Friday, April 28, 2017

The Friday 5 for April 28

Ready for this week's Friday 5? The theme this time is Bizarro Chliché. And here we go....
  1. The Magic Word is “please,” but what’s the magic gesture?
    I have no idea — maybe a waving hand? Actually, I kinda hope there is no magic gesture. I might use it without knowing it.
  2. “Big D” is Dallas, but where is Big G?
    Hmmm. Well, I guess Big D is called BIG D because it has so many people in it. Can't really think of a "G" city with a huge population. Maybe Guadalajara? In Texas, it would probably be Galveston. Or Garland. Or Grand Prairie. Or Grapevine. Never been to any of those cities except Big D.
  3. Elvis Presley is the King of Rock and Roll, but who’s the king of your personal music collection?
    It's been a long time since I actually had a personal music collection. Back when music was on vinyl, we had a huge record collection. But these days, I mostly listen to jazz on Pandora or Sirius Audio, and don't really "collect" it. However, we do have an enormous number of Miles Davis CDs given to us by a friend. So I guess you could say Miles is the King of My Collection.
  4. The motherland is wherever you consider your family’s origins, but what’s the cousinland?
    Where your cousins have ended up? Well, most of my cousins are in the San Antonio, Bastrop, and Fort Worth areas, so those must be my cousinlands.
  5. CBS calls itself the Tiffany Network, but what would you call the Walmart Network?
    I almost said FOX News. But hey, I like Walmart, so I wouldn't want to insult it by equating it with anything cheesy. I never heard the "Tiffany Network" nickname before.  But I like CBS, too.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 742

Mutterings for the week of April 23rd. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Improve :: get better (Which makes me think of the Beatles and "getting better all the time." Which makes me think of the Sgt. Pepper album. Which makes me think of 1967. Which makes me think of the Summer of Love and lots of other stuff that I really don't need to be remembering right now. Hmmm.)
    Me in 1967. Hiding from the camera.
  2. Brothers :: Blues
    Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi as Elwood and Jake Blues
  3. Crystal :: clear 
  4. Zoo :: chaos 
  5. Second :: base
  6. Sell :: advertising
  7. Death :: ... knell (obviously been reading too much 17th century poetry)
  8. Current :: ... events
  9. Pain :: current events
  10. Value :: Tru- (obviously been spending too much time at the hardware store)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday 9

Another new meme for me! The Saturday 9 ("Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!") is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is Petula Clark's Don't Sleep in the Subway.

  1. Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?
    Don't really need it dark; in fact, I don't really like sleeping in a completely dark room — makes me feel like the walls are closing in on me. But I do like it to be relatively quiet.
  2. In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement?
    Depends on who I'm disagreeing with, and what we're disagreeing about. When I'm arguing with the Hubby, I can go completely off the deep end if I get really riled. Oh, and don't get me started on Donald Trump!
  3. Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?
    Hmmmm. No good luck charm or rituals that I can think of, even though I'm really pretty superstitious.
  4. Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?
    I certainly hope not. My mother-in-law married for the third time when she was 77 (she and the groom were both widowed), and I thought that was pretty wonderful.
  5. Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?
    Well, my nearest friend is my Hubby. (Hi, Sweetie.) But I have family and friends all over Texas and the rest of the US. I guess my nearest ones (in terms of location) are a brother-in-law in Austin, a niece in San Antonio, and old friends in the Austin area and Bastrop.
  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind?
    Not one that they wrote, but the first one that comes to mind is "Twist and Shout." It has a lot of personal nostalgia attached, for the Hubby and me. By the way, I think I still have my copy of that first Rolling Stone issue. Somewhere.
  7. In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?
    Definitely Mr. Spock.
  8. RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?
    Depends on which knee is giving me trouble that day.
  9. As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?
    No. Too lazy to get up.

Well, that was fun. But now I've really gotta stop all this meme-ing, and get my morning workout done!

The Friday 5 for April 21

Trying out a new meme this week: The Friday 5. Well, new to me anyway. Actually, it's been around for quite a while, it seems. This week's theme is "Ssssssh!" And here we go:

  1. What’s something sneaky you’ve recently done?
    Guess I'm not much of a sneak. Can't think of anything sneaky I've done recently. Probably the sneakiest I get is hiding gifts at Christmas.
  2. Who or what do you feel the need to tiptoe around?
    Again, I'm not one for tiptoe-ing around things or people. Although, when the Spurs lose a game, it's a good idea NOT to try to talk to the Hubby for a while.
  3. What’s the dirty secret about the field in which you work?
    Retired. No work, no field, no dirty secrets. Before I retired I worked for a non-profit think tank in Washington DC. I guess the closest they got to "dirty secrets" was the fact that they'd do just about anything to keep their clients happy. But then, that's pretty standard in DC — not really a secret.
  4. What was the subject of your last whispered conversation?
    Probably real estate. ??? Or maybe the play we saw recently. I don't have occasion to do much whispering.
  5. What’s recently snuck up on you?
    April. And now May is getting ready to do the same thing!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 741

Mutterings for the week of April 16th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. I'm pretty late with this, so here we go....
  1. Field :: Sally (always loved her!)
  2. Ding :: dong
  3. Teenager :: wouldn't want to be one these days
  4. Podcast :: I must be the only person on the planet who's never experienced a podcast. Not even sure what they are.
  5. Vibrator :: "Grace & Frankie" (the Netflix series with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin - the storyline this season revolves around the girls' new vibrator for "older women")
  6. Radio :: music, DJ, Beach Boys
  7. Brat :: probably me as a kid
  8. Dwell :: one of my favorite magazines
  9. Piano :: bar
  10. Perish :: ...the thought

Monday, March 20, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 737

Mutterings for the week of March 19th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Describe :: explain, report
  2. Blast :: dynamite; good times
  3. Scratch :: itch; Spring (I do a lot of scratching in the Spring ); also "cooking from scratch" (which I don't do a lot of, any time of year )
  4. Limber :: yoga
  5. Spring :: scratch (see above)
  6. Ridiculous :: ludicrous (not the hip-hop star — I think he's spelled differently )
  7. Commute :: work, traffic, travel, back and forth
  8. Aches :: and pains; teeth; joints; migraines (I know ALL about aches, my children )
  9. Tissue :: sneeze; Kleenex (I use Puffs, but still call them Kleenex )
  10. Frost :: what I hope we've seen the last of until next year!

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