Monday, December 29, 2008

Meme via Gunfighter via Los Angelista

I've been brain dead lately, ergo no posts and now, a meme. Gunfighter posted this meme, which he found via Los Angelista. Both have uber-fabulous blogs, and if you haven't checked them out, you should!

1. What is your occupation right now? I teach literature and writing classes to high school students

2. What color are your socks right now? None - I'm wearing nice, warm booty slippers.

3. What are you listening to right now? The clock ticking in my office.

4. What was the last thing that you ate drank? Trader Joe's drinking chocolate - bliss.

5. Can you drive a stick shift? under duress, yes.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? a friend from NYC who is also my mother's friend. We were discussing the move. Again.

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Well, no one actually sent it to me, but I DO like both Gunfighter and Los Angelista. They are both thoughtful writers with huge hearts. Gunfighter is also a brilliant rosary artist and Los Angelista is training for her first marathon and she ROCKS!

8. How old are you today? 49... half a year from the big 5-0 and I'm just delighted about it! Seriously.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Ice Skating during the Winter Olympics

10. What is your favorite drink? Whatever I'm into at the moment, but probably water over all. At the moment, I'm liking drinks with juice and rum.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Years ago and I really didn't like the texture, so I go natural now

12. Favorite food? Hard to say - I really prefer things with veggies and cheese, though.

13. What is the last movie you watched? GET SMART. I watched it with C after Fran died and we both needed distraction and a good laugh as therapy. And we got it.

14. Favorite day of the year? the first day of school

15. How do you vent anger? I yell. Embarrassing, but true. Hey, I grew up in NYC, what can I say?

16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Lite Brite (See my last meme).

17. What is your favorite season? Um... fall. Wasn't I just asked this?

18.. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries - now wait... THEY are my favorite food!

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? Um.... I guess this was originally an e-mail meme. I do like it when friends e-mail me back, don't you?

20. Who is the most likely to respond? Whoever else doesn't know what to post

21. Who is least likely to respond? D, because he never posts anything.

22. Living arrangements? a usually somewhat messy house on a dirt road that's near a relatively lively small city. I share this abode with C, D and the 2 piggies (guinea pigs) and sometimes our various assortment of exchange kiddos (who are all adults now, so I shouldn't call them kiddos).

23. When was the last time you cried? Probably December 12th (when it really sank in that Fran was gone - my MIL)

24. What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes. Shoes. Okay, so this is the way both GF and Los Angelista answered this, but what would anyone say here? If anyone says they never have clothes on the floor of their closet, then they scare me a little.

25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you're sending this to? Um... given that Anno and Charity both read my blog from time to time and I've known them about equal lengths of time... probably Anno and Charity

26. What did you do last night? Played Fluxx and watched Buffy episodes and had a great, homemade Italian dinner.

27. What are you most afraid of? Honestly? Global warming and its aftermath.

28. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburger? Cheese. In fact, I could skip the burger part and just do the cheese (as long as it was *real* cheese, not a "cheese product".

29. Favorite dog breed? Golden Retrievers

30. Favorite day of the week? Mondays, because I usually get to teach on Mondays

31. How many states have you lived in? New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan, Tennessee

32. Diamonds or pearls? Neither - opals.


April said...

I yell, too. I blame my Mexican-Irish heritage.
I hope you and yours have a great new Year. Wait, did I say that already? Oh, well. I still mean it!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to suggest a big MLFB bash for your 50th (if you want something like that, of course)

Mae Travels said...

Funny these things never have any questions about reading newspapers, magazines, or books. Or even blogs. Whatever...

Marianne Arkins said...

Okay... gonna do this on Thursday. And, wish you were still in Conn or Mass (or we were both in Calif), cuz then I could drive to see you! (Well, technically, I could do so now, but not easily).

soccer mom in denial said...

Ooooo I like Mae Travels. We should get her to talk about Day to Read!!!

I like your answers. Makes me like you more.

Maybe we could have a big 5-0 party sometime in the summer in some central city....

Jen said...

Well, April, I also have the Irish thing going on, along with Eastern European Jew, so... I hope you have a great New Year, too!

Oooo... Patti, that might well hold interest!

Mae, you are so right! And last things I've read today - the N. Y. Times, The Week, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Cook's Country, Frozen. Yeah, can't go through a day without reading. Oh, and blogs, blogs, blogs!

Marianne, I sure wish we lived closer, too! Or for your sake, I wish you were moving BACK to CA, and then you could visit us on the way!

SMID - sure, the more parties the merrier - maybe we could just have a big 'ol blogging party in some central city!

anno said...

Oh, I love this! I'm dying to see Get Smart, and it may even be up next in our NetFlix queue. That and Mama Mia. But you know the dark forces that vie against me when it comes to movie choices.

And a party? Definitely!

Heather said...

I've been all over the Trader Joe's chocolatey goodness too. Time for a cookie and a cup of cocoa, come to think of it.

Momisodes said...

Wow, you've lived in quite a few states! I love that your favorite day is the first day of school. Growing up (after long, hot summers), it was my favorite day of the year as well. Followed closely by the last day of school :)

p.s. The ONLY thing you can see on my closet floor are clothes.


Oprah says 50 is better than 30 or 40. I'm going to believe her on this. I'm almost at 40 and she was right about how great 40 is.

I have Christmas wrapping paper and bubble wands on the floor of my bedroom closet. We live in the city now, so we have to multi-task space. I keep my wrapping paper and kids gifts in my closet.

Jen said...

Anno - I was amazed how much fun Get Smart was! And I LOVED the show as a kid, so I was skeptical of the movie.

Heather, your post yesterday inspired my drinking the drinking chocolate, lol. I've wanted to try those JoJo's but I'm the only mint fan in the house. Boohoo!

Momisodes... I was also between first and last day of school. ;-) They're both great in my book!

Widney - I LOVED my 40s (except for a couple of the physical changes - memory, anyone?) but I really feel that the older we get, the more freedoms we have to a great extent. I'm loving it! And I do the kid gift in the closet thing, too, come to think of it! Now that I'm in a house, though, my wrapping paper is elsewhere.

thailandchani said...

I don't yell.. but probably should sometimes. :)

Interesting list!


Anonymous said...

Um, I don't have clothes on my closet floor, unless you count the ones in the dirty clothes basket (which sits on the closet floor). I don't even have shoes on my closet floor.

I feel so alone.

Jen said...

Chani, I don't actually think yelling produces anything - not even catharsis. I really wish I didn't do it.

Amy... yep, you're all alone. ;-) OTOH, maybe that's how you get so much done all the time - by being organized!

Unknown said...

...Opals says it all!

Jen said...

Hmmm... why, Greg? But I have always loved opals. I've never gone in for diamonds or pearls or precious anything, really - I'm not a big jewelry owner.

Brittany | the Home Ground said...

I love some of these answers! Especially the closet. Seriously, who doesn't have clothes on their floor? I have about 3 load on mine right now! Shhh...

Anonymous said...

Mmmm....Trader Joe's chocolate. It's so yummy but it always makes me sleepy.

Unknown said...

Regarding Opals and why they "say it all:"
Opals are a refreshing departure from the diamonds or pearls question. They are a less obvious choice, and in fact were excluded from the original question. Your choice suggests a woman who is certain of her likes and dislikes, confident in her choices, but not arrogant or self consciously "different." Of course, I could be totally wrong on all of this, but somehow I feel a kernel of truth is there in my "says it all" summation.
Best, Greg

Jen said...

Brittany - it's nice to have safety in numbers, isn't it?

Dingo - It does me, too, but on a winter afternoon with nothing to do, it can be just perfect!

Greg - what a lovely interpretation! And I hope it's true. I've just always enjoyed opals and not been very attracted to "baubles" in general.

Luisa Perkins said...

Hey! We just got Fluxx for Christmas. Fully awesome!

Praying you're well, my friend.

LisAway said...

I love cheese and veggies as well. And opals! And I yell, but without the excuse of being from NYC. *sigh*

Grimm said...

When I get mad I make up elberate cuss words that the little ones can't understand.

Of course the wife is always the one that gets asked, "What's a Sandpaper Tortalini Biscuit Head?"

painted maypole said...

the amount of crap on the floor of my closet could be a post in and of itself

Anonymous said...

Well, checking in late, but...I isolate when I get angry...yelling doesn't do a thing for me at all...I need to get away from everyone and THINK STUFF THROUGH...and then I cry...THAT is catharsis...I need the chemical release....

Love real cheeses too and YES, you should have a wonderful 50s bash...I did mine skydiving in Australia!