Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday 9

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Hello (2015)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This video begins with Adele and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a smart phone?
I've got a smart phone, and I'm addicted to it. Not sure what we're going to do when we're overseas!!
2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy?
I literally NEVER unplug my chargers from the wall. So, no. I'm actually embarrassed by the amount of electricity we could save by doing some very basic things. Oh well...the time for that may be coming.
3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? Or did you just hang up?
I called Beast yesterday morning to see about meeting up for lunch. He picked up.
4) Adele brews a cup of tea in the video. How often do you drink tea1? Year round? Only in winter? Never?
Rarely. In the winter, sometimes. I'll drink more tea in the next month than I will for the remainder of 2016!
5) Adele told Glamour magazine she like two sugars in her tea. Do you watch your sugar intake?
I am trying to do so. Today was NOT a good day in that department....sigh.
6) This song is about reaching out to someone and extending an apology. When is the last time you said, "I'm sorry?"
I'm sure I said it to someone at work today. Like many American women, I over-apologize. The last time I meant it was yesterday when I did the usual "open mouth, insert foot" thing at the aforementioned lunch date.
7) Adele was a heavy smoker who enjoyed the habit and didn't quit until 2015, after doctors convinced her it contributed to her chronic throat problems. What's something you know you should do for your health?
See #5.
8) Even though she is one of the world's highest-earning entertainers, she recently had her credit card rejected while shopping at H&M. She admits she was "mortified." Have you ever experienced that moment at the counter when your card was rejected?
Not in public, but my card was rejected over the phone while buying Sparky's college laptop 5 years ago this summer (too big a charge which triggered the hold). And a few weeks ago again--with an out-of-state attorney--the card was held because of "suspicious" activity. Clearly I need to send more money to out-of-state attorneys. THAT was embarrassing!
9) Random question: When you were a kid, did you keep a neat or messy bedroom?
In retrospect, it was fairly clean. The routine was that every Saturday morning was housecleaning day. Mom did the laundry and the rest of the house while I was stuck in my room all morning supposedly tidying and so forth. I wasn't THAT messy, but I didn't exactly kill myself cleaning most days. Once we ate lunch, I was free to do other activities. Mostly that meant going to the mall with Mom and then the library. What the hell did we need at the mall EVERY BLOODY WEEK!?!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Giggling adolescents

(Thieved gratuitously from Amy)

What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?
I use a lot of different texting platforms. Straight up phone text: "And you are a great support for me. Thx" On Google Hangouts: "Wanna try to meet for lunch between hair & massage?" Via Fbk Msgr: "Happy birthday big bro!! 🎶"
What does the last text you received say? And from whom?
Phone: "Happy to be there-here" Hangouts: "k" [which, unfortunately, is all too typical] Msgr: "calling" [which then occurred]
What time do you wake up most mornings?
My alarm is set for 6:11 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays or Saturdays (whichever I work). Wednesdays I'm up at 5:33. Sundays I get to sleep in till 7:12.
The reason for the weird times? I'm weird that way.
Are you afraid of walking alone at night?
The way things are going, I'm afraid of walking. Day, night, I'm liable to trip and fall regardless. But no, there's no place around here that I walk in the daytime that I wouldn't walk after dark.
What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?
surf the net, read, do puzzles, sleep
Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?
Seeing as how I'm married, it's pretty much assumed that would be Beast, no? Though we're seeing family soon, so I'll get lots of family cheek-kisses then, and some sloppy kid-kisses too, I hope!!
Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school?
I was the classic teacher's pet more often than not. So no.
Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so?
I do like my job. It's rarely the same day twice. This week started with a skunk-smell in the building and improved over the week, with a drunk guy accosting me on my way to lunch on Tuesday, and having to decide whether to buy a book called "Fuck It" for the religion section on Weds. By yesterday, I was happy to listen to a dual-language student get tutored while her gorgeous daddy looked on.
Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?
I do, sometimes. It goes in ... uh ... spurts.
Though this week our inner adolescents were amused by loud, occasionally stinky farts from the computer chairs. One person, female. The librarian on duty had to leave the area because she couldn't stop giggling..... (NOT ME--until she came in the workroom and exploded into giggles)
Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?
I have never turned down a prescription offered by a trained professional. I have, however, opted to stop taking those drugs before I was supposed to.
Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?
Don't we all? Also, can I just say that at any given outdoor concert you are likely to "accept" drugs via smoke without having been offered.
Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?
This happens so often as to be rather the norm for me. One of my favorite things about people IRL and online is how they make me consider their individuality, which is often quite different from mine.
Tell us something weird that turns you on.
Good writing. And you can take that any way you want....
When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?
I'm pleading the Fifth on this, though whether out of fear of being pitied or some other reason is for you to decide. I'm not telling.
What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?
Finances. Mine.
When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?
It's more that some discussions are not worth the air they use up, and it was early this morning.
Do you usually initiate hugs?
I'd call it even. I do like hugging. I do a lot of it, too. Maybe it's this area, but I seem to be around a lot of huggie people.
Are you a very affectionate person?
I think so.
Can you roll your own cigarettes?
I guess I could, if I smoked cigarettes. Knowing me, I'd do it to be cheap!
What are you looking forward to?
My nephew's wedding in two weeks.
Do you have any tattoos? Do you want any/more?
Nope and no.
Are you mentally strong?
I've been told more than once recently that I am "the strongest person [other person] knows." Which is hooey, but nice to hear.
Are you physically strong?
Not so much.
Do you think you’re a good person?
I do my best to impersonate one most of the time. Beast told me once, long years ago, that he always was impressed by my kindness to others. Again, like the above "strongest" comment, I'm not buying it completely, but it was nice to hear.
Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now:
It would be lovely to be able to plan or even see a general map of what life is going to look like when we get back from our trip next month. I literally know what my work schedule is and that's it. Beast's work stuff, his legal stuff, his health ... all that's kinda in freefall. It's a scary rollercoaster.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
A bagel is the norm. Or an English muffin.

Friday 5

(Link in meme-roll)
Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over Oops Out of Time
  1. What’s your favorite song from 1999?
  2. It's kind of a toss-up between "Unpretty" and "Livin' La Vida Loca." I had no idea it's been 17 years since Ricky-Mania started! I've got the Shania CD too, and it got played A LOT!!
  3. What are some of your favorite films from 1999?
  4. I can recall seeing precisely three of the movies on that list: Phantom Menace, Matrix, and Toy Story 2, and I think only one of those in a theater. One was a giant yawn, one was pretty funny, and the third was deeper than I ever thought that kind of movie could be.
  5. What’s something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999?
  6. u>On my birthday, not much. Beast's birthday is soon after mine, and there was all kinds of stuff on his: collapsing people-killing bonfires, non-fatal plane crashes, and an international call for peace in Chechnya. Between our two birthdays, Neopets were introduced!!
  7. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000?
  8. We stayed home, of course, and Sparky tried his hardest to last till midnight. He did ok for an almost-seven-year-old and lasted till about 11 before crashing in the papa-san chair in the living room. I have an awesome photo of him somewhere in his Winnie-the-Pooh slippers and jammies, comatose at the beginning of the new year.
  9. What’s something that’s gotten better since 1999?
  10. Internet speed.
I miss Prince so much....sigh....

Monday, August 22, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings x2

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  1. Hiding :: Secreting
  2. Grip :: Overnight bag
  3. Sticky :: Tacky
  4. Games :: Sports
  5. Tunnel :: Carpal ...
  6. Japan :: Tokyo
  7. Super :: ... Mario
  8. Map :: Atlas
  9. Costume :: Outfit
  10. Secret :: Hidden
  1. Passive :: - Aggressive
  2. Crumbs :: Cookie ...
  3. Grave :: Solemn
  4. Believe :: Trust
  5. Stifle :: Muffle
  6. Fish :: Talapia
  7. Crunch :: Nestlé ...
  8. Bonus :: Additional
  9. Flat :: Apartment
  10. Bubbled :: Springwater

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Stealing

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Shannon's Moments Meme, Part One
I kinda just did this a couple of weeks ago, but it's enough different that I'll do it again.

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Not alone, but with some other goodies (steak, etc.) it's dynamite!
2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how did you quit?
No, thank God I never started. I'm virtually certain I'd never have been able to stop.
3. Do you own a gun? How are your feelings about gun control/2nd Amendment rights?
I do not, because I know myself well enough to know exactly how dangerous that would be. I am not anti-gun, however. If you like hunting, or collecting armament, fine. I just do not see any reason for ANYone to own a functional auto or semi-auto. There's only one use for them, and it ain't dead-heading peonies!
4. What is your favorite flavor of water or liquor flavors?
I like my water plain old water-flavored, preferably not overly chlorinated. I like my liquor fairly flavorless generally too. Plain Stoli, maybe a lime twist, is sufficient. I really can't do extremely sweet drinks at all anymore...shudder.
5. Do you get nervous before a doctor visit? Why?
Nope. Serves no purpose except to make my blood pressure rise, which isn't helpful. I figure, by the time I've committed to seeing the doctor, I've already decided I need help solving whatever problem I've got at the moment.
This is all despite the fact that I actively hated going to the doctor as a child since it seemed to always involve an injection for something or other. And the doc was super-creepy. If I ever get that vibe off anyone now, I'm outta there.
6. How do you like your hot dogs?
Cold straight out of the package. If we're talking about food-truck dogs then no relish, heavy mustard, and some onions. I'll get ketchup too, unless I'm in Chi-town where it's pretty much illegal.
7. Although it’s been asked a lot, tell us about a favorite movie that you haven’t shared before.
I can't think of a movie that I haven't talked about. I don't really see that many movies, not compared to most people, so I go to the very few I love regularly to answer this. I've always liked "Fiddler on the Roof" mostly for the cinematography, and after actually seeing Siberia, it's even more amazing. Ditto for "Dr. Zhivago" a movie in which I could happily turn off the volume and watch in silence.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Diet caffeinated pop. More caffeine = more better.
9. In a dating situation, have you ever misrepresented yourself to seem cooler or hipper? (Yes we know for most of you it was long ago…)
Of course. I never in my life felt hip or cool, but who admits that to someone they're interested in impressing??
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Why?
I have a necklace my mom's best childhood friend gave me that she got while she was a missionary in Persia (Iran) in the 50s. It is mother-of-pearl, painted with two different scenes--one on either side--and too large and an odd-length for most outfits. I love it to death though. I love it for its own sake, but also because it reminds me of Mom and N. and how weirdly the world changes--N. gave it to me in about 1979, just before the Iranian Hostage Crisis commenced; I loved wearing it as a stealth thing that people who were yelling about killing all Iranians wouldn't/didn't get.
11. Favorite hobby? Tell us about it so we understand it.
I read. A lot. Because my life is terminally boring--and that's fine--and I like to crawl inside other people's heads and see what motivates them. One of the books I'm reading right now, The Home for Wayward Clocks is reminding me that this is one of the best parts of reading. All the everyday people doing everyday things that seem so outlandish to me, but not to them.
12. Do you have A.D.D., or have you suspected it?
Nope. Except in the sense that I am rarely ever doing just one thing anymore. It's blogging-and-TV-watching, music-and-cataloging, conversation-and-cooking.
13. What’s a thing you dislike or would change about yourself?
I need to do better about thinking further ahead than the next half hour on the Really Big Stuff in Life. I tend to be a little hedonistic and don't properly plan things out. Which, if you knew what my calendar looked like, would surprise you, I'm sure.
14. Middle name? Like it or not?
I have one. I like it. It's short, succinct, and uncommon, though hardly rare. Y'all have definitely heard of it. There's a very famous doctor that has made it more accessible. I've always been glad, secretly, that it wasn't "the" middle name that all the (popular) girls in high school seemed to have.
15. Name three random thoughts you might have on this week:
I might never catch up on cataloging at work, but I have nearly run myself out of project-work. Beast has 7 days, which is worth celebrating. It's beautiful outside today, tempting me to go out and sit on the porch which will undoubtedly lead to me feeling absolutely shitty later. (see above re thinking ahead)
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. Tell us a bit about them.
I regularly drink dark diet soda, water, and pretty much nothing else. Occasional glasses of white soda when I'm feeling like I need to de-caffeinate closer to bedtime.
17. Current worry:
I'm weaning myself away from incessant worrying. I am, however, starting to think about what I'm wearing for this upcoming wedding, and what else I should be taking for the trip. Also on my mind is what Sparky needs to take, WHICH IS RIDICULOUS because HE IS 23 and I don't need to pack for him anymore!!! And this is why I have to stop worrying about stuff; it's almost always just about this stupid.
18. Current annoyance:
I can't think of anything that annoying right now. Overall, I would say that there is a large rash of idiotic behavior on the Big World Stage right now, and I'm so very sick of idiots.
19. Favorite place to be in the summer? Give us a wee bit more than “the beach”.
Well, in my case it's not the beach; it's the mountains. Any mountaintop, a ways away from "civilization" with wildflowers, sunshine, and rarefied air. I'm not fussy. I haven't had anything of this sort in a very long time and I'm craving it.
20. How do you usually ring in the new year? If forced (how we’d do that without Judd coming to your house, if you even know who he was) to do something new, what would it be?
I don't do anything very exciting. We stay home. Often we fondue. I'm usually in bed either well before midnight or not too long after. I have no interest whatever in hanging out or driving near drunks, so yeah.
21. What have you done this summer that’s special? Pictures please.
I haven't done anything this summer to speak of. Our vacations this year are April and September, so the summer has been 13 weeks of work. That's fine. But I don't got pix.
22. Have you ever walked into a room with just shoes on?
Well, if shower shoes count as shoes, then yes.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday 9

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The Trolley Song (1944)
... Because Stacey suggested Judy Garland. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both?
There is very little that I wear strictly for fashion. I will wear a hat in winter if I'm outside for long. I also like a hat that keeps the sun off me in warm weather outside. Obviously, different hats, here.
2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater?
We went and saw the latest Star Trek flick a couple of weeks ago. Pretty good. Not great, but good.
3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, to prepares to host the 1904 World's Fair. What's the biggest thing happening in your hometown?
One of the things I love about living where I do is that pretty much nothing happens here. I mean, we have our stuff--the headlines this week are about a middle-school kid getting arrested for threatening another kid with a knife, the arrest of a guy who stole an ATM out of a bowling alley last month, and the fact that the state may be suing the school district because of "illegal" fund transfers. Mind you, the irony is this state suing anyone over illegal fund transfers is simply outrageous....
4) This week's featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you've seen over and over?
I live with someone who swears that Christmas will not come if he doesn't watch Peanuts, Rudolph, and the Grinch. At least once. During December. We have them all on DVD. Oh, and the Fred Astaire thing. And Frosty. Gah. I hate them all. This, I am very aware, makes me a Bad Person.
OK, I can get through Rudolph, because I know all the songs and I love Burl Ives.
5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late?
I always used to be at least 10 minutes early everywhere. Now, I'm late to work at least once a week and don't get too worked up if I'm a little late to meetings, etc. If I'm really late--say, more than 10 minutes, I will let people know. I added "of course" at the end of that sentence and then realized how many people I know wouldn't give 10 minutes a single thought.
6) Judy's first professional performance was a rendition of "Jingle Bells" when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession?
I started working at my local public library at 16. My sister Jean became a librarian when I was about 18. I had no idea WTF I was going to do post-college at age 21, so I settled on grad school for my MLIS and it's worked out well. So, pick one of those ages, I guess. Incidentally, my oldest niece (Marie's daughter) is also a librarian. One of my college roommates is a librarian (perhaps a director now?). At least three other family members have worked in libraries at some point in their lives. My other college roommate's daughter has worked in a library. I really, seriously, think Sparky would make a great academic librarian--but he won't even think about it. Yet. heh
7) Thinking of "Jingle Bells," here's a wintery question for a hot summer day: What's your favorite carol?
Really, I love them all. I guess "Joy to the World" because it reminds me of my dad singing the tenor part. But then "We Three Kings" because my mother faux-hated it. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" makes me giggle. You can' beat "Silent Night" either. I don't know. There are so many good, lesser-known ones too: "Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming" is simply lovely, and "O Holy Night," when sung by a solid voice, is beyond gorgeous.
8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative?
Uh, yeah. It's weird--we didn't grow up particularly huggy-kissy (though we are excellent at crying!), but as an adult, I'm really much more touchy. It's weird getting together with my family now because they're so standoffish.
9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialized in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Need you ask?? Well, I have been trying to keep myself on a shorter leash on this, but really--I could eat sugar ALL DAY given no health issues.

The Queen's Meme

(Link in meme-roll under Mimi Writes)
The Cat Meme
This is going to be weird; buckle up!

1. Do you have a cat?
I don't think one ever "has" a cat. I think it's more likely, just from observation, that a cat "has" (a) human(s). On the other hand, I am allergic to cats so I try to avoid them, which only means I am their favorite person, probably because I won't pet them.
On the third had, I am a Cat.!!
2. What is your cat's name?
This cat is named Cat. My imaginary cats are legion, and nameless, except in their ineffable inscrutability. (see here)
3. What makes you love cats?
It's a self-referential thing, don'tchaknow?As for the furry kind...I don't. I find them rather annoying at best; this is primarily because they literally make me sick. Just thinking about my niece's house--she's "down" to "only" three cats now, from a high of five a couple of years ago--is giving me a headache and making me itch. From a distance, I admire how independent cats are, and how well they are able to train their humans. And they are amusing, whether then intend to be at times or not.
4. If you are not a cat person, why not?
I believe I've gotten there already. I'm not kidding: I'm getting a psychosomatic headache just thinking about this subject....
5. What is the funniest thing your cat has ever done?
I do ridiculous shit practically on an hourly basis. But, like all cats everywhere, I totally MEANT TO DO IT!
6. Do you think you have to have a special gene to be a cat person or can a hooman be trained to love cats?
Oh, I think anyone can learn to love animals, except I suppose sociopaths. Even then ... The mere fact of being an animal lover shouldn't blind us to other negative traits--wasn't Hitler a dog guy? Woops, there's a digression of epic proportions!
7. Do you think cats have feelings and can talk to their owners?
Of course they can! I may not love them, but for crying out loud, of course they have feelings and communicate with others!! What sort of elitist human wouldn't admit this? This reminds me of the Bio prof in college who insisted that animals don't feel pain; all us non-sciencey people in the (Science for Dummies) class just stared at him like he'd just told us the chairs and desks were made of braunsweiger. That was the moment when I realized the door to my potential science career had slammed shut in front of me.
8. (BONUS QUESTION) The Rainbow Bridge is the place where cats go when they pass away. I think it's a lovely idea. If humans could have a bridge of their own in the afterlife, what would you name it?
I thought dogs went there too? Frankly, when I get to the afterlife, it better be RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the Rainbow Bridge, because if there's not dogs (and, ok, cats) in heaven, I don't wanna be there!! Seriously. This is not negotiable. I hope the Big Guy is paying attention.
 
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