Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blah blah blah MEME blah blah blah

I forgot to do a blog last week and NO ONE NOTICED! So for my OWN amusement, I will do this meme that has been making the rounds of late.

1. Are you named after someone? Yes, my dad’s sister, who was named after their Aunt Dorothy
2. When was the last time you cried? I battle depression. I cry all the time.
3. Do you like your handwriting? Ehhh…it’s OK. My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Berg did her best, but I doubt she would give me a good grade now.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? I like most of them.
5. Do you have any kids? 1 girl and 1 boy
6. Do you use sarcasm? Moi? Moi? Surely you jest…
7. Do you still have your tonsils? Nope. They were yanked when I was 5.
8. Would you bungee jump? Would I set myself on fire? The answer is the same…
9. What is your favorite cereal? I pretty much like them all, hot or cold.
10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Almost never.
11. What is your favorite ice cream? Thrifty’s brand black cherry
12. What do you notice first about a person? Their smile, or lack thereof.
13. Red or pink? Either one, don’t care. Prefer blue
14. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? I always expect the worst.
15. What was the last thing you ate? Ramen with leftover chicken in it.
16. What are you listening to right now? Marv watching Alaska The Last Frontier
17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Midnight Blue
18. What is your favorite smell? Nature—rain, cut grass, pine trees
19. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Don’t remember. The last one I texted with was Sarah.
20. Hair color? Brown with a lot of grey. And I am PROUD of my grey hair!!
21. Eye color? Hazel
22. Do you wear contacts? Not anymore. Once I got bifocals it was pointless.
23. Your favorite food? Beer-batter fried prawns/filet mignon
24. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings, every time.
25. Last movie you watched? Nine Lives. GREAT movie!
26. What color shirt are you wearing? Yellow shirt with my “cute but dangerous” pirate kitty on it.
27. Summer or winter? Actually, I much prefer Autumn.
28. Hugs or kisses? Both, unless you’re sick. Then stay away! Fist bump!
29. What is on your lock screen? Some kind of purple flowery thing that was one of the options on my new phone.
30. What did you watch on TV last night? Blindspot
31. Favorite sound? Nature—wind, rain, birds, trees rustling
32. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Beatles
33. What is the farthest you've traveled? Germany
34. Do you have special talent? Loyalty and a helping nature
35. Where were you born? Smithville, Missouri 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pointless facts

Yet another article from MSN. A lot of these facts were in the category of “who cares?” and “wish *I* could get a boat load of grant money to research this!”
I have included only those I found worth mentioning.

The Haskell Opera House was deliberately built on the U.S.-Canada border. The opera stage resides in Canada but most of the opera seats are in the United States.
{OK. Big question. Do you need a passport if you come from the US and want to go up onstage? And what if you’re trying to flee the US and go into Canada. Can you buy your opera ticket and then sneak out the back door and you are over the border and free? THIS NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO!!}

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
{My only comment is how much time and money was spent on this?? Did they have to buy a special fridge for the research lab? Just how did they research this?}

If kept in a dark room, a goldfish will turn white.
{Just this bald statement. How long did this poor fish have to spend in the dark? And when it was brought back into the light, did it turn orange again? And did you know you could BUY fish that were already white?}

The Fitzroy River turtle, also known as the bum-breathing turtle, obtains almost 70% of the oxygen it needs through its buttocks.
{This is the ABSOLUTE BEST subject for junior high science/biology class. I can hear the snickering from the 7th grade boys. Every boy should have his own bum-breathing turtle.}

Some species of snails may have more than 20,000 teeth.
{OK. My biggest question is how on EARTH they found a dentist willing to get a snail into the examining chair and find a dental dam small enough to pry that sucker’s mouth open…}

If an electric current is applied to a pickle, it will glow in the dark.
{I would be willing to guess most things, with enough electricity, will glow in the dark. I’m just grateful they did this with a pickle and not a cute little bunny rabbit.}

Before starving to death, a cockroach can live for nine days without its head.
{HA! That’s nothing!! I’ve known SEVERAL people who exist just fine WITHOUT A BRAIN!}

On average, there are 8 insect legs in a chocolate bar.
{I do NOT need to know this kind of thing and I apologize for sharing this info, but I had a blog to write and I was running out of material.}

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 2016 Book Report

East of Midnight (1977) by Tanith Lee

Delightful tale of a slave from one world and a prince from another world. Prince Zaister is facing death and finds a way to trade places with the slave Dekteon from a parallel world. The only problem is that they can’t actually change places corporally, but spiritually. So when Dekteon wakes in a new world and is hailed as the soon-to-be executed prince, he is amazed to see in the mirror that he looks just like the prince. Meanwhile, Prince Zaister finds what is it like to be a slave facing death of a different kind in the copper mines.
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Coils (1982) by Fred Saberhagen and Roger Zelazny

Awesome but dated sci-fi story dealing with the new world of computers. Don has little memory of his former life, but figures it has something to do with computer tech. He has the ability to enter into a computer with his mind and make changes that affect the physical world.
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Tearoom for Two (2016) by Susan Page Davis

This is a new series from Guideposts: Tearoom Mysteries. Elaine and Jan are cousins, both widows who decide to open a tearoom together in their old home town in Maine. When they go thrift shopping for teapots and dishes to use in their business, they inadvertently buy a teapot that was stolen many years previous from a British museum.
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Light in the Dark Belt (1949) by Rosa Young

An outstanding autobiography of the woman who has been called the Mother of Black Lutheranism. The daughter of former slaves, Rosa Young knows the answer to the awful poverty of her people is education. In her search for a church to take over a school she has started, Booker T. Washington advises her to contact the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for help. The Lutherans had a mission to the northern states, but because of Rosa’s urging, they made their way into Alabama and the South.
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Finding Home (2015) by Emily Thomas

Blue Hills book. Anne discovers that her Aunt Edie founded an international adoption agency. One of the services being handled by Alex’s late sister shows evidence of having funds embezzled from it, and that his sister was aware of something going on. Before she could discover what it was, she was killed in a car accident. Now Alex and Anne try to solve the questions.