Saturday, July 06, 2013

Sunday Stealing

The Wackadoo Meme

1.] What age is your youngest aunt?  Between 65 and 70.
2.] Do you miss someone right now?  Oh, yes.

3.] What can you see North West to you? A framed illustration of Lombard Street in San Francisco.

4.] Do you like bowling?  Don't hate it.

5.] Can you pronounce Italian words? Well enough to order at La Cantina.

6.] Do you prefer black or beige coloured jackets? What else am I wearing and where are we going?

7.] Do you own a hoodie?  Nope

8.] Do you like roasting marshmallows on a bonfire? Well, I've done it. Which is more than I can say for roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

9.] Do you like cheesy puffs?  Sure.

10.] What's your name without vowels?  Thglhrslf

11.] How many layers of clothing are you wearing?  Layer one: Undies  Layer two: shorts and t-shirt

12.] When was the last time you got a take away? What did you have?  Boston Market. Sliced turkey and some way yummy sides. My love for their hot cinnamon apples borders on the obsessive.

13.] If you could climb any mountain or range which would you choose?  Ouachita Mountain in Hot Springs, AR. It's beautiful up there.

14.] Do you alphabetically arrange anything in your room? What? My books. Because I have a lot of books and it would be impossible to find anything otherwise.

15.] Have you ever visited fat-pie [dot] [com]? Well, inspired by this question I just did. 

16.] Do you prefer sweet or sour fruits? Sweet

17.] Do you like Flo Rida? Which song of his? Not familiar with the man or his music.

18.] How are your dancing skills?  I suck

19.] What is your favorite number?  7 or 22

20.] Describe your best friend to me?  Just a shade under 6', with dark hair that's going gray too fast. He tries very hard to do the right thing. He loves his daughters and is a good and thoughtful dad. Because I respect his opinion so much, it makes me happy that he finds much in me that's admirable.

21.] What is your favorite alcoholic drink? It changes. Lately I've become reacquainted with Jose Cuervo.

22.] Do you do any sports or have you done any sport professionally? HA!

23.] What is your ringtone?  Fleur de Lis for calls, an annoying honk for texts.

24.] Do you like chilli flavoured chips/crisps?  No, thank you.

25.] Do you curl or straighten your hair? No

26.] What's the nicest smell of shampoo? Fruity

27.] What smell turns you on? How about turns you off?  Cinnamon apple turns me on; tobacco smell turns me off

28.] Who's your favorite comedian? He's my favorite motivational speaker, too.

29.] RnB or Reggae? R&B

I don't like plane crashes

Obviously. I mean, no one likes plane crashes.

So I should have said, "Plane crashes terrify me." Or, more accurately, "NOTHING scares me more than the thought of a plane crash."

And there was one today. In San Francisco. Lives were lost. I feel bad that instead of thinking about the victims, I am fixating on my own fear. Plus it's stirred vague feelings of hopelessness and depression.

My oldest friend had to put her cat to sleep. I haven't seen/won't see my best friend. The sister of an old high school friend has been on life support for nearly a week now.

I had such high hopes for accomplishment today, and then I let myself get deflated. I cleaned out the area under one of my dressers, filling a trash bag and taking it to the dumpster, but that's it.

I need to listen to His Lordship (in his Grammy-winning performance) and "Accentuate the Positive":
•  My cats Joey and Charlotte are both so charming, loving and dear. Reynaldo has been making progress, too.
•  I get along so well with my friend John and celebrating with him last night reminds me again of the value of long-standing friendships.
•  Tomorrow is a free day and another opportunity for me to accomplish more.
•  The Cubs upped their game and beat the fantabulous Pirates.
•  It completely melts me when Paul adds an "r" and sings about "Joner and the whale."

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Dedicated to the One I Love

1) The lyrics include the line, "Love can never be exactly what we what it to be." Are you happy with your love life?  HA!

2) Another lyric is, "Each night before you go to bed, whisper a little prayer for me." Do you say your prayers?  I talk with God every day but it's more like an ongoing conversation, rather than clasping my hands and going down on my knees in prayer.

3) Mama Michelle and Papa John were married in real life. It didn't end well -- not for the couple and not for the band. Do you believe you could work successfully with a romantic partner? I actually tried this and it didn't work well. For the most part, he and I were fine with it. Our coworkers were very uncomfortable, though. He and I would be talking about something, someone else would come in and then back away with an embarrassed, "OH! Sorry!" As though we were about to do it on the desk and they interrupted. Also, our supervisor used to not-so-subtly manipulate me into helping her manage him. So while I think a partner and I might be able to run our own mom-and-pop business together, add a third person to the mix and suddenly there's a passel of weird.

4) After the band broke up, Michelle tried her hand at acting and eventually became a regular on the nighttime soap, Knott's Landing. Of course, she could live off of her music royalties while she learned her new craft. If money was no object, what career would like to try? I'm good with animals, so I'd like to try being a pet sitter or dog walker.
5) There is a rumor – completely false – that Mama Cass died while eating a ham sandwich. Can you name another urban legend? Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver) was killed in Vietnam. Which, of course, is as true as the Mama Cass/ham sandwich story.

6) In the 1960s, every high school girl wanted to wear her hair like Michelle and Cass -- long and straight. Can you recall a fashion trend from your school days? FRINGE! Especially fringed purses and vests. I recall braiding and rebraiding the fringe on a purse just like this one when I was bored in class.

7) With the Fourth of July falling on Thursday, are you able to enjoy a looooong four-day holiday weekend? It was a little weird to have Thursday off, work on Friday and be off again this morning. In fact, many of my coworkers took yesterday off to enjoy four uninterrupted days. But since I may be losing my job soon, I'm hoarding vacation days so I can get paid for them along with my severance.

8) Many communities have parades to celebrate Independence Day. Have you ever ridden on a float or marched in a parade? In junior high, I marched in the local July 4th parade with my Girl Scout troop. In high school I helped build homecoming floats by stuffing colored paper into chicken wire, but I didn't ride.

9) In honor of the Fourth of July, name your favorite Founding Father. I'm going to go with John Adams because he gave us Abigail. Abigail Adams completely rocked.  

SHOUT OUT TO KATHY W: I can't comment on your blog because Google Chrome or Plus or whatever won't let me log in. But I read your answers and now fear you because, well, you "know shit." :)