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My First Mystery

… award that is!

A big thanks to Kristian for the nom. He has a very entertaining blog and it’s hard to believe it’s less than a year old!

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog. ✅

2. List the rules. ✅

3. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog. ✅

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.❓

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. 🆗

6. Nominate 10-20 people. ⚠️

7. Notify your nominees. ⚠️

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question. 🚫

9. Share a link to your best post(s). 💤

Three Things:

1. I’ve never seen Titanic.

2. I’ve been wearing tights under pants because it’s so cold in SoCal.

3. I usually cry at other people’s sad animal stories, and sometimes at happy ones too.

Questions from Kristian:

1. Name something you like to see in a book, that makes you want to read further.

– A kitty or puppy.

2. What would make you want to stop reading a book?

– The author intruding with his/her political opinions in fiction.

3. If they produced the story of your life, what genre would it be?

– Medical: “A Cure for Insomnia” 💤

4. If you could have a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

– NorCal.

5. What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?

– Go to Northwestern!

As for the rest, my nominees and questions, I shall use this handy-dandy card from Rory. 😀

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Shoe Trouble [flash 115]

“What’s wrong?” Candy asked Cinnamon as they stood in line for the bus. She noticed that her friend looked forlorn this morning.

Cinnamon sniffled as tears filled her eyes. “I’m just feeling a lot of buyer’s remorse over my new school shoes.”

Candy glanced down at Cinnamon’s feet. “They are cute shoes, but…”

“My feet already hurt!” Cinnamon stamped them in frustration.

“Um, that might be cuz your shoes are on the wrong feet,” Candy said. “Let me hold your backpack and you can switch them.”

Cinnamon smiled. “You’re a good friend! Want to be science lab partners this year?”

Candy blanched. “Let’s just focus on your shoes for now. One thing at a time!”

New Year’s Eve Quiz

Let’s see how well you’ve been paying attention to my poasts all year. 😀🎉🎈

1. In preparation for a night of partying on NYE, Paula will spend the afternoon of December 31…

A. Cooking a fabulous meal from scratch for lots of guests.

B. Getting a glam makeover at the salon.

C. Probably reading blogs.

2. When Paula arrives at her NYE destination, she is most likely to jump right into…

A. Chatting with the nearest cat or dog.

B. Networking with a group of business peeps.

C. Dancing like a maniac.

3. What will Paula be drinking on this festive occasion?

A. French champagne, daaaahling.

B. Brewskis!

C. Tea, preferably hot.

4. It’s an hour or so before midnight ~ what’s Paula likely to be doing?

A. Playing a board game.

B. Lighting sparklers on the beach.

C. Prank calling the local PD.

5. What does Paula do when the clock strikes midnight?

A. Grabs the closest man and gives him a big smooch.

B. Screams and yells and makes as much noise as possible.

C. Nothing much cuz she’s tired and wants to go home already.

6. Okay, it’s New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. What’s Paula up to?

A. She’s begun a whole new life, sailing around the world cuz adventure is her middle name!

B. She’s nursing a wicked hangover and wonders who the strange man is in her bed.

C. Nothing, just chills at home with the cat.

Hey everyone! Have a happy eve and stay safe. See ya on the flip side! 🎉🍾❤️

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hairy chests on men are attractive and I don’t understand this strange trend of male grooming to excess. I’m talking about straight men, and only hypothetically, since I no longer do the dating/romance thing at all. But I still have eyes. And I give the hairy eyeball to waxed men because why would you do that? It’s just weird and creepy. I’ve been with one of these men (TMI alert!) in the misty distant past and it felt weird and creepy too. Not saying I want a gorilla either eww ~ moderation is the key. I think moderation is the key to a lot of things and lately many of us have forgotten this aspect of the golden rule, which is why we end up in so many hairy situations. If we’d just take a step back, take a deep breath, and think… geez, I don’t have to be so extreme here, it doesn’t have to be my way or the highway, all or nothing, black or white, etc. Except for c00kies. Black and white c00kies are delicious.

Lisa’s Eleven

No heists involved, just questions via Fandango.

Ready or not…

1. Socks? Love them or hate them?

– Love ❤️ them! I have tons of socks and need more. Most of my socks are not what you would term “conservative” either. Forex, the other week at game night, one of the friends said to me: “Um, Paula, are you wearing rainbow socks with kitties on them?!”

As a matter of fact, I was.

2. Is there a God?

– Like Fandango, I wonder why peeps are so obsessed with this question. If you believe in a god or gods, why do you care if others do or don’t? I thought the whole point of faith was that it was supposed to nourish and sustain the believer. If you don’t believe, then who cares? No need to be militant about it and snark at the faithful unless they’re directly affecting your life.

3. Is a pizza a pizza without cheese?

– Pizza is dough baked with tomato and cheese. That’s why you don’t have to say “tomato and cheese pizza” just like you don’t have to say “furry and clawful kitty.” It’s how God intended the thing to be.

4. What’s your favorite book and why?

– There are so many wonderful books. I usually say The Great Gatsby for its flawless writing or The Unbearable Lightness of Being for its delicious philosophy or Welcome to Temptation for inspiring me to write full-length romance. But I also adore the short story collections from Ray Carver and Haruki Murakami.

5. Do aliens exist or are we floating around in space all alone?

– I am inclined to believe that we are not so special and life has formed on other planets. Might have already disappeared, who knows. Or maybe it’ll show up in a thousand years to wipe us out, assuming we haven’t done the job ourselves.

6. Do you still have the teddy you slept with as a child?

– I don’t think I ever slept with any stuffed aminals, though I’ve had little ones as collectibles (not in my bed).

7. Brussel sprouts? Yes or no?

– Mostly not, though I’ll try a bite if they’re prepared in a new way. They’re usually still yucky though.

8. Christmas? Do you love it or hate it?

– Indifferent. I don’t celebrate it, but I’m happy to enjoy the lights and have time off.

9. What’s sexier – a beaming smile or thigh high boots?

– On a man? A smile.

10. If you were stuck with one view for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– The correct one, of course.

11. Which do you prefer? Spring or Autumn?

– Autumn.

Anyone else care to take on these questions?

They’re free right now, but I can’t promise they’ll be around after Thanksgiving!

Sunday at the Maul [rantish]

Yesterday, after having a fabulous pizza lunch with my dear friend at a lovely restaurant literally a few steps from my apartment, I had the bright idea to go shopping at South Coast Plaza. Let me explain! I reasoned that all the exciting deals would be starting on dreadful Black Friday, so I could browse in peace the weekend prior to the madness.

Wrong! Wrongety wrong wrong wrong. I can admit when I’m wrong, and man I was wrong with a side helping of wrongola.

But once I was there and had been driving around for 15 minutes looking for parking, I wasn’t about to change my mind and give up. Nope. At first, I searched the lanes methodically, banking on my good parking karma as a considerate driver, but that got me nowhere, so then I cruised around haphazardly until I found an empty space, which happened to be at the butt-end of Saks, but hey… good exercise, amirite?

After entering the maul itself, I made a beeline (whatever that is) for the spot all the way on the opposite side where I had a vague memory my favorite baby store Gymboree used to be located. Yay, it was still there! Boo, it didn’t have anything I liked. But Baby Gap was right next door, hurrah! They had a super cute outfit! But no matching booties. What? Can’t buy a footless baby outfit sans matching sox! The horror.

I readjusted my bearings to the shambles of the reality of the maul and the fact that I’d have to navigate it. Good gawd it was stuffed with people! So many people. There was a snow house dealio, so naturally all the people with kids needed to pose around there. It was too crowded for me to see if a Santa lurked within. People without kids were also posing. Selfie time! Not me, obviously. Ever since I quit Facebook and Instagram, I’m amazed at how few selfies and pics of food I actually need.

I made a silent vow: I would not leave the maul sans my holiday gifts. No way was I enduring this torture without a payoff. I didn’t need that many, mostly just the baby stuff. Eventually, I found it at Macy’s, which was having the most incredible pre-sale sales, even for those of us lucky enough not to be burdened with the misfortune of having a Macy’s credit card (world’s worst T&C’s).

I was going to regale y’all with the side story of how I managed to find the ONE THING not on sale at Macy’s: a black bra. But this poast is already so long no one in their right mind is going to read it. Not to mention I have two prompt words left here on my Post-It and I need to use them, but they don’t go with a bra at all.

On the way out, I just happened to pass the jewelry department and discovered that some of their sterling silver was 75% off. Now, this was just crazy! I began to look at the earrings and found a pair with created opals. I used to be turned off by the idea of “fake” stones, but now I think they’re not only better deals than genuine stones but more ethical purchases besides. Anyway, these lil opals were soooo colorful and sparkly, and now only $10! So, I bought myself a treat. I don’t consider a bra a treat. That’s more like… tires.

Okay then. Done with the maul for another year or 10. So much nicer to order online or go to cute little shops that are out of the mainstream.

Halloween Quiz 🎃

M.M.H.B Challenge – Halloween Quiz

Do you celebrate Halloween?

– Mildly.

If so when do you start decorating for Halloween?

– I don’t decorate at home, but I do make my workspace a bit festive with some shrunken heads n stuff.

What types of candy/sweets do you buy for the Trick and Treaters who may come calling?

– Sadly, no kids come around. Their moms must have heard the rumors about me.

Do you dress up for Halloween?

– If I’m going to an event, definitely. I love costumes.

Fake blood or not into that kind of thing?

– Nahhh. Not into gore. More into funny or clever type costumes.

Do you wear a costume to work, or is that frowned upon?

– They wouldn’t care, but I wouldn’t be comfy in one for the whole day in an office.

If so, what did you go as last year?

– Just a kitty shirt/black pants.

Have you already bought some halloween decorations?

– Only for work.

What was the original name for Halloween?

– Easter.

What do people typically carve at Halloween?

– Pie!

Why were people suspicious of black cats during the Middle Ages?

– Ignorance. Black cats rock!

What fruit is used to play a traditional “bobbing” game at Halloween?

– Eggplant! 🍆 😉

Why did people traditionally dress up in costumes on Halloween?

– To escape from the Czar, probably.

Who first celebrated what we’ve come to know as Halloween?

– Cleopatra.

The most famous witch trials in US history are known as what?

– Senate hearings.

Name the TV series in which Samantha could perform magic by twitching her nose?

– I Dream of Jeannie.

Which ‘witch’ had a hit song in 1970 with ‘That same old feeling’?

– Rhiannon.

Okay! What did I win???

Fashionista (Not)

Game 2 Questions from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! If you want to play, check the link for the rules (basically link back and don’t delete questions marked with a P).

Q1] How important is colour in your life?

– Very. I’m particular about which colors I wear and when, and which go together and don’t.

Q2] What is most favourite colour to wear?

– Turquoise. I like a splash of it with neutrals. Same goes for hot pink and lime green. But every once in a while I like all the bright colors together.

Q3] Is there a colour that you wear that brings the best out in you and in others – in so far as compliments?

– I haven’t noticed. I wear what I like.

Q4] Are you a person who likes to overdress for the day or are you a follower of the credo, less is more?

– I mostly like to blend in. It’s better that way.

PQ5] What are five of your best items of clothing that you simply couldn’t be without? [and l don’t mean underwear/socks]

– Black pants, turquoise top, cute white cardigan, comfy black loafers, big cozy tan sweater.

6] Do you dress for the season, as in colour wise, or just throw on whatever is warm and practical?

– I have turquoise and neutral things for summer and winter, plus loads of sweaters.

PQ7] If you were going for an evening out and the dress code was ‘smart casual’ what is your ideal outfit and why?

– Idk, that’s never happened. I either dress shlumpy for board game nights or… um that’s it.

Q8] If you were having to attend an important meeting or appointment and the dress code was smart – what would your outfit be then?

– Idk what this means. A suit, I guess.

Q9] How many pairs of shoes do you own, and what is the breakdown [as in casual, smart, evening, leisure]

– I guess smart is business? I have around 20 pairs of shoes and boots that are for both business and casual. A couple pairs of sneakers. And a half dozen pairs of fancy shoes for weddings and such.

Q10] Do you have classic clothing, or classic items in your wardrobe that you have had for years and never go out of fashion if so name three?

– Most of my clothing falls into this category. Beige pants. Black pants. Black blazer. Etc.

Q11] Are you into plain colours, wild colours or outlandish designs or a mixture and which do you favour more?

– I’m segueing more into plain colors. They’re much more practical. I still have some aminal prints and florals I’m fond of.

PQ12] Do you have a favourite quote with regards fashion or design – if so what is it?

– Be comfortable. (me)

Q13]  Knee high socks, ankle socks, shin socks or no socks?

– Shin socks.

Q14] Can you see the connection between colour and music and if so does it influence your dress code for the day in any way?

– No.

PQ15] If you are going out somewhere special and want to listen to some music to put you in the mood whilst getting dressed up, what do you listen to? [Provide link please]

– N/A

Q16] How often do you buy new clothing for the season or the year?

– When I’m in the mood.

Q17] Remember tie-dye from the 70’s was it a thing you followed, bought into or worse, how do you feel about it now?

– Liked it then and still do.

Q18] What is the brightest coloured item of clothing you have in your wardrobes/drawers?

– Hot pink dress. Red glittery shoes. (They don’t go together obviously.)

Q19] What is the most expensive item of clothing that you have in your wardrobe? How often do you actually wear it?

– Dunno. Maybe a designer dress, but I would have bought it marked way down.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

– No.

Q21] Is being ‘fashionable’ important to you, or is being comfortably attired more so?

– Comfort rules!

Octolages

As is my way, I’m doing City Sonnet’s photo challenge in one swell foop. This time, the whole month will be right here in one poast! How exciting! Since I didn’t want to overwhelm my readers with 31 full-size pics in predictable order, I mashed them up in collages. First, I will poast the key, and then I’ll show you my photo art. You can match them up if you like, or simply enjoy for a minute and return to your normally scheduled life.

A Return to Normalcy

I always say I like the routine of the workweek. I enjoy getting up early with a sense of purpose, knowing I can’t laze around too long because I have to get dressed and go to the office soon. I wouldn’t want to work at home in sweatpants, since I like having a reason to dress nicely and, most importantly, have a collection of shooze in various colors and styles. Not to mention boots! If I worked at home, I’d never wear adorable corduroy skirts with cute sweaters and boots. The horror.

Plus the workweek makes the weekends so much sweeter. You schedule fun plans (or no plans!) and look forward to seeing friends, going to cool events, watching movies, or just blissing out in peace when Saturday morning rolls around.

That said, for over a week last week I hibernated with my daughter up in NorCal and really really enjoyed it. I drove her car to the store twice, and we took short walks around the neighborhood. But other than that, and letting her doggie outside in the back, I stayed in, wore sweats, and pretty much did nothing but read books, blog, color, eat various carbs, snack on candy, etc. I also kept checking the online news too frequently, blech!

Point is, I quickly forgot how much I allegedly love the routine of getting out of the house and going to work in a cute outfit, and I immediately adapted to shlumping around like a retired brown bear. Didn’t realize how adaptable I am. What a nice trait to discover so late in life. (Pats self on back.) (Ow.)

But today I’m back to normal.