Thanks Melanie for the questions. I like them, all serious or silly so I’m giving it a whirl. If anyone else wants to join in, here are the rules and ping back
QUESTIONS: What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time? Hmmm. Probably something I didn’t want to buy in the first place. Free is for me. I love a good bargain.
Have you ever gotten a really bad haircut? Do share! Yes because I used to drop in at a mall salon without an appointment. Usually getting someone still learning. Usually the bad part was with my bangs. Too short or too long or uneven. I’ve grown them out which helps.
After many years of bad hair cuts, my friend D told me about her hairdresser who I then went to for over a decade. Now I’m back to dropping in to random places. I did two home haircuts during Covid before going to a local barbershop to even things up. No more dye job. I’m officially low maintenance 😂
Isn’t Disney Land and Disney World (and all the variants) just a people trap operated by a mouse? Yes! Without a doubt 😂
What if Batman got bitten by a vampire? What would happen? He’d be double trouble. Or he’d become the undead Dark Knight.
What do you want your final words to be if you could choose? I’m borrowing … “Thanks for the memories”.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)Please feel free to share some My new swing❣️❣️❣️
Thanks Melanie for the questions. Yippee!! And away we go …
Do you think psychic abilities exist? Sort of but the skeptic in me thinks anything psychic can be attributed to science of some kind. I really don’t know. I’d just be MSU = making stuff up.
How would you describe peanut butter to someone who didn’t know what it was? Peanuts converted into a condiment. Kind of a light tan color, creamy, and spreadable like cake frosting (assuming they know what cake frosting was) and delicious. Especially good as a snack on toast or graham crackers. And stay away from the crunchy stuff unless you have a peanut butter emergency. Wink Wink
Why does an octopus squirt ink? To get it out of his system! Or warn others to stay away. A protection mechanism I assume. Or more MSU. haha.
Who are two of today’s greatest entertainers in your opinion? (can be actors, musicians, singers etc) Hmmm. Cats and Dogs … both can be way more entertaining than humans officially classified as entertainers. It’s all relative.
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Please feel free to share a moment of gratitude in your life! I am glad to have this outlet. Work is kicking my backside again. I need to come here to let off some steam.
Thanks Melanie for the questions. One of these days I will get to them on a Monday. This prompt is another highlight of my week. Yippee!! And away we go …
What is knowledge? Why knowledge is power so said Francis Bacon in 1597.
How do you define consciousness (self awareness)? Knowing myself and what motivates my words and deeds.
Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness? Hmm you might be able to guess but you’d likely be wrong unless you’re a mind reader. Proving anything about another person is impossible imo.
Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way? I think so because time is a construct of man. My perception on time is my reality. My brain is what alters how I perceive time. Doesn’t that mean I could always tell if time was altered in some way?
Do you like potato chips (they’re called ‘crisps’ in Europe I believe)? That would be a YES!!!! “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” according to the Lays potato chip people. In my case, they are correct! My current favorite is barbeque kettle chips if I’m going for convenience off the shelf but no one made better potato chips than my daddy. Navy cook extraordinaire. I can still see his prep station – cutting board, knife and sharpener, washed potatoes, skins still on. Seasoning salt, garlic powder, pepper. Big pot of oil and the metal fry basket. Before he started anything, he prepped like he was still head cook at Frank’s restaurant in Schulenburg. He also always had a sink of hot soapy water ready to go so he could clean as he went. Watching him was like watching a maestro conduct a symphony. Aww now I am happy crying.
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On this side of the world it’s coming into Springtime. Celebrate Spring by sharing an image or anecdote that shares “Spring”! Alternatively, it’s coming into Autumn on the other side of the world. Please do the same for Autumn! Thanks!
And away we go … Thanks Melanie for the questions.
If not now, then when? Maybe never. LOL. Or right now. Sometimes I just need a swift kick in the pants to get going. Though recently I have started practicing the pause. Because I often jump without hesitation or considering all the angles.
Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?As always, there’s more to come. I added there’s to my usual tagline which is the story of my life. Considering the alternative, I’ll keep taking the onslaught.
Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident? I don’t think I have swallowed any spiders. Once a bee landed on my soda can. I didn’t realize it and when I went to take a sip, I heard the buzz. A near miss thank goodness.
What’s the best approach to resolving conflict? Face it head on. Do I do that? Not usually. Every once in a while I will but mostly I am an ostrich with my head in the sand. Not so bad that I do not believe the conflict is there. I know it … I feel it … I just choose to avoid conflict when at all possible. Because ya know, avoidance is the best risk mitigation strategy.
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Where do you find inspiration? All around me but mostly out in nature. This past weekend, we walked our asses off. This accomplished two things: We avoided conflict and I was inspired to be a better person. Next I think I will get a punching bag for inspiration. LOL. I am grateful for this beautiful earth and the ability to go out to enjoy it.
Here’s what’s on tap from our host Melanie. Cheers to Cyranny and Sadje for the questions. Let’s get this party started 🙂
How well do you know your next-door neighbors? Do you like them? (credit to Cyranny for the question) We live out on some acreage and technically do not have next-door neighbors. The parcel next to us is where C and R live. C is two years younger than me. She and her older sister P road the bus to school in the mornings with B and his brother. The foursome was what my mom would’ve called “first” friends having grown up together. We like C&R very much. We’ve not gathered in a year but we are on call/stand by to help each other.
Do you have a full length mirror? (credit to Sadje for the rest of the questions) I do not but I can get an almost full length view in my bathroom mirror if necessary. Which is never.
(for the men) Do you shave every day or do you like the ‘stubble’ look, or a beard? I’m answering anyway. LOL. I do not shave every day. In fact I have not shaved in over a year. I told my doctor I was embarrassed for having not shaven when I went in for my exam. She asked why? My male patients do not shave for me. We were meant to have hair in certain places. Have I told you that I love my doctor? Well I do 🙂
(for the ladies) How long do you spend putting on make-up in the morning? No time at all. I don’t wear make-up even pre-Covid. Though once upon a time I would not leave my house without make-up. That was short-lived. Life got busy and I quit caring or both.
How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up? A place for everything and everything in its place. All my clothes are hung up or in their proper drawers. B uses our rocking chair as a clothes hanger but usually he only puts his clothes for the next day on it.
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Do you have a happy place? I do. It was the library. They still are not letting people in except by appointment to use the computer. They are do have curbside for books. From 7:30 am to 10:30 pm, they have free wi-fi in the parking lot. I really miss book club and the other activities. I am grateful for the free internet that has allowed several folks to work or attend school using laptops from their cars. I only had to do that once or twice during the Spectrum debacle. Saved the day.
Melanie has some really good questions for us this week. And away we go …
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be for? (Covid considerations are suspended for this question). I like parties where you play games. Bunco! Or Yahtzee. Or a marathon scrabble session. Cards games are fun too. With snacks and drinks of course. Good times I tell ya.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. As a verbose talker and run-on sentence writer, a picture can convey what I am trying to get across with my words in a single visual. Now that’s the sweet stuff.
Where IS Waldo? (Waldo, for those unfamiliar with him, is a cartoon character featured in many “find Waldo” images and puzzles) <—— WALDO I think Waldo is on vacation from playing hide-n-seek with strangers. LOL 🙂
What’s the best part of waking up? Seeing sunlight stream through the cracks in the window blinds. Everything is always better in the daylight.
Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales? (Wee disclaimer. I’m certainly not advocating the slaughter of creatures and the use of their skins for clothing or accessories. No! This question is a ‘grow your own’ type question…if you had an option of your own skin being made of fur OR scales, which would you choose?) I would choose fur but only if I lived in a place where fur was needed because of the weather. Fur in Texas heat is no bueno.
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Feel free to share your gratitude for our world! I am grateful for my calm and loving husband who talks me of the ledge daily.
Melanie, our all time favorite #SYW host, has some good questions for us this week. Cyranny’s contribution is particularly thought provoking. If you’d like to join in and/or read the other entries, here are the rules and ping back.
Is every piece of truth worth telling? (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one) Absolutely unequivocally not!!!!!! I used to think the opposite. I wanted to know the truth! Tell me everything!! After all honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it? Of course it is. But and it’s a BIG but, not disclosing something isn’t the same as being dishonest. My current preference is tell me on a need to know basis only. I recently found out something I could have gone my whole life not knowing. Now I am wrapped around the axle of judgment. Forgiveness is hard y’all and some sins are not mine to forgive. Like in A Few Good Men “You can’t handle the truth!” lalalala she said hands over her ears.
Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince? (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question. It’s cool). I cannot choose. Both! One of my best vacations ever was visiting Paisley Park. Minnesota is beautiful anyway. Then touring through Prince’s personal space was a bucket list item for sure.
If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you chose? Text. Specifically “talk-to-text”
Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity? Neither sound good to me but I guess alone because I don’t do midnight or creepy motel very well.
Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week: What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required. You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”. You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”). See #1 above, I have only recently learned that keeping a few things to yourself might not be such a bad thing. For most of my life, I was an oversharing lil sis without any secrets. All my cards out on the table. Though I admit you never really know what one is capable of … myself included.
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Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021. Yesterday we got dose two of the Moderna vaccine. Having chronic conditions paid off placing us in 1B. And with the increased supply and more distribution points, maybe we get some traction in getting the shot to everyone who wants one.
Thanks Melanie for these “odd” basket 🧺 full of questions. Such fun 🤩. Here’s my two cents …
QUESTIONS: (an “odd” basket full today)
Have you ever ‘butt dialed” someone? (‘butt dialed’ means have you ever made a phone call that you weren’t aware of making, because the buttons on the phone got pushed by your sitting on them (in your pocket) OR having something in your handbag press against them?) Nope but my drunk 😵 sister-in-law did and that story went around the family faster than lightning. I won’t repeat it here in polite company.
If you were given 1000 acres of land, what would you do with it? Leave it as is.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on-line recently? Since I’m easily amused, everything 😂
Have you ever eaten something off the floor? ‘5 second’ rule applies or not (the ‘5 second rule’ is that if you pick up the dropped food within a set time frame, it’s still ‘clean’ and you can safely eat it)? Yes.
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Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone in the form of a quote, a thought or an image.
Sharing is caring. Melanie gives us some wonderful questions. Without further ado, here’s my two cents.
Do you feel you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know? It depends on the situation. Some times I’m the nutty question lady who asks tons of questions to get a handle on what’s expected from me. Other times I’m hurry up so I can get “it” whatever it is done.
I believe there’s a happy balance there. I’ve been burned before by doing unnecessary work all because I didn’t ask any questions. This reminds me of third grade. We were given a piece of paper with about 30 questions and instructions to read everything before beginning the test. I didn’t do that. I raced through answering everything tryin to be #1. At the very bottom a statement read to only write your name at the top right corner. That’s how you passed. Any answers were points off. Even with technically correct answers I had failed. Reading instructions = asking questions. Not taking things at face value. That was a life long lesson I sometimes remember.
When did you fail to speak up when you feel you should have? In 8th grade, a girl in my class started a hate club for someone who she felt cost us the volleyball state championship the night before. C went around before class the next morning getting people to sign her “hate club” petition. I didn’t join refusing to sign but I knew it was wrong and did nothing to stop it. Almost everyone joined in even the boys and girls who didn’t play on the volleyball 🏐 team.
My friend Renee told Sr. Angela what was happening and the petition was confiscated. The whole class except Renee & the victim got detention. I kept telling my mom “but I didn’t sign C’s stupid paper” and mom said that was just as bad maybe even worse. Detention at school. Grounding and extra chores at home.
When was the last time you felt lucky?* Cliche as it sounds everyday. I’m lucky … lucky to be alive. That’s how Bs former employer named the yard dog 🐕. He was a stray who had a hard knock life after being dumped. They named him Lucky 🍀 … 2 🐝 Alive. Clever and fitting. No matter how much we have or don’t have, we all experience varying degrees of lucky.
What is a boulder? A city in Colorado or a big rock 🪨
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Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone!
We got 4 inches of snow ❄️ Valentines night. Some places had up to 7. For SAT and surrounding areas, it was the worst storm in 30 years. I’m grateful we kept our heat and water. Some experienced roaming on purpose blackouts. Only 10 minutes unless something glitched as power was rolled back on. CPS roamed right past us.
Melanie gave us another series if interesting questions. Here’s my two cents worth 1/2 a penny due to inflation.
In your opinion, do May/December (older partner with much younger partner) romances ever work? B and I are only a year apart but that’s not why we work. Chronological age doesn’t always equate to maturity, personality, or temperament. That’s why I think May/December romances can work. Compatibility, mutual respect, and trust have little to do with age in my opinion.
What physical action or gesture do you find romantic? Hmm. Cleaning the house.
What is your idea of a romantic dinner? Staying in and making our favorite meal with a decadent dessert.
Is ‘love’ a real ‘thing’ or merely a physical chemical response and brain activity pulling our emotional strings? Love is definitely a REAL thing in response to a chemical reaction causing our brain to pull emotional strings.
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I am grateful for my tribe. Accepting me regardless of my quirks. As a Queen, Drama I am a lot to handle. Wow they are brave. lol
How do you show your loved ones that you love them? Seeking out their company, valuing their opinions, stuff like that.