20 Random Questions – Thank You Sandra

Ping back to Sandra and Giggling

I just love polls and surveys.  I am a sucker for all of them.   As this spills over onto FB, I hope more folks play along.  C’mon you know you want to.   Well?  What are you waiting for anyway?  A nomination? Well now you’ve got one! 😂

Life’s too short for seriousness.  Of course the mister would say life’s too short for social media and that I need to get a “real” life.  To which I always answer I have a REAL life!  Whats else is it?  FAKE?  And YES, I know I need to get some new material.  Ba-dum tshh🥁

Anyhoo, without further ado, here are J-Dub’s answers to 20 random questions:

  1. Do you have a nickname? J-Dub, Jilly Willy, Spoonie, Jillster, Chili, Yoda
  2. Do you drink coffee? Yep, but just one cup each morning.  I have trained myself to drink my coffee without sugar and/or creamer.  I have a collection of to go tumblers I use. 
  3. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Why mint chocolate chip of course.  Originally I picked that flavor out of the 31 flavors because of the color – an artificial bluish-green.  I did not even like the taste the first time I ate it BUT I kept getting it because the color was pretty.  Mint is an acquired taste and I love it now.
  4. Describe a happy childhood memory.  Summertime, running around the neighborhood. Or any one of the many family vacations we took each year. Disneyland, Yellowstone or just our own backyard.
  5. What’s your favorite meal? Hmmm, any meal I do not have to cook for myself.  I am pretty spoiled that Billy Bob is our resident chef and I am the chief bottle washer. Lately though egg roll dinners have become my favorite because they come with company.  What used to be once (maybe twice a year) has become a semi-regular get together.
  6. Name something you cannot live without. Air or more specifically the oxygen in air!
  7. What color pants are you wearing? none – I have a dress on since I worked from home today and did not have to worry about anyone seeing my hairy legs.   Billy Bob tells me my legs aren’t hairy but his are.  I think I give him some competition.  I snuck this picture.  To compare and contrast. He has no idea but he’d be so pissed 😡 if he knew.  Lol.  img_2631-1.jpg
  8. Did you get good grades in school? uh yep.  Geek alert.  All aboard the A train.
  9. Any phobias? Heights and needles not necessarily in the order.
  10. Are you named after anyone? First name chosen just because my parents liked it.  My middle name had to be a saint.  I guess technically I was named after St. Cecilia.
  11. Last time you cried and why? Yesterday when hearing the song Something just like this by Chainsmokers and Coldplay.  I had heard the song so many times before but yesterday, said song just kicked me in the nuts. Why? Who the hell knows I’m just a sentimental fool.
  12. What color crayon would you be? Cornflower Blue
  13. What do you hear right now? Something Just Like This
  14. What’s the last movie you watched? Wonder Woman
  15. Do you believe in reincarnation? Literally no, figuratively yes.
  16. What do you think is your best physical feature? My eyes, the windows to my soul 
  17. What is your favorite curse word?  Fuck!!!!!!!! And though I write it much more often than I actually say it. Because that little voice inside my head a.k.a. my mother would be rolling over in her grave if she knew her baby girl cursed like a sailor.
  18. Have you ever skinny-dipped before? Yes and that’s a funny story I should blog about one day … uh maybe not 😉
  19. Do you talk to yourself? Of course.  Doesn’t everybody?!?!
  20. Do you have a favorite tv show? Almost too many to name.  I am a TV junkie.  This is Us! Grey’s Anatomy, Code Black, Nightshift, Criminal Minds for Drama.  Modern Family, the Middle, Blackish or American Housewife for Comedy.  Survivor and any cooking shows for Reality TV.  Though I recently have learned some of those shows are staged!  I will never look at G – man the same way again.  And of course there is SYTYCD .  When that comes on, it beats everything.

A Few Titles To Look Forward to in July!

For all my reader friends, sharing some options for July. Credit to Patricia.

Pirate Patty Reviews

The good, the bad and the horrible! A short list of the books coming out in July that I have read and have reviews waiting to be posted. Plus I’m putting this at the top;I’ve had a couple of authors, indies, ask me to read their YA fiction. Most of them look awful and I don’t read YA, but one is intriguing. So if you do YA, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the author. I personally do not know him.

July is a huge month for releases! Here are a few I’ve read.

A House to Mend a Broken Heart (Welcome to Willow Tree Hall)   This was a very sweet book with a cast of characters of all ages! Release is tomorrow!

Who Is Rich?  Who is Rich? Still don’t know and still don’t care. Release July 4th,

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook  Also coming out on the 4th of July, Lost Boy.

The Writing Desk  Release Date July 10th or 11th. I enjoy…

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Master Chef Memories 

We’re creatures of habit.  Here’s what I put on FB one year ago today. Oh Gordon! You slay me 😂

Did Gordon Ramsey just tell Brittany “you built me up and then you just kicked me in the nuts?”  Why yes … yes he did! Love MasterChef!! He pulls no punches with the adults.

As always more to come. 

Protagonist Syndrome

Protagonist Syndrome – Check out the link.

No really, check it out … I’ll wait.

What’d you think?  The struggle is real y’all.

I am going to start bringing a recorder to our family dinners. Not to brag BUT and it’s a BIG BUT my Pony Boy is a genius. I used to refer to him as an evil genius and Lulu as naive but ever so SWEET. Shame, shame on me. Don’t label my kid! And that’s what I did. Darn those preconceived notions. Smashed later in life as those curves balls were hurled at my head BUT and it’s a BIG BUT, that’s a novella for another day.

Pony is not a traditional genius; he is just exceptionally smart about the philosophy of things. I believe he missed his calling.  I could see him giving lectures to college students, commanding the lectern.  Audience in awe.  Groupies of all persuasions hitting on the Prof. I must have Protagonist Syndrome by Proxy.  Get it?  I knew that you would. And, go ahead,  boo me. Not my best work, joke might even be a little bit tasteless.  BUT and it’s a BIG BUT or Anyhoo, …

In another life, Pony really must have been Rasputin-esque. Then there is Wise who is well … wise. Along with Lulu and the doctor who are atypical teenagers. Atypical is GOODNESS. Unless it’s a mole, then not so much. Again, with the bad jokes, J-dub just stop. You. Must. Get. A. Grip.

Our conversations are never dull, always humorous and informative.  The enlightenment from our conversations is category worthy. Though if I start this category; already named “Family Dinners” I am superstitious that the conversations will dry up. Much like when I added “Things I’ve Overheard”. Since adding that section, I have not overheard hardly anything juicy enough to post. I mean until then the fodder was daily. Then bam, de-nada.

From our Friday night egg roll bonanza where all four under 30’s school me and the old man on Brexit to celebratory dinners discussing a myriad of topics, one is sure to be entertained.

Enough back story J-Dub, get with the program.

Protagonist syndrome was the topic of conversation at the Yard house last night. Excerpt follows:

Me: Give me an example  … of a protagonist.
Pony: Donald Trump
Me: Oh lord
Pony: Any world leader really and celebrities … not just any celebrity though, the icons only

Do you have protagonist syndrome? Many people do. No one wants to be the understudy, the supporting cast, or the help. Instead I am the SUN and the SUN is me. C’mon you know people like this … BUT and it’s BIG BUT do you recognize if YOU are people like this? Probably not as denial is a symptom of the condition. According to Pony, we have very few protagonists in the world. “We are merely players, performers and portrayer, each another’s audience outside the gilded cage ~ Rush Limelight Lyrics”

Feel free to discuss among yourselves.

As always, more to come.