Another Random Dozen

Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions. I just love her memes. They make me think!

1. Please share one middle school memory. It can be good, bad, ugly, funny. Pictures or words, I don’t care, just share.
When I was a kid, Middle School was 7th & 8th grade and called Junior High. I spent most of my 6th grade year looking forward to it. Junior high equaled “grown up.”

On the first day of school I emerged from my room in a skirt and blouse — no more jumpers. I was wearing pantyhose for the very first time. I had on high heels (2 inches). I wore perfume and mascara. My hair was styled and hair sprayed to within an inch of its life. And my throat was adorned with my mother’s pearls.

I was a lady — and very excited to prove it. That’s why I shot off the bus at 100 miles and hour and charged into the school to find my best friend. I had no idea that the patent leather soles on my shoes would be incompatible with the high gloss hardwood floors. I shot up the cement steps, burst through the double doors and slid right past my best friend. I made a grab for the banister, missed it and ended up at the bottom of the staircase. One shoe remained on the steps. My nylons were shredded, my hair was a mess and my illusionary maturity lay in tatters around me.

2. What’s your favorite Beatles song?
Yellow Submarine

3. If I asked you to describe your most comfortable outfit, what would it be?
Currently, it’s a rag. It used to be a sun dress, but I no longer wear it beyond my own house. I have already told myself it stays in Hawaii when we move, but I will miss it.

4. Would you rather host a party or be a guest?

5. Do you think we will move completely from traditional books to digital ones, and if we do, are you OK with that?
If digital readers come down to a price I can afford, I guess I am okay with digital books — except, you did just hear about the recent upset with Amazon when corporate issued an order to purge a certain book so it was removed from customer accounts despite their having paid for it. If there are no hard copies of books, revisionist history will stay revised because any non-compliant sources can be removed at the flip of a switch.

6. Do you learn best by reading, listening or experiencing?
I am a global learner. I can learn from any method, however, I learn fastest if I can read and see, so written directions with pictures, a video or hands on instruction are my preferred learning methods.

7. If you are (or when you were) single, what is the kiss of death for you concerning the opposite sex? (That is, what is one trait or behavior or habit or anything at all that immediately turns you off from considering that person a potential match for you?)
Alcohol — my first husband was an alcoholic. For the next 12 years anyone who suggested a date that revolved around alcohol ended up taking someone besides me. Then I met my beloved Amoeba. On special occasions we may have a glass of wine with dinner, but for the most part neither of us is all that interested in drinking.

8. Snacks. Salty or sweet?
Yes. Sometimes salty. Sometimes sweet. It depends on my mood and the temperature of the day. On hot, sweaty days I crave salt.

9. Look around you in a four foot radius. What object is around you that you didn’t realize was there or forgot was there? How long has it been there?
There is a pot holder on my desk. I think it has probably been there since I made the chocolate cake for church on the 6th. I’ve been looking for it! It would still be hiding under the calendar had you not asked me this question.

10. What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?
Far & Away.

11. You buy a bottle of shampoo and discover that you don’t like what it does to your hair at all. What do you do with that full bottle?
There’s a good chance, if it is still clean and neat, that I will take it to church for the homeless ministry.

12. Your favorite Fall comfort food? (Last week it was beverage.)
Homemade noodles in chicken soup!