Penny's Passion: Five on Friday - January 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday - January 29, 2016

Oh my goodness - Friday is here.  I face today with very mixed emotions.  First, I'm always happy to see a Friday roll around!  Love the weekends.  But this Friday is the last day of work for my friend Janet, who has sat next to me for the last 18 years.  It's hard to believe that when I arrive on Monday, she won't be at her desk and we won't be filling each other in on what we did this weekend.  Not only have I sat next to Janet, we also have lunch together every day.  Yes, Monday will be a bit different.  Luckily for me the lady who is replacing her is absolutely wonderful and it will be fun sharing office space with her.  

Now, on to the busy at hand -- this week's Five on Friday:

1.  Nine Track Mind
Charlie Puth's debut album is released today and I can't wait to listen to the whole thing.  I saw him on Ellen a while back and he just seems like the nicest guy and I love his voice!  If you're not sure who he is, he's the one with the hit single "Marvin Gaye".  I swear every time I hear that song I'm humming it all day long.

2.  It's Your World:  Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
Speaking of Ellen, I was catching up on some old Ellen's I had taped and saw Chelsea Clinton talking about the book she wrote for grade 5-8 readers.  This book is a basic primer on social issues like education, poverty, women's rights, public health and the environment.  She stresses the important of being proactive and involved when it comes to current events.  Could be just the book to get your child interested in our world!  From the looks of it on Amazon, it's getting great reviews.

3.  Passport News

Guess what happened 10 years ago - 2006 and 2007 was when it became necessary to have a passport to travel to varies parts of the world where before you didn't need one.  It was 2007 when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect which required a passport to travel from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.   Sooooo, if you got your passport during that time for a trip you might want to check it now before vacation season is upon us and you have an expired passport in your hands.  The State Department is expecting to be overwhelmed with renewals and the turnaround times to be slower than normal.  Word to the wise:  Plan ahead.

4.  Peaky Blinders
Loving this show right now.  As a matter of fact, I'm hoping to make a pretty big dent in the series this weekend.  Anyone else watching it?  This Netflix series is set in 1919 Birmingham, England and is about a fictional gangster family.  Tommy Shelby is something to see!  Really, he's something to see.

5.  My kind of exercise...

Alright then ~ let's start the weekend!  I received a very happy mail package yesterday from my dear friend Jackie.  Check it out:

Yes, I'll be indulging in some Pearl vodka this weekend!  I'm headed to a happy hour tonight for my retiring friend Janet and I have book club on Sunday.  Other than that, I'm planning on soaking up some warmer temperatures here in St. Louis.  Pop back in on Monday to read all about it.  Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Huh, I didn't actually know that about when Passports started being required for those countries! I've had a passport consistently since 2004, I'm on my 3rd one, I don't even remember life pre-passport, haha!

  2. Happy Friday Penny! :)
    With your friend retiring, this leads me to ask if you're retiring anytime soon?

    Have a lovely weekend my friend and enjoy that vodka your friend sent you. Looks goooood! ;) xo

    1. I still have about 16 years before I can retire -- unless I win the lottery. Then I'm retiring sooner! :)

  3. I got my first passport in 2006, right before the mandatory rules so it just expired this month. It only took 3 weeks to get my a new one. Not bad!

  4. I haven't heard of that show - I will have to check if it is available on German Netflix - I love Tommy Shelby, such a great actor!
    Happy Friday and enjoy that vodka! xxx

  5. wow, what great links! Thanks much for sharing. I love learning about new music, TV shows and just stuff in general. Have a fab weekend!

  6. Monday won't feel the same I'm sure. I can't imagine not working with the teachers after so many years. It is bittersweet. So many goodies here and enjoy that vodka. What will be your first flavor to try?

  7. Those are a great five! I love Charlie Puth and I'll go listen to that song now. I love the meme- i saw it yesterday online and almost fell off my chair. Happy Friday! Cheers to vodka!

  8. best wishes to your friend/co-worker. 18 years, thats a long time. i hope you guys have a great time :)

  9. I think my mom was telling me about that show! I'll have to look for it--always looking for a new season to binge on (especially in the winter months). How sweet of your friend to mail you some vodkas--they look delicious!

    Awwww, I understand that will be quite an adjustment with your coworker leaving the office. I'm glad you have a nice new coworker to took take her spot.

    Have a great weekend! PS--thanks for recommending the music. I have heard this Marvin Gaye song but didn't know who sang it. Love the video!

  10. Wish my friends would send me some vodka! Never heard of Peaky Blinders. Will have to check it out. You exercise the same way I do!

  11. I saw that information about passports earlier this week and was grateful for the reminder. We don't renew until 2017 but I don't think many people realize many countries won't let you enter if the passport expires in 6 months. Hope it's a great warm weekend (we could reach 70 by Tuesday, like seriously winter).