Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
Funky Twenty-Five Meme

1. Most unflattering hairstyle you ever had? What made it so unflattering?
I am blessed with good hair, so any bad hairstyles have been because I'm done my own hack job. I also had a couple of bad perms way long time ago.
2. Favorite movie(s) that were made in the 90's?
I really liked the first Matrix movie. I liked The Lion King too. And of course Groundhog Day.
3. Do you rent movies? If so, from where?
Not very often, and mostly from my workplace when I do.
4. Do you like cookies better when they're just out of the oven or after they've cooled?
I like cookies best before they are baked.
5. Do you still talk to the person who gave you your first kiss?
6. Did you go to pre-school? If so, what was the name of it?
I did. It's still in existence, in the same locale, looks exactly as it did 45 years ago. That is quite creepy.
7. How do you take your coffee?
Outside to pour on the ground. Yuck.
8. Do you like fuzzy things?
Uh...well. Hmm. I like animals.
9. Favorite kind of chocolate?
I prefer milk chocolate.
10. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic?
11. What about Do you think the site is mean, funny, or both?
Yes. I don't visit it very often, and I certainly don't dress up to show, but I'm surely never going to be photographed and put on it either.
12. Do you like fat sandwiches? If so, what does your favorite one have on it?
I have no idea what this is.
13. One restaurant you'd never been to but would like to go to?
There are few restaurants in Italy and on Ydra that I haven't eaten at yet....
14. Last time you got a haircut? Do you need one?
Friday. All spiffy this weekend.
15. What's your favorite pattern for clothing (stripes, plaid, etc.)?
I'm not a huge fan of patterns, actually. I like plain, or big stripes if necessary.
16. What's your age backwards?
17. When you see typos in a survey, do you correct them?
If they are awful, yes.
18. When was your last vacation? Did you go someplace special?
We were in Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game last December and January. It was wonderful.
19. What's your favorite kind of pancakes?
Plain with butter and syrup.
20. Do you like movies with computer graphics, like Avatar?
Not particularly. Well, I'm not agin 'em, but I prefer movies with actual, y'know, PLOT.
21. Do you know how to sew?
22. Are you good at wrapping gifts?
If I take time, I am. Usually, I'm hurrying though so sometimes the paper gets a little weird.
23. Do you like flavored yogurt?
It's ok.
24. How old will you be in December of 2015?
Just over 52.
25. What's the age difference between you and your siblings?
My oldest sister is 20 years older than me, my brother is 10 years older. There were two other sisters between my brother and remaining sister.

Unconscious Mutterings

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. Thank you :: You're welcome
  2. Pills :: Meds
  3. Watch :: Clock
  4. Don’t move :: Stop!
  5. Meeting :: Appointment
  6. Physical :: Mental
  7. Finding :: Looking
  8. Dangerous :: Scary
  9. Closely :: Near
  10. 8 days :: ...a Week

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blogthings Smackdown

You Are Independent
You are sweet because you follow your heart. You believe in doing whatever will make you the happiest.

You don't always agree with the majority, and you have no problem with that. You just go a different way.

People are impressed [annoyed?] with your freewheeling individualism, but you feel like you have no other choice. You were born this way.

Your path may be less traveled, but it's vibrant, interesting, and underrated. You are happy [usually] with the direction you have gone in.
I am not sweet!! But...oh well, the rest is accurate. And yum, candy-corn-looking nails! lol

You Are Mathematics
You are a bright person, and quite honestly, you probably excel at most subjects.

However, there is a special place in your heart for math. Numbers and logic make sense to you - much more than they do to other people.

You see math as objective and beautiful. You love to run the numbers on everything, and being mathematical better informs your decisions.

You are also a good builder, due to your attention to mathematical detail. You can rock out everything from a complicated pastry to a woodworking project to a computer program.
Hah! I do have wonderful memories of Ms. S. in 7th and 8th grade math, but I'm not overly into math in general. I do like picky details, though.

You Are Calm
You are a serene, wise, and together person. You are a great person to know, as you are naturally very nurturing.

You offer others the compassion and support that they need. You have enough room in your life to help those around you.

You are a very capable person, and you can be counted on to do a good job. You keep your cool in the face of disaster.

You are a peaceful person who is content to mind her own business. But you are always willing to step in when you're needed.
I am not serene, wise or together, The rest is fairly accurate, I suppose.

You Are Progressive
It's likely that you consider yourself more liberal than most people … and certainly more liberal tha[n] most Americans.

You are well versed in social justice and environmental issues. And you think it’s about time that we did something about them.
I'm not way out with the left-wing extremists, but I'm pretty liberal, yeah.

You Are 36% 90s!
You have some deep love for the 90s, and you’ve been known to dabble in some 90s nostalgia from time to time.

While you're happy to have modern technology (and internet speeds), you wouldn't mind traveling back to the 90s for a day or two!
What can I say? Sparky was a little, cute guy, and the music wasn't awful all the time -- just a lot of the time. ;-) But can I stay in this house instead of going back to the horrible house we were in before??

You Are "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
You are an old fashioned person, and your dream life is simple. You just want the white picket fence ending.

You are a bit traditional for these times, and you're fine with that. You love the idea of marriage and being with one person forever.

You are the romantic type, but you don't expect your partner to be perfect. You love someone completely, flaws and all.

You see a relationship as building a life together. You're ready for the ups and downs that come with that.
Definitely not the romantic type, but everything else here is spot-on. And I do like this song, too.

You Are Idealistic

You are driven to make the world a better place, but not just for yourself. You want to help people, animals, and the whole planet.
You are a good listener and empathizer. You try to walk a mile in someone else's shoes whenever possible.

You are considerate and compassionate. You are more than fair to those around you, and you believe that every little act of kindness does wonders.

You go to great lengths to avoid conflict. You don't think that arguments solve anything, and you would always rather find common ground.
This was a weird concept (a bay??) but I like the results. Except that last part: I'm definitely not afraid of a good argument!!

LONG survey

Found here (that's part 1; I'm doing it all at once)

1. Who is your hero?
I have loads of heroes, mostly those who continue to get up and carry on with life in the face of tremendous adversity. There are people in this would who are carrying loads that would kill me to think about in my own life.
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
3. What is your biggest fear?
Those close to me dying.
4. What is your favorite family vacation?
We've had good ones all over the place over the years: Yorkshire, Moosehead, Vegas, Eagleridge, Greece....
5. What would you change about yourself if you could?
I'd be less worried about embarrassing myself. It's getting easier though.
6. What really makes you angry?
Being lied to.
7. What motivates you to work hard?
I like to do things right, and I like to do things that are complicated but finishable. I do NOT like long-term stuff--if I can't get it done in a day, I'm really lousy at getting it done with.
8. What is your favorite thing about your career?
Being able to help people and getting to answer questions. I'm naturally a very nosy person. I also like the picky detail stuff that's involved in cataloging a lot.
9. What is your biggest complaint about your job?
Never having enough time (or budget) to do things we want to do right. And the people make me nuts sometimes. Not just patrons.
10. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Sparky. And being true to myself through all the the extent that I have been.
11. What is your child’s proudest accomplishment?
I have no idea. Should probably ask him, eh? I hope that passing P-Chem and walking in graduation ceremonies next month at least make the short-list though.
12. What is your favorite book to read?
These Happy Golden Years. Maybe I should reread it for the billionth time. Really, the honest answer is "the current book."
13. What makes you laugh the most?
Clever humor. A well-timed burn on someone who deserves it. And good puns delivered perfectly.
14. What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
Hmmm, Star Trek? I think? It was good.
15. What did you want to be when you were small?
Bigger. No, seriously.
16. What does your child want to be when he/she grows up?
He's 22+ so I'm not sure this question applies any longer. Now I'm sad... :'(
17. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Drive to a cabin alone in the mountains, sit in the sun, read a good book, nap, walk.... SLEEP!
18. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
I love watching football. And I'll play almost any game set in front of me!
19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
Drive. If I knew how to properly ride a horse, that might make it to the top of the list.
20. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I probably wouldn't.
21. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
I don't listen to the radio in the car unless I've run out of audiobook. Then it's something on XM.
22. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?
In this order: Wash dishes, clean the bathroom, vacuum, mow. I don't know how to start the mower, or that might be slightly higher. The later, two are actually pretty much the same thing, and I'm not fond of the concept. I do like doing dishes. Bathrooms don't bother me either.
23. If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?
I would absolutely LOVE to have someone shop for and prep all my meals! I already have someone come clean my house every few weeks, but I'd cancel that in a heartbeat if it meant hiring someone to cook.
24. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
25. Who is your favorite author?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. And of course Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, J.A. Jance, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Malcolm Gladwell, Jasper Fforde....
26. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
I suppose "Mom" doesn't count? Or all my sisters' and brother's names wadded together? I don't think I really have. Some jokey riffs on my actual name [first name] Lou and [food name] [last name].
27. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
I don't mind them, assuming they're GOOD ones.
28. In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie, or read?
Read. Or take a bath and go to bed early.
29. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
Yes please. I'm not fussy. Hawaii in winter, Alaska in summer.
30. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?
The latter. I would be so bored without work to do.
31. Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
Amy. She knows that sometimes people just want to be on opposite sides of the island from each other but that doesn't mean they don't like each other anymore.
32. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
W O R K.
33. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
I'd visit the years when my parents and grandparents were in their primes and get to know them.
34. How would your friends describe you?
Again, it would perhaps be better to ask them this question, but I hope it's because I'm kind, smart and helpful.
35. What are your hobbies?
Blogging, Facebooking, reading, games, sleeping....
36. What is the best gift you have been given?
A second chance.
37. What is the worst gift you have received?
A lot of really awful books.
38. Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
B O O K S.
39. List two pet peeves.
People being mean to each other. People who go lower than the speed limit.
40. Where do you see yourself in five years?
If I knew that, my life would be so much easier to manage right now. I really don't know. I'd like to still be in this house, and still married. Those are very much up for debate right now.
41. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Probably about 3 dozen.
42. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Invisibility and stealth.
43. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Have we not covered this at least once before? In this meme? I'd bank most of it, and then donate it post-tax.
44. What form of public transportation do you prefer? (air, boat, train, bus, car, etc.)
I have a little love affair with taxis, probably because I don't have to use them all that often. I also like trains a lot. Used to like planes, but it's a huge hassle and unpleasant to fly nowadays. And boats--not so much fun.
45. What’s your favorite zoo animal?
Giraffes. Wolves. Penguins.
46. If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
I'd smack that apple right out of Eve's hand!
47. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
My grandparents.
48. How many pillows do you sleep with?
I sleep with one, but usually read with an extra under my head. There are four total on the bed Beast and I sleep in.
49. What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep (and why)?
Probably 40 hours or so during Trivia Weekend in college. And some long nights with Sparky when he was little. It's taught me to sleep when I can.
50. What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top in?
I've been to the two in the center of the U.S.
51. Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
I don't think they are mutually exclusive.
52. How often do you buy clothes?
I just bought socks and a T-shirt on Amazon this last week. Real clothes? Probably been a year.
53. Have you ever had a secret admirer?
If so, they kept it very secret, even from me.
54. What’s your favorite holiday?
55. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Getting married right out of college? I don't know; nothing felt that daring, just scary, when I was younger. Maybe it was going to college 1000 from hoe without knowing anyone else.
56. What was the last thing you recorded on TV?
CSI? Or Deadliest Catch? I"m not sure.
57. What was the last book you read?
The last one I was reading today was Trespasser by Paul Doiron
58. What’s your favorite type of foreign food?
I like Indian, though it isn't easy to find around here.
59. Are you a clean or messy person?
Clean but untidy.
60. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Julia Roberts. Winona Ryder. Melissa McCarthy.
61. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
I try to give myself an hour, but in a pinch I can be up and out in 15 minutes flat, 8 if I don't need to shower.
62. What kitchen appliance do you use every day?
63. What’s your favorite fast food chain?
Taco Bell.
64. What’s your favorite family recipe?
Killer mac n cheese. I could tell you the whole thing, but then I'd have to kill you all.
65. Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
I don't mind them, but I don't love the spinning rides.
66. What’s your favorite family tradition?
Fondue on New Year's Eve.
67. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Lots of hours of jump rope and jacks.
68. What’s your favorite movie?
69. How old were you when you learned Santa wasn't real?
Santa's not real?? Fuck. [I was about 6 when I figured it out, but I milked it another couple of years.]
70. Is your glass half full or half empty?
The glass next to me on the end-table is empty. Generally I'm a half-full type though.
71. What’s the craziest thing you've done in the name of love?
Being a parent make you liable to do some really nutty things in defense of your child.
72. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Satellite phone, sunscreen, notebook with pen.
73. What was your favorite subject in school?
I liked them all! Such a nerd.
74. What’s the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
There have been some strange foreign foods I didn't recognize, nor ask for details. The yuckiest, by far, was the (very good, apparently) caviar in Russia. Horrible.
75. Do you collect anything?
S&Ps and dust.
76. Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Oversize shirts for girls.
77. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
More introvert than not, but I'm a great actress.
78. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
79. Have you ever had a surprise party? (that was an actual surprise)
Yes, both were baby showers. And nothing since then.
80. Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous?
Not that I'm aware of, unless they were hanged for stealing horses.
81. What do you do to keep fit?
I don't keep fit.
82. Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?
"Whoever talks louder wins."
83. If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
Meanness will be prosecuted.
84. Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
There were damned few I didn't like.
85. What three things do you think of the most each day?
"What's Beast up to?" "How soon can I get some sleep?" "Why is the computer running so slow?"
86. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
"Contents under pressure."
87. What song would you say best sums you up?
"Amazing Grace"
88. What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Neil Gaiman would be fun to talk to. Or John Green.
89. Who was your first crush?
Jim Phillips.
90. What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?
"Interesting?" I live in suburbia--I can see yards. Kids, on nice days. A couple of swingsets, a pool, lots of grass, some trees....
91. On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are?
92. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Plugging away....
93. What was your first job?
Answering the phone at home for my dad. Our home phone was his business line.
94. If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?
Think I'd fit in among the rest of the Jacksons? OK, how about The Partridge Family?
95. How many languages do you speak?
One well, one badly, and a couple more very very poorly. I can read about 6 non-English languages at various levels of skill.
96. What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
97. Who is the most intelligent person you know?
Hmmm. I know a lot of smart people. I don't really rank friends by their smarts, though.
98. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
99. What is one thing you will never do again?
Be pregnant.
100. Who knows you the best?

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Hawaii Five-O (1969)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This is the theme from the TV show that originally ran from 1968 to 1980 and is on now again with a new cast. Were you/are you a fan?
I remember watching it with my brother back in the day. I watched a lot of season 1 of the new series, but it was a little too...I don't just didn't grab me. Though they are some nice-looking guys.
2) On both shows, Five-O is an elite police task force led by Det. Lt. Steve McGarrett. Who is your favorite TV cop?
Olivia Benson.
3) On both shows, the part of Danny "Danno" Williams was played by a second generation performer. (James MacArthur was the son of Broadway legend Helen Hayes; Scott Caan is the son of movie actor James Caan.) If you followed one of your parents into their chosen profession, what would you be doing?
My dad was in construction, and my mom worked at a clerk in the county court office. I'm more of my mom than my dad.
4) Both shows are filmed in Hawaii, the boyhood home of President Obama. Have any of our 44 Presidents hailed from your state?
I don't think we've had a native Coloradoan become President. The state I'm in now has produced at least one.
5) Kona coffee is made from beans cultivated on the Big Island of Hawaii. Are you a big coffee drinker?
I don't drink coffee.
6) This week's song was written by the late Morton Stevens. In addition to composing for TV shows, he was the musical director for a group of entertainers known in the 60s as "The Rat Pack." Can you name any "Rat Pack" members?
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Joey whathisname....and some others.
7) This week's featured band, The Ventures, began when Don Wilson purchased a used car from Bob Bogle. During negotiations, they discovered a shared passion for playing guitar. Did you buy your current ride new or used? Did the negotiations go smoothly?
We "bought" the car I currently drive now when Beast was allowed to re-up for a new company car and I kept his previous company car. No negotiations.
8) The year this song was popular, 1969, is when Donald and Doris Fisher opened a San Francisco clothing store called The Gap. Today there are more than 3,200 Gap locations. Do you shop at The Gap or
Nope. There isn't one very close, and their clothes are too pricey for me.
9) Random question: What's on your Saturday to-do list?
I worked 9-2 and have been home since. I should go to the grocery store, but I'm tired, and unmotivated.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
Book Preference Meme

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
I've gotten away from horror--I am more easily creeped out nowadays compared to my youth. Stephen King is still aces in my book though--his last collection of short stories was brilliant. I don't like hard science fiction, the kind I call Technology Porn, but I don't mind a good fantasy once in awhile as long as there are no fairies or dragons. And I really don't like Tolkien-esque stuff. There has to be humor. And time-travel; it's been awhile since I've read a bad or uninteresting time-travel story.
Hardback or Trade paperback or Mass market paperback?
I prefer hardcovers in general--the print is better and the book is easier to handle. Paperbacks are good for travel, though, but the print is often small and/or hard to read.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
I try to stop at my local indy bookstore as often as possible, but sometimes Amazon is the way to go for random reasons.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Uhm, I always liked Borders better, but they are long gone. I own a Nook, so I do send money the BN way regularly.
Bookmark or Dog-ear?
I usually bookmark since I'm usually reading library books. If it's my own, however, whatever it takes! :-)
Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
I liked Asimov's mysteries better than his SF. I prefer Fantastic SF, I guess.
Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or Random?
Arranged by subject then alpha by author/main entry. At least that's the theory ... more realistically, though, everything's higgledy-piggledy on my shelves.
Keep, Throw away or Sell?
I donate a lot to the library's booksale (unless they are ruined in which case I throw them away!!), or to the library's shelves, for that matter.
Keep dust-jacket or Toss it?
I often remove it on my own books while reading, but I keep it for later.
Read with dustjacket or Remove it?
Oops, see above.
Short story or Novel?
I like both. I work with a couple of people who can't stand short stories. I don't understand that.
Stop reading when tired or at Chapter breaks?
I stop wherever these days.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time?”
I'm not much of a believer in happily ever after, so I'll go with dark-and-stormy.
Buy or Borrow?
Over 90% of what I read is borrowed.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Yes. All of the above. I don't have any kind of methodical system for this. I read reviews for work--that's part of my job!--and I read Book Marks magazine for (mostly) myself. And of course we librarians tend to be full of advice about books to read.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Either way works for me.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Not too tidy, please, but I do want some sort of resolution.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Hmmm. I guess I don't do that much morning reading. I read at bedtime or at least in the evening a lot. Afternoon, sometimes.
Standalone or Series?
I have dozens of series I try to keep up with, but I like a good standalone just fine too.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
"Nobody"?? Not really. I love the series set in Colorado by R.E. Derouin. It's self-published but he absolutely NAILS the town in which it's set. I also like The Book of Ruth and The Thirteenth Tale and Glass Soup, none of which were enormously well-known.
Favorite genre series?
As I said, there are dozens. I like Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, J.A. Jance, Bill Pronzini, Lawrence Block, Diana Gabaldon, old Robert Parker....those are the ones that spring immediately to mind.
Currently Reading?
ebooks: The Bone Garden (Gerritsen), Stuff Matters (Miodownik) [both on Nook], and Back on Murder (Bertrand) [on my phone]
audiobook: The Naming of the Dead (Rankin)
hardcovers: Trespasser (Doiron), Jesus (Martin), and Ready Player One (Cline) [at work]

Unconscious Mutterings x2

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. Science :: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Everywhere :: ... and nowhere
  3. Seed :: Grow
  4. Comedian :: Funny
  5. Philadelphia :: Brotherly Love
  6. Disillusioned :: Disappointed
  7. Rolls :: Rocks and ...
  8. History :: ... major [me]
  9. Eagles :: "Take It To the Limit"
  10. Disappointed :: Discouraged
  1. Roller coaster :: Up and down
  2. Notification :: Warning
  3. Yellow :: ... flag
  4. Humor :: Sense of ...
  5. Parental :: ... unit
  6. Blow :: ...hard
  7. Duck :: ... and cover
  8. Height :: Weight
  9. Wolf :: Coyote
  10. Troubling :: Upsetting
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