Monday, September 1, 2014


You Are a Tricycle
You are easygoing and relaxed almost all of the time. You enjoy taking life at a slow pace.

You don't like being stressed, and you believe that peace is attainable for almost all of us. It's all about perspective.

You are light and playful in almost every aspect of your life. It bums you out to be too serious for too long.

You see the good in everyone, and you are quite nonjudgmental. You pride yourself on being compassionate and forgiving.
OK, why is this tricycle-y behavior, I wonder? I'm not peaceful, though. And I flip-flop between serious and silly fairly easily.

Curious as a Cat

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1) Which quality best describes your life--exciting, organized, dull--and why?
Dull, at best. I do not like drama, and there has been FAR FAR TOO MUCH of it in the past year. My life is also fairly tightly scheduled between work and volunteer and various meetings, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it organized!
2) What book quote, film quote, or song lyric has been sticking with you this weekend? Why?
Having said that about drama above, these lyrics started chasing around:
It feel so good
When you let go
Of all the drama in your life
Now you're free from all the pain
Free from all the game
Free from all the stress
So find your happiness
(Mary J. Blige, "No More Drama")
Prior to that it was this:
Me an' RJ an' the kids was on a camp-out in the mountains, and we had us one'a them U-Drive-'Em Army Jeep cars which we rented from a fella by the name of Kubozke for thirty bucks a day, buy your gas along the way, take a rabbit's foot and leave a pint of blood for a dee-posit...
(C.W. McCall, "Black Bear Road")
I could go on, if you'd like. Got the whole thing memorized.
3) Paper, plastic, or your own?
Plastic or my own. Depends on where I'm shopping, and for how much. Big days are my own bags, but if I'm stopping for bananas, cheese, and bread, I'll just take a plastic bag. I take them to work to use when people need a bag on rainy days.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Photo © Cat. 2014
Yes. Yes, I do occasionally take pictures in bathrooms, but NEVER of people. This TP dispenser just cracked me up. We stopped at a mini-mart/souvenir stand while driving through the mountains near Mountain City, TN, earlier this year and this is what I discovered while using the necessary. It wasn't nearly as bad as advertised, incidentally.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


You Are in Your Musical 30s
You are at the point where your musical taste has really come into your own. You are quite sophisticated.

You aren't afraid to say what music you like, even if others don't agree. Being a fan isn't about being cool.

Musical trends matter less and less to you these days.
You're more into getting to know certain artists really well.

Your taste in music veers towards the complex and varied. You pride yourself on having a deep appreciation for the craft.
I'm not sure I'm sophisticated--I mean, I enjoy Miley Cyrus!--but I certainly have varied playlists. I bore easily.

Sunday Stealing

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Blogging Meme

What kind of blog do you have?
All of my blogs are on Blogger and always have been, for 10+ years now. I have access to about 14 individual blogs some of which are group blogs.
Oh, wait, I also have one on OhLife, which is seriously private: my vent-and-spew place.
How many posts do you have?
Total? At least 13,200 posts. Yes, I did just total 'em up on all the blogs.
How many blogs [and other sites] do you follow?
175, not all of which are active, and many of which are more news resources than blogs, for instance, my local newspaper. Hint: if you don't have RSS feeds set up on your blog or site, I won't be following you.
How many followers do you have?
No more than 45 according to Blogger. I have no idea who else has me on their RSS feeds list.
How often do you change your theme?
Not very often. Blogger (Google) has made it way too complicated.
How often do you change your icon?
Never if you mean the little one in the left-hand corner in the tabs. And I don't have a photo of myself on any of my blogs, so... yeah.
Do you have any favorite blogs?
Yes. I leave comments on the ones I like most, maybe 5% of those I read. But I also really adore Language Hat but I wouldn't presume to have anything to add to his blog.
Do you ever send anonymous messages to other people?
Not very often. That's just tacky. Then again, I'm as anonymous as I can be throughout all but one of my blogs so so maybe I'm 100% tacky.
Do you ever get anon hate?
Nope. I think I've gotten perhaps three random weirdo comments in ten years that I've deleted because they were uncalled-for. Otherwise, I do comment moderation on some of the blogs to weed out the spam, but let most people say what they will.
Have you made any friends through your blog?
Uhm, YES! :-) One of the first ones I made in blogging has since unfriended me on Facebook because of an argument over race. We're both pasty-white chicks and we are on the same SIDE of the racism debate, so that is just stupid, but aren't most arguments?
What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
I like my anonymity, and I really like writing.
What’s your least favorite thing about blogging?
I'm not thrilled about not being able to rearrange the page as easily as I could even a couple of years ago. Perhaps I need to take a CSS/HTML class.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Brownie :: Chocolate
  2. Randomly :: Without planning
  3. Congratulations! :: Felicitations!
  4. Curls :: Swirls
  5. Lipstick :: Red
  6. Memory :: Nostalgia
  7. Tea :: ...and crumpets
  8. Bulletin :: Church...
  9. Fragrance :: Perfume
  10. Pace :: Walk

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Patrick's Place

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Saturday 6

1. Who is the first performer you saw live in concert?
The Beach Boys after a Denver Bears baseball game. This was probably 1980 or so.
2. Who is the most recent performer you saw live in concert?
I think, embarrassingly enough, that was Boston last summer. Beast is a major fan. I've been to several Boston concerts, and Styx concerts, another favorite. Sigh.
3. Have you seen more musicians or comedians in concert?
I haven't been in a comedy club in at least 15 years, and prior to that probably only a handful of times. So, music wins!
4. Who is your favorite living performer — musical or comedy — you’d love to see live but haven’t yet?
I would love to see Melissa Etheridge in concert. I'd also love to go to a Gogol Bordello concert, but I'm a little afraid of the crowd I might find myself in.
5. Who is your favorite deceased performer — musical or comedy — that you most wish you’d been able to see live in concert?
Elvis. Bing Crosby. The Beatles. Mozart. Those would top the list.
6. Do you think most concerts are too loud or just right?
The older I get the "too louder" they get. Fortunately, I'm willing to sit in the highest tier at an outside show--farthest away from speakers--these days.


You Should Travel to Europe
When it comes to culture, you like what's old fashioned and classic. And you love history.

You are the type to enjoy an old fashioned European vacation at a very slow pace. You want to savor every moment.

You will feel at home lounging at sidewalk cafes and strolling along moonlight rivers. You can't imagine a better way to live.

You may even be inspired to make your new home in a quaint European neighborhood
... and to make some great art.
I'll leave the artwork to others, but otherwise, I'm 100% in for this!

Saturday 9

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All Night Long (All Night)
If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) This music video was produced by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Can you name a Monkees song?
I grew up watching the show, but all that comes to mind right now is "Daydream Believer" and the theme song for the show.
2) The song includes the foreign sounding phrases, "Oh jambali Tom bo li d, say de moi ya," and "Oh, Jambo Jumbo!" Mr. Richie meant to include language indigenous to the Caribbean, but was writing the song under deadline and simply made those phrases up instead. Tell about the most recent time you cheated or "cut corners."
I used sour cream instead of Greek yogurt for tonight's chicken tikka because I was too lazy to walk back to the yogurt when I realized I needed it; I was right next to the sour cream. And I completely forgot I was out of lemon juice. Oh, well: spice. We'll be fine.
3) Richie was a frat boy at college. Kappa Kappa Psi, to be exact. Were you a member of a fraternity or sorority?
I came of age under the influence of Animal House and a sister who was blackballed from a sorority when she was in college. So, yeah...I'm not a fan of college Greek life.
However, I'm in a sorority now, one that was originally formed by women who were "disinvited" to join campus sororities. The whole situation is bizarre, really.
4) When this song topped the charts (September 1983), Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned as Miss America. Do you watch beauty pageants?
I haven't watched one, not even for a few minutes, in Sparky's entire life. Yuck. Also, Vanessa Williams had her crown taken away, which was probably the best thing that could have happened for her career.
5) Since it's Labor Day weekend, that holiday established to celebrate the American worker, let's talk about the workplace. Tellers work in a bank, actors work on a stage or a set, auto workers work on an assembly line. How would you describe your workplace?
I work in a library. Unless you know someone who works in a library, you have no idea what kind of insanity happens at libraries! Today was three drunks, at least one online poker player, our usual Saturday visit from our neighborhood werewolf (who is super nice) and lots of teenagers wearing too much cologne, but otherwise a pretty calm day.
6) An estimated 40% of us have dated a coworker. Have you ever had an office romance?
Heh no. I haven't worked with that many guys for one thing, but even so...ewww.
7) Labor Day is a big weekend for travel. How did you book your last vacation? (Online, through a travel agent, over the phone ...)
We drove. I guess Beast used the internet to book our hotel rooms, but otherwise there wasn't a lot of booking involved.
8) Mother Winters won't wear white again now until next Memorial Day. Sam thinks that's just crazy. Where do you fall in this heated mother/daughter debate?
I'm the VERY last person you should ask about fashion. I wear whatever's on top of the pile in the closet and dresser drawer; white, green, orange, black...whatever. I don't own any white shoes anymore, so I think I'm probably ok anyway since it seems to me that white tops are fine whenever, but white shoes are Very Bad. Right?
9) When you look at back on Summer 2014, what will you remember?
It never got hot. Well, not for long. I think we were warm for a couple of weeks in June, maybe, and it's been warm and ridiculously humid since school started a couple of weeks ago, but otherwise....brrrr.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday 5

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  1. What’s the last thing you experienced that could be called a reunion?
    Facebook is full of reunions. I just recently re-connected there with a former pastor after 12 years. In person...hmm, can't think of a thing.
  2. When you spend time out with friends, how does your group handle the bill?
    We usually keep track and split the bill, paying for what we ordered.
  3. What are you picky about when you order something in a restaurant?
    I'm not really that fussy, but I always ask for salad dressing on the side and no raw tomatoes.
  4. When did you last spill a drink on yourself?
    Ironically, it was Tuesday or Wednesday this week. I had a cup from Jimmy Johns that I grabbed too hard, and the lid popped off and dumped pop on my lap and the papers I was working on.
  5. When dining out, what’s your approach to dessert?
    If I'm not full, I'll order some, but usually I'm full. Which is a drag.


You Value Benevolence
You are a very generous person, and you feel like you get a lot from giving to others. You like to help.

You worry about the world, and you do your best to improve things - especially on a community level.

You nurture the people around you, whether they ask for your assistance or not. You quietly lend a hand in whatever way you can.

You hate to see misery or suffering. You are an empathetic person, and you tend to take on the burdens of those you care about.

Well, yes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


You Are a Talker
You are a people person, and you have more friends than you can count. You get along with everyone.

You have mastered the art of smoothing over any social awkwardness or boredom.
You are extremely magnanimous and charming.

At work, you tend to network well and know as many people as you can. You inspire others and are the first to volunteer for something.

Your home is full of life and people. It may be a bit chaotic at times, but it is always a fun place to be.
I do like people. But I like my alone time too, and I'm actually pretty shy and socially awkward with new people. That means I'm readily able to spot other people's social awkwardness and try to cover for them if necessary.
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