Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sunday Stealing


1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint? There's so much paper and junk everywhere, I can't find the furniture to dust it.

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? Define "ignore." Once I check who it is, I can be very willing to let it go voice mail.

3. How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail? See above. Last Tuesday was our local election. I got a ton of robocalls about the community college school board.

4. Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? When my phone is in my purse, I let my purse ring. When I'm out with friends -- which I haven't been in months -- I'll wait until our get-together is over before I check it.

5. How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? I still have a landline and during this year of working from home, I'm glad I kept it. Landline = personal; cell phone = work. Obviously I prefer the landline calls. They tend to be more fun. (Unless you want to discuss the community college board candidates.)

6. Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool? Yes on both counts. Depends on who I'm talking to and what we're talking about. What I'm not a fan of is texting. It's so hard for me to compose a cogent message using my fat thumbs.

7. When did you last go for a bike ride? Years ago! A decade, perhaps. Henry and I pedaled around the Key West Botanical Garden. I admit I was wobbly at first, but ultimately I performed admirably.

8. Do you own a bike? Nope.

9. Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not? No. My mind wanders too much. I don't deserve to operate any vehicle in traffic.

10. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke? Black licorice. My favorite grandpa sucked on licorice throat lozenges. When I smell black licorice, I smile, remembering how much he loved me. Every kid should have someone like my favorite grandpa in her life

11. What did you do over the weekend? No detail is too small. This is your journal, so tell us about the mundane tasks in your life. Laundry. Hair cut. Talked to Henry on the phone. Watched my Cubs not do especially well in Pittsburgh.

12. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d keep a paper journal.

13. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you. I don't recall ever saying that. Maybe because I've never been a mom.

14. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received? My friend Kathy loves jigsaw puzzles and so, when I had covid, she very kindly sent me a pair of them. I hate jigsaw puzzles. But she meant well, and I loved it that she was thinking of me. And, when things open up a bit more, the puzzles are going to Goodwill so someone else will enjoy them.

I'm on the left, my mom is on the right
15.  Tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient? My mom was in her early 50s when she became a widow. For the first Mother's Day after my dad's death, I wanted to give her something to liven up her look and make her feel happy and pretty. I chose a bright blue blouse with silver ornamentation on the shoulders running down the sleeves. She hated it. Really hated it. I think of me and my mom whenever I watch the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy gives Ethel the printed slacks. Defensively, Lucy says, "I saw them in Harper's Bazaar." "They certainly are bizarre," Ethel retorts.