~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project~♥~

~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project ~♥~
~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~
Anon

~♥~ "Memory is the Scribe of the Soul" ~♥~
Aristotle

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Who would you like to be or trip over or.......

Last week's is First

April 25, 2015

Funky Twenty-five

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
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Funky Twenty-Five Meme

Stolen from: The now-defunct Tense Teacher


1. Most unflattering hairstyle you ever had? What made it so unflattering? 
A. An Accidental Afro.  The solution was left on my hair too long at a parlor and I had an afro.  This was when I was a Sophomore in High School.  No one, including me, liked it, so in about 3 months I got it cut into a pixie.  I've hardly trusted anyone with my hair since.  I cut it myself.

2. Favorite movie(s) that were made in the 90's? 
A.  My favorites are "Cold Comfort Farm", "Milagro Beanfield War", and "Enchanted April".

3. Do you rent movies? If so, from where?
A. and the answer is, The Big Red Envelope that flies into the mailbox a couple times a month.

4. Do you like cookies better when they're just out of the oven or after they've cooled? 
A. Right out of the oven.  Cookies cool off?

5. Do you still talk to the person who gave you your first kiss?
A. Oh yes!  We still kiss, too.  Sorta cool.  That doesn't mean we can't get into a fight over how to load a dishwasher.

6. Did you go to pre-school? If so, what was the name of it? 
A. No preschool other than my drill sargeant father teaching me my alphabet, or to read at three, and long division when I was barely four.  Such a jerk.  Learning wasn't fun, until I discovered library cards.  Buzanga!

7. How do you take your coffee?
 A. Light and sweet.

8. Do you like fuzzy things? 
A. I love fuzzy things, things with scales and things with feathers.  I like spiders too.  Fuzzy Spiders are even better.

9. Favorite kind of chocolate? 
A. Dark Truffle bars from TJ's.

10. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic? 
A. I am an optimist but I'm a depressed optimist.  That's what I told my doctor.  Didn't we answer this one?  hehehe
11. What about peopleofwalmart.com? Do you think the site is mean, funny, or both? 
A.  Heck I haven't seen it, but it doesn't sound very nice.

12. Do you like fat sandwiches? If so, what does your favorite one have on it? 
A. I can't eat them anymore.  There is no wheat free bread to make them with.

13. One restaurant you'd never been to but would like to go to? 
A. Probably one in Paris.

14. Last time you got a haircut? Do you need one? 
A.  My hair is long and I wear it up.  I don't need a hair cut.  I'm done cutting my hair for awhile.  My best arm can't get into those contortions anymore.

15. What's your favorite pattern for clothing (stripes, plaid, etc.)?
A. Floral or stripes.

16. What's your age backwards? 
A.Tirdnathredlo

17. When you see typos in a survey, do you correct them? 
A. Not usually.  I do a lot of typos in a survey.  Sometimes I don't even answer the questions properly.

18. When was your last vacation? Did you go someplace special? 
A. Yes, we did.  Our last vacation was in November when we camped out along the cliffs on the coast.  And, while the kids and their dad hiked all over the half acre, I scored three life birds from the back window of the RV.  They had more fun but I bagged the birds.

19. What's your favorite kind of pancakes? 
A.  Buckwheat.
20. Do you like movies with computer graphics, like Avatar? 
A. Yes, they are beautiful works of art!

21. Do you know how to sew? 
A. Yes, I've sewn my entire conscious life.  First with my grandmother guiding my hands I learned the machine at almost four.  Then, when we got back to California, my mother took over and taught me embroidery.
22. Are you good at wrapping gifts? 
A. I love to wrap fancy boxes not just for presents.

23. Do you like flavored yogurt? 
A. I like plain Greek Yogurt with honey and nuts.

24. How old will you be in December of 2015? 
A. I will be yet another year older than dirt.

25. What's the age difference between you and your siblings?
A. My bro is four and a half years younger and my sis is nine had a half years younger.


And now for this week's questions... unless I do a face plant into the computer that is.

May 2, 2015

Anyday Meme

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Anyday Meme

Stolen from: Aromantic Aardvark

1. What is your dream career, and what path do you plan to take to get there? 
A. My dream career crashed and burned.  I got a better one.  I just took the path that was at my feet and wound up with a wonderful, kookie little family.  

2. Who do you aspire most to be like? 
A. Well, I'd like to be like a Sufi Mystic, or Taoist Master, or Christ.

3. What do you like in a best friend? 
A. She's funny and we can kid back and forth by texting, the way we used to when she lived just up the street.  She has MS, and is in constant pain but teaching bible school every Sunday.  I love her like a sister.

4. Do you currently have any squishes (people you really want to be best friends with)? 
A. No

5. What is your ideal platonic relationship?
A. A really smart professor from Berkeley, who studies the universe.  I want to compare what he knows to what's in the Vedas.  You asked....

6. Best late night IM/phone conversation story. 
A. My bestie and I exchanged a bogus Ted E. Bear kidnapping for ransom story but I lost because she told me that E. Rabbit was her favorite.  The next day I told her that Ted E. Bear wanted to stay with me and I was going to put him to the WALL with some other bears.  She said well, she never liked Ted E Bear because he always looked at her funny.  

7. List one person you’d like to wear the sweater of, one person you’d like to bake cookies with, and one person you’d like to drive around and get lost with. (can be celebrities or fictional characters, has to be three different people and not all the same person) 
A. 1. sweater guy, guy I am assuming here....  Tom Selleck- I want to wear his fishing sweater, as long as he washed it first.  2. Cookies, I'd love to bake cookies with Queen Latifa.  and 3, I'd love to be lost with Kathy Bates.  It would be a scream!

8. Describe your current best friend(s). 
A. I already did in answer #6.  She mad I tell you, Mad as a Hatter.  I love her to bits.  

9. What is a strange, little-known fact about you? 
A.  I have paranormal intuition and have had since I was a child.  But I'm not going to talk about it.  There, it's out there,
10. What is a career you wanted to have when you were younger, and still kind of want to have now? 
A. I would still like to run a  tiny craft business that was successful, sort of like the Navajo woman who makes amazing jewelry still, and she's ten years older than I am.

11. If you could have tea and pleasant conversation with one person, who would it be? 
A. I would like to talk to Albert Schweitzer.

12. If you had a time machine, what era would you go to? 
A. I'd go to the Age of Aquarius.  

13. What celebrity or historical figure would you love to have as your best friend and why? 
A.  John Adams.  He stayed dedicated to keeping the Union up to the standards that had been laid down by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions and was a good family man as well.
14. What fictional character would you love to have as your best friend and why? 
A.  Fictional?  Does that mean I'd be stuck in their world?  Well then, Baron Von Munchausen, his world is just nutty enough to qualify as interesting.

15. If you could have one wish, what would it be (cannot be related to romance or sex)? 
A. I wish I was the richest person in the world because I'd give it all away to Oxfam and people who helped animals and little children in need.  And I'd do it fast!  Money is a curse or a blessing, according to how it's used.  
16. If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only take one item, what would it be? 
A.  How big is this Alleged Island?  I'd take a big foldable knife.
17. If you could pick one career other than the one you are pursuing/plan to pursue, what would it be? 
A.  That s so over for me...
18. What is your best memory you have with a friend? 
A. Girl Scouts camping out.
19. Do you have any peculiar interests that most people don’t know about? 
A. no
20. What were your favorite childhood toys? Do you still have them? 
A. Toy... My Tricycle.  The next year, it was given to my little brother after being painted another color.  It was beautiful.  I got a new one.  We did the same for the two older girls when they were small.
21. Favorite baked good? 
A. I like Apple Brown Betty, with a few changes.
22. If your best friend were here right now, what would you do with them (cannot list best friend as your romantic/sexual partner) ? 
A. We would have a tea party an a big long Chin Wag!  
23. Who would you love to play video games with? 
A. My older daughters.  We used to play MPOLGs and it was the most fun I've every had playing any game at all.. well, maybe tennis.  maybe.
24. If you could visit any country, which one would it be? 
A. It would France and because I want to see the battlegrounds.
25. Are there any friends you miss having around?
Yes, I miss having my BFF here.  In the time we had together in Cali we forged a bond that hasn't broken down in 30 years.  Meffie is my first BFF pal.  We've been friends since High School.  I miss her a lot, too. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday Remembrances....A very special song....

played and sung on a very special piano, by a courageous man in mourning...

I feel this video deserves  to be shared worldwide...  I'm upping it to a wider place.  Please pass this message around.  We need to become everything we are supposed to be, and not what too many of us have become.

The back story is a remembrance of two tragedies.....  One for the player/singer's young son, and the death of John Lennon.

Saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!









It's Saturday 9 time!  Thank you Sam!

Over yonder is the Button to Sam's blog if you want to join this fun Saturday Meme!

Saturday 9: Careless Whisper (1984)

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

1) You can't miss George Michael's gold hoops in the photo above or in the "Careless Whisper" video. Are you wearing any jewelry right now?
A. I'm stripped of jewelry for the night.  It's hard to sleep on earrings. :o)

2) Though the label says this hit is performed by "Wham! featuring George Michael," George Michael is the only member of the pop duo who appears in the video. Do you remember the name of the other guy who was in Wham?
A. Frankly, I've never heard of George Michael.  I'll go listen to the song now. :-)  Or not. OvO

3) Much of the video was filmed on Watson Island, a man-made island near South Beach. Have you ever been to Miami?
A.  I have never had the pleasure.  Sometimes I think about how nice it would be to be able to swim in an actually warm ocean!

4) Born Georgios Panayiotou, George Michael is of Greek descent, the son of the Greek restauranteur in East London. When you think of Greek cuisine, what comes to mind?
A.  "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and a bundt cake.  Actually, what really comes to mind is Sammie's pita bread.  He and his wife, both Lebanese Americans, used to have a little shop near State U, and they made the most delicious pita bread, as fresh as it comes, and other Middle Eastern foods.  When I think of Greek food, middle eastern food comes to mind.  

5) Today he lives in a tony suburb called Highgate, and his neighbors are Kate Moss and Sting. Tell us about one of your neighbors.
A. This small slice of a city neighborhood is turning into a little United Nations.  It is less so than our first neighborhood, which I loved,  but I like that it's changing around here.  

6) George Michael fans can purchase officially licensed merchandise from his website, including an iPhone cover with his photo and signature. Tell us about your cell phone. Is it Apple or Android? Is it a smartphone?
A. Not telling...  but I got it a pink Gator case.  I'm the Android.

7) George Michael sang Stevie Wonder's "You and I" for Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. What's your favorite love song?
A. I know that I've answered a similar question before, but my favorites shift around like the wind.  I like, at the moment, "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song".  You can here it HERE from the original group, Three Dog Night.

or watch it... Muppet Show, and the songwriter, Paul Williams.  hehe Funness! 



8) In 2014, George had a health scare. He was rushed to the hospital for tests and released the next day. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
A. More times than I care to remember.  Others have it lots worse though.  I can't even think about that anymore.  We live on the sort of Geology that runs right through Kathmandu.  Lord, what a mess.

9) Known for hard partying in his youth, George is now in his 50s and says he's quite happy to spend his evenings eating takeout and watching DVDs. Are you doing any socializing this weekend?
A. We live a quiet life. George's evenings sound just about perfect to me.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday5, Friday fill ins

Happy May Day!



Friday fill-ins,maybe it's not the same as this one, disappeared for a long time right after that horrible Boston thing, but it's been back now for awhile.  I'll put the link to this fun meme back into the sidebar...asap

friday5 is always thoughtful fun.

friday5

1. How do you feel about the smell of babies?  Babies smell wonderful, most of the time.  I think it's a talent they have to make you love them and screech "Baby!" when you see them and run  towards them with open arms.

2. Pretty much all animal babies are cute, but which are the cutest?  I've never seen any animal cuter than a baby mouse lemur.

Picture Source









3. Veggies are pretty good in their adult form, but put the word “baby” in front of some of their names, and they can be transcendent. Which baby veggies do you especially love?  

This one, buhahahaha!
To be totally honest here, I really don't like the way baby food tastes or it's texture.

4. How cute a baby were you?  My mother loved me.

5. How many songs in your digital library have the word “baby” in their titles, and which is your favorite?  I haven't got half my music in a digital library, yet.  But one song comes to mind:  "It's Too Late", and the word "Baby" comes up a lot in it.  

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend, baby!


friday fill ins


I hate to wear short short,but love to wear Cherokees.

Hearing any sort of siren  makes me feel very nervous.

I have a scar on my wrist from trying to fly. :o)

I wish I could say that I liked to go out to plays and ball games but I don't.




Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday: teensy rant about glass ceilings, and knitting report.

What?  You didn't think rants could co-exist with Thankfulness?

I'm grateful, today, for Being Alive and in a country where men, on the whole, seem kinder.  A country where women are respected and treated almost as equals.  This being so even though women don't make the money men make nor do women ever seem to be able to break through the glass ceiling without a bazooka and a whole infantry at their disposal.


In other words, they have to act like men.  I guess we should be glad we don't HAVE to wear pant suits now to work over the level of middle management?

Believe me, with four daughters, I feel these insults keenly.

Let's count this as a TWO Minute Friday post as well as a rant, the key words (plurality of nuisance) are Respect, and true Equality.

I cut out and sewed the new filter for the veggie scrap bin for composting.  Yayme!  I've got the knitting out and will now go and knit a little.  Maybe I'll even cast on a sleeve, having decided to knit them in the round to avoid anymore hand sewing than is absolutely necessary.

Saints preserve us, she's committing to sleeves!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Is it Tuesday already?

This is no trick question. Time slips past me in a blur.  And this will ramble because, frankly, it's too late for it not to.

 I've been working on many things, nothing medical, thanks to God, but things that are tiresome and also exciting.  They are not noteworthy but count to me as if they were coups.  Most involve moving tiny masses into better hands, and making sure that a project to plant three buddleias (before they die) goes forward even if just by inches a day.

Today we went to ceramics while the mini wolf went to his  amazing and lovable groomer's.  I have to remember to wash his beds this time instead of letting that whole thing fall down the rabbit hole with the rest of my good intentions.

Last week, the big piece, which could be described as a "Santa and his Helpers Tree" was clear glazed and put on the shelf, and this week, while we chatted with our friends, I cleaned another Santa's choir piece and put it into the bisque fire load.  I also got some other pieces ready to bring home to do the Air brushing on-  if I can find that tool and can remember how to use it!

I've fallen off so many wagons these last three years that it's left marks all over my psyche!  I keep worrying about whether it can all be done, and have become ever lazier about actually doing things because of paralysis of Will!

Is this what second childhoods are all about?

Time has passed quickly, and now that Etsy has entered the big time with an  IPO, I've found myself actually wanting to try to make things to sell in my shop.  If I lie down for awhile I'm sure this temporary insanity will pass.

You see, I came across some old business cards with my logo on them. It brought back fond memories of good times with friends.  This is my logo for Strawberry Moon.  I named my business for my two daughters, born in in the month of the Native American's "Strawberry" moon - that being our June.

It still looks so sweet to me
I'll try to do better about posting here so that you will know I'm not dust in the cosmic wind yet.

Speaking of the cosmos, we just watched a documentary about all the new info on super-massive black holes.  It was, well, a total Gas.  Maybe you'll like it to.



Have fun fitting all that into the theory of relativity.  It all fits, by the way, and don't forget about Indra's Net, either.  Or that it fits into, "Let there be Light"!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Music Monday: Two Versions of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Bob Dylan ones...

I've never figured out how the guy in Guns N Roses kept from lighting his hair afire.

This isn't the best Dylan, it's just sounds the best to my old ears.......


This one is really amazing too. Not quite as bluesy but still, wonderful.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Tails. Wolfie may be showing his age, whatever it is. and Oh God, no knitting still????

Knitting:  Well, I have decided to just get it out and hold the needles.  And, I actually like the Velocity needle very much!  In case you were wondering, it's probably as good as the Skacels or how ever you spell it.  Addi's anyway...... sigh...... I mist knit!

He's still a loyal little pack member who loves to go with us.  But he's slowing down.  We've had him now since October of 2009, five months after Jazzie died in my arms.

The pound vets estimated he was five years old, and our vet said that he was more like three years. Wanting to be optimistic, I, of course, chose to believe our vet.  Since Wolfie doesn't have the silvery muzzle yet, nor any other signs of aging usually shown by hair color, it's hard to figure out.  But he's slower to want to do anything but happily lay in his cuddler, or on the bed in the mornings with me, or at night with Mr. Z when I sit here updating the blog.   As all dog owner's know, the highlights of any pet dog are play time, meal times, and treat times.  In these activities, he's still extremely devoted to maintaining protocols and shows amazing devotion to.


Waiting for the Alpha Male
Wolfie's "beard" is Golden colored.
I haven't been knitting at all.   And someday, I'll learn to keep my fingers out of the photos!

The new header is a Rhodie from the garden my friend volunteers at.  He generously offered the use of his photos.  I'll probably never see another Rhododendron in bloom because we go up to San Francisco too late in the year.  I'm grateful for the the photos!

But, I will be able to buy more peace bells to keep me calmed down enough to work on crafts, an activity that has gone beyond "Doctor's Orders" status.   This is the one we bought years ago at the botanical gardens in San Francisco:

It now hangs inside on my bedside lamp.
I can ring it late at night when I'm seriously stressed
and it calms me down enough to sleep.  I used to be a very calm person but now it takes a lot to stay out of my tree, feet flat on the ground.  It has to be global climate change.  I blame it on that.  
*note to self:  Go ring the Peace Bell.*

Keep it beautiful in your little corners of the earth.  And think of all the others who struggle to do the same.  Play with the kids.  Snuggle with the DH and the little cat or dog.  Make their world Peaceful.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Music Monday: Anoushka Shankar. Sitar plus orchestra and singers..

A Concert for George.  Western and Eastern instruments.. Enjoy it.  Great Tabla Player!

Beautiful and Exotic and soothing to ease the Soul....Enjoy... this is gorgeous..... 35.50 minutes.... Only up to intermission...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Stealing.. I'll have a main course of Non Fiction, please.. Mystery for dessert.

April 18, 2015

Book Preference Meme

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!

Please note:  please excuse my late night errors.  I'm typing in the dark, on a tiny keyboard, and that usually makes for interesting spelling and punctuation errors because I'm blind by this time of night!  Enjoy!

Book Preference Meme


Stolen from: The now-defunct Tense Teacher


Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror? 
A. Yes please!
Hardback or Trade paperback or Mass market paperback? 
A. Well, from the look at the pile on the side of the bed, Hardbacks win, three to one.  But,really, I don't care.  Lately, I'm going looking for e book bargains.  There are way too many books for shelves en la casa.  

Amazon or Brick and Mortar? 
A. I buy used books from stores or from Amazon.  Sometimes, when the moon is blue, I buy New.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? 
A.  I've bought from both chains but Adam's Avenue Bookstore is my favorite place.

Bookmark or Dog-ear? 
A. Bookmark.

Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy Science Fiction? 
A. Asimov.  But there are times when I've read Fantasy SiFi like maybe Firefly?

Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or Random? 
A. The Dewey Decimal System is fine for libraries but my book collection is still small enough to keep in my head.  Lots of books here are by subject.

Keep, Throw away or Sell? 
A. I can't part with a book except to the kids or my Sis.  I'll give them books but they return the favor and give me books ,too.

Keep dust-jacket or Toss it? 
A.I keep it to the bitter, tattered end.  

Read with dustjacket or Remove it? 
A  .I read them dust jacketed if they came to me that way.

Short story or Novel? 
A.  Both

Stop reading when tired or at Chapter breaks? 
A. I read myself to sleep because it works the best to keep getting enough sleep.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time?” 
A. I still love sweet stories about heroes, damsels, and Knights in shining armor.  But I LOVE mysteries!

Buy or Borrow? 
A. Lots of times I can't wait to borrow when the wait list is so long that it makes me hyperventilate.  So, I'll buy it on kindle- like The Book Thief, or go to a book store.  But, that doesn't happen that often anymore as I've gotten less and  less (and less) time to read.  

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? 
 A. I listen to friends who are blog writers or just scan for new books by authors I've read before, like Donna Leon.  I read books by authors featured in Documentaries I've watched.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)? 
A. Lately I've been reading O'Henry and Aldous Huxley and other older authors stories I've missed, Thomas Hardy is one.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? 
A. Cliff hanging is for  a TV Drama Series.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? 
A. All of the above, in bits and pieces all day long when I'm resting and not trying to knit.

Standalone or Series? 
A.  I don't often find a series in the sort of things I read, but there are a few, like #1 Ladies Detective Agency or the Emilia Peabody Series, or Donna Leon's series about Venice.  
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?  
A. Mango Elephants in the Sun


Favorite genre series?
A. Any clever mystery series that is not about Psycho or serial killers.

 Currently Reading?

A. Donna Leon's, Falling in Love , Hung Lou Meng's translation of Dream of the Red Chamber, and The Essential Dickens , and some Amish Romances.  I find them to be sweet, and they also make me think about something other than big city crime rates.  I read the books of Ruth Hartzler even though she needs some better proof readers.  She has an authentic "voice" to her writing, and is a retired upper grade school teacher.

Thank you for this meme, Kwizgiver.  It was very fun to chat about books.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Who is Demi? Saturday9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Thanks to Helena at Quick Sticky Bits for flagging this.

Saturday 9: Neon Lights (2013)

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

1) Think of a neon sign you pass by often. What does it say? 
A. Used to be Mose Guitars but they moved off of College Drive into La Mesa and went belly up.  Taylor put an end to them I suppose.  My teensy, sweet, ukulele came from there.

2) In the video for this song, Demi Lovato spends a great deal of time in the water. When is the last time you swam?
A.  The last time was too long ago.  I barely remember it.  We did walk along the cliffs below Sea Bright beach last November and collected sea glass for window sparklers and  jewelry wraps.

3) The song encourages us to "look up at the sky." OK, we will. How does the sky look where you are today?
A.  This evening it's filled with clouds, something we call the "ocean influence" here in San Diego. It's something we love seeing because it means we aren't in Santa Ana conditions.
Terrible Winds, and yes, they hit San Diego, too,
despite everyone's total focus on the Los Angeles Basin.

4) Demi is a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine. When she was in junior high school, Crazy Sam eagerly awaited each new issue of Seventeen. When you were younger, what magazine(s) did you read regularly?
A.  I don't remember reading any magazines at all when I was a teen other than National Geographic, or my mother's Family Circle or Women's Day.  When I wasn't working or baby sitting my kid sister, I was studying.  I was half insane from the Stress of Life at that time, and I wish Seventeen would have been around my house.  Sadly, it wasn't.   

5) Demi is an investor in the company that makes Texas Tea, a bottled beverage available at Whole Foods. Do you have any tea in your kitchen right now?
A. We have tons of different teas in our kitchen;  I  could list at least 14 different kinds.




6) Demi is currently on tour, performing halfway around the world in Australia and New Zealand. Have you ever had a job that required travel?
A. Never.  Actually I could have been a Gypsy, but never had a job that let me be one.  I was about two years ahead of the Love Children so missed out on all that fun stuff.  But I feel blessed to have been part of the counter culture anyway, if not the hippy culture.

7) Demi had a recurring role on the show Glee. That show's series finale aired last month. Is there a show that's no longer on that you miss?
A. No

8) Fast-growing fast food chain Chipotle reports that their top sellers include a burrito bowl with steak or chicken, salad with chili-corn salsa, and a soft taco. Which of these would you order? 
Food Sourcing at Chipotle

A. I love Chipotle, as a company and as a food vendor.  I eat all the Chipotle salads except for the beef, too spicy, but now, since I can't eat a lot, usually just get a couple of tacos, either chicken or pork.  Great Stuff, and a Great Modern forward looking company!


9) What beverage would you like to enjoy with your burrito bowl, taco or salad?
A.  Ah!  a little bit of marketing research.. sniff, sniff sniff... hehehe  Anyway, I usually drink an NAB or drink water.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

friday5- and you said what to the Boss?


Friday 5 for April 17: Interview


Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

Sorry I’m up so late this week. It’s been crazy!

1. How well do you think you handle being interviewed for jobs?
A.  Of the five or six jobs that I've had, I've been hired.  

2. In what other contexts have you been interviewed?
A.  Not any others that I remember except once by the press.

3. What are the strangest questions you’ve been asked in interviews?
A. Sorry, I just don't remember any of the questions.  These things were a life time ago practically.  The last being in the 1980's

4. What are your greatest strengths on the job, and what are your greatest shortcomings?
A. I work hard, learn fast, and I love people.  I love working with people and waiting on customers.  My short coming is that when a boss starts playing games, making workers go at each other, I will quit in a heartbeat.  I've been lucky to almost always not be the main breadwinner, so had the option.

5. When has a mistake at work resulted in something positive for you?
A.  Do you mean one I made or one made by the company?  My jobs were so menial that they were almost mistake proof.  My bosses, all but one of them where great bosses.  I've been lucky, oh so lucky.

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!