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Song you have to help me stop singing: “Your Lips Are Moving” by Meghan Trainor

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Get. It. Out.

Get. It. Out.

Leslie here! You know the term “ear worm,” that means a song that you just can’t get out of your head because it’s burrowed itself into your brain so deep that you can’t untangle it from your gray matter? Why do those things tend to be really annoying? Why are they songs you don’t even like all that much? Why why why why?

The latest audible irritation to worm its way into my head is “You Lips Are Moving,” a Meghan Trainor pop thingee that’s currently featured in ABC’s promos for its summer show “The Astronaut Wives’ Club.” I guess it’s because the show is set in the ’60s, and the song, although current, has that same “bop-sho-wop” vibe that pretty much all of Trainor’s hits do. If it ain’t broke, I guess…

When I first saw the ad, I assumed they were just playing the appropriately retro instrumental parts, but then I heard Trainor’s boppy, drawling voice singing “I know you’re lyin’, your lips are moo-vahn…” and thus began the worming. I don’t get it. First of all, I no like that song. It’s twee, and not even in a fun way, at least not to me. Also, this show is supposed to be about ordinary women thrust onto the national stage because their hero husbands were literally venturing into space. This is about bravery and celebrity and how life changes in an instant. It is NOT about people who are so snaky that you know they’re lying because their lips are moving. Hey, promo people…WORDS MEAN THINGS. And when the words associated with your show are about snaky lying liars, and your show is about the opposite…well, fire whoever picked that song.


The twins and Dolly wish you a “Hard Candy Christmas”

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Merry Christmas! This is Leslie, and behalf on Lynne, our family, humanity, the 1984 Duran Duran fanckub, people who love cheese and Grumpy Cat, we would like to wish you a happy holiday. And we’d like to do it with the help of Miss Dolly, and some sad hookers.

You see, Miss Mona and the former employees of the Chicken Ranch in 1982’s “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” are parting ways, because…well, it’s a long story. And even though they are not a traditional or even legal family (or involved in legal, family things) they are very unhappy to have to leave each other. But Miss Mona, who is Dolly, tells them that sometimes they have to get through things even if it’s hardscrabble, like a Christmas so thread-bare that you only get hard candy for Christmas. You’ll be fine and dandy.

So whether today finds you flush or flushed, hardy or hapless, go hug someone you love. Or call them. You won’t let sorrow bring you way down. Tell ’em Dolly.

Five Minute Friday: Rhythm

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Lynne here.

I cheated. On Five Minute Fridays you are supposed to start writing on a word and not stop or edit; just write what is on your heart for five minutes. And I started writing something but it was not what I really wanted to write. So I started over. Here is what I really wanted to say.


So lately when my sister or I have done Five Minute Fridays, we have written about songs. And I was thinking that maybe that made us look like that was all we could do. And this week I was determined to try to talk about something else. Darn it, though, if the word itself doesn’t inspire me to talk about music. And a certain song.

It’s “Rhythm of My Heart” by Rod Stewart, which I heard in a grocery store a few days ago for the first time in a very long time, and it has been in my head, so that is what this post brings me to. It’s about loving someone so much, that your very heart is attuned to that reality. The words “I Love You” roll off your tongue, because there is no other choice, since that is how your heart is beating. No apologies. Boom. And that is what  this writing exercise brings me to. Just write what is on your heart. And ours are attuned to music. Songs illuminate how I feel at times. And that is okay. That’s the rhythm of my heart.

Five Minute Friday: Song

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Lynne here. This is this week’s entry for “Five Minute Friday”, a neat thing where bloggers write for 5 minutes straight on one word. This week, the word was “song”.


“With a smile and a song”….. That’s a song from, I believe, the Disney “Snow White” cartoon.  I had that song in my head a few years ago when I started my own singing telegram business called “A Song and a Smile” so I wouldn’t get sued by Mickey Mouse. It was a lot of fun. I mostly did them over the phone, and usually at peak times like Mothers Day or Valentine’s Day. I only did it for a few years. I did some in person  which was cool, but I started getting phone calls to do them for people I didn’t know, and I didn’t think that me going to a fire house to serenade folks by myself sounded smart. Could have been nice guys. Or a set-up. But anyhoo, the best part was that people love to be sung to. Most people. But there is joy in knowing that someone couldn’t find the words themselves, or did find them, but wanted to share their love for you through my voice. It is a blessing to be a part of an intimate moment like that, be it for your Grandma or boyfriend or whoever. Songs can say things better than mere words can. And it was awesome to get to experience that. I did them this past Mother’s Day for free, just for fun, and it brought all of that back. Good stuff.

Be a Better Whoever Challenge Follow-Up!

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Hi! Lynne here!

In September, we issued several sets of challenges to you, lovely readers, to do stuff that would brighten the lives of those around you, and make you a better person in the process. We weren’t trying to be pushy, but we have been on the receiving  and giving ends of some of these, and we know the joy they inspire and whatnot.

So, what we want to know of any of you took any of our challenges! If you did, we want to know how it went: Who did you do nice stuff for? What did you do? What did they day? How did you feel?

To jog your memory, here were the fun gauntlets that we threw down to you…..

Challenge #1:  Be a Better Friend- Go to a friend’s Facebook page and write something that you love about them on it

Challenge #2: Be a Better Co-Worker-  Surprise a colleague with a cup of coffee

Challenge #3: Be a Better Loved One- Just go up and hug somebody

Challenge #4: Be a Better Friend/Loved One- Tuck someone’s tag in. You see it. Tuck it.

Challenge #5: Be a Better Wife/Friend/Brother/Customer- Get off the phone, turn-off the tv, shut your computer and actually listen to the person who is standing in front of you

Challenge #6: Be a Better Spouse/Roommate/Friend to Yourself- Put your dirty dishes away

Challenge #7:  Be a Better Pet Parent/Friend- Hug your animal or someone else’s

Challenge #8: Be a Better Person- Say a prayer for someone

Challenge #9: Be a Better Friend- Unless you are in therapy or talking about it helps, don’t tell your friends about your beefs with other friends.

Challenge #10: Be a Better Spouse/Friend- Tell your peeps how you feel about them with a song

Challenge #11: Be a Better Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Spouse/Parent/Roommate: Buy someone a McDonald’s pie for dessert!!

Challenge #12: Be a Better Wife- Shut the heck up! Sometimes, silence is golden. Husbands can do this too :).

Challenge # 13: Be a Better Auntie- Take a kid somewhere!

So, yeah, tell us if you did any of these, and if you didn’t, it’s never too late.  Especially at this time of year, people could use a little love, no matter how small the gesture. Get your nice on.

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