It’s Monday, y’all, and I’ma do my damnedest to try and keep a somewhat regular schedule when it comes to banging these posts out. Starting with the Share Your World thingy from Melanie. I mean… it’s a start, right? Better than no posts at all. ^_^ Anyway, I don’t have much to write here that won’t be a huge diversion, so on to the questions!
Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about? I have a vague recollection of panicking about driving down a one-way street in a strange town. This was decades ago, so I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but I think I just didn’t know my way around, wasn’t paying attention because I was looking for something, and just ended up going the wrong way down a one-way street. This was long before GPS apps were a twinkle in someone’s eye. I mean, I was lucky if I had a map and someone else to read it. Fortunately for me, it was late at night when this happened, I was the only one on the road, and no one saw me do it. I used to do most of my long-distance driving at night for just that very reason — so I’d be the only one on the road. Or one of the very few people on the road.
As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches? So I’ve always been a pragmatic person. Like even as a kid. Like, I remember thinking about running away. Because my life was pretty shit as a kid and anything would have been better. I recall sitting on my bed and considering it, but even back then I knew that a kid wouldn’t be able to get a job or rent a room or do anything that adults do. I also knew that they’d probably find me and bring me back and I’d be in even more trouble than I was at the moment, so I might as well stay put. The reason I remember all of this is because I thought about it a lot. I mean… a lot. But being a pragmatic individual, I never did because I just knew that it wasn’t a practical solution and that gave me a rather helpless rage at being trapped in my situation.
You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song? My musical instrument of choice will always be voice. I would sing beautifully in all languages and my song of choice would be whatever song fits the situation of the moment. Like if I had a magical talent, I would know which song I needed to sing at any moment, and I would be able to sing it. And it would be wondrous.
Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed?) I have jewelry, but I very rarely wear it. I have some necklaces that a friend made for me as a wedding present. I wear those upon occasion. I have a necklace that one of Doug’s family gave to me as a wedding present that’s made from some heirloom jewelry, I’ve never worn that. As for my family… we never pass things down. Of if they do, it never comes to us. My mom made sure of that. But that’s another digression that I’m just not gonna get into. Anyway, I don’t wear jewelry, cursed or otherwise.
You see, dear reader, I have an… interesting reaction to metal. It makes me itch. All of it. Even gold. I can’t wear a watch because the clasp will make me itch. I can’t wear a wedding band because the metal will make me itch. We’ve tried all kinds of “non-allergenic” kinds too and haven’t found anything that won’t make me itch. And since I’ve rarely worn jewelry because of this reaction, it feels weird whenever I try to now. However, having said that. If I were able to wear metal shamelessly (as they say), I would totally wear all kinds of dangley earrings, tons of necklaces — some beads, some chains, some pendants — and dozens of bangles on my wrists. I’d be one of those flamboyant women who jangle as they walk. I’d have rings on so many fingers. Hell, I might even have a nose ring. You never know. What I’m saying is, if I could, I’d shower myself in jewelry — and not even expensive stuff — I just wanna make some noise when I walk because why not?
What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad? I don’t really have a favorite salad, but I can tell you what ingredients wouldn’t go into a salad of mine — iceberg lettuce, onions, or artichoke hearts. Blah, I hate salads that are nothing but iceberg lettuce and a few other things sprinkled on top — like most restaurant salads in the USA. Let me tell you that for nuthin’. Tasteless and heartburn city for me. I like onions, don’t get me wrong. I love onions. But they’ve gotta be cooked. Raw onions give me gas like no one’s business. I have IBS-C and I try to avoid gas whenever I can. And last but certainly not least, I just hate artichoke hearts. I’m pretty okay with other salad ingredients, and I’ll mix and match as the mood takes me. Just leave those three things out and I’m good to go.
If you care to, share something that really irritates you. So this is really really petty, but yesterday I was trying to get the last bit of Nutella out of the jar and the shape of the jar annoyed the hell out of me. Like, who thought that was a good idea? Have you seen the shape of that thing? Here’s a reminder if you haven’t:
See how the jar dents out just before the lid? It’s nearly impossible to get all of the Nutella out of there. But that’s not all, dear reader, oh no, see how the jar goes in just before the bottom? Yeah, that traps a lot of gooey goodness too, because just under that inwardness is a huge dimple which is just freaking annoying. Plus, I’ve done some googling online and found that bump really isn’t necessary. It is for glass bottles (and the dent isn’t that big in most of them) but for plastic? No. It’s clearly there to take up space and for the producers to put less product in a “same size” jar. Aaannd to make it harder for us to get the product out of the jar. So annoying. I’m guessing that’s why they narrowed the jar at the bottom too. Same concept.
What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid-19 being shown the door, have those lounging items changed? So I’ve been totally disabled for coming close to a decade. Damn, you’d think I’d be used to it by now… Anyway, that means I’ve been “lounging” around the house for a good while. At first I kept all of my going out clothes, nice blouses, nice slacks, tons of skirts and such because I knew, I just knew that I would get over all of this foolishness and get back to work either part time or full time. Or at least do something with myself that required “real” clothes. But alas and alack, those clothes have gone out the door one by one. Now it’s t-shirts and yoga pants. I wear those almost exclusively and I go out in them too. They’re comfortable enough to hang around the house in and “good” enough to go to the store in. I still have a few skirts and nice blouses that I can throw on in case I have to get dressed up, but the last time I dusted them off was for the wedding we went to about a year ago. COVID-19 hasn’t changed a thing when it comes to what I wear.
I generally go around fully clothed for two reasons. One, it’s good for your mental health to get full dressed in real clothes every day. Even if you do not shower every day (and I don’t), you should get dressed every day. Just for the sake of your general well being. So, no matter how crap I’m feeling, I get dressed every day. Two, I have this great fear of someone coming to the door and me being only half dressed. Nonsense you say? Pshaw to you I say. Just this morning the meter reader came to my door because our back yard is inaccessible to him. Even though I turned in my reading online two days ago like I was supposed to, it didn’t take, so yep, he rang my doorbell. I’m glad I was dressed for that. The only time I take my pants off is when we’ve locked up for the night and even then, I keep them close by. I don’t want to be caught with my pants off. I’m just weird that way.
Yesterday I walked out into the back yard and just kinda stood out there watching the bees. I love to watch the bees at work. It’s very relaxing. So, early on this year, right after we moved in, I threw a bunch of seed out there because it was nothing but dirt, and the mix said it was supposed to be clover and maybe alfalfa. We did get clover, but we also got this:
So I found out yesterday that those are called ‘cosmos’ flowers. I didn’t know that. Maybe they were there before because they’re self seeding and I didn’t know? I dunno. Either way, they’re very pretty and, as I said, the bees love them. And I really do love watching and listening to the bees. If you notice the bush that’s climbing the wall in the corner (to the right), it’s crawling with bees. There’s a better view of it in the following pictures. Anyway, that was a nice thing that happened yesterday, and I wish I had something to sit in out there because it would be so relaxing. Ah well, maybe next year. We’re kind of out of spending money for this year. Either way, here are more pictures…
And that’s it for this week. See y’all next week. Don’t forget to check out Melanie’s blog for everyone else’s answers! Toodles!