Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Own Weird Interview

Xup just did an interview post that I saw a few years ago that's pretty interesting and the questions are supposed to be tailored to you. But you have to ask the blogger to send you the questions and Xup has a BUNCH of readers so I figured she would be bombarded with interview requests so I googled "weird interview questions" or something like that and found this site, so I thought I'd just answer some of those.
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? Tom Sawyer because he had some great adventures
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Jodie Foster because I think she could do a great job and she looks slightly more like me than any other great actress.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? If I were dead it would be "She Knew How to Have Fun" but if I were still alive it would be "Steer Clear."
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs - such as food and water - were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you? Beer and Carmex
If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time? I just put these two together because they would both be: Sit on a deck by the ocean and drink beer.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why? If they mean someone dead, my grandfather and if they mean someone from history books, then Mark Twain because he had lots of adventures and was very amusing.
If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why? A cat, because cats like to play and be lazy.
If anyone wants to actually e-mail me (geewits@yahoo.com) with 5 personal interview questions, I might actually try it.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

And Another One Down

(Barney loves wrapping paper)

Well I made it through another Christmas without being crushed or melted. I think not having that family party was very relaxing and I was able to enjoy the holiday so much more. I had a really long fun day on Christmas eve. After Meals on Wheels, my daughter and I had lunch at La Bistro which is a really nice Italian restaurant that we used to frequent quite often when we lived closer. My Sweetie and I even went there for our second anniversary and one year we even did Christmas eve dinner there with my parents. They have a piano so that was a really fun night. For some reason, I had sort of forgotten about it, but what happened was, I needed to buy a Honey-Baked ham for Christmas day and the HBH store is right next to La Bistro, so that was very convenient. They have the best lobster bisque in the area, so I had soup and salad, which made a great (very early) appetizer for my Christmas eve dinner. And my shrimp boil was the best I have made. Everything was perfect. I hope I will be able to find that same shrimp and those same potatoes next time I make it.
After we had lunch and lodged the giant ham in my little ice chest, we went to visit Myriam in her rehab place. She was glad to see us and happy to see the Cuban beach photo I had made for her (with a "Get Well Myriam!" printed on it.) Like so many other Cubans, she and her husband fled when Castro took over, but she will always miss the pretty beaches of her youth. The phone rang while we were there and it was her surrogate family calling to say they were on their way and she wanted me to meet them. They used to live across the street from her and she was their babysitter for years from the time the boy was a baby. And saying "the boy" is funny because this was a big giant guy although he was only 16. He looked so much like my daughter it was eerie. They just looked at each other for a few minutes. There's something about redheaded freckled people that just makes for a common kinship I guess.
We left after they arrived and did a little shopping, hit a bar and then picked up the green beans for the next day. And yes, I can make green beans, but I really love the green beans from the Texas Roadhouse and was making it easy on myself since I was going to be making Alton Brown's macaroni and cheese. When we got home we wrapped some gifts and stuff until it was time to run down to Carole's. I was finally going to meet Carole's kids and she was meeting mine. I was a little nervous at first, but her daughter made me feel very comfortable. Some people are just natural social relaxers or something.
After we came home and made the shrimp boil, we watched Burn After Reading. If you are a Coen brothers fan, you will LOVE this movie. I already want to watch it again.
Christmas morning, I woke up too early and was going over the mac and cheese recipe and couldn't get back to sleep, so I finally got up. I made breakfast and My Sweetie and I exchanged gifts. My MIL called to say that the two oldest kids of my SIL would not be there as they would be with their dad. So I thought, "Well that's okay, there will be some good leftovers." Then I took my shower and started on the mac and cheese. When that was all finished and I was ready, we packed up all the food and gifts and headed to my MIL's house. When we got there she told us that my SIL was sick and she and her husband and youngest kid would not be coming. So I had a Honey-Baked ham for 10, and green beans for 10 and mac and cheese for 10. My MIL had made two pies and had two pans of rolls. For three people. Well that was just silly. Anyway, we decided to go visit Bill in his rehab place before we ate. I thought it was sort of odd that I ended up going to two different rehab places to see two different people two days in a row that happened to be Christmas eve and Christmas. I bet that won't happen again. And maybe I should have used some commas back there somewhere.
Bill was rather chipper and it was good to see him again. Fortunately, as was the case with Myriam, he had no "roommate" at the time, so we had the room to ourselves. He asked us all "Don't I look much better?" and my acerbic MIL said, "Better than what?" I think My Sweetie said, "You look a lot better than you did in the hospital." and I think I said, "I'm glad to see you sitting up." The thing is, when we first got there the doctor was there. My MIL asked him why Bill was losing blood, and right there in front of everybody, he said, "Well often when you get this old and are catastrophically ill, your bone marrow shuts down and stops producing new blood." I was sort of mortified to hear that but Bill was just sitting there looking all chipper and all. I'm not a doctor, but I think it's probably not good if your bone marrow shuts down its production. So Christmas day was sort of a bummer.
Christmas day ended up just feeling like a Sunday, so when I woke up this (Friday) morning, I thought it was Monday and was about to strip my bed because I wash my sheets every Monday. Fortunately I caught myself in time. Then I did that post Christmas gathering of the boxes and wrapping paper and bows and things. And I was glad it was Friday.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and did not get crushed or melted.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmastime is Here

Wow, my Christmas was just made. Johnny Mathis was just on Leno and did a beautiful medley of "Christmastime is Here" with "White Christmas" with the accompaniment of only a piano. I really loved every second of it.
On Sunday, my uphill neighbors with the barky dog that replaced the wall between our houses had a neighborhood open house. I got to see the lady again that pulled the glass out of my foot. I really liked her. She was fun. Mostly I just talked to Carole and her husband. The party ended abruptly when Mr. Uphill Neighbor (the WWII vet) took a nosedive into a wicker chair and got wicker splinters in his face and started bleeding profusely. I'm glad I did not see that. I probably would have cried.
I went to the grocery store today and got everything for Christmas eve, Christmas day, and even remembered to get something for a Christmas breakfast. I used to get so caught up with my yearly Christmas party (that was always held a few days before Christmas) that when the actual holiday rolled around, we wouldn't have anything to eat. I'm so glad I'm not doing that party anymore. I was going to start a Christmas Day tradition of making the shrimp boil, but since we are doing the ham thing at My Sweetie's Mom's house, we are doing the shrimp boil with my daughter on Christmas eve. Also, my daughter is going to deliver Meals on Wheels with me on Christmas eve. I'm even going to wear my Santa hat. I'll have someone take our picture. Yes, probably a bartender.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Cristmas. I hope you have a fun and stress-free holiday.
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Good The Bad and The Ugly (part:something)

I had such a good time Wednesday! My new friend and neighbor Carole went with me for Meals on Wheels. We did all the usual stuff and then visited my MOW lady in her rehab facility and I drove her around my old neighborhood. We are both Chatty Cathies and so the conversation never ends. Thanks Carole, that was fun!
I got all my "long distance" gifts out on time, and Thursday night My Sweetie and I finished our Christmas shopping and went to Razzoo's for Cajun food. We also finally bought the pet door for between the house and garage. I installed it today, but Barney has not figured it out yet. I knew he would be timid about it, but he will catch on. As long as he's on the litter box side (garage), it's all good.
Bill went back into the hospital last week because he skipped rehab and went straight home and that was not a good idea. He's now in the rehab facility and hopefully they will have him back in working order in a month or so.
Rehab facilities have very small rooms.
Although I send out a decent pile of Christmas cards each year we don't get a whole lot, but this year I've received two Christmas cards from people that I've never sent one to (an aunt and an old friend). What's that all about?
I've been in a bad "spinning my wheels" phase where it feels like I'm doing a lot of stuff but not getting stuff done. I hope that goes away. Maybe if I mop my kitchen floor I'll feel better.
Tonight on the local news, live, the reporter said, "The police believe that she took her own life and then turned the gun on her children." I burst out laughing and then felt terrible and then I laughed some more. Now that's UGLY. There's nothing like live TV.
And now on a lighter note, I have to post my awesome Cristmas card link. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Be Prepared to Roll Your Eyes

That's the computer that we have connected to the internet. That's where I sit to post on my blog and read your blogs,
That's the computer that I download photos from my camera and do my Photoshop stuff on. (Yeah, I just ended a sentence with a prepostiion but I think southerners are allowed to do that.) Well both of those are PC's. I was a Mac person in the old days. When I used to work, and really I did, I was a graphic artist. (Oh my, I'm listening to a Christmas music station and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is being sung duetically(??) by Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart and it is giving me brain damage.) Oh, so I was a graphic artist so of course I was all Mac.
Anyway, I have this great CD with over 10,000 clip art images and it CAN NOT be opened on a PC - I tried everything! So I set my old Mac G3 up in the former cat room:

Now here's the really stupid part. To access an image, I have to open it on the Mac, save that on a floppy disc, put that disc in my imaging computer, do whatever I want to do to it, save it to a USB memory stick, and then plug that into this computer. So it takes 3 computers for me to do stuff. How stupid is that?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Being Jolly Through The Crap

Anyone that has been reading my blog for any amount of time knows that I am a positive, glass half full type of person. The yard sale was a total bust. Although it was mostly sunny and warm, the wind was CRAZY. 20 - 30 m.p.h with gusts up to hell. I already stated that we live on a cul-de-sac, so I was counting on the external signs and my Craig's List ad. Well when My Sweetie went to grab us some lunch he found that both of our signs had blown away. Not only that, but one of our metal spikes WAS BENT!! From a cardboad sign!! That's how strong the wind was. It was crazy constantly running across the yard gathering things back up. And I think it is instinctual when it is that windy to want to go home. Anyway the yard sale sucked for the most part and the worst part was I found out after my very nice trip to visit Mom that my step-dad was very disappointed with my efforts for all of their house stuff. The people that are close to me that I told were very, uhm, disgruntled about his attitude, but it just made me sad. I don't believe in what-ifs, but I do wish now that I had let them hire someone to do all the work that I did. Oh well.
I was so blue after the "yard sale" I did my thing of making lemonade from lemons and decided to give Carole something she had admired. I also made a pretty arrangement from some gold and red poinsettias in a red and gold vase for my MOW lady. We visited her for a while in her rehab place and then went to visit Bill in the hospital. Visiting people in hospitals can put things in perspective no matter how crappy things have been. And things have been really crappy.
It seems like we spent a FORTUNE on home repairs this year. It was always something. I could probably go back through my blog and get a good idea of how much we spent, but I really, really would rather not.
And cats. Oh my. We've had terrible luck with our cats. I gave Rufus to my daughter and then he "disappeared" and Maxie and Lilly had to be put to sleep and then Barney was just injured twice. He's fine now, thank goodness, and just as sweet as ever.
I have to keep reminding myself of the good stuff from this year. The State Fair was great and I really loved our beach cottage. But I have to say that the two best things from this year were: 1) My Sweetie went back to school to get his degree and 2) I made a new friend. Those two things are really big and I think outweigh all the crap.
I'll be more postive later. I hope.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Very Last Thing

I've been working my butt off getting ready for the yard sale that takes place nine and a half hours from now. This is the very end of selling Mom's things. Mom had a crazy amount of Christmas stuff and I didn't think it would sell in the summer so I waited. The sale was supposed to be in November at my MIL's house, but Bill got sick and that went away, so I finally decided to just go for it here. I live at the top of a little hill on a cul-de-sac, so I hope signs and the Craig's list ad will generate some traffic. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Pretend Mountains

A few times a year we get a weird purplish low wall of clouds. Today there was one in the east. When we get those I always pretend I live somewhere where there's a giant mountain range in the distance. I bet there really is a place that looks like that and they really are mountains. It's after 4:00 a.m. and I just finished my garage/Christmas sale signs and I was going to post about that and about poor Barney being attacked again last Friday (don't worry, he's NOT going back outside AND the neighbors paid for it) and about my favorite MOW lady being MIA and some other things, but like I just typed, it's after 4:00 a.m. And I just yawned.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Blech Blech and Blech!

I was watching Jay Leno and Paula Deen was on there showing Jay how to make stuffed shells and she kept licking her fingers. Stuff a shell, lick her fingers, stuff a shell, lick her fingers. It was really really grossing me out. I had to turn off the TV. I googled "Paula Deen licking her fingers" and found some chat page about it. Why would anyone DO THAT?

Sunday, December 07, 2008


I was thinking today about my three favorite girlfriends. Actually I was wondering why a 47-year-old would refer to her women friends as girlfriends, when I realized I could categorize my friends. There is my Wise Friend, my Party Friend and my Stupid Friend. Then I started thinking that I am probably my Wise Friend's Stupid Friend and my Stupid Friend's Wise Friend and it made me wonder if my Stupid Friend has a Stupid Friend where she is the wise one? And does my Stupid Friend's Stupid Friend have a Stupid Friend? I'd hate to be on the bottom of that heirarchy. Now I wonder if my Wise Friend has a Wise Friend where she is the Stupid Friend? Probably not, but you never know.

Friday, December 05, 2008

A Fun Meme (99 Things)

I should go to bed, but Ian had this cool meme and I just had to do it. The rule was just to bold the ones you've done but I'm going to take it a step further and red (as in STOP) the ones I will never ever do and green (as in GO) the ones I really want to do. Here goes:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (I sang a few times but don't know if that counts)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (hiked up some but don't think I started at the bottom)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (does asking some guys in a pick-up to give you a lift in the back of their truck back to your hotel in Vegas after you walked to a store and bought a case of beer and realized it was too heavy to carry back count?)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason (not sure if "gotten" means received or bought, but I've done both)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (I've always said the only way I would fly in a helicopter was if I were being Care-Flighted to a hospital)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (but I didn't go inside because it was too soon after 9/11)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

I thought this was fun. Feel free to do it. It was funny because I had actually forgotten for a few minutes that I had been in an ambulance because I was unconscious at the time.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Apropos of Whatever

Half of the Meals on Wheels people were particularly chatty today and my route seemed to take FOREVER. When I got to the last house with the "special" John Malkovich lookalike, he clapped his hands in glee.
When I stopped at my post-MOW bar for my two beers, the bartender told me she was downloading 80's music because Wednesday nights are now "80's Music Night!" and last Wednesday she did not have a lot of songs that were requested. At first I said, "Eeeew, I'm not a giant fan of 80's music." Then I started asking her about different songs and bands and she started taking notes. Who knew I was an expert on 80's music?
On my way to that auction place to FINALLY GET MY CHECK, I noticed this nice view of downtown Fort Worth:
This was very interesting to watch:
If they gave out prizes for backing a truck with a 7" clearance, this guy would win first place. The sound of those trees clattering against the passenger side was pretty loud.
I've been wearing my watch for a month and it was always 6:30 until today.
That jewelry guy must get pretty lonely because we talked forever. I learned a lot about jewelry metals.
There has been a lot of information out about how companies are not charging higher prices for stuff, just giving you less product. Not my beer. Now a case has THIRTY CANS. Life is good:
I have to wonder if this rare alignment of Jupiter and Venus is affecting cars:

I must have seen 4 or more cars today with their right wheels on the paint. It was very strange.
I call that hardened icky part that comes out of a lotion pump dispenser a "lotion booger."
The lady at the catfish place always knows exactly what I want. I like that.
I didn't win the lottery again today and was irritated for about 3 minutes.
The name of the bank on the check from the auction guy is "Viewpoint Bank." That sounds like a made up TV series bank name. When I go to my bank (a real bank) to deposit it, I'm actually going to ask the teller if that's a real bank.
Leonard Pitts, in a recent column about George Bush, used the phrase "reign of error." I thought that was very clever.
I've been forgetting to write down my spoonerisms but I did one today. I had already been down the soft drink aisle, then (across the store) the coffee aisle, and could NOT find the bottled Starbucks mochas. I was back on the soft drink aisle when I put both hands on the side of my head and said (out loud): Why are they so fard to hind?!?" Then I blinked and said, "What did I just say (again out loud)?" I'm glad no one else was on that aisle.
I've always wanted to coin a great phrase, but let's face it, "lotion booger" doesn't hold a candle to "reign of error."

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

December 02, 2000 - 2008

Somebunny left this by the computer for me to find this morning. Now you know why I call him My Sweetie.

Monday, December 01, 2008

My Thanksgiving Beach Trip

Since I didn't answer any of the last comments, I'll start with that. I didn't mean pics and details of the shower, I meant of the trip. I should have taken a picture of the shower but never remembered to pack my camera in my shower bag. It's a nice park bathhouse. The shower stalls have an outer curtain opening into a space with a built-in bench and some hooks for your stuff and then there is another curtain that opens into the spacious getting wet area. It's all brightly white painted cinder blocks and has wonderful water pressure. Oh, and for Lone Grey Squirrel, it was the musical episode "Once More, with Feeling." And here are my pics:
Mom had the bed made up for me and all it needed was my sleeping pony to make it perfect:
There was a little table and two chairs to the right of the bed, one of which I used for a luggage rack:
The bed was a bunk with a single on top. This is the foot of the bed and pretty much the rest of the tiny cabin:

Mom was so sweet and funny and wanted to drive me in her car to my cabin on the first night. She asked me twice. This is a picture of the distance from her front porch to the cabin:

The large bulding behind the tiny cabin is the office/gameroom/church/laundromat/library/vending area and has some bathrooms. This is Mom and me in front of her place. My Step-Dad made that pelican post with the giant ropes. I love it:
This is Belle the horse. I went in Mom's backyard to take a picture of the goats, horse and pony back there and this horse came RIGHT up to me. I'm terrified of horses but I actually touched her head.

It was strange that I didn't see any deer on this trip but I saw a fox and I have never ever seen a fox in real life. We also saw something cross the road in front of us on the island but we couldn't agree on what it was. I thought it was a jackrabbit and Mom thought it was a coyote. Maybe it was just a very weird cat. I commandered the golf cart on Thursday afternoon (my Step-Dad left to go fishing with his son and stay for a few days) and kept it until I left. Here it is parked in front of the tiny cabin:
The actual Thanksgiving part was on Thursday at 1:00. They have a screened-in building with three rows of picnic tables and a fireplace for these group events. Mom made an apple walnut cake and squash casserole. Earlier on Thursday while she was finishing up, a lady named Edna stopped by to chat. She said she was taking collards. I will love her forever. Collards are not a Texas thing, so I had not thought of them, but after she said they would be there, I decided not to eat much of anything else. This is part of the spread at the place:

The turkeys were on another table. There was fried turkey and several flavored barbecued turkeys. This is my Step-Dad cutting up a turkey. Mom is just over his shoulder wearing red:

I had one section of fried turkey wing, about two tablespoons of mac and cheese, two tablespoons of Mom's squash casserole and three large helpings of collards. They were beyond awesome. I wish I had some right now. I went out to sit on the golf cart after I ate, to smoke a cigarette and saw this thing flying over someone's camper:

I certainly wasn't expecting to see a Canadian flag and sort of felt like Jazz was admonishing me for smoking. But I got over it. That's when my Step-Dad left and Mom and I went to visit very old friends. I met my friend Janice in 4th grade. Her big sister Linda met my brother in 8th grade and they fell in love, so we all knew each other. And one of my brother's older best friends dated her older sister. They are married now and have a really nice cottage on a canal on the island. Their parents were there and lots of other relatives that I got to meet for the first time. It was a nice visit but Mom and I started to feel like we were intruding on a family thing so we didn't stay too long. On Friday, my bestest best friend came down from Durham.

Mom dropped us off at a bar to watch the end of the Duke game while she ran a few errands. We watched the end of the game and played a lot of fun songs on the juke box. Some guy bought us a round of drinks and some guy (maybe the same?) made us roses out of cocktail napkins:

It really looked a lot nicer, but this was after it spent the night in my purse. We had all meant to go see the Christmas flotilla of boats on the intracoastal waterway, but we lost track of time so we went to a restaurant and had some great seafood. Then we hit Buddies, a bar on the beach by the cottage I rented last June. I don't know how long we stayed there, but then we went back to Mom's for a while and then took the cart down to sleep in the tiny cabin. Mom made us breakfast on Saturday morning and then Lo had to take off to visit some relatives. I got ready and Mom took me to the airport and it seemed like I had just gotten there the day before. Time really does fly when you're having fun and I had a LOT of fun.