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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Stealing Sept.24, 2016 Drinking Rum and Pepsi Cola......

September 24, 2016

The "Doing Questions Like It's 2003" Meme

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes (or surveys) 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 among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. When possible, we contact the owner of the blog where we stole the post. 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. 

We found this gem from a blog named “Catlin Etc”. Catlin describes herself as “a 30-something lady living the best life ever with my hot husband, spunky toddler and needy dog.” She explains that she stole it from Karen at “Tiny Bird Heart”. But that’s as far as we go. Tracing questions back to the original author is just too much work.  
Time to toast!

Cheers to all of us thieves!
Sunday Stealing: The "Doing Questions Like It's 2003" Meme

Tell us about your pets. If you don’t have one, share why you don’t.
A. By now, everyone knows we have our wee Wolfie rescue Shih-Poo, as well as five desert tortoises ranging in age (and all ages other than the the tots are guesses)  from 3 years to 65 years.  The youngest are the babies of our 65 year old male, and 37 year old female.

Name three things that are close to you.
A. I'm assuming that you mean objects that are near.  I hope.  
The computer monitor, the clock, and my floor lamp that we rescued and rewired from a moving out neighbor's trash.  It's pretty.  I hung some of the gaudy necklaces I used to make out of pony beads on it.  It's that walk with Beauty all around you sort of thinking.  The clock is BIG and I can read it because it has hands and a beating heart.  

How was the weather for your summer?
A.  The weather was hot and I am so glad we had AC installed last summer.  I don't want to be spending my time in a cooling center.  I'd rather be spending time reading blogs and writing in my own.  I don't have a laptop and don't exactly trust free WIFI.

What was the last film you saw? Did you like it?
Wow, last film.  I think it was Revenant.  I usually pay no attention to films until I'm watching them, and so I never DREAMT that the starring actor was Leonardo DiCaprio.  

I love this actor and didn't even recognize him at ALL.  That's how well he melted into that role.  I think the film was true to the period, which means authentic, and of course it was a deeply affecting film for me to see. But, The Revenant is an  excellent  film.  It deserved the Oscar,and Leonardo absolutely deserved that Oscar!

Tell us about the last trip that you took.
A. I'm still not able to talk about that.

Where do you buy groceries? Why?
We buy mostly at Trader Joe's, Costco, Sprouts, and a tiny bit at a supermarket.  We used to be able to buy at Farmer's Markets, but other than the ones along the coast, and downtown, they don't stay active for long.  We did this to support local farmers, and because we buy only organic veggies, meat and eggs.  Like my Indian ancestors, we eat buffalo.  Try it, you'll like it.

Tell us something that you did today. Or will do if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet.
A. I  mostly worked at my computer today.  And we watched two new episodes of "Longmire".   I still have the shivvers.

Have you pulled an all-nighter?
A.  I have done this a lot throughout my life.  Also, two nights ago I just came down off of a 72 hour sleeping depro.  Sometimes I just can't sleep.  It takes meds.  I respect my doctors for helping me find the right stuff.

Can you taste the difference between Pepsi & Coke?
Yes, and the reason is the sugar source.  Pepsi has always tasted better to me because they use real sugar in it.  It even smells better.  Any baker can tell the difference between the taste of the two sugars in question.  
If some expert wants to dispute it, I just tell them, "PISHPOSH!"  Having said that, I must say that I haven't had either of them,or any soda,  for about 10 years.

Tell us about your siblings. How many and what do they do?
A.  I have a brother and a sister, both of them younger than I.  Bro is retired and Sis is, too.

What’s the oldest thing that you own?
A. I have one of my great grandmother's ivory crochet hooks.  I feel very privileged to have it.  It was in my mother's things.  It's from the Hills of Virginia, where Great Grandma lived. It's very plain and no nonsense, just like my tiny Appalachian grandmama was.  My mother remembers her jumping rope with her and her sisters when she was 95 years old.  

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday9: One night in Bangkok

Saturday 9: One Night in Bangkok (1984)

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Saturday 9: One Night in Bangkok (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song is from the play Chess. It's been said that the most successful players are fluid in their thinking. Do you consider yourself flexible or set in your ways?
Fluid.  In fact, maybe even Scatty?

2) Nigel Short, a real-life chess grandmaster, used to wear a t-shirt that said, "He who cares, wins." Do you always play to win? Or do you play board/card games or sports for the fun of it?
Fun.  It was always for fun.  Well, maybe not Monopoly.  That was for keeps, and the real estate. ;o)  

3) The singer is in Bangkok for an important tournament. He maintains that he doesn't mind missing the sights and dismisses Bangkok is just another "crowded, polluted stinking town." Do you find big cities exciting? Or do you think of them as noisy and dirty?
I think I cannot judge cities by the big Monster called Los Angeles.  There have to be big cities, like maybe Montreal, or Paris, that have a whole lot more charm than L.A.  San Diego is OK looking back from the Bayside, except, that is, for the stupid airport.

4) Air pollution has reached serious levels Bangkok. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or another condition that could be aggravated by pollution?
Yes, I do, not to mention theDDs sufferings, and that is the major reason we wanted away from the outfall of a big city;  we moved to San Diego.  Not all that much better, but enough better.  I'd have gone to Central Coast instead, where the air is practically pure.

5) To reduce traffic, commuters travel through Bangkok on ferries that make regularly scheduled trips up and down the Chao Phraya River. When was your last boat ride?
To Catalina from Santa Monica, years ago.  I love getting out on that ocean.  I stood right up on the bow and watched the flying fish.

6) Round trip airfare between ATL and BKK is $1750. If we gave you a travel voucher for that dollar amount, how would you spend it?
Well, I wouldn't fly.  I would take a trip up the coast all the way to Canada then turn East and go as far as possible before looping home again.  I would like to see Canada, but I've seen what happens at the Border sometimes and just know I'm too old to be "detained" in Vancouver.  No thanks.

7) The Holiday Inn Express in Bangkok has a McDonald's onsite. When you go somewhere new, do you find it comforting to be surrounded by what's familiar? Or would you prefer to try new things?
Usually we just ask the locals.  They know where the best food is.  I have to be so careful what I eat that we usually look for vegetarian Chinese.  And/or Chipotle anytime.  So, it's a toss isn't it? And no, I don't eat at McDonald's.  

8) One of Bangkok's most popular restaurants is DID, which stands for Dine in Dark. The dining room at DID is 100% light free -- cell phones must be stored in the lobby to avoid distracting from the experience -- so customers eat their four course meal without seeing it. This heightens the diner's sense of taste and smell. When you prepare a meal, do you put a great deal of care into its presentation?
Once upon a time, I was a really good cook.  It was one thing that theDDs have remarked about  several times.  I used to bake all our bread, before the tiny twin storm troopers arrived, that is.  I didn't stop baking bread or tortillas, just slowed way down. *smiles*

9) Random question: Think about your last professionally prepared meal. Did you dine in, carry out, or have it delivered?
We dined out.  It was excellently prepared, locally sourced, organic and cruelty free.  It's a tiny restaurant in Liberty Station.  The Fig Tree Eatery.  They actually have three locations.  San Diego is a good place to find great food!

 Gee, now I'm hungry again.  See what you did!  *winks*

Friday, September 23, 2016

No Thursday 13 post. Life without the Internet + fixed and corrected from addle-brained cross eyed version.

Our House lost internet service for about 30 hours, and, sadly, I wasn't smart enough to do anything at all about it.  I had to sit on my hands and let computer men, MrZ and the help desk at Windows, took over.

I thought about doing a post of 13 flower headers I've used since Day 1 in 2004.  Pretty boring though.

What are thirteen things I did today, with no Internet.  We are tied to this thing, the Internet, in a more prosaic way than we think we are.

1. Today I read more of,  The Red Door, by A.A. Milne.  It's getting a lot more interesting and broad. This might actually be a good book!

2. Finished two crossword puzzles, grumbling  at the amount of slang that is finding it's way into them.

3. Thought about why my doctor hasn't called, Oh snap!  The phones were out.  But she was supposed to call my cell?  Maybe, like the many times before, she didn't get the memo.

4.Heard and saw the California Towhee calling and saw her in the tree.  So, I put a very tiny amount of food out for her.  She didn't come back.  It seems she may be saying goodbye. and thanks for all the seeds.

5. Ate  pretty much what I darn will pleased.  Next to nothing but all good.

6. Played free cell, almost all the only thing available on my iPad.  We have cellular data but anything that has a limit on it I just won't do.  I know I'll fret and have a cat about how much I've used for a couple of games.

8. Investigated a pile of fabric I don't remember purchasing, AND later remembering that it was gift from my  SIL.  It was plaid.  I almost NEVER buy plaid and couldn't remember any  adle-pated project I might have thought it was treasure for.
I will figure out what to make out of these things,  I always do, I will not waste such largess!

9.  I dug out the iPod Nano, which has become a brick, and strategized how to get it to work again, and also it must be able to take a charge despite being a 1st gen product.  There is a way if you have the will- a LOT OF WILL.  That's a job for tomorrow!  The internet was DOWN for awhile, remember?

10. Internet finally came up in the late afternoon.
So, we watched THREE Episodes of  NCIS, only to find that the last one was a PART 1?!!!

11. I took my night meds tonight- FINALLY, after a two day delay- and when I did that, found that I  hadn't taken any medicine since Monday.  Where is my brain?  I must be sadder than I realize.

So, anyway, by the time I took them Wednesday night, I  had been up for 72 Hours-straight.  This made me into a full-on hyper-zombie.

With no internet a person's routine gets blasted;  you feel LOST until you figure out that being quiet and enjoying sitting in a big comfy chair staring out at the birds in the trees is actually DOING something.  This is not a heinous crime, unless you try to strangle anyone who gets near you.  Then you have the excitement of sirens, and men in white coats.

Tuesday we got our Big Bertha flu shot.  Who needs sleep with all that armament?  I felt that I could have stay up all night making things.

12.  Brushed my teeth like an old lady who want's to keep them should. and now I'm off to bed!  The big, high, comfy bed that tempts me to stay there all day!
This is the one I want. I want it now...or...
I want to build the doggie ramp onto the end of the bed we have that looks like this one.  The night stands are nearly like ours. They could build us one of these.  Now for getting Mr. Z to ok this project!

13. Well, Youngins....I'm off to bed.  Gad!  Is that the time?
If the kids had still been home, we would have made kites and flown them at the beach, and had tea and cake in the RV and knit and talked and talked and talked.  As we watched the sun set into the Pacific at Sunset Beach, if not Carmel.  I miss traveling.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday tails: Rain!!!!!

Yippie!  Nature's blessing.  We may get a half a day, but it rained part of the night,too.  The torts usually pile into puddles in the desert.

Our torts have most likely run out of their hideholes and gone to the patio to sip.  They do this whenever we water outside.   I'm just so excited to see this rain.  Didn't even know it was coming!

Wolfie and Mr. Z got a little wet on the morning walk but otherwise this has been a day for the thirsty city plants and all the deserts to rejoice.