I actually am having coffee right now, so it’s the perfect time to dive into Rory @ Earthly Comforts new set of Coffee Time Questions. Hope everyone’s weekend is starting out well.
1. Have you ever been on an extended vacation/holiday road trip? If so, when and where and for how long?
Not as an adult, but when I was a child my parents took standard (at the time) two-week summer vacations. Once we embarked upon an extra-long trip from the Chicago area down to see the Gateway Arch in Missouri and then drove across Kansas, where my dad somehow got lost on a straight shot across flattened nowheresville, but he never admitted to being lost ~ he said he was exploring. My mom would get all upset whenever we went off her schedule though, and there’d be a lot of yelling, so I’d read a romance novel in the back seat until I became too nauseated to continue. We ended up in Colorado as planned, and it was a nice place full of lots of silver and turquoise jewelry. We had pizza there, but it wasn’t as good as either Chicago pizza or New York pizza. Sorry Colorado, you’re a pretty state, but your pizza sucks! Oh, we went up some mountain and it was cold at the top so we had hot chocolate. Next, we drove to South Dakota to see the presidents carved into rock, which was impressive until later on when I read that the US took Mount Rushmore back from the Lakota tribe after promising it would be theirs forever, which sucks. Typical of us though. Anyway, I think we drove straight back to Illinois after that without seeing anything else of interest. These car trips with my parents and all their arguing gave me a negative vibe about vacations in general, which was only reinforced during my marriage. Now I’m a stay-cation person most of the time except for short local jaunts.
2. When was the last time you visited an actual bookshop, and what, if any, new/old/secondhand titles did you buy?
I went to Barnes & Noble recently, but I didn’t buy anything. They’re so expensive! Even with their membership card they’re ridiculous, so I am not renewing in December. Last week I ordered four Karen Rose romantic suspense novels from a used bookseller on eBay and the price was around $4 each plus a free one if I bought three. B&N can’t compete with that, and I have no need for a “virgin” book. Mostly though, I read e-books on Kindle, except when it’s cheaper to buy a used dead-tree one for a book club selection. Right now, I have TONS of books to be read, both DT and E, so I don’t need any more! (So she says….)
3. How do you feel about the new WP Dashboard 7-day highlights Statistics?
The page looks obnoxious. Why do they have to keep changing everything? That’s not the worst thing they did though. They changed the comment notifications recently so it’s not apparent at first glance if something is pending. I get a lot of pending comments when other bloggers link back and from new readers (one approval automatically gets them on the OK list unless I manually change that), so now I have to spend extra time making sure the approved line is checked. Before this idiotic change, pending comments were highlighted.
4. How do you feel about all the Russian nuclear sabre rattling?
It’s terrifying, as it’s meant to be. Putin is a bad guy, always has been, and I have no patience with folks who try to mitigate his horribleness with whataboutism.
5. If you could go back or travel to an age of your choice and live or relive a previous era for a day, what age would you pick and why?
Hmm, so many possibilities! Since it’s only one day though, there’s no point in saying I would like to see the US in its “natural” state, which I’d need months to appreciate, especially if I was clonking around in a covered wagon, or witness the Big Bang, which probably took longer than a day, not that there were days then, plus it’d be hard to stay at a safe distance, so I’ll just say Mount Sinai, when “God” allegedly gave Moses the 10 Commandments. Maybe there were 15, like in the movie? Maybe he made it all up… who even knows. I could then be the definitive source!
6. Do you have a favourite coat? [Outdoor/Indoor/Business/Social] What makes it unique to you, OR is a coat just a coat?
Wha? So random, Rory. I do actually: a cute blue parka I bought in Chicago. Since I don’t need a parka too often out here in SoCal, it’s stayed nice over the years (I had the zipper replaced once) and I even wore it last week to the movies. It’s 40 years old!
7. Do you enjoy learning something new every day or week?
Yes, indeed, and multiple times per day.
8. Are you more comfortable in your skin today than you were in the youth of your yesterdays? Why and how so?
I suppose, though physically I don’t feel as well ~ when I was younger my back didn’t hurt 24/7. But I am more “comfortable” with who I am and what I look like, finally accepting that I’m never going to be a bestselling writer or inspire mad passion in some man with my incredible sexiness (since I don’t have it). A huge part of my self-acceptance journey was giving up dating in 2016/17. No matter the strength of your self-esteem, it’s bound to get damaged by all the rejection and nastiness endemic to dating sites and putting yourself out there for “inspection” in general. I no longer have to care what some man, imaginary or real, finds attractive or not in my appearance or how I live my life. Here’s me at a wedding last year in a pretty dress sans makeup and artificial hair color ~ I no longer hide my greys ~ and I’m very happy with how I look.
9. Have you ever kept a hardback diary or a journal as opposed to an online digital one? When did you first start to journal your life?
Off and on, as a teenager.
10. How do you feel about Eggplant/Aubergine/Guinea Squash as a vegetable? Is it something you enjoy having in your meals?
I absolutely love it, both in Italian dishes and also that wonderful Thai pumpkin/eggplant curry dish. We’ve even roasted it with a brush of olive oil and some sea salt, and it’s fabulous on its own. So tasty! I did not know it was called guinea squash by some, so I just looked that up and learned something new. Thanks Rory!
11. What film could you watch over and over again and why?
Any of my favorite musicals (The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, Mamma Mia (1 & 2), Fiddler on the Roof, etc.) and also Dr. Zhivago, Goodfellas, Risky Business, etc. Why? Music and/or humor, basically, not that Dr. Z was funny.
12. What concert, show, or event would you love tickets for if you could get them?
Eh, idk. Huge, noisy events are not my thing. I enjoy smaller cover band concerts at the OC Fair, and those tix are easy enough to get. I wish I’d seen Neil Diamond though before he retired. He was always at a giant Los Angeles forum however, so I kept putting it off and now it’s too late.
13. Would your teenage self be impressed with who you are today and what you have achieved so far in your/their life?
No. As a teen, I had no interest in motherhood, and being a grandmother wasn’t even on my radar. I dreamed of career success, in a big, splashy way. But I’m super glad now I have a family instead, not that you (theoretically) can’t have both, but that wasn’t in the cards for me.
14. Which online behaviours do you find the most annoying in blogging?
Generally speaking, I enjoy reading all the bloggers I follow, else I wouldn’t be following them. Occasionally, I get a bit annoyed when someone feels the need go on a political rant against a particular group of people, but it’s easy enough to tell immediately what’s happening, so I close the post and move on. If it happens frequently, I may unfollow for a while or forever, which unfortunately I had to do with one of my prior faves when she went on constant tirades against “liberals” and kept mixing that into her regular posts about food and body image too. But now I don’t read her at all, so it worked out nicely. I am a big fan of MOVING THE F*CK ON when I dislike something, rather than attempting to dictate to everyone what they should and shouldn’t say, or calling for bans, with some exceptions for speech inciting violence. Other than that, the most irritating thing about blogging is the WP “happiness engineers” making us UNHAPPY with all their pointless and user-unfriendly tinkering. GRRRR!
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