Sunday Stealing A-Z

Thanks to Bev from the blog “Funny the World” for hosting Sunday Stealing.

   Taken from Ned the Duck

   
A – Annoyance: Rudeness. There is no call for it.
B – Bestest Friend[s]: Sarah, Amanda, Gekkou, Jeff, Not in that order.
C – Car: I’ve got two-how about you.
D – Day or night: Night, forever and always, night! and preferably with Fog

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E- Easiest person to talk to?: You mean other than my besties? sometimes random strangers in the most random of places-the line at starbucks once, the bus ride home-sometimes it just depends.
F – Favorite Month: October
G – Gummy Bears or Worms: Doesn’t matter, they are all the same, soft and chewy and now forbidden…
H – Hair Color: Is this a preference or actual? Salt and pepper? All the colors of fire, maybe blue fire?
I – Ice Cream: Always, but another thing now forbidden…
J – Jewelry: Love to make it, but don’t wear too much of it. Just my band of solidarity.
K – Kindergarten: At one point, yes, I went to kindergarten. I had the worst teacher-The fact that I remember her 40 years later is a bit sad, that is how mean she was Mrs. Neither.
L – Longest Car Ride: From North Carolina to Washington State (for physical drives that is) for long car rides metaphorically speaking, well that’s a whole other story isn’t it.
M – Most missed person: My besties that live close but because of covid we cannot see one another other than zoom (which helps but isn’t the same).
N – Number of Siblings: Legitimate or illegitimate? 3 total that I know of, those that I don’t who knows…
O – One regret: Just one?! Ask me on my death bed. I may come up with just one at that point…
P- Part of your appearance you like least?: hoho, No.
Q- Quote: Robert Frost Poem Stopping by the Woods

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


R – Reality TV Show: Don’t do those either unless it’s the British Baking show.
S – Shoe: Yes, I have many. Would you like a pair? There was a time when I wouldn’t wear any and now I have too many.
T – Time you woke up: Which time? The first the second or the third time? or where we speaking metaphorically?
U – Unpredictable?: Sure, at times, but I am mostly predictable in normal circumstances. You?
V – Vegetable you hate: Cooked greens or cooked Spinach
W- Worst Habits: Depends on your definition of worst and habits. and who you’re asking of course…
X – X-Rays: Someday, the technological world will invade our bodies to the extent that we will light up like fireflies and there will be no need for x-rays.
Y – Year you were born: Voyager 1 & 2 were launched, a stamp cost only $.13, Gas $.62/gallon, Star Wars opens in cinemas, first Apple II computers go on sale, TV Mini Series “Roots” is aired, First commercial flight Concord, Elvis Presley Dies at the age of 42, NASA space shuttle first test flight, UK Jubilee celebrations, Roman Polanski is arrested and Charged, Alaskan Oil Pipeline completed, New York City Blackout lasts for 25 hours, Quebec adopts French as the official language, Jimmy Carter is sworn in as President of United States, The precursor to the GPS system in use today is started by US Department of defense, Elvis Presley Dies from a heart attack aged 42 (http://www.thepeoplehistory.com). Yeah, alot happened that year
Z – Zoom: Only in a car and only on the freeway at 2 am in the morning. The rest of the time I am just trudging along…Seattle is sick with traffic!

Sharing Positive Thoughts and Art

We have a lot of turmoil in our lives these days; pandemic, a circus of a government, individual hurdles. Often, because changes and stop-holds are holding our focus, we tend to forget the nice things that can happen, the light that can shine in individuals and projects and the good that people can show. I was thinking about this last night after hearing about people causing disruption, the death of 4 people in the protests and overall the great divide in our country. There is a lot of darkness out there that seems to be growing and it is easy to forget the positives.

This post isn’t about ignoring what is going on in the world. No, I don’t think we can or should do that. Instead, it is a reminder, and perhaps a celebration of those things and people in our world who bring about positivity in-spite of all the negatives. Last night a constituent was showing off his art. I forget sometimes what art can do for us and it’s been a while since I have been to an art museum or an art walk. So I asked him if I could post his work on my blog-He is kindly allowing me to do this. There are 3 pictures-the medium is acrylic paint and he did the pour method that he said he was watched being done on a YouTube video with amazing results. Here are those pictures. I hope you enjoy these picture from Marvin Crawford.

That’s end of the Year! not end of the World!

Sunday Stealing

   Thanks again to Bev from “Funny the World“. . for another week of Welcome to Sunday Stealing.

 

 First things first, did you have a good year? I was able to pay off a lot of things so yeah-from a financial view point-I had a friggin awesome year! other parts not so much…
What was your favorite article of clothing this year? My sister bought me a nice cozy overshirt-If I didn’t have a uniform to wear to work I would never take it off!
What song sums up this year for you? Evanescence-My Immortal


What was your favorite movie of the year? Onward/Mulan
Did an actor/actress catch your attention for the first time this year? The actress in Mulan? but not really.
Favorite new TV show? Julie and the Phantoms
Did you make any big permanent changes this year? Changes cannot be permanent, so no. I made some big changes though.
What was one nice thing you did for yourself? What!?! I’m supposed to do nice things for myself? yeah, ok, I started writing in my blog again. That is all me 🙂
Did you develop a new obsession? Julie and the Phantoms. Paint by number. Acrylic paint pouring (watching-not doing…yet).
Did you move? Twice we were supposed to, twice it was cancelled. Maybe next year? We’ll see what happens with trumpnut and the rest of the world…
Did you get a pet? I already have two, don’t need anymore
Do you regret not doing anything? Yeah, not moving!
Do you regret doing something? No, I don’t do anything so….
Did anyone/thing make you so mad it stayed with you for days? We don’t speak about those dark moments. Besides. My anger is no more and the remains will never be found.
Did you lose anyone close to you? No, but soon, that will change. People age, get old, move on. It cannot be helped and is a part of life.
Who was important to you this year but wasn’t important last year? No changes. Everyone in my life is there because they are important to me.
Who wasn’t as important to you this year as they were last year? Read the above response.
What was the best moment of the year for you? Still waiting for it-I’ll let you know after the 20th
What was the worst? There are too many moments this past year that have been bad, which resulted in a lot of anxiety, sleep deprivation and nightmares. In all my life-I have never had as many nightmares as I’ve had this year. In fact, before this year, I could count on one hand how many nightmares I’ve had. This is no longer the case.
What have you learned about yourself this year that you didn’t know in the years prior? That I’m not Wonder Woman/Superwoman. It is a sobering reality-one I don’t like…
What do you wish for others for the coming year? Mental, physical and financial well being. In that order.
What do you wish for yourself? All of the above along with time.

Sunday Stealing Christmas Meme part 2

For those who celebrate Christmas #2

Thanks to Bev 2 Sykes of the blog “Funny the World“. . for this weeks Sunday stealing!

   Taken from Pinterest
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Star or Angel? Neither, it has to be something other and different every
year.

White Lights or
Colored Lights?
I prefer white, simply because I
add all the colors

Blinking Lights or
Still Lights?
I prefer still lights, if the
lights are blinking, they don’t stay turned on for long.

When do you open your gifts? What gifts?

Do you buy gifts for your pet? Absolutely, except not this year. This year there were no
gifts.

Be honest: What’s the worst gift you’ve ever
gotten?
Granny panties

Have you ever traveled for the holiday? Yep, wish I was doing so right now…

Did you see Santa as a child? Who hasn’t? I went to the malls too you know…

Can you name all the reindeer? Nope, not now, not ever. I don’t think it’s sporting to name
the animals you plan on eating.

Have you ever gone caroling? Yep. Miss those days. Can’t do that these days.

Do you drive around and look at the Christmas
lights?
Nope, it’s a waste of gas and there are
crowds…that being said-I do like to see a good display from time to time.

Have you ever left Santa cookies? Yeah, they never made it to the plate or table until my child
was born. Then I had to join into the ruse…at which point they didn’t stay on
the plate for too long…

Have you ever had a white Christmas? White, grey, yellow-yep, had ‘em all

Have you ever made a gingerbread house from
scratch? From a kit?
Neither-it’s a goal!

Be honest: Do you think the season is too
commercial?
If you don’t think it is, you need
to open your eyes.

Imagine you were going to create the
quintessential holiday soundtrack — which song(s) absolutely must be included?
Grandma got ran over by a reindeer, The Chanukah
song, a Christmas song, Santa song, Chabukah song part 3 (I assume there is a part
2 as well but I didn’t see it on the list)…

What are your Christmas pet peeves? When I see a xmas tree before August and all the trimmings
that go with it…

 

Sunday Stealing

For those who celebrate Christmas #1

Thank you to Bev for hosting the Sunday stealing-These wacky questions keep us entertained and having fun!  

      What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Do you send out Christmas cards and if so how many do you send? Well, I always buy the cards but for some reason, they never get sent. We always find them when we move and wonder why…

Be honest: holiday newsletters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Depends on where they are from I guess-They can be fun, or they can be a nuisance-much like a lot of things in life…

Be honest: photo cards. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Kinda hate ’em-not because of the people sending them, they just usually serve as a reminder of those moments I don’t have with my family 😦 Also, what are you supposed to do with them after the holidays? keep them? toss them? Burn them?

How soon do you start shopping? Ummm-so I am the proverbial scrooge (or at least I used to be) but I still don’t really do shopping-I don’t hate the holiday anymore but I also don’t go out shopping for gifts either. My hubby and I decided last year that we would bake for everyone-4 different types of cookies-baked and mailed out. It was the best Christmas we had had in years, so we decided to keep it as our new tradition. It made us feel more connected.

Real or fake tree? We have a black fake xmas tree. It works for multiple holidays too… that being said, real trees are nice until you think about the fact that you’re complicit in it’s death…

When do you put up your tree? When it goes up, it is always after thanksgiving. This year, we decided to forgo the tree. Just not into the spirit, but we compromised with a few decorations-which reminds me, I still need to gather and put those up…

When do you take down your tree? All that work and people are racing to take it down the day after–I enjoy it for a bit-well past the first of the year, definitely before February. After all the effort that goes into getting it up, it should last for a bit, don’t you think?

Describe your typical tree (size, decorations, type) 6ft, no more, sometimes less. I tend to go with a theme when decorating my trees, like silver, or blue-ornaments are generally reused with one new ornament a year. I like to keep it simple, but that’s just me…

What do you top your tree with? I plead the 5th!

Do you put Christmas lights outside your house? Don’t have a house. If I had one, sure, why not-In fact, there will be a tree out front that gets decorated and tree homicide doesn’t have to occur.

Is there a wreath hanging on your door? We couldn’t find our old one, so…no.

Do you hang up stockings? The one part of xmas that I do love-The goal is to send all the adults in the family a stocking with small reminders that I was thinking of them all year…sadly, this has yet to happen, but in the past people have received stockings with small items grabbed during a quick shop…

Your favorite Christmas Movie(s) If I am going old school, White Christmas all the way. National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation or Home Alone, Gremlins, A Christmas Horror Story

Be honest: A Christmas movie you hate A Christmas Story. I couldn’t honestly tell you why either…

Favorite Christmas Song(s) Hark the Herald Angels sing , but I really liked Lindsey Stirling’s Violin version of Angels we have heard on high. Best part is that there is no singing…

Be honest: If I hear this/these Christmas songs again I will throw up-Honestly, I cannot say this enough, I hate Christmas music. It is banned in my house until December 23rd. Jingle Bells is at the top of that list along with It’s a Small World…

Give or Receive? Neither? But if I must, Give. I don’t have strings attached…and no crushing sense of disappointment.

Eggnog or Mulled Cider? Hmmm-Is it spiked with rum? Both can be good. Both can be bad.

Ham or Turkey? Chinese Food or Tri-Tip

Hope you enjoy the responses. Happy Holidays to everyone! Be safe.

Sunday Stealing Covid Style…

Welcome to Sunday Stealing.

Took this from host Bev 2 Sykes of the blog “Funny the World“. . . published on WTIT: The Blog where they will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Cheers to all of us thieves!

   Taken from Visible Woman

1. Day 1 of serious isolation behavior:  Water guns, TP bombs, laser light?!
2. First trip you had to cancel. To Denver to see family
3. Other trips canceled? Texas-new home scouting trip
4. Last trip out of town before isolation? Canada Have you been out of town overnight since isolation? Bellingham, WA

5. Furthest from home since isolation? Oregon
6. Last Meal sitting in a restaurant before Isolation.   Red Robin
7. How many books have you read? Sadly, not that many-To anxious to read. Movies on the other hand…
8. First event you didn’t attend due to virus. Traveling
9. Date and event of last over 200-person event? Metallica concert-1995
10. Last live music event? Do bluegrass music festivals that occur during other festivals count? If so, 2012?
11. Things you are eating more of since isolation? Less actuallyMore junk than I would like but still…
12. Things you are eating less of since isolation Health food (ie no longer doing vegetarian…)
13. What restaurants have you gotten take-out meals from? Beijing Garden, Dominoes
14. Have you found yourself bored in isolation? SO.VERY.BORED.
15. Have you gained or lost weight? Don’t know, afraid to check
16. Do you drink alcohol? Not really-The tax on whiskey here is so high that as a deterrent it definitely works.
17. If so, more or less in isolation? Other than work, definite isolation–Wait I just realized I answered this weirdly-I don’t drink-at all so …maybe I should start?
18. What entertainments have you explored?   Puzzles, paint by numbers, computer missing object games, time management games, Zoom! Jewelry making And lots and lots of Netflix/Hulu/prime/youtube watching
19. Gotten into anything new? There’s this new thing with silicone but haven’t touched it yet. Currently, it’s sitting on the table saying “really! You bought me just to leave me here and look at you”
20. Have you done crosswords? Board games?  Jigsaw puzzles? Lol-read above
21. Have you cleaned out some cabinet, drawer, closet, etc. thoroughly? So, you could eat off of the floor of my bathroom and it would still look clean afterwards…just saying…
22. Are you spending about the same amount of money? More actually, but it’s all been about paying down my debt, which has been beneficial to my fico score ;/
23. Done Zoom, Facetime, etc. meetups? So much zoom. And Houseparty-it’s a thing!
24. Had a social occasion with a small group of people you consider safe? Nope. No one is safe. It’s like TWD-everyone is infected, they just need to die before it can be proved!
25. Did you vote? In Person? On Election Day? Yes and no. Ballot box. Why-did you?

Dead-naming, LGBTQIA, Pro-nouns…

I grew up in a very different era, one could even say archaic (read close-minded). I say this because things were more black and white and coloring outside the lines was not looked at kindly. I remember in the early 80’s how difficult is was for people to be out and that being an ally was to be judged just as strongly as the people they supported. It wasn’t until the 90’s that I heard about transvestites and transgendered people.

Fast forward 40 years (yeah gods am I really that old young?!) and while there has been a ton of progress i.e. same-sex marriage, gay pride (shouldn’t this also be rebranded to fit the demographic?) there is still growth that is occurring and that needs to be done still. Today, individuals are coming out at a younger age and by coming out I mean as lesbian, gay, transgendered, queer etc. and they are identifying with pronouns that might have people (zealots) wondering what happened and trying to correct them.

Along with the new pronoun(ing) convention, there is also the changing of names that were given at birth. In the attempt to define themselves outside of the structure bestowed upon them by others, individuals have set about changing their chosen names to ones that they identify with and helps to define who they are. Not everyone who does this is transgendered or in witsec.

You might ask why I am writing about this and it is a twofold reason. There are some who are struggling with this new culture of identifying self with a pronoun, and because of an article written by Elizabeth Yuko about deadnaming-A term I had never heard before this article. In a nutshell, it is calling a person by the name they previously were known by instead of the new name they have chosen for themselves and/or referring to them as the sex you originally knew them as instead of the one in which they identify themselves. Ms. Yuko wrote the article because of an actor who recently went through this. The actress once known as Ellen Page who most identified as she/her is now Elliott Page and identifies as he/they.

I know that alot of people who have run into this are having difficulty understanding or respecting the other party because of the personal beliefs they ascribe to. This can be heartbreaking as we all have tried at one point or another in our lives to be understood and respected. If we think back to our childhoods and youth, we can ask ourselves what things we thought at one point and then were changed because someone else’s (usually parents, community, faith etc.) beliefs and thought process were shoved down our throats, changing it. It is a systemic problem that has been going on for ages. The people who are standing up for their right to be who they are are no different than who they were previously, they are just open about it now.

There is no reason to subjugate them with anti-bullying rhetoric-it’s a waste of everyone’s time and energy and no-ones business but their own. Let them be happy. Their process has no effect on your process and nor harms you or anyone else in any way. I think that it is crucial for the person who is actively against a person who is different (race, LGBTQIA, goth, alien etc…) that they question their need to control the other party and place them in a box. Why the need to ‘hate’? I think that a deep thought process on this is needed to self examine why you feel this way. You might be surprised by what’s uncovered.

The article referred to in this post is linked below as well for your previewing pleasure.

https://lifehacker.com/what-is-deadnaming-and-how-to-avoid-it-1845802589

Sunday Stealing Meme

I came back on an anniversary! It’s been awhile and I was so happy to see that it is still going on. Thanks to Bev 2 Sykes of the blog “Funny the World“. . for continuing the fun…so without further ado…

Sunday Stealing Meme

 Taken from Mantelligence

1. What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve? To go into space and set foot on the moon and live there…also, to work with Elon Musk…
2. Have your parents influenced what goals you have? In a round about way-I have seen how their lives have affected them and go the opposite way.
3. What is a fashion trend you’re glad went away. Bell bottoms-just saying!
4. What word or saying from the past do you think should come back? ummm-I am good with the new language coming out today-it’s fun. And things in the past should stay there, don’t ya think?
5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go? My open mindedness. And a pen-you never know when you’re going to need one!
6. Is there such a thing as a soul? If not, I am sure wasting a lot of time being really really good…
7. Is there life after death? I’m counting on it-It’s supposed to be my next big adventure!
8. Do you think there will ever be a third world war? Sadly, yes. But I really hope not.
9. What smell brings back great memories? hmm, so many-anything that smells like backing chocolate has good memories.
10. How would you like to be remembered? As exceptional-A pioneer and a go getter. Pretty much everything I am not in this particular moment
11. What kind of music are you into? I like it all. You can always link something, you know? Music feels good, or it can be soothing or help you get the house clean. It can keep you company in anger or help you get your groove on.
12. What is the biggest surprise of your life? Still waiting for it.
13. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Burritos. Definitely burritos.
14. Where is the most awe inspiring place you have been? Once in Hawaii, I went to the museum where they had a statue of the Goddess Durga. I could have sat and looked at that statue for a very long time. Seeing that statue was my awe inspiring place.
15. Describe your life in six words Challenging, busy, difficult, interesting, boring, hangry

Funnies

My daughter was cleaning out a trailer and held up her hand and said “Hey, check out the protein pack!”

Covid Humor

I came across this comic on https://www.popsugar.com/family/photo-gallery/47398566/image/47398570/This-Comic-About-Explaining-Social-Distancing-to-Kids and thought it was funny. We can all use a laugh every now and again! What funny moments have occurred during this pandemic that you found funny? Give a shout out!

This Comic About Explaining Social Distancing to Kids

If you have something funny, please share it-I would like to do a pay it forward with laughter!