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Friday, November 11, 2016

survey from November 21, 2007

From a private blog. This is how I got through stuff before I had twitter. This was just before we found out I had a very nasty cytomegalovirus infection that took me down for months. It's a mono strain that can hit your liver like a freight train, so basically it was like having hepatitis with a lot of complications.

I started this at 5 a.m. this morning.  It's now 1 a.m.

1. What was the highlight of your day?
Getting to sleep for 3 hours before I woke up coughing.  Later on my highlight will be seeing my family over the hills and through the woods.  I'm pretty excited about that.

2. Who's car were you in last?
I was in my baby Lamborghini ripping up the road to the doctor.  Unmedicated, for a change.  Totally at one with the broken CD player and 
Star 105.1 .

3. When is the next time you are going to kiss someone?
Scott gave me a teeny quickie kiss on the way out.  He keeps forgetting I'm lethal, toxic, and poisonous and keeps doing that.

4. What color shirt are you wearing?
My favoritist old raggedy black t-shirt in the whole world.  I'm not going to throw it away until a nipple actually shows.

5. How long is your hair?

Still way above my waist.  Waaaay above.  I won't be able to make a ponytail for months.  Possibly longer.

6. Last movie you watched?

The Kingdom of Heaven, with Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson and many other biggies.  I thought they did a really good job on the war.

7. Last thing you drank?
Hot honey milk.  Did you know honey bees were European and near Eastern before they came to America?  One brave bee named Christopher C. drew up a plan for world dominance, and their Queen, Isabee, approved.

8. Last thing you ate?
About 5 hours ago I was finishing up cashews, cheese, and crackers.

9. Where did you sleep last night?
I was really hoping to get more sleep than this.  I took some benadryl, maybe I'll get a quick nap in before I have to leave later.  I'm having to sleep on the couch lately so I don't choke on my own phlegm.

10. Are you happy right now?
No one ever asks me if I'm thrilled.  How come no one ~ever~ asks me that?

11.What did you say last?
I'm sure someone's got it on record somewhere.  I think it was 'see ya' or 'you too' or something as Scott walked out the door.  Maybe you can google that if it's so important.

12. Where is your phone?
Do phones have GPS tracking systems in them yet?  I know the CTU people in 24 can track cell phone signals, but that's only if they're actively being used.

13. What was the last museum you went to?
My room is a lot like a museum after an earthquake.  Antiquities in piles all sliding back out of order.

14. what color are your eyes?
I will be so surprised if I find out later they're not really brown and that I've been delusional all this time.

15. Who came over last?
We can always count on Twinkles.


16. Who are you talking to?
Very surreal.  My first thought was, who are YOU?  You know you're a hermit when you really think you're having a conversation with a survey.

17. Who/what do you hate/dislike currently?
Sinus pain and pressure *can* be your friend if you'll just give it a chance.

18. What are you listening to?
Predawn Weather Channel music, but they keep interrupting it to talk about some places having snow.

19. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
3 more hours of sleep.  I think I'm going to stop for awhile and try laying down again.

20. What is the best smell.

::11 hours later::  Ok, I'm back.  My most favorite smell ever is the smell of newly made alfalfa hay bales in the night air mixed with the smell of my dad's sweat.  I hope heaven smells like that.  At least for me.

21. Who is always there when you need someone to talk to?
I never lack for a survey.  No matter how badly I suffer and moan, the survey people always spend quality time with me.  Like now, for instance.  My right ear is hurting SO bad, it feels like the eardrum is going to violently explode and the wall will be spattered with inner ear fluid.  I won't go into other details of sinus and respiratory infection right now.  But the survey stays through it with me, steady as a rock.  Nearly everyone else leaves the room gagging when I go into detail.

22. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Drugging myself into a stupor and praying for sleep.  At midnight, and I distinctly remember this, I was uncontrollably hacking what felt like chopped vegetables out of my chest and thinking how sharp some of the pieces felt.  Kinda like a cement contractor had been mistakenly called in, and now we're breaking up the new sidewalks in my bronchials with jackhammers and flinging the shards willy nilly into the upper stratosphere.

23. Are you left-handed?
Do you think it's odd that very few people care if I'm right-handed?

24. What's for dinner tonight?
Scott's on his own.  If I'm lucky I'll get a piece of preformed caramelized pizza.  (~later~ I wasn't lucky.)

Where did 25 go?

26. When is your birthday?
I so don't care right now.  My ear thinks I should spit on this question.  My ear is wondering why nobody cares, why isn't someone pouring some magical hot eucalyptus oil into it and topping it off with cotton?  I'm telling my eardrum to just shut up and burst already, I'm sick of its whining.

27. Who was the last person to send you a text message?

Twinkles.  The typos were pretty funny.  I don't think she checks to see whether the automatic word thingy grabbed the right word.

Where did 28 go?

29. Where was the last place you went shopping?

I get my drugs at Walgreens.  They may be maddening about a few policies, but I love their national database.

30. How do you feel about your hair right now?
Not a thing.  It's about the only thing on my body not complaining right now.

31. Do you have any expensive jewelry?
I put together a really cool charm bracelet one year that retails for nearly $400 total.  I'm afraid to wear it anywhere.

Where did 32 go?

33. Where does most of your family live?
This is something a stalker or killer would ask.

34. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
I allowed my parents to continue procreating after they had me, but they had to agree to love me the most.

35. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled?
Is having to pull weeds all summer until your fingers callous a form of being spoiled?  I won't go into the rest of the chores.  Yes, # 34 was obviously tongue in cheek.

36. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?Quick, get to the bathroom before you hack up slime all over yourself, and actually, go even faster than that before the coughing makes you pee the couch.  Nothing like coming out of a dead sleep in full blown cough spasm running through the house mode.

37. Do you drink beer?
If I had some hot beer I'd pour it in my ear and get it drunk so it would shut up.

38. Myspace or Facebook?
Youtube.

Where did 39 go?

40. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My ear is reminding me how badly I hated history.  I think it might have a gun.
Where did 41 go?

42. Do you have any hidden talents?
I think my greatest achievement is 20 years of severely chronic insomnia.  I hide it well.

43. Have you ever been in a wedding?
My ear is demanding a wooden stake to drive through my eardrum.  I offered a toothpick, and it threw a fit that it wasn't one of those colored party pics.

44. Do you have any children?
Do they count after they're grown up and gone?

45. Did you take a nap today?
This is probably the root of the ear problem.  No, I didn't.

46. Isn't LOST an awesome show?
Call me abnormal for not thinking so, but it was like Gilligan's Island on acid.  The extent to which the boundaries of credibility were pushed were like an experiment on my poor husband's brain.  I watched him watching the show.

47. Do you want to be famous one day?
Just for one day?  Depends.  You know that kid that made the youtube about not picking on Britney?  That rocked.  I mean, to simply scream and cry at a camera for a couple of minutes like that and become such a big hit on world news, wow.  You really have to admire the luck some people have.  Nearly 13 million views and 186,000 comments in only two months and still rocking on. 
That youtube alone inspired a whole new genre of video response.

48. What do you say a lot?
My ear is now tanked on codeine and quietly contemplating whether the universe ever feels like bursting, and where exactly the 'drum' would be located.

49. Could you handle being in the military?

I suppose I'd be the world's fastest curl up and die recruit.

50. What is your average cell phone bill?
Scott takes care of that stuff.  But he does fuss a bit sometimes about 411 calls, me suddenly sucking up his share of minutes after weeks of near inactivity, and reminds me that even receiving a text message eats up quarters.  We don't text enough to warrant purchasing a plan, so I remind him that it's still cheaper than what it would have been with a plan.  I'm not big on texting, but sometimes it sure comes in handy.  Like when you lose your voice for 4 days straight during a really nasty chest cold.

51. Do you believe in Karma?
My ear is making monk cheese and humming to itself.

52. Ever been to Las Vegas?

It shows up on tv so much that surely that must count as a visit by now.

53. What are you doing today?

After a doctor ~~ORDERED~~ me to do nothing the rest of the week, I spent the day driving about 120 miles and hanging out in a nursing home eating turkey dinner.  I felt so weak and wiped out that I just laid my head on my mommy's shoulder and told her I'm puny, I need my mommy, and she squeezed my finger.

54. Have you ever been gambling?
My ear says 
gamboling is good for the soul.

Where did 55 go?

56. Have you been to New York City?
I've watched Ghostbusters I and II a number of times.  I feel like I have.

57. Have you ever been to Disney World/Land?

That is one of a long list of places I've never ever been to in my life.

58. Do you have a favorite cartoon character?
Darkwing Duck is dang cool.


59. Last thing you cooked?
Yesterday's roast.  I think the drugs are about to take me away from you.

60. Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?

No recollection of stupidity with my cell phone.  I'm sure Scott would say it was dialing 411 to get a phone number I could have looked up in a phone book, and then not using the house phone.

61. Last time you were sick?
My ear says illness is all in the mind and offers you a piece of monk cheese.

62. Random fact about you?

I prefer briefs to thongs.

survey from 11-17-07

I know right, how many of these things did I do in 07? Musta been a rough year. From an old private blog.

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?

1. Produce: Depends on how the avacados look.
2. Bakery: I'm my own bakery, so I just nod and smile as I pass.  
3. Meat: Close my eyes and throw a dart and hope it doesn't hit pigs knuckles.  I can do just about anything with meat.

4. Frozen: I really like those TGI Friday's chicken quesadilla rolls.  Remember that if I come visit.
5. Dry goods: We skipped canned goods and dairy, but ok, I'll take the ziploc quart sized freezer bags.

* Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 outfits with you. So, what's in your bag?

1. pajamas

2. more pajamas
3. the really important thing is a variety of footies and sox, and cross your fingers I don't stain my one good t-shirt, which I may or may not have already worn to sleep in

* If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?

1. There's my chicken.
2. Eat spiders today, ok?
3. No egg?  Oh, well, everyone needs a break.

4. Where's a good snake when you need one?
5. See ya later.

* So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you'd probably be in a pretty irritable/bad mood?

1. I don't know about actual irritability or a bad mood, but I do enjoy my hot chocolate every morning.

2. I do like to spend a very quiet hour or two doing absolutely nothing but thinking.  Disturbing my peace isn't suggestible, but I don't generally leave claw marks any more.
3. I do a little word construction every day, and I feel really weird if I skip it.

* What are 3 things that you have in your home that have been with you for the longest amount of time?

1. I'm about ready to burn this old couch
2. I can't decide whether to throw away a clay jar I bought from a college art dept fundraiser for $5 about 20 years ago.  No one else wants it.
3. I keep promising Scott I'll go through all my old cassettes, and I never do.

* If you were only allowed to listen to 5 of your CDs for the rest of your life, never adding anything else, which 5 could you listen to & be content with?

1. Hilary Stagg's Dream Spiral
2. Fairies in the Moonlight from Hallmark
3. Weird Al's UHF soundtrack
4. A Night at the Roxbury soundtrack
5. Eiffel 65's Europop

* You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage. What 3 factors probably contributed to it?

1. I don't get road rage
2. I'm too laid back to get road rage
3. Actually, I'm so chronically lazy about getting emotional about much of anything while I'm driving that I usually don't even blink when other people drive really stupidly.  I EXPECT other drivers to be absolute idiots, and I drive as if anyone at any time is going to do something idiotically stupid and cause my death.  I give everyone around me plenty of room.

* Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?

1. laying in bed
2. laying on the couch
3. sleeping in bed
4. sleeping on the couch
5. making some really good food

* We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?

1. That's ok, I'll stay in the car and drive on by.
2. I had a little too much zoo when the kids were young.

3. I'll never forget spending an entire hour watching a hippo do nearly nothing.

* You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?

1. The closest I came to actually wanting ice cream this fall was ONE root beer float.

2. When I was younger I lived on ice cream, so I think I'm burned out.
3. One summer I ate it 3 meals a day and put on 20 pounds.

* Somebody stole your purse/wallet ... In order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?

1. dental floss (never leave home without it)
2. a smashed mini snicker bar
3. a ziploc sandwich bag with about 65 cents of loose change in it.  People at registers love that, we can see at a glance whether I've got the right change.  Some of them crack up.
4. a tiny unmarked container holding a variety of curious looking colorful pills
5. and if that doesn't do that trick, there's always my passport, checkbook, license, insurance cards, library card, a prescription bottle, and probably a dozen doctor receipts with my name on them

* You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 3 careers would be fun for you?

1. video store clerk
2. chicken farmer
3. benadryl and codeine test subject

1 If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as?

I'd probably wear my old lounge pants and a ratty t-shirt and some fantastically super soft footies that I could slide across the room in, in the event of linoleum or hardwood floors.

2. What are your choice of toppings on a hamburger? And do you prefer gas or charcoal grilling?

Miracle whip and Heinz ketchup are all I need, and I could care less how it's grilled, unless it's raw or burnt crusty.  But I DO prefer ground sirloin in a 96/4 kind of ratio, basted with a little butter, no seasoning unless you mix a little Wort sauce into the burger, and the bun has to be fresh.  Sesame seed buns rank 5 stars with me.  If we go anywhere beyond that, I like a really young red onion sliced paper thin, home grown fresh lettuce, a sparkling hint of pickle, and quite possibly a slice of American or Swiss IF I'm in the mood.  This should all be embellished with a chilled organic root beer and sides of baked beans and french fries, and I HAVE to have honey on my fries.

3. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?

I think I'd ask him what his favorite breed of chicken is, and I'd bring a catalogue of breeds in case he's not up on what all is available.

4. It's your first day of vacation, what are you doing?

Every day is my first day of vacation nowadays.  Today I am jacked up on codeine because nothing else is touching this miserable chest cold and how bad my throat hurts.  I lost my voice yesterday.  Scott says I sound scary.  It's actually not been too bad, relatively speaking, compared to the occipital neuralgia I've been going through for the last month.  It's even been a bit of a treat, being able to feel something different, and I've been enjoying the vapo-rub, cough drops, ben gay on my chest, hot cloth around my neck, and sounding like a frog that got squashed by a 4 wheeler.  Brings back memories of growing up without doctors and having olive oil forced up my nose to coat my throat and hot eucalyptus drops and cotton in my ears.  Only this time it's much better because I have codeine.  Life is good.


5. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?

Bottled water and nachos.  When Scott is with me we eat a gallon of popcorn, too, but I don't get into his twizzlers and whatever else he buys.  I really don't know where he puts it all.


6. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email?

I don't even think about it.  I don't care.


7. What do you think Captain Hook's name was before he had a hook for a hand?

I think someone is really reaching now to come up with some questions.

8. Rock, paper, or scissors?

You know, it took me a couple of years to even understand the dynamics of this problem-solving game.  I even looked at it anthropologically and got into the history of picking straws, rolling dice, and tossing coins, all of which were supposed to help decide persons or events when time was short, logic failed, and the fates took over what was not fair.  I never play rock-paper-scissors, but I love how it is used quickly in tv shows and movies in drastic situations.  Aspie on the case here...


9. How long was it from 'the first date' until the proposal of marriage? How long until the wedding?

Three months, and three years, respectively.  He's the spontaneous one, I'm not.


10. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?

Depends on what you think is loud.  I would rather tolerate loud machinery than a hundred people talking all at once.  Conversely, I always have to ask the manager to turn the sound system down at a movie theater, but I have difficulty hearing one person talking if they are moving around.  Weird, huh?  It's all in the auditory processing and tolerance level.  As for quiet, what is too quiet?  I can hear things most people can't seem to, like very distant sounds, very slight sounds, sounds many people take for granted and don't realize are there.  I don't think there is such a thing as too quiet, at least for me.

11. What is one quality that you really appreciate in a person?

Honestly, the people I like best are the ones who aren't afraid to make jokes and laugh about how weird I am right to my face, because it really breaks the ice and then we can talk and laugh about anything in the world.  Once I get going, I really love talking to people and enjoy them being themselves, but if we have to play some stiff little social game or emotional head game, that really kills the joy of being on this earth and sharing ourselves with each other.  And since I'm otherwise such a hermit, I take enjoying people while I can very seriously.

12. At the good old general store, what particular kind of candy would you expect to be in the big jar at the counter?

Have you ever tasted old fashioned horehound?  It's a ~weed~ that you soak the flavor out of and add a lot of sugar to, and they sell it in candy sticks.  Who in the world ever thought to make candy out of that was mental.  Just google horehound, it's famous all over Europe and America for being the weed full of tiny little prickly seeds that are impossible to get out of your sox.

13. What is the most distinguishing landmark in your city?

Karst topography.  Granted, that's not really a distinguishing landmark, but it certainly gets a lot of attention when houses and parking lots suddenly cave into underground caverns in areas where building permits were freely handed out before zoning laws went into effect.

14. Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What topic can put you to sleep quicker than any other?

Shopping...


15. How many times did it take you to pass your drivers test?

I actually failed, but they passed me anyway, first time.  Talk about luck, eh?


16. If you had to have the same topping on your vanilla ice cream for the rest of your life, what topping would you choose?

Sorry, I'm not into ice cream enough any more to justify even metaphorically choosing.

17. What food item would need to be removed from the market altogether in order for you to live a healthier, longer life?

I can't decide if I'd rather lose bacon forever, or cream cheese.


18. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second?

I hand the envelope back.  There *has* to be a catch somewhere, and I'm not greedy enough to make a fool of myself.


19. If you had to choose, which would you give up: cable TV, or DSL/cable internet?

I don't have either one.  If I had to choose between dish and broadband, I'd take the broadband, because I could always download the shows I'd be missing.


20. What is your highest level of education?

Either 193 or 196 credits, I don't remember.  I admire people who have 500 or more.  If there were one thing I could go back and redo in my life, I'd make a sport out of acquiring as many credits as possible, the way people collect McDonald happy meal toys and Barbies and stuff.  I wouldn't even care if I got multiple degrees out of it.  I just really really liked college.


21. How much is a gallon of gas in your city? What was the highest it's been?

It's still cheaper than a gallon of milk, so I'm not too worried about it.


22. What kind of lunch box did you have as a kid?

Red plaid...  One of those ironic metal lunchboxes picked out by my mother.  I was the only kid in the first grade that I know of carrying a lunch box that mimicked a piece of cloth instead of a cartoon.

23. What would you rather have, a nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, or a chauffeur?

I read stuff about rich or famous people having to support an entourage of staff around them at all times just to keep up with their lives, and I don't know that I could ever live like that.

24. Would you rather be trapped in an elevator, or stuck in traffic?

Traffic.  I'd rather have to pee on the side of the road than on the floor of an elevator.

25. Lets say a brick fell on your foot, and your kid is standing right next to you, what is your 'cleaned up' swear word?

I automatically do the geez and dang thing anyway.  If I automatically F it, it's *really* bad, and no one bugs me about it while I'm in the moment.  Might hear about it later, but I don't care.