Friday, March 27, 2015


Your Perfect Afternoon is Creative
Your head is full of visions and inspirations, and you like to make those beautiful thoughts a reality as often as you can.

For you, there is nothing better than having the time and space to create. You love an empty canvas of any sort.

You mostly create for yourself, and you love the satisfaction of making something exactly how you want to make it.

Whether it's crafting, writing, or producing art, you never have trouble filling up a spare afternoon.
Not really so much. I do not consider myself overly creative.

You Are a Modern Font
You are always looking towards the future, and new technologies excite you.

You are very fashionable and on trend. You are curious about what's new in the world.

You are very smart
, but you're not a nerd. If anything, you are more geek chic!

Good fonts for you include: Infinity, Eurostyle, Majoram, Matchbook, and Politica
Pretty close, except that fashion and chic thing. I do like those fonts.

Your Theater Type is Intellectual
More than anything else, you like theater that tells a good story - one with great writing, an engaging plot, and well developed characters.

You like theater that makes you think... and feel. All it takes is some good dialog and acting for you to enjoy a play.

You love a play where you're hanging on every word. You are big on suspense and character development.

Your favorite theater makes you look at the world a whole new way. That's not too much to ask, is it?

Friday 5

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Without Lamps, There’d Be No Light
One of my favorite movies of all time celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and I had the pleasure to see it on the big screen for the first time Thursday evening. I was sixteen when it came out (yes; I’m 46), and too young to see it in theaters then, so although I’ve seen it on cable and DVD at least fifty times, this experience was a first, and it was incredible. So this week’s questions are inspired by that film.
  1. When you were seventeen, how did you spend most of your Saturdays?
    As usual throughout the years I lived at home, Saturday morning was for cleaning. I was in charge of tidying my room. Once noon rolled around we were free to shop. And we did, every bloody Saturday! I've wondered for years what Mom needed at the mall EVERY SATURDAY. Anyway, after that was usually a stop at the library. Sometimes it was a short afternoon so we could get home for gardening before dinner.
  2. What was your high school locker like?
    It was always in the hall near the band room. This was usually rather problematic since that was miles from the classrooms. It was tidy.
  3. When did you last have to replace a missing screw?
    What is it with screws this week?! I find one--a ginormous one!--at the Reference Desk this week, and since then they are showing up in al lmy social media locations. Weird. I have no idea where it came from.
  4. What was the last thing you drank out of a Thermos?
    I haven't used a thermos in at least a decade, and I have no idea what was in it the last time I did use one.
  5. Do you still possess anything you created in high school (say, an elephant lamp that lights up when you pull the trunk)?
    I do have a cutting board that I made in shop class. And I think I got back from Dad the shallow leaf-shaped caddy I made in shop too. But those are both junior high projects. I didn't do much 'making' in high school, except music. I have my band mementos, but it's hard to save that kind of thing.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stealing

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The I Meme

I am...
...not God. Theologically, and linguistically, Yahweh, one of the names for the God of the Old Testament, means "I Am." So Popeye is God: "I yam what I yam." And I'm not. [Hey, it's Sunday, and I'm zonky-tired from lack of sleep and feeling lousy--work with me, eh?]
I want... fix problems. It is pretty much part of my job: answering questions, solving problems, advising people on research questions. Unfortunately, that isn't always a good way to deal with the world, my life, or other people. This leads to "control-creep" in my life that screws me all up periodically.
I have...
...far too much stuff, most of which I don't need/want/use. And yet, I buy more.
I wish...
...I had a watermelon." Actually no I don't--because I don't like watermelon--but it's what we say when we rub each other's hair or bellies. No clue. Thanks, Mike G. [yes I know it's from Little Rascals]
I hate...
...being thoughtless and hurtful. And I do manage to include at least one or the other--usually both--in pretty much every single day.
I fear...
...grizzly bears. And pain. Not death, just pain. I'm not good with pain. The bears thing: I read two books at about the same time a few years ago about grizzly bear attacks which were absolutely terrifying. I've read a few more on the subject, either directly or glancingly, since then and I can honestly say that this is the one thing in nature that freaks me out more than anything else. Then again, there are no grizzlies where I live now. So there's that.
I hear...
...America singing!" We sang this in choir in junior high, and I remember Miss L stopping us on the next line over and over: "Not 'vareeed' carols!! 'Varid' carols!!" I don't even remember any of the other lyrics, just "I hear America singing! Varied carols I hear..." Surely we eventually sang the whole thing?
I search...
...for ways of getting out of work in much the same way an anteater looks for ants.
I wonder... I wander..." and I do not know anything else about this song. In reality I wish I wondered more. Wonder is a good place to be.
I regret...
...many of the times I've blown up at people. That's happening less often, but I do have a temper that gets away from me. I have some horrible memories of screaming full-throttle at Sparky when he was small. SMH--bad parenting 101.
I love...
...that it just occurred to me that love is one of those verbs that pretty much requires an object after it. While grammatically, "I love." is a sentence, it is meaningless in the usual sense. I love playing with words.
I never...
...say never. OK, I try to stay away from using that word because it regularly comes back around and smacks me down hard.
I ache...
...when I see people making or about to make their lives more difficult without knowing it. Sometimes you can stop the crap-slide, but often there's nothing you can do except watch as their lives spin into chaos.
I always...
...try to avoid this one too. Because the only thing I always do, really, is breathe. And eventually that will stop too.
I usually...
...say this! Hah! I usually have bare feet, or feet covered only by socks. I'm not a fan of shoes...ok, I actually LOVE shoes, but I really, truly adore not wearing anything on my feet at all.
I am not... church. I should be. I was there for Sunday School with the middle-school kids, but I bailed on worship and got my car washed instead. Just in time for more snow. Because that's how I roll.
I dance...
...when no one is looking. Often my best dancing happens in the kitchen, while stirring stuff on the stove, or while washing dishes, or while emptying the dishwasher. And yes, I have music on while the dancing is happening. I'm usually singing too.
I sing...
...the body electric!" I'm very Whitman-y today, which is odd. I love singing. I don't have a 'trained' or exceptionally wonderful voice, but I can generally carry a tune. However, last fall and winter my voice completely went screwy and I couldn't sing hymns at church which was maddening. And sad. And worrisome. I seem to be better now.
I sometimes...
...wish I'd never moved to the Midwest to go to college 30+ years ago. I can't seem to get out. Then again, if I hadn't my life would be Sparky-less, and that makes me sad to think about.
I cry...
...often. This past week, I literally cried every day from Wednesday thru yesterday. So far. There may be tears yet today. And two of those days were truly Ugly Cry Days, full of snorts and snot and so forth.
I am not always... cheerful as one would think. I'm a terrific actress, especially while working with the public. It's exhausting, though, and drains the soul right out of me to fake it for more than about 3 hours.
I lose... train of thought on a regular basis, and it's getting worse as I get older. Late-stage ADD? Early-stage dementia? Just more of "me" shining through?
I am confused...
...about Sparky's plans post-graduation. Since we might be funding some of those plans--or he might be expecting that we'll be doing so--this worries me. No big change, but he's not exactly the most clear about what's going on in his life on a regular basis. That would me understating in a dramatic fashion.
I need...
...a nap today. I need to lose a lot of weight--she says while munching on her [n]th scone of the day. I need to stop beating myself up over the things I do wrong, since other people seem more than willing to do that for me. And I need to stop hosting pity-parties for myself.
I should...
...go clean up the guinea pig cage as soon as I finish this. In general, I try to stay away from "should" though--it's a recipe for shame/guilt and see above.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Ringtone :: Cellphone
  2. Slab :: Marble
  3. Harness :: Yoke
  4. Couple :: Pair
  5. Shovel :: Dig
  6. Game :: Play
  7. Patriotic :: Mindless
  8. Bleed :: Injure
  9. Top :: Above
  10. Leafy :: Green

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blogthings x 3

You Are Intellectual
You are a person of ideas. Your mind never relaxes, even if you're chilling on the beach.

You are curious about the world, and you are always learning. You leave no stone unturned.

You are very happy to spend time alone, and in fact, you simply prefer your own company.

You live in the world of knowledge. You seek to understand as much as you can.
Well, this is not exactly surprising.

You Are Bright Green
You view every day as a chance for a fresh start and renewal. Even more so in the springtime.

You are young at heart and very playful. You learn and grow in this world primarily through exploring.

You constantly see the world from a fresh perspective. You are good at cultivating Beginner's Mind.

You are enthusiastic but never overly so. You tread carefully, always seeking balance and integration in your life.
I like green. It's not my favorite color though. I'm intrigued by the concept of "Beginner's Mind."

You Should Visit Valencia
You are a super laid back person, even when you're on holiday. You want to be in a city you could imagine living in.

Valencia is the perfect place for you to chill out, with its Mediterranean vibe and culture.

You'll love the beautiful beaches, delicious local food, and low key way of life. You could never leave!

And if you get bored of the good life, there is plenty of art, culture, and especially architecture to take in.
Thinking about going to Spain, seriously. My niece lives there. Guess I should add Valencia, eh?

Survey says!

(Stolen from Amy...)

Are you a good cleaner?
In the strictly literal sense, yes, though it's not my favorite thing to do. Rather, I don't mind cleaning, but I'm awful and tidiness. In the metaphorical sense, I prefer tidy and clean, but that may be because life is rarely either of those.
Are you a good actor?
Fuckin' Oscar-worthy.
Are you a good writer?
I'm able to construct coherent thoughts with words, sometimes. People tell me I 'write good' and in one memorable case, I was told that I should "do something" with my "writing talent" rather than "wasting" it. So, there's that.
Have you ever been bungee jumping?
I think that ship sailed without me. I wouldn't mind, but I'm not sure my body would handle it anymore.
Have you ever been canoeing/kayaking?
Yes. It's far from my favorite thing, since I fear drowning.
What types of holidays do you prefer?
I like family/friend time and food. It doesn't HAVE to be a holiday, but it ABSOLUTELY HAS to be relaxed. Kids make it a billion times better, even if they are 'grown-up kids.'
What's the furthest you've ever been on holiday?
Greece? I'm not sure China was a holiday/vacation. It was supposed to be education.
What was your favourite holiday?
Duh, I just realized this is all about Britishisms. So my favorite HOLIDAY was probably one of the Thanksgivings with All The People here. My favorite, Greece? So many good ones. I need another one.
Where would your dream holiday be?
I'd really like to go somewhere alone, somewhere quiet where I could walk the countryside allergy-free, somewhere with blue skies and small shops to buy fresh food, where people are kind but not pushy, and where there are lots of dogs to meet and greet. A comfy bed, in a bedroom with a view. And flowers.
Can you tap dance?
Only in my head. And in a metaphorical sense when feeling threatened.
What's your favourite zoo animal?
Because they are really ONLY zoo animals for me, giraffes and penguins. I like wolves too, but prefer they be free.
What's your favourite sport?
Football. To watch. The only 'sport' I'm up for these days is bocce or "catch" and barely the latter.
What's your favourite pizza topping?
Our standard order is Canadian bacon, sausage and mushroom. I would like to see onions a little more often than we do. And California Pizza Kitchen's White Pizza with chicken and spinach.

Saturday 9

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It's Not Unusual (1965)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Check here.

1) In this song, Tom sings that "it's not unusual to go out at any time." Will you be "out and about" this weekend?
I'm going grocery shopping tonight. I've found that after dinner on Saturdays is dead quiet--though the shelves are often a little sparse. Otherwise, I don't think we're doing anything much. Church tomorrow, of course. My overall plan this weekend is recalibrating from a L O N G stretch of work (in the building 12 straight days for at least 2 hours each day) that flamed out about midway leaving me emotionally wrecked for much of the past week.
2) Before his music career took off, Tom supported himself and his young family by working as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Could the room you're in right now benefit from a thorough cleaning with a vacuum?'s got hardwood floors, so...I could sweep, I suppose, but it's not that awful.
3) You can purchase a verified Tom Jones autograph on eBay for $299 (or the best offer). When you were growing up, did you collect signatures and sayings from your friends? (Autograph book? Yearbook? Cast?)
The only "autograph books" I have are my junior high and high school yearbooks. I do not collect people's signatures--I expect more than that in a yearbook--because I'm not all that interested in meeting (and proving I've met) Famous People.
4) At the height of his popularity, female fans would throw their panties onstage at Tom Jones. Sam can't imagine doing this, and not just because she's not that crazy about Tom Jones. She'd be embarrassed because her underwear drawer could use a serious refresh. If you could choose one new article of clothing to add to your wardrobe today, what would it be?
I need some new work slacks/pants. And some new sandals: summer will eventually arrive!
5) "Tom Jones" is also the name of character in a famous 18th century novel. Tell us about a character from a book you wish you were friends with in real life.
I've always, ALWAYS!, wanted to be friends with Laura Ingalls. We would have had such fun!
6) When this song was popular in March 1965, Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City fame was born. Do you share your birthday with anyone famous?
According to Wikipedia, a well-known-in-Japan actor was born the same day as me. I've never heard of him but then I don't think I've ever seen a movie about the yakuza which is apparently what he specializes in.
Oh, and Bahá'u'lláh was born--several centuries before me--on that day too.
7) Also in 1965, when this song was a hit, Americans were riveted by the Gemini space program and children all over the country wanted to be astronauts. Think back to your childhood: When you were in first or second grade, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A grocery store checker. Or a teacher. Or a clerk of courts like my mom. Or...the world was really my oyster then, no?
8) Fifty years ago, the most popular headache reliever was aspirin, and you could buy a bottle of 200 tablets for just $1. Do you have any aspirin in your medicine chest right now?
I do, right next to the acetaminophen and the ibuprofen bottles.
Speaking of aspirin, though, when I was young (maybe 5?) I once dug out the bottle of chewable baby aspirin from our medicine cabinet and finished it off. My mom about flipped her lid--there was some family history about aspirin, as well as non-clotting situations--when she found the empty bottle and I ended up in hysterics with my dad holding me upside down over the bathtub so I'd breathe (and probably, it occurs to me now, in case and in hopes that I threw up). I couldn't have chewed up that many, since there were no long-term effects, but I certainly learned that baby aspirin IS NOT candy!
9) Random question: You've just entered a public restroom. Would you rather find a paper towel dispenser or hot air hand dryer?
I prefer towels. The dryers are loud and slow and I just am not a fan. Plus, in those bathrooms with actual doors, I sometimes don't want to touch that handle without a towel in my hand.
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