Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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One Thing .....

that makes you smile:
Babies, or little kids, giggling. I find it difficult not to join in.
that makes you cry:
Lately? EVERYdamnTHING. I haven't gotten through a day in the past week without some tears. Wish I could figure out WTF is up with me.
that you love to do on the weekends:
that you do for only yourself:
Nap. If repeats aren't allowed, eat. Or breathe. Or... yeah, other things.
that you have in your underwear drawer that's NOT underwear:
Surprisingly, the only thing in my underwear drawer IS underwear. Maybe some dust?
that you do before going to sleep:
I take off my glasses whenever I sleep, even in the car, or on the couch.
that you do within the first 15 minutes after waking:
Well, the obvious answer here is that I pee.
that's in your purse:
I don't carry a purse. I don't own a purse, even. I have a lot of carrier bags (one for meetings, one for Bible Study, several for groceries) but no purses.
that you actually LIKE to clean:
I enjoy washing dishes.
that you DETEST cleaning:
I hate the whole process of cleaning floors: picking everything up, moving furniture, waiting for the mopped parts to dry...and watching them get dirty IMMEDIATELY.
that other people would find odd about you:
I suspect the fact that I read close to or over 100 books a year would disturb, confuse and even repel some people.
that you would buy if I handed you a $100 bill:
I ... do not know. There's literally nothing I want or need, that I've been holding out for. Maybe a bus ticket...? Or I'd just turn it over to one of the good organizations in town: Kiwanis, the women's shelter, a youth organization, something like that.
that you feel you HAVE to do before you die:
Live. I would really love to see Sparky happily ensconced in adulthood, married to someone he loves who loves him, with kids. If even some of that happens, I'd be content. Otherwise, I don't have specific plans for the next 30 or so years. Hang out, listen to good music, read good books, eat good food, help others, laugh a lot, learn more....

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Hey Nineteen!

1) Where would you retire to?
Colorado. Or maybe New Mexico. Anyway, someplace with mountains and low humidity.
2) What are your best physical features?
My hair, and my feet.
3) What are your best characteristics?
My strength, loyalty, and brain.
4) What kind of books do you like to read?
I like plot-driven novels and historical non-fiction.
5) What are you reading now?
All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories, by E.L. Doctorow (ebook) ; The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand, by Jennifer Swann Downey ; The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (audiobook) ; The Parthenon Enigma, by Joan Breton Connelly ; National Geographic Who's Who in the Bible: Unforgettable People and Timeless Stories from Genesis to Revelation, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts
WHAT? You asked!!
6) Where would you want to retire to?
Uhhhhh..... ???
7)What is your favorite time of the day?
I really love mornings.
8) Where did you grow up?
9) How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
From the hospital to my house is 1604.52 kilometers.
10) Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I feel better when I do the morning thing, but I'm getting better at the night owl thing. I am up in the middle of the night for awhile almost every night, anyway.
11) What inspires you?
Blue skies, babies, smart people, problem-solving.
12) Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
Well...yes....? Can't everyone? I seriously didn't realize this was a thing.
13) Do you have pets?
We have to guinea pigs: Ruka and Pintobean (we usually just say Pinto).
14) How many rings before you answer the phone?
I'd say that over 50% of the time I don't answer the phone at all. Most calls are junk or doctor's offices. In any case, I always check caller ID.
15) What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Babysitter, daughter, sister, library page, scheduler, disc jockey, wife, general dogsbody (conference staff), mom, Sunday School teacher, teen mentor, newspaper carrier, librarian, clerk of session, committee chair, waitress, receptionist, construction assistant....
16) Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
Every day brings something new, but I can't think of anything exciting and wonderful. Recovery, I guess. I hope.
17) What is most important in life?
18) Did you dream last night?
I'm sure I did, but I don't remember anything in particular.
19) Do you remember your dreams?
I do remember them quite often. But obviously not every day.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


You Are Grapefruit Flavored Water
Your personal life philosophy is to keep going no matter what. You don't lose motivation or hope.

You like to live a busy and varied life. You are quite conscientious, and you like to make as much progress as you can.

You are strong and dominant.
You put most of your energy and power forward to advance your own goals.

You are clearheaded and focused. You don't get off track, and you keep your endpoint in sight.
About half right. Unfortunately, I can't actually have grapefruit anymore. What a freakin' drag...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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Random Twenty

1. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
I get butterflies (a.k.a. anxiety) quite often when I'm heading home from work. It's a long bummer of a story.
2. What was your last alcoholic beverage?
I think I had a drink at a P.E.O. meeting a few months ago.
3. Who can you trust?
God. And to a lesser extent, Beast, Amy, Jenny, myself, and a surprisingly large number of people who generally are hiding in the woodwork around me.
4. Where was your first kiss with your current significant other?
Uh, wow, it was towards the end of our freshman year in college. So, 31 years ago this month.
5. Favorite band?
6. What is something you've learned about yourself recently?
That I'm very bad at making changes in my life for myself when I'm not being held accountable.
7. Do you like anyone?
Nope. Everyone sucks. [Did you not see my answer to #3?]
8. Do you know anyone who is engaged?
Hmmm, no I don't believe I do. I know of some engagements, but I don't know the people myself.
9. What's your favorite number?
Gut-favorite: 16. Chosen favorite: 3.
10. Who was the last person to make you cry?
I teared up at church this morning while we honored our retiring financial secretary. We're honoring her--and she's retiring--because she has fully metastasized cancer that means she'll probably be gone by Father's Day.
11. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Nope. Went on a couple of weekend church retreats when I was a teenager, but that's all.
12. When was the last time you cried?
This morning. Really, if you're going to ask, listen to my answers, k?
13. What is one thing you miss about your past?
I miss the mountains. Pretty much daily. After 28 years of living in the flat middle of the country, the mountain-ache isn't quite as strong, but not a day passes that I don't think about the smell, the sky, the weather, the lack of humidity, the vastness .... SOMEthing.
14. What is one thing you've learned about life?
It goes on, with or without my attention.
15. Are you jealous of anyone?
Somehow, for the most part, that emotion has mostly died off over the years.
16. Is anyone jealous of you?
You'd really have to ask them.
17. Has a friend ever used you?
Of course. Depending on the usage, it either ruined the friendship, put it on hold for awhile, or barely registered.
18. Has anyone recently told you that they like you more than as a friend?
Most people say that--if they say anything of the sort at all--which is fine since I'm always hunting for new friends.
19. Who was the last person you drove with?
Sparky went with me to the grocery store after lunch.
20. What are you looking forward to?
... I got nothin'. This should probably worry me, eh?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Friday Five

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Five Random Questions
  1. Would you sell your soul to the devil and what would it take?
  2. It's unlikely, although for my son or an iced sugar cookie...anything's possible.
  3. Who do you think will be the first 5 people you meet in heaven?
  4. Ellen, Dad, Nathanael, Mom, and Jean. In that order, and followed quickly by MIL, FIL, and several dear friends.
  5. Is life more fair to some then others?
  6. "More fair"? Hmmm, we all deal with shit. Some shit is pretty major and obvious (think Anne Frank level), some is not. It's really how we deal with it all, though. Don't expect fair; nobody promised life would be fair.
  7. Do you think some people are just born unhappy?
  8. No. I think that's a function of nurture. But I think some people are more prone to sensitivity to pain, which can lead to unhappiness. But see above: it's about how we deal with it.
  9. If you could have a magical power (like the charmed ones), what would it be?
  10. Invisibility is my go-to for this.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday 9

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Too Close 
Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a friendship that turned romantic ... and it doesn't end happily. Have you ever crossed that line with a friend? If so, how did it work out?
Yeah, I did. I married him 28ish years ago. It's worked out ok, overall. ;-) On the other hand, I have a dear friend in college whom I kissed once--and it was a doozy!--but realized very quickly that it wasn't really a good idea. We're still friends today.
2) When he was a kid, this week's singer, Alex Clare, listened to his dad's Stevie Wonder records. When you were in 7th/8th grades, what music were you into?
Disco, baby! I loved the Bee Gees and Chic and all the other dance music.
3) "Too Close" has been featured on the TV show, The Vampire Diaries. Do you enjoy shows/books/movies about the supernatural?
Not any more than I like other genres. If they're good, I like them. If they're crap, no. There are a lot of "no" options lately.
4) Some of Alex Clare's tour dates were sponsored by Bud Light. Do you like beer?
Nope. Horrible stuff.
5) Mr. Clare trained to be a chef, just in case the music thing didn't work out. Are you a good cook?
I know my way around, but I really it's not my favorite thing.
6) Crazy Sam is forever running out of mayo because she slathers it on her sandwiches. What is currently on your grocery list?
See, now, this is TWO SEPARATE PLACES (a friend's Facebook post is the other) reminding me that I need to hit the store. The universe is sending me a message. I need a ton of stuff and I need to cull the pantry: while putting together a bag for the food pantry last weekend, I discovered that 80% of what is in there is stamped with dates in the past.
7) Where are you most likely to find spare change -- between the sofa cushions, in your jeans as you toss them into the washer, or under the floor mat of your car?
Floor mat. I don't carry change in my clothes very often.
8) How did you spend your Friday night -- working late, hanging out with friends, or just enjoying a quiet night at home?
We watched some DVR'd shows, until I couldn't sit on the couch without pain any longer and went to bed to read for a couple of hours.
9) Do you use Pinterest?
I have an account, but I don't think I've pinned anything for at least 6 months.

Friday, January 31, 2014


You Are Consistent
You enjoy novelty, but you don't feel like you have to go looking for it. You are good at noticing excitement around you.

You are very deliberate, and you enjoy a slower pace of life. You believe that things don't really get good until you slow down.

You are sensitive and can't help but absorb everything around you. You have deep feelings and emotions.

You intuitively get almost everyone, especially children and animals. You like to help others whenever you possibly can.
All this from a knitting pattern? I just liked all the colors and the un-fancy-ness of the stitching.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


You Are the Zipper
You are a very adaptable person. You know how to get along with anyone, even if you don't like it.

You play a good counterbalance to everyone in your life. You zig when others zag - filling in the missing pieces.

You are skilled at offering up compromises and playing the peacemaker. And people trust you
to stick to your agreements.

People who don't know you well may assume that you are wild... and you are a little. But deep down you are solid!
Yup. This is so accurate that it's actually pretty scary. Who from Blogthings has been watching me?! I'm actually in the midst of trying to stop doing some of these things because I'm fucking tired of being a doormat, and having to be the fixer. It's not a recipe for a calm, relaxed life.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday 9

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Best Song Ever
Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here. (This is their official video and it begins with a skit; music starts at 2:25.)

1) Dancing all night to the best song ever would be good for the cardiovascular system. When is the last time you exercised?
Depends on what you consider exercise. I don't work out, and I'm terribly out of shape. My heart rate gets up if I walk through the library too fast at closing. smh
2) The girl in this song is the daughter of a dentist. "Dentophobia" is fear of dentists. How do you feel about going to the dentist?
I was at the dentist last week. My hygienist is good, my dentist is very good, and they give good painkillers when necessary. I've never been afraid of the dentist, and I've had plenty of dental work done. It's like the annual Pap--unpleasant but necessary.
3) One Direction performed this on Good Morning, America. Do you watch morning TV? If so, which show?
I've watched Today since college, pretty much exclusively. I used to be pretty addicted to it, but in the past decade or so, I can't be arsed. It's all crap, really.
4) Listening to upbeat pop songs like this one makes Sam feel young. When is the last time you participated in an activity commonly connected to childen (like swinging on a swing, drinking chocolate milk, playing a board game, etc.)?
I don't really like chocolate milk, and it's way too cold to go to a park and swing (and I think the swings are under snow at this point anyway). Board game? Not recently. I can't think of anything childlike I've done recently, but I do hang out with a pretty decent number of teens semi-regularly. Does that count?
5) One of the boys, Louis Tomlinson, was an actor before joining the band. How many different professions have you tried? What were they?
I was a babysitter most of my teenaged years, a shelver at a library, worked and then scheduled in my college's language laboratory, did lots of basic secretarial work off and on over those years, made clam sauce and other Italian food over the course of one memorable week, delivered newspapers for a couple of years, and of course Mommed. Oh, and all those Mom-volunteer jobs: PTO, classroom help, school store, dance decor. And church-volunteer stuff too. LOTS of Sunday School teaching over the years....
6) The fans that have made One Direction millionaires are also the target audience for series like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Wimpy Kid. Do you read Young Adult literature?
Uhm, I think a lot of readers of The Hunger Games are substantially older than the 1D fans, and combining that series with the Wimpy Kid books is quite weird since that is definitely more the upper elementary age group, not middle school or high school. ANYHOO, though, yes, I read YA books, always have. There have always been absolutely amazing books being written "for kids" that a lot of adults miss out on. Oh, well, their loss.
7) If this is the "best song ever," what song do you consider the worst? Tell us which song just sets your teeth on edge.
Anything, ANYthing, Mariah Carey sings--she makes me want to scream and throw things. I'm not a fan of Geddy Lee's voice either, so Rush is ruined for the most part. And Robert Palmer, ugh.
8) One Direction performed at the Royal Variety Show for Queen Elizabeth. If you found yourself presented to Her Majesty, what would you say?
Oh dear God I would mumble and stutter and be ridiculous, I'm sure.
9) Right now, is your life moving in the right direction or are you feeling a bit aimless?
I'm not sure what the right direction looks like, but I'm ok with where things are headed right now.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

How many times per day do you…
1. …check your email?
My personal email is always open on whatever computer I'm on, including my smartphone, and I keep an eye on the tab to see if anything has come in. My work email is always open at work and on my phone, but I only check it occasionally on my laptop. All of this is to say that I check it obsessively.
2. …send an email?
I sent 14 today, mostly from work. On Thursday I sent 25, also mostly work-related. Yesterday, when I didn't work, I sent one...and it was work-related.
3. …post a tweet or status update on social media?
Far too often. It probably averages two to three times a day.
4. …make a telephone call?
Perhaps 3 times a week. At most.
5. …visit a website to check the news?
Not very often...maybe twice a day on average at most.
6. …drive a car?
I drive to work and back, and usually go somewhere for lunch on those days. I have meetings a couple of times each week in the evenings. The rest of the time is entirely dependent on whether I absolutely HAVE to leave the house.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Stealing

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Young At Heart Meme

1. Are you a young heart or an old soul?
As the youngest sibling, I feel it's my duty to be young at heart. However, as such, I've also had to handle adult events at a younger age than anyone else in my family (and most of my friends): death of siblings, aging/illness/death of parents, etc. I'll give the lean at the end to retaining my youthful silliness.
2. What makes someone a best friend?
Putting up with me, at this point seemingly a bit of a challenge for folks, is about the only thing I can come up with, and also being there to shore me up. It's amazing (if occasionally disappointing) how friendships morph.
3. What Christmas present do you remember the most?
As a child: The Barbie Dream House. As an adult: the Revereware. I know that last one will be a surprise to everyone who reads this regularly.
4. Tell me a movie/song/TV show/playbook that has changed your life.
I know all the lyrics to many 50s and 60s musicals, and I can truthfully say that they are where I learned how the world works, at least in a very sugar-coated, asexual way. I mean, "Why Can't the English...?" (My Fair Lady) is a perfect satirical metaphor for every uneducated discussion of poverty and third-world problems! "Maria" (The Sound of Music) explains how hard it is to get along with people who don't fit in and "No Way to Stop It" (also TSoM) taught me everything I know about hypocrisy, isolationism, and hedonism. "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (South Pacific) is the most damning song about prejudice in popular, public (WASP) currency at the time. "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" (Camelot) is a more-than sufficient explanation of how the grass is never really greener elsewhere. And so on...
Let's not even get me started on books. OK, well, one: The Book of Ruth opened up a whole new world to me, people in miserable life circumstances just getting on with things the best they can.
5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself and one that you dislike.
I like my hair; I also am really annoyed with it (it's thick and heavy and dark so I'm sweating like a horse today).
6. Can money buy happiness?
It goes a long way toward convincing you that things could be worse, for sure. But ultimately, no.
7. What's more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection?
Neither makes it up completely. I'd give these two components about a 60% between them, but trust and honor is my takeaway with 40%.
8. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can't trust?
Sure. It's a matter of knowing people's foibles--some people are faultless about money matters, others are faultless about honoring your time or your emotions. For instance, we're still trying to get honest answers from Sparky about his classwork and grades....
9. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?
On a micro level, the dirt area at the side of our house--I'm pretty sure several of Mom's spoons are still buried there--or the front porch. On a macro level, our house in the mountains.
10. Have you spent a night in the hospital?
I've spent 8 nights in the hospital as a patient and innumerable portions of nights in ERs with Sparky and Beast and other extended family members.
11. Do you enjoy being only with 1-2 friends or with a large group of people?
I like smaller groups better.
12. Have you ever been bullied?
I'm sad (and embarrassed) to say that I've been on both sides of this. I was bullied as a little kid a lot, but I clearly didn't really internalize that when it came to the "weirdo girl" in my high school English classes.
13. If your partner wanted to wait until marriage until having sex, would you stay in that relationship?
My partner IS married to me so, yeah...moving on....
14. Do you believe in God?
Yuppers. For whatever reason, God has my back, so the least I can do is believe.
15. Out of all the social networks in the world why use a blog?
Because not everything I have to say is brief enough for Facebook. Or Twitter.
16. What is your quirkiest habit?
This summer it's been sleeping with an icepack in bed by my feet.
17. What is normal? Are you normal?
I'm normal, most of the time, for me. That doesn't mean your normal would (or should) look anything like mine.
18. Someone close to you is dying! You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years but if you do you cause the death of 10 strangers.
We're all dying! Every day! And I don't do these sorts of thought games. I'm not killing off a loved one, not even metaphorically; there's already been too much death in my life.
19. What is one thing you could never forgive?
I'm pretty forgiving, but if you keep showing me that you are untrustworthy by talking about other people in mean, self-oriented ways, I'm pretty much out the door. If you say nasty stuff to me about HIM, God alone knows what you're saying to him about ME! It's even worse if the shit you're spreading is stuff I know isn't accurate.
20. When you’re alone in your own home, do you talk out loud to yourself?
I talk to myself at the grocery store, in the car, and at work too, when things are getting out of control.
21. Who is your favorite super hero?
Wonder Woman. Did you really need to ask??
22. Could you be in a long distance relationship?
I frequently am. I actually have a LOT of long-distance relationships that work.
23. Do you know what makes you happy?
Yes. Thank God!
24. Who was your first crush?
First obsessive attraction was Jim Phillips in 6th grade. He moved away the next year, and I've never tracked him down.
25. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
Six Balls. Or Olive Garden.
26. Are you an early bird or night owl?
Early bird by nature, night owl by training.
27. Give me an unpopular opinion you have.
Unpopular with whom? Among conservative Christians, my support of feminism, gay rights, abortion, and inability to "stay in my place" and not get uppity are probably pretty unpopular. Among librarians, my unwillingness to put up with political and bureaucratic bullshit is probably not popular. In local library politics, I think part of the district should be paying a lot more for access to the library (disclaimer: I live in the underpaying part) or just fucking leave.
28. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation?
I believe kids should be recognized for showing up every day even when things aren't going well for the team. I'm a big believer in recognizing and honoring all team members as contributors, even those who warm the bench. But I don't think everyone deserves a trophy. Even though that's the only reason Sparky has the one trophy he has! ;-)
29. What song best describes your life right now?
Staying in the musical them above, it's either "I've Grown Accustomed to [His] Face" (My Fair Lady) or "Iowa Stubborn" (The Music Man).
30. How do you express your creativity?
By blogging and by reading and by working at the Reference Desk at work.
31. Describe your neighborhood.
Pastoral. Ten years ago when we moved it, it really was a "house farm"--a large field that had sprouted houses--but now there are some good-sized trees and shrubs, and some prairie areas that are kept up, and it really is nice. Now I miss the little kids that used to be here: we have a passel of teens and a few little guys, but we're all aging. Boo!
32. Give me the story of your life in 6 words.
Mountains, flatland: books are my world.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday 5 (+1)

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You Two [lyrics from...]
  1. Is it getting better, or do you feel the same? (from "One")
  2. It...hasn't gotten worse. But I definitely don't think this afternoon/tonight qualifies for "better" either.
  3. Do you shiver when you dream? Is there a pounding in your heart? (from "You're the Only One That's Real")
  4. Nope and not anymore; the drive home from work was a little tense.
  5. Is the sweetest melody the one we haven't heard? Is it true that perfect love drives out all fear? (from "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight")
  6. Metaphorically yes to the first question, though since I haven't heard it I suppose I don't really know. Perfect, real love absolutely drives out all fear!
  7. Do you feel anything at all? (from "Miracle Drug")
  8. Yes, I have not yet achieved 100% numbness. Which is good, since it's not actually a goal I have.
  9. It’s gonna itch and burn and sting; do you want to see what the scratching brings? (from "Staring at the Sun")
  10. Wow. Perhaps, but not right now.
  11. Do you feel loved? (from "Do You Feel Loved?")
  12. Tonight, it's a vague, distant sort of way. I do, however, rest assured that God loves me; that's what gets me up in the morning lately.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What's your worst food memory? How about one of your best?
Worst is being forced to eat mom's version of liver and onions. OMG, just kill me!
Bests...too many to pick one: the first time I tried cheesecake, blood oranges in winter in Rome, feeding Sparky his first round of rice cereal when he was a baby (which devolved into him wearing at least 50% of it), pleeeeeading with my surgeon for a burger the day I had emergency abdominal surgery (he said no)...and then not being able to face meat for a week after the surgery....
I like food so I guess I have more good memories than bad ones.
2. Do you appreciate people telling it like it is, or would you rather a speaker temper his/her words and maybe beat around the bush a little? How about when you're the one communicating...which type are you?
I try to be tactful around people I know who are sensitive, but overall I'm pretty blunt, and I appreciate the same. I don't mind bluntness; I do mind hurtfulness or chit-chat going nowhere.
3. What's your favorite place to hang out?
Here. Or a mountain.
4. When do you most feel like you're a slave to time?
About 20 minutes before it's time for me to go home from work.
5. What was the last concert you attended? Who'd you go with? Was it any good?
I can't even remember, so I'll go with a Boston concert with Starship opening for them; this was about two years ago. Quite weird. Great people-watching, though.
6. Reality TV...harmful or harmless? What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to reality TV?
I used to love Survivor. I used to always watch The Amazing Race. Both have fallen off the radar. We are faithful Deadliest Catch watchers, however. There are ways of doing reality TV well, and then there's the majority of the shows.
7. What's something you think is overrated?
Since we're kind of in the vicinity ... network TV, especially sitcoms. What does it mean that I don't find anyone on current sit-coms at all amusing?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
In the past four days, I've...: had about 6 hours of full-time facetime with my newest great-nephew, spent several hours in our local ER waiting room, had unexpected overnight company for two nights (my sister), eaten out 80% of my meals, Beast left on a 56-hour driving trip out of state, missed five hours of work and had to cancel attendance at a meeting to make up those hours, spent one day fighting back against my allergies due to being outside for two hours (!! yes, just two hours), came within three seconds of murdering an extended-family member in his hospital room, run the dishwasher, done a load of laundry for my sister, taken her to the pharmacy to get an emergency supply of meds to cover her stay here, put about 100 extra miles on my car, sat waiting for road construction vehicles to move, lost 2.5 lbs. (according to Weight Watchers), cataloged 130 books, been awakened multiple times in one night because of the 8 or 9 mosquito bites on my feet, and attended Bible Study.

Meanwhile, this was a coworker's Facebook status update this morning: "Trans changed [two of her kids]' bus schedule without telling me from 8:31 to 8:11, so had to drive them to school; [her oldest] called & needed me to drop off meds she forgot to take this morning; car did not have enough gas to get to work (I swear it did last night!); phone was out of minutes; had to take alternate route to work due to construction; there was a tractor!; lost call in middle of topping up minutes so that I could call work to tell them I was going to be late. I CRIED. How was YOUR morning?!"

And another friend posted this earlier today (in another state several hundred miles from here): "[Son] and I just had a guy pull a gun on us while driving home. I've lived here for over 17 years and have never had anything like this happen. We're fine but a bit shaken up. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see his plates."

We all need a do-over this week.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday 5

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What's it Like?
  1. What's the outgoing message on your voicemail like?
    "Hi, it's [name]. Leave a message." [boop] Or, like that, anyway.
  2. What's the wallpaper on your computer like?
    At home:
  3. What's stuck to your fridge door?
    A lot of crap, including the non-emergency police number, the nurses' station phone number and "Carmen" from one of Beast's trips to the hospital a couple of years ago, calendars, lists, pictures, and a lotta magnets.
  4. What's your daily organizer like?
    I use Gcalendar for everything, and so do Beast and Sparky so we can actually see what-all we're doing at a glance.
  5. What's signature on your personal emails like?
    I don't like the way Gmail sets up the sigs, so I don't use 'em. I have one on my work email though: "Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest." --Hermann Hesse

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week...what's one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?
I can avoid the drama that is currently going on in at least three of my coworkers' lives, and some other friends' lives as well. I'd also very much like to avoid Sunday night's 4-hour marathon sleep-talking (-screaming) event.
2. It's also National Peach Month...peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini? What's your peach pleasure?
I like fresh-off-the-tree peaches, and good peach pie. The drink sounds revolting, but a good Fuzzy Navel isn't such a bad thing.
3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Agree or disagree...explain.
It's a good theory, unless you happen to be an adrenaline junkie.
4. What's your favorite household chore? Yes, you have to name one.
I don't mind washing dishes by hand, but that's mostly because I only have to do it once a week or less because most everything gets washed in the dishwasher.
5. Fodor's recently listed (what they've dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:
Butterfly Beach in Santa Monica, CA; Mount Haleakala in Maui, HI; Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, NM; Laguna Beach CA; Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ; Four Seasons in Miami, FL; Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA; Gay Head in Martha's Vineyard, MA; Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City, UT; and Mallory Square in Key West, FL
Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots? If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodor's List, which would you choose? Where was the prettiest sunset you've ever seen?
I have not been to any of these places, but I think the list is full of hooey. I have excellent sunsets on my back porch, they left off all of the Rockies and Moosehead Lake, and with the exception of a couple of things on the list all of their choices are in suspiciously pricey and touristy places.
6. What's your favorite or most used app? If you don't use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?
Most-commonly used is Google Hangouts. I also use Dropbox almost every day.
7. We've recently passed the halfway mark for 2013...write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far.
So far, no family funerals this year.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
School starts next week around here. Can you believe that? Sparky's still finishing up his second "semester" of Organic Chemistry at college which won't be finished until the end of August. Now that he's halfway through college, he's suddenly changing horses maniacally (typical of many students) in subject majors and minors. Sigh...let's just focus on getting above C-level grades, dude, k?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Blogthings Explosion

You Are Open to Experience
You are open and ready for whatever life has to offer you - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

You try to live without defensiveness, judgment, or expectations. You'll just take it all as it comes.

You accept your feelings and let yourself react to things.
But you don't let your feelings cloud your thoughts.

By cultivating this openness and courage, you're able to experience so much of what life has to offer. You are generally unafraid.

You are able to deal with reality and see the picture clearly. It may not always be pretty, but you're willing to work on that.

You are both practical and flexible. You believe that problems can be fixed, and you're open to any solutions!
Well, ok, some of this is right on. I try to take things as they come, but I also do get emotional sometimes. Let's put it this way: this is a goal I aspire to, but regularly fail at achieving.
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You Are a Salty Snacker

You prefer you snacks to have a bit of an edge to them, and they've got to have some saltiness to complete their flavor.

Besides salty snacks, it's also likely that you go for something with a bit of crunch, zest, and or spice.

Unlike sweet snackers, you aren't the most agreeable person in the world. You know what you like and go for it.

We tend to crave salt when times are tense, and that describes you as well. You dig the comfy oxytocin salt brings on.

If you want a healthier salt fix, try salting your food yourself - you'll probably eat less of it that way.

Consider healthy options like veggies and hummus or air popped popcorn. There's still plenty of salt in them to keep you munching.
This is pretty much dead wrong. Everyone who reads this blogs knows I'm a sugar fiend. {{shrug}} Oh well.
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Your Heart is Cautious
You want love as much as the next person, but you're a bit shy. You've been hurt before.

You need to be sure that you've found the right person before you make the leap. And you're willing to take your time.

You tend to be a perfectionist in all aspects of your life, and this includes love. You are the type to have a checklist.

You may have high standards for your partner, but you also have high standards for yourself. You make sure that you are quality relationship material.

You can even be a bit of a relationship expert at times. You've thought long and hard what it takes to make one work.

Deep down, all you want is a love that will last a lifetime. And you're willing to work hard to make that happen.
I suppose the end of this is pretty true, but keep in mind I've had 26+ years to work on and think about one person/relationship. I'm not so sure this was remotely accurate prior to getting married. ;-)
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You Are Somewhat Eccentric

You have always felt that you're a bit outside the mainstream. You're not as normal as most people.

In fact, while you may fit in just fine, you feel a bit like you're passing for someone you're not.
Deep down, you're very different.

You can't help but notice that you think and react differently to the world. You are on your own wavelength.

You have your own thing going on, and you're cool with that. You fit in where you can and go your own way where you can't.

You are quite comfortable in your weirdness and probably have a well cultivated collection of dear misfit friends.

You may not understand normal people, but you're good at finding those who accept you for who you are... and aren't!
I'm really not all that different, I suppose, but I've always felt a little weird, a little off-kilter, a little out of the clique. I like it there, watching the weirdness of "normal."
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You Are Sincerely

You're the type of person who puts manners first. You always act appropriately.

You are conscientious and responsible. You don't like the feeling of procrastinating or shirking.

While you don't always sign your emails 'Sincerely,' you make sure that they are well composed.

Whether you're emailing a friend or a business associate, you take the time to double check your words.

More than any other type, you make sure email doesn't pile up for you. You know it's important to reply quickly.

Some may say that email is going out of style, but you still consider it an art form.

And you couldn't imagine living without it.
I never use a sign-off in email. But I do try to write coherent and timely responses.
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You Are Coke
You best fit the demographics of a Coke drinker. You are cultured, sophisticated, and well traveled.

You probably score a bit higher on openness and conscientiousness scales than most people. You like to live the good life.

You are more likely than Pepsi drinkers to have taken a vacation in the past six months. And you probably love to travel internationally.

You have sophisticated taste, and you don't shy away from unusual delicacies. You're also more likely to have tried caviar.

You are urban and artistic. You are likely to enjoy visiting art galleries and participating in other cultural activities.

You are well educated and probably quite intellectual. You are more likely than a Pepsi drinker to have finished college.
OK, this just makes me laugh. Coke drinkers are more cultured and sophisticated?? smh I don't know where they get this sort of thing, but aside from that, most of this is vaguely appropriate, except the whole caviar thing. {{SHUDDER}}

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Patrick's Place

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Sunday 7

7 Things I Feel I Couldn't Do Without
  1. God: Yes, well, it goes without saying that this is primary for me.
  2. Medication and healthcare: If it weren't for modern medicine I'd be dead at least 3 times already.
  3. Family and friends: What would be the point of being alive without connections to others?
  4. Laughter: Much like family and friends, if there's no laughter in life there's very little point in living.
  5. Work: I need the structure and energy of doing things.
  6. Travel: I would really like to do much more of this, but being away from 'normal life' is important.
  7. Books: When I can't travel, I can still go places by reading.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Stealing

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The Deleted Meme

Who is your favorite artist? (Any field.)
Leonardo da Vinci. Or Melissa Etheridge. ;-)
Describe yourself:
I've spent the past 8.5 years doing that on this blog, and elsewhere online. I'm not about to start regurgitating all that today in this space.
How do you feel today?
Not great. I think I've got allergies acting up on top of the end of a cold, and I just want to SLEEEEEEPPPP.
Describe the area where you currently live.
Upper midwest U.S., to the east of the center of the continent.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Right now I'd like to be anywhere warm, not humid, and sunny.
Your favorite form of transportation:
I like cars simply because of the amount of control they give me to get where I want to go fairly quickly. I used to love flying but not anymore. Still like trains, but they are really s u h l o o o o w (in this country, at least).
Your best friend is:
...across the room from me.
You and your best friends are:
...a weird mix, which is why they are my besties.
What's the weather like?
Crappy: cold, damp, and rainy. Rainy. On December 16. smh
Favorite time of day:
I like sunrise, but I usually miss it. I really like midday, being outdoors at that time feels like playing hooky.
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?
Too bad "My So-Called Life" is taken, cuz that would totally work.
What is life to you?
I tend toward the literal interpretation that involves inhalation and exhalation and a heartbeat. Anything else is what an individual does with it.
Your relationship:
For the love of Mike, WHICH ONE?! Facebook says I have 298 "friends" and that doesn't even count the offline people!
Your fear:
Answering this question.
What is the best advice you have to give:
Go with your gut. And while traveling never pass up the chance to use the bathroom.
Thought for the Day:
Don't take your loved ones for granted. Someday they will be gone and you'll miss being able to hug them.
How would you categorize your soul's present condition:
I just told Facebook I'm going to hell, so probably not good.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Stealing

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Who Are you? Part 3 & 4 – Is it over yet?

Part 3: Past
34. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
The one that changed me the most was the five years from 1993 through 1997. Baby, move to a new state and no outside-the-home employment, death of two family members, surgery, other medical issues. It sucked, but wow did I learn a lot.
35. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Surviving all that without getting stuck in the middle of things (for too long).
36. What is your greatest regret?
That I didn't spend more time with Ellen before she died, and that I didn't take more (and better) photos of Sparky with my dad before he died.
37. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
My evil doings tend to be fairly small-scale, but (unfortunately) daily. The one thing I wish I could undo is not being very nice to a very strange girl in my high school English classes.
38. When was the time you were the most frightened?
I have the gift of not being aware of how out-of-control dangerous a situation really is until after I've extricated myself, or someone else has extricated me. Probably the one time I was in the most danger physically was when I slid off a wet road in the rain a few years ago, tore through a farmhouse's front yard, avoided the massive tree trunks, and got back up on the road surface with no damage to anything but their lawn. I did have to pull over for a few minutes and gather my wits before I could continue home.
39. What is your best memory?
I'm fortunate to have too many from which to choose.
Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions
40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
Optimistic for the most part, with a strong self-protective cynical streak.
41. What is your greatest fear?
Any of my recent dreams coming true. Not that they've been particularly bad, though a few have been, but they have all been so completely strange that if they actually occurred, it would mean that I'd have gone completely crazy.
42. What are your religious views?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.
43. State a random opinion?
Does it have to be my random opinion? ;-)
I think it's pretty hypocritical for those who are voting to decrease government spending to get upset when their personal benefits get cut.
44. What are your views on sex?
I'm for it.
45. Are you able to cook?
There's some question of that, but tonight's dinner was pretty damn good: black bean bake with cheesy tortillas baked inside.
46. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do?
Forget that any one of the rest of us are human too.
47. Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?
Don't really think I believe in soul-mates. I definitely believe in love of all kinds.
48. What do you believe makes a successful life?
Being able to see possibilities for good in any situation and working to make it occur.
49. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings?
Mostly, I'm very honest. Too honest, many would say. I'm what you might call "excitable." Or worse...
50. Do you have any biases or prejudices?
Of course I do. Who doesn't? I try to be aware of them. Sometimes I don't realize they're there until I say or do something completely stupid, though.
51. Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it?
I don't think I could carry out a long-term, planned assault on an innocent person. I probably couldn't kill anyone, unless it was heat-of-the-moment and in the course of defending myself or my loved ones. I could NOT plot out any kind of demeaning, hurtful, torture for someone, though. Not for real.
52. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?
I would hope that I'd be willing to die to protect my loved ones, and the beliefs for which I stand.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday 9

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Ain't No Other Man

1) Do you believe there's only one person (and there ain't no other) for you? Or do you think we can truly love several partners over the course of our lives?
I think the word "love" encompasses a lot of different relationships. So, yeah I think we can love more than one person in a lifetime. How boring life would be if we couldn't. However, I really do think that there are different kinds of commitments and promises, and if you promise to stick it out with one person forever, then you should do your best to honor that promise, unless there are damn good reasons for both parties.
2) Do you have this, or any other, Christina song on your iPod/mp3 player?
I don't actually use one, but if I did, I would have this song for sure. It's in my Pandora and my Spotify playlists.
3) Christina Aguilera won a Grammy for her performance of this song. What do you deserve an award for? And who would you thank in your acceptance speech?
I deserve an award for not screaming my lungs out at stupid behavior on a daily basis.
4) Christina Aguilera has her own brand of perfume. Do you have a fragrance or scent you regularly wear?
I use VS or really old Cindy Adams Gossip.
5) Do you have any allergies?
What am I not allergic to?? This has been another bad couple of days, and I have no idea what I got into that's making me so miserable.
6) There's an older lady who proclaims during a TV commercial, "I will give up beer, bread, wine or soda but I won't give up Life Alert!" No, we're not going to debate her diet. Instead the question is: What are some of the staples that are always on your grocery list?
Bagels, bread, pop, sliced cheese, greens (for the guinea pigs). Those are "every time I shop" purchases.
7) What's your favorite sitcom of all time?
8) When it comes to your socks, do you prefer solids, stripes or prints?
I mostly own solids but rather oddly today I'm wearing stripes. I think it's the only pair of striped socks I own, too.
9) At what age do you consider a person "middle aged?" And when do they transition to "old?"
Age is a matter of mind, really, but I think by the time someone hits 40 they are almost certainly in the middle third of their life for sure. Old, as I told my dad when he turned it, is 70 (until I get there of course).
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