Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saturday 9

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Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

Song #1: "When You're Smiling." What made you smile this week?
I'm listening to "The Dollop" live in Chicago from last March, which is making me laugh  right now about taking the el to Cleveland.
Song #2: "Almost Like Being in Love." We've all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love?
I've fallen in love romantically only a couple of times, but I've fallen in love with every single baby I've ever met. That's a lot.
Song #3: "This Can't Be Love." This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from?
I was born in Denver County, because the hospital was literally a block from the city boundary.
Song #4: "Do It Again." What's something you'd do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you'd like to reread, a recipe or pattern you'd like to make again, a vacation destination you'd like to revisit, etc.)
I would love to go back to Russia, this time in the summer or fall, but that is not likely to happen. Too bad; St. Petersburg is lovely.
Song #5: "You Go to My Head." Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what.
Every day, every minute. Today was a great example of being very intentional about not driving into a tree on the way back from the nursing home.
Song #6: "Alone Together." Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone?
It's me, the Dollop guys, and any vermin who have moved in for the winter.
Song #7: "Who Cares?" This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur?
I lean toward Arthur, but part of my job is to think creatively, so... I do that too.
Song #8: "Puttin' on the Ritz." Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York "where fashion sits." If we wanted to see everyone "all gussied up" in your town, where would we go?
How in God's green hell would I know? It is not likely to be the library, Dollar General, or the nursing home, where I hang out! :)
Song #9: "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn't have to be as groundbreaking as Judy's. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too.
I just found a new true-crime-slash-comedy podcast called Martinis & Murder yesterday. So far it's good. Also Go Fact Yourself! which is a fun quiz-show podcast. And I'm currently in the middle of one of the Charley Davidson books about to read The Good Chapter. (If you've read her series, you know which chapter I mean...ahem).

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Stealing

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Thought Provoking Questions
These are questions suggested by Markandangel

If you could instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would you give?
Hell no! I'll be taking advice from this source, not polluting it with my stupidity!
What is the most desirable trait another person can possess?
Self-awareness.
What are you most grateful for?
Small moments of joy and painlessness.
Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong?
Nope.
What do you want most?
Peace.
Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
I tend toward doing things right as often as possible; I need to pay more attention to doing the right things regardless of perfectibility.
What has life taught you recently?
Just cutting back on food intake or eating healthier food doesn't cause weight loss. So frustrating.
What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
I would really like people to spend more time listening with an open mind.
Where do you find inspiration?
Kids and animals, some weather (e.g. thunderstorms) and sleep.
Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?
"Just take it as it comes."
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because pride. Ego, if you prefer.
What impact do you want to leave on the world?
Aside from kindness, I'd actually like to leave as little impact as possible. Call me nuts.
What is the most defining moment of your life thus far?
Life continues after tragedy, and there are ALWAYS things to be learned, often from surprising people and events.
In the haste of your daily life, what are you not seeing?
Realistically, if I'm not seeing it, I'm, uh, ... not seeing it.
To answer the implicit question, I'm often very unaware of how set in my ways I am.
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
"I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to—what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can’t help myself because I’m no longer doing it.... When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway." (Romans 7:15-17a, 19 (NLB))

Paul had one answer for that. I tend to agree with him in the abstract sense: because it feels better to do the wrong thing often. Or it is or seems easier.
What lifts your spirits when life gets you down?
Music. Sleep. Venting to a trusted person.
Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do?
Only every motherlovin' day! Good God, this is my life. "Regrets, I have a few..."
Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Ayup. Usually with a twist because God's a funny guy.
Why do we think of others the most when they’re gone?
I don't really think I do; I am fairly certain I think about my Mom now as often as I did when she was still around. However, I think we all like to think about past times of our lives that seem much easier than today. I also strong distrust this rosy view of the past. My life wasn't appreciably "better" in my 20s, though some things were easier. Other things were pretty awful and I'd never want to do it again.
What is your most beloved childhood memory?
I've been thinking a lot lately about playing jacks (metal ones!) on the sidewalk in front on my house. We had a driveway pad that was very smooth so my hand didn't get all torn up scooping. I loved jacks....

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday 9

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Shake It Off (2014)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This song makes Crazy Sam want to dance. What song inspires you to get on your feet?
There are a lot. Today I was chair dancing with Beast to Chubby Checker's The Twist while he waited for lunch. He was rolling his eyes at me, but he did get into it a little at least; I kept threatening to get him on his feet and do it properly, but he wasn't at all up for that.
2) Paul McCartney met Taylor Swift at the SNL 40 Anniversary special and told her he really enjoys playing and singing this song. What's the last song you sang along with?
This one. I just watched the video; cute. I like the song for all it's fluffiness. Before that, I seem to recall singing along to Nina Simone's version of Mood Indigo in the car earlier today.
3) The lyrics tell us Swift "shakes off" nasty gossip and unfair criticism. What about you? Do you worry about what others think of you?
I don't care at all, with a few exceptions: my boss, my son, and a couple of others.
4) Her parents are big music fans, and were going to name their baby (boy or girl) "Taylor" after their favorite artist, James Taylor. Can you think of a singer that your mom and/or dad really enjoyed?
Heh, I could have been named after Eydie Gorme if my parents had been in the right mood (not at all likely, btw).
5) She grew up on an 11-acre Christmas tree farm. Do you get a fresh tree every year, or do you have an artificial tree, or do you not put up a tree at all?
I have two fake trees (unless Sparky already took one) but I haven't put one up the last two years. Hasn't been very festive.
6) Taylor Swift is 5'10". According to the CDC, the average American woman is 5'4" while men are, on average, 5'9". Are you taller or shorter than average?
I'm closer to Taylor's height than the "average" although this may soon switch as I am shrinking. I am, today, taller than my husband whose head was on my shoulder today as we transferred from chair to bed.
7) She enjoys good, old fashioned mysteries, especially those by Agatha Christie. Are you currently reading a book for pleasure?
I'm reading three, er, four nonfiction books right now. The one I just put down is The Penguin Book of Hell. The others are slightly less intense.
8) Her brother Austin is a freelance photographer who took the official pictures for her 2008 concert tour. Who took the last photo of you?
Good God, I have no idea! Most likely it was a selfie with Beast. Unless you count the video call Sparky and I had on Tuesday.
9) Random question: What's your go-to comfy outfit?
I'm currently in yoga pants and a T (no bra). It's pretty effective as far as comfort.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday 5

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Telltale Tales

  1. What’s a story you really like from your country’s (or ethnicity’s) folklore?
  2. Wow. I'm not really in love with any of the stories about women in this country/my ethnicity. I guess I do have some good feelings around the Three Little Pigs, possibly because of my sister singing along with Barbra Streisand with her song about it.
  3. What movie version of a fairy tale do you especially like?
  4. I can't think of any. Does Aladdin count?
  5. Some fables tell the story of how something came to be (for example, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears). What’s a fable you especially like in this vein?
  6. I love this book! I love all the Anansi stories, too.
  7. Some fables have a moral attached to the end (for example, The Boy Who Cried Wolf). What fable in this vein is especially applicable to your life?
  8. Good Lord, Sleeping Beauty rings a lot of bells for me. Sigh.
  9. If you got together with your high-school friends, what’s a story they might retell about you?
  10. Probably nothing very exciting. A select few know about the time I backed my mom's car (Toyota Corolla) directly into a T-bird parked behind me, which belonged to the boyfriend of a neighbor of ours (and we were on the other side of town). The whole situation was ludicrous.
 
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