Saturday, November 19, 2005

Oh, So Very Thankful!

For the first time in over 20 years, the Thanksgiving feast won't be devoured at my house. For almost all of those years my husband and I have singlehandedly planned, purchased, baked, chopped, mashed and roasted the entire meal for as few as nine (this happened once) and as many as 26 people. Over the years our guests have always volunteered to bring a dish to help lessen our load but it's been only recently that my husband agreed--at my insistance--that some help would be most welcome. True, the items offered may not taste exactly the same as we make them but there comes a time when one needs to recognize the need for help and accept it. That time had long since passed and thank God my darling husband finally came to his senses.

I know our Thanksgiving feasts have been very popular, much enjoyed and happily anticipated by my family. For the last couple of years, we've hinted in a not so subtle way that we were ready for a break and wouldn't someone else like to host this holiday dinner? This was the moment when the clinking of silverware against fine china and the general atmosphere of bonhommie came to a crashing halt; however, no one spoke up to volunteer. The gaiety resumed, the subject was dropped...or ignored...and that was that. I believe we were trying to generate some interest among the younger generation of our family. You know. I'm referring to all those people who used to be relegated to the 'kid's table" but have long since grown up into adults ranging in age from 26 to 30.

The ball of indecision about who was going to do Thanksgiving this year rolled about aimlessly for some time before my daughter and son-in-law picked it up and announced Thanksgiving would be celebrated at their home this year. Hallelujah!  I feel as though the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders. It is for these two wonderful people I feel most thankful this Thanksgiving.

I originally intended this to be my contribution to the current Weekend Assignment.  That, however, asks for an entry about someone we're thankful for who won't be with us this Thanksgiving.  Sure, I could've written volumes about very special people who are no longer of this earth for whom I'm extremely thankful and love dearly.  I wanted to go in this direction this time so this entry will stay right here.  Thank you my darling daughter and dear son-in law.  I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving so very much!

Friday, November 18, 2005

"Survey Like None-Other!"

Well now.  Journal Land is in an uproar and aside from all the obvious annoyances and indignities, I really miss the question/answer games I've come to look forward to during the week that disappeared overnight because everyone is so angry.  Thanks to Tina, I found something to fill a Major Gap in my journal, such as it is at the present time.  I want to post something and my problem lately has been lack of time, inspiration and a sparkle in general to produce anything so this will have to suffice.

The goal is to have this in every single AOL Journal. What do you have in common with others? Do you like the same things? Post this and put the title of your entry "Survey Like None-Other!"  This is a great way to introduce yourself to new readers!  

1. What sign are you?  Leo

2. What is your favorite color?  Green

3. How many waffles could you eat in one sitting?  One

4. Can you touch your tongue to your nose?   No

5. If you had to choose between cats and dogs, which would it be?  At this time of my life, a cat.

6. What is something you have learned recently?  That I'm doing well in my new job and need to stretch myself to learn more.

7. What is your favorite quote?  Check out my profile, it's there. 

8. What is your favorite entry in your own journal?  Too many to mention.

9. What color is your bedroom?  Powder Blue (not my choice) and I just haven't gotten around to changing it.

10. Where is your favorite place to visit?  The Springs.  For more details, check out my other journal

11. What is one thing you want to accomplish this year?  To officially achieve Menopause...I think I'm going to make it.

12. Why do you write in a journal?  I love to write, it's a great catharsis.  It's an excellent format to record memories.  I enjoy the interaction/comments/feedback from others.  I wanted a hobby and this option presented itself at the right time and a hundred more reasons.

13. What is your favorite joke?  These two Irishmen left a bar... it could happen.  I love jokes; I'm a terrible joke teller and don't even try.  If I do try to tell a joke, I always mess up the punchline.  I'm married to an Irishman and he is a master joke teller.  I'm a great audience and, therefore, we are a perfect match! 

14. Do you like the city or the country?  Country

15. What style is your house decorated?  Early American Attic

16. Who is your favorite artist?  It's getting late and I need to go to bed.  I have several but if you really want to know, start reading my journal, get to know me and then we'll talk.  I'm very fond of Maxfield Parrish, I enjoy Dali and well, there's many more.

17. Can you pat your tummy and rub your head at the same time? Yes

18. Are you a night owl?  If I lived alone, yes...I would be.

19. What is something you love in your house? (If you have a picture you get extra credit!)  My family and my beautiful cat.

20. Do you believe in God?  I believe in a Supreme Being

21. What hobby could you never give up?  Never say never

22. What color makes you think of Hope?  White

23. What color makes you think of Love?  Red

24. What is your favorite flower?  I have a lot but I love daffodils and pansies.

25. If you had one wish for the world, what would it be?  Peace it is.  Can't we all just get along?

26. Whats the best surprise you have ever received?  A visit from a friend.  (and I don't know why I couldn't get rid of the underline.)

27. What can you cook like no-one else?  Too many things to mention.

28. What do you think about most?  My world.

29. Who is your favorite poet?  Don't have one.

30. And last but not least, if you could wrap yourself up in one word...what would  that word be?  Luscious.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Sunday Seven - Episode 11

Ever thought of changing careers?  This week's "Sunday Seven" will show you the Top 25 jobs for 2005, as defined by Fast Company

Of the Top 25 Jobs for 2005, list, in order, the seven jobs you'd least like to have, with #1 being the job you think you'd absolutely hate the most.  All seven should be jobs you wouldn't want.

1.  Actuary

2.  Financial Mgr.

3.  Management Analyst

4.  Personal finance director

5.  Securities Sales Agent

6.  Postsecondary education administrator

7.  Airline pilot, copilot and flight engineer

Hmmm...I think I detect a distinct theme of dislike here; not that I ever for one fraction of a second of my life entertained the idea of doing any of the above-mentioned jobs.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday Six - Episode 83

Picture from Hometown

1. You are invited to spend a night, alone, in a large house that is believed to be haunted. A close friend of yours whom you trust tells you of his or her own experience, and you have sufficient reason to believe that there may be a genuine haunting going on there. Without promise of any kind of reward for staying the night, would you agree to do so? If a select group could join me to keep me company and I would be free to leave at any time, I would agree.

2. What do you most enjoy about your job?
I work at a very large lifecare, adult community. During the morning hours I deliver medication to many residents at their homes. This takes me about 1 hour and 45 minutes depending upon how my morning goes. I enjoy being outside and walking from place to place at my own pace which I am free to do.

3. Who was the last person you had a conversation with?
My husband What was the main topic of the conversation? The sky and the beautiful sunset before us as we were driving home from spending the day with friends. It was spectacular.

4. Take this
quiz: What kind of "smart" are you?

All-Around Smart

You are all-around smart. Essentially, that means that you are a good combination of your own knowledge and experience, along with having learned through instruction - and you are equally as good with theoretical things as you are with real-world, applied things. You have a well-rounded brain.

5. What was the last food that you totally ruined -- to the point that it was inedible -- when trying to cook?
I had to consult my husband on this one and all he could come up with was something I made long ago as an experiment which, evidently, tasted so bad we threw it out. Neither of us can remember exactly what it was but I don't think it was because I ruined it. My track record, cooking-wise, is pretty good.

6. STRANGELY-OBSCURE QUESTION #1: If you had to do over again, would you change anything?
I don't think so. I don't dwell on "what might've been" because I believe very strongly that things happen for very good reasons.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Tuesday Two - Episode 6

Picture from Hometown

Now, onto this week's choice of questions.  And remember the rules:  one topic, two questions, ONE ANSWER!  Don't answer both questions!  You'll find out why in December!


You are invited to a party at a nudist colony through a program that seeks to introduce the concept to people who aren't already members.  You know the following things going in:  1) There'll be nothing "inappropriate" going on, 2) You won't know anyone who is there, and 3) You'll never again see any of the people who are present for the rest of your life.  Given these conditions, would you attend?



While housesitting for a close friend, you discover some nude photos of your friend that were left out in the open, and apparently completely by accident.  Would you look at the photos, and would you tell your friend that you found them?

I will choose Question A:  Given those conditions, I would attend and, in fact, have done so.  It's not anything like you might imagine and far from being a terrible experience.  It's quite likely you'll encounter some of the nicest people on the planet.

Sunday, November 6, 2005

The Saturday Six

1. What is the last big "gift" you bought for yourself...either for your birthday, Christmas, or any other holiday? I don't buy big "gifts" for myself and very rarely, little ones either.

2. Of the official Vivi Award Categories, if you had to nix one of them, which would you choose?
"Best Entry or Series of Entries"

3. Which category would you add that isn't on the list this year?
"Most Creative Title of Journal" which reflects that journal's content in some way

4. Take this
quiz: Which soap opera does your life most resemble?

Your life most resembles:
The Young and the Restless

Your life mostly resembles those of the characters on the Young and the Restless. You are not very melodramatic, and your life is pretty normal. What makes you cool is that you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

5. Have you ever heard a song and thought, "Whoever wrote that must know me?"
I don't believe so.  If so, what song was it, and do you still feel that way?

6. If your birthday had to fall on a holiday each year, which holiday would you choose and why? (For this question, assume that holidays like "Thanksgiving," which fall on a different date each year, would fall on the same date to accommodate the question.)
I love my birthday exactly where it is (August) but if I had to choose a holiday, I would choose Columbus Day because October is one of my favorite months of the year.