Saturday, November 28, 2015

I don't understand a single word

(Courtesy of Die Gerb)
  • Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
    I'd rather be intelligent. Looks fade, and to a point intelligence does too, over time. But you CAN fix lack of intelligence, while lost looks are just gone. Better not to depend on them.
  • Have you ever tie-dyed your own clothes?
    I have! I've tie-dyed Sparky's clothes. I think Beast even has tie-dyed stuff buried somewhere. I actually like tie-dye, within reason. It reminds me of BIL and has lots of other pleasant associations. But I do recognize that it is DEEPLY uncool at this point.
  • How often do you buy new clothes?
    I have a big blowout shopping trip a couple of times a year, but I fill in odds & ends piecemeal semi-regularly. I really need to do some shopping; my winter clothes don't fit. Again.
  • Do you buy from charity shops?
    Actually, I've been thinking about hitting up Goodwill (and equivalents) for some new-to-me sweatshirts and/or sweaters. I don't want to drop a ton of cash, but I'm really bored with what I've got, and see previous answer. I also got a set of luncheon dishes that I've always wanted at a resale shop. What a buy!And lots and lots and lots of S&Ps.
  • Have you ever sold your services?
    Sure. Pretty much, if you have a job, you're selling yourself at some level. Of course, my services are legal to sell, so I'm not all that worried about letting everyone know.
  • Have you ever raised money for charity?
    Not directly, but I've certainly given to charity, and I've participated in fundraising events.
  • Have you ever wielded a sword?
    Only the wooden toy variety. Don't think I could actually pick up a metal sword and swing it at all.


I was tagged by Kwizgiver.

The Rules: FlutistPride's Compare and Contrast Challenge Rules:
  • Do not compare and contrast yourself with yourself. That defeats the purpose of this challenge.
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I'm choosing to tag Amy at Get It All Down.

First, we compare
  • Amy and I read everything, all the time, whenever possible
  • Amy and I listen to music all over the spectrum
  • Amy and I are bloggers with the same approach (throw it at the wall; see what sticks)
  • Amy and I like to follow precise procedures when at work
  • Amy and I are Midwesterners with Moxie who want to go somewhere very people-free on a regular basis
Then, we contrast
  • Amy is single and child-free, and I'm married with one (grown) child
  • Amy lives in the town in which she grew up, and I live 1,100 miles from where I grew up
  • Amy enjoys and appreciates cooking, and I do not
  • Amy adores and thrives on poetry, while I like it just fine and that's about it
  • Amy has a law degree, and I would've gotten thrown out of my family if I'd taken even a single law class

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Black Is Black (1966)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday, November 27, was "Black Friday," when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?
I don't 'do' Black Friday. I work almost every year on that day, and even when/if I don't, I loathe crowds, so the whole Black Friday thing just sounds like hell on earth. I thank God every year that I'm not in retail.
2) WalMart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target have all heavily advertised their "Black Friday" sales. If you could have a $50 gift card to one of those stores, which would choose? What would you spend the $50 on?
I would spend it online at
3) Star Wars items are predicted to be big sellers this Black Friday. Are you a big sci-fi fan? Are there any sci-fi fans on your holiday gift list?
Yeah, there'll be some SW items under the tree for sure this year. To be fair, there usually is something SW-based under our tree.
4) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game?
Duh. Really, despite the best efforts of my lunatic niece Katherine, we watch football all day Thursday, much of Saturday and all Sunday afternoon.
5) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) Do you have a signature dish?
I'm going to have to try the cognac.... My signature dish is the turkey. This year was a little weird: the skin was overcooked, and I used so many lemons to stuff it that it was basically turkey soup by the time it needed to come out of the oven. We had to ladle out about 6 cups of liquid before we could lift it out of the oven. One project for the weekend is to clean the oven. And the floor around the oven. The whole kitchen floor, really.
6) What did you give thanks for on Thanksgiving 2015?
By the time I sit down, I'm just grateful no one is injured, the food is all on the table, and the fact that I can sit! OK, and for the faces around me. I actually did say grace this year.
7) Monday is Cyber Monday, when shoppers can save big online. Do you shop confidently over the Internet, or do you worry about security breaches and identity theft?
I don't worry about security online. At least, I don't worry about it anymore than I worry about my credit card in person. Restaurants...seriously, think about it: your card is out of sight for how long while they do who knows what? Yeah. And I've only ever been hacked in person, probably overseas. So I really do not worry about online shopping.
8) This week's featured band, Los Bravos, was international. Their members came from both Germany and Spain. If you could travel to any foreign country in the world, which would you choose?
I would love to visit several Middle Eastern countries--Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Iran, Iraq--but I'm not confident enough to do so without a tour group of some kind. And body armor.
9) The band's name, Los Bravos, can be translated to mean, "The Brave." Do you consider yourself gutsy?
I do. "Foolhardy" is another word that might fit at times.

Friday 5, belated

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. When did you recently experience a pleasantly delayed gratification?
    Birthday presents are a bit of that, aren't they? I got the starter set for Cards Against Humanity, which Sparky and I worked through last night. ;-)
  2. What’s something you’d like to just fast-forward through in the next few weeks?
    Beast's pain, and probably his recovery. I'd like a memory-block too, since he's a total shithead when he's in pain in the evenings. Yes, I know it's the pain talking but the words are coming out of Beast's mouth.
  3. What’s something in the next few weeks you’ll wish you could slow down so you can savor the experience?
    My days off this coming month. They go by TOO FAST.
  4. What’s something that takes you a lot longer than it used to?
    Recovering from being on my feet all day on Thanksgiving!
  5. What’s something you saved for later, but when later came, you decided you didn’t really want it?
    A lot of the stuff on my Amazon wishlist rotates off fairly regularly. Also random coupons and store discounts that lay around forever and eventually get thrown out.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
Would You Rather Meme
  1. Would you rather be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly?
    Alone. Even if the other person didn't talk incessantly, I'd probably rather be alone.
  2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
    Too cold. I can always put more clothes on. (and the circle is complete: I remember being gobsmacked when my sister Ellen said this to me in 1975 on a hot and humid day in Wisconsin, and I swore I'd never feel that way...oh well)
  3. Would you rather have a cook or a maid?
    Cook. But a cook who cleans up the kitchen!
  4. Would you rather be the youngest or the oldest sibling?
    I'm happy being the youngest, thanks. But once again, we're ignoring the middle kids.
  5. Would you rather get rich through hard work or through winning the lottery?
    Hard work.
  6. Would you rather have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest?
    Dinner. I can always wear earplugs and at least with this option, I'll be sitting down and eating theoretically decent food.
  7. Would you rather be an Olympic gold medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize winner?
    Honestly, neither sounds attractive. Lots of very hard work for both, but I suppose I'd have fewer outright enemies as an Olympian.
  8. Would you rather have a desk job or an outdoor job?
    Desk job. No contest!
  9. Would you rather live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain?
    Mountain. duh
  10. Would you rather have Rambo or The Terminator on your side?
    Terminator, though probably at least in part because I've never seen a Rambo film.
  11. Would you rather be proposed to in private or in front of family and friends?
    Private, please. Beast proposed to me in a restaurant, but without giant fanfare.
  12. Would you rather have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food?
    I really hate sewing. But I really really hate weeding, and I do not want to have to start butchering my meat. So....sewing it is, I guess.
  13. Would you rather hear the good news or the bad news first?
    Bad news first.
  14. Would you rather be your own boss or work for someone else?
    I would love to work for myself, but I'd probably never get anything done, so it might not work out so well.
  15. Would you rather have nosy neighbors or noisy neighbors?
    Nosy. I hate noise, but curtains and years of practice in shutting down nosy questions goes a lot way. Also, often nosy neighbors are also good to have around, as I've found out in dire circumstances.
  16. Would you rather be on a survival reality show or dating game show?
    I'll MC either. I'm not doing any televised competing, however.
  17. Would you rather be too busy or be bored?
    I'm not a fan of sitting around doing nothing at all. So, keep me too busy. [I was with Beast while he got an(other) MRI this week and stupidly brought my ereader to keep me occupied. No electronics near the room-sized magnet. So I sat there for 45 minutes with, literally, nothing to do while seated in a chair that doesn't allow napping. I was crawling out of my skin by the end.]
  18. Would you rather watch the big game at home or live at the stadium?
    At home. I hate crowds.
  19. Would you rather spend the day with your favorite athlete or you favorite movie star?
    Athlete. Now I have to pick which one that would be. There is more than one option.
  20. Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer?
    Summer, but not humid summer.

Unconscious Mutterings

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. Polish :: Italian (because around here, those are the sausage options if you're not having brats)
  2. Reshare :: Recycle
  3. Quality :: ... control
  4. Ordeal :: Trial
  5. Raindrop :: Spring
  6. Cute! :: Adorbs!
  7. Soil :: Dirt
  8. Ice cream :: Custard
  9. Suffering :: Pain
  10. Pressure :: Blood ...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Perfect Storm (2014)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about "the thrill of a lifetime" kind of love. Do you believe we each get one great love? Or do you think it's possible to fall in love more than once?
I think there's not a limit to the amount of love available in the world. It's not a commodity. I think if someone is open to it, love will come around again and again, though whether it will look the same every time is unlikely.
2) Brad Paisley endured his own "perfect storm" in 2010, when he lost his guitars in the massive flood that hit Nashville. Tell us about a time when you had to clean up after Mother Nature.
When my sister Ellen and her family went to England in (approx.) 1989, the week they left we had a big summer storm in the area. We drove up to their house--as the designated "just in case" crew--and found that one of the big, old ash trees in their backyard had pirouetted and crashed to the ground, taking out their neighbor's fence but somehow missing the house. Gotta love living in a tornado zone!
So while Beast assessed the tree/fence situation, I crawled through Ellen and Dean's Important Papers for their home insurance policy (among their wills, several mementos, a couple of family quilts, and other creepy things I felt like I was invading). The following weekend, we, along with Dean's brother and father burned through two chainsaws in the process of cutting up the tree--ash is hard wood. The insurance claim got started on replacing the fence, and by the time they got home from vacation, the only evidence of a problem was the hole in the ground and the missing fence, and letters from the insurance company. This was in the days when it cost major money to call people, so we just waited till we picked them up from the airport to tell them anything.
3) He is married to actress Kimberly Williams, who played Steve Martin's daughter in the Father of the Bride movies. He has admitted he was a little in love with her before he met because he'd seen her on screen. Do you have a crush on anyone right now?
4) He's a passionate Cleveland Browns fan. Are you following the NFL this season?
I'm telling Beast this--he's a Brownies' fan too! We ALWAYS follow the football season. I'm bumming about the Packers' games the last couple of weeks. At least Denver's doing ok... SOMEone needs to take out New England, though.
5) Brad has developed his own line of western wear for Boot Barn, including some pricey items. (A "Perfect Storm" felt hat goes for $230.) What's the most expensive item you've added to your wardrobe recently?
I need to buy a new winter coat, but I haven't pulled the trigger on that. I bought some shoes a week or so ago.
6) "Paisley" is also a term for a popular print. Are you wearing a print or solid right now?
All solids, though my socks are ribbed. Red shirt with "Antique Archaeology" on it, gray fleece-lined sweat pants, black men's sox. I'm not at all a fan of paisley, though perhaps I have a scarf with something like it in the pattern.
7) Crazy Sam is not a big country fan, but she can sing along with this song because it played so very often at a bar she frequents. What's the last song you sang?
Something off of TobyMac's Tonight CD ... Captured, maybe? In the car, yesterday.
8) Though Brad Paisley has recorded songs about drinking, he never touches alcohol. His favorite beverage is Yoohoo, a chocolate beverage bottled by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Company. What's the last beverage you drank directly from the bottle?
Definitely a Diet Dr. Pepper.
9) Random question from a Sat9er: What's your favorite handmade item?
Any of the quilts or afghans that family and friends have made/given me. It's cold out here all of a sudden.
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