Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Dancing for Warmth Edition

Happy New Year everyone. It’s time for another Use Me and Abuse Me Day! It’s that fun virtual party where you get to “abuse” my blog by posting a link to yours in my comment section.

I hope the New Year has been kind to you so far and you are already checking off all those resolutions you made when not thinking clearly a few nights ago.

plunging 3a

2013 started with dancing and a splash! My wild adventures included an outdoor dance party in Downtown Denver and a polar plunge on New Year’s Day. I was still shivering when skiing in subzero temps yesterday. Today I am planning to chillax and catch up in the comfort of my writing cave. I’ll hit the slopes after 2:00 when it has warmed up to 20 degrees and the parking is free.

My friend The Good Greatsby wrote a post about how Gangnam Style is bringing peace throughout the world. I had to make this video after reading it. Get on your feet and dance with me!

The Wild Ride –  Gangnam Style

My son Kelly DJ’d in Downtown Denver on New Year’s Eve. We were outside in frigid temperatures for hours. We danced right into the New Year and kept toasty warm!

Dancing into the New Year

So let’s get THIS party started. It is time to mingle! Grab a link from your favorite 2012 post and paste it in my comment section. Don’t be afraid to “talk it up.” Then cruise the comments for some fun bloggers and chat them up. Go to their blogs and check them out. Pick a few up and subscribe to their blogs. Maybe they will do the same.

Be sure to tell them Susie sent you!

Please consider subscribing to my blog. I hope you will check in often for more wild adventures. 2013 has been a blast so far!

Grab a hot chocolate and don’t forget to dance!

Related links:

Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Dancing for Snow Edition

A Wild Year in Pictures

186 thoughts on “Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Dancing for Warmth Edition

    • Hahaha! It is what a girl has to do to keep warm when outside of 4 hours. Thanks!
      What a beautiful post Tori! Thanks for bringing it to the party!
      I hope you have fun clicking on some links. Tell them Susie sent you!
      Happy New Year to you!


  1. Loved the video, Susie. You are rockin’ that Gangnam Style. I still haven’t quite figured that whole craze out … but maybe that’s the point … it sure is causing a lot of people to have fun. Come to France (did I hear you say “maybe …”?) and we will do Gangnam there! No fur hat required!
    No surprise about which post I’m sharing today:
    Now I’m off to mingle. Your parties are the wildest! Thanks!


    • I am glad you enjoyed my silliness Patricia. :) We could rock the South of France!
      Thanks for bringing a link. I love this photo journey and wish I was there!
      Have fun “mingling” and clicking on some links! Tell them Susie sent you!


  2. Poor Smash! I would have been hiding under my hood too. The videographer did a fine job capturing the vibe of the crowd in that one video, especially when everyone was taking pictures of the dancer with their cells… Reminded me of being at the zoo. Nice Gangman Style, Susie… I do enjoy your dancing so. 11degrees… Wow!

    Here’s one from Friday Fictioneers… A group sorely missing one of its original writers… We wait for her return…


    • That one is so funny Ted! Hahaha! Thanks for “flashing” us at the party!
      Kelly loved that we were there once he got over the shock that his mom would be dancing for the next 3 and half hours!
      Thanks Ted!


  3. Hi Susie,

    What a cute idea, although I jumped the gun by finding my way to Julia’s blog from the comments on your last post. :)

    When I first saw Gangnam Style, I showed it to my then 11-year old daughter. “Isn’t that silly?” I asked. “No, I love it!” was her response. She and her friends have been riding the horse ever since. Ugh.

    I don’t think that your son was ignoring you. He was probably just ‘reppin his DJ profile. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    Here’s a post from 2012. It was a fun one to write and it received a pretty good response: You’ve Got That Look


    • Thanks Ray! I think you are right. He was working the whole time too. :) I love Gangham Style! Your daughter sounds like a Wild Rider! Hahaha!
      Love your post. It made me think about how positive I am. Thanks for bringing it to the party!
      Have fun clicking on the links!


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  5. Good grief, she’s at it again !!! (and again, and again!!!). Susie, with all this cold activity stuff – outdoor dancing at midnight (great dance moves) – polar bear swimming…, are you sure you’re not Norwegian? They do that kind of stuff.
    Enjoying the party !! Thanks for the invite.


    • Thanks Paul! Nope. I am a crazy Irish woman with a bit of French for that Je ne sais quoi. Couldn’t resist that joke… Hahaha!
      I know! I was so cold yesterday, I stayed inside for the first time in 3 days of chillin’! Today I’ll get back out and hit the slopes.
      Thanks for coming by with a link to your blog! I hope you have fun checking out the others. There are a lot of new faces at the party!


    • I just read your post and I did read Cosmo and knew of Ms. Brown. I thought she was awesome and what she spoke about. The times were a changing when I graduated and got married, women were keeping their last name, I decided to change mine, it was all so new. I felt pretty liberated by my early twenties. But sex and sports, I remember, and jobs, changed rapidly after about 1977. Everybody wanted to be Annie Hall and date around. Thanks for the post.


      • I know it was a struggle, but it’s kind of cool that you were there to experience such a pivotal period for women. And the crazy part is, that it wasn’t that long ago! I wish I would have been friend with Helen. Thanks for the response.


  6. Susie, you are my kind of people! Clearly, you were having more fun than anyone else there and I loved that you got people to join you. :) Those videos had me cracking up and dancing in my seat. Thanks for sharing and allowing us to “abuse” your blog.

    In honor of your dancing videos, I’ll share one of my favorite posts about flying one’s freak flag (spoiler: I also randomly burst into dance).


  7. Here I am. Did I miss the start of the party? Yes, I did. Did I miss any good music? Yes,I did (well, apart from the two videos – well done, jumpy, jumpy, doo dah) Did I miss any good booze? Yes, I did, but then I usually do. Did I miss any good anything else? Almost certainly. Always a late-starter, me.

    Happy new year, Susie and everyone else and here’s my currently-enjoyed-by-my-readers, post:


    • Hey Val! Thanks so much for coming by! You’re not too late. Love your post. It covers so much and includes so many wonderful bloggers!
      Have fun clicking away and chatting up the guests!


  8. Glad to have found this awesome blog party! Although I’ve blogged before, I’m new to WordPress. I just created mine yesterday devoted to spirituality and creating a more spiritual life for myself. Here is a meditation experience from this morning:

    I hope everyone a Happy New Year with lots of awesome happenings. Mine is definitely starting off on a positive note personally :)


    • Fantastical! Thanks for dropping off your link! You came to the right place. You have probably already met several guests by now!
      Have fun clicking on the links and don’t forget to tell them “Susie sent you!”


    • That is one SWEET post! Thanks for coming by and bringing your link. Thanks also for the humongous Shout Out! It is most appreciated!
      I hope you have fun clicking on links and saying hello. There are a lot of new and fun bloggers here today. The party should rage right through the weekend!


  9. Thank you Susie for having another party. These are always the best and have the most delicious food I have every tased. Having received two new grandchildren this holiday season, I have decided to share one post for each child on my experiences with children. The first is “It’s too late! They already got in.” ( about child proofing our homes. The other is titled “Why Some Animals Eat Their Young” ( which discusses why children are fattening. I hope that you enjoy these and remember that children are a blessing with thorns.


  10. Thanks for hosting a dance party. It sounds like your ’13 is off to a roarin’ start! I just got home and the house is all chilled after being empty for a week and I can’t keep warm. Dancing outside would certainly get me moving and warm me up. I was thinking of Bond, James Bond on the drive home yesterday and wanted to know if Bond was still appropriate?
    Have a great day!


    • I LOVE Bond! James Bond! Thanks for bringing him to the party. (He is hot!)
      I have been keeping warm. Ever since I Polar Plunged, I have been a bit on the chilly side….
      Have fun clicking on links and they will click back!


    • Love your photo journey! It is a great link to share. :)
      This is the best party in a while! I think there are a lot of new bloggers and they are looking for blogs to follow. Have fun mingling with the guests! This party is ROCKIN”!


    • Fantastical Jenny and thanks so much for the Facebook shout! You are the bestest!
      Love that post and it is a great one to share since many here today are newer to blogging!
      Just click on a few links and tell them “Susie sent you.” Most will click back!
      Have fun and I’ll see you at the #myWANA Twitter party!


  11. First off let me tell you how awesome those dancing videos. Not only did your son kill it … you killed it. Yeah you took me back … way back with Jump Around. And you’re right that would probably keep you warm in 11 degree weather.

    Gonna start jumping around your blog and mingle with all these potential Wild Riders. :)

    As for those of you who want a good laugh … since it’s the New Year here’s one about old acquaintances that we forgot, but didn’t forget because we ran into them … I’m sure you guys can relate. Enjoy!


    • Wow! Thanks Colin, but I got nothin’ on that guy in your video! Hahaha!
      Thanks so much for bringing a link to the party. There are a lot of new partiers to check out!
      Have fun and don’t forget to dance!


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    • I am so glad!
      Oh man. I am so flipping the bird to the Gremlins in my life in 2013! Hilarious post!
      Thanks so much for bringing a link to the party. Have fun clicking on links and saying hello! It has become a clickfest rager! I bet you will pick up a few new subscribers too!


    • I bet the ice is 6 feet thick up there right now! Brrrrrrrrr!
      Love your nomadic post! I am a nomad with roots! What????
      Thanks for bringing your link to the party. I hope you enjoy meeting the guests by clicking on links, I mean clicking on links from the comment section!
      Have fun and Happy New Year to you too!


    • Thanks Denise for watching my Wild dancing! Hahaha! It was so much fun. :)
      Thanks so much for bringing a link to the party! I love your bucket list and how you have already accomplished so many of your goals. You go girl in 2013! Have fun clicking away and don’t forget to dance!


  14. I absolutely love the videos of you dancing away in front of your son while he ignores you!! Warms the cockles of my heart, Susie – reminds me of my son! Great party, as always. (Did anyone bring mini marshmallows for the hot chocolate?!) :-D

    My link & wish for kindness:


    • I love that story Mary! It has such a great message too. :)
      Kelly was focused, but I know he loved it ….deep down….. Hahaha!
      Thanks for coming to the party! There are a lot of new faces so introduce yourself and have fun clicking away!
      Thanks for bringing the mini marshmallows. I just ran out!


  15. I was going to do the polar bear plunge, too, but decided against it. Don’t want this body all over the internet! Instead, I took a cold shower on NYE! Maybe I’ll just wander around a bit, make idle chatter, over-indulge. Thanks for being such a gracious host every couple of months. Why not stop by my place for a nightcap on your way home to the party. here’s my address,


  16. I am so late to this party. Susie, you certainly had your groove on New Years Eve. And well, what a way to keep warm. Your son was hilarious. Not one facial jesture, not one acknowledgement. Like, maybe if I totally ignore her, she won’t exist. LOL! I miss those days of tormenting our kids. Our kids are going to be scarred for Life anyway, why not from their own parents than from someone else? I view this as a sign of a good parent! Keep up the good work Susie! :)

    Oh, I almost forgot. I’m supposed to promote someone. Well it might as well be myself this time since my blog has been a bit stagnant lately and is in need of a resurrection. Come stop by and see me peeps! Thanks Susie!


    • Thanks Karen!
      He was doing his DJ thang. It was a blast!
      This is a promote yourself party so I am glad that you did. Welcome back to the blogoshere Karen!
      Have fun clicking away and introducing yourself. :)


    • Hey thanks! Hahaha! I love to dance as much as I like to keep warm~ :)
      Thanks for bringing a link to the party! Have fun clicking on links and saying hello to the guests! They will love that chicken crock pot recipe…Yum!


  17. You are shameless Susie! But I must admit those videos of you cutting the rug in the frigid cold made me laugh, and more so with Kelly in the background wearing the Dying a Thousand Deaths of Embarrassment Look.

    I’m so sick of reading my own blog, I’d rather be waterboarded than attempt to slog through it to determine what was my favorite post of 2012. Here’s the link to a modest tale of misspent feathered friend-abuse rage:


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  19. I come bearing no link, since one of my favorites is no longer available. I posted it after a really forgettable week some time back, and you responded almost immediately.That link may not be available, but my gratitude is always gonna be. Thank you.


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  21. Just stopping in to say hello, Susie. I don’t really have any links to share today — too crazy of a weekend to sift through my blog. Maybe next time, though.

    Keep dancing! You’re awesome!


    • That would be great! I will look forward to your next visit! There were a lot of new bloggers here this time and they subscribed like crazy!
      Thanks so much. You are awesome too!!! :)


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