Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Steaing: Greenish Q&A

Sunday Stealing: The Greenish Questions

1. What is your current obsession?

A. I am playing a city-building game called Elvenor. You have to gather supplies and ensure you have enough population, trade for provinces, and join a fellowship. I usually don't play multiplayer online games because I don't care for the interaction with real people, especially in those RPGs that can get very fierce and have lots of fighting, cursing, and under-developed little boys of all ages. But this a mild, gentile game and the only competition is to see who can build the fastest, and the only reason to mix with the other folk is to ask if anybody has steel to trade for your silk or whatever.

2. What’s your go-to coffee place?

A. I don't drink coffee. I used to have a tea hang-out but it moved about 30 minutes away so I don't go there any more.

3. Who was the last person that you hugged?

A. My husband.

4. Do you nap a lot?

A. I seldom nap. My husband, however, says taking naps makes you live longer.

5. Tonight, what’s for dinner?

A. Either soup, a baked potato, or leftover chicken, unless my husband decides to take me out.

6. What was the last thing that you bought?

A. I bought a gallon beverage dispenser at the supermarket on Friday. My doctor told me my blood tests indicated I am not drinking enough water (something to do with my kidneys, which I need to discuss with her in more depth because that came from a nurse's call and I haven't seen the lab work), so I thought if I filled this dispenser every day with water and drank it, I could keep track of what I am drinking.

7. What is your favorite weather?

A. A nice, party-cloudy to sunny day, temperatures about 70 degrees, with a light breeze. That would be a perfect day for just about anything. However, I am also very intrigued by storms.

8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week?

A. Harriet has lots of dogs and a sore knee. Stacy has a grandbaby and last week her daughter was sick. The Gal's best friend is named John and she loves the Cubs. Zippi is trying to get back into her crafts after the loss a loved one. Bud is going to write a book and stop being the caretaker of Sunday Stealing. SmellyAnne recently changed addresses and is now in Boise, making her a Boiseitte (?), at least, according to Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory. Bev posts pretty pictures on Sat. 9. Kwizgiver is a teacher who reads a lot.

9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be?

A. Somewhere where it is warm in the winter time. If you throw in a jet and a pilot, I'll take New Zealand, because I could go there in the winter and come back to Virginia in the summer.

10. Name three things that you could not live without.

A. My heart, my head, and my stomach. If you mean outside of my body, then food, water, and shelter. If you mean the trivial things of life, then my computer, a telephone, and a car.

11. What would you like in your hands right now?

A. That's a loaded question if I ever saw one. But I will go with a piece of watermelon.

12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?

A. Eating chocolate, followed by playing video games.

13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself?

A. I would lose weight and feel the fear and do it anyway.

14. As a child, what type of career did you want?

A. I bounced around from writer (always) to geologist, archeologist, librarian, historian, and teacher. In some ways, being a news reporter allowed me to do all of that as I have written articles on rocks (we have karst topography here which causes sinkholes and creates issues for development), historical digs (archeology) and historical facts (historian), and I considered my writing a form of teaching, plus I spent time substituting at the local public schools and taught for a year at the community college before my gallbladder went splat. So I have managed to wrap it all up into one big blanket and throw it around myself.

15. What are you missing right now?

A. A clean office. Mine is a wreck.

16. What are you currently reading?

A. I just finished reading Truevine by Beth Macy, a nonfiction book about two young men from my area who were taken into the circus prior to the 20th century, and I also just finished listening to Sex, Lies, and Serious Money, by Stuart Woods on audio. I am also reading on my Kindle a book called The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen. And then there are newspapers and magazines that I read all the time, like The New York Times, The Roanoke Times, The Atlantic, Vox, Salon, the Washington Post, etc. etc.

17. What do you fear the most?

A. Being old, alone and penniless while living under the overpass at the interstate, eating out of dumpster at Pizza Hut.

18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?

A. Wonder Woman. I saw it twice at the theater, which is nearly unheard of for me to do, and I'd go see it again and I plan to own the DVD. It is a great movie, a little campy, and it has the best message at the end.

19. What’s your favorite book from the past year?

A. Let me check my list. I reread three of the Harry Potter books, so they would probably be my top favorites, but I also enjoyed The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Among others.

20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy?

A. I still buy Smarties on occasion, just for me. We (meaning me, my brother, and my two youngest uncles, one who is a year younger than I am and the other three years older) used to eat them as "super pills" when we were children - they would give you special powers when we were playing. We did the same thing with different colors in M&Ms.

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  2. Let's try this again without all the mistakes! Being old and homeless would suck, for sure, but I think I would take it over being stuck in a nursing home. I've heard too many stories from friends and family who work in them of the lack of care and dignity...particularly during the overnight shifts when no family members are around to see. Being at their mercy scares the spit out of me.

  3. Oh, you do know me (and my Cubbie love)!

    I agree with you on #17. Here in Chicago, it's living on Lower Wacker (the street that runs below the city) and sleeping in a discarded Whirlpool refrigerator box. It's my biggest fear.

  4. Interesting books--I added them to my Goodreads queue!

  5. My son still loves Smarties, so did my dog who passed in 2015. I haven't read the Potter series yet, may never read it.

  6. Finally chugging around our little circle of thieves....
    That game sounds fun. I'll look into it. And. Campy's good. ;)
    Let's hope that the world actually gets better somehow... No under the bridge and dumpster eating for oldsters in this country and most of the world because of some Miracle?


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