20 Questions: What Is My Favorite Sound?

I’m starting a little meme of my own. Participate or not. I’m not sure it matters. I’m a blogger, for Christ’s sake. I’m happy to hear myself type; see my words out in the world. It is my mental-masturbation, if you will.

Here’s the deal. You ask me a yes/no question about my favorite sound in the comments section. I’ll answer. First person to guess the right answer wins a prize. I’ll figure out something fabulous. I’m sure I have some schwag around here that you’d love to have.

Come on readers. Ask me a question.

Keep in mind, it’s a sound. So, those animal, vegetable, and mineral questions will need a little tweaking to make this work.

I’ll throw in a freebie to get you started.

Does it come from a vegetable? No.

P.S. If you decide to run this meme on your own blog/facebook/myspace/lunch sack, let me know. I want to find out what your favorite sound is, too.

P.P.S. I was totally going to add a picture to this post, but Zemanta bases their photos on keywords. So, you can just imagine the options I was given with ‘masturbation’ in the first paragraph. I’ll spare you the visuals. I trust that while you may not have mastered the comments function on my blog, you have mastered surfing for porn.

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The stunning K. Holden Helena of San Francisco Love Story tagged me with this meme. Since I’m feeling a little scattered on topics for posts right now, this seemed the perfect answer.

1. Does your brother approve of who you are dating?
Given that I’ve been ‘dating’ the man for over 19 years, and married to him for 14, I sure hope so. Honestly, it never occurred to me to ask my brother if he approved of anyone I dated. I’m not wired that way.

2. Do you like Obama?
Hellz yeah.

3. What’s on your mind?
My hysterectomy (scheduled for 12/23), my postponed bewb lump removal (couldn’t get it coordinated w/hyst. unless I waited until Jan.), our medical insurance changing to Kaisier (hold me), and the fact that I’m not even close to ready for Xmas (gifts not wrapped, shipped or organized in a way that Hubs can figure it out easily). Bug’s birthday is Thursday. No plans formulated because we thought my surgery would be in January and had planned to do his celebration while friends are off on Xmas break.

4. When did you last cry?
Can’t recall. I know it hasn’t been a long time since I’ve teared up, but I haven’t had a good cry in a while. I think I’m due.

5. Who were you with last night?
My immediate family.

6. Do you have a deep secret?
I’m sure I have a few, according to most definitions.

7. Do you like someone?
I like many someones. For all different reasons.

8. What do you want right now?
I want someone else to tidy up my house and do the laundry while I snuggle with my kidlets and watch Xmas movies, drink cocoa, and hibernate.

9. Have you ever made anyone cry?
I have children, therefore yes. I make them cry. They make me cry. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not.

10. Are you normally a happy person?
Hmm…I’m not normally any particular mood. It’s variable.

11. Are you annoying?
Only when I want to be.

12. Are there any people who don’t like you?
Most probably, yes.

13. Do you miss anyone?
I do. I  miss a number of people who’ve left this world. I also miss friends and family who are far away, but not the same way I miss those who’ve passed. I can have 2-way conversations with the living. Still working on that skill with the dead.

14. What is bugging you right now?
My vibrating, overheating laptop, the economy, and my lower back.

15. What’s something you wish you could understand better?
My brain.

16. Have you ever kissed someone whose name started with an R?
All the time.

17. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in chemistry at first sight, but not love. Hubs and I have been together since first sight, but the love grew and continues to grow. Love is not a static thing.

18.  Do you hate the last person you were talking to?
Gosh no. That would be my daughter, and I most certainly do not hate her. Love the hell out of that kid. She’s amazing.

19. Who was the last person to talk to you on the phone?
That would be my sister-in-law, Tree. We were working out some technical difficulties with Wisheo, which we’re using to collect contributions to help my niece’s eldest son join his family in the Philippines.

20. What do you want in life?
I want to watch my children grow, alongside Hubs. I want to see where life takes them, and us. I want to laugh. Often.

21. Do you believe in true love?
I think all love is true.

22. Do you like McCain?
Um, no. Not even a little bit. I think he’s a bully. I’m not fond of bullies.

23. Are you playing hard to get right now?
I’m already gotten. So, no.

24.  Do you miss your past?
The only thing I miss from my past is my 20-year old body, but I’m proud of what this nearly-40 body has brought to the world. So, we’re learning to get along.

25. Are you proud of the person you’ve become?

26. How good is your eyesight?
I can see without my glasses, but less well than in years past. I used to be able to correct to 20/10 with glasses. Now, it’s a 20/20 deal. Darn football eyes.

27. What’s the longest amount of time you’ve been on an airplane?
I’ve been on some cross-country flights that felt like an eternity, and flights to Hawaii that were just as long, but felt like nothing.

28. Has someone smacked your butt in the past week?
More likely grabbed than smacked.

29. What are you doing besides this survey?
Showering, taking the kids to various activities, and laundry/tidying up.

30. Who was the last person you had a serious talk with?
Hubs or Peanut, depending on your definition of serious. What’s serious to a 10 year old might not hit the scale with an adult.

31. In the past week have you felt sad?
Yes, certainly. Seems to be an emotion that works its way through my playlist.

32. Do you think you can last in a relationship for more than 3 months?
Hubs and I have been together for almost 20 years, so I’ll say yes.

33. When was the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face?
Figuratively? Yesterday. Literally? I have no idea.

34. How many people do you know with your name?
Very few who spell it correctly, the ones who do are all Internet friends.

35. Would you rather watch football or baseball?
Football on TV, baseball in person.

36. Do you prefer warm or cold weather?
I like an ambient 70 degrees. Honestly, I should live in San Diego or Hawaii.

37. How’s your heart lately?
Heavy, but strong.

38. Did someone make you mad today?
Not yet, the day is young.

39. Why do you think people kiss with their eyes closed?
That’s what happens when your eyes roll back.

40. Do you still talk to the person who hurt you the most?
I don’t even know whom that would be, so it’s hard to say. My perception of whom I’ve hurt most is certainly not the same as the perception of those I’ve hurt. They’d have to argue that amongst themselves.

41. Have you ever made out in a library?
Oh, yeah. I’ve also seen a kid masturbating in a library, but that’s another story.

42. What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night?

Told the kids to turn off the Wii and get to bed.

Rather than tag anyone specific, I will leave it up to you all. If you decide to carry on with 42, leave a link in the comments to let me know.

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7 Things You Don't Know About Me

I got tagged a while ago to do this, once by T at SendChocolate and once by GirlMonkey at HerdingSquirrels. Because my memory is short, and I'm too lazy to reread my old posts, some of you make actually know these things about me. Deal. I ain't perfect, just close. So here it goes:

  1. I grew up in a log house. Yep, me and Abe. We have a lot in common.
  2. I use to be able to wrap my legs around my neck. Made me very popular in high school.
  3. I have zero hand-eye-coordination. If you throw a ball at me, I will duck/cover/run/scream.
  4. I've never had a bikini wax.
  5. I spent 2 summers, up all night, counting money at Magic Mountain in beautiful Valencia, CA.
  6. I used to ride gymkhana: pole-bending, barrel racing, keyhole, and clover.
  7. I do not have a passport, making me even less-qualified than Sarah Palin.

I think I'm supposed to tag some folks to keep this going, but I like you all too much to do that. Consider it my gift to you for Getting Out The Vote!

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Sarah Palin Keeping You Up Nights?

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Thanks to Gwendomama, I may actually be able to sleep tonight. She posted about Cindy coming up with the brilliant idea to donate $5 to Planned Parenthood...in honor of Sarah Palin. The kicker? A card is sent to Sarah Palin letting her know about the honorary donation made in her name.

Think of the joy you'll bring. I made my donation. Couldn't make it quickly enough, really.

This donation is on behalf of or in memory of:
Name: Sarah Palin
Send acknowledgements to:
Name: Sarah Palin
Address: 1235 S. Clark St.
1st Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
United States

Gwendomama suggested using the McCain/Palin campaign headquarters address (noted above), which I think is fabulous. Who knows when Palin will be able to swing back by Alaska to check the mail box.

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Near and Far

This week's episode of Near and Far is NOT brought to you by Sitemeter. Seems our "friends" at Microsoft who handle that piece of crap browser Internet Explorer made a boo boo and Sitemeter made a bigger boo boo when it rolled out some untested code prematurely. The result:


A big fat FAIL whale.

Since I am too lazy to fashion a manual version of Near and Far, I will leave you with some of my favorite pics of the extended fam from last weekend's graduation party.


The Graduate

Hannah in the "Princess Shoes"

Great Nephew S and my SIL T

Hubs and his mommy

Little Feet in Big Girl Shoes

Father Daughter

Great Niece (who is also great)

The Cousins of Varying Degrees

Balloon Fight

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The Near and The Far

It's Wednesday, and we all know what that means. Okay, maybe you don't, but I'm going to tell you. So, give me a frickin' minute.

It's time for this week's installment of Near and Far, quite possibly the lamest meme on the Interwebs, kids, and do you know why? Because I made it up. Yep, drempt the shit up all by myself.


This week's closest reader, having not already been featured in the "Near" category, is a reader from Oakland, California. Hi Oaktown! How goes it? I hear there's a new community garden over in Oakland. Looks like some yummy goodies may crop up there. Ha! I made a funny. Did you see that?


This week's farthest reader comes, once again, from the Asian continent. Welcome to califmom, oh Singapore reader. Happy to have you stop by. But again, with the FireFox 2.0. Kids, I say this as a public service to you FF 2.0 users, there's a new version, FireFox 3.0, and it DOESN'T CRASH ALL THE TIME. Try it. You'll love it.

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Near and Far

Because I have the attention span of a gnat, this week's installment of Near and Far will look a little different. Instead of the usual mumbo jumbo, I'm going map-based this week. It's my way to make sure I don't get bored out of my fucking skull I'm "teaching" to a variety of learning styles.


This week's nearest reading, not surprisingly, comes from The City by The Bay, aka homebase to BlogHer '08. Welcome BlogHer buddies. Did I mention The Bloggess stopped by this week? Dooce, not so much. (If you need a link for Dooce, just Google her, I don't have time to type it in.) I don't think she liked my wires and mirrors tweet. BTW, I think she got confused between hobbit and troll. Trolls are icky, hobbits are endearing. I can also see where being compared to Jesus and Santa would be really demeaning. Bloggess, if you're reading this, feel free to compare me to any or all of the above, even a troll. I'll work through it. I take special medications that help, and I have a sense of humor (also helps).

This week's farthest reader comes, again, from the land down under. How's the vegimite, mates? BTW, thank for Flight of the Conchords. Oh, wait, that was New Zealand. Oh, well. You guys make some kind of beer, right? I don't drink beer. Oh, I know, you have Mel Gibson, or did you stop claiming him? Anyway, welcome again, my friends on the flip-side. You know, I kid. Love y'all and your adorable accents.

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Un-BlogHer '08

The final day of BlogHer is an un-conference being held as an open-space meeting. Since 9am this morning, I've been to break-out groups on the legal issues in blogging (intellectual property, defamation/libel, anonymity, international law), re-branding your blog(s), Twitter and its role in the blogosphere, and social media metrics. As has been the case throughout the BlogHer conference, the two-feet rule* is in effect.

*Two-Feet Rule: If you don't like where a meeting/session/group, use your two-feet to move to another.

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Near...And Far

This week's installment of Near and Far is brought to you by: My Toenails. They are so happy to be going to BlogHer '08, and I am thrilled to accompany them. Have I mentioned the BlogHer conference? Yes? Did I also mention that the BlogHer made a serious deal yesterday? No? I didn't? Well read about it, because it's pretty damn impressive. Way to go ladies. Shatter that glass ceiling! Break it the fuck down.


I have another winner of the Near category from Hayward, but it's not the same reader. So, welcome Hayward user of Internet Explorer 7.0. You also run NT, which tells me you might be a bit of a geek, but not a total geek. I mean, it's not like you're running Ubuntu. (If I can't get the Hubs to buy me a Mac, the least he needs to do is get rid of this damn Windows OS. I think I was meant to be a Linux girl.)


This weeks farthest reader is not from Asia. Amazing! Finally, my friends Down Under held their own and outdistanced their Northern neighbors. This week's farthest reader comes from Melbourne. We may share a language (and O/S and browser preference with the nearest reader, it seems), but we are many miles apart. Many, many miles.

Thanks for stopping by, and tune in next week for another round of Near and Far.

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It's been awhile since I've been tagged for a meme. Send Chocolate tagged me for this fun little number.

I apologize ahead of time, but I tend to follow rules...

Six Random Things About Me
  1. I grew up in a log house.
  2. I'm not a fan of cilantro, which is odd given my love of Mexican food.
  3. I used to count money at Magic Mountain...as a summer job, graveyard shift. Lots of money. Wet money. Sticky money. Dirty money.
  4. My childhood dream was to be an Olympic gymnast. I'm 5'10". You can see that some dreams weren't meant to be.
  5. I have half a master's degree in Systems Management and most of a teaching credential (missing the student teaching part, kept getting knocked up instead).
  6. I learned to drive in middle school. My father insisted I drive in ALL kinds of conditions. By the time I got my actual license, I had driven in snow storms on winding mountain roads that were closing behind us, the Pasadena freeway, the Grapevine, black ice, off-road in mud so thick I had to put the car in 4-wheel drive (that was to get from the mailbox to our house), and all in a manual transmission. I enjoy driving, for the most part, and am rarely unnerved by it.


  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
  5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
  6. Let your tagger know when your blog entry is up.

I am tagging:

  1. Karen at Verbatim
  2. Summer at Wired for Noise
  3. Jen at ETC
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Near...And Far

It's time for this week's installment of Near and Far, brought to you by Me. If I get a sponsor or some cool stuff to give away to my Near and Far winners, I'll let you know. Until then, just bask in the Warhol-esque glory of your 15 minutes of fame. The only stipulation I'm putting on this is that you can only be featured once. So, last week's winners are out of the running this week (and future weeks). Without further ado, here are this weeks nearest and farthest readers:


This week's nearest reader is from a few cities away in Hayward, CA. Welcome reader from Hayward! Looks like you're another reader in need of a Firefox upgrade. Really, I cannot testify enough about the benefits of upgrading to Firefox 3. All of those memory hogging, crashing problems disappear. You'll love it. I promise.


This week's farthest reader came here all the way from T'ai-pei, Taiwan. Welcome new reader! It looks like you came here via Summer's post about Wall-E. We were both a bit dismayed by Disney's mixed-message: Comsumerism is evil, now buy our merchandise. One of my readers even led me to a related article by Devin Faraci titled, The Devin's Advocate:Is Wall-E Environmental or Hypocritical. While I enjoyed the movie, there's much to be explored in the message and the messenger.

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Friday Fill-Ins

1.  The last time I lost my temper I was probably yelling about the laundry!
2. Laundry is what I'm fed up with!
3.  The next book I'd like to read is one of the 20+ in my to-read pile.
4. Our vacation in D.C. is what I'm looking forward to.
5.  If you can't get rid of the skeleton[s] in your closet, invite them to happy hour!
6.  The best thing I got in the mail recently was the final DVD of Freaks and Geeks.

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting out of town, tomorrow my plans include going to Hubs' race and Sunday, I want to sleep in, drink my latte and read the Sunday paper!
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