Cheer Du Jour

A little cheer to forget your troubles, and better yet, to toast with a glass of bubbles!


While I hate to admit it (in terms of age), I am proud (in terms of total awesomeness) that I grew up in the 1980’s. My record collection (again, so aging!) was chock-a-block full of New Wave with a few blasts of the Sex Pistols and PiL. My Duran Duran interests (read borderline obsession) began with their very first album. Unaffected by the schism promoted by the likes of Tiger Beat and Teen Beat, I also had a poster (ala Club Tropicana) of a shirtless George Michael hanging in my room, alongside posters of the Fab Five. Erasure, OMD, ABC, Arcadia, Power Station, Tears for Fears, Spandau Ballet, Sting, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Human League, Sig Sig Sputnik, and New Order all played frequently on my record player, Walkman (with orange foam-covered headphones) and boom box. Every day, the vinyl spinning on the turntable at the time was coated with a new layer of lacquer (in the form of Aqua Net Extra-Super Hold Hairspray), as I hung upside down from the bed with a hair dryer to spike my hair. It was a decadent time for teens, days where we could do what we wanted, without fear of its being instantly captured and posted online. So, you may note more than a few 80’s references in my posts, and definitely some Duran Duran shoutouts (we’ve been together for over 30 years now!). I’m also a British mystery and comedy junkie and a food addict, so don’t be surprised to see the likes of Hercule Poirot and Hyacinth Bucket (prouounced Bouquet!) make an appearance, and plenty of chocolate.

In this blog, I’ll try to channel Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” vibe, and pull shiny, happy news to combat the bad news, which so often inundates us. Get your champagne flutes ready – there is much to celebrate! I will share holidays, events, and stories that we can all toast – and please feel free to share your ideas!

p.s. Those adorable cats pictured below (in cahoots with one adorable poochie) have taken complete control of the house, and will no doubt share their opawnions about content.

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