Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Money Time Questions

1. What are five passions that you have? (If you have less than five, tell us where you do have an interest.)
Literacy, history, kids, reading, learning.
2. List up to ten random facts about yourself.
1. I have hazel eyes.
2. My feet are currently freezing.
3. My house currently smells like smoke and burnt food.
4. Those last two are connected: I'm burn-cleaning the oven. It stinks and it's not really warm enough to have every door and window open.
5. There's a nap in my immediate future.
6. I ate a whole package of Twizzlers yesterday.
7. My eyesight is lousy.
8. These questions make my mind go blank, so it's taking me bloody-forever to do this. Ugh.
9. I need to get the oil in my car changed this week.
10. My feet are still cold.
3. List five people (personal, historic, living or dead) who have had a major impact on your life or the way you think.
Jesus, my parents (that's one, right?), Corrie ten Boom, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Les (my pastor as a kid).
4. List 5 things you'd tell your 15 year-old self, if you could.
1. Stand up for yourself.
2. Listen to your conscience.
3. No one likes a know-it-all.
4. Your instincts are good: if you think someone is lying to you, the probably are.
5. Not everything is your fault.
5. What is a major strength that you have? (You can list more than one. Staying with our no rules approach.)
I read people pretty well.
6. What is a major weakness that you have? (You can list more than one. STILL staying with our no rules approach.)
I second-guess myself.
7. Describe the family dynamic of your childhood versus your family dynamic now.
I'm the adult child of an adult child of an alcoholic. My childhood, aside from the floating anger from one parent, was pretty good because my parents worked hard to make it so. Life today is, maybe, becoming pretty good because my alcoholic husband is not currently drinking.
8. What popular notion do you feel that the world has most wrong?
That any of us is all the center of the universe.
9. Name three things that always cheers you up when you are down.
Babies' giggles, music, reading.
10. Name three things would you like to be remembered for?
Loving kids, being a good worker, making killer mac'n'cheese.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday 9

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Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)*
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?
It helps, but I fell asleep in a doctor's waiting room yesterday waiting with Beast. For, like half an hour.
2) In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement?
Ah, no. I'm quite Mediterranean in that respect.
3) Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?
In the past year or so, I've developed a tendency to moderate panic attacks. Does that count? They aren't particularly calming. If I'm alone and something scares me, I tend to talk to myself.
4) Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?
Romance? Maybe. Love? Never.
5) Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?
My nearest friend is next door. I'm seriously blessed by GREAT neighbors who are also friends. Farthest away ... oh, yeah: Argentina. Former coworker moved back home a few years ago. My two oldest nephews (James and Don) and my 2nd niece (Katherine) live about equidistant from me: she is southeast, he is northeast about 45 miles. Sparky's about 60 miles more or less straight north. Furthest away is, I guess, Rosellen who just moved to Peterborough in the U.K.
6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatles song that comes to mind?
"Love Me Do"
7) In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?
In TOS, it's Bones. My all-time favorite, though, is Picard.
8) RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?
9) As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?
Nope, but only because I've been asked this question before. I now make a point of trying to start with the other leg first once in awhile.
*I actually heard this song on the radio this week. How weird.

Friday 5

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  1. What’s something sneaky you’ve recently done?
    I don't do much sneaky stuff anymore. Maybe eating junk food?
  2. Who or what do you feel the need to tiptoe around?
    I've gotten far more careful about everything I say at work to my coworkers. It's sad. But necessary.
  3. What’s the dirty secret about the field in which you work?
    Most people who go into library work seem to be slightly deranged.
  4. What was the subject or your last whispered conversation?
    It was, undoubtedly, something snarky during yesterday's meeting at work.
  5. What’s recently snuck up on you?
    End-of-budget-year is April 30. I'm so not ready to deal with "next year."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings x 5 (!!)

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  1. Describe :: Explain
  2. Blast :: Explosion
  3. Scratch :: Itch
  4. Limber :: Bendy
  5. Spring :: ... has sprung!
  6. Ridiculous :: Silly
  7. Commute :: Work
  8. Aches :: Pains
  9. Tissue :: Kleenex
  10. Frost :: Ice
  1. Aggravation :: Irritation
  2. Two-faced :: Frenemy
  3. Postmark :: Date
  4. Chip :: ... and Dale
  5. Failure :: Success
  6. Plant :: Seeds
  7. Termination :: End
  8. Improvise :: Make up
  9. Course :: Class
  10. Western :: ... Omelet
  1. Sticky :: ... note
  2. Purpose :: Reason
  3. Foul :: Stinky
  4. Unbelievable :: Unreal
  5. Currently :: Now
  6. Resume :: Restart
  7. Media :: "Fake News"
  8. Quick :: "... brown fox run..."
  9. Quit :: Give up
  10. Joyless :: Depressed
  1. Awkward :: Gawky
  2. Reality :: Truth
  3. Yoda :: Muppet
  4. Medication :: Prescription
  5. Headache :: Migraine
  6. Sensation :: Feeling
  7. Sneeze :: Allergies
  8. Historical :: Set in the past
  9. YouTube :: Videos
  10. Polka ::
  1. Field :: Area
  2. Ding :: ... Dong
  3. Teenager :: Adolescent
  4. Podcast :: Radio show
  5. Vibrator :: Sex toy
  6. Radio :: Sirius XM
  7. Brat :: Sausage
  8. Dwell :: Live
  9. Piano :: ... bench
  10. Perish :: Die

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Place for Pumpkin Questions

1. If "happiness" was the global currency, what kind of work would make you a gazillionaire?
My current job would probably have me be rolling in dough. I really do enjoy myself at work, and love my job. Except, when, you know, politics happens.
2. Would you break the law to save someone you loved? And, if so, how far would you be willing to take it?
Depends on the law. If it's a stupid law, or a morally wrong one, I wouldn't really have compunction about sacrificing it before a loved one. I would, of course, always pick someone I like to survive in a head-to-head battle over someone I didn't know/like.
3. Is it possible to really know the truth without questioning it first?
Not about most things. We really aren't born "knowing things" too often. And the stuff we are is pounded out of us well before we turn 5.
4. Do you remember that one time . . . oh, about 5 years ago or so . . . when you were really, really upset? Does it really matter now? If not now, then when?
Five years ago I was pretty much mad and panicky about everything. And yeah, it was a tempest in a teapot for the most part. Why? What have you heard?
5. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
In some areas, yes. Pretty much anything that causes children to suffer is evil. Cancer is evil. Some things are much harder to determine. Should Hitler have been assassinated in the 30s before he could inflict the war and the Holocaust on people?
6. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I've reached the happy age where the confluence of tiredness and lack of caring have put a stop to anything that's likely to get me in trouble. I really don't care if I'm judged. I'm going to be judged regardless of what I do.
7. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
I would prefer to never have to do any housework ever again. Otherwise, I'm in a good place.
8. Would you rather be an anxious genius, or a tranquil fool?
Right now, Tranquil Fool sounds like a very peaceful way to die.
9. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
My job is very much about the former; that's where the payoff is. However, over the last 3 or so years, I've really become far more interested in doing the latter. The real payoff is there, but it's approximately 800 times harder.
10. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I definitely feel like my age today. Lovely spring day means hello allergies and sore eyes. And the fact that I had two cookies with dinner has made me queasy. Two cookies = too much sugar?? WTF....oh well.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday 9

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This Is the Way the Bunny Hops
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Why do you suppose there are so many songs about Santa Claus, yet very few about the Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny is vaguely terrifying. I remember thinking so as a kid, and the sight of a giant rabbit with small children since then has not calmed my childhood anxieties much. In my family's case, part of the issue is that Easter is a serious holiday, about a serious subject. No babies, just death. And resurrection.
2) This song was written by The Kiboomers, two early education teachers who are passionate about the power of music to help kids learn. Tell us about a teacher who had an impact on your life.
Mrs. Ramadan made me cry the first time I met her. That didn't make me more likely to contribute to class in 2nd grade. Hey, not all teachers are great with every kid!
3) Legend has it that the Easter Bunny was introduced to America in the 1700s by German immigrants. These children waited for a magic creature who left colored eggs. Today's kids dye Easter eggs themselves. When did you most recently color eggs?
Good heavens, it's been a decade at least! Sparky's 24 and I'm sure we stopped before high school. I'm the only one who ate them afterwards anyway.
4) The Easter Bunny is usually shown carrying a wicker basket filled with eggs, toys and candy. Is there any wicker in the room you're in right now?
There's a very broken wicker basket on the step. I need to throw it out; finally emptied it today after sticking my foot through it about a month ago.
5) While marshmallow Peeps are manufactured all year around, they are most popular at Easter. Do you prefer the chicks or the bunnies?
I loathe Peeps. Gross. Like those orange "circus peanuts" I simply do not get the attraction at all!
6) A little time in the microwave can do ugly things to a Peep. Have you ever nuked a Peep?
No, but I have enjoyed the videos for over a decade. I do not need to spend money on something like that, but I can certainly enjoy other people wasting their money, right? There was a whole Peeps in the library thing about 2008 that probably is still done every spring. Smells awful.
7) Would you prefer a hollow or a solid chocolate bunny?
Solid. Duh! But hollow is fine too, if it's good chocolate.
8) A traditional American Easter dinner usually includes glazed ham or roast lamb. Which would you rather have as your main course?
I do like lamb, but I don't know how to cook it. We usually have ham if I'm cooking, which I'm not this year. We're meeting family for lunch.
9) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What makes you feel refreshed or rejuvenated?
Shower/bath. Being around kids. A good nap.

Friday 5

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Nor Any Drop to Drink
  1. What’s a memory you have of a nearby stream?
    There's a little creek near us that feeds a man-made lake. In going to see Sparky, the roads cross it at least 3 times. It's a little twisty to say the least. It's also weirdly tiny.
  2. What’s a good film scene or song lyric involving a river?
    So many religious songs about the Jordan. I'm going with "Take Me to the River." Apparently there's a movie with that title, which I've only just discovered.
  3. What fond memory do you have of a lake?
    I didn't really grow up around lakes. In fact, I was quickly informed when a college friend visited me in Colorado that the Soda Lakes outside Denver are simply ponds. So yeah.
  4. What’s the most fascinating sea creature?
    I think octopus are amazing.
  5. What’s something that caused you to cry tears of laughter?
    This isn't a great weekend to ask me that. I do, however, tend to laugh hard at kids being silly and owning it.
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