Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Carry a Tune

From Sunday Stealing
Carry A Tune Meme

1. Do you own a tablet of any kind? A. I have this really nice writing tablet, it has paper with lines on it, and you use a writing utensil called a pencil or a pen. I also have tablets in the medicine cabinet.

2. What’s something people always assume about you that isn’t true? A. That I'm uppity and snooty. I'm really just smart and shy.

3. On a scale of 1-10, how much do elevators scare you? A. About an 8. It used to be a 10 but I got over it by 2 points.

4. When you’re upset, do you vent to people or do you keep to yourself? A. Depends on what I'm upset about. Problems between me and hubby? Keep to myself. Problems with politicians? Blast it all over to anybody who will listen.

5. Have you ever watched a meteor shower? A. Yes.

6. Do you tend to put things off until the last minute? A. Wait, is it Sunday? Some things I do, yes. Some things I don't.

7. How do you react to random strangers suddenly trying to make conversation with you? A. Seeing as it happens all the time, I am pleasant, kind, and offer help if it appears to be needed.

8. Do you have a lucky number? A. It happens to be 8.

9. Would you go out to dinner with Oprah? A. Sure. Especially if she's paying.

10. Did you ever play sports? A. I was in the marching band. Not a sport per se, but you walk around on that field carrying a tuba and see how it feels. Except I played flute, so I always felt sorry for the tuba and drum players.

11. Do you feel guilty if you throw food away? A. Not particularly.

12. Do you think you could make it as a baker? A. No.

13. Are you one of those people who are wearing scarves with everything? A. No.

14. Have you ever been in a castle? A. Does the Biltmore count?

15. When you were little, did you ever play with Playdoh? A. I still play with Playdoh. Don't you?

16. Would you rather write a mystery or love story? A. A mystery.

17. Tell me about your worst fashion mistake. A. Getting a perm in my hair about four days before my wedding.

18. Do you hate it when people smoke around you? A. I will leave if you smoke around me. That's not hate, that's self protection because I have asthma.

19. How are you wearing your hair right now? A. On my head.

20. When’s the last time you were sick? A. I happen to be sick right now, unfortunately.

21. Would you rather have OJ or milk with your breakfast? A. Neither. I'm allergic to them both.

22. What were you doing thirty minutes ago? A. Working on my taxes.

23. Do you own any school related clothing articles? A. I have some things from college. Does that count?

24. Would you rather call people or have them call you? A. I love receiving calls.

25. Can you carry a tune? A. I can, and without a bucket.

26. Who was the last person who unexpectedly texted you? A. I don't text. The last person to call me unexpectedly was my brother.

27. Who do you text the most? A. Same answer as #26. The person I call the most is my husband.


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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Saturday 9: Sorry

Saturday 9: Sorry (2015)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I can't believe I had to go listen to a Justin Beanie song. What a way to kill a Friday. 

1) This song is a plea for a second chance. Are you good at forgiving/forgetting?

A. I forgive. I don't forget. You mess with me I'll remember it when I'm 130 years old.

2) Justin asks his girl to "forget this." What have you done/said recently that you wish could just be forgotten?

A. Well, seeing as how I am perfect, I have no answer for this.

3) Mr. Bieber says he needs just 6 hours sleep every night. How about you? How much sleep do you require to feel sharp?

A. I haven't had a full night's sleep in almost three years. A solid six hours without having to wake up to take pain meds would be wonderful.

4) Justin prefers D&G underwear, which can cost as much as $102/pair. Sam may be crazy, but there's no way she'd spend that much on underwear. What's something you're willing to splurge on?

A. If I had it, I would spend the $5,000 it would take to purchase this guitar.

5) He may be picky about underwear but not cuisine. He loves Big Macs. If we were going to McDonald's, what would you order?

A. I haven't eaten at a McDonald's in so long, I don't even know what they serve. If they have a salad, I'd get that.

6) When it comes to healthier fare, Bieber has told fans he enjoys snacking on bananas and grapes. What do you reach for between meals?

A. Almonds.

7) Performing in Germany, Justin Bieber told a girl who approached the stage, "Ich liebe dich” ("I love you") and she fainted. Have you ever fainted?

A. When I was a teenager I did. I have felt faint but now have enough sense to sit down and put my head between my legs.

8) As a kid, Justin was teased for being one of the shortest in his class. What do you recall being teased about in school?

A. This was in the 1970s, now - but I was called "computer head" a lot because I was the straight A student who kept the other kids from getting curves on their papers. It finally reached a point in the 5th grade where I would receive 110 on a paper just so the others could get a curve. I lived for school.

9) Random question: Will you be watching this weekend's Super Bowl?

A. If I do, it will only be for the commercials.


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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Thursday Thirteen

Here it is - the great "what's on my kitchen counters" list.

1. An Oster toaster oven. We had one that nearly caught the kitchen on fire right before Christmas. I sent Oster a message, and they sent me a new one, free of charge.

2. A cup of tea, steeping and standing too long because I was taking pictures.

3. An electric tea kettle.

4. That thing under the towel is my Kitchen Aid mixer.

5. A Keurig, which I have not yet figured out how to use. My husband uses it for coffee. I know I can use it for tea but so far have not. The one cup I did make tasted like leftover coffee, so I haven't tried again.

6. A combination blender/food processor.

7. An EpiPen kit. My husband is allergic to bees and I'm allergic to everything, so we always keep one right there in the corner where we can find it. No moving of EpiPens allowed.

8. A cordless phone. Because you must talk to your friends whilst you are cooking, you know.

9. A Food Saver. I call it a laminator, because being a writer and bookish person, laminating is more familiar to me than food preparation or storage.

10. A roll of paper towels.

11. A gallon of vinegar, which I used last night to clean out the warm mist humidifier and did not put back.

12. Kitchen scissors.

13. Piles of paper from working on the taxes and not going through the mail for a week.

And obviously much more junk.

What in your kitchen?


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 433rd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Hard Heads and Unhappy Hearts

There was an article The Roanoke Times this morning that indicated that two historic structures owned by Botetourt County would not be moved, and work to remove them from their site to a "historic park" area would halt.

Apparently someone misread the paperwork. I took these photos between 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. today, Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Does this look like halted work to you?

This is turning into one of the most divisive issues I've ever seen in Botetourt. But Greenfield has always been an issue ever since the county purchased it back in 1995. Looks like that will continue for some time.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Some Kind of Mushroom

I am not sure when it happened.

Some blame the Internet.

Some blame the 1960s.

Some blame TV.

Maybe today it is still, 15 years later, millennial fever, a virus that has infected massive amounts of people.

Whatever the cause, insanity is rampant.

Maybe it was always there. We had Jack the Ripper the late 1880s. And into the 20th century, we had crazy people - Charles Manson, Ted Bundy. There have always been people who have flourished on conspiracy theories - JFK's assassination, we never really landed on the moon. Those folks have always been on the fringes of our society.

But now? In 2016, everywhere I look there is a whacko. Some unthinking lunatic who is spouting out something so crazy that you blink and can't believe it's actually being said.

We've created a time when anybody can say anything, no matter how bizarre. We have people who are "birthers" who question everyone's birth place/date/heritage/whatever. We have the people who believe the mass murders at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and other places, never happened, or are a government conspiracy.

Climate change deniers. Holocaust deniers. History re-writers (which might not be so bad except what they are writing never actually happened.)

Crazy people take over federal landholdings and squat there, because they don't like the government. People who don't claim to be crazy (but apparently really are) actually have seats in the government, at all levels.


Truly, it is all around me. People who call themselves pro-life but advocate for war. How insane is that? You can't be pro-life and pro-killing-people at the same time. You just can't, not if you have any sense of logic.

Mostly this is on the internet, but also in the mass media. As Bill Maher recently said, the Information Super Highway has become Bullshit Boulevard.

Everywhere I see people spreading lies, and believing them. Truth? Who cares about truth? Truth is boring, and it doesn't fit the current story model.

People used to get their news from real news organizations. Now? You get it from the friend of a friend who doesn't know where s/he heard it, but it is all over Facebook so it must be true.

Facts? Who cares about facts? Nobody cares about facts. Everyone lives in their own little bubble, they believe what they want, they think what they want. If they want to believe the sky is green, they will think that, no matter the evidence that it is blue.

Unfortunately, this doesn't just happen on the fringes anymore. The fringes are no longer fringe. This sort of deranged behavior and the words that go along with it comes out of the mouths of influential people - like people who are running for president, and being taken seriously.

They're all smoking something. They have to be. Either that or the Earth passed through some kind of asteroid trail that left half of the United States in a total state of crazy.

We have become, I fear, the stupidest bunch of people to ever be a first world nation. I haven't been outside of the country in a while, but my friends who live in Europe tell me we're their major source of entertainment. Look at the big fat totally crazed Americans, most of whom believe in angels, and the other half think the world is flat.

Every lie has its believer. It's like Field of Dreams . . . thousands of cars heading to an Iowan farm to watch ghosts play baseball. That's the internet today. Field of Dreams, the place where every nut can go to find another nut to confirm his or her falsehoods.

Every lie becomes truth. Fiction becomes fact.

I wish I were smart enough to come up with some truly creative lie about our farm - something that would bring in thousands upon thousands of visitors, all paying $10 a piece to see a little rock that maybe I claim was brought to me in a dream by a visitor from the Planet Zortania. If you touch the rock and give me $10, you will have good luck for the rest of your life, and pleasant dreams when your eyes close (no guarantees, no warranties).

For another $10, you can join me in my new religion of Zortanimania, where we worship every lie on the Internet, eschew all facts, and drink beer and watch NASCAR. All hail Charlotte Motor Speedway! Of course, we also don't believe in government, but we don't believe in communes either, so I am not really sure yet how we would actually survive. Still working that out, but it's okay. The lie will come to me soon.

Later, you can pay me $10 to buy the Zortanimania Book of Prophecy, which would be of course our guide book to spirituality in the greatest pursuit of Zortanimanian bliss. Which, I suppose, might include the use of mushrooms.