galwithglasses: (Horror- bucky)
This is a perfect question for me this week. I bought a few frozen microwave meals for lunch. I got what I thought was macaroni and cheese. When I went to cook it, I found to my horror that they had put broccoli in with it. Argh! Sneak attack vegetables! I ate them anyway but bitterly resented their presence and have been holding a grudge for days now. I still have another box to go. Ugh.

I'm pretty squeamish. I'll try new things but when it comes to meat, if it isn't something I've been eating most of my life or doesn't seem to be cooked through, then nope, I just can't.

Here are some things that I've tried more than once and I still don't like them. (I'm lucky to have the luxury to complain.)

1. Goat or blue cheese

2. Most hard liquor and liqueurs unless they are used for flavor in cooking or baking. It's kind of a non-issue since I don't drink alcohol anymore but I still wrinkle my nose about them.

3. Vegetables that are boiled to mush. I'd much rather eat my spinach raw.

4. When you have a hamburger and baked beans on the plate and the bottom of the bun gets soggy and sticky from the baked bean juice....yeah, I hate that.

5. Shellfish - lobster and crab included. I like bisque and chowder but to eat shellfish from the shell? Just, no.

6. Fritos

7. Anything licorice or anise flavored...licorice tastes like dirt, yup.

And because it's a seasonal thing, those weird red and green candied things that go in fruit cake. Blech.

Now I must go have a large bite of chocolate to erase the horror of considering this question. Maybe two bites because licorice.
galwithglasses: (Wallace and Gromit)
I am a very shy introvert and I find that it takes me a long time to get close to anyone. I chat and make small talk with people I meet during the day but I don't really share too much. When I was working, I had people I would go to lunch with and they knew me a little better but when I had my kid, I left the work world and then we moved to a new state. Now, I spend time with other people but the activities mostly have to do with my volunteer work I do and while we know each other enough to make small talk, we don't do much together outside of the volunteer work. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the friends I have who really know me are people who have been in my life for a long time. Some of them are family and the rest might as well be. Maybe like a lot of people, I only share my thoughts and interests with people who will appreciate them and keep a lot locked away that might cause someone to think less of me. I feel like there are really very few people who I trust to know all of me. Maybe nobody does and maybe it's like that for everybody.

Perhaps that is why LJ and people I've met here mean as much to me as they do. This is the one place where the fangirl part of me is able to come out. I feel like I could probably share most things about me here and my flist would take it in stride. The other reason I like LJ is that I spend a fair amount of time by myself. I have insomnia a lot and I'm awake at very weird hours. No matter what time I go online, there is this great feeling of not being the only one awake in the whole world. Inevitably someone else is awake and making a post. My flist is a great comfort to me.

For this entry, I'm supposed to list 8 things I like about my friends. I already stuck a couple in the writing above but here is a list of eight things I like about my friends in addition to what is above.

8 things..... )

Thanks for being here and commenting and being generally awesome.
galwithglasses: (Heart of Oak)
Good heavens, this could go a million different ways, most of them TOO much information. I think I avoided that.

9 things.... )
galwithglasses: (Heart of Oak)
Awkward....and it shouldn't be.  I like myself.  There are things I would change and things I have been trying to change for years but for the most part, I like who I am.  I am also a proper midwesterner and we don't talk about things like that because it would be bragging and that's not done.  To have to make a list of 10 good things about me is incredibly difficult in light of that.  What if I think I've got a good quality and no one agrees?  Pride goeth before a fall and whatnot.

The thing that cracks me up about this piece of the meme is that it reads like the Girl Scout law.

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Also, this day of the meme reminds me of the kid's book, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.  It's essentially a story to help children deal with the death of a pet.  When they are raising a glass in my memory and telling stories about my life after consigning my body to the deep, I hope the things below make the list.

The 10 thingsā€¦. )
galwithglasses: (Farmall H)
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, here are 11 of my favorite things. Some of my favorite things are people but they get their own day so here is a list of stuff that I love. I'm grateful I have them in my life.

11 things...... )
galwithglasses: (Crabapple in snow)
1. We were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. In the morning, we could open whatever was in our stocking that was left on our bed but we couldn't go out to the tree until my parents woke up.

2. The pre-Christmas arrival of the JC Penney catalog was very exciting because it had toys in it.

3. Our family lived in the midwest but my grandparents and the rest of our relatives lived on the East Coast. My Dad's dad would mail boxes to us wrapped in brown paper and tied with string like in the My Favorite Things song. My father never cut the string but always untied each knot. As I got older, I came to see that as a way of silent communication my Dad had with my Papa Leo.

4. My mother's mom, Nana Alice, always called us on Christmas Day because long distance calls were expensive and she and my mom usually only talked at birthdays or holidays after 11:00 pm when the rates would go down. She made us Koulourakia, Greek cookies, that she would mail to us in a shoebox.

5. I sang in the church choir from about 13 on until I left home for college. I was the only one younger than 40 in the group and most were upward of 50. The director always had a Christmas party at his home. They had 7 or 8 Christmas trees, each decorated with a different theme. One was always birds. As the evening would go on, the adults would drink and get a lot happier and they would sing songs they knew from the 30s and 40s. Our tenor soloist always sang Oh Holy Night at the request of his slightly tipsy, weepy wife. Sister Eileen, the nun in the group, kept an eye on me as the evening got a little rowdier. I had fun watching and because I had unrestricted access to many plates of cookies.

6. I love most Christmas music of all kinds including the choral music you hear on the public radio classical music station. I can't stand the song about grandma getting run over by reindeer and will not listen to purposely tear-jerking songs like the Christmas shoes one. Why do that to yourself?

7. I still handwrite notes in my Christmas cards instead of a mass produced Christmas letter.

8. Christmas comes near the Winter Solstice where the darkness is the heaviest and the weather usually cold and snowy. I love all the Christmas lights that people use to fight the darkness. We put white lights on our outside trees. We aren't quite a match for the Griswolds but there's always next year.

9. We follow Santa on the NORAD Santa tracker website every year with my kid on Christmas Eve.

10. I thought the abominable snowman in the annual Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Christmas Fear Fest was terrifying.

11. I have never seen the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Unfortunately, I have seen Prancer and Gremlins.

12. I've been doing a weekly volunteer shift at our local food shelf for about 4 years now and am amazed at the generosity people show at this time of year. (We are lucky in that our community is generous year 'round.) I know this is a rough time of year for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. Whatever your season holds for you, I wish you peace.


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