7 Quick Takes Friday #1

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I have been following the Conversion Diary blog for a while as a lurker (I admit it), and I would highly recommend it. It is very thought provoking. It is so thought-provoking that I don’t follow in my Google Reader because I can’t handle reading it unless I am in the right frame of mind. Also, I rarely comment because Jennifer gets so many comments that mine are rarely needed. Having no kids yet and not being Catholic myself, I usually don’t have anything to contribute that would be helpful anyway. I learn more from the comments others make.

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I am still online for work right now, I have 5 more hours left in my shift. Things have been slow the last few hours, but I expect that means that all hell is about to break loose and I’ll be online past the usual quitting time of 10 PM. Is it a full moon? Full moons have been proven to correspond with my co-workers’ craziness increasing.

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Last night we got to see RiffTrax Live with the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffing on Plan 9 From Outer Space. I was a little tired but it was date night, and since our relationship was founded in part on our mutual love of MST3K, I considered it essential that we see this, and I was glad we did. I could never have made it through that horrible movie without the riffing, for sure. I love those guys.

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I just watched the episode where SpongeBob Squarepants almost gets his boat driver’s license. And now it is snowing under the sea. That makes no sense!

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I am trying to get better about posting more frequently on this blog even if I have to go a little off-topic because I want to be interesting. I am considering using some blog writers’ prompts from other sites on some days. If you know of any good ones, let me know!

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My husband requested a main dish with fruit this week and I wanted to try this recipe from AllRecipes.com. Being a vegetarian, I don’t buy meat much. I had to go to 3 stores trying to find free-range chicken that was less than $8/lb. I eventually gave up and bought regular we-torture-our-chickens-in-factory-farms chicken which was still $8 a pound just because it was organic. Ridiculous that it was 1) so difficult to find free-range chicken, and 2) so extremely expensive even for the regular kind just because they were fed grain instead of the parts of other chickens. They still grew up never seeing the sunlight and with their beaks and feet cut off. I do not miss meat at all.

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In case anyone cares, the cat has started pooping outside the box again. Despite the fact that I gave up the green litter and went back to the kind that never biodegrades, we bought a new litter box, we took off the hoods of both boxes, and we bought a new mat, she is still doing it. I have no idea why. I am completely out of ideas.

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Blog tag!

I was excited to be tagged by Olga because I have only been tagged once before in my life and that was because I specifically asked someone to tag me, and I don’t know if that counts.

Here is how it works:

1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write six random things about yourself.
3. Tag six people at the end of your post.
4. If you are tagged, JUST DO IT, and pass the tag along.

And here are six totally random things about me:

1. I have this toe thing where if someone were to unexpectedly grasp a toe or toes I would be completely unable to breathe and probably have a heart attack. If you are planning on trying this, please thing about the fact that you would be touching someone’s feet. And stop it. 😉

2. I love Ben Folds, and I can’t stand John Mayer. I am sorry, John Mayer fans, but it is true.

3. I am very smell-sensitive. Bad smells really cripple me but good smells can really make me super happy.

4. Somehow I have never learned to cook American food that well. If I need to make a fast meal, it’s always Asian (stir-fry) or Italian or even Mexican. Is that because American food is big chunks of meat and I don’t eat that?

5. I believe that coffee is very important and wonderful, even though my husband doesn’t like it so much.

6. It really bothers me when people are rude to each other or yell at each other. I can’t stand political debates sometimes for this reason.

OK I tag Mel Sutton and, um, I think she is the only person I know with a blog who reads this. Let me add “I am kind of boring” to the list.

One of those quizzes

1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES? Grey
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? “Who’s Your City” by Richard Florida and “Drylongso” by John Langston Gwaltney
3. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? some purportedly Chinese characters but I think they are probably just generic Kanji
4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Blokus
5. LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS? let’s not even go there. I do live with a man, you know.
6. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? take my BBT, go back to sleep until the thermometer goes off.
7. FAVORITE COLOR? Green
8. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR? Yellow is a nice color but it looks terrible on me.
9. HOW MANY RINGS UNTIL YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? If it gets to the chorus of “Peanut Butter Jelly” it’s too late, I won’t make it in time to answer
10. FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? Not sure if there will be one, but if there was, I think I would have to meet it first. I don’t believe in naming things you haven’t seen.
11. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Vanilla
12. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Not really. It’s too expensive, in the end.
13. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? No I sleep with a husband, which is much harder to catch.
14. DO YOU LIKE THUNDERSTORMS? No, thunder worries me.
15. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? a blue Nissan pickup truck with no AC and no power steering. I was 80 lbs and I lived in Texas. Think about that.
16. WHAT IS YOUR SIGN? Aquarius
17. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? Nooo but my husband does. I save them for him when I cut up fresh broccoli.
18. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE? I like what I’m doing now, really.
19. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE? If I think of another color I’ll dye it that color, but it would probably just be a variation of my natural color.
20. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Half-empty, but that is usually just being realistic so I can figure out a way to fill that thing up.
21. FAVORITE MOVIE? Mystery Science Theater 3000?
22. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Yes
23. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? We have a platform bed, there is no under-the-bed
25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I do not watch sports. See 2 blog posts ago.
26. YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST INTENSE PAIN? Stupid people
27. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Mustard
28. HAMBURGER OR HOT DOG? I don’t eat meat, so the veggie burger. I have not yet found a brand that does veggie hot dogs well enough to keep me from gagging.
29. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON? Fall
30. THE BEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN? Tie between Kyoto, Japan and San Francisco, CA.
31. WHAT SCREEN SAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW? None at home and the computer at work does not allow me to select a screensaver. The IT people believe that would give us too much power to let us pick our own screensaver. It would be anarchy for sure.
32. FAVORITE FAST FOOD? I don’t really eat fast food, but I like Schlotsky’s veggie sandwich OK and also Freebirds burritos (half-bird).

47 Things

47 ODD Things about you! Learn 47 things about your friends, and let them learn 47 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? not by itself. If it is in something and it blends with other stuff, maybe. But by itself, I think it smells and tastes like vomit.
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? This confuses me because movies have led me to believe that heroine is injected. What is it? Injected or smoked?? Obviously, I haven’t.
3. Do you own a gun? No, but we bought a teeball bat to keep by the bed for self defense. It is Christian’s job to hit an intruder over the head with it if someone breaks into the house.
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic? I don’t mess around with flavoring regular soft drinks, I go straight for the Ocean Water, buddy.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Not really. All the bad news typically comes in a phone call later when the test results come back.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Bologna is imitation meat, Spam is imitation bologna. Hot dogs are like spam and bologna. Gross.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? A Muppet Christmas Carol or the original Boris Karloff version of The Grinch.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? I have orange juice first and then coffee.
9. Can you do push ups? Theoretically I can. I have some arms and I am a reasonably strong person. But there is no need to test this theory. That would be too strenuous.
10. What is your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding rings and the two pieces of Tiffany jewelry my husband gave me when we were dating.
11. Favorite Hobby?  cooking
12. Do you have A.D.D.? I think I did when I was younger but I have developed the ability to multitask to the extent that even though I get distracted I keep doing all the things at once.
13. What’s one trait you hate about yourself? My tendency to be neurotic. Or come across as neurotic even when I’m actually not feeling that way.
14. Middle name? Suzanne
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.  1) I should go to bed because I am going to regret staying up this late. 2) I am still waiting for something for work so I can’t. 3) I should at least wash my face.
16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday. A desk, legs for a desk, and a rug.

17. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? coffee, water, juice
18. Current hate right now? the way my face is breaking out. I am 30 years old, this is not supposed to happen.
19. Current worry? I fear there will not be enough sleep happening this week.
20. Favorite place to be? with my husband
21. How did you bring in the New Year? We went over to a friends house, there were 3 couples and 2 children under the age of two, and one in utero. It was a wild party let me tell you.
22. Where would you like to go? Next on the list is NYC and an Alaskan cruise.
23. Name three people who will complete this? This is the part where I ask other people to fill this out and post it on their blog, but no one else has a blog so nevermind.
24. Do you own slippers? Yes, they are so beat up but I love them.
25. What shirt are you wearing? A blue long sleeved shirt it is very comfy.
26. What year would you go back in time to? 1969 in order to attend Woodstock.
27. Can u whistle? No.
28. Favorite color? Green
29. Would you be a pirate? Not really because I don’t think they bathe very often and the likelihood of dying suddenly and painfully is much higher than the movies would have you believe.
30. What songs do you sing in the shower? I am not awake enough in the shower to do any singing anymore. I am too old.
31. Favorite girl’s name? I like names like Rain and Sunshine and Meadow, but Christian says those are hippie names and so no child of ours will be having those names.
32. Favorite boy’s name? Christian invented the best boy’s name in the world and it can also be used for a girl. It is so great that I cannot tell you what it is because someone might steal it.
33. What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing.
34. Last thing that made you laugh? Christian. There was tickling.
35. Best Halloween costume? When I dressed up as Janice Rand from the original Star Trek series. But I would say that other people have had much better costumes. Like the year that Leanna and Scott went as John and Lorena Bobbit.
36 how many broken bones have you had? none
37. Do you love where you live? no, no one loves living in Dallas except extremely rich people who like showing off to the other extremely rich people, and that is a sick, sad cycle of discontentment if I ever saw one. That is to say, the only people who love living here are masochistic.
38. How many TVs do you have in your house? one. it is a huge, old thing. And we try not to use it much.
39. Who is your loudest friend? possibly my family. my family is very loud.
40. How many dogs do you have? none. cats are better. cats. I have two.
41 Does someone have a crush on you? Hopefully not, that would sure be awkward for them since I am married and they have absolutely no chance. 
42. What is your favorite book(s)? the Bible.
43. What is your favorite candy? anything with chocolate and caramel together is pretty awesome.
44. Favorite Sports Team? no
45. Your favorite meal? I really love me some good sushi.
46. What were you doing 12 AM last night? I was thinking, I hope I fall asleep soon because I am going to regret being up so late tomorrow.
47. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I think I have a headache.

Better than “getting to know me”: Getting to know my iPod

I got this as one of those emails, but I love this version! Feel free to copy and email your answers to me or answer in the comments, or post on your own blog! I seriously did not cheat either.

Instructions:

1. Put your music player on shuffle.

2. Press forward for each question.

3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING!

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Miller’s Angels – Counting Crows

WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY THINK OF YOU?
Redlight – Kelly Osbourne

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Tourette’s – Nirvana

WHAT DO STRANGERS THINK OF YOU?
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

WHAT DO YOUR EXES THINK OF YOU?
All I Want – Joni Mitchell

HOW IS YOUR LOVE LIFE?
Birdcage – The Wallflowers

HOW WILL YOUR LOVE LIFE BE IN THE FUTURE?
Pulling Teeth – Greenday
(well, that’s not good….)

WILL YOU HAVE KIDS?
Beautiful Soul – Jesse McCartney
(that does not tell me anything)

WILL YOU BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE?
Breathing – Lifehouse

WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Yesterday Once More – Redd Kross, from the “If I Were A Carpenter” album, which was featured on the movie Juno.
(I would like to point out that I got this album at least 7 years before the movie featured it.)

WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
(I agree with that choice)

THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE:
When You Spoke My Name – MercyMe

YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND ARE:
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Ray Charles & Elton John, from the “Genius Loves Company” album
(this seems appropriate if my husband is my best friend)

HAPPY TIMES:
Perfect Blue Buildings – Counting Crows

SAD TIMES:
Summer Girls – Kidz Bop

EVERY DAY:
Temporary One – Fleetwood Mac

FOR TOMORROW:
Can’t Take It In – Imogen Heap, from the “Chronicles of Narnia” soundtrack

FOR YOU:
Hamoa Beach – Gomez

WHAT DOES NEXT YEAR HAVE IN STORE FOR ME?
I’m So Afraid – Fleetwood Mac
(well, that’s comforting)

WHAT DO I SAY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO HARD?
Mai Ai Hee (Dragostea Din Tei) – O-Zone, known best for the “Numa Numa” guy in the YouTube video

WHAT DO YOU WANT AS A CAREER?
Rock This B*tch – Ben Folds
(LOL)

YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?
Time After Time – Nova Space

HOW WILL I DIE?
Perfect Situation – Weezer
(sweet!)