Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guest Star Random Dozen + LOST (POSSIBLE Spoilers!)

I just finished watching LOST, and for lack of a better word, I'm verklempt. Ka-wowza! However, I still feel the need to point out the fact that..."We need more Sawyer...er...James....
Fair warning..if you haven't watched it, you may hit a spoiler. Not sure. I'm probably going to just free associate....

*Nestor Carbonell is hot. In a tragic, vampire, Daniel Day-Lewis kind of way. He'd make a good vampire for the next Twilight thing. If the casting people want to pay me for this sound advice, I am happy to provide my PayPal email...
*Who is the man in black? I mean really.
*Wild boars are creepy.
*I'm not sure...but was that the same knife that Sayid was supposed to kill Smoke Locke with?
*Carbonell again proves my theory that men's eyelashes, et al, are like plumage on male birds. According to my extensive research (ok, I googled and checked 4 different sites) he does NOT wear guyliner, mascara, or any other eye enhancing stuff. Life is just not fair.
*We really haven't identified all 6 of the candidates yet, and I don't think we should count on them being the Oceanic 6. Just sayin'.

And now, it's pushing 10 p.m. and I have some strawberries and chocolate to snack on. See you all soon! And, say a prayer or 12 for Linda, her friends and family of Diane, a close friend of hers who is in the fight of her life here on this earth.

Lidna, over at 2nd Cup of Coffee, usually hosts the Random Dozen extravaganza, but she is consumed with lots going on this week, so she's passed the baton over to South Lakes Mom at I Didn't Know That! Please answer and then link on up!

1. What is your favorite sign of Spring?
Daffodils blooming in my yard. This year they were poking the happy yellow faces up through 3” of snow the first day of Spring.

2. Did you remember to spring forward on March 14? If not, how did it impact your day?
I did. I am the only ministry assistant at my church, so it was my job to remind and re-remind and re-re-re-remind folks. But one time when I worked for the airlines I was working a really screwy schedule at the time change and I’d gone home and fallen asleep. I awakened at 6 o’clock, needing to report at 6:15 and living 30+ minutes away from the airport. I made coffee and scrambled, called in to let them know I was on my way and only then did I realize I’d slept only a couple of hours and it we 6 in the EVENING—I thought I’d slept over night. If I'd gone in, I would have been 12 hours early. Sigh.

3. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what vegetable would you plant in a garden this year?
Artichokes. Asparagus. Tomatoes, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Eggplant

4. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what fruit would you plant?
Oops. I didn’t read ahead. I think strawberries and tomatoes are both fruit, but I always get confuseled about tomatoes.

5. What is your least favorite insect?
There are these really skeevy icky ones that we have here that are called ‘Child of the Earth.’
They are basically harmless but they look atrocious. This picture doesn’t do it justice…the head is flesh colored and the body is striped like Stryper outfits
Are you throwing up in your mouth a little right now? Go ahead and rinse. I'll wait.

6. March 22 was World Water Day. To celebrate, here are some water questions. Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?
I keep some in my car…usually NestlĂ©’s or Arrowhead or whatever is $4 a case this week at the store. At home, I keep a Brita pitcher filled in my fridge and keep my own little green bottle of water in there. It’s really good. I didn’t know I was a water snob until I bought my Brita.

7. Have you ever been somewhere that it was not safe to drink the local water? If so, how did you handle that?
The last mission trip I went to Mexico I pretty much lived on Mexican bottled Coca Cola. I tried to convince myself that the bottling process killed all the germies. One of the guys that went with us came back with a bad parasite, so I was glad I had avoided fruit and non-bottled water.

8. How many glasses of water do you drink per day?
3 or 4 of my green bottled thing. I think it’s about 22 oz, so that counts for almost 3 glasses each…so…9?

9. March 24 is the birthday of Harry Houdini. Have you ever watched a professional magic show? Share.
Yes. But the coolest was when Ted and I ate at a restaurant once upon a time in San Francisco. All of the wait staff were professional magicians and they would do all kinds of tricks at the table. It was a scream. I think the name of the place was maybe Harry Houdini’s?

10. Have you ever been a participant in a professional magic show (up on stage!)?
I don’t know how professional you mean, but I volunteered for a friend as a magician’s assistant when he was trying to “break in” to show business. He was always dropping his wand and once the false back of the box I was in got stuck and when he whirled it around I was there all contorted but highly visible instead of invisible. It was an ignoble demise to my career.

11. March 24 is also the birthday of Steve McQueen and Clyde Barrow. Do you like Westerns or gangster movies? If so, what is your favorite?
They are ok.

I really liked Giant and recently saw Public Enemies. Not really impressed with that one.

12. (Really random) What U.S. state that you've never visited would you like to visit someday?
Vermont. In the fall. Strangely enough, even though I worked for the airlines for 10 years, I never did much of the entire eastern half of the US.
Oddly enough, as I was wasting time answering these finishing up my own answers to the duz, the ABQ/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority called me to take a survey, which I obliged. Trust me, these questions are WAY more interesting. Thanks South Lakes Mom! Now, go link up!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mr. Linky Loves Lidna (but not Eddie Haskell)

Mr. Linky, your favorite little box-shaped guy (other than Sponge Bob) is up and performing linkage feats over at 2nd Cup of Coffee’s Random Dozen, which seem lately to be the only kind of post I’m posting (sorry, Rachel). Blog about your own and then pop on over and let Mr. Linky do what he does best for you….
1. Do you prefer even or odd numbers? Any particular reason?
I like odd numbers when arranging things (flowers, objects d’art…), I think because it more easily pulls your eye toward a focal point. But peanut M & M’s need to be in an even number so I can chew one on one side of my mouth, and the next on the other….if the bag runs out and I’m uneven, I have to open another bag. What a tragedy.

2. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "not at all" and 10 being Carly Simon-worthy, how vain are you?
Struggle here…would like to think 3-4, but probably 7-8. I struggle with the fear of not mattering.

3. Among these Irish stereotypes, with which do you identify most closely? Talkative, Proud, Inquisitive, Love to party, Hot-tempered
Talkative, proud, inquisitive (read here: nosey)….also can tend to be mauldlin…

4. How lucky do you consider yourself?
I am blessed beyond measure. Luck seems to be counter-intuitive to what I believe about God.

5. What is the subject of your favorite post that you've written?
Well, I wrote a really long one about boundaries, aimed at teenage girls , and I loved the whole 12 Days of Christmas Extravaganza of 2008 it probably had something to do with a kid or LOST (no thinks this week—tummy is rebelling today and not wanting to sit up and think. Big question from last night: who is the WE who think it better if Sayid was dead?). I’ve done way more posts than I knew. This makes 145. At 150, maybe I should do a giveaway. Or should I pick an odd number so that a focal point will more readily be identified? I’m sorry, did you ask a question?

6. Describe March weather where you live in three words.
Windy. Very windy.

7. How apt are you at detecting blarney when you hear it? (Smooth talk, flattery)
I have a highly attuned blarney detector. Especially from teenagers. Most especially when they are kissing the blarney stone in order to induce me to a) give/buy them something or b) give in to a scheme against my better judgment or c) try to get out of trouble. And it always annoys me and makes me feel all smarmy-skeevy. Remember Eddie Haskell? Couldn’t stand him!

8. How "green" are you, environmentally speaking?
Very brownish-green. However, I have recently recycled 6 toilets for a great cause that I will share about soon! .

9. What is your favorite song this week?
Favorite? I love Smile by Uncle Kracker...

Think it would make a great praise and worship song, even though it references luck. The one that is stuck in my head?
…You’re So Vain by Carly Simon. Thanks, Lid.

10. You are walking along and see a coin on the ground. What denomination does it have to be before you will stop to pick it up?

I pick up all coins I see. Nothing to do with “See a penny pick it up, all that day you’ll have good luck.” It’s a penny. Pennies add up to dollars. I can remember when we were first married scrounging change to go to the dollar movie (and yes, we had more pennies than any other denomination). Besides, with the price of copper now, especially after the earthquake in Chile, they are probably worth more than a penny.

11. Complete the sentence: "Every time I look outside my window ...."
…I am grateful to be walking under God’s sky and breathing his air for one more day. And am glad there aren’t any decorated potties in my yard. Are you intrigued yet

12. What was the #1 song on the day you were born? See this site to find out.

Hit the Road Jack, by Ray Charles. But I DO want you to come on back… “some mo’, some mo’, some mo’, some mo’…” And post your own RD and then head over to Lid's and Mr. Linky.