Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Salon

(Link in meme-roll)

The living room. Sunny skies and humid outside where Beast is changing oil and checking brakes, etc. on Sparky's and my cars. Sparky, meanwhile, is upstairs in his room Skyping in with his D& D group and making weird random sounds. I'm compiling a Chinese order for dinner when Beast gets done; he'll go get gas and pick it up. No TV. It's delightful. Now, if only I didn't have low-level nausea, life would be perfect.
Today's Plan:
Sparky and I hit Meijer for $168 worth of food. Beast has been working on laundry, and lawn-mowing (and car repair). I thought about going in to work to make up some of my time missed this week due to illness. I guess I still could do that. Maybe while Beast is on his meeting....
Listening to:
Random noise from Sparkyland. The A/C blower. My laptop fan. The wall clock ticking.
Diet Coke.
Thought for today:
One of the people on Facebook that I've known the longest posted this earlier today. It's one of my favorite quotes.
Giving thanks for:
the good, kind, big-hearted people I know. And frankly, those I don't know and will never meet, but who change the world one small act at a time.

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
Unusual Things

1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you laid in a bed with?
Well, Beast, of course.
2. Where was the last place you went out to eat?
"Went out" as in "sat in the restaurant" was Jimmy John's with Sparky on Thursday. "Went out" as in ate food made by someone besides me was DQ on Friday.
3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?
I had a glass of wine at a meeting about two weeks ago.
4. Which do you prefer - eyes or lips?
I prefer having both, thanks.
5. Medicine, fine arts, or law?
As ... what? Profession? Hobby? I honestly can't even figure out how to answer this. I'm not much interested in law or people who spend time thinking about law, but the other two are interesting to me. If I had to pick one of those broad areas in which to work, it would be fine arts.
6. Best kind of pizza?
California Pizza Kitchen's chicken and spinach white flatbread pizza.
7. Is your bedroom window open?
Nope. The front door is, and the A/C is on, so I need to remedy one or the other of those situations.
8. What is in store for your future?
Old age. At least, I sort of hope so...
9. Who was the last band you saw live?
I'm wearing a T-shirt right now for Starship, and I think (sadly) that was it. About 4 years ago now. Not really into concert-going anymore.
10. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick?
Only if they live with or near me. To be less flip, it depends on the illness. A cold, yes, I'll stop by if asked or hit the grocery store for them or whatever, but generally people just want to sleep and I can't help with that. Serious illness, though, I try to do what I can.
11. Any historical figures that you envy?
Hmmm. I envy the original disciples for being able to know Jesus in person--but really, I wish they'd've asked more sensible questions or written better lecture notes or something! I kind of envy whoever Shakespeare was writing all those love sonnets to. I've never really thought about envy in terms of historical personages though. Interesting concept.
12. How many songs are on your iTunes?
Zero. I don't use iTunes.
13. What brand of digital camera do you own?
Uhm....? I have no idea. I use my phone pretty exclusively. Maybe we have a baby Canon digital thingy.
14. When was the last time you got a good workout?
15. Are you experienced?
16. If you need a new pair of jeans, what store do you go to first?
Farm & Fleet or Kohls.
17. Are you a quitter?
At times. In some areas, I excel at quitting, in fact.
18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love?
Billy Joel. U2.
19. What of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of?
Oh, I'm definitely quite the Queen of Sloth. I can probably hold my own on a couple of others, but Sloth, yeah, that's what I'm all about.
20. Did you just have to Google the seven deadly sins to see what they were?
Nah. I couldn't name them all for you if you asked, but I know my skillset. ;-)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

100 Questions, 100 Answers

(Swiped from Addy)
started at 11:37

1. How are you, really?
Not bad. Yesterday's SCOTUS news and Obama's eulogy in South Carolina made for a high I'm still experiencing. #lovedefinitelywins The weather has cleared up, the sun is shining, the humidity isn't bad, and I'm feeling the best I've felt ALL week, gut-wise. So. Yeah. Pretty good day.
2. What are you thinking about?
I've got a show about hospital ERs on TV and the sheets are in the washing machine. Beast is driving home from this week's business trip, and Sparky's shopping for appropriate-for-work clothes. Life is full of things to do.
[interruption: Phone call from Sparky saying he nearly crashed, twice, into someone (same person), who then followed him to the parking lot where he pulled off and reamed him out for driving distracted--he had his phone out looking at maps trying to figure out where he was. He's a little emotionally wrecked.]

3. What’s your favourite colour?
4. What’s your favourite food?
Anything related to carbs: sugar, pasta, bread, potatoes...yup, all good. Also, everything that has made my stomach cranky all week is on that list. So, I've been eating a lot of applesauce, yogurt, and (currently) jello.
5. What’s your favourite dessert?
Homemade fruit pie. I especially like berry pies, but cherry is fabulous too.
6. How old are you?
At the end of today, about 11 p.m., I'll have accomplished 18,856 days on earth.
7. What have you learned today?
That there is pain every day, but there is also joy to be found in this world. Never give up hope.
8. What was your favourite subject in school?
I really liked almost every subject, but I really enjoyed English and history the most overall. And cataloging class in grad school.
9. What do you do?
I do what needs doing, unless I can avoid it. ;-)
OK, I'm a librarian at a small- to medium-sized public library in the middle of the U.S. And I'm a mom. And I'm a wife. And I'm a sister (and sister-in-law). And I'm an aunt (and great-aunt). And I'm a Christian. And... yeah. I do a lot.
[interruption: Moved sheets to dryer]

10. What are some of your favourite books?
Here's a very random list of 15 from my "Favorites" list in GoodReads:
  • Columbine (Cullen)
  • The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (Moore)
  • The Hiding Place (ten Boom)
  • Outlander (Gabaldon)
  • Jane Eyre (Bronte)
  • The Book Of Ruth (Hamilton)
  • Glass Soup (Carroll)
  • Atticus (Hansen)
  • The House of the Scorpion (Farmer)
  • The Thirteenth Tale (Setterfield)
  • Into the Forest (Hegland)
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper (Gilman)
  • The Road (McCarthy)
  • The Chocolate War (Cormier)
11. What are some of your favourite movies?
I like "Heathers" a lot, in case I hadn't mentioned that before. The Matrix movies were good on multiple levels. Almost every Sandra Bullock movie I've seen has been very good. Also Melissa McCarthy's movies are good. "Ferris Bueller..." of course. I dunno, this is not an area I "collect" in.
12. What kind of music are you into?
Tuneful music. I have very eclectic taste. From my "Starred" list in Spotify, a random selection of 15 songs:
  • Tall Boy (Har Mar Superstar)
  • On Top of the World (Imagine Dragons)
  • All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)
  • She Wolf (Shakira)
  • Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
  • Rollercoaster (Bleacher)
  • Word of God Speak (Mercy Me)
  • Piece of My Heart (Big Brother & the Holding Company)
  • Good Life (OneRepublic)
  • Rockferry (Duffy)
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Josh Groban)
  • Walking on Broken Glass (Annie Lennox)
  • My Own Little World (Matthew West)
  • Silver City (Hey Champ) Catch My Disease (Ben Lee)
13. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?
I'd love to write a mystery. I've read enough I could probably do it in my sleep, assuming that I'm not as lazy while sleeping as I am while awake. And I'll probably end up doing an autobio someday. Maybe. No titles though. I think that's last thing I would do is name them.
14. What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
Having a baby was terrifying. So many other scary things have followed. And there was the whole part that involved, for a few years, walking into my workplace every day.
15. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My son's character. I suppose I should say my commitment to the things in which I believe too. I'm not likely to be swayed by people who nitpick, but I will engage in constructive debate any time.
[interruption: Sparky came home, and we talked for awhile. He's having a meltdown about job searching letdown, post-non-accident letdown, apartment search stress....and he has eaten an apple today. Idiot. He's making eggs and oatmeal now.]

16. Are you married?
Yup. Newsflash, eh?
17. How did you meet your spouse / girlfriend / boyfriend?
He used to come over to my dorm room freshman year because he and my roommate were in chemistry class together and he thought she was cute. (She was. Is.) She had less than zero interest in him and I felt sorry for him, and he was fun so he & I started getting to know each other. We didn't start actually dating till late freshman year, and then broke up sophomore year, and got back together our junior year.
18. Do you think it’s better to get married when you’re young or better to wait a while?
I would say it's better to get married in one's mid-20s while you're still flexible in dealing with change and while your dating pool is good-looking and not full of baggage (i.e. exes, children). But really, only do it when you find someone who makes you feel like you can achieve the impossible every single day.
19. Do you have any kids?
Yes. I have one freaked-out 22-year-old son.
20. Have you ever thought of adopting?
Yes. Not in the last 15 years, though, not seriously.
21. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A supermarket checker. Or teacher. Basically, I wanted to be an adult because adults make all the rules.
22. How did you get into your profession?
Like one sister and my brother, I worked as a shelver in my local public library when I was a teenager. I was a regular library user from pre-memory, so libraries have been 'safe' and comfortable places--despite the weirdos, perverts and wack-jobs I encountered there--my entire life. Then, with my irrational decision to double-major in history and communication and no interest at all in entering the business world or teaching, I went to grad school. In the meantime, that same sister got her master's and became a librarian, so it seemed like a decent career choice. There was a stretch when I thought I was done with the library field, but then I found a better job and haven't looked back since.
23. Would you recommend your profession to other people? Why / Why not?
I would, to the right sorts of people. My son would do well with library work, but the people aspect would kill him, at this point in his life at least. One of my college roommates is a children's librarian. My oldest niece is a librarian. Other people I know have gone into the field with encouragement from me. It's a great gig, when it's not absolutely awful. ;-)
24. What do you do for fun?
I blog. I read. I talk. I watch crime dramas and true medical shows on TV.
25. Do you like traveling?
I luuuurrrvvve traveling! There's just something about the change of scenery that makes me happy, though I don't love the hassle of long-distance travel these days. But I love seeing new things and meeting/watching different people.
26. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go back to Scotland and Russia. I want to see the Valley of the Kings in Egypt someday. I would love to see some other Greek Islands
[interruption: Took sheets out of dryer and carried them upstairs.]

27. Who are some people you’d like to meet someday?
I'm not really into hero-worship, or personality-worship, but after yesterday, I'd pretty much die if I could meet President Obama (and Michelle) and thank him. I'd also like to meet my grandchildren. Assuming that ever happens.
28. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
"Remember everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load."
29. What’s one of your favourite habits you have?
Blogging while watching TV. Reading in bed. Taking vitamins. Oh, I dunno. I can only think of negative habits, really.
30. What are some things that make you really happy?
Baby giggles. Puppies, kittens, basically baby anything. Kindness for no reason. Sunrises and sunsets. Meeting someone who 'gets' me.
31. What are some things that make you really sad?
Selfishness. Pain that doesn't seem to have a meaning or purpose, or end. Saying goodbye to someone I love. Mean people.
32. What are some things that scare you?
Mean people (sometimes). Lack of any sense of control--basically, forgetting that God's got it covered. Pain.
33. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
I like to plan a great deal...and then be spontaneous. For instance, I make massive lists before we go on vacation: restaurants, places to stay, sites to see. Then we do whatever we feel like on the day, rather than planning everything down to the minute.
34. Are you a religious person?
35. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
Laura Ingalls and her family. My grandparents. Mary Magdalene.
36. Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
Where I live is optimal: very country-ish (farms, goats, cows, horses, forests within 1.5 miles of my home), but also near enough to a big-ass city that I can get there in a couple of hours.
37. What was your life like growing up?
I had a pretty awesome childhood. No, it wasn't perfect, but my parents did all right by me and any trauma I experienced was ameliorated by their love and the safety and comfort of extended family.
38. What were you like in high school?
Shy, bookish, self-absorbed, smart, silly.
39. Do you have any brothers or sisters? How many?
There were 5 kids in my family born twenty years apart from mid-1940s till mid-1960s. I was the last, with a gap of ten years between me and my only brother. My oldest sister and brother and I are all that's left. One sister died of cancer over 20 years ago (she'd be 68 now), and one of PD/MSA about 5 years ago at age 60.
40. What’s your favourite part about today so far?
The weather. Being able to meme guilt-free. The fact that I don't feel sick.
Well, not too sick.
41. Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
Beast has been such a constant positive influence in my life over the past 30 years. His staunch support and honesty has made me a better person.
42. What’s your favourite joke?
Life. Life is pretty funny sometimes.
[interruption: Beast is HOME, finally! And TV is off--I'm 90 minutes behind on the show I've been watching.]

43. Have you ever tried sushi? (Did you like it?)
Not that I'm aware of, and I hope I never have to.
44. Do you like spicy food?
Some. I like Mexican and Tex-Mex and some Indian food. It doesn't agree with me much anymore.
45. How do you like your steak cooked?
Medium rare. A little crispy on the outside is good, a little pink on the inside is good.
46. Do you have a favourite number? Any particular reason why you like that number?
I like 3 for many reasons, some biblical, some rational, some personal. I've also always had a thing about 16 which I've never understood but ....
47. If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?
I would love to be a wolf.
48. What’s one of the strangest things you’ve ever done?
I do strange things a LOT. In fact, you might say I consider it a day poorly spent if I don't embarrass myself or someone else daily.
49. What kind of vacations do you like?
Yes. Please. I like vacations. A change of pace. The more the merrier!
[interruption: Sparky leaves for work.]

50. What are some of your major goals in life?
Survive. Thrive. Do my work on earth. Not screw up too badly.
51. What are some of your smaller goals in life?
Over time, I really need to lose some weight. I suspect I have this week simply because eating makes me feel icky.
52. What do you like least about yourself?
My laziness and my stubbornness.
53. What embarrasses you?
I work hard to embarrass myself so that I don't get so worked up when people do it to me. But it's embarrassing to trip, oh so bad. Just mortifying. Especially when it leads to falling. I always figure if I'm worried about the embarrassment factor I can't really be too badly injured.
54. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
It would be interesting to do a ride-along with either the local police or EMTs. I wouldn't mind being a teacher for a day either.
55. What’s your earliest memory?
Sitting on the sofa with my mom's address book pretending to write in it. I was a strange little person.
56. What’s the best decision you ever made?
Marrying Beast. Which, I suppose, I can trace back further to choosing to go to the college I picked.
57. Who’s your best / closest friend?
Beast. Jen. Amy. Odd that they are all three-letter-named people (IRL).
58. What do you think people think of you?
I have no idea. I think they think I'm smart, sarcastic, pushy, silly, foul-mouthed, impatient, and fat. Some of those things aren't too far from the truth. ;-)
59. What were your grades like in school?
Straight As (or Os and Ss, in grade school--it was a progressive early-70s place with grades that ranged from Outstanding through Satisfactory down to Needs Work) all the way through. My dad's "joke" one time in high school was when my report card came in the mail, asking how come I was doing so poorly in gym class (A-/B+). I graduated college magna cum laude.
60. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?
I already have a lot of random skills. The most random thing I can think of right now that would be useful is being able to diagnose and treat sick maple trees.
61. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert with gregarious tendencies.
62. Have you ever taken a personality test? (How did the results turn out?)
Oh shit yeah. Isn't that one of the triad of things that supports the internet: cat videos, trolls, personality tests? It turns out I have one.
63. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
How they carry themselves, the way they walk. Confidently, closed-down, prissy, painfully....
64. Do you think people can control their own destiny?
To a certain point, and then not so much. I have no control, really, over what diseases I get, or other people's driving, but I can control how I react to them. And ultimately, it's really all up to God anyway.
65. Do you think all people are equally valuable, or do you think some people in certain situations might be more valuable than others?
That is two totally different questions! Yes, we all matter equally, each of us being a universe among the cosmos around us. But in some situations some people are more valuable: the obvious scenario is when I need open-heart surgery, it's more valuable for me to have a heart surgeon there than any random goob passing by the hospital on the way to the CVS.
66. Do you think people are basically bad or basically good?
Indeed they are both basically good and basically bad. I think good people try to walk on that ledge leaning the good way as much as humanly possible, but it's a very fine line.
67. Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions, and practices of individuals or groups?
I think kindness is universal. I think morals are relative. I think, and I think based on yesterday's events I realize I'm not alone, that the most important thing when it comes to social behavior is doing right for others first. LOVE . FIRST . Then and only then, follow the rules.
68. Do you think God exists?
I'm pretty sure God exists, yes.
69. Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?
Yes. Don't we see it around us every day? If not, why don't you?
70. Do you vote? Why / Why not? If you do vote, how do you usually vote?
I do. I vote as often as possible. It is my JOB as a citizen to vote! I vote Dem, usually, as much as I can around here, which isn't very much TBH, but not party line. In this state during primaries you have to "pick a ballot"--Dem, Rep or Ind. Pisses me off. Sometimes the best person isn't "my party's" person.
71. Do you think gay people choose to be gay? Do you think straight people choose to be straight?
Nope. I never sat down and decided, "Let's see: are boys cuter than girls?" In fact, if I had been able to make that choice as a youngster, I'm not sure I would have picked boys--boys were dirty, smell, horrid creatures as far as I was concerned! Nope, that just came with the hazel eyes and brown hair I was born with.
72. Is torture ever a good option? If no, why not? If yes, when?
No, and here's why: it destroys the soul of the torturer. Aside from the obviously horrifying and brutal results of torture for those on the receiving end, the person who turns to torture allows herself to become Evil Personified, and that can't help but do massive damage to her heart, soul, and future peace of mind. I say this as someone who has participated in bullying and it's something I can never fix, never undo, never unfeel. It is a part of myself that disgusts me, that I hate.
73. Would you kill an innocent person if you thought it might mean saving a dozen other people?
I don't know. I would like to think I'd sacrifice myself if it meant saving others, but I'm not sure I could pull the trigger. Not anymore. Maybe when I was younger.
74. What’s the most money you’ve ever given away?
To charity? Or are we just talking about the biggest check I've ever written? We donate regularly to church in decent-sized chunks. And we've bought things for other people. When we went to Gulfport after Katrina, we dropped big credit card bombs in Lowe's several times that week.
The latter was when I was trying to figure out how to do the down payment on one of our houses; how to write (e.g.) $10,988.67 on the _________/100 line of the check!?
75. What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?
Becoming a mom changed me in ways that are incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't been a parent. I don't say that lightly--I have a lot of child-free friends that I think are wonderful people. But parenthood ... wow. Sharp 180 turn in so many areas of my life.
76. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
For many years, while I never fully regretted it I did think leaving Colorado for college was pretty stupid. I've never made it back there to live, and my soul aches for the mountains sometimes.
77. What do you think would be one of the best steps we could take toward ending poverty around the world?
Well, if we could find the gene that causes greed and the one that causes sociopathy, that would be a first step. Barring that, I'm with Jesus: the poor will be with us always. but that doesn't excuse us from doing something to help them!
78. What do you think we could do to best improve the education system?
In this country, a large step forward would be taken if we could convince everyone that education is important, and good. So many people here seem to take pride in being ignorant (and I mean that in the non-pejorative sense); they'd rather be dumb than work at learning how to think. Then, if we yknow FUNDED schools and teachers, that would be so excellent.
79. In general, what do you think about art?
I think without art, society dies. Period. If there is no creativity, there is no reason to live.
80. What are some of your favorite websites?
What I have open right now GoodReads,, Inoreader, Blogger (obviously), Gmail, Facebook, and the Jackson & Perkins website. At work, many of the same are in use, plus,, my local library's consortial catalog, Amazon, ImDB, half a dozen cataloging cheat sites, Baker & Taylor, Midwest Tape....and then there are the flight tracking sites for when Beast is flying across country ....and ...and ...and....
81. What’s the biggest turnoff in a man/woman?
General douchebaggery. Stupidity, intentional ignorance, selfishness. Shall I continue?
82. What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
"It'll be ok." I really try not to say that anymore unless I mean it.
[interruption: save my eyeballs]

83. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people I know IRL probably don't know I have a blog, or where to find it. Most people online don't know where to find me IRL. There are fewer than 10 people--two family members and a few good friends--who know both.
84. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
That I'm far less confident than I act.
85. What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
I'm going to stipulated that I've wakened up. So, put on the glasses, turn off the alarm (if applicable), get up and go to the bathroom, pick out clothes, wash face/shower....y'know it's really all the usual stuff.
86. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
Life. Also the best thing. I'd call it about even.
87. Do you cry easily?
Helz yeah. I cry, apparently, in order to breathe, or so it seems lately. Lots of weepiness this week, for good AND bad reasons.
88. How do you feel about public speaking?
I don't mind if I know what I'm talking about. It doesn't bother me any more than organizing a project does.
89. Do you like to talk on the phone?
No. I really don't.
90. How many emails do you get each week, roughly?
At work, I get, conservatively, 40 a day counting listserv emails, junk, and actual stuff I need to deal with. In my personal account(s), there's usually at least 30, but 2/3 of those are coupons/shopping stuff that go directly into their folder without landing in the inbox, and maybe another 2-3/day that are weird for some reason besides junk/spam. Maybe 2-3 personal emails a day at most.
91. If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
Sandra Bullock would be awesome.
92. What’s one of your favourite questions to ask new friends or to get a conversation going?
I tend to be a reactor, not an instigator.
93. Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?
Sure. Well, maybe not so much "sure" as it was a decade ago, but I wouldn't refuse out of hand.
94. Have you ever been in a fist fight?
I've been in the girl equivalent of a fist fight, which involved slapping and pulled-out hair. Only once. That was sufficient to carry me through the rest of my life. And yes, it was with a friend, with whom I remained friends afterwards. Nothing like hitting the school bathroom with the person you were just hitting to wash off the debris.
95. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
I'm not that creative, nor do I like long term pranks. They seem a little (a lot) passive-aggressive. I'm also not great with those kinds of secrets. And my brother pranked me a lot as a kid, which kind of killed the joy.
96. What did you do on your 16th birthday?
My parents drove me and a few friends to see Time After Time. Afterwards, they picked us up and drove us back to my house where we had cake and ice cream in the dining room (parents in the living room) and talked and laughed. I have no idea if there were presents; that wasn't the point.
[interruption: Watched a YouTube video Sparky sent me earlier, with Beast.]

97. What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
Teaching. At every level. And good politicians, as in people who are good at their jobs and trying to to the right thing.
98. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
Do the best you can with God has given you, and try to make life better for the people around you.
99. Would you rather be hated or forgotten?
I don't really care about being hated, really--though it's certainly not pleasant--but I'd hate for those close to me to forget me too soon.
100. If you knew you would die tomorrow, would you feel cheated today?
Yes! Yes I would. I have too much to do; I can't die tomorrow! Shit...
done 4:03

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
I Miss You (1997)
... because Smellyann suggested it
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Bjork knows what she's looking for in a mate, she just hasn't met him yet. If you are/were still looking for The One, what two qualities would you hope he/she possessed?
I'm not. But the things about Beast that I appreciate the most are his quick-wittedness (not just sense of humor, but intelligence), and his loyalty.
2) The lyrics ask if you believe "that a dream can come true." Do you believe that dreams come true if you wish hard enough?
"Wish"? No. Sometimes hard work can make them happen, but sometimes only good luck will make a difference.
3) Bjork turns 50 this year. Do you treat "milestone" birthdays differently? Or to you, is your age just a number?
I turned 50 a couple of years ago and that was a sorta-big deal. Generally though, it's just a number. I judge my age more on what happened to those in my family at that age; ages 47-55 haven't been kind.
4) Bjork was always highly musical. At the tender age of 6 she began studying classical piano and flute. Sam is impressed because at the age of 6, she was still trying to master tying her shoes. Do you consider yourself musical?
Yes. I took piano lessons as a youngster, played flute and piccolo from junior high into college, and love to sing. Music is really important to me.
5) She was born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland. While the city is known for its bar scene, beer was banned there until 1995. How often do drink beer?
Never. Yuck. I've had, perhaps, the equivalent of one bottle of beer total in my lifetime. When I was on the train from Irkutsk to Beijing they ran out of everything to drink but Chinese beer, so I gagged some of that down till the train stopped and I could buy a bottle of fruit juice from someone on the platform.
6) 66ÂșNORTH is one of Iceland's biggest employers. This clothier makes quality outdoor wear and this time of year they sell a lot of durable rainwear. Do you have a raincoat?
I have a windbreaker. I used to have a London Fog raincoat that I loved. Then it got caught in a car door. And it was, fashion-wise, very dated, but I adored the color (sort of a shimmery copper).
7) In 1997, when this song was popular in clubs, Titanic was popular in theaters. Sam saw it and yes, she cried. How about you? Have you seen the saga of Jack and Rose? Did you enjoy it?
I believe I have seen all of the movie, though perhaps not in one sitting, and not until about 10 years after everyone else saw it 20 times each in theaters. I'm way more interested in the true stories of the tragedy than fiction.
8) Also in 1997, singer John Denver died. Name a John Denver song.
It's been that long?! Oh dear. "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", "Grandma's Feather Bed", "Calypso" many.... I loved that man; he meant my childhood.
9) Random question: If you had the opportunity to sky dive, would you take it?
Hmm. Had you asked me 10 years ago, the answer would have been an unqualified YES! Now, though...I'm not sure. More age=more fear.

Friday, June 26, 2015

More from Amy

(This Amy)
  1. Have you ever been admitted to hospital?
    Yes. Aside from being born, which I wouldn't really call "admission," I've been on the rolls as a patient three times: childbirth, abdominal surgery, and parathyroid surgery. I suppose, since I go to the hospital for lab tests regularly, those could count too. Oh, hey: I spent last Saturday night sleeping in the hospital too! Sleep study. Freaky-weird.
  2. Have you ever had any brushes with the law?
    I've gotten one speeding ticket and have been involved in three accidents in my life, one of which resulted in a ticket. Otherwise, my mom worked for the county court, so whenever I visited her at work, I saw cops, and once barely avoided a (legit) ticket because the cop that stopped me knew Mom. [I did not ask to be excused; I really should have gotten cited--it was a stupid, stupid mistake and could have been fatal. The cop was practically spitting in anger.] And I see cops fairly regularly at work because of situations that arise there. I also had to go with Mom at least once when she was subbing for a bail bondsperson...yay sitting in chairs outside the county lockup while she did paperwork. I was about 7.
  3. Can you solve Sudoko puzzles?
    Yes, yes I can. Very relaxing, and I like the electronic version(s) best.
  4. What's the most unusual conversation you've ever had?
    There are the weird conversations that develop with close friends and family that involve giggle fits. Then there are the truly bizarre and often a little terrifying conversations with crazy people at work. I had a hilarious, giggle-inducing conversation with a patron yesterday that was incomprehensible and impossible to explain except that it included goofball offspring, lemurs, the children's librarian's situation at storytime on Tuesday, helicopter parents, Morgan Freeman, and early-onset forgetfulness. The woman's daughter thought we were insane--and then she started giggling too, while made me nearly cry with laughter. Good times.
  5. Do you prefer liquid soap or bars of soap?
    I don't think we have a single bar of soap in the house except the stuff Beast brings home from hotels that goes into Christmas Child boxes. Which I need to start sorting out.
  6. How do you have your eggs?
    The edible version? If so, scrambled soft with LOTS of salt. Or over easy with lots of lightly toasted and buttered wheat bread. Can you tell I eat in diners a lot? I know how to order. If not eggs are all gone, probably via medical incinerator.
  7. Do you often read your horoscope?
    If it's the only thing in front of me, I'll read it. And then, invariably, snort. I used to create star charts for people back in the day, but I mostly liked it for the methodical, mathematical graphing functions. The "meanings" are ridiculous. Except, I do have a bit of a scorpion sting sometimes....
  8. Have you ever had a proper Tarot reading?
    It would be interesting. I've always wanted to go in to someplace like that and flat out lie and see if they caught me.
  9. What's the ultimate cake topping?
    Lots and lots of butter-and-powdered sugar frosting. Like, LOTS of it.
  10. Do you suck or bite lollipops?
    Suck till small, then chew up the last bit. But I hardly ever eat hard candy like that anymore. It happens when people's teeth get old....I used to chew on ice too, but that has fallen away as well.
  11. Do you prefer to wash in the mornings or evenings?
    Wash what? I wash my face morning and bedtime. I shower in the mornings (or really anytime as long as I've got a few hours before sleep so my hair can dry). I bathe--when I have time for a soak--before bed. I do laundry....whenever it needs doing. I wash dishes when they need washing. I wash my car in the mornings, preferably. This is a weird question.
  12. Have you ever danced in the rain?
    I used to love to play in the rain as a kid. Then I got glasses. It's just not fun to wear glasses in the rain.
  13. Have you ever sworn at an authority figure?
    In anger? As in "F off you motherf'ing f'tard!"? No. I was in a rather, uhm, tense discussion with my boss yesterday during which I used the word "bullshit" multiple times, but I wasn't exactly saying it TO him. The phrase I recall repeating was "I don't like hearing that kind of bullshit when...." But I don't remember EVER absolutely going off, straight up, on ANY authority figure since that one day in 1983 when Mom & I got into it over her lunch break from work. I tend to manage to keep hold of the shreds of sanity enough to know it's a bad idea to terminally infuriate the people who can fuck you over with a simply finger-snap.

Friday 5

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So Rank
  1. What memories do you have of an old-fashioned general store?
    There's one about two miles from here. So, not so much memories as it is just another place to stop for a pound of sliced ham, a game of checkers by the pot-belly stove, or a can of oil for the car.
  2. What’s something people think incorrectly of your home state (or country) but still contains a kernel of truth?
    My home state isn't where I live, but where I live the 'kernel' thing works: we have a lot of corn and one big city. It's pretty much true, though there are a few other good-sized cities, and some other crops, like soybeans. As for my actual home state... Everyone thinks it's all mountains. It's not; half the state is flatter than hell and just as awful.
  3. What are the major differences between you and your best (non-romantic) friend?
    One big difference is that she tends to think things through before responding while I pop off with idiotic reactions immediately and then spend a lot of time apologizing and/or feeling like an idiot.
  4. What’s something you were the captain of?
    I believe I held the title of captain for the wrestling team assistants in high school. And I wore a Captain America shirt at work yesterday so I got "Captain!"'d there a couple of times.
  5. What’s the story of your first private moment with a high-school romantic interest?
    It can probably be best summed-up with two (or three depending on how you count) words: tongue-tied mortification.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. June 23rd is National Pink Day. What's your favorite something pink?
I'm not a fan of pink. I guess I don't mind Pepto-Bismol when I need it, though.
2. What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?
I liked most everything about gym class as a really little kid, but as I got older the "girls don't like sports" mindset took over. I liked dodgeball ok and volleyball, but climbing the rope? Nuh-uh.
3. What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?
My mom loved roses. By the time she and Dad moved out of the house I grew up in, she must have had 40-50 bushes. When I went off to college, my dad built a new planter and she became a tester for Jackson & Perkins. She always had hybrids with scent. Those are hard to find anymore, especially at big box stores.
4. Do you prefer to read or write?
Reading. So much easier.
5. Sam Keen is quoted as saying, 'Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.' Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?
My WASPy background says laziness is always bad, but I'm about the laziest person around so...
6. The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast...which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?
Do I have to go to Florida? Boo. OK, Gulf Coast it is.
7. What question do you hate to answer?
"What do you want for dinner?"
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm sitting here listening to my son rant and rave about work today. He's frustrated. I can relate. I was ranting about 10 hours ago in a similar fashion, to Beast.
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