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Toni’s Extrovert Diaries~T.E.D. Talks/Sings Day#3

27 Mar

“When you walk through the storm, hold your head high And don’t be afraid of the dark! At the end of the storm is a golden sky And the sweet song of the lark. Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed & blown Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart And you‘ll never walk alone!”

~Rogers and Hammerstein

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Today is Thursday. It’s after 7:30, and I should be at Delaney’s Irish Pub with my friends, laughing, eating, drinking, and singing karaoke. But, NOOOOO… I’m on Day #3 of “Sheltering in place.” No karaoke for me… or maybe not?

These are tough times, and it feels like we are walking through a storm, but we have to keep our heads held high. Therefore, nothing is going to stop me from laughing and singing, and maybe a little drinkin’, even if I’m by myself.

This afternoon, the TOTS (Table Of Talent Sisters) had a FaceTime group chat. Four of us girlfriends were laughing and chatting and being silly for almost 3 hours. At one point, I had to go plug into my charger-low battery. Yikes!

So tonight, I decided to have my own karaoke night. It’s funny, I noticed the other day when I was cleaning bathrooms while singing a few show tunes, (I do that) that the acoustics in the bathroom are really pretty good. What a great idea.

Toni’s Toilet Karaoke~ Day #3 Never stop singing, my friends…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED5-aaLR0F4

Tuesday:) Toni’s Extrovert Diaries~T.E.D. TALKS Day 1

24 Mar

“Extroverts communicate well with others, Introverts communicate well with themselves”

― pablo **********

My friends and I have been doing a lot of texting, calling, and video chats on Facebook with all this mayhem going on. Yesterday, Sherry sent this funny video of a friend of hers who was talking up close and personal to the camera about his adventures with self-quarantining and sheltering from home. During these stressful times, it’s good to laugh a little, even at our own expense.

I thought to myself, “Self… I do and say a lot of stupid stuff, even without trying. I should make some of my own videos.” I always wanted to do stand-up comedy, because I live in a pretty silly world inside my head.

When making a video, you have to come up with a catchy title. I’m a big fan of the TED TALKS, and have listened and learned from these informative and instructional free videos. So, I decided to make my own instructional and informative videos with a little levity to combat my confinement. Being an extrovert, this staying at home, indoors, no human contact, is life-threatening.

I stay up way too late at night because I really don’t have to set my alarm for anything in the morning. Here’s how my morning went today…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz9LGrwTGBs

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

23 Mar

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

~ Mark Twain

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Today is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, it is the Second Sunday of watching Mass on my iPad, and the First Sunday of celebrating Mass with St. Gabriel under the covers in my pajamas. Very strange.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus healing a man blind from birth. In those days, the blind and deaf were thought to have sinned or their parents had sinned, thus the punishment. Jesus disputed that idea and healed the blind man. The Pharisees and the Jews did not believe this miracle, and questioned the former blind man twice. The man was convinced that Jesus was the Son of Man sent by God.

Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.

We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes,

and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

The Pharisees still questioned this miracle.

Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?”

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

My take on it… Sometimes those supposedly wise or intelligent people who question everything unless it is proven to them, those are the ones who miss out on what is truly important. Blind faith is an appropriate concept. We don’t need concrete proof to believe in God. We just need faith.

I am thankful that we can continue celebrating the Mass together, thanks to Father Don and all the St. Gabriel staff.

During these stressful times of confinement and confusion, it’s good to focus on our blessings and not dwell on our hardships. “Instead of stressing, count your blessing.”

I spent a lot of time on the phone in a group FaceTime with my girlfriends, laughing and sharing stories. I checked in with friends and family, and my son and his little family sent lots of photos of the babies to keep grandma entertained.

Then, there was a lot of time on Facebook sharing uplifting stories, pictures, and funny jokes. Even if we can’t hold each other close in person, we can hold each other close in our hearts.

Be safe, healthy, and happy my friends, and most of all, be kind. If you are lucky enough to be confined with your family, hold them close and appreciate your blessings. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Happy Sunday. ❤️🙏

Saturday:) Just Sittin’ Around

22 Mar

People teach their dogs to sit; it’s a trick. I’ve been sitting my whole life, and a dog has never looked at me as though he thought I was tricky.

Mitch Hedberg

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This sitting around and not socializing isn’t suited for extroverts. There are only so many glasses of wine in those big wine-in-a-box containers. Ask me how I know.

Let’s see what I got accomplished today…

I played with the dog. I fed the dog, I walked the dog many times. The dog said, “Please, not another walk, I’m exhausted!” Not really. She likes her walks.

Then, there are hundreds of Hallmark movies to catch up on. But, all in one day? Pass the popcorn.

Oh, let’s not forget that book that a very good friend loaned you. Did someone say, “Wine-in-a-box?

Ah! It’s 9:09pm as I’m writing this, and I’m smiling. There’s an angel in heaven that knows that magic time on the clock. I would call her every day at 9:09. Miss you Mom.

I’m sure your day looked pretty much like mine. Stay safe, my friends.

Friday:) Food Frenzy Makes Me Happy

21 Mar

“If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it’s not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others – it’s the same with music.”

~ will.i.am

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I can’t even remember how many days it’s been since the world has “Gone to hell in a hand-basket.” And, if you have a hand-basket, make sure you stay six feet away from everyone, wash your hands carefully, and sanitize your hand-basket. It seems like forever, but in reality it’s only been a few weeks for us here in the states. And, it looks like no foreseeable end in sight.

Today, I did my usual routine of staying in bed until the cows came home. No cows, so I got moving around noon. I worked on a couple of small projects. One was framing one of my paintings to add to my personal home art gallery. (Wait till you see it when I’m done. Amazing.)

For the last three days, I’ve eaten the same thing every day for dinner. That was my only meal. For some reason lazy days slip into night before I think about eating. Here’s what I made each day. One flour tortilla, warmed in a dry pan till crispy, add a three bean and corn salsa mixture. I topped it with cheese, lettuce and a few dollops of plain yogurt. Yum! I’m not a vegetarian, I just happen to like this.

So, today I needed to cook. Ah, pasta. Massive quantities of pasta. That makes me happy.

I sautéed some Italian sausage and made a huge pot of pasta sauce, and boiled up two pounds of mostaccioli. When I cook, I cook tons so I can share. While the pasta was cooking, I made my famous Snicker peanut butter no bake pie. A big pie and some little ones. I made enough to share with Mr. Mike and my neighbor Kathy, and still have plenty for me.

Boy! I sure did make a mess, but that’s ok. It was fun.

Now, here’s the funny part. I finally realized today was Friday and I put sausage in the pasta and it’s Lent. Oops! No meat on Friday. It looked pretty good. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow. So, I made a big salad for dinner.

Oh well! The joy was more in the cooking and sharing than the eating it myself.

Now…. FINALLY… Black Russian Friday, my friends. Cheers!

Thankful Thursday:) Rosaries, Rainbows, and Karaoke

20 Mar

” If you can’t go out with your friends to laugh and drink and sing karaoke, stay home and laugh and drink and sing karaoke.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This was a very lazy hazy Thursday. I didn’t get out of my jammies till 2 in the afternoon. I made a lot of phone calls to friends and family while sipping tea under the covers. Then, at 3 o’clock, I got my favorite rosary that belonged to my mother, and joined Father Don from St. Gabriel on a live streaming of praying the rosary. Thank you Debbie for telling me about this yesterday.

Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph.

The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.

With all the sadness, doom and gloom going on in the world, it was uplifting just knowing that millions of people were praying, not just for themselves, but for the entire world.

The rest of my afternoon slipped into evening. Storms and rain raged for a while, with tornadoes threatening. But 7 pm, the eerie clouds drifted away, and the sun peeked through. I needed desperately to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I was greeted by a glorious sunset, followed by a spectacular rainbow peeking between the trees.

Thursday has always been our karaoke night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Our gang of great friends always get together for food, fun, song, dance, and assorted beverages. I was really missing that tonight. So, instead of feeling sad, I was inspired by the beautiful rainbow. I decided to have my own karaoke night and sing my solitaire quarantined version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlyS_df54A

And yes, the singing is off key and warbley, but that’s me and that’s as good as it gets. I love to sing.

Tuesday:) Toni’s St. Patrick’s Day Dilemma

18 Mar

” When life gives you lemons, keep them in the fridge and bring out the Bailey’s.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was a very strange surreal day. With all the pandemic panic, schools closed, store shelves empty, you start to think what else could possibly go wrong.

Well, my internet has been down all day. Not just mine, but the entire neighborhood. My neighbor across the street, Miss Kathy, was supposed to be working from home, but her internet has been down too. Guess who she works for? Yep… AT&T.

I spent the afternoon at the doctor’s office for some tests, and came home to take a nap. The highlight of my day was dinner at Miss Pat’s place for an amazing corned beef and cabbage dinner with friends. This may be our last chance to get together for a while.

As you may remember, I don’t drink and drive, so I came home and fixed myself a Bailey’s over chocolate ice cream in honor of St. Patty’s Day. After all, my Ancestry DNA says that I am 8% Irish, so it’s mandatory that I celebrate my heritage. Can’t wait till Cinco de Mayo for margaritas. Olé!

The internet is still down. Thank goodness I learned how to tag my hot spot from my iPhone to my iPad. Not bad for an old lady.

Cheers! Sláinte!