Sunday, August 07, 2016

Sunday Stealing: The Gal's Meme 1

Sunday Stealing: The Gal's Meme, Part One

What’s your favorite word or phrase?

A. Interesting. It covers all bases from good to bad, and invites more conversation if desired, or stops it if not.

Tell us about a person who made you smile today.

A. My husband made me laugh when he zipped through the house buck naked at lunch time. He'd been spraying weeds and he stripped outside, washed his clothes down with the water hose, and then raced indoors to the shower. He is supposed to wear disposable special hazardous materials suits when he sprays weed killer on the farm, but he says he was out of them.

What were you doing at 8 am this morning?

A. Trying to wake up after a long night filled with crazy dreams that included my brother, a house in a canyon, an airplane trip, a bus ride, and a gun. I was having a lot of pain around 3 a.m., so it generally takes me a while to get going when I am having these more hurtful days. 

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?

A. Making the bed after having stripped it and washed the linens. (I am answering this on Saturday.)

What is your favorite holiday? Why?

A. I like Halloween because of the decorations and the eeriness of it, as well as the legends that go along with it. I like the idea of a break in the veil of life and death, if only for a second. Death is such an intangible and unknowable thing - the ultimate adventure, really, which we will all experience but which will be a different experience for everyone. Okay, even I know that is getting strange.

Tell us about a visit to another country.

A. I went to Spain and France when I was a teenager, in the 11th grade (I think). We had to leave Spain a day early because there was to be a strike on the border of the buses we were supposed to take. We ended up on a train that went through every little piddling town in all of the country, and it was full of rural men and women who looked with great disdain at the American teenagers taking up space in one of the cars. There was a restroom on a train car about three cars ahead of ours, but to get to it, we had to go through cars filled with the locals. Two other girls and I attempted to get up to the restroom, but we were manhandled, for lack of a better term, by the men to such an extent that one of the girls scratched one man's face with a comb, and in retaliation he slugged me in the head, nearly knocking me unconscious. We finally got back to our train car and our tour guide just shrugged and said, "That's the way it is over here." I never told my parents about that.

What is the last thing you said aloud?

A. "You know you make the grass scream when you mow the yard, according to the article in today's paper."
What was the last thing you had to drink?

A. Water.
What are you wearing right now?

A. Jeans, a T-shirt, socks, underwear, new hiking/sneakers, new Blue Thing, my watch, and my eyeglasses.
What was the last thing you ate?

A. A peach.
Have you bought any new clothing items this week?

A. I bought the new shoes I have on. Still trying to find something that will allow me to walk without a limp.
When was the last time you ran?

A. I'm 53, overweight, and disabled. Take a guess.
What’s the last sporting event you watched?

A. NASCAR, I guess. I don't watch sports but I think my husband had that on last weekend.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A. Everywhere. I would like to see it all. I would like to see the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the hobbit village in New Zealand, the green hills of Ireland, the jungles of the Amazon, Machu Picchu, the deserts, the valleys, and everything in between.
Who is the last person you sent a comment/message to on Facebook?

A. My friend Teresa. 

Ever go camping? If yes, tell us about one time.

A. When I was a child, my parents would take us camping. One time a bear backed into the tent and terrified my mother.

Do you think a tan improves your looks?

A. No. I don't tan, I burn.

Have you ever lost anything down a toilet?

A. Not that I can recall. I am sure that as a child I managed to flush a thing or two.
What is your guilty pleasure?

A. I don't have one. I do a lot of things I should not, like eat chocolate, but it is not a guilty pleasure. It's just what I do. After you reach a certain age, I think you're old enough to do whatever the heck you want (so long as it is lawful) without feeling guilty about it.


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  1. Grass screaming? Wow. You're in "Friendly Thieves" now. Thanks for playing...

  2. That must have been a scary thing on that train, especially as young as you were. Good call on not telling your parents. I know if my daughter had come back from Australia and told me a story like that I'd have freaked even though it was already over and done.

    If you find comfy shoes that you can walk in, let me know. We went to a flea market today and I work my Asic sneakers because they have good arch support and I put my orthotics in them and I was still in pain. I'm sitting here hours later with throbbing feet.

  3. Halloween is a favorite of mine. Most people I know think it is strange, but I love it.

  4. How wise of you to embrace your "pleasures."

  5. Your Halloween answer is not strange to me. It is part of what I've experienced with my mother's and my daughter's deaths. There is a veil.

    I'm still looking for comfortable shoes. What a trek it is, and that's no pun.
    Hope you find them soon.

  6. Yikes! Scary train experience. So grateful we did not have any problems with the trains in Norway or France.


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