Feel Good Fridays…..Meet My New Boys!

My Cabana Boy


Meet my new Cabana Boy Brad! 

My new Cabana Boy is Cute.

He brings me soft towels.

He carries fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas.

He stands, he turns, he flexes.  :)

He keeps a smile on my face.



My Boat Captain


 Meet my Boat Captain Johny.

My Boat Captain is rugged and quite handsome.

He can handle any boat and fight off pirates.

Captain Johny is very strong and loves to drink rum.

My Captain has many stories to tell in very sexy voice.  I am a great listener.  :) 

My professor

Meet my new history professor.

He has smoldering brown eyes and luscious thick dark hair.

He is fantastic… with the sword and can battle pirates.

His voice is that of an angel.   :)

He dreamed he had long blonde hair, saved tiny people with big feet and battled evil orcs? 

He looks best in a white shirt open to the waist.  Do not know why, he just does.  :)


My Pool Boy

Meet Zac, my new Pool Boy.   Yes he is!

Zac takes  pride in cleaning  the pool.  Very dedicated.

Zac dances and sings whenever I want.  

Zac looks great without a shirt.  Why Yes….. Yes he does.

His hair is cool and eyes are very blue.  Sweeeet!


Meet Eric. 

I call him Lucky. 

Lucky is just for fun.  :)

I’m a Lucky girl.

A One Way Trip To Mars…..Get On Board

Going to Mars … on a one-way trip


In an artist’s conception, a Mars explorer surveys one of the Red Planet’s grand canyons.

Alan Boyle writes: Will the first explorers to visit Mars come back to Earth? Or does it actually make more sense to leave them there? The idea of sending the Red Planet’s first settlers on one-way trips has been kicking around for years, and now two researchers have published a paper in the Journal of Cosmology laying out how such missions could play out between now and 2035.

“It is important to realize that this is not a ‘suicide mission,'” Washington State University’s Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Arizona State University’s Paul Davies write. “The astronauts would go to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony.”

I read this article, all the while shaking my head.  Then I proceeded to read the comments, which were colorful.  The 300+ comments were all of the same mindset.  “Where can I sign up”  or “Good bye wife and kids”  “If it doesn’t cost me too much, yeah, I’ll go”.  Are we nuts?  First of all:  Does anyone have a clue what this will cost?   This little “Getaway Trip”  has been whirling around the minds of those rocket scientists even prior to the mid 1990’s.   We have become clueless in this country as to how these programs of study are funded, not to mention the cost of the program.  We just play along and say “Cool! Sign me up”.   Yet we know Kim Kardashian’s booty measurements and we know all about the guy called the “Situation.”   We have become such a silly race of humans.  I can only imagine that if there is life out there….. We would hear much laughter coming our way.    


Barb@Cafe Today | MONDAY…….Dreaded, Feared and Loathed

 Just because it’s Monday, doesn’t mean it should be a day of dread for you. I am with you on the horror of going back to work.  Hopefully my meager attempts to brighten your Monday will lift your spirits, add a spring to your step and put a smile on that face.   I believe it is rude to work more than 4 days a week.  Don’t you agree!  We should have Saturday  for decompressing.   Sunday is for rest, church and being with family.  Monday is the feel good day!  Here are a few suggestions for a Feel Good Monday.   

   1.   Call in work.  Do this straight away.  Do not think about it…. Just do it!

Your Loved One

 2.    The day is all yours.  Go back to bed.  Sleeping is up to you.  Spending time with your loved one.  Yeah!  I know I would.

  3.    Brew a fresh pot of coffee.  A nice omelette, waffles, muffins?    If cooking is not realistic, then toast or whatever you might have.          Just go with it.

 4.     Presentation is everything.  Serve breakfast on your best china. Use sterling if you have it.   If it looks good, it usually tastes good.

  5.    Linger over breakfast… make playful, positive, polite conversation.  More Flirting? Optional.

 6.   Your loved one may or may not go to work.  You support him either way.      

7.   You now have the day to yourself.   Seeeee…… Mondays aren’t so bad.

A couple of cute bookends

8.    Time to make your place look quite smart.  Tidy up one room and move on, making your way through the rest.  C’mon move quickly.

9.   Time to tame those unruly books?  Get a couple of cute bookends.  Amazing how 2 little things can make your day brighter.  

10.    Shower, dress and get out.  Do the errands you have been postponing.  Duh!  It’s Monday, do not waste it!    11.    Treat yourself to a nice lunch.  Not too much.  Something a tad bit decadent.  :)

12.     Now for the real fun!   The must haves of the season.  Select a sweater, a Jacket and Sharp Boots.   Mmmmm!  Nothing like spotting a great pair of Manolos or Louboutins to stop a girl cold.  Hope you have your fashion journal handy.  Buy what you need to add to your wardrobe.

Manolo Blahnik

13.    Remember the Book Shop or your local Library.  Reading expands your mind and vocabulary.  Not only will you look sharp, your mind will stay sharp.  Not to mention, always having intelligent conversation material. Pick up something for your loved one as well.

14.    What’s for dinner?  A quick stop at the grocer or grab a few deli items and voila!  A lovely Monday style dinner for 2.  Do not forget the candles and flowers for the table.  Use your best china and silver for an elegant table setting.

15.    Spend a lovely intimate evening at home.  Relax!  You have earned it.  So much accomplished in one day.  You have only to wait until next Monday to do it all again.  The week will rush by in a blink.

I do hope my suggestions and tips help in surviving Mondays will help you.  Until the powers that be change those wretched work week laws,  we will continue to strategize our game plan for Mondays.

If you have tried it, let me know how it works for you.       

UPDATE!    I no longer have Mondays off. It is by design.    I now have Wednesdays off.  Work 2 days. Off a day.  Work 2 days.  Off 2 days.  It’s a plan that works for me.  A few more years and I will be working 2-3 days tops.  Now that’s a plan!

Martha! Martha!…..Martha?

Martha, Martha!

Oh, Martha!  Your show can have such interesting moments and then there are ……those that aren’t!  Perhaps you should stop doing your show and never do 2 shows in a day again.  You become far too grumpy.  That is to say even grumpier than usual. :)  Your guests must be terribly frightened of you at times.  You look very tired.  Your makeup has been touched up too many times.  And most of all, stop trying to announce to the world,” that I, Martha know everything about everything and I will prove it to you.”  My word!  That’s annoying.  I have an idea.  At the beginning of each show, simply walk out and say,” I am Perfect and I know everything.”   That would take care of it.   Stop asking strange questions as you zone off during segments.  Let your guests actually speak.  Stop worrying if the counter is clean. 

On October 20th, Martha’s guest was Britta Riley of   Window Farms,    http://www.windowfarms.org/ ,  for people who want to garden

Britta on Martha's Show

but have no yard.  Check out this site for wonderful ideas and kits.    Britta brought in this Large Frame with the plants growing  on the constructed system as it would be in the garden window.   Britta stated this was what her garden looked like at home.  “Did you take out your window from your house and bring it here?”  says Martha, who apparently had zoned out, as Britta began speaking.   Yeah, Martha, I just unzipped my window, hailed a cab and rushed right over.  Duh!   This is just one of many zoned out moments for Martha.

Anyone besides me, thinks Martha should cut back on her air time?   Oh, Not likely since she practically owns the Hallmark Channel now.    My favorite moments are when Martha brings out her guest and lets them talk about their skill or craft, then good ol’ Martha corrects them or gets bossy.  Lovely!   She had a guest from Russia.  His family happened to own a distillery for Premium Russian Brand Vodka.  The really expensive Russian Vodka.  He brought  many bottles for dearest Martha.  And in turn, she kept interrupting to tell him about his own company.  Martha needs to drink more?  Ah, Less? 

As you know, Martha is a regular guest on the Today Show.  A while back Martha was displaying her baked goods and treats.  Matt Lauer had a bit of her tasty treats.  Martha yells at him.  “You weren’t supposed to eat that.  That was for my show later.  These are the ones for you to eat.”  Martha has no clue.    So, for the next Holiday Food Fest with Martha, Matt asks her first if he can taste the food.  “Of course you can.  I brought it for tasting.”  Matt reminds her of the previous episode.  Naturally in her mind that never happened.  Matt stayed his ground and kept saying, Yes you did.  You go, Matt.  Another thing!  Is Martha that poor, she brings food onto a show and allows no one to eat because she takes it back to her set?  OMG Martha!

Triwa Watch in Turquoise

Yesterday, was a killer show!  As she begins speaking of her upcoming guests, she abruptly turns to her “warm up guy” Joey and barks at him, “Who are you talking to?”  He jumps and responds “No one!”  Of course Martha argues with him.  Then!  Her guests are the 2 co-founders of  Triwa Watch Company in Stockholm, Sweden.  Sooooo.  A while back Martha went to Sweden, stayed in a fancy smancy place, The Lydmar Hotel and she was given a Triwa watch.  Now, Ms Martha asks the boys from Sweden, “why did you give me a watch at the Hotel?  Did you know I was coming?”   They did not give her the watch, the Hotel Shop sells them and will sometimes give them as gifts.  Martha immediately responds “Oh, The Hotel just gives them to their BEST customers!”  Well of course, Martha , the common folk would never get a watch like that.  These guys are bewildered at best.   Then the “pièce de résistance“.  She asks, “once you set it, it sorta stays.”   “Mine’s been keeping very good time since I got it.”  Really Martha!    “And it’s easy to change time if you need to?”  What?  Who asks this stuff?  Seriously Martha!  Time to let it go!  Unfortunately no one will tell you that you insulting to your guests every stinking day. 

1.  Martha asks Brendan Fraser…..”What’s a Cul de Sac?”

NBC…The Biggest Loser…Fat Bully?


For your consideration.  The following story of a nation of curious people.  So, every Tuesday night,  millions of people tune in to watch  The NBC program  ” The Biggest Loser”.  Our curiosity gets the best of us on this night.  Why?  Because we can watch as contestants are ridiculed, screamed at and manipulated all in the interest of a game show.  This show is in my opinion a cross between, Survivor, Big Brother and Jerry Springer, with a few other things I cannot name here.   It happens to be the only show on network TV in which Shame, Bullying, “Prejudicial Behavior”, Scare Tactics, “Scream Therapy” and so much more, is allowed to take place on our TV screens,  in primetime each week.   How are we to educate each other and our children, to be tolerant and kind to each other, when this program promotes a “bullying” and assorted other poor behaviors every week?  All this is accomplished in the name of ratings.

Having watched Survivor for many years, I expect the scheming and back stabbing, lying and what have you that goes on each week.  Yeah!  It’s a game show.   This behavior on the show is expected and it is the entire premise of that show draws us in.  Out Wit, Out Last, you get the money.   So, the Biggest Loser, is nothing more.  Don’t look as if you didn’t know that!   Having not watched the show since its first air date back  years ago, I had to watch parts of the show because I wanted to write this story.  I listen to people speak about  this TV show.   First, there are the groups who watch because, in the privacy of their own homes they can ridicule the contestants at will.  Fun, huh?  I once asked a woman, who was very, very thin, why she watched the show every week, as she did not need to lose any weight.  Her response was, “Someone has to show these people,  it is not smart  to be overweight.”  Soooo,  they are stupid?  I asked how she felt about the screaming and yelling that Bob and Jillian did every week.  Her response was. “It’s OK!  Someone should have screamed at them years ago.”   Nice!  This person also believes that treating employees that same way is perfectly all right.  Oh, wait.  I need to clarify that.  Only if that employee is overweight.  Loves to see them cry, so “maybe they’ll finally get it.”  Ah, bullying at it’s finest.    What a nice person to work for. 

The show may “help” certain people.  I find it hard to believe one needs to be harassed on a game show to change their life.  Just sayin!   “Alex, I’ll take kindness and education for $1000.00.”    My poke at Jeopardy here, but my point is made.   Severe obesity should be treated as any other emotional issue or addiction.  I am not a medical practitioner.  I understand bias and prejudice when I see or hear it.  Mostly though,  I understand Kindness.  NBC should be ashamed and take this show off the air.  Call it what it really is.  It’s a game show.  The producers can throw in personal poignant moments to rip your heart out and cry along with others.   Grown men crying, as they stand half-naked on a stage for the weigh in, the camera lens in a “tight shot” of their faces, this is not an act of kindness.   You want to care about these people.  And, yes they are people.   Bob and Jillian get paid to produce many  “dramatic moments” and act as if this was real life.  In 2004, the winner in weight loss earned $250,000.  Rumor had it that the trainers were paid $100,000+ for the season.  Not to mention the publicity they all earned for their own fitness routines, DVD’s, workout wear and so on.  A game show is  not real life.  Bob and Jillian will continue to go around hawking their wares on any and all TV, radio and personal internet sites and receive Big Rewards for “acting in a game show”.   Do not ever forget, Bob and Jillian are paid handsomely for their acting skills on this show.  Viewers out there, are you really watching  Jillian’s face when she is making a contestant work really hard while screaming?  Do you watch her when she is scheming with the contestants on a winning strategy?  Strategy for what?  Oh yeah, MONEY!!!

Here’s an idea!  Would we care to watch a new show called  ” Biggest User?”   It would be a great show!  Because user addiction is such a health issue in this country, we should give it a chance.  Scores of Drug Users can participate in group activities, exercise sessions and mini marathons to show they are committed to get on the right track.  Can you imagine, seeing  Bob and Jillian scream and belittle those “users” in similar circumstances?   The result would be an entire country outraged!  Yet, if one is overweight, it is perfectly OK!  That is bias my friends.   

With a slew of network programming dedicated to poor behaviors, it boggles one’s mind how much we as humans tolerate.  I say we as humans are smarter than that.  

The public that watches The Biggest Loser is the reason it is still on the air.  These are the people who are responsible for the making of the show.   Shame on all of them. 

  Bob Harper:  A Celebrity Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.    Jillian Michaels:  A Personal Trainer, Diet Products.

Host: Alison Sweeney

Trainers: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels

Executive producers: Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Mark Koops

Co-executive producers: Howard Owens, Todd Lubin, Matt Assmus

Line producer: Carole MacDonal

Director: Neil DeGroot

Director of Photography: Neal Gallagher

Casting producer: Allison Kaz

Origination: Los Angeles, CA

Produced by: Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions, 3 Ball Productions

*These are my opinions based upon a review of the show and other discussions.