Saturday, May 09, 2015

Saturday 9: Harper Valley PTA

Saturday 9: Harper Valley PTA (1968)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I remember this song from childhood. I have always thought it was a fun song - even more so when I was old enough to actually understand it.

1) This week's featured artist uses her middle initial (C. for Carolyn) all the time. Do you use your middle initial very often?
A. I use it in my official signature. I used to use it in my byline but at some point I stopped that.

2) In this song, a mother tells off the local PTA. What's the most recent school event you attended -- whether as a parent, a teacher or a student?

A. Um. I have no idea. The only thing I can remember is going to see my niece dance on a Saturday at the elementary school, and that was probably two years ago.

3) The lyrics reference the mom's miniskirts, which were trendy in the 1960s. The website Popsugar reports that gingham checks are trendy for 2015. Tell us about the most recent addition to your wardrobe.

A. My most recent addition to my wardrobe was white Nurse Mate compression socks that my physical therapist urged me to try in hopes of helping the swelling in my right ankle. How's that for sounding old, eh?

4) Thinking of moms, Access Hollywood named Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch TV's #1 mom. Who is your favorite TV mom?

A. Shirley Partridge on the Partridge Family. She sang and played keyboards and had beautiful children.

5) Mother Winters always gave Sam peppermint tea to calm her stomach. Do you have any tried-and-true home remedies to share?

A. I sometimes eat candied ginger for an upset stomach, or drink ginger tea, for the same. Ice helps swelling, but I'm sure everyone knows that.

6) Sam's mother always tips 15% in restaurants. Sam has worked in food service and is more judgmental, tipping between 10% and 25%, depending on the quality of the service. What's your tipping policy? Are you more like Sam or her mother?

A. I generally tip 20%, unless the service was terrible.

7) When the tip of her shoelace becomes frayed, Sam's mother snips off the end and then paints the tip with clear nail polish. Good as new! Sam thinks that's crazy because you can just buy new laces for less than $2. Are you more frugal like mother or spendthrift like daughter?

A. I'd buy new shoelaces in that particular scenario. I'd probably save the laces to use for something else, though. You never know when you need a string.

8) Mother Winters loves how french vanilla smells and burns her Yankee Candles all year around. Do you use scented candles or air fresheners?

A. I have asthma and allergies and react strongly to most fragrances. So, no.

9) Sam is celebrating Mother's Day with her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds?
A. I am partial to dark chocolate but lately it seems to upset my stomach, so I suppose milk chocolate this time around.
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  1. I"ve never really liked dark chocolate, but I could live in milk chocolate!

  2. Shirley Partridge, another great TV mom!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh, I forgot about Shirley Partridge! What an awesome choice!

  4. If the socks feel good, perhaps the comfort will outweigh the "fashion statement."

  5. My allergies have been kind of crazy over the past few days. We had rain, which means mold, the trees are pollinating, and the ragweed is going nuts.

  6. I'm going to go look for that brand of sox! And the allergy thing? I hear you. The doggie brings pollen in from outside. Sneeze!

  7. I need to get my husband some of those socks!

  8. 1. I usually use my middle initial
    2. A graduation, two years ago
    3. The most recent additions to my wardrobe were a hat and scarf knitted by my sister.
    8. I do not usually burn candles due to scent allergies, but it really depends on the scent. Florals are OUT, but some fruit/baking scents are okay once in a while.
    10. Dark chocolate, always


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