Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Stealing

What is some of your favorite music? Pop, of course. Vintage, old-school rock. The great American songbook. And, thanks to Hamilton, we can now add rap to the list. Could I love Lin-Manuel Miranda more? (Stops to think.) No, I could not.

List your three favorite scents. Cinnamon. Lavender. Black Pearls.

How do you ground yourself or recharge? Alone time.

Any ways you treat or spoil yourself? I reward myself every week for a job well done by taking myself out for breakfast. (This past Saturday it was steel-cut oats and hot apples and cinnamon and brown sugar.) I enjoy it solo, just me and my book.

Besides your blog, do you have a creative past-time? No. I write for a living.

Share something difficult you've been through. 2016 was without a doubt the worst year 
of my life. It began with 90 days of tenacious tummy trouble, which took my doctor forever to first diagnose and then cure. Then my vision was messed up and now we're trying to get to the bottom of my fatigue/hair and nail issues. I can you what I don't have -- diabetes, kidney or thyroid disorder. But what do I have? Fuck if I know. Maybe it's sleep apnea ... maybe it's some type of autoimmune condition ... I see a dermatologist who specializes in these things on the 15th. Sigh. And that's just me. My dear friend John was severely ill last June; he was hospitalized and lost a toe. Mindy's mother died. Both Barb and her husband faced cancer. Henry and Reg totaled their car. My nephew is battling migraines and depression. This isn't even all of it. Really, it's gotten to where I'm afraid to answer the phone or open an email! If it wasn't for my Cubs, I'd be a basket case right now. HEY! YOU ASKED!

     What helps you fall asleep? Rumchata.

What is one strength and one weakness of yours? Strength: I can handle whatever comes my way. Weakness: I completely lack self discipline.

Have you ever received a letter or written one to someone else? Oh, come on. Of course. I've got a letter here from my cousin that I should answer today, while I'm snowed in. I have another letter from a friend of my late mother's that I ought to answer, too.

What makes you feel powerful, what breathes life into you? Little victories at work. I am energized by those presentations that leave me saying, "I can do this job." I get off on helping my client build their business.

What's your favorite thing to do at night?  Drinks with friends.

If you could go back to any era, what would they be? Midcentury. 1800s or 1900s, they both fascinate me.

Your favorite things to wear at home? Jammies. 

If you could be immortal or have an extremely long life span which would you pick and why? I'd like to be immortal because the implication is that I wouldn't be aging rapidly. I'm not crazy about the decay that comes with aging.

Tell us about something positive you have done for yourself or someone recently.
Yesterday I donated Chloe the Cat to the local toy drive. I like thinking of Santa handing her to a happy kid who will hug her tight.

One thing you like about your appearance? I have pretty green eyes.

     Something that makes you feel better after a hard day? Cuddling a cat.

If you have one, name a favorite book and movie. 


  1. I agree, F⭐️CK 2016!
    I will catch up ( double up) next week. Time Crunch. I ❤️ Saturday 9 and this meme!

  2. I agree with you on 2016. Not a good year. In fact, I don't know anyone that loved it except my daughter...she got pregnant, engaged, her own first home, and will be a mother before it's over.

    There are so many I know with a similar health story. It seems like more and more I'm hearing the doctors can rule things out, but can't seem to figure out what it actually is. Makes you wonder if this is our future due to what's in our food/water/air?

  3. I think everyone is ready to blow up more than most. I hope you get an answer in 2017. We are searching for an answer to my mother's fainting, which apparently is NOT stroke-related. But each time she goes to the ER it costs her about $300 in co-pays and they always find nothing wrong.

  4. Chloe the Cat will be a delightful treat for some sweet child. I've picked up a couple of goodies I need to drop off, too, a hoodie and some art supplies.

  5. I think the worst part of any medical situation is when they don't know what's wrong with you. A doctor thought I had something called Gillian Barr Syndrome. It was three days and a thousand blood works later when they got the bright idea: Gee, he's had 10 previous spine surgeries. Let's do an MRI. Except they did three. The next day I was told about the fractures in my neck...Best of luck I'll be having a good thought for you...

  6. You did have a bad year. I am sorry about that. I hope 2017 is much better for everyone.

    I used to really get high on my writing - when I was working on a story for the newspaper, tracking down stuff and getting information and figuring out what was *really* going on, it was the best high ever. I miss that.

  7. Yup, 2016 sucked. There were some good points, but really it sucked from the git-go.

    And yeah: Hamilton is simply genius. Seriously--I can't get it out of my head!


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