Monday, February 13, 2012

Eleven Things on the Thirteenth

Really really wanted to do 11 Things on the 11th but it had a lot of steps and you had to tag other bloggers and think about what to say

Still I couldn't quite let go of it so I am taking the part I can do quickly and putting it here on the 12th oops it's past midnight which makes it the 13th

Questions for my taggees:
1. Which season is your favorite and why?
summer!  my heart and mind are still in school kid mode and I think I should be could be will be FREE during the summer plus the sun is SO much more life giving than windy cold snowiness
2. What is the best deal you've ever gotten on anything?
two things come to mind, though I'm not sure either of them was actually BEST: I recently thrifted a pair of these Bogs for $2.56 which felt like a totally amazing deal.  satisfaction was slightly diminished by this spider motif for my girly "mom game" loving five year old daughter.  but she's OK with it now  
also, my first car, which was a 1978 Oldsmobile (right, Dad?!) purchased with my very own five hundred dollars
3. What is your favorite dessert?
this flourless chocolate cake  I know it has sugar, does "organic cane juice" make it better?...but everything else about it is Real Food...right?!
4. When was the last time you went to the dentist?
*shudder* I've blocked how many months ago it was, but not so long ago now I had to have my first ever root canal, which wasn't actually as bad as subsequently having my tooth drilled down to a stub so the dentist could put a crown over it.  I haven't read Cure Tooth Decay yet but I've seen and read enough anecdotal evidence to know: the next time I have a cavity, I will try to remineralize before I'll be approached with a drill wielding dentist.  I'm sure I sound wacky but I don't care, that's how traumatized I was by my last encounter!

5. Do you prefer older homes or new construction?
I live in an older home now, built in 1950.  I appreciate its solidity.  I don't appreciate its antiquated layout and color scheme.  so theoretically speaking, I like new construction.  though I hear it's not as sturdy.  just call me Little Miss Fickle (the kids and I are super into these books right now)
6. What is your favorite social media platform and why? (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, etc)
FB used to be my first love but as it's changed more I've loved it less.  it seems too hard now to find my friends saying anything interesting.  I probably could control that with more "filters" but there's my stubborn side that wonders why I should have to do that when it never used to be necessary.  I want to love Twitter but I just don't get it though I've been "on" for two or three years.  Pinterest has lots of potential to be my fave but I can't carve the time to invest in it.  Don't know what Reddit is...don't even know if it's a "platform" per se but Google Reader is really my BFF.  That's "where" I am for most of my screen time 
7. Photography: do it yourself or go to a professional?
Ha.  What photography?  We actually have a decent camera so I do take some pictures with it but the follow up is really intense for me, which means that I mostly just don't do it, or I compromise with super bad iPhone pictures.  Professional would be great, maybe some day
8. What is the last thing you made?
this Japanese curry but I modified it to be chicken curry instead of beef, and I was kind of proud that I split it out into two pots: "amakuchi" (mild) for the kids and "karakuchi" (hot) for the adults.  I'm also making a pair of trousers (hate the word pants, between Japanese and British English in my head, I just can't accept it meaning anything but underwear) out of Jess' Peapod fabric which will likely turn out ludicrous and unwearable.  shouldn't even be mentioned as an answer for this question since they aren't actually "made" yet...but the fact that I'm sewing something for the first time in donkeys (isn't that what Aussies say, I love it) makes it feel worth a mention
9. Thrifting: love it or hate it?
if my (thrifted) pajamas have cats, am I the cat's pajamas?  bonus insider info: I am inhaling The Forgotten Garden 
LOVE.  more than I ever ever ever imagined.  we aren't independently wealthy (what does that mean?!) yet and likely never will be but I NEED variety, NEED it like air, I don't want to be simple when it comes to my clothes though I am losing and losing and being buried in the Battle of the Laundry, still, I want "new" clothes, so thrift I must
10. Sunrise or sunset?
both take my breath away but sunrise carries more of the promise of the day to come so I'll go with it
11. What is your guilty pleasure?
number three on this list?  number nine on this list?  hours of karaoke with friends (better yet if we are in Tokyo)?  reading when I should be doing laundry (see number 9 again)?  

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