Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Stealing

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17 Meme

Are you a jealous person?
Depends on your definition of jealous. I occasionally suffer from the first and second ones and probably the last two, but not so much the third one.
When is the next time you’re traveling out of state?
I have no idea. I'm only 15 minutes by car from the state line, so it's not that unusual. Might be visiting Sparky before May, but who knows. Otherwise, I have no travel plans whatsoever. Beast will be all over the midwest this week though, mostly south. Whee, business travel.
Can you write your name in a foreign language?
Uh, my name is my name regardless on the language being spoken around me. And my first name is sorta made up so it's REALLY not translatable. If you refer to the name I use online, then you can choose either "Kot." or "Inwentaryzator."
When you’re getting ready for something, do you listen to music?
I listen to music when I'm working, and sometimes in the car while driving. "When I'm getting ready for something"--I'm always getting ready for SOMEthing....
What is your favorite day of the week?
Used to be Monday, no contest. Now...maybe Tuesday? I still like Monday, though; sorry, Bob Geldof.
What is something you did yesterday and wish you could’ve done today?
I worked yesterday. There's nothing about yesterday I'm dying to repeat. It wasn't a bad day, but I'd rather not go to work today, thanks.
If you woke up tomorrow and knew/spoke a different language, which language would you want it to be?
What did you last order online?
I think that would be groceries, from Peapod.
Do you have any specific hobbies?
Blogging, reading, sleeping, puzzles, games.
What’s a song you recently discovered that you want to tell everyone about?
Can't think of anything, sorry.
Favorite fall or winter accessory?
Warm cotton sox. I'm not fussy, but nylon and wool are right out! They cut up my feet (nylon) and make me break out in hives (wool).
What did you last eat?
Communion. At church. I'll leave food content of it to theological debate.
Look to your left. What’s there?
A table full of random stuff: coasters, a hot pad, a bowl, Kleenex box, can of pop (unopened), lotion, manicure stuff, phone, pencil, and three pill bottles. That's just the top.
How long does it take you to fall asleep?
Last night, the first time took me about 10 minutes. Then I woke up again at 11:30 or so and was awake till 2.
Is there a TV in the room you are in?
Yup. And it's on....watching NASCAR (yawn).
What comes to your mind when I say red?
"Danger, Will Robinson!"
Name something you think is pointless?
Really expensive jeans. Well, really expensive clothes of any kind.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Jude :: Hey ...
  2. Erased :: Rubbed out
  3. Addiction :: Disease
  4. Curls :: Hair
  5. Hotel :: Motel
  6. Bloomers :: Late ...
  7. Membership :: Club
  8. Family :: Relatives
  9. Handle :: Deal with
  10. Questioning :: Asking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday 9

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Stop! In the Name of Love (1965)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When this song was popular, the Supremes were known for their long gloves and full-length gowns. When was the last time you got dressed up?
Good golly it's been several years. The last family wedding I was at, I'm sure. So, about 2011. Maybe I should buy a dress--I don't own any--for Sparky's graduation....
2) With a record 12 #1 hits, the Supremes remain America's best-selling vocal group. This must have been hard for Betty McGlown, the fourth Supreme, who left the group before they recorded their first song. Can you think of an opportunity you missed?
I don't tend to dwell on missed opportunities. Nothing to be done about them, and there haven't been any major ones like this. No one I dated became famous, or rich, or a criminal. No big jobs or lotteries were missed by some random minor issue.
3) When "the girls" (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard) first started hanging around Motown, founder Berry Gordy was reluctant to let them record. After all, they were still in high school. They refused to give up and eventually convinced him to let them add hand claps and finally back up vocals to recordings by other Motown artists. Tell us about a time when your persistence paid off.
My marriage. That's all.
4) 50 years after its release, "Stop! In the Name of Love" is one of the most popular karaoke songs. Do you know the lyrics?
Of course. I've listened to that song for my entire life, probably at least 5-10 times each year at least in various formats, editions, and situations.
5) There's a children's playground named in Diana Ross' honor within New York's Central Park. It includes swings, slides, rope bridges and a fountain. When you played in the park, what did you run to first?
Swings. I liked the monkey bars too.
6) Diana stumbled in her high heels and broke her ankle as she left the stage after a November 2012 concert. What do you have on your feet right now?
Black sox. Thinking about adding a blanket to them.
7) Ever the trooper, she honored her commitment to perform at a White House-sponsored Christmas concert just weeks later, even though her leg was still in a cast. Tell us about a time when you "played hurt."
I'm a mom. I played hurt for the first 5 years of my kid's life. One day when he was 3 or so, I remember vividly that I felt sick to my stomach all day. We were on our way to the grocery store and I sat down on the top step from the living room and said, "I'm sorry, kiddo, I just don't think I can do this." I kept it together in a low-impact let's-watch-TV-all-day kind of way till Beast came home from work. Within 5 minutes I was bringing up breakfast and anything not firmly attached to my insides, and Beast was calling the library to tell them I wouldn't be coming to work that night.
8) Young Diana Ross was a good student and a tough competitor who made her school's swim team. Are you a good swimmer?
Hah! I am a good drowner.
9) Diana's older sister, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school. Decades ago, Barbara juggled post-graduate studies and raising small children. Are you good at multi-tasking?
Yes. All of my jobs have involved multi-tasking: teaching, mentoring, parenting, librarian-ing...yup. Juggling is me.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday 5

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  1. What’s your favorite juice?
    I really like cranberry juice. On occasion I like grapefruit too, but I can't drink it anymore because of meds.
  2. Blend fruit juice with fresh or fruit, (sometimes) ice, and other ingredients and you get a smoothie. What’s your favorite smoothie?
    I don't think I've ever had a smoothie. They seem vaguely icky to me, not drinkable. Unless you count Orange Julius a smoothie.
  3. Juice in some contexts means credibility, the respect of others, and influence. In what way have you recently earned juice among your peers?
    Probably by keeping my cool while dealing with calling 911 and waiting with the drunk, passed-out guy till the authorities arrived to take him to the hospital? I dunno. Or by not blowing my stack at work generally since I got back after surgery.
  4. How satisfied are you with your mobile phone’s charge capacity?
    I'm fine. My phone and I are tight.
  5. What are your thoughts on Kool-Aid and Tang?
    I never had a problem with Tang as a child, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't drink it now. Kool-Aid is too damn sweet even for me.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Stealing

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Colorful Meme

Could you tell me, please, what color each of these things are?
~ Your hair: Dark-brown-turning-to-gray
~ Your eyes: Hazel
~ Your shirt: It's my 2011 Green Bay Division Champions shirt in gray
~ Your socks: Red-and-pink striped slipper socks which used to be red-and-white striped ... but laundry
~ Your shoes: I wore my high-heeled black pant-boots to church earlier
~ Your purse: I don't own a purse
~ Your wallet: Dark green with the Green Bay G logo embossed on it
~ Your phone: The phone itself is black, but the case is silver and blue
~ Your computer/laptop: Inside, what I can see right now, is all black except for the gray Gateway logo. The outside is deep red with a silver decorative stripe
~ Your earphones: I have quite a few. Bose noise-suppressing headphones at work, along with a pair of red Skullcandy ones. There are a couple of pairs of black cheapo sets around the living room, a gray pair upstairs...a white one somewhere
~ Your best friend’s hair: Dark-brown-turning-to-gray
~ Your best friend’s eyes: Hazel
~ Your sky today: BLUE! Pale blue and cold-looking, but BLUE!

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Fatty :: ...that horrible childhood rhyme about doors and 2x4s.... :-(
  2. Injection :: Shot
  3. Fearless :: Brave
  4. Overflow :: Flood
  5. Contract :: Shrink
  6. Steal :: Take
  7. Heartless :: Hurtful
  8. Flap :: Opening
  9. Baseline :: Standard
  10. Merger :: Corporate....

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday 9

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Freeway of Love (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. (or trust me when I say "don't do it!*)

1) In this song, Aretha's ideal car is a pink Caddy. What's your dream vehicle?
Well, it's NOT a pink car....shudder.... I'd be happy with a Jeep, or a Range Rover, in chocolate brown.
2) Have you ever owned a convertible?
Nope. Not gonna happen. Too many horror stories about leaks from friends who've had nothing but trouble.
3) Aretha longs to "drop the pedal and go." Are you a careful, conservative driver? Or do you enjoy going fast?
I love going fast, but I do try to keep it under control. I'm a big believer in using cruise control to keep myself ticket-free.
4) Aretha's grandmother Rachel helped raise her. Tell us about one of your grandparents.
I've talked about my dad's parents before--they were homesteading when he was born--so I can talk about my grandma on Mom's side. I don't remember much about her except that she always had cold hands. We visited her at the nursing home on Sundays and I would sit on the embroidered footstool and hold her hand while she talked to Mom & Dad. Mom was born when Grandma (not what we actually called her) was over 40, so Mom's brothers were adults when she was a kid, much like me. So basically, by the time I was born, my grandmother was in her mid-80s. Mom didn't talk about her parents much, but I know she went to WCTU meetings as a young child with her mom. Before getting married, Grandma was a schoolteacher in Montana prior to the turn of the last century. She married late for that era to a guy about 15 years older than she was. Even as a kid I wondered if she was that desperate.
5) Aretha played a waitress in the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers. Have you ever worked in food service?
Yes, briefly. It was long enough, though, to recognize what a hard, unpleasant job waitressing is. And I wasn't even allowed to keep tips!
6) Aretha was a chain smoker for decades and had a terrible time giving up cigarettes. What habit do you wish you could break?
Sugar. I'm solidly addicted. And just generally eating crappy food.
7) A sculpture of Aretha is at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York City. What's the last museum you visited?
Hmmm. Wow. I can't remember! It might have been 4 years ago in Florence!
8) Since Aretha has many honorary degrees, it would be appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you addressed by his or her title (Officer, Father, Pastor, Dr., etc.)?
I tend not to do this very often. Perhaps it was the doctor who did my surgery? I call our pastor by his first name. I did call my boss as "Boss" I'm sure, but I don't think that counts.
9) The daughter of a minister, Aretha enjoys singing "church music" and her 1972 CD Amazing Grace is one of the best sellers in gospel music history. Do you have any gospel music on your phone, iPod or MP3 player?
I don't use any of those for music, but I do like gospel music, and I have a whole channel on Spotify dedicated to "Christian" music that I like. TobyMac is my favorite.
* This is one of those songs that is inextricably tied for me to the video, which was IMHO awful and the song was annoyingly overplayed on the radio. Thirty years later and I still had a visceral reaction to seeing this song title....ick
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