OK t o crush a bit on him? Even if I am old enough to be his mama? Men do it to women ...) I tried to update SP when I got home, but the site was updating. Too tired to stay up until it came back - nearly hit 22K steps. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:33:41 EST I Just Want To Be Mad For a While <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was listening to the Country Music channels on my TV, and heard this one recorded by Terri Reed in 2002. (Written by Kelly Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller). It made me think about the times I just wanted to enjoy a mad for a bit! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night we went to bed not talkin', <BR> 'Cause we'd already said too much. <BR... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:35:37 EST Coconut Song Harry Nilsson, 1971 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bruder bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime, <BR> His sister had anudder one she paid it for de lime. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she drank 'em bot' up. <BR> She put de lime in de coconut, she dr... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:19:14 EST I think I'm undermedicated Hectic night - multiple psych patients (some with dementia, some "borderline personalities" some just, may I say it? Jerks) Took 10 minutes for a group of us to talk a patient into taking a mild sedative, get on the ambulance stretcher, and be sent out to another facility. We did NOT want to do a take-down - painful and awkward for all of us, and likely to get us hurt. He finally trusted me enough to take the meds. Gave me a fist bump on the way out, Whew! Maybe I'd feel better if I'd taken t... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:01:07 EST When You're Hot, You're Hot Feeling pretty warm today - we're predicted to break 100 degrees this week. Jerry Reed, 1971. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well me and Homer Jones and Big John Talley <BR> Had a big crap game goin' back in the alley <BR> And I kept rollin' them sevens, winnin' all them pots <BR> My luck was so good I could do no wrong <BR> I jest kept on rollin' and controllin' them bones <BR> And finally they jest threw up ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:03:25 EST Only Love Can Break a Heart I'm on a Burt Bacharach roll! He wrote the music for this one, with lyrics by Hal David. Singer-song writer Gene Pitney recorded it in 1962. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I hurt you but darlin' remember this <BR> Only love can break a heart on... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:28:07 EST That's What friends Are For Burt Bacharach wrote this one for Rod Stewart in 1982, but most people know Dionne Warwick's version from 1985. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And I never thought I'd feel this way <BR> And as far as I'm concerned <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad I got the chance to say That I do believe I love you <BR> And if I should ever go a... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:38:07 EST Do You Know the Way to San Jose Another Burt Bacharach hit - Do You Know the Way to San Jose" from 1962 - it was written for Dionne Warwick. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you know the way to San Jose <BR> I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way <BR> Do you know the way to San Jose <BR> I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:46:17 EST Alfie I've been trying for hours to get into Spark People - lovely night at work, no really sick people left in the Emergency Department (took 2 up just about midnight). Perfect time to play on line, but NOOO! Got tired of reading my Emails and other things. Finally up - yea! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Burt Bacharach wrote this for the movie Alfie, 1966, about a womanizing cabbie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:17:19 EST Caffiene! I'm a caffiend - caffeine fiend. Generally not a problem, and I try to cut down when I'm off duty. Last night was my first 12-hr for the week. But, I'd gotten off Sunday morning, dragged the pups out for a 1 hour walk, slept a few hours, then went out to see the Million Dollar Quartet (excellent!) & had dinner with my bud. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Naturally, I slept a few hours that night, but my eyes popped op... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:47:32 EST Love Me Tender Love Me Tender is creditied to Elvis Presley and Vera Matson in 1956. Apparently, Elvis had some sort of contractual agreement that he would write (or get credit for writing) a certain percentage of songs every year. Ken Darby wrote the lyrics and set it to an old melody. He listed his wife, Vera Matson, and Elvis as the writers. When asked why he did that, he said, "she didn't write it either". <BR> <img src=""> <... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:07:44 EST Folsom Prison Blues Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash, 1955. It combines elements from prison and railroad songs, two popular folk styles. It became one of Cash's signature songs. In 1968, he played a concert at Folsom Prison itself. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hear the train a comin' <BR> It's rollin' 'round the bend, <BR> And I ain't seen the sunshine <BR> Since, I don't know when <BR> I'm stuck in Folsom Prison <BR> And t... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:45:53 EST Blue Suede Shoes My buddy Bex & I loved, loved, loved the Million Dollar Quartet musical! Sam Phillips started Sun Records in 1952 - among his early clients were Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sam wrangled the quartet together on 4 Dec 1956. The sound engineer was wise enough to record the whole jam session. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Blue Suede Shoes" was written and first recorded by Carl... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:50:01 EST The Girl from Ipanema Not officially summer yet (it's the 21st of June), but getting warmer every day. I'm having to walk the pups in the mornings (missed yesterday because I wasn't feeling well, but plan to walk them this morning before I sleep). On my days off, I have a choice of early mornings or after sunset. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Girl From Ipanema by Stan Getz, João Gilberto, 1964 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:59:03 EST Urgent Not feeling well - belly cramps and rumbles before I was supposed to go in. Called off for the first 4 hours and medicated myself with Bentyl (for the cramps). Got into work, and it was one of the magic nights when we had more staff than patients. I stayed 4 hours, and took off the last 4 when more symptoms popped up. Took a handful of meds - zofran for nausea, bentyl for cramps, lomotil for the runs. On the way home, I heard "Urgent", and thought, "yep, I'd better get home urgently!" <BR> <... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:32:24 EST Let Your Love Flow I was listening to the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) this morning, "My Music, Country Pop Legends". When I was growing up, if you had asked me if I liked country music, I'd have said "no!". Listening to this show, however, I realized how many "country" songs crossed over to the pop side. (I still don't care much for twangy songs, but I have an appreciation for Bluegrass, Country-Western, and even some Honky-Tonk - it's the heavy metal, gangsta rap, and anything with vulgarities, that I ca... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:00:05 EST Small Town Small Town By John Mellencamp, 1985 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I was born in a small town <BR> And I live in a small town <BR> Probably die in a small town <BR> Oh, those small communities <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All my friends are so small town <BR> My parents live in the same small town <BR> My job is so small town <BR> Pro... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:40:31 EST I Am a Town After touring the USA, I thought we should slow down and get off the Interstates and major cities. Here's to the little towns and byways! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I Am a Town by Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1992 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a town in Carolina, I'm a detour on a ride <BR> For a phone call and a soda, I'm a blur from the... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:24:23 EST Washington, District of Columbia How can I finish the tour of the US without including Washington, District of Columbia? It is the seat of the US government, the capital of the US. Not a state, it was deliberately created to be under Federal jurisdiction of Congress. In 1973, the district was granted limited self-government. Since it is not a state, Washington has no voting representation in Congress - it does have one elected member at large, who may sit on committees, introduce legislation and particpate in debates. <BR> ... Sun, 31 May 2015 17:33:34 EST Wyoming End of the line, Wyoming, 50th alphabetically, the 44th to join the union. It's also the least populated state.The capital and largest city is Cheyenne. State nicknames: Equality State, Cowboy State, and Big Wyoming. The "Equality State" comes from when both Texas and Wyoming elected female governors in 1924 - but Wyoming's governor took office 16 days before the one in Texas. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (*Some restric... Sat, 30 May 2015 04:14:58 EST Wisconsin Wisconsin, the Badger State or America's Dairyland, joined the union as the 30th state, 49th alphabetically. The capital city is Madison, largest city Milwaukee. WI has earned its moniker as America's Dairyland - it produces a quarter of America's cheese, and about a quarter of the butter, and is second in milk production (after California). Favorite foods in Wisconsin? Cheese, brats (sausages), and beer. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 03:26:09 EST West Virginia West Virginia became the 35th state to enter the United States, when it broke <BR> away from the Confederate state of Virginia to become a Union state in 1863. The capital and largest city is Charleston. Aphabetically, it's 48th. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trivia: West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the <BR> northern most southern state. The first brick street in the world was buil... Thu, 28 May 2015 07:00:43 EST Washington State Officially The State of Washington, It's most often called Washington state to distinguish it from Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) It was named after George Washington - the only state to be named after a President. It had been called the Columbia District, and they changed the name to diffentuate it from the District of Columbia. Didn't work out so well, did it? It was the 42d state to join the union, 47th alphabetically. The capital city of the Evergreen State is Olympia, and the la... Wed, 27 May 2015 06:55:31 EST Virginia The Commonwealth of Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies. The Old Dominion, or Mother of Presidents, was the 10th to ratify the constitution of the US. It's the 46th alphabetically - just the W's left after this! The capital is Richmond, the largest city Virginia Beach, and the largest metro area is the Washington metro area. Tobacco is a major cash crop. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trivia: Richmond was a... Tue, 26 May 2015 06:10:37 EST Vermont Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic*. It's the first state admitted to the Union, making it the 14th state, 45th alphabetically. The capital city is Montpelier, the largest city is Burlington. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trivia: Montpelier is the smallest capital city in population. Burlington has the least population of all the largest cities in a state. Ve... Mon, 25 May 2015 04:39:43 EST Utah Utah, the Beehive State, was the 45th to join the Union, 44th alphabetically. The capital and largest city is Salt Lake City. The city was founded by Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders in 1847, at (wait for it) Great Salt Lake. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Odd laws: A husband is responsible for any criminal acts committed by his wife in his presence. Utah is another state where it's illegal to hunt whale... Sun, 24 May 2015 07:19:01 EST Texas Texas, the Lone Star State, 28th to join the Union (after being an independent sovereign country for 9 years, hence "Lone Star State"), 43d in the alphabetical listing. Capital city: Austin; largest city: Houston; and largest Metropolitan Statistical Area: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trivia: The King Ranch in Texas is bigger thean the state of Rhode Island. Texas is the only state to ... Sat, 23 May 2015 04:46:17 EST Tennessee Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 16th to be admitted to the union, 42d alphabetically - we're racing down the home stretch! The capital and 2d largest city is Nashville, with Memphis being the largest city. Tennessee was the last to cecede to join the Confederancy, and the first to rejoin after the Civil War. TN sent more soldiers to BOTH the Union and Confederate armies than any other state. <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 22 May 2015 03:02:25 EST South Dakota South Dakota, 41st alphabetically, 40th to join the union, has multiple nicknames - oficially, The Mount Rushmore State, but also the Coyote State, Sunshine State, Blizzard State, Land of Infinite Variety, Artesian State, and Land of Plenty. Whew! The capital city is Pierre and the largest city is Sioux Falls. The name of the Dakotas comes from the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes. <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 21 May 2015 07:14:18 EST South Carolina South Carolina, the Palmeto State, 8th of the 13 original colonies to ratify the US Constitution, 40th alphabetically. The capital and largest city is Columbia. Charleston is the oldest and second largest city. Not only was South Carolina the first colony to declare independence from England, it was the first to ratify the Articles of Confederation, and the first of the southern states to cecede from the Union. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 May 2015 07:10:54 EST Rhode Island Rhode Island, the tiniest state at 1,214 sq miles, known as the Ocean State, or Little Rhody. Officially, it has the longest name - the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The capital and largest city is Providence. RI was the first of the original colonies to declare independence from England, but the last to ratify the Constitution, making it the 13th to join, and 39th alphabetically. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 19 May 2015 06:45:59 EST Pennsylvania Officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, also known as the Quaker State, was the 2d to be admitted to the union, 38th alphabetically. William Penn established the colony of Pennsylvania largely as a haven for Quakers, and later solicited other persecuted groups like the Mennonites and Amish. A keystone is the central stone in an arch, which locks it together. The capital is Harrisburg , and the largest city is Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 18 May 2015 05:56:37 EST Oregon Oregon, end of the Oregon Trail, the Beaver State (clean up your minds, folks!). 33d to join the union, alphabetically 37th in the list of states. The capital is Salem, but Portland is the largest city. When I tried to find songs about Oregon, Portland popped up a lot. According to a 2012 report by the Oregon Tourism Commision, the name is pronounced by Oregonians as "Or-uh-gun", not "Or-uh-gone". <BR> <img src=""... Sun, 17 May 2015 04:44:20 EST Oklahoma Oklahoma, the Sooner State, got its nickname when the non-Native settlers staked their claims to choice land before the official opening of the territory. It was the 46th to join the union, 36th alphabetically in the state's tour. The capital and largest city is Oklahoma City, with Tulsa being the 2d largest city. Nearly 2/3 of the Oakies live in the Metropolitan Statistical Areas of the 2 major cities. English is the official language for the state, with Cherokee the official language in th... Sat, 16 May 2015 03:17:05 EST Ohio Ohio, the Buckeye State, 17th to join the union, 35th by alphabet. Capital city - Columbus, and also the largest city. Cleveland is recognized as the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) entirely within the state, with a 2013 census of 2,064,725. Cincinnati is the largest MSA at least partially within the state, with a 2013 census of 2,137,406, but it is also partially in Kentucky and Indiana. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 15 May 2015 06:44:39 EST North Dakota North Dakota, the Rough Rider State, Flickertail State, or Peace Garden State, <BR> was the 39th state to join the union, 34th alphabetically. In this case <BR> "alphabetically" is significant - both North and South Dakota were admitted to <BR> the union on 2 Nov 1989, but the proclamations were read out alphabetically <BR> (sorry, South Dakota). The state capital is Bismark, the largest city is Fargo. <BR> Agriculture is the largest industry in ND, although according to Wiki, <BR> petr... Thu, 14 May 2015 05:55:05 EST North Carolina North Carolina, the Tar Heel State or Old North State - 12th of the original colonies to ratify the constitution, 33d in the alphabetical tour of the states. Folk lore suggests "tar heel" started as a derogatory name for North Carolinians because they produced a lot of tar, pitch and turpentine from the pine forests. Alternatively, during the Civil War, troops from NC were said to have stood fast "like they had tar on their heels". Now, NC has adopted the term with pride. Raleigh is the capi... Wed, 13 May 2015 02:37:48 EST New York New York, the Empire State, 11 th colony to ratify the constitution, 32nd alphabetically. The capital is Albany, but the queen city is New York - "New York, New York, the city so nice, they named it twice". NYC is the most populous city in the US. About 2/3 of the state population lives in NYC proper and its suburbs. Again, I was surpised to find that "Upstate" New York (pretty much everything except NYC and its suburbs) is more rural - "the vast majority of the state's geographic area is do... Tue, 12 May 2015 04:06:13 EST New Mexico New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, the 47th state to join the union, 31st alphabetically. The capital is Santa Fe, also called "the city different"; the largest city is my adopted hometown, Albuquerque. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, is a 9 day event held in October. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trivia: The world's first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico in 1945. It ... Mon, 11 May 2015 04:23:07 EST