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.
GRATITUDE SECTION(always optional)
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 🪨
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)
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.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)
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.
Thanks Melanie for being the host with the most!!! If anyone would like to play along or see the answers of others, look right HERE.
If the government offered to suspend all laws, and law enforcement for 24 hours, letting you (and everybody else) do whatever you wish… Would you be in favor of it, or not? (Credit for this question goes to Cyranny and her Daily Quickie Question)
That would scare the bejesus out of me. I would be very afraid. Sounds like the movie “the Purge”. Thanks but no thanks.
What would be the creepiest thing you could say while passing a stranger on the street? (We’re suspending the whole social distancing and Covid involvement in this scenario)
No idea. My brain does not work that way. I’d smile, say hello, and pass on by.
As a child, what did you think would be great about being an adult, but isn’t as great as you thought it would be? Oh so many things that I now realize are for the birds. Working, paying bills, all of it. Maybe today is just a hard day. I wanna be taken care of like the big baby I am.
What, in your opinion, has been blown way out of proportion? The better question is what hasn’t been blown out of proportion? The spin is off the charts. Who/what can we believe? All of it? None of it? Something in between?
Gratitude Section (Optional as always)
Where is your ‘happy’ place? The chair in my living room with a glass of iced tea and a good book to read. Hot tea if the weather is inclement.
Is it necessary to trust someone you like? (friends, acquaintances or co-workers with whom you have no familial ties) Hmm 🤔 well trust certainly helps but is it necessary? On that I’ll need to ponder a while.
Do you hold grudges? What do you do when someone really irritates you? Not usually. I’m too forgetful to carry a grudge. When really irritated, I rant/release the hounds and to get it out of my system then I forget about it.
What’s the most sensible thing you’ve heard someone say? Paraphrasing the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard is measure twice cut once and that’s applicable to so many things. Akin to practicing the pause.
Is crying a sign of weakness or strength in adults? Neither. Crying is an emotional release. It’s a temporary reaction that isn’t a sign of anything.
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What small things were you grateful for this week? If I look back on the past 7 days some shit went down. There were still lots of little things that made me grateful. Moments of peace in the crazy. The cherry on top of the sundae was getting a snail mail card from my sister.
Sister turned a painting of our grandma into cards for us. The painting was commissioned for her by a friend who was present when this picture was taken back sometime in the 70s. The friend’s daughter is the artist. Yep. The Polaroid became a painting and now it’s a card. The title is “From Another Time”. My heart ♥️ is full.
Here we go now!! Time for sharing our world. Melanie sure gave us some good ones today.
Why do we dream? Some sort of coping mechanism is my guess. But it’s just a guess. Also sounds like science to me so I’ll pass on further commentary.
Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? I am reminded of Jim Hogg, the 20th governor of Texas, who named his daughter Ima. Seriously! I’m a Hogg. What were her parents thinking?!? Story goes that she down played her name as much as possible. But she was a wonderful philanthropist who did much good for Texas. While I think a name is important, how much it influences who we become is still up for debate.
Does hardship make a person stronger? (example: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger) Not always. Sometimes hardship breaks a person. Like my Aunt Velma who never really recovered after losing her son in a car accident when he was only 16. I am fortunate to be in the “makes you stronger camp” and have quite a few examples of becoming stronger after something bad happened. Part of that is having B by my side. Together we can get through anything.
Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions? Hmm. I judge myself by all of it. Hole in the ozone? My fault for using Aquanet in the 70s. I didn’t mean to destroy our air quality but dang I wanted those Farrah Fawcett wings. All kidding aside, maybe we judge others by their actions because we cannot read another person’s mind to know his or her intentions. We have to guess at that part. All we have to go by are actions. And I have to ask does the intention really matter?
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Feel free to share some gratitude in the form of images, photos or writing. Thanks!
Today I am grateful for my hot tea. I am siping it slowly this morning as dawn becomes a new day.
Howdy 🤠 folks! Melanie gave us some thought provoking questions. Let’s get to answering them.
What should you get rid off, that would make your new year better, and why? (Don’t say Covid-19, we all want to get rid of the dang virus) I snagged this question from another blogger, but failed to note who thought it up. My apologies! I KNOW better than to trust my memory any more. If it’s your question and you’d like credit, please let me know! Great question too, in my opinion! Regrets. I’d kick ‘em to the curb. What’s done is done. No reason to regret something you can’t change. Dust off and move on.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? I’m so boring. And a big chicken. Though in 6th grade, I jumped off the 10 meter diving platform at Alamo Heights swimming pool. It hurt like hell but the next weekend I did it again. Twice was enough for a life time.
Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken? Unspoken – it is what it is. Sort of like question #1. What’s done is done.
On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? (this does not mean ‘smell’ or looks; because this is a judgment free blog!) Haha! Well 10 of course. Even if only in my own mind. I figure I can always make myself laugh🤭 That Jilly she’s a laugh riot.
GRATITUDE SECTION: Tell everyone something that you found personally lifted your spirits! Coins taped to the vending machine saying have a drink on me. I did that awful day and went around leaving more coins with same note on other floors’ break rooms. I never found out who the original benefactor was and that made it all the more fun.
What’s a relationship deal breaker for you? I’ll let you know when I find one. B and I have our ups and downs but so far nothing has been a deal breaker.
Do you believe in extra-terrestrials? Not really.
In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day? I stopped snoozing but I also moved my time to wake up to a realistic time. I was one of those who set it earlier than needed just so I could snooze. I feel much better when I get right up.
If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be? (and even if you don’t believe in that, let’s suspend belief for a moment just to have a little fun) A dog of course. Adopted by a dog loving family.
GRATITUDE(Participation is always optional)
What do you plan to work on this year to make it better than last year (personal goals, physically or mentally, or all three)? All three I think. Physical and mental for sure. Personal goal was set in motion last year and I’ll keep an eye on it in 2021.
We’re back in the saddle again. Melanie has given us some New Years themed questions. Let’s get this party started.
Pick three words to describe this past year. (please keep them PG. Thanks). Historical, inspirational, and awful.
What were the best books you read this year? Or the best movie you saw? I had a dry spell on reading when we first went into lockdown. I could not keep a thought in my head and words jumped off the page. I would read the same sentence or paragraph repeatedly and nothing stuck. Thankfully I could read short snippets like blog posts and work stuff but reading full on cover to cover books was a challenge.
All that said, I managed to read 15 books in 2020. My favorites were a tie – Eternal Road: The final stop by John W Howell and Hullaba Lulu: a Dieselpunk Adventure by Teagan Geneviene. Pick ’em up and take a look. You’ll be glad you did.
In my opinion, the best movie bar none was Hamilton. Disney+ released the recording of the Broadway musical with the original cast. Cue music … How does a bastard, orphan, son of a … I signed up for Disney+ for the sole reason of seeing Hamilton. And now I get to see Soul. Word on the street is Pixar hit a home run. Oscars are expected. Watching that is our New Years Day plan.
Because there was lots of time for looking inward, what is one big personal lesson you learned this past year? “You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem”. Christopher Robin to Jilly originally said to Pooh. I can’t imagine how I’d have done with littles in school while trying to work. I know it’s not a contest but speaking for myself, I had it easy.
Do you think Covid has strengthened or weakened societal bonds? Both and/or it depends. Dearly beloved, there are no absolutes in this thing called life (sort of ripping off Prince). People have had to improvise. They rose to the challenge and found new ways to stay connected. Is it perfect or one size fits all? Nope but it is something. And it’s not over yet. Society will find a way to continue to evolve. Doesn’t it always?
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What is a New Year’s Wish You’d Like To Share With the World? My forever wish is that everyone finds peace and contentment but hook or by crook in every nook and cranny. How’s that for combining idioms? Good times I tell ya 🙂
Sharing is caring!! Thanks Melanie for hosting this wonderful weekly event. If you’d like to join in, here are the rules and ping back.
What is your favorite type of cookie (they’re called biscuits in Europe I believe)? When I was a kid, we’d make a shortbread/ sugar type cookie from a cookie press. It had all these designs and I loved the entire process. Especially the decorating. When my mom passed away, I regret not taking the cookie press. No one else wanted it so we sold it at the estate sale. There are several items I wish I had kept but in my grief, I could not bring myself to pick anything. My uncle tried to tell me that I’d want the items later but I didn’t listen.
If you could choose one age and remain that forever, what would it be and why? Excellent question. I used to joke that I am 29 and holding. Then I got a little too far past 29 for that to be believable and changed my shtick to 39 and holding. But seriously, I wouldn’t go back for anything despite all my jesting about growing older. I am in a much better head space now. Physically though 2009 was my last “good” year without all these aches and pains. There ya have it. I pick 45 and to be pain free. What a plan!!
Do you have a traditional drink during the holiday season? Not really except maybe for hot chocolate and eggnog. I will never forget one Christmas season in 7th grade when my friend T had a party and we all drank Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers. How cosmopolitan we felt. I tried to recreate that feeling by having 7-Up and maraschino cherries for the kids one year. They were less than impressed and the tradition never took off.
Are you able to still believe in holiday magic as you did when you were a child? Sort of but not really. I still believe in kindness, peace on earth, and goodwill to all. I believe there is more good than bad in this world even when you have to look for the good. That’s magical isn’t it? At the holidays or any time of year.
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The prompt is wide open today, for anything you care to share!
Today I am grateful that I begin another trip around the sun. For me that “journey” started yesterday. January 1 may be the start of the new year but 12/21 is the start of the new Jill :). Oh and I am also VERY grateful to the fam who wanted me to have a special b-day dinner. So much so that they recreated wonton soup and pork fried rice. Yummy!!!