Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sweet and saucy 16

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began 5/17 2:28p.m.

1501. What did you think of the movie Black Hawk Down? Never saw it. War movies don't really attract me. And I believe that was a period of my life when I wasn't going to the movies very often. I'm also not interested in the book.

1502. What movie has the most surprising ending ever? "Ever"? That's pretty strong. The first time through "Heathers" was pretty shocking. It's absolutely horrifying today.

1503. What are you currently angry at? Our public political representation.

1504. Who is harder to please, you or your lover? Depends on the day, and the topic, among other things. We each have our quirks.

1505. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever done for attention? According to my siblings, as the youngest I just got EVERYTHING handed to me as a child, and didn't ever have to go looking for attention. As an adult, there have been some public meltdowns that I'm not real proud of.

1506. What do you have issues with? Authority.

1507. There is a nuclear war and your fallout shelter has room and supplies enough for two. No one knows about the fallout shelter but you. Who do you choose to take in (Remember, the person you choose is the only person you will know in 5-15 years when you can come above ground again)? This is assuming I'd even use a shelter. Which I wouldn't. Kill me quick, please. So Sparky can pick who he wants to bring.

1508. Do you have any fillings? Only a couple dozen.

1509. What do you do when you are home alone that you cannot do when other people are at home? Drink. [Since I'm pretty much never home alone anymore, I don't drink much, don't worry. I also live with an alcoholic, so another reason not to drink at home.]

1510. Have you ever had a near death experience? Not that I'm aware of.

1511. Do you read on the toilet? I do. Doesn't everyone?

1512. Are you afraid of a global nuclear war? Am I afraid? Well, let's just say that I'm becoming more sure of it's occurrence with every passing day this year.

1513. If there was a global nuclear war would you expect to be a survivor? Nope. And thank God!

1514. How often do people try to talk to you while you are in the bathroom? Not that often.

1515. Have you ever swam in the ocean? I don't swim. But I have got out a ways into both the Pacific and the Atlantic.

1516. Have you ever built a sandcastle? Yes I have.

1517. Do you feel comfortable in a bathing suit? Not at all, not physically (they simply are NOT comfortable!) and not body-image-way.

1518. What would be the best season of the year to get married? Mid-fall. Not too hot. Not too cold. No snow. Low humidity.

What would be the best day? Whatever works. To be honest, I'm the last person to ask about planning a wedding, having had mine on the hottest fucking day of the year in a building without A/C while wearing a long-sleeved dress with a train. FML

1519. What are 2 things that the perfect ___ would do?
Boy/girlfriend: Stay out of decision-making unless requested. Not try to run my life.
Parents: Teach their kids to be good people.
Friend: Be there no matter what.
Teacher: Explain why the subject is important and make it as interesting as possible.
Doctor: L I S T E N!

1520. If someone you loved was seriously miserable for a long period of time what would you do to help cheer him or her up? I wouldn't try to do anything of the sort. I'd do what I could to be a friend and get them to the doctors and so forth, but I can't make anyone better.
Since I've been actually in this position for lo these past few years, I have learned that all I can do is encourage and support and love. And, ok, last week, I actually called one of the doctors and pled for an earlier appointment.

1521. What was the best year of your life so far? Maybe 1993 over all, though I don't remember it much. I had a baby and no one had died yet.

1522. When people are born is it predetermined whether they will be a good or bad person? What? Nope. I do not believe in this kind of silliness.

1523. What is your least favorite bodily function? I'm not a huge fan of sweating. I get why it's important, but I sure don't enjoy being damp and chafed all summer.

1524. Does the weather affect your mood? I have SAD, so winter is pretty much Mordor for me.

1525. If you were underground for 5 years what would you miss the most?Sun. Vitamin D. Life.

1526. What do you think of the movie Blast from the Past? Never saw it. Barely remember hearing about it.

1527. If you were on death row (if you don't feel evil enough to really ever get there, imagine that you have been wrongly accused and wrongly convicted) what would you want your last meal to be? Oh hell, I don't know. I don't think this is a thing anymore anyway.

1528. How would you want to die (electric chair, gas, lethal injection, hanging)? I can't answer this. The whole topic is insane. There is, they've now shown, no guaranteed painless way to go. The injection argument in Arkansas has brought to light how not-humane that actually is.

1529. Who would you want with you when you died? I'd rather be alone, tbh.

1530. What would your last words be? Judging by the last answer, "Go Away!" seems likely.

1531. What is your favorite summer song? There are too many to pick one.

1532. Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? I'm 53 years old. What do you think the odds are?

1533. Have you broken a promise to anyone else? See previous answer.

1534. Do you eat red meat? I prefer it to be at least kind of brown....

1535. Have you ever broken someone's heart? Possibly. As a parent, it does kind of come with the territory sometimes.

1536. What would you consider a blessed event? The birth of a wanted baby to people who are capable of raising it.

1537. What would you consider a miracle? Not running over the possum that was crossing the road the other night. The deer on the side of the road that just watched us pass--IN TOWN!--on Monday. Getting my shit together over the past couple of years. Not being 'the goat' at work this week, thank God for a change!

1538. Here's a list of dead rock stars. How big of a loss to the music industry was each one?
Dave Williams: Seeing as how I had to Google him and still don't know anything about him....
Ian Curtis: I had to Google him too. Joy Division was such a depressing group. I never listen(ed) to them. I need no further reasons to be depressed
Aaliah: I'm assuming you mean Aaliyah. She died while my mom was having surgery. I remember reading ALL the newspapers available at the hospital because I didn't have a book. I don't know anything about Aaliyah's music per se but it was a sad thing.
Rozz Williams: Never heard of the guy. Google didn't help.
Elvis: Well, by the time he died, he was pretty much done being groundbreaking.
Tupac: Definitely a loss. I don't listen to his music, but just another young, potential-filled life that never got to be lived.
Michael Hutchence: He was the epitome of sexiness when I was in college. It was quite sad that he died with a small child he never got to raise.
Sid Vicious: Meh. I mean, sad, but he was awfully angry.
Jimi Hendrix: Man, we missed out on SO MUCH when he died. I think he could have single-handedly changed the music industry in the 1970s.

1539. What are the most cruel words someone could say to you? Like I go around handing out ammo to people?? Nope.

1540. Would you rather catch your parents in bed or have them catch you? My parents are dead. So, it's a moot point.

1541. If someone offered you $1,000 to cheat on your boy/girlfriend, would you do it? Nope.

1542. Would you rather date someone 3 years younger than you, or 15 years older? I'd rather never, ever go on another date in my life, thanks.

I'm getting irritated; time for a break 2:56 p.m.
FINALLY back: 6/25 8:05 p.m.

1543. Would you rather like your guy/girl more than s/he likes you, or have him or her like you more? I'd like to perceive that I was loved more.

1544. Which is better, the rush of kissing a new person for the first time, or the comfort of kissing the same person a hundred times? I'm sort of partial to the latter scenario.

1544. If you could read your boy/girlfriends husband's mind, but only by letting him or her read yours, would you do it? Oh hell no!!

1545. Would you rather lose your bathing suit to a huge wave right in front of a cute lifeguard, or your whole family? Bathing suit. Duh. See the deal is, I don't even have a bathing suit, so....

1546. Is truth sometimes stranger than fiction? Nearly always.

1547. Do you look back and laugh at things that hurt or were embarrassing at the time? Of course. Thank God I survived!

1548. Would you like to live in the Playboy Mansion? Ha ha ha ha. No.

1549. Have you ever looked in anyone's wallet that wasn't yours? Oh My God. Yes.

1550. What time and date is it? It's 8:15 on June 25. Happy half-Christmas!

1551. What song would you (or have you) sung karaoke? I don't do karaoke.

1552. Do you run through the sprinkler on a hot day? Not anymore. I used to in my childhood days. We didn't have air conditioning.

1553. Could you survive without:
Electricity: Nope.
Heat: In the winter, no. Now, yes.
Air conditioning: In the summer, no.
TV: Oh, probably.
Radio: Yep. I mostly do.
A car: I probably could, thanks to grocery delivery, but I'd lose my job.

1554. Would you ever consider shaving your head? Sure. Hair grows back. There's a woman "of a certain age" (approx. 70), a patron, at work, who had chemo treatments over the winter and her (white) hair fell out. It has now grown into an actual hairstyle, and she died it blue last week. She's totally my hero.

1555. What is one thing that will happen to you less than 24 hours from now? I have no idea. I'll sleep. I'll go to work. There's always drama there. I willl have food.

1556. What age would you want to stay forever? I'd be ok at 27 or 28.

1557. What is the softest part of your body? Probably my face, or my stomach.

1558. What would make your day if it happened right now? Last week, Sparky just showed up on the porch on Saturday night. Surprise. I could do that again.

1559. What are you thinking about? We're watching The Graham Norton Show on DVR, so I'm thinking about how Woody Harrelson reminds me of a cross between two friends of mine, and Andy Serkis reminds me of my (British) brother-in-law.

1560. Are you on:
Drugs: Prescription ones, yes.
The road to nowhere: Aren't we all?
The crazy train: Only at work.

1561. Do you say everything to people's faces or do you talk behind their backs? Why, yes, I do. I do both.

1562. What is gone that will never come back? The past.

1563. What's your biggest turn on? Intelligent humor.

1564. Have you ever made love in an elevator? Uh, no. I'm actually not Steven Tyler.

1565. Are you spiritually dead? Nope.

1566. What's your favorite care bear? The dead ones. (I really loathe them, truly)

1567. Do you like the music of Warren Zevon? Occasionally.

1568. Have you ever wanted a picture painted onto your car? Oh the snarky comments I could make about this topic! And no.

1569. Are you an alien in a red striped jumpsuit who plays guitar in a band? I am not. ...as if I'd tell you if I were...

1570. If you aren't an alien in a red striped jumpsuit who plays guitar in a band then who is? Shtum.

1571. How many private entries do you have? Uh, what? Does this mean posts that aren't public? Right now I have 3 cued up but unpublished.

1572. Are you clumsy? You have no idea! I'm a total klutz!

1573. As you get older will you let your looks go or have plastic surgery? "Let my looks go." Nice. I'm not interested in unnecessary surgery, thx.

1574. If you wear contacts or glasses would you ever consider laser eye surgery? I would, but I can't have it. I have really stupid eyes.

1575. What is the most expensive thing you own? That I own free and clear? My car.

1576. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cell'? Phone. Or jail.

1577. Have you ever had goat's milk? In cheese, yes.

1578. Do you care how Jennifer Anniston lives her life? Not at all.

1579. If there was a 'penny per page' internet tax would you pay it? Uh, no?

1580. Do you treat your pets like family members? To a point, yes. But not quite.

1581. Have you ever eaten tofu? Yes. I think. I don't remember it, though, to be honest.

1582. Do you believe that the 'war on drugs' is effective? I think it's eminently ineffectual.

1583. What would you like to have 435 of (anything but money)? Large diamonds. Hey, they aren't money.

1584. How many people know the password to your diary besides you? No one.

1585. Do you like Calvin and Hobbes? Yup.

1586. Have you ever thought of deleting your diary? Yes, but I'm a packrat for words.

1587. Have you ever thought of moving to OD+? Since I have no idea what that is, no.

1588. Do 48 hours need 48 thrills? Not for me. Maybe for others.

1589. Who do you know that acts phony? At some point, everyone is faking it.

1590. Do you like American Pie? The movie? Nope.

1591. What is the last law you broke? I'm fairly certain I was speeding today.

1592. Have you ever run away from home? Nope. Well, not exactly.

1593. Have you had a good feeling today? Yes.

1594. What was it? Getting some projects around the house done was a nice feeling.

1595. Did your parents pretend their was a tooth fairy and slip money under your pillow? Yes.

1596. If yes, how much per tooth? I don't remember. Probably a quarter. I'm old.

1597. Is there a difference between art and crafts? Yes.

1598. Have you ever tried out for something? Isn't that essentially what job interviews are? Also, band stuff.

1599. Did you make it? Yeah.

1600. What's your favorite lullaby? I used to sing "Amazing Grace" to Sparky when he was little.

FINISHED!! 8:55 p.m.

Sunday Stealing

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The Greenish Questions

1. What is your current obsession?
Skittles. I've been pigging out on them for a couple of weeks, much to my scale's regret.
2. What’s your go-to coffee place?
I don't drink coffee.
3. Who was the last person that you hugged?
Beast.
4. Do you nap a lot?
Heh, yeah. As often as possible.
5. Tonight, what’s for dinner?
I hate you. This is what I'm trying to avoid thinking about right now. We may be looking at grilled cheese or waffles at this point.
6. What was the last thing that you bought?
Garage light bulbs, propane for the grill, and a toilet seat. Living the big life, eh?
7. What is your favorite weather?
Hot and dry, i.e. zero humidity.
8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week?
There are days, reading her blog, when I'm fairy certain that Kwizgiver and I are living alternate versions of each other's lives. If we looked more like each other, it would be fun to do twin-switch thing for a few days. :D
9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be?
Normally, I would say Ouray, but with the health care situation in my family and this country, I'm going to say Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh/English border.
10. Name three things that you could not live without.
My prescription meds, my glasses, my car.
11. What would you like in your hands right now?
I can't think of a thing.
12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?
Pottering around mindlessly online.
13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself?
I would learn some self-control over food!
14. As a child, what type of career did you want?
I wanted to be a grocery store checker because of the old cash register buttons ... Clearly, I didn't really get out much.
15. What are you missing right now?
Someone to clean and cook for me.
16. What are you currently reading?
Burley Cross Postbox Theft, by Nicola Barker and Christmas Days, by Jeanette Winterson, the latter on my Nook. That's rather a low count for me.
17. What do you fear the most?
Pain.
18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?
We saw Wonder Woman last week. It was pretty good (to be read deadpan).
19. What’s your favorite book from the past year?
The Home for Wayward Clocks, by Kathie Giorgio and All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai were each good for very different reasons.
20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy?
White bread and Smarties. Not together (yuck) but individually. I don't buy either very often. Oh, and Mom's oatmeal cookies, but I don't have her recipe, so finding cookies that live up to this is difficult.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday 9

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Listen to the Music (1972)
Because Zippi requested it.
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The lyrics say, "What the people need is a way to make them smile." What song lifts your spirits and makes you smile every time you hear it?
Almost anything by Katy Perry: "Roar" for instance. Or Pharrell Williams' "Happy." Or almost anything by Bruno Mars.
2) Lead vocalist/composer Tom Johnston reports that he's made a lot in royalties because so many radio stations use this as a jingle. Tell us a jingle that sticks in your head.
I can still do the old McDonald's "Two all-beef patties, special sauce...." thing. And "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" for that matter.
3) The Doobie Brothers got their start in San Jose, California. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, thanks to all the tech companies that have headquarters there. Let's talk about the device you're on right now: are all your applications up to date?
They are. I just had this puppy in the shop a couple of weeks ago, so I think things are still relatively clean.
4) When they were still a local band, the Doobie Brothers had a strong following among bikers. Are you attracted to biker culture?
I own stock in Harley Davidson. My father-in-law worked for them. Bikers are ok by me, as long as they aren't lawbreakers.
5) This week's song is from Toulouse Street, which is considered their "breakthrough" album. Tell us about a moment in your own life that you consider a "breakthrough."
I've been thinking about this brainwave for a few weeks: when I was about 12 or so, after a(nother) screaming match between my mom and me, I remember being in my room and suddenly realize that we butted heads so often because we were so much alike. This was not great news, all things considered since I was pretty angry with her, but it did help me understand and deal with some of her (and my) peculiarities going forward.
6) In 1987, the Doobie Brothers did a benefit performance for Vietnam Veterans at the Hollywood Bowl. Next to the Beatles, it was the fastest-selling ticket in Hollywood Bowl history. Which group do you listen to more often -- the Doobies or the Beatles?
Doobies. Not sure why, but they rotate around my Spotify more often than the Beatles.
7) In 1972, when this song was popular, Wranglers were America's best-selling jeans. Are you brand-loyal to one jeans manufacturer?
I mostly wear Lee blue jeans, and GV color jeans.
8) Grocery stores saw seafood prices fluctuate wildly in 1972 because of a series of confrontations between the United Kingdom and Iceland regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. (Iceland won.) What was the most recent seafood dish that you enjoyed?
Hmm. I can't think of any seafood....oh, yeah, I had crab rangoon with my takeout Chinese last weekend.
9) Random question: Which of these "top ten" lists would you prefer to be on -- the sexiest, the smartest or the richest?
Smartest.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 5

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Don’t Go There
  1. Where were you forbidden (or too frightened) to go when you were growing up, and why?
    I was a huge scaredy-cat when I was little, so there were a lot of places I wouldn't go alone. I can't think of anything specific, though. And I don't recall my parents telling me not to go anywhere. I had to stay within sight or shouting distance of the house, and I was supposed to stay out of the garbage collection area in the alley behind the house (but I didn't want to be there anyway!); at that point it was still an incinerator. My dad reworked it later to make a little trashcan shelter thingy. I suppose I was told to stay out of my brother's room at some point, but again, why would I want to be there? Yuck!
  2. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done in the past couple of years?
    I can't think of anything horrible except being a right bitch at work and swearing at my boss on a regular basis for much of 2015.
  3. Under what circumstances have you gone into a place you knew you weren’t supposed to enter?
    I've used the men's room in public places before because the line into the women's room was 80 miles long. Nbd--gather a crowd, take turns as "security" (to warn unsuspecting guys) and practically no one notices.
  4. Which aisle in your supermarket do you just about never go down?
    I hate going down the laundry/cleaning/soap aisles. It just stinks. And I almost never enter the cereal/candy aisle because we don't eat cereal very often.
  5. Not counting traffic situations, when did you last willfully disobey something you read on a sign?
    I go slightly over the speed limit every single day. However, I think I'm going to be ignoring the Road Closed signs near our house to see how the intersection reroute is coming along. I'll do it Sunday morning, probably--it's on the way to church--and they will not be working on Sundays this early in construction season.
 
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