Monday, February 06, 2006

My Turn II

Well, I warned you that if things became dull, I'd revisit this, and dull things are. Dull in a way things can only be in early February in Wisconsin. I am not as grey as I am in January, that long, cold, dark month (nevermind that this year, it was more of a March, except for the length of the days). January you just grit your teeth and get through, maybe clean out a closet to pass the time.

February, it gets noticeably lighter and it is a short month, so your expectations are there. Still two months until spring but you should get those first bulbs blooming by the end of next month! That's just, like, 6 weeks away! Practically now!

And, yet, it is not now. Gah! I see why so many people go off on cruises and such, although the bathing suit displays in the Penney's, at one end of the strip mall in which I work, do not help those of us who are not jetting off to sunny climes. Damn them.

So, I turn to you, my darlings, to amuse me. Same rules. Not a meme. Answer what you wish. Make shit up. Entertain me! (kiss, kiss)

1) What's in your winter coat pockets? I feel like Gollum for this one. In my heavy but oh-so-warm and beat-up brown leather bomber jacket I have: (1) green web short dog leash. (1) pair of thin maroon gloves, actually matching, despite one of them attempting to escape this weekend, but found by Charles in the yard when he went to investigate what Molly had in her mouth. Multiple Kleenex in various states of used-up-ness. (1) Chapstick. Some quarters and a dollar bill, folded. A baggie of puppy treats. Also a generous handfull of puppy treat crumbs at the bottom of each pocket. Fuzz.

2) What did you have for lunch today? The last of the left over duck soup from Christmas. Carrots. An apple. Cold coffee. No chocolate. I'm still hungry. Maybe there's something in the candy drawer...

3) If you couldn't do your current profession / the profession you are trained (or are training for) / what-have-you, what would you do? Be a kept woman with lots of plants. And one of those 4 wheeled garden carts. And an irrigation system, so I don't have to schlep hoses all over the back 40. In a clime with either a longer growing season and/or a hell of a greenhouse. That or a chocolate taster. (I knew someone who was a taster for Nestle. He didn't care for chocolate and never did. What a waste of a dream job!)

4) If you were forced at gunpoint to take part in a talent show, what would your talent be? Yoda impressions.

5) What's the best present you've ever received? Charles is a phenomenomal present getter. (Makes up for sucking as someone to buy presents for, as he buys what he wants himself, the asshole.) He's come up with some great ones, including the bomber jacket mentioned above, 10 years ago. I think the coolest one, though, was the telescope.

OK. I'm dry and off to forrage for chocolate. Your turn!

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Blogger Rozanne said...

Aren't you afraid all that stuff will fall out of your pockets?

Fuzz, a few pennies, and old grocery lists are the only things I dare keep in my pockets, but I make up for it by allowing them to remain there for months.

5:08 PM  
Blogger listmaker said...

Oh, fun! I'll have to try this one later (like when I'm not at work and supposed to be doing productive work things).

5:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Coat Pocket: measuring tape, two sets of keys, massive amount of coin destined for the car pockets, grocery store receipt, small pack of fresh kleenexes, and 1 used one.

Lunch: tuna sandwich, 2 nine-day pickles, handful of salt and vinegar potato chips, and a coke.

If I couldn't work aimlessly in a University library, I'd... "Be a kept woman with lots of plants. And one of those 4 wheeled garden carts. And an irrigation system, so I don't have to schlep hoses all over the back 40. In a clime with either a longer growing season and/or a hell of a greenhouse. "

Well put, Diana :)

I wouldn't have to be forced at gunpoint to get up on a stage and sing off-key, with a Karoke back-up. Although I may have to force the hubby along at gunpoint. I'm a ham for the spotlight, and he's a very private person.

Best present: hmmm... the most inventive, and surprising (because it just never occurred to me that it could be done) was when he had the cassette tapes of the radio show that I did 20 years ago converted to cds so I could listen to them all over again.

By the by... I'm working my way through a Toblerone. What did you find? :)


5:52 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Rozanne- These are the best, pockets in the world (although the glove did manage to escape). A few days ago they also held the electronic beeper for training the pup and a gameboy. I love this coat.

Listie- Good! I look forward to it.

Karen- Oh, your lunch is making me insanely hungry! Maybe we could find the same person to "keep" us? What a completely marvelous present! Sadly, I found an old tiny Mr Goodbar (chocolate with peanuts) and a single blue Starburst. I haven't had a Toblerone in a few years, at least (sob).

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aye! I just washed my coat so right now my pockets are empty. usually, I keep anything dog-related imaginable in there, along with my mittens. then, on top of that, there is lint, fuzz, and dog hair (how...I just don't know).

for lunch yesterday (as I am behind in my blog reading), I had a club sandwich from the deli across the way, and a bowl of pasta salad. wicked yummy - though not in line with my diet. oh well!

if I couldn't work for lawyers (and who wouldn't want to do that??? - joking:), I would probably go back to school and get my Ph.D. in psychology.

oh, and I'd be a kept woman. NICE!!!

even forcing me onstage at gunpoint wouldn't get me up there. I don't like being the center of attention.

the best presents I've received were crocheting needles from my brother and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare from my nana.

hope you found lots of chocolate. I'm out. BUMMER!!

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Gerah said...

2) What did you have for lunch today? Baked potato with butter, cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

4) If you were forced at gunpoint to take part in a talent show, what would your talent be?

Well, since I'm pregnant and it's just after lunchtime, I'd have to go with burping nonstop. Damn giant baked potato.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

1. Receipts that I keep forgetting to give my husband when he does the budget: Costco, (cough)Wendy's(cough), gas.

2. A peanut butter and jelly quesadilla. YUM! Just like those PB&J poptarts I used to love.

3. A vet or a vet tech. Or work at/own a doggie day care. Or own my own pet sitting business. Something with animals. Oooh, I could be a pet psychic!

4. Talent, huh? Probably planning and organization. Like, "What will you eat at each meal next week?" or "How will you dress your kids for Halloween every year until they're 18?" or "Clean out and organize your pantry in the most useful way."

5. Twins.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Amy- I swear dog hair is a living entity and can wriggle into the oddest places. I have a beloved complete works of Shakespeare, too, passed down from my g.g.grandfather.

Gerah- Hah! Can you burp entire songs, yet?

Linda- A pet psychic! You could join up with my nurse and me; we were just musing about starting a psychic line. $4.99 a minute. That way we could cover all bases.

3:37 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

1. Coat pocket: fuschia colored gloves, paper clip, a rumpled business card, and crushed hard candies I always take from restaurants but never eat, yet just shove in my pocket, so they get crushed and make a mess.

2. Lunch, which I am eating now: leftover taco noodle casarole from last night's dinner, doritos and a Kudo's chocolate bar

3. Probably a historian

4. I don't know what I would do at the gunpoint talent show! Maybe make up a stand up comedy routine.

5. I've had many good presents...hmmm...that's tough one. Probably the antique armoire my mom restored for me for my 30th birthday, except it was my 31st birthday and I had to show my mom my drivers license to settle the argument.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

1) Winter Coat- Kleenex! Lip Stuff and a pacifier
2)Lunch- grilled turkey and swiss and doritos
3)Job- Kept woman sounds nice. If I am a kept woman, I can just buy plants. I won't have to keep them alive or anything...
4)Talent Show- my talent would have to be popping valium or doing shots of tequilla. Those would be the ONLY things that could get me up on stage. Shy and Frail you know....
5) Best Present- well, I wouldn't put it in the best catagory BUT it's up there.My friend Colleen just made me this DVD of our kids together starting when they first met at about 3 weeks old. It's to music and EVERYTHING! We just keep watching it over and over. I love it!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Stace- If this is the MTM coat, it certainly deserves fuscia gloves. Why does it make me giggle that your mom lost track of the birthdays (in her favor?).

Kate- Maybe you and Gerah could do an act where she burped while you drank? What a fantastic gift Colleen made. See, I would never even think of something that great, much less do it.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

1) A pair of those tiny stretchy gloves (black), a list of instructions for fruit tree planting, and a diagram of where we wanted to put each tree.

2) Leftover falafel and a pear. Oh, and *cough* a couple of squares of Alpenmilch chocolate.

3) I'd be a horticulturalist or a veterinarian. Or a registered dietitian. (I've put some serious thought into all of 'em in the past.)

4) Yeesh, a talent show. I would probably sing, but it's not a good concept overall.

5) A trip to South Africa (from Mom). My KitchenAid mixer (from the s.o.) was a close runner-up.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pocket: 1 pair of earrings, 5 bus transfers (expired), lip gross (leaking), and (oh!) a $5 bill

Lunch: Grilled Ahi Tuna (rare) and mix green salad (Gap café special)

Career: Grocery Store Shelf Stocker and/or Lottery Winner I could organize and straighten things all day

Talent Show: Sing like Ethel Merman (if there was a gun pointed at me I think the adrenalin would kick in and I could do it otherwise no gun no Ethel)

Best Present: The foot massager James brought me when I was working retail. Didn’t work well but very thoughtful

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and that was Gail

2:41 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

pockets: there's a hole in the right one. In the left: Wadded up napkin from last foray to the alter of the barista (uhhh, last trip to the coffe shop), gloves.

lunch: who has time to eat? Haven't eaten breakfast yet and it's 12.48pm.

profession: that's a hard one. Mebbe philanthropist.

talent show: I'm a no-talent do-nothing, but I could probably spout useless trivia. Or do an interpretive dance of some sort. Lots of dance training when I was a kid. If I was allowed sheet music, I could play flute. Or maybe I could demonstrate my excellence at wiping snotty noses on the under-three crowd.

***this was a fly-by comment. Back to the books now.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

When I went outside to walk the dogs, I discovered an item in my coat pocket that I had forgotten to list: a pecan. I don't know why it's there. It has been in there for a month at least. I probably picked it up in the yard.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous leslie said...

Pockets: gloves, hat, packet of tissues, business cards, cell phone, keys, butterscotch candy

Lunch: Indian food - buffet

Career: astronomer (which would require far better math skills than I have but....)

Talent Show: play classical guitar

Best Present: tribal rug

8:57 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

I'm catching up on reading and this is a fun list!

1 - matching leather gloves, sunglasses, and my car keys.

2 - sub sandwich

3 - if someone would pay me to travel the world and take pictures, I'd be there!

4 - being able to pick up mannerisms and accents from the people around me, unconsciously doing it

5 - a pool cue from my godmother when I turned 16.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Cagey said...

I would love to be a kept woman, too!

Oh, except I guess I already sorta am one. Except my plants are pretty wilted. and I have a kid. and my lingerie no longer fits me. Okay, scratch that.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Jamie- I have been wanting to ask what makes the Kitchen Aid mixers "all that"? Ah, South Africa. My stomach wants to go to South Africa and take my eyes, nose and tongue.

Gail- James always was the thoughtful one. I'm sure you'd do Ethel proud.

Teri- Now I've got that line from The Yellow Submarine in my head. (Ringo: "I've got a hole in me pocket.") You could be the whole bloody talent show on your own! I think you'd make an excellent philanthropist. (We miss you.)

Leslie- Oh. Indian food. I miss living in a city with real Indian food. My colleagues from India drive 2+1/2 hours to Chicago to get it but that's a bit much for us kid-encumbered ones. (PS: I REALLY loved looking at your online portfolio, if that is the appropriate term. REALLY. GOOD. WORKS.)

Beth- Busy you! You pocket contents make you sound like a movie star. Sunglasses and leather gloves and not even one wadded kleenex?

Cagey- I might argue with what you do at home these days, you are the one doing the "keeping". Does that make Arun "kept"? Guy gets all the best jobs. Have a ball in DC and tell us all about it!

2:33 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Oh, I love it when you do this.

Coat - Lovely orange knit gloves (that are getting a bit dirty) that match my lovely orange knit scarf and earmuffs - neither of which I wear unless it's really dang cold (under 20 degrees). And toothpicks that I picked up somewhere. And a ticket stub to The Producers.

Lunch - Extremely boring hot pockets, ham and cheese. But I had chocolate. Ferrero Rocher and Almond Roca chocolate. Because I'm worth it.

Dream Job - Uh, I'd like to say that I'd write a novel but I doubt I would. I lack discipline. I would probably blog a lot. I am assuming I would have to be kept as well in order to afford this.

Talent Show - Why would I have to be forced at gun point? This would be fun and exciting! Obviously it would be karaoke related.

Best present - I have what my friends like to refer to bright, shiny object syndrome so every present I receive is "THE BEST PRESENT EVER!" Very notable presents have included a Barrister Bookcase, a DVD player, various DVDs or scrapbooking supplies and most recently, the glow ducks.

You could say that I am easy to entertain. You would be right.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous leslie said...

::blushing:: - thanks for the nice comments on my work! Website is dreadfully out of date but will be redone RSN.

I love Indian food and am terribly spoiled because there's a good Indian restaurant practically next to husband's office. I've been spending a lot of days at his office (wasn't driving for months due to a broken ankle so....) and my kids have reached the age where they all like it too - bliss!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Hey Diana - you can get Indian food (and Thai, too, for that matter) in Madison... which is less than 2.5 hours away from you, no? Next time you're there, get some carry out and take it home for dinner. You can always feed the kids mac and cheese (Kraft dinner? What do you call the stuff out of the blue box at your house. I call it yucky, but C. has won the battle on that one and the kids love it.)

9:24 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Dana- You ARE worth it. And, yes, it would be hard to top the glow ducks.

Leslie- Ouch! Sorry to hear about the ankle. Guess all the lovely Indian food can be seen a a small compensation. I particularly loved the images of the dancer.

Teri- Evil twin, indeed. You've been holding out! Names of restaurants, please! Bonus points if they are near the beltline or the west side. Sussing out new places with car-full-o-kids is not easy. You pass places and think, "Wonder if it's good?" You'd stop if it didn't involve removing everybody from carseats but as it does, my lazy self wants a bit more certainty. We are also usually in Madison for breakfast (bakery, next to our beloved cheese store) and home for lunch and naps. I hate blue box mac+cheese and have therefore banned it. We do frozen (Stauffer's).

10:15 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Winter coat?

What's a "winter coat"?

I do have a nice sweater I wear when it gets really cold (below 50 degrees).. but "winter coat"?

(Just so Dana can't say I don't tease other poor northerners about temperature differences)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I don't know if KitchenAid mixers are any better than their competition, but I do know that if I didn't have something very closely resembling my KitchenAid, it would be a lot harder to get things done. You want whipped cream? Two minutes. I gotcha covered. :-)

South Africa is awesome. Very interesting cultural stuff. Perfect, perfect seafood. When I was there, the exchange rate was incredibly favorable, so we ordered the most expensive food and wine on the menu every night. Then the bill would come for the three of us, and it would be, like, $14. Drool.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Nancy- Of the famed garden! Welcome! Good thing I am not a bitter person, well, except for being a bit bitter cold.

Jamie- I have a Cuisinart food processor and use that for things like whipping cream and making pastry crust. I have my mom's very old stand mixer for when I make cookies. It's slowly fallling apart (all 4 skid pads and "tilt back" button gone) but still functions fine. I feel like I should have a good professional mixer but honestly haven't found something that I couldn't do with what I have. I'd love the excuse, but I think that's what it would really be until the damn thing conks out: An excuse. Thanks for weighing in.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Leigh-Ann said...

1) What's in your winter coat pockets?

Ha, ha, ha... probably dust and spiders, as my winter coats have been in a storage cabinet in the garage since I moved to the southwestern US 15 years ago. When it's serious "winter" here, you can tell because I'm wearing long sleeves and maybe even socks.

2) What did you have for lunch today?

I don't think we had actual lunch, but more of a, "we got up late so it was breakfast at noon" thing. I had cinnamon raisin toast and a lovely cup of decaf coffee, made from beans I roasted myself last weekend. I don't make my own clothes or churn butter or anything, though.

3) If you couldn't do your current profession / the profession you are trained (or are training for) / what-have-you, what would you do?

I'd be a veterinarian, I think. And I have one of those four-wheeled garden carts you covet... you can borrow it if you want.

4) If you were forced at gunpoint to take part in a talent show, what would your talent be?

Kitten juggling.

5) What's the best present you've ever received?

Flippy gave me a limited-edition print which I love, because it reminds me of my cat who died a couple of years ago. I also love my Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, a gift from my parents after I moved here to the US. I think the best gift *ever*, though, was my German shepherd, given to me by my nasty ex-gf -- it was the nicest and best thing she ever did for me.

2:57 AM  

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