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Art schmart [SOSC]

Art reminds me of an OKCupid question that went “How important is Art in your life?” You had to choose very or somewhat or not at all and then rate your answer as highly important, moderately important, or not important so they could match you with your soul mate. All my soul mates would have to put Garfunkel? in the comments to snark at OKC’s capitalization of the word Art. I suppose if my potential dream man really wanted to be clever he could come up with a more obscure Art like that game show host wozzname… not gonna google cuz it’s against Linda’s rules.

I know we’re supposed to talk about the art that’s on our walls, or in a museum, which could be same same if we live in a museum but probably no one does (sad), but the first thing that sprang to mind was the OKC thing and this is stream of consciousness Saturday. I have a very eclectic mix of art on my walls, and some people might balk at even calling it art. I’m not putting quotes around words when I meta them because that irritates me, just so you know. I am aware of the rules; I simply prefer not to follow them.

Okay walls, here we go. Scattered around my apartment are needlepoint pictures created by yours truly and framed beautifully and expensively back when I had a husband paying my bills. They are of various motifs, southwestern, floral, etc. These were all from kits, except one, the first few Hebrew words of the Shema, which I designed myself. But that’s not all.

I also have a picture of a dragon and a kitty, which are outline-etched in rainbow colors on black and very striking. A print from the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art titled “Far Eastern Cat.” This cool picture of jaguar eyes over my bed. This ultra awesome piece of art my daughter bought for me in Costa Rica that’s a jaguar painted on leaves under glass.

Over my sofa I have a cheap large painting/print of three abstract flowers I grabbed at Bed&Bath when I was married because it has all my fave colors but later decided it symbolized the girls and me against the world.

In the bathroom I have a couple fantasy fairy mermaids, one tending to a dragon baby newly hatching from an egg. And another needlepoint, this one of little seabirds and pretty shells in the sand and surf.

The jaguar from Costa Rica is in the kitchen slash dining area along with another floral needlepoint and a silly poster of a candy bar, but also there are two actual very small paintings from Paris that my ex MIL (RIP) gave us and I took just because.

I used to have a couple Van Gogh posters in my old apartment, but they got messed up when I moved. I love his work. I love art, painting, sculpture, glasswork, all of it. I love to be around the energy of people who create things. That reminds me: I need to put up the little wave painting I did at my daughter’s house.

Yes, if you’re wondering, I am running out of wall space. 😂

There were a couple men who put Garfunkel? in the comments to the Art question on OKC, but I never found my soul mate.

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The Artist’s Woo

Via Bee Halton. This is supposed to help unlock our creativity or summat, idk. It’s from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Can’t hurt eh? Plus, yay questions!

1. My favourite childhood toy was… those horribly unrealistic Barbies that warped my brain. I had bunches of lady dolls and only one Ken, so naturally I created a house of ill repute, as you do.

2. My favourite childhood game was… spies with my friend Cheryl with invisible James Bonds. It took a lot of imagination. I also liked Clue and Battleship with less fanciful friends.

3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was… Love Story (1970).

4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy… going to museums.

5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself… go to paint night again!

6. If it weren’t too late, I’d… have pizza 🍕!

7. My favourite musical instrument is… the piano.

8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is… not a lot.

9. If I weren’t so stingy with my artist, I’d buy him/her… more paint nights.

10. Taking time out for myself is… a luxury and a necessity.

11. I am afraid that if I start dreaming… the day will float by with nothing done. Which is what is happening…

12. I secretly enjoy reading… romance novels (not exactly a secret). 😂

13. If I had had a perfect childhood I’d have grown up to be… more confident and independent at a much earlier age.

14. If it didn’t sound so crazy, I’d write or make a… VOODOO DOLL BWAHAHAHA!

15. My parents think artists are… dunno, they’re in a freezer at UCI.

16. My God thinks artists are… spending too much time thinking about God’s thoughts… do we even know God haz a brain?

17. What makes me feel weird about this recovery is… nothing, since I’m not doing it, psych!

18. Learning to trust myself is probably… something I should have done decades earlier.

19. My most cheer-me-up music is… rock & pop oldies. 🎶🎶🎶

20. My favourite way to dress is… warm & cozy.

The Norty Competition

Obviously I’m going to lose this, as I’m not norty enough, but I figure I’ll stay in to give Impy a bottom curve, so to speak, to grade against.

You SAY, you’re Norty, BUT Are You?  Really?

1

Your neighbour next door is creating a helluvva a din!! It’s a Sunday, not even 7am, so nothing decent about it, just bang, bang, bang, whaddya do about it?

Be polite, ignore it or stomp ova there and give ’em a piece of your mind, or maybe, something even nortyier?

– Sunday morning at 7am is the perfect time to blast my show tunes soundtrack whilst I tidy up the place. “THE HILLS ARE ALIVE…” 🎶🎶🎶

2

Me and the boys we like to prank a bit, now l know l askt you this before loike, but what about joking, which we fink is different to pranking? Are you up for a bit of a laugh all the time, you know a bit of a sneaksy giggle on the side?

– Only if it’s about religion or politics. Other topics I take more seriously. Except s-e-x… gotta larf at that, especially in the middle of it. But idk why people take such offense to this. *shrug*

3

‘ave you ever prank called someone and pretended to be someone you aint for a giggle?

– Not after caller ID, silly.

4

Even we Imps know about the Internet and the ‘trolling’ that goes on, they can be right fugly swines dem trolls, ‘ave you eva trolled anyone not nasty loike, but for fun?

– Who me? Well, I did destroy alt.anger, which was great fun. Does that count?

5

Right your in you metal box with wheels and you are late for something that you ‘ave to be at like NOW, do you speed to get there?

– Goodness, no. That would be breaking the law! I just honk and wave madly at everyone to get the farkadoodle out of my way.

6

Do you have to watch what you eat at Christmas or is it well you know, live for now type of fing?

– I watch for the scrummiest treats and grab them all for myself when everyone else is busy guzzling down booze.

7

Have you ever, deliberately  … mm, perhaps, maybe, taken someone’s decorations down outside their ‘ouse? you know loike for a laugh?

– No, that would be stealing! I’d rather sneak some extra ones in there… you know like a dirty magazine in Santa’s pack, things like that. Not saying I have, mind you.

8

Right, what’s your most annoying habit, but you pretend loike that its not, but you know it drives uvva people nuts, and you get a giggle out of their frustration?

– I don’t understand the question. I’m really not that bright and quite easily confused. You mustn’t rely on me to do anything.

9

Here’s one that’s always a good indicator for me … right in your own words when l say the word Norty, how does that cum across to you? How do you see Norty as meaning?

– I see two people in on a joke that no one else gets, laughing their freaking heads off until they cry.

10

If you ‘ad to describe yourself as one of the following what would you pik and why?

Sprite

Gnome

Elf

Pixie

Imp <~ this one cuz i lurve a good prank but not a mean one just a fun one

Sumthing else that we aint ‘eard of …

11

Have you ever played that card game er, what’s it called, ‘ang on “Fugly wots that game called we wos playing last night with the Tooth fairy and the Bunny?That’s it, right, have youe ever played Cards Against Humanity and if so, did you win or lose?

– I’ve played it but honestly it’s high school norty… so I was bored. Didn’t win cuz I don’t understand the way people think. Obviously my sense of humor is funnier… and nortier.

12

Wot is the word that rhymes with Orange? [Easty Bunny wonts to know loike!]

– Whore mange, nasty condition and may be contagious. If you have it, we know where you’ve been, guvna!

13

Does you show your appreciation for good food and drink in the time given tradtion of burpin’, belchin’ an’ fartin’ out loud loike, or are you one of these timid sorts?

– A lady never discusses these things.

14

‘ave you ever gone into a public place and played a prank on the general public at large? One of my favourites is to pretend that l see the silly reindeer in the sky on the Eve and point and shout “Oh ma Gord LOOK reindeer flying high!” [When l have people looking l run orf!]

If you’ave done something loike that, wot wos it?

– A friend and I co-pranked a class of students by pretending we were undercover agents and he came to my apartment every morning so we could coordinate our outfits.

Right leave your answers at the bottom, or make a post if you want, either way all good. Let’s see who is squeaky clean or right proper norty! Thisll sort you lot out, then me and the uvvers can get down to somfink else next time!

YEAH!!!

10Q’s

This time from Sandmanjazz

1. You have to take the setting from one book, plot from another, and characters from a third to create a new book: What did you take?

– Ooh fun! Let’s take the main characters from Game Of Thrones, put them in the setting from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and use the plot from The Shining.

2. What is your favorite candle scent?

– Cinnanom.

3. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

– Cookies and tea, but I usually have a Clif bar and tea.

4. Did you play video games in the arcade? If yes, what was your favorite (pinball counts too)?

– No video, occasional pinball, & I don’t remember any names.

5. Pool, darts, beer pong, or something else?

– I like pool, but not if people are going to play for money or be freakishly competitive. It would be great to be rich and have my own pool table to play on alone…

6. What was the last thing you saw that made you do a double take?

– That disgusting pic of a coughed up blood clot that looks like a lung (it’s everywhere!). Apparently we’re all too fragile to hear “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” without date-raping someone, but seeing blood and disgusting violent images all the time is just fine.

7. How do you like your peanuts?

– Smashamated into butter.

8. What is your favorite lunch meat?

– Cheese.

9. Do you believe in magic?

– Oh sure. 🙄

10. What song best describes your mood right now?

– Cold As Ice.

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Update: My bad, these questions were originally from the QoQ, Teresa!

Open/Shut Case [bit ranty]

New prompt from Mindlovemisery. Open or shut…

“What are you open to and what are you shut to?

Some people are open to most things and some are very closed, or shut to anything that challenges their every day.”

This is a good question. I’m loving these thinky prompts, as opposed to the favorite color type ones.

I like to be challenged intellectually. I’m open to new ideas about philosophy, psychology, nutrition, aging, writing, etc. I love new games and quizzes. Enjoy discovering new aspects of my cranky old personality. Now, having said this, I’m not some naive lulu who’s going to soak up the next conspiracy theory that comes along, so don’t bother. 🙄

What I’m not open to. Everything else. No really. I’m old and tired and I’m achy and migrainey. I know what I like and don’t like. I don’t need someone to tell me to try the thing that makes them happy, whatever it is. This is what annoys me so much about people. My cat, in contrast, doesn’t say hey come to the window and watch this ant. He doesn’t give a shit if I see the ant; he’s thrilled out of his mind to have the ant all to himself. 🐱🐜

But people? Omgawd. They have to share things. Taste my pasta! Listen to this song! Watch this vid! Read this book! Worship my gods! Vote for my liars!! Suck my d***! Sorry. Got carried away there. But you get the point. People simply must evangelize at you. Look at that poor guy who was just killed trying to introduce Jesus to some Indians. “No, you go meet him first!” (Stole the joke. I will do that, fair warning.)

To sum up, at this stage in my life: open mind, closed heart.

FPQ3: Morality

Fandango has another provocative question for us:

“Is morality objective or is it subjective? If you believe it’s objective, what is its source? If you believe it’s subjective, how do you know whose concept of morality is correct?”

I believe all morality is subjective. It’s a human construct, something a group of people decide to agree upon. There is no ultimate source for it, other than this agreement, though it does make some people feel better to believe there is. Belief in a higher source also motivates many people to behave in ways that are more beneficial to the survival of the group as a whole, so there’s that. Of course this can be taken too far because people are nutz, but what can you do?

As far as whose view is correct, that assumes a premise that there is a “correct” moral system. I think we just adapt to the culture we’re born into and view that system as more or less the right one, or occasionally we rebel entirely, step outside it, and join a new one. Then we turn into obnoxious zealots, like former smokers*, which is gross. 🤮

Here’s something you can ask yourself about morality and a supreme being. Does it (whatever it is) please God because it is good, or is it good because it is pleasing to God?

Let’s use a real example so we’re not talking in all abstractions like some kinda ivory tower woosicles. I think we can all agree that God must love kittens else he wouldn’t have made them so cute, amirite?

But do kittens please God because they are cute? Or are they cute because they please God? To my mind, it’s the first answer, which means we can then search for other reasons beyond “pleasing to God” that give kittens their cuteness, like their big eyes in their widdle faces, their sweet noses, their triangly ears, their sudden pouncyness, their wiggly tails, their soft soft furs n paws 🐾… and so much more. Maybe that’s why God likes them too, who knows. He made them that way, maaaybe to please himself, but in any case they still have these separate qualities.

Some would take an opposing view and say that all things pleasing to God by definition are good ~ that he only loves things with the best qualities, like kittens ~ so if he tells us, via his handy dandy book written by people, to love a thing (or not, as the case may be), you can just use that as a shortcut and not have to think about it further. But duh then what would we need blogs for? We could just go shitpost stupid things to Facebook. 🙄

*Former smoker right here.

Eleven, Fandango Style

Fandango received an award and told everyone to play along. So bossy!

1. If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

– I hatessss them, unless game shows count. If they do, then I might like to embarrass myself on Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.

2. If you could change your name, what would it be?

– Fandango. 😂😂😂 Actually, I’ve been thinking about this cuz I kept my married name post-divorce so I could have the same name as my children, but now they’ve gone and changed theirs. I’m stuck with a name of peeps I never see. I don’t wanna change it back to the original cuz I don’t know any of my own peeps either. Maybe I’ll just pick a new name out of a hat. NOT THAT HAT! 😱😱😱

3. How long have you been blogging?

– I began this blog in March 2011, but it had many lulls. I’ve had other blogs, all inactive or offline now except for my private diary blog that I’m using for NaNoWriMo entries (almost at 50K!).

4. How frequently do you blog?

– Lately 1-3 poasts per day. I’m surprised I haven’t received one of those woohoo 🎉 notices yet about 💯 days in a row.

5. Share the link to a favorite post of yours, why is this your favorite?

The Duke vs. the Secretary. This is a fun poast with many views and comments.

6. Do you check your stats for the countries that have ‘visited’ your blog?

– Rarely.

7. Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?

– Don’t know, don’t care. I’m just happy there are a few things I don’t obsess over, and this blog stat crap falls neatly into that category.

8. Are you a ‘crafty’ person? (knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

– I used to sew, knit, embroider, do needlepoint, crewel, etc. A long time ago I began a tee shirt painting biz, but it was too stressful on my wrist. Love beading (costly tho). Have over a dozen scrapbooks. But I find my old eyes get a bit tired and irritated for this type of work lately. I have many unfinished projects. 🙁

9. Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

– I don’t celebrate as such. I enjoy lighting candles for Chanukah and I exchange small gifts with my immediate family that are usually purchased pretty far in advance. That’s it. No “Jewish Christmas” here.

10. Do you participate in sports?

– Blech.

11. Are you a sweet or savory person?

– I eat sugar until I barf, and then I switch to pizza for one meal. Then back to sugar. This is how I maintain my slim figure and stellar health. I should write a book…

Dare to Share [SYW]

Sparks has some new Share Your World questions for us…

1. If your five year old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

– What’s this kitty 🐱 doing here? I thought we loved puppies! Where’s the snow? Why is the ocean on that side?

2. What is a relationship deal breaker for you? Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship, or a related to sort of relationship?

– I don’t have dealbreakers for my children; I will stand by them no matter what. I’m not in touch with other relatives. As far as friends, dealbreakers include racism, disloyalty, criminality, etc. For a romantic partner, the friend reqs would apply as well as a lot more. Romance dealbreakers include: smoking, lying, non-monogamy, disliking cats, allergic to cats, narcissism, selfishness, insanity, lack of mutual attraction, and just being an all-around stupid fucking idiot without regard for other people and animals. And BMW drivers, gahhh!

3. Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

– Rightwingism that wants to turn this country into some kind of whites-only women-as-incubators blond Jesusland.

4. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

– Killed a man. But he had it comin’!

5. What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

– My wonderful daughters, as always. ❤️❤️

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!

Whose Lane Is It Anyway? [rant]

You may have read that the NRA recently admonished doctors to “stay in your lane” when they decided docs shouldn’t be talking about gun control. Then a whole bunch of doctors tweeted “this is my lane” regarding bullet holes in their patients. They gave a well-deserved takedown to those arrogant bullies at the NRA who believe no one has the right to disagree with them.

There was a time when I agreed with the idea that people should, in public, stick with their field of expertise. I disliked it when actors and other entertainers gave their political opinions publicly. When I watched an award show, I didn’t want to hear political diatribes. When I listened to a speech from the Prez, I didn’t want him going off the rails to rant about his pet peeves.

Topics had their places and you could call them lanes. Celeb gossip was for tabloid mags, not the nightly news. Crazy grandpas made holidays miserable for their own families only. Religious loons preached to their choirs. Now it’s all mixed together like a toxic soup. Scholarly, researched articles are accessible on the internet same as wackadoo ramblings about aliens popping out of volcanoes. So, where are the lanes?

There aren’t any. The lanes have been erased. Now anyone gets to jabber on about anything at anytime, in all our faces. It’s up to the listeners to sort out the wheat from the chaff and decide what’s good info, what should be addressed in debate, and what to switch off altogether because it’s not even worth our attention.

Unfortunately, I am finding the “real news” to be extremely tabloid-like lately, at least online (I don’t watch TV news). Suddenly Monica Lewinsky is opining about Bill again. Why? Who cares? Michelle Obama “wrote” a book and her feelings keep popping up. They aren’t news. Neither are the doings of the royals across the pond every damn day. Charles is 70! Why do I need to know that?

Talk about drifting out of your lane! I swear, half the “journalists” aren’t even on the freeway any longer. 😡