April 1st, 2011

20 questions...

Rule #1: The tagged person must write their answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves. The tagee must state who tagged them.

I was tagged by Jen Riehle, over in her blog, to do this.

  1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals or are they members of your family?

    Misty and Sophie were most definitely daddy's little girls. Misty slept above and in an arc around my head on my pillow, and Sophie slept between my legs.

  2. If you could have a dream come true, what would it be?

    To have been a dancer on Broadway.

  3. What would you do with a billion dollars?

    I'd live as if I didn't have a billion dollars.

  4. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?

    Putting things in context.

  5. What is your bedtime routine?

    I'm usually online until 1:00 or 2:00 AM. When I'm not, I'm reading in bed until I fall asleep.

  6. If you could go back and do it again would you, and if so, when would you go back to?

    I would have started living my authentic life a lot earlier than 18 years ago.

  7. What kind of books do you read?

    I read all kinds of book as I can't remember the time when I wasn't in a book club. Between the NEMATOMES for 11 years (a book a month), a short-lived GLBT book club, and my 15-year-running Mostly Social Book Club, I've read an inordinate number—and a wide variety—of books.

  8. How do you see yourself in 10 years?

    Using a mirror, I suppose. (Badumpbump, I'm here another 10 years, folks.) Active, both socially and intellectually—&deity willing.

  9. What’s your fear?

    Getting brain cancer.

  10. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to see outer space?

    No, I'm happy seeing it on YouTube.

  11. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

    Use the bathroom. There's nothing like being regular in your later years. It gives one the illusion of being healthy.

  12. If you could change one thing about your significant other, what would it be? Or, if you’re single – if you could choose a significant other who looked like anyone in the world, who would it be?

    Just the idea of trying to change other people to suit me creeps me out. I'm not interested in changing a single thing about my significant other. That's what makes him "other." With that said, I'd support him in any way that I could in changing anything about himself that he'd like to change.

  13. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?


  14. If you had to choose between six months of sun or six months of rain, what would you choose?

    Sun, assuming the planet will continue to get drinking water from some other source during that time.

  15. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

    Cheese. All kinds of cheeses. I just love cheese. Bread would be a close second, for sure.

  16. What is the thing you enjoy the most about blogging?

    The social aspect when people engage, but if or when they don't, it's the ability to look back on any day of my life and see what was consuming my thoughts and how I may or may not have changed over the years.

  17. Do you prefer salty or sweet foods?

    I prefer salty foods, but that doesn't stop me from eating sweet ones.

  18. What items are in your purse right now?

    Although I'm not opposed to carrying a purse, I can rarely find one to match my shoes, so I don't. My wallet contains my driver's license, my ATM card, my credit card, two bar membership cards, my free bus fare card, my work ID badge, $100 in cash, and my health care card.

  19. If you had to choose between vacationing at the beach or in the mountains where would you go?

    The beach, but it wouldn't bother me to not actually set foot on the beach itself while there. Perhaps I just like the notion of a beach.

  20. What television show do you watch that you know you shouldn’t?


Rule #2: Tag 4 people to do this quiz; they cannot refuse (OK, so nothing bad will happen if you don’t participate but I would love to see your answers).

I'm not a tagger, so I'm ignoring rule #2. Thanks for reading.

A mental health day, a new workout, a "too soon" April Fool's joke, & hanging out at the library...

~Friday~  I took a mental health day off work today and gloriously slept in until almost noon.

I carried my ass to the gym (How Southern!) at 1:00, where I did 200 ab crunches and 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, changing from my long-time exercise option of "Hill" to the one that said, "Cardio."

The biggest difference was that instead of vacillating between a resistance of 20 and 30, it vacillated between 30 and 50. Overall, though, the calorie burn was about the same, so I'm not sure what to think about that.

It was good to be done with my workout by 2:00 on a Friday, I'll say that.

I did a quick check of my work e-mail, mid-afternoon, and was glad to see nothing pressing. There was an affirming note from Sarah, and then later in the day, one from my boss's boss, Stan, about them having missed me today.

I know that social media is alive and doing well in that word has gotten back to some of the management team about "where I am" in terms of my job there, and that's all fine and dandy, because when I first expressed my unhappiness several months ago, my promise was that I wouldn't walk in there one day and just give my two week's notice, but that they would know what was going on with me all along.

I'll probably attempt to state it more explicitly next week, but seeing from where different people are accessing my blog, I'm pretty sure the people who have a "need to know," know.

There was one interesting e-mail in my inbox from one of our leaders in the organization, which was an April Fool's joke. And as is my practice to not discuss work things in detail here, I'll just say that there were 6 or 7 responses to it (out of a potential ~275), which seemed to indicate an appreciation for it.

I can sum up my take on it in two words: "Too soon."

At 6:00, I went over to the university library, which I chose over a coffee shop, mostly because I didn't feel like "smelling like a coffee shop," after being at one for several hours, which I've found to be the case after being at both Helios and Mission Joe's for long periods of time.

It was windy on the walk through The Brickyard to the entrance to the library, and at the foot of the entrance, an older gentleman was building (god knows why) a tower out of empty plastic juice bottles, and each time he put another one on the top, the wind blew it over and it made its way down the side of the structure making that kerplunk sound like in the game Plinko on The Price is Right.

What It Looked Like As I Was Entering
Plastic juice bottle tower at foot of stairs

I spent four hours in the library, during which time I bought a cup of coffee at the odorless Hill of Beans Coffee Shop at the library entrance, caught up a few entries of my blog, bought an Idina Menzel CD from iTunes, and played some Scrabble on Facebook.

For a good hour-and-a-half, an exceptionally handsome guy—sitting on a nearby couch—distracted the hell out of me. His girlfriend, who wasn't overly pretty, but I'm sure had a great personality, clung to him so much so that, personally, I'd describe it as suffocating him. Besides, she kept blocking my view of him.

I was listening to music on my laptop iTunes, with my earbuds in, when at 10:02, someone tapped me on the back.

"It's time to go," a worker said to me when I took out my earbuds. I thought the place closed at midnight.

Outside, and at the bottom of the steps, the man was gone but the his work remained intact.

The Tower

Bottles Up Close

Up until the time I got into my car, I was heading downtown to have a drink at The Borough, and considering the drag show at Legends at midnight after that.

However, once I pulled out of my parking spot, I headed home and stayed in.

I chatted with Robert on instant message, made some Scrabble moves in several games I'm in the midst of, and I responded to Jen's meme.