Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Clip o' the Day: Charlie Browniest

Oh Charlie, there's not a thing wrong with you.  Hugs.  XO Mandy Sue B.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Clip o' the Day: White Snow, Black Humor

All week I've been checking the Weather App on my iPhone, and each day there has been a snowflake sitting on Monday.

I knew it was too good to be true, yet I played along.  "I know you're lying to me, Weather App.  And you know that I know you're lying to me.  Let's do this."

Late today the snowflake left Monday, and appeared on Thursday. It didn't change a thing for me.  The app can tease me all it likes, I will always fall for it because nearly every day between now and the end of February, I'll be anticipating imminent snowfall.  Each night, I'll follow Bing's recommendation to get a little shut-eye and dream of snow.

I mean - let's be honest - if I don't do what Bing says...  Well, he doesn't mean it and hates to do it, but its for my own good, and, um, it is my fault, I mean if I'd just freakin' dream of snow he wouldn't have to bring out the belt...

Happy Snow White Dreams!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Clip o' the Day: ELF & The Many Faces of Mandy Sue B.

I quote this scene all year long.  But not in a way that anyone would notice.

As much as I love Buddy's half of the conversation during December, it's two other things I "quote" the other eleven months of the year.

Whenever I get a chance to say "10 a.m." I will try to get my voice to sound as though I'm forcing cheer but it's being hammered out by exhaustion and mild irritation gurgling just beneath the surface.  The intended effect is like I'm waiting for someone to object and I'm prepared to stand my ground in the face of their nonsense.

Of course all anyone hears is "10 a.m."  Plain and simple.

This brings me even more joy.  It's like a private screening, it lasts just an instant but man does it feel delightful.

The other way I quote this scene not-in-a-way-that-anyone-would-notice is when this series of lines rolls through my head:  "Make work your favorite.  That's your favorite, OK?  Work is your new favorite."

These lines arrive when I'm faced with lackluster customer service and maybe, sometimes, maybe some workaday, workplace scenarios.  Maybe.  In the moment it's a relief and a joy to recall this character, but then nearly immediately after I am ashamed.  Why would I want anyone to make work their favorite?  Especially customer service.  Horrible.

That's when I push myself over to a more comfortable place for me to be, "I just like to smile.  Smiling's my favorite."

Welcome to Christmas Clip o' the Day 2016!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Today: This and If | The King of Norway

I've been catching up with the final season of Boardwalk Empire lately.  Last night I saw The King of Norway, and cannot stop watching this.

Seriously.  Every chance I get I review this scene.  It's so perfect in so many ways.  The writing, the acting...  The effort each character puts forth to keep their civilized veneer in place is delightful.

If an Eli & Nelson spin-off had been possible, I would have watched.  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy it wasn't possible.  Things are better this without a spin-off, but I still would have watched.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LOVE This Lady. | The Daily Show Moment of Zen | August 4, 2015

After the book promo (a great book, BTW), spend a moment appreciating the lady in the diner - LOVE her.