Sunday, August 26, 2012

There Were Plans For a New Post, But All I Could Muster Up Was a SAT 9

This week’s Saturday 9 even though it isn’t Saturday anymore…

1. What was the last event or situation that got you really excited? I’m in Santa Ana this weekend spending some time at the Artist’s Village with some amazing and talented artists.  With the start of the new school year it’s been crazy, and I almost forgot I was going.  So when this weekend arrived I was very excited!
I’m also really looking forward to swooning over the Dave Matthew’s Band concert two weeks from tonight. 

2. How old were you when you started working and what was your first job? There was neighborhood babysitting when I was about 13 or so.  At 15, I started working at Red Lobster as a hostess.  A friend hooked me up with the job, and it was always a joke that I worked there because I can’t eat seafood.  Guests would ask what I recommended, and I’d say, “The chicken.” 

3. Tell us about your grandparents.  I only knew my grandmothers.  My dad’s dad was an alcoholic who passed away a few months before I was born, and my mom’s dad passed away a few months after I was born.  My paternal grandmother abandoned her family when my dad was very young, so the grandmother I knew from that side was actually a step grandmother.  I knew her as a beautiful person, but she and my grandfather were not the best of parents to my dad and his step sister.  That past effected their relationship, but I never saw that side of her. 
My mom’s mom was probably who I was closest to as a kid.  She reminded me of an old-school Hollywood starlet with closets full of shoes and furs and hats.  I’d spend weekends with her, and I remember sliding out of bed because of her satin sheets.  I thought she was so glamorous.  However she drank and smoked heavily after my grandpa died and ended up in a hospital bed in our living room for many months when I was in junior high school due to emphysema.  After a short stay in hospice care, she passed away.  The last few years of her life were not glamorous at all.

4. Do you procrastinate or are you usually on top of situations?  No, I’m not a procrastinator.  I’m usually ahead of situations.

5. What would others say about you?  Hmmmm, that would depend on the person.  But the people who know me best would probably say I’m a considerate, hard working, funny/fun, sarcastic, efficient, impatient, opinionated, and a very fast driver. 

6. Do you believe in life on other planets?  I have no idea.

7. When was the last time that you were called too thin? The last time?  Ha ha, I’m still waiting for the first time. 

8. Do you work out? Have you ever joined a gym and quit almost immediately?  I work out in some way just about everyday.  In college, I signed up for the gym but just didn’t like it very much.  I’m not a fan of walking or riding a machine.  It’s so boring.  I’d rather walk somewhere.  Right now, I walk with the dog about 3 miles each day and, if I can fit it in, do the Jillian Michael’s Shred video which KICKS MY BUTT.

9. Do you feel that you utilize all your intelligence in every situation?  Huh? 


  1. wwwrouter and broadband still on the fritz so I don't know if I'll get this up at all.

    #9 No one uses all their intellect, ever.

    #8 I looked in at the gym at uni but didn't think it was for me. Preferred to play squash or try to swim. And like you I walk vast amounts a week.

    #7 Thin ?. About 5 years ago. I was 10 stone.
    As to you I cannot comment. And frankly as long as weight isn't a health hazard 'see title of my last post'.

    #6 I think I'm stoic about #6. And a bit like gay marriage. Why the hell shouldn't they go through hell also, who gave them a by.

    #5 Not a lot good I suspect. I'm also a fast driver. A safe one though.

    #4 I don't think #4 is a good Q either for one is either an idiot or a ditherer. And I think it's a question of data. You will have a person who will hum and haw about paint on a bedroom wall but decide instantly the value of a purchase since she worked in a bank.

    #3 Last I heard my fathers mother is still alive. I saw her once three years ago.

    #2 14, but not really a job. I wasn't exactly feeding myself on the proceeds.

    #1 It's been a while. But I've promised myself that I would give myself a b-day present of a skydive when the packages get reduced out the back end of the year. I'll have to www the Santa Ana thing. I tend not to get on well with Artists in serried legion. One or two at a time is grand, more than that and my ego gets a bit swamped. Mind you it takes a few of them all the same :-D.

    1. I had a picture of SoCal denizens living on beaches. Anyol'woo, Santa Ana seems a good spot for the Arts. Any spot that has 4000 gay couples registered has lots of loose cash since they've virtually no kiddies needing schooling. Nor requiring position from address.

    2. Sweet $%^&^%$£, it's where the Brady Bunch are from.

    3. Oh! I'm a safe driver too, just efficient. ;) I read #4 as getting jobs done, not decisions. I can't let jobs/work hang out there, but decisions I'm terrible with. If I care about them I'm ok, but if I don't care what the outcome is one way or another, I do put those off or wait for someone to make them for me.
      Sky diving would be awesome! What a good bday present. I'm not much for extreme activities, but that one has always been one that appealed to me. The views would be something in your neck of the woods.
      As for the artists, this group has been fun, low key and inspiring. Some are working as artists in production for various creative companies, some pursue making a living at it, and some are like me who just like to do it when they have them time. No egos yet. :)
      Santa Ana is interesting. The artist village is a lot of fun with gorgeous old (for us) buildings and lots of walking alleys with galleries and shops. But just steps outside, the population is predominately lower income and Latino. I went to the bank yesterday morning and was the only white girl there. It reminds me of the neighborhood where I teach.
      I didn't know that about the Brady Bunch.

    4. Naw, I was only joking about the Brady Bunch. I zoomed in and thought that when I saw the buildings. And there are more pick-up trucks than you'd see in the depths of Montana, I'd say. Google earth is a card for this type of stuff.

    5. Ha ha! I thought I knew it was filmed in studio city, but you had me thinking about it. :)
      Yah, a lot of big trucks for no reason than to have a really big truck. I have a new neighbor who has a beast of a truck with these
      hanging on the back. I can't help but thinking they're compensating for something. ;)

    6. Ha, I bet you those things would go down a storm over here in Ireland, and the UK for that matter. They are sooooo country and western.

    7. Really, that surprises me. C&W is probably one of America's biggest stereotypes. You mean rednecks aren't a laughing stock over there? :)

  2. The art festival sounds like a lot of fun. I love being around creative people : ).
    I am glad you are considerate and on top of things : ) and sarcastic. Sarcasm is a lost art.
    A three mile walk a day is impressive.
    Hope your week is fabulous.

  3. :) well it's not lost on me! I'm pretty good at it if I do say so myself.

  4. I like to walk but only get to walk with the dogs, that is so slow with them sniffing and peeing along the way.

    1. I used to take Rigby to the dog park and then come home and work out, but altogether that took 2-3 hours. The dog walks kill two birds with one stone. Rigby could walk forever so we go fast.

  5. The correct answer to #9 is yes at least from what I read here.

    1. I still don't understand the question, so clearly I don't use it all...or maybe I do and that's all I've got. :)

  6. Have you ever tried kickboxing videos? They're so fun!

    My grandmother was an alcoholic and sold the family ranch--that's why I never touch the stuff.

    #41 and If I had it All are my favorite DMB songs.

    1. I do like kick boxing, but I haven't found one that I like that is shorter like Shred. I've got some Latin dancing videos too that I like, but again when I'm working I don't have the time or energy in addition to the walking. Shred is hard, but it's over in 30 min.
      Ahhh, #41 is great. I also like Say Goodbye a lot and Let You Down. :)Can't wait!!!