A twenty question meme --  11/14/05

This is one of those things that makes its way around the Internet -- Bozoette Mary got it from a friend and I thought I might give it a try. (Actually she had two twenty question memes, but the other one wanted to you to put your MP3 player or iPod on shuffle and then to list the first twenty songs that appeared. I have no iPod, not even a generic MP3 player, so I can't do that one.)

20 Questions

1. What's for breakfast? A bowl of cereal (Raisin Nut Bran) with some sliced strawberries and skim milk. A glass of grapefruit juice. Some vitamins & such (chewable calcium with D and zinc, a multivitamin, 250 mg. vitamin C, 6 mg.Lutein, and an 88 mg. aspirin). Lots of black coffee.

2. Do you read a newspaper daily? Providence Journal, familiarly known as ProJo

3. What do you do when you can't sleep? Usually, read. Once in a great while, get up, have something to eat, surf the Internet, read a little bit, go back to bed.

4. Say a word that sums up your mood. Tired -- because it's been a long day and because I went for a run lunchtime and because I'm concerned about my brother and my cousin, both of whom are in the hospital..

5. Do you remember your dreams? Sometimes, it it was especially vivid and I woke up in the middle of it, but other times they just fade away into mist..

6. Name something from your dream last night: I was working some place that was sort of like a college campus (at the time I thought it looked a bit like a mix of the Binghamton University campus and Broadway in Kingston, NY, but from what I can remember of it, it didn't really look much like either place) and I had some important stuff to do (can't remember now what it was) and it was snowing (and I can't remember if that was important or not). See... it really just all fades away...

7. Name a food that describes you. Buffalo chicken grinder. Actually, I can't think of answers to these kinds of questions. They are like "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" Duh? I answered Buffalo chicken grinder (grinder = sub sandwich in Rhode Island) because on Friday Nancy and her sister Clara and her mother and I all met for lunch at the restaurant where Jeremy is working and that is what I ordered and it was delicious.

8. Today you are wearing... This morning: jeans, t-shirt (YMCA Pumpkin Run 5k from about seven or eight years ago), grey knit henley (long-sleeved but it was so warm today I had the sleeves shoved back above my elbows); this afternoon: running shorts, t-shirt ('cause I ran, grabbed some lunch, and then worked through the afternoon until around 5:45 or so, then took a shower & then fixed dinner); this evening: jeans and t-shirt (Run for Sara, from a fund-raising 5k this Feb. for a little girl who had just had a heart transplant).

9. What's in your pockets? $23.47 -- two tens, two singles (yeah, bad habit of mine, stuffing paper money in pants pocket) four quarters, four dimes, seven pennies. (Cell phone, car keys, and wallet are all lying on my computer desk.)

10. Did you sing in the shower today? No... I almost never sing in the shower.

11. What's the last song you heard? Entire songs, that would have been a Norah Jones CD over the weekend. Today I caught part of Joe Nichols' Tequilla Makes Her Clothes Fall Off (WCTK Cat Country on the car radio while running a quick errand).

12. Looking forward to the holidays? Yes -- the whole Thanksgiving thru Chanukah thru Christmas thru New Years thing. I love it. As those who have been around here for a while know, Nancy is from a large family and we have taken to renting the parish hall at Nancy's church for our gathering of 35 to 40 people for Thanksgiving. Adam (my eldest) and Leah and Sammy are Jewish, so Chanukah means something to me. I have always loved Christmas, decorating the Christmas tree, gathering together with loved ones... We will be having a change this New Years -- in recent years we have had Nancy's mother and Nancy's sister Janet and her husband Tom and their kids over for dinner on New Year's Eve, watch a DVD movie, drink champagne at midnight... and then on New Year's Day I would go for a 5k run on Narragansett Town Beach and then go for a New Year's Day swim. (Brrrrr! Cold but fun!) This year, however, will find us in upstate New York where a friend of Nancy's (got their master's in education together) is getting married on New Year's Eve.

13. Where do you want to be this instant? At home. Which is where I am.

14. What's for lunch? Today I microwaved some leftovers from Sunday night's dinner (some chicken and veggie stir fry with rice and some sort of kung pao chicken with rice noodles and peanuts).

15. What's something you would like to do soon? Go to bed, I am very tired..

16. Reading anything now? Jack Dann's The Memory Cathedral -- I got it a couple of years ago, started it, and then somehow lost it somewhere in the house -- I've been doing a lot of reorganizing and found it in a box of books in the basement, no idea how it got there from our bedroom. (Dann is a very good writer -- used to live in the Binghamton area in upstate NY when I lived there -- he's been living in Australia for probably the past dozen years or so.

17. What's for dinner? Dinner was a chicken dish, inspired by something my sister-in-law Janet served on Saturday. I didn't have her recipe so I just improvised (which is the way I like to cook anyway) -- heated a little bit of olive oil in a heavy non-stick pot, threw in about a pound of boneless chicken breast pieces, added poultry seasoning and paprika, stirred them around, as they began to cook tossed in a little bit of white wine, meanwhile cut up some celery, carrots, red and green pepper, yellow onion. Removed the chicken from the pot, added a little more olive oil, added the vegetables, sauteed them. Brought water to boil in another pot and added some farfelle pasta shapes. Kept stirring the veggies from time to time. Added 8 oz. chicken broth. Dumped the chicken back in. Added basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, just a hint of garlic powder, a few drops of tobasco sauce, a touch of salt, some fresh ground pepper. Drained the pasta and dumped that in, stirred everything up. Served with multigrain garlic bread and white wine. Oh, you mean what's for dinner tomorrow night? Haven't a clue. Maybe if it's just Nancy and me I might just reheat leftovers from tonight, make a big green salad, maybe some more garlic bread. Or I might run out to the store and make something new.

18. A favorite part of the day is... Dinner time... and sitting around after dinner talking.

19. Are you happy? Yes, happy with my life right here -- but I am very concerned about my brother and cousin and their health. Charlie may have Lyme disease -- it takes a while before they can be sure about that kind of diagosis -- but he has been sick for a week and in considerable pain, got put on antibiotics but then got a really bad rash which may have been a reaction to the antibiotic and ended up in the hospital Saturday night. They say this has nothing to do with his heart or his pacemaker -- they are guessing that it is either Lyme disease or some kind of virus. I spoke with him briefly this afternoon but he was really tired and quite out of it from pain meds they had given him when they did a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. (Sometimes I think the things they do to help cause more pain than the original problem). And my cousin Carol (whose husband had that surprise 85th birthday party early last month) ended up in the hospital on Saturday due to chest pains. I spoke with her today and she sounded better and in good spirits, anticipating being able to go home tomorrow.

20. Will your friends do this meme? Maybe.

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