Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Kathy Aay Questions

1. What is the meaning of your blog’s name?
I've answered that before. Here's one of the times (scroll down to "Rumpelstiltskin"--that was a fun meme!).
2. Why did you start your blogging?
Because in 2004, everyone was doing it. To be honest, I was only going to track my reading. Things rapidly got out of control.
3. What’s your usual bedtime?
I'll be sacking out as soon as the race starts. Oh, you mean at night? I'm usually lights-out by 10.
4. Are you lazy?
Eminently so!
5. Do you miss anyone right now?
I've weirdly been missing my sister Jean and my mom both this week. They are sort of linked in my head anyway--LONG story--but usually I don't get the waa-waas at the same time.
6. How would you describe your fashion sense?
Nonexistent. I'm all about jeans and T-shirts.
7. What are your nicknames?
"Miss", "Ma'am", "Excuse me" seem to be the big ones.
8. Are you a patient person?
I'm so much better than I used to be at this! Only knowing where I came from would you ever think today that I'm at all patient.
9. Are you tight-fisted or frivolous?
Of late, VERY tight-fisted.
10. What magazines do you read?
Entertainment Weekly, Ms., Bookmarks and I page through a couple of others when I have time.
11. Are you stubborn?
Er, yeah. For sure.
12. When is your birthday?
About 7.5 months from now.
13. What book are you currently reading?
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, by Joshua Foer
14. What phone do you have?
It's a Samsung, about 2 years old.
15. Do you have any pets?
PintoBean is still hanging on, currently noshing on lettuce and living the wild life.
16. Do you have siblings?
I do.
17. Any children or grandchildren?
Just Sparky. He assures me that he'll start having kids by the time he's 30. I'm not sure what the plan is, but as Mom, I'm used to being the last to know.
18. What do you order at Starbucks?
Nothing. Or black tea if it's cold outside.
19. What did you do for your last birthday?
Not . A . Damn . Thing.
20. What’s your occupation?
I'm a librarian, specifically, a cataloger.
21. Do you live in the country or the city?
I live on what someone once called a "house farm" in that we'rd kind of in the country, and this whole development used to be a farm field about 20 years ago. I drive through the country to get anywhere, though.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


You Should Spend the Day Sightseeing
You are a broad minded and curious person. You are the type of person who learns by doing.

If you want to know about something, you need to go and try it out for yourself. You love to get in the mix.

You love to explore and just see what's out there. You find a lot through spontaneity and randomness.

You know how to travel anywhere, including in your own city.
You can see any old place through fresh eyes.
I do like poking around and finding little hidden areas in places I know pretty well. And I do like sightseeing, which includes just sitting in a cafe and watching people go by.

Saturday 9

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The Heat of the Moment (1982)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) What's something you did or said "in the heat of the moment?"
All kinds of stupid stuff. I did a shot of 150-proof vodka on an empty stomach in college, back when I still weighed less than 125 lbs. I then chugged a full can of Coke (with sugar) to counteract the effects (because, college kids are SMART). About 2 hours later, I was pretty drunk, but the guy who dared me to do the shot originally decided to do one. Within half an hour he was in the dorm bathroom bringing up the last day's worth of food. I was fine, didn't even know he was sick till the next day.
2) Asia's founder and bass player, John Wetton, passed away in January. One of his bandmates remembered him as a reliable performer who made everyone around him look better. Do you enjoy being the center of attention? Or would you, like Mr. Wetton, prefer to play a supporting role?
I'm a supporting character.
3) Asia is a British band who played their first US concert at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. The nearest major city -- Ottawa, Canada -- is a 90-minute drive from Potsdam. When you were last in the car for an hour or more? Where were you going?
I took myself on a getaway weekend last month about two hours from here. I actually know someone in Potsdam; thus, I have zero interest in ever being in her vicinity.
4) The song refers to disco hot spots, which apparently, by 1982, no one wanted to go to anymore. Let's make that negative into a positive. Describe your perfect night out with friends. Where would you go?
I wouldn't go out. Or I'd go to one of their homes.
5) In 1982, the year this song was popular, someone laced bottles of Tylenol with cyanide. That's why we now have tamper-proof caps on many products. Have you used anything in a tamper-proof bottle yet today?
Nope. I was a freshman in college for this Tylenol thing. I remember signs up EVERYWHERE on campus about not taking Tylenol. I still have a moment when I open a new bottle. Today, though, I haven't opened anything at all.
6) In 1982, Time Magazine's Person of the Year wasn't a person at all, it was "the computer." What do you use your computer for most often?
Facebook, Twitter, this, email at home. Everything I do at work is online, so....
7) 1982 also saw the premiere of The Weather Channel. Where do you learn the day's weather forecast? (Watching the local news on TV, checking your phone, looking out the window ...)
Looking out the window and/or checking the phone/computer.
8) In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie, Conan the Barbarian, was a hit in theaters. When you settle down to watch a movie, is it usually a fantasy, like Conan? Or do you prefer another genre (action, comedy, adventure, romance, drama, classic ...)
I prefer comedy, but not stupidity.
9) Random question: What is something you try to avoid?
Work. Pain. Allergens. Ignorance.

Friday 5

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Food Me Once; Food Me Twice
Five questions inspired by a quick look through my pantry.
  1. What do you like on your frozen yogurt?
    I don't eat frozen yogurt very often. Maybe I should get some today. And I'd be most likely to eat it plain.
  2. How do you feel about hot breakfast cereals?
    We had the greatest sweet polenta on the cruise. I've been craving that ever since. Otherwise, I'm not a fan.
  3. What did you last put brown sugar in or on?
    Hmm. Something for Christmas baking...? Did we make chocolate chip cookies? I don't remember--I think Sparky and Beast collaborated after I got all the ingredients together.
  4. What’s a food item you willingly overpay for?
    "Over"pay no, but I will pay the full price when not on sale for Dr. Pepper.
  5. What did you last add vinegar to?
    I was, undoubtedly, cleaning something. I don't actually eat much vinegar. {{shudder}}

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The TV Shows Questions

1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
Of the oldies, Brady Bunch, Bewitched, and Gilligan's Island have to be up there. Newer shows would include the original CSI and the first 4-5 seasons of the original NCIS.
2. Name a show you can't miss:
We rarely miss any of the current crop of NCISes, though we watch them on DVR almost exclusively.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:
Mariska Hargitay, though I rarely watch SVU except in reruns. But I do like her.
4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
Good gosh, there are a LOT of those! Most of them are un-funny comedians or very young Too Famous People.
5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from:
Star Trek, of course! "THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!" is my constant refrain over the course of the last 6 months or so.
6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
This is so unlikely as to be unanswerable.
7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song:
Pretty much anything from the late 50s through the mid-80s. And now I've got the Three's Company theme stuck in my head, just like that!
8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
I would never presume to do this.
9. Name a TV series you own:
I have season one of the current version of Hawaii Five-Oh. I haven't watched all of it, and I haven't watched the show regularly since midway through season 2.
10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television:
Uhm, hello? Who can top Patrick Stewart in ST:TNG?
11. What is your favorite episode of your favorite series?
- On the original CSI the episode called "Stalker" because it was far too creepily close to reality to be dismissed as "just TV" for me.
- Star Trek TOS is probably the one called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" because it hit home HARD the first time I saw it at about age 10.
- ST:TNG is "Darmok" because it's all about language theory and I had massively interesting conversations online (ok, on Prodigy) for months about how a whole language like that would work, and the philosophy of language, and Noam Chomsky....
- Gilligan's Island is "The Producer" when the castaways stage a production of "Hamlet"--it's just farce of course, but it kinda was my intro to Shakespeare, so I think of it fondly.
And now I'll stop.
12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet:
Anything from Shondaland. I'm not into soapy stuff, so I've been leery.
13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Of course. See CSI: Miami. Swear to God, if those sunglasses had come off on my TV one more time....
14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:
CSI. SVU. Criminal Minds. A lot of the shows on Animal Planet. I was crying over a euthanized snow leopard from the Bronx Zoo last night. smh
15. What do you eat when you watch TV?
Whatever's on offer. We basically never eat at the table anymore.
16. How often do you watch TV?
I'm married to someone who thinks that if someone is alive, the TV should be on. He will walk through the room where I'm reading and turn the damn thing on and then go out to the garage for an hour. So, if he's here, the TV's on. And he's here ALL THE TIME anymore.
17. What's the last TV show you watched?
We're currently watching this afternoon's race, which was DVR'd while we went to a concert this afternoon.
18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of TV?
I think it's fairly obvious that anymore I mostly watch crime drama. And sports.
19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?
The Partridge Family.
20. What TV show do you wish you never watched?
In some ways, I wish I hadn't ever seen Little House on the Prairie. The earlier seasons were pretty good because they stuck, generally, to the books. But when they ran out of "true" Laura stuff, they ruined it.
21. What's the weirdest show you enjoyed?
There are some Japanese game shows that I just don't understand but they make me laugh. Beast thinks I'm insane for finding them amusing.
22. What TV show scared you the most?
I tend not to get that involved in any scary TV shows. I'm usually online these days so there's a definite distraction factor. Having said that, there have been some crime episodes over the years that have wigged me out. That "Stalker" episode mentioned above is one of them.
23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
That has to be, in terms of consistency over the years, M*A*S*H.

Bud's Laws of Life
Law 55. A single fact can spoil a good argument.
For the complete list of "Bud's Laws of Life" click here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday 9

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Along Alone Again, Naturally (1971)
Not familiar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. Friday was St. Patrick's Day, March 17th! Did you celebrate with green beer or a green milkshake?
Hell no. I did have Irish Soda Bread, brought to work by a coworker. I don't add green to food that shouldn't have it, though.
2. Did you remember to wear green?
I did. Of course; too many childhood pinchings to dare to forget green on St. Pat's.
3. What color do you look best in?
I have a purple sweater that I got at a resale shop last fall that someone told me this week is a good shade for me. I try to avoid red, since I tend to have a bad case of red-face even without it. And I think I do OK with teal/turquoise.
4. This week's featured artist, Gilbert O'Sullivan, was born in Waterford, Ireland. Waterford is famous for Waterford Crystal. Do you have glassware that you save for special occasions?
We have two full (glass-front) cupboards full of glassware we basically never use: beer mugs, martini glasses, luncheon dishes. I just can't get rid of them.
5. This week's featured song includes the line, "To think that only yesterday I was cheerful, bright and gay." How were you feeling yesterday?
Yesterday was ok. I got a fair amount of work done, attended to some great tunes while reorganizing the worms and spiders sections of our Dewey books. (That was probably meaningless--Dewey has updated most of the animal sections, so I'm working through the 'corrections' in our books--someday maybe I'll fix the collection itself....)
6. It begins with reference to a wedding that didn't quite come off because the bride left the groom at the altar. When were you most recently at church? Was it for a holiday service, a regularly scheduled service, a special event (a wedding or baptism)?
I teach Sunday School, so I'm there every Sunday, including last week. I'll be there tomorrow as well. I'm the Donut Lady.
7. In 1971, when this song was popular, Malibu Barbie was a big seller for Mattel. This doll had a perpetual tan. For a human to achieve this, a tanning bed or self tanner is usually required. Have you used either method to give yourself a tan?
Nope. I've got that northern European white skin with freckles and when hit by sun it mostly just burns, peels, and goes back to white-with-maybe-two-more-freckles. I've probably given myself enough sun damage from tanning with baby oil as a teenager. I don't need more. Also, self-tanning (spray) is ORANGE! Ick.
8. In March, 1971, James Taylor appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. What's your favorite James Taylor song?
"You've Got a Friend"
9. Random Question: What word or phrase do you hear yourself saying too often?
"Actually" (ack-shul-lee) or "derp." I swear a lot too, though.

Friday 5

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Picture This
  1. What’s your favorite monster movie?
    I, uh...well, starting out well. I don't really do monsters. Maybe "Gremlins"? If that counts.
  2. What’s your favorite social issues movie?
    "Shoah" with absolutely nothing else close.
  3. What’s a movie you dislike in a genre you love?
    There are a lot of stupid comedies out there. It's a fine line between silly and awful. Pretty much anything that leans heavily on drinking and resultant bad behavior, so all the "Hangover" movies, qualifies.
  4. What’s a movie you like in a genre you dislike?
    I really do love "Psycho."
  5. What’s a movie everyone else has seen but you have not seen?
    Most of them. Basically, almost anything from the last 25 years. It took me a full decade to get through "Titanic" for instance. I haven't seen most of the Batmans / Spidermans / Supermans made in this century.
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