Friday, September 24, 2021

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Cardigan (2020)

1) When she's feeling low, Taylor Swift compares herself to an old cardigan, forgotten under the bed. Do you store anything under your bed? Or do you try to keep that area clear (except for dust bunnies)? Yes. There's stuff under there. I've volunteered on quite a few political campaigns and there are buttons and posters, etc. down there.

2) The lyrics begin with a reference to a new phone. Do you foresee yourself getting a new phone before 2021 ends? Or are you happy with the one you've got? My current phone is fine. I may get a new one, but only if the price is very right.
3) She sings that her lover haunts all of her "what if's." Have you recently wondered, "what if?" What were you musing about? I was looking back over how I used/endured/wasted all the time I've had at home during covid. Am I the only one who didn't redecorate her home or learn to bake sourdough bread?

4) Taylor Swift admits that she rewinds after concerts by watching Friends reruns. What do you do to relax? Watch baseball or cuddle a cat.

5) Thinking of TV shows, Taylor appeared on a 2009 episode of CSI. That series was about crime-scene investigators who use forensics to solve murders. Do you enjoy crime shows? Yes. I can always get into Law & Order or NCIS.

6) Taylor grew up on an 11-acre tree farm where she learned to ride. Her mother was a horsewoman and hoped riding was a passion they could share. When she was 12, Taylor admitted to her mother that she really wasn't that into it and wished she could spend more time on her music. Her mother was supportive. Tell us about a tough conversation you've had that turned out well. Last month I had the "Naomi Osaka" conversation with my friend, Mindy. I told her I wasn't OK, that I'd been struggling with things emotionally, and I really needed her to be my friend. She stepped up 100%. I was relieved, since it's hard for me to be vulnerable.

7) She enjoys good, old-fashioned mysteries, especially those by Agatha Christie. Are you currently reading a book? I'm reading a massive biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, head of the clan we all know. It's a roller coaster. Just when you're sure he's the crummiest guy ever, he does something so wise or so creative that you rethink him.

8) In 2020, the year this song was released, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died. The search for a new host has caused interest and even controversy. Would you enjoy the job? No. I cannot bear the thought of seeing myself on TV. Remember Chandler's joke when he saw home movies of high school Monica? "The camera adds fifteen pounds," she said defensively. "How many cameras were on you?" he asked.

9) Random question: Of Superman's three superpowers -- tremendous strength, the ability to fly, and x-ray vision -- which would you choose? Strength. Imagine, never again having to wrestle with a jar.



  1. Hi, I am just now getting a few minutes to look at blogs tonight, and I read about Reynaldo. I am so, so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose such a friend as you had in Reynaldo. We are "cat people" and have had this very sad experience more than once. I know that it will take a lot of time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad that you have a supportive friend. That is a blessing.

  2. I have a hard time being vulnerable to live people too--I can blog about it, but in person it's much, much harder. And I suck at asking for help. So, I applaud you, Gal, for reaching out.

  3. I would like strength too. I had to open a jar for my mom last night. It was hard for me to open too. Loved your answers. Have a nice weekend.

  4. I had no desire to get a new phone but was "forced" to get one back in July because my old phone ceased to work with my providers network. At least they warned me it was coming.

    No bread was baked here, either. In fact, I pretty much failed to do any of those things we tell ourselves we'll do if we ever get the time. Proved time is not the problem.

  5. I used the pandemic time for reading. I could have cleared the clutter. Alas...

  6. I am glad you have Mindy. I stopped chewing my nails and lost 20 pounds during the pandemic. You had Covid and recovered! I didn't learn much of anything, didn't start my novel, and didn't save the world. I think we all did what we had to do for our own selves, whatever that was.

  7. #6 Nope, I didn't redecorate my home or learn to bake sourdough bread or learn to knit.

  8. Cuddling a cat …wonderful way to spend time