14 August 2018

TMI Tuesday | 3's

(via TMI Tuesday Blog)
1. ​You can only keep 3 things: (pick and explain your choices)

Wine or Beer
I think I'm going to need coffee (or I'll be unbearable the rest of my life), books (hello??? What would life be without books?), and tacos, because man (woman) cannot live on coffee and books alone!
2. If your job gave you a surprise 3-day paid break, what would you do with those three days?
In a perfect world, or in my work reality world? In a perfect world, I'd drive to San Diego and spend three days in a beach house, without my phone or my laptop. I my work reality world, I'd drive to San Diego and spend three days in a beach house with my phone and my laptop so that I wasn't three days behind when I got back to work (I am the accounting department - if I'm off from work the only thing that happens is that I get behind).
3. Have you ever had a threesome? What was the configuration?
Well now, that's an interesting question. YES! I have been (many times) in both MMF and the FFM configurations.
4. In a threesome, do you like to be the star attraction or a bit player/personal  assistant?
I certainly like to be actively involved, but I prefer to be the giver of pleasure rather than the receiver of pleasure. My pleasure comes from pleasing others, even when it comes to sex.
5. Would you have another threesome?
ABSOLUTELY!! Look, I've had a couple of bad threesome experiences, but overall they've been very good. I've found that the best threesomes start out as friendships so there is that trust and chemistry ahead of time.
Bonus: Rate your last  threesome on a scale of 1-5, 5 being fantastic.
My last threesome was at Red Rooster and was a solid 1.5. I went with my "lifestyle boyfriend" (who has now lost that title), and we hooked up with another female. She was reluctant, but allowed herself to be talked into it (not by me - by him). She shouldn't have. Within a few minutes of the encounter it was clear that she was not into it ... and she smelled funny. Funny/odd smells are a HUGE turnoff for me.
Now, after that, I was back at Red Rooster by myself for what I hoped would be the pinnacle of what I want in a threesome. Without going into details (to protect the innocent), it didn't work out the way that I and number 2 of the threesome hoped it would *shrugs* Maybe some other time.
Extra Credit Bonus: How to Enjoy a Threesome

12 August 2018

Sunday Stealing | Blazing Stars

(via Sunday Stealing)

1 - You’re in a tattoo parlor about to get inked. What are you getting done?
Those of you who know me realize this is not a hypothetical question. In the last year, there has been this
And this ... 
And this ...

And this ... 
And this ... 
For the most part? I'm all about words. My next ink will likely be Robert Frost's Nothing Gold Can Stay.
2 - If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be?
Wow ... ummmmm ... this is a tough one as fiction is not my preferred genre, however when I read The Outsider's in the 6th grade, I really identified with Ponyboy Curtis. Also related to my answer for question #1.
3 - You’re given $10,000…under one condition: you cannot keep the money for yourself. Who would you give it to?
Oh! Easy peasey lemon squeezy ... Three Square Food Bank. I continue to be disappointed in a country that has excess food that they pay farmers to destroy, yet we cannot feed everyone in the country.
4 - If you had to go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Again ... this question ... the "if then, than this" linear model works with computers, not in life. No changes here!
5 - If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be?
Wow ... no ... see answer to #4 ...
6 - You’re an Action Movie Hero. What’s your weapon of choice and the line you scream when defeating your arch enemy?
I'm going with a lightsaber and ... "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!"
7 - What is the first curse word that comes to mind?
FUCK!! I don't know *snicker*
8 - Would you rather be stranded on a desert island with someone you love for ten years or someone you hate for a month? Explain why.
I'm going with someone I hate for a month, because if I were on a desert island with someone I loved for TEN years? I'd probably end up hating them!
9 - 5 things within touching distance:
  • Leftover pizza
  • A red Swingline stapler
  • A half-full cup of (now cold) coffee
  • iPad
  • Ty Beanie Babies Socks the Sock Monkey 
10 - What are you supposed to be doing right now?
It's Sunday ... there is nothing I am supposed to be doing!
11 - Currently wanting to see anyone?
Yes, my friend Tracy who lives here in Vegas, but who I haven't seen in far too long. He's a kindred soul. 
12 - Would you go against your moral code for money?
Which moral code and how much money? I guess the answer to this question is "possibly."
13 - What’s more important to you: strength of the body or strength of the mind?
Definitely strength of the mind. Strength of the body peaks, then deteriorates. Strength of the mind continues to expand and grow.
14 - How important you think education is?
I think being knowledgeable is a far better quality. I'm not a stickler with the whole "if you have a PhD, you are somehow better/more valuable." I think social knowledge and life skills can be much more valuable in the long run.
15 - If you were the president, what would you do?
I would like to pass on the opportunity to be President, especially with the mark 45 has left on that office. 

05 August 2018

Sunday Stealing | Never Been Asked Before

(via Sunday Stealing)

1. First thing you wash in the shower?
I'm a start at the top and work my way down shower-er. First I shampoo my hair, then put conditioner in my hair, then grab the bar of soap and work my way down. The last thing I do is rinse the conditioner out of my hair.
2. What colour is your favourite hoodie?
I have one - and only one - hoodie. It is white making white the color of my favorite hoodie!
3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Ohhhhh! Absolutely!And no - Mike isn't the last person I kissed, so there!!
4. Do you plan outfits?
For FUCKS sake! 6 out of 7 days a week I put on a pair of ballin' shorts, a sports bra, and a tank top. That's my dress code as I work from home. No ... no outfit planning here. And all of that accessorizing? Don't do any of that either!
5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
IRRITATED ... HIGHLY IRRITATED! Just did my "mom date" and it ended in a shit-show. It's not the first time this has happened, but it's been a while.
6. What’s the closest thing to you that's red?

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
Ohhhh ... I dream ... vivid dreams. The last dream I remember I awoke myself screaming, "HELP ME!" because my mom had left me alone, by the side of the road, with nothing more than a blanket, and a bobcat started stalking me and then chewing on my right pinky finger.
Abandonment issues anyone?? 
8. Did you meet anybody new today?
I did not meet anyone new today, and truth be told? I'd prefer not to meet anyone new ... nor to do the whole peopling thing in general.
9. What are you craving right now?
I am craving touch. Just someone who I care about putting their hand on my shoulder or my knee. Snuggling on the sofa watching TV. That's my craving!
10. Do you floss?
I do floss! Not every day, but at least 3 times a week.
11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?
Creamy coleslaw ... YUMMMMM!!!
12. Are you emotional?
I am emotional with a twist. It's always been my belief that society (generally) sees emotions as a weakness, so I hold all of my emotions in until I am alone and then let them out ... usually through tears.
13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?
You know? I don't think I ever have ... hmmmmm ...
14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
I am a licker! Wait ... what????
15. Do you like your hair?
Right now? No, because I need a haircut and after living in Las Vegas for over 2 years I still haven't overcome my resistance to going to a new salon/stylist. I've been cutting my own hair, and since I'm an accountant and not a stylist, that hasn't been working out very well.
16. Do you like yourself?
It seems like this question comes up on every single meme. No ... I don't like myself ... and I likely never will.
17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
Is he paying????
18.What are you listening to right now?
I've got the television on and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is showing. I'm not really watching, but I am listening!
19. Are your parents strict?
Well, being a grownup now, it really doesn't matter, but when I was growing up? Yes, my father was quite strict. When my parents divorced (I was 16) I went wild!
20. Would you go sky diving?
And jump out of a perfectly good plane? Nooooo!! If I want the feeling of skydiving? I'll go HERE!
21. Do you like cottage cheese?
Yes please! Large curd!
22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Told this story last week, not telling it again!
23. Do you rent movies often?
Rent movies? Wait ... what???
24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?
The picture doesn't show it, but I swear this card is sparkly!
25. How many countries have you visited? 
Let's see ... Canada, Mexico. Japan, Korea ... FOUR!
26. Have you made a prank phone call?
Ummmmm ... y'all know that was a thing back in the day, right?
27. Ever been on a train?
I have been on the Chicago Metra, but I have always wanted to do the Glacier National Park by rail.
28. Brown or white eggs?
Brown please!
29.Do you have a cell-phone? 
Are there people who don't have a cell phone???
30. Do you use chap stick? 
YES!!! The desert is tough on lips.

02 August 2018

10 Things Thursday | July Is Finally Over Edition

  1. July has always been a transitional month for me - I think it has something to do with it being my birthday month (I've seen the same "disruption" with my son during his birthday month). I'm happy that July is over.
  2. Because? VEGAS BABY!!!
  3. My tattoo shop had Taco Tuesday special this week. They offered several flash sheets that you could choose from and all were $50 each. These may have happened ...

  4. The title of this post in my feed reader - Why I Love Fat Girls - initially made me bristle. I am a fat girl, but I decided to read it anyway. This line, "I am not glorifying obesity or excusing poor lifestyle choices. I am simply advocating the social acceptance of a broader definition of health and beauty—beyond the slim, toned and tanned, thigh-gapped body type we are conditioned to accept and promote," made me tear up. I have tried for many years to be what society has shown me was attractive and appropriate, and it has caused me much grief. Having a moment where I realized that what I thought was expected, and what people really feel, were so different was eye-opening for me. If I could just hold on to that ...
  5. On a lighter note, the widow of one of the only sports figures who I have always admired (Muhammad Ali) is selling his home. Yes please!!
  6. Ummm ... I'm not sure why you would need this, but you can make it if you feel the need
  7. Did you know there is an Amazon Warehouse and an Amazon Outlet?? I had no clue.
  8. The "People of Walmart" (and other) memes have always irritated me for two reasons (1)These people have not consented to having their photos distributed, and (2) It comes REAL close to bullying. I was thrilled to read this article as it made me realize I'm not the only one.
  9. If y'all know me, you know that I have an ongoing love affair with IKEA. They are now testing smaller stores, which ... *swoon*
  10. OH!!! And ... 2019 IKEA catalog!!

31 July 2018

TMI Tuesday | Tell it to us straight or sexy…

(via TMITuesday Blog)

1. One thing that you will never do again?

One thing (there are many) that I will never do again is be a size 8. It just wasn't meant to be!
2. Who knows you the best?
Honestly? I think I know myself better than anyone else knows me. When I try to think of others who might be a close second? Probably those of you who have been reading this blog for years. You know my secrets, my struggles, my achievements. I can't think of anyone IRL who knows those things.
3. Do you think a relationship should be 50/50 all the time?
Oh hell no! And expecting it to be is a recipe for disaster. Look, we all have ups and downs and seldom are they at the same time as our partner. I believe what really makes a relationship work is to step up to the plate when you need to, and communicate to your partner when you need them to.
4. When was your most recent act of kindness? Was it appreciated?
I would have to say that my most recent act of kindness was allowing my son and his girlfriend to move in with me. Did they appreciate it? Absolutely, and the environment in my home is far different (BETTER) than it was when Cam left in March.
Secondarily? I'm putting the two of them in a hotel on the strip tonight so they don't have to get up at  6 AM tomorrow when the new A/C unit is being installed. And again, they appreciated it! 
5. Are you a good friend? Why or why not?
Well? Let me put it this way ... I am a LOYAL friend. I am a CARING friend. I am a COMPASSIONATE friend. That said, if you are looking for the type of friend who you talk to/see twice a week, the type of friend who always keeps in touch, the type of friend who tells you what you want to hear instead of what they honestly believe? You might want to pass on me, and I'm good with that!
6. What is something that you tried really hard to like but just couldn’t?
Ummmmm ... I usually don't try really hard to like something that I don't like. I prefer to move on!
Bonus: How was your month of July? Did you do anything fun, interesting, new?
Ohhhhh July ....
Let's see ... I turned 54, which is better than not turning 54. I had my son and his girlfriend move in with me. I've had limited A/C (like my house was between 88-90 degrees with the A/C set at 74 degrees). I'm about to get this Taco Tuesday $50 tattoo (designed by one of the artists' daughter) and eat free street tacos while waiting.
I took a DISASTROUS vacation by myself that resulted in the end of an 11-year friendship. July was pretty eventful ... it usually is.

29 July 2018

Sunday Stealing | Things You Can't Possibly Know

Sunday Stealing

*No, I don't know why these questions start with the number 30, but it bothers me too!*

30. What color is your watch?

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
Kangaroos, of course!
32. Ever ridden on a roller coaster?
I have ridden on more roller coasters than I can count, as well as the roller coaster of life!
33. Birthstone? 
34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive through?
I'm about 98% drive-thru, however I actually went into McDonald's last night because they were offering a $1 double cheeseburger on their app, and since it required scanning my phone to get the deal, I didn't know how to do that in the drive-thru.
35. Do you have any friends on facebook that you actually hate?
I have a handful of Facebook friends that are extended family members who I don't particularly like, but no one that I hate. And when family members get stupid I usually just hide their posts rather than unfriending them.
36. Do you have a dog?
I do not. I would love to have a dog, but unless I lived somewhere with a fenced yard, I would never own a dog - too much work for me and I think unfair to the dog.
37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
*Looks at phone* I called Smith's grocery store yesterday. I have to call them when picking up my weekly ClickList grocery order.
38. Have you met anyone famous? 
Does J. P. Patches count? Unless you grew up in Seattle in the 60's and 70's, you'd likely have no clue who he is, but in my world he was famous, and I got to be on his show when I was 5.
39. Any plans today?

40.  Where are you right now? 
I'm sitting at my desk in my bedroom.
41. Biggest annoyance in your life right now? 
I have two significant annoyances in my life right now (1) an A/C unit that's not been working properly since July 3rd. The replacement unit has been on order for 2 weeks, and the property management company finally got two portable A/C units delivered here on Friday after I lost my mind with them, and (2) water damage in my bathroom and kitchen from a water leak in the unit upstairs. After 4 days of industrial fans and a dehumidifier, I finally got the water remediation equipment removed yesterday. Now I'll get to deal with the actual repairs needed in both rooms.
42. Last song listened to? 
*confession* I started listening to country music about a year ago - Cam would borrow my car and he would always leave the radio tuned to a country music station. I got too lazy to bother changing it and discovered it wasn't horrible - go figure. Anyway, the last song I listened to was Kane Brown - What Ifs ft. Lauren Alaina
43. Last movie you saw? 
The last movie I saw in a movie theater was Incredibles 2, and no, there were no children with me. The last movie I watched at home was The Rainmaker.
44. Are you allergic to anything? 
I was told from an early age that I have a penicillin allergy, however resent research indicates that I probably don't.
45. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
I just got a new pair of Rocket Dogs and I've actually considered sleeping in them *wink* 
46. What time is it? 
7:54 AM
47. Do any of your friends have children?
Ummmm ... I'm 54 ... most of my friends have grandchildren!
48. Do you eat healthy? 
I eat reasonably healthy, it's my drinking habits that could use some work.
49. What do you usually do during the day?
Since I can't seem to find my Sugar Daddy (you'd think that would be easy in Las Vegas, but noooo ...) I work.
50. Do you hate anyone right now? 
I do my best to not waste emotional energy on hating people, so no, I don't hate anyone right now.

24 July 2018

TMI Tuesday | Hard Life

(via TMI Tuesday blog)
1. What do you need to learn but won’t admit to?
You know? I need to learn a lot of things - none of which I'm afraid to admit to. Right now I think self-acceptance/self-love is at the top of my "Need to learn" list, but I'm in NO WAY afraid to admit that.
2. If you could erase one event from your life, which one would you choose? Briefly describe the event, tell us why you would erase it.
I don't know ... I hate these questions! I've has some really difficult events in my life - my father holding a shot-gun to my head and telling me to obey or he would blow my head off, my 23-year old husband committing suicide, the failure of two marriages. But I'm not a believer in "My life would be better had it not been for [FILL IN THE BLANK]" I just can't with these questions.
3. Who drains your energy, and why do you let it happen?
There are two people who drain my energy right now - my mom, and my boss. And I let it happen because ... my mom and my boss ...
4. Do your practice ‘self-love’ or ‘self-loathing’?
I would so like to tell y'all that I practice "self-love," but we all know better - self-loathing is far more comfortable for me.
5. What must you do daily to keep yourself ‘sane’?
What do I need to do daily to keep myself sane (and alive)? Take my anti-depressants.
Bonus:  Who do you blame?
I blame myself ... always. I've been blaming myself since I was 5-years old. Pretty sure that will never change.

22 July 2018

Sunday Stealing | Food, Glorious Food

(via Sunday Stealing)

1.  Do you like pie?
Mmmmm ... pie ... as long as it is a Moon Pie, a Hostess Fruit Pie (especially apple), a sweet potato pie, or any type of fruit pie, I'm good. Serve me a chicken pot pie or a cream pie of any sort? I will hand it right back to you!
2.  Italian or Mexican?
YES!!! Okay if I really have to choose, Mexican edges out Italian by a hair.
3.  Can you bake? If so, what are your favorite things to bake?
I can bake, and I do bake! My favorite things to bake? Cheesecake, bread, cookies, brownies, cakes ... should I go on?
4.  Do you use cook books or do you try to find recipes online?
I have cookbooks that I often go to. like my Better Homes & Gardens 12th Edition cookbook. I also go to my grandmothers recipes. That said? Online recipes have gotten so easy to access that I use that resource as well.
5.  Do you own a kitchen aid mixer?
Unfortunately I don't own a Kitchen-Aid mixer, but I do have Kitchen-Aid mixer envy.
6.  Ever cooked a meal for more than 15 people at one time?
As a matter of fact, I have! I had an opportunity to help cook Thanksgiving Dinner for all of the employees at Dave & Busters here in Las Vegas. It was - by far - the best Thanksgiving I've ever had!
7.  Do you like hospital food?
I don't like hospitals, so there food is not high on my list.
8.  Favorite fast food restaurant?
Ohhhhh ... for burgers? In-And-OUT. For anything else? Taco Bell!!
9.  Any picky eaters in your family?
My son leans toward the picky side of eating. He has some specific "no's" ... like fresh tomatoes and any cooked vegetable that isn't corn. 
10.  Soda or Tea?
Soda ... always soda!
11.  Hot chocolate?
Mehhhh ... on occasion, but certainly not a go-to.
12.  Favorite holiday dish?
*thinks*thinks*thinks* STUFFING! Thanksgiving stuffing!!
13.  What is the most tasteful strangest looking thing you have ever tasted?
This is another ummmmm ... Kumquats? Star Fruit? Jackfruit? Food doesn't scare me (obviously)
14.  Fries or tater tots?
TOTS!!! And ranch please!
15.  Do you like cheese? If so what kind?
What kind of question is this?? Are there people in the world who don't like cheese?? What is wrong with them???
16.  Home made or can soup?
I don't know that I've ever made home-made soup. I am a fan of frozen soups and, on occasion, Campbell's chicken noodle soup!
17.  Do you like to eat out?
I do like to eat out. My favorite meal to eat out is BREAKFAST! Give me iHop any day!
18.  What kind of food is popular where you are? (Like in Alaska it is seafood)
Okay ... so ... I live in Las Vegas. There really aren't any local foods here, but we have some of the best restaurants you could ever want.
19.  Do you like cotton candy?
20.  Turkey or Chicken?
Generally chicken, but I do love me some Thanksgiving turkey!
21.  Hamburger or tuna helper?
Seriously?? Tuna should NEVER be served warm!
22.  Raw or cooked veggies?
YES!!! Give me all of the veggies - cooked or raw!!
23.  Do you like salad? If so, what is your favorite kind of salad?
Love salad. My favorites? Caesar and Portillo's Chopped Salad
24.  Favorite pizza topping?
*thinks*thinks*thinks* Ummmm ... garlic??
25.  Do you like meat loaf?
Yes please!!

20 July 2018

A Disturbance in the Matrix

I was doing so well with routine blogging - sure, much of it was memes and regurgitating things that I had read, but it was happening regularly - a huge improvement over what it had been.

And then I took a "vacation" to Dallas to visit a friend who I hadn't seen for 10 years ... and things imploded ...

I had scheduled this visit twice - the first time I cancelled the airline ticket and  hotel reservation within 24 hours after making them. I should have listened to my instincts - there was a reason I cancelled - and the reason was SCREAMING. But in true Dana fashion (sorry for the 3rd person reference), I ignored it.

Then the "vacation" was rescheduled and happened.

It was a cluster fuck from the beginning.

After picking me up from the airport, Fionn and I went to Walmart to pick up groceries. My hotel reservations were at Residence Inn specifically because I was looking to save some money on eating out. Our trip to Walmart resulted in a 2+ hour extravaganza of drama - as we were checking out, another customer fell and hit her head. We spent the next hour tending to her and waiting for paramedics to arrive.

At this point? I should have been prepared for the shit-show that was inevitable.

But me being me, I was all' "This is life - this is what happens -it's all good!" I should have gone home after that because it got worse ...

Without going into details (to protect the *not so* "innocent") it was cluster fuck after cluster fuck, ending in Fionn being admitted to the hospital on the day I left and me spending 8 hours at DFW waiting for my flight.

And then the end of an 11-year friendship ...

I spent $1,000 to be absolutely miserable.

I am embarrassed - I am disappointed - it's tough to blog when you are in that place.

Add to that? I turned 54 and had to evaluate where my life is.

It's been a tough month - I'm trying to put it in order, but? GAHHHHHH!

So ... that's where I've been. I'm not sure where I'll be in a week/month, but here I am ... broken and confused ... again ...

17 July 2018

TMI Tuesday | It could happen…

(Via TMI Tuesday Blog and the missing word in this photo is on them, not me)

1. If each of your index fingers could spew a liquid for the rest of your life, what liquid(s) would it be?
*tries to think of something "cute"* Let's be honest - vodka (specifically Grey Goose) and orange soda, because nothing says classy quite like a high end vodka and orange soda!
2. If you could talk to everyone in the world for 5 minutes, all at once, what would you say?
I'm not sure that I could talk to everyone in the world for 5 whole minutes, but if I had their ears? I'd say ... "Love each other. Take care of those who need help. Don't judge anyone as you might someday be n their shoes".
3. Would you rather not be able to eat for a week OR not be able to _____ for a month?
Am I supposed to fill in the blank on this one? So confused. I mean if the question was, "Would you rather not be able to eat for a week OR not be able to clean toilets for a month?" I'd go with the clean toilets option. If it was, "Would you rather not be able to eat for a week OR not be able to have an orgasm for a month?" I'd be hungry ... very, VERY hungry!
4. What exhilarates you?
exhilarate - transitive verb
1 : to make cheerful and excited : enliven, elate was exhilarated by her success
2 : refresh, stimulate
Ummm ... I've got nothing ... 
5. What is the best perk of your job? What is the best perk you have ever had at any job?
The best perk of my job is that my workplace is seven steps from my bed, and honestly? That is the best perk I've ever had at any job.
Bonus:  Just how naughty are you?
There are a handful of you reading this who know the answer to this question. There are far more of you reading this who have no idea. Let's just say that on the 1-10 naughty scale? I'm at 728 *evil grin*

08 July 2018

Sunday Stealing | Swap Bot Questions

(from Swap Bot via Sunday Stealing)

1.Where were you 3 hours ago?
At the Denton Movie Tavern watching Incredibles 2 while reclining in my seat with my feet up and drinking a jumbo jug margarita
2.Have you ever eaten a crayon?
Not that I can remember, but if I were to eat a crayon? It would definitely be Mango Tango!
3.Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
Normally? This would be a no, however today I am actually wearing pink panties. Yes, I can be a real girl sometimes.
4.When is the last time you went to the mall?
A mall? Like an indoor mall? That would be Woodfield Mall at least 3 years ago. If outdoor malls are included, Downtown Summerlin probably 2-ish years ago? Malls are NOT my gig - I go only when there are absolutely no other options.
5.Are you wearing socks right now?
Oh hell no! I'm currently vacationing in Denton Texas in July. Sandals ... and never socks with sandals.
6.When was the last time you drove out of town?
How far out of town? I've been to Spring Mountain Ranch within the last 6 months and I've been to Henderson, Nevada within the last 4 months. Farther than that? It would be the move from Illinois to Las Vegas over 2 years ago.
7.Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
See question 1. If it weren't for going to the movies today? My answer would have been, "Over 4 years ago."
8.What was the last thing you had to drink?
Mike's Harder Cranberry - don't judge me!
9.What are you wearing right now?
A floral print skirt, a light blue camisole, and sandals.

10.Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
I live in a condo. I couldn't hand-wash my car if I wanted to. I let Terrible Herbst do the work for me as I subscribe to there monthly car wash plan.
11.Last food that you ate?
The last thing I ate was a pre-packaged Cesar Salad from Quick trip.
12.Where were you last week at this time?
Last week at this time I had just returned home from a business meeting in Cedar Rapids, IA and was grateful to be back in Vegas.
13.Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
I have not bought any clothing items in the last week, however I did purchase quite a few items within the last month. I had to dress business casual for the meeting last week, and when you work from home, business casual is a pair of "baller" shorts and a tank top sans bra. I didn't think that would be appropriate for an actual business meeting.
14.When is the last time you ran?
Ran? Was a serial killer chasing me? Because that would be the only reason I would need to run!
15.What's the last sporting event you watched?
Let's see ... it would have been a FIFA World Cup match last week (on television), however I'm hoping to get to the Las Vegas Summer League series this upcoming week so that I can watch Jalen Brunson play at the NBA level.

28 June 2018

10 Things Thursday|Cedar Rapids Edition

  1. Our annual company meeting was this week. Last year it was held at a resort in Lake Geneva, WI. This year? It was held in one of our vendor's meeting rooms in Cedar Rapids, IA. A bit of a difference.
  2. Monday was my travel day - I left Las Vegas at 5:29 AM and got into Cedar Rapids at 3:00 PM. It was a long travel day that included a flight in a 52-passenger plane that required I duck to walk down the aisle ... and then I had to attend a 6:00 PM dinner.
  3. Did I mention I was at the gate directly across from Garrett popcorn but couldn't wait in line to enjoy all that is Garrett??
  4. In between checking into my hotel, and dinner, son texted me asking if he and his girlfriend could temporarily move into the apartment. He has said that they will take care of their own expenses (food,etc.) so I agreed to let them move in on July 3rd. We'll see how this goes.
  5. Meetings on Tuesday were productive, and then we got to have dinner here
  6. Although I have ZERO desire to move back to the midwest, I have to admit that this storm - and subsequent double rainbow - did make me reconsider
  7. Wednesday was another travel day. When I got to the Cedar Rapids airport, my mom called to let me know her new (to her) vehicle had died. This is the second time in 60 days.
  8. My return trip to Vegas included a layover at DFW. Skylink is both a blessing and a curse!
  9. While waiting for my luggage at McCarran, I got a call from son telling me he was in an accident. There were no injuries, but there will be an insurance claim
  10. And then I couldn't remember where I parked. I'm never leaving home again!

24 June 2018

Sunday Stealing | Cricket's Drivel

(from Cricket's Drivel via Sunday Stealing)

1. When was the last time you went to the doctor? Do you like your doctor?
I was at the doctor (actually a Walgreen's Healthcare Clinic) about 6 weeks ago, and had to return THREE times before the issue was resolved. That's about two visits more than I average in a year.
As far as my fondness for my doctor? I do not have a primary care physician. My doctor visits are mostly to urgent care centers or Walgreen's Healthcare Clinics - I get a different healthcare provider every time.
2. My back is itching, will you scratch it for me?
*scratch*scratch*scratch* Of course I will! Anytime!!
3. Do you have nice handwriting?
I have excellent printing. I am often told my printing looks like it's typewritten. I can't remember the last time I wrote anything in cursive other than my signature, but back in the day I got good penmanship grades ... like 45 years ago. That counts for something, right?
4. We are sending you to either New Zealand or Canada, which one do you choose?
I choose New Zealand! I've been to Canada several times, but never to New Zealand. Hold on ... would I be traveling after October 17th?? If so? Canada it is!!
5. Do you sing in the shower?
Nope! I think in the shower.
6. Have you ever been streaking? If so, how far did you streak and did anyone see you?
Does running naked through the house count? If not, I've never been streaking.
7. How soon is too soon for Christmas decorations and music playing in the stores?
Anytime before Thanksgiving is too early for me. I am one of those weird people who prefer to get through one holiday before even thinking about the next holiday.
8. If you celebrated Halloween as a kid what was the costume you wore at 5?
Well? I definitely celebrated Halloween as a kid, but remembering what costume I wore 49 years ago? Not going to happen.
9. How many cavities have you had in your life?
Seriously? Do people keep track of these things? Let's go with more than two, less than 20.
10.  Is there anyone you regret meeting.
Regrets are something I try really hard not to have. I can think of a handful of people I've met where our interactions were not positive, but I've learned something from each of those people. No ... no one I regret meeting.

21 June 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. *sings* ♫♬Ohhhh Canada♫♬ If you haven't heard, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set an official date for making cannabis legal countrywide. What do you suppose the chances are that Trump will do the same here in the U.S.? Yeah ... I'd go with slim to none ...
  2. I thought the sex-blogger had all but died, but in visiting the blogs of many of those who comment on my TMI Tuesday posts, it appears I made an erroneous assumption. The sex blogger is alive and well!!
  3. For some reason I found this way too amusing ...
  4. According to CNN, IQ scores are falling and have been for decades. Pfffttt ... who needs a study to figure that out. The good news? The study indicates this isn't due to dumb people having more kids than smart people. Anyway I think that's good news???
  5. I stumbled upon Johnny Lists (now defunct) blog not too long ago. Every post is a list of something. Although there haven't been any new posts since 2016, the archives are kind of fun to browse.
  6. I got to meet the internet yesterday! I've known Jana for at least 8 years. We first met when we were both worked on the Band Back Together project years ago and have stayed in touch through other social media platforms over the years. She happened to be visiting Las Vegas with her husband and we met up for some shenanigans. There is nothing much better than meeting the internet!
  7. I have lived my entire life believing that I have a significant allergy to penicillin. Then I read this article and learned that I'm probably not allergic to penicillin. Too bad the allergy test is so expensive. I wouldn't mind being able to add the penicillin family back into my antibiotic options.
  8. Did you know that nearly 63% of Instagram users report being miserable? According to this study, that is a higher share than any other social media platform. *NOTE TO SELF* Stay off Instagram!
  9. Do any of you have $1.2 Million you'd like to gift to me?? I've always been a HUGE Frank Lloyd Write worshiper fan and this house is for sale!!!
  10. I recently learned about the Blink Roadside Assistance app. I do have AAA currently, but I'm wondering if this isn't a better (i.e. more economical) option.

19 June 2018

TMI Tuesday|Take a Look at Me Now

(Via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. What was your biggest worry five years ago, do you still have that same worry or feel the same about it at this minute?
*CONFESSION* Thank goodness for this blog because I otherwise would have had NO IDEA what was going on 5 years ago. Once you get this old, the years just smoosh together.
Based solely on my blog posts from 2013, it looks like there were two significant life events going on (1) Trying to keep Cam at his home high school for his senior year, and (2) Starting the final process for the divorce and selling the "family" home.
Are those worries/feelings still the same? Definitely not - Cam did stay at his home high school for his senior year. It took a lot of advocating and the hiring of a special education attorney (a bill I am still paying 4 years later), but it was worth it, and husband and I were finally divorced on October 30th 2014.
2. Do you have a positive or negative body image? What factors contribute to your self body image?
a. advertisements
b. media and social media
c. comments from others
d. introspection and analysis of self
I definitely have a very negative body image, and it stems from comments made by both of my parents while I was growing up. Now, you'd think I'd just get over it, but I have never been able to quiet that internal dialog that tells me I'm not good enough - not pretty enough - not thin enough.
3. How confident are you as a person?
a. no confidence at all
b. confident around friends and family
c. confident at work, and in my job
d. very confident in my surroundings–work, social settings, with strangers
This is the closest to being accurate. I am generally confident at work and in my job, but that is because I am confident (generally) in my knowledge, experience, and intelligence. That confidence is not limited to the work environment - it encompasses much of my life.
4. How creative a person are you? Why?
a. not creative
b. average creativity
c. creative in some situations
d. very creative
I have always been very creative - in the arts and in my thinking. When I ignore my creative side, I get quite out of sorts. It's been one of the things I've revived since Mike and I split, and I've really been enjoying it.
5. Do you resent things being uncertain and unpredictable? Why?
a. agree
b. undecided or Don’t Know
c. disagree
If I'm honest with myself, I do resent things being uncertain and unpredictable. In my perfect world things would make logical sense - I would know, without a doubt, that if I did A, B would be the result. I get frustrated when that doesn't happen. Obviously I am in a constant state of frustration.
Bonus: What do you wish you had invented?
Ohhhhh ... this is an easy one! Any guesses??? POST-IT NOTES!!!! Most of you know they are my secret obsession. If you're ever really bored, you can read about the history of Post-It notes HERE.