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25 April 2008 @ 07:24 pm
Placeholder Meme posting  
For everyone waiting on my commentary on Ghostfacers, well -- this isn't it. Sorry! I haven't even seen the episode yet, so it will be a little while before I can write about it. I doubt it will be up before Monday night, or maybe Tuesday night.  In the meantime, I thought I might jump on the meme bandwagon, because it's about the only thing I can do at the moment.

I'm currently at my Mom's house in Wisconsin, taking care of my Mom (who has Alzheimer's) so that my sister (who lives with Mom) can take a vacation of her own. (Mind you, her idea of vacation is spending a week building houses in Louisiana for Habitat for Humanity ...) Anyway, being a solo Alzheimer's caregiver means that you have very little time on your own, so even though I have great internet access, I'm not online much. And Mom's bedtime routine pretty much coincided with the beginning of Supernatural, so I just have to be patient and wait until I can get some free time to watch (man, wishing iTunes would get on the stick with posting the bloody thing ...)

But here comes the meme!

1. Your name spelled backwards?
Yram.  Jeez, sounds Old Testament biblical ...

2. Last incoming call on your phone?
My co-worker Toni, checking in on how my vacation was going (he caught me at a really tired and distracted moment, so he probably thinks not great).

3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? 
A Supernatural-themed icon.

4. What's your favorite restaurant? 
No single favorite. Near home, I love Coastal Flats for their crabcake. Here in Milwaukee, no question -- Polonez, with its wonderful Polish food!   
5. Last time you swam in a pool?
Hmm, on travel last year sometime. Can't think precisely when. I'd be swimming here if I had learned the pool chemical testing routine from my sister before she left -- Terry and Mom built an extension onto the house years ago and installed a Swim-Ex lap pool (you swim in place against a current).

6. Britney Spears is a skank. Agree or disagree?

7. How many kids do you want?
None. And since I could no longer have any, that's a very good thing.

8. Type of music you dislike most?
A lot of rap comes across as just disagreeable noise to me ...

9. What was the last thing you bought?
A birthday cake for my Mom (I may cook, but I don't pretend to bake).

10. Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
MotorBIKE, no; motorCYCLE, yes. My sister owns a seriously badass Harley Ultra-Glide Classic with a sidecar, and she, our Mom, and I took our vacations on the bike (okay, in short form I do call it a bike!) for years until Mom's Alzheimer's curtailed her travel. 

11. Does someone have a crush on you? 
Not that I know of.

12. Ever made a prank phone call?
Would crank CB broadcasts count? I spent a semester in college riding with the Wisconsin State Patrol, and once on a slow night (after we'd busted a trucker for speeding and thus saw everyone doing a careful 54 mph), my trooper decided to have a little fun with the truckers and invited me to inject a female voice onto channel 19. So I waited for a break in the conversation between two truckers with the handles of Blue Goose and Crazy Cat, and said in my best, most sultry tones, "Breaker one-nine; Blue Goose, you've got a sexy voice." Ah, hilarity ensued, and eventually I was christened Casper, as in the friendly ghost, because the truckers could hear me but couldn't figure out where I was (even though I told them honestly that I was in a blue and white car ... *grin*).

13. Listening to music?
Not at the moment. I'm playing the BBC's "The Student Prince" with Robson Green as suitable entertainment for Mom.

14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Or off a bridge? Well, for the feeling of flying, I suppose - but I'd rather keep flying the plane.

15. What shoes are you wearing right now? 
Rockport walkers.

16. Do you have a garden?
No. My family is big on them, but I've no talent and less discipline.

17. What's your favorite comic strip?
Don't read any now, but used to enjoy Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbs, and Bloome County.

18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
The first verse by heart - the other three, with a litte assistance.

or Shower, morning or night?
Morning shower person here.

20. Hello or goodbye? 
Both. They both have their place, and sometimes "goodbye" can be a relief.

21. Favorite pizza toppings? 
Mushroom, onion, black olive, and tomato. Unless the pizza is by Vasil, in which case it's a white pizza with a garlic sauce topped with spinach, tomato, avocado, onion, and mushroom.Yum!

22. Chips or Popcorn?
Either. I like kettle corn and tortilla chips best, but have been known to occasionally indulge in the badness of potato chips too. Just not very often.

23. Favorite color?
Emerald green.

24. What did
last text message you received say? 
It was just a notification from my cellphone service provider. I don't text.

25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
Surely you jest!

26. Orange Juice or apple juice?
Usually orange if it's morning.

27. Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
My Mom, today.

28. What did the last text message that u sent say?
I don't text.

29. Lucky number? 
Never had one.

30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
Ahh, last summer at my oldest sister's place. All the meal's veggies were out of their garden!

31. Have you ever won a trophy?
No trophies as such. Prizes and service awards, though.

32. Are you a good cook?
If I have a good recipe telling me what to do.

33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?
Of course.

34. Do the chinese really use cats in their food?
Not Stateside, anyway.

35. Sprite or 7-Up?
I don't do much in the carbonated beverage line, but either would do.

36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
No. Hallelujah.

37. Last thing you ate?
Half an apple and half a pear (gave my Mom the other halves).

38. Ever thrown up in public?

39. Would you rather find true love or be a millionaire?
True love would beat money any day. Sigh.

40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. Pity it's never happened to me.

41. Think fast, what do you like right now?

42. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?
My buddy Amy, during her knee replacement last year.

43.  Where were you on Valentine's day? 
Wasn't that a Thursday? Watching an episode of Supernatural!

44. Last time you laughed?
This afternoon. I still have fun with Mom.

45. What's your favorite animal?
I'm a horse person, a cat person, and a wolf person. If I were an animal, I would be a Friesian mare - big, black (the color I most often wear), strong, well-mannered, able to pull in harness with a team, but also good alone under saddle, and agile despite my size. 

46. What was the name of your first pet? 
Dickie, a canary. He was followed by Buddy, a budgie. And that's the last pet I ever had. I think I was maybe eleven when Buddy went to birdie heaven.

47. Who is the second to last person to call you?
Celina, my Mom's occasional caregiver. She wondered if she'd left her glasses ...

48. Is there anything going on this weekend?
My sister comes home from her vacation (yay!) and we celebrate my Mom's 84th birthday.

49. How are you feeling right now?
Running on empty. It's almost time to put Mom to bed, and then go up and spend time with my sister's lonesome cat and do the litterbox thing. And I'd like to wash her tub and bathroom floor, if I've got the energy for it.

50. What do you think about the most? 
Dreams I hope I have the guts to chase and the luck to win. Family stuff. And work comes after that.

51. What do you think of the person that posted this before you?
A lot of people I know have already posted this, and I'm glad to know each and every one of them.

52. Who is MOST likely to repost this survey?
Don't know. I'm so late to the party that most folk have gotten here before me.

Time for evening meds. G'night.
Current Mood: moodymoody
raputathebuta: Emo!Deanraputathebuta on April 26th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Hi Mary! I was worried about where'd you gotten off to! *hugs*

3. But of course!

10. Don't you have your own motorcycle? I thought you did. Anyhow, I would love to see a pic of your sister's (& yours). Harley's are da bomb! I keep eyeballing motorcycles on the road, dreaming of owning one. After I get my own Metallicar, of course!

12. AWESOME! Several years ago, my mom's friend bought a jukebox (it played 78's) & we borrowed my uncle's station wagon (aka the War Wagon) to transport it. He had a CB & my mom & Betsy had a hilariously good time pranking the other CBers.

22. Kettle corn! I've been jonesing for (& indulging in) it lately.

48. Happy Birthday to Mom!

This was such fun to read. Thanks for doing it, Mary.

bardicvoicebardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply - I just didn't have time in Wisconsin, and then the priority was getting the episode blogs up ...

About the motorcycle; I don't have one. Motorcycles are my sister's thing (kind of the way airplanes are mine, but the difference being that she has the bike and the license, and I just drool over the planes ...). I've become part of the biker culture courtesy of being my sister's rider (uh, that didn't sound right ...) and I enjoy it, but I always feel a bit of a fraud since I don't wrangle a bike of my own.

Speaking of, though, did you realize that when you're wearing biker boots, you have to swagger? No lie: the boots change my stride whenever I lace them up. I think it's the weight of them, that and the thickness of the sole ... That's my story, anyway!

And as for pictures of the bike and us, well, here!



originalcindyr: JDMoriginalcindyr on April 26th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hello, my dear friend! It's been a couple days. :-) I'm glad you took a moment to share. I did it too and I have to say it was rather fun. As for your views of the show, don't worry about the timing ... I just posted Mystery Spot and have yet to finish up/post Jus In Bello. *sighs* But I'm working on it. Meanwhile, I'll just say this ... Ghostfacers will definitely give you a laugh.

#6 - *snickers*

#9 - Ohh! Bottom line ... birthdays ... they are ALL ABOUT THE CAKE!! Awesome!

#17 - Bloom County! I KNEW there was a reason we got along so well!

#49 - Bless your heart for taking the opportunity to spend the moments with your mom and give your sister the respite. Take care of yourself, enjoy your time making the memories, and happiest of birthdays for your mom!!

Take care my friend!! *hugs*

bardicvoice: Family Laugh anibardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear Keeper! I'm looking forward to reading more of your musings, especially now that I'm gradually getting back into my proper schedule.

We had a lot of fun on Mom's birthday, and the cake was yummy!
panns: Deanpanns on April 27th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Hi Mary! Good to see you!!

12 – LOL!

17 – I miss Opus and Bill the cat!!

27 – I hope that you are enjoying time spent with your mom.

48 – I hope you all had a good time.

49 – *sends good thoughts* Remember your mom is the most important thing, tubs and bathroom floors are a distant second.

Thanks for sharing! I hope you are having a good weekend!
bardicvoice: Feels Like Home by <lj user=Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming! Sorry it took me so long to comment back, but I think I'm finally catching up.

I had lots of fun with Mom, and when Terry came home, we had a blast together. What can I say? It's family!

I think the funniest strip involved a certain wild wheelchair ride that culminated with the picture of a billboard with the then-new striped globe logo of AT&T, with the shriek, "It's the Death Star!" (It was especially funny to me at the time, because I was working as a telecommunications lawyer and that's rather what I had thought upon seeing the logo ... *grin*)
whimsywinx: SN-SamTiarawhimsywinx on April 27th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
No rush on the review! I hope you like the episode. For some reason, the ones played for laughs always seem the most contrivisal. (Sorry, but I'm too lazy today to look up the correct spelling there.)

Safe travels home and have fun at your Mom's party (not necessarily in that order, however)!
bardicvoice: Pats You anibardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thankee, thankee! And by now you know that yes, I did enjoy ... *grin*
zofia27zofia27 on April 28th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Hi Mary! Nice to hear from you...and thanks for doing this. It's a nice way to learn more about people.

Sounds like you're having somewhat of a rough time right now. I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. A good friend of mine is dealing with a similar situation with her Dad. Hang in there!!
bardicvoice: Dean and Mom by <lj user=inthe_sunshine>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you, zofia! Alzheimer's sucks - it steals people, and it never gets better.

But Mom is still Mom, and I had a lot of fun with her and with my sisters at different times during the week. I've since readjusted to being back home, and I'm getting recharged.

And tomorrow, we get another angsty Supernatural! I have something to really look forward to ...
oceantriana: Booth - horsieoceantriana on April 28th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
#12 had me laughing out loud!!! That is just awesome that a trooper let you do that. :D
bardicvoice: Jensen Laughing anibardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Tee-hee - not only did he let me do it, he encouraged me to do it! He turned down the volume on the cop radio so it wouldn't carry across the CB. The State Patrol radios used two frequencies, one to transmit between each car and HQ, and the other to allow chit-chat between the cars. Troop got on the chit-chat freq and called all the other patrol cars in the vicinity, telling them to listen in on the CB chatter. We were driving on the highway for part of it, but eventually Troop started laughing so hard that he pulled the squad off into a highway rest area just so he wouldn't put the car off the road! He was wiping tears of laughter off his face by the end of it. See, the truckers were tyring to persuade me to meet them for coffee, and in coming up with excuses why not, I eventually told them that my husband really wouldn't appreciate it. When they told me to bring my other half along, I told them with sad deliberation that he was a trooper, and not just that: he ate truck drivers for breakfast. (Mind you, I'm not married now and I wasn't then, either.) Troop practically choked during the pause that followed that one, especially when one of the truckers finally burst out, in a southern drawl, "Well, hell, little lady - y'all bring him along anyway!"

I cherish all the moments of laughter in my life, but that one was particularly notable!
koosh2012 on April 30th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
OY! I just found this, and I only have 45 minutes to run through the shower and meet up with my own mother! I'm grateful I did, though. You always make me smile, Mary. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday to your Mom! I could go on & on & on because that's what I do sometimes, but due to time constraints let me just say this: #21. I want to roadtrip with YOU!!! I already knew about your passion for motorcycles, along with myriad other details, but compatible palettes? That's a clincher! :D
bardicvoice: BardicImpala by <lj user=janglyjewels>bardicvoice on May 7th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming, koosh, and sorry it took so long for me to get back to you! You make me laugh, too.

Hey, if you're ever in Milwaukee, you've GOT to eat pizza at Vasil's place! It's called Transfer, at 101 Mitchell Street (the name comes because it's at a major old bus transfer station).

I hope we get the chance to meet someday and enjoy a meal!!! Wanna ride in my convertible? The pretty beast with the license plate frame that says, "Supernatural - This Is My Metallicar"?

Oh - and I threw up some pictures of Mom, Terry, me, and the bike in my Photobucket, and linked 'em through a comment up above. Go visit!