Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Stealing: I Love Questions (Oh yeah?)

Time for a little Sunday Stealing (hosted by Bev Sykes)  — questions lifted from all over the blogosphere. I haven't joined in on any of these for quite a while, but it's always fun. This week's list is from Questions, Memes, Asks, Etc.:

1. Are you satisfied with the way your life is right now?
Pretty much. Summer is my favorite time of year, so that's keeping me happy at the moment.
2. Do you drink enough water?
Probably not, although I do try to, and generally have a glass or bottle of water with me at all times.
3. When was the last time you ate at Burger King?
Sometime in the 1980s. Used to love their Whopper Jr.® burgers. Haven't had a burger of any kind in years.
4. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
The beach, although I cover myself up so thoroughly, I might as well NOT be at the beach.

5. How do you usually feel when you wake up on a morning?
Glad I made it through one more night.
6. Would you rather take someone on a date, or be taken on a date?
What's a date? Seriously, folks — dating is so far in my past I can just barely remember what it was like.
7. When was the last time you wore high heeled shoes?
Oh, wow...probably something like ten years ago. Maybe longer.
8. Vodka or wine?
Wine, generally. Although I do like the occasional Bloody Mary with vodka.
9. How often do you cry?
I seem to answer this question a lot. I honestly cannot remember the last time I cried, so ... not often.
10. Ever had a crush on a teacher?
11. Can you wire a plug?
No, but I can plug a wire.
12. Do you wear socks to bed?
Sometimes in winter, if it's very cold.
13. What is currently bugging you?
At this very moment? Not much, really. I've got a medical appointment scheduled for the end of this month, and I'm not terribly thrilled about that. But it's not really bugging me.
15. Can you change a car tire?
Well, I do know HOW to change a tire. Theoretically. But I've never had to do it, so I'll say...maybe.
16. Have you met more than ten celebrities?
I guess that would depend on what is meant by "celebrity." I've met quite a few bright lights in the academic world, but I don't suppose they'd qualify. So, no.
17. Do you sleep naked?
Definitely not. Well, not anymore.
18. What was the best music gig you’ve ever attended?
Wow. I've been to some great concerts. None very recent. I saw Leonard Cohen perform live several times, and those were some very special events.
19. Have you ever had sexual feelings for anyone you follow on line?
That's a little personal, don't you think?
20. Who is someone who has changed your life positively.
The guy I'm married to.
21. Favourite city?
I have several. I love my hometown of San Antonio. Also Chicago, New York, London and Paris. Haven't been to any of them in quite a while. Oh, and Mexico City. Again, haven't been there in many years.
22. Can you drive?
22. Cigarettes or alcohol?
For what? Do I smoke? No. Do I drink? Yes, but not much.
23. Favourite and least favourite accents?
No opinion on this.
24. Did you play Red Rover when you were a child?
I think so. Don't think it was a favorite game.
25. Do you like 1980s fashion?
I liked it during the 1980s. Looking back at that time, I realize there were some very odd fashion trends back then. But I guess that can be said of just about any era, including the present one. (I'd insert a photo of myself in leggings here, but fortunately I've destroyed all of those.)


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday 9: Venus in Blue Jeans

The Saturday 9  meme is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"Venus in Blue Jeans"
by Jimmy Clanton (1962)

1. Like the dream girl described in this song, Sam is wearing jeans as she composes this Saturday 9. Is there a lot of denim in your wardrobe?
I wouldn't say there's a LOT of denim, but I do have a few pairs of jeans — mostly the "mom" variety.
2. Jimmy Clanton likens this girl to the Venus de Milo, the ancient Greek sculpture made of marble and now on display at the Louvre. Is there any marble in your home?
Hmmm. I don't think so. Granite countertops in the kitchen, but no marble. 
3. He refers to his girl as "Mona Lisa with a pony tail." The Mona Lisa is also at the Louvre. What's the last museum you visited?
I love museum-going, but haven't done much of it lately. When we lived in Virginia, near Washington DC, we used to go to the Smithsonian museums all the time. I guess the last museum I've visited recently was the Blanton Museum in Austin, and that was about three years ago. There's a WWII exhibit in the visitors center at the Pearl Harbor Historic Site in Honolulu, that we toured when we were in Hawaii a few years ago. It's pretty extensive, but I'm not sure if it qualifies as an official museum, though.
4. This girl is so awesome, she's the 8th Wonder of the World! Without looking it up, could you name the other 7?
No. But I know there have been a lot of different lists of "Seven Wonders" through the ages. I could probably list a few of the Ancient Wonders, but I'm not sure about the modern choices.
5. Jimmy Clanton spent his entire professional life behind a microphone. After he quit selling records, he began spinning them as a DJ. Do you consider the sound of your voice one of your better qualities?
Once upon a time, I would have answered yes to this question. But as I've gotten older, asthma and allergies have done some pretty nasty things to my vocal chords. The hubby once told me my voice on the telephone sounded like a parrot squawking. He's such a sweetie.  
6. At age 80, Mr. Clanton still performs. He averaged an appearance/month in 2018. Some of his fans were surprised that he has let his pompadour go completely white. Do you color your hair?
Not recently, although I have in the past. Thinking about maybe going a little blonder soon. I would love it if my hair would turn completely white, but I've just got ugly gray patches spreading around. 
7. In 1962, when this song was popular, Americans were reading about 5-year-old First Daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her pony, Macaroni. Tell us about a pet you had when you were very young.
My longest-lasting pet was my toy fox terrier Corky. Got him when he was a few months old and I was about 8 or 9, and he was still around when I went off to college. By then he was more my mom's pet than he was mine. He was a great little dog and used to wake me up in the mornings by jumping onto the bed and pulling the covers off me and onto the floor. 
8. Decades later, Caroline Kennedy was the first woman to serve as US Ambassador to Japan. Have you ever been to Asia?
No, but I would love to go.
9. Random question: When talking among themselves, who do you think is more open and honest about sex — men or women?
Absolutely no idea how to answer that. I don't have a lot of conversations about sex, honest or otherwise. 

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Blue Monday: The Return

Wow, it's been almost a year since my last Blue Monday post. Well, I haven't really been doing much blogging at all for a while now. And I've always been a kind of hit-or-miss blogger. Sometimes there's just too much going on and not enough time to sit down and get my thoughts together, and other times — there's just not much I want to say. Feast or famine, I guess.

But today I'm back. And I'm happy to say, the blue skies are back too. After a weekend of rain and gloomy weather, the blue finally broke through yesterday afternoon.

Now we've got sunshine (mostly) predicted for the rest of the week. (Yay!) Looking forward to getting out at some point and doing our annual bluebonnet drive. If all goes well. Fingers crossed.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you have a lovely, blue sky week.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday 9: The Fool on the Hill

The Saturday 9  meme is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"The Fool on the Hill"
by Sergio Mendes and
Brasil '66 (1968)

Chosen because Monday is April Fool's Day.

1. As an April Fool's prank, Taco Bell once announced they had purchased The Liberty Bell and renamed it The Taco Liberty Bell. Describe your perfect taco.
OK, any taco is pretty much perfect, just by definition: The taco is nature's most nearly perfect food. No, wait -- maybe that's milk. Anyway, my perfect taco would be in an extra crispy corn tortilla shell, have shredded beef, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, cheese and salsa. And maybe some potato chunks -- the way they used to make them in the San Antonio of my youth. Unfortunately, I can no longer eat most of those things. Sad.
2. Similarly, as an April Fool's prank, the Ford Motor Co. was supposed to wipe out the national deficit by purchasing the naming rites to a beloved monument, renaming it the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial. What model car do you drive?
Currently we have an eight-year-old Ford Escape. Contemplating getting a second car for me to run around in. 
3. In 1998, Burger King got in on the April Fool's Day fun by promoting a special "Left-Handed Whopper," designed to be easier for a leftie to hold. Describe your perfect burger.
My husband makes wonderful burgers -- beef patties grilled to a perfect medium-well doneness, his special secret sauce, lots of melted cheddar cheese, with pickle, onion and tomato slices, lettuce, and mustard. Yum! Again, most of that is stuff I just don't (or can't) eat anymore. I can't really remember the last time I had a burger. Sad, sad, sad.
4. In 1962, when color TV was still new, a Swedish station pranked viewers by telling them they could convert their black/white sets to color by cutting up a nylon stocking and stretching it across the screen. Of course, in 1962, more women wore nylons and screens were smaller. How big is your TV? Are there any nylon stockings in your home?
We just bought ourselves a new TV with a much larger screen than the others we've had. I think it's 65 inches. Great for watching widescreen movies -- we've watched 2001: Space Odyssey and Lawrence of Arabia on it, and it was a very cool experience. And yes, I do have some nylons stashed away in the closet somewhere. Never wear them anymore, though.
5. In 1957, the BBC ran an April Fool's story about how the Swiss were enjoying a "bumper spaghetti crop," with spaghetti literally growing on trees. Viewers who called the station, asking how to grow a spaghetti tree of their own, were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a can of tomato sauce and hope for the best. Have you ever fallen for an April Fool's prank?
I fall for some sort of April Fool's prank or hoax or trick every year. I must be the world's most gullible person. I hate April Fool's Day.
6. When Crazy Sam was growing up, her mother would surprise her on April Fool's Day by slipping a rubber worm or plastic spider in her lunch box. When you were in school, did you more frequently brown bag it or buy your lunch in the cafeteria line?
All these food questions are making me very hungry. I might need to go have a little snack after this one. 
In elementary school I usually took a lunch -- but in a lunchbox, not a bag. Somewhere around junior high (middle school to all you whippersnappers), I switched over to buying my lunch. Probably about the time my mother got fed up with getting up early to make a lunch for me.
7. This week's song was an international hit for Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66. Because of the song's bossa nova arrangement, everyone assumed the lead singer, Lani Hall, was Brazilian. She was a folk singer from Chicago. Sergio Mendes discovered her at a charity benefit. Can you think of a time when doing good really paid off for you?
Paid off? Well, not really. But I always hope my good deeds do some good for someone, and I suppose they pay off in making me feel happier.
8. In 1968, when this record was popular, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada. Today his son holds that office. When did you most recently visit our neighbor to the north?
I have only been to Canada once, and that was at least forty years ago. It was in May or maybe June, and Toronto was lovely, but very cold. 
9. Random question: Name three websites you visit every day.
Every day? Well, Amazon would be one, though I hate to admit it. And I guess GoodReads or Library Thing. And Google, of course -- does that count?

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday 9: Waiting for a Star to Fall

The Saturday 9  meme is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"Waiting for a Star to Fall"
by Boy Meets Girl (1988)

1. "Waiting for a Star to Fall" was literally inspired by a falling star. The singing/songwriting duo of Boy Meets Girl was at a big, outdoor concert and could have sworn they saw a falling star in the night sky. Have you ever seen a falling star?
I probably would call it a "shooting star." Yes, I've seen a lot of them. I'm old.
2. They offered this song to Whitney Houston, who declined to record it. Whitney did have hits with two other songs they wrote: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "How Will I Know?" What's your favorite Whitney song?
I was never a Whitney Houston fan, so I don't think I could really say I have a favorite Whitney song. I used to sort of like the "How Will I Know" video on MTV, so that's the one I always associate with her. 
3. Boy Meets Girl were George and Shannon, a husband-and-wife team originally from Seattle, WA. In 2016, Seattle was named America's most "bike-friendly city." Do you own a bike?
We have a stationary bike that we use for exercise. Other than that, no bikes. I once almost crippled someone by almost running into them with a bicycle. After that, my bike-riding days were over (except for the exercise bike). 
4. George and Shannon met for the first time at a wedding. She was a guest, he was in the band. Think of the last wedding present you bought. Was it from the bride and groom's registry?
Well, it's been quite a while ago, but I think it was from a registry. Don't really remember what the gift was, though. Probably dishes of some sort. 
5. In 1988, when this song was popular, 98% of American homes had a TV set. Today, that figure has dipped to 96%, presumably because Millennials are watching more content online. What's the last video you watched online?
That's an interesting statistic. Well, I don't watch movies or TV shows online, but I do watch short videos on YouTube, Facebook, and other websites. And the last one of those I watched was this "Waiting for a Star to Fall" video because I wasn't familiar with it. 
6. 1988 saw the introduction of one of the most memorable slogans of all time: "Just Do It." Without looking it up, do you know what brand "Just Do It" promotes?
Nike, right? I've always thought it was sort of an odd advertising slogan, but it certainly caught on.
7. In 1988, Sonny Bono went from entertainer to Republican politician when he was elected Mayor of Palm Springs. Have you ever met the mayor of your town?
I don't think so. But I live in a small town and it's possible I've met him at some gathering and just didn't realize it or don't remember it. (I'm old.)
8. Michael Douglas took home the Oscar in 1988 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. The American Film Institute named Gekko one of the "top movie villains of all time." Do you think bad guys are as interesting as good guys?
Oh, definitely. Usually the bad guys are much more interesting.
9. Random question: Have you ever seen a photo of yourself naked? (Baby pictures don't count.)
Yes, I have. I was much younger and in much better shape.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

SkyWatch Friday: Winter Sunset

Last night's sunset was pretty spectacular. It started slow....

But a few minutes later, it sort of exploded in color.

The display almost made up for the fact that those clouds might be bringing us sleet and/or snow tonight or over the weekend.


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