Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Book of Questions

1. If you saw a dog locked in a hot car, what would you do?  Call 911 immediately.  And call down every horrid thing I could think of on the piece of shit dirtbag who did it.  I’ve done this—it’s crazy hot here in NM in the summer…the first year we lived here, we pulled up next to a closed up car in a grocery store parking lot with not one, but THREE large dogs in it.  They were in obvious distress.  I called 911, and waited by the car.  The police came, busted the window out, and put the poor pups in their air conditioned cruiser.  The owner came out, and was arrested.  Go, cops!!!  I was so mad and upset I was shaking. 

2.  Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it?  Nope, I totally suck at this.  Asking for help is really hard for me.  Not that I think I can do everything perfectly—in my core, I don’t think I deserve the help.  It’s something I’ve worked on in therapy on and off my whole life.  I think I’m just stuck with it.

3. Have you ever been in a fashion show?  LOL, nope.  Not even close.

4. Would you like to be famous?  Hell no.  Seems like a miserable life.  I wouldn’t mind having the money some of them have, but not the life.

5. What is your most compulsive habit?  Biting my fingernails.  I’ve never been able to stop, and my Mom says I’ve been doing it since I was a baby.  I’ve tried everything, and I’ve just given up at this point in my life.

6. What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge, or something else?  Wow, this is hard one.  I’d have to say peace and security.  I would like to have just one damn day without anxiety and worry.  Just one.

7.How close and warm is your family?  Not very.  We are a very small family—my Dad was an only child of two only children.  My Mom has one brother and one sister.  The sister never had kids.  I have exactly ONE cousin and ONE sibling.  We have all always lived far away from each other (brother was in the Navy for years, and I moved around a lot out of choice).   On the other hand, when we do get together, it’s wonderful.  We sort of take up where we left off, and have a fantastic time.  Then we all go back to our separate states, LOL.  I’m always somewhat envious of all these big families with a ton of cousins and siblings.

8 Does that fact that you have never done a thing before increase or decrease its appeal to you?  Decrease.  I have a hard time trying new things.  I’m a repeat movie-watcher, I read the same books over and over—it’s a security blanket kind of thing, I suppose.

9. If your friends start belittling a common acquaintance, would you defend that person?  Sometimes.  Sometimes I just don’t say anything.

10.  Do you make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor?  How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?  I do.  And I just suck it up when someone doesn’t thank me.

11. Since adolescence, in what 3-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change?  Probably the first 3 years after I graduated nursing school.  I had a couple of great jobs, really learned my profession, and traveled all over the place.  It was a good time.

12. When you do something ridiculous, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh at you?  A lot.  I hate being laughed at or made to feel small.  I’m not too good at laughing at myself either.

13. Do you believe in capital punishment?  No

14. Do you find it so hard to say “no” that you regularly do favors you do not want to do?   Nope, I’m pretty good at saying “no” or getting around stuff like that.

15.  What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?  Abuse in any form, human or animal.  Genocide.  Mental illness.  I’ve got a list. 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday 9--The Christmas Song

Saturday 9: The Christmas Song (1961)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

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1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?  

I can’t say that I’ve EVER eaten chestnuts.  They always sound wonderful, especially in that dreamy sort of “walking down a snowy New York street and buying them from a vendor on the street” sort of way.

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit? 

Definitely.  I sort of miss living in Alaska for that—we always had a white Christmas.

3) Nat sings that turkey helps to make the season bright. We just had it last month for Thanksgiving. Do you enjoy turkey all year around? Or do you consider it primarily a holiday dish?  

Mostly a holiday dish.  We do roast chickens fairly often though—hubs make the BEST stock, and loves to make all sorts of soups year-round.

4) This song was published as "The Christmas Song," but people often refer to it as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Merry Christmas to You." When you think of this song, which title comes to mind?  

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire is the first thing that came to mind.

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5) Nat King Cole had a big hit in the 1950s with "Mona Lisa." The ballad compares an enigmatic woman to the da Vinci painting, which hangs in the Louvre. The Mona Lisa has been called the most instantly identifiable painting in the world. Can you think of another famous painting that you recognize on sight? (Extra points if you include a picture!)  

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, definitely.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?  

Yes, as long as it’s NOT avant-garde jazz.  I’m more of a traditionalist I guess.  Dixieland jazz always reminds me of New Orleans…

7) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far this year is from her dentist. She never sees Dr. Douglas socially. In fact, she hasn't seen him since her annual check-up last March. Have you received many cards this year?  

Not a one.  I don’t send them out, except to family, so I don’t get many. 

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?  

Started the week of Black Friday I think, maybe earlier for some things…

9) This time of year is big for charitable fundraising. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.  

Oh, how fun!  My husband and I are avid supporters of Watermelon Mountain Ranch, the largest no-kill shelter in New Mexico.  

They are based right here in Rio Rancho, and do amazing work saving the lives of animals all over New Mexico and beyond.  Our beloved dog Maddie was saved by one of their Molly's Mercy Missions—trips to high-kill shelters all over New Mexico and Texas.  The ranch is, literally, a ranch.  Dogs and cats have casitas and safe outdoor spaces.  They also have a thrift store and a small dog/cat adoption center inside our local mall.  Lastly, Watermelon Mountain Ranch responds to natural disasters—they participated in animal rescue during both Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi and Hurricane Harvey in Houston.   I love their motto-- "all who enter will find love"

They’ve recently partnered with our local pro soccer team, New Mexico United, to produce a calendar.  Hot soccer players and puppies—what more could you ask for, lol.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Pinterest

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1. What don’t you share?   Intensely personal things that don’t need to be out in the world.  Nothing ever really LEAVES the net, so I’ll just keep that stuff to myself.  Certain work things, because, duh, I’m an RN and work in a hospital.

2. A reason to celebrate?  Family coming to visit.  My in-laws, who we haven’t see since 2012, are coming for a visit in the middle of January.  I’m so excited, and hubs is over the moon.  It’ll be a lot of work getting ready, but way worth it!

3. Describe where you are now.  The usual blogging/working/studying spot on the weekend—in my bed with a dog at my side and a cat on my feet.  It’s cozy and comfy.

4. A dream that seems impossible.  Getting out of debt.  I think that’s happened like twice in my life, lol.

5. Something you hope for.  That my Mom decides to move out here someday.  I highly doubt it would happen, but I hate being so far away.  She says “I haven’t ruled it out”, but who knows.  She’s still living a vibrant life, driving, etc., so that decision is pretty far away I think…

6. A tradition that makes you feel at home.  Decorating the house for Christmas, both inside and out.  We got half the outside done yesterday and will finish this afternoon.  I’ll post pictures when we’re done.  I love it!

7. The people who make your life better.  Hubs, my Mom, a friend at work, my animal children.

8. Someone you’d like to meet.  Samin Nosrat.  I’m reading her book right now (got it for my birthday)—“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”.  Love, love her voice, and bet taking a cooking class with her would be absolutely amazing.  Her program (same name as the book) on Netflix was great.

9. A silly thing you’d really like.  To decorate my bedroom with twinkle lights.  I wouldn’t be able to sleep, but it would be cool.
10. A book from your childhood.  Harry the Dirty Dog.  I wish I still had that copy, it was my favorite.  I also loved anything by Dr. Seuss.

11. Something you’re still not sure about.  Whether I will ever see my daughter again, and meet my grandson.  I’m kind of doubting it, and that’s one of those intensely personal stories from the earlier question that I’m just not going to blog about.  Anyhow, it’s a dream, and hope, but I’m not holding my breath.  I’m pretty happy that I can see pictures and video, so all is not lost.

12. The best dessert to share with friends.  Chocolate fondue and fruit.  Fun and retro.  Alternatively, marshmallows over an open fire.

13. A story that captures your imagination.  Shogun, by James Clavell.  Every. Single. Time.  It’s not only a story, but a in-depth study on life in the early 1500s in Japan.  Amazing book.

14. Memories beside a fireplace.  More like a woodstove.  My first house in the mountains, in Boulder, Colorado had this giant woodstove as the only source of heat.  We had a futon near it, and I loved lying there with the heat coming off that stove, looking out this big picture window into the canyon. 

15. How do you spend a rainy day?  It hardly ever rains here, and when it does, it’s seldom all day.  But, I like to curl up with a good book and be cozy.

Monday, December 2, 2019


Borrowed from Kwizgiver.

I am...

Reading:  How to ThinkLike a Cat, by Stephane Garnier.  My mom got it for me for my recent birthday.  It isn’t what I expected at all, but I’ll keep at it to the end (it’s a very slim volume).

Listening to: Law and Order re-runs.  I’ve got a horrid cold, and am coughing my head off on the couch today, rather than infecting my officemates.

Loving:  my Christmas tree.  It always makes me happy when it’s up.

Thinking: about how crappy I feel, and how many times I’ve been sick this year.  Got the flu in March (yes, I had a flu shot) while home when my Dad passed away, got a cold in June when I went home, got a cold a month ago when I went home, and now THIS cold.  That’s two colds in one month.  Sheesh.  Last year, I wasn’t sick once.  I think all the stress of this year, coupled with the multiple airplane trips to South Carolina, has fried my immune system.  Need to do something about that….

Feeling: grateful to our PRN (as-needed) RN.  Called her last night and asked her to work for me, and she was happy to—now I don’t have to worry about a pile of work when I get back. 

Celebrating:  managing to get the Christmas tree up, even feeling like crap.  Took me all day, but I got it done. 

Grateful for:  my husband, who made me a wonderful turkey soup last night, because that’s all I wanted—soup.

Weather:   classic New Mexico winter day.  46 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, 42% humidity.  Still have Thanksgiving snow hiding in the shade, but otherwise, gone, just like that.

Enjoying:  Being home alone.  That hardly ever happens.  Hubs is off having a “mad-venture” with Maddie the dog.  They are going to the dog park, the mall (our mall allows dogs), somewhere with a “petio” for lunch, and who knows what else.  Maddie will enjoy the HELL out of all of that—she loves saying hi to everyone.

A quote I want to share:   “keep it in the middle of the road” –my Dad

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Fill It In

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1. Right now I'm sitting in bed, wishing I could fall asleep, but since every time I lay down, I start coughing, I don’t think a nap is going to happen.  Damn cold.

2. The collection of trivia and other semi-useless knowledge is my well known quirk.

3. Are you experiencedWhy Jimi Hendrix was the first thing to come to mind, I have no clue.

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4. Dinner first, then dessert! (Said in my Mom's voice)

5. That's why, because I said so(Said in my Dad’s voice)

6. The Expanse is one of my favorite tv shows ever!  (FYI, this is the original trailer, the show is now on Amazon Prime, and getting ready to start the 4th season)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out with hubs, watching TV, and, tomorrow my plans include going to see the new movie, Knives Out.  I can’t wait!!!

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8. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I'd go to Ouray, Colorado via US 550.  US 550 runs through New Mexico and is about 10 miles from my house.  The part between Silverton, CO and Ouray is called the “Million Dollar Highway”.  I will never do this, because my husband would NEVER drive on a road like that, lol.  He doesn’t like heights much and the whole "tunnel to avoid rockslides" would have him saying "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F*%&ING MIND!!".

9. Why the hell we are still in Afghanistan is something I don't understand. 

10. Thanksgiving makes me think of family, gratitude, food, and putting up the Christmas lights.

11. Taking a vacation (preferably with $$$$ and a suite in a 5-star hotel) is the best way to relax!

12. It looks like Autumn has come and gone—all the leaves are off the trees, it snowed on Thanksgiving, and it’s windy as hell.  Welcome to Winter.

13. Celery sticks with Sabra Classic Hummus is one of my favorite healthy snacks.

14. The smell of gardenias makes me think of my childhood home in Mississippi.  There were gardenia bushes under my window and during the humid nights, the smell was so strong.  I smell that smell, and it’s like a time machine back to that house.

15. When I am feeling lazy I watch TV, read, sleep, and generally do anything to avoid any kind of housework.

16. When I look to the left, I see Ellie, the cat.

17. The dining room and the patio (well, it’s an outside room) are the room(s) that have the best view in my home.  We don’t really have “views” per se from this house.  We are in a neighborhood that is in a little valley, so we can’t really see the Sandia Mountains from here, just houses all around us.  However, my dining room looks out on our little patch of green lawn and our tree, which make me happy.  From the patio, you can see the huge sky overhead, and off to the north, so that’s good 😊  Here's a spectacular New Mexico sunset from our patio.

18. Our beautiful outdoor light installation was done dirt cheap!  ‘Cuz hubs did it himself.  Yay!!

19. Voting is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

20. If you have any any words of wisdom, feel free to share them with me.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday 9--Baby's in Black

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1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday was "Black Friday," the day when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?  We did go out, mainly to get lunch and a set of sheets.  I’m super picky about sheets, and pretty much only buy Fieldcrest Supima 700 thread count from Target.  They never go on sale, so I was pretty happy when I saw that they were 15% off with a 20% off coupon on my next visit.  Not much, but 15% is 15%.  And I’ll put that coupon to good use buying a Christmas present for someone.

2) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game?  I literally never watch football, so that’s out.  Pigging out is not part of my lifestyle anymore.  I’m pretty proud of the 23# I’ve lost since August 1st.  I’m also proud of the change in our diets—more veggies and fruit and portion control.  My Thanksgiving dinner was about 3 oz of turkey, and a heaping tablespoon each of stuffing, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce.  I was full, so we skipped the mini-pies that we bought and are saving them for another night.

3) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) What was particularly delicious at your Thanksgiving table?  It was a tie between my husband’s cranberry sauce (literally cranberries cooked in orange juice till they pop—yum) and his signature stuffing (stuffing, Jimmy Dean sausage, and mozzarella cheese, moistened with pan drippings).

4) Among the biggest the Black Friday advertisers are Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy. If you could have a $100 gift card to any one of those stores, which would you choose?  Target in a heartbeat.  I love their housewares section, so many cool decorating items.

5) This week's song, "Baby's in Black," is about a girl who wears black because she's in mourning. Do you find that the color you're wearing reflects your mood?  I’m feeling cozy in my red plaid flannel PJs that my Mom got me for Christmas last year.

6) The woman who inspired this song, Astrid Kirchherr, has been friends with Paul McCartney since he and his bandmates (John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best) met her in Hamburg back in 1960. Tell us what you believe are the components of a strong, lasting friendship. Giving each other space and respect to be who they are without judging. 

7) In the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a play but abandoned it. Do you have a novel, painting, play, song or poem that you're going to finish "someday?"  I’m the most non-creative person of the face of the planet, so this one is a no.

8) When he was 16, George Harrison dreamed of moving to Canada, Australia or Malta. In just a few years, he would visit all those places with Beatles and eventually decided there was no place like home and stayed in England (though he did also maintain a home in Hawaii). Have you ever thought about moving to another country? If so, where?  I’ve always dreamed of living in England.  I’d love to live in the North or in Cornwall.  Alternatively, and closer, I’d pick Canada, specifically Vancouver.

9) Random question: Finish this sentence -- If you want me to give you "yes" for an answer, the best time to approach me is _____________________.   When I’m tired and sleepy.  But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a “yes”.  I’m a lot better at saying no these days.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving...and a Catch Up!

Happy Thanksgiving to my few readers--I'm thankful for those who read me, and for the blogs that you are much better at keeping up with than I.  When I actually have a few minutes, and the energy to pick up this computer for something other than school, I greedily catch up on everything going on in places other than New Mexico.  I'm grateful for all of you :)

So, what's been going on (this will probably be a long one, so bail if you don't have the time or the interest) 

I went home to South Carolina a few weeks ago and spent several days with my Mom.  It still weirds me out a little (in a sad way) to be there and not see my Dad.  It's like there's an echo or something in the house.  An empty spot.  His recliner is still there--the one he passed away in.  No one ever sits in it, although I tried it out when my Mom wasn't looking.  My Dad was 6'4", and the recliner is the "big and tall" version, so I felt like a tiny little child sitting there.  I wish she'd move it into another room or something, because it keeps catching my eye when we are in the living room hanging out.  But, it's her grief, and her house, and I will be OK.  Other than that, we had a great time just spending time with each other.  My favorite day was a trip to Columbia, spending time at the zoo and shopping at Mast General Store.  Here's a lovely picture of my Mom...

I'm dutifully slogging away at my MBA.  Maddie enjoys helping me study, lol.  I confess to not be as interested as I was in the beginning, but will just keep on keeping on.  I don't know why I'm doing this to myself, other than a need to be constantly busy with things that don't matter much.  It's not like I plan on running the hospital or anything.

I have been having terrible, terrible anxiety attacks at night.  To the point that I sought out a therapist to try and work it out.  She sucked.  Literally talked about herself and her problems for 35 of the 40 minutes I was paying for.  I had to interrupt to get a word in edgewise, then back to her bullshit.  I tried 3 appointments, all the same.  I told her the last time that I wouldn't be back, and she might want to think about letting the clients talk.  So that was a bust.  And that was after waiting 6 weeks to get an appointment, and a week long search.  Mental health care in New Mexico (like the rest of the country, I imagine) sucks, so it's back to searching for me.

Work was going along swimmingly, and then our boss (who I loved) was politely demoted and told she needed to go to one of the other hospitals in the system.  I've been around long enough to know that this shit happens all the time (office politics, ugggg), but it still was painful.  She left on a Friday and magically,  poof!, the new boss appeared on Monday.  She's kind of like a snake, all dead eyes, no blinking, and super flat affect.  She's pretty much ignoring the five of us in utilization review and is all over the case managers about length of stay, so ... that's good?  I feel a little lost.  I'm sure everything will work out in the end, and am super glad the CFO and the AVP really like me and are happy with my work.

Maddie continues to be a great joy in our lives.  Speaking of gratitude--I'm so grateful for her.  She saved us literally, after my Dad passed away, and Ginger had to unexpectedly be put to sleep a day later.  Maddie has had a tough life--she was found by animal control in a culvert with 8 puppies, starving.  Due to overcrowding at that public shelter, she was slated to be euthanized.  In swooped Watermelon Mountain Ranch, the largest no-kill shelter in New Mexico, and they made a trip to Carlsbad and took all the animals in.  One of her front legs was broken at some time, and healed poorly, so it's crooked.  She's missing a toe on the other foot.  She is terribly noise averse, terrified of thunder, gunshots, yelling, etc.  We've worked with her, took her to training classes, and she's seen a behavioral vet.  She's doing SO GOOD!!!  She saved us, and we saved her.  So gratitude all around.  So here's another obligatory Maddie picture:

Well, that was a hella info-dump.  Ya'll know this long-ass post was just as much about me talking to myself as it was about telling you what's going on, right?

Happy Thanksgiving again to my blog friends out there--may your day be full of joy!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Free Talk

Play here if you're so inclined...

1. If you were offered a job in another part of the country, would you take it?

Back in the day I might have.  Being an RN has been good to me—I moved all over the country and got to experience living in places like Montana and Alaska.  New Mexico, however, is the home of my heart, and I don’t expect I’ll ever leave.

2. If you were in a bank and someone started to hold it up, what would you do?

Whatever they told me to.  I’m not interested in getting shot.

3. If you found a suitcase filled with $1,000,000 what woud you do?

Turn it in to the FBI or some such.  I’d be afraid it was some sort of drug money and some thug would come looking for me.  Normal people just don’t carry a million bucks around in a suitcase…

4. If you had a 25 hour day what would you do with your extra hour?


5. If you had the opportunity to be different, what would you change?

My perfectionism.  It keeps me from doing things because I’m afraid that I won’t do whatever well enough, so I don’t even try.

6. If you received a lottery ticket as a gift and won a lot of money, would you share with the person who gave you the ticket?

I’d likely give them a cut, but share out equally?  Nope.  

7. If you spoke two languages and your spouse spoke only one, would you raise your children as bilingual?

Having been a kid in this very situation (my mother emigrated from Germany when she was 15, and my father didn’t speak German) I can say that it would be very hard to do this.

8. If you were candy, which candy would you be?

I’m not a candy fan, but I’d be a bar of red chile-infuseddark chocolate.  That stuff is muy Bueno 😊

9. If you were a toy, which toy would you be?

Some sort of strategy game. 

10. If you were abducted by aliens, would you tell anyone?

Nope.  The world would think you were out of your mind, even if it did really happen. 

11. If you could go to the moon, would you?

Not unless it was free.  I wouldn’t pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to space.

12. If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?

I think I’d just stay right here.   You change history just by being there, and I like my current life.  If I went back to whenever, picked up, say a rock.  That would reverberate through time, and I might come back and nothing be the same.  No…..I’ll stay right here, or rather right now.

13. If you saw a robbery, would you report it?

This happened the other day.  I was walking out of Walgreens, and here comes a guy with an entire case of liquor, running past me out to the parking lot.  I went back in and asked in the liquor store, and they had already called the police.  Said it happens all the time and that’s why they have a camera.  Dang.  Anyway, if they hadn’t reported it, I would have called the cops myself.

14. If you were to speak to a graduating class, what would you say?

Don’t let anybody tell you who you can, or cannot be, what you can or cannot do, and how you can, or cannot live.  Your life is yours.

15. If given the choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose?

I would take the wealth. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Firsts

Sunday Stealing--Firsts.

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1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

Dang girl, you look like hell.  You should have gone to sleep earlier and not stayed up half the night binging Halt and Catch Fire.

2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life?  

I think it was to my Oma’s house.  We were living in Mississippi, and we went back to Massachusetts about a year after we moved down South.  We went into Boston, went to the Childrens Museum, and went to Plymouth Rock.  My favorite part, lol, was sitting upstairs in this long hallway that was floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with National Geographics from 1952 forward.  They were one of the ways my Mom and her siblings learned English after emigrating here in 1952. 

3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see?

A big container of pre-peeled garlic cloves.  Whoever thought that up gets my undying gratitude.

4. Tell us about your first kiss OR your last first date.

Goofy boy named Chuck.  Tall redhead, who wasn’t really a very nice guy now that I think about it.  Probably ignited my lifelong passion for picking the wrong man. 

5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?

That is just too overwhelming to think about.  Somewhere with a breathable atmosphere would be good, I think.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?

Put on my seatbelt

7. What is the first thing you ever said to your firstborn?

Hi there, little peanut.

8. What is the last thing you heard about your first love?

That he was married, living in a single-wide trailer in BFE Mississippi and unemployed.  Good thing we ended out relationship that’s for sure.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?

I have no clue on this.

10. What is the first song in your IPOD or song list?

Alison Krauss and Union Station, Live at the Louisville Palace.  Tribute to Peadar O’Donnell/The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn.  This is a bit of a long one, but the Jerry Douglas solo in the first 6 minutes is stunning.  If you aren’t into dobro, then skip to 5:56 for The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn.  When the whole band kicks in it makes the hair stand up on my arms it’s so good.

11. What is the first tangible thing you lost that you could never find again?

My innocence. 

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?

JBKO, definitely.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.

Can’t, I deleted that thing years ago.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?

A few days ago, I bumped against something and got a skin tear.  When did my skin get so damn fragile?

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?

Sorta, kinda.

Still Here

Wowza, I've been gone a while. 

It's been a crazy month and half.  Work is insane and I've been bringing work home, which cuts into my study time, which cuts into my "let's work on the blog" time. 

This is the first weekend in a month I haven't brought the work computer home, so huzzah for that!  I'm working on a paper for school, and thought I'd take a break from doing a SWOT analysis and do a little blogging.

I'll be around, although not as much as in previous years, but since I have 1.5 readers, I don't think that'll be a problem :)

So, here's Saturday 9.  Enjoy, and play here if you'd like.

I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (1976)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This song is about a guy who, out of the blue, phones an ex. Have you ever spontaneously phoned or emailed a former lover? Has an ex ever reached out to you?

Yes to both.  Neither time worked out well.  Exes are exes for a reason, I should’ve remember that.

2) He suggests walking through the park, taking a drive along the beach, or watching TV. Do any of those suggestions appeal to you right now?

Haven’t seen the ocean in a few years, so the beach would be fun.  I’m always up for watching something on TV—right now (well not this very second) I’m re-binging Halt and Catch Fire on Netflix.  Great drama about the dawn of home computers, the internet and whatnot.  The acting is fantastic.  Check it out.

3) "England Dan" got his nickname because he was a passionate Beatles fan and would affect a British accent when he talked about his favorite group. Are you good at imitating accents?

Nope.  I’m fascinated by them though, and can pick out certain ones quite easily.  I was at work the other day and the phone guy came in to fix a co-workers phone.  He started talking, and I asked him if he was from New Orleans.  Nailed it!!  He was so surprised (remember, we’re in New Mexico)—he said “how did you know that!!!???”.  Well, I said, I grew up an hour from there (in Mississippi).  We had fun talking great creole and Cajun food.  It was a completely unexpected work encounter.

4) Dan met John Colley when they were high school classmates in Dallas. When they were still kids, they agreed that "John Ford Coley" would be a better stage name. Think back to your high school days. Which of your friends daydreamed along with you?

Diane.  She was my only friend.  Going to three high schools in four years was a drag.

5) After the duo disbanded, "England Dan" went to Nashville, billed himself by his real name -- Dan Seals -- and recorded country music. Who is your favorite country performer?

I’m not a big straight country fan.  I do like bluegrass and roots Americana music thought, so I’ll go with Mandolin Orange.  Fabulous.  Here—have a listen….this is one of my favorite songs.

6) Today John Ford Coley lives in TN. He performs occasionally and raises horses. Have you ever been to TN?

Yep, many times.  When we moved from Mississippi to Virginia in 1979, my Mom and I drove up through TN.  It was the first time I saw mountains, and I was hooked.  Of course, I ended up moving out west to much bigger mountains, but TN started it.

7) In 1975, when this song was popular, Foster Grant Sunglasses had a suggested retail price of $5/pair. Do you buy sunglasses more for fashion or utility?

Utility.  It’s freakin’ bright out here, and we have 300+ sunny days a year.  They are a necessity.  Mine are prescription, so way more than $5, that’s for sure, lol.

8) The most popular movie of 1975 was Jaws. Have you seen it?

Yes, I think I actually saw it in the theater in 1975…

9) Random question: Excluding anyone related to you by blood or marriage, what man are you closest to?

Hubs, of course.  He’s not just my husband, he’s my best friend.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Compassion

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

What is the most fun thing you have ever done?  I feel pretty blessed to have done lots of fun things in my life.  The most fun thing is pretty hard to choose though.   One of the most magical, fun things I can say I've done is our wonderful Balloon Fiesta here in Albuquerque.  I felt like a kid, full of wonder.  Everyone should experience it, at least once. 

Are you left-handed or right-handed?  Right-handed.  Very right-handed.  I can’t do jack with the left.

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?  Forgive me.

What is the biggest animal you’ve seen in the wild?  Moose.  Living in Alaska, you see a LOT of moose.  Our property was filled with willow stands, and they’d spend hours munching and crunching.  We had a cow moose who delivered twins about 10 feet from our deck.  I was always slightly (ok, more than slightly) afraid of the bull moose though—those things are ENORMOUS.  And scary.

What is the smallest animal you’ve seen in the wild?  Hummingbirds.  Tiny.

Do you ever have funny dreams at night?  Rarely, but the ones I remember are always bad. 

If you could make a law for your country, what would it be?  I would ban handguns (except for police and military) and assault weapons.  I would exempt, with very specific restrictions, rifles and shotguns used for hunting.  The only thing, in my opinion, handguns and assault weapons are for is killing human beings.  Haven’t we had enough of that yet?

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?  Rob a bank?  Hell I don’t know.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?  Someone with a ton of money.  I would buy a ton of stuff, and get to keep it (since this is only “a day”).  Otherwise, I’m not interested.

What would you like to change about yourself?  As ever and always, I’d like to be thinner.  I’m working on it, but that ship has probably sailed.  We’ll see.  I’d like to enjoy exercise (ship has definitely sailed on this one).  I’d like to be financially comfortable with no debt (the ship has sunk on this one).

What is your daily routine.  Get up between 4-430.  Make lunch, get dressed, drive 40 min to work. 
Work from 6-230.  Drive home.  Sit in my chair, surf the internet, play with Maddie.  Watch TV with hubs until 8ish.  Take a bath, go to bed, read a bit.  Sleep.  Repeat.  Weekends, I study from 4-10am (I’m working on a 2nd master’s degree), then we run errands, have lunch, take Maddie to park, etc.

What would your perfect day be like?  Wake up in a 5 star hotel.  Have room service.  Explore some exotic location that has amazing history, is walkable, and where I magically know the language.  Have fabulous exotic lunch.  More exploring.  Fabulous exotic dinner.  Fall into bed in beautiful 5 star suite that I didn’t have to clean. 

How old were you when you learned to read?  Three.  I was reading third grade books in the first grade. I remember Dick and Jane being incredibly boring.  “Mom, they want me to read BABY STUFF!!”  Real quote, according to my Mom.

What is the most interesting thing you know?  I know lots of things that are interesting to me, but probably boring as hell to most people. 

What makes you nervous?  Conflict, loud voices or noises, not having enough money, being in the passenger seat (which sucks, because my husband does all the driving when we’re together), lines, people in my personal space (which is abnormally large), cities, the homeless (my list, so don’t judge), drunk people, and the list goes on.  I have an anxiety disorder, the question should have been, what are you NOT nervous about.

What is your favourite flower?  Columbines are beautiful. 

Have you ever ridden on a horse or any other animal?  I rode horses competitively until I was 26.  After that, it just became too damn expensive.

What time do you go to bed? Between 8-10pm

What time do you get up? Between 330-430am

What is something that is always in your refrigerator?  Eggs, at least 20 different hot sauces (hub’s, not mine), milk, cold-brew coffee, garlic, celery, hummus, various cheeses, various pickled things, miso

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday 9--Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing (1985)

Don't know this outstanding classic?  Or haven't seen the groundbreaking MTV video?  Find it here.

Gotta give it to Sam--I am a huge Dire Straits fan, and never tire of this song.  Fabulous choice for this week!!!

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What's the last thing you wore on your head?  I have this great sun hat from Sunday Afternoons called the Shade Goddess hat (don’t you love that), a breathable fabric, wide brim, with a little flap to cover my neck and an adjustable strap thing to keep it on my head.  With the crazy sun we have here in New Mexico, this thing gets a lot of use! 'Course, LOL, that is NOT me in the picture.  But the hat is identical :)

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2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What's the biggest purchase you've made lately? A new motor and squirrel cage assembly for our air conditioner.  Was it big in size or expense? Expense, definitely, about $700.  Not so big in size.  I had no clue what a squirrel cage was, but now I know.  It basically pushes the cold air into your house.

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  Fun fact--in all the places I've lived, people just call an air conditioner an air conditioner, or "the A/C".  Here in my part of New Mexico, it is called "refrigerated air"; as opposed to swamp (or evaporative) coolers.  I get a kick of it every time, and envision some old Route 66 motor court with a blinking neon sign "refrigerated air!!".    

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions?  Something bit me on my foot between my big and second toes.  It itches.

4) The term "dire straits" describes a troubling situation that's difficult to extricate oneself from. When's the last time you found yourself in dire straits?  A few weeks ago.  Got through it.

5) There's a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It's a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both?  Fascinating, especially the bird-like theories.

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist?  Definitely journalist.  I suck at music.

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it's more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now?  Nope, ate the steak a couple of days ago.  But we're headed to the grocery store today, so there's a distinct possibility that some steak might find its way to the freezer.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today's young people look up to?  I have not a clue, not having any young people in my household, or general vicinity even. 

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you're handed doesn't have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want?   I order what I want.  If they were on a budget, I doubt they’d have brought me to a place that has no prices on the menu.  Or…if they did it by accident, I hope they’d say so.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Love Me Some Questions

Play here.

1. Has anyone ever made fun of your taste in music?  Not really.  My musical tastes are all over the place and have changed a lot over the last couple of years.  I think people are more surprised by my love of bluegrass and traditional Appalachian music—it’s not exactly mainstream.  All my co-workers are listening to classic rock on their earbuds, and I’m rocking out to Ola Belle Reed.

2. Is anyone’s birthday coming up?  Hubs, at the end of September, which also is my next three-day weekend, hooray!

3. Do you remember who you liked in grade eight?  A boy named Chuck.  Tall, gangly, long strawberry blond hair.  I’ve always been attracted to redheads since then, lol.  First two husbands were redheads, this one is not.  Go figure.

4. When was the last time you burned any part of your body?  A few weeks ago, when I stupidly grabbed the handle of a pot of boiling water without putting potholders on first. 

5. If I gave you ten dollars, what would you spend it on?   I’m working on replacing all my hard/soft cover favorite re-reads with Kindle books.  This project will probably take decades, haha.  So, I’d buy a Kindle book.

6. What are you most excited about right now?  Starting my MBA in Healthcare Management.  I love, love, love learning new things.

7. Does / did either of your parents serve in the military?  Yes.  My father was a proud member of the U. S. Navy Submarine Service.  He served on the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus.  This photo shows him in his United States Submarine Veterans gear, headed to a meeting.  I sure do miss him....he was larger than life.  Fair winds and following seas, Dad.

8. Are you somewhat of a perfectionist?  Somewhat?!?!?!  That doesn’t even begin to describe it.  It can be a real hindrance, let me tell you.  Fear of not being able to do something perfectly has kept me from even trying to do so many things….

9. Do you like sour candy?  I’m not a candy person period.  Give me salty any day.

10. Are all nighters something you have grown used to?  Not so much.  Back in the day, I worked 12-hour nights, but that is definitely was not good for my mental health.  I’m happy to be a sleep at night person these days.

11. Do you usually wear sunglasses when you’re driving?  Always.  I live in one of the sunniest states in the US—we have something like 325 days of blue sky and sun a year here in New Mexico.

12. Do you wear your shoes around the house?  I have “house” shoes.  Cheap flip flops in summer, and fuzzy hard soled slippers in winter.

13. What clothes are you most comfortable in?  Old, washed-a-million-times, soft PJs.  I change the minute I get home.  Getting the underwires off is KEY, lol.

14. Are you good at painting nails?  Hell to the no.  I bite my nails, so don’t bother with them.  I let the lady at the nail salon deal with the pedicure.

15. Smoothies or slushies?  Neither, but if I had to choose—a smoothie.