Whew! I’m glad that’s over. Ever have one of those weeks? My last week was jam packed with inn guests, meetings and special events. I mean jam packed!! (more…)
Posted in authors, Baer House Inn, Birthdays, blogging, camera, costumes, diamond ring, directing, drinks, engagement ring, Family, Fiction, food, Free book, friends, grammar, humor, Jansen Schmidt, love, romance, short story, theater, theatre, Vicksburg, words, writers, writing, tagged antique medical tools, Army Corp of Engineers, book review, book signing, Civil War, Civil War Round Table, Climbing Jacob's Ladder, David Harris, Detectives Comedy Dinner Theater, Dixie Surgeon, ERDC, Free book, Kindle, Lee Brenner, medical tools, music video, pilgrimage, reading, Shannon Bagley, tour homes, Vicksburg Pilgrimage on February 27, 2017| 10 Comments »
Posted in authors, blogging, costumes, Family, Fiction, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, redneck, short story, vacation, words, writers, writing, tagged Alfred Hitchcock, beard, blood vessels, Buzz Aldrich, Cousin It, Eiffel Tower, Giethoorn, kangaroos, lunar walk, Muppets, nonsense, Psycho, random, reindeer, San Francisco, trivia, ventriloquist, WWII trivia on November 7, 2016| 7 Comments »
So, tomorrow’s the big day; America’s getting a new Commander in Chief. I don’t know about you, but I for one am terrified to see the results. Either way, I’m going to be holding by breath for the next four years.
But, enough about that. Let’s let that fracas happen tomorrow shall we? Today, let’s have some wacky fun. I’ve already told y’all how much I like trivia, so here are some more totally random oddball facts for you to do with what you see fit. Feel free to laugh, scratch your head, research, whatever.
Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.
Most Muppets are left-handed. (Because more Muppeteers are right-handed, so they operate the head with their favored hand.)
Female kangaroos have three vaginas.
During World War II, the crew of the British submarine HMS Trident kept a fully grown reindeer called Pollyanna aboard their vessel for six weeks. (It was a gift from the Russian government.)
The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface. (So he was holding it all that time and needed to relieve himself? Seriously? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure peeing isn’t what I’d have been doing if I stepped onto the moon’s surface. I mean no gravity. Think about that. Where’d it all go? On to his space suit? But hey, whatever.)
In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over it while running away from a fire. (I can’t make this stuff up.)
In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. (He was by the way, in case you’re wondering.)
The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges. (And don’t you just want to go there now after seeing these pictures?)
The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats up and expands. It can move as much as seven inches.
Lt. Col. “Mad” Jack Churchill was the only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. “Mad Jack” insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword. (God bless “Mad Jack.” I wonder if he also wore a kilt?)
There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. (But, seriously, don’t do that.)
So there you have it. A whole bunch of useless knowledge to clutter up your brains. I know, silly, but, I took your mind of the political circus for a few minutes anyway, huh?
What crazy thoughts do you want to share? Any random weirdness happening in your world? Who wants to go with me to Giethoorn? Have kayak will travel.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next week – here’s to random weirdness.
Word of the day: Lytta
Fun fact about me: I fed a reindeer lettuce when I was in Alaska.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, November 2016. Photos courtesy Google Images.
Posted in acting, authors, Baer House Inn, blogging, bucket list, costumes, drinks, Family, Fiction, food, friends, goals, humor, Jansen Schmidt, love, musical theater, resolutions, singing, theater, theatre, vacation, Vicksburg, writing, tagged cabaret show, Dancing, Detective Comedy Dinner Theater, dinner show, dinner theater, historic Vicksburg, murder, murder myster, murder mystery dinner theater, mystery, tourism, tourist, tourist season, whodunnit, zany fun on August 22, 2016| 18 Comments »
Well, it’s been a year now and we’re getting to know the bed and breakfast routine pretty well. We’re also becoming familiar with the highs and lows of tourist traffic patterns here in Vicksburg. Vicksburg is very much a tourist town, but I think it’s pretty accurate to say we definitely have a tourist “season,” and thank the good lord for that.
Posted in anthology, authors, Baer House Inn, camera, costumes, Family, Fiction, friends, goals, humor, Jansen Schmidt, resolutions, success, words, writing, tagged Baer-Williams House Inn, cannons, cave life, caves, Civil War, civil war re-enactments, General Grant, General Ulysses S. Grant, history, John C. Pemberton, living history, national cemetery, siege of Vicksburg, surrender, Ulysses S. Grant, Vicksburg, Vicksburg national cemetery, Vicksburg National Military Park, War Between the States, white flag on July 11, 2016| 8 Comments »
Posted in acting, April, authors, Autumn, Birthdays, blogging, costumes, Family, Fiction, friends, Halloween, Holidays, humor, Jansen Schmidt, World of Color, writers, writing, tagged crying, eating candy, Halloween, Halloween pranks, Jimmy Kimmel, kids, pranks, stealing candy, trick or treating, upset, upset kids, Youtube on October 26, 2015| 13 Comments »
Because it’s almost Halloween, I challenge all of you parents out there to play this trick on your kids.
Come on, you know you want to. Do it and send me the evidence.
Have you ever eaten your kids’ halloween candy? Do you still go trick or treating? What’s the funniest Halloween prank you’ve ever seen?
Thanks for visiting and have a great week.
Word of the Day: jeremiad
Fun fact about me: I’ve never lived anywhere where kids come trick or treating at my house.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, October 2015. Video courtesy YouTube.com.
Posted in authors, beauty products, blogging, costumes, dieting, Family, Fiction, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, Jenny Hansen, romance, underwear, writers, writing, tagged amen, Christian, church, cotton panel, Democrat panties, Democrats, funny video, panties, sanctified panties, Sister Myotis, thong panties, thongs, underwear video on January 26, 2015| 9 Comments »
Today I wanted to share a hilarious video that I’ve stolen from my dear friend Jenny Hansen’s blog. http://wp.me/1sxbT If you don’t follow Jenny, I recommend you at least check it out. She’s a hoot.
I laughed so hard, I almost peed my, not so christian underpants when I saw this video.
I hope you enjoy this little bit of silliness this Monday morning.
So readers, do you wear “good Christian panties with a godly cotton panel?” Come on, spill it. We’re not judgmental here at The Edge of Eternity.
Word of the Day: wherry
Fun Fact About Me: I do not wear thong underpants. (Women of a certain age and body type should refrain from wearing underwear with strings.)
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, January 2015. Video courtesy YouTube.
Posted in acting, authors, blogging, costumes, driving, Family, Fiction, friends, grammar, Jansen Schmidt, love, musical theater, short story, theater, theatre, Uncategorized, words, writers, writing, tagged acting, being normal, damsel in distress, melodrama, normal, random, Take it or leave it, weird on July 7, 2014| 20 Comments »
Random thoughts. They happen in no particular order and relate to nothing you’re currently doing or talking about. They are just that – random.
Quite often I set out with good intentions to do something productive, but sometimes it’s just hard to concentrate. Nothing in particular bothering me or stressing me, but I develop ADD on steroids which commands my every random thought.
Or sometimes, this:
And so that inspired me to write this week’s post and the early summer edition of Take It or Leave It.
Here’s how Take It or Leave It works: Post your guesses (would I take it, or leave it) in the comments section below. I will post my responses Thursday. The person with the most correct guesses is my winner, but you must post another comment in the comments section, acknowledging that you are a winner, in order to claim your prize. It’s that simple. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited after one week from posting the answers.
So, here you go. For the following list of things, would I Take It, or Leave It?
1. Eat someone’s leftovers from the community kitchen refrigerator at my office building.
2. Photobomb someone’s wedding pictures.
4. Wear something seductive to an audition.
5. Call in sick so I can stay home and read.
6. Play the damsel in distress to get some guy to do something for me I don’t want to do.
7. Kiss a guy at a cold reading audition if the script called for it.
8. Leave my garbage in the street if a bear or stray dog knocks the can over.
9. Try to charm a cop to get out of a speeding ticket.
10. Blame my mistake on someone else.
Have fun with it. I’m looking forward to your guesses. How about you – any random weirdness you want to share? What goofball thoughts trip through your day? I love hearing your stories, they make me feel less strange.
Word of the Day: Tamandua
Fun fact about me: My very first role on stage was the villainess in a classic old time melodrama. (Clementine Greedy was my name.)
Original post by Jansen Schmidt July 2014. Photo courtesy Google Images.
Posted in authors, blogging, blooms, costumes, dancing, drinks, food, friends, Holidays, humor, Irish, Irish dancing, Jansen Schmidt, singing, Uncategorized, words, writers, writing, tagged beer, corn beef and cabbage, drowning the shamrock, four-leaf clover, green, green beer, Ireland, Irish, kissing, luck, lucky, parade, shamrock, St. Patrick, St. Patrick's Day, St. Patrick's day parade on March 17, 2014| 29 Comments »
So today’s all about the green. My way of getting into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day? I’m hosting the lucky Irish Take It Or Leave It game.
Before we embark on the this journey of totally random guessing, let’s explore a few facts about St. Patrick and his very party-friendly day.
1. The color green is commonly associated with Ireland, the Emerald Isle, but did you know that the actual color of St. Patrick is blue. In several artworks depicting the saint, he is shown wearing blue vestments. Green in Irish legends, was worn by faeries and immortals and by people who wanted to encourage their crops to grow. I didn’t even know saints had colors.
2. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales. Go figure.
3. The shamrock is a popular Irish symbol, but it is not the symbol of Ireland. The national symbol of Ireland is the harp. And I would have guessed the bag pipe. Duh.
4. Speaking of shamrocks, one estimate suggests that there are 10,000 3-leaf clovers for every 1 four-leaf. So your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are, about 1 in 10,000. Rather like the lottery.
5. The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1787. Hey, I don’t make this stuff up.
6. The activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s was reclassified as a national holiday – allowing the taps to flow freely once again. Praise the Lord!
7. Speaking of drinking, the phrase “drowning the shamrock,” is from the custom of floating a shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, you will have a prosperous year.
So, now that you know all that, let’s see how well you think you know me. Here’s a reminder of the rules: Post your guesses (would I take it, or leave it) in the comments section below. I will post the choices on Monday and my responses on Thursday. The person with the most correct guesses is my winner, but you must re-post in the comments section in order to claim your prize. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited after one week from posting the answers.
Good luck and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
1. Kiss the blarney stone.
2. Kiss a drunken Irishman.
3. Sing Danny Boy acapella in a bar full of drunken Irishmen.
4. Eat corn beef and cabbage.
5. Drink green beer.
6. Drown the shamrock.
7. Perform an Irish jig in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
8. Spend a hour looking for 4-leafers in a field of clover.
9. Wear blue instead of green in honor of St. Patrick.
10. Dye my hair green.
Do you do anything special for St. Patrick’s day? Are you Irish, or even a little bit Irish, or wish you were Irish?
Word of the day: Davit
Fun fact about me: I was once part of a bowling team.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, March 2014. Photos courtesy Google Images.
Posted in Autumn, beer, blogging, costumes, dancing, Disney, Halloween, humor, Jansen Schmidt, Paranormal, pumpkins, redneck, romance, singing, watching tv, writers, writing, tagged bobbing for apples, cemetary at night, halloween party, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, saloon girl, trick or treating on October 14, 2013| 15 Comments »
It’s time once again for another round of What Haven’t I, the guessing game about who I am and what I have or haven’t done. I’ve devoted this edition to that ghoulish time of year, Halloween.
Here’s a reminder, the rules: Post your answers (guesses) in the comments section below, keeping in mind that three of the answers are things that I have actually done, one is something I have not done. That’s it. Post your answers and then check back on the 17th to see how well you did (guessed). The first person to post another comment on the 17th, regardless of how many they got right, AND the best guesser (person with the most correct answers) will both be awarded prizes.
You can’t win if you don’t play so put on those guessing caps and get to work.
1. What costume haven’t I donned for Halloween: a) Sexy scorceress; b) saloon girl; c) Snow White, or d) redneck tourist.
2. What haven’t I served at a Halloween party: a) pizza; b) beer; c) chips or d) Cracker Jack.
3. What activity haven’t I engaged in on Halloween night: a) trick or treating; b) handing out candy; c) playing hide and seek in a cemetary, or d) driving trick or treaters from neighborhood to neighborhood.
5. What haven’t I watched on Halloween night: a) It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown; b) A Disney Halloween; c) Castle (Halloween edition) or; d) Halloween.
That’s it. Good luck and I’ll look forward to ya’ll stopping back on the 17th.
Word of the Day: Labeaction
Fun Fact about me: I can’t “quirk a brow,” like every single person in every single romance novel can. Am I a freak?
Posted in acting, authors, awards, blogging, costumes, dancing, directing, humor, Irish dancing, musical theater, singing, theater, theatre, writers, writing, tagged acting, choreography, costumes, Dancing, directing, kissing, light design, singing, theater on January 15, 2013| 29 Comments »
It’s a new year and that means new ideas! So this year here at Blogging From the Edge of Eternity I’m starting a new game. It’s time for the first installment of “What Haven’t I.”
For the first installment I’ll focus on theater related questions. Some months there might be a theme, some months it might just be random silliness. Either way, 3 of the 4 things listed I will have honestly done. 1 of the things, I have not. If you follow my blog, you should be able to answer some of these questions.
There are no rules really, just read the questions, the multiple choice answers and guess which thing among the four listed you think – I have not. There’s only a few questions so it won’t take much of your time. Record your answers in the comments section below, because on January 30th, I’ll be awarding the first person with the most correct answers with a lovely prize. You can’t win if you don’t play.
I hope you have some fun and learn a little more about me in the process. Remember, you must put your answers in the comments section below in order to qualify for the prize. Oh, and you must check back to see if you’ve won because I will not contact the winner unless they acknowledge on my blog that they’ve won. Sort of like, you must be present to win.
Oh, one more rule – Husband, you cannot play this first round. (You won’t like the prize anyway.) As always general comments are welcome if you choose not to play along.
#1 – What show haven’t I been in?
a) Anything Goes; b) Annie Get Your Gun; c) Once Upon a Mattress; or d) Camelot
#2 – What form of dance haven’t I studied?
a) Polynesian; b) Clogging; c) Belly Dance; or d) Irish
3# – What song haven’t I sang on stage?
a) Downtown; b) Oh Holy Night; c) Moonshine Lullaby; or d) Play The Game
a) A boy; b) A hobo; c) A harlot; or d) A Queen
#5 – What costume haven’t I worn on stage?
a) Suit of armor; b) Cat suit; c) Nun’s habit; or d) Neglige
#6 – Which thing have I not done on stage during a performance?
a) Smoked a cigarette; b) Kissed a girl; c) Disrobed; or d) Fired a gun
#7 – Which role haven’t I performed:
a) Director; b) Choreographer; c) Lighting Designer; or d) Costume mistress
So there you go. Good luck! I look forward to your guesses.
Word of the Day: Ogee
Fun fact about me: I used to make my own clothes (this might be a hint)