Sunday, August 30, 2015

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Sniffle :: Drippy nose
  2. Live :: On-air
  3. Finally! :: At last!
  4. Honor :: ... guard
  5. New :: Old
  6. Cumbersome :: Burdensome
  7. Thumbs :: ... up!
  8. Facebook :: Timesuck
  9. Cheat :: Sneak
  10. Decisive :: Intent

Sunday Stealing

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Well, I'll Be... Meme
(answers chosen without reference to links)

If I were a month, I’d be: October
If I were a day of the week, I’d be: Tuesday
If I were a planet, I’d be: Neptune
If I were a god or goddess, I’d be: Hera
If I were a sea animal, I’d be: krill
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be: a hassock
If I were a gemstone, I’d be: turquoise
If I were a flower, I’d be a: a petunia
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be: warm, with intermittent clouds and a breeze
If I were a color, I’d be: brown
If I were an emotion, I’d be: curiosity
If I were a fruit, I’d be a: persimmon
If I were a sound, I’d be: "thud"
If I were an element, I’d be: bismuth
If I were a place, I’d be: a library [duh]
If I were a taste, I’d be: (yellow) onion
If I were a scent, I’d be: burning leaves
If I were an object, I’d be a: book [duh]
If I were a body part, I’d be: the second metatarsal
If I were a song, I’d be: that one that gets stuck in your head
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be: loafers

Sunday Salon

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Living room. Overcast outside, dim inside except for the blazing light over my shoulder. It's a sunlamp, so it's meant to be bright. Seems a little extra-super-shiny today.
Today's Plan:
Church, then breakfast. Beast has mowing. I need to catch up my reading on GoodReads, and probably do some laundry. Also, the cleaning crew is coming on Tuesday, so I should tidy things up. The guinea pigs need attention as usual. And maybe a nap?
The dregs of last night's DDP.
Listening to:
The clock ticking, my fingers tippy-tapping on the keyboard, and the computer fan. It's very very quiet. Even the fridge isn't running. Beast left early to run the sound booth at church.
Participating in:
Life. I have (grand) jury duty this week. It's scheduled twice a week all month, but they've already told me it'll probably be only one day a week. Also, our database at work will be down tomorrow and Tuesday, which means there is practically nothing I can do in terms of my usual job. Maybe I'll write a procedure manual finally! Actually, my plan is to work on my weeding. It's that time of year: time to clear the shelves of the dreck.
Blogging about:
Just memes lately. I'm so tired all the time that I just don't have the push to be particularly creative. I was set to pick up my CPAP Friday and then ... balls were dropped, insurance was unclear on coverage, etc. The end result is that I might be sorted by mid-September.
Giving thanks for:
Cooler temperatures and lower humidity. That's supposed to revert this week so I'm grateful for a break today. Glad our pastor is back from sabbatical today.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday 9

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Viva la Vida (2008)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song refers to the singing of choirs. Have you ever been in a choir or a vocal group?
I was in choir in junior high for awhile. Not really my thing; I prefer band, or at least instrument. But I have a decent voice, and the director at church keeps harassing me to join the church choir. If only I could tolerate the petty bickering that I know goes on.
2) Chris Martin sings of when he "ruled the world." If you were in charge and had infinite power, what would you change right away?
I'd take care of the kids.
3) Chris used to be married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. USA Today, The Washington Post and The Daily Telegraph have all run articles about how Gwyneth seems to annoy so very many people. What celebrity gets on your nerves?
Most of them. In fact, ALL of those whose last names start with Kardashian (or are blood relatives).
4) Coldplay's first big hit was, "Yellow." What color are you wearing right now?
Red Ferrari shirt, jeans, gold earrings. Just got home from work. Too tired to go up and change.
5) Sam remembers when she used to hear this song everywhere and can't believe that was 7 years ago! When is the last time you had a similar "my, how time flies!" moment?
I'm having a hard time believing that Hurricane Katrina was 10 years ago.
6) In 2008, when "Viva la Vida" was popular, John Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Appeal, was jumping off bookshelves. What have you read this summer?
My favorite book so far this year has been Pioneer Girl. I'm a huge LIW freak, and so I bought my own copy. But I've read finished about 70 other books so far since January 1, and there have been some other good ones: In Paradise (Matthiessen), Code Name Verity (Wein), Farthing (Walton), Misterioso (Dahl), The Poacher's Son and Trespasser (Doiron), Joseph Anton (Rushdie), Watching the English (Fox) name the best of the crop.
7) Thinking of books: Let's say a biographer has taken the task of writing your biography. What would you title your life story?
I'm really hoping I'll be dead when/if this every happens. I'll let them pick. I might suggest I Hate Publishers since I say it at least once a week at work.
8) 2008 is also the year Paul Newman died of cancer. Name a Newman movie.
The Color of Money. Why that one? No clue--I haven't actually watched it.
9) Random question: Do you like garlic?
I do. My mom was not enthralled with it, never really cooked with it, but when I discovered! What a revelation!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday 5

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Extra Medium
  1. What forms of media consumption do you pay for?
    We have DirecTV and we pay a local web provider for wifi. Oh, and Beast pays for SiriusXM for his car and office.
  2. When did you last read a physical newspaper?
    Earlier this week. Our local weekly paper is easier to read in physical format than online.
  3. What percentage of your television consumption is watched live as it’s broadcast, versus on-demand, via recording, or some other stored or streamed medium?
    I'd say about half. I tend to come home from work--when Beast is traveling--and turn on the TV and pause it while I make dinner, then watch what's been "taped" so I can ffw through the ads. Gawd how I hate ads!
  4. What’s been the big local story in your area this week?
    Our most recently-elected city council member was cleared of the DUI he was charged with the week before the election. His job? He owns a deli and a bar in town. Whatta guy.
  5. What is the most recent thing you regretted clicking?
    There was a quiz a friend on Facebook posted...which was completely idiotic.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Failure :: Timmy ...
  2. Extinguish :: Put out
  3. Probability :: Likelihood
  4. Lurid :: Schadenfreude
  5. Hope :: Pray
  6. Supposedly :: Allegedly
  7. Putrid :: Rotting
  8. Remarkable :: Noticeable
  9. Bunny :: Rabbit
  10. Expectations :: Great ...

Sunday Stealing

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Birds Are Chirping Meme

Name a product you buy mostly because it has a cool package.
I wish I could say that I didn't do this, but I'm pretty sure I've been sucked into this. Unfortunately, the only thing I can think of right now is that I can now buy prepackaged baggies of fresh mini-peppers at the grocery store. That's a bit sad.
What flavor cake do you like for your birthday?
Vanilla with buttercream frosting. I'm not agin lemon cake, but tone down the chocolate and NO FRUIT! In a city where I used to live, and where we have good friends who serve cake regularly, every cake seems to have a layer of jam--it ruins a perfectly delicious cake!
Have you ever been in love with someone much older or younger than you?
I'm assuming this means romantic love. So, no. I've loved a lot of people of many different ages non-romantically.
Have you ever had a job you loved?
I have one now. I love it when it's not making me incredibly angry.
Have you ever been in a building that was on fire?
Thank God, no!
Are you in an argument with anyone right now?
Not really. I'm past my limit of patience with one person at work, though, which is difficult. She's a friend but also I'm her supervisor, so that makes things complicated, and she's ... challenging ... right now.
not my coworker
Would you change your hair color to something outrageous if you would get paid to?
Honestly, I'd probably do it for free if I could be assured it wasn't going to be tragically high-maintenance. One of my co-workers died her hair blue about two weeks ago and it's still washing out and staining her (very pale) skin. She looks like skim milk. I want dye that goes on, stays in my hair (only) for a good long time, and washed out when I'm done.
Have you ever written a poem for someone?
I've written poems about situations. I don't think I've ever written for a person, though, no.
What is a place you’ve vacationed at and would like to go back to?
Do you eat samples at the grocery store?
What do you absolutely have to have to make your birthday feel special?
Acknowledgement from someone I love that it's my birthday: a card, an email, a gift, a cake, SOMEthing. Sparky, are you listening??
What’s the last tourist area you visited?
The main part of the downtown of the city in which I work is supposedly a "tourist attraction." Whatever. I shop there, I eat lunch there and not because it's touristy, though it is pretty attractive.
Where do you go out to eat for a special occasion?
Probably the resort town north of us, or a really yummy chicken place on the way to said resort.
When was the last time you went to a post office?
I stopped at our P.O. box a couple of weeks ago. Beast usually goes. Otherwise, I pretty much never deal with the USPS.
Is there an item you are saving up to buy right now?
We're thinking about new kitchen countertops. Not really saving up, just deciding how to spend the money we already have saved.
Are you psychic in any way?
That's assuming I believe in psychics in the first place. :-) No. But I think Beast is. And I definitely have had some weird precognitive dreams.
Do you prefer a laptop or desktop? Which are you on now?
They each have their good points. I prefer my laptop, but I like my work desktop a lot too. For different reasons.
Have you ever received a gift and truly did not know what it was?
Yes. And I've received gifts that I recognized but couldn't understand anyone would think I'd need/want them.
What’s your homepage?
I don't have my own site. My browser is set to open my work internal homepage, Gmail and work email automatically in one page and OCLC Connexion in another window. At home, I've always got Inoreader, Blogger, Gmail, Facebook, Goodreads and open, in two browser windows.
Is there a thing you enjoy doing, but quit because you are not good at it?
Not exactly. I quit bell choir at church because I couldn't deal with the non-music stress of it. Too many chiefs, too many different levels of musical knowledge, general thanks. I'm pretty good at the music but not at ignoring all the rest of it. I do not enjoy drama!
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