Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday 9

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Danny Boy (1956)
"Danny Boy" was selected in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This is a sad song of farewell. Who is the last person you said "goodbye" or "so long" to?
Well, Beast earlier today when I left.
2) According to the 2000 Census, Massachusetts is the state with the largest percentage of residents of Irish descent. Have you ever been to The Bay State?
I have. I was absolutely STUNNED by the number of Dunkin Donuts outlets. Seems like there's one for each Irish family in the area!
3) "The wearing o' the green" is one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Will you wear something green in honor of the day?
I am wearing a sort of tennis ball green shirt. I couldn't find anything properly green this morning when I got dressed. Besides, I went to the nursing home with two drive-thru fast-food stops on the way, so it's NBD.
4) What color makes you look best?
I've been told teal/turquoise is a good look for me.
5) Will you drink something green in honor of the day (like a Shamrock shake or a green beer)?
I don't drink green things ever. Yuck. I don't even like green tea that much.
6) A four-leaf clover is considered good luck. Do you have a lucky charm?
I don't really believe in lucky charms. I have some objects that make me feel happy when I'm around them: some earrings, some clothes, random rocks (I'm weird, ok) that sort of thing.
7) Though she's singing an Irish ballad, this week's featured artist, Joni James, is of Italian heritage. Can you think of a song as identified with Italy as "Danny Boy" is with Ireland?
Anything sung by Dean Martin, apparently, specifically "That's Amore." And "O Sole Mio."
8) Soda bread and potato bread are popular in Ireland. Are there any rolls or bread in your kitchen right now?
There's tortillas, bread and, bagels in the kitchen. I haven't had bagels in the house for weeks, which is totally weird for me. There's always bagels in my house!
9) Ireland is known for its whiskey. Do you enjoy Irish coffee (black coffee, whiskey and whipped cream)?
I don't like coffee, I'll take my whiskey straight, thanks.

Friday 5

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Mist It by That Much
  1. What did you most recently spray out of a can?
    Wow. I had to think about this one: air freshener a couple of days ago. The house smelled weird.
  2. What’s your favorite food (or food product) that’s sprayed from a can?
    I used some Pam cooking spray last weekend. I don't think there's anything else in a can I use. Ever.
  3. When did you last spray-paint something?
    I'm actually not sure I've done this since a Christmas thing we did several decades ago. Seriously, I'm not a spray-paint user.
  4. What’s something that’s not sprayed from a can but would be pretty cool if it were?
    I would love if I could spray Pull Your Head Out at some people.
  5. What’s conceptually the oddest thing sprayed from a can?
    Cheese. I mean, I like it, but who the hell thought of this!? Also, pancake batter, ditto above.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The atomic number of iron

(Found here)
still off by 100...I'm sticking with this now to see if the author ever figures out that s/he's goofed up

2401. Does love come from the brain, the heart or elsewhere? Depends. Sometimes it just IS (so I guess that's the heart) and sometimes it takes a long time to recognize the love that's developed (so, head).

2402. Have you ever given a shot? I don't understand the question. I've given a shIt. I have drunk a shot. I don't think I've ever shot anyone.
If not, do you think you could give one to a loved one if you HAD to? oooooh, THAT kind of shot! No I haven't given anyone one, and I'm happy to say that I would probably throw up if I had to. There is something about watching a needle actually go in that makes me really queasy. I'd make a shitty nurse/EMT/phlebotomist.
Do you think you could give one to yourself? I may have to learn to do that someday.

2403. Can you lick your elbow? Now, why would anyone want to do that?
Come on, didja try? Nope.

2404. If I was going to be talking to you for 10 minutes, what would be something really interesting you know a little bit about but would like to know more?? Oh, tell me something about publishing or ancient history.

2405. If today was a holiday, what would it be? Everyone Is Tired and Spring Isn't Here Yet Day.

2406. If you were making a mix tape what would you HAVE to have one it? There would have to be something egregiously stupid on it: Weird Al, or ironic punk love songs, or PDQ Bach.

2407. What do you think of the Sopranos? I don't if I can help it. Mafia stuff doesn't attract me at all.

2408. Can you name three good things about the society you live in? Women, while not treated absolutely equally, at least aren't treated as bad as we used to be. People are generally kind to one another. Aburdity is EVERYwhere.

How about three bad things? White men have ruined so much stuff. Too many people want to shoot each other. Absurdity is EVERYwhere.

2409. Have you ever had a crush on your teacher? There were so few "cute" teachers that this was a pretty rare occurrence. I liked my Human Anatomy teacher--and I'm Facebook friends with him now--but really...they were almost all SO OLD! At least 35!!
How about your boss? Yuck. No. Granted, I haven't worked for all that many men, but of those on the list...nope.

2410. What is the difference between acting like someone in high school and acting like an adult? Quite often, it seems like there is no difference at all. Generally, I guess it's being able to think outside of yourself more than you think you're the center of the universe.

2411. What is the difference between a whopper and a Whopper Jr? Size and a buck-fifty.

2413. Do you like:
Moby? Yawn.
Run DMC? Yeah, they're ok.
the Cure? Not so much.
Shakira? YES!
Blink182? Meh. My son knows E V E R Y thing about them tho. Still.
the Pet Shop Boys? I love these guys so much!
Weezer? zzzzz....
Red Hot Chili Peppers? Flea is absolutely the most entertaining musician ever. Otherwise, meh.
Nick Cave? Good lyrics. Hate his voice.
The Pixies? Yeah, no.
KRS-One? Heh, nope.
The Juice Crew? Literally never heard of them.

2414. Have you ever seen a movie in 3D? I've seen part of one, but honestly, it tends to make me motion sick, so I've never made it all the way through.

2415. How difficult do you think it is for immigrants to come into your country? Depends on their color/ethnicity. Right now, I don't think there are that many people who really WANT to be here, though.
How difficult is it for them to become citizens? In watching a couple of people do this in the last few years, it's a fucking nightmare. How many of these questions can YOU answer without studying??

2416. Do you have what it takes to go live in another country, maybe for years, where you don't speak the language as your first language? Not anymore. Fortunately, I have family in England, so ... I'd be ok-ish.

2418. have you ever died in your dreams? Nope. Isn't there a legend that if you die in your sleep you never wake up?

2419. Do you like
Douglas Adams? Yeah.
Kurt Vonnegut? I adore Vonnegut!
Tom Robbins? Not really.
Philip K Dick? In a purely historical sense, he's interesting. However, his work is really dated.
Orson Scott Card? Yaaaawwwnnnn.

2420. What clothing size are you? Big.
What size do you wish you were? Less-big, but not fussed about it enough to work on it.
Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 (and lotsa people think she's HOT)? I would pretty much knock people to the floor if I could suddenly fit back into size 12. I did know she was not skinny, and I actually think she WAS hot.

2421. Does science leave room for faith? It does for me.
Does faith leave room for science? It does for me.

2422. What book should our political leaders read and why? Look, I would like to know that our current leaders could read and understand Dr. Seuss. I'm pretty sure they can't.

2423. Why and under what circumstances are people more likely to buy brand names rather then their generic counterparts? From what I've seen, coffee is a big one. Soda-pop is another. Clothes, for some reason, seem to be a thing too. Me, I shop by price.

2424. What is your favorite glass object? Actual glass? Probably the apple luncheon dishes I have: plates, bowls, serving dishes and bowls.

2425. Do you like to window shop? On vacation, sometimes. Mostly, I don't like shopping, period.

2426. Have you ever loved someone so much it just turned to hate? Not really hate. Disdain, perhaps.

2427. What is arrogance? The presumption that you and your point of view are the only valid things in the universe.

2428. Are you more liberal or conservative? Liberal.

2429. When there is a presidential election in the USA why do we never hear anything about the third party candidates? Do you even know who they were last time? Well, yes, in this last election, I certainly know at least a couple of them.

2430. Are you more likely to buy one really nice expensive outfit or a couple of cheap outfits? A couple of cheapies of course!

2431. If you could, would you wear everything once, throw it out and buy something new? Nah. I have clothes I really adore and wouldn't want to get rid of. Except maybe undies.

2432. Do you believe that people have a responsibility to be:
good to other people? Yes.
good at their job? People should be the best they can be at their jobs.
helpful to the earth (not litter, recycle)? Yes.
aware consumers (not buy animal tested products, not buy products that were made in sweatshops, etc.)? Not my thing. I don't go out of my way to buy horrible things, but I don't do a lot of research before I shop.
non-wasteful (not spend their money frivolously when they could save it to help others)? Who gets to decide what's "frivolous"?
charitable (donating money, volunteering)? Yes.
Which of the above are you? I think that's pretty obvious by my answers.

2433. How do you feel about the internet? I don't really "feel" about the internet. I like it. I use it a lot. It's a pain in the ass sometimes.
Should there be laws and censorship on the internet? I mean, they are on the internet. I think you mean to ask about restrictions. I think hate speech and child porn should be banned.

2434. Can you think of any questions that aren't already on this survey? Yes. Not that I really think anyone wants to answer the questions I have, though.

2435. Does sleep seem like a little death to you? Nope. Sleep is strictly escape for me.

2436. Have you ever seen (and if yes, what did you think of):
Joy Ride? Nope.
Ghost World? Nope.
Monsters Inc.? I saw part of it. It was ok.
Queen of the Damned? Nope. Thank God.
Office Space? Nope.

2437. At what age did you find out that Santa Claus wasn't real? I don't remember for sure. I was probably figuring it out by 2nd grade or so.

2438. How many pairs of shoes do have in your closet? I'm going to guess a couple of dozen.
Do you like to wear the same shoes everyday or do you like a variety? VARIETY, but I'm also very lazy and tend to wear the same thing every day these days.

2439. How many lovers have you had? Clearly more than the author of this meme.

2440. Have you ever had surgery? For what? I had a full hysterectomy (with appendectomy) with a full 12-inch incision, and I had a couple of my parathyroid glands removed from my throat.

2441. What puts you in the mood for sex? Not much right now.

2442. Have you ever been on alcohol or drugs while at school or work? Ayup. Pretty damned stupid. Fortunately, I never got caught.

2443. What do you think of Martha Stewart? I find her disturbingly interesting.

2444 has apparently headed for the hills permanently....

2445. What do you think of:
British people? Fascinating. Annoying. Silly. Lovely.
Australians? Loud. Fun. Drunk. Mouthy.
Americans? Loud. Mouthy. Nice. Self-centered. Embarrassing.
Canadians? Nice. Quiet. Fun. Lovely.
Mexicans? Hard-working. Fun. Loud. Helpful.
French people? Irritating. Smelly. Snobbish. Bossy.
Germans? Bossy. Confusing. Self-centered. Loud.

2446. What do you do to cure the hiccups? I hold my breath while drinking water, as long as I can.

2447. What is the FIRST thing you do when you come home from school or work? Take off my coat.

2448. Are you a slob? Let me look around my living room....oh, yeah!

2449. Do you have a good work ethic? Sometimes. And sometimes not.

2450. Are you a pack-rat? I got nothing on Beast in this respect!

2451. Do you roll your eyes a lot? Probably more than is healthy. I know I do it often enough in my brain that it causes headaches.

2452. Do you prefer b-sides or remixes? Uhm, well, sure.

2453. What makes the world go 'round? Physics.

2454. Is Blink182 punk or pop? I would call them pop at this point. I'm sure Sparky says punk.

2455. Do you remember Fat Albert? "Hey Hey Hey...." Yes, I do.

2456. Do you take things slowly, as they come? I'm learning to roll with things as they happen.

2457. Are you laid back or tense? If I'm awake, I'm tense. Increasingly, I'm also tense while asleep.

2458. Are you insecure? Yes.

2459. Imagine you are working in a soup kitchen. You are supposed to give each person on the line a half a cup of soup. When hungry people come up to you do you just end up emptying the cabinets for them? Nope, not while I'm serving. Later...all bets are off.

2460. Why can't we give ourselves one more chance? We have, and we've fucked that up too.
Why can't we all just get along? I mean....look around. No.

2461. What bands do you want to see live that you have never seen? I'm good with never going to another live show. Too loud, too many people.

2462. Do you like raunchy songs (like that lick my neck, lick my back, lick my pussy, lick my crack song)? I have no idea WTF this song is, but no.

2463. Do you think that the Beatles are still the Beatles without John Lennon? Or George? Nope. The Beatles, as such, are done.
Would you want to see the Sex Pistols without Sid Vicious? I just plain don't have any desire to see the Sex Pistols in any iteration.
Did you think that the members of Nirvana were smart to reform as the Foo Fighters instead of trying to stay Nirvana after Kurt's death? Yes.

2464. Do you like the band Squeeze? They are delightful, funny, and clever.

2465. When you are angry or upset do you know you're being irrational but you can't really stop? Sometimes. I've gotten better at this.

2466. Is there room in your life for one more trip to the moon? Aroo? I haven't had ANY trips to the moon tyvm.

2467. Where are they now:
Your first best friend in elementary school? Not a clue.
your first crush? Not a clue. I really needed to not crush on people with annoyingly common names!
your first boy/girlfriend? pretty sure he's home with his family not thinking about me, thank God.
your first love? yeah, he's at home, probably job-hunting, maybe heading out dancing tonight.
your first lover? I know exactly where he is, as I do most of the time.

2468. Do you have a lot of self pity? More than is probably healthy.

2469. have you ever had something really good come out of something really bad that happened to you? It happens.

2470. Do you like magnetic poetry? It's not something I think about much.
If you could make a magnetic poetry set:
what would be the theme? Oh, I don't know....sports seems like a weird direction for this.
What would some of the words be? Sportsball-related words, duh.

2471. What is one of your secret delights? Memes.
What gives you a cheap thrill? Candy.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Pop-tarts.

2472. Have you ever misinterpreted song lyrics in a funny way (I used to think that 'wake me up before you go, go' was 'wake me up and buy me cocoa')? When I was a child I simply could NOT understand what Elton John was singing, in any song, ever. Still struggled with his enunciation now, but I can at least look up the actual lyrics these days.

2473. What are the most popular/overused diary names? I don't know.

2474. Are you under pressure? Yes.

2475. How well do you know yourself? Pretty well.

2476. Is 'soul' such an old fashioned word? Nooo....?
Is 'love'? No.

2477. Name a person you love: Sparky.
How do you love them? Let's count the ways... ALL the ways.

2478. Does your place have a lawn gnome? Nope.

2479. Do you ever wonder, 'why me'? Not as such.
When? n/a

2480. Is rap a form of poetry? Yes, at times.

2481. What's the difference between a player and a baller? In my limited experience, I would say a player is more fun than a baller, but neither is someone I want to be involved with.

2482. What imagery do you get from the words 'woodsmoke and herbs'? Camping, cookouts, and pot.

2483. How many days until your birthday? Approx 240.

2484. Have you ever MEANT to hurt anyone? Yes.

2485. What are 3 things you don't know? How to get my act together. How to work a forge. How to use telescopes.

2486. Do you usually feel physically well or unwell? Unwell.

2487. Would you ever submit your picture to be 'rated' on one of those 'hot or not' websites? Oh hell no!

2488. Why are there hardly ever any fat people in movies? Because fat people don't exist in the imaginations of people in Hollywood. Along with a plethora of other things. Like non-whites.

2489. Is there any difference between what's real and what's for sale? Everything's for sale. Not everything is real.

2490. Are you funky? Not today.

2491. Do apologies always make things all better? Only if it comes with a change in behavior.

2492. Let's just say that there is a huge-ass bomb that can blow up the Whole is set to blow up in 100 years. You can push the button to stop it but if you do you Will die. You only have this one chance to stop it. Do you stop it? Yes, but perhaps not today. I've got time, right?

2493. Let's say someone else found the button to stop it instead of you. Do you think it is their moral obligation to save humanity at the expense of their own life? Nope.

2494. What's the silliest name you can think of? I have to say that anyone named Randy Wanker needs to never, EVER, go to the UK. Especially if his middle name is Roger.

2495. It's the middle of the night and you are home alone. Someone knocks on the door and says their car broke down and asks to use your phone. What do you do? I, first of all, wouldn't have opened the door. Secondly, I'd call the police, and open a window upstairs and tell the person I'd done so.

2496. If a cop pulled you over and asked if he could search your car what would you say? "Sure. Have fun. Wear gloves; it's kinda messy."

2497. Are you meek or nasty around cops? Of the two options, I guess I'm meek.

2498. If you were me and I was you then where would we be? In each other's houses, more's the pity for you!

2499. What has been the greatest invention so far? Oh please. They're all built on each other. So, the wheel? Language? Farming? Jeezusss....

2500. We are at question 2500. Do you REALIZE what this MEANS??!!! If it were actually, truly question 2500, we'd be half though. But we aren't, so it isn't.

Sunday Stealing

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Write from Karen

1. What’s the coolest item you’ve found at a garage sale, flea market, etc.?
It's been awhile since I've hit garage sales (and I never do flea markets, simply because there aren't that many around here). I can't think of anything super-special, though Sparky's main wardrobe supply was hand-me-downs from garages and thrift shops. I found some wonderful glass luncheon dishes at a resale shop over a decade ago, and we have a number of pieces of furniture from resale and "antique" shops. They aren't antiques; just old and cheap.
2. Describe how your day went yesterday.
I was up early to return a key that I mistakenly brought home from work. Then I hit Dollar General for odds and ends, came home and put those away while the load of laundry finished drying. Folded those things and packed up for a visit with Beast...and hit a wall. Took a nap, went over to Beast's for an hour or so (with donuts for the staff and coffee for him), came home, cooked up a steak I'd defrosted earlier in the week--and I'll be eating steak all week now, so there's that--did dishes, listened to some crime podcasts, noodled around online while I ate, looked over the bills and entered receipts, watched Live PD, went to bed.
3. Do you have issues with people entering your personal space? What do you do when your personal space is violated?
I have a fairly small circle of space around me, but once you cross it...yeah, I'll be backing up and doing the defensive/arms-crossed posture. I'm more likely to get myself in a roil because of emotional invasion, though: Friday at work one of our long-time patrons (whose got some issues, but is generally quite interesting to chat with) asked if I was going to be at the Big Do that evening in support of the library. It was a weird vibe, so thank God I could tell him no. I do not need drama in my life!
4. What is the one meal recipe you think you’ve mastered?
Macaroni and cheese NOT from a box! But I do a decent Thanksgiving spread, if I do say so myself.
5. If you could take back something you did to someone, what would it be?
I would have been nicer and less fearful of "status damage" when I was in school.
6. Would you describe yourself as spiritual, religious, or something else?
Seeing as how I literally couldn't force myself out the door to go to church this morning, dressed, packed and...nope... I think I'd better go with spiritual today. I haven't been in worship more than a couple of times since September, and every time I go I lose my shit and then people want to chat about Beast's "stuff" and I get overwhelmed and it takes me the rest of the day to regain some equilibrium. It's a combination of the music, being surrounded by people I love (who love me) and being a Natural Cryer at church even on good days. Fuck. I'm crying just writing about it.
7. Did you ever receive detention in school? What sort of kid were you in school – bookworm, smart kid, troublemaker, quiet … etc.
Had I ever been in detention, my childhood self is certain I'd have been hung from a spit at home and never made it to adulthood. In reality, it wasn't that bad, but it was easier to just roll along being a brainiac bookwormy smart-ass.
8. When’s the last time you ran a mile? How often do you exercise?
A mile??!? That would be, uhm, probably 27 years, before I got pregnant. I don't run. I ran as a kid, and loved it, but I hate sweating with glasses on.
9. What would you say to your 16-year-old self, and why?
"Get over yourself, girl! You are NOT the center of the universe, but you do get to make decisions for yourself! And, jeez, just ask W. (or J.!) out and see what happens, for cryin' out loud!"
10. What are you avoiding?
Piles of bills (which I can't pay till I call my online banking helpline). Piles of tax info (which I can't really do anything about till I talk to my CPA). Piles of boxes (a lot of which are Beast's family stuff, so I can't touch those). Piles of laundry. Piles of phone calls to make: bank, CPA, Wells Fargo, car donation place (but I need to get the year, model and mileage figured out first), insurance company, county clerk's office (for absentee ballot for Beast), SSA, ... endless, really. Which is why it's so hard to even get started.
11. Describe a “Hah! I told you so” moment you had recently.
Every damn day looking at the U.S. Government. Which is why I have backed far off news reports except in the very broadest sense.
12. What’s more important, where you live or what you do for a living? Why?
The most important thing is doing what needs doing. Bloom where you're planted and all that. I mean, if you hate your life, either move/change it, OR adjust. It doesn't pay to be miserable forever.
13. Swear words: Are you pro or con? Why?
Fuckin PRO! I grew up in a household where we couldn't even say "pee" or "Jeez" or "butt" without a smoldering look from Mom. It was ridiculous.
14. Paper or plastic? Do you prefer to pack your own groceries?
I bring my own bags if it's doable. Otherwise, I don't care. I used to say paper, but apparently the production and recycling of those is actually worse than that of plastic, so... I don't know.
15. Do you have a shoe fetish? How often do you buy new shoes? Do you ever get rid of a pair of shoes?
I get rid of shoes when they break or totally wear out. I try to stay out of shoe stores because it's so hard to not Buy Them All. I have to be super-focused.
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