Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday 9--Lights

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Saturday 9: Lights (2011)

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1) This song was inspired by a young Ellie Goulding's fear of the dark. What scared you when you were a kid? 

My parents yelling at each other.  To this day, raised voices trigger a bolt of anxiety. 

2) She thinks back to the room where her brother and sister slept and she felt safe. Did you share a room when you were growing up?

Not that I recall.  We always had 3 bedroom houses.

3) Ellie Goulding grew up in public housing and worked her way through the University of Kent in Canterbury. Back in those days, her favorite job was theater usher because it offered her the perk of seeing plays for free. What's the most recent "freebie" you scored? (This includes a buy one/get one deal, extra points on your credit card, etc.)

A nifty covered casserole dish from Albertsons Market where we shop.  It “cost” 80 points and had a value of $50, which is inflated as hell, because I would probably give maybe 15 for it if I had bought it.  Either way, it’s a nice little piece and matches our other white dishes.

4) Even though today she is an international music star, Ellie still lives modestly. She describes herself as "still in university mode," and limits herself to $10/day for lunch. Where do you economize?

We have a free-standing freezer and a vacuum sealer.  When we find meat on sale, we buy double or triple, split it up into dinner portions, vacuum seal, and pop into the freezer.  Whole chickens were 70 cents a pound the other day, we bought 4 for less than 20$, left two whole, and cut 2 up.   That’s 8 meals for under 20 bucks, so basically around $3.00 a meal, counting the starch and veg.  For both of us.  Other than that, I suck at economizing, lol.

5) Ellie has proclaimed herself "a cat lady" and often posts pictures of her cats to her Instagram account. What's the most recent photo you took?

Maddie sleeps.   

6) Ellie appeared on Sesame Street. She, Elmo and Abby thanked clouds for raindrops, lakes, and the water we drink. Would you be thankful for a little rain this weekend?

I live in the high desert of New Mexico.  There is NEVER a time when I am not thankful for rain.  I remember one time in Florida, it rained 20 inches over a 5 day period.  We get about 9 inches A YEAR.  It’s supposed to get cold and rainy on Sunday, maybe even an early snow.  Yay!

7) In 2011, the year "Lights" was a hit, Prince William married Kate Middleton. Ellie not only attended the wedding, she sang Elton John's "Your Song" for the couple's first dance. Tell us a song that reminds you of a romance in your life.

Don’t know if it has a name, but it’s a little piece that hubs plays for me on his acoustic guitar.  I think he wrote it the year we met.  Always makes me smile. 

8) Also in 2011, AT&T abandoned their attempt to buy T-Mobile. Which company is your cell phone carrier? Are you happy with them?

We’ve been with Verizon since the dawn of cell phones.  I haven’t switched, so I must be happy.

9) Random question: What recent experience made you feel old?

Watching a video of my grandson taking his first steps.  Where did the time go?  It feels like just the other day that I was watching my daughter do just the same thing.


  1. I think it is great that your husband wrote you a song! I too have a thing about raised voices. Parents yelled and screamed at each other until my mother died. Issues for life, I guess.

  2. Albertson's still gives points and has premiums you can get with them? I so miss the days of grocery stores doing that. We haven't had that around here for pretty close to 30 years, I'd guess. I know they have overblown prices, but it was fun to finally have enough points to get something! It amazed me when I spent a bit of time out in NM in 2001 and 2002 to see the rain and rainbows end mid-sky because that was all the further they'd make it before the water evaporated. So strange to this girl from the mountains of southwest PA where it often feels like we're in the rainforest!

    1. Albertsons Markets here still do it. We get gas points we always save 20 or 30 cents off a gallon every payday. Pretty nice. The only time I've been to PA is to a place called Hawk was rainy and foggy, and no hawks were to be found.

  3. #1 -- You remind me of my late mom. Her parents had a terrible marriage (hell, her whole childhood was like something out of Dickens) and she never could abide conflict or raised voices.

    #6 -- You remind me of my cousin, though her trajectory has been the opposite of yours. After decades in Albuquerque, she ended up in Tampa and is forever amused by how Floridians react to heat and humidity.

  4. Raised voices drive me crazy and I am not sure why. I think it is because I am an only child and I am used to quiet. My husband's family is big and they all talk loud. I hat their family gatherings. I love the picture of Maddie! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  5. I remember as a kid sitting in my bed praying that my parents would not get a divorce (all things considered I should have prayed that they took my mother 35 years to finally leave him)

  6. I'm another who is triggered by raised voices. Pep rallies at school are really tough for me.

  7. So many of us have had an answer to that first question that shows we still have anxiety over raised voices.
    Great snag on the casserole dish. All our flatware came from Green Stamps. That is like a century ago. lol
    Nevada and Arizona and California could all use some rain. Also did you see how far the snow came down and didn't put a dab onto Colorado?

  8. Your husband must be so talented, he wrote you a song.


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