Year End Survey for 2012

On LiveJournal I was challenged to complete this for 2011.  It’s probably the best version of “answer-these-random-questions-about-your-life-for-strangers”, as it actually requires some thought instead of just ‘favorite color’ kind of responses, so I thought to make it an annual thing.  Since I have all of five posts on LiveJournal in three years (and the only other people I know over there have left), I’ve moved it to this little blog of mine.  Here is the survey for 2012.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I have been staring at this question for about an hour.  I’m sure there was something, I just cannot think of it off the top of my head.  Edit:  A-ha!  I thought of something!  I experienced a derecho.  Freak storm here the end of June, lost power for a week with 100-105 degree temperatures and added a new word to the local vocabulary.  We stood in the corner office (made of glass) and watched the storm while the rest of the non-idiot thinking people we work with huddled in the middle for safety. 

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I rarely make them, however I did make them for 2013.  So I guess the answer is not applicable, and yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several coworkers, and my youngest cousin but we’re not close any longer.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
For the first time in a long time, no family member or someone I worked with/spouse of passed away.  Yay 2012!

5. What countries did you visit?
Can the other side of the river be counted as another country?

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Security.  Decent health insurance.  A dinner date.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2012 was not an unremarkable year, I swear, but I can’t think of anything noteworthy enough that I remembered the date for it!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Continue reading

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::right now::

My apologies to Amanda Soule, who I have completely ripped this idea off of.  I’ve read her entries for years, yet today this just felt like the thing to do.

Right now, I am…

:: drinking a giant Pomegranate Aloe juice

:: hearing
the dog gnaw on his bone after he was obnoxious while I ate my dinner

:: nursing
a bruised toe that I stubbed on the ottoman

:: reminding
myself that I need to clean up, yet not really listening to myself

:: thinking
that I have so much to do, but Jeopardy is coming on

:: doing
my best not to swear at a skein of yarn made from pompoms, as it has become one giant tangle

:: keeping
my commitment to let it not get to me.  Day three and counting!

:: loving
this cold weather, and the fact that the clouds are finally moving out

:: wanting
to be able to snap my fingers and have the house clean

:: plotting
details for girls night game night on Sunday

:: feeling
very full after dinner
:: enjoying  a quiet night at home

The Internet Confessional

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, right?

Something they don’t necessarily admit to a stranger as the first thing to tell them, but something that their best friend will know?

I have more than a few.  I knit and I’m almost 40, and I used to own a cat–stupid stereotype.  I like to cook, love board games, and have an unhealthy obsession with movies and tv.

Certain shows, no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you always stop at, right?  Another broadcast of Bring It On, or Legally Blonde, or Firefly/Serenity.  The private DVD stash of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Zorro: The Gay Blade, and Clueless.    Things you hide in the back of the drawer but can quote word for word?

The latest one for me is Burlesque.  I never saw it in the theaters, but found it on Encore one night when channel surfing.

I think I’ve seen it 30 times since. 

I can’t help it.  I admit it.  I love Cher.  I love Christina Aguilera’s music, and as an actress she grows on you.  I adore Stanley Tucci.  McSteamy makes an appearance.  And Cam Gigandet?  Yummy.  I love the bawdy dance numbers.  I love the corny lyrics.  I love the predictable plot.  I just adore the movie.

I have to go now.  They’re talking about “air rights” again….

It’s Anti-bullying month

My friends have used Live Journal for quite some time. I, however, only use it to download episodes of tv shows that I have missed. My friends use Live Journal to stay connected and, more importantly, to participate in fan fiction. I, however, only use it to glean info useful for mocking purposes at a later date.

One of the features I like, however, is what they call writer’s block. It’s a question that is posed on the front page, right when you log in, that provides you with a discussion point and something to get you writing. Something to respond to. Sometimes it’s a simple question, like favorite vegetarian dish (pasta, mozz cheese, basil, tomatoes–all fresh). Tonight, however, it was a bit more involved for me: Who is the biggest bully in your life? Continue reading

Fill in the blanks….

Outside my window… I hear the sound of rain on the AC unit.

I am thinking about… going to bed soon because I am tired.

I am thankful for… employment. friendship. a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in.

I am wearing… nightgown.  Came home from work and straight into a cotton nightie.  Comfort clothes!

I am creating… a sweater for a friend that just adopted a baby.

From the Kitchen… of Thai Diner tonight.  Plus stuffed pumpkin bread that I made yesterday.

I am going… to make it.

I am reading… nothing new–I just finished a rather boring book about an Italian-American shoemaker, and want bubblegum fluff to read now.

I am hoping… for amazing things.

I am hearing… the sound of the dog slipping on the wooden floor as she desperately tries to gain footing in order to chase the cat.

Around the house… there is way too much to do.

One of my favorite things… scrapping, organizing, media entertainment.

A few plans for the rest of the week… finish the board packages for the VA Beach Credit Union that I’ve contracted for, get allergy shots tomorrow, hang with Ashley and gang tomorrow night, go to choir/Action Kids on Wednesday, have Friday OFF, Saturday is little bro’s b’day but I think I’m taking tickets for either Hal Holbrooke or Ron White, and then Church on Sunday.

A picture to share… this is from a life group social where I had my camera. Underwater photo fun! I’m on the right….

Housesitting

A man that I used to work with very generously requests that I house/dog sit frequently while he and his wife (and occasionally the step children) go away on holiday.  This year, the oldest boy is a senior in high school, so they decided to take the opportunity to go to Mexico for spring break.  I am on the last day of seven in their house, a beautiful home by the river, secluded and serene, and must admit that I am always thankful for these paid vacations as they are my refuge away while still being in town.

This particular stay, however, is a bit different.  I got here EARLY last Saturday, as the had to leave for their flight at 430am.  The golden retriever they don’t care so much about, but the ‘puppy’ (who is about 3 now?) they don’t like to leave in the crate for too long.  So I was here, we had fun, I was at church at the crack of dawn on Sunday for the sunrise service and then there were two more services before a brief break until the family dinner at 430.  (First one we’ve had since the 1980s I believe….)

Monday, however, the entire story changed.  The house interior is being painted.  The painter, a lovely man, has a house key so he could let himself in, but the last thing I wanted was to be asleep in bed when he got here so I had to get up early.  Then there was the drywall guy–they can’t do but so much work until he got here, but he didn’t show up until late afternoon.  Also the laundry girl comes on Mondays, but she had to leave and then come back because her son had a dentist appointment.

Tuesday, painters at 8am, along with the drywall guy.  And the regular housekeepers.  Only they couldn’t do but so much because the painters are all over the place, so they’re going to come back at another time.  Then there was the lawn service people–they were going to replace some of the deer fencing and shrubbery around the perimeter, but needed access to the basement so that they could get to supplies

Wednesday, painters and drywall at 8am.  (Actually, drywall dude has been showing up around 730am, painters around 815).  Then there was the HVAC person for the upstairs guest bedroom (turns out they needed a new filter and some freon, nothing major).  The lawn service people were back again to install new sprinkler systems–MWF for the grass, T/H for the shrubbery in case you were wondering. Plus the guy to build the scaffolding in the stairwell for the painters.

Thursday, painters and drywall early again, though drywall was gone fairly quickly.  Appliance people were here to fix the innards of the SubZero wine locker, had to pull the unit out and basically replace everything. Painter’s wife came by to take photos and lord love a duck she talks more than I do and would NOT shut up!

Friday, painters early, drywall coming eventually to remove scaffolding.  Had to take the dogs to the groomers at 8am as well.  Plus the housekeepers are coming back early to make sure that all can be accomplished, however upon their arrival they took one look at the painters and said ‘we’ll be back at 3 to try and finish up before the family comes home’.

You know, it’s a good thing that I have not found a day job.  This is house managing, not house sitting!  Still, it’s been a fun week away, though I have to admit my t-shirt and yoga pants make me feel under dressed–even for the hired help!