“No Honey, that’s NOT a Pterodactyl”
People are completely stressed out this week… You see evidence of it everywhere… I really am so danged tired of talking about the “E” word that I can barely contain myself. I’ve had to walk away from a couple of heated discussions on Facebook and on Twitter before getting too deep into unnecessary disagreements. I’m sure you’ve probably seen the same kinda things…
Are we REALLY at the point of defriending or unfollowing people over a difference of opinion? I guess we are… <Sigh>
Anyhow… So I searched for my happy place… I have several… All of them are improved by the presence of chocolate.
I love to watch movies when I get stressed to escape from reality. Mr. Stars and I decided to watch one on Tuesday night when the tensions from the outside world got especially crazy. We chose to watch the new “Ghostbusters” via On Demand. Big mistake. Oh sure, there were a few (but very few) snippets of entertainment within it – but I’m just gonna leave it at that ‘cuz this is a happy post… lol. #Disappointing #WatchTheOriginal
At one point during the evening, I used the flashlight on my cell phone to look at something in our darkened living room. All of the sudden Mr. Stars started shouting out random words that just didn’t make sense to me. “Crocodile.” “Puppy dog.” “Butterfly.”
I looked quizzically at him and he pointed to the ceiling where I was unknowingly creating shadow puppets. Childhood memories instantly flooded my mind… We used to make shadow puppets on the sides of the walls of our moon-lit tent at night with flashlights and our hands… Sometimes a couple of us would even go outside of the tent and use the light from the moon as a ginormous flashlight. We contorted our entire bodies into various shapes thus creating huge shadow images on the tent walls.
Allegedly, we sometimes quietly snuck over to other people’s tents and did our best impressions of a shadow bear. Allegedly. The loudmouth of the two of us was especially great at imitating a bear’s growl. Allegedly. Although to this day I will not admit to any intentional wrongdoing to my girl scout leader. I may be an awesome growling bear, but I am NOT a rat!
In class, we also made shadow puppets whenever humanly possible on the projection screen that was lit by the light from the projector when something went wrong with the movie or filmstrip we had been watching…
But my favorite place to watch shadow figures was watching the changing shapes dancing on the walls of our darkened living room that was illuminated only by the twinkling lights from the Christmas tree… For some reason that really amused me… And it does so even to this day. #EasilyEntertained
However, peals of my husband’s laffter soon brought my thoughts back to the present as I feverishly tried to remember how to do some of my favorite animals. Mr. Stars kept valiantly guessing what I was trying to do and when he outlandishly guessed, “Pterodactyl” I about died from laffter. “No Honey, that’s NOT a pterodactyl – that was supposed to be a shark swimming in the ocean.” Clearly, I need to brush up on my shadow puppetry skills, no?
Where are some of your happy places?
We’ve been kinda hunkering down a little and enjoying ourselves. We’ve been experimenting a little in cooking. A couple of days ago, we made a perfectly awesome pot roast in the crock pot. We also made yummy pita sandwiches with tzatziki sauce, roast beast, fresh tomatoes, and onions that I woke up craving this morning… lol.
Mr. Stars sometimes plays video games and I sometimes play games on the computer… Or I binge watch shows on Netflix like, “The Crown” (I found it highly intriguing but it’s a tad slower paced than some people like), “Doctor Foster” (A multi-layered story about the impact of infidelity on a British family), “Happy Valley, “ (Spoiler alert – It’s not always happy), or “The Bletchley Circle” (I just love shows about smart women).
Another “happy place” of mine is watching YouTube videos –. I haven’t really felt much like blogging this week other than The Real Housewives of Atlanta, so I offer 3 of my new favorites and a couple of classic videos for your viewing pleasure in case you, too, need a “happy place” this week. Enjoy! Thanks for reading! Happy Trails!
I love all things panda, so this Halloween costume just cracked me up! YouTube video posted by Pandaloon Puppy entitled, “Funny Panda Puppy Halloween Costume.”
Lift Up Your Feet, Dagnabit!
I do not think I would have the nerve to ever do this in real life – Fortunately, we have this video where we can speedfly vicariously over the Swiss Alps while keeping completely safe. The scenery is stunning… Yet terrifying…lol! YouTube video posted by GoPro entitled, “GoPro: Epic Lines: Speedflying with Jamie Lee — Line 1.”
This is a clip from the “Islands” episode of Planet Earth II which is a 6-part sequel to the spectacular “Planet Earth” series. I’m not a fan of snakes but I am a fan of iguanas. My brother had a pet jungle iguana named “Harvey” for many years – and it grew to be over 3 ½ feet long. I especially loved feeding Harvey cut up banana and halved grapes. He would eat it right off the tip of your finger. Harvey was kewl. Make sure you watch the end of the video to see a snake wipe out – For some inexplicable reason that gave me great joy. #IHateSnakes YouTube video posted by BBC Earth entitled, “Iguana vs Snakes – Planet Earth II.”
One of my all-time favorite videos! What is more fun than watching a panda cub playing on a slide? Well, a video of several panda cubs playing on a slide, of course! So hilarious and fun… And a sure cure for a bad day… Love, love, LOVE it! YouTube video posted by Chengdu PAW entitled “Cute pandas playing on the slide.”
Surf’s Up, Dude!
Another one of my all-time favorite videos. This baby elephant loves his first time at the beach! The absolute joy on his face is infectious… I wonder how long an elephant can hold it’s nose/trunk underwater? Watching an elephant body surf just makes me smile… Also makes me want to go to the beach… Clearly, the beach is this elephant’s “happy place.” YouTube video posted by NancyBelal entitled “When a baby elephant sees the sea for the first time.”