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Toni’s Extrovert Diaries T.E.D. Talk and Sing Day 10:) “It’s Too Late”

3 Apr

“If you can’t go out and sing karaoke with your friends, there’s always shelter in place karaoke.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This is only my Day 10 of “Sheltering in Place,” but it seems like ten thousand days. Every morning, I wake up with this tune in my head… “Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time…” I knew that would have to be my karaoke song for today. I miss my friends and singing and dancing at Delaney’s every Thursday night.

On average, I don’t roll out of bed till at least noon. I’m not sleeping, I just have nothing exciting to do. So, this morning, I dusted myself off, and tried to drag a brush through the tangled web of curly chaos on the top of my head. I think there may have been a family of robins nesting in there because it was a tangled web.

I decided to take a long hot shower, trim my own long unruly hair, blow dry and style it, then get dressed up with nowhere to go. Why not?

Do not try this at home! Well, go ahead. No one is going to see you anyway.

The day trudged by, so I decided to make my now clean and adorable self a nice dinner. It seems that I hadn’t eaten in over 24 hours and I was actually a little hungry. Ah, chicken enchiladas. I made some for Mr. Mike yesterday, but I wasn’t hungry until today.

After a nice candlelight dinner, (no candles, but does the glow from my iPad count?) and a few phone calls to friends and family, it was time for karaoke Thursday night. “Sheltering in place.”

I changed the words around a little to reflect the mood of the day…

IT’S TOO LATE

Stayed in bed all mornin’ just to pass the time

There’s somethin’ wrong here, there can be no denyin’

Some of us are changin’, but others are not complyin ‘

And it’s too late, people now, it’s too late

Unless everyone tries to change it

So many have died, beside, and we can’t hide

And we just can’t fake it, oh, no, no

It used to be so easy, livin’ here on earth

We took it all for granted, never valued its worth

Now we’re all unhappy, with no one else to blame

And it’s too late, people now, it’s too late

Unless everyone tries to change it

So many have died, beside, and we can’t hide

And we just can’t fake it, oh, no, no

There’ll be good times again for me and you

But we just need to stick together, don’t you feel it, too?

Still I’m sad for what we had and for what we’ve come to

But it’s NOT too late, people, No, it’s not too late

Now, we really can try and change things

No more need die, if we all try

And we all comply, and we don’t just fake it, oh, no, no, no, no, no

It’s Not too late, people, it’s Not too late now, my friends

It’s NOT too late

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Carole King / Toni Stern

It’s Too Late lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Theme Song Thursday and Day 5:) “Pay It Forward” 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

18 Dec

“The best place to start is with a song in your heart. Then, sing out loud and proud, even if you’re a little off key”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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As promised or threatened, depending on your perspective, more about the Unbiological Sisters’ karaoke bus trip. Sherri and I met ten other fun ladies for a sing-a-long karaoke bus ride in Plano, where we drove through several over the top, amazingly decorated  for Christmas neighborhoods. We sat in this cool bus with flashing speckled lights and a karaoke screen in the back, while we passed around microphones and belted out great popular songs and then Chritmas songs on the second half.

  
Sherri and I were loving every minute.

   
    
 
We stopped several times to jump out and take some photos. Caravans of cars and horse drawn carriages also rode through the neighborhoods. I didn’t realize it was such a tradition.

  
Santa and I are holding hands. He promised me something special this year for Christmas. I’ve been a VERY good girl.

Day 5:) “Pay It Forward” and Random Acts of Kindness

I met my dear friend Linda Grossman for lunch this afternoon. We were going to Nom Nom, but the line was out the door, so we scooted a few doors down to JC Burgers. While we were waiting in line to order, the ladies behind her said, “Linda, is that you?” They squealed and hugged and said, “Merry Christmas! How are you?” 

Well, as is my custom, I said, “Do I get a hug, too?” And proceeded to hug two perfect strangers. I explained that I started doing that at church when I greet before Mass. One of the ladies asked, “Where do you go to church?” Turns out we both go to St. Gabriel’s. Small world! We sat down at different table, but when Peggy had to leave, we invited Michele to join us. It took forever to get our order, so we had plenty of time to chat.

Michele asked how I knew Linda, and I told her she was a friend, but also my realtor, and how she sold my old house, found me a perfect new house, and held my hand through a very painful divorce. Then, Linda proceeded to tell her what a fabulous artist I was, and raved about my hand-painted Christmas ornaments.

That’s when the light bulb went off. This could be my random act of kindness for a stranger. I went to my car where I just so happened to have an ornament that I could personalize for her, with a paint pen that I happen to carry in my purse. (Artists are always prepared.) Michele was delighted, and she gave me another big hug.

  
Don’t you just love a lady that wears her Santa hat to lunch!

Not only did I have a fun “pay it forward” adventure, but I made another new friend along the way. I love how that works!!!

Tuesday Tunes and Toni’s Karaoke Debut

3 Jun

“He who sings scares away his woes. ”

~Miguel de Cervantes Saaverda

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Sunday was Karaoke night at Spoons Cafe on the Square. My friend Sherri Mutphy had posted on Facebook that she was going and invited me to join her. Standing up in front of strangers and singinging karaoke had been on my bucket list for a long time. So off we went. 

I sing all the time and I know that I sing off key, loud and proud. That’s part of my charm.  Singing and dancing makes me happy. 

  
One thing off my bucket list.