Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sunday Stealing

Sunday stealing Who Are you? Part 7 – It is Over!

Part 7: Self Image

84. Describe the routine of a normal day for you: I get up, I go to work, I come home, I am tormented by my cat, Reynaldo. I don't know why I don't just throw in the towel and admit he's smarter and tougher than I am. Don't let his sweet countenance fool you. He always wins in our battle of wills.

85. What is your greatest strength as a person? I am as tough as I need to be (except where Rey is concerned).

86. What is your greatest weakness? Complete and utter lack of discipline.

87. Are you going to run for President in 2016?

88. Are you generally self-contained? Yes, in that I'm independent. But I wish I was more opaque. My heart is on my sleeve.

89. Are you generally organized or messy? Messy, messy, messy.

90. Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at: GOOD -- writing, friendship, caring for critters; BAD -- organization, money management, self control

91. Do you like your neighbors? Do they like you? We smile and say "hi."

92. Are you different in public than you act among friends? Nope. I'm pretty much one size fits all.

93. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime? As Wilbur eulogized Charlotte, I want to be remembered as a good writer and a true friend.

94. Where do you see yourself in 4 years? In this spot on the sofa. Though I hope by then I'll have a new sofa.

95. If you could choose, how would you want to leave this world? Like my Grandma did. She laid down on her bed for a nap, read a few pages of a Louis L'Amour western to help her doze off, closed her eyes, and died. No sign of struggle. The book was still on her chest, the glasses on her nose. She was 85.

96. If you had only one week to live, what three things would be bumped up on the bucket list? How healthy am I? What am I still able to do? Need more info before I can answer.

97. What is one thing about you that really stands out? I have dimples. People seem to remember my smile because of the dimples.

98. What three words best describe your personality? Funny, loyal, imaginative.

99. What three words would others probably use to describe you? I hope the same three I gave in #98.

100. What advice do you have to give?
In terms of office politics: "What people say isn't as important as what they do."

Just a couple weeks away

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, 11/22, so it's almost upon us! The economy is still tough, our neighbors are still struggling, and that big meal might be a strain on budgets already stretched too thin.

That's why I'm glad I took a small bag of canned goods -- including cranberry sauce! -- over to my local food pantry this morning. To find the pantry nearest you, click here.

MSG is not just Chinese food

Here's a little something new I learned as I navigate the shoals of my mother's estate: MSG = medallion signature guarantee. My local bank, Chase, guaranteed my signature on a document enabling me to take possession of my mother's 65 shares of Met Life stock. It should be worth about $2,000, and if I truly can access it, I come that much closer to closing out her affairs.

It will be two months ago on the 13th that we lost her. I still check my phone every time I come through the front door, hoping to see that she's called. But that will fade. I believe that eventually I'll have happy memories instead of this worry and sadness.