Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Stealing

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Easy A-Z Meme

A. What are your favorite smells?
Vanilla. Pine. "Clean." Though perhaps not all at once.
B. Can you go a whole day without caffeine?
I can, but you probably don't want to be around me in the latter hours of that day.
C. Who knows more about you than anyone else?
Beast.
D. What song did you last listen to?
Hmm. I don't know. It was probably Friday at work, and I was so out-of-it that I couldn't even tell you what channel I had on in Spotify.
E. Do you wear socks to bed?
Sometimes. Only when my feet are cold. I start with socks, but I rarely have them on in the morning.
F. Can you change a car tire?
I know how, but I don't know if I could actually manage it anymore. Thank God for that AAA membership!
G. If you could choose one color to wear for a whole year, what color would you choose?
Blue.
H. Do you cook often?
I've cooked more in the past couple of weeks than normal. It's kind of nice having hot food.
I. What’s your least favorite season?
Winter. I'm bloody-well-freezing right now: cold feet, cold hands, cold nose. Yuck.
J. Can you sew?
I can. Not well, but enough to reattach buttons and make curtains.
K. What is your favorite fruit?
I really like Bing cherries. I also like plums, and fresh coconut, and.... Actually, I like most all fruit.
L. Are you health conscious?
Ha ha ha ha ha. No.
M. Do you think you’re very conscious of the feelings of others or more self oriented?
I'm very aware of what's going on around me in most circumstances. There are, of course, times when I get wrapped up in myself, but not as often as all that.
N. Do you curse a lot?
Fuck yeah.
O. Do you remember lyrics easily?
Sometimes. If they make any sort of sense.
P. Can you roll your tongue?
Nope.
Q. Is there a certain food you often crave for no reason?
Does "sweet" count as "food"?
R. What was the last book you purchased?
I just ordered Pioneer Girl from Amazon last night. I can't wait any longer.
S. Where was your last vacation?
Pasadena.
T. Last movie you watched? Did you enjoy it?
I have no memory of any recent movies, which has no bearing on whether I enjoyed it. I seem to have some kind of movie amnesia.
U. Think of your oldest friend. If you met them now do you think you would still become friends?
Could be. She's a teacher. I like teachers. But she also lives over 1000 miles from here so we'd be rather unlikely to run into each other.
V. Paris, London and New York… which one would you live in, which would you visit for a day, which would you visit for a fortnight?
I'd live in London in a heartbeat. I'd give Paris a day, and I could tolerate New York for a couple of weeks if I had to.
W. Do you usually sleep with your closet door open or closed?
Open, out of sheer laziness.
X. Have you ever broken a bone? If so, how did it happen?
Only finger bones, done by being stupid. What else?
Y. How do you like your eggs?
Over easy with buttered toast.
Z. What was your last argument about and who with?
I can't even remember, but it was probably Beast. I don't argue with anyone else.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Astrology :: Ridiculous
  2. Funeral :: Death
  3. Candor :: Honesty
  4. Dynamic :: ...tension [lol]
  5. Oh my god! :: Holy shit!
  6. Cancer :: ...treatment
  7. Ross :: ...and Rachel
  8. Heroes :: Saviors
  9. Rachaell :: ?? A new way of spelling Rachel?
  10. Effortlessly :: Easily

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Part Two, Longest Meme

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The first part of my redo of this old meme is here. Again, you can blame credit Amy for reminding me.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN...
[Time started: 7:49 pm]

God/devil:
I believe in one of them. I don't think we need the other--we're pretty good at doing ourselves in.
Love:
Yup.
The Closet Monster:
Not in the "Scary Person Inside" version. My closet is due for a complete re-do this spring.
Heaven/hell:
I hope there's a heaven. I agree with Sartre about hell. And see the first question up there.
Superstitions:
Some, but not really. It's just habit.
Half empty or half full:
Just half.
Just questions
Who named you?
Well, officially, my parents. My siblings had input, though.
Favorite quote:
The one that's up there in the sidebar. Or, if you refresh the page, maybe that one. Or not. I have 2200 saved in GoodReads.
When was the last time you showered?
Yesterday morning. I took a bath last night.
What is the last thing you said online?
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.
What is right next to you?
On my right, two sofa blankets. On my left, a table of clutter.
What is your computer desk made of?
I don't have a computer desk per se at home. At work it's a cube component.
What was the last thing that you did?
I took a sip of caffeine-free Pepsi.
Where do you want to go on your honeymoon?
I'm pretty sure that ship has sailed. Multiple times. (not multiple marriages, just multiple big trips)
Where do you want your wedding?
In my scrapbook.
Where do you live?
In a house in the midwestern U.S.
How's the weather?
It's 33 degrees out right now and there may be snow on the ground by morning.
What did you do last night?
I came home (early) from work, slept from 5:30 till 7. Then I cleaned up the kitchen. Then I tried to place an order with PetCo, which ended up taking two hours + a phone call (no lie). Then I took a bath and went to bed and read till Beast got home.
What are you doing tonight?
Waiting to go to bed. Need my pillows out of the dryer.
How do YOU eat an Oreo?
I tend not to eat the chocolate ones. The vanilla ones I eat bite by bite. Sometimes I "unscrew" them.
All time favorite TV show:
Pleading the Fifth; there have been too many.
Dream vehicle:
A real off-road Jeep, and a place to drive it.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Alive.
Favorite music:
There's a wide variety of styles that I like for more than one reason.
Favorite band:
Yup, see above. I like U2. And a LOT of others.
Favorite food:
Carbs carbs carbs.
Favorite days of the week:
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.
Favorite animal:
Canines.
Brand of clothing:
...whatever.
If you could change your name, what would it be:
I'm good, thanks. The amount of hassle that would create at this point? No thanks.
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal:
Yup.
The most stupidest thing you have ever done:
I don't do "most stupidest" things.
First crush:
David Cassidy.
On the phone or in person:
I don't love talking on the phone.
If you could change something about yourself, what would it be:
I'm working on changing a goodly number of things. Primary among them is cutting back on talking to people at work. It's a one-sided battle though.
What kind of pets do you have:
Guinea pigs.
Who sent this to you:
I believe I covered that in the intro.
What do you think about this person:
Amy is wonderful. I'm not so sure about me.
Your favorite songs:
Since I have a large number of "favorite" performers, it stands to reason that I might like several songs from each of them. Yeah, I have a lot of favorite songs, which change semi-regularly.
Anything you want to say to everyone:
Happy middle-of-winter!
Do you want your friends to do this survey:
Only if you want to, ya'll.
Time Finished: 8:34 pm

Blinded by Blogthings

You Are 'She Blinded Me With Science'
You are honestly not the world's biggest dancer - at least not out in public.

You may have a few patented moves, but you're more likely to practice them in the comfort of your basement.

You may not love go out and hit the clubs, but you appreciate some good dance music... especially if it's made with a computer.

You are likely to geek out to all sorts of things in your life, and music happens to be one of them.
This just cracked me up. Perfect. Even down to computer-generated music!

Saturday 9

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The Best Thing About Me Is You (2010)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) What would you say is your best quality?
Well, normally I would say something like 'focus' or 'attention to detail.' Lately, however, I'd go with "Trying Very Hard to Keep Up."
2) In this song, Ricky sings that he's "allergic to tragedy." Do you suffer from any allergies?
I'm allergic to a ton of things. Nothing that will kill me on contact, thank God, but being around cats, dogs, corn pollen, dust, mold, morphine, June grass, and random other stuff. Essentially, in August I'm allergic to everything.
3) Benadryl, the popular allergy medication, is sometimes used to treat insomnia. What do you do when you can't sleep?
I take melatonin every night at dinnertime. That helps. I also use Tylenol PM whenever necessary. Benadryl alone doesn't have much effect on me after so many years of taking it for allergies. On the occasions when I wake up in the night, I read, do a crossword, or get up and try sleeping in the spare room or on the sofa in the living room.
4) The lyrics to this week's song encourage us, "Don't wait until mañana." Are you a procrastinator?
I am very much a procrastinator. Sigh....
5) Ricky Martin is a judge on The Voice ... Mexico, aired on Mexican television. When you watch competition shows like The Voice, Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, do you usually agree with the judges? Or do you think you could do a better job?
I don't want any of these shows. They generally piss me off. especially when it comes to the judging.
6) Ricky tells interviewers that when he was very young, he'd sing in the family kitchen, pretending a wooden spoon was his microphone. Crazy Sam admits to lip synching into a black Magic Marker. When you gave imaginary concerts, what did you use as a microphone?
I don't think I ever needed a mic. I was usually 'starring' in musicals.
7) Ricky began working at the tender age of 9, performing in commercials. How old were you when you received your first paycheck?
First paycheck was about February of 1980. I was just over 16.
8) Ricky does yoga to stay in shape. Have you ever tried yoga?
I have tried modified yoga. I would love to do it for real, but there just isn't anywhere local that fits my schedule.
9) Ricky is of primarily Spanish descent, with a little French mixed in. When you think of French cuisine, what comes to mind?
Frogs' legs. Sauces. Snootiness. I'm not interested in it, really. I prefer Spanish and Mediterranean food in general. ;-)

Patrick's Place

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The Big Question

You’re offered a million bucks to endorse a product and insist in the script that you swear by that product. Would it matter to you if you really didn’t like the product and therefore would never use it?
This, for me, is wholly dependent on the product. Would I take money for something that could in any way injure someone? No. Would I take money for something that was "close enough" to better than something else? Maybe. Would I take money for something flaky--like copper clothes--that had nothing backing it up? Probably not. Would I take money for something I really like but never use (makeup for instance)? Sure, why not?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday 5

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Inflation
  1. What are your thoughts on balloons?
  2. I don't really think about them much. I hate the smell of latex, especially if the balloons have been hanging around. I've never, ever--even when I was young, healthy and full of lung capacity--been able to blow up a balloon.
  3. What has anyone said recently to inflate your ego?
  4. I think it was something about paying attention to details at work.
  5. What’s something that recently let the wind out of your sails?
  6. I just feel so freakin' tired all the time. There's no wind at all in my sails lately.
  7. What inflatable items do you have in your home?
  8. There are a large number of balls in the garage that need inflation. We have a few air mattresses in the basement. I think there are some water balloons around too. And of course the tires on the vehicles: cars, mowers, snow blower, etc.
  9. Besides gasoline (because we’re all pleasantly surprised by that), what’s something whose price has been a surprise?
  10. I'm always surprised at how much lunch at Panera costs compared to the McDonald's across the street. On the other hand, it's probably keeping me alive a little longer than the McD's food would.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stealing times 4

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The New Year's Eve Meme

In 2014, I gained:
an embarrassing amount of weight.
I lost:
a bit of my need to control everything in the universe.
I stopped:
making excuses.
I started:
holding myself (and others) accountable.
I was hugely satisfied by:
the fact that Sparky is taking charge of his life more and more.
And frustrated by:
the idiot things Sparky does and then blames on other people.
I am so embarrassed that I:
was so freakin' insane at the beginning of last year.
Once again, I:
rode myself too hard at work.
Once again, I did not:
clean house very often.
The biggest physical difference between me last December and this December is:
between the weight and the blood calcium levels and two hard, painful falls, it's been a rough year for my body.
The biggest psychological difference between me last December and this December is:
oh my gosh, my mental health is MUCH more stable, for so many reasons. Thank you, Dawn and the AFGs!
I loved spending time:
online.
Why did I spend even two minutes:
worrying about being "behind" at work? I mean, my boss doesn't care so why should I?
I should have spent more time:
reading The Literature. And reading generally.
I regret buying:
Sparky's birthday cake online, since it disappeared into a UPS facility never to be seen again.
I will never regret buying ______ even though with that money I could have ______.
...tickets to the ToR Parade and the Rose Bowl .... paid for Sparky's extra semester of school and then some....
I _______ way too much.
... procrastinate ...
I didn’t _______ enough.
... exercise ...
________ drove me crazy.
Maniac ...
The most relaxing place I went was
those AFG meetings, close to 100 of them.
Why did I go to
Taco Bell so many times? They recognize me by voice in the drive-thru I think now.
The best thing I did for someone else was
let go.
The best thing I did for myself was
getting tough.
The best thing someone did for me was
being honest.
The one thing I’d like to do again, but do it better,
the Steps. I'm not exactly rocking them.

2014/2015 Meme, part one

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
Sparky getting carsick on the roads in the mountains around Johnson City.
2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?
Hard, emotional, better.
3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
I'm too much of a pushover, and I need to worry about myself, not everything EXCEPT myself.
4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
Keeping my stupid mouth SHUT on those increasingly more common moments.
5.What was the best news you received?
My niece in England is pregnant again!!
6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?
Pasadena was pretty awesome, not just for the parade. So was Redondo Beach, though we were there one night; I'd like to go back to explore there more. Vegas was its usual bizarre self. Tennessee was fun, though the hotel was...a little ...not-right.
7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
Stubbornness.
8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
Dawn.
9.Which new skills did you learn?
Patience (again, for cryin' out loud), and keeping quiet.
10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
Beast.
11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
Drama, the edge of your seat kind. At least the first half.
12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?
I can't even pick one.
13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
Again, there've been SO MANY I can't pick just one.
14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
Beast, Sparky, my Sunday School class (counts as one?), Amy (online only), my nephew James.
15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
Working hard to keep my mouth shut, keep my head down, and really internalizing that "keeping up" is a very low priority with my boss.
16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
I think my relationship with Beast and Sparky grew by leaps and bounds, in a good direction, because I'm trying to do less controlling. With my extended family...oh, dear, I'm related to a large number of crazy people...
17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
Shotgun Lovesongs was a delightful book. I really loved the characters, and the love the author clearly felt for all of them.
18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
I can't think of a compliment, but I am gratified that so many of my AFG people are becoming friends.
19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Music. Music is my savior.
20.What cool things did you create this year?
Myself.
21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
Intentional.
22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
I can't think of anything interesting.
23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?
I can't think of anything for this one either. Just being with them and enjoying their company, I guess.
24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
My future. I'm trying to become a person I'd want to hang out with. I'm not sure that's been true for awhile.
25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
ALL OF THEM!

2014/2015 Meme, part two

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?
I'd like to redo BandFest, with no rain please.
27.What was the best gift you received?
Trip to California, first class all the way!
28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
I'm a lot less prone to constant panic.
29.What was the biggest problem you solved?
See previous answer. And plowing through loads more cataloging at work than every before.
30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
I'm sure it was at work. One thing about my job is that there are some hilarious people there.
31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
Would you believe me if I said a showercap?
32.What one thing would you do differently and why?
I'd eat a LOT less!
33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
Not killing anyone, or myself.
34.What activities made you lose track of time?
Work. Sims4. Facebook.
35.What did you think about more than anything else?
Work, sadly. Then definitely Beast.
36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
Uhm. Let's go with "people."
37.What new habits did you cultivate?
Attentiveness.
38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?
Stick with it.
39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
No, but close.
40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
Vic or Dawn.
41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?
"Think."
42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?
I'd love to get to Spain to visit my niece and her husband, I would like to go explore the Cahokia Mounds area, and I'd like to re-discover my self.
43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?
Beast. The one I married.
44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
I need to keep doing Step work, and I have to figure out an exercise regime that works for me.
45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
Better listening.
46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?
Calm, but interesting.
47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
I need to stop eating when bored, and I need to work on burning calories, and I have to start reading more.
48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?
I have no aspirations here.
49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
I hope Sparky freakin' graduates!!
50.What is your number one goal for 2015?
Survive.

Name Your Favorite…

Place
Ouray
Person
Sparky
Color
Blue
Food
Carbs
Smell
Pine
Book
....I can't pick just one!
Movie
meh
Music artist
I'm enjoying Janelle Monáe and Colbie Caillat lately.
Thing to do when bored
Sims4
Genre of literature
Mysteries
Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
Texture
Sanded wood
Time of day
9 a.m.
Day of the week
Tuesday
Thing to learn about
Church history
Thing about yourself
Sense of humor
Lifehack (a time saving, efficiency technique for life)
When in doubt, and definitely whenever tired, take a nap.

A Month's Worth of Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Locked out :: Exposed
  2. Hourly :: Regularly
  3. Criminal :: Illegal
  4. Seventeen :: Janis Ian
  5. Assistance :: Help
  6. Closes :: Shuts
  7. Cubicle :: Box
  8. I´m just saying :: "Just my opinion"
  9. Paperless :: Digital
  10. In charge :: Large and...
  1. Note :: Memo
  2. 2015 :: Future
  3. Earlobe :: Pierced
  4. Sunburn :: Sunscreen
  5. Hashtag :: Pound
  6. Special :: Unusual
  7. Spacious :: Airy
  8. Happening :: Event
  9. Blank :: ...check
  10. Humid :: Muggy
  1. Decree :: Edict
  2. Seats :: Usher
  3. No no no :: Ugh! Fail!
  4. Fess up :: You caught me
  5. Construct :: Build
  6. Page :: Shelver
  7. Laughter :: Giggles
  8. Audience :: Crowd
  9. Freezes :: Soldifies
  10. Stuck up :: Snobby
  1. Language :: Words
  2. Obvious :: Clear
  3. Skull :: ...and crossbones
  4. Insidious :: Sneaky
  5. Struggle:: Fight
  6. Unspeakable :: "There are no words"
  7. Orchid :: Prissy, ridiculous flower that Nero Wolfe was, for some reason, in love with
  8. Fish :: Sword....
  9. Annoyingly :: Irritatingly
  10. Payroll :: Accounting

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blasts from the past

Amy reposted these a few days ago. I did them way back when. Here's the current info for me:

Lists of Three
Three things I am wearing.
1) Long-sleeved black Northern Sun T-shirt (one of my all-time faves)
2) Leather skull belt
3) "Book" earrings, also among my faves

Three things on the desk.
Not at a desk, so we'll use the end-table to my left
1) Kleenex box
2) Tubes of three different brands of lip balm: Chapstick, Burt's Bees, ZamBeeZi
3) Two containers of different brands of lotion: Curel, lilaGrace
Can you tell it's winter?

Three good ways to describe my personality.
1) Plain-spoken
2) Kind-hearted
3) Fun

Three bad things about my personality.
1) Thoughtless
2) Impatient
3) Sarcastic

Three parts of my heritage.
1) various areas of the UK
2) French-Canadian
3) Germanic

Three things I like about my body.
1) Hair
2) Feet
3) Height

Three things I do not like about my body.
1) Weight
2) Eyes
3) Fingernails

Three things most people do not know about me.
1) How shy I am
2) What kind of music I listen to
3) My passwords

Three things I say the most.
1) So
2) Yeah
3) Hey

Three places I want to go.
1) Ouray
2) Maine
3) Hydra

Three names that I go by.
1) [my real first name]
2) Mom
3) Mrs. [Beast's last name]

Three screen names I have had.
1) Cat.
2) [my main email address]
3) A combination of 1 & 2

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Starting time: 7:43 PM
Full name: is fookin' LONG: 21 letters, only 6 of which are vowels (3 O's, 2 A's and a U)
Nicknames: Cat.
School: I've gone to several. I'm mostly at the local high school when I'm in any school building at all.
Email: I have access to at least 3 accounts.
Eyes: Hazel, blind, and very very very tired tonight.
Height: Still hanging in at a tad less than 68"
Siblings: Once there were Five Little Peppers. Three of us are left.
Ever been kissed: Uh, yeah.
Ever cheat or been cheated on? Not exactly.
Ever missed school because it was raining? No.
Ever faked sick? Yes.
Kept a secret from everyone? Yes. But I'm not all that good at it.
Had an imaginary friend? Yes. Several.
Wanted to hook up with a friend? Yes.
Cried during a flick? How about "all of them"?
Who is your "star crush"? I'm very fond of Sol.
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? I traded up to "husband."
Touching memory: I got a huge, emphatic, lovely hug today from a patron for whom I made photocopies. It was ... startling ... and I'm pretty sure I sort of whooped when she threw her arms around me; a guy at the nearest computer spun around to see what was up.

FAVORITES
Drink:  Diet Dr. Pepper.
Food: Bread and bread products.
Restaurant: ...is on Hydra, and I have no idea what the name is.
Shampoo: Whatever Shantell gave me for Christmas.
Color: Blue.
Summer/Winter? Fall
Online/Offline? I can do both at once!

Like anyone: This question is the most annoying question in Memeland!!
Who have you known the longest out of your friends: Laura & I met in 1969. If we're referring to Facebook friends, then it's either my brother or my sister: I'll let you pick.
Who's the shyest? No clue.
Who do you go to for advice? My therapist.
Who do you get along with? I can get along with everyone at least briefly. But if you are an annoying person, I'm eventually going to start backing away.

IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS HAVE YOU:
Cried: I'm back on my "when in doubt, tear up" mode for some reason. Seems to be happening a lot more lately....
Been mean: I have, to my shame.
Been sarcastic: Hah!
Been yelled at: Yes.
Talked to someone you have a crush on? I'm 51. The crush thing is rather outplayed.
Kissed someone? Yes.
Hugged someone: See above, among others.
Wished upon a star: Nope.
Laughed until you've cried: Not ... quite.
Played Truth or Dare: No.
Watched a sunrise/sunset: I've seen a few of both. Haven't sat and watched one though.
Gone to the beach at night: I was on a beach in the evening about 3 weeks ago....sigh.
Been lonely? Nope.
Been happy? Yeah.
Have you talked to someone online? Yes.
Time ended:  8:00 PM

This quiz is about half through. The rest will stay in hiding until another day!

Saturday 9

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Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1939)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about love at first sight. Do you believe that immediate attraction lasts?
It can. I know people who claim they "knew" immediately when they saw their loved one. It takes work to keep it going, though, I don't care what ANYone says.
2) The lyrics mention "a breath of spring" and robins singing. Now that we're deep into winter, what do you miss about spring?
Green things growing, and the smell of fresh earth; warmer temps, with no bite of cold wind. I do not miss spring rain, however!
3) Though the world knew her as Judy Garland, this week's featured artist was born Frances Gumm and her family called her "Baby." Does your family have any pet names for you?
My family--my parents--were emphatically anti-nickname. It's the reason we all have the names we have. They are, supposedly, unshortenable.
4) Because she was petite -- just 4'11 -- it was obvious when Garland gained even a few pounds and consequently she battled her weight her whole life. Now that we're in the new year, have you made any resolutions about your own diet?
I don't make resolutions, but once my endocrine system is back on to regular functionality after next month's surgery, I really have to address my weight situation.
5) The year this song came out, 1939, was the year Garland's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, was released. Which of her three traveling companions is your favorite: Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion?
Scarecrow. He's funniest, funnest, and, ultimately, smartest.
6) Barry Manilow enjoyed Judy's performance of this song so much he did a "dream duet" with her and included it in his recent CD. What performer who is no longer with us do you wish you could have seen in concert?
Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald.
7) Judy had a terrible problem with tardiness. Are you usually prompt?
I used to be sort of OCD about this. Over the past decade I've gotten really lazy. I'm usually close to on time, at least. ;-)
8) During World War II, Judy worked tirelessly to entertain the troops. Tell us about a cause that's near and dear to your heart.
Finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease and MSA; the latter killed my sister. They are often related, and they SUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCKKK.
Alternative, literacy for all, everywhere.
9) The American Film Institute lists Garland as the 8th greatest movie star of all time. Who is your all time favorite actor or actress?
Oh, hell, I don't know. I liked Gene Kelly. Meryl Streep is wonderful. Marlon Brando was gorgeous in his prime.
 
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