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1. What time did you get up this morning?

2. How do you like your steak?
when I eat steak, about twice a month, I take it medium rare

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

4. What is your favorite TV show?
The Big Bang Theory

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
wheat toast & coffee

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
If I must chose one, I'd say Italian

8. What foods do you dislike?
fatty foods, foods that are too hot-spicy, anything with its face still visible

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
a kind of tacky little American 'cuisine' place across the street called Cup&Saucer

10. Favorite dressing?
the pesto ranch at Spaghetti Factory

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Chrysler PT Cruiser

12. What are your favorite clothes?
skinny jeans with longish tunics-like top

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
I would like to take my husband and daughter to Italy, which I enjoyed immensely, especially for the art

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/ 2 full

15. Where would you want to retire?

16. Favorite time of day?
early morning, around 7:30am

17. Where were you born?
San Diego, California

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
sports...meh, so I'll say the NY Giants & the SF 49ers

19. Dogs or cats?
When I had to put my Erte down, as I sat waiting in the vet's office for them to give her the shot, I looked into her eyes where she lay in my arms and I promised her I would never have another cat, that no cat could ever be as perfect as she was. I actually meant that, so...dog.

20. Phobias?
windowless rooms

21. Hot weather or cold?

22. Bird watcher?
more bird-listener

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?

24. Do you have any pets?

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
see photos below of my new workroom.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
be an artist...period.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
long lazy summer days at the beach

28. Do you have a good memory?
short-term...yes, long-term...no

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?

32. Any pet peeves?
fanaticism, homaphobia

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
crumbled bacon with mushrooms

34. Favorite Flower?
whatever I can get to grow in my pots

35. Favorite ice cream?
right now, it's Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra, stunningly good

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
I like a Big Macs. There, I said it.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

38. From whom did you get your last email?
The Teaching Company wanting me to buy something

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
for the sake of argument...Macys

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
we are not a spontaneous people, everything must be planned around everyone else's schedule, so...no

41. Like your job?
am not working at a job outside of the home

42. Broccoli?
...is just fine

43. What was your favorite vacation?
one week in Boston, two weeks in, can you guess? Manhattan!!!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?

45. What are you listening to right now?
Comcast's channel 934 called Landscapes, all instrumental music all of the time -- new age, world, Celtic, smooth-ish jazz, it is the first thing I turned on in the morning, the last at night, my world is constantly bathed in music.

46. What is your favorite color?
a sage-y moss y green

47. How many tattoos do you have?
One that is 3, my , Lauren, and David's zodiacs stacked down my left forearm

48. What's your favorite breakfast food?
a bowl of Malt-O-Meal dabbed with real butter, sprinkled with free-trade organic sugar and doused with organic milk :) with a couple of buttered biscuits on the side.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?

50. Coffee Drinker?

The 1st photo was taken to show the completion of a mission101 task from a couple of years ago, so doesn't actually show the office terrifically, but it does show the carpet and the paneling that came with this house that I've wanted removed since the day we moved in, which was accomplished in the 2nd photo.

and by the 3rd photo we have a sort of...semi-nearly done...but not-quite-completely-completed workroom for me. The wall you can't see is the color of the floor, all the rest are just a shade lighter than the gray of the furniture. Soon, there will be a twin bed against the floor-coloredwall and then, the room willl be more complete and then soon thereafter, there will be an organizing unit in the now totally empty closet making the room entirely complete.

This took sooooooooooo much longer than it should have...geez!!


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Feb. 9th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)

35. Favorite ice cream?
right now, it's Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra, stunningly good

Sounds yummy! I'll have to try it. At first glance I thought it was Kama Sutra. lol!
Feb. 10th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
"At first glance I thought it was Kama Sutra. lol!

They are pretty clever in naming their ice creams. When you do try it, I hope you enjoy!
Feb. 9th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
anything with its face still visible

True, this. I love fish, but that's why I can't eat baked trout. :/

Italy for the art - that's still on my bucket list, but it must be brilliant. :)

Erte must have been such a special cat. It's so seldom and kind of a miracle when we have a connection like that to another living being. I think nothing can ever replace that.

Wow, was that gorgeous wood floor hidden under the carpet?
Feb. 10th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I agree totally - I can't eat something that's looking at me!
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
glad we agree :D
Feb. 10th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Italy is brilliant and for so many reasons but the art, it's everywhere!!! Although, the Protestant Cemetery, with Keats' and Shelley's graves, was probably my most personal experience there, that and visiting the house where Keats died. I really hope you are able to travel there and soon.

I think you're right about that amazing connection we can feel for other creatures and, yeah, Erte was special, a friend was taking her to the pound, as a tiny kitten, when I snagged her away and she lived with us 15 years, a very long time.

And yes, all the houses around here built in the 40s, 50s, and early 60s have those wonderful hardwood floors, most, happily covered for years by carpeting, all the rage in the late 60s and 70s, which protected them. One by one, we've removed the carpet from our 3 bedrooms and all had lovely wood floors.
Feb. 10th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I love all the new rooms!!! They're fabulous!
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
the two rooms are 'fabulous' now and such a better use of space in this very small house. The 'before' living room was never used, except as you might remember, as a holding place for Lauren's college stuff. Now David couldn't be more comfortable in his 'after' office.

And as for my new workroom, I couldn't be more comfortable in the same room David could not have more uncomfortable in when that room was his office, so...WIN/ WIN!!!!
Feb. 10th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I love your workroom. I do have a question, though. On the next to the last picture, when the room is nearly bare, what is that columnar object? Not a column, surely? It seems not to appear in the other pictures.

Thanks for doing the meme. Some of the answers were just what I expected, some were surprising. And yes, I agree, you and David and Lauren MUST go to Italy. Just walking the streets in Rome is an artistic experience. FanSee
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Re-do
The columnar piece of furniture in the middle photo is the 3-drawer file cabinet with shelves to the left of the window in the last photo. It was very heavy since we hadn't emptied or removed the drawers, so the best we could do was to move it to the middle of the room and work around it...literally :DD

I'm glad I can still surprise you!

I've always felt guilty almost that I had an opportunity to see Italy while David hasn't been able to, but that's also because I was willing to spend my very last dime to do so and he's far too pragmatic to do that plus, he'd never do hostels which I had to do. One day!!!
Feb. 10th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I like the colors and all the books in your new workroom!

We are agreed on #s 5 and 15.

What is Malt O Meal and the way you describe it with sugar and butter and milk make me want it right now.
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I like my new workroom so much, it's nice having all my books, which were previously spread all over, all in one place and, I agree, the colors against the gray work well.

#5 & #15...some day, I swear and before I'm too old to give a damn where I'm living :D

This is a blog site where a fan of Malt-O-Meal, actually cream of wheat, extolls its virtues:
You'll find in it the cereal isle, after you boil the milk, it takes one minute to cook, one minute to sit and you're ready to add whatever toppings you want. We buy original, not instant.
Feb. 13th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
Cream of wheat is a staple for me - I like it with milk, cinnamon and sometimes raisins. And yes, not the instant kind either. I've never seen the Malt-O-Meal brand though. Maybe it's a west coast thing?
Feb. 20th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
The way you eat your cream of wheat is how it's served at the little restaurant across the street, Lauren has it frequently with raisins. I eat it the way my mom gave it to me while I was growing up :)

'Maybe it's a west coast thing?'

Nope, check Wiki, they're headquarter in Minneapolis and are the 5th largest cereal company in the US.
Feb. 26th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
I will look for the brand next time I go shopping. i don't remember ever seeing it before but I tend to shop with blinders getting the same things every time.
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
just keep me informed. If necessary, I'll send you a box.
Feb. 10th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
6.20 a.m., that's the middle of the night, waaay too early! LOL!!

#4 .. LOVE that show, especially Sheldon.

#19 ... I was like that when I had my beloved german Shepherd Sheba put to sleep, I swore I would never have another dog, and have only had cats since, she was irreplaceable.

Enjoyed the before and after pics. :D
Feb. 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
6:20 is when I wake my husband, so he can be up, ready, and on his way to work by 7:20 after which, until 5:30, my life is my own, so I don't mind :D

Sheldon is fabulous and the interaction between all the characters.

Some animals leave such a mark, they do become irreplaceable like my Erte, like your Sheba.

Thank you, I enjoyed being able to post them.
Feb. 10th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
#3 ♥ Wonderful movie!!!!

#7 Yeah for Italian food ;)

#20 Oh yes, me too!

Loved to read your answers ♥
And I've loved to see all the changes you made in the rooms.
Good job!
Feb. 11th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
#3 Honestly, I love the whole series
#& :DD
#20 my initial reaction is OH YAY, you too!! but not being able to see out is actually something of a problem at times. A couple of days ago, I was having lunch with two women friends, they were about to seat us at a table in the windowless room when I had to ask to be changed to the other room with two lovely windows. The hostess was confused but obliging, my friends just laughed, and I got my view outside :D

Thank you!! I'm so pleased with how both room s turned out.
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Feb. 11th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
this was fun, I'm glad so many answered the questions.

Thank you, the remodel was something whose time had come and once we started, it really end up being pretty easy :D

I've only been twice, once in the late 70s, with my husband, and then again about 3 years ago with him and Lauren and both times was amazing. I so want to live there. I hope you are able to visit every single place you want.
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