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The Monday Peeve 72

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

I normally don’t peeve about politics, cuz there is too much political jabbering everywhere, but today is an exception. This is a very specific peeve about Biden haters on the left. So, if you are politically on the right, this peeve does not apply to you. I’m talking about people left of center who never liked Biden in the first place but are now bitching and moaning that he hasn’t accomplished a series of miracles in the FIVE DAYS he’s been POTUS. FFS! We had 4 years of horrible, self-serving, incompetent leadership, yet Biden is supposed to fix every single thing that’s wrong in less than a week? End all the wars, eliminate COVID, clean up the environment, give everyone healthcare, solve the immigration mess, on and on. FIVE DAYS! Chill the eff out.

That’s all. I’ll be back with a trivial peeve next week.

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Weekend Quickie

bitmoji saturday

Rory offers up another weekend quickie and I have time to squeeze it in between my rounds of social engagements, of which there are none.

Are you more of a sarcastic or pleasant personality or alternatively a mixture of the two pending your mood of the day?

It depends on the circumstances. I’m mostly pleasant around other people, especially at work. Alone, I mutter to myself nonstop, ranting, cursing, snarking, etc. I try not to be too sarcastic in public, since sarcasm is an unattractive trait and exposes the weakness of an argument. If you have the facts, there’s no need to be a jerk. Sarcasm is not equal to real humor, despite what men on dating sites seem to believe. See what I did there? Oops.
We live in a world of data, knowledge and information – but do we always have the right sort available at the right time?

We certainly do not. Take nutrition, for example. How many times have we been told different or flat-out incorrect information regarding food? And then it turns out certain “studies” were funded by the same industries they touted. Eggs good, eggs bad, repeat endlessly. Carbs good, fat bad, carbs bad, fat good. On and on.
What are three of your favourite ‘go to’ websites [not blogs] for information or relaxation?

I like playing Microsoft Solitaire card games and doing Happy Color pictures for relaxation. I mostly go to the LA Times, CNN, or ABC for news.
How lucky are you?

I’m pretty damn lucky to have been born a white person in the USA. Anything else is frosting on the cupcake.
What’s the best advice you have ever received from a friend?

Not a friend, but an ex: “Sometimes the best thing to do is… nothing.” This applies to many situations, most particularly those in which you are having trouble making a decision. Just wait it out.
You have five minutes to pack a bag with the absolute essentials to be away for a long weekend in an unknown location … what do you pack and why?

Phone, charger, change of clothes plus an extra jacket, teabags, Clif bars. Give kitties extra food and water before I go…

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Caramels [SOCS]

Caramels

Linda gives us a “point and shoot” prompt today and I ended up with caramels from the novel Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. I’m about 8% done and enjoying it. The protagonist’s father is describing how it was to grow up poor and steal candy.

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I ate a lot of caramels in high school. They were sold in convenient packs of five for like a dollar. Sometimes I’d buy two packs. I had lunch right before Phys Ed in senior year, and it was nice to stick a pack in my pocket to have something to munch on while other people were doing sports. Obviously, I was supposed to be participating in sports too, but meh.

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Caramel apples

I went through a caramel apple phase. I liked to get those round wraps at the store, cover my apple and zap. They weren’t as good as the ones from candy stores though. My daughter worked at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a while, and they had incredibly delicious caramel apples with fancy decorations. Haven’t been back for a long time.

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The sweet/salty bliss of crunchy caramel popcorn is a welcome treat. I especially love the kind that has big globs of caramel plus nuts too. Mmm…

Haven’t had any for ages. It’s a nice snack while reading a book, which is where I began this post.

Caramel popcorn

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The Monday Peeve 71

TMP

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Wow, I feel all peeved out after my last rant; maybe I should have saved it for today. How about Santa Ana winds though? They trigger migraines and dry out my skin something fierce. More are coming tomorrow. 🙁 That seems peeve-worthy! No reason we can’t get annoyed about weather ~ some annoyances have no solution and that’s okay.

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Weekend Sky 2

Irvine sunset

I took these from my office on Wednesday to use for the Weekend Sky prompt. I thought they turned out really well.

Here’s an alternate layout…

Irvine sunset

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Chocolate Box 1

Box of chocolates

Rory has a new series of questions for us…

1. Who was your favourite cartoon character when you were a growing up?

Tennessee Tuxedo (voiced by Don Adams of Get Smart).

2. Have you ever had a crush on someone as an adult?

Of course! But not for a long time…

3. Night or Day Time which is best for you and why?

Daytime. I get up very early and am tired at night.

4. Have you ever had sex in deep snow as opposed to a light frosting?

Mmm frosting!

Red velvet cupcake

5. What are three of your weirdest quirks?

Counting, matching, symmetry.

6. Can you sum up your personal life for the year 2020 using only 7 words?

Boring. And I like it like that.

7. What’s the most embarassing position you have ever been stuck in?

Trapped in a glass elevator at Water Tower Place in Chicago with everyone staring at us.

8. Some words simply roll off your tongue as if they were honey, what are three of your favourite words?

Seashells, lavender, lemonade.

9. What sweety things do you like to consume for pleasure?

Peanut butter cups

10. Do you currently have a favourited song and if so what is it?

“Hotel California” by the Eagles.

11. PJ’s, Tee shirt and shorts, Naked or Other – What is your preference?

Yoga pants and a tee (plus a sweatshirt in winter). I dress for bed as though I might have to run outside in an earthquake.

12. What is your most favoured breakfast dish?

An Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s.

13. Which colour is best worn to display your passion with life?

Turquoise.

14. If you had to be soaked in a liquid that wasn’t water, what would you choose and why?

Bailey’s Irish Creme because yum…

15. Underwear or Commando?

Undies, of course. 🙄

16. Which bed size do you prefer for whatever – Single, Twin, Bunks, Double, King, Queen or Other – and why?

Double is perfect for me and my kitty. The larger ones take up too much room space. A twin would be okay too.

17. How quick are you to react to no warning, last minute moments?

Badly. I hate them.

18. You have just woken up …. the first thing you do is?

Grab my phone.

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The Monday Peeve 70

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Today’s peeve is short and not sweet. It’s so annoying when sites don’t return you to the place you were reading when you click back from a link. Yes, I know I could open the link in a new tab, but it’s so much more convenient just to click through. I know it is POSSIBLE to be returned to the proper place because somehow all the shopping sites stick you back to exactly were you were, so why not news articles? I’m sure it has to do with their goddamn ads, but I’m sick of it. BLAH!

The Monday Peeve 69

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Alrighty then, let’s get on with new peeves for a new year, wahooooo! 🥳🎉 Today’s is about bragging, and more specifically the humblebrag. Ugh. You know what I’m talking about. Those super annoying people who claim they won’t enjoy a birthday cake because they don’t have a sweet tooth or who can’t seem to gain weight no matter what they do, or people who say crap like they “don’t know how to lie” or that it’s such a challenge to raise a gifted child because their little brains are so active. Oh me oh my. Hand to brow. Anyway, I’ve coined a new word regarding a subset of the humblebrag, and this is the stumblebrag. Yep, just like it sounds, it’s for people who tell us about their trips and falls and oopsies and owies, while adding in at the end some BS about their “high IQ.” As if no one ever thought that a genius wasn’t susceptible to slipping on a banana peel like every other human. WE KNEW. Get over yourselves. You aren’t that special just because you aced the SATs. 🙄

Your turn! Surely you have a peeve by now… the year is 4 days old. 😜

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©️2021 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Weekend Sky 1

Saturday sunset

I’m happy to have found this lovely prompt from Hammad. It’s especially perfect for today, since I’m unmotivated to write.

Tonight’s sunset is mellow, which matches my mood. The weekend is quiet and gentle, no drama. A good start to the new year.

I’ll be posting more Weekend Sky shots in the future. ☀️

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Six Quickies = A Longie

Roadrunner meep

Via Rory…

1. Why do they say “It’s not rocket science?’
Because they’re being mean and snarky.
2. Do you feel that everyone has an artist in them?
Everyone has a spark of creativity ~ it could reveal itself in art or writing or decorating or cooking or even modes of thinking.
3. Do you prefer writing during the day or the evening?
If I could, I’d write all day, though probably not super late at night usually.
4. Do you hoard clutter or constantly de-clutter?
De-clutter. I hate mess and the accumulation of junk.
5. Are you a confident person?
It depends on the situation. I’m confident in things I’m good at, such as writing, editing, playing board games, making friends with little kids and doggies and kitties, etc. I’m not confident at dating or anything athletic, since I’ve constantly failed at those things.
6. What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy?
Painting!
Rainbow tree painting