This morning I’m having tea, so I hope it’s still OK if I reply to this edition of Rory’s Coffee Questions. I just deleted my SOCS poem due to completely misreading the prompt words last night. I sort of like the poem regardless, so I may work on it and repost it later. Not that this is an excuse, but yesterday I went to a restaurant with my coworkers ~ had a great time, except the air was slightly smoky. No one else noticed it, but my eyes are super sensitive. They’re still feeling teary today and hopefully I won’t screw anything else up.
1. Do you sometimes ‘just’ LIKE posts from those you follow but don’t often read the content, and if so, why do you do this? Is it a time restraint or something else that motivates this action?
I will confess that I have sometimes been doing this lately. It is a time issue, now that I follow almost 300 blogs. I really like to read poetry, so I prioritize that, and, for example, I will skim very lightly posts like this one from other bloggers even though I enjoy answering the questions myself. Generally, I will skip but not “like” a post without reading it from someone I haven’t been following for a while or from a blogger I disagree with politically because I don’t know what crazy thing they might say, but with people I’m familiar and comfortable with, I sometimes do it when they’re meandering on or posting a bunch of pics.
2.What do you do with gifts you have received but have no use for?
Generally, I get rid of them. I don’t have excess room here to store things I don’t use.
3. Have people become lazier concerning cooking do you think, or is it more a case of people not knowing how to cook? Is cooking considered a valuable skill by you?
There’s no such thing as not knowing how when detailed recipes are everywhere. I don’t want to call people lazy, nor do I want to say that I’m lazy, since that implies there is something “bad” about not cooking. Again, it’s time. Cooking is time-intensive and requires planning, shopping, prepping, and cleaning up, all for 20 minutes of nomming. Personally, as a single, it is not worth it to me except for a special occasion when I have company or am taking a dish to a potluck. I’d rather read a book. It’s also cheaper to buy a prepared meal than to purchase all the ingredients separately, especially if you don’t have room to store the 15 extra meals you get from cooking a larger quantity. Finally, my back hurts, and I can’t be standing in the kitchen for hours chopping up stuff, hovering over the stove, and washing up afterward.
Cooking skill isn’t valuable to me personally, but I can see it being valuable to others, particularly if you earn your living at it! I appreciate the cooking skills of the chefs whose restaurants I patronize and also the ones at Stouffers.
4. What news stories, in your opinion, have so far defined the 2020’s and what do you think they have taught us personally as individuals?
So far, this decade’s news here in the US has been dominated by stories about Covid, the presidential election, the former guy and his crimes, his rabidly insane fans, the Supreme Court, our regression on women’s rights, Ukraine, that egomaniac who bought twitter, inflation/the price of gas, crypto ridiculousness, a whole bunch of sports that I pay no attention to, and a kazillion shootings that we, unlike every other civilized country, are apparently unable to do anything about. What could possibly help? Hmm, such a mystery!
What have these stories taught us? Basically, that people are idiots and will keep repeating the same mistakes.
5. What would you never swallow even if you could?
Raw fish/meat, things like snake and alligator (cooked or otherwise), stinky cheese, super spicy food, and anything unfamiliar. I don’t even like trying new fruit or vegetables at this point, though I’m willing to try new desserts. At 61, if I haven’t yet tasted it, there’s probably a good reason.
6. How many hours of sleep do you get a night, and how many hours do you think you need and why?
Lately my sleep has been so much better! I’ve been getting 7 or more hours per night, which is fabulous, even when broken up with a bathroom trip or a quick scan of the news. I can function OK on 5 or 6, but I do much better with 7-8. Why? Because I’m biologically human, lol.
7. How important is it to you to have a clean house or environment to live in and does it have to be pristine?
This is very important to me, and my house doesn’t have to be pristine, but it does need to be free of obvious mess and clutter. I can’t function in disorganized chaos.
8. Could you give up your Smartphone and break your addiction to it?
No. And I don’t see any reason why I should. It keeps me in daily communication with my girls, contains my GPS (an absolute necessity), holds my contact info for friends, connects me to Spotify (ad-free music), and allows me to quickly look up any fact I need.
9. What have been five of your best TV shows from the dawn of dot to today? Why were they good?
The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones (except for the terrible final season). Why were they good? Because I liked them! It’s all about the characters, not the storylines, and compelling characters, whether heroes or villains, hold my interest. Most shows focus more on gimmicks or violence than character development, which is why they bore me immediately.
10. Why is life not a bed of roses but a bed of thorns? What makes your life good and or bad?
Since everything dies, sadness and grief is a built-in feature of being born, unless you’re a sociopath/psychopath. All happiness is transitory, which makes it even more important to be in the moment and appreciate good times and the people you love. My life is good because of my daughters, grandchildren, and friends. And Gatsby!
11. Toasted waffles or toasted bread, and why?
I’ve never been a waffle fan, so I’ll take the bread. I don’t understand these “why” questions about personal taste. Because waffles are bland corrugated cardboard and bread is yummy and smooth, perfect for peanut butter spreading? There you go.
12. How do you feel about the ageing process and you?
I wish my back didn’t hurt 24/7, but otherwise I’m fine with it and especially thrilled that I lost my sex drive, which makes my entire life so much easier and more enjoyable. I regret the five years post-divorce I wasted on trying to meet someone and being all stressed out about the dating madness. The last five years have been so much better without that. Of course, I don’t want to die, but on the other hand, my funds will run out at some point and then what? Go back to work at age 100? No thanks!
13. What is the last rebellious thing you did?
I used the handicapped bathroom stall in my office building yesterday because the free one was yucky.
14. What would be your ideal ‘you experience’ of the following …. museum, theatre, spa day, bungee jumping?
Museum: art. Theater: musical. Spa day: meh. Bungee jumping: pass.
15. Could you easily step off the planet and away from society and your friends and being social and also away from the Internet for 12 months?
No. Why would I do that? Sounds like the Unabomber.
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