Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday Stealing--LEP 2


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1. Would you rather be the guest or the host?

I’m never really comfortable as a guest.  I always feel awkward and weird, especially if there’s a bunch of people I don’t know.  I’m a true introvert.  But I do like to host dinners, and like having people I know over sometimes. 

2. What do you like to wear when you feel fancy?

I rarely feel fancy, lol.  Just not really my personality.  If we’re going out somewhere nice, I have a couple of outfits that I rely on…the winter one is a really nifty ankle length narrow skinny black and white printed pair of pants (like a herringbone sort of) and a drapey black top and black ballet flats.  The other for summer is a cute pair of ankle length wide legged linen pants striped in pale aqua, gray, and a light blue on white with a gauzy aqua T-shirt—it looks great with my Rothy Vans style flats.  This was my favorite outfit for going out last Summer on our drip to Boston.  I also wear it with a cute white denim jean jacket.  I feel pretty in that outfit.  I wish I had pictures…but I did most of the picture taking on that trip, so nada.

3. How often do you try something completely new?

Not often.  Routine and doing the same things the same way every time is comforting for me.  My OCD brain really hates new things.  I re-read books, re-watch TV and movies, over and over and over.  I have a few books I can honestly say I’ve read more than 100 times.  They are old friends, like slipping into a warm bath or something.  Very soothing. 

4. Do you enjoy weddings?

I haven’t been to enough of other people’s weddings to know whether I enjoy them or not.

5. Have you ever had something customized?

Just this Christmas, I bought Mom and hubs custom coffee cups.  And I had a stunning pastel portrait of our Ginger (RIP) made.  We also have personalized Christmas ornaments that are little ceramic frames for each cat’s picture, with their name painted on the frame.  Hubs had those made a few years ago.

6. Do you cook spontaneously or meal plan?

We meal plan religiously.  For us, it’s the only way to shop sensibly and not spend a fortune running to the store for this or that.  Every payday Friday, we take a survey of the freezer and pantry, then plan the next two weeks worth of meals.  Since we went to buying freezer packs from our butcher, we generally have all the meat we need.  We also have soups frozen, empanadas, dumplings and the like.  We plan so that we maximize our use of the freezer and pantry first, then make a detailed list of what to buy.  Generally, we’re just buying produce, stuff for breakfast and lunches, and odds and ends. 

Spicy Cucumbers
Once a month, we go to Talin Market, our international market in Albuquerque, and we get a dumpling lunch, and pick up any specialty items that we are out of.  Today, we had a LOVELY lunch, non-alcoholic green tea mojitos, spicy cucumbers, pork dumplings, and hubs had beef chow fun.  Pop-Up Dumpling house is one of our favorite places to eat.  It's literally a little Mom and Pop--or Grandmom and Grandpop.  A lovely elderly Chinese lady and her husband.  He's the chef, and she hand makes each dumpling to order.  It's the BEST!

We were out of several Asian staples, so we bought Kimlan soy sauce, Shaoxing cooking wine (for making our own dumplings), Black Vinegar, Chili/Garlic paste, sesame oil, and mirin (Japanese rice wine to cook with).  We also bough nira flowers (Chinese garlic chives), regular garlic already peeled, fresh ginger, Persian cucumbers, and yams for upcoming meals.  It’s one of our favorite things to do on a Saturday, so much fun perusing the aisles!

7. Books you like to read over and over

I’m doing a re-read right now of Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.  I was listening to a guy talk about the metaverse the other day on NPR, and that particular term was actually coined by Neal Stephenson for this book.  So it sparked me to go back and read it again—I’m not generally a cyberpunk fan, but this isn’t really HARD cyberpunk like William Gibson, so it’s a fun read.  Other favorite re-reads are: 

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott
  • All of Guy Gavriel Kay’s works.  My favorites of his books are Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan (you can explore his work at BrightWeavings).   
  • Green Darkness by Anya Seton (I have be re-reading this since I was 9, swear, and it’s a huge book), a wonderful gothic novel set both in the swinging 60s and the Tudor period.

I’m going to stop now, lol.  If you want to see a more comprehensive list, come check out Thursday 13 this coming Thursday, feel free to join us!

8. What are you really good at?

Organizing data and seeing patterns in data, loving my people and pets.

9. Do you sleep with windows open or a fan on?

Both in spring, fall, and winter.  In summer, we turn the AC down to 65 at night and run fans.  Hubs and I can't sleep without it being cold.    

10. What is the easiest recipe you know?

The 5-5-5 method of making perfect hard-boiled eggs in the InstantPot is the first thing that came to mind.  Pressure cook 5 minutes on a trivet over 1 cup water, natural release 5 minutes, ice bath 5 minutes.  Perfectly peel-able wonderful eggs, great for deviled eggs or egg salad or whatever.  Has never failed me.

11. Are you comfortable starting conversation with strangers?

Yes.  This came from moving a ton as a kid, and my Dad being a very social creature who loved having people over.  We always had adults in and out my whole childhood, and I learned how to fake being sociable.  Fake it till you make it, isn’t that what they say?

12. Do you prefer quiet, or ambient noise when you relax?

Either.  Just not noise or loud anything.  I’m less tolerant of loud music as I’ve gotten older, it aggravates my tinnitus.

13. Who is your most adventurous or exciting friend?

I have a friend who has zip-lined, gone up in a hot air balloon, and climbed to Machu Picchu.  She's pretty adventurous.

15. Do you have any funny pet stories? 

My Mom bought the cats some little wool mice.  All the cats ignored them except Lily the Formerly Feral.  She loves the dang things.  At least three times a day, she finds the mouse, brings it in her mouth to my or hubs on the couch and leaves it for us as a present.  Before she leaves it, she sits on the coffee table and cries (with the mouse in her mouth), for about 5 minutes.  It’s a hilarious muffled meommppphhhmowwwww.  We go out, grab the mouse, thank her, rub it on her and throw it back across the house to the dining room.  She is so adorable when she does this, I can’t even.  I put the laptop down just now, walked into the living room, and here’s what I find on my side of the couch >>>>>>>


  1. Tigana is a brilliant book. I've not read that author's other works. (Also, that cheeseball recipe makes a huge cheeseball; I split it in two. The second one will freeze ok for about two months.)

  2. Awww, that kitty story is so sweet. Precious little baby. Loved your answers! Have a nice day. ♥

  3. I'm with you about loud music. I think wearing headphones when I was a DJ caused my tinnitus. Ah, the glory days of youth!