Sunday, September 21, 2014


You Are Creative Productive
You are productive if you're able to work on whatever you feel like doing. You're not so big on do-to lists though.

You will work extremely hard when passion strikes, and that tends to make up for any creative procrastination that otherwise takes place.

You need focus more than people realize... in fact, you may not realize it yet. Interruptions can disrupt you.

What you need more than anything else is to be able to sit quietly until you're inspired. After that, you'll make something amazing!
If this is a way of saying I need people to leave-me-the-fuck-alone so I can get some work done, then it's right on!

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. When you walk to a light switch, do you “turn off” the lights or do you “cut off” the lights?
"Cutting off" lights to me means turning the electricity completely off usually because of moving house or unpaid bills. Mostly we "turn off" and occasionally "shut off" the lights when we leave the room.
2. When nature calls, do you sit on a “toilet” or a “commode”?
It's a "toilet" which is in the bathroom. Unless I'm overseas in which case it's a "toilet" in the loo, because often the bathroom is a separate room where bathing and toothbrushing happens. I think my parents called it a "commode" once in awhile.
3. Do you call those little bugs that seem to light up “fireflies” or “lightning bugs”?
Either. I didn't grow up with them, so I follow whatever people around me use. Beast says "lightning bugs" (I just asked him), so I probably say that more often.
4. Do you “mash” buttons or “press” them?
Honestly, these days I "poke" or "hit" them, but "press" is the usual polite term.
5. When referring to denim pants, do you call them “jeans” or “dungarees”?
Ahh, this brings back a great memory from my sisters' childhoods. To answer the question, I call them "jeans" exclusively. My mom let (or rather, insisted that) my sisters--all of whom were born in the 1940s--change into play clothes after church on Sundays. Her mother-in-law thought it was scandalous that they were wearing "dungarees" on a SUNDAY!!! So that drama was apparently why I wasn't allowed to wear jeans to 1972-1982.
6. Do you stand in a “line” or “queue” when waiting for something?
"Line." The only time I "queue" is in England, and when I'm being snobbish. And, by the way, I get IN lines, not on them.

Sunday Stealing

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Alphabetty 2

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?
"Did you see my fb post abt u?" To my son. Yes, I know, I know. I found his Legos and posted a photo of one 'creation' that was in the box from at least 8 years ago:
I love that he seems to be looking at this from behind the laptop screen....
B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom?
That would be the reply from Sparky, the spectacularly unthrilled "Yeah."
Actually, no, the latest one was from Beast: "I'm in the sanctuary fyi" from this morning.
C) What time do you wake up most mornings?
Usually I'm done with deep sleep by 7 if I make it that long. Yesterday I woke up at 9, got up about 10 (after an hour of Nook gaming) and rousted Beast at 11:30.
D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night?
Not in my neighborhood, though the number of teen drivers is a bit worrisome. lol If I were walking through some neighborhoods in big cities, well then yes I would be afraid.
E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?
This. Often with the TV on.
F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?
Beast, at church, when we connected up between services.
G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school?
Nope. Almost never.
H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so?
I do enjoy it. It is never dull, which might surprise people who don't hang out in libraries often enough.
I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?
Oh yeah! I also dish them out regularly. For instance, just now one of the football commentators told us that the Detroit Lions like to "rotate their packages regularly." And....snigger.
J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?
Hmm. I've been offered booze and declined. I don't remember about drugs.
K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?
Yes, lots of people. I thank God that I'm still able to allow this to happen. Probably the one person who has altered my thought process the most, however, is Sparky. The split second between pregnancy and being responsible for another person is life-changing in every way. Or, well, I think it really ought to be.
L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?
Again, yes with alcohol. Not drugs. Well, not illegal drugs. Doctors give me drugs semi-regularly, which I take like a good girl. (usually)
M) Tell us something weird that turns you on.
The smell of smoke, like campfire, in clothes and hair. It's doubly odd since I'm not a camper and campfires themselves aren't much of a turn-on.
N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?
Well, Beast and I are married and we say "I love you" to each other fairly often....
O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?
Detachment. Shutting my mouth. Trying to stop taking responsibility for every-damn-thing in the world.
P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?
I didn't swallow them, but I'm slowly learning that every disagreement doesn't need to be discussed. If it's important to me, I state my case but I don't always debate it afterwards. See previous answer.
Q) Do you usually initiate hugs?
I often initiate them, yes. But just as often someone else is hugging me.
R) Are you a very affectionate person?
Uhm, yes. I think that's fair to say.
S) Can you roll your own cigarettes?
No, but since I don't smoke, this hasn't been much of a problem in my life.
T) What are you looking forward to?
The current raging, stabbing, pounding headache going away. Longer term, we're planning a trip I've been wanting to do for some 30 years, and I'm hoping Beast & I can make time to discuss dates, timing, and activities on the game plan today.
U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more?
Nope and nope. I'm getting that older-person crapey skin--which I don't mind, but I can't see it as very tattooable.
V) Are you mentally strong?
Yup. Solid.
W) Are you physically strong?
Nope. Think of me as human Flubber.
X) Do you think you’re a good person?
I do my best at being the best I can be. (circular much?) Let's put it this way: I try, sometimes successfully, not to add more pain to the world.
Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now.
I'd really like to get this recovery thing over with. And I'd like to weigh what I did in 1985. Only one of those two is ever very likely to occur.
Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?
It's usually a bagel with a variety of different things depending on the day.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Equality :: Even-ground
  2. Strappy :: ...sandals
  3. Kitten :: Puppy
  4. Program :: Computer...
  5. Inventory :: Count
  6. Choice :: Option
  7. Scuba :: ...gear
  8. Purchase :: Buy
  9. Promotion :: Advertisement
  10. Organization :: Order

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday 9

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Margaritaville (1977)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song Jimmy sings of "booze in the blender." What do you prepare in your blender?
Milkshakes and fondue dips. Not at the same time.
2) As the song opens, Jimmy is sitting on his front porch swing. Describe the front porch of the building you're in right now.
We have a wonderful porch! Right now there's just a couple of (stacked) chairs and a small table on it--summer never really arrived for sitting out there; it was either too hot or too cold (mostly the latter). It's about 5 feet deep and runs the whole front of the house. Surrounded by bushes, recently trimmed.
3) Jimmy sings of being able to smell boiling shrimp. Do you prefer your shrimp boiled, glazed or breaded?
Not glazed. I like shrimp almost any way, including cold.
4) During the song, he mentions his flip flops. Have you put your flip flops and sandals away till spring? Or is it still warm enough to wear them?
I just did this morning. They may be retrieved, but most of the summer shoes are put away. Now I need to go get some new non-summer shoes.
5) Jimmy Buffett had hoped this song would be recorded by Elvis Presley, but The King died before he could perform it. What's the first Elvis song that comes to mind?
"Love Me Tender" [Ironically, perhaps: I'm watching "Flipping Las Vegas" right]
6) Buffett fans are known as Parrotheads. Concert attire for a well-dressed Parrothead often includes a Hawaiian shirt and a foam fin hat. What will you be wearing tonight?
The black capris and navy T I'm currently wearing. We're not going anywhere, and even if we did hit the store, this would be acceptable. My hair is kind of an issue however.
7) Loyal Parrotheads paid between $500 and $5000 to see Mr. Buffet at a fundraiser for Barack Obama's 2012 Presidential campaign. What's the most you would pay for a concert ticket?
I think my limit is probably $100 or so. And they'd better be good seats!
8) Jimmy is an outspoken environmentalist and supports causes like ocean conservation, saving the manatees and expanding the Dallas Zoo. What steps do you take to help save the planet?
We've been recycling paper/plastic/glass for our entire marriage. I try to reuse and upcycle most everything I buy, and I really REALLY don't like shopping, so buying loads of extra shit is not my thing. And I try to plan my driving to burn less gas but that's not always possible here.
9) Uh-oh. When Jimmy and the Coral Reefers played in Wisconsin this past August, more than two dozen concertgoers got tickets for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Do you believe pot should be legalized?
Yes, for cryin' out loud. They're talking about licensing a dispensary in my town though, so that's good. Though pot isn't legal without a prescription in this state, I'm hoping things change soon.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday 5

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  1. Some people say you should never mix business with friendship. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
    I'm very good friends with several people with whom I work. Sure, there are some occasional problems that crop up, but by and large, I spend more time with them than I do with anyone else in my life, so it's pretty natural. But, we aren't the kind of friends who hang out and party together after work very often. Or maybe that's just me.
  2. Some people say you should never let ‘em see you sweat. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
    I think this is true in some instances, like doing an important presentations. Sometimes, though, it's perfectly ok to let people know you're struggling.
  3. It is often said that you should never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do today. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
    I'm a Class A Procrastinator, which is really bad. Sometimes it catches up to me, but mostly I cover pretty well. If I had to go back to school and follow that kind of schedule, I'd be dead, though. There's no way I could finish the classwork.
  4. It is often said that you should never get romantically involved with someone at work (there’s a cruder way of putting it, but I’m declining to use that selection of words). What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?
    I don't have personal experience myself, but I've seen it turn out ok, and I've seen it turn out very badly. More the latter than the former. And if the situation involves cheating on a spouse, it's NEVER good.
  5. What piece of wisdom from your own life should be a catchy proverb for others to live by?
    Avoidance just makes the hard parts of life longer and harder.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) If I were the teacher, I would...
...have a blast. The teaching has never been the problem. Dealing with administrators and parents....that is the problem.
2) If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?
Hmmm, I think I'd do ok in general, although "successful" might be overstating. I'd have enough to eat and a place to stay.
3) What is one thing that you constantly think (not worry) about?
I spend a LOT of time thinking about people. Hours and hours of down time noodling over relationships--old ones and current ones--wondering how the person is, why we haven't spoken in years, remembering stupid things that made us laugh (or cry), solving problems. This is definitely not (always) worry, just thinking.
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
Summer's over here. This past week went from temperatures in the high 70s at the beginning to highs in the low 50s this weekend. Still, walking in sand sounds delightful to me. It's not the sand I don't like at the beach....

Sunday, September 14, 2014


You Are a Natural Beauty
You know that it's annoying, but beauty comes naturally to you. There's not a lot you need to do in order to be beautiful.

You are a beautiful person on the inside, and it really shines through. Your smile alone has carried you far.

You take very good care of yourself, and you reap the rewards of your healthy lifestyle. You believe that beauty starts with having good habits.

Most importantly, you believe that you are beautiful, and it shows. You are comfortable in your own skin.
I am primarily posting this because it's ridiculous. Quite literally my eyes rolled back into my head for a good 5 seconds after I read this the first time.

Sunday Stealing

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Celebrity Obsession

01. First Celebrity Obsession or Crush:
I'm not sure this was the very first, but I remember kissing David Cassidy's face on his record album, c. 1971.
02. Favorite Celebrity Encounter:
I haven't really had any, and that is 100% fine by me.
03. Most Cherished Celebrity Obsession
Hmm. This has proved hard to answer. The only person I'm coming up with is Patrick Stewart.
04. A celebrity you’d love to hang out with:

I think Kate Winslet would be an absolute hoot. Or Julia Roberts. They just seem like real people. Sandra Bullock, too.
05. A celebrity you’d love to sit down and have a conversation with
Well, any of the three above. Also The Edge. He doesn't get a lot of time with the press when he's with the band, and he's an interesting, smart guy.
06. An artist you’d like to see live:
Melissa Etheridge, but not in a stadium. I'd really like to see someone perform in a small venue.
07. A celebrity you respect purely for talent:
Keith Richards. He's hell to look at, but the man can play--and survive! Also on this list: Eric Clapton, Stephen King and Meryl Streep.
08. A celebrity you feel you’d be good friends with:
Since her name has come up, Meryl. We could discuss our kids. Among other things. Oh! And Melissa McCarthy! Yes, please--let's go eat somewhere good!
09. A celebrity you dislike that others seem to love:
SO many of these! I don't really understand the attraction of Channing Tatum, though I don't dislike him. OK, going with James Patterson. WTF, man, stop publishing so damn many books.
10. A celebrity you respect for what they’ve been through in life:
Michael Douglas comes to mind. I can't stand the man, but what a career he's had. However, he pales into invisibility next to Elie Wiesel. If I ever met him, I would probably burst into tears and be unable to speak.
11. A celebrity you share a birthday with:
My dad's favorite actress, after whose retirement he pretty much stopped going to the movies. She retired to marry royalty. Also, a very famous crazy person who has been in prison for 45 years without any chance of getting released. And finally, perhaps the most famous non-American gymnast in America was born just 2 years before me.
12. A celebrity you find annoying:
Pretty much anyone whose name starts with K. Which is a shame, since I really like the letter K and lots of people I know whose names start that way. You figure out who I mean: I'm not giving those idiots anymore fame.
13. Favorite under-20 celebrity:
I'll admit I had to Google this, because I couldn't actually come up with anyone. And then I thought of Willow and Jaden Smith. I don't know that much about them, but I do like their parents a lot. So...yeah.
14. Favorite over-60 celebrity:
Of course, here I don't need help, except in narrowing the list down! At the low end of the age span, Pierce Brosnan and Mark Harmon win. At the upper end: Betty White and Sidney Poitier. Can you see those last two on a date? OMG--to die for!
15. The celebrity “fandom” that means most to you:
I don't do fan clubs, or fandoms. Not since I got all buried in Next Generation stuff in the early 90s.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Men :: Women
  2. Partial :: Incomplete
  3. Expenses :: Payments
  4. Notification :: Memo
  5. Bubble wrap :: Pop...pop...pop
  6. Speech :: Oration
  7. Rumble :: ...strips
  8. Sounds :: Noises
  9. Sweaty :: Damp
  10. Mud :: Drywall...
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