Good morning! Once again it's raining. And the National Weather people say it's supposed to rain until Monday. Sigh. Everything is a lovely shade of green but it's hard to enjoy it if you are stuck indoors.
Here is a meme from Bells. It was an interesting set of questions and helped me pass the morning before I start work.
What Is Your Current Obsession?
Spinning. I finished some Purple Trainwreck and I love how it came out. I have two bags of alpaca to wash, card and spin. A whole summer's worth.
What Are You Wearing Today?
I'm at work so I'm wearing grey pants and a sweater with a purple and white and green argyle pattern on the front. Oh, and wool socks. It's June and I should be wearing something gauzy and light. But they're calling for cool (and rainy) weather again today. At this rate, the summer clothes will be put away unworn.
What's for dinner?
It's only 8:30 in the morning but I'm thinking I'll make some shrimp scampi. I have a doctor's appointment at 5 so I'll want something easy to prepare when I get home.
What Would You Eat for Your Last Meal?
I'm not sure. There was a time when I would have said lasagna and salad and garlic bread but I've been eating lighter as I get older (I wish it would show more!). I think a good French Onion Soup and some crusty bread and strawberry shortcake.
What's the Last Thing You Bought?
Fried chicken, cole slaw and biscuits from Church's chicken, a local place that makes the best fried chicken. We were coming home from Em's on Tuesday and were too tired to face the kitchen.
What Are You Listening To Right Now?
The sounds of my workplace coming to life. People are starting to move around the halls. On my mp3 player is Selected Shorts from npr.
If you could go anywhere in the world in the next hour, where would you go?
Seattle, Washington. We were planning to visit there this spring but other things got in the way. I'd visit Pete's Navy buddy and then find my way to Oregon to see Roxie and then if I had the time and money, I'd find my way down to California to see Amy Lane and then over to Arizona to see Galad. What a trip that would be!
Which language do you want to learn?
I had four years of French in high school and loved it. Everything sounds good when you say it in french! I think I'd also like to learn arabic. I love the way it looks and I'd love to be able to read it. And then maybe Yiddish.
What do you love most about where you currently live?
I love the fact that I can be at the beach in a little over an hour, in the mountains in three hours and deep in the woods in less than an hour. And there's a city right next door if I want lights and entertainment. And I love my quiet little town.
What is your favourite colour?
Pink. I grew up in the heyday of the feminist movement and with a mother who loathed pink so it was not a color that was around much but I secretly loved it. When my girls were little, I tried to encourage them to accept pink but they all rebelled and won't touch it. I still love pink. I have a pink cell phone and a pink wallet and have just started to bring some pink into my wardrobe.
What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
A pair of Lee Riders jeans. They fit comfortably and look good with sneakers or boots or flip flops. I have four identical pairs.
What were you doing ten years ago?
About the same things I am doing now. I had the same job but my family was younger so I was needed more. I spent more time going to school functions and class trips. Sometimes I miss that. I was not knitting or crocheting. I did embroidery and I sewed. I made all the Halloween costumes (except for the year Kate wanted to be a Power Ranger, it was easier and cheaper to buy it) for the girls.
Describe your personal style?
I like to be comfortable and look feminine without being too frilly. I wear what I like whether it is currently in style or not. I tend to like classic things but once in a while splurge on something that I know will not last long.
If you had $300 right now what would you spend it on?
Clothes. I love to buy clothes. I'd clean out the wardrobe and replace my favorite pieces with some new ones. And some shoes. I haven't really bought shoes since I bought some danskos a while ago. They're what I wear most of all.
What are you going to do after this?
Answer some phone calls and drink my coffee. I have seven treatment plans to write and then a group to run.
What inspires you?
The people I work with. They have serious mental illness and despite that, manage to get up and get on with their lives. It makes me annoyed with myself that I complain about my problems.
What are your favourite films?
The Women (both versions). Wonderful look at women of all kinds.
Who's work/designs are you inspired by?
Susan Pandorf of Sunflower designs. I have watched her business grow over the past two years and it has been amazing. She has a fertile mind and is so clever. She sees design ideas in everything around her.
Your favourite books?
And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmeyer. JRR Tolkien's books. And almost anything written by Stephen King. I know, I know but he's so entertaining. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth.
Do You Collect Anything?
Not really but I have a collection of tea pots. It started innocently enough when I asked for a teapot that had belonged to my grandmother. And then I got one from my other grandmother. My aunt decided I must want more so she bought me one that plays 'tea for two' when you pick it up. She has also bought me many, many little tea pot shaped tchatchkes.
What makes you follow a blog?
I usually start out by following a link from a comment and then if I like it I come back. Then I start to feel like I know this person and we are some how connected. Sometimes I come back because they challenge my way of thinking.
What was the most enjoyable thing you did today?
Since it's a work day and still early in the morning, the most enjoyable thing was the train ride in with Peter Kevin.
What's one thing you dream of doing?
Winning the lottery and opening my own mental health center where I would pay people a good salary and offer services to people in need whether they could pay or not. It would be a pleasant place with happy employees.
So, there you have it. Some more obscure information about me. Anyone interested in sharing?