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Five Question Friday – LATE!

1. Do you swim in the winter?

I live in The Bahamas. We don’t have a real winter, but the water does get a bit cold. I don’t go in the ocean between December and January. By mid-February, it’s fair game.

2. Do you love or hate winter?

LOVE. I mean REAL winter. Not this stupid, breezy, 77 degrees (F) that we get around here. People seriously walk around in those puffy jackets and furry boots in December. It drives me crazy. They look ridiculous. This. is. the. BAHAMAS. Lol.

3. Do you put makeup/actual clothes on when you know you’re going to be home all day with just family?

Ask me if I put on makeup when I’m going out. LOL. It has to be a special occasion or something. So no.

4. How old were you when you had your first alcoholic beverage?

Again, this is The Bahamas. The legal age is 18, but no one cares. I’ve had sips of my dad’s wine since I was about 4. First time I had one all to myself? Ummm… I don’t know. I wasn’t super fascinated by it, or anxious to have alcoholic beverages, so it probably wasn’t until I was about 16.

5. How many ill calls in a 12 month period do you think are acceptable?

Only the number of times one is actually ill (enough to be off from work). However many that is. I usually try to drag myself to work unless there is concern about getting other people sick, or not being able to perform at all. Or dying.

 

Remember, we’re supposed to post our values and statements of purpose today? Yeah, I’m not gonna be able to do it today. Tomorrow. I DID do a lot of thinking over the weekend, but it put me in a really weird place. I’ll talk about it a little later. For now, I have to get to work!

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Five Question Friday

1. What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your house?
I don’t have anything but two stockings in my house. So they’re my favourite. The pair of Christmas stockings for Babe and me.
2. Do you finish your Christmas shopping early or are you a last minute type?
My Christmas shopping came to an abrupt halt due to unforeseen circumstances. I hope to get back on it and finish up by the end of next weekend. I think I have to cut a few things out, to avoid being flat broke for the month of December. Generally, I like to be done by this time.
3. When do you turn on your heat?
In The Bahamas?! Ahahahahahahahahha. Ahahahahahhaha. Hahahhahaha. Ha.
4. Do you ever wish your blog was private?
No. Then I’d just have a journal. *shrugs*
You know what was cool though? In uni, I had a LiveJournal. That was neat (seriously… I thought “neat”… Is this 1992?) because you could make posts public, private, friends only, or even select the people you wanted posts to be visible too.
5. Do you put your deodorant on before of after you put on your shirt?
Depends on the shirt. Most of the time, after.
 
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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to blog much this weekend. It’s a weird time. I’m trying to carry on as usual, but aside from it being difficult, I’ve been feeling very tired, and my ability to focus is just… On vacation. I’m hoping to get out at some point tomorrow and do something nice or fun or something, but not expensive. I feel like I need a break. A diversion of sorts. Hope you have a great weekend!
 
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Five Question Friday

I haven’t done this in a while. I hope I remember how it works! Hahahaha.
1. What movie do you love to quote?
I don’t think I ever quote movies. I quote people in real life (like my parents, siblings, etc.), and songs. I have a flair for inserting song lyrics in every day conversations. Seriously. I am SO good at it.
You know what, I say, “Too infinity! And beyooooonnnnnd!” quite a bit. Generally, when I tell Babe, “I love you…” Ahahahaha. That’s from Toy Story. Buzz Lightgear or Lightyear or whatever.
 
2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
Yep. I like motorcycles a lot. I’ve never been in control of/driven a motorcycle though. I think it would be super cool if a bunch of people went on an island tour with me, via scooters. We could all buddy up and rent scooters (two people per scooter) and scoot around. SCOOT, SCOOT! We’d stop off to cool places like the beach and fish fry (where they sell native food like – you guessed it – fried fish along with the best daquiris in the worrrrrld… And I’m confident in saying that, even though I haven’t travelled the entire globe YET), and the caves. It would be SO fun. And slightly less dangerous than riding on motorcycles.
 
3. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Curl up on a couch with the best snuggle buddy in the world, drinking hot chocolate/tea, eating cookies and other goodies, watching movies, and reading books.
 
4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift?
I ask myself this question all the time. It’s even a tough call when it’s for someone else. Last year, I had the time of my life, filling stockings for my nieces. It was awesome. There were lots of goodies, and I knew they’d have a great time unwrapping and unpacking things from their stockings. I loved it. They loved it. It was great. It turned out to be kind of expensive. I could have very well bought them iPods for the money I spent. Would it have been as much fun (for either of us)? No. Not at all. This year, though, I’m settling on one cool item. Lots of pressure on me though. I only have ONE chance to score! GAAAAAH!
For myself, I like either one. A really nice gift is cool, but so are a bunch of little, thoughtful, me-worthy items. I think lots of small(er) gifts can be more fun. Especially if they’re all very ME, or connected. Like a cookbook, and a bakeware set, and an apron… Just an example. You get the drift.
No matter what, I like to have something I can treasure. Whether it’s a big gift that will last a long time, and I can keep, always think of the giver, awesome. If it’s one item of the 10 small gifts (that could be a charm for a bracelet, or a really good book), that’s cool too. I just like to know that thought went into the gift(s), the person related it directly to me, and it’s not just random selection and wrapping. That’s all. 🙂
 
5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong?
Hahahahahaha. This has actually never happened to me. That’s funny though. Well, when it happens to other people. I wouldn’t like it much. A few times, in university, I showed up to the wrong class (due to confusion of locations, not knowing about room changes, or general disorientation). It’s great when you sit in a class, listen to the professor go on and one, and THEN they announce the class you’re in. THEN you’re all, “Huh?! Whaaaa?!” And you look around to see if anyone else looks confused or lost, as you hide your own lost-and-confused-ness. And you wonder if you should leave, and dash to the right class since it’s only been 15 minutes (that you’ve missed). But you realized you’ll look crazy if yon walk out after the announcement of the name/number of the class when you’ve been there for a whooole 15 minutes! GAAAAAH! What to do, what to do?!
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Five Question Friday

So, every week I do this Five Question Friday blog hop thingy. This week, me no likey the questions. I can’t really explain why. I just don’t. I don’t feel like answering them. I DO feel like doing my regular Friday post though. You’re happy, right? I’m going to answer my own little questions. And guess what. If you want to ask more, go ahead. I’ll answer them.

I’m making these up as I go along, so don’t expect any sort of flow or sensibility, okay?

What’s your favourite tv show?

Oh, man. Tough one! I don’t know. I’m not that big on tv. Actually, Babe and I haven’t had cable since we moved. At one point, in university, I turned my cable off for over a year. It was just ridiculous that I was paying over $70/month to watch about 3 channels. Most of the time, the tv was just background noise. These days, the only things I would actually mentally schedule to watch on cable are Chopped (Food Network) and… Yeah, that’s it. Hahaha. I like a few other shows, but not enough to not do anything else when they’re on. I like Law & Order, Royal Pains, Brothers & Sisters… All of which I can watch online, so YAY! Tv addict? Not me. Now, when basketball season starts, I’m gonna need cable up in that apartment.

 

What are you currently reading?

The Little Women. I’ve been reading it on my lunch breaks, and on quiet evenings at home. Mostly at lunch time. This is probably my 3rd time reading it. My dad made sure I read what he considered to be “The Classics” when I was younger. I always loved reading, and he fed my need. I’m enjoying The Little Women as much as I did the first time I read it. I like when I reread a book, and it’s like the first time. Timing is everything. I’ll talk more about how much I like the book, my favourite characters, and my favourite parts in another post when I’m done. I was savouring it, but now Babe is ready to read Catching Fire, and I don’t want to be left behind, so I’ll be picking up the pace on the weekend.

 

What’s the last song you listened to?

I don’t remember the exact song. I was when I was running, and was by Austra. I looove Austra. The music is SO great. The vocalist reminds me a lot of Florence (Florence + The Machine). My favourite, right now, is Lose It. It’s very simple, very pretty, and very… raw? In a way. Listen to it.

 

What’s the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched in its entirety? I don’t remember. Sad, since it was just two nights ago. It was something with this girl in it. Ummm… Yeah, I don’t know. Babe and I watched 90% of The Messenger last night. I didn’t really get sleepy, but my eyes couldn’t take it any more. I liked it. It’s pretty interesting, and the subject matter is something a lot of people probably never think about. I’m weird, so I have thought about it. We’ll watch the last few minutes of it tonight, before starting a new movie.

 

What do you like to get from the concession stand when you go to the movie theatre?

I’m a little piglet, really. I like to get:

  • A hotdog (all beef) with mustard, ketchup, relish, and very little mayo. If I can get some grated cheese on there, AWESOME!
  • Nachos WITH the jalapeño peppers. YESSS! We don’t have the option here, but when I was in Halifax, I used to get the cheese put on straight on my nacho chips, and salsa on the side. YUMMERS!
  • Sour gummy worms
  • Small drink. Usually a Coke, of course.
Well, would ya look at that! I managed to make all of the question sort of media-ish. Or something. I didn’t even try. Cool, right? Yeah, I know. Feel free to answer the questions. You can do it in the comments, or your own blog. If you do a post to answer the questions, make sure you post a link to it here.
Oh! Bonus question! What are you doing this weekend?

Five Question Friday!

1. Do you apologize to your kids children if you’re wrong?
What foolishness is THAT?! I’M the parent. I’m always right. Whether I’m right or wrong. The sooner they learn that, the easier their lives will be.
Aren’t you glad I don’t have children yet? Honestly, I fully intend to acknowledge and apologize for my wrongs. It’s important to set that example. I got a lot of fussing that wasn’t rightfully mine when I was younger. Mostly because my younger brother never admitted to anything, and I never felt the need to exert the energy required to put up a big enough fight to save my good name. I never really did anything bad. It was strange that my parents thought that I suddenly started doing stupid things. I couldn’t be bothered to protest. If ASKED, I’d say, “No, I didn’t.” If they didn’t accept that, I’d just let ’em go in. A lot of times, they’d realize that I really didn’t do whatever I got in trouble for. Yelling, swearing, threatening. Whatever. Did anyone ever apologize? No. What did I learn from that? That it’s embarrassing to apologize, and it’s much more important to keep one’s pride. To this day, I have to really sort of pep talk myself when I know it’s right to give an apology. It’s hard, but after kicking myself around a little, I do it.
2. Do you have a class ring, Letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?
I have a class ring. I still wear it, even though I’ve since graduated from university. It’s actually on my wedding ring finger. I put it there so that people would think that I’m married, at a glance. Also, when people asked why it’s on that finger, I always said, “Because I’m married to school.” Real meaning: Don’t mess with me. I’m about the books, and they come before the boys. NOT. INTERESTED. Yeah, I was pretty hardcore from back then. The plan was to stop wearing it when I got my university ring, which I would wear on my middle finger. I never went to pick it up. *sighs* Now I want it. I’d also like to note that my grandmother goes on and on every time she sees me with the ring on that finger. Old people (here, at least) think it’s bad luck to wear a ring on that finger. “Hard luck,” actually. Pssh! WHATEVER! How much harder could my luck get with the whole marriage deal, really? I already have to go to a specific state (or Canada) to get married. LOL.

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?
25. I’m liking it. A lot. 🙂

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?
Ooohhh, tough onnnnne. I haven’t used ANY of my baby names yet. It’s hard to pick one. I really like Tali because it’s a combo of Babe’s name and my name. And it doesn’t look or sound a mess like Marvinique, child of Marvin and Monique. *facepalms*
Other than that, I reeeally like Eleni.
There aren’t many boy names that I like. They’re just kinda there. I like the sort of classic, simple names like Matthew and Anthony. Other than that type, I like the offbeat names like Shor.

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?
My parenting skills. LOL.
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Five Question Friday!

It’s FRIDAAAAAYYYY! As always, I’m doing Five Question Friday. You should do it too! The questions are posted weekly here.
1. Dream job…realistic and completely unrealistic.
Realistic: Wife, mom, and director of a youth organization. Provide a home, give support, teach life skills, give homework help, etc.
Unrealistic: An artist. (Unrealistic because I have ZERO artistic bones in my body. ZERO. But I sooo wish I could draw, paint, sculpt, dance, sing, etc.)

2. Do you fart in front of your significant other?
Nope. Not in front of anyone. I go to the bathroom for that. I know… Miss Priss. Except that I’m NOT.

3. What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home? How far and where was it?
Halifax, Nova Scotia (from Nassau, Bahamas). It’s about 5 hours flying time, but takes from 1pm to 10pm (with a stop in Toronto) or from 8am to 10pm (with stops in Miami and New York).

4. How do you celebrate birthday for your kids? Family only or friends? … Alternate for those without kiddos: How did you celebrate birthdays as a kid?
I have a cousin who is 13 years older than me. She loved me to pieces, from I was born. She wanted to be a teacher, so I was her (very willing and able) student. She took me with her everywhere. She also planned my birthday parties. They were at Burger King (very near her house), and lots of fun. Clowns and everything!

5. Fave thing about fall?
I LOOOVE the colours. The changing leaves. The crunch of them under my feet. Leaf pile diving. Fall coats. (Unfortunately, none of these apply right now. There’s really no fall season in The Bahamas. Just varying degrees of summer.) The in-between sort of weather. The feeling of a new beginning (with new semesters starting). The smell and feel of the air.

Thankful + Five Questions

Five Question Friday!

1. If you had a weekly newspaper column, what would you name it?

Rants and Ramblings

Conch Salad

Everyday Living

Foodie Kitchen

Depends on what the column is about, really. I see myself going with the “conch salad” theme more than anything else, because then I could mix it all up. I can rant a little, talk about food, dole out my awesome advice… All in one column.


2. Who is your mentor/inspiration?

Ma. My great-grandmother. She’s pretty awesome. The woman is NINETY-ONE years old. NINE-TEEEE-ONE! She still does everything for herself. And a lot of things for the rest of us. She walks without assistance, can dash around the place, she drives, she cooks and cleans (and I mean really cleans)… Everything. Actually, up until early this year, she ran her own business. She decided to close after 51 years of dressing thousands of women. She had THE ladies’ boutique. And I’m not saying that because she’s my great-grandmother. That’s just what it is. Or was. THE place to shop for clothing for work, church, weddings, funerals, balls, proms, banquets… Yep. She’s an amazing lady.


3. What is your wake up beverage of choice?

Trick question?! COCA-COLA! That’s my #1 choice. Annnd start judgiiiiing… NOW!

I don’t really drink Coke first thing in the morning though. Not every day. So I deserve some credit. Right? Mhmm. Nod your little head. You know I do.

What I REALLY like in the morning is TEA. Do I ever make it? Nah. Not unless it’s a late, lazy morning like Sundays and Mondays tend to be. Other than that, I’m too busy sleeping too late and scrambling around to get ready to make tea.


4. Would you wear your mom’s clothes?

Some of them. She has decent taste in clothing. Our sizes are different, but we could get away with some of the same tops. Pants or skirts would never work. We also have the same shoe size. Although my feet are probably fatter, and hers are longer. It works though. Sometimes, she drops shoes off for me to wear around the house to stretch them for her. Hahaha.


5. When you were a kid, did you put posters on your wall? If so, what were they of?

Never had posters on my wall. Ever. The answer is sort of a long story. How short can I make it? Hmmm… I didn’t spend any time in my bedroom (which was at my dad’s) because I spent most of my wide-awake hours at my aunt’s house (when I wasn’t at school). From school, we went straight to Auntie’s. Our dad picked us up when he got off from work which was anywhere between 7:30 and 11:30pm. Posters on walls that I never spent time between (or looking at) really would have made no sense. If I did have posters, I have no idea what would have been on them. Maybe Spanish verb conjugations or something nerdy like that.

 

I missed Thankful Thursday. Here we go. I’m thankful for:

  • Good times with family
  • Babe taking those awful bus rides with me this week
  • Improvement in my water consumption
  • Babe agreeing to my decorating plan (I NEED to remember to post about it later)
  • The ability to work with a single burner hotplate (Oh, man. Y’all should really witness it.)
  • Success in the trip to get stuff for the new place. We now have a completed bathroom plus a front door mat and a kitchen garbage WITH a lid. WOO!

Five Question Friday

1. What ringtone do you have on your cell phone?
I don’t have a cellphone at the moment. Full story here.
I don’t remember what my last ringtone was. My phone was always on vibrate. I don’t like hearing phones ring. I’m pretty sure the ringtone was a Bedouin Soundclash song. Probably this one:
It’s a nice peppy, happy intro. Perfect for a ringtone, right?!
2. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
Hmmm… Probably riding around with Babe and my little cousins – Drew and Ryan. They were HILARIOUS and lots of fun. We went for lunch, drove around roundabouts a lot of times, played music (rap, pop, and Bahamian), sang loudly in the car, went for ice cream… Good times.
3. Paper books or ebooks?
I’m onto ebooks right now. I simply don’t have the space for all of the books that I have read/read/will read. And it’s nice to have a little electronic device to carry around, and be able to take my pick of any books I loaded onto it. It’s better than lugging around lots of books (which I used to do). I appreciate paper books (aside from the killing of trees and all that green stuff), and believe that they still have their place. Book stores have already started closing, and that saddens me. One of my favourite things to do has always been to browse book stores, and end up leaving with far more books that I planned to purchase. Here, in The Bahamas, there aren’t many book stores at all, so I rarely book shop. In Canada, Chapters and Indigo were my heaven.
Also, I LOVE MY NOOK!

4. If you could have one home upgrade what would it be and why?
Right now, any room could use an upgrade. Our place is pretty bare bones since we just moved in about a week ago. If I could change something semi-structural, it would be the lighting. I don’t like the fixtures. I also wish we had ceilings fans (since we both prefer fans to air conditioning).

5. When was your first serious boyfriend/girlfriend?
The first “serious” boyfriend was when I was 17, and a few months out of high school. He was a really nice guy. Very ambitious, hard working, family-oriented. We were a good match. The trust issues, however, did not work for me. I was not having it. G’bye!
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I’m On a Boat!

Not really. But it’s Five Question Friday. HOLLAAAAA!
1. Shoes in the house – yay or nay?
Um. I’m kind of… Of two minds on this one? It depends on so much. I, generally, like to keep something on my feet. Shoes, slippers, footies, socks. Whatever. I usually wear my flippy floppies in the house. When I’m at someone else’s house, I ask what the preference is. Some people don’t want people wearing shoes in their house. I get it if they have white carpet or something like that. Some people, on the other hand, will insist that you keep them on. If it’s a party, my shoes are staying on. For sure. I can’t have my feet mingling with other feet. Even if it’s just by stepping where they’ve stepped. Ew! I’m weird about feet. and I have major issues with my feet feeling dirty. Sand, dirt… Any foreign particles. Hate it.

2. What do you call them- flip flops, slippers, thongs, etc?
Flip flops! Sometimes flippy floppies because I think it’s funny. And reminds me of “I’m On a Boat.”

3. What song are you almost embarrassed to admit you know all the lyrics to?
Hmmm… Tough one. *goes to lunch to think about this*
She had dumps like a truck, truck, truck
Thighs like what, what, what
Baby, move your butt, butt, butt
4. What is the best quality to have in a friend?
Dependability. Show up when he/she is supposed to, willing to answer the SOS call, one way at least 95% of the time (5% allowance for moodiness).

5. Do you know what you want for Christmas?
I hadn’t thought about it. Until RIGHT NOW. Since you asked…
  • New Nook (I’m having a hard time choosing between the Nook Colour and the Nook Simple Touch. Both, please?
  • Nikon CoolPix LIME GREEN digital camera w/ built-in projector
  • Handmade straw basket for my bicycle (to match my custom-made Nook cover)
  • Bakeware (muffin pans, cake pans, cookie sheets)
  • Hand mixer (Not to mix hands. To mix food items. It’s just handheld. And maybe that’s what it should be called. Handheld mixer.
  • Electric can opener (Tired of those crappy manual ones)
  • New BlackBerry! I’d like the Bold. Not the touch version. I don’t like touch screens on phones.
  • B&N gift cards (to buy NookBooks!)
  • Earrings
  • Pandora charms (the 4 more that I need to fill out my bracelet)
  • Running shoes (Mine are kind of… Tired. I really want Nike IDs, and will probably design and buy them for myself.)
  • Aquarium! (I’ll pick out and buy my own fish, but someone should definitely spring for the tank, heater, filters… Yeah.)

Five Question Monday?

I don’t know how I missed it on Friday. I guess with all the hurricane insanity. Anyway, I’m playing catch up now. FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY!

1. Did You Make Any Fun Purchases This Week?
Nope. Nothing fun. Saving, saving, saving. Moving on Thursday, so there isn’t much room for fun purchases at the moment. Tonight, we may go get ice cream sundaes.

2. If You Could Go To Any Musical Concert, What Would It Be?
Tough one… Hmmm… I would like to go to a Michael Jackson concert, above all others. That’s not possible though. *sighs*

3. What Is Your Least Fav/ Most Fav House Chore?
Least favourite – Making up beds. I really don’t enjoy it. Especially if the bed is in a corner. Ugh.

Most favourite – Does cooking count? I love cooking.

4. Would You Prefer New Appliances Or Clothes?
This is sort of difficult. There are a few appliances I’d like to have, but I’m doing quite fine without. What I need more right now is clothes. I moved here over a year ago and was only supposed to visit for about 6 weeks. I left most of my clothing in storage. Limited options right now, though I’ve acquired some new things since moving.

5. Miracle Whip/Mayo?
Mayo! Miracle Whip is gross!