Howdy y’all. Every week I delay my posting for #SYW so I can keep my streak alive. A post a day for 1400 some odd days so far. Melanie serves up the questions and I bat back some answers. Lookie HERE if you too would like to participate. Fair warning, I am giddy! Yesterday was our 100th anniversary. I attended an all day party & I’m still reeling. Feeling the feels. Hanging out with Ryan Tedder. Now time to share …
What are three scents you like? fresh cut lilac room scent from bath & body works, cinnamon, & vanilla
Whatis something true (factual) that most other people don’t believe? oh good lord, lol. Oh so much but when you say most people, some of the more obvious answers won’t work. Okay, how about this? Once when Pony was on jury duty and during voir dire he was asked if he could use DNA evidence in consideration of someone’s guilt or innocence. He said “yes”. The lady next to him very loudly said “I’ll pray for you son”. He was all “I’m not your son & what the hell??!!?” & then they were both excused. Haha!
Would you rather have a massage or get facial? why not both? A whole day pampering session sounds nice.
Have you ever thrown someone a really extravagant party? When my in-laws had their 25th anniversary, we threw them a surprise party which wasn’t too extravagant now that I think about it. We were only 23 & 24 years old ourselves and couldn’t afford too much. But, that was the biggest party I have ever thrown so I guess it counts.
Feel free to share some gratitude. It can be a photo, image, quote or just some wisdom.
See above! Yesterday was one for the memory books. I am grateful to work for a company that has stood the test of time. I’ve served 38 of those 100 years. Cheers to being part of something bigger than yourself. ❤
Melanie gives us the questions and I toss in my two cents.
What is one topic you really like to talk about? Or something you really want to tell people? Too many to name. I could talk your ear off about anything. And I want to tell you everything. I’m a classic over-sharer. I’m always telling stories while observing the world for more stories to tell.
What do you normally never tell strangers about yourself? (be general, I don’t need to know details or invade privacy) I have a two minute elevator speech about myself as it relates to my job. But I’m a pretty open book and would share almost anything if asked.
Have you ever broken anything? (can be health related, emotion related, or situation related – you define “broken anything” for your own satisfaction) my left arm. I was over 50 before I ever broke a bone.
Is having a big ego a negative trait or positive trait? Depends on the context. For someone who can be a doormat, a big ego might come in handy. When the big ego is overbearing, that’s negative. ______________________________________
What aspects of your city or neighborhood are you grateful for? Everything! The history and community. So much to see and do. I always say no need to vacation since there’s so much beauty in our own backyard. For that I’m very grateful 😇
Melanie serves up the questions and I lob a few answers over the net. Tennis anyone? lol. HERE are the rules and pingback.
When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not? Yes I love crusts, always did and always will.
Are you a fan of musicals—why or why not? I’m a fanatic about musicals. Why? Have you not met me yet? LOL. I am the queen comma drama. But there have been some duds. Like Phantom of the Opera. Sorry Phantom fans I can’t! I just can’t! Despite the storyline reading as something that would interest me. I loved Hairspray, Aladdin, Lion King, Wicked, too many more to name. Nothing can take away from the pageantry, pomp, and circumstance that is a musical.
Is it difficult to do what you do? (for a living, hobby etc.). If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted. Hmmm, well sort of. Define difficult. Some people say yes compliance risk management is tough. I learned in the streets or on the job rather so anyone can do the same. While there is a degree in risk management now, it wasn’t the case when I first started in 1984. I got 3 or 4 certifications before going back to get a bachelor’s degree in general business. And none of those helped me do my job. Part art, part science. Good times had by all.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either). Oh my, I cannot pick. All of them for different reasons. If I have to choose probably Scorpions Animal Magnetism tour. Triple encore and at the very end Klaus yells out “We LOVE you San Antonio” and the crowd went wild yet again! How he could even still speak after singing through three encores was amazing. My ears were ringing for 3 days afterwards.
Looking back over your life, what is one thing you’re grateful for? One thing you really regret?
Life is too short to have regrets so I tossed all of mine. All of the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve … are gone because if I had done anything different, I wouldn’t be where I am today and this folks is the good life. I am eternally grateful for everything. Can’t narrow this down to one either. Even the sucky parts are something to be grateful for because they help me recognize good when I see it. I have my tribe. B, Lulu, and Ponyboy are my shelter from the storm. Except for the physical pain that haunts me every waking moment. Mentally I am back on track. For now … because have you met me yet? lol
Melanie serves up the questions while I add my side dish responses to the plate.
Has anyone ever tried to scam you? Not that I’m aware of which is scary because it means I could have been scammed and not even know it. I do have a vivid memory of a young couple coming to our front door. They told my parents that they needed money for medicine for a sick child and that they were friends of our neighbors who they had gone to first but they were not home at the time. The pharmacy was closing and their need was urgent. Mom and dad reacted immediately and gave them all their cash on hand. The next day it all came out that our neighbors didn’t know the couple and it was a scam. Two other families on the block, gave their cash on hand too. Daddy’s reaction impacted my impressionable mind, God bless ’em, they needed the money more than we do. Mom’s response was more of I’d do it again because the next time, it might really be a child in need.
What’s the best thing about parties? When they end. lol I’m not much of a party person even before Covid.
Do you listen to people’s advice if you didn’t ask for it? I’m wishy washy and always seek out other opinions/recommendations. Who gave the unsolicited advice would impact my acting upon it. If I trust them, I may just take heed. I’m fortunate enough to have people in my circle that would try to “help” me out. Someone like B for example knows me better than I know myself some times.
Why is it impossible to spell funeral without fun? Because a funeral is a celebration of life. I want a good ole fashion Irish wake even as I learned from Ancestry DNA that my Irish percentage dropped from 17% to 3%. I’m not as Irish as I thought I was. The Scottish lowlands have taken over.
How was last week for you? I wept along with the rest of the nation on Tuesday. I took off Friday and completely disconnected. Time stopped as we rolled with the flow on Saturday as well. We’ve been watching the cardinal nest outside my office window. Second year in a row, different spot but same general vicinity of our front yard. Same as last year four eggs to start with one that got pushed out leaving three. All have hatched and I’m betting they will be gone before end of week. Last year we saw one hop off from nest to the sidewalk then take off in flight. I doubt we’ll be that lucky to see that again but we look every day. Timing is luck of the draw. Makes it exciting.
Time for another round of #SYW. Melanie asks the 🙋♀️ questions. Silly 🙃 Jilly provides her two cents. Let’s goooooooo ….
If You Could Be Best Friends With A Celebrity, Who Would It Be? I’m not enamored 🤩 by celebrities. B is my best friend. Awww ☺️ cue music 🎶 how saweet.
What is, or should be, the main purpose of law? To keep the hooligans in line.
Do You Care About Reviews? Nope 👎 too subjective. I like to form my own opinion. Though I will read reviews for days when I research 🧐 things like a major purchase. Sometimes I might inadvertently be influenced. Though I try to be open. Plus I’ve been burned 🔥 by someone else’s stellar review to find a dog 🐩 with fleas. Fool me once …
Is the ‘mind’ different to the ‘brain’? If so, in what ways? The brain 🧠 is an organ. The mind isn’t. I’m sure the differences are more complex than that but my mind aka my thought 💭 process isn’t firing on all cylinders right now. See what I did there? Lol 😂 Nada. Take 2 🎬 the mind uses the brain. The brain responds to and can be changed by the mind. The mind is sly like a fox 🦊.
GRATITUDE SECTION Overall how sunny is your nature? (Optimistic)? We’ll have you met me yet? I’m a freaking ray of sunshine ☀️. Hello 👋 have you fainted in shock? Yes 🙌 tis true. Lol 😂 More seriously 😒, I’m Eeyore. Except if you meet me irl because happy 😃 happy 😊 happy 😆 bouncy Tigger is the way to be. Back when I had employees, they appreciated my upbeat support. I’m an empath. People managing almost ended me. I miss my peeps but I’m grateful 😇 someone else can be their cheerleader.
Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year? (it’s early this year IMO) (blogging ennui means (to me) a distinct slow down in writing and participation, which lasts an indefinite period of time). That is discouraging but I have not noticed it personally. Seems people are producing at the same clip. I am still awed and amazed by the content coming from bloglandia.
If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger (someone who looks exactly like you do. Supposedly everyone has at least one out there in the world) and 2 billion dollars, what would you do? What do you think your doppelganger would do? After setting up my kids for life, I’d like to think I would use it to make even more money then give all the extra away. Finally at the ripe old age of past 50 heading to 60, I am learning about compound interest. Surely there is a financial genius out there who can set up an enduring cashflow. My doppelganger would so the same.
A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why? Oh my gosh. The child trapped inside. Not sure why. I just don’t think I could leave the child behind.
What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes? Yuck
Please feel free to share an image of something that makes you smile!
Thanks Melanie for the questions. Here are my two cents. Worth 1/2 a penny don’t you know. 🙂
What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back? I struggle with a question that makes me think. Guess I’ll sit this one out.
What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you? Nothing, I have no shame. Everything is funny even if belatedly so.
If Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each? Let’s go with hamburger unless you’re vegan then veggie burger. All the food groups can be presented. Yummy!!!
What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times? Someone would get arrested.
Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas? Better out than in according to Shrek and I agree. Nothing embarrassing or inappropriate about that.
If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day? What did you do? If you don’t (because you’re a single guy or it’s not in your culture) please share something fun you did recently. We made shrimp & oyster fondue and binge watched Stranger Things Season 1. Next up is Season 2 then 3 because the new season debuts 5/27/22. Woot!!
Melanie serves up the questions and we eat them up. Here’s the casserole I brought to this shindig. Talk about your potlucks.
Tena (I can’t find her blog, does anyone know if she’s left?) What constitutes a sandwich in your opinion? Is it only the standard two slices of bread, filling (including spreads or meats and cheeses and veggies), put together in a stack? Yep I agree with that basic definition of sandwich though bread can be substituted for any other type of roll or bun, even a tortilla which gets you a sandwich wrap! Marilyn of Serendipity (In March, didn’t get the date. My bad) Are ‘strong’ and ‘tough’ in regard to character the same thing or different? Please explain your reasoning for either side you pick. Ooohhh science class. They are different because …
What’s your opinion on RSVPs? Obviously, formal occasions require them, but what about invitations to dinner/movies and the like? If a friend invites you to something, are you obligated to reply? What if you say yes and change your mind? How much notice is enough? Is it OK to simply no-show to a casual social event you’ve already agreed to? RSVPs are needed for head count and I used to have to give the caterers that count for our monthly CPCU lunches. It was a pain when people did not RSVP accurately because we had to still pay for the leftover plates and once or twice, we were actually short. Beyond formal events, I think it is based on the relationship. The courteous thing to do is to reply and then let the other person know if anything changes. Regarding no-show that depends on whether anyone is expecting me.
What would you name your boat if you had one? No What will finally break the internet? Nothing If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name? I’m finally used to my name so I’m keeping it. What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults? Oh there are many. I call them compli-buts. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask? I’ve have learned recently that I do not want the total truth about anything. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. And by all means, do not ask the question, if you don’t want to know the answer.
Marilyn (4-5-2022)How many bloggers are trying to balance the likelihood that WordPress will hike prices against the near certainty that their computers are ready to roll over and die? Not me, I only take the free version. Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove(4-28-2022 – from her amazing “Cyranny’s Quickie” series) What’s the most impressive, or oddest thing you’ve ever fixed with duct tape (or something similar)? A lawn chair is the only thing I have ever fixed with duct tape. I’m not that creative.
Happy Tuesday Folks! Some decisions have been made removing some angst. Lordy, lordy, thank goodness. To join in with your own two cents, HERE are the rules and ping back. Yet again I’m a day late but better late than never.
In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people? Hmmm, nothing, I’m frugal and skimp on most things.
Which workers have the worst jobs? The ones who do not love what they do. Sounds corny but in my vast (yet thimble sized) experience, I’ve come to learn if you love what you do, you’ll never work any day in your life. And I’m not going to put down someone else’s choice of profession as the worst like is often done to B because he chooses to work with his hands and get dirty on the job.
Opinion. John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art? A combination of the two? Neither, it’s stupid. Your opinion? LOL I love this question. All of the above. None of the above. Does anything happen after the silence? For sure wouldn’t want me in the audience because I would be yammering what the heck is going on?
How good are you at drawing? I used to be but any skills I had have been lost from lack of use. My kids have the creative gene if not directly from me, through our ancestors. When Pony was 3, he drew the next door neighbor’s house. A whole scene. The car parked on the street in front. The mail box, some trees. He’d sit on our stoop and sketch for hours while I worked in the flower beds. When I finally took a look at his sketch pad I was gobsmacked. No one ever believed he did it himself. He could’ve been a contender. His perfectionist self became so compulsive that drawing was no longer fun. After about 6th grade, that was it. Lulu still sketches but she won’t show her work except for her one and only tattoo that she drew herself.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)
Feel free to share one amazing thing you’ve experienced (any time frame). I like to catch a full moon. Sometimes you get lucky. See feature image and while grainy, the experience of seeing the moon is all its’ glory is absolutely amazing.
Tena is the guest host, sitting in for Melanie. Such fun! Here’s my two cents worth 1/2 penny.
Do You Prefer Salty Foods or Sweet Foods? Both. Salty popcorn with M&Ms dropped in. Delightful.
Would you rather be in a place where it is excessively hot or excessively cold? Hmmm. Hot but with available air-conditioning for necessary cool downs. After Snowmageddon Feb 15, 2021, I never want excessively cold again. If I could be magical and pick though, Fall is my favorite season weatherwise. Or the fall that those in the Northeast experience since TX doesn’t have a Fall … not really.
Favorite Mode of long distance travel (Bus, Plane, Train, Automobile, or other). Automobile, pulling a trailer. I could go on and on and on about this because of memories growing up where every other summer we RV’ed it from TX to CA. One summer we took the train and after the novelty wore off, it was a grind. We zipped across the rails, non stop with not much to see. Re: airplanes, I’ve never been a fan of flying.
What was your favorite holiday growing up? (You can also use american holidays or appropriate holidays from your country) Easter has and always will be my favorite holiday. All the rituals from Ash Wednesday leading up to Good Friday, then Easter Sunday were memorizing to me. Favorite hymn I am the Bread of Life. A new dress, shoes, and Easter bonnet were an extra treat too.
What gave you the most gratification this week? Marking things off my perpetual ‘to-do’ list.