Top 10 TV Themes I Love To Sing To came out yesterday (10/6/15) with a list of 50 TV Theme Songs That Have Hit The Billboard Charts.

I compiled my own list of TV theme songs that I love to sing along to. While perusing the Billboard list, there seem to be a disproportionate number of songs from cop and detective shows,  In the end, I did find that we had several songs in common.  I have put the Billboard list number in bold if a song appeared on their list.  Here are my picks with accompanying videos:

10.  Growing Pains: As Long As We’ve Got Each Other, performed by BJ Thomas and Jennifer Warner (# 35 on the Billboard list).  I loved how this psychiatrist had such dysfunctional kids, just like real life.

9.  One Day At A Time: This Is It, performed by Polly Cutter.  One of the original girl power TV shows, I loved the spunk of Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and the sweetness of Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli), and how their mom Ann didn’t take anything from anyone.

8.  7th Heaven, performed by Steve Plunkett (from the band Autograph, best remembered for the hit, “Turn Up The Radio”).  Even though I did not watch this show until I was an adult, as a PK (preacher’s kid), I enjoyed the storylines and antics of the Camden kids.  My sister also enjoyed watching this show in reruns, she saw so many that her toddler son knew the words to “seven kevin”, or so he thought.

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Jersey Shore and More


100_1118Diego had his vacation pitch ready.  “Picture this, Aunt Buddy!  We’re driving down the road in New Jersey and it’s lunchtime.  We’re hungry and need to stop and there’s a sign up ahead that says ‘Cheeburger Cheeburger’.  We have to go!  After lunch we get back on the road and keep driving.  All of a sudden it’s dinnertime and we see another sign that says. ‘Quaker Steak and Lube’, then we have dinner.  Doesn’t that sound great?”

I had no idea where or why we’re driving around in this scenario, but that wasn’t the point.   He had a vision and I have never been able to say no to that kid.  Both of these restaurants were faves of his and used to be local but had closed suddenly, leaving him in a lurch.  A few weeks later Diego, his brother Nick, and I set off on our journey.

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This Is Not My First Blueberry Rodeo



On a gorgeous July morning, I ventured out to Stan’s Berry Patch near Constantia with friends John, Bridgette, and Tonia.  The three of them are veteran blueberry pickers, often picking 100 pounds apiece every season!  In my naivete, I invited myself to this particular session, thinking I would get a few berries to put in my oatmeal in the morning.   I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the giant soup pots packed up with the other equipment in the trunk.

First of all, I thought that blueberries came from small plants like strawberries.  I was not prepared for the bushes that were taller than I was, with branches hitting me in the face as we were led to a prime spot not yet picked by human hands.  Bridgette unpacked the trunk, handing me a sherbet bucket with a rope on it so it would hang around my neck, bringing it closer to the branches for more efficient picking.

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99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall


Beer is the mainstay of many vacations. including my most recent one to Cape Cod.  When it comes to beer, people always seem to be interested in what the rest of their friends are asking the bartender for, but no one wants to commit to just any new flavor so they stick with their old favorites.  I did take a chance on a few new beers while on the Cape.

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It’s Been One Week (My vacation framed by the Barenaked Ladies song)

It’s been 3 weeks since I have been away from the blogosphere.  Now there is a lot of pressure staring at this blank post.  How do I return with a big enough splash to warrant the empty pages left by my busy life? Even today, with all the time in the world to write, I am at a loss for something spectacular to discuss with my followers, so I will just sit here with my adult beverage and talk about what I have been up to on my vacation.

It’s been 5 days since I attended Greekfest with my favorite Greek family, the Plessas’.


We braved long lines for food (but no lines for drinks!) and enjoyed Greek food, Greek beer, Greek music, and traditional Greek dancing.  My friend Nik danced with two of the groups and did an amazing job (go Nik!!).  We ended up running into 4 of John’s siblings and had a really fun family  celebration. The Greek coffee kept me awake much of the night, so I had a lot of time to reflect on how much fun it was!  Pictured above: Bridgette, myself, John, and his sister Therese.

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Sagamore by the Numbers

I am offering a list of a different sort in this post.  This weekend I went to Great Camp Sagamore to participate in a volunteer work weekend.  My time there was full of fun and laughter.  Here is my experience by the numbers….


0…..Number of black fly bites I bragged about receiving

1……Number of black fly bites I actually received

1……Number of long lost daughters I reconnected with (Hi Eva!)

1……Number of bloggers I met (Hi Michelle!)

2……Number of Bryans with a ‘y’

3……Number of Debbies

3……Number of times I reported for early morning kitchen duty

3……Number of tambourine songs Day Ja Voo played for me

4……Number of gorgeous days at Great Camp Sagamore


6……Number of times Charlie asked me “Haven’t we got ridden of you yet?

7……Number of fun people I worked with in the kitchen crew

9……Number of times my Mom  told me she just knew I would love this place

13……Number of times I thanked Chick and Bryan for bringing me

17……Number of times I bragged about Day Ja Voo to anyone who would listen


18…..Number of days until I get to go back to Great Camp Sagamore

19……Number of times I lost a game of spoons

28……Number of times I heard the Burdick sisters laugh

Weekend volunteering at Great Camp Sagamore: PRICELESS