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Nova’s Questions

Questions

I haven’t answered Q’s for a while and Nova presents some interesting ones…

1. Growing up, what did you want to do professionally when you got older?

The first career I recall wanting was that of a research scientist. I imagined myself in a white lab coat solving all sorts of problems for humanity. This dream began when I started high school and was a lab assistant to my biology teacher. Mostly I washed beakers and illicitly opened the boa constrictor’s cage to pet him. But senior year I didn’t do well in AP chemistry and dropped it in favor of creative writing. Since then I’ve always wanted to write. It would be cool to own a bookshop/bakery/cat café… maybe if I win the lottery!

2. Do you live in the city or state of which you were born?

Neither. I was born in Tarrytown, NY, and now I live in Orange County, CA. I’ve also lived in New Jersey and Chicago.

3. What’s an item that you had as a girl, but isn’t being sold anymore?

Super Spirograph ~ with pins. You can still buy Super Spirograph, but the wheels no longer come with pinholes to anchor a shape to your paper because pins are “too dangerous.” But without them, it’s impossible to create a perfect design. The new sets come with putty instead, which is absurd; I bought a kit with the putty for my girls and it was a total bust. I spent about a zillion fun hours around age 10 creating cool designs and not once did I poke my eye out.

4. Do you prefer pudding, yogurt, custard, or ice cream.

I absolutely love the key lime flavor of yogurt made by Chobani. (Their regular vanilla is great too.) I like to add banana or blueberries to it. Or granola! Theoretically, I like ice cream, especially cookie dough, but I’m usually too cold to enjoy ice cream. Pudding is meh, except for Indian rice pudding. I’m not sure what custard is, lol.

5. What’s one topic of interest you’d like to learn more about?

I’m always interested in learning more about the craft of fiction writing, poetry forms, and English generally.

6. What is a favorite/unique family tradition in your house?

My girls and I had a tradition of going out for pumpkin pancakes in November, but they’re both too far away to do that now, plus the last time I had pumpkin pancakes they weren’t as yummy as I remembered. I don’t really have any traditions these days. I’m single and free and do as I please!

7. If you had one topic to teach to the entire world, what would it be and why?

Get vaccinated, you morons.

8. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I’m extremely OCD about some things and will spend hours pointlessly creating consistency. I just went through all my posts to check for hyphens. Oh, don’t even ask! One of the reasons I eschew punctuation in comments and texting is to force myself to overcome this OCD a little. I’ll let you know if/when it works…

9. What’s one of your life-saving cleaning hacks? [hyphen added!]

Life-saving? Don’t mix bleach and ammonia. If you mean time-saving, then I suggest cleaning as you go and not only when you cook. Keep things tidy all the time so you won’t be overwhelmed with a giant cleanup.

10. What’s one thing you wish you knew before having kids, but didn’t?

That it might have been better to focus them on one non-academic activity rather than bouncing around from lesson to lesson in hopes of giving them a variety of choices. What actually happened is they ended up interested in none of them, while other kids had their one special thing.

11. What is one lesson that life has taught you recently?

I’m less introverted than I thought I was. Just a little less, so let’s not get carried away. I thought I’d have an easy-peasy time during the lockdown in 2020 because “I don’t need people.” Welp, that was wrong…

12. If you could retire and live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

I’d buy a nice house in Beverly Hills near my grandchildren so I could see them all the time.

~*~

Image from Pixabay.

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Catnap [repost]

Catnap

In the middle
Of your complicated life,
Stuffed with bills and pills
And the external drive
To make noisy music
That I hate so much–
Because who can hear a fly
When someone’s screaming
C’mon c’mon TOUCH
Me babe?
Anyway, look…
Somewhere in between
The box of tissues
And the coloring book
Full of swear words
(Lady, you got issues),
I find a spot
To plop
My furry purry self down
And take a nap.
Because
Life doesn’t have to be
More complicated
Than that.

[Written in 2016.]

~*~

The Daily Prompt: Complicated.
Poetry form: free verse.
Image is mine.

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Listing [repost]

coffee notebook pen write list

I listed
All the chores
I had neglected to do:
The vacuuming,
The dusting,
The dishes,
Some ironing too.

I listed
All the reasons
I was better off
With you gone:
The lying,
The crying,
The cold silent
Angry dawn.

I listed
All the fun things
I’d plan with new friends:
The game nights,
The art walks,
The movies and dinners,
To fill
My weekends.

I listed
My lists
In a master
List of all lists,
To stay organized
And methodical,
Which made me feel
Blissed.

But I ran out of paper
And my cat stole my pen,
So I texted you
At midnight:
Please come back again!

~*~

Poetry form: list poem.
Image credit to Pexels.

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Sunday Morning Cat [repost]

gatsby cat in closet with boots

Hi, it’s me ~ Gatsby. Mommy is busy, so she said I have to answer these questions from Fandango even though I was taking a nap in the closet.

1. Do you like blue cheese? 

Sure, give me a chunk and I’ll bat it under the fridge.

2. Coke or Pepsi? 

No thanks. Water is my bev.

3. Do you own a gun? 

My claws and teeth are enough.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid? 

Gross!

5. Hot dogs? 

Dogs are dumb, whether hot or cold.

6. Favorite TV show? 

I prefer silence so I can hear any bug that needs killing.

7. Do you believe in ghosts? 

Of course. I usually chat with them around 2AM.

8. What do you drink in the morning?

Water.

9. Can you do a push-up? A single push up?

I can do lots of push-ups and all sorts of athletic maneuvers. I’m in great shape!

10. Favorite Jewelry? 

All of it. Leave it out at your peril.

11. Favorite Hobby? 

Napping.

12. Do you have ADD? 

Well, I can stay very focused on one spot for a very long time unless… BUG! String! Someone touched my tail!

13. Do you wear glasses? 

No, but I’m happy to bite yours.

14. Favorite cartoon character? 

Felix the Cat.

15. Three things you did today?

Ate a crunchy, snuggled with Mommy, went back to sleep.

16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 

Water x 3.

17. Current movies? 

Mommy saw Yesterday yesterday and loved it [on June 29, 2019].

18. Do you believe in magic? 

Kitties are magical!

19. Favorite place to be? 

At home.

20. How did you ring in the New Year?

Probably napping.

21. Travel? Where would you go? 

I don’t like to go anywhere and neither does Mommy.

22. Name five people who will most likely read this? 

Mommy, Fandango, Keera, Sadje, Jim.

23. Favorite movie? 

Silent ones.

24. Favorite color?

I don’t see colors.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?

They don’t sound cozy, but I could claw them up, which would be fun.

26. Can you whistle? 

No, but I can howl like a wolf.

27. Where are you now?

Home.

29. Favorite food? 

Chicken crunchies.

30. Least favorite chore? 

I beg your pardon. Chores are for peasants!

31. Best job you can think of? 

Professional Napper.

32. What’s in your pockets? 

You mean the big pocket under the sofa? Pens that Rawry sent. Chapstick. Empty toilet paper holders. My fluffy toys.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? 

I’m happy when Mommy plays with me.

34. Favorite animal? 

Mommy.

35. What’s your most recent injury? 

Mommy keeps me safe, so I never have any.

36. How many TV’s are in your house? 

One.

37. Worst pain ever? 

When my food bowl was 3/4 empty.

38. Do you like to dance? 

Sure! I have mad moves to my own music.

39. Are your parents still alive?

I don’t know.

40. Do you enjoy camping? 

I’m not allowed outside.

~*~

Image is mine.

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Regarding Crockpots [socs]

Food groceries cooking

Crockpots are supposed to save time because they cook all day while you’re doing other things, but you still have to hunt down a recipe, grocery shop, prep the food, and clean up afterward. Some people may have a proclivity for perusing recipes and scavenging up exotic ingredients, but I don’t. I figure why go through all that bother when there’s easy and cheap food already made? I’m not talking about stopping for greasy hamburgers, but all the rest of the processed food that’s available 24/7 for your convenient home nommage.

Let’s take rice. I could spend several hours perfecting a rice recipe… or I could nuke a little cup of long grain & wild (one minute), plop in a blob of butter, and Ben’s yer Uncle. No leftovers and nothing to clean up except a spoon (or fork). Now, if you want a steak or a chicken or whatever, that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. But I generally don’t eat meat. For those with a pet crocodile, they’ll eat their food raw, and with enthusiastic ferocity, so you don’t even have to bother with cooking.

Veggies such as broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, onions, etc. are yummier when you buy them fresh and cook them yourself, which I do sometimes, but the frozen ones nuked, with a little salt and butter, are still pretty tasty. And you don’t mess up your frock with oil spatters!

Insta-Pots have skyrocketed in popularity these last several years and I admit… I bought one on Prime day. But have I ever used it? You get one guess.

~*~

Image from Pixabay.

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To My Left [socs]

lights

To my left is a box with a new overhead dining room light inside. We decided to upgrade this fixture after we bought our condo last month, mostly because I’ve always hated the light that came with the place, but I tolerated it while we were renting. The light that’s up now is so weird and flimsy and doesn’t go with the rest of our place at all. It’s like a paper flower ~ and in fact I burnt a hole in it while changing out the bulbs last year. Yep, if a bulb touches it, it burns. How crazy is that? Everything else here is nice and modern, so this light has always bugged me.

The problem now is to find a handyman to install it. We have a couple other tasks for him (or her/them/whatever) too. I can’t get my toilet to quit running randomly and we need some minor fixes on the fireplace. We never use the fireplace, but we want it to be right. Anyway, I called the handyman guy recommended to me by our broker, but he hasn’t called back. Maybe my job is too little? I went on Yelp last night to search for another one, but it was too overwhelming. It seems most handymen are actually contractors and do big remodeling type jobs? IDK.

This is more stream of consciousness than my usual SOCS post. I don’t normally write SOC because I don’t like to read it. I enjoy edited, cohesive stuff. But I’m still breaking the rules, since I just went back to the previous sentence and switched like to enjoy because I use like too often. There are many words I’m trying not to use so frequently, such as weird. I think I’ve used it only once in this blobbery. I also use just too much. I’m not a huge fan of putting words in quotes when I’m talking about them, unless the sentence is horribly unclear without the quotes. I feel they break the flow of thought. In any case, I’m also not a fan of rules, which is why I skip many prompts altogether. There is also the issue of 24 hours in a day, my real job, sleep, etc.

PLMK if you have contact info for a good handyman in Orange County, CA. Thanks!

~*~

Image from Pexels.

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Perfect Grilled Cheese [repost]

grilled cheese

Everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese, but very few know how to do it perfectly. Well, I’m here to help.

You will need:
2 sl. rye bread
3 sl. American cheese
2 sl. tomato
spreadable butter
skillet ~ use a small one to keep things neater

Start by buttering one side of one piece of bread. Yes, this is what you do! Do not melt a glob of butter in the pan ~ that’s wasteful and dumb. Place the bread in the pan, butter side down (dur).

Grilled cheese

Next layer on two slices of cheese, neatly, like so:

GC2

Now, put on the tomato slices.

GC3

Center the third slice of cheese over the tomatoes. At this point, you may turn on the burner to medium.

Next, butter the other slice of bread, making sure to butter the opposite side to its partner slice, so that they match up. Otherwise, you will have the curves of the bread in the wrong places and that’s a disaster. Put this piece of bread on top of the sandwich, butter side up (dur).

Now, your bottom bread should be sizzling a bit if you have done this properly and spent exactly the right amount of time buttering the second piece of bread. Wait a little longer, so that the sandwich is nicely browned ~ we don’t want one of those half-assed “golden” grilled cheeses. Those are for babies.

Flip it! (And don’t mess this up.)

GC4

Mmm… your sandwich should look wonderful! Let the bottom side brown. Idk how long. You can peek under the edge a little bit. Just make sure it’s right. Don’t burn it, FFS. When it’s done, put it on a plate, cut it in half, and nom up.

Superb! Perfection!

~*~

Images are mine.

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