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We celebrated Read a Book Day this week, which is a holiday I pretty much celebrate every day.   I just finished up Sarah-Jane Stratford’s “Radio Girls” – a fictional yet historic look at women in the BBC at its inception.   I have to admit, I am kinda in love with Hilda Matheson after reading the book.

As I was headed out on vacation, I stopped to browse a bookstore to find some choice reading to take along, and ran across the cover.   This was one of those “book soulmate” moments, when you know that you are going to love this one.   How could this Radio Girl pass up a book called “Radio Girls”?

I can’t recommend it enough, whether you are a radio or history buff it is captivating, funny, and gives you an amazing glimpse of at least a couple of the women giants whose shoulders I stand on daily.

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And you have to admit, it will make great office decor for me as well.

It seems like as an adult, I can never “find” enough time for reading.   Sooooo…I have pledged a half hour a day to myself as of this week to read and have some “down time”.  We will see how well that works out.  When I was younger I was a certified book nerd, and like the screenagers of today, my nose was always planted inside the pages of my latest find.   I am not sure why as we get older that time spent doing those things we love become somehow less.

Wishing you the time today to do one thing you love.

-April

 

#CantBeatRicki 9/8/2016

Each weekday, except Friday’s, we will give you two answers for the next game on the “Can’t Beat Ricki Cheat Sheet.” We play again Tuesday morning at 7:45! Here are the questions and answers for today! Let us know how you did! Ricki was able to come back and get a perfect score against Jodi from Bone Terre.

CAN’T BEAT RICKI (91-9)

CURRENT NFL ANALYST, TROY AIKMAN, ISNT A FAN OF A NETWORK HIRING SKIP BAYLESS. WHAT TEAM WAS HE A LEGENDARY QUARTERBACK FOR?

DALLAS COWBOYS

GWEN STEFANIS EX, GAVIN ROSSDALE IS DATING ELIN NORDEGREN. WHO IS HER FAMOUS EX?

TIGER WOODS

FAITH HILL POSTED A VIDEO OF HER DAUGHTER SINGING TAYLOR SWIFT SONGS. WHO IN THEIR FAMILY DID A SONG WITH TAYLOR?

TIM MCGRAW

KATY PERRY HAS REVEALED THAT SHE HATES DRIVING TO ORLANDO BLOOMS BEACH PAD SAYING ITS TOO FAR. WHAT POPSTAR DOES SHE HAVE A FEUD WITH?

TAYLOR SWIFT

AUTHOR ELIZABETH GILBERT IS GETTING A DIVORCE FROM HER HUSBAND FOR HER FEMALE BEST FRIEND. WHAT BOOK IS SHE KNOWN FOR WRITING?

EAT, PRAY, LOVE

Inside Ricki – A Diary-ish Thing-Baby Watch

Baby watch 2016 – The text messages are coming in steady. All sisters are ready for the arrival of the latest offspring. It feels like we should have a “war room” with ticker feeds and alarms…

So – Mom is ready for Anna to have her baby – by having her nails and hair done?? We should call her…and figure out why she feels this is how you prepare for your grandson’s arrival??? Anyone do anything abnormal preparing for baby? Strange things in “baby go bag”?

Fighting for summer – Man everyone is getting me super down about summer being over and long gone. Yesterday it was hot – but I watched more and more leaves fall…I hate winter… so depressing. It made me think about the word “transition” A LOT. Leo hit on it, it was topic of convo yesterday and it is all over the “what to wear now” articles – “transitional clothes”. This is on her mind. I consciously had to tell myself NOT to put on my white loafers one morning “hello, it’s after labor day”. In the bathroom – where all the best convos happen – the girls were even talking about “transitioning” thru hot flashes and whether or not we should be wearing “summer” or “fall” or “transition” outfits. Maybe this “transition” means more to me because I do feel like there is change happening. I think in my relationship especially. I do think that maybe he and I should see a counselor for that objective view and advice – mostly because of our talk last night about compromise and how relationships are “work” – but I don’t think he responds well to me planning, or for lack of a better term “diagnosing” our issues . i.e. Me” “Ok this weekend let’s sit down and make a list of commitments that we will make to each other and then we will have it to reference to keep top of mind – blah blah.” Blank stare and “WHAA”

I frigging napped yesterday!! Huge accomplishment for me. I was soo drained after work that after letting the dogs out – I crawled under the covers and passed the f out. I loved how I felt when I woke up but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to amp myself up too much but I also felt like a piece of crap because I accomplished nothing. Insert guilt here.

LUV – R

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Inside Ricki – A Diary-ish Thing – Don’t Drink the Water

A friend and I are going in on a baby present for a male friend who is having a baby this fall. I already ordered the item we decided on. BUT – it totally isn’t what I thought it was and I realized it AFTER I bought it. I thought it was a cute little giraffe shaped lamp for the nursery. I thought I was a table top lamp – but turns out – it is a nite light that plugs into the wall – that is only 6 inches tall….not what I thought it would be – especially for 45 bucks. I guess I’ll wait for it to get here and then send it back?! Have you ever realized something like this when it was too late??

Water – So we aren’t supposed to drink the water – can we drink the coffee? The info says to bring water for drinking to a rolling boil for 3 mins…Brando and I surmised that coffee should be ok since it is heated?!? But – what if that doesn’t make it safe? What would happen to you?

My ex – So we kinda talked last night. I was soo afraid to bring it up so I waited till he got done mowing, cooled off and ate something. He is an avoider – something I think his mother taught him – when he would get on her nerves back in the day, she would send him outside, relinquishing him of any duties and responsibilities. So now – when things get uncomfortable he wants to head for the hills. I brought “us” up and he joked around a lot. “Of course” he wants me here and “no” he doesn’t want me to leave and he wants us to be together – but he doesn’t want me to get mad at him. I asked why I get mad at him. He said “because im a dumba$$”. Ok…I poked around that until I knew he had enough. Then I told him that I had talked with a psychic and he seemed genuinely interested – until I told him that I was told to “love him from afar”. I saw a flash of annoyance then he started joking around again – saying he will love me from “Jafar”

LUV – R

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#CantBeatRicki – 9/7/2016

Each weekday, except Friday’s, we will give you two answers for the next game on the “Can’t Beat Ricki Cheat Sheet.” We play again Tuesday morning at 7:45! Here are the questions and answers for today! Let us know how you did! Barb put up a fight but Ricki tied and ties go to Ricki for her 90th win!

CAN’T BEAT RICKI (90-9)

TAYLOR SWIFT AND TOM HIDDLESTON HAVE BROKEN UP AFTER THREE MONTHS. WHO DID SHE DATE FROM ONE DIRECTION?

HARRY STYLES

LADY GAGA FANS ARE PRETENDING TO BE SOCCER MOMS ON TWITTER. WHAT ARE HER FANS CALLED?

MONSTERS

ROSIE ODONNELL’S DAUGHTER IS BEING HOSPITALIZED AFTER AN OVERDOSE. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF HER ORIGINAL SOLO TALK SHOW?

THE ROSIE ODONNELL SHOW

HALLE BERRY’S DIVORCE IS OFF FOR NOW FROM OLIVIER. WHO PLAYED BOND WHEN SHE WAS A BOND GIRL?

PIERCE BROSNAN

AMY SCHUMER IS VOWING TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY IF TRUMP IS ELECTED PRESIDENT. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF HER BIG MOVIE?

TRAINWRECK

#CantBeatRicki – 9/6/2016

Each weekday, except Friday’s, we will give you two answers for the next game on the “Can’t Beat Ricki Cheat Sheet.” We play again Tuesday morning at 7:45! Here are the questions and answers for today! Let us know how you did! Ricki’s pursuit of win number 90 was halted as Jaime got 4 correct to Ricki’s 3.

CAN’T BEAT RICKI (89-10)

NICK AND VANESSA LACHEY ARE EXPECTING BABY #3. WHAT BAND DID NICK FRONT?

98 DEGREES

CALVIN HARRIS HAS A NEW GIRLFRIEND. WHO WAS HIS EX?

TAYLOR SWIFT

CHEVY CHASE IS IN REHAB. WHAT MOVIE WAS HE IN BASED ON GOLF?

CADDYSHACK

BRITNEY SPEARS WILL NEVER BE ON THE VMAS AGAIN. WHAT WAS THE TITLE OF HER DEBUT ALBUM?

BABY ONE MORE TIME

BEYONCE IS ON VOCAL REST. HOW MANY WOMEN MADE UP DESTINYS CHILD AT THE START OF THEIR CAREER?

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Inside Ricki – A Diary-ish Thing – DeSmet Home Opener

WATCH: Ricki says Hi @ the DeSmet Home Opener

Friday after the show, I ran over to DeSmet Highschool to meet with Anne the Communication Lady, grab swag and get a lay of the land for that evening’s game.

It is an ALL boys school – and I love it. The vibe there is totally different then any school I’ve ever been in. The focus is on learning and it honestly feels different. All of the guys I met were super gentlemen with manners and respect. If I ever reproduce a male – he is going to school there.

Anne took me around and introduced me to a couple different people – we even walked out on the field to say Hi to coach Steeples .

We shopped in their school store and I didn’t realize I had a “baby sized” head. The ball caps they had were fitted and the small was even too big for me.

Anne took me down to the field and introduced me to the Something and Spirit guys – Collin was their leader. He is super funny (as are a lot of the guys) and he is smart too. Anne and I chatted and she mentioned that these guys sometimes come up with smart cheers.

I learned this the hard way when I started chanting with them. 2 boys rushed over to me and said “no, no don’t do that one”. I guess it was the last name of a shamed teacher who had been fired…Another one was “break the fence” – I guess sometime recently Desmet played Parkway north at parkway and the crowd was soo rowdy they literally broke the fence that separated the bleachers from the track and field….

They let me lead a couple chants – I botched this one with a drum…I have never beat on a BIG drum like that before and I got a little carried away…

They let me up in the box during halftime to say Hi, lead a cheer and throw swag…BUT their mic isn’t strong enough for me to be down on the field (their sound system SUCKED bad – the music kept skipping and you couldn’t hear me at all. Partly because I had no voice due to my cold

ALSO – Desmets theme was Dad Night and it was hysterical. They dressed up like their dads!!!! One was a chef, all of them were funny.

I was starving after the game so I ran thru Burger King. I got a Whopperito. Whoa – what an experience. I was soo excited I even texted Bryce the phone screener because he is the neighborhood foodie.

SATURDAY

I ran to meet my friend at 44 & 270 early to get her dog. She was headed out of town last minute and asked if I would watch her dog.

It seemed that everyone had plans this weekend BUT me.

So I had 3 dogs!!!

It was more work than I initially figured but it was fun.

I wanted to take all of them on an adventure but got nervous and decided to take them to a controlled environment first.

My ex was out of town this weekend too – fishing and drinking with guys. I asked if it was an ALL boys thing – and Yes – no one is bringing their women. That is BS!

But whatever I had dogs to play with.

I was instructed to run up and “get a truckload” of mulch from the landscape place. So I did – I thought I looked the part – ball cap, big truck, a dog in the passenger seat. I pulled up, walked in and felt a weird vibe. “are you open?” 2 sweaty guys looked at each other and said “yea, sure, for you”.

“Ok, I need mulch if that’s ok”     They looked at each other.

One asked “what kind” – Me……”uhhh – regular kind?” They looked at each other. “Uh, it’s kinda red and smells good..” They looked at each other.

“comere and show me” and they walk me over to the sample wall. I point at the one that I want and he goes “how much”.

I know I had already said it – but I said it again. “A truck load” They looked at each other. “Enough to fill the truck bed” They looked at each other. One kinda groaned walked over to the window. “I can prolly get 4 scoops in there”

I paid, got loaded and left. Geez – sorry I wanted to visit your business.

I did laundry, spread mulch (BTW my body is soooo sore), arranged the spare bedroom for guests, made “dog safe Pinterest” weed killer and thought about what Leo said.

I had a lot of pent up aggression so I liked the physicality of the mulch project. I ended up going to Rural King on Sunday for 30 more bags.

Sunday night my friend came back in town and we drank a bottle of wine on the deck. I love her. I listened to the story of the new guy she is seeing. Single dad, divorced because of a cheating wife, and he lives out of state. His kid doesn’t want to meet her yet so they are really trying to navigate the relationship carefully.

Of course since I am a light weight  – I was hammered off 2 classes of pinot nior.

Monday

Woke up hungover with a red wine headache – I wish my body would let me sleep for more than 5 hours.

I was sooo sore I took 2 salt baths and ate a cheeseburger.

LUV – R

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#CantBeatRicki – 9/2/16

Each weekday, except Friday’s, we will give you two answers for the next game on the “Can’t Beat Ricki Cheat Sheet.” We play again Tuesday morning at 7:45! Here are the questions and answers for today! Let us know how you did! From Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to Ellen Degeneres, the questions were all over but Ricki got a perfect score and got her 89th win.

CAN’T BEAT RICKI (89-9)

BLAKE SHELTON REPORTEDLY BUILT A COMPLEX JUST FOR GWEN AND HER BOYS ON HIS PROPERTY. WHAT BAND IS GWEN KNOWN FOR?

NO DOUBT

THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IS BACK. WHAT COMPANY MADE IT POPULAR?

STARBUCKS

ACTRESS KERRY WASHINGTON WILL PRODUCE A NEW POLICE DRAMA ON ABC. WHAT OTHER ABC SHOW DID SHE STAR IN?

SCANDAL

ELLEN DEGENERES AND OTHERS WILL PERFORM IN A MAGIC MIKE PARODY. WHO IS ELLEN MARRIED TO?

PORTIA DE ROSSI

KALEY CUOCO KINDA SHOWED IT ALL ON SNAPCHAT. WHAT SHOW IS SHE KNOWN FOR?

BIG BANG THEORY

Inside Ricki – A Diary-ish Thing-Fantasy Foozball

  • Fantasy Football – Met a couple Spencer Superfans last night. Kelly from Maryland heights – we drank vodka together –  and then caller “Lorde” from the other day. She showed up right after Spencer left and I thought she might have a little fit because of it. Luckily – I wooed her with my feminine wiles… J She about peed herself when I gave her a SN t-shirt and agreed to a selfie.
  • Maybe instead of going to a ranch and paying money…what if I donated my time and helped animals in need here in STL? http://longmeadowrescueranch.org/volunteer/
    • Volunteering for the formerly abused and neglected animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is a rewarding experience. Although the work is demanding, the animals’ appreciation is immeasurable.
      • o   Volunteers are needed to rehabilitate and socialize the ranch animals. Duties include:
      • o   Feeding and watering the animals
      • o   Cleaning stalls and corrals
      • o   Mowing grass and performing various maintenance work
      • o   Administering medications
      • o   Restraining animals for the veterinarian and farrier
      • This demanding position involves bending, lifting and direct contact with the ranch animals in all types of weatherWe recommend that you have received a Tetanus vaccination within the past 10 years.
      • There are no vending machines or fast food restaurants nearby, so please bring your own brown bag lunch and drinks. A refrigerator and microwave oven are available.
      • Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, located near Union, Missouri, is approximately a one-hour drive from St. Louis. Beautiful scenery and fresh air provided.

What could be wrong with my relationship –  It makes sense.

  • Brief description below and Full Article – Read about it here – You lost polarity and the attraction has totally fizzled out
    Two energies which are polar opposites create attraction and stick together effortlessly. Two energies that are the same repel one another.
    In this case, the energies are masculine and feminine. It’s not about gender — it’s about energy.
    Masculine energy is characterized by many attributes including things like strength, steadiness, logic and a desire to protect. Feminine energy is characterized by traits like flow, flexibility, emotion and a desire to nurture. When partners are living in their core energy, they attract naturally.
    But under pressure, they lose their way and take on opposite attributes. When polarity is gone, masculine partners are seen as weak, indecisive, emotional and ineffective. By the same token, feminine partners slip into behaviors that are seen as hardened, inflexible, emotionless and uncaring.
    In other words, both partners find one another equally repulsive. The solution is two people finding the strength and resolve to recapture what they once had, protect it and nurture it. Build it back to where it’s stronger than ever and to withstand whatever comes its way. 

LUV – R

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Inside Ricki – A Diary-ish Thing: Shower Much?

Big Day today with the show, Steve, Agility times 2  and the draft party at b-Dubs. I wish I was a dude on days like these. I will probably shower a total of 3 times today and do complete hair and makeup twice. Think of all the time that takes!!! It drives me nuts – speaking of driving… if we had self-driving cars, the 30 mins it takes to get ANYWHERE in STL could be used to get ready. Come on scientists!! Get a move on – I need MORE TIME.

Are YOU a ‘Binge Thinker’? Worrying is Wrecking Our Health Experts say people are worrying too much, especially women.

    • They say women can’t stop binge-thinking: running over events and details, and constantly re-playing things in their minds.
    •   Experts say binge-thinking can make us ill, leading to insomnia, fertility problems, adult acne, hair loss, depression, and anxiety.
    •  A Yale University psychologist Professor says 73 percent of adult women over the age of 25 are simply spending too much time going over things in their minds
    •   She said, ‘Talking through your problems with others can actually create a “feel good” factor. She also says people obsess too much about what happened in the past, and what is going to happen, or not, in the future. ‘Women do a lot of pre-emptive worrying, think about what could happen, but in all probability never will.”

A doctor said, women are more likely to spend time in ‘unproductive’ or irrational worrying that does not achieve anything. Men tend to worry about things they can do something about

I think I found a new ranch I want to try out. http://www.1plus1ranch.com/your-vacation/

Or this one – http://westernpleasureranch.com/adult-only-weeks/

  • Leave the kids at home and enjoy five nights of grown up fun! Allow the beauty of North Idaho to rejuvenate you as you trail ride through open meadows, quiet forests, and slow moving creeks. Cowboy up with team cattle sorting, cattle drives, arena games or, if you wish, private and semi-private lessons in the arena. Take a morning to enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or try your hand at skeet shooting. Evening activities may include archery, wagon rides, or old fashioned cowboy music around the campfire. This adult only vacation week includes lodging, meals, horseback riding, a relaxing spa treatment, dinner cruise on Lake Pend Oreille and evening entertainment. September 18th-23rd 2016 or September 25th-30th 2016 Cost is $1350 per person, plus tax.

LUV – R

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