Sunday, December 13, 2015

Now comes the fun part

Here's what I left in the Toys for Tots donation box:

•  Firefighter playset (fire engine, ladder, etc.)
•  "I Luv London" beauty kit (cologne/bath/body lotion), perfect for a girl 10+
•  Boggle
•  A pair of Our Generation puppies
•  Disney Princess magnetic paper dolls (I loved magnetic paper dolls when I was little)
•  Plush bear, ideal for a pre-schooler

Now I get to imagine the wee ones when Santa hands them out. That's the part I like best.

Then there's Andrew. He's the little boy who attends daycare at the children's home next door. I got him what he asked for -- a giftcard to the local bookstore -- and an Inside Out activity book.

Andy Williams was right: It IS the hap-happiest season of all ...

Sunday Stealing

Why Do You Want To Know That Meme, part two

25. List 3 activities that you can only enjoy by yourself. "ONLY enjoy by myself?" That's hard ... 1) Spa treatments. The idea of having to talk to one of my friends while I am having a massage or facial is annoying. 2) The actual reading of a book, or listening to an audiobook. My aunt and uncle read aloud to one another during long car rides. It sounds cute, but I think it would make me want to scream. 3) Watching the news. I like to concentrate.

26. If you could live in any biome* (and survive) which biome would you live in? (*a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, e.g., forest or tundra.)
I have read this question twice, and yet all I get is "blah-blah-blah." So I respectfully decline to answer.
This would be nice

27. How do you like being roused in the morning? Mark Harmon would be nice.

28. How was your day? What did you do? My day has just started. So far I have fed the cats and updated my Farmville 2 farm.

29. What did your last text message say? It was a reminder from the salon about my Saturday pedi appointment.

30. Do you respond to texts quickly? Usually. Depends on if I can find my phone. (I lose things.)

31. Who was the last person you called? The bank. I put a "stop payment" on a check and wanted to know what the bank fee would be.

32. List 5 things that are on your wish list. 1) A massive Amazon gift card. I'm sure there are books/movies I want that I haven't even thought of yet. 2) Socks. Why do I have so many black ones but not enough navy and white? 3) Gingerbread cookies. 4) A CVS gift card. There are things I really resent spending money on (toilet paper, light bulbs) and a gift card to cover those would make me happy. 5) Long-sleeved pullovers.

33. If you were famous, what do you think you would be famous for? I suspect that if I were born 10 years earlier, I would have been a stereotypical 60s radical.

34. Winter or summer? Winter.

35. What is a quality that all people should have? Empathy

36. If you could have a large collection of one item, what would that item be? $10 bills. I'd like lots and lots and lots of $10 bills. Stacks and stacks of 'em.

37. What have you been thinking about lately? My cat Joey and the Loop protests have been occupying me.

38. What is the secret to a happy life? I'll leave it to JT.

39. What are some phrases you say often? "The thing of it is ..." "I could do that, IF I WAS SOMEONE ELSE ENTIRELY!" "I'm sorry." "It's a party to be near me, isn't it?"

40. Favorite food? It changes. Right now, I'm seriously into pizza.

41. What is your wish for the world? I'd like us all to keep the lid on. Chicago is a very tense place these days. The tension is palpable. I just want us all to get through, you know? I want it all to hold together without exploding, the way Ferguson and Baltimore did. So far, the protests have been peaceful and that leaves me proud and hopeful.

42. What are some of your greatest fears? See above. I understand that the rest of the country is frightened by ISIS. While 14 people were tragically murdered in San Bernardino, 35 Chicagoans were shot to death by other Chicagoans in the month of November alone. I understand intellectually that I am statistically unlikely to be hurt by either a terrorist or a gang banger. BUT if I'm going to be frightened ... Like I said, Chicago is a tense place these days. Oh, and Donald Trump, you are an asshole. Every time he talks about the gangs of "immigrant Mexicans" that plague Chicago, I want to scream. He has no understanding of what's going on around here. None. Sorry, I know this isn't very Christmas-y. But you asked!

43. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? My Giordano's order. I'm sending two frozen deep dish pizzas to my friends in the Keys. There's much that's wonderful about Key West, but the pizza situation down there is pathetic.

44. Most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen (in real life)? BIG bodies of water. Lake Michigan, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific ... never gets old.

45. Spicy food: Like or dislike?  Dislike.

46. Scary movies: Like or dislike? Like. But only if we're talking scary vs. violent. They don't always go together. In the famous shower scene in Psycho, you never once see the blade touch skin.

47. Do you like to travel? I like being in new and different places. However, I don't necessarily like getting there. Train rides are fine, but flying sooooooo stresses me out.

48. Any regrets? I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention.

49. Do you like rain? Sure.

Day 13 Is Tasty

December 13: Favorite Christmas Book

The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman. I've read it twice, and if my TBR pile wasn't so tall I'd be reading it again now. It's a lovely, well-crafted story of friendship and traditions. And it's filled with cookie recipes, some of which I've actually been tempted to try.

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