Friday, 30 September 2011

WTF Thursday - Trapping a Bunch of Snakes on Hidden Camera

1) How did your education prepared you for your current career? Do you wish you had taken a different path academically? No. I'm happy with what I've done. No regrets at all.

2) If you could pick the two major candidates for the next presidential race (politicians, celebrities, people you personally know, etc.), who would we see running? Yikes. I'm guessing President Obama and Mitt Romney will end up being the front-runners. I don't particularly care for either one.

3) Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it? Both places are fine. I usually don't like the outcome of the images in front, but I like being in some photos.

4) What is one simple indulgence you could never live without? Candles. Music. I think there are a lot more than one. Books. Blogging. The image to the right was taken at home, after shopping at a Yankee candle sale: 3 boxes of tea lights for $15 (normally one box of 12 tea lights is $15). It was an incredible sale and I went back several more times to take advantage of it. I have tarts for every season, every need. I love burning candles to give the house that lovely ambiance.

5) If you were trapped in a pit full of snakes, and you could call one person to save you, who would that be? Well, I know who I wouldn't call: Indiana Jones! Other than that, I don't know. Most people I know are terrified of snakes!

6) Joy Engel at HowAboutWe.com recently wrote about the eight worst things ever said to her on a date (read it here). She includes "I really like Nickelback" and "Star Wars is overrated" on the list. What's the worst thing someone's ever said to you on a date? Oh, my... It's been so long since I have been out on a date, I have no idea. I've been living with Luis for 22 years. I can't think back to a date from 23 or so years ago.

7) Should a marriage license have a renewal date or expiration date, like a driver’s license? I like that idea! A handfasting is good for one year and one day. Then the Wiccan religion will marry you forever. I think that is a great idea!

8) Where would you like to place a hidden camera? No where I'd end up on it!

WTF Wednesday - It's my Birthday & I'll Ask Stupid Questions if I Want To

1) Today (Sept. 28) is National Ask A Stupid Question Day. What is the stupidest question you've been asked lately? (Feel free to include one of my meme questions if you so choose. I can handle it.) The stupidest question I've been asked... The Short term disability poeple asked me if I am disabled. No. I'm just seeing if you would take a request and pay me if I'm not disabled... Here's your sign! (I'm quoting Bill Engvall on that last comment, "Here's your sign!")
2) When someone says "We need to talk" to you, what is usually the first thing that runs through your mind? That the topic is not a positive one. Isn't that what runs through everyone's mind?

3) If someone rearranged your living room, what is the first thing you would look for? The remotes: the TiVO, the Samsung surround sound/DVD/Aux and HDMI 2 players, the Mac Mini, and the fireplace remote. This is a sad statement, but it is true. Then I would look for the kitty condo and all their toys.

4) With my birthday this week, I received many emails from various companies offering me free food or other free little gifts. (Click here if you want a list of some freebies you can get.) What's something you'd love to get free for your birthday? What wouldn't I want for free for my birthday? I'm avaricious.

5) You have a minor car wreck and are not injured, but a lawyer says you can sue because it was the other person's fault. Do you sue? No. In New Jersey, one gets a large discount off his or her insurance to pass the chance to pursue "frivolous lawsuits" - it is called the Tort Threshold. This threshold considered my accident in 2001 frivolous. A 17-year-old guy hit me on foot while driving a Nissan Pathfinder. I did not share their view but I was not going to go against their ruling.

6) A cracked.com writer recently wrote an article listing "5 ways you know it's time to get married." What advice would you give someone wondering if he/she was ready to get married? Don't take anyone else's advise. When you are ready to get married, you will know. If you don't know, don't do it. There is no other reason to get married. I would also suggest living together anyway - you can work out all those little kinks before you get married!

7) Now that it is officially autumn, what is your favorite color of fall leaf? A deep, vibrant red. I love that. I love them all, though. The yellows, reds, oranges, purples, etc.

8) Do you remember ever raking up leaves and jumping into a pile of them? Sure - all the time when I was a kid. I wouldn't try this without a big-ass pile of leaves now. I would likely hit the bottom... hurt myself.

9) In general, do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar or different interests, life experiences, political beliefs, and religious backgrounds? Usually, I would bond with people who have a mix of each. I'd be a little nervous if someone had all of my traits than none of them.

10) What works best for you on a sad day? Usually music works to keep me out of the blues. Sometimes the distraction of the telly and hot tea.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Article: The Jersey Rules

The three fastest-growing diseases in America today are diabetes, Lyme disease, and sports jerseys. Wearing a jersey used to be for kids. You be Tom Brady and I'll be Darrelle Revis. Now people with actual jobs are wearing them. At 6, it's adorable. At 36, deplorable.

You can't swing your arms at an NFL game without hitting somebody in one. (A very good idea, by the way.) You say it's your way of expressing devotion to your team? I say try a hat. It doesn't make you look like an adult Trick-or-Treater. 

What's your jersey dream? Someone shrieking, "Oh, my God! There's Brian Urlacher! Oh, wait. No, no. It's just Justin from purchasing."? Women in jerseys? Fine. But dude, you're really going out with another man's name on your back? Do you have no male pride?

But like gluten-free beer, the jersey flood seems un-damn-able. But can we at least have some rules?

Jersey Rule No. 1: You may not wear a jersey past age 29.
Exceptions:
a) You are immediately related to the person whose name is on the back.
b) You are the person whose name is on the back. (Team photo required.)

Jersey Rule No. 2: You may not wear a jersey without a shirt underneath it, especially NBA jerseys. We do not want to see your rash. Or your spare tire. Or your nipples. My God, people.

Jersey Rule No. 3: You may not wear a jersey if somebody else in your group is already wearing one. This is also known as The Fedora Rule. No two guys in any group can be wearing a fedora. The second man's fedora must be trashed, crushed or sold. You never saw Sinatra and Dean Martin wearing one, right? 

Jersey Rule No. 4: You may not, under any circumstances, wear a jersey AND a hat. Who are you, Tony Romo?

Jersey Rule No. 5: You may not wear a jersey with your own name on it if you didn't wear it on a real team once. Please. Are you expecting Bill Belichick to look up in the stands and go, "Flanagan! Get in there at tailback!"?

Jersey Rule No. 6: You may not wear a jersey of a player who has been gone from your team for more than a year, unless that player is in the Hall of Fame or will be soon. I saw a guy Monday night at the New York Giants game wearing an Amani Toomer jersey. I believe Toomer is managing a Round Table pizza in Parsippany now. Buy another damn jersey, cheapskate.

Jersey Rule No. 7: If you have a nose tackle body, you must wear a nose tackle's jersey. We do not need to see your 385 pounds busting out of a DeSean Jackson jersey. It's unseamly.

Jersey Rule No. 8: Absolutely no cutesy wrong-color jerseys. No pink Yankees jerseys. No camouflage Cowboys jerseys. And no new University of Maryland jerseys. They look like an explosion at a Benjamin Moore store. 

Jersey Rule No. 9: No wearing NBA shorts with your NBA jersey at any time. Horrible. It makes you look like Red Klotz. (Corollary: Do not wear all-white to watch a tennis match, either. Pathetic.) 

Jersey Rule No. 10: No wearing your jersey anywhere but a) to the stadium or b) home. Nobody at the urologist's office wants to talk about your Ray Lewis jersey.

If you still qualify under all these edicts, then you must sign these waivers before donning a jersey:

Jersey Waiver A: By wearing a jersey, you are waiving your rights to any sexual activity for the evening. No woman in history has ever said, "Oooh, that guy wearing the jersey of another man! That's hot!"

Jersey Waiver B: By wearing a jersey, you are waiving any semblance of coolness.
Anti Michigan Shirt
Rooting for your school is one thing. Wearing offensive shirts to root against Michigan is quite another.
 
"It's like going to a concert in the T-shirt of the band that's playing that night," says Ari Pillar, 29, who was wearing a simple, cool retro Giants T-shirt Monday night. "It's cooler to wear another band's T-shirt. But wearing a jersey of somebody you're watching? That's way high up the Dork Scale."

(A note on T-shirts: Enough cussing, especially those West F***in Virginia T-shirts that West Virginia fans are wearing. Your athletic director, Oliver Luck, was right. Show a little class. And Ohio State fans: No "Ann Arbor is a whore" T-shirts either. And, Wisconsin students, we've all seen 1,000 variations on "Huck the Fuskers" already. Try something original.)

Jersey Waiver C: By wearing a jersey, you are waiving any contact with the very person you're worshipping. "Those are the guys we went out of our way to avoid in the autograph lines," says former Baltimore Ravens QB Trent Dilfer. "They were the ones who wanted your email address."

Jersey Waiver D: By wearing a jersey to a road game, you waive your right to a busted-free nose. Wearing a Lakers jersey to a Celtics game is like wearing an Obama T-shirt to a Dick Cheney book signing. Bring gauze. "My wife tells me it's dangerous," says Giants fan Adam Herman, 31, who spoke from inside a Brandon Jacobs jersey. "But I do it. I wore it in Philly to an Eagles game. It was a little scary, but I got out OK."

Of course, you might not get out OK if you wear another team's jersey to Adam's house. "Won't happen," he says. "If my friends come over in a Jets jersey, they're not getting in. They can just turn right around. No exceptions." Adam, I'm begging you and all jerseyites out there: Rent, lease or purchase a life.

And it better not involve cowbells.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Queen's Meme #96 - 7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

I would like to confess. About the cats. 
I know it's un-American and a downright insult to my beloved Cat Blogosphere to not be a cat person but alas, I am not. Do you see the grief I put my poor dog Homer through? And he's just an internet dog!
I tried to be a cat person. Once. But I failed. Cats just don't like me. They hiss and spit and run in the other direction. Cats do not meow softly at me, they crouch in attack position and prepare the claws. I cannot retaliate because I might break a nail. Hence, I cannot even protect myself from cats. The only cats I get along with are the cats from The Cat Blogosphere. They are wonderful wonderful kitties with hoomans to look after. Of that I am sure. And none of them - yet- has spit at me.
And they sure fly some marvelous peace globes.






We shall talk cats this week. Puuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

1. Do you have a cat? I have two, Siobhan, who is feral and will always be feral, and Sorcha, who is the opposite. (That is me with Sorcha, who was not as interested in being in the picture.) They are only 3 and 2 years old. From 1990 to 2008, I had two cats, Ariel and Chelsea. They lived great, long, happy lives and were my babies. When I was a kid, my grandparents had a Siamese cat, Fuji, and my father had a cat Figaro, and I had Puss-Puss and Johnny Walker Red, usually just called Johnny. Yes, you could say I'm a cat person.

2. What is your cat's name? I covered all this already... Oops! :)

3. What makes you love cats? They are totally independent but they still love me, even the feral Siobhan. They have that "bite me" attitude... I am not one for the total subservience of dogs, although I do love dogs, too. I just don't love them enough to own them. (If something happened to my parents, I'd take them, though.)

4. If you are not a cat person, why not? We covered that, too.

5. What is the funniest thing your cat has ever done? The list is endless! They do riotous things all the time!

6. Do you think cats have feelings and can talk to their owners? Well, they absolutely have feelings - all animals do. Do they talk to me? Not as such - but they communicate their feelings just as clearly as if they could talk. There is no mistaking what they are thinking at any given time.

Here is Siobhan, my little spitfire cat. She looks so innocent here, but don't let her fool you!

7. The Rainbow Bridge is the place where cats go when they pass away. I think it's a lovely idea. If humans could have a bridge of their own in the afterlife, what would you name it? Oh, my... I don't know. I always tell people I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the Saints! (I'm sure you can picture that about me...)

Photo: This is Sorcha. She learned very early on that this kind of behaviour gets her all sorts of warm fuzzies and that there is no end to the affection she can reap from this! And the funniest part is that the other cat, Siobhan, who is not at all a performer, does the same thing now, when she wants to get fed, because of the same thing - that positive reinforcement! Isn't this the cutest thing?


BONUS POINTS! Post a picture of you and your cat.
How many bonus points did I get for that?

This is my Persian Patticakes. If you go to my blog you can see me pet her. She has been sitting on my blog for five years now. I've never had to feed her! She's not grumpy and cantankerous like Homer either. Maybe if I had a real cat like Patticakes, I could be a cat person too.

You need my second cat, Sorcha. She's part Maincoon, about 17lbs, and she is a lover-cat! She purrs, she lays on my lap and next to me all afternoon, and she is always in whatever room I am in. She is the fuzz of my life! Unlike Siobhan, who tolerates us mere mortals, Sorcha is just a ball of love! She's also a complete chicken-kitty. It is ironic that the largest creature in the house is afraid of everyone else who comes to the house!

An Epic Purchase - Buying an Ambulance

When is the last time you got to spend $170,000 - of some one else's money?

I used to do it every week - when I ran the payroll. And don't kid yourself, that was the best money ever spent. Any company is only as strong as its employees. Money like that is money well spent.

I'm doing it again. And like the previous five years, it is the best money I will ever spend and it will save lives. Just as paying employees saves lives.

I can't say this is just my effort, but I'm a big part of it and I love every minute of it. I know more about the inner and outer workings of the rigs more than I would ever imagine. There is so much to know - the payload, the electrical load, the safety for the patient, the crew and the town. The continuity for the EMTs, so that we know where everything is. The fuel consumption curve for long standbys. Meeting Triple K requirements. Having duel Whelen sirens and now (and this is the coolest thing!) the Rumbler, a low-sonic add-on to the Whelen sirens that will cut through the boomboxes and cars that have only an audio system that has value. Never again will anyone be able to say, "I couldn't hear the ambulance." With the rumbler, the dead will hear it!

We met with four different dealers/manufacturers of ambulances: PL Custom, Excellance, Horton and Lifeline. All four came out to meet with us and bring a rig with them for us to pick over and test drive. It was interesting to see what technology has brought about in terms of patient care, ease of driving and the ride - each ambulance was given the speed bump test - we took each one to Troy Kills where the speed bumps - killer bumps - are at an angle, so each of the four tires is hitting it, high enough to slow the worst drivers and frequent enough to keep most people crawling through there. We took the first bump at 15mph, the second at 20mph and the final one at 30mph. The true litmus test is the rate at which we could go over those bumps without killing the patient - people with severe back pain have a hard enough time without having to feel every little nook and cranny in the road.

One rig failed that test abysmally - not only did we feel it, but all of us, despite being belted in and weighing a bit more than we should, were airbourne. It was appalling to have my behind leave the seat and reconnect with a resounding THUD! that was painful. When I made the comment that I would need a metal brassiere to survive riding in that rig, the salesmen enthusiastically said, "Yes, it's a tank!" OK... did they think that this was a compliment?

We have narrowed the search down to two companies and met with the first, PL Custom, last week. They are looking at the pictures they took of 66-1, the schematics and the 15 pages of specifics about it. This coming Friday we will meet with Horton and go through the same thing. It will be an experience, as was the last meeting. But fun? You betcha!

So there is a benefit to spending that kind of money - not just the spending, but knowing that you are a part of the effort and sweat and yes, love - that goes into making something of this magnitude. I have an attachment to 66-2, because I learned to drive on that rig. Bob was attached to old 66-3, or Beast, as it was affectionately called, because Beast only started for him. Our ambulances are truly a product of love. We love what we do and it shows in everything we touch.

That is what not just buying, but building, something is all about.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Advice I Can't Pass Up... Good Words About Google+

When I saw Patrick's post, Like Me! No, Really, Like Me!, I had to write about it. And here is the answer I got on 8 September...

"Like Me. No, Really, Like Me!"

http://www.patrickkphillips.com/2011/09/07/like-me-no-really-like-me/
patricksplace said
@AislíngeKelloggdeGómez I'll admit it: it IS extra work staying active (and being useful) on multiple social media networks. In terms of referrals, of the three, Twitter brings me the most traffic. Then Facebook. Then Google+.

I avoided Twitter because I saw far too much of the "having eggs for breakfast" tweets that made me wonder who could possibly care. But posting links to useful information (on my blog or elsewhere) and the occasional amusing quote can help you build a following and can, as a bonus, bring people to your site.

I like Facebook a lot, and have a lot of contacts there. Many of them are people from school who wouldn't have given me the time of day when we were classmates. I have a lot of co-workers and industry colleagues there, and most of my closest friends are there, too. So I can share news, post photos, and keep up with people I want to keep up with.

As for Google+, I have to fess up: I really, REALLY wanted to hate it. Not because I have anything against Google: I like Google. I think it's an incredible company that more companies should look like from an operational and employee relations standpoint. But my eagerness to find fault with Google+ was akin to the switch from VHS to DVD. I had a sizable collection of VHS tapes. Then DVDs came along and I felt the need to start buying everything over again. (I didn't buy everything over again, but there's that feeling that you should replace as much as you can as quickly as you can.)

When it came to social networks, I have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook. I didn't want to start over building up that network on another service.

But I really like G+. It makes it a lot easier (and faster) to organize your friends or acquaintances into circles. You can place people into more than one circle, like "Co-Workers" or "Friends," for example. Like Twitter (and unlike Facebook), you can place them in your circle whether they place you in theirs or not. And you can adjust your news feed with the click of a mouse to see what everyone in all of your circles has recently posted, or what only those in a specific circle have recently posted.

And when you go to post something, you can easily select which circles see it or just select "public" and then everyone sees it. The idea is so good and makes so much sense that Facebook is now offering a similar "sharing" option on its service, which says a lot. Still, I think G+ has the edge on that kind of thing at the moment.

For me, there are lot more people I know on Facebook than on G+. So I'm using G+ to network with interesting people, media, blogging and pastor types until more people I actually know show up.

At the moment, I'm most active on Twitter and least active on G+. At least, for now. :)"

I still cannot buy into the idea that Twitter has much (if any) value at 140 characters. But Google+ sounds like something to try. Something that will be good. I guess after cogitating on this for the last three weeks, I might as well take the plunge... tomorrow, though. At 23:19, it is too late to start this now!

WTF Friday (9-16) - Dipping Your Company Gift in the Fair's Chocolate Fountain

1) I recently received a gift from my employer for making it through five years of employment. It was a stupid pin and key chain. What would you want your employer to give you for a five-year gift? I did get it - a check for a generous amount of money. We did not do things by halves. They still don't. Part time or full, the people reaching an anniversary of 5, 20, 15, 20 and on years get decent gift amounts and not less taxes, which is the right thing to do.

2) The fall season of television is starting. What show are you excited to have return or what new show are you excited to make its first premiere? Well, I am excited about some of the returning shows: Castle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey's Anatomy. But I no longer look forward to this new season as it is clear that more and more television is made for the lowest common denominator. I hate that. I want to see intelligent television, and no one wants to make it. It's very disconcerting. The other problem is that seasons, when I was a kid (so, so long ago), were 24 to 26 episodes. Now, you are lucky to get 16 to 18 episodes. Sheesh.

3) One of my favorite restaurants recently added a chocolate fountain. What would be your favorite thing to dip into the chocolate? Strawberries primarily, but almost anything goes well under chocolate. I mean, really, can anything be bad under chocolate?

4)  I've bought more things on eBay in the last couple months than ever before. What is the last thing you bought over the internet? The last thing was the book Inside Scientology. I haven't started it yet but I'm looking forward to starting it. I just need to finished reading The Wounded Sky, a story about the Enterprise getting a strange new kind of drive that pushes it out of the galaxy. It's written by Diane Duane, who has really brought an incredible richness to Rihannsu (Romulans) and Klinzhai (Klingons) by providing their own language, culture, etc. It is wonderful - if you like Star Trek at all, I highly recommend these books!

5) If you come across a homeless person on a street, do you give him or her money? No, but I will buy him or her a sandwich to make sure they get food, not alcohol or drugs. It is a good feeling and more reliable to do that whenever possible.

6) If you knew you were about to die and had the opportunity to write your own obituary, what is something you'd want to make sure is included? Uh... "He who dies with the most money is still dead. I died happy and broke!"

7) State fair season is in full swing across the U.S. What is your favorite thing to do at a fair? Well, I usually love to go to the Ren Faire but I did not make it this year. I don't know that I have a favourite activity. I just like certain fairs.

8) By some weird twist of fate, you wake up as another person one morning and must carry on with his or her life. What do you miss most about the person you were before? I'd miss my husband and my cats terribly. My house. My father. Far too many things to be willing to take this other person's life. And are they living mine? Will I get mine again? Is it temporary or permanent? I've worked too hard on my life to give it up! (If you had asked me this when I was 16 it would have been a totally different answer, you know...)

Saturday Six - Episode #389

"Autumn is finally here, but before I try to find a few fall colors to photograph, I wanted to post this week’s edition of the Saturday Six!

I hope you enjoy, and thanks for playing!

Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!"

1. Do you consider yourself more of a giver or a taker? I used to be much more of a taker when I was younger, a trait my mother passed on to me. It  was not a good trait, so over the years I have modified it a lot so that I'm much more evenly keeled. In some ways, emotionally, I'm more of a giver as a rule. It is with physical things that I needed to really work that out.

2. What is the biggest drawback to being whichever one you identify with? There is always a drawback. The drawbacks to being a taker are, I think, rather obvious and need no explanation. The drawback to being more emotionally giving is how fast that can drain my energy and positive side, when I am mired in someone else's misery. That is something where I need to keep that balance, or then I take on too much of the other person's distress.

3. If you had the chance to immediately become the opposite, would you take it? Why or why not? What, become a total taker? That would be rather like regressing instead of improving. And I would never allow myself to become a complete giver, because that to me is a lot like being a door mat. That would be completely contrary to my normal personality.

4. Take the quiz: Are You a Cheapskate? Unsurprisingly, I came up as You Are Incredibly Generous. Here is what else it threw in:

You are very giving when it comes to money. And it doesn't go unnoticed. Sharing the wealth makes you feel good, and you never want anyone to feel slighted by you. As long as you can afford it, being so generous is a very good thing!

Where I get in trouble is I usually can't afford it!

5. A woman approaches you in a shopping mall parking lot claiming she needs $1.00 to catch a bus. You see the bus turning into the mall parking lot at a distance, and you have a dollar bill. How likely are you to give it to her? Just a dollar? Absolutely, I would have no problem with that. I'd give it to her. If this was a 35-year-old woman who was $3.00 short, that would be different. If you know you need bus money, you would set that aside and keep it separate so you would not spend it. I'd start to question that at a higher dollar amount.

6. If it were up to you, how would you get more people to volunteer to help others? You know, as a general rule, no. I am a big giver in non-monetary ways - I'm a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, which is not just giving back to the community and a good skill to have anywhere but I am also constantly keeping my certs current. It is a fair amount of time to do that. I also give each year when I clean out the house and this year, in the late summer after Irene went through Parsippany like a Mack truck, I donated about thirty bags of stuff - not just the easy clothing and bed clothes but also pots and pans, bathroom goods, food stuffs, all kinds of household things that anyone would want. I need to clean the house out anyway, true, but normally I might have thrown this stuff away rather than donating it (usually people don't need such basic things but a lot of Parsippany residents are homeless right now and their houses condemned. So it all went to my own townspeople.

"If you have a Reader’s Choice question you’d like to see asked (and answered), send me an email! I’d love to include it in a future edition of the Saturday Six."

Saturday 9: I Put a Spell on You

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. If you could put a spell on someone, who would it be and why? Easy. I'd put the "You get to live like me for a week" spell on the people at the State who declined my long term disability so they can find out exactly how difficult my life is. Then we'll see how that turns out. I'd also like to give the clueless man the spell of "One period" so he can understand how hard it is to go through menstrual cycles like we do. 

2. If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be? One moment... Um... When I started working at Baltusrol as an employee instead of a temp. That was a wonderful day.

3.If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? That is hard. The things I'd want to change are nebulous and difficult to pin down in a physical way. How would I convince my past self that having an immunological disease meant scaling back on the long hours to draw out your workable time over your lifespan? There are very few physical things I'd want to change.

4. What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality? I have no idea. I know what television personalities I've been told I look like... Personality... that is a lot harder. I suppose the closest person would be Dr. Megan Hunt on the show Body of Proof. There is a lot of me in her - that singularity of purpose and often saying whatever pops into my brain. That is very me all over.

5. If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be? There is no one I know personally that inspires such hatred in me. And I would need to know them personally to feel that way.

6. Name one habit you want to change in yourself. The habit of spending money. I keep trying, but I am really quite miserable at it. It is not something that is easy to change after so many years of just spending it.

7. Describe yourself in one word. Aislinge

8. List your top three memes that you like to respond to. Patrick's Place Saturday Six, Patrick's Place Sunday Seven, and WTF Wednesday, Thursday, Friday memes. Yours is fourth on the list and many others follow.

9. Why do you blog? Lately it seems to answer all the memes I know, but I also blog to empty all the excess shit out of my head. I find it a great tool for clearing my mind and making space for the new junk. I always feel better after blogging.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Cinn's Friday 5 - Contact (23 Sept.)

[01] How many texts do you send per day? None. I don't even have texting enabled on my phone. As an EMT, I see far too many idiots texting while driving. I feel these people need to be in jail. No one would be hurt from that, and the streets would certainly be safer. In fact, one night jail time and a good, hefty fine of at least $500 for the first offense would be good. It beats letting them kill the rest of us with their thoughtlessness and overblown sense of importance.

[02] How many phone calls do you make in a day?
As little as humanly possible. I am not a big phone person, as I had to do so much of it throughout my career. I prefer e-mail. It is easier and I can answer it at my leisure.

[03] How many emails do you send in a day?
Now that I'm working, not nearly as many as I used to. I suppose on average I send about ten to twelve a day. Kind of... I don't know anymore. When I worked, it was many. Life is slower now.

[04] Who is the person you contact most?
My father - I usually call him every other night, sometime every night. I think I'm the only person he has any regular contact with, now that he is my mother's personal slave.

[05] With whom do you least like to contact?
My mother. She had a series of strokes in 2008 that could have completely been avoided. Now she can't talk. She can't do anything at all. I hate seeing her. I know she loves this life, but I hate the way she treats my father.

Praise Wagoning - Cinn's Friday 5 (16 Sept.)

[01] What is the last prize you won? I have to think about that. Not because it happens so frequently but because it almost never happens. I think it was the Baltusrol Holiday party from 2009. I put my one ticket in the basket for the prize that was a beautiful set of poker chips. Luis really wanted a set as a gift, and they were rather expensive, and there was not any other gift I wanted (there were a couple of iPods, but I already had my Nano, so I was very happy with mine. Anyway, when Judy had someone draw the ticket for the chips, I won them. I was very happy and Luis was. too.

[02] In what era do you think you were meant to live?
Too many choices, now! I love some many different time periods that it is hard to pick one... but in actuality, while I would love to visit other eras, I would not like to go to other eras to live. This is my time. Space travel was in its infancy for all intents and purposes. I have seen so many advancements made in my time, that it is hard to imagine living in any other time. I would hate to miss seeing all that I have in my own lifetime.

[03] What is your favorite amusement park ride?
I love the crazy loop-de-loop, throw you around, no feet on the ground rides. Do I have a favourite? I don't think I can think of one that is my favourite. I don't usually spend much time going to amusement parks. It happens we did go to Six Flags in June or July, but that was unusual. I went on all the crazy rides I could - twice, on each - and loved it, but then we went on the lag flume and while the ride is very tame in comparison, it was nice to get wet in the hot sun.

[04] What is the spiciest food you enjoy?
You would not believe it. I love the dish Pineapple Fried Rice, with pineapple, fried rice, an assortment of vegetables, raisins, cashews, egg (which I don't get in it), and chicken and shrimp. I suspect the average person gets it sans heat, but there is level 2, which is considered "American spicy" and then there is me - I eat it at level 8. I guess that would be a three alarm fire. But I love it. The heat is very flavourful, not hot just for shock. I love it. Both Luis and Ray find level 3 to be entirely too hot for them.

[05] Do you tan or burn?
I fry like an egg in the broiling sun then fade back to winter white. Even when I do "tan", I'm so light no one can tell the difference. So I have long since given up on the idea of tanning.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Booking Through Thursday - In Public

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world? Always - you never know when you will have the opportunity to read!
And, do you ever try to hide the covers? No, never. I am not embarrassed at all about what I read. I do take the covers off of hard cover books, though, as they are annoying. I find they create more problems than they solve.
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Friday 5 for September 23: To the Table

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  1. Some friends have invited you over to watch the big game. What do you bring for the snack table? I doubt anyone will invite me to a televised sporting event and I wouldn't go, but if I did, I'd bring veggies and dip. The Shoprite grocery store makes a really nice tray that would feed an army.
  2. What do you bring for a potluck lunch at work (or school)? Ummm... I usually didn't... I don't cook, not my thing.
  3. It’s a regifting party! Everyone brings some gift they never opened or used and leaves with someone else’s. What do you bring? Oh, I wish I would get invited to something like that! My father-in-law gives me Hummel ornaments for the Christmas tree and I hate them. I'd give those. Someone else would like them but never me!
  4. You’re going camping for a long weekend with a bunch of friends. Everybody agrees to bring one thing that others often don’t think to bring. What’s your contribution? Oh, my. I don't camp, ever. So I would not know what to bring... not a clue.
  5. Road trip! The car in which you’re going to spend twenty hours with your closest friends only has a CD player. What do you bring? My iPod, headphones and snacks! I suspect this would be too much for me and my eclectic taste in music!
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WTF Friday - Stealing Hotel Items After Traveling into the Future

1) Cell phones owned by actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis were recently hacked, and photos contained on them were leaked to the public. What would you be most afraid of if your phone ever got hacked? Absolutely nothing. There is nothing for anyone to see or steal, other than minutes. I have a stupid phone. It does not have a camera. I have nothing stored in it. I can't do anything with it except make and receive phone calls. It doesn't even have texting enabled. Let 'em hack it.

2) Autumn begins today (Sept. 23). In one word, describe how autumn makes you feel. Warm, crisp, cool (that sounds weird, but it is true) and colourful. Even though Autumn means winter is coming, it is still my favourite season. I love it. It is less than wonderful at the moment (rain and we are expecting 5" of it this weekend, which will not help. We were hard hit by Irene and there are still about four dozen condemned homes here. And Wayne, NJ, where my parents live was even harder hit. We don't need this...) but I am patiently waiting for the sunny, cool, crisp days so I can take images of colourful leaves.

3) When you stay in a hotel, do you steal the towels, slippers, soap, shampoo, and/or anything else in the room? We don't steal towels, unless we are in a really, really upscale hotel - their towels are not as soft as ours. Luis will steal the little bottles of shampoo and shower wash, but I am fussier about my hair and body care, so I pack my own and usually don't use theirs.

4) The vending machines at my office have started dispensing gold dollar coins instead of just giving you back a dollar bill or quarters. This has annoyed some people. How do you feel about receiving the dollar coins opposed to dollar bills? I'd rather get the coins, since I collect one of each minted one (the dollars are releasing each President and the quarters are releasing one each for the United States National Parks - Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, etc. so I have an interest in getting them. Besides, why sweat the small stuff? I wander why people even care, so long as they get their money back, right?

5) Listeria-tainted cantaloupes were shipped to at least 22 states in the U.S. and led to an outbreak that has killed at least eight people. Has this stopped you from consuming cantaloupe? No, I don't care for cantaloupe anyway. This won't affect me. That's too bad that this happened. I do know that there is a contagion of some kind killing a lot of pumpkins, though, and I love getting pumpkins and carving them out for the autumn. I'd hate to have this happen here. I'm not even sure what listeria is... but it sounds dangerous if it killed eight people.

6) A pair of the ruby slippers worn on-screen by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" will be auctioned off on Dec. 16. What is a piece of movie history that you'd love to own? A piece of movie history... I'd own anything from either the original Star Wars released in 1977 or one of the Star Trek movies. Maybe Spock's ears! That would be cool!

7) I recently overheard a grocery store cashier ask a kid, "What is your favorite monster?" The boy answered "Spiderman." With Halloween approaching, I want to know what your favorite monster is (and I mean a "real" monster, not a superhero like Spiderman). I'd have to say my only favourite monster is the orange hairy monster from Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny cartoons. What was he called? Hold on... I can't find his name. I also love Witch Hazel (with all the hairpins that follow her) and of course, there is the vampire. My favourite episode is when Bugs is walking through the castle singing, "Abraca Pocus" and turns the count into a bat with his human head! If I had to pick a non-animated character, I would say it would be the monster from the Schwarzeneggar movie Predator.

8) European researchers said they clocked a subatomic particle going faster than the speed of light, which contradicts Einstein's theory of relativity. This led my coworkers to partake in a conversation about it meaning that one day time travel may one day be possible. If you could travel through time, what time period would you go to and why? You want me to pick just ONE?! Oh, no... I would not be able to confine my time travel to just one era. So many to pick from! I'd go to see the fourteenth century - see the plague and then the fall of fuedalism. Then there would be the reformation of the Catholic into Protestantism. And the Renaissance. And the Civil War... Ancient Greece... ancient Egypt... so many choices, so many times!

WTF Thursday - Dear Diary, I Named an Elephant Today...

1) Next week is my 30th birthday, but I'm boycotting it because I am not ready to leave my 20s behind. What has been the toughest birthday for you so far? None of them, not as an adult. When I was 13, my mother turned 40 and had a total meltdown. She just went nuts. I refuse to be that way. I see it as this or being dead, so give me birthdays, please! I also love my birthday and feel it should be a national holiday.

The closest thing I can think of as the toughest birthday was when I turned 13. I wanted to wake up and have breasts and a curvy woman's body, not the board that I still looked like. Keep in mind that none of us looked like we were growing into women right then - some were showing small signs and some nothing, not like kids today who are starting menarche at age 9... I was very disappointed that I woke up looking the same as always. I also wanted to get my period when I was that age, again because it was a sign of womanhood. I'm so glad I'm done with that age range!

2) In general, what is your favorite ride at an amusement park? The more upside down it goes and the more loop-de-loops it does, the happier I am!

3) Recently the Oklahoma City Zoo held a contest to name its newest elephant baby. With today (Sept. 22) being Elephant Appreciation Day, what would you name an elephant if you could name one? Peanut Butter. I don't know why, it just seems fitting.

4) On Sept. 22, 1920, the Band-Aid was invented. What is something you wish you could cover up with a Band-Aid? My fat stomach. Wouldn't that be cool? One band-aid and you can go to the beach looking svelte without having to torture yourself to lose the weight.

5) Other than gasoline, what do you frequently purchase at a gas station? Nothing. I very rarely go into the store that is part of it. I only ever buy fuel. Besides, the mark up in those places is an outrage.

6) If you had to eat only three different foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? Hawaiian pizza, Pineapple fried rice and Smarties!

7) Today (Sept. 22) is Dear Diary Day. Finish this sentence: "Dear Diary, I wish I knew ..." ...when my Long Term Disability is going to come through from the state."

8) Would you rather have children and make a decent salary or have no kids and make a great salary? I think you know the answer to that. The latter, please. Although I never cared how much I made so long as I was happy, and I was very happy. But I'm much happier living my child-free life. So the accurate answer is "I'd rather have no children regardless of my income."

WTF Wednesday - Avoiding Foods While Filling out Paperwork on the Day of Peace

1) Thought Catalog has posted a list of "20 Foods To Avoid On A Date." What is a food you avoid when you're eating with other people? Well, specific foods would take some thinking, but generally, I stay away from anything that will either drip on me so I'll end up wearing a food or anything that will become lodged in my teeth, thus looking very attractive and highly visible when I eat. Charming.

2) My future husband recently checked the "married" box on official paperwork by accident instead of "single." Have you ever made a funny accident on official paperwork? Hmmm. I have funny stuff on paperwork all the time because New Jersey does not recognise common law marriage and Luis and I have been living together for well over 21 years. This means that I have a conundrum with legal paperwork because if I list him as my "husband" it is assumed that money is shared. It is not, but they don't know that. So I used to put in POSSSLQ, which was an old IRS term meaning Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Same Living Quarters and could be found on old tax return forms. It is no longer in use. So I am constantly explaining what this means.

3) The October issue of "Redbook" magazine says 66 percent of its readers like the idea of male engagement rings. How do you feel about engagement rings for men? It doesn't matter what I think of them; it matters what Luis thinks of them. I gave him an engagement ring - a Celtic knot ring - and while he wears it and never takes it off, he does endlessly gripe about it. So I leave it alone (I wanted to get him a better ring at one point, but I suspected the ensuing battle to get him to wear it would not be worth it...).

4) Today (Sept. 21) is the International Day of Peace. If you were the leader of a country, how would you promote peace among its residents? I don't know how that could be done. Imagine if I had that answer? I'd be able to market it and get rich if I got the various middle east and African nations to stop committing genocide or other atrocities and play nice together!

5) Where (or when) do you feel the most peaceful? Oddly enough, when I went to Ireland in 1985. The troubles were still raging then and the tour originally designed to take us to the Cliffs of Moher, Londonderry and Ulster had to be redone to remove those areas, as the violence was out of hand there. So we made a circle through Shannon, Cork, Youghal ( pronounced yawl), the Black Mountains, Waterford, Wexford, through Kilkenny and Killarney, Wicklow, into Dublin. We stayed in Dublin at least two days, then to Holyhead, Wales to go up into Scotland. It was all very peaceful except for the major cities, such as Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. London, absolutely. But everything else was just lovely.

6) Today is World Gratitude Day. What are three things you're grateful NOT to have in your life? How curious. Three things I'm grateful not to have... well, let's see. Oh, yes, Number One: Children. I have never, do want now, and never want to have kids. This is not for me. That is the very top of the list. Number Two would be a large family. I have a handful of relatives on my mother's side, less on Ray's and Harry's side. I'm grateful for that. I'd hate to come from a huge family like so many people I know. And the final item is I'm grateful I don't care for fried foods. I'm fat already. The last thing I need is to weight another 100lbs because I love greasy, oily, fried foods.

7) How many pillows are too many pillows on a bed? Three. I have one. Luis has two, but I cannot get him to understand that the two-pillow thing just adds to the complications of his snoring. Even with the C-Pap this still creates issues.

8) If your bank accidentally deposited an extra $500 to your account, would you alert them to the error or keep the money? Oh, no, I would alert the bank. That happened once (many years ago) where an excess $650 showed up and I told the bank I had at the time that I did not deposit this and it wasn't mine. They argued with me and for two weeks I parked it in my savings account to earn interest and keep it where I could not spend  it. Sure enough, they finally figured out whose it was. I stuck it into Checking, they took it back, and I kept what little interest it earned. But it does happen, and eventually, they do figure it out. Don't ever keep it!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Saturday 9: Tuesday Afternoon

Saturday 9: Tuesday Afternoon

1. Where will you be and doing this Tuesday afternoon? I guess the same thing I do all the time... blog, read, nap. This is my life.

2. Do you belong to any group(s)? Well, I am still an active member of the Parsippany's Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad, I'm just not an actively riding EMT. I can be on committees, though, so I am on the new rig committee and heading the Nominations committee. Both are temporary, but I'm hoping to be on the Executive Board as the Recording Secretary for 2012. The job takes maybe an hour and a half once a month... Stuff I can do.

3. Do you feel energized or drained by being in a group situation? (If the answer is "it depends," on what does it depend?) It does depend... there are a lot of factors. One is that when there is a lot of political bulls**t, it is draining. It is always draining. But other times there is a positive group dynamic and then it is quite energising. So, yes, it does depend.

4. Is there a role you naturally put yourself while adapting when in group situations? I'm just me - WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). I'm not anyone's first choice of anything, simply because I'm not popular. Fine. I get it. But no, I don't take on a different role or personality.

5. In business or formal situations, do you mind hugs or are you offended if it goes past a handshake? That depends, too. Mostly, I had no problem with hugs, because I am a touchy-feely person. But there were a few people who I wasn't that warm and fuzzy with. Both were fine. Normally, a handshake is the safest approach in a business setting.

6. Do you find what we'd call “ice breakers” a playful way to build community in a lighthearted manner, or a complete and utter hell of forced fun and awkwardness? I'll take "utter hell of forced fun and awkwardness", for $5,000, Alex...

7. What word do you use far too frequently? I don't. I also don't use the word "like" as a stuttering filler. It makes me crazy when people do that. The word shows up in one sentence five times. WHAT is that?!

8. What word do you use not frequently enough? Again, none. I pride myself on my excellent English (true English, not American English) skills. I have a very large vocabulary and I like to use it.

9. What word do you use when swearing is not appropriate? When is swearing not appropriate? Ha, ha. I don't use non-swearing [in]appropriate language to replace those words, I just don't use them. One can absolutely make a point and a strong one without any inappropriate language. I learned that as a Human Resources Manager. People had no trouble understanding me and how angry I was without using any non-business language.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sunday Seven - Episode #307

"Here in Charleston, the weather has gone from about 96° to about 72° — or even less — in a matter of days.
The weathermen say we shouldn’t get used to this too quickly: more hot weather is on the way. But in the meantime, we’ve been able to enjoy much cooler, fall-like weather.

Which got me thinking about this week’s topic.
  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!
Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!"

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:
Name your seven things you’re looking forward to doing now that the weather is about to start turning cooler.

Ah, this is my favourite of all seasons. And here, the temperature dropped on Thursday from when I went to get bagels that morning and it was 85 degrees and that afternoon, when I went to the Thai place and it was suddenly in the low 60s. It actually dropped in about two hours. (That was a little freaky...)

1. Leaf peeping - I love the changing leaves. Although the summer weather was not conducive to a brilliant, long-lasting autumn leaf season, it still will be autumn and I will still love it. In fact, the leaves should have started with the trees across the street (the younger maples begin by the end of August), the rest will start in the next couple of weeks.

2. Hiking - I can't hike like healthy people can, with the DM II, but I know where I can go and how much I can take, so I will do it. Go to nice, quiet, leafy places and enjoy the cool, crisp air and incredible colours.

3. Wearing jeans or cargo pants and sweaters and boots. I never miss summer wear. I'm a sweater and boots kind of person.

4. Pumpkin-picking - I always go to the pumpkin patch with either Luis or my father and select pumpkins for carving. I get gloves from the squad to gut the pumpkins (I've got my weirdisms, and I hate the insides of the pumpkins... so slimy), put together the design of my choice, tattoo it to the front of the pumpkin and then carve it out. I'm meticulous and love doing it. I used to enter it into the contest at Baltusrol, too. I'm still going to do it, there just won't be a contest for me. But that wasn't why I did it.
5. Decorating the house for autumn - oh, yes. What did you think, only people with kids do it? I have lots of leaf things and fall decorations to bestow upon the house. I also swap out my summer candle fragrances for my autumn ones (Yankee Candle's "Autumn Leaves" is my favourite, so is "Apple Cider").

6. Well, this won't happen that much now, because thanks to the severe flooding here and so many Parsippany residents out of homes and belongings, I have already gone through most of the clothing to donate. However, there are still a couple of bins to go through, so I will still have some clothing to give. That is normally an autumn task for me, not a summer one.

7. Lay out in the hammock for the final times until it is time to put it away for the season. And the last weekend of the Renaissance Faire is this coming weekend, so that is one more thing I'd like to do...

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Saturday Six - Episode #388

"We’ve been hearing a lot lately from nutrition experts about the importance of the rainbow when it comes to placing food on your plate. So this week, I thought I’d do a set of questions that focus on the colors of the foods we eat.

Remember that for some colors, like orange, there may be only one obvious food: the orange! But there are also carrots, orange bell peppers and even salmon, which can have an orange-pink color. So give it a thought before you answer!

I hope you enjoy, and thanks for playing!

Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!"

1. What is your favorite red-colored food? Strawberries. I suspect there is some art to making them that red... my grandparents grew strawberries that were red, but not like what you see in the store now. The other good red coloured food is tuna. Yum!
 
2. What is your favorite orange-colored food? Hmmm. I would say Mandarin oranges. I don't care much for oranges (the regular ones) but I really love Mandarin oranges.


3. What is your favorite yellow-colored food? Pineapple, lemons, YES!
 

4. What is your favorite green-colored food? Green food, that is a lot of food choices. Where orange was a limiting colour, green is very broad. I'll need to give that some thought. I think the best green foods are pistachios, pears and wasabi paste. I love wasabi; I enjoy spicy but flavourful food - not spicy just to blast one's tongue out, but spicy to add to a dish's flavour. I love Thai food for this reason.

5. What color is the salad dressing you most often use? Raspberry and walnut vinaigrette. It's very flavourful but sweeter than regular vinaigrette and isn't as strong so that one only tastes the dressing and not the salad.


6. What color do you tend to find least appealing on your plate? Well, interesting question. I don't care for washed-out colours, like oatmeal beige and grits, which are sort of dirty white. I think dishes can be delicious and still pop, or have that visual "wow factor". If you ever watch Hell's Kitchen, which is amusing but interesting, you can see just how lovely food can truly be presented - even "ugly" foods like meatloaf and mac and cheese.

I would say the uncooked oatmeal looks better than when it has been cooked. The colour is not exciting, but it is not unpleasant or boring like when it is served. I also don't care for mushy foods - cooked corn is disgusting to me.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

WTF Wednesday - Swapping Lives with an Annoying Pitchman on Donut Day

1) On a airplane, would you prefer to sit in an aisle seat or a window seat? Why? Oh, always the window seat! I always want to look outside and see whatever I can. I love to fly - seeing the earth from that viewpoint is so dramatically different from the way we see it every day.

2) Today (Sept. 14) is National Cream-filled Donut Day. What is your favorite type of donut? I'm a purist and call it a doughnut. My favourite kind of Bavarian Creme. I love the creme inside and the chocolate compliments it nicely. I eat them very infrequently, though - they give me the worst heartburn. It's the greasy part of the cooking process that does it. I've never been successful in staving off the heartburn, either.

3) What are the four most important things children should learn in school? All the stuff they did not teach in my day (and may still not teach): how to balance your checkbook and save money and live on a budget; how to get a job from soup to nuts; how to learn instead of just memorise; and how to have confidence in dealing with people.

4) On Tuesday, The CW premiered its new TV show "Ringer" and ABC Family has its new show "The Lying Game." Both shows are about identical twins who switch places. If you had a twin, would you ever swap lives with him/her? To effectively answer that, I'd need to have a twin and be close enough to her to know what her life is like. If she is not living a really great life, or has drug problems, or is unable to keep a job or something, would I want to experience that life? And when it came time to resume my good life, would that present its own issues? And no thanks if it was the other way around, as well. I would not want her to have my life if it wasn't good. And when it came time to go back, would I willingly give it up? Probably not.

5) Yesterday (Sept. 13) was Fortune Cookie Day. If you could write your own fortune cookie, would would it say? You'll receive great fortune... in bed.


6) Who is the most annoying product pitch-man (or pitch-woman) on TV? Oh, hey, I actually know this one! I usually never watch the adverts thanks to TiVO, but this I have seen - the woman on the auto insurance commercials. The setting is all white and she has dark hair and is SO UNBELIEVABLY ANNOYING! She is super-perky and just terribly annoying. UGH! She should be thrown off the telly. I never remember what she's selling (not the brand) and I hate her character enough to not ever buy that. I'm not one who responds well to adverts.

7) A new study says over 40 percent of people suffering from symptoms of depression won't discuss it with their doctors due to fear of being put on antidepressants. Do you tell your doctor about all your health problems? Yes, sure I do. I'm not worried about him putting me on more drugs - thanks to the muscular dystrophy, I have a regiment of drugs that are off the charts to begin with. If I went to him and said I want something for the depression of being disabled and not working (oh, and having NJ Disability turn down my claim) I think he would recommend I talk to someone professional rather than try drugs for the issue. If nothing else worked, maybe he'd try that...

8) One of my boyfriend's friends randomly had a child come up to her in a store and ask her where she buys her underwear. What is the weirdest question you've been asked by a child? I couldn't tell you. I ignore kids as much as they, thankfully, ignore me. Life is good that way.

The Queen's Meme #94 ~ The Love Match Meme

7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

This week has been wide open. In case you haven't noticed, I tend to meme-blog about those things that are concerning me at the moment. Or making me laugh. Or driving me crazy.

I can't get my mind off a conversation I had with a new guy possible love match maybe kinda sorta we'll see acquaintance this week.

He's conservative. But edgy. Liberal with his opinions. But not haphazardly. Tall. A littttttle younger (I said a "little!") and downright challenging. But in a good way. 


1. Which is more important.... romantic chemistry or friendship? Friendship comes first - once a good, solid friendship, then the relationship can slowly develop into into something more than just friendship. Time is the biggest factor after type of relationship; RUSHING is the next killer of relationships.

2. Would you date someone who is much taller or shorter than you? How about older or younger? I will not date men shorter than I; I'm only 5'4", so I prefer someone close to 6'1". More is fine for me as I have all tall men - my father is 6'4", my uncle (before he bent over with age) was 6'7". I can't help but have a height preference.


3. How soon should you bring up past relationships in a new relationship? I suppose whenever you are both ready to discuss it, then that is the time.

4. What is the one red flag you KNOW from past experience to pay attention to when getting to know a new person? If it only it was that easy. There is no such thing as a red flag or any kind of "tell" a person has that means they aren't good relationship material. Maybe they have grown to be good or the last person was what made them not good for a long-term relationship. I refuse to doom anything without giving some one a chance.

5.   When dating someone, what would you consider the ultimate deal breaker? I'm not sure. I haven't had an issue like that come up. Either it worked out or it didn't.

6.  Tell us about a date you had with someone that went all wrong. Oh, boy. I've been with my husband now for well over 21 years... I'd have to think about that. Oh, wait - I thought of one. I really, really liked a kid who was a senior in school - the same high school I'd graduated from two years prior - and he seemed interested but never made a move. So I took the reigns and asked him out. We went out a couple of times and had fun, then one night he came home with me and... well... nothing happened. I shouldn't say that. Something kind of happened. He was all hot and heavy when it came to my pantyhose but wanted nothing to do with the rest of me. I realised this on the next date and dumped him. (He did admit it before I cut him loose.) It was a fiasco. He had no interest in sex, just pantyhose. That sounds like an issue to me.


7. Imagine you have a teenage daughter. She just asked you to give your best dating and relationship advice. What will you say? The best advice I can give is to listen to what your date has to say, don't dominate the conversation, and not to ever be jealous. It is a stupid and wasteful emotion with no benefit. I had to learn it the hard way, but since learning it I've never looked back. I hope she can bypass the learning of it and just be past it already, but it seems unlikely it could be that way.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sunday Stealing - The Lower 40 Meme Pt. 1

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Lower 40 Meme, Part One

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. The only exception is when we find a meme from a blogger who longer posts.  We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger and blog called Highway Girl. We will do the forty question in two parts. She states that she shamelessly stole it from Rappy. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1) Who is the last person you high-fived? Rob at the squad house over the weekend. I forget what we were talking about but it was appropriate at the moment...

2) If you were drafted into a war, would you survive. Uh, no. I wouldn't pass the physical with the muscular dystrophy. Come to think of it I may not even be able to lift the gun.Certainly the backpack is out of limits as well.

3) Do you sleep with the TV on? It sometimes happens as an accident. I try to void making that mistake so that I am not awake at 0400 to turn the bloody thing off.

4) Have you ever drunk milk straight out of the carton? Never. And as much as I love Luis, I won't use the milk out of the container after that. Because eeeeiiiiiuuuuwwww. Just euiw.

5) Have you ever won a spelling bee? I don't think I have entered one, but I would had a higher than average chance of winning - I am a competent speller.

6) Have you ever been stung by a bee? I have been stung by more bees than I can count. So many, in fact, that I am now allergic to their venom.

7) How fast can you type? Well, very slowly. I appear to type fast, but I end up making a gazillion errors that I go back to and correct as I type, which if you know touch-typing at all, then you know that is incorrect typing. So in fact, I'm an abysmal typist!

8) Are you afraid of the dark? No, of course not.

9) Eye color: Dark, boring brown.

10) Have you ever made out at a drive-in? I don't think I've ever been to a drive-in as an adult.

11) When was the last time you chose a bath over a shower? I don't normally choose a bath as an alternative to a shower. I'll take a bath and then take a shower when finished with the bath. Taking a bath is just to have a nice soak; taking a shower has a real purpose.

12) Do you knock on wood? Only if it is a door and I need to knock to be polite.

13) Do you floss daily? No.

15) Can you hula hoop? Yes. Well, I used to, so I should think I still can. Then again, maybe not.

16) Are you good at keeping secrets? Yes. It goes with both my last jobs: Human Resources Manager and EMT. No blabbing information.

17) What do you want for Christmas? I want an iPad II, baby!

18) Do you know the Muffin Man? Not personally, but I hear he lives on Drury Lane!

19) Do you talk in your sleep? All people do - anyone who says they don't are lying.

20) Who wrote the book of love? Well, not the Apostles, that's for sure. Maybe it was Q!

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Feel free to stop back and visit other player’s posts. Have a great week. See you next Sunday!