Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday 9

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Happy Holidays!

1. ...[S]ome children are reluctant to climb into Jolly Old St. Nick's lap. Did you enjoy the tradition or were you shy? Or did you by pass it altogether -- either because you wrote him a letter or because your family didn't celebrate Christmas?
I only remember seeing Santa once at the mall, but I am pretty sure I wrote a note to him every year until I was 9 or 10.
2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?
Oh probably a little of both.
3. Did you ship any gifts to friends and family this year? If so, which one traveled the farthest?
I sent books and Xmas ornaments to all the great-nephews. The furthest went to England to the oldest, oddly enough the child of my youngest niece.
4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year?
Sort of. Beast and I are going to California next weekend for a few days.
5. What's your favorite holiday-themed movie?
I don't really do these. We did have a discussion the other night about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I vote for yes.
6. Thinking of movies, Christmas is lucrative for Hollywood. Have you ever gone to a movie theater on Christmas Day?
In 1994, we went to see Little Women at the theater across the street from where my mom was living at the time. It gave us a short break from being parents of an almost-2-year-old while my mom watched him for us.
7. Have you ever suffered an embarrassing moment at the company Christmas party?
Nothing untoward, no.
8. What's your favorite beverage in cold weather?
I like tea. I should probably have some with honey tonight in my continuing efforts to fight off whatever is trying to make me sick.
9. What will you remember most about 2014?
It was a better year than the previous couple of years, but definitely not easy. I'm hopeful 2015 will continue to be better but will also get easier.

Friday 5 (late, as usual)

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All I Need is a Miracle
  1. When has something miraculous or seemingly miraculous happened to you or someone you know?
    There are miracles every day, really. The fact that my sister Ellen did NOT die when I was a tot remains the most definitive event of my life, even though I was too young at the time to know what was going on.
  2. When were you last part of an amazing coincidence?
    It's so odd that I share the same spelling of my first name to a person who regularly comments on one of my favorite blogs. It's an unusual spelling. I do a spit-take almost every time I see her name under her comments. She is, apparently, a librarian also.
  3. What have you recently accomplished against magnificent odds?
    I'm still alive and still married and mostly happy.
  4. In what way this week has luck been in your favor?
    I got to see the Madrigals from my son's high school sing at Bible Study this week. That was pretty awesome. And I ran into someone the same morning who will be attending my university next year. It's a small school. Sparky is a student there now.
  5. What was the last outcome you consciously decided to leave up to chance?
    I'm trying to convince myself to STFU about a bunch of work stuff that is pissing me off.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stealing times two

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The Have You Ever Meme

1) Have you ever gotten lost in a maze?
Yes, at Hampton Court with my mom. It was a blast!
2) Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal?
Uh, no. I'm not sure I've ever even been legitimately attacked by ANY animal. ...unless mosquitoes count?
3) Have you ever ridden a camel?
No. Camels are crabby and scary-ass creatures.
4) Have you ever pet[ted] a rat?
I think so? Maybe.
5) Have you ever been a member of a gym?
Yes, but not for awhile. That needs to change.
6) Have you ever been in a helicopter?
No, more's the pity. That would be great fun, unless it was an emergency ride of course.
7) Have you ever cheated at a test?
I don't think so. Most of the time--brag alert--people cheated off of me, if anything.
8) Have you ever ridden a tractor?
Uhhh, wow...no, I haven't. That's ridiculous considering where I live.
9) Have you ever passed wind/gas in an embarrassing situation?
Probably. Even more than once, more than likely. Oh well. We all survived.
10) Have you ever played the bongos?
Maybe as a child?
11) Have you ever handled a snake?
Nope. But I wouldn't mind holding a pet, like a corn snake.
12) Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself?
Yes.
13) Have you ever been scuba diving?
I can't swim, so I suspect this would be foolhardy in the extreme. But I would like to, all the same.
14) Have you ever had a disastrous interview?
There have been a couple where I knew immediately I was WAY out of my depth. Neither was a disaster, but they weren't fun, either.
15) Have you ever sold your services?
Uhm? Which services? I work for a living, so yeah, at some level I have.
16) Have you ever raised money for charity?
Yes.
17) Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair?
I haven't, but Beast has won a few over the years.
18) Have you ever milked a cow?
No. Used to want to, then I watched a milking time at a dairy farm, and I haven't felt the same about milk since.
19) Have you ever used the phrase "back in my time" to someone younger than you?
Not in any serious way and not as a bludgeon--"you're doing it wrong!" But of course, in comparing life today and life when I was younger, it's hard not to say this.
20) Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink?
I used to mix varieties of pop and drink mixes when I was a kid. But mostly I don't follow recipes anymore anyway, except very loosely. This year's Thanksgiving turkey was quite amazing thanks to lemons and herbs.
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The Are You Meme

1) Are you psychic in any way?
I knew you were going to say that! To be serious: not really. I'm not sure I even believe in psychic powers--usually not. I am, however, pretty good at "reading a room" and watching for subtle personal tells.
2) Are you a good dancer?
In my own mind, yes. In reality, in front of others, not so much.
3) Are you a good singer?
I'm ok. I can carry a tune and I have a decent range.
4) Are you a good cook?
Given the inclination--which I rarely have--yes.
5) Are you a good artist?
Nope.
6) Are you a good listener?
At times.
7) Are you a good public speaker?
Yes.
8) Are you a good babysitter?
Depends on the age. I'm not great with 3- to 4-year-olds, but older or younger is good.
9) Are you a good mechanic?
I could be, if I cared about it. Which I don't.
10) Are you a good diplomat?
Not really. ... OK, no no no, I'm not.
11) Are you a good employee?
I'm a DAMNED good employee!
12) Are you a good dresser?
I manage to clothe myself each and every day. Except for the days I wear my pajamas all day.
13) Are you a good swimmer?
No. For the 7 billionth time on this blog, I can't swim.
14) Are you a good skier?
I always used to say that Native Coloradoans don't ski, we just take money from out-of-staters who insist on riding 4-inch wide pieces of wood down a mountain. Also, we couldn't afford lift passes, so we never even hit a ski area in my childhood.
15) Are you a good gift giver?
Once in awhile I hit a home run.
16) Are you a good musician?
Hmm, not as much as I used to be, I guess.
17) Are you a good comedian?
I'm probably not as funny as I think I am.
18) Are you a good cleaner?
I can clean well, but in the overall scheme, I don't do it very often. Not often enough anyway.
19) Are you a good actor?
I should win the Academy Award every year. Yes.
20) Are you a good writer?
Yes.

Unconscious Mutterings times two

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  1. Fantasy :: Science fiction
  2. Square one :: Beginning
  3. Impostors :: Fakes
  4. Hydrate :: Water!
  5. Card :: Cribbage
  6. Respects :: Funeral
  7. Big city :: Bright lights....
  8. Alert :: Aware
  9. Scrabble :: Game
  10. Neighborhood :: Block
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  1. Stuck :: Glue
  2. Elevator :: This series of vids...which also goes nicely with that first word
  3. Vaccine :: Immunization
  4. Pepsi :: Coke
  5. Rotund :: Round
  6. Wonder :: Great book!
  7. Solo :: Single
  8. Voodoo :: Magic
  9. Sticky :: Tacky
  10. Summarize :: Précis

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday 9 times two

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Lucky Star (1983)
Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. Have you ever wished upon a star?
Yes, but not for at least a couple of decades.
2. In the 1980s, Madonna considered her wrist bangles one of her fashion trademarks. What's one of your fashion trademarks?
Jeans. Cute (but comfy) shoes.
3. Though she got good grades, Madonna could be disruptive at school, known for turning cartwheels in the halls between classes. Can you do a cartwheel?
Never, EVER, could. I'd be hospitalized if I tried nowadays.
4. Her high grade point average earned her a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, home of the Wolverines. Do you follow college football?
I do only because Beast does. We're going to the Rose Bowl this year, which I couldn't care less about, and the teams...meh: Oregon and Florida State.
5. Madonna co-starred in the movie version of Dick Tracy. Do you enjoy comics?
Not so much. I don't mind reading the occasional graphic novel--my favorite is the fairy tale series by Bill Willingham. But the Dick Tracy thing cracks me up. I know far too much about him.
6. She played Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron in the biopic, Evita and directed a movie about Wallis Simpson. What famous 20th century woman do you wish you could meet/could have met?
Eleanor Roosevelt. I suppose I could hold out hope that Madonna will actually get around to a movie about her, right?
7. Madonna authored a children's book called The English Roses. Tell us about a book that had a big impact on you when you were a kid.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang--book my sister was reading me when I first figured out reading.
8. One of Madonna's "vocal idols" is Ella Fitzgerald. Who is your all-time favorite female singer?
Nina Simone. Or maybe Melissa Etheridge.
9. Madonna once did a Pepsi commercial. What beverages are in your refrigerator right now?
Diet Dr. Pepper. Of course.
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 Feliz Navidad (1970)
Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas." Can you wish us happy holidays in a language other than English or Spanish?
Buon natale!! And if you prefer Cyrillic: Счастливого Рождества!
2. According to ASCAP (the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), this is one of the 20 most played holiday songs of the last 10 years. What's the most recent carol that you heard?
I can't remember. Well, actually, since I accidentally had my volume up when I linked to the video above, it was the very beginning of this one.
3. Which Christmas song do you hope you never hear again?
Anything by Johnny Mathis.
4. This week's featured artist, José Feliciano, was honored to perform this song at the tree lighting ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. If you were to win a trip to our nation's capital, which sites would you visit?
The Holocaust Museum, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Wall. Oh, and of course the Library of Congress. I missed all of those on the first trip there.
5. As a very young child, José taught himself to play the accordion. If you could suddenly, easily learn to play any instrument, which would you choose?
I keep thinking about taking piano lessons again, but I need a better arrangement for the keyboard in our house--bad chair currently.
6. José says that hearing early 1950s rock on the radio made him want to become a singer. What's your favorite music genre?
Good melody tied to matching lyrics. Or cleverly, not.
7. At 17, José had to drop out of school to help support his family. Too young to enter bars, he played guitar in coffee houses for tips. Have you ever worked a job where you regularly received gratuities?
The only job where I got tips I wasn't allowed to keep them.
8. José and wife Susan have been together for more than 40 years. Who is the happiest married couple you know?
I'm going to give this to an older couple at church who married about 20 years ago, second marriage for both, and who, at least to start with, celebrated an anniversary every month because they didn't think they'd live long enough to hit double digits in annual celebrations. They are so freakin' cute.
9. Jose wrote and performed the theme of the 1970s show, Chico and the Man. What's your current favorite TV show?j
I'm really enjoying the new NCIS in New Orleans. However, I got a call last night from a friend saying I need to watch The Librarians because it's "really funny." Hmmm.

Friday Five times two

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Shenanigans
  1. What’s a memorable prank you were involved in, either as perpetrator, victim, or witness?
    I'm not all that into pranks, having had a few too many played on me as a child.
  2. When did you last fool someone into believing something untrue?
    I convince people at the Reference Desk that I find them amusing all the time.
  3. What was a secret you accidentally let slip?
    The last one I feel bad about was announcing someone else's pregnancy before she was able to get to everyone.
  4. What’s a memorable thing you did when you should have been at work or school?
    Look, this is no longer the biggest excitement of my life. I didn't skip school when I was as student. I rarely skip work unless I'm sick (physically or otherwise). It is still nice to sneak out in the middle of the day, but I just don't do that without good reason.
  5. What’s a nice thing you did anonymously for someone?
    I just finished wrapping socks and underwear for our Giving Tree at work. That's what the teenager in the (anonymous) family asked for. :( I'm throwing a gift card in there too.
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Likely Story
  1. You are awake at 2:30 in the morning on a work night (or school night). What is the most likely reason?
    Insomnia. I clearly forgot to take the melatonin the night before. Otherwise, I'm up in the bathroom for one reason or another.
  2. Time Magazine says you are a candidate for 2014’s Person of the Year. What is the most likely reason?
    They've got me confused with someone else, obviously.
  3. Your hometown is naming a geographical or civil landmark after you, as in Mary’s Creek or David’s Corner. What is the most likely name of this spot?
    "Cat's Cradle."
  4. Your best friend from high school calls to ask a favor. What is the most likely nature of the favor?
    I can't even imagine. We are Facebook friends, but I can't imagine her asking anything of me. She wouldn't have the nerve, I'd hope, after the fabulous job of fucking me over (twice) she's done to me.
  5. Twenty-four hours from now, you’ve got a great smile on your face. What is the most likely reason for this smile?
    Packers WIN!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Smug :: Hubris
  2. Swan :: ...song
  3. Ginger :: ...bread
  4. Doctor :: Surgeon
  5. Handshake :: Greeting
  6. Studies :: Majors
  7. Pond :: Retention...
  8. Register :: Cash...
  9. Surgery :: Slice 'n Dice
  10. Compass :: B&T

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Shop On The Corner Meme

What kind of job did your mom have when you were growing up?
I can't tell you how proud I am to see this question. To me it indicates that most people younger than me had moms that worked outside the home.
Ahem. My mom worked as a clerk in the county court from when I turned 3 or 4 until she retired while I was in college. She worked at the District Court office before I was born. So proud of her for working fulltime before women were "supposed" to.
Have you ever known anyone that’s been on TV, including you?
Well, technically I've been on TV, along with everyone in my high school band. And I think I went to school with someone who used to be on the Weather Channel sometimes, and with a local pol in another state. Otherwise, not that I know of. Oh, and a coworker has been on local morning TV in a mascot suit for a winter festival we have.
What was the most interesting animal you have seen in the wild?
What constitutes "in the wild"? We went to a safari park in Canada 15 years ago and saw lions and tigers and giraffes and monkeys who were free-ish to wander. We also watched their small herd of elephants walk to the pond for their daily bath which was exquisitely awesome to see. I have also seen moose completely wild and (I think) brown bears. And buffalo. And lots of rodents and small animals.
What holiday do you enjoy the most?
Thanksgiving.
What was the first video game you ever played?
Pong. In the 70s. Hey dudes: I am old.
What is the one thing you own, that if it got lost, you would be bummed?
I'd be heartbroken if I lost any of my family's Bibles.
Do you have a favorite breakfast item?
It involves bagels. With or without cheese, sausage, whatever. Every morning or at least 6 days a week.
What do you find yourself buying all the time?
Food. I swear, I need to cut that out.
When was the last time you got a real letter in the mail?
A full-on letter? That's been awhile, probably in the years category. I did get several cards for assorted reasons--not just my birthday--this month.
Do you have a most prized piece of jewelry?
My mom's turquoise ring.
Do you own any board games?
Oh FFS.... Yes. Probably close to 3 dozen.
What chore seems the most daunting right now?
Sorting out the crap shoved in the storage area under the back stairs. And also the Christmas ornaments we never use.
Were you born in the state you live in?
Nope. But three members of my extended family were.
Have you ever lived in a house that has been broken into?
We had a summer cabin that was broken into. Otherwise, no. Thank God and knock wood.
What is your favorite cheese?
"Wensleydale!" I like hard cheese of almost any sort.
Who do you know that watches the most sports?
Well, that would be Beast. Or maybe one of our churchy guy friends.
 
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