Sunday, March 25, 2018

The TMI Tuesday Blog

Back late from interstate. Bad weather delays.
Ah well.
Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?

Meatloaf. I could go for the rest of my life without hearing the Bat out of Hell album again.

2. You seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it.


3. What is your favorite curse word

F*ck. It has a multitude of uses. To be used sparingly.

4. You can travel any time in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

I think the 20s looks fun. I'd go dancing.

5. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be?

I can now fly (and be graceful and land with ease)

6. When did you last use your cell phone as a flashlight?

On the weekend. I was looking for something in my handbag.

7. On a scale from 1-10, how comfy are you being naked?

At the moment, 2. Normally, when  I'm not carrying as much weight, 5.

8. When did you last use food or drink to enhance your mood?

I had a burrito at the airport. I had only a flimsy sandwich at around 10.30. I was hangry. I was much happier after eating.

9. Give us a word that gets you excited.


10. Now give us one that makes you squirm.

I really don't like the word awesome. Not fond of moist either.

11. What word makes you smile?

Excrescences. It's a word we use in Freemasonry. Love it.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Fickle in Pink Meme

Having a very quiet weekend. Have a lot of paperwork to do for a club I belong to so I ma sitting around doing this after a very busy week.

Questions, as per usual, are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. Do you tend to have a guilty conscious?

Only when going through international immigration and customs. For some reason I always feel guilty, even if I know I have done nothing wrong.

2. Do you still have your wisdom teeth?

I have two of them left - both on the left hand side. The other two went years ago, both done in the chair.

3. Peanut Butter - creamy or crunchy?


4. Get up off your butt. Take 5 steps. Which leg did you start out on?

On the left. Always on the left. It's a Freemason thing.

5. What color is your favorite kitchen utensil?

Yellow. It's my grandmother's old egg beater.

6. Did you watch the Michael Jackson memorial/funeral?


7. Do you know anyone who graduated from high school this year?Were you invited to their graduation party? Did you go?

No. But I graduated from my Masters this week. I went to the ceremony.

8. White with black stripes or black with white stripes?

No idea what you're talking about. I believe zebra's are black with white stripes. The White Stripes are a great band.

9. If we were to call your 6th grade teacher, what would they say about you?

Diligent but strange.

10. Can you draw a perfect circle?


11. What was your favorite scratch & sniff sticker scent?


12. What does your sibling do for a living?

She works as a student support officer / teacher's aide at a school.

13. How many light switches and electrical outlets are in the room that you are in right now?

One light switch and three power outlets.

14. Do you know sign language?

No. I can only say thank you and skinny in Auslan.

15. Do you step on cracks in the sidewalk?

I try not to, but I don't go too far out of my way.

16. And the sheets on your bed look like....?

Well laundered and well made. They're premium Sheridan sheets. I'm a bedding snob.

17. What is something that everyone else has, but you don't?

A partner. But I'm good with this.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Write From Karen Meme

It's a long weekend. I'm digging myself out of a very mild session of black dog. Thankfully it's containable and I've caught it, but it means a lot of down time and self care. It's coming good, but it's taking its time.

Anyway, the questions, as per usual, come from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. What’s the coolest item you’ve found at a garage sale, flea market, etc?

I don't think I've ever bought anything at a garage sale. I've got some natty clothes at the odd op shop. I love my trench coat which I found on eBay.

2. Describe how your day went yesterday.

Good. Meditation, breakfast with a friend, went shopping, found something to wear to graduation on Thursday, haircut and colour (a tad dark, but it will settle) and a dinner and a play in the evening. A good day.

3. Do you have issues with people entering your personal space? What do you do when your personal space is violated?

Yes. It depends on who it is, but I like people to be respectful of my personal space.I'm a bit claustropobic, so crowded trams are an issue.

4. What is the one meal recipe you think you’ve mastered?

I do a mean chicken and roast pumpkin stir fry. Friends ask for that regularly.

5.  If you could take back something you did to someone, what would it be?

I can't think of anything.

6. Would you describe yourself as spiritual, religious, or something else?

Spiritual. I love learning about religion but I'm not religious.

7. Did you ever receive detention in school? What sort of kid were you in school – bookworm, smart kid, troublemaker, quiet … etc.

No detention. I was the weird, nerdy bookworm. Hated high school.

8. When’s the last time you ran a mile? How often do you exercise?

A few years ago, before I did my back in. But I walk a lot and I'm in the gym 3-4 times a week.

9. What would you say to your 16-year-old self, and why?

It's going to be alright. Once you leave home, things get better. And boys will always be a mystery/

10. What are you avoiding?

Writing my novel. I don't know why,

11. Describe a “Hah! I told you so” moment you had recently.

Pretty much comes out of of the current Federal Government with their crap decisions. I say that a lot at the news.

12. What’s more important, where you live or what you do for a living? Why?

Where you live. Community is important. If you're doing an honest job, you're winning already/

13. Swear words: Are you pro or con? Why?

Pro - when used sparingly. Intelligent women who swear get more out of life.

14. Paper or plastic? Do you prefer to pack your own groceries?

This is Australia - most of the time you pack your own groceries. They are phasing out plastic on a state by state basis.

15. Do you have a shoe fetish? How often do you buy new shoes? Do you ever get rid of a pair of shoes?

I like shoes, but I don't need shoes. I have a one pair in, one pair out policy. I tend to wear them into the ground then get new favourites. I love my silver birkenstocks at the moment.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Art Historic Meme

A lazy day. Lots of reading and a few cat cuddles. Nasser is a tosser.(You have to be in Australia for this one)

Questions, as always, courtesy of Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Classical: If you were an Olympian god, what would you be known for?

I would be one the Juniper Dionysus - God of Gin.

Byzantine: Do you prefer gold or silver accessories?

Always silver. Love silver.

Medieval: Are you religious?

No. I am not religious at all - handing in my Christian ticket many years ago. However, I am spiritual and love learning about religions.

Gothic: What is your favourite historic building?

Westminster Abbey. I've spent days on there. Love the building. I'm a fan of any cathedral, particularly English ones.

Renaissance: Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt enlightened or changed?

I moved to London in the 90s. I changed overnight. For some reason I felt more confident.

Baroque: Do you enjoy the finer things in life?


Rococo: Is your bedroom full of trinkets and pictures? If so, which pictures adorn your walls?

Not really. I have to pen and ink drawings in my bedroom, that is it. The rest is pretty utilitarian.

Neoclassicism: If something came back into fashion, what do you hope it would be?

Sloppy jumpers and scrunchies. I rock a good 80s look.

Romanticism: Do you often see things in a positive light?

I try to. I go out of my way to do so.

Pre-Raphaelite: Which book would you like to see turned into a film?

In no order, Donna Tartt's "The Secret History", Geoffrey Eugenides "Middlesex" and Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible".

Impressionism: Do you look for details or take everything in at once?

A bit of both. I'm good at both, depending on what the situation requires.

Art Nouveau: When were you last at the theatre?

At the start of the month when I was at the Pop Up Globe for the closing night. Last film was seen yesterday.

Surrealism: Why does the porcupine think it's a duck?

The porcupines imagines itself as a duck, as a duck is just a prick on the inside, where the porcupine has all the pricks on the outside. the porcupine is internalising itself. Ducks are pricks, regardless.

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Pop Art: Do you enjoy pop culture?


Contemporary: What did you do today?

Went to the gym, had breakfast, talked to a friend in Boulder, Colorado, did the hard floors, read a book, went and saw Blarney, Barney and Maow Maow and watched Marriend at First Sight - and Nasser is still a tosser.