Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Days of Happy -- Can YOU Do It?!?!?

After a few days of seeing some friends of mine post pictures with the hashtag #100HappyDays in the description, my interest was piqued.  I like to think of myself as a person that is "is in the know" about things like this, but I wasn't this time.

After I typed "100 Happy Days" into Google, I found quite a few articles about it and was further interested.  To read the official page/information about this challenge, you can go here, but in a nutshell, it's a daily challenge to document things that make you happy.  It's a pretty easy challenge, huh?  I think so!

I'm only on day #2, but so far, I am loving this challenge.  Check with me toward the end of the 100 days when I'm having trouble being thankful for things that I haven't already posted.

Please join me in this challenge!

Here's how:

1)  Go here and sign the pledge.
2)  Choose your platform for submitting your pictures.  Here you can decide yourself on the privacy of your participation & happy moments.
3)  Submit your pictures via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Don't forget to use the hashtag #100HappyDays !

That's all you have to do!

So, now you're probably thinking to yourself, "Why would I want to take part in this challenge?"  To this I say, "What have you got to lose?  Everyone needs to be reminded that there are things all around to make us happy.  Below are just a few reasons:

Still not on board?

How about some musical inspiration!  "Happy" by Pharrell Williams has been quite popular over the last several weeks, and after listening to it, I can definitely see why.  Just try to listen to it and not smile or tap your feet.  It's quite hard if not impossible to do!

I was trying to find the video of another song to motivate you called "Happy", but it's by a Christian artist, Carolyn Arends.  I couldn't find the video (maybe there isn't one for this particular song), but I DID find the lyrics:

Do I annoy you with my optimism?
Am I an insult to your realism?
I got hope and just a little bit of passion
And I know both those things have gone right out of fashion
So call me a rebel, you can call me a fool
I won't give up the fight, I just refuse

And I will dare to dream
I will dare to believe in something, baby
And I will dare to be happy
And I will dare to be happy

Does it offend you that I've made that decision?
Does it betray your sense of fatalism?
Please forgive me but I don't believe it's treason
For me to live my life like it's mine for a reason
So call me Pollyanna, you can call me a child
But I will not lie down, that's not my style

And I will dare to dream
I will dare to believe in something, baby
And I will dare to be happy
And I will dare to be happy

Do I annoy you with my stubborn insistence?
That love can save us and I've seen its existence
I got Jesus and a little bit of passion
And I know both those things have gone right out of fashion
So you can call me crazy 'cause here's what
I'm gonna do, I'm gonna dare to pray the same for you

And I will dare to dream
I will dare to believe in something, baby
And I will dare to be happy
And I will dare to be happy

I will dare to dream
I will dare to believe in something, baby
And I will dare to be happy
And I will dare to be happy
Yeah, I will dare to be happy

Are you worried that things that make you happy aren't worthy of sharing?  Pssh!  Don't be that way!  For my Day 1 "happy picture", I shared a picture of my iPad Air!  It makes me happy because it keeps me entertained whether it be playing games, checking out other cool apps, or even reading books on it. Shh! Don't tell my Kindle!  There are really no rules to this challenge other than to post and share things that make YOU happy!

****Your #100HappyDays picture can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger.

#100happyday challenge is for you - not for anyone else.

It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures - you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.**** 

To see what makes ME happy, you can follow me on Instagram where I go by "SuperSillySarah" (without the quotes, though) or on Facebook, I can be found by clicking here.  What I share on Instagram automatically gets posted to Facebook.

If you decide to take part in this challenge (even if you don't make it the whole 100 days), please let me know!! I wanna see what makes YOU happy!!

Please join me on this "road to happiness", won't you? 

And That's What Sarah Says!!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In Memoriam of Howard L. Pentecost....My Grandpa, My Hero, My Friend!!

On October 17th, 1921, the world changed forever when my grandpa, Howard Pentecost, was born.

He was a great brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin, grandfather, and friend. He and I had a nickname for each other and I'm not sure anymore how/when it originated. That nickname is "Fat Baby".

He was in the army when he was younger and loved to tell stories about his time in the service.

He and my grandma, Geneva were able to share just over fifty years of wedded bliss together before she left this world. I only hope that Brett and I can have the kind of love that they had.

My brothers, cousins, and I learned many things from my grandpa (some things our parents probably wish that he never taught us) and loved us all so much.

He loved to make us laugh any chance that he got and loved to sing silly songs. Some were made up on the spot, some were tweaked by him, and some were legit songs. He loved to sing, "Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes", but he had his own lyrics for it.

He even did his own "dance" called "The Mighty Mouse". If you would ask him to do it, he would act like he didn't want to do it, but in reality, he did and would.

He loved his animals (dogs and cats). They were ALL his babies and he treated them like they were humans. He had a shed for his St. Bernard dogs that had heaters in the winter and more than one fan during the summer months. Some days, he could even be seen napping in the pen with them.

Just over two years ago, we said "See ya later" to him after his earthly battle ended. We knew that the day was coming, but that didn't make it any easier.

I can't wait until the day that I can see him, my grandma, and other family members that have gone on. Until then, I will remember the good times that we had.

I obtained some pictures of my grandpa (and even a couple of him with my grandma) so that I could show just what a great guy he was! 

The Pentecost Clan

 Below, are some pictures from his Army days:

I'm Gonna Guess That He Sent This to My Grandma

In Uniform

My Grandpa (in the middle) & Members of His Gun Crew

Another Picture of My Grandpa and His Gun Crew

My Grandpa (left) and His Brother, Carl in Germany

My Grandma, Geneva and Grandpa Howard When They Were Dating
Years Later...Still In Love!!

Fishing...A Favorite Hobby of His!
Doing "The Mighty Mouse" at the 50th Anniversary Party For Him and My Grandma (That's his brother, Carl, next to him)

My Grandpa "Resting His Eyes" as He Called It

And now, a video that I uploaded to YouTube of my grandpa reciting a poem that he learned as a youngster and never forgot it.

This Makes Me Giggle/Smile Every Time That I Watch It!

As you can see, my grandpa was quite a character.  I think about him, my grandma, and my other relatives that have gone on before me every day and love to reminisce about the good times that we had and just wanted to share some memories of my grandpa with you, my dear readers.  I hope that you enjoyed this "journey" down memory lane as I pay tribute to my grandpa.

When he passed away on August 24, 2011, I made the following picture as my profile picture on Facebook in honor of him.

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Rent A Husband: A Romantic Comedy by Sally Mason

As a member of "Amazon Prime", I am allowed one book per month from Amazon's library.  For the month of August, I chose "Rent A Husband:  A Romantic Comedy" by Sarah Mason

This book was kind of slow getting off the literary ground, but I decided to stick with it and am glad that I did.

The main characters are Darcy Pringle, who was dumped by her husband of 20 years for his secretary and Forrest Forbes, a playboy who is down on his luck after his family's fortune is lost.

Add to the mix, Carlotta "Lottie", the town gossip, the town klutz, Billy "William" Bigelow, and a newcomer to the town, Bronte, who quickly takes a liking to Billy, but he's got a crush on Darcy. Oh, and there's also Eric, Darcy's gay neighbor/friend, who is a TV producer or something like that and Forrest's friend's sister, an Indian (the country, not the kind of Indian that has tribes) princess.

I won't tell what all happens, but I thought that I had the ending all figured out, but was happily wrong for the most part.

The characters are likeable and believable and I found myself not wanting to stop reading just to see what would happen next.

I could see this being a movie.  Maybe not for the big screen, but definitely a TV movie.

I give this book four out of five stars!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet

I chose to borrow this book from Amazon as my "free lend of the month"...back in June.  It is now almost September, and am just now finishing this book because it is THAT long!

I didn't think that I would ever finish this book.  Not that that is a bad thing.

This book is full of interesting stories about every actor/actress that you can think of.

From The Three Stooges, to Walt Disney, to John Wayne, and tons more, this book has a story on just about anyone that you can imagine!

Some stories I had heard before, but most I hadn't.

This book gives a "behind the scenes" look at many Hollywood celebrities.  Some stories were funnier than others, but they were all entertaining, nonetheless.

If you like Hollywood gossip or like reading about celebrities, I highly recommend this book!

I will probably end up buying this book, so that I can reread it over and over again, because I am sure there is something that I missed!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let's Talk About Paula Deen, Shall We?

You won't see me giving an opinion very often, but today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite "Southern Women", Paula Deen. 

The "Southern Belle"

Unless you have been living under a rock or something like that, you probably know that Paula Deen has been the topic of many a news story lately.

Lisa Jackson, a former employee of restaurants owned by Deen and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers, filed a lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination. In her deposition for the suit, Deen stated that she has used the "N-word" at times, saying "Yes, of course. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south."

Because of this, Deen's contract with Food Network will not be renewed at the end of this month.  As of yesterday, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a spokesperson.

And now, my thoughts (in no certain order):

  •  Haven't we all said something before that we might regret now?  I know that I have!
  •  At least Paula isn't denying that she said the word. 
  • I have a feeling that Food Network will regret dropping Paula, and rightfully so.  She's one of the biggest stars/moneymakers for that network!
  • As for Smithfield Foods, it is rumored that they're in talks to be bought out by a Chinese company, so if I were Paula, I wouldn't sweat that one!
  •  Because of Paula's background story (overcoming Agoraphobia), she has inspired many people. I know one of my good friends is inspired by her because of this.
  •  I (along with many of my Facebook friends) have joined a few of the support pages that have been created in support of "Miss Paula". Here is one titled, "We support Paula Deen".
  • Sure, she hid the fact that she had Diabetes from the public, but I don't go announcing to the world every single ailment or disease that I have.  
  •  I understand that she was being somewhat of a hypocrite by cooking foods that weren't very "Diabetes Friendly", but again, we all make mistakes.  At least she finally admitted that she had Diabetes.
  • It seems to me that there is a double standard going on here.  What about all of the so-called rap artists and movie producers that use that kind of language every single day? Do we ever hear anybody condemning them for any of their language use?  Not like this, we don't!
  • A word only has "power to hurt" if we let it.  Remember the sayings "Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" or  "I'm rubber, you're glue, everything bounces off me and sticks to you."  My favorite is best said by Mr. Pee Wee Herman, "I know you are, but what am I!?!?"
  • We need to stop giving words like the "N-word", "cracker", and "honky" power to be hurtful. 
These are only my opinions/thoughts on this whole situation.  You may or may not agree with me.  It's like one of my best friend's dad always told us when we were growing up, "Opinions are like butt holes...everyone has one!"  

Don't we have bigger things to worry about than to worry about a person's past words.  Paula has already apologized. What else can she do?  The racial slur was said in the past and she regrets it!  

Let's move on!

P.S. I welcome anyone's opinion on this topic, so feel free to comment below!

Yes, She Does!!

Even "Grumpy Cat" Supports Paula!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Wow, It's Been a While!!!

So, I just noticed that my last post to this blog was August of last year! Whoops!!

I'd like to say that I've been busy with exciting things, but that's not entirely true.  Well, unless you count having surgery and some trips (one to Disney World) "exciting"!

Since doing a post, I've had a long awaited surgery done.  This surgery was to fuse my right ankle in the hopes to be one step closer to walking again.  Next up...hip replacements!  *cue my excitement*

Brett and I have also done some traveling.  We made a trip to Florida in March for 3 weeks. One week was just Brett and I at Walt Disney World, then the following week, Brett's parents joined us along with Brett's niece and nephews.  The third week was spent in Gainesville at Brett's brother's house just relaxing and resting up for the trip home.  I have lots of pictures from this trip that I hope to share in an upcoming post.

As I have done for the last couple of years, I made a personal challenge to read a certain amount of books before the end of the year.  I have many book loaded on my Kindle to read, but just haven't felt like reading lately.  However, I am going to try to wean myself from spending the majority of my time on Facebook wasting time playing games and stuff and instead try to read more.

I will be attempting this later today and hopefully, I can do it.  I made a goal to read 200 books before the end of the year, and am nowhere near being halfway to that point!!

I will be sure to keep my progress posted here as a way to be held accountable.  Right now, I am reading, This Little Piggy Went To The Liquor Store by A.K. Turner.  I'm not very far into the book yet, but so far, it is pretty funny.

Well, that's about all that I can think of to tell y'all at this time.

I am hoping to be more committed to blogging in the future. Lord knows that I have a lot on my mind these days that maybe I should start sharing some of the things!!

And That's What Sarah Says!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Images of America: Metropolis by Michael E. Bragg and Jon M. Bragg

Synopsis of the Book (Taken From the Back of the Book):

     When William McBane and James Wilcox envisioned founding a bustling city on the banks of the Ohio River, they hoped it would be a center of commerce at the gateway to the ever-expanding American West. They needed a name befitting their ambitious vision, and though it may not have matched the grandeur of its founders' intent, Metropolis, Illinois, is the only place in the world that can claim that name as anything more than a descriptor. Located near historic Fort Massac, Metropolis played a vital part in the booming river traffic of the 1800s and was an important manufacturer of steamboats. In addition to its pleasant small-town atmosphere and wide, expansive boulevards ready for the explosive growth that never quite made it there, Metropolis is the hometown of notable figures John Marvin Steele, the D-Day paratrooper made famous in The Longest Day, and the "Man of Steel" himself--Superman.

     Father and son Michael E. and Jon M. Bragg, both graduates of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, have roots in southern Illinois that extend back to the mid-1800s.  They compiled this book with the invaluable assistance of the Massac County Historical Society and local residents.

     The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.  Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.  Arcadia [Publishing] is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all. 

My Thoughts: 

I love local history and this book didn't disappoint.

I've only lived here (in Metropolis, Illinois) for about 8 years, but in that small amount of time, my fiance' (a lifelong resident of Metropolis) and I have accumulated some neat pieces of history from this town.  This book is now a part of that collection.

This book makes a great "Coffee Table Book".

I Recommend This Book To:

  • Current residents of Metropolis, Illinois
  • Past residents of Metropolis, Illinois
  • Anyone who likes local history
  • Fans of Southern Illinois history 


This book has great pictures of days gone by and is full of history about the early days of this town.  It also has great stories/descriptions of some of this town's influential people.

And That's What Sarah Says!!!