Friday, December 07, 2012

Saturday 9

1) Do you ever suffer the blues during the holidays? I'm working on staying upbeat. I am listening to carols and reaching out to friends and participating in our community toy drive and trying to get myself out of my personal drama (the first birthday/Thanksgiving and now Christmas without my mother and the first holiday season in years that my best friend won't be here in person). So far I'm doing OK. (Crossing fingers that it continues.) Hope everyone who reads this is doing OK, too. I realize how hard the holidays can be for some of us.

2) More than 18 million visitors have toured Elvis' home, Graceland. Have you ever been there?
Oh, yes! I'd love to go back, too. It was great, kitschy fun (just like The King Himself).

3) Elvis dyed his naturally light brown locks black. Do you dye your hair? I used to dye it red. Then I quit and let it go back to the natural light brown. Now I have it highlighted to cover those silver threads that are beginning to appear at my temples. (Which reminds me -- Saturday is my year-end trip to the salon and must remember to bring my stylist his gift!)
4) He also insisted his young girlfriend, Priscilla, dye her hair jet black. If your lover asked you to change your hair, would you? I don't know because no man has ever asked me.

5) Elvis served his country at an Army base in Friedberg, Germany. Have you ever been to Germany? Yes. I went to Munich decades ago. I still use my HofbrÀuhaus beer stein. That's where I collect quarters for the laundry.

6) Elvis famously had an affair with Ann-Margret during the filming of Viva Las Vegas. Have you ever indulged in a dalliance with a coworker? Yes. More than once. And each time I tell myself it's a bad idea and I'm never going to do it again. It's just I spend so much more time at the office than I do anywhere else!

7) Thinking of his movies ... Elvis was, by and large, unhappy with his film career and once said, "The only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one." Are you happy with the way your career is going/has gone? Sometimes I feel very lucky that I get paid to write. And yes, considering that I have less formal education than most of my coworkers, I'm proud of how well I've done.
8) Elvis lost "the battle of the bulge" toward end of his life. Are you happy with your weight? NOOOOO! And honest to God, I'm gonna lose weight in 2013.

9) As a teenager, Elvis worked as an usher at a movie theater. What was your first job? I babysat. I loved it. The only job where you get paid to watch TV and eat potato chips.



  1. Love your take on baby sitting. Isn't that the truth!?!?

  2. I will think about you a lot this Christmas and pray that you can have joy again.

  3. love the stein! good luck with #8 :)

  4. I was thinking about you this morning while listening to some new Christmas cds. Hoping you are feeling festive.

  5. Good luck with #8 and well done with #7!!

  6. Tell me about that 2013 thing....

    Elvis had his mouth wired to lose weight and, according to my sister, there were indeed people walking down the street in Germany with no close on- not a good naked.
    Have a great rest of your Saturday!

  7. Would LOVE to get paid to write!! That is awesome!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs. I hope I can go to Germany one day.