Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday Stealing -- Conversations


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1. What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve?

Retirement.  Retirement would be good.  Comfortable retirement would be even better.

2. Have your parents influenced what goals you have?

Definitely.  They had a work ethic that would not quit, and my brother and I both are pretty much the same way.  Work hard.  Make money.  Spend money.  Save some money.  That was pretty much it.  My brother has been better at the saving, and is planning to retire at 65.  His job as a maintenance engineer and set-up man in a medical supplies factory is very physical and his body is really taking a beating.  I’m planning on working until 70, and then maybe doing some part-time work after.  I read medical charts and type report (I’m an RN charge integrity auditor for a hospital system) for a living, so not so physical.  I’d like to save quite a bit more.  We’ll see.

3. What is a fashion trend you’re glad went away.

I’ve not been very much about the trends, I always wear what is comfortable and what I like.  I’m glad the trend of plus-size women should wear ugly, poorly-made clothing is gone.  I like being able to get pretty, nicely-made things at some of my favorite places.  Wasn’t always that way.

4. What word or saying from the past do you think should come back?

It’s the bee’s knees!

5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?

My wallet and my phone.

6. Is there such a thing as a soul?

I think so. 

7. Is there life after death?

I won’t know until I get there.  I’m on the fence about this one. 

8. Do you think there will ever be a third world war?

I sure hope not. 

9. What smell brings back great memories?

Leaves in the autumn, gardenias and honeysuckle at night, the ocean.  Bread baking.

10. How would you like to be remembered?

As a good person who worked hard and did her best.

11. What kind of music are you into?

Bluegrass, Appalachian folk, Blues, Traditional American Roots music, Classic Rock.

12. What is the biggest surprise of your life?

It was a pretty big surprise when Mom told me that she wanted to move to New Mexico.  We had talked about it, and I made the offer after Dad died, but I knew that she didn’t want to make any big decisions for at least a year.  It was the pandemic, and her isolation, that made her decide.  I was surprised, and happy.  A year later, I’m really glad she’s here.  Really glad.

13. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dang, just ONE thing?  I could pretty much live on BLTs.

14. Where is the most awe-inspiring place you have been?

Well, this isn’t just a little bit hard.  I’d have to say Denali, in Alaska.  Talk about feeling small.

15. Describe your life in six words.

Frankly, I’m not particularly fond of this sort of exercise.  A life is too complicated for just six words.  I look forward to reading others, but I’m calling a time-out on this for me.


  1. #1. I don't think retirement is crazy. You will get there.

    #4. That is a regular saying in the UK.




  2. NO! I refuse to believe retirement is an outrageous thing to achieve! You'll get there and you'll enjoy it.

    Leaves is a good smell. I could have said that one, too.

  3. I'm looking forward to retirement--I just can't wait!

  4. BLT's -- good choice - bacon (a fat), bread (a starch), lettuce and tomato (veggies); mayo - you hit more food groups with your one item than I did. I chose french fries :-)

  5. BLTS are good, but I haven't had one in a while. Retirement - especially when it's forced on you by an unhealthy body - is not all its cracked up to be. I'd rather be working, to be honest.


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