Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday 9

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(From the archives) [my earlier answers]
Memorial Day was introduced to honor the men and women who died while serving the in the United States Armed Forces. We want to make sure that message is not forgotten this weekend.

1) This recording was made live at St. Patrick's Cathedral, during Sen. Robert Kennedy's funeral. (Hear it here.) While both of Bobby's older brothers were decorated war heroes, he served too -- enlisting in the Navy in 1943. Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.)
I am not. No one in my generation, or younger generations, in my family has served. My dad was a WWII vet. The brother of my godson is in the National Guard. Otherwise, we aren't much in the military frame, but I have the utmost respect for those who have served time and seen battle.
2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?
The local small grocery store makes the most aMAZing baked potato salad! Better than Mom's--well, better than my mom's, which was actually yummy! I also like fresh fruit.
3) Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life.
Old Spice reminds me of my dad and Beast's dad. Alberto VO-5 men's hair goop is my dad's too.
4) When was the last time you had your hair cut or trimmed?
Three weeks.
5) Crazy Sam runs on Dunkin'. Are you loyal to a particular brand of coffee?
I don't drink coffee.
6) If money was no object, what home improvement would you like to make this summer?
We're having the damage repaired from February's mini-flood starting next week. And we desperately need to do some sorting, pruning, and organizing of our possessions.
7) What was the last thing you bought purely for your own enjoyment?
I bought a Twix bar yesterday, and some gum (not to be used at the same time of course). Does that count?
8) When was the last time you rode a bike?
Pretty close to a decade.
9) Sam worries that many of her song selections reflect her decidedly Baby Boomer sensibilities. Is there a song or a performer that you'd like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer?
How about some Ed Sheeran, Elle Goulding, Sam Smith, or Taylor Swift? Maybe Hozier's "Take Me to Church" or Rihanna/Kanye WestMacca's "FourFive Seconds." Or Rihanna's new song "American Oxygen." Kelly Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song" would be fun too.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday 5

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Mail Order
  1. What is your most recently mail-ordered item?
    I think it was these socks. Purchased because they are REPRESENTATIONAL! lol
  2. What’s a catalog you’ve always wanted to order from but never have?
    There are often things in the Sky Mall catalog that intrigue the shit out of me. Also, Hammacher Schlemmer.
  3. What is physically the largest item you ever mail-ordered?
    Gotta be Sparky's computer+peripherals from Dell four years ago. Definitely the most expensive thing too!
  4. What catalogs do you still receive in the actual mail?
    VS, even though I never use it--right into the recycling. Kohl's sends me stuff regularly. Beast gets all kinds of stuff from Destination XL. There are more, but I'm drawing a blank. Oh, Famous Footwear is always sending me flyers, too.
  5. What are some obscure or unusual catalogs you've received?
    We still sometimes get stuff for Beast's mom, who a) never lived here, and b) died almost 7 years ago.
    Also, my sister Jean ordered something online from King Arthur's Flour as a wedding gift for someone and used my address (because her English one wouldn't work) about 15 years ago. That catalog followed me from our old house to this one for about 8 years! And I never once spent a dime on their stuff! Fortunately, I think we stopped getting the catalog before she died, or that would've been quite depressing every month.

Friday Five

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1. When was the last time you wrote a check at a store?
I don't carry a checkbook, so it has been well over 5 years.
2. When was the last time you looked up something in a book?
By "look something up" do you mean reading or researching. I read this morning. I researched (at work) yesterday.
3. When was the last time you used a dial phone?
I ... can't even remember. 25 years ago?
4. When was the last time you played cards with actual paper cards?
Four years, maybe? Since the last Spoons match at church, probably.
5. When was the last time you talked to a stranger?
Every day, my friend, every day. It's part of my job. And it's called Real Life, where you talk to store clerks and people at Papa Murphy's who offer to pay for your pizza--although I swear I have met that guy, but I don't remember where!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amy, my usual supplier

She calls it it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you
  • Are you a good dancer?
    Hah. No. I always wanted to take dance lessons but it wasn't happening for several reasons when I was a kid.
  • Are you a good singer?
    My voice has been weird lately. Normally, yes, I'm ok. Lately, I sound like my vocal cords went through a cheese grater. It's frustrating.
  • Are you a good cook?
    Meh, I know my way around the kitchen but I don't like it.
  • Are you a good artist?
    No. I can't draw.
  • Are you a good listener?
    Sometimes.
  • What's your favourite clean word?
    Today it's "calm." Because I really would like some.
  • What's your favourite swear word?
    "Fuck." Go big or go home.
  • What's your least favourite word?
    "Sorry" because it often isn't meant to be taken seriously.
  • What was the last film you saw?
    I have no memory.
  • What football team do you support?
    Must you really ask? Go, Pack, Go.
  • Have you ever been bobbing for apples?
    I have! It's HARD!
  • What's your most expensive piece of clothing?
    I can't think of anything in my closet that's very expensive, or out of line with the rest of the clothes. My bras are pricey, I guess. And I have some expensive jewelry. I'm considering getting a really GOOD new winter coat next year. I'm tired of parkas.
  • What's the last thing you took a picture of?
    The origami I made at work today.
  • What's the last thing you drew a picture of?
    Something shaped like LETTERS BECAUSE I DON'T DRAW. But I do write.
  • Have you ever bought anything from eBay?
    Nope.
  • Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink?
    I used to mix together different flavors of Shasta as a kid. And I regularly 'invent' in the kitchen because I can't be bothered to follow directions exactly.
  • Do you have any secret family recipes?
    Mom's mac n cheese.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Stealing x2

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CAPS LOCK Meme

1. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?
Just for myself? A liter of Diet Dr. Pepper. Cheetos. Butterfinger. And a banana. Usually, I'm buying for the whole car, so if that were the case...the Dr. Pepper, a liter of Pepsi Max, a liter of water or Sprite, and whatever the others wanted to eat.
2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE?
The way things are going, I don't think I'll be advancing much. I'd prefer not to fall down the ladder into invertebrate-land, but it would be awesome to come back as a wolf.
3. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?
Sparky of course.
OLD photo--at least 5 years ago--his hair is MUCH shorter now!
4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU’RE AT AN I.H.O.P. OR BREAKFAST PLACE?
Sometimes I get a skillet (mix of ingredients with potatoes and eggs on top). Sometimes I get an omelet. Sometimes I get pancakes. It really depends on my mood.
5. LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The last book I was reading (this morning, because it's an ebook that expires in 3 days!) was We Others : New and Selected Stories (Steven Millhauser). The last one I finished was Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World (Mark Miodownik). I've currently got six other books going, though.
6. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
I have no idea.
7. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR.
Uhm....? I don't really play favorites in this part of my life. I have a couple of UNfavorites that I should just toss for various reasons.
8. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.
I'm usually walking wounded, being disastrously klutzy, but the latest pain situation has been sciatica in my right leg from hip to calf. All day yesterday. Yuck.
9. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A Motivationer, for when I just "don' wanna!"
10. ROCK CONCERT OR SYMPHONY?
I prefer the crowds at Symphony Hall these days.
11. WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
It's a photo I took on vacation last year of our tabletop in a restaurant:
12. FAVORITE SODA?
Surely you know this by now....
13. FLAVOR OF PUDDING?
Butterscotch.
14. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A PEDICURE OR A MANICURE?
Pedicure. My hands are ugly and I'm not at all interested in fake nails.
15. ANY BUTTONS OR BLINKIES IN YOUR SIDEBAR?
I dunno; you tell me?
16. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON YOUR BLOGROLL?
I have 136 open feeds in my Inoreader list. Not all of them are 'live' anymore, but most of them publish 2-3 hits a day. Right now I have 666 posts to read. Yeah, not gonna happen.
17. WHAT’S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BOUGHT?
It's a bit coincidental that I did buy underwear yesterday in light of question #7.


RaNdOm Meme

1. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as?
I'd probably just go as myself. Not overly creative these days in the costuming department. But why am
2. What are your choice of toppings on a hamburger?
Cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, lettuce and a few onions.
3. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?
"Will you hire me as the full-time permanent cataloger in your library?"
4. It’s your first day of vacation, what are you doing?
Sleeping!
5. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?
I usually bring my own food, but I'll get a drink. A small if there are free refills, a large if not.
6. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email?
Pop-ups. Gmail's spam filter is quite good.
7. What do you think Captain Hook’s name was before he had a hook for a hand?
It would be pretty funny if that were his name since birth, eh? Otherwise, we can call him Mr. Hand.
8. Rock, paper, or scissors?
Spock.
9. Let's say a brick fell on your foot, and your kid is standing right next to you, what is your 'cleaned up’ swear word?
My 'kid' is 22 so I hardly think he'll mind if I drop a few F-bombs or worse. My go-to non-swear swear word is "carp" though.
10. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?
Too loud. I love love love love love quiet.
11. What is one quality that you really appreciate in a person?
Wit. Not necessarily humor, just quick-mindedness.
12. At the good old general store, what particular kind of candy would you expect to be in the big jar at the counter?
Long hoarhound sticks. We have a general store right around the corner, actually. They don't have candy on the counter, though, just made-to-order deli sandwiches. Times have changed in the land of general stores!
13. What is the most distinguishing landmark in your city?
The one in which I live has a lake. The one in which I work has a really lovely central business area.
14. Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What topic can put you to sleep quicker than any other?
"Me me me me. Ignorance. Me me me me me me. Stupid. Me." I really hate listening to stupid self-centered people. Adults. Kids like that are normal and just make me laugh.
15. How many times did it take you to pass your driver's test?
First-timer! Only time I've ever taken the written OR the driving tests, too. That was 35 years ago, for God's sake!
16. If you had to have the same topping on your vanilla ice cream for the rest of your life, what topping would you choose?
Butterscotch.
17. What food item would need to be removed from the market altogether in order for you to live a healthier, longer life?
Sugar.
18. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second?
I'm standing firm with the $50.
19. If you had to choose, which would you give up: cable TV, or DSL/cable internet?
Bye-bye TV. Actually, I got rid of cable almost 15 year ago and have been a satellite-only gal since then.
20. What is your highest level of education?
I have a Master's degree in Library & Information Science, thankyouverymuch. {snort}
21. How much is a gallon of gas in your city? What was the highest it’s been?
The cheapest nearby is $2.80. Highest ever was over $4 last summer. Gasbuddy is indeed by buddy for telling me all this.
22. What kind of lunch box did you have as a kid?
I went through one a year. Let's see, there was a Partridge Family one...I don't honestly remember any others.
23. What would you rather have, a nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, or a chauffeur?
A cook.
24. Would you rather be trapped in an elevator, or stuck in traffic?
Traffic.

Unconscious Mutterings x2

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  1. Button :: Sewing
  2. Mindset :: Subconscious
  3. Tart :: Sour
  4. Very unique :: Repetitively redundant
  5. Hologram :: Light
  6. Comedy :: Tragedy
  7. Smartly :: Quickly
  8. Posted! :: Done
  9. Surge :: ...protector
  10. Introduction :: Conclusion
  1. Relief :: Calm
  2. Flutter :: Tremble
  3. Match :: Samey-samey
  4. Viewed :: Seen
  5. Soul :: Spirit
  6. Recognize :: Name
  7. Ambitious :: Daring
  8. Dancing :: Hula
  9. Paths :: Walking...
  10. Joke :: ha ha ha

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday 9

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No Myth (1989)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The girl in this song is "just looking for someone to dance with." Who was your most recent dance partner?
I mostly dance by myself these days, in the kitchen. OK, occasionally with a wooden spoon or a dishcloth in my hands.
2) Michael Penn wonders if he'd do better with the ladies if he was Romeo or Heathcliff. What fictional character represents your romantic ideal?
Dear God, WHY would anyone think Heathcliff was a role model? Dude was a sociopath! Now, Mr. Rochester is at least semi-normal. ;-) But of course the ideal man is Jamie Fraser.
3) The lyrics refer to "knots I have yet to untie." Do the shoes you're wearing have laces?
Ha ha ha, you assume I'm wearing shoes! I'm barefoot considering my next nail color, after I do the much-needed pedicure in a few minutes.
4) Name a character from mythology.
Aphrodite. Also involved in pop music.
5) Michael Penn is the brother of Oscar winner Sean Penn. Give us the title of a Sean Penn movie.
"Fast Times" of course. He will never, ever live that down.
6) Their father, Leo Penn, was a busy TV director from the 1960s through the 1990s. He specialized in detective shows (Magnum PI and Cannon) and medical shows (Trapper John and Marcus Welby, MD). Are you more likely to watch a program with lots of car chases, or one that's set in a hospital?
Of those two options, probably the hospital. I tend to watch crime shows, which occasionally involve stunt driving, but more often include interviewing the victims in the hospital.
7) 1989, the year "No Myth" was popular, is the year of the first HDTV broadcast. Do you watch many shows in "high def?"
Yup. Whenever DirecTV has a lot of them, but it's not the reason I watch a show.
8) 1989 was also the year The Simpsons premiered. Who is your all-time favorite animated character?
Snoopy. Or perhaps the Roadrunner.
9) Random fill-in the blank: If I never had to ______________ again, it would be too soon.
...deal with a drunk....
 
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