Sunday, April 20, 2014


You Are Likable
You are can be a very warm and friendly person. You are a true friend, and people are drawn to your loyalty.

You enjoy responsibility and having others trust in you. You are a people person, and you never want to let anyone down.

You are quite practical
, and you avoid making waves. You tend to err on the side of caution.

You are cooperative and willing to compromise. A cohesive group is more important to you than getting your way.
All because I like a top-over backwards side braid? Really? Yeah, ok.

Sunday Stealing

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The Easter Meme

What are your Easter traditions?
Don't really have a bunch besides church. We used to go to sunrise service, but there was only ever about 8 of us there, so they discontinued that a few years ago, which makes me sad. Sparky gets a basket o' candy. We try to take a photo that day--that's a carryover from my childhood of having the kids pose for pictures in front of a tree in the backyard in their Easter clothes. I'm making a ham right now, but that's about the only nod to "holiday" post-church.
Do you hard boil and decorate eggs?
I used to when Sparky was little. Haven't really done it for a few years now. No one is crazy about eating hard-boiled eggs here.
How do you decorate your home for Easter?
I do not. In fact, aside from Easter baskets, I believe I have precisely ZERO Easter decorations. Unless you count the crosses on walls that stay up year-round.
Do you make/buy special outfits for yourself and your kids on Easter?
I bought new clothes this year, but actually they're are more for next Sunday's confirmation we were invited to. Sparky used to get a new outfit, but that has passed as well since he never wears nice clothes and keeps growing out of them after one wearing.
What is your favorite Easter dish?
Cadbury cream eggs.
When did you learn the truth about the Easter Bunny?
Around the time I had to start playing Easter Bunny for my oldest nieces, so about age 8.
Do you spend Easter at home, on vacation, or with family?
First one up on Easter morning?
Today it was Beast. Used to ALWAYS be Sparky, even after the Easter Bunny wasn't a big deal for him; he never used to sleep in. Ever.
Go to mass or church?
Yes. Of course. Kind of the point of Easter.
What are your favorite Easter hymns and/or choir arrangements?
"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" and "My Redeemer Lives." We also do a singalong "Hallelujah Chorus" to close the service most years.
How many Easter egg hunts does your family usually participate in?
Zero. Children running willy-nilly, grabbing at stuff, knocking each other over, and crying because they didn't get "enough" eggs? Yeah, pass.
Do you make deviled eggs out of leftover Easter eggs?
Nope. See above re hard-boiled eggs.
Are you tired of eggs by the end of the Easter Season?
No, since I don't make them. ;-)
Are Peeps good or gross?
What company makes the best chocolate for Easter time?
Lots of candy or not?
Yes, please.
What is your favorite Easter candy?
Jelly beans, the old-fashioned kind like Brach's makes. None of these Jelly Belly flavors, or Skittles or Starburst either. And no "tropical" or spice ones--gah!
Do you find plastic Easter grass hidden in places for months after Easter is over?
Nope. I always counted before I hid things so I'd know when they were all found.
What’s your favorite color for fake grass?
Well, green. Isn't that the color of actual grass? This was the first year I knew about edible Easter grass. Didn't quite dare to try it, but it looked interesting.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Steady :: Even
  2. Sleep :: Nap
  3. Thumb :: Finger
  4. Straighten :: Unbend
  5. Wake up! :: It's Morning!
  6. Diminish :: Shrink
  7. Scarred :: Marked
  8. Horn :: French...
  9. Pace :: Walk
  10. Correspondence :: Letters

Saturday, April 19, 2014


You Are a Tablet
When you use the internet, you dig in. You're likely to get engrossed in an book, movie, or game [or website].

You're not as into bite-sized content and quick online distractions. You like to settle in for a while in a comfy spot.

Of all the types, you are the most solitary.
You're not so into a constant barrage of texts or social media messages.

You are very into media of all kinds, and you are always looking for great new photos, videos, and games to enjoy.
I don't like to be bothered on IM when I'm browsing and chilling out. Conversation isn't relaxing for me; it's energizing. Example today, by the way, is a website I came upon that discusses what the English language (and world) would look like if William the Conqueror had been just William, some-dude-who-failed-to-conquer. It's LONG, and complex, and meaty.


You Should Go to a Movie
When it comes to getting to know someone, you like to take it slow. First dates can be a lot of pressure.

Instead of staring into each other's eyes for a couple hours, you prefer to watch a movie. Then at least you have something to talk about.

You are very laid back, and you like to dial down the intensity in life whenever you can. Things don't have to be so serious.

You would rather get to know someone through a series of shared experiences than through a first date interview session.
In the event that I were planning on dating, then yes. Plus, sitting in the dark holding hands is nice.

Easter Blogthings

You Are Sweet
You are a kind and compassionate person. You prioritize your family and friends.

You are
naturally [occasionally] selfless and sharing. In fact, you tend to like a treat better if you can share it with someone.

You are optimistic and hopeful. You wake up each day [most days] excited for life and a fresh start.

No matter what happens, you consider yourself blessed. As long as you have people in the world to love, you're good.
DAMMIT! I'm sick of falling into the "sweet" category. Unfortunately, this is generally accurate, though I'm certainly not always "kind and compassionate." I have limits.


You Are a Baker
When it comes to food, you are a bit of a geek. You do your research before you get in the kitchen.

You are a creative cook, but you aren't very impulsive. You like to plan your creations down to the last detail.

You have the talent to make very intricate dishes in the kitchen. Your food often looks as good as it tastes.

You are very patient. You don't mind following many steps in recipe to get a beautiful final product.
I like to bake; in fact, I baked Sparky's replacement birthday-11-weeks-late cake yesterday. I do not like much of anything else in this description, though.

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. P is for PAEDOTROPHY: Do you think your parents did a better or worse job of raising you compared to how well their parents raised them?
Wow, this is a great question! I think my parents changed their parenting styles rather drastically between my sister's childhood and mine; there is, after all, a 20-year span of ages there. I suspect my dad tried to hew his parents' line in the beginning of his fatherhood, but that eased over the years till he was really rather a pushover for me. Mom was stricter, and damaged by having an alcoholic father, so I can't even begin to answer this for her. She definitely and fiercely protected us from experiencing anything to do with alcoholism during our childhoods. Overall, I think my parents did pretty well: none of us in jail (not that my aunts & uncles were!!) and we're all still on speaking terms.
2. P is for PANCAKES: How often do you have pancakes for breakfast, and what’s your favorite flavor of syrup?
I don't make pancakes often at all. No one needs the carbs or the sugar in the syrup. I do occasionally have them if I'm eating breakfast out, with bacon and maple syrup preferably.
3. P is for PARADE: What was the last parade you remember attending?
There is a startling lack of parades in my immediate area. It's probably been a decade since I've been to one. It makes me really sad.
4. P is for PEN: What’s the price of the most expensive pen you’ve ever purchased?
I have no idea, since I don't tend to buy expensive pens. If I did, those would be the first ones I'd lose, or break.
5. P is for PILL: On a normal day, how many pills do you take (including medication, vitamins and supplements)?
I take 5 pills, including a vitamin, every morning, and in the summer I take an supplementary allergy pill in the evening. Pretty sure by the time high summer rolls around I'll have added a cholesterol med to the mix.
6. P is for POWER: Do you have any power backups in your home in case the lights go out?
We bought a generator a couple of years ago after an extended outage that lasted for a few days. Beast sleeps with a BiPAP so without electricity he doesn't sleep. We lose power regularly for more than just a minute or two, probably 12-20 times a year on average, because of the wind taking out power lines on their way to our neighborhood. Our lines are actually buried, but the big ones from the power supply are not.

Saturday 9

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1950)

1) Which do you prefer: colored hard-boiled eggs, chocolate marshmallow eggs, or plastic eggs with coins inside?
I prefer eating the marshmallow eggs. ;-)
2) What's your favorite color of Peeps (yellow, purple, or pink)?
Oddly--since I love sugar--I find Peeps disgusting in every way (except for these).
3) All this talk of sweets is making Sam hungry. What's for lunch?
I just had a bagel with Swiss and provolone cheese. Had jelly beans for breakfast.
4) This song was introduced by country singer Gene Autry and it's still a favorite. Please share some of the lyrics. (And you're on your own; Sam didn't include a link to the song this week.)
"Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hopping down the bunny trail,
Easter's on its way..."
That's from memory, so I've no clue how accurate it is.
5) Gene Autry was so popular that a town in Oklahoma named itself for him. Have you ever been to Oklahoma?
I have. Well, I've driven through the eastern part of it. Twice.
6) In addition to singing, Mr. Autry made 93 cowboy movies. What's the last movie you saw?
Uh...hmmmm. The Hunger Games (the first one), maybe, on TV? Several months ago?
7) He and his horse Champion also had a TV show. Can you name another famous horse?
Trigger, of course.
8) Gene Autry also recorded "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," and it was, of course, wildly popular, too. Who is your favorite recording artist?
Melissa Etheridge, I guess. I like her music, and really respect the way she's tried to be famous without being idiotic.
9) Back to the holiday celebration at hand -- Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated?
WARM WEATHER after a perfectly awful winter this year. Also, naps.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday 5

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  1. What were the circumstances surrounding your last reception of unwanted attention from strangers?
    Oh there's always someone at work being weird in some way that makes me want to run screaming from the building. I've trained myself to "go clinical" and just deal.
  2. How do you feel about being flirted with?
    Ugh. I only flirt with babies and toddlers. Grown-up flirting annoys the be-jeebers outta me. See question #1.
  3. Whose attention would you like a little more of?
    Sparky's, but then again he's 21 and in his own world as he should be.
  4. How’s your attention span?
    Depends on the time of day and how much......squirrel!
  5. Who in your life seems to crave the most attention?
    Frankly, this year it's felt like me. Which is unusual, and I'm sick of feeling that way.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Shame :: Disgrace
  2. Business :: Monkey...
  3. Cats :: Dogs
  4. Green :: Purple
  5. Politics :: Gossip
  6. Boston :: ...Strong
  7. Healthy :: Happy
  8. Pint :: Ale
  9. Owner :: Business...
  10. Sorrow :: Sadness

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. O is for OBELISOLYCHNY: What’s the closest lighthouse to your home. Have you ever been inside?
I have no idea, but I do have a bunch of lighthouse calendar from past years, and some other lighthouse decor around the house. I don't know why. Never been in one, but I have to say living far away from people sometimes has some attraction.
2. O is for OBLIVESCENCE: Do you feel yourself forgetting phone numbers if they’re in your cell phone?
Yup. I still don't know my son's cell # by heart. And I have no idea what Beast's work phone numbers are. It's bad.
3. O is for OCTAD: What is something you’ve purchased in multiples of eight?
Hot dog/Hamburger buns. Maybe toilet paper? Kleenex?
4. O is for OENOPHILE: Do you prefer red wine or white wine? What’s your favorite type?
White. Red gives me a headache. I like a good pinot grigio or gew├╝rztraminer.
5. O is for OMELETTE: What ingredients are required to make your favorite kind of omelette?
Cheese, chicken, enchilada sauce, onions, green chilis.
6. O is for ONEIROCRITICISM: Do you ever feel you’ve gained insight or received a needed answer to a question from interpreting a dream?
All the time. Not every dream, but quite often I know I've been processing and things seem less complicated.

Saturday 9

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I'll Be There for You (1995)

1) This song begins with, "So no one told you life was gonna be this way …" What do you wish you knew five years ago about your life now?
This parenting stuff never ends. Which I knew intellectually, but....
2) This is, of course, the theme from Friends, which is frequently shown back-to-back on TVLand and TBS. Have you ever "binge-watched" a show, catching episode after episode?
Yeah, quite a lot actually. Cable is my friend for all the L&O shows, and Bones, and endless ER tru-drama stuff.
3) On the show, Monica and Rachel shared a beautiful 2BR/2BA Soho apartment with a private balcony. It's estimated that such a pad would cost at least $3500/month in today's real-life New York. Describe your dream home.
Floor plan of my current home
4) Of the six main characters, only Chandler was an only child. Do you have any siblings?
There were five of us originally. Three of us are still around.
5) Gunther was the barista at Central Perk, the coffee shop where the Friends hung out. He had an ongoing, unrequited love for Rachel. Are you crushing on anyone right now? Does he/she know?
Nope. So...nope.
6) Currently Matt ("Joey") LeBlanc stars in the Showtime series Episodes, playing a character named Matt LeBlanc. If there was going to be series based on your life, who would play you?
7) Courtney Cox, who portrayed Monica, has the Twitter handle @CourtneyCox and has 628,000 followers. What was your last tweet?
I haven't tweeted in over a year. I'm too lazy to go look to see what the last thing I said was.
8) The creators of Friends were massive soap opera fans. They named their characters after recurring characters on All My Children* and had Joey appear on Days of Our Lives. Have you ever been hooked on a daytime drama?
I used to watch GH rather compulsively in the 80s. In high school. So, yeah, THREE DECADES AGO.
9) The band who performed this song, The Rembrandts, took their name from the famous Dutch painter. Can you see any artwork from where you're sitting right now? Tell us about it (and yes, a school painting by your 7-year-old nephew counts).
I've got a Thomas Kinkade on the wall behind Beast's chair (ugh--his choice: it was his parents' print), a painting of Canyon de Chelly done by my second cousin as a wedding gift, and I can kind of see two framed Egyptian papyri on the wall behind me.
* According to IMDB: Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
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