Follow-up to the Personality Test

February 2011 018Boy that was fun!  I’ve enjoyed hearing which talk show you’d be on, what your book(s) would be about, and what you would wear.  I need to broaden my talk show horizons…

Today, I think I might go on The View and Gretchen surely deserves her moment in the sun as well.   While I still can’t tell you what I’d wear to be on a talk show, I can tell you what is becoming my cool weather uniform.

Fall uniform

Now, that’s not PRECISELY what I have on today, but it’s the general idea.  I saw another good question on a blog yesterday (my apologies… I can’t give credit because I don’t recall!).  If you could only wear dresses or pants, which would you choose and why?

For me, it would depend.  As long as I could have tights and boots and could wear leggings under skirts to walk the dogs, I’d go with dresses.  I love jeans truly, deeply, madly doooo, but I can’t wear jeans everywhere, and when cigarette pants go out of style again, I won’t have pants that fit, no matter how much time and money in alterations I could spend.  

I keep saying it, but I also love dresses because there’s nothing to coordinate.  Okay, I couldn’t have slapped on my favorite Lilly P pank, cream and lime scarf with today’s rusty red sweater dress, but it’s far less stressful than trying to find a blouse and a sweater or jacket that work with a separate bottom of any sort.  And since I’m not much on reinventing the wheel, I don’t get creative and will wear this precise combination again over and over until it’s warm enough for me to switch to shirt dresses and flats.

Really though, I’m glad I don’t have to choose one or the other.  Taking Sissy to the vet in anything skirted would be a fiasco and prove to the world that I lack any sort of natural poise, just as there are also places I’d never feel comfortable wearing pants.

 

Personality Test Fail

I don’t like personality tests.  I’ve had this discussion with a few of you.  Oh, I’m intrigued by them and take them, but rarely do I get the same results twice.  Nevertheless, I’m fascinated by the new personality test Lisa of Privilege created. 

What if you found yourself on set, in an interview with a TV talk show host, about the book you had just written? Who would you be talking to, and about what?

That’s all well and good, except that I don’t watch talk shows, so that handicaps me, but for the sake of argument, I’ll play along.  I happen to know Katie Couric has a talk show now.  I’ve always liked her, and since the JLC has the Emily Couric Community Advocacy Award, why not? 

March 2012 006What would the book be about?  Well, there’s the rub.  I have a fluffy little “beach read” in the works, but again for the sake of this discussion, it would likely be about what a certain one-eyed, allergic to everything she puts in her mouth, precocious, loving basset hound has taught me about life. 

But if I got lucky, Ms. Couric would have done her homework and would know that in May of 2012, I was chair of the committee that selected the award named for her sister, and then I’d get a chance to talk about all the great stuff the JLC – and Junior Leagues everywhere – are doing…

Thankfully, Lisa’s quiz didn’t involve what I’d be wearing and how I selected my outfit.  Shudder.  I don’t want to know what THAT would say about my personality.  (Wonder if Ms. Couric’s styling staff would help me?)

What about you?  How would you answer these questions?  (About the talk show and book… not about what you’d wear… unless you want to go there?)

Insert Me Here

Don’t forget to thank a veteran today… every day.  We owe so much to the men and women whose selfless sacrifice keep our nation – and the world – safer and freer than it would be otherwise.  I won’t try to name my friends and family who have served or are serving, because the list is long and distinguished.  Never forget too that their loved ones sacrifice and serve right along with them.

Also, please take a gander at my previous post and weigh in on photo cards and holiday cards in general.  There’s a giveaway if that sweetens the deal…

Move over Theo, sassy Lizzie Crenshaw just became the cozy heroine I’d most like to hang out with, although both of you get yourselves into far more trouble than I need in my life, and both of you have really cool dogs to sweeten the deal.  I do enjoy reading about women whose lives are even more chaotic than mine.  Since I retired from the fire service, I don’t find dead bodies anymore, nor do I have serial killers lurking around…  And if I do, ignorance is bliss!!

Courtesy of B&N

You need to know the Lizzie Crenshaw cozies are novellas; they average about 50 pages each.  I’m generally not a fan of short stories, but these mini-novels were perfect for a week jam-packed with meetings, an election and the not-subtle transition to Standard time, also known as dark too soon for long walks in the woods.  However, Lizzie’s small-town life is pretty hectic, so I think she’d appreciate that I had to squeeze in reading moments on the fly.

Brookdale, Texas reminds me a lot of the small towns (sorry podunk; I know you fancy yourself a college CITY, but you’re a town, and a small, sprawling one at that) I’ve lived in.  The local law enforcement head honcho is a Lizzie’s best friend’s brother, and Lizzie’s dysfunctional family’s drama is the fodder that feeds the series… and the town’s gossip.  I’m sure Lizzie would appreciate the comment a former supervisor and family friend shared with me the first time I found myself the focus of firehouse gossip;  “They’ll mind all your business but they won’t pay your bills.”

Unfortunately, these books are only available electronically right now, but anyone with a computer or smart phone can access Kindle and Nook books, so don’t let that hold you back.

So, which fictitious character(s) would you like to make your new BFF?  Or are gMarie and I the only nuts who ponder such things?

Pre-holiday tradition!

image courtesy of Shutterfly

Like it or not, Christmas is right around the corner.  For several years now, I’ve done Photo Christmas Cards, and my go-to vendor is Shutterfly.   They have a great selection of styles, shapes, themes and no matter what you’re looking for, it’s there, for whatever version of the holidays you like to honor with cards.

Sissy is lobbying for this design, but until she has her own bank account, I think I’ll make the final decision.  Some years, I’ve done a couple of different styles of cards, but this year I’m thinking one kind of classic design that can go to friends, family, fellow League leaders, etc.

Or maybe I’ll compromise.  If Sissy will pose with antlers and get Gretchen to cooperate as well, we’ll consider this design.  Why yes, I am quite confident there’s simply no way that will be happening…

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December 2008 – A visual reminder of the antler suffering

I love holiday cards and have a special scrapbook for the ones that really speak to me each year.  I save all the cards and use some to make embellishments on the pages too.  Another friend has a really neat idea I think I’m going to use to keep my cards together from one year to the next, since I will admit that I have a backlog and am a couple of years behind.  Houndgirl buys those locking, metal rings and hole punches each card and then stacks the cards on a ring so that they’re handy to view.  Beats my gallon storage bag per year mess!

So, what are your card preferences and traditions?  And while you’re thinking cards, check out Shutterfly on your favorite social medium:

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Also be sure to see Shutterfly’s special offers.

And for those dedicated readers who made it this far, I have a special reward!   Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Christmas or winter holiday cards.  Do you like the family newsletters, photo cards or something more traditional with glitter?  One winner will be selected November 16th for  $50 off order of $50 or more (excluding tax and shipping & cannot be combined with any other promos (expire 12/14/2012 – no extensions) courtesy of Shutterfly.

Last but not least, I need to let you know that post is sponsored by Shutterfly, although my opinions are sincere and my own.

Dissing in the Dark

Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful Thursday, Sustainer Luncheon and so much more!  I’m on my way out to said luncheon (sustainers are the life members of the Junior League), but I had to take a second to share the girls’ rant about the return to Standard Time and share my own. 

Because it is dark before 6pm now – or at least, too dark to walk along a wooded country road – the girls are getting shorter walks, and Tuesday, there wasn’t really a walk at all.  I felt badly, so we walked up the drive and along our property line… until Sissy scared the daylights out of me too many times.

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Daylight, nose up, aware…

For whatever reason, in the dark, the girl puts her nose to the ground and her ears shut and she forgets basic commands.  Both dogs know that when they are ordered “out of the road” they go QUICKLY and do not move until I release them.  Wrong.  Sissy “forgot” and really scared me twice, so there ended our walk, and my notions of working in short walks in the dark with all of us in reflective gear, with a flashlight clipped to Gg’s leash to add even more visual awareness…

Anyone else have a similar experience?

Thankfuls…  I’m thankful for a job where I can slip out for a few hours to attend to my duties as the head of a local non-profit.  I’m thankful for the 80 years of women who came before those of us currently in the JLC, especially for those still around, still “sustaining” those of us who are currently Active members.  I’m also thankful that I don’t have a fear of public speaking, but just the same, I think I’ll cut this short and collect my thoughts before I head across town…

Women in Politics

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Yankee Doggle Diva 2010

If you’re in the USA, I hope you’re voting or have already.  I know some feel your votes don’t count (hello, west coast friends), but my personal philosophy is I don’t care who you vote for, but if you don’t exercise your duty to vote, I won’t discuss politics with you.  If your opinions aren’t important enough for you to bother to vote, then I don’t need to hear them.

I love seeing women in politics.  Women’s leadership styles tend to be more collaborative than those of men.   I’ve linked to Tough Cookies repeatedly, but there are some great statistics in there about why having women in leadership – public, private, non-profit, whatever – benefits society as a whole.  

So be a good role model and a good citizen and go vote.   If you have children, consider taking them to vote with you, and share your voting logic with them.  Heck, this year, Uncle’s patient, calm reasoning behind his selections changed my mind on one candidate (a couple of weeks ago), while the Knight’s position on question #2 swayed me when I truly didn’t care one way or another and was (honestly) considering just shutting my eyes and pressing either button…

We’re all winners with high voter turnout.  Please vote!

Night of the Living Deed

Courtesy of Amazon – obviously

I chose this book to read over Halloween, not knowing it was set on the Jersey Shore.   While I love a good pun, the title of the book doesn’t make sense until deep into the story, but don’t let that stop you if you like cozies, like ghosts, like old homes with plaster walls, like single moms who can renovate an old home almost single-handedly, etc.

It’s more than a little ironic that the setting is also still in the national news, as the region attempts to recover from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.  I’m a ponderer, and I can’t help but wonder if this book was inspired by a real house in a real “down shore” town, and if so, are house and town still standing?

This is going to shock some of you, but Melissa, the 9-year-old daughter of the main character, is a pretty cool kid.  And the mom drives a Volvo, so if only they had a dog…

Oh, and there’s something in there for history buffs too.   Arguably one of the most famous painting of our first president is set near Trenton, NJ, where Washington crossed the Delaware.   While my heart belongs to Virginia history, I do have a special fondness for all things Colonial, Revolutionary, and the Civil War, regardless of the state.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Virginia begins her claim of being the home of Presidents with General George Washington, but he didn’t just sit at Mount Vernon… and if you want to know how he fits into the book, read it!

Speaking of presidents, don’t forget to vote tomorrow if you haven’t voted already.  Virginia believes in old-fashioned voting in person, so we’ll be doing our civic duty tomorrow in the gym of the elementary school the Knight and I both attended.   There are all kinds of swing states, depending on who’s talking, so please know that your vote counts!

Light through yonder window…

Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 2.

Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday…  And while it’s still pretty overcast, it’s brighter out there than it has been.  We got a shot of sunshine yesterday morning, and a few minutes later, it was raining.  Ugh. 

photo.JPGThe fur-girls don’t care about sunshine.  Gg prefers that nothing falls from the sky, prefers to be warm, and Sissy just wants to walk, whether the weather is cold, hot, wet, dry…  And now, they have hay bales to count.   Our kindly neighbor with all the great walking trails mowed and baled last week, beating Sandy in the race to get the hay into bales before it rained.

Sissy believes it is her civic duty to inspect each and every bale.  Thus far, she’s made it to about five.  The coarse remains hurt Gg’s feet and I’m not fond of venturing too far off the intended trails, so Sis’s mission suffers…

photo.JPGGg did inspect the first one, but after a quick check of the second bale, she decided if you’ve sniffed one hay bale in the field, you’ve sniffed ’em all.   Sissy was quickly out-voted, especially since I have the human with the leash veto power.  I happen to know there are too many holes and concealed dangers in a hay field, so we won’t be inspecting each and every bale. 

Thankful?  I’m really thankful that Sandy just kinda’ gave us a passing glance.  We are crossing paws and sending good vibes and prayers out for friends who saw more of Sandy’s wrath, but everyone is still alive, still has a place to call home, still has a place to go to work as applicable, and we’re even happy that one local friend is making her way to NYC for the marathon this weekend.

I’m glad I didn’t have to make that call.  While I think more good than harm will come from running the marathon as scheduled, my heart does go out to the transit, emergency services, hotel staff and others who will most certainly have even more overtime to get the City that Never Sleeps ready for the tens of thousands coming just for the race.   The Knight and I have both put in very long hours/days/nights during natural disasters here, and it’s hard on the people working and those trying to cope at home while part of the “team” is focused on work. 

One last point…  Most races are charitable in nature, and the NYC Marathon is no exception.   Over 200 non-profits receive funds from the race proceeds, so in that respect, I’m glad the race is going on as planned!

What are you thankful for today?