Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday 13

(Link in meme-roll)
Rules for Facebook* (and other social media sites as needed)
  1. Every day, post pictures of your kids captioned with things like "my heroes", "my babies" (even if they're in school or older), and "amazing" things they've done. Like take their first step, join a sports team, smile in their Kindergarten photo, etc. Be sure to focus on the firstborn especially.
  2. Every day, tell people you are grateful for whatever your latest kick is: working out, skywriting, creative toenail clipping. Take LOTS of pictures of yourself "proving" You Did It!
  3. Be sure to momjack every post your friends make about their kids and/or their day by injecting yourself and/or your kids/family into their story. "I remember when your baby Angie was diagnosed with pediatric leukemia because that's the day Verdant-Green found out she was going to sit in the blue chair at daycare!! Crazy, eh?" Or, "Your dad was nice. I wish he hadn't died. Remember when he drove us to my 16th birthday party after I thought my party was ruined because my mom and dad's car broke and they told me I'd have to cancel the reservation at the roller rink. I was so mad that day!"
  4. When people you don't like very much ask you questions, be sure to respond by answering someone else. Who didn't ask that question. For example, Jane asks, "How is your knee feeling where you fell on it?" be sure to answer "I can't believe how much my knee still hurts, Kathy! You didn't tell me it would hurt this long!"
  5. Train your kids to have the same fake smile you wear in all your selfies and to plaster it on whenever a camera appears.
  6. Thank God publicly at least weekly for your husband and kids and extended family because they are awesome.
  7. Leave people wondering if you actually have a job because you literally NEVER talk about it. If you happen to be James Bond, we know he'd make some shit up about the water cooler, but not you. Nope. You are the original "stealth employee." [This does apply to those SAHM and SAHDs, by the way. No mention of housework, errands, dishwashing or shopping, or anyone delivering anything--that's forbidden. Only discuss your family and Very Close Friends.]
  8. Be happy all the time. EVERYTHING is fine. ALWAYS.
  9. Mention at least weekly the same "weird fact" about your life you think makes you super-duper special: your mis-matching eye colors, your twin brother who was a high school baseball star, your GPA in college, your dad's run for governor in 1982. But DO NOT mention anything interesting like your GPA was so high despite having mono twice, or that your twin brother works for MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Or, frankly, anything else anyone else has done. Stick to what we know already. Don't vary it too much or we might get lost.
  10. Remind us regularly that your kids are star athletes, get perfect grades, wear cool clothes, have awesome friends with whom they do unbelievable things, think about growing up to be superheroes or running Apple or the U.S., and always have a fabulous attitude about things. Because those of us with normal kids who are klutzy, dyslexic, too poor to buy fun clothes, don't make friends easily, and are just hoping to not get suspended from school tomorrow so forget far-distant adulthood feel like total losers. This is REALLY IMPORTANT. Never, ever, share frustrations or moments of even vaguely awkward parenting. Because you never have them.
  11. Always be sincere. And earnest. These are critical parts of your social media persona. When in doubt, pull out SMUG. That guarantees a win.
  12. Always talk about your husband's side job. Not the one that pays the mortgage, but the one you can participate in yourself and thus tell us about it. Endlessly.
  13. I can't think of another one. I'm too crabby from the first 12.
* I was actually prepared to post this ON Facebook when I realized that this is a much better place to rant. No one reading this that I know on Facebook does this so I'm hoping you won't be offended by it, whereas the people on Facebook who are self-aware enough to see themselves will get all pissy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings x4

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  1. Inappropriate :: No-no
  2. Spam :: Hormel
  3. Detailed :: Itemized
  4. Breakfast :: Bagel
  5. Emoticon :: Emoji
  6. Grammar :: Sentence
  7. Jointly :: Together
  8. Spontaneous :: Unplanned
  9. Auto :: Car
  10. Burnt :: Overcooked
  1. Ridiculous :: Silly
  2. Privilege :: Luxury
  3. Consider :: Think over
  4. Legally :: Licitly
  5. Account :: Bank ...
  6. Coping :: Handling
  7. Disclaimer :: CYA-speak
  8. Dreaming :: Asleep
  9. Logo :: ... network
  10. Frustration :: Annoyance
  1. Professional :: Bullshit
  2. Liquid :: Watery
  3. Thrusting :: Sex
  4. Button :: Hot ...
  5. Late :: White Rabbit
  6. Binge :: Overdo
  7. Trail off :: ...
  8. Comic book :: Manga
  9. Large quantity :: Too much
  10. Fabulous :: Amaze-balls
  1. Delay :: Holdup
  2. Knock knock :: ... joke
  3. Pointless :: head-desk
  4. Crook :: Nixon
  5. Rating :: MPAA
  6. Orange :: Black
  7. Update :: Renew
  8. PG-13 :: Raunchy
  9. Routine :: Normal
  10. Werewolf :: Paranormal

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Stealing x4

(Link in meme-roll)
Ask Ask Ask Meme

1 - If you were stranded on an island, who do you wish to be with?
Someone who could build a boat and get us home. And could help feed us in the interim. And who isn't bad to look at or deal with.
2 - What do you feel right now?
I'm a little chilly--just slid on a pair of shoes. May have to get a sweater...
3 - What chocolate is your favorite?
I'm not a big chocolate craver. I like plain chocolate chips or M&Ms or whatever's on offer, but I don't go out of my way for it very often.
4 - Why did you create a blog account?
Because it was the thing to do in 2004.
5 - Who is your favorite blogger?
Some of my favorite Old Timers are Real Live Preacher and Language Hat. RLP doesn't call himself that anymore, but the Hat is still around.
6 - When was the last time you cried? Why?
Yesterday listening to a song I teared up.
7 - Who is your best friend?
8 - What kind of music do you listen to?
I'll listen to almost anything, but I prefer upbeat songs with a beat and some lyrical content.
9 - Do you have troubles sleeping at night?
On occasion. Nothing like when I was younger, that's for sure!
10 - What do you prefer, jeans or shorts?
Jeans in cold weather, shorts in summer. [duh]
11 - Did you try to change for a person?
I have changed behaviors for people. Doesn't mean I have changed my life for them, necessarily, but if someone is more comfortable having the cupboard doors and drawers closed, I can do that without changing who I am.
12 - Are you in a good or bad mood?
Pretty good. A little antsy.
13 - Name someone you can’t live without.
I can't do that. One thing I've learned is that I can survive the deaths of those close of me. I'm not a big fan of the process, but I can survive.
14 - Do you have a grudge against anyone?
Sure. I try not to, and when I notice it I try to figure out if I really want to carry that around with me or let it go.
15 - Are you a crybaby?
16 - When people praise you for your looks, what feature do they praise?
I've had compliments on my legs, my hair, my hips and my face over the years. I don't take any of it too seriously. Except maybe the hair. :)
17 - What hair color do you prefer?
I like dark hair, generally. But redheads have a special place in my heart.
18 - If you can change anything about yourself, what is it?
I need to get my health sorted out.
19 - Can you live without internet?
Sure. I did for more than 30 years after all.
20 - Have you ever experienced being hysterical?
Yup. Last March I realized that I was about theees close to completely losing my shit entirely and consciously had to check myself.
21 - Did you have an accident last year?
Uhm....? I wasn't in a car accident, no.
22 - What are you thinking right now?
I'm hungry. Like, not actually "no food in my tummy" hungry, but I really want a donut.
23 - Have you been hurt so bad that you can’t find words to explain how you feel?
Oh yeah. Some of that going on all the time.
24 - Do you have trust issues?
Yes I do.
25 - Who’s the person who first comes to your mind when someone mentions “love”?
In general terms, I guess, Jesus. In personal terms, depending on the slant of the discussion, Beast or my dad.
26 - Do you believe in the phrase “If it’s meant to be, it will be”?
Yup. Though not really phrased that way. My version runs more like, "Thy will, not mine, be done."
27 - Do you believe in destiny?
Not exactly. I believe in predestination, being the staunch Presbyterian I am.
28 - How do you look right now?
Meh. I'm clean and dressed and presentable for leaving the house--having had to be at Sunday School at 9.
29 - Did you ever feel like you’re not good enough?
Welcome to my childhood!!
30 - Favorite city?
Depends on the activities planned and time of year. Denver, of course. Rome. Florence. Milwaukee. London. San Diego. Chicago.
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25 Large Meme

Travel anywhere, where would it be?
I really want to go to Australia and New Zealand one of these days. And maybe South America. Or Egypt.
Meet anyone, who would it be?
Michelle Obama.
Bring anyone dead back to life, who would it be?
Be anyone for a day, who would it be?
Normally, I would probably say my son, but not right now. I don't envy him this current rollercoaster.
Get anything for free for the rest of your life what would it be?
Weight control.
Change one thing about your life what would it be?
Weight control.
Have any superpower what would it be?
Invisibility. I'm getting better at it.
Be any animal for a day which would you be?
Date anyone who would it be?
I'm so out of the dating pool it's not even funny. Even if I were single, I think I'd be recused.
Change one thing about the world what would it be?
I would like to see us taking better care of our children as a group.
Live in any fictional universe which would you choose?
Star Trek. Really, you gotta ask??
Eliminate one of your human needs which would you get rid of?
I would really love to spend less time thinking about plumbing issues....sez she who has a colonoscopy coming up.
Change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be?
Wouldn't it be lovely if I could be within sight of my high school weight? Hah.
Change one of your personality traits which would you choose?
I'm getting better about popping off without thinking.
Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose?
If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
Didn't we already do this up there above.
Erase an event from history (make it so it never happened) which would you choose?
Can't just pick one. I'd like it if Hitler had never been born, but....
Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose?
I'm ok with what I've got, thanks.
Be any weight/body type, which would you choose?
Well, thinner like I used to be.
Live in any country/city, where would you choose?
I could live in England. Or Colorado.
Change one law in your country, which would you change?
There are whole swaths of laws that need eradicating. I start with anything to do with people's sexual kinks in their personal lives.
Be any height, which would you choose?
I'd like to be about an inch taller than I am now, so 5'8.5"
Have any job in the world, which would you choose?
I love my job! You can't take it away!
Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be?
I can't think of anything off the top of my head.
Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?
I'd like to have a heart-to-heart with my niece Elizabeth. There's been a strong uptick in ...something... between us over the last 3 years and I'm not sure if there's anything I can, or should, be doing about it.
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Doodley-Do Meme Meme

Do you keep notes, drawings or letters that people give you?
I keep everything forever!!! OK, no. I do keep most things for a long time, but eventually have a come-to-Jesus talk and throw things out if I'm not using/remembering them.
How many true best friends are present in your life?
I don't know. I have three people I consider my besties, and a HUGE group of people I know I can totally rely on...and some others who are super-wonderful. So thankful for that!
Do you currently have a significant other?
I think Beast is fairly significant to me, yes.
Would you be able to stand being in the same room as someone you hate?
I do it on a semi-regular basis at work, yes. Though, "hate" is a strong word. "Want to murder" might be closer.
Do you depend on people at all, in any way?
Of course I do. We all do. If you think you don't depend on others, I do hope you built your house, hunted/grew your food, chopped your own wood for fuel and/or heat (or found other sources lying around)...have no municipal services whatsoever, including water, and never get online.
Oh, and please, for God's sake, don't get sick. Ever. Or want to read or talk to anyone. Ever.
Have you ever lost a close friend?
Yes. There is great suckitude-ness here.
Has anybody ever held a grudge against you for a dumb reason?
Of course. All reasons to dislike me are dumb. hah
Have you ever stayed up late talking to someone you like on the phone or online?
Seriously? Have I ever been teenaged? Or hormonal? Yes.
Have you ever felt backstabbed by a close friend?
See answer directly above.
Have you ever regretted ignoring anybody?
And I reiterate...
Has a friend of yours ever confessed their love to you?
As in, that they love me without me knowing already? Uhm. Sorta? Certainly not recently, for which I'm so very grateful. It's weird enough to think about it when it happened eons ago.
Have you written or drawn anything for somebody else?
Of course.
Do you tend to hide your emotions from certain people? How do you hide them?
Yes. I have blocked everyone I work with--except one person--from my Facebook updates. And I'm much better about blathering on about my personal shit at work than I was even 6 months ago. I'm sure Crazy Cat Lady (not on Facebook) has no idea of the disdain in which I--and the rest of the staff--hold her, for instance: "please just freakin' RETIRE already wouldja?!
Do your friends know how to make you smile in tough times?
I don't think I would hang on to friends very long if they couldn't do this.
Could you picture yourself on a reality TV show?
Hell NO! Absolutely not. I would much rather die than ever be on TV.
Are you better at drawing or coloring?
Do you prefer meat or seafood?
Yes. Or poultry.
Have you ever read the Bill of Rights / Declaration of Independence?
Yes, yes I have. Thank you, Mr. Graebner and Drs. Rempe and Sherrick.
Would you rather become a police officer or a firefighter?
I would rather live by myself with no municipal water supply or friends than be either. Not because I don't like them, but because I have a lot of respect for the difficulties of their jobs and know I'm very much not strong enough to deal with them.
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Ask Questions, Yo Meme

1. Are you a very open or private person?
Publicly I'm fairly open but not as much as Beast. Privately (i.e., on my blog) there are very damn few boundaries.
2. Change one thing about the world what would it be?
Wouldn't it be lovely if people could be nicer to one another??
3. Live in any country/city, where would you choose?
Just did this up there somewhere; scroll back and see.
4. What perfume do you wear?
VS now, but I bought some Cartier Zeste de Soleil on vacation because I fell in love. With the perfume.
5. How are you feeling right now?
Still doing ok. It's now two hours into these questions and I'm starting to get tired, though.
6. If money was no object, where would you move to?
It's not the money that's the problem, it's the jobs and people that I've grown to love here.
7. Who was the last person to make you cry?
8. What age do people usually mistake you for?
I think most people have me fairly close; it's the gray hair that sort of helps. Or whatever.
9. Is there a song which can bring you to tears instantly?
Quite often the MJB/U2 version of "One" does this. Also, several hymns, including "Here I Am, Lord."
10. Do you play video games?
Not too often. OK, rarely.
11. What do you think about before you go to bed?
As little as possible so I can sleep.
12. Have you ever online dated?
Nope. {{shudder}}
13. Do you get cranky when you’re hungry?
Uh, yeaahhh, duh!
14. What drink did you last consume?
I just finished my 3rd DDP of the day.
15. Have you ever tripped while walking up the stairs?
All the bloody time, especially if I actually try to look where I'm going!
16. Is there something you’re happy about at the moment?
"Happy" isn't quite the right word. Anticipatory-dread maybe?
17. Are you a shy person?
Yes. But I'm also very good at acting un-shy.
18. Were you happy when you woke up today?
Yeah, I think so.
19. Do you like rain?
Nope. I do not like rain, aside from the obvious practical reasons for needing it. I feel about rain as I feel about mosquitoes.
20. Can you go a day without music?
Yes, but I don't really like those days as much as music-filled days.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
That's What Friends Are For (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's song is performed by an all-star quartet: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. You have your choice: which of these four would you most like to see in concert?
I've seen Elton John, and I would again. Maybe Stevie Wonder. I don't like Dionne Warwick at all and I don't even know if Gladys Knight is performing anymore. Back in the day, I'd totally see her and the Pips at their peak!
2) Dionne Warwick was Whitney Houston's cousin. Name a Whitney Houston song.
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
3) Gladys Knight owns a chain of chicken and waffle restaurants around Atlanta. When you have waffles, what do you top them with? (Powdered sugar? Butter? Syrup? Fruit?)
Butter and syrup. Yummmm.
4) Elton John has turned his bad eyesight into a hobby, claiming that over the years he has purchased well over than 200,000 pairs of glasses. Do you wear glasses? If so, how many prescription pairs do you own?
I have worn glasses since 3rd grade. I currently have one pair of backup glasses and my Transitions everyday glasses.
5) Stevie Wonder has a scar on his nose from a 1973 car crash. Have you ever been in a car accident?
Yes. Not a ton, but more than 5, I think.
6) Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager were married when they wrote this. Do you know a husband and wife who work together?
I do. One of my coworkers owns a carwash with her husband (and family) and she does the accounting for it.
7) This song celebrates friendship through good times and bad. Tell us about a happy time you recently shared with someone close to you.
I set up a friend (Kel) with one of her oldest childhood friends this week. She recognized one of my friends as the sister of her friend, and I stuck the two of them together in a chat ... and voila! It's especially nice to do that since Kel lost another long-time friend last week to cancer.
8) Now share a time when you were there for a friend through a tough time.
I'm still dragging Beast through some issues. I don't really want to get into it here, but addiction, back surgery, shoulder pain and general emotional shit are involved.
9) Random question: When is the last time you were out of breath?
I was moving tables for a meeting last night and ended up panting and sweaty. Excellent way to start a meeting...

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You're Beautiful (2005)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The first line is of this song is, "My life is brilliant." Using one word, describe your life.
2) This is about a chance encounter between strangers in a crowd, specifically the subway. What "crowded place" were you most recently in?
I was at a rather huge airport a week ago right now.
3) Near the very end of this song, James Blunt sings, "It's time to face the truth." Do you believe you face things head on? Or do you tend to deny or put off the unpleasant?
I always go in headlong. OK, maybe not "always" but I tend to prefer facing things immediately than stew about it.
4) James Blunt went to an all-boys school. Some educators recommend single-sex classrooms because they maintain girls just naturally approach subjects like math and science differently than boys do. Do you agree?
No, I don't agree that separate can be equal. But I get the temptation to justify it.
5) Blunt put his father in charge of his finances. Income taxes are top of mind for many of us this time of year. Do you do your own taxes? Or do you go to an accountant or tax preparation service?
We hired out this time, but normally Beast does them. I do not touch them.
6) In 2005, the year this song was a hit, the sitcom How I Met Your Mother was also popular. Do you know how your parents met?
I do: they went on a blind date set up by friends who eventually married and for whom Dad built a twin to the house in which I grew up.
7) 2005 is also the year Tom Cruise famously jumped on a sofa. Do you remember where he did this?
On Oprah's show. Which I fortunately missed, live.
8) 2005 was also the year YouTube really took off. What's the last video you watched?
It was something on CNN, actually.
9) Random question ... Which of these high profile jobs would you enjoy more: head of General Motors, CEO of Apple or president of the New York Yankees?
I'd rather continue do my unnoticed job in technical services and a small- to medium-sized library. I've no interest in running anything at all.
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Little Red Corvette
From the archives.
In memory of Prince (1958-2016)

1) The subject of this song is frankly sexual. Do you blush easily?
Yes. Yes I do.
2) Prince was his real first name (Prince Rogers, to be exact). Growing up, his relatives called him "Skipper." Do you have any nicknames within your family?
We aren't a family that did nicknames. I'm the youngest; that's bad enough.
3) Prince said he was "obsessed" with Mozart and read whatever he can find about the composer. What's the last book you read?
I'm still plugging through The Name of the Rose and a few others.
4) Between Prince and The Beach Boys, the Corvette is a much sung-about car. Tell us about your vehicle.
I drive a 2012 Ford Edge that Beast had as a company car for its first 2 years and I inherited it when he got his new one last year. Actually, maybe it's a 2013.
5) In the 1980s, when Prince was popular, MTV could turn a song into a hit. In 2016, where do you hear new music?
On Spotify. I read a ton of suggestions in Entertainment Weekly.
6) In 1982, when "Little Red Corvette" ruled the airwaves, Braniff Airways shocked the travel industry and threw passengers into chaos by declaring bankruptcy. When did you last fly? Did your trip go smoothly?
I was on a plane last Saturday. It was a good flight.
7) 1982 is also the year Disney opened Epcot. Have you ever been to a Disney park?
I have. I'd like to go back to Epcot--it's the one part of Disney that I really wanted to see while we were there and ended up bailing on because I had a horrible sore throat/cold.
8) 1982 is the year Cheers premiered. The sitcom was set in a bar where "everybody knows your name." Tell us about your favorite local bar or restaurant.
There are several restaurants in the area that we adore. I'm not naming them, since that would sort of defeat the purpose of anonymity.
9) The 1980s were considered a highpoint in professional tennis, with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominating the sport. Do you play tennis?
I used to. I certainly could not manage it anymore: too fat and out of shape, and my knees are not in good shape.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday 5 x 3

(Link in meme-roll)
How Do You Do That?
  1. When you draw a five-pointed star, which point do you begin with, and where do you go from there?
    Bottom left to upper right.
  2. On a typical day, in what order do you put your clothes on?
    Underwear, pants, shirt, socks, shoes.
  3. When packing for an overnighter, what are you likely to pack too much of?
    This last trip I took FAR too many socks. But usually it's stuff like toothpaste or Q-tips that I go overboard on. And Tylenol.
  4. How particular are you with laundry chores?
    I guess I'm fussy about some stuff. Beast does most of our laundry, but I do all the "hand-wash" or "delicate" stuff separately usually. He's fussy about which direction the hangers go, and (mostly) I don't care, and he's positively WEIRD about his collars.
  5. How are your bookshelves organized?
    The cookbooks are all together. The "religious books" (i.e., Bibles and hymnals) are all together. Everything else is kind of wherever it landed.
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The Middle
  1. What’s something you’re in the middle of?
    I seem to be in the middle of losing my mind on a semi-regular basis. The difference right now is that I've given up caring about it.
  2. What’s in the middle of you?
    My ... solar plexus ...?
  3. What is your residence in the middle of?
    This week it's been in the middle of a dandelion field.
  4. What’s a great food that features something in its middle?
    Chicken Cordon Bleu, which sounds really yummy right about now.
  5. What’s the nearest you’ve been to the middle of nowhere?
    Almost every place in Wyoming and South Dakota rank right up there, but the absolute true middle of nowhere is the Gobi Desert in January.
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Happy Birthday to the Upstart Crow
Tomorrow is the generally assumed birthday of William Shakespeare, based on records of his baptism and the traditions of the time. We celebrated the Bard’s birthday last yearand six years ago, so if you find these questions less than satisfying, try those instead. Links in the questions go to attributions in Barlett’s Familiar Quotations*. Shout-out to Kimberly, who six years ago answered her questions in (rhymed!) iambic pentameter.
  1. If brevity is the soul of wit, how witty are you?
    At times, very.
  2. When did you last play fast and loose with the truth?
    I promised Beast that he would feel better in the morning when I tucked him into bed an hour ago. I have no idea if it's true.
  3. When did the green-eyed monster last rear its head?
    I don't really do jealousy very often, but I do occasionally feel a great deal of envy of other people and have to remind myself that I only know 10% of their life at best.
  4. What has often required you to screw your courage to the sticking place?
    Going through with our vacation took a bit of self-conviction after the way it started.
  5. What’s a custom that you have found more honor’d in the breach than the observance? **
    Politics and honesty. I'll let you decide which way (or neither or both) I mean that.
Thank you for participating, and may your weekend be as merry as the day is long!

* For those disinclined to link-clicking (I don’t blame you!): Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Othello, Macbeth, and Hamlet (questions 1 through 5 in that order). Shout-out to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on question 4!

** This phrase is often misused, according to this enlightening piece in the NYT. Hamlet was saying that it was more honorable to breach (that is, violate) the local custom of carousing than to follow it. It’s usually used to mean “more often broken than followed” or something like that. Answer the question whichever way works for you, but I like Hamlet’s meaning.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Am I nuts? 5,000 Questions??

(Found here)
Part one (sigh)

1. Who are you? I yam who I yam. I mostly go by "Cat." hereabouts.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you? I like to read, I like to laugh, and I have a mean temper.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing? I work in a library cataloging books. I go to Al-Anon meetings 1-2 times a week. I'm a member of P.E.O. I have family all over the world, mostly in the U.S., the rest in Europe.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). I loved English and History. Some science classes were ok--I liked Physiology, hated Biology. Shop was fun. I sucked at Art but didn't hate it. Math pissed me off.

5. What is your biggest goal for this year? Survival and improvement.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Here is fine. I'll be 10 years from retirement, assuming they don't move the goalposts on me (us) again.

7. What stage of life are you in right now? Empty-nest. Prime time!

8. Are you more child-like or childish? I would prefer to think of myself as childlike, but I have my very childish moments. Like repeating endlessly this weekend, "I don't feel good!"

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? "Holeee Shiiiiit!" [we're watching Deadliest Catch, highlights from last year....big storm, HUUUGE wave]

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now? "Doctor, My Eyes" (just the title)

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes? Nope.

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same? Overall, better. There's some trade-offs: I'm smarter now, but achier.

13. Does time really heal all wounds? If you allow it to, it can go a very long ways toward a cure, yes.

14. How do you handle a rainy day? Preferably, I'd like to curl up in bed and read and nap.

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights? Losing luggage. I simply do not do light untangling.

16. How is your relationship with your parents? Will you miss them when they are gone? They are gone and I do miss them. I had a fraught relationship with Mom up till the last few years of her life. Dad & I were solid all the way to the end.

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? I do, though I can be extraordinarily flaky sometimes.

18. What is the truest thing that you know? That the world will go on around me without any input from me.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up? Adult. Doesn't every kid just want to grow up and be her own boss?

20. Have you ever been given a second chance? Far more times than I deserve....

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker? Depends on the item in question. I will steal all your cookies, but your cash is safe with me.

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind? I don't even know what that means exactly. I try not to waste time rethinking decisions once they're finished.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you? Either childbirth or abdominal surgery. Different...but I'm giving the edge to childbirth for intensity and length combined.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you? There's been a lot of death in my family in the last 10 years--kids, parents, extended family and close friends--and while I was busy surfing along that wave, I didn't realize that Beast was drowning until it was rather late in the program.

25. Who have you hugged today? Beast. And some folks at church, I think.

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you? Sparky (finally) called tonight after days of minimal communication for a week. Beast has worked like mad to get the kitchen put back together before he leaves town in the morning.

27. Do you have a lot to learn? Always

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?
A Cook, and meal planning
B Learn 3-4 other languages fluently
C Lose weight

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel? How I feel around people lasts far longer than (most) words and actions, but those contribute to how I feel.

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship? Fairness, honesty, LISTENING, forgiveness, and laughter.

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?
A Hold my grandchild(ren)
B Figure out my purpose here
C Learn everything I can

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?
A Nuclear winter
B Getting Alzheimer's
C Burying my child

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause? I believe in children. I believe we need to take better care of them than we currently do, and be more (MUCH MORE) equitable with that care.

34. What does each decade make you think of:
1920's: Flappers, bathtub gin, gangsters, The Great Gatsby
1930's: The Depression, poverty, fear, John Steinbeck
1940's: WWII, my parents' marriage, survival, great clothes, Frank Sinatra
1950's: Elvis, Baby Boomer kids, Eisenhower, Civil Rights, Dick & Jane
1960's: Kennedys, flower children, Beatles, The Age of Aquarius, Generation Gap, I was born
1970's: Vietnam ends, designer drugs, disco, polyester, porn-staches, lots and lots of family babies
1980's: neon, Lebanon, music videos, Reagan (OMG!), I got married, AIDS, Michael Jackson, Ollie North
1990's: Clinton, Desert Storm, I became a mom, people in my immediate family start dying, OJ, Columbine
2000s: Bush (OMG!!), 9/11, Iraq/Afghanistan, adulthood starts sucking bigtime, we build a beautiful home, boy bands
2010s: Sparky moves out (slowly, over time), more deaths in the family, Beast goes off the rails, I go full-time at work, Spotify

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why? Probably from about 1979-1989. I know that's very specific, but I started high school fall 1979 and that and college were full of new experiences and fun and horror and joy. Horrible music, for the most part, but oh well.

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song? Oldies: something Elvis or Beatles; Rock: Clapton. Cocaine maybe?

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country? U.S., and Obama still runs this joint.
If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be? "Good job, hang in there, don't stop fighting the good fight, and don't lower yourself to your political enemies' level."

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night? I don't watch TV in the middle of the night. Ever. I'd never get back to sleep. TV doesn't relax me at all.

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why? Ursula.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout? I was a Girl Scout for a couple of years.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat? Fly. I don't have time to take a ship across an ocean. Maybe someday. I am going on a Caribbean cruise next week however. Just to try it out.

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night? Because atmosphere, and lack of light

43. What does your name mean? My online name is a shortened version of my job.

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space? Outer space. I can't swim.

45. Word association
What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

Air: Water
Meat: ... Locker
Different: Same
Pink: VS
Deserve: Earn
White: Black
Elvis: ... Presley
Magic: Sleight of hand
Heart: ...beat
Clash: London Calling
Pulp: ... Fiction

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be? Laura Ingalls as a teen.

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive? It would be amazing to meet Michelle Obama.

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday? Nooo....yuck.

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do? A pillow, a portapotty, a blanket, several books and FOOD!

50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved? I don't know if I've actively saved a life, maybe metaphorically. I know plenty of people who have saved me, from myself if nothing else.

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...
Shopping in the produce secction
Ambytime: Time for a sleeping pill
Asscactus: Many, many Republicans

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands? I helped Beast install the new kitchen faucet yesterday if that counts.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child? My 9-legged octopus always made me laugh.

54. How many TV’s are in your house? Two, I think.

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Make Vitamin D.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow? Happy. Sparky and I used to chase them when he was in elementary school.

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true? Kind of...

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader? No. Hell no.

59. What is your idea of paradise? I don't know but there'd better be puppies and kitties and kids.

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like? Yes, and as far as I can tell most humans have no idea how to explain God to anyone else, but we know it when we feel it.

61. Do you believe in Hell? I certainly do. I see it in the news every day.

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't? I'm the Protestant godmother to a Catholic child.

63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done? Oh, hell, I wouldn't know. Didn't know there was a competition going on!

64. Are you a patient person? No, though I'm MUCH better than I used to be.

65. What holiday should exist but doesn't? I think we need a monthly, scheduled Day of Naps.

66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does? I'm pretty fuckin' over Columbus Day.

67. What's the best joke you ever heard? The one my dad could never tell about the prank my brother pulled on his FD Captain. Dad couldn't tell a joke to save his life and trying to get this story told made him CRY with laughter Every Single Time.

68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been? Wow. I don't really associate places with fun. It's more about who's around. Though part of the reason I love Ouray so much is the amount of time I spent there doing my own thing at my own pace and accompanied only by my little doggie.

69. Is your hair natural or dyed? Oh, it's 100% naturally gray.

70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front? I'm pretty much up front. I mean, except for my name and the names of my family, and my actual location. Though some of you reading this might have more inside information than others.

71. What is under your bed right now? Dust.

72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home? I'm ok with staying home. Oz is beyond weird and full of people that kind of freak me out.

73. If you drive do you frequently speed? I'm a solid 2-mph-over gal.

74. What is the world's best song to dance to? Hava Nagila. Or The Chicken Dance Song.

75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone? I can't even remember the last time I danced....

76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers? I prefer no cartoons.

77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo? Wolves.

78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic? Not much, no.

79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off? We'd all be dead before we'd find out, so....

80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it? Read.

81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick? The right to carry an assault rifle wherever, and whenever you want.

82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole? North Pole. I can always put on more clothes.

83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television? Television. This is a complete no-brainer.

84. What do you think makes someone a hero? Doing the right thing in a situation where it would be safer/easier/more rational not to.

85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in? Mighty Mouse!

86. Name one thing that turns your stomach: Cheap champagne. Once you've gotten sick-drunk on something, it's ruined FOREVER.

87. What was the last thing you paid for? My S'mores Blizzard after work.

88. Are you a coupon clipper? Only online coupons.

89. Get anything good in the mail recently? Nope. Well, my passport came a few weeks ago, which means I can go on vacation.

90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling? Bowling.

91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. So... Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends? Yes. Because Star Trek is FICTIONAL, so the rules of the game are decided by the writers, and they say yes to this question.

92. What insects are you afraid of? Anything bigger than the first joint of my thumb, and poisonous ones.

93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say? Well, technically I can get anything printed on a T-shirt, and indeed have done so. It would depend on what I needed to say.

94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn? Halloween costumes included? Actually I wore 1890s-era garb at work all day a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our library's anniversary.

95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be? Sugar in all its delightful versions.

96. What are your parents interested in? Not much these days.

97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet? Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal? Nope... well, some caterpillars, I guess. Nothing bigger than that, for sure.

98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans? Duh. Really? Plans.

99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest? It involves music, kids, books, and laughter. I can't tell you the recipe because I don't know it.

100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you. What do you bring? Sleeping bag, car, flashlight.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. Hope :: Pray
  2. Notification :: Memo
  3. Destiny :: Fate
  4. Soda :: Pop
  5. Interfere :: Complicate
  6. Wedding :: Church
  7. Bald :: Alopecia
  8. Guided :: ... Missile
  9. Galaxy :: Milky Way
  10. Difficult :: Hard
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