Writer's Block: Fool Me Once
I am not a morning person.  My first day at work in a new job (I had temped in a different department for two weeks prior, but this was my first day in what would turn into a 12 year tenure) was April 1.  I am not a morning person.  That Monday morning I woke up and had the radio on as I got in the shower.  I am not a morning person.  While in the shower I heard the radio playing the emergency broadcast signal, or something close to it.  I am not a morning person.  According to the alert, there was a problem with the Richmond City Water System, and there was a problem with snakes slithering through water pipes--to make sure nothing got through, you were advised to place something heavy on your tank so that the snakes couldn't work the lid off as they slunk through.  I am not a morning person.  I was late to work on this, my first day, because I spent twenty minutes trying to find the toolbox to place on the back of the toilet because I needed something heavy to keep the snakes from getting out while I was at work that day.

Writer's Block: Once Upon a Time
What is your favorite fairytale, and why?
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. 

It has everything.  A prince, a princess, a dragon, a quest, and yet it still manages to stomp the fairy tale stereotype into the ground.  Such an awesome book.

Writer's Block: Million Dollar Smile
What is the most amount of money the tooth fairy has given you for a tooth?
Seriously?  Are there people out in the blogiverse that are young enough to believe in the tooth fairy that can answer this question???

Writer's Block: Spring Cleaning
What do you really need to get rid of?
everything but christmas stuff in the attic
1/2 of my scrapbooking supplies that I've had since 1998
Uhaul's worth of stuff in the garage for a yard sale
and so much more . . . .

The one thing I can't get rid of, I don't think, is hardback books.  (Paperbacks I sell to the used bookstore all the time, have over $300 credit that I haven't used up yet.)  I can't remember the last time I read a paper book instead of an ebook, but at the same time, I just cannot part with them.  The Harry Potter series.  Library editions of ALL of Alcott's books.  Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books from when I was a kid.  You name it, I have tons of them!!!!

Writer's Block: Say What?
What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?
I was on a fix-up date back in college.  His name was Tony.  He was bizarre.  The only things he said to me all night long was:
"Do you watch that TV show Home Improvement?"
"Do you like Blue Cheese Dressing?"

Yeah, those are the two that qualify as weirdest.

Year End Survey
So a much better version than the others I've seen, and I'm avoiding housework so why not....

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Stood up for my brother in his wedding

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have never been one for New Year's resolutions, and I have rarely made them.  This year, however, I do have one goal: to be less obligated and relax more!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Beth, and I'm sure there were others but that's the first one I thought of.  Joseph Eugene Fels born in April.  Though for the life of me I can't understand the "Eugene", even if it is a family name from both mother and father.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Grandfather.  Pepa died on April 10, 2011.  Hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life is tell my father his father had died.  And I'm assuming my cat, as he was not well and went out one morning, never to return.  RIP George Early Blincoe, Sr. and Pete

5. What countries did you visit?
Germany, Czech Republic

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A credit card with a zero balance

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 10, the day Pepa died
The day after Thanksgiving, the day I discovered my father had forever changed my brother's world
December 10, the day my brother got married and what would have been my grandfather's 65th wedding anniversary

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The opportunity to go on a mission trip with WEAG to Dohna, Germany

9. What was your biggest failure?
Financial Security

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not sure I've ever had true mental health, so....

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My brother's Christmas gift was the R2D2 robot from Hammacher Schlemmer.  He's been asking for it since he was 14.  The look on his face when he got it I will never forget.  Using Grandma money to buy a Mac and a Nikon D80.  And in March, Levi.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My father, after the death of his father.  The first time I've ever really seen him step up, even if it did involve some steamrolling of his mother.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My father, the fuktard.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills, unfortunately.  And the damn wedding.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Germany, the R2D2 robot, and the release of The Muppets in November

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Man or Muppet

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
Employed full time for one person, a dog owner, a sister in law, addicted to a Kindle

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
exercise, prayer

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas
It was an interesting one, all depending on my brother's schedule as a newlywed.  At dad's house for the first time in seven+ years, without the new Sister In Law thanks to fuktard behavior.  At my sisters for the first time ever playing with my nieces which was great fun even if I was an afterthought for Kent, and then at mom's pulling my hair out because all they did was sit on the porch from 10 to 5 and stare at one another and holler at me for not eating food.

21. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2011?
I'm sure there were many instances, but for some reason I can't think of any

22. Did you fall in love in 2011
Levi is a cutie....

23. How many one-night stands?
Only with Ben and Jerry

24. What was your favorite TV program?
A waning interest in Glee probably leaves The Big Bang Theory at the top of the list, then there are the candy shows on TNT and USA and Bravo....

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
at times the fuktard, but it's hard to hate that which you were born to love.  Hate is a strong word.  I don't use it often.  But I hate the actions and the consequences.

26. What was the best book you read?
Nothing particularly moving, but I have quite a few on the Kindle that are supposed to be fabulous that I haven't gotten to yet.  There were quite a few in 2010 that I read that eclipsed anything I perused in 2011

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Cast of The Book of Mormon

28. What did you want and get?
Being materialistic, a Mac and a Nikon

29. What did you want and not get?
A housekeeper, a home repair, a husband, a size 10 body

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
38.  Recovered from funeral activities.  It was a Friday.  Mom came over for a sandwich and I worked from home as I had just gotten back in town.   She was then mortified by the amount of dog hair so she took it upon herself to vacuum while I worked.  Ceci came to town so she joined Drew and Scott and I for dinner at Capital Ale to celebrate (her birthday was two days earlier), and then we went to Dave and Busters for awhile though it wasn't that great.  Kind of a mellow evening, really, then Ceci went to the place she was staying while Drew, Scott, and I came back to my house to chill and play stupid games on the Wii.  The next day was my monthly crop at the GACAC, and Ceci came with, so that was fun.  Kyla even had a birthday danish thingie.  It was a nice mellow weekend to get over the heartbreak of the prior week.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Health benefits

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Discount rack comfort

34. What kept you sane?
sleep and movies with friends

35. Which celebrity / public figure did you fancy the most?
Don't know that I really fancy any of them??

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The disaster that is the state of the american political campaigning system

37. Who did you miss?
Pepa.  Whim. 

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Renee.  Felt like I'd known her forever from Kyla's Old Weekend stories, and when I finally met her in April felt like we'd been friends for awhile.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
Wells Fargo is not the bank you should rely on for billpay

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Hold on for one more day".  For personal reasons that are self explanatory, and for the memory of the final scene in Bridesmaids, seen late one summer night with Kyla....

Did you support the Hollywood Facists in 2011?
A friend of mine sent me this question, and sadly, the answer is yes.  In no particular order, a list of the movies I saw in the Theater in 2011.  No home viewings, just movies I paid for:

The Kids are All Right (New Years Day Movie with Mom)
The Mechanic
Water for Elephants
Green Lantern
Bad Teacher
Larry Crowne
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2
Cowboys and Aliens
The Help
(in the midst of an Earthquake aftershock, no less)
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Real Steel
The Muppets

Actually, it's kind of a tame list given past years.  2012 is already off to a bang, two weeks in and these are the ones I've seen:

Young Adult (New Years Day Movie with Mom)
We Bought a Zoo (New Years Day Movie with Mom)
Tonight I'm seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stupid movie was sold out.  Instead we went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  Surprisingly enjoyable.  Jeremy Renner is still yummy, and now that he's in shape for The Avengers, yummy has turned to lickable.
Monday I'm seeing Iron Lady

Writer's Block: This is a Recording

If you were to make an album consisting of only covers, which songs would you pick to sing?

This also presumes that I have the depth of range of Mariah Carey or Amy Winehouse with the sex appeal of Cher and the raspy-throated wail of a pack a day smoker while being able to have any co-lead to lend a hand.  I love songs that have a strong lyric. You know, real words to sing. Not just a crappy chorus over and over again. Well, usually, anyway. And all of the grunge stuff or heavy metal that you can't understand the lyric at all I think is atrocious. When trying to think of a list, I had more showtunes that I did songs. New rule: No showtunes allowed. That's another list.

So, that being said, off the top of my head, some of the songs that I love to sing the most include:
  1. What's Up? by 4 Non Blondes
  2. Freedom's Child by Hootie and the Blowfish
  3. Chasing Pavements by Adele (Yes, I know it's a mainstream sell-out. Suck it. It's also an awesome song.)
  4. Someday by Bryan Greenberg
  5. Cry by Angie Aparo
  6. What If His People Prayed? by Casting Crowns
  7. Under the Scotsman's Kilt and The Unicorn Song by the Irish Rovers
  8. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond
  9. Breakfast by the Newsboys
  10. Red Magic Marker by Amanda Marshall
  11. One of Us is Gonna Die Young by The Ark
  12. Captain Jack by Billy Joel
  13. Barcelona by Queen
  14. The Boxer by Carbon Leaf
  15. Travelin' Soldier and Goodbye, Earl by the Dixie Chicks
  16. Porch Swing in Tupelo by Elton John
  17. Life's a Dance by John Michael Montgomery
  18. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars by Bon Jovi
  19. Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  20. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  21. Ohio (Come Back to Texas) by Bowling for Soup
  22. Songbird by Eva Cassidy
  23. Broadway and We Are the Normal by the Goo Goo Dolls
  24. Walking in Memphis by Cher
  25. Clap Ya Hands by Group 1 Crew
  26. Stop Children What's That Sound by Jefferson Airplane
  27. The Reason by Hoobastank
  28. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  29. Let's Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez
  30. Beth by KISS
  31. Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
  32. Guitarzan by Ray Stevens
  33. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
  34. Put Your Records On by Corrine Bailey Rae
  35. Fancy by Reba Macintyre
  36. Mr. Sunshine by Lori McKenna
  37. Forever Changed by The Season
  38. Zombie Jamboree by Rockapella
  39. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You by Tom Waits
  40. Vienna by Linda Eder
  41. Is Nothing Sacred by Meatloaf and Patti Russo
  42. Fear by Paddy Casey
  43. Family by Amy Grant
  44. Crazy ABC's and The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies
  45. Fix You by The Offspring
  46. Fix You by Straight No Chaser
  47. Think by Aretha Franklin
  48. Blackbird and Norwegian Wood by The Beatles
  49. Skylark by Ernestine Anderson
  50. Rockin' With the Rhythm of the Rain by The Judds
  51. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
  52. Rocketown by Michael W. Smith
  53. Hell is for Children or We Belong to the Night by Pat Benatar (can't decide between the two)
  54. Storm by Rich Copeland (hee! Was there when he wrote this one!)
  55. Sing by My Chemical Romance
  56. God of this City by Bluetree
  57. Your Love by The Outfield
  58. Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America
  59. HollyAnn by Boston
  60. Free Your Mind by EnVogue
  61. Good Times by Tommy Lee
  62. Baba O'Reilly by The Who
  63. More Time by Needtobreathe
  64. Dream On by Voices of Lee
  65. Changes by Yes
  66. Space Oddity or Changes by David Bowie (again, can't decide)
  67. [edited to add] Maggie May by Rod Stewart [how could I forget this one???]

Well, there you have it. In no particular order, 72 songs--enough for a Time Magazine 6-CD 2AM special for $19.99, or $4.99 at your local Plan 9 discount bin.

Damn, now I need to go make another iTunes playlist....

Writer's Block: Winter vacation
Share one thing you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year.
Clean my house.

I haven't done laundry since before the wedding on 12/10.  I did dump the trash today, but there are boxes and piles everywhere.  I don't mind clutter, but I'm starting to look like a home-grown episode of Hoarders here....

Writer's Block: Fantastic plastic
Would you consider having plastic surgery?
There are times when I think it would be nice to pull a (insert name of overdone Hollywood celebrity here) and end up with lipo, nice thighs, perky boobs, full lips, etc.  And then I think you must be joking.  So unnatural, and you have to maintain plastic just as much as you do the real thing.  So unless I have some sort of disfigurement (breast reconstruction, accident repair, etc.), no probably not.


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