Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Dozen # 11

1. What was the last song you listened to?

Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik. It's the first one on my playlist below. Love, love, love this clever song.

2. Have you ever had “buyer’s remorse” over anything?

Yes, "irresistible" impulse sale items. Or souvenirs. Souvenirs are the worst! Or maybe I just pick bad ones. And items with Yorkies on them bring out the kid in me, but I have finally stopped that (on the outside, not on the inside.)

3. What is something in your life that you are thankful for now that you didn’t think you would be at the time of the event? (Something that seemed ill-timed, inconvenient or hurtful which turned out to be a good thing)

I'm thankful one of my boyfriends broke my heart so that I didn't end up with him. Turns out it would have been a fate worse than death.

4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year? If so, do you have a favorite float or balloon?

I'm usually cooking as well as trying to watch, but I do enjoy Snoopy and Garfield. If only they would make a giant Yorkie parade balloon. Wait, I didn't say that.

5. Share a quote, scripture, poem or lyric which has been an inspiration to you lately.

Our faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act, but by many small neglects.-- J. Gustav White

6. This is meant to be a fun question, and this is a G-rated blog, but please share a “guilty pleasure,” something that you enjoy that’s probably not the most edifying, time-worthy or healthy thing you could be indulging in. Did I mention this blog is rated G?

Some of my music is so bad, but I love it. Case in point: the music of WHAM. Yes, it's on my Playlist.
Caramel Apple Spice Cinnamon Dolce syrup in cider.

7. What Thanksgiving food are you looking forward to?

Dressing (or stuffing, depending on your region)and mashed potatoes. Carbs = holiday happiness.

8. What is your favorite book to read to children, or what was your favorite childhood book?

I wrote about my favorite childhood book here called The Snowman's Christmas Present by Irma Wilde. And I loved reading all kinds of books to my kids; it was a daily favorite activity. I'll choose one, though, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

9. Do you collect anything? (Feel free to post a photo.)

No, but I kind of wish I collected the Willow Tree figurines. However, this is not likely due the "souvenir/tchotchke" factor mentioned above. And I want you to really like that answer because I had to go through a lot of Google searches to find the correct spelling of "tchotchke" at 4:42 am.

10. Gift bags or wrapping paper?

I use the bags a lot, but I prefer paper on packages.

11. Share an after-school memory from when you were younger. What was your routine like on an average day?

In high school, I would come in the back door (required by Mom) take off my shoes (required) carry my back pack to my room (required) go to the restroom, get a glass of Hawaiian Punch and watch Merv Griffin. After that, it was usually homework. I was a good student, but I had my priorities.

12. True story: Once, in a job interview, I was asked this question and told there would be no clarifying; I simply had to answer the question: “When you’re fishing, do you feel for the fish?” So what about you? Do you feel for the fish??

Quickly I tried to decipher the hidden meaning in the question, such as:

Does it hurt a fish to hook it? If I say yes, it shows compassion.
But what if it's caught by a net? Suffocation, still not loads of laughs for fish.
What if she means do you wave your hand around in the water (feeling) trying to grasp a fish?
What if she's talking about recruiting members and I say yes and the correct answer is "Use all means possible to get customers in here, including nets and hooks in the jaw?"


I said yes but he interviewer didn't comment on my answer at all. I truly have no idea what that was all about because it was for a Weight Watchers job, not a deckhand position on an industrial fishing boat or the lobster killer job at Long John Silver's.

But I got the job. And I never put hooks in the clients' mouths to keep them from eating or anything because I'm so compassionate and feel for the fish and everything.

Thanks for playing this week!


Judy said...

I tell ya, that fish question is the weirdest question ever.

Anonymous said...

Ohh Barely Breathing by Duncan I must go see if I can find it on iTunes....I LOVED that song!

I love the questions you come up with every week :)

Jewel said...

So Mom didn't require the restroom, Hawaiian Punch, or Merv Griffin? hehe.

Quilldancer said...

#5 -- so true!

#6 -- that's the second time you've confessed to liking bad music. Why is it then that I actually scrolled down to listen to your top song? ;)

Barbie said...

I love reading your answers to these posts. You made me laugh today and it was a hard day! Thank you!

Kim said...

Where would we be without our little obsessions? There are much worse ones than adorable Yorkies :-)

Okay, that last question totally threw me and I totally ended up feeling ditzy with my answer. But after reading yours I don't feel so bad. It's an ambivalent question! It could mean many different things. Whew, I don't feel nearly as ditzy now. lol

Your are the Queen of Questions, Lid!

Nadia Sam Cyrus said...

Hi Linda,
I just found your blog. It's great.
I am a mom and love java too.
I am Javaness.
Love your blog.
Capresso coffee maker

Anonymous said...

I'm totally with you on 3, 6 and 7!
Jessie at Blog Schmog

Joyce said...

Fun as always...we had some similar answers, in particular the carb fest : )

I'm duly impressed with your use/spelling of the word tchotchke.

I used to love Merv Griffin too...forgot about those after school talk shows like Merv and Mike Douglas.

Enjoy your day...if you're blogging at 4:42 it's gonna be a long one!

Anonymous said...

That question is so bizarre!?! If I had a yorkie I'd probably be buying sheets for the bed with yorkies in PJs on them! Too cute!

Mocha with Linda said...

I love your answers, from the sublime(#5) to the hilarious (#12).

So you never did go back and ask your fishy interviewer what she meant?!

Jean said...

I'm so glad you explained #12 because I took it totally wrong or right who knows. Such a crazy question for the kind of job interview.

Heth said...

Killer quote. Ouch.

Susanne said...

Yorkie items, eh? I never would have guessed you to go for those. wink, wink.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

#2 I forgot about souvenirs!

#5 True but Yikes! Have I been neglectful? Does it help if I have a surprise for you on Sunday?

#6 I should definitely add Facebook

Betty said...

Nr. 12 was funny! Who would have thought weight watchers! :)

melandria said...

exciting, i really like your random 12, it's very informative and enjoyable.

Carmen said...

Hi Lid! On a completely unrelated subject...I absolutely love the songs on your playlist!! A little surprised there's no Moody Blues...but love the rest!!

The Quiet One said...

Hilarious! I'm off to do one right now! :D BTW, I've missed u... I've been away far too long. I love the new look of your blog... it is new isn't it??? Honestly, some day soon I really am going to catch up with myself and then look out! :o)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I skimmed your comments and see no one else asked about this. Maybe you addressed it in a previous post and I've not been on here in a couple days.

What is: "tchotchke"?

And why in the world are you up at 4:42am? Let me guess you get up at 5am to run or exercise. You are one of THOSE people...those people I admire. I do good to get ready, have 10-20 minutes studying and then on time or late to work. yeah, I get up late, won't give up my few minutes of study and then I'm late.

Oh after all that rambling, I like your fall layout and your phrase about jumping in leaves. I was bad and I drove in a pile of leaves on the side of the road. I just LOVE that sound. I LOVE the smell even more!

Anonymous said...

I love pink techie things tough the only one I have now is my mouse.

I am so glad I broke up with my high school boyfriend, too. What a disaster that would have been.

I agree about carbs and happiness -- especially Thanksgiving carbs.

That's a bizarre job interview question -- especially for Weight Watchers. I can see all the different things that might be meant -- and wondering which one they were really asking.