Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Book tag


Who is your favourite author?  As you know I have just started reading again, so I really enjoyed Mary Kubica, Liane Moriarty, Fannie Flagg and Louise Penny this summer.
What was the last book you read
?  Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty

What book reminds you of your school days?The Friends We Keep by Jane Green reminded me of college a little bit.

What book releases are you looking forward to?  Well, I do not really keep up with those yet, but I do know Louise Penny released a new one a bit ago, but I am behind in that series and I plan to read them in order.

What movie releases are you looking forward to?  I believe The Night Circus is coming out in November.  I wouldn't mind seeing that...I am using a movie that was a book made into a movie.

What 3 books are you planning to read?  Little Fires Everywhere, Where the Crawdad's Sing, What Alice Forgot.

Have you ever damaged a book?  no

How long does it take you to read a book?  this summer when I could read more I read a book in about 3 days.  It is taking me 1-2 weeks now.  It is hard when your husband watches tv all of the time.

Books you haven’t finished?  I only did not finish one book over the summer and it was Just What Kind of Mother Are You?  I just couldn't get into it.

Popular books you didn’t like?  Maybe the one I just mentioned...other than that I usually enjoy the books I pick out.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell people you were reading?  no, but I would not recommend some of the books I have read to certain people I know because of theme or genre or too much cursing, etc.

How many books do you own?  I own a lot of children's books for teaching, but not too many adult books.  I just check them out.  Josh owns several.  I can borrow his too.  Someone was asking if we borrowed each other's books.  I like some of the books he has read...Fannie Flagg, but he likes different genres than I do.  I really enjoy psychological thrillers and he really shouldn't be reading those.

Are you a fast or slow reader?  it depends on if I actually have time to read or not.
Do you read better in your head our out loud
? in my head.  I give my characters voices and I can see the book as a movie in my mind as I am reading.  I dreamed about my book characters some over the summer.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Saturday 9- The Straw Hat Song

The Straw Hat Song (1955)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier?  I really do try to focus on staying positive, but I do worry sometimes.  It depends on what it is.

2) Because Desi's public persona was carefree, people are often surprised to learn his early life was hard. In 1933, his wealthy family was targeted by Cuban revolutionaries. Their home was destroyed and were forced to flee the country. In Miami, they lived in a warehouse and 16-year-old Desi helped support the family by cleaning cages for the man who sold canaries outside a drugstore. Think about your friends and acquaintances. Whose life story turned out to be very different than you originally thought?  My college roommate Dawn.  She got pregnant in college and dropped out of school.  I was not sure if she would come back.  She didn't in the time I was there, but she did eventually, got her degree and got a really good job.  She had 4 boys and married the father of her first son.  I found out recently she died and I still do not know how.  She was such a great person.

3) While still in his teens, Desi got his first job as an entertainer. As a boy in Cuba, he expected to be a lawyer, not a musician. He only began playing guitar because he noticed girls like musicians and he liked girls. Tell us about a hobby of yours, and what inspired you to pick it up.  Believe it or not...reading is my hobby now.  My son loves to read and I was always so jealous of people who read.  It is nice that I had all of you to get book ideas from.  I love getting lost in a book.

4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it?  I have!  I enjoyed it, but I did not like being on call all of the time. 

5) When he was 23, he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies and met a 28 year old actress named Lucille Ball. In Hollywood back in 1940, it was considered embarrassing for a woman to date a younger man. Their initial attraction was so powerful she quickly got over it. Do you think age matters when it comes to romance?  not really as long as you are not dating an underage child.

6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead "Lucy." Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as "Lucille," as she preferred. But Desi insisted on "Lucy." He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone?  Not anything I made up.  We had a little boy last year that has autism and could not pronounce our names, so he called me Mrs. Yay and my friend Kris...he called Mrs. Kiss, Miss Yay and Miss Kiss.  We still call each other that.  HA!

7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone?  My middle name Lynn is after my mom's cousin Linda.

8) Desi was the founding force behind Desilu. One of the first great production studios of the television age, Desilu grossed $15 million in 1957 (more than $135 million in today's dollars). He credited his success to his unconventional and creative approach to problems. Are you a good problem solver? depends what it is.

9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus?  know it all

Monday, September 9, 2019

Tuesay 4 Meme- All About You #2
All About You #2

1.   What's your favorite thing to do when you have time on your hands?  I love to read most of the time when I have time on my hands.  I will spend some time watching tv also or visiting with Josh and Karl.  Karl is usually watching a movie on his computer and Josh is often in his room.

2.   Company coming tonight for dinner what do you cook?  We rarely have company.  We would probably order out because we would not be prepared.

3.   The weather is perfect outside, how would you spend the day?  Josh and I spent a lot of time in the gazebo reading when it was still nice in early June.  Maybe we can get out in the evenings in the fall.

4.   It's morning and you just got up, what do you have for breakfast?  I rarely eat breakfast.  I am up at 5:15 AM and I am getting dressed and I am at work by 7:15AM.  I just do not have any time.  I eat lunch at 11:30.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Compassion

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1. What is the most fun thing you have ever done?  Goodness!  I have fun doing everything I do....maybe our trip to Disney World?  We took a 2 week vacation, me, my husband and Josh....Josh was about 5 years old.  We spent several days at Disney, went to Cocoa Beach, saw a Tampa Bay Rays game, did some shopping.  It was a lot of fun. 

2. Are you left-handed or right-handed?  Right handed 

3. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?  People do nice things all of the time.  My co-workers have a birthday party planned for me this Friday.  We will eat and have fun together.  I am going to say the nicest thing was my in-laws bought our corgi for us.  I sure do love her.  Here is a picture of me and my co-workers.  I am standing on the ground...second to the left.
4. What is the biggest animal you’ve seen in the wild? deer

5. What is the smallest animal you’ve seen in the wild?  tiny bug 

6. Do you ever have funny dreams at night?  yes, I have even woke myself up laughing before.

7. If you could make a law for your country, what would it be?  No Smoking

8. What would you do if you were invisible for a day? 
I would just do the things I normally do. 

9. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?  I do not want that burden, but maybe Josh, just to see what he has to endure with his depression and anxiety.  This is my son Josh.

10. What would you like to change about yourself?  My weight. 

11.What is your daily routine.  Get up, take a shower, get dressed, do hair and make-up, go to work, come home, read, watch some tv, go to bed. 

12. What would your perfect day be like?  I like days where I can do anything I want.  I like to spend time reading.  Here are my latest reads.  Both are excellent.

13. How old were you when you learned to read?  I am not sure. 

14. What is the most interesting thing you know?   As we grow older, we are unable to remember new things. According to the researchers in the US it is because the brain is unable to filter and remove old memories which prevent it from absorbing new ideas.

15. What makes you nervous? snakes

16. What is your favourite flower?  I love all flowers 

17. Have you ever ridden on a horse or any other animal?  horse, camel and elephant...came and elephant at the zoo. 

18. What time do you go to bed?  9:30PM when I am working, 11:00 or so when I am not 

19. What time do you get up? 5:15 AM when working...9:00 or so when I am not. 

20. What is something that is always in your refrigerator?  drinks for us.

So, yes...tomorrow is my birthday! 09/09- Monday...thank-you Sunday Stealing for the birthday shout-out!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Saturday 9- The Sweet Escape

The Sweet Escape (2006)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This song begins with, "First of all, let me say I must apologize ..." Who most recently apologized to you?  Probably my co-worker Lori.  She didn't do anything wrong.  I think we just had the room a mess and she apologized.

2) Gwen Stefani sings that she acted like "sour milk on the floor." Is there milk in your refrigerator right now? What about non-dairy creamer?  Milk, but no creamer. 

3) In the video, Gwen wears several different pairs of stiletto heels. What are you wearing on your feet as you answer these questions? tennis shoes

4) Mrs. Stefani named her daughter "Gwen" after a stewardess in the book/movie Airport. Who was your favorite character in the book you just read, or movie you most recently watched? Madeline..I am reading Big Little Lies.

5) Gwen is a distant cousin of Madonna's. Are there any performers in your family?   Many years ago there was a singer named K.T. singer I think.  She is related on my mom's side.  We do not actually know her though.

6) In high school, she joined the swim team not because she enjoys swimming but because she wanted to lose weight. Are you doing anything (dieting, participating in an exercise regimen) in order to shed a few pounds? no, but I need to be.

7) Before she became successful, Gwen worked at the makeup counter in a department store. What was the last thing you purchased? Did you buy it online or at a store?  Josh and I went out to a restaurant on Thursday night and had Chinese.  So, food was the last thing I purchased.

8) Gwen has gotten a great deal of publicity for her romance with country star, Blake Shelton. What's your favorite Blake Shelton song?  I do not listen to country, but I do like Blake Shelton on The Voice.  I typically do not love his songs, but maybe God's is pretty good.

9) Random question: Which of these compliments would make you the happiest -- to be called fascinating, or brilliant, or gorgeous?  brilliant...since that would never happen.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- Labor Day Celebration Preferences
Labor Day Celebration Preferences

1.   Holiday Shopping or Day at the Beach?  Beach, I LOVE the beach!

2.   Lounging by the Pool or Picnic by the Lake?  Pool

3.   Barbeque Cookout or Favorite Restaurant?  BBQ

4.   Flea Market or Just Hang Out At Home?  Just hang out at home...which is what I did on Labor Day.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Saturday 9- Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing (1985)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What's the last thing you wore on your head?  I had a small clip pulling up some hair to keep it out of my eyes.

2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What's the biggest purchase you've made lately? Was it big in size or expense?  We had to get a new washing machine back in the summer.

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions?  not really, I am relaxing.  My back was pulled out the first week of school, but I am better now.

4) The term "dire straits" describes a troubling situation that's difficult to extricate oneself from. When's the last time you found yourself in dire straits?  It has been a long time.

5) There's a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It's a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both?  I love dinosaurs, the preschoolers love to play with them and they are high interest for my kiddos.

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist?  I would not be very good at either. 

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it's more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now?  Yes, my husband's family has cows and so we have our own beef from their farm.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today's young people look up to?   I do not know.  My son does not look up to the same types of people other young people look up to.

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you're handed doesn't have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want?  I would definitely try to guess the least expensive entree, but I am not good at that.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tuesday 4 Meme- Art Imagination

Art Imagination

1.   If you could paint a landscape what would it be?  I would enjoy painting an ocean landscape...just so I could sit by the ocean and see and hear it again.

2.   If you could paint a portrait who would it be?  Josh (my son)

3.   If you could paint a geometrical form what would it be?  Cross

4.   If you could paint any object what would it be?  My dogs

I wish I could paint!  *CRIES*

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Love Me Some Questons

1. Has anyone ever made fun of your taste in music?  My son does all of the time.

Is anyone’s birthday coming up? My birthday is coming up September 9th.

Do you remember who you liked in grade eight?  Darren

When was the last time you burned any part of your body?  I got a sunburn on my face and hands at a St. Louis Cardinals game back in the Spring...April or May.

If I gave you ten dollars, what would you spend it on?  I would probably save it for later.

What are you most excited about right now?  We have a new Superintendent at our school and he wants to talk to every staff member.  I get to talk with him on Thursday.  I am excited about that.

Does / did either of your parents serve in the military? no

Are you somewhat of a perfectionist?  yes

Do you like sour candy?  not really.  I like sweet candy.  My son likes sour.

Are all nighters something you have grown used to?  goodness no.  I like my sleep.  I do not have trouble sleeping, so I go to bed at night.  I did pull an all nighter once in college for a test, but I never did that again.  I do not really think it helped.

Do you usually wear sunglasses when you’re driving?  yes, I almost always have on sunglasses when I am outside.

Do you wear your shoes around the house?  I do!  I am always ready to go.

What clothes are you most comfortable in?  sweats, t-shirt and tennis shoes.

Are you good at painting nails?  not really, I do the press on nails if I want them to look nice.  I have a friend that does nails, but I do not like my nails long because of working with little bitty kiddos.

Smoothies or slushies?  I do not drink either very often, but I like both.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Saturday 9: No One's Here to Sleep

Saturday 9: No One's Here to Sleep (2013)

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

1) This song is the theme of How to Get Away with Murder, the legal drama that premiered in 2014 and airs on Thursday nights. Are you a fan?  I have never watched it.

2) The song's refrain says, "I'll never catch up with you." Behind the wheel, do you carefully observe the speed limit? Or do you have a lead foot, making it hard for anyone to catch up with you?  I go just a little over the speed limit, but not much.

3) How to Get Away with Murder is about Annalise Keating, a law professor at a top Philadelphia university. She has a reputation for being tough, demanding and able to turn her students into successful defense attorneys. Tell us about a teacher who helped prepare you for life after graduation.  I am just going to say my dad.  He was a teacher and talked a lot to me about what it would be like after graduation about college etc.  I do not really recall a teacher from school preparing me for life after graduation besides just being good teachers.

4) The students she feels show the most promise -- and are recruited to help her solve murders -- are known as The Keating Four. Did you ever sense that you were your teacher's favorite?  no

5) Viola Davis was just nominated for an Emmy for playing Professor Keating. Ms. Davis was born on a farm in SC. Have you spent more of your life in a rural, suburban or urban setting?  most of my life in rural, but I have lived in all settings and I have enjoyed them all.

6) Next to Annalise Keating, Viola Davis is best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Aibileen in the movie, The Help. Have you seen it?   I have, it is fantastic.

7) In 2014, the year How to Get Away with Murder premiered, we lost two famous comedians: Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Who was the last person to make you laugh out loud? (This means actually, literally laughing out loud, not just keystroking LOL.)  My co-worker Kris makes me laugh out loud every single day.  We have so much fun.  Here we are...I am on the left.  This was at curriculum training last year.

8) The 2014 Olympics were held in Sochi. Have you ever been to Russia? If not, is it a dream destination of yours?  I have a fascination with Russia since watching the tv show about Catherine the Great, I would love to visit....not sure how safe I would feel.

9) Random question:
The sign on the railing says, "Wet Paint." Do you touch the railing to see if it's really wet?  no


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sunday Stealing- Swap Bot

1) What do you enjoy about summer?  I like being home, sleeping in and getting to do what I want to do...this summer it was reading.

Do you like snow? Why?  I LOVE snow.  I think is looks magical when it is falling.  I know it causes all kinds of problems with driving, but I still love it.

What do you think about dogs?  I LOVE dogs.  I have 3 of them.

Have you ever gotten lost?  Oh yes.

What are your favorite type of socks?  I enjoy those fuzzy warm socks you wear in the winter.  We usually do a sock swap at the school and I wear those all winter.  The parents give them as gifts sometimes too.  They are not my normal go to socks, but I just think they are fun.

What is your favorite style of shoes?  tennis shoes.

What would you name your boat if you had one?  Princess Mandy (after my corgi)

What common misconception do you hate to hear repeated as fact?  That people with mental illness are dangerous.  My son suffers with mental illness, but he is the gentlest sweet soul.

What was the last shop you went into and what did you buy?  I think it was when I went to Dress Barn and got my outfit for my nephew's wedding.  I wore that for Open House at school too.

What's your favourite thing to do to pass the time?  read!!!   This is what I am reading now.

What is a way to die that scares you the most?  drowning or catching on fire, well alzheimer's dad had that and that was not fun for anyone.

Travel or home body?  I love to travel, but we never go anywhere, so I am actually a homebody...wannabe traveler.

Have you ever gone to a Bingo hall?  no

What is the longest plane trip you have taken?  I have never been on a plane.

Do you text more or call more? Why?  text.  I can end a text quicker than I can get off the phone.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Saturday 9- Where You Lead

Where You Lead (1971)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme of The Gilmore Girls, a TV show that ran  from 2000 to 2007. It recently enjoyed renewed popularity as a reboot. Were you a fan?  I was.  I loved that show.  I watch re-runs these days though, and I think it is so dumb...weird.

2) The show is about thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore, her teenage daughter Rory, and her parents, Richard and Emily. The four of them had dinner together every Friday night. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? What was on the menu?  I have dinner every Friday night with my mother...sometimes Josh goes and sometimes he doesn't.  We had salad, spaghetti and meatballs and hot rolls.  Josh stayed home.

3) Lorelai is outgoing and talkative. How about you? Are you seldom at a loss for words?  no, I am very shy.  I am so once I get to know people I can talk fine, but I sound ridiculous if I do not know a person very well.

4) Rory dreamed of going to an Ivy League school and then becoming a broadcast journalist. When you were in high school, what were your ambitions?  This is terrible, but I had no clue.  I was going to go to college and just try to figure it out. 

5) Rory's grandfather (and Lorelai's dad) went to Yale and performed with the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's famous a cappella group. Have you ever sung in front of an audience?  yes I have.  I was in choir in high school, college and church.  I have sang in small groups and in the whole choir.  I did a solo once, but like I said...shy...I hated it.

6) Rory's grandmother (and Lorelai's mother) Emily was very active in civic organizations and worked hard on the Hartford Zoological Society's Annual Silent Auction. Have you ever attended an auction?   no

7) Alexis Bledel, who played Rory, went on to appear in Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale. Of these three shows -- Gilmore Girls, Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale -- which would you prefer to binge watch?  I would be interested in binging The Handmaid's Tale.  I believe it is on Netflix, and I do not have that.  I read the book in college.  It was so interesting.

8) Carole King originally wrote this week's song, "Where You Lead," for her Tapestry album. Do you have a favorite Carole King song?  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

9) Random question: If zoo animals could talk, which animal do you imagine would be the rudest?  Cats