Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Stealing x3

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The Alice Through the Looking Glass Meme

If your life was a book, what would be its title?
Plot? What Plot? seems about right.
Who is/was the weirdest person in your life?
I see weird people DAILY. You want weird coworkers, weird family members, weird members of the public, weird neighbors? I have someone--at least one person--in each category. Mostly, I enjoy Teh Weeerd. Sometimes, it makes me want to punch walls. Today was about half and half.
What is a special thing that someone once did for you?
I think the trick here is to notice the special things more than it is to expect big gestures of love from people. Possibly the nicest thing someone's done for me this week is driving me from work to pick up Beast after he had a diabetic situation Friday night. But the flight attendants on the plane, the car driver, and others I don't even know about were spectacularly on-point last Monday on our trip home from vacation.
If you could erase someone off the planet, who would it be?
My first reaction was political. Instead I'll just say that I'm not going to be sad when Crazy Cat Woman retires from my workplace in less than a month.
What’s a big goal that you have?
I have never been a Big Goal person. I'd like to retire someday. That's looking more and more like it will be some fairy-tale distance away.
If you could time travel and meet yourself at 16, what would you tell yourself?
Like I would listen to someone my age at 16?? I'd probably just pat myself on the back and suggest being a little more careful around booze and people who love it.
If it were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
With kids. It would be wonderful to just sit around and play with some toddlers or babies, read them some books, get some sticky hugs and kisses...what a way to go.
If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be and why?
I would kind of like to meet Tammy Duckworth. She seems like the kind of straight shooter in person that I like in public office. I'd like to tell her that not only do I appreciate her service in the military, but I appreciate her service to our country since she came back home.
What is one thing that you would never do that others you know have done?
I'm pretty sure that I'll never drive drunk.
What is one romance depicted in film that you’d love to experience?
Wow. Uhm. I'm not much of a romance-watcher. The Tracy-Hepburn dynamic, though, that is fun.
Describe yourself in just one sentence.
"O.M.G." (and not in any theological sense)
Who is the most beautiful person on earth?
Really, any random newborn is pretty awesome. It may be the last time we are every fully ourselves, right after birth, before we start wearing other peoples' expectations.
What was the best experience in your life?
I've had a lot of good experiences. One of the best was getting my mom giggling during church in the middle of quiet prayer and then both of us giggling through the Lord's Prayer. It was strange, epic, and 100% unlikely.
If you could rule the world, what would you change?
So . Many . Things. Certain famous people who talk bullshit will be wearing a lot of duct tape over their mouths until they learn how to STFU when they have nothing productive to say.
Where were you when you heard the news of 9/11?
At church. Beast called while I was doing some volunteer work. I got in the car and turned on the radio while I headed home, turned on the TV when I got there and got a call from our brand-new pastor who had no TV service. So I watched the second tower fall with him and his wife, who was totes panicking: "I need to go to the grocery store! We need to stock up on food!"
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The Martial Arts Meme

Who was the last person that you held hands with?
Beast. Yesterday, I think.
Are you loud, outgoing or shy?
Yup. All of the above on varying occasions.
Who are you looking forward to see[ing]?
I can't think of anyone I'm desperate to see. I just finally met all but one of my great-nephews and -nieces, so it would be nice to see the only remaining unmet one. I'm not sure about going to Texas anytime soon though, and my understanding is that his parents are perhaps not together anymore. This makes me sad, but I'm treating it as rumor till I hear from someone definitively.
Are you easy to get along with?
Usually. Unless you're an idiot. Then I might be a little hard on you.
Have you ever given up on someone, only to let them back into your lives? Why?
Yes. Once. I shoulda stuck to my guns, but fortunately it wasn't a huge waste of time.
If you were ill, which TV doctor or nurse would you want to take care of you?
Honestly, if I were terrifically and suddenly ill, Johnny Gage's presence at my side in the ambulance could probably manage to put me back on the road to health before even arriving at the ER.
Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
Yes, it does. I'm so my parents' kid. Having admitted that, I tried very hard to keep my personal ooshiness out of sight whenever Sparky was in need of straight talk. The need to be honest definitely trumped the prude in me.
Who was the last person that you had serious conversation with?
Beast, after I got home from work today. Life is fraught right now and sometimes emotions boil over.
What was the last text message you received about?
Last Fbook PM: "Fair. :P I've just started throwing 'yins' into casual conversation."
Last text: "Yea. She makes a good date."
Last Google Hangout: "Almost got a ticket for not using hands free"
WhatsApp: "Haha! Guess that's a nice sort of problem to have?"
Not one is from the same person and they are all completely unrelated issues, but there is some sense of continuity there.
Do you believe in luck and/or miracles?
I completely believe in miracles! My life is full of them. Luck too, mostly of the good variety. I have to say, though, that this is another case of seeing what you look for and getting back from life what you put out into the world.
What good thing happened this summer?
Uhm. It was not exactly a stellar summer. I found some serenity and some freedom. Sparky got out of a lousy roommate situation and into a new apartment of his own. And then a EEEUUUGGGE implosion for Beast at the end of summer from which we'll be recovering for quite awhile. We still haven't seen all the final ramifications as yet. So I'm learning some more about patience, too.
Convince us why we should or should not believe in life on other planets?
You can believe whatever you want, as far as I'm concerned. Until we actually find life in space, you have that option. I find it hard to believe that we're alone, as big as the universe is, but I also doubt extraterrestrial life will look anything like us, should we ever run into it.
Who was your first crush on?
David Cassidy. I was 9. Or maybe 8.
Favorite part of daily routine?
Washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting on pajamas, and climbing into bed with my Nook to read or puzzle.
Do you like your neighbors?
Of the ones I know, all but one are good people. We have some new people we haven't met yet. And the neighborhood Dirty Old Man is (YAY!) moving. Or at least the house is for sale.
What’s your worst feature?
My teeth. They are really getting yellow as I age. :(
Have you ever had trust issues?
Huh. Not until the last few years. I'm still horribly gullible, though.
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The "Doing Questions Like It's 2003" Meme

Tell us about your pets. If you don’t have one, share why you don’t.
We have one lazy little guinea pig named Pinto. He's a cutie, but he will be the last. I'm retiring my zoological chores when he dies.
Name three things that are close to you.
Physically close? I'm surrounded by heaps of stuff that have accrued as I unpacked last week. There are three things here I need to mail tomorrow, a book about the discovery of Richard III (brought home from vacation), and a half a liter of Diet Coke that I've been working on all afternoon.
How was the weather for your summer?
It was good. Too muggy here at the end, but I can't complain about the temperatures: they never got wildly out-of-control hot.
What was the last film you saw? Did you like it?
We went and saw the last Star Trek movie when it came out. It was ok. I like the original timeline better.
Tell us about the last trip that you took.
We just got back last Monday from visiting my English family and attending the wedding of my nephew there. He was married in Bristol in probably the weirdest and yet the most fun wedding I've ever attended. Then we spent about a week driving to my nieces' homes in northern and central England and meeting and getting to know their kids. The weather was wonderful, and the kids were great, and it was good to see people I haven't been able to spend time with in 5 years.
Where do you buy groceries? Why?
Meijer, mostly, and increasingly Aldi. And a local standalone grocery. And a local chain that's only in the immediate metropolitan area in which I live. Mostly in that order.
Tell us something that you did today. Or will do if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet.
I worked. Today was Crazy Cat Woman's and Supplies' last Sunday to work before they retire. I'm sad that Supplies is going--in spite of her politics being 180 from mine, I've really come to like and admire her--but CCW can't leave soon enough. Anyway, I found the provenance of an unusual photo of JFK and Jackie for a patron. That was fun.
Have you pulled an all-nighter?
Kinda did that a couple of weeks ago on the flight to England. I might've gotten an hour of sorta-sleep on the plane. Maybe. At most. Before that was probably the last overseas flight, or staying up with family emergencies.
Can you taste the difference between Pepsi & Coke?
Tell us about your siblings. How many and what do they do?
Tell ya what. Here's my family. Go read. It's current. This is not a question I love answering.
What’s the oldest thing that you own?
Several pieces of furniture. My grandparents' china (boxed in the basement). Some books that are well over 100 years old--nothing fancy or worth money, I hasten to add!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Queen's Meme

(Link in meme-roll)
The Hodgepodge Meme

1. Do you have a favorite chair in your home? Why is it your favorite place to sit?
I love my little corner of the couch. I can do pretty much anything from here, including parts of my job. Plus, I can sleep here.
2. You've been given a billboard space on the highway of life. What is the ONE word you'd place on the billboard to describe your life right now?
3. Do you own a string of pearls?
Not real pearls. I'm not a big fan of pearls, really.
4. Whose initials would you carve on a tree?
No one's! Leave the damn trees in peace, people!
5. Could you go without your cellphone for an entire day?
Sure. I've done it on days I've left it either at home or in the car when I get to work.
6. If you could pre-install an app on every human being born today, what would that built-in app be?

Saturday 9 x3

(Link in meme-roll)
Mr. Boombastic (1995)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is a rather shameless come-on by an accomplished ladies' man. Do you enjoy flirting?
Flirting is fun. Yes, I enjoy it, though it's almost entirely "window shopping" these days, except when I'm flirting with Beast.
2) Shaggy sings that he's like a turtle coming out of his shell. Do you think turtles, snakes and lizards make good pets? Or would you prefer a companion animal that has fur or feathers?
I'd prefer a furry pet, but since I'm allergic to almost all furry things, it looks like any future pets will not have any. I have a friend who owns a tortoise that she adores. Kind of thinking about that. Or nothing.
3) He also sings that if you don't feel like driving, you should hand him the keys. Are you comfortable letting others drive your car?
Last week, I would've probably said no, but as we are down to one car now, Beast is driving mine and ... yeah, it's bugging me a little.
4) He tries to woo the girl with the promise of a bubble bath. Do you enjoy relaxing in the tub? Or do you view baths and showers as simply part of your hygiene routine, like brushing your teeth?
I love baths, but I don't get time to soak very often anymore. Showers, though, are strictly business. Clean and out.
5) Born Orville Burrell, Shaggy took his stage name from his shaggy hair. Using your hair as inspiration, what would your stage name be?
Lately, the best adjective would be "sweaty."
6) Sam admits she hadn't thought about this 20+ year old song in years, until she heard it on a Chase Bank commercial. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, checkwriting dropped more than 50% between 2000 and 2010. Who received the last check you wrote?
It was our last (as in final) cleaning service appointment a few weeks ago. I don't pay most of the bills, and I never carry the checkbook.
7) Which would you prefer to receive in a birthday card: a $25 check or a $20 Target gift card?
Check. There's no longer a Target very nearby.
8) Sam's mother refuses to pay bills online. All the news stories about data breaches scare her. Have you ever been hacked? If so, did it take long to get the situation resolved?
Yes, we've had our credit card hacked a couple of times, but nothing worse than that. Fortunately, the bank caught it immediately. Yay, for credit security checks.
9) In 1995, when this song was popular, Michael Jordan "unretired" and returned to the Chicago Bulls. Tell us about a decision you made that you wish you could undo.
Some incredibly stupid things I've said to people over the years would be nice to "take back."
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September in the Rain (1956)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What color are they?
We're still rockin' the green in our yard. There are trees down the road from us that are turning, though. One is almost completely red.
2) It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice?
Pretty sure I told Beast I love him quietly a few minutes ago. He's got a very upset stomach today and is feeling yucky.
3) Clearly this song is about a treasured romantic memory that took place in autumn. Think about your favorite romantic memory. In what season did it take place?
We've had some very good vacations in the fall over the years. Probably something to do with our birthdays both being in November... 😏
4) This week's featured artist, Julie London, was famous as a singer and actress. Less prominent in her bio is her appearance as a "pin up girl" in Esquire magazine when she was just 17. What's in your resume that you'd prefer to de-emphasize or gloss over?
About the only thing I'd leave off would be my stint as a paper carrier when I was a SAHM with Sparky when he was little.
5) Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer -- male or female -- in concert, who would you choose?
Of all time? It would be fascinating to watch Elvis perform c. 1957-58.
6) She became well-known to another generation when she appeared in the 1970s TV show Emergency! The younger actors credited her for keeping everything calm on the set. Who has a calming influence on you?
Yeah, I know. Too easy.
7) Her Emergency! costar was her husband, Bobby Troup, and the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. Do you have an ex that you're on very good terms with?
Nope. My exes have been out of my life for over 30 years. It would be really awkward to talk to most of them.
8) Julie was a chain-smoker since she was a teenager and in the 1950s recorded a jingle for Marlboro cigarettes. Yet in the 1970s, when she saw Bobby Troup's health negatively effected by smoking, she pressed him to quit. Tell us about a time you found yourself in a "do as I say, not as I do" situation.
I'm currently trying get Beast to understand that he needs to schedule his glucose his checks and do them, but I'm not doing mine. OTOH, my situation is way less dire than his. So far.
9) Random question: You have won an all-expenses paid trip to an exclusive resort in the Hawaii. When you get there, you discover that the private beach is bathing suit optional. Do you swim nude?
I don't swim. At all. So, no.
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One Night in Bangkok (1984)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is from the play Chess. It's been said that the most successful players are fluid in their thinking. Do you consider yourself flexible or set in your ways?
Depends. In some ways, I'm super flexible about things. In other ways, I'm very much not. I'm trying to work through why some changes irk me when others are practically unnoticed.
2) Nigel Short, a real-life chess grandmaster, used to wear a t-shirt that said, "He who cares, wins." Do you always play to win? Or do you play board/card games or sports for the fun of it?
I want to win! I try to keep myself from being horrible--some other family members are far worse about winning than I am!--but sometimes I just get angry about bad luck.
3) The singer is in Bangkok for an important tournament. He maintains that he doesn't mind missing the sights and dismisses Bangkok is just another "crowded, polluted stinking town." Do you find big cities exciting? Or do you think of them as noisy and dirty?
I like visiting cities. I love London, and San Diego, and even parts of Chicago and Athens and Rome. But I would never want to live in one all the time.
4) Air pollution has reached serious levels Bangkok. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or another condition that could be aggravated by pollution?
Yup. Thank goodness I'm not interested in Thailand!
5) To reduce traffic, commuters travel through Bangkok on ferries that make regularly scheduled trips up and down the Chao Phraya River. When was your last boat ride?
Hmm. It's been awhile. With the lack of swimming ability comes what I consider to be a healthy fear of falling out of a boat. So I rarely get onboard.
6) Round trip airfare between ATL and BKK is $1750. If we gave you a travel voucher for that dollar amount, how would you spend it?
Well, I wouldn't go to Bangkok, that's for sure! It's tempting to consider Tierra del Fuego.
7) The Holiday Inn Express in Bangkok has a McDonald's onsite. When you go somewhere new, do you find it comforting to be surrounded by what's familiar? Or would you prefer to try new things?
We did eat in McDonald's near Heathrow earlier this month when we first got to England, but after that we stayed strictly away from American 'cuisine.' Generally, I'll try local favorites; it doesn't always work out but I often discover things I subsequently love!
8) One of Bangkok's most popular restaurants is DID, which stands for Dine in Dark. The dining room at DID is 100% light free -- cell phones must be stored in the lobby to avoid distracting from the experience -- so customers eat their four course meal without seeing it. This heightens the diner's sense of taste and smell. When you prepare a meal, do you put a great deal of care into its presentation?
Nope. And I am not at all interested in eating in the dark, either.
9) Random question: Think about your last professionally prepared meal. Did you dine in, carry out, or have it delivered?
We ate lunch out on Thursday. At Taco Bell. 👍

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday 5 x 3

(Link in meme-roll)
  1. What’s something that recently required perseverance?
  2. Walking through airports. I swear, we are nearly always at the farthest-away-from-anything-else gates!
  3. What’s something that’s been unpleasantly persistent?
  4. My insistence on jumping in and "saving" things...often things that don't necessarily need my interference in the first place.
  5. When has practice not proven to make perfect?
  6. There is no hope in hell of me every becoming a quiet, lady-like woman.
  7. Where were you last required to exercise patience?
  8. Tonight waiting for Beast to pick me up, waiting for a ride to pick Beast up--plans do change radically sometimes--driving to pick him up, driving him home...getting him to bed. And in not asking about the obviously FUBAR garage door when we pulled into the driveway.
  9. How do you feel about peas?
  10. I like fresh peas. Always have. Not canned ones--they are evil and should be banned.
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That’s My Fund-Day
  1. What’s the last thing you didn’t want but purchased anyway because someone’s kid was raising funds for something?
  2. I, fortunately, haven't been asked recently. Having said that 36 kids will show up on my doorstep this weekend.....
  3. What’s something you’re always happy to buy when kids sell it as a fundraiser?
  4. Chocolate!
  5. What was the last fundraiser you participated in?
  6. My nephew and his new bride sort of fundraised for their honeymoon trip rather than getting gifts or registering somewhere. They are not the registry sort, for one thing, and for another, many of the guests were all coming from (FAR) out of town, so they used Honeyfund and let us pick what we wanted to "buy" them.
  7. What are your feelings about the endless cycle of fundraising?
  8. I hate it. I hated having to sell Girl Scout cookies when I was a GS, so the growth in the industry doesn't please me.
  9. What’s something people don’t sell as a fundraiser but really should?
  10. Chores: weeding, cleaning, mowing, grocery shopping. I'd totally pay a kid to do this!
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All Over
  1. What would you like right now to be coated with?
  2. This sounds positively repellent! I want to be covered in a sheet and blanket for a year-long nap. That's all.
  3. What’s something you recently slathered on something else?
  4. I made a peanut butter sandwich the other day with way more peanut butter than I really ought to have used.
  5. What’s something you purchased recently whose purpose is to cover something?
  6. I purchased quite a few clothing souvenirs for myself and assorted others. I guess that counts, right?
  7. What do your current bed linens look like?
  8. Messy. They are sateen-striped sheets, pale blue with two dark tan pillowcases along with the usual matching two. And a blue bedspread with shells and so forth embroidered (embossed?) on it.
  9. Under what circumstances did you last wear some kind of gloves?
  10. I haven't worn gloves in 4-5 months and have no clear memory of precisely when the last time I wore them was. That time is coming around again. Guess I should hit the store and stock up--at my age you would think I could hang onto a pair of gloves for more than one season, wouldn't you?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

It's everywhere.....

(Found all over Facebook and at least one blog I read regularly)

Family lore says my sisters ganged up on my parents when I arrived and insisted they should get to name me, because they'd done lousy with my sister's names. So I'm named after a friend of one of them, complete with wonky spelling. Perhaps proving the name thing wasn't just a parental problem....
Somehow, I believe I've made it a whole week with no crying. I believe I teared up a bit Thursday when Beast left--he was about one strong breeze away from tears himself--but I didn't cry.
I do. I wish I could take the time to really have nice writing, but at least I'm usually legible.
Of the standard options, roast beef. But really I've been jonesing for ham salad all weekend.
My son is 23. Is he a kid? I have 8 nieces and nephews; the youngest just turned 32. Several of them have children, and THEY are kids for sure (oldest is 7).
Despite annual bouts of terrible sore throats as a child and endless rounds of strep infections...yes.
Sure. I'd probably need heavy medication at this point, but what the hell, sure.
I don't very often eat cereal for breakfast; it really doesn't stick with me long enough. I do have it for dinner sometimes--Golden Grahams or Froot Loops.
Nope. Not even when they have laces. OK, yes, with boots I generally have to, but otherwise no.
Emphatically not in the weight-lifting sense. In other ways, yes.
Bubble gum, birthday cake, or peppermint.
How they use the space around them, how they fill space. And shoulders.
I like red, I hate pink. I don't wear much of either as they mess with my complexion.
"The least favorite...I like..."?? WTF. I just can't.
Gray clamdiggers, bare feet, and a purple T-shirt because I don't generally go topless.
Graham crackers, I think.
NASCAR at Darlington.
I really rarely speak on the phone. So. OH! We did call Sparky earlier today because we need to figure out deets for tomorrow's departure on vacation. So, that. Him.
Really? Football's my favorite. I do love my nephew because it's not just ANYone I'd miss two weeks of NFL to see get hitched!
Dark brown and increasingly gray.
Iced sugar cookies. Damn, it's been a REALLY long time....
Well, sappy endings are out and I hate horror movies. How about some good action or suspense? Or, hey, comedy!
We saw the latest Star Trek a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty good, but eminently NOT The Real Thing.
As I said above, it's purple. There's white writing on it; I got it for supporting a local fundraiser last fall.
I have to pick?? OK, hugs, but wow, what a horrible choice to have to make!
* Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer (ebook) -- really weird
* Customs of the World, by David Livermore (on CD) -- about finished, may bail on the last few tracks.
* 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense, (Al Sarrantonio, ed.) -- some pretty icky stuff here, along with some fun-to-read stories
* All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (ebook) -- honestly, I just started so I have no idea what's going on
My...hand? If this means mousepad then I just use the couch with my Logitech, or the thumbpad thingy on the laptop.
We were watching a really dumb Gas Monkey Garage thing. Honestly, if we could watch just Richard and without sound, I'd be ok, but the rest of the people irritate me beyond reason. Especially when they talk.
Beatles. I've never cared much for the Stones.

Sunday Stealing

(Link in meme-roll)
The Mad Hatter's Meme

What’s the meaning or inspiration of your blog’s title?
My first blog was called Sweet Dreams. It wasn't a big stretch that when I created a blog just for memes to make the rhyme thing happen.
What do you consider your biggest strength?
I generally can think clearly in emergencies. My auto-pilot mode is solid.
What do you consider your biggest weakness?
I chatter too much and I'm far too opinionated.
Tell us why we should like your favorite band.
You can like whoever you want. I like a lot of different bands for many different reasons. But U2 is one of those "good band for many reasons" bands.
Who is your favorite model of all-time? Why?
Uhh? That one guy... OK, no really, I don't even.
Does it bother you when people talk about their pets? Why?
Not really. I mean, if they're way too gooshy-smooshy about them, it gets old. But I'm not likely to get irritated at people talking about their kids, so pets are fair game too.
Tell us about your favorite holiday.
I love Thanksgiving. It's really all about family and gratitude and food. I can get behind all of those things! It only lasts one day, there's no ridiculous month-long decor that needs doing. It's just perfect.
What was the last fabulous meal that you ate? Where were you?
I haven't had "fabulous" for awhile, but yesterday's impromptu stop at Applebee's was good. Haven't been there in a very long time. In fact, maybe I'll have the leftovers for lunch.
What’s your lucky number and why?
I pretty much don't believe in lucky numbers. I do return to 3, 8, and 16 often though. Wish I knew why the latter two were involved; I totes get 3.
What are five things you hate?
The smell/taste of liver; mean/catty behavior; selfishness; nails on a chalkboard; endless gray wintry days.
What are five things you love?
The sound of kids unselfconsciously giggling; reading; the smell of cooking food; the taste of sugar; sunny autumn afternoons.
Tell us a secret you can because other than us, who’ll read this anyway?
I really do only watch car races for the wrecks. (OK, it's truck racing this afternoon--same thing)
What is the favorite body feature of yourself?
I like my hands and feet and hair.
Is there a tattoo that you want? If you don’t have one, gun-to-your-head so you have to get one, what would it be?
I'm not much interested in tattoos. If I had to get something, it would probably be my son's initials somewhere bony: ankle or hand.
What do you love about yourself?
I love that I'm tough and stubborn and willing to stick the hard stuff out.
What do you hate about yourself?
I hate that I have a hard time making decisions so often.
Who is someone you miss?
My dad, my sister Ellen, MIL and FIL and Mom. Lately it's been my sister Jean, since I'm going to her son's wedding this week and she often despaired that he would ever have enough sense to make it to adulthood. We are harrrd on our men in my family!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Still crazy after all, part 10

(Found here)
Part Ten
started 8/22, 8:30 p.m.

901. Would you rather have a candle scented like blueberries and creme or butterscotch pecan pie?
Blueberries. I love blueberry candles.

902. Which ones are fruits and which are vegetables:
Banana Fruit
Cucumber Veg
Tomato Fruit
Apple Fruit
Carrot Veg
Eggplant Veg
Cherry Fruit
Pumpkin Fruit
(but I'm guessing on several)

903. Does it annoy you when people talk loudly on their cell phones in public?
Not unless they're shouting into them. Or using them at full volume in an enclosed space for hours. I've ridden a train with a guy that pretty much told me everything about his coworkers, his passwords, and his bank account information. I also don't like when people talk on the phone while trying to check out books, pay for their groceries, or otherwise multitask and put other, live people on hold. It's annoying.

904. Is love a commitment to one person, or can you love more than one person at the same time?
I love a lot of people. Seems to me that's a good thing, in general. Everyone, of course, is loved differently.

And done, because getting this formatted took way too long -- 9:00 p.m.

It's been a long week...8/25 started 7:43 p.m. with no intention of finishing tonight

905. Cover or original:
Smooth Criminal; is it better by Michael Jackson or Alien Ant Farm? I have to go with the original.
Blue Monday better by Orgy or New Order I've never heard of a band called Orgy, so I'll stick with NWO.
I Want Candy; Is it better by Aaron Carter or Bow Wow Wow? It's unlikely I would ever say Aaron Carter is better than anyone else. And I do like the Bow Wow Wow version, truly.
Love Song; Is it better by 311 or The Cure? Don't know 311, not a fan of the Cure. Can I listen to something else?
It's My Life; Is it better by No Doubt or The Talking Heads? I'm too much of a traditionalist clearly, because I have to say Talking Heads, though I love No Doubt's sound generally.

906. What is the most uncomfortable feeling?
Physically or otherwise? Physically, it's no fun need to let loose a giant gas bubble and being afraid to do it in case it's also a loud, stinky one. So, holding it in....till it escapes, or you get to a bathroom.

907. Do you like Maroon 5?
I don't mind them, but they are not the first band I would queue up most days.

908. Would you ever go on a blind date TV show?
Absolutely not! I wouldn't even like going on a regular, untelevised blind date!

909. How much of your wardrobe is dry clean only?
About 0.2%.

910. Who's arms would you like to crawl into?
I would really like a hug from my dad. I'd take a hug from my mom too. Even Beast's parents... It's been a long week. Did I mention that?

911. What the hell is your problem?
Look, you can take your shirty little attitude right out that door over there. Or you can settle down and talk like a normal person. Take your pick.

912. Look around you. What is the most beautiful thing you can see?
There are a lot of nice things in my living room. I wouldn't say any of them are "beautiful" necessarily, but I like the fireplace (stone) and the card catalog end table and the lamp we 'inherited' from Mrs. Reed. [long story] Among several other things.

913. What is the most beautiful thing you can't see?
Other people's smiles. There was a stunningly gorgeous young father in the library the hour I was in the children's room today. Lovely elementary age daughter. It was about all I could do not to be all drooly, especially since they were right next to the service desk. That was pretty nice. Seriously, he and his daughter had beautiful hair....sigh.

914. Take a deep breath. Yawn deeply. Do you appreciate the things most people take for granted, like breathing?
I do. I actually do this exercise as often as I can remember to do it. Deep breaths feel good, and are good FOR you (inside and out).

915. Do you appreciate breathing more when you have a cold and you're all congested and can't breathe right?
Well, duh...yeah.

916. Is congestion a positive thing because it helps you to appreciate breathing?
Congestion is only a positive thing in that it means my immune system is working hard at keeping me alive.

917. How is your life like a work of art?
Of late, it's been rather Jackson Pollack-y. Not my favorite style at all, but having read recently that Pollack's paintings actually have some mathematical-scientific structure behind's kind of a nice feeling to think that my seemingly random and ridiculously weird life has a plot is a nice thought.

918. Do you feel that your life influences and is influenced by many other lives?
Yes. We talked about this at Bible Study this week, in fact.

919. Has a smile ever made all the difference in the world to you?
Yes. I remember thinking about this as I waited to see if having lost my passport was going to mean the cruise ship was going to sail without me. People were super kind, super helpful (to the extent they could be), and super-obviously thrilled when I found the damn thing in time to board!

920. Have you ever looked at a tree and considered how the roots could be miles long, trailing and entwining with other roots underground, all of them holding the soil together?
No, but I thought this about a shrub in my parents' backyard. We tried for a decade to kill that bush, and finally the only thing that did it was pouring gasoline on the ground where it sprouted every few days all one summer. Which of course meant nothing else would grow there for awhile either. That thing was an evil creature that would not die.

921. Do you notice the little things in life?
Only after I've tripped over them.

922. Do you feel, as Jung did, that deep down, underneath our individual personalities we are all the same?
I didn't realize that was Jung, but I do tend to agree that we are more alike than we are different.

923. Do you feel a great oneness with the universe?
Usually not. I mean, sure, there are moments, but all the time every day? Nope.

924. When was the last time you decided to really enjoy yourself?
I've been trying to make it a policy to take whatever enjoyment life hands me, even if it's scant and sort of hard to do. Why be more miserable than I need to be, after all? So I avoid news stories about Donald Trump, child and animal abuse, and the number of daily gunshot victims as much as I can. When I have to face things like that, they get my full attention for only a short period of time and then I "drop it like a hot rock" when I've done what I can.

925. When was the last time you set your self free and acted without caring at all what someone else thought?
It's been a V E R Y long time.... I hate that. I used to really do this a lot, but ... I don't feel safe doing it anymore. Maybe that will change.

926. Have you ever held someone and appreciated how delicate and fragile all life is and felt that they were even more precious and beautiful because one day they would die..and so will you?
I'm feeling a little like this might be aimed at the average 17-year-old. But yes. I am very appreciative of the people in my life and the fact that things change on a dime.

927. In ten years someone else might own your house and the room you are sitting in now. Someone else might be standing right next to where you are sitting now. So that means you could be standing right next to someone but you can't see him or her because they are ten years away.
Ever look at life like that?
OK. Sure. Not exactly, but yes, I have thought about how weird it would be to visit (for instance) the house in which I grew up and think about how I used to think about being an adult....

928. When was the last time you:
Soaked in a bubble bath Saturday? I think.
Read a good book outside Allergic season precludes this in the summer. So, maybe June. Definitely in April on the ship.
Held someone's hand Tuesday night for sure. Maybe yesterday or today? I don't remember.
Felt truly joyful Not this week. Saturday? I don't know. Life's a little fraught right now. Oh, hey: we babysat my niece's kids a couple of weekends ago. THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

929. What do you bring to this world that no one else can?
I've been told my fingerprints are different from anyone else's so.

930. Do you feel that you are part of every living thing in this world and that all those things are part of you?
This meme is getting rather hippy dippy. Next you'll be saying we're all made of stardust....

931. Are you more afraid of death or not completely living?
I'm afraid of immense pain and having to face up to mistakes. Death. Life. Whatever.

932. What was the last thing you wanted to do but didn't or couldn't do?
Many's the time this month that I've wanted to get in the car with a bag of clothes, my Rx drugs, a credit card, and some CDs and just fucking drive. Far away. Alone.

933. Why don't you try and do that thing now?
Huh. Because I'm a responsible adult and probably codependent as hell, and chickenshit.

934. What is the most wonderful thing happening right now in the world?
My nephew is getting married in two weeks. And really, most people are not intent on killing one another, though the news media would have us believe differently.

935. Name 7 things going on around you that you normally wouldn't notice:
1. The clock on the wall is ticking.
2. The sun has gone down, though I can still see the outline of the house next door if I look carefully.
3. My feet are cold.
4. I would assume that my dinner is being digested apace.
5. Pinto is undoubtedly sleeping, dreaming of dinner. I need to go feed him soon.
6. Beast is sleeping. Hopefully, he'll sleep all night and actually feel rested in the a.m.
7. I'd like to think that one of 7 people I know who are celebrating their birthday today is eating a big, sugary, delicious piece of birthday cake.

936. Name three things you hate
1. Earwigs.
2. That sound balloons make when you rub them on fabric.
3. Getting aluminum foil in my mouth by accident.

937. Name one GOOD thing about each of those 3 things you hate.
Earwigs are probably delicious to ... something. Birds?
The fact that there are no balloons in my house is a very good thing, I guess.
I rarely get foil in my mouth, for which I am grateful.

938. What do you tend to see in black and white, rather than in shades of gray?
Skunks. Penguins. Dark rooms...though those are mostly black. Pages of books.

939. Admit three things you do that you are ashamed of but shouldn't be.
1. I still bite my nails, though less than I used to. I think.
2. Passing homeless people on the street makes me really uncomfortable.
3. I can't even explain how glad I am that Beast will be able to drive the rental on our vacation. I was really terrified at the thought of having to man up and drive in England.

And done, because I'm sleepy and Pinto needs food -- 8:20 p.m.
Can I finish tonight? 8/27 7:50 p.m.

940. What qualities make a person “good” in your eyes?
As in "a good person"? OK, kindness, willingness to go out of their way without (too much) complaint, listening, know, not a politician. [ok, the election needs to happen SOOON--I'm burnt out already!]

941. Do you have any of these qualities?
I hope so!

942. Are you willing to do what it takes to achieve what you want to? If I could figure out what I want to do, then yes.

943. Name one bad quality about someone you love.
I know an awful lot of Very Stubborn People.

944. Name one good quality about someone you hate.
I don't really hate anyone. However, I've heard that Donald Trump is a pretty good dad.

945. Are you pro life or pro choice and why?
I am staunchly pro allowing people to make their own decisions and live with the consequences if there are any.

946. If you are pro life write a reason someone might be pro choice. If you are pro choice write a reason someone might be pro life.
I think a lot of pro-lifers really think that a fetus or embryo is a person. I don't agree, but it's not something I'm going to try to convince anyone.

947. Can you see the beauty in?
A bumble bee: I love bumblees! Of course they're beautiful!
A man skating: Sure.
A woman combing her hair: Sure.
A box of tissues: Uhm, ok. Maybe?
Yourself naked: Perish the thought! I like my scars, but I could live without all the fat.
Light: Of course.

948. What are you most afraid of?
Oh dear many things right now! Summed up by "the future."

949. Whose life would you REALLY NOT want to ever have?
Any random Presidential candidate. Uuuucccckk.

950. Can you come up with a reason why you might want their life? Well, I probably wouldn't have to grocery shop or mop floors all that  often. So there's that....

951. Name one thing that is beautiful about your body
My feet are still cute.

952. Name one thing that is ugly about your body
My midsection is not good.

953. Name one thing that is beautiful about your mind
I generally assume the best about people.

954. Name one thing that is ugly about your mind
I can be very very judgmental.

955. Who was the last person you were rude to?
Maybe T at work? I don't know, I'm not often rude.

956.Are your elbows soft?
Ironically, I was going to do some work on feet, shoulders and elbows tonight.

957. Are you ticklish?
Somewhat. I had a big brother who tortured me this way as a child, so I do have the ability to control my reactions.

958. Are you awkward or graceful?
I'm a total klutz.

959. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
I've worn glasses since age 10. I had contacts when I was in college, for about 8 months. Then I got tired of dealing with them.

960. If you wear contacts what's the longest you have ever left them in your eyes?

961. What's going on where you are right now?
Not a helluva lot.

962. What is your favorite thing to touch?
Fur. Preferably while still attached to a living creature.

963. What is your favorite kind of incense?
I haven't had incense in the house for a very long time. Beast finds it ... unpalatable.

964. What relaxes you?
Reading, Sudoku, deep breathing.

965. How much time have you wasted?
Probably about 15 years over my lifetime

966. How do you afford your rock and roll lifestyle?
Now is not the time to ask this. Soon, we may be doing a considerable amount less rocking and rolling.

967. What does teen spirit smell like?
Axe and fear.

968. Do you mostly listen or hear?
I'm getting better at listening again. I used to be really good at it.

969. Look or see?
OK, hmm, see. But with some things I do more looking than is a good idea.

970. Do you comprehend all the things you read?
Nope. Not today for sure. We got a letter from an irate patron who is crackerjack nutty. Like, "WTF reality are you living in" nutty.

971. Is it necessary to be repetitive in order to be creative?
Well, practice is important, if that's what this is about....

972. Do you control your attitude or does it control you?
I'm working on controlling it, but it's been in charge for so long it's a bit of work.

973. Are your relationships mostly passion or conversation?
Passionate conversation!

974. Do you do what needs to be done regardless of the consequences?
I will do what needs doing in a pinch, but I'd really rather not be a martyr.

975. Is money how you keep score?
Nope. Thank God!

976. Who can you do everything or nothing with and still have the best time?
All my besties. We don't have to have a set agenda to have a great time.

977. Just because you're angry does that give you the right to be cruel?
NO!! (though I don't let that stop me from being horrible at times)

978. What is maturity and where does it come from?
Attention and age.

979. Who is the maturest person you know?
Depends on the subject. Some people are awesome with money, for instance, and totally clueless about driving. Some are good with kids and absolutely pathetic with cleaning their house. Etc. etc.

980. Who is the most immature person you know?
J. But then he's only 10 months old. Soon, I'll be able to say I. and M. because I will have met them and they are 8 months old!

981. If there was a fire and you could only rescue one thing from your room (all people and pets have escaped on their own, even goldfish) what would it be?
You know what? I'm outside watching the house burn. Fuck my shit; I'd rather live through this!

Nope, not finishing. I'm so tired all the time! 8:25 p.m.
OK, finally back 9/3 7:30 p.m.

982. If you could, what 3 albums would you force everyone to remove from his or her CD collections?
I can honestly say that I should never be in charge of setting the taste bar because I like a lot of crap just as much as I like "seriously good" music. Whatever the opposite of a snob is, I am. So I would only get rid of Barney and TeleTubbies.

983. Does Marilyn Manson scare you or bore you?
I'm a little scared that my son has many of his songs on his Favorites list on iTunes.

984. What do you think of the Insane Clown Posse?
I try VERY hard not to. Really. Are they even still a thing? ... No don't tell me.

985. What's the best movie about high school?
I think the most Hollywood-realistic is The Breakfast Club. I think the funniest is Heathers. That could have been my school.

986. Do you like Michael Jackson better in the 80's, 90's, or today?
OK, so this is the oldest meme ever... And what about the 70s? I've been really enjoying his Jackson 5 work on Spotify at work. But I like the 15 years from Thriller on, give or take.

987. Is choosing a different store to shop in from most people really making a statement?
The statement for me is that I don't like to shop in a crowd. And I probably can't afford to shop in the cool store, nor will they have my size.

988. What's the riskiest thing you've ever done?
Staying. I'll let you know how that works out when I know.

989. Have you ever ridden in a car while the driver had been drinking?
Yes, though not because I necessarily knew how fucked up he was at the time.

990. Who needs to get a life?
Most of us.

991. Do write on yourself with milky pens?
I ... don't know what a milky pen is. It sounds kinda icky.
Having now looked them up, I was the parent of a kid who might've asked for them. Nope.

992. What should be different about high school curriculum?
It should include parenting classes, as in "how to not ruin your kids' lives."

993. Right now are you exactly the way you want to be?
For right this second, yes. We just finished watching a bio of Brett Favre on TV, and he has a way of making you feel good.

994. Who can save you from yourself?
Me. Well, really, God.

995. Are you a responsible person?
I guess. It's kinda hard for me not to be!

996. "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." — Oscar Wilde
Do you agree?
I love Oscar. His categories are just as arbitrary as any other supposed dichotomies. So no. But I don't think that people can be divided into good and bad either.

997. How many greatest hits albums do you own?
Not that many. Maybe 4 or 5.

998. Are you at risk for a.i.d.s.?
Nope. So, this is from England; this explains some things.

999. Do you want to have it all?
Nope. Yuck. Who would?

1000. Do you collect green pictures of dead presidents?
I have, maybe 30 or 40 of them, but I don't collect them like people collect art or anything.

FINALLY DONE! 8:10 p.m.
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