Meme Monday

Because I’ve got nothing else this morning, and still I want to post something. Maya got a super cute haircut over the weekend, but she won’t let me take a picture for the blog. I finished my book last night, but don’t have time to write up a review right now. I’m going to go observe small claims court later this morning, as our homeowners association is being sued, and it seems like it might be kinda fun and interesting to watch. So, for now, you get a meme that I took from my Facebook & real life friend, Connie:
43 Things about me!*

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Mmmm. Blue cheese. Yummy. Esp Stilton, or Gorgonzola.

2. Have you ever been drunk?
Oh dear, yes. Ugh.

3. Do you own a gun?
Yes. A shotgun that belonged to my great grandfather. I don’t own any bullets, though.

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite?

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Only if I’m going to get a shot, or if I’m afraid of bad news.

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
It’s a Wonderful Life, because it’s the first movie Ted and I ever saw together. Also very fond of Scrooged.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Diet Coke

9. Can you do push ups?

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
My wedding ring.

11. Favorite hobby?

12. Do you have A.D.D.?

13. What’s your favorite shoe?
I have some very cute black pumps I rarely wear. Or my boots. Very cute.

14. Middle name?
Ward technically, though that was my maiden name. Yvonne before that.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
I want to read the funnies.
I need to get in the shower.
I got pretty wet on my walk this morning.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Diet Coke, Water, Chardonnay

17. Current worry?
Drought. And job.

18. Current hate right now?
Hate? War, I guess.

19. Um, where did 19 go?
My age, or was 19 missing at some point in this meme? Not sure. 19 was a fun year in many ways. It’s when I started college, after taking a year off.

20. How did you bring in the New Year?
With good friends.

21. Where would you like to go?

22. Name three people who will complete this?
Dorothy (I hope, she hasn’t posted anything in WEEKS), Cherry, and maybe Chrissy, though I’m not tagging anyone.

23. Do you own slippers?
Yes, I worked from home for a couple of years, and fell in love with slippers. I got two pairs for Christmas, and I love them both.

24. What color shirt are you wearing right now?
Pink workout shirt.

25. Do you like sleeping on Satin sheets?
Yes, very soft. But I don’t need to.

26. Can you whistle?
Honestly? No. But I had my dog Sam fooled for awhile.

27. Favorite color?
Green. Though like Connie, I wear a lot of black.

28. Would you be a pirate?
No – Not interested in being a thief, really.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
MYOB. I say that because Maya has been awoken by me singing the BINGO song, about the farmer with the dog. I also like to sing “Little Drummer Boy” in the shower. The Bing Crosby/David Bowie version.

30. Favorite Girl’s Name?
Maya. Duh.

31. Favorite boy’s name?
Not sure. I guess I don’t have one. Ted?

32. What’s in your pocket right now?
An empty bag for picking up dog poop, and yesterday’s grocery list.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
Not sure, but Ted and Maya make me laugh a lot. They have a similar, silly sense of humor. Mine is much more dry and reserved, but I do appreciate theirs!

34. Best bed sheets as a child?
No idea. I think we always had hand-me-downs.

35. Worst injury you’ve ever had as a child?
Cut off the tip of my finger when I was very young, and had to have it reattached.

36. Do you love where you live?
I love aspects of it.

38. Who is your loudest friend?
Loudest? That’s a weird question, and I don’t think I have any loud friends. I used to know a girl named Andi who was pretty loud.
REVISED to add that I indeed have not seen my friend Martin in far too long, and he is VERY loud. 🙂  Thanks for the Facebook comment, Martin.

39. How many dogs do you have?
One, who is a very good girl, as long as she stays off the bed. Her eye is all better, if you’re wondering.

40. Does someone have a crush on you?
I hope so. I hope Ted. 😉

41. What is your favorite book?
Favorite? That’s hard to say. Maybe Gone With The Wind. It’s the one I re-read the most often.

42. What is your favorite candy?
Probably Bit-O-Honey. I went to get one on Saturday at the candy store, and the candy store closed! They don’t carry them at the grocery store. Dang.

43. Favorite Sports Team?
I really couldn’t care less. I did used to enjoy living in SF when the 49s were on their Superbowl winning streak, way back when.

44. What song do you want played at your funeral?
That’s a weird one. Probably Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the beautiful Oboe Concerto. I love that piece.

*The meme says 44, but there’s no number 6…wonder what it would have been?

The Album Cover Project

Battle of Arkinholm

(cover art created for me by my friend Darin)

Do you Facebook?  I Facebook.  Through Facebook, I’ve reconnected with some old high school friends (wait, that didn’t come out right…they’re not old…or wait, maybe we’re all old, I’m not sure.)  Anyway, I’ve reconnected with some great guys that I knew in another lifetime, back when I was still trying to figure out who I was, and I was mostly shy and awkward and so on, and they were mostly friends of my brother, but let me hang around anyway.  One of these guys is Darin, who actually left High School before I started, so I didn’t know him quite as well as the others, but he is a great guy nonetheless.  I have fond memories of hanging out with him outside of school once or twice, and I still have a picture that he drew for me of a cool dragon. Darin tagged me in a meme that I’ve seen before in the blogging world, and I guess has now hit Facebook.  I gave it a try, but I don’t play well with photoshop (though actually we do have it, so I should have at least tried), so I did the absolute minimum on it, and he took it from there and made me a cover for my album, as it were.  Here  it is, and here are the rules for the meme:

The album cover project…..

1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random” or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations” or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post it with this text in the “caption” and TAG the friends you want to join in.

Special extra groovy side note is that back when I was obsessed with my family genealogy, I discovered that some people in my line think we are distantly related to the royal house of Stuart, that of Mary, Queen of Scots, (and there are others who say, no, can’t prove it, sorry).  And the King James of the Battle of Arkinholm was also related to the house of Stuart, being a direct ancestor of Mary Stuart.  How’s that for delicious, when the random wiki I got was perhaps maybe somehow related to my very distant ancestors?  Thanks, Darin, totally fun.

First Born Meme

Maya, 1 week old

Maya, Easter Sunday, 1996…I week old

First born meme

My baby cousin Jenny’s BFF Ana, who has become my online friend, though I’ve never met her in person, tagged me for this.  I must admit, with my only child coming up on 13 in a matter of weeks (like, 6 or 7), I’m not as interested in this subject as I was when she was younger.   BUT, Ana asked, and Ana shall have her answers. 😉  Because Ana rocks.

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? Perhaps.  Meaning, we wanted to start trying, and I had gone off the pill, but I was still very irregular, and did not at all expect to get pregnant the ONLY time in my entire life that I had unprotected sex.  I should have known better, as both Ted and I were accidents.


3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS?  Scared.  I felt like I had eaten a rock, and I had morning sickness, and we had wanted to wait a few more months…as it was, Maya was born a month or three *before* Ted’s comprehensive exams in graduate school.  Good timing, huh?


5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 29 when pregnant, 30 by the time she was born.

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT? I got DRUNK on one glass of wine, which was a huge warning signal to Ted.  Plus, again, I felt like I had eaten a rock.  And I was constipated.  TMI?  Yes, I’m sure.  Anyway, he said, “You’re pregnant”, and I said, “No way”, and as usual, he was right.


8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? No, not really.  But then a funny thing happened.  When they asked me if I wanted to know, suddenly, I did…not because of shopping or planning or decorating, but because I wanted to know absolutely everything I could about my baby.  I was in love.

9. DUE DATE? March 17th.  St. Patrick’s Day.

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? YES.  And it sucked.  Mostly I threw up about once every other day, usually after brushing my teeth.  But I felt like crap 24/7.

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Early on, bubbles.  Generic seltzer water was the only thing that did it for me.  Later, it was these heavenly bacon egg and cheese sandwiches on a toasted Kaiser roll that I got from a roach coach at Penn.

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? The med student trying to take my blood pressure while I was in transition.  Also, people who wanted to touch my stomach, and touched me so low that I worried that they were trying to feel me up.


14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? Before we knew, I wanted a boy, because I wanted a mama’s boy.  I got a mama’s girl, which is even better.  Still loves mama, more fun to buy clothes for.

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 35.  At least 10 of which are directly attributable to the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, which I washed down with a coke every day between breakfast and lunch in my late 2nd, early 3rd trimester.

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? Yes, 3 I think.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? One was supposed to be a surprise, but my boss decided that the shock might put me into labor, so he told me.  I was clueless before that, though.  I found the decorations, and I thought they were for my coworker’s SIL’s shower.

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?  The tech who did my tests wrote down my dates wrong, so for a few minutes there, I thought my daughter might have Downs syndrome.  And since my Uncle had Downs, and was institutionalized (in the 40s), and it destroyed my father’s childhood in some ways, yeah, I freaked the hell out.

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? HUP.  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which was awesome, because it was really close to work, and I was able to have a midwife in a hospital, which felt like the best of both worlds.


21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Ted.  I was induced, though, so he drove me there the night before.

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Ted, my midwife, and whomever else was in the room.  Who the hell knows?  See #24.


24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? No.  Not because I’m too good for them, but because I’m afraid of needles.  And because my labor was so short.  I was asking for drugs at the end.  It was just too late.



29. WHAT DID YOU NAME HER? Maya Amrita.  Maya for my sister, Amrita for Ted’s sister.

30. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? 12 years, 10.5 months.

Saturday Stupidness

Name That Candy Bar

(I’d like to go on the record and say, I scored an 80%, not a 80%.  Sorry.  I know that makes me really, really anal.)


1. Call my sisters…it’s their birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Maya and Melissa!  Wish I could be there to have some cake and ice cream with you.

2. Go to Stockton for a funeral.  My brother’s wife’s father passed away last week.  He was a wonderful man, and will be dearly missed by many people.  We liked him an awful lot.

100 Foods Meme

Gourmet Food

(photo found here)

Thanksgiving is known, not only as a day to share our thanks, but also as a day to feast.  In the spirit of feasting, I thought I would take on this meme that RelaxedDad tried (he did it in two parts).  Some of the foods are clearly European, as I didn’t even know what the heck they were.  Here are the rules:

  • Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  • Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
  • Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
  • Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

So now to the foodstuffs!

1. Venison – I think mainly in the form of Summer Sausage

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros – Hell yes.  Whenever I can get my hands on it.

4. Steak tartare – Yes. Meh.  I mean, if someone else at my table orders it, I’ll have a bite, but I’d rather order something else. Tuna tartare is a whole different ballgame though.  I love tuna tartare.

5. Crocodile – I don’t think I’ve been anywhere that they served it.  I guess I’d try it, if I were in the bayou or something.

6. Black pudding – NO. NO. NO.

7. Cheese fondue – First time I had cheese fondue, I didn’t like it.  Tried it again recently, and thought it was pretty yummy.  Then went to another restaurant even more recently, and yuck.  So it really varies for me.

8. Carp – Maybe, but I’m not sure.  Maybe not.

9. Borscht – I quite like beets, so yes.

10. Baba ghanoush – Yummy, yes please.

11. Calamari – Yummy, yes please.

12. Pho – Never tried it, but I would happily.

13. PB&J sandwich – Often.  With a glass of milk.  Mmmm.

14. Aloo gobi – Yes, probably my favorite way to eat cauliflower.

15. Hot dog from a street cart – With mustard and relish, thanks.

16. Epoisses – No thank you, I don’t like my cheese to reek.

17. Black truffle – Not yet, I don’t think.  But maybe.

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – Yes, I’ve tried this, but I’ve never liked it.

19. Steamed pork buns – Whenever we get dim sum, I want this.  Mmmm.

20. Pistachio ice cream – I don’t think so, but pistachio pudding, yes.

21. Heirloom tomatoes – YES.  In soup, in salad, in pasta, sliced with basil and cheese. Heck, just sliced up and eaten with good salt.  Yummy.

22. Fresh wild berries – Double yes.  Love them.  Esp blueberries and raspberries.

23. Foie gras – I’ve tried it a few times.  Disgusting.

24. Rice and beans – Yes, many times.

25. Brawn or Head Cheese – Ewww.  I don’t really care for aspic.

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – No, but there might be some cooked in the hot sauce we use.

27. Dulce de leche – Not really interested, but if you order it, I’ll have a bite.

28. Oysters – Mmmm.  Yes.  My favorite way is on the half shell.  We had shooters recently, with an oyster in a shot glass of bloody mary mix.  Nice, but I like to taste the sea (as unRelaxedDad put it so well), so I like to chew them.  I’ve also had smoked oysters on crackers, which can be lovely.  Never tried Oysters Rockefeller, but I would try some if you ordered it.

29. Baklava – I’ve tried it.  Too sweet for me.  Ted likes it sometimes with strong black coffee.

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam Chowder in Soudough Bowl – I love good Clam Chowder.  The bowl is a nice touch, but with all of the calories in the chowder, I’m hesitant to add that much bread to the mix.  It’s very Fisherman’s Wharf, though, so if I’m down that way for some reason, I’ll order it.

33. Salted Lassi – No thanks.  Not a fan of the yogurty drinks.

34. Sauerkraut – Yuck.

35. Root beer float – Yum-ish.  Not my favorite.  Always sounds better than it is.

36. Cognac – Not so awesome.

37. Clotted Cream Tea – I’ve never even had clotted cream.

38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo – Mmmm.  Yes, please.

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat – I think I’ve had this twice.  Very tasty.

42. Whole insects – no, thank you.

43. Phaal/span – Not so into the painfully hot curries, so no thank you.

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whiskey from a bottle worth $120 or more – I don’t really like whiskey.  I’d sneak mine over to Ted.

46. Fugu (aka puffer fish) – Not interested.  Nothing against it, but just not interested.

47. Chicken tikka masala – Yes, recently actually.  It’s OK, but not my favorite.  A bit too rich for me.

48. Eel

49. Kispy Kreme original glazed donut – Overrated.

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone – Maybe?

54. Paneer – Yes.  I like paneer.

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – Not often, though.  I prefer a quarter pounder with cheese when I have a McDonald’s craving.  Which begs the question, why does one get a craving for crappy food sometimes, when there’s so much GOOD food out there?  No idea.

56. Spaetzle – Yes, once.  I liked it.

57. Dirty gin martini – Don’t really like vermouth or gin.

58. Beer above 8% ABV – Don’t like beer.

59. Poutine – I think that’s something you have to grow up with to enjoy.  Yuck.

60. Carob chips – Back in the 70s.  Not worth it in my book.

61. Smores – I had my first smore earlier this year I think, on a camping trip with Maya’s scout troop.  Meh.

62. Sweetbreads – Too gross.

63. Kaolin – Probably, as it’s used in toothpaste and medicine, but really, what?

64. Currywurst – Ewww.   I suspect this is something you should grow up with to enjoy.

65. Durian

66. Frogs legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – I’ve had churros, but if I ever find myself in New Orleans, I intend to try beignets.

68. Haggis – Don’t tell Kate.  She’s the Haggis lady.  Or, she was.  She retired from that job.

69. Fried plantain – I’ve had fried bananas though, does that count?  Mmm.  Fried bananas.  Oh, recently had bananas foster.  Really yummy.

70. Chitterlings, or andouillett – These remind me a bit of something they had in Philly, called scrapple.  I was unwilling to try that, also.  Blech.

71. Gazpacho – I love tomatoes, and cucumbers, so gazpacho is lovely.

72. Caviar and blini – I’ve had caviar without blini, and I quite like it.  Good caviar, that is.  Yucky caviar is, well, yucky.

73. Louche absinthe – I might taste it if someone else were drinking it, but I’m not the least bit tempted, really.  For some reason it reminds me of a book I read in college, a novel about some hyper aesthete group of people.

74. Gjetost, or brunost – I doubt I would try this.  But one never knows.

75. Roadkill – Does corn that’s fallen from the back of the farmer’s truck count?  Because then I may have.

76. Baijiu – Probably not.

77. Hostess Fruit Pie – Yes, I’ve eaten them.  No, not in the last 30 years.

78. Snail – Several times.  Ted and I used to go to a resaurant that served snail in a mushroom cap, with a yummy garlic butter sauce.  Really good.  I seem to remember having snails in ravioli in Paris. Also very good.  We once went to a restaurant in San Francisco that had some totally foul tasting snails.  Ugh.  Just the snails in the little ramekin with garlic and butter.  I’m not sure if I don’t like them straight, or if they were spoiled or something.  But ewww.

79. Lapsang souchong –  I would try it, though.

80. Bellini – I prefer my champagne straight rather than with juice, but if I were at an outdoor brunch in late spring and someone offered me one, I’d try it.

81. Tom yum – No, I haven’t had this before, but it sure looks good.  Perhaps I’ll order it next time we go out for Thai food.

82. Eggs Benedict – I enjoy eggs benedict, but I’m a bit afraid of the hollandaise sauce.  Ever since I read in Kitchen Confidential that it’s a breeding ground for bacteria, I’m afraid.  Ted eats it often at one particular restaurant, and he’s never gotten sick, so I should relax.

83. Pocky – No, but I would if I got the chance.  They look yummy.

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – I don’t think I’ve ever been to a three Michelin star restaurant.  I’ve been to some really good ones, though.

85. Kobe beef – I would eat it if someone else paid for it.  But I’m not interested in paying that much.

86. Hare – I’ve had rabbit a few times, does that count?  Or does it have to be wild?  Anyway, it’s not my favorite meat by a long shot.

87. Goulash
– We used to have a roommate in Alaska who made goulash, and I use his recipe sometimes.  I don’t know how authentic it is, but it’s good.

88. Flowers – In salad, I guess.

89. Horse – EWWWWW.  No. No. NO.

90. Criollo chocolate – Maybe.  Not sure.

91. Spam – I don’t really care for it, but I’ve had it.

92. Soft shell crab – Oh, yes please!  My favorite place for this is a restaurant we sometimes went to in Philly.  It was a Mediterranean place called Dmitri’s, and they had a lovely soft shell crab.  Really good.  People claim you can’t get it in California, but I’ve had it in San Francisco.  And I’ve seen it at the grocery store.  So people lie.

93. Rose harissa – I think so, at a Moroccan restaurant.

94. Catfish – I’m not sure.  I don’t THINK so.

95. Mole poblano – Though I have made a nice vegetable mole soup.

96. Bagel and lox – Now you’re making me hungry.

97. Lobster Thermidor – I’m not a big fan of lobster.   It’s too rich for my tummy.  So putting cheese on it just seems bad all around to me.  I would eat a bite of your lobster if you ordered it, but sans cheese, please.

98. Polenta – Usually I don’t care for it.  But once or twice, I’ve had really good polenta at a restaurant.  I don’t like it fried, only soft.  And when I try to make it at home, it never comes out as delicious as at the restaurant, so I don’t bother.

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – I don’t drink coffee.  Hurts my tummy.

100. Snake – I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity to eat snake.  I guess I would, if I had the chance.  Tastes like chicken, right?

I won’t tag anyone, but if you’re interested, give it a try!


We’re not ‘black Friday’ type people, so I doubt we’ll venture out trying to find bargains.  Maybe read and watch a movie, maybe take the dog for a long walk, we’ll see where the day takes us. 🙂

I’ve been tagged…twice

Ombudsben and Donna both tagged me for this most recent form of a fairly popular meme…7 random things about me.  Maya would like that, as one of her favorite words is ‘random’.  So, here goes.

1.  Amuirin reminded me of this with her 7 random things meme.  When I was a very young child, I cut off the tip of my finger.   My mom was cutting carrots for dinner, and had to go to the bathroom.  She put the knife (she thought) out of my reach, and away she went.  I somehow reached the knife, tried to cut the carrot, and sliced through my fingertip.  OUCH!  I screamed pretty loudly, I guess.  My mom called the hospital and while she was driving me in (with the tip still attached to my finger by a little strip of skin..gross!), they flew a surgeon over from San Francisco to Berkeley via helicopter.  The good doctor did such a tidy job that I’m not even sure which finger it is.

2.  When Ted and I had been dating for several months, we went on a vacation to San Diego during Spring Break.  It was a lot of fun, except that during that vacation, I cut my arm while dancing in a bar in Rosarito Beach (don’t know how, just looked down and my arm was bleeding), resulting in a tetanus shot for me.  Handy though, since I remember that that was 1988, and boosters are every ten years, meaning that years that end in an 8, I get a painful shot.  That comes this Wednesday.  Ouch.  Also during that trip, Ted got food poisoning (I think during that same trip to Rosarito Beach), and spent a day or two with fever in bed.  I helped him through it by reading him “Elvis and Me” and bringing him ice cream, which he was too sick to eat.  The next day we went down to Tijuana, to a restaurant that claimed to be the ‘original El Toritos’.  There, they had tequila poppers where you took a shot, and the waiter stood behind your head and shook your head around while blowing a whistle in your ear.  It made us kind of queasy to watch (there’s no way we would order such a thing!). Or maybe that was the food.

3.  I have horrid eyesight.  My contact lens prescription is -4.50.  I think about getting lasik surgery to correct my vision, but then I would need reading glasses, so what’s the point?

4.  I recently discovered some really yummy popsicles.  Safeway brand, Mandarin Orange flavor. Totally yummy.  Years ago I was addicted to Haagan Dazs orange sorbet with vanilla ice cream.  SO yummy.  Like a creamsicle, but 10 times as good.  They stopped making them, which is a good thing since if they still made them, I’d weigh 800 lbs.  They were that good.

5.  I used to be a Pepsi person.  I was seriously opinionated on this matter (I know! Me having an opinion?  Perish the thought!), to the point that I wouldn’t eat at McDonald’s because Burger King had Pepsi (back when Burger King had Pepsi, that is) and McDonald’s had Coke.  This bit me in the butt in 1989 when Ted and I went camping in Utah.  We were driving between Vegas and Arches national park, and we were hungry.  Ted suggested we stop at McDonald’s, but I said I would prefer to wait for a Burger King.  Ted told me that there probably wasn’t a BK anywhere around, it was pretty remote here.  I chose to hold out hope, and so we ended up eating one of the worst meals I’ve ever had.  Any time you order Mexican food, and the salsa comes in a red catchup dispenser, you know you’re in trouble.  Never again.

6.  Something happened when I was pregnant.  I started craving Coke instead of Pepsi.  Weird, huh?   I never went back.  Then I switched over to Diet Coke from regular, due to calories, sugar, etc.  Sigh.  I had a regular Pepsi awhile ago, at a restaurant or something, and I’d like to say it was too sweet and I didn’t like it.  But it was pretty tasty.  Still, I’d rather have a Coke.

7.  Yesterday was my 3 year anniversary of blogging.  Never thought I would want a blog, at first.  Just got into it because my friends were doing it.  Then I realized that I might really enjoy it, and the rest is history, as they say.  I don’t know how much longer I’ll have anything to say.  I realized the other day that blogging has lost any degree of cool it might possibly have.  You know how?  I was looking at the Safeway website to see if they had turkeys on sale, and I saw that they have a blog of their own.  Safeway has a blog.  Say no more.  If you think having a blog makes you even a tiny bit cool?  You’re wrong.  You may be cool, but it’s not the blog.

Now for the part where I tag a few people.  I thought I might tag Cherry, since she’s a NaBloPoMo participant, and it might help her to have something to write about.  I’d also kinda like to hear what MsMamma might have to say.  I’d tag Nance, but I don’t think she does memes.

One Word Meme

I saw this over at Serving Up Life, and it seemed like a good Monday Meme for NaBloPoMo.  You have to answer each question with one word, and one only.

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk
2. Where is your significant other? Here
3. Your hair color? Blond
4. Your mother? Gone
5. Your father? Working
6. Your favorite thing? Kindness
7. Your dream last night? Strange
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. The room you’re in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? Alone
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Here
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you’re not? Wealthy
15. One of your wish list items? Washing Machine
16. Where you grew up? Stockton
17. The last thing you did? Shower
18. What are you wearing? Bathrobe
19. Your T.V.?  Huh? What’s on TV?  Nothing.
20. Your pet? Baby (Not literally, but that’s what we call her)
21. Your computer? Overworked
22. Your mood? Snotty
23. Missing someone? Mom
24. Your car? Fancy
25. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite store? Macy’s
27. Your Summer? Sad
28. Love someone? Many
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Saturday

Looks like a trip to the laundromat may be in order.  While I’m there I might pick up the newest Buffy comic. 🙂  Other than that, it’s a sick day for me.  Blech.  Stupid cold.

Another Meme Monday

Part two of the meme I found at Daughter of Opinion awhile ago.  Part one was last week.

Five People Who Mean a Lot

1.  Ted
2. Maya
3. Grandma
4. Parents (Cheating…I know)
5. Siblings (I know, I cheated, but I have three!)

Four Things I’m Wearing Right Now

1. Wedding rings
2. Wedding bangles
3. Comfy Slippers
4. Sweater

Three Songs I Listen to a Lot

1. London Still ~ The Waifs.
2. Breathe (2AM) ~ Anna Nalick
3. Rocky Raccoon ~ The Beatles

Two Things I Want to Do Before I Die

1. Travel to Europe again
2. Hold my grandchild in my arms

One Confession

1.  My first election, I voted Libertarian.  It was 1984.


Tonight, dinner with my dear friend Neva.  Yay!  That usually includes a lot of talking, some food and drink, a bit of shopping, and lots of laughs.

Friday Fill-Ins

1. My favorite food seasoning is cumin.  No, basil.  No, garlic.  Salt?
2. A rainy night while I’m cozy inside is music to my ears.
3. Lucky is having family and friends who love you.
4. Politics (lately) are something I take very seriously.
5. Many people are celebrating Obama’s victory!
6. Diet coke and white wine were the last things I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include a party at Liz’s house, with Cherry and Dot and the gang, and Sunday, I want to get some really good apples at the farmer’s market!

This Friday Fill-Ins was actually for last week, but I didn’t see it in time, so I saved it for this week.


TGIF, right? Today’s plans include working, a meeting, and trying to figure out something yummy for dinner.  Not sure what yet.  Ideas?  (Update:  I made this, but I cooked it on the stove rather than in the oven, and I used thighs and drumsticks rather than breasts. It was good.)

Meme Monday

(image found here)

OK, one way to get through NaBloPoMo is to do a few memes. My plan is a new meme every Monday. I saw one over at Jessica’s place, and I decided to divide it between two posts. So you’ll get half today, and half next Monday. 🙂

Ten Things I Wish I Could Say to Ten Different People Right Now

1.  I miss you.  I forgive you.
2.  Good luck tomorrow.  We’re all counting on you.
3.  You kick ass.  I want your dreams to come true.
4.  You kick ass.  I want your dreams to come true. (different person, I swear)
5.  I’m thinking of you, and really hoping for the best.
6.  I’m thinking of you, and really hoping for the best. (different person, I swear)
7.  I worry about you.  This is the only life you have.  Make good choices.
8.  I wish I could take you to the park and play for the day.  Let your mom rest while we go get pizza or something.  x 4.
9.  I miss you.
10.  Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Nine Things About Myself

1.  I’ve been flossing my teeth.  Yay me!
2.  I get grumpy when I’m sick.
3.  I truly love pasta.  Mmmm.
4.  I’m very fortunate in so very many ways.
5.  My friends ROCK!
6.  I’m a slow adapter.  I still have my first iPod, and my first cell phone.
7.  I’m bossy and opinionated.
8.  I love the rain.
9.  I enjoy taking a walk SO much more than going to the gym.

Eight Ways to Win My Heart

1.  Be kind.  Not cloying, but truly kind.
2.  Care about people.
3.  Believe in yourself.
4.  Be a good cook.
5.  Be a good friend.
6.  Make me laugh.
7.  If you have children or pets, be a good parent to them.  Or owner.  You know what I mean.
8.  Make a difference in someone’s life.

Seven Things That Cross My Mind a Lot

1.  Wondering if my mom might have lived longer without the antidepressants.  They really seemed to mess her up.  But she was really sick without them, too, so the thought process goes in circles. Ugh.
2.  How we need a new washer/dryer.   We’re afraid it’s going to go anytime now, and we don’t have a garage.  If it spews water, it will be on the second floor of our townhouse.  Not good.
3.  What’s for dinner?
4.  To do list.  For work, for home, for whatever.
5.  What’s for breakfast?
6.  Oh god, I hope Obama wins tomorrow.  And if he doesn’t, I hope McCain is a far better president than W.  I don’t really see how he could be much worse.  I’d hate to be proven wrong on that one.
7.  What’s for lunch?

Six Things I Do Before I Fall Asleep

1.  Brush and floss.
2. Read.  Sometimes only a paragraph, but I try for more.
3. Kiss Ted and Maya goodnight.
4.  Think of a few things for which I am thankful.
5.  Think of what I need to do in the morning.
6.  Wash my face.  Sort of.  I hate washing my face, so I use an astringent and cotton balls, or those Olay clothes if I have them, then I moisturize.  Gross, huh?

~ DoSoEvAyMo
1. Get up and walk in the morning, then come back and do some weights.  I like this part of my day.  I take weekends off, though, so Monday is welcome and at the same time, I don’t want to get out of bed either.  With daylight saving being over, it will be lighter when I go out, which should help.

2. Work.   Sigh.  Monday work stuff is always kind of disoriented.  Like, what was I doing?  What came up over the weekend?  What?

3. That’s it.  I feel like I should have more, but really, not so much.  Oh well.  Happy Moanday!

Zombie Meme

I found this meme over at Butterfly Cauldron, and I couldn’t resist. Then again, I didn’t try.

You are in a mall when zombies attack. You have:
1. One weapon
2. One song blasting on the speakers
3. One famous person to fight along side you

1. One weapon – I liked Zan’s clever solution, which was a wand that turns the zombies around and sends them to eat Republicans. Of course, some of my best friends are Republicans, and I don’t want to steal her answer when there are only three options, so I have to come up with something of my own. I dashed over here to see if I could find some useful advice, and I learned that the top 5 weapons for zombie slaughter are: shotgun, machete, chainsaw, baseball bat, and crowbar or tire iron. Hmmm. I think I’m going to break with convention here, and go with a big ole’ shovel. Because that’s what Buffy uses in Chaos Bleeds, and it’s fun to smash them with the shovel. Rrrrr. Argh.

2. One song – The obvious choice would be “Thriller”, right? I know. But it doesn’t really inspire me with the desire to smash zombie skulls. Of course, “Zombie”, by the Cranberries might work, but again, not really kick ass enough. So, what song DOES inspire me to smash zombie skulls? I’m kinda leaning towards “My Sharona”, by The Knack. Doesn’t that sound like a fun song to kick zombie butt to, esp in a mall? I know.

3. One famous person – Duh. Buffy. Buffy first, Buffy last, Buffy always. I might not get much slaying in, as she kicks ass, but after the killing, we could shop. I suspect the grateful shopkeepers would give us free merchandise, to thank us for saving their lives. I hope.

Want to play?  Then consider yourself tagged.

Saturday 9

I found this little meme over at A Gentleman’s Domain, and it looked so summery, I had to give it a try.  He found it at One Gal’s Musings, and it was invented by Crazy Sam at Saturday 9.   

1. What is your favorite summer drink?
Lemonaid, I guess.  I don’t drink it often, but I’m much more likely to want it in the summer than in the winter.

2. What is the best summer sport to play?
Swimming.  Probably the only summer sport I enjoy, because I don’t enjoy getting hot and sticky.

3. What’s the best summer sport to watch?

Equestrian.  So pretty.  I’m hoping to catch some of the Equestrian on the Olympics this year. Last year it was relegated to Bravo, which we didn’t get.  Grrr.

4. Do you like the ocean, the pool or the lake?
All of the above, though after spending a week in Hawaii in July, I’ll say the ocean mostly beats the other two.  The beaches are better, and snorkeling with fish and turtles cannot be beat.

5. Some folks drink whiskey in the winter and gin, tequila (margaritas) or rum drinks in the summer. Does you alcohol of choice change?
No.  I’ve been known to drink a gin and tonic if it’s over 110 degrees outside, but usually, I just like white wine.  I like red wine a lot, too, but it doesn’t like me.

6. What is your favorite summer song?
The Boys of Summer, by Don Henley.  Also Cruel Summer, by Bananarama, and Summer of Love, by the B52s.

7. What was your best summer growing up? How old were you and why was it best?
No idea. I liked the summers in Alaska, picking berries, staying up really late with the midnight sun, going to the lake. I liked summers in Stockton, lazing by the community pool with Rosemary. I liked the summer I spent cleaning out horse stables, because I like horses.  I liked the summer between 5th and 6th grades, when we went on vacation to Great America, Marine World (when it was in Redwood City), and Santa Cruz. That rocked.

8. Have you ever had a summer romance that you knew would end?
Not really, no.

9. How old were you when you first went skinny-dipping? Who were you with?
I’ll take the 5th on that one.

Thursday 13

I saw this Thursday 13 last week at A Gentleman’s Domain, and he got it from his friend, Di.  Looks like a cute TT, so I decided to give it a shot.

Thirteen Firsts

  1. First Job – I’ve told you about my first real job, at Mr. Steak.  But I had a couple of odd jobs before that.  The first was probably when my friend Jennifer and I would go to Pizza Hut and offer to fold boxes for take out, and in exchange, we would get pizza and soda to take home for dinner.  Awesome.  Another barter type job I had was cleaning out the horse stalls at a stable near my house, where I would clean out a stall or two in exchange for getting to ride one of the rental horses.  Also awesome.  Though Stockton in the summer gets HOT, and horse shit in heat STINKS, so I usually bailed around noon.
  2. First Blog Post – Way back in 2002, I gave blogging a very short try.  It didn’t stick. I wrote one post, and thought, this is pointless, and went away.  Gosh, if I had stuck with it, maybe I’d be a big time blogger like Dooce!  Probably not, though.  Here’s the post I wrote back then.
  3. First Airplane Ride – This would probably be 1970, moving from California to Fairbanks, Alaska.  I don’t remember it, as I was only 4.  I do remember moving back to California in 1975, though.  My mom shipped Richard and I off first, then joined us two weeks later.  So we were flying alone.  Of course, there were three seats in our row, and so we shared with a poor man that I’d love to apologize to.  I remember when the drink cart came around, he ordered an alcoholic beverage, but Richard and I had already ordered our cokes.  So here we were with our drinks, and he had to pay for his.  Uh oh, we thought, mom didn’t give us any money.  We’re screwed.  Luckily, of course, sodas are free, so we didn’t have to pay.  Whew.  I remember worrying about that for quite awhile.  At another point, we were bored, and I was having my Smokey Bear beat up on Richard or something, and hit the poor man next to us in the face.  My Smokey had been eaten once by the dog, and wasn’t in the best shape.  The man said, “Excuse me, you hit me with your rag”, to which I indignantly replied, “That’s not a rag! That’s my bear!”  He apologized.  No wonder he needed a drink.
  4. First Boyfriend – 8th grade, Mike Bettencourt.  His best friend was dating my best friend, so it made sense that we would give it a shot.  Of course, my best friend was having sex with his best friend, and I wouldn’t even let Mike do more than hug and kiss (no tongues!  Gross!), so he was a frustrated guy.  Oh well, I mean, I was in 8th grade, he was in 9th.  We were too young anyway.
  5. First Trip to Europe – Actually, only.  Ted and I went to London, Amsterdam, and Paris on our honeymoon.  It was FANTASTIC.  Except for the food in London.  And poor Ted had a cold.  But other than that, it was great.  My favorite city by far was Paris.  I was worried I wouldn’t like it, because it would be hard to be somewhere where people don’t speak English, and I don’t speak French, but it was fine.  And beautiful.  And romantic.  And the food was awesome.
  6. First House – To own?  The two bedroom townhouse that we live in right now, and tried to sell last year.  Stupid housing market.  First place I ever lived on my own? (with a roommate, but you know, away from my mom’s house)  A flat in San Francisco, on Fulton Street, a couple of blocks from USF and the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park.  Two bedrooms plus a sun room, hardwood floors, a formal dining room, a fireplace, and a back yard for the dogs, all for $850 a month.  Sigh.
  7. First Pet – First pet of my very own, I would say, because we had quite a few cats when I was little.  That would be Samantha, my wonderful dog.  Even if she did chew up my smokey bear.
  8. First Time Skiing – 8th grade, I think.  My friend Jennifer’s mom was dating a guy who loved to ski.  Since I was 5 years older than Jennifer, they would take us with them, and Jennifer and I could ski all day, and Linda and her boyfriend could go off and ski all day.  It was a lot of fun.  I think we went three times that winter, and I felt like one of the rich kids at our school, with my skiers tan and all.  Very cool.
  9. First Thing I Wrote That Was Printed – A letter to the editor to my local paper. When I was in 7th or 8th grade, a drunk driver had struck and killed two women in our town, one of whom was a teacher at my Jr. High.  His mother wrote a letter saying how everyone was vilifying him, but he was a good boy and he was heartbroken about what had happened.  That pissed me off, so I wrote a letter saying that gosh, sorry he’s heartbroken.  The families of the women were heartbroken, too.  And part of me still feels that way, though part of me also now has the empathy to know that yes, his stupidity had ruined not only their lives, but his as well.
  10. First Broken Bone – I haven’t actually broken any bones, though when I was quite small, my mom was teaching me to peel carrots, and had to leave the room to go to the bathroom.  She thought she put the knife out of my reach, but of course, I reached it, and practically cut the end of my finger off trying to slice carrots.  My mom says my finger tip was hanging by a thread of skin. She called the hospital, and they rushed in a specialist in a helicopter from San Francisco (we lived in Berkeley at the time), and he reattached it, including all of the nerves.  Did such a great job, I don’t have any nerve loss, and I can’t even tell which finger it was.
  11. First Hospital Stay – When I gave birth to Maya.  I’ll admit it, even though I was 30, and wasn’t going to have a horrid operation or anything, I was scared.  When they told me I was going to have to stay the night before her birth, to be induced, I cried.
  12. First Time I Met My Sisters – It was New Years Day, 1988.  The day after my 22nd birthday.  I had met my father for the first time in October of ’87, so now I was flying up to Portland to meet my sisters.  They were 17, and I went to High School with them one day, and I must admit, I fell in love with them, almost like my parents had just brought them home from the hospital.
  13. First Vote – I turned 18 at the very end of 1983, so my first chance to show my power at the polls was in 1984.  I know I voted for the Libertarian for President, but in my memory, that means it was Ron Paul.  But a little bit of research tells me that in fact, it would have been David Bergland. I switched to Democrat in 1988, after discovering in the primaries that registering as ‘Independent’ didn’t mean what I thought it meant.  I thought I was independent of a party, and could vote however I wanted.  No, it meant I could only vote in the Independent Party’s primary.  Sigh.

Doublememe Palace*

Awhile ago, I signed up to be a ‘weekly geek‘, and take on the challenges put forth on Dewey’s blog. Alas, thus far I have sucked at it. I find that given a subject to write on, I kinda freeze and succumb to writer’s block, which is why I quit my brief stint at a mommy blog that I briefly contributed to quite awhile ago.

Anyway, the prompt this week was pictures, and since it’s mostly book folks participating, it seemed like a good idea to post a picture of a book. However, I’ve already posted pictures of the books around here, twice actually. So I’ve been mulling it over.

Then, handily enough, I was tagged for the 123 meme by Crum! Yay! Why not combine the two? A picture of the book I’m reading, open to page 123, and then the meme. Two birds, one stone.

Here’s the picture
(Chrissy, I finally found a place to buy Bit-O-Honey around here…Ace Hardware of all places. Yay!)
(Heidi, your postcard is in the picture because it is serving the honor of being my bookmark, and I thought it and the candy livened up the photo more than a picture of a book would.)

I’m supposed to also link to another participant in the Weekly Geek theme, and I chose Debra Durham’s Reading Animals, because I was fascinated by her project, and she took cute pictures to boot.

And here’s the meme:

The nearest book is the one I’m currently reading, My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes, edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh. I’m enjoying it quite a bit, and most of the essays are much more scholarly than anything I’ve read in quite awhile. It is a collection of essays, written by Iranian authors. Page 123 is in the middle of an essay titled Tehran Underground, by Salar Abdoh.

The Page 123 Rules

  1. Pick up the nearest book
  2. Open it to page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post in your blog the next three sentences after that fifth one you have identified (that is to say sentences 6, 7 and 8.)
  5. Tag five or more people, And acknowledge the person who tagged you.

From Tehran Underground, by Salar Amdoh

Then he opened a door and I understood.

Some nifty entrepreneur had created a replica of a Western-style bar in his house. The bar space itself wasn’t very big, but it was surprisingly complete.

I’m only on page 74 of the book right now, in a different essay completely, so I don’t know the full context yet. A few essays have mentioned the Iranian party scene, which is underground and forbidden, but also quite wild. The sentences before these were better, but oh well. Gotta follow them rules, I suppose.

Thanks Crum and Dewey! I wasn’t sure what I was going to post about today. 🙂

UPDATE: I just realized that I forgot to tag anyone!  And you thought you were getting off easy. ;)  I hereby tag:

KarenMEG, KookieJar, Gina, Laura, and Nance.  What are you reading, ladies?

*Extra credit to anyone not living in my house that knows where I got this title…

Monday Meme

I found this one via Crum’s blog…he comments over at Scribbit sometimes, and he often cracks me up, so I went and checked out his blog, and he came and checked out my blog, and there you go. The bloggy world. 🙂 He lives in Maine. I’ve never been to Maine, but I suspect they have blueberries as good as the ones in Fairbanks. Mmmm. Blueberries. OK, here’s the meme.

The Meme

1. Last Movie you Saw in a Theater:
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It was fun. But I must admit that I’m REALLY looking forward to next weekend, which is when Sex and the City comes out. Yay!

2. Favorite Board Game:
Erm…let me think. I like Parcheesi a lot, and also Jenga. Since Jenga isn’t really a board game, I’ll go with Parcheesi. Oh, I like Othello and Mastermind, too. 🙂

3. Favorite Smells:
There’s a mystery smell I smell every year. It’s a plant, and perhaps it’s honeysuckle. I don’t have a plant nearby, so it’s more like I’ll be walking along and I’ll smell it. I love it. I also love the smell of a good meal being prepared. Oh, and movie theater popcorn. I also like the smell of gin, though I don’t like the taste. The smell of the ocean may perhaps trump all of these, though. Love that crisp salty, semi fishy smell.

4. Favorite Sound:
Ted and Maya laughing at something, anything. The sound of the ocean, or even a stream, is nice. I like to listen to the birds in the trees, too.

5. Worst Feeling In The World:
Thus far in my life, it would be leaving Alaska with my mom still there, with a tube down her throat so she can’t talk. Or, perhaps, leaving her at an extended care facility when she’s doped up and confused about where she is and what she’s doing there. Not fun at all.

6. Favorite Fast Food Place:
If I’m going to be totally honest, I’ll say McDonalds. There’s something so yummy about their fries, that I have to have them once in awhile. However, when we go to Stockton, we sometimes go to Manny’s on the Miracle Mile, and get a totally awesome Avocado burger. Mmmm. Manny’s.

7. Finish This Statement. “If I Had A Lot Of Money I’d…”
1. Get my mom into a better situation, because truly, there are few problems that can’t be at least improved by throwing money at them. 2. Buy a bigger house. Where? I don’t know. But bigger. 3. Put aside money for Maya’s college education. 4. Take a long, long vacation. (We’re talking a LOT of money, right? So I don’t have to worry about work?) Then I’d figure out how to invest, so that there’s a combination of family, charity, and fun.

8. Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal?
Ted doesn’t like it when I call him that. 😉 If he’s not here for some reason, I will sometimes sleep with my Smokey Bear.

9. Storms-Cool Or Scary ?:
Cool but annoying. Why annoying, you ask? Because our dog gets so scared, she pees up the floor. Or goes into the closet to hide, and pees on my shoes. Nice.

10. Favorite drink:
Alcoholic: Chardonnay
Non-Alcoholic: Diet Coke

11. Finish This Statement, “If I Had The Time I Would …..”
Sleep later every morning, and maybe take horseback riding lessons.

12. If You Could Dye Your Hair Any Color, What Would Be Your Choice?
I CAN dye my hair any color I want, and I do, so this is an easy one. Blonde.

13. One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You:
I don’t know Crum very well, but he seems to be a pretty funny guy, and he likes to ride his bicycle. Those are both good things. Plus, I like to think that he likes blueberries. Maybe heated up and served over ice cream, which we sometimes had in Fairbanks.

14. What’s Under Your Bed?
All of the cold air when the a/c is on, since our stupid office/bedroom situation dictates that the bed be right over the vent. Stuff that won’t fit anywhere else in our crowded condo. One of Ted’s guitars. Not sure what else.

15. Would You Like To Be Born As Yourself Again?
What a Nietzschean question. I suppose. I mean, i’ve had a good life. But it would be nice if I could remember some of my mistakes and so on, for next time around. Then again, I might really screw things up by trying to second guess myself. So I don’t know.

16. Morning Person Or Night Owl?
I’m pretty adaptable,and can do either. I lean more towards mornings, though. Any time after 6ish works for me.

17. Over Easy Or Sunny Side Up?
Over easy. I like eggs cooked in black beans and salsa, too, ala Huevos Rancheros. Mmmm. Eggs.

18. Favorite Place To Relax:
At home, with a glass of wine. Or on the beach, with the sun beating down on me and the sound and smell of the ocean, offering to cool me off if I get too hot.

19, Favorite Pie:
Apple, with a crunchy topping. Yummy.

19. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
19 again? Hmmm. Well, i like good vanilla for on top of my apple pie, or I like Cherries Jubilee (ala Baskin Robbins) for a chocolate sundae.

20. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?
I’m not tagging anyone. If you want to do it, go for it.

Hope you’re all having a relaxing Memorial Day, spending time doing what you enjoy doing, and having fun. Thank you to all of those Vets out there, both those who have died in the service of our country, and those luckier ones who have not. And thank you to the families who are left behind. Truly.