Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday 5

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Web = Good
  1. What’s a recipe you found on the Web and actually prepared?
  2. I've used a bunch. The one I always look up because I keep losing it is the precise measurements for Bisquick pancakes and/or waffles because I forget and I don't have a box anymore (it's in a plastic container to keep the bugs out).
  3. How has a photograph you saw on the Web influenced the way you shot a photograph of your own?
  4. Hmm. I don't think I've consciously copied anything specific.
  5. What’s a cool trick you learned on the Web that has made your life easier?
  6. There's the T-shirt-folding video. And lots of uses for various household products (olive oil, baking soda, vinegar, bleach, etc.).
  7. What’s the most useless thing you’ve ever seen on the Web?
  8. Most everything else on YouTube.
  9. What’s a totally silly but endlessly amusing thing you’ve discovered on the Web?
  10. I do love Happy Place. And of course, Facebook.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Nerd Alert Meme

1. Favorite childhood book?
Depends what age we're talking about. I read a lot as a kid, probably 20 picture books a week up to 2-3 novels each week as I got older. Even in high school, I read at least a book a week, speaking conservatively. So...The Little House, the Laura books, and the Narnia books are up there on the list, along with Alice in Wonderland and a bunch of others I'm not remembering right now. Oh! Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Pippi Longstocking!
2. What are you reading right now?
The Language of Houses, Written in My Own Heart's Blood on CD, Committed to Christ, The Language Hoax, I Am Number Four on ebook, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006, Things That Go Bump in the Church on ebook, and probably a couple of others I can't remember.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
What We See When We Read, Midnight Crossroad on ebook, The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, and Night of the White Buffalo. I've got some lists I'm working off of, but that's what's actually on hold tonight.
4. Bad book habit?
I read in the bathroom: in the tub, while brushing my teeth and flossing, whatever. Books tend to get wet in that room. I also dog-ear books, usually just those I own, though.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Everything listed above in #2 except Committed to Christ which we're reading for church/Bible Study. Also checked out currently: Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside and Case Histories on ebook. And The Bridge, Season 1 (American version) on DVD.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes. I have the newest version of the Nook.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Uhm, let's see if you can figure that out, yo....
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes, I read a bit less, and my 'reviews' have gotten briefer.
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
I was disappointed in the biography of Bob Fosse that came out last winter. Boring. How can a book about Fosse be boring?? I didn't get past his college-aged years. And easily the worst book I read--as in finished--was Hometown Revelations which desperately needed an editor, an organized mind, and someone to finish the research.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The Night Circus was wonderful. Heads in Beds made me laugh, and feel more than vaguely uncomfortable about hotels. The Interestings was almost as good as its word-of-mouth, and so was The Book Thief. I loved The Likeness and Shotgun Lovesongs both for the same reason: the author puts you THERE in the location and mindset of the characters. And that's just the first half of the year!
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I try to read lots of different kinds of books, but I will admit that hard science and what I call "metal" science fiction (all about machinery and ships and fighting) enthuses me not at all. My comfort zone is pretty wide though: biographies, mysteries, literary fiction, history, teen books, essays, "soft" science, religion, speculative fiction, picture books, suspense, humor, sociology, art history
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Oops, see above.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I can, but only if I look up often or I'm far away from windows. Reading in the car is absolutely not happening. Motion sickness is me.
14. Favorite place to read?
In bed. But really...anywhere, except inside a moving car.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I don't really own enough books that people want to borrow, but in general my theory is that books are meant to be read, so I would give the books to people who wanted to read them...without a strong expectation of their return.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Yes. Often. Sue me, ok?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
I do. Not as often as I might like, definitely not as often as I used to.
18. Not even with text books?
Oh, those I wrote ALL OVER!
19. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I can't believe, even 30 years later, how much I enjoyed Crime and Punishment in college!
20. What makes you love a book?
Plot. Characterization. Well-written sentences, paragraphs, chapters. I like when the author doesn't waste my time--Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy, I'm looking at you, you giNORmous wasters of space! (When these two are good, they are very good, but they are often just Wordy McWordsters.) I don't like Hemingway, but I appreciate his pared-down style. What I love about the books I love is that I'm somehow INSIDE the book, making the same discoveries and seeing the same things as the characters, and yet aware of things they aren't because of the skills of the author.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Family :: Friends
  2. Leather :: Scent
  3. Chunky :: Meaty
  4. Shaking :: Quivering
  5. Suffering :: Pain
  6. Pockets :: Keeps
  7. Loose :: Free
  8. Show :: ...and Tell
  9. Vest :: Wife-beater
  10. Finale :: Ending

Monday, October 20, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) Think of a topic or issue about which you've switched your opinion. Why the change?
I'm slowly learning that I don't need to participate in every argument in the world. I don't even need to have an opinion in most of them. And it's actually BAD for me to get involved in arguments that are about other people's lives. Keeping quiet is hard, but necessary. Why change? I'd like to be a better person, that's all.
2) What kind of trophy would you like to win?
I'm really not at all interested in trophies. Something else to dust.
3) What household chore do you like the most?
I don't mind washing dishes, although I hate to do all the prep for just a couple of things, so I usually wait for things to pile up a little.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

Public Domain Photo
I really love this time of year when all the leaves put on their last show. It reminds me of the cycle of life and that the best time for beauty isn't always in the beginning of life (spring) but later. That's a very hopeful point of view for me right now.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Let's Talk Travel Meme

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel?
I like seeing new places and I generally enjoy the traveling part too, although air-travel has gotten so bad that I'm no longer such a fan. The seats are too small, the space between rows is nonexistent, and the fun of it is just gone. But I still like driving places, most of the time, and I do love train travel outside the US (Amtrak, bless their hearts, couldn't be on time to its own funeral).
Where have you been?
"I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere...." I've got 37 states in at this point, a couple of Canadian provinces and a couple Mexican districts.
Next place you want to go?
The next place we ARE going to is the shore of Lake Michigan next weekend. We 'won' at a silent auction a weekend in a cottage on the shore. Hopefully, there'll still be some color in the trees, but otherwise, I'm looking forward to peace and quiet and sleep.
What is something you MUST take with you when you travel?
My meds and my glasses. Everything else is replaceable.
How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)
Kinda covered this above, but I prefer traveling in relative comfort, having some control over the view and the stops.
With someone, or alone?
Either way. Sometimes it's really nice to be on my own.
Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you?
Sometimes, mostly to make them laugh. However, I dance in the car when I'm alone, too sometimes.
If you're quiet what does it mean?
Chances are I'm unconscious, or angry, or very very focused on something.
Favorite scent?
Baby wash. Vanilla. Baking bread. Cinnamon. PINE.
Favorite store?
They only really exist in my memory or imagination. I do really love wandering around The Tattered Cover in Denver, though.
Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite?
If you ever hear me saying I want coffee, I've been taken over by aliens. Yuck.
Favorite kind of pizza?
I like white pizza a lot primarily because I rarely have it. But I really like deep-dish pizza, meat plus some veggies. Yum.
Do you get embarrassed easily?
I do. But a lot less so than when I was younger.
Do you mind people asking you personal questions?
Well, yes, of course I do. However, in my job, I have been asked some doozies, so I generally either shrug them off or ignore them.
You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do?
Hmm. Maybe I'll drive an hour south and kidnap Amy from work so we can spend time eating bar food and talking.
Favorite TV show?
Right now, I'm really enjoying NCIS : New Orleans.
Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to?
"Fuckin' Perfect" (Pink), "Jack & Diane" (John Mellencamp), "Fuck You" (Lily Allen, though I like Cee Lo's song, too), "Born to Run" (The Boss), "Diverse City" (TobyMac), "Must Be Crazy for Me" (Melissa Etheridge), "The Museum Song (from "Barnum"), MANY!!
Something you keep in your car?
Gawd, what do I NOT have in my car! I have, currently, two Bibles, two audiobooks, a bunch of AFG stuff, a milk crate full of cloth bags, bungee cords, cables for jump-starting, at least one umbrella, receipts, nail clippers and file, gum, two Kleenex containers....
Highlight of your day?
Today? Well, it was NOT the moments while I was shouting at the kids in Sunday School class that's for sure! The Packers are playing well though, so that's good.
Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do?
... uhhhh, get up? Deal with stupidity--my own or other people's--that probably beats the getting up thing.
Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?
Nope. OK, well, it depends on the people. Judgmental, demanding people--so, like, several of my family members--are not people I want appearing without notice so I can clean or at least hide all the untidiness. Anyone who just wants to come in and hang out though--come on over!
What do you do when you disagree with someone?
I get frustrated if I care about the issue and/or the person. I'm trying to let that go and just let people have their own (irrational) opinions. ;-)
Do you enjoy rain?
I like a good, wormy storm. I don't like a day that is nothing but soggy dripping. We've had several of those lately.
Who’s your favorite person in the whole world… besides me?
Since I don't really know "me" in this context, but my favorite person in the probably a tie between Sparky and Beast. But I'm kind of easy this way: adorable babies tend to edge those two out fairly regularly.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Freak :: Geek
  2. Thrown out :: Disbarred
  3. Wedding :: ...reception
  4. 99 percent :: A+
  5. Terminal :: End
  6. Culprit :: Suspect
  7. Bows :: Violin
  8. Stock :: Bond
  9. Hospital :: ER
  10. Dodge :: ...ball

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. You see that someone you’re talking to has a piece of spinach in her teeth. Would you say something or pretend you don’t notice?
I absolutely tell her! I also try to be somewhat discreet about it if possible. Why on earth would anyone NOT say something? After all, what's worse than having spinach in your teeth? Having spinach in your teeth several hours after lunch!
2. You overhear a mom creating a scene in a grocery store and using profanity while yelling at her child. Would you say something to the mom or would you feel it was none of your business?
This happens semi-regularly at work, and since I'm in a position of 'authority' there I usually wander past and look sympathetically at the kid and glare at the mom. I'd probably do that at the store too. If it's really out of control or looks like it's about to get physical, I might step in and say something like, "I think you dropped a coupon" and hand the mom one, or offer a Kleenex to the mom for the kid to use, or mention that Mom has spinach on her teeth. ;)
There's also the option of putting my phone next to my ear as I walk past them and saying, "[Child Protective Services], yes, I have a report to make..." If it really looked like a completely crazy situation, I might dial 911 for real.
I do worry that getting involved directly may make things worse once the parent is out of the store and alone with the kid. I know this happens in abusive adult relationships when people stand up for the victim. It may actually be better to ask if she can help you find something in the "feminine products" aisle and get her away from the guy to see if she wants help.
3. You overhear a child creating a scene in a grocery store and using profanity while yelling at his mom. Would you say something to the mom or would you feel it was none of your business?
I'd totally say something to the kid! "Who, exactly, is paying for these groceries? You, or her?" or (more succintly) "What the hell, dude?" The interesting thing in this sort of situation is how often the parent jumps on whoever gets involved and tells them to STFU. Of course, this assumes the kid is young and/or small. If it's a big thuggy-looking kid, I think I'd do the above "feminine products" trick with the mom.
4. You see a child shoplift a toy and notice the parent doesn’t see it. Would you say something to the parent, the child, store management, or no one?
Kind of depends on the item, I guess. I'd try to catch the kid's eye and raise my eyebrows at them. If they have any conscience at all, that's usually going to be enough, especially if I look like I'm going to talk to her dad. If I get a sassy look back, I might ask dad if I could swap for it since I was looking for "that very color" or whatever and I just saw his angel pick up the one I wanted.
5. You see an apparently homeless man shoplift something at a store. Would you say something to the man, the store manager, or no one?
Again, depends on the item. Booze = "MANAGER!" Fresh fruit or something like that and I'm staying mum. Generally, I'd probably not say anything directly to the shoplifter though; one never knows what's going to set off Teh CuhRAYzee.
6. You see a homeless man outside a restaurant begging for food and you happen to have an extra $10 in your pocket. Would you buy him lunch, hand him the cash, or do nothing?
I'd buy him lunch. At least, I hope I would. I think I sometimes get a little too wrapped up in 'how busy' I am and don't notice what's going on around me.

Saturday 9

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The Power of Love (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Huey explains that you don't need a credit card to find love. What's the last thing you charged?
I ordered several books online last night.
2) This song was written for Back to the Future. At the beginning of the movie, hero Marty McFly traveled around town on his skateboard. Are you good on a skateboard?
Uhm, no. I'm very VERY bad at skateboarding.
3) Huey sings lead and his backup group is The News. Was the most recent news you heard bad or good?
Official news: they caught the guy who shot two cops Thursday morning and found his gun in a nearby lake yesterday. His arraignment was yesterday too.
4) Huey's mother, Maria, was born in Poland. Who is the first member of your family to be born in the US of A?
One of my grandfathers was born in Canada, but all the rest of my grandparents are USans. They were all born in the 19th century, and going back further than that, I'm pretty sure there's at least one more generation born here. We aren't newcomers, but we're nothing special, either.
5) Brainy Huey got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Did you take the SAT? How did you do?
I did fine, but that's an astounding accomplishment of Huey's! Never knew that. Anyway, I did better on the ACT with a composite score of 32 than I did on the SAT for which I don't even remember my score.
6) This song also hit #1 in Australia, where ANZAC Biscuits are popular. To make them (the recipe is here) you need coconut. Do you have any coconut in your home right now?
I do. I keep it around for 7-Layer Bars even though I rarely make them because I can, literally, eat the whole pan myself in less than 36 hours!
7) Thinking of dessert, would you rather have cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or frozen yogurt?
Fruit pie, or white cake with lots of frosting.
8) We're definitely into autumn now. What will you remember most about Summer 2014?
It never got hot. And I nearly got frostbite at work on a daily basis.
9) Tell us your superhero name, as determined by the color of your shirt and an item directly to your right. For example, Sam fights crime as The Gold Kleenex Box!
Orange Magazines. I'm going to papercut you all to death!
I actually do have a friend who is terrified of paper being flapped in her face because of the possibility of papercuts. Yes, she's weird. ;-)

Friday 5

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Wrap It or Cap It
  1. What did you last stick a sticker on?
    It occurs to me that I'm one of the lucky few adults who gets to use stickers AT WORK, every single day! My last sticker was certainly on a book I was cataloging yesterday to indicate it should be shelved with the new materials.
  2. What did you last put a lid on?
    I put the lid back on the Country Crock after using the margarine about 15 minutes ago. Next skill to learn: putting the container back in the fridge.
  3. What did you last wrap in foil?
    Hmmm. Don't think I've used foil in awhile. It was probably something in the oven that I was trying to keep from over-browning.
  4. What did you last unscrew a screw out of?
    I got the screwdriver out at work a couple of weeks ago to tighten the drawer handles on the service desk in the Children's Department. I haven't taken anything apart in a long while.
  5. What did you last hold together with tape?
    Heh. I had the hem of one leg of a pair of pants taped for awhile, till I had to wash them. Before throwing them in the wash, I took off the tape this week and actually got out a needle and thread. I'm not sure that's the last think I used tape on, but it's probably the weirdest.
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