Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sunday Stealing x2

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Hodgepodge

1. January was National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?
I have been mentored my entire career in various ways. I try to be a mentor to others both professionally and outside of work.
2. What current trend makes no sense to you?
Uhm, well, I'm extraordinarily confused by the amount of mean, nasty, horrible, inhumane and thoughtless behavior being exhibited, in fact flaunted by those in the highest offices of this country.
3. I saw a cartoon on Facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?
I like clean sheets, and cleaning the dryer lint screen makes me happy too. Another weird thing I find myself enjoying is when people at four-way stops all do it correctly and fairly.
4. What's the last good thing you ate?
I made chicken for dinner tonight. It was pretty good. The bread I bought today is also REALLY yummy. I like me some good bread.
5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.
Absolute confusion interspersed with moments of joy and despair.
6. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or general uselessness) in 2018. This year's top vote getters are -- unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Covfefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?
I'm pretty tired of anything coined by a Trump family member, but DUUDE, I've used "hot water heater" since I was a wee tot! Stop taking away my stupid words!
7. What's something you need to get rid of in the New Year?
Procrastination. It's going to kill me. I'm not even overstating that, either.
8. Where do you feel stuck?
With my financial questions.
9. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?
I never make homemade soup, and I think the last soup I had was probably from Panera (chicken/wild rice). I love clam chowder, and virtually any cream soup. Broth soups, not so much.
10. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
I'm making precisely zero plans, beyond having no expectations about anything, this year.



Brrr

1. Do you prefer winter or summer? Why?
A brisk, sunny winter day is lovely, as long as it's not snowing. A hot sunny and not humid day is also lovely. I generally prefer summer just because there's less crap to deal with in terms of clothing, driving, etc.
2. What are your favorite winter activities?
Staying inside with a book and a blanket and a glass of pop.
3. Can you tell me about a time you went skiing or skating?
It's literally been decades since I had skates on. I've never skiied.
4. Have you ever made a snow angel?
Yes. Not recently. Maybe I'll play the neighborhood goofball and do one in the yard tomorrow after the new snow tomorrow.
5. Is your house cold?
It's about 68 in here for another hour or so. Then it will go down to 60 overnight.
6. Do you have a fireplace in your house?
Yup. The last time I tried to use it--last month--I forgot to open the draft and had a flashover that caught my bangs on fire briefly and smoked up the whole house, setting off the smoke alarms everywhere. So, I'm not using it again till I get a lesson.
7. What do you usually do to keep warm in the winter?
Stay inside wearing multiple layers of clothes and blankets.
8. Have you ever gone hiking in the snow?
Yup. Not since I began to fear falling and breaking bones though.
9. Tell me about a snowball fight you had.
I pretty much never had a snowball fight. I got hit with one once with a rock inside (Jeff, the football-head kid in my school, threw it) and that pretty much did it for me. I just throw handfuls of snow.
10. Have you ever looked at a snowflake carefully?
Of course.
11. Do you have a sled? Have you been sledding?
We might have a sled somewhere; we seem to have everything else! I used to go sledding with my dad when I was a kid; there's a street that's a big sweeping hill near the house where I grew up that the city closed off every year for kids to sled on.
12. What do you usually do after a big snowfall?
Wait to get plowed out of the house. We have a long and fairly wide driveway, and I don't shovel.
13. What’s the best thing about winter?
Sweatshirts and socks. And, I guess, lack of humidity.
14. What’s the worst thing about winter?
Being cold ALL THE TIME!
15. Have you ever been in a blizzard?
Yes. About 5 years ago, driving home from a meeting, Beast and I were in a storm when we found ourselves in a complete whiteout. We went off the road, killed a tire on the car, all within about 5 miles from our house. I was updating everything on Facebook as it happened, but I was completely terrified; we literally COULD NOT see anything on the road. A car passed us and we didn't see it (headlights on and all) till it was next to us. I can't even imagine doing this in a wagon 150 years ago!
16. Can you describe ice for me?
Cold, crunchy, slippery, and if you hold it against your skin for too long it will burn.
17. Have you ever slipped on ice and hurt yourself?
Fuck yeah. See #8.
18. Have you ever had to shovel snow?
My freshman year of college, after I got home for break, it snowed on Christmas Eve. Dad and I spent three hours clearing the driveway the next morning. Then after lunch, we went back out and cleared the sidewalks for a couple of hours. Two-plus feet of snow. That was the most exciting time, but I've moved my share of wet stuff over the years. No more, though. My back just can't (and I'm really out of shape).
19. Will you be watching the Olympics?
If it's on at the facility, Beast and I may watch some. I'm not watching here at home.
20. If yes, what are your favorite events?
I like skating and slalom skiing.

3 sweet-talkers :

Bev Sykes said...

We have the same idea about what to do on a cold, snowy day!

Stacy said...

I didn't think of it, but the lack of humidity is a good thing about winter. At least until it goes too far the other way. The air gets so dry sometimes in our house that everything I touch gives me a shock...even my big potted plant will shoot an arc through the air to zap me when I pass by! That gets old really quick and I put a pan of water on to boil.

Kwizgiver said...

I hate winter.

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