May 7th, 2018

storyteller doll

That Meme That Everyone Seems to Be Doing

  1. Have you ever driven an electric car?

    No, though I have driven a hybrid. That was a Prius I had as a rental once in Los Angeles. It was pretty awful from an ergonomic perspective.

  2. Do you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes?

    We’re not especially prone to them, but we do get a tornado in the broader region every couple of years.

  3. How many closets does your house have?

    Hmmm. I have a huge walk-in closet in the master bedroom and a fair-sized closet (more step-into than walk-in) in the other bedroom. There’s a coat closet by the front door. And there is what is either a linen closet or a pantry next to the kitchen.

    So that makes either 3 or 4, depending on what you count.

  4. When was the last time you saw someone you went to high school with?

    There’s someone who lives near me who I see maybe once a year. Aside from that, I saw a bunch of folks about 2 years ago at our reunion.

  5. Have you ever eaten moussaka?

    Yes, but I am not really crazy about Greek food as a rule.

  6. What breed was the last dog you saw?

    Mostly I see mutts.

  7. How long have your parents been together (or how long were they together if they no longer are)?

    My father died a few months before their 30th anniversary.

  8. What has been your most epic cooking failure?

    I knew that 12 chili peppers seemed a lot for a recipe that serves four, but it was a cookbook I had found reliable in the past. I should have trusted my instincts.

  9. Do you read other people's survey answers on here?


  10. What's your bedtime routine?

    Brush teeth. Undress. Get in bed. Hug bear. Fall asleep.

  11. Do you agree with the saying "distance makes the heart grow fonder?"

    That should be "absence" not "distance." But it’s really more complicated. I need a certain amount of alone time, so it is true in that sense, but there’s no point in a relationship with somebody who you never see either.

  12. Have you ever been to Mexico?

    Yes, but just a long weekend in Mazatlan. I still need to get to Oaxaca. And to do the Ruta Maya.

  13. Do you have a bad temper?

    I can usually control it.

  14. When was the last time it stormed where you live?

    We had some wind storms within the past several weeks, but I don’t remember quite when. There hasn’t been a thunderstorm in months, but one wouldn’t expect them until summer.

  15. Do you ever fact-check the things you read on the internet?


  16. How long would it take you to walk to the nearest store?

    At the moment, I am in my office and there is a convenience store within a few minutes walk. At home, it would take me about 15 minutes to a largish shopping center, which has a supermarket, drug store, art supply store, crafts supply store, pet supply store, a couple of banks, several eating places, dry cleaners, and probably something I am completely forgetting about. There used to be a dance clothing store and a diving supply store, but both have closed. Oh, yes, there is also a seasonal stand for things like fireworks, pumpkins, and Christmas trees. And, what is truly unique as shopping centers go,the Thompson family cemetery.

  17. What five words best describe your mother's personality?

    Curious, talkative, lazy, frugal, imaginative. All of those have been replaced by the single word, dead.

  18. Do you know any transgender people?

    At least two.

  19. What's your dream job?

    Madcap heiress.

  20. How old were you when you got your first smartphone?

    In my mid-50’s.

  21. Have you ever had a parrot sit on your shoulder?

    Not that I can remember and I think I would remember if I had.

  22. In the morning, do you eat breakfast first or brush your teeth first?

    Generally, I eat breakfast, then brush my teeth. But, if I am going out to breakfast, I brush my teeth first.

  23. What's something you had to learn the hard way?

    We all fail sometimes.

  24. What sort of window coverings do you have in your living room?

    Vertical blinds for the sliding glass door to the balcony. Horizontal blinds for the window.

  25. Has anyone in your life ever treated you abusively?

    I doubt there is any American woman of my age who could answer "no" to this, but I haven’t had anything especially severe, particularly compared to stories I’ve heard from various people I know.

  26. What's the weather like right now?

    Beautiful – sunny and in the mid-70’s. I could live without the pollen, however.

  27. How long has it been since your last breakup?

    About 7 years.

  28. Can you concentrate well while listening to music, or do you find it distracting?

    It depends on what I am doing and what sort of music it is. I can’t read or write while listening to anything with words. I can knit or do household paperwork with almost anything on.

  29. What's the name of the amusement park closest to your house?

    I’m guessing Six Flags America in Bowie is the closest. That’s probably a 40 mile drive. There is probably some water park or the like that is closer.

  30. Do you like The Rolling Stones?


  31. What was the last single item you spent over $100 on?

    A train ticket.

  32. What's something you've been struggling with lately?

    Trying to get organized.

  33. What was the last caffeinated drink you had?

    I am drinking a bottle of Coke Zero right now.

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