Monday, October 20, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) Think of a topic or issue about which you've switched your opinion. Why the change?
I'm slowly learning that I don't need to participate in every argument in the world. I don't even need to have an opinion in most of them. And it's actually BAD for me to get involved in arguments that are about other people's lives. Keeping quiet is hard, but necessary. Why change? I'd like to be a better person, that's all.
2) What kind of trophy would you like to win?
I'm really not at all interested in trophies. Something else to dust.
3) What household chore do you like the most?
I don't mind washing dishes, although I hate to do all the prep for just a couple of things, so I usually wait for things to pile up a little.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

Public Domain Photo
I really love this time of year when all the leaves put on their last show. It reminds me of the cycle of life and that the best time for beauty isn't always in the beginning of life (spring) but later. That's a very hopeful point of view for me right now.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Let's Talk Travel Meme

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel?
I like seeing new places and I generally enjoy the traveling part too, although air-travel has gotten so bad that I'm no longer such a fan. The seats are too small, the space between rows is nonexistent, and the fun of it is just gone. But I still like driving places, most of the time, and I do love train travel outside the US (Amtrak, bless their hearts, couldn't be on time to its own funeral).
Where have you been?
"I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere...." I've got 37 states in at this point, a couple of Canadian provinces and a couple Mexican districts.
Next place you want to go?
The next place we ARE going to is the shore of Lake Michigan next weekend. We 'won' at a silent auction a weekend in a cottage on the shore. Hopefully, there'll still be some color in the trees, but otherwise, I'm looking forward to peace and quiet and sleep.
What is something you MUST take with you when you travel?
My meds and my glasses. Everything else is replaceable.
How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)
Kinda covered this above, but I prefer traveling in relative comfort, having some control over the view and the stops.
With someone, or alone?
Either way. Sometimes it's really nice to be on my own.
Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you?
Sometimes, mostly to make them laugh. However, I dance in the car when I'm alone, too sometimes.
If you're quiet what does it mean?
Chances are I'm unconscious, or angry, or very very focused on something.
Favorite scent?
Baby wash. Vanilla. Baking bread. Cinnamon. PINE.
Favorite store?
They only really exist in my memory or imagination. I do really love wandering around The Tattered Cover in Denver, though.
Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite?
If you ever hear me saying I want coffee, I've been taken over by aliens. Yuck.
Favorite kind of pizza?
I like white pizza a lot primarily because I rarely have it. But I really like deep-dish pizza, meat plus some veggies. Yum.
Do you get embarrassed easily?
I do. But a lot less so than when I was younger.
Do you mind people asking you personal questions?
Well, yes, of course I do. However, in my job, I have been asked some doozies, so I generally either shrug them off or ignore them.
You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do?
Hmm. Maybe I'll drive an hour south and kidnap Amy from work so we can spend time eating bar food and talking.
Favorite TV show?
Right now, I'm really enjoying NCIS : New Orleans.
Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to?
"Fuckin' Perfect" (Pink), "Jack & Diane" (John Mellencamp), "Fuck You" (Lily Allen, though I like Cee Lo's song, too), "Born to Run" (The Boss), "Diverse City" (TobyMac), "Must Be Crazy for Me" (Melissa Etheridge), "The Museum Song (from "Barnum"), MANY!!
Something you keep in your car?
Gawd, what do I NOT have in my car! I have, currently, two Bibles, two audiobooks, a bunch of AFG stuff, a milk crate full of cloth bags, bungee cords, cables for jump-starting, at least one umbrella, receipts, nail clippers and file, gum, two Kleenex containers....
Highlight of your day?
Today? Well, it was NOT the moments while I was shouting at the kids in Sunday School class that's for sure! The Packers are playing well though, so that's good.
Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do?
... uhhhh, get up? Deal with stupidity--my own or other people's--that probably beats the getting up thing.
Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?
Nope. OK, well, it depends on the people. Judgmental, demanding people--so, like, several of my family members--are not people I want appearing without notice so I can clean or at least hide all the untidiness. Anyone who just wants to come in and hang out though--come on over!
What do you do when you disagree with someone?
I get frustrated if I care about the issue and/or the person. I'm trying to let that go and just let people have their own (irrational) opinions. ;-)
Do you enjoy rain?
I like a good, wormy storm. I don't like a day that is nothing but soggy dripping. We've had several of those lately.
Who’s your favorite person in the whole world… besides me?
Since I don't really know "me" in this context, but my favorite person in the probably a tie between Sparky and Beast. But I'm kind of easy this way: adorable babies tend to edge those two out fairly regularly.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Freak :: Geek
  2. Thrown out :: Disbarred
  3. Wedding :: ...reception
  4. 99 percent :: A+
  5. Terminal :: End
  6. Culprit :: Suspect
  7. Bows :: Violin
  8. Stock :: Bond
  9. Hospital :: ER
  10. Dodge :: ...ball

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. You see that someone you’re talking to has a piece of spinach in her teeth. Would you say something or pretend you don’t notice?
I absolutely tell her! I also try to be somewhat discreet about it if possible. Why on earth would anyone NOT say something? After all, what's worse than having spinach in your teeth? Having spinach in your teeth several hours after lunch!
2. You overhear a mom creating a scene in a grocery store and using profanity while yelling at her child. Would you say something to the mom or would you feel it was none of your business?
This happens semi-regularly at work, and since I'm in a position of 'authority' there I usually wander past and look sympathetically at the kid and glare at the mom. I'd probably do that at the store too. If it's really out of control or looks like it's about to get physical, I might step in and say something like, "I think you dropped a coupon" and hand the mom one, or offer a Kleenex to the mom for the kid to use, or mention that Mom has spinach on her teeth. ;)
There's also the option of putting my phone next to my ear as I walk past them and saying, "[Child Protective Services], yes, I have a report to make..." If it really looked like a completely crazy situation, I might dial 911 for real.
I do worry that getting involved directly may make things worse once the parent is out of the store and alone with the kid. I know this happens in abusive adult relationships when people stand up for the victim. It may actually be better to ask if she can help you find something in the "feminine products" aisle and get her away from the guy to see if she wants help.
3. You overhear a child creating a scene in a grocery store and using profanity while yelling at his mom. Would you say something to the mom or would you feel it was none of your business?
I'd totally say something to the kid! "Who, exactly, is paying for these groceries? You, or her?" or (more succintly) "What the hell, dude?" The interesting thing in this sort of situation is how often the parent jumps on whoever gets involved and tells them to STFU. Of course, this assumes the kid is young and/or small. If it's a big thuggy-looking kid, I think I'd do the above "feminine products" trick with the mom.
4. You see a child shoplift a toy and notice the parent doesn’t see it. Would you say something to the parent, the child, store management, or no one?
Kind of depends on the item, I guess. I'd try to catch the kid's eye and raise my eyebrows at them. If they have any conscience at all, that's usually going to be enough, especially if I look like I'm going to talk to her dad. If I get a sassy look back, I might ask dad if I could swap for it since I was looking for "that very color" or whatever and I just saw his angel pick up the one I wanted.
5. You see an apparently homeless man shoplift something at a store. Would you say something to the man, the store manager, or no one?
Again, depends on the item. Booze = "MANAGER!" Fresh fruit or something like that and I'm staying mum. Generally, I'd probably not say anything directly to the shoplifter though; one never knows what's going to set off Teh CuhRAYzee.
6. You see a homeless man outside a restaurant begging for food and you happen to have an extra $10 in your pocket. Would you buy him lunch, hand him the cash, or do nothing?
I'd buy him lunch. At least, I hope I would. I think I sometimes get a little too wrapped up in 'how busy' I am and don't notice what's going on around me.

Saturday 9

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The Power of Love (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Huey explains that you don't need a credit card to find love. What's the last thing you charged?
I ordered several books online last night.
2) This song was written for Back to the Future. At the beginning of the movie, hero Marty McFly traveled around town on his skateboard. Are you good on a skateboard?
Uhm, no. I'm very VERY bad at skateboarding.
3) Huey sings lead and his backup group is The News. Was the most recent news you heard bad or good?
Official news: they caught the guy who shot two cops Thursday morning and found his gun in a nearby lake yesterday. His arraignment was yesterday too.
4) Huey's mother, Maria, was born in Poland. Who is the first member of your family to be born in the US of A?
One of my grandfathers was born in Canada, but all the rest of my grandparents are USans. They were all born in the 19th century, and going back further than that, I'm pretty sure there's at least one more generation born here. We aren't newcomers, but we're nothing special, either.
5) Brainy Huey got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Did you take the SAT? How did you do?
I did fine, but that's an astounding accomplishment of Huey's! Never knew that. Anyway, I did better on the ACT with a composite score of 32 than I did on the SAT for which I don't even remember my score.
6) This song also hit #1 in Australia, where ANZAC Biscuits are popular. To make them (the recipe is here) you need coconut. Do you have any coconut in your home right now?
I do. I keep it around for 7-Layer Bars even though I rarely make them because I can, literally, eat the whole pan myself in less than 36 hours!
7) Thinking of dessert, would you rather have cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or frozen yogurt?
Fruit pie, or white cake with lots of frosting.
8) We're definitely into autumn now. What will you remember most about Summer 2014?
It never got hot. And I nearly got frostbite at work on a daily basis.
9) Tell us your superhero name, as determined by the color of your shirt and an item directly to your right. For example, Sam fights crime as The Gold Kleenex Box!
Orange Magazines. I'm going to papercut you all to death!
I actually do have a friend who is terrified of paper being flapped in her face because of the possibility of papercuts. Yes, she's weird. ;-)

Friday 5

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Wrap It or Cap It
  1. What did you last stick a sticker on?
    It occurs to me that I'm one of the lucky few adults who gets to use stickers AT WORK, every single day! My last sticker was certainly on a book I was cataloging yesterday to indicate it should be shelved with the new materials.
  2. What did you last put a lid on?
    I put the lid back on the Country Crock after using the margarine about 15 minutes ago. Next skill to learn: putting the container back in the fridge.
  3. What did you last wrap in foil?
    Hmmm. Don't think I've used foil in awhile. It was probably something in the oven that I was trying to keep from over-browning.
  4. What did you last unscrew a screw out of?
    I got the screwdriver out at work a couple of weeks ago to tighten the drawer handles on the service desk in the Children's Department. I haven't taken anything apart in a long while.
  5. What did you last hold together with tape?
    Heh. I had the hem of one leg of a pair of pants taped for awhile, till I had to wash them. Before throwing them in the wash, I took off the tape this week and actually got out a needle and thread. I'm not sure that's the last think I used tape on, but it's probably the weirdest.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) What do you think about ghosts? Are they real? Hallucinations?
I have no issue with people experiencing ghosts. There are certain circumstances when I would completely understand someone feeling close to someone who is dead. I know I feel closer to those people I've loved who are gone at certain, specific times and places, but I've never seen a ghost.
Heard one, though? Yup.
2) What's your favorite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching?
It's sort of a mélange of all of that: atmosphere, scent, the depth of the blue of the sky, the people's gaits and clothing, the relative cleanliness of the buildings, and the architecture. It's all of a piece. The sky in Colorado's mountains is a slightly different hue from the sky in Greece, and the smell of the Mississippi in the north is completely different from the southern parts of it, and they are completely different from the scent of English rivers. And the oppressive architecture of Moscow in January would never be mistaken for ANYwhere else (except maybe another Russian city in winter!). And the food in different places...well, let's just not go there. I'll just say one word: poutine.
3) What magazine(s) and/or newspaper(s) do you subscribe to?
I read (in paper and occasionally on my ereader) "Presbyterian Outlook", "Ms.", "Entertainment Weekly", "Real Simple", and "Consumer Reports." Beast gets the Big City Nearby paper, "Discover" and "Scientific American" and possibly something else. My three-years-dead father-in-law still gets the History Channel magazine, which is just annoying at this point--we've cancelled it more than once. I read a lot of local news via RSS feed (headlines, primarily) as well as the local news from the city where Sparky is at school, because I helicopter in stealth mode.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

Public Domain Photo
It reminds me of the dry stone walls in Yorkshire, and the planters my dad built on either side of the porch in the house where I grew up. But mostly it reminds me of Robert Frost:
...Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
"Mending Wall"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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[Random Questions]

Who were you with yesterday?
I was at work in the morning and then we drove up to where Sparky's at school and took him out to dinner to catch up with him. Then we went to a fundraiser for a community organization in the Bigger City near where his college is. It was a very full, very fun day.
What woke you up this morning?
I don't know. I was up before my alarm, so that was annoying.
Where are you?
In my usual spot on the sofa in the living room.
Is tomorrow going to be a good day?
I'm hoping so. Before I left work today I checked the desk schedule: I'm on service desks 5 out of 8 hours. This means I will get very-damn-little cataloging done, and there are at least 25 Do These NOW! items on my desk. So, it has the potential for being a shitty day, but I'm going to do my best to stay positive. Lots of people are on vacation or otherwise MIA.
What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW?
Well, now that I've started thinking about that, work is!
Do you listen to music every day?
I try to. It tends to make the day better if I get some tunes in.
Are you a fast typer?
I'm a pretty fast typist, yes.
Whats your favorite type of soda?
All together now: Di-et Doc-tor Pep-per. Good job!!
Have you ever won an award?
Yes, in school.
Are you listening to music right now?
Nope. Football is on. For some people--and I'm one of them--football is music to my ears.
How long ’till your birthday?
Precisely a month. Today's a high school friend's birthday. I haven't seen her since May or June 1982, but I still remember her birthday.
Do you use eBay to buy or sell?
I do not.
Who makes you mad?
Being discounted by ignorant people. Being ignored. That sort of thing. I should be used to it--I am, after all, the youngest sibling. But it does get old.
What do you do when you’re mad?
I shout. I glare. Apparently my glare is quite terrifying. Eventually, I cry.
Do certain songs make you cry?
Yup. Got teary at a couple of the hymns at church this morning: they reminded me of my dad.
Are you usually a happy person?
I fake it pretty well, yes.
What makes you the happiest?
Happiness in myself (duh) or others I love. Baby giggles. Being helpful.
Do you believe in yourself?

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Crime :: ...and Punishment
  2. Whoops :: ...y-daisy
  3. Lipstick :: ...Lesbian
  4. Linda :: ...and Jon
  5. Triple :: ...decker
  6. Badge :: Award
  7. Contempt :: Sneering
  8. Stunt :: Trick
  9. Van :: Truck
  10. Judge :: ...and Jury
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