Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ice Breakers

...aka, another episode of Sunday Stealing
I originally planned to share something else entirely.  On second thought, however -- despite the fact it's messing with my mind (and I've the most wonderful blog friends on the planet) -- I'd like to keep things light.  For now.  (*smile*)

Thanks to Bud ... and all who warmly welcomed me to the 'club' last week!

1.  Are you loud, outgoing or shy?

None of the above.
... Except for certain SEC football games.  lol.

2.  What's coming up where you'll see an old friend?

'Hoping my BF can drive up from St. Pete while we're in Pike Road for Sarah's wedding.

3.  Are you easy to get along with?

So, I nearly snorted my wine when reading this last night.    Do you suppose anyone would really reply, "No"?!

4.  Have you ever given up on someone, but then gone back to them?

No.  Normally I'm a long time getting there, but when I'm done, I'm done.

5.  Who was the last person with whom you had a deep conversation?

My BF, Debbie.

6.  Are you okay with being in a big crowd?

If you consider 'okay' my not having a panic attack, yes.  But comfortable?  Nope.   

7.  Do you believe in luck and/or miracles?

Luck, not so much.  (I do go out of my way, however, to avoid stepping on cracks or dropping my hand mirror.  lol!)

Miracles?  Absolutely, everyday!   They might not manifest themselves as I expect ... but that's not to say I'm not a believer.

8.  What good thing happened during the summer?

Wow.  For someone who loathes the heat (but lives in Phoenix) this is a toughie.  
I'd have to say, Tom's successful retinal surgery back in July.

9.  Do you think there is life on other planets?

Why not?   I'm no Biblical scholar, but don't recall seeing the word "only" in Genesis 1.1.

10.  Who was your first crush?

Clint Eastwood (Rowdy Yates in Rawhide)

11.  What are your bad habits?

Good grief, there's not enough time!  OK ...

I'm OCD/old-fashioned when it comes to ending sentences with a preposition.  (Did anyone notice I changed the wording of a couple of these questions?) 

I also need to fix the way I speak while in traffic.  'Don't want to be THAT little old lady in the nursing home, ya know?

12.  What's your favorite part of your daily routine?

After escorting Macie and Gracie out (at 4 each morning), I make it a point to take time to sip coffee and cuddle with them.   'We' sing Jesus Loves Me; and sometimes, God Bless America.    (They're wonderfully tolerant of my less-than-stellar singing voice.) 

13.  Other than your significant other, who are you most comfortable with?

My BF, Debbie.

14.  Has an ex ever told you that they regret breaking up?

Nope.  I'm imagine they're both too vain. :)

15.  Why should your celebrity crush drop everything to be with you?

Ah, come on!  I'm going to be 67 y/o before long.

16.  What would be the hardest to give up, and why?  Books.  TV.  Music.

Hmmm, I don't watch television that much. 
Unfortunately, I can't won't decide between music and books.  Both are precious.

17.  Do you believe in second chances?

I won't say "never", but no ... not so much.

18.  What would (you) like to do next in your life?

I'd love to sell our house and relocate nearer my son.

19.  What's the meanest thing that anyone has ever said to you?

Not to me, exactly, but within ear-shot.
My boss to her DOS following a skills exam:  "Why, Myra beat you, and she's just an assistant."
(That was several years ago, but it still stings.)

20.  What's the nicest thing that anyone has ever said to you?

Nothing can beat hearing, "I love you."


Have a wonder-FULL week, everyone!

Hugs from chilly Phoenix,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunday Stealing

So, I've been watching from the sidelines a while now ... and methinks it's high time to jump in this fun weekly meme!
I hope you'll play along ..... if only in your mind.

"The Very Forceful Questions"

1.  Do you have/have you had any pets?

I can't image not having a fur-child nearby!
That said - and in hindsight - I wouldn't recommend adopting litter-mates. 
Our first year with Macie and Grace was trying indeed!

2.  Do you play video games?  If so, do you have a favorite video game series?

3.  Any unpopular opinions on anything?

Not unlike earning a driver's license ... I think everyone should have to prove their familiarity with the law and the issues before being given a voter registration card.

4.  Do you have a favorite gem?  If yes, has anyone ever bought you jewelry with that gem?

I'm not 'into' gemstones or jewelry, sorry. 
Aside from my wedding ring (containing my grandmother's and my mother's diamonds), I favor subtle plain (yellow) gold.

5.  Favorite story genres?

Mystery/thriller (Baldacci/Deaver/Childs).

6.  What was once a secret that you can now share?

Um, no.  Opting out!  

7.  Do you like reading?

Yes ... providing I can identify on some level with the subject/protagonist.

8.  What time is it for you now, what are you usually doing at this time of day?

7:30(ish)  =  'Khanapra' time!    

9.  What character on TV or in film is most similar to you?  You can go with looks or personality.  (Or, you can make a quip and go to the next question.)

Color me stumped! 
That is, until I consulted Myers-Briggs

ISFJ (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging).
Yup, absolutely.

According to the folks at Google, Bruce Willis and I are soul-mates.  (LOL.)

10.  What's something weird you wanna do?  It cannot be weirder than Mr. Watermenlonhead.

I don't know how weird this is ... but for years I've wanted to take a ride in an 18-wheeler  
.... and tail-gate those jerks in their jacked-up pickups who like to tailgate little old Camry drivers. 
(... I digress.)

11.  Have you ever accomplished a New Years Resolution?

Seriously?  I don't recall the last time I actually made a New Years Resolution!

12.  Is there any music artist you look up to?

Looked up to?  No. 
Someone I enjoy and respect is Trace Adkins.

13.  Are you allergic to anything?  If yes, what?

Penicillin and shellfish ... both showed up, uninvited, after age 50. 

14.  When was the last time you took a swim?  Who else was with you?

2010?  ... With my granddaughters in our 'play' pool.
Unless it's the ocean I'm not a fan.

15.  Would you rather have the ability to sleep for as long as you want, or have the ability to never have to sleep?

Sleep, perchance to dream.
(My favorite avoidance technique ...)

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Have yourselves beautiful SON-day, m'friends!

Hugs from Phoenix,


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hardware, Software and Sippy Cups

Welcome 2017!  
So, my holiday withdrawal wasn't a big deal.
Sudden Landing is more like it.

Here I was, sitting fat, dumb and happy at my desk Tuesday morning  when hubby called to inform me our decade-old  computer was fixing to pass away.
"And what do you want me to do about it?"
(OK, I didn't actually say it -- but God help me, I thought about it!)

I was able to retrieve our critical docs and most pictures; in the long run, however, my inanimate friend sighed, "I'm tired" and drifted off to eternal rest.

Now several folks recommend Home Shopping Network, but I needed wanted something Right Now.

Sure n' there's a well-known big-box electronics store nearby.
Except, following a deplorable (love that word!) customer service incident years ago, I've refused to patronize them.

Cut off my nose to spite my face, eh?
Their advertised savings were significant, indeed.

Finally, compromising my long-standing Grudge, I asked DH if he would go ... while I toddled off to my hairdresser.

I should have listened to my instincts.

While Tom was assured, "Yes" -- our existing monitor was compatible -- he sealed the deal and began the transplant.  Except, the cable provided was not a fit.  When he called to protest, they just said, "Oh, no worries.  We've an adapter.  That will be another $47.95."

Oh, no, no, noooooo!!!
Lickedly split, that tower went back to the Hell from which it came, and we took the drive to their competitor across town.   The same set-up was nearly double the price, but their associates were well-informed and I just felt, well more confident.  And the adapter cable?  Only $14.99!

So, Windows 10 and I have been in mediation most of the day.
I'm not a happy camper ... but then I have to remind myself I felt the same way about my Fire tablet this time last year.

I don't know if it's a computer glitch or what, but this computer is ABSURDLY slow and prone to freeze -- and we've had to force it to shut down a couple times.  Thankfully, Tom's had a long, successful subscription to HP support and he's promised to renew their acquaintance tomorrow.

Oh, and the silly keyboard has misplaced keys!
Not so much the letters, but the little arrow-thingies and their kin are in the wrong place.   Sure, I could get used to it, but then I'll be all fumble-fingers at the office.  Sigh.

Speaking of work!
The other day I noticed some of the keys' surfaces are getting bald.  Weird, because I don't have acrylic nails ... actually, no nails.  Suppose being left-handed, I'm prone to type that side with more (ahem) vigor?  


Exciting, I know.

So, an unplanned big expenditure wasn't in my forecast for the new year ... but I can't resist a great deal.  A cute one at that!

My grown-up sippy cup recently took an unfortunate tumble.  Looking for a suitable replacement at Fry's, I spotted these ...

.... and realized I've a quartet of mason jars sitting home, gathering dust.

Unattended no more!
Aren't they festive?

Hopefully, (to borrow a phrase) our gray skies are gonna clear up and I'll remember to put on a happy face next time we chat.

Wishing everyone a great new week ..... and sending big old hugs from Phoenix!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

A blessed season

Happy New Year, friends ...
It's good to see you on this side of the calendar!

Whew.  Is it my imagination, or weren't we about to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner just last week?

Our Christmas was lovely and mostly low-key -- just as I hoped.
Even our weather cooperated and turned delightfully chilly for a few days.   (Yes, I realize 58 degrees is considered balmy for some of you, but down here we folks dig out our parkas and mittens!)

Leaving my office a couple of days before, I had to stop and capture the impending storm.

Since Tom's son and DIL were hosting a big shin-dig at their place, we opted for burgers and actual conversation at Red Robin on Friday night.   Have to say, we were so pleased with the camaraderie.  The last few times we've visited their home, it's not unusual for there to be a dozen or more of Shaunna's relatives there, and -- like any home with little children -- there's little opportunity to sit and visit.

Somewhat concerning, we learned the tech company for which Tommy works has been sold and his job is being eliminated before long.  Thank goodness, Shaunna's an R.N. and will most likely return to work full-time.

The kids were super troopers until little Vivian's eyelids grew too, too heavy.   Mitch seems to be telegraphing his dad, "Enough, already!"

Like a couple of little kids, Tom and I could hardly wait to get home and open our presents.

Shaunna's so creative, and even included movie passes!

So cute, how they - together with my Alabama offspring - want to ensure their aging parents won't starve .... or thirst.  LOL.

Man, we've already gone through 4 of the 12 pounds of Conecuh hickory sausage Troy sent.   At this rate, we'll probably be making a mail order before Thanksgiving!

Christmas eve morning I finally got around to playing our Christmas CD's.  In years past, by the time December 25 finally rolls around, I'm so weary of hearing the same songs done over and over (and over)!
That afternoon we decided to take a drive and check out a little French bistro my hair dresser keeps raving about.
Wow.  Belying its exterior, the inside was darkened and elegant to the max .... and actually sort of reasonably priced.   
My martini with bleu-cheese stuffed olives made me feel like a real grown-up.   (Seriously, I'd this mental image of sipping with one hand and holding one of those long cigarette holders in the other .... even though it's been more than 3 years since I quit smoking.  Ha!)

'Couldn't wait to try their french onion soup -- purposed to be the best in the valley ... but when we poked through the pastry, the soup was clearly tepid .... as was Tom's entree.
(Of course, they graciously made things right so we'll most likely give them another try on a non-holiday.)

After our requisite egg-nog, Tom and I exchanged presents:
I got a TomTom fitness tracker (catchy name, don't-cha think?), a massage certificate .... and this --

.... whose weight and and rustle had me all sorts of confused for days, trying to guess the contents.

Do y'all exchange 'funny' gifts?  I hadn't experienced anything like that in ages.   Well, since the year I bought my 83 y/o mother a 'water bra'  -- which desperately didn't fit.   (TMI, perhaps, but that memory will make me laugh all the days of my life.)

Sweet Grace says, "We've no opposable thumbs with which to buy you a present, so we let you sleep late."  
(I couldn't believe no-one stirred before 7.  Unheard of!)

So, it appears I'm going to be walking more -- and, per a call from my doctor's office last week, I need to step up the hydration.   
('Don't suppose he meant red wine? ...)

All in all, a very blessed season was had.
But, like an adorable icon popularized on Facebook,
I'm not ready to go back to adulting!

Oh!  Before I go ...
Just for giggles, yesterday afternoon Grace and I put this New Year's wish together for y'all.

Thanks for accompanying me on our journey through 2017!

Hugs from Phoenix,