Sunday, August 2, 2015

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Creaking :: Settling
  2. Sipping :: Drinking
  3. Honeymoon :: Wedding
  4. Clang :: Bang
  5. Delight :: Enjoy
  6. Blade :: Knife
  7. Key :: Lock
  8. Landing :: ... pattern
  9. Insufficient :: ... funds
  10. Slam :: Bam

Sunday Stealing

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Shout Out The Answer Meme

Do you shout out the answers at the TV while watching quiz shows?
Only if I'm alone. I've discovered how annoying it is when someone does that while you're trying to watch (and figure out the answers).
Do you get over-involved with TV or movie plots at times?
Define "over-involved." lol
I've dreamed about TV shows. And yes, I do find myself pondering the show--or rather the characters--at odd times at work or while doing chores.
What's the highest hill or mountain you've ever climbed?
I grew up in the mountains of Colorado. While I never "climbed a mountain" in the sense of people doing Everest, I've been up my share of 12,000-foot+ high peaks. And rooted around the sides of several of those for fun too. From bottom to top in one go, that would be Big Squaw Mountain with my mother-in-law, Beast, and his brother in about 1988.
Do you have a piggy bank?
I do. One of these days I'll take a picture of it so I can post it. I love that bank!
What's the fastest you've ever traveled in a car?
TOO fast. I was in a car going close to 100 mph in traffic probably 20 years ago. It was exhilarating and stupid as hell.
Could you ever hand milk a cow?
Probably not. I suspect whichever cow got stuck with me would be pretty irritated pretty quickly, and I'd probably get smacked with a hoof or two. Also, I don't think my hands would hold up long enough. Yay, RSI.
Which was your favorite science? Biology, Physics or Chemistry?
Bio, once we got past cells. I hated the always-too-lengthy focus on cells, but systems, oh yeah! Loved muscles, skeletons, even nerves and digestive systems! OK, not a fan of all the stomach enzymes, but otherwise......SO COOL!
Have you ever had a surprise party? (that was an actual surprise)
I had two surprise baby showers before Sparky was born! Clearly, my brain wasn't working very well that both times I was 100% clueless. I threw a surprise graduation party for Beast when he got his MBA--at our house! He had no idea.
Have you ever warn clothing with the labels/tags still attached?
Nowadays, with the printed-on tags, I do it all the time. :-) And yes. Not too long ago, someone had to peel something off the back of my leg off of pants I was wearing for the first time. That was a little embarrassing.
Have you ever slipped on a banana skin?
Nope. I wonder where that comes from? Did people used to do that? Or was that a stand-in for all the piles of manure that used to litter streets prior to cars?
Are you scared of the dark?
Nope. I actually love darkness. I fully respect the power of darkness to mess with our senses, though. Ever been underground in a cave with no flashlight? Yeah. Awesome-scary.
Do you have a lawyer?
Hmmm. I know a fair number of attorneys, but I haven't paid any of them recently. We really need to go get our wills updated, though. Soon.
If you had a paid year off, what would you want to do?
Travel! I would love to do a world cruise.
How long did you[r] last phone call last?
...I can't even remember the last time I used a phone outside of work calls. My last work call, yesterday, was probably only a minute of actual phone time, with a period on hold in the middle. Personal call.....jeez, I think it's been over a week, when I call someone in Al-Anon about missing a meeting where I had meant to drop off boxes.
Have you ever helped someone across the road?
Yup. Everyone in my family is older than me, and many of them are or have been frail.
Have you ever been wolf whistled in public?
Ugh, thank God I'm old now!! I was first wolf-whistled while sitting on my front lawn when I was about 11. Who the FUCK does that?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday 9

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Heartbeat Song (2015)
... because Cat recommended it (hey, that's me!)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Kelly Clarkson is singing an upbeat song about falling in love. Think of your favorite love song. Is it about finding love or losing it?
I think this song is about her baby, actually, or maybe I'm misremembering an interview I saw when this song first came out. Or maybe for me it's about my son. Anyway, I don't like songs about losing love. I like silly love songs, but not mindlessly stupid ones.
2) This song was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, who was a judge on American Idol. Kelly was, of course, the first American Idol. Do you watch Idol, The Voice, or America's Got Talent?
3) In this video, Kelly is blonde. Clairol based a famous ad campaign around the assertion that "blondes have more fun." Tell us another commercial catchphrase (it can be for any product at all).
"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." And yes, I really did type that from memory. So very sad. [Can you tell it's dinnertime? My stomach is apparently running my brain.]
4) As a young girl, Kelly wanted to be a marine biologist. She jokes that she changed her mind after seeing Jaws. Tell us about a movie that really scared you.
Psycho did, of course, even though I was fully prepared and saw it for a psychology course in college. However, I get scared in almost every movie with intense scenes. For crying out loud, I had to be removed from Oliver! as a child because Mr. Bumble terrified me!! And it hasn't ever gotten much better. Ben Hur is another one that I remember having to leave the room during the chariot race because it's so intense.
5) Kelly is very involved with NASCAR, performing at pre-race concerts and appearing at their Champions' Breakfast. Are you a race fan?
I actually am. Not a crazy-loony fan, but I know most of the top-tier driver's names at least and a little about most of them. And Kyle Busch sucks.
6) Kelly is married to Brandon Blackstock, stepson of country superstar Reba McEntire. Are you a country music fan?
I like some country songs. Or maybe I like country-pop. Not so much country-western twang-a-doodle fests.
7) The Blackstocks have a baby girl, River Rose. In May, the family visited an Australian wildlife preserve and introduced her to koalas and kangaroos. Have you visited the zoo this year?
Nope. I haven't really gone to the zoo in probably 7 years or so. Technically, I go to a charity event at a zoo every fall but the zoo itself is incidental, just a location.
8) Upon learning that she was getting criticized on Twitter for being "big," Kelly responded, "Say what you will. It's a free world. It doesn't bother me." How about you? Do you worry what other people think of you?
I don't really worry about it. I know I'm overweight. I know I'm mouthy, bitchy, opinionated and silly. I don't really need to be told any of those things. I do get really fucking upset when I'm talked down/condescended to, or belittled because I'm a female. I'm not stupid. Don't ever think that, no matter how idiotic I act!
9) She bid over $200,000 and won a ring that had once belonged to Jane Austen. (She doesn't have the ring, though; the British government banned its sale because it's a historic artifact and Kelly's money was returned.) She also has a first edition of one of Austen's novels. Who is your all-time favorite writer?
Well, not Jane Austen! I haven't ever gotten more than 10 pages into any of her books, and believe me I have tried several. YAWN. I read a lot of mysteries: Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, J.A. Jance. Bill Bryson is good fun. Anne Lamott is amazingly good at finding the perfect words. I like Charles Dickens and Laura Ingalls Wilder and Kent Haruf and Matthew Arnold and Lawrence Block and Lewis Carroll and E.E. Cummings....

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blogthings x4

You Maintain Perspective
You are good at keeping everything in proportion, even if you have been betrayed. You never try not to forget context.

That's not to say that you will let things slide, but you see where others are coming from and why they do the things they do.

Whenever you don't feel like forgiving someone, you remember the times in your life that you needed forgiveness.

You try to react fairly, even when you feel personally wounded. You don't go overboard, but you don't minimize things either.
I'm not that good at proportion, not in the heat of the moment. And I can be a huge pushover which isn't always great.

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You Should Be a Pivot
You are a very versatile person, and you do a good job in a variety of roles. You like to lead a team.

In roller derby, you would thrive both as a blocker and a jammer, hence your role of pivot. You are truly special.

You aren't just determined, you're strategic. You can see where things are going and know how to adapt accordingly.

People look to you to figure out what to do, and you don't let them down. You have vision, courage, and energy.
At my best, yes. When I'm not busy reacting and have time to think instead.

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You Are Quebec City
You are a true romantic, and for you, small is often beautiful. You don't like to be too overwhelmed.

You enjoy the simple pleasures in life, especially if they are high quality. A little goes a long way for you.

Quebec City is the perfect place for an epicure like you. You can live the good life there - without ever having to get in a car.

You'll find a new delight around every corner, whether you're taking in a beautiful historic building or a modern winter party!
OK. Sounds nice. And also colder than here, so no. But in the summer, maybe?

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You Are "Love is Strange"
You are always noticing how strange the whole world is, including yourself. You love life's eccentricities.

You can't help but be yourself, and you are okay with that. You love all of your fabulous quirks.
But I can't dance, so....

Friday 5

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Fresh Catch
  1. What were your feelings the last time you stood on a scale?
    Well, they weren't happy. But I was at the doctor's so I was also a bit distracted by the nurse talking to me.
  2. In what ways are you old schoool [sic]{hee}, and in what ways are you new school?
    I'm old school financially and in some respects spiritually and morally. I'm into new technology and like trying new things. I try to weigh things on their merits not on their history.
  3. What big event is coming down the pike for you?
    My son is moving into his own apartment in two weeks. It probably is a bigger deal than it feels like. So much that I know that he doesn't know he needs to know....
  4. In which social situations do you thrive, and in which do you flounder?
    I like social situations that involve word-play and intelligent conversation. I suck at social niceties and small talk and gossip.
  5. When was the last time a fad hooked you?
    Oh, probably yesterday. This week. Recently. I'm kind of a sucker for fads. I can't think of what it would be, unless it's a new song or a phrase. I've been using What the Actual Fuck? a lot lately.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Stealing

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I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly

1. Have you ever had a pen pal?
I have! Kim R and I corresponded for a couple of years when I was about 8. She was from Connecticut (so I learned how to spell that early!). Then when I was about 14, Kristina A and I met up via letter--she lived on Long Island and she was allowed to make phone calls so we talked rather more often than most pen pals do. That friendship was far too much of a mis-match to last, however. When I was a junior in high school, somehow Vickie P and I hooked up. She lived in Washington state and was heavily into that early-grunge, post-New Wave scene. We corresponded for perhaps 3 years. There was a guy in Brazil I wrote to briefly while in college--that was just weird, but he was drop-dead gorgeous. There was a girl in Japan in high school named Kumiko--I still have a lovely Japanese doll she sent me. Let's see. Oh, my college roommate had a Swedish penpal with a friend who wanted a penpal, so Elisabeth and I kept in touch for probably 6 years till adulthood and marriage and family and work intervened. And there was a guy who went to high school with a guy I dated briefly in college who turned out to be a better and longer-term friend than the guy I was dating.
Whew. See, I used to write letters. It's eminently possible I've written myself out.
2. What’s your favorite breed of dog?
I like pretty much all dogs. I guess I prefer terriers and retrievers and shepherds, having had those breeds. But I'm not going to be picky since I can't have a dog around me for long. I'll take whatever breed I can spend time with!
3. Can money buy happiness?
It buys comfort. That is often easily mistaken for happiness.
4. Do you listen to music when you’re down?
Yes. But I listen to music whenever I can, regardless of mood.
6.Can you honestly say you’re okay right now?
I honestly can.
7.What was the last thing you spent money on?
I dropped $250+ at Meijer yesterday on groceries and a few things for today's party.
8.Is your current hair color mostly your natural hair color?
Ayup. Stopped dying it 2-3 years ago.
9.Who have you texted in the last 24 hours?
Actually, no one. I PM'd Sparky a couple of times since he is pretty much always in his room and I don't feel like running (or shouting) upstairs for him. But my phone got no usage this weekend.
10.Were you in a good mood last night?
Sure. We watched a DVR'd episode of Whose Line Is It? and some other random stuff. I went to bed relatively early.
11.Do you have a reason to smile right now?
Always. IN spite of current irritation with Sparky's crabbiness about having to miss a D&D session to go to today's birthday party.
12. How often do you hold back what you want to say?
More than I ever used to! Probably not often enough though.
13. Do you think that in the end, everything will fall into place?
Yup. It always does, one way or another. We may not like the resulting picture, but there always is one.
14.Are you currently looking forward to anything?
Aside from today's party? lol My second "son" (a good friend of Sparky's from high school) is coming to visit in a couple of weeks. And I do like August and September just because.
15.Do you have any TV shows on DVD?
Most of Outlander--probably 10 episodes--and probably a couple of other things. Deadliest Catch? There'll be a NASCAR race to watch when we get home this afternoon.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Scroll :: Torah
  2. Mature :: Aged
  3. Breakfast? :: Not sure, maybe a bagel?
  4. Wrist :: Carpal tunnel
  5. ___ is better ___ :: Something ... nothing
  6. Better half :: Spouse
  7. Note :: Music
  8. Worrying :: Anxiety
  9. Band :: High School...
  10. Insipid :: Jejune
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