• My Survey Kicks Your Surveys Butt! {Great Grammar and Spelling}

    Are you cold, warm, or just right at the moment?
    At this moment my brain is stalled out in fuzz mode and I have no input on that and can't run a diagnostic. I'm trying to play wabble and fill out a survey at the same time while I listen to You Spin Me Round over and over and see if I can't kickstart some kind of linear thinking process. I'd drink coffee, but that's disastrous this late in the afternoon.
    Are you watching anything?
    I keep toggling over to twitter on the other browser, so I guess I'm watching the feed. The music is a video, but I shrunk it to do all this other stuff. The people in the wabble game are trying to get me to go see this stuff.
    Who was the last person to txt you?
    Eoin Macken. Ok, it was a mobile tweet. Ok, you dweebs who don't know who Eoin Macken is, he's Sir Gwaine on BBC One's/Syfy's Merlin. And I'll plug him for free, he's currently filming a new show called After Hours here in the States and you're gonna love it.
    How about the last person to comment you?
    Half the spams get to stay up just because I think they're so funny. One commentor gets blocked over and over because I'm evidently part of the great satan or something. Wonder how many blogs that person has created just to keep doing that. This one is for that person special.
    What was the last movie you watched at home?
    Wow, our memories are shot. Oh, yeah, Wrath of the Titans. No wonder we don't remember it. Hey, and Dark Shadows! Scott is saving me on this survey.

    Are you mad/frustrated at anyone right now?
    I started out a little frustrated because I had just woke up from a really rare nap after a big load of benadryl and got bombed with ten texts and calls all at once before my brain could boot up, and one of the calls was really for Scott about insurance (wtf MY number???) in the middle of a text reply I was fumbling badly, and I just lost it and busted up laughing and handed Scott the phone and had to IM someone to text someone else about something in question because I couldn't text back...
    What's for dinner tonight?
    I'm putting together the homemade stuffing for Turkey Day, which is a big deal here, so Scott got frozen tortellini, but it's his favorite so that's ok.
    Are any of your parents on your IM messenger(s)?
    Wouldn't *that* be scary.... My dad would be linking me left and right to rapture preachers and vitamin stores.
    Do you feel like you need to brush your teeth at the moment?
    Thanx, now I'm going to be obsessing over my teeth till I get up and go do that. Yes, I'm one of those weirdos. I carried a toothbrush around with me for years, finally just let it go and held it down to two brushings a day at home. I always have floss on me, though, in case MacGyver needs it for anything. He's my friend. I keep telling him to get his own man purse like Jack Bauer had, but he says it's too girly and I should have everything in my purse just in case, because you never know.
    When was the last time you took a shower?
    The funniest 'shower' discussion I ever saw on tv was Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia telling Frank that he could get a whole 'shower' in a public restroom out of one of those little restaurant wet naps. Can you imagine dating someone and finding that out about them??? haha
    What have you done today?
    *wow* You're a hard one, survey maker, you sound like other people in my life who think all I do is sit around on the computer, despite the fact that the laundry gets done, awesome food magically appears, all kinds of errands get taken care of in three different towns... Today I wrote a post about weird sexuality and psychological health as relates to a tv show (curious?) and helped Scott clean out the chicken house and made my homemade stuffing for Turkey Day on top of getting all his deer hunting clothes washed back up on top of my regular chores.
    Where are your pets right now?
    Huddled on a roost. Chickens are so easy, you don't have to train them to do that.
    Who was the last person you talked to in person?
    I'm about to ask Scott what in the world that noise he's making is. Sounds like he's taking something apart upstairs. He's an endless array of surprises.
    Do you miss anyone at the moment?
    My mom has popped into my mind quite a few times this week. I could psyche analyze that, but it's easier to think she's giving me little hugs from the other side.
    Have you ever felt like you found the "one"?
    I actually have found the perfect pie plate, from the Paula Deen collection.
    "Show this number 0063189951891 to a Walmart associate to find this item in your store." I use it heavily, at least once a week for the last two years.

    What was the last piece of candy you ate?
    Probably a few chocolate chips while I was mixing up a batch of cookies. Not really into candy. Well, except this kind lately.
    Are you thirsty?
    What I'd really love right now is a good cup of tea, but I've been having to cut my caffeine down again this month. They had a monitor back on me for a couple of days, but I think it was a bad sinus/ear infection more than thyroid kicking it off. Fun and games. This is old stuff, I had heart surgery 12 years ago. Other family members have skippy hearts and pace makers, really hoping I don't wind up like that. I've been kinda messed up ever since I had measles in high school, so all you people stressed out about vaccinations being harmful, lighten up. So is having the measles.
    Does that person that you last kissed mean anything to you?
    What, Scott? Dang, if you guys could see what walking behind him in his sleek black microfiber long underwear is like during deer season in between hunts, you'd melt. He's got a nicer butt and thighs than just about *anyone* I've seen on television. I don't know how I got so lucky. No, he refuses to let me get pictures so I can show you.
    Who was the last person to IM you?
    Only one person on the planet is allowed to IM me. And it's not Scott. He types too slow.
    What is todays date?
    NOW it is the day before Thanksgiving. At the beginning of this survey it was yesterday.
    Don't you hate it when your body parts fall asleep?
    My lower lip still goes numb since the Bell's palsy in 2004, and the back of my left eyeball still itches. Better than having a numb eyeball, I guess.
    Do you take any medication on a daily basis?
    When the economy crashes, everyone on thyroid and blood pressure pills will be screwed.
    What was the best moment of your life?
    I guess this is where most people say giving birth. I remember when our eyes locked for the first time, we were both pretty pissed off because it sucked.
    Are you single, taken, or is it complicated?
    I'm surprised Scott is so cool about how much I talk about us on the internet. All he does on the internet is play fantasy sports and buy stuff, but he's seen some of the trubba I get into and he's still cool with it. In fact, he recently upgraded our broadband and now wants to upgrade our phones *because* of some of the stuff I'm doing and the goals I have set.
    How old is the computer your on?
    *sigh* I wanna go back to bzoink and find this person and ask WHAT WERE YOU THINKING {Great Grammar and Spelling}. Were you being ironic??? Sarcastic??? Ok, sorry about that. I took this laptop in to the Geek Squad a few weeks ago thinking the worst, and all it needed was a new fan and a good dusting out. They told me as well as I'm taking care of it, it could last for years. Which is a relief, because I work this thing half to death. I'm noticing that I'm getting really super wordy with this survey tonight. I took a pain pill. Kinda floating through this.
    Did you ever wet the bed when you were younger?
    No one ever asks if I've been wet on by other kids.
    How much cash do you have on you?
    I have chapstick in my pocket.
    Who is always able to cheer you up when you're sad?
    Stuff like this really helps me get through rough days. Youtube fandoms rock.
    What is your blood-type?
    I wonder that myself. All these years of blood work and I have no idea.
    Have you ever faked sick?
    I have faked being just fine so much that I'm not sure how to act sick correctly. I can whine really well, but I just don't know how to croak off properly, so no one believes me.
    The last time you were in the fridge, what were you looking for?
    I have a complex rotation system for the eggs, because the hens are machines right now. I have around 5 dozen at all times, and I'm constantly racing to stay ahead of the new ones by clearing out the old ones.
    What type of day are you having?
    Pretty good, actually. Wore myself out getting a ton of stuff done.
    In your opinion, whats the best way for someone to die?
    I'm pretty sure that anything I prefer won't be what I get, just because the cosmic irony in my life is like that. I really should have just gone through this survey correcting typos like I do all the rest and take that stupid bit out of the title.
    How do you handle stress?
    By dumping words all over survey creators. Seriously, I'm taking this one's grammar and spelling personally for some reason.
    Anything good happening tomorrow?
    Do you like clowns?
    I've never understood the attraction to clowns.
    Has anyone ever under-estimated your intelligence?
    I like it when they do. It gives me incentive to plot demises.
    Has anyone ever borrowed something from you and never returned it?
    Worse than that, Scott is always putting things away for me and then forgetting where he puts them. His logic is vastly different from mine. We're going to have to work something out about the insurance, although going on a massive easter egg hunt in the event he croaks off might distract me from my sadness.
    Do you twitch when your falling asleep?
    Scott twitches, kicks, mimics walking, flips upside down, so many things in his sleep that I've slept on the couch for years, which also solves how often I'd be waking him up with my insomnia.
    In winter, would you rather wear jackets or hoodies?
    Scott wants to know how cold of a winter it is. He takes survey questions very seriously.
    If you could pack up and leave your life now to move away, would you?
    Oh, we SAY so, but it never happens. I'll believe it when I see it.
    Do you have an innie or an outtie bellybutton?
    It's a way innie. Was kinda funny getting to see the inside of it when I was pregnant, always wondered about that.
    Do you scrunch or fold your toilet paper?
    Scott says he's a folder. If I ever have money to blow, I want to special order cool toilet paper.
    Do you have a good relationship with your family?
    I own them when I make pie. >=)
    Can you crack your neck?
    The chiropractor told me this morning this is the worst he's seen my neck all fall. I recently stepped up my workout at the fitness center, so I guess I overworked.
    Have you ever been dared to do something you totally regretted?
    I posed this one to Scott and now he's stuck in the past. I'm relieved I didn't immediately pop up in his list.
    Have you ever blocked someone on MySpace before?
    Kevin Smith is my only friend on my myspace so far. I will never block him. It's a Kip Drordy thing, maybe.
    Do you feel you have a purpose or calling in life?
    Any time I feel guilty about using a paper towel or running water, I remember the opulence I see on A-List Listings and keep doing what I'm doing.
    Is your room painted or wallpapered?
    I've had cool ideas through the years, like different rooms in my house being decorated like Chinese and Mexican restaurants, but Scott sticks to plain painted walls. I've since decided I'm a minimalist, like a Vulcan, so it works.
    Do you lick your lollipops or suck them?
    Scott's headed out the door to the Turkey Trot now. He's hyper camera aware, no matter what he's doing or how subtle you are, he automatically snaps into THIS pose just before the click nearly every single time. Every time he gets excited about entering a contest to win a spot for an extra on a scifi show, I remind him that he can't NOT snap into this pose. We've been working on this for years.
    Has someone checked you out in a grocery store before?
    Security watched me one day in Walmart because I was loading up on flash drives. Even got a guy in a suit coming over to yap with me. I guess it's not cool to make big tech purchases before 8 a.m., or maybe they were bored. It could have been because I was such a knockout, but, no.
    What is the best kind of pizza in your opinion?
    It's a really close toss up between Pizza Hut and Papa John’s. Great, it's 6 a.m. and I'm already craving pizza.

    List three of your fears:
    Big spiders, dying naked, and being medicated against my will.
    Is there something that someone has done to you that you cannot forgive?
    I tried to be the brave one and take all the responsibility for what happened, but my psychologist pointed out I was coerced and really didn't have a choice, and that no decent human should have ever put me through that. I guess that's what the whole breakdown was about last spring. Sooner or later you just have to deal with the shock and the sadness.
    Have you ever felt stupid after saying something?
    I say something at least once a day that is face palm worthy. I rarely feel stupid. First of all, everyone else does it, too, and second of all, I'm way too busy to stop and cringe in despair over how I might look to someone else.
    Who was the last person to make you smile?
    A little tiny person waved to me.
    What color is your underwear?
    If I had my druthers, Jockey Classics for Women would have a wide range of collector prints, from china patterns to scifi to cartoons to beach scenes.
    Do you believe people who live in trailer parks are trash?
    I have lived in a trailer park. I have lived in worse than a trailer park. I've slept on floors and in a car. I have lived in a really nice house now for the last nearly 20 years. What makes a person trash is how they behave and treat other people. There is plenty of trash living on my nice street full of pretty houses.
    Have you ever cried so hard that you threw up?
    I have known people who have done that because they made such a circus out of crying, while other people I have known have suffered true sadness and despair without ever going through that. I have cried so hard I couldn't breathe and my diaphragm spasmed, which was so scary that I had to stop crying. I've never heard anyone else say that.
    Look to your right, what is the first thing that catches your eye?
    Scott is vacuuming the top of the microwave, bless his heart. He has me trained, I just stay out of the way. (I kinda skip around on these things, for those of you who are going, but- he just left for the Turkey Trot...)
    What color is your tongue?
    Have you noticed some people have really pointy tongues? Mine can't point like that.
    Do you find body hair sexy?
    Scott is a fuzzy guy, very huggable.
    Do you have freckles?
    Why don't humans have stripes? I think that would be cool.
    Do you put on deodorant on every day?
    Ah, the complexities of having to explain rotating off deodorant on shave days so I won't get a rash.
    When was the last time you yelled/felt like yelling at someone?
    I don't yell very well. I get cranky at Scott getting underfoot, but the whole yelling thing is too much work.
    What was the last compliment you received?
    Someone wanted me in a picture with them.
    Is there anyone who wont leave you alone right now that you wish would?
    I'm kinda liking the song Shadows on the Wind, and I like Shadow of the Wind. Do you think humans were born to have reflections like this? Do any other beings ever have thoughts like these?
    Do you scream at scary parts in a horror flick?
    I yell at characters who flub up. You should see Scott watching football, he actually leans right and left trying to help them zigzag around the field. It gets a little too interesting when I'm sitting on the floor at his feet getting a shoulder massage and someone fumbles the ball.
    Have you ever felt like life was unfair to you?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. *gasp* Oh, good one. You know what? I absolutely refuse to wallow in that crap. Some people see other people getting good things in life or being born beautiful or rich or whatever and feel galled about it all the time that life is unfair, but I just have to be thankful I'm still here. I have made it through so much unfairness, life has become a very precious thing. I don't have time to waste on poor me-ism. I'm busy doing cool stuff.
    What do you spend most of your time doing?
    Making life easier and more fun for other people around me. They think I rock. If I can't make it to the party, I bring the party to me.
    Who was the last person in your bed other then yourself?
    You mean like Scott? I like his smell in the sheets. Sometimes when I'm feeling really rotten and he's still at work, I take a nap in his spot because it's comforting.
    Do you really care what's going on in celebrities lives?
    I've got to stop living vicariously through Wil Wheaton and get me one of these.
    Have you ever broke a plate/bowl?
    Anything pyrex or corningware goes into spontaneous shatter events around me without provocation. It got creepy enough one year for me to clean all that stuff out of my house after a measuring cup exploded in my hand and glass coated the whole kitchen like dust, and it went through my robe and pajamas into my skin. I use stoneware and plastic almost exclusively now, and a little metal, but I'm really picky about that, too. And I'm not alone, you can find plenty of stories like this on the internet. It's a wonder tempered glass is still allowed to be so widely marketed for home food preparation.
    Does your house have air conditioning?
    This kind of question gets big stars for the survey creator, yes, I do, and I realize so many people in the world don't, so that's on my list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I saw old cars all around me last summer with their windows down in 106 degree heat, I really feel for people who don't have AC.
    When was the last time you felt like you didn't have a care in the world?
    This is the first Thanksgiving in about 8 or 9 years I have actually felt excited and happy about, and it's such a nice change. For anyone else dealing with family crises or illness and all the depression and anxiety that brings, big hugs. I love you. I know it sux. I know you cry. This song has been very very good for me this year.
    What was the last family get together you went to?
    I went to the sweetest little elope wedding a few days ago, stuff like that is precious and fun and worth getting so lost in the winding roads through the woods and hills that even the Tom-Tom gets confused. It was magical, like stepping into another world.
    What is your favorite restaurant?
    Before I exploded into food allergies shutting all that down, I was really into Ruby Tuesday. Everyone feels guilty now about going out to eat because all I order is milk or coffee, so I started packing my Spiderman lunch box and taking my own stuff to eat. It's surprising how sweet restaurant employees are to me, all I have to do is say "Sorry, I'm allergic" and hold up my cool lunchbox when they ask for my order.
    Has anyone ever drunk called/txted you?
    The way I fumble around myself with the brain fog and dyslexic fingers, I feel like I'm the one doing it to other people.
    Do you know anyone who has a homosexual parent?
    I'm sure I do, I'm just not aware of it. And that's how it should be.
    Have you ever moved? If so, how many times?
    I've moved often enough to dread going through that much work if we ever move again.
    What is your current myspace song?
    Yes, it's personal.
    What kind of color eyes do you like best?
    What kind of color eyes... arg. Ok, eyes. Always an eye color question. I'm not picky. However, given that dogs and cats can have yellow and orange eyes and birds can have red eyes, I've often wondered why humans don't have a much bigger color variety with eyes.
    Do you fake and bake or get a tan naturally?
    I burn faster than anyone I know.
    Do hate it when people are hypocritical?
    It kinda used to bother me, but wasting time on having feelings about other people's inconsistencies seems inconsistent with my own philosophies and lifestyles. I'd rather be too lazy to care. Except when it comes to survey creators who brag about their grammar and spelling and then slop their way through survey questions as bad or worse than other people. I don't know why this is bothering me so badly this week, I usually just blow it off or correct the typos.
    What was the last website you visited other then myspace?
    Someone is still myspacing... wow. I keep telling myself I need to go update my myspace and then I walk off and forget it.
    Have you ever tweeze your eyebrows?
    {Great Grammar and Spelling}, hun, you need a different verb tense. One of the weirdest things someone ever said to me out of the blue for no reason I could ever fathom was that the Egyptians used to tweeze their eyebrows, and I had no idea how to respond back so I never said a word, and the rest of the carpooling that day was so awkward I decided I just couldn't do that any more. If someone wants to say something about how I groom myself, just say it, I don't know how to play head games. I know, that sounds like a really lame thing to end the carpooling on, but this chick had over 20 cats and dogs captive in her trailer and her daughter got some kind of blood poisoning from an infection and I was very tired of hearing about what kind of sex her husband likes and the debates we used to get into over whether her psychology major carried more credence than my sociology major. In my opinion, the mentally skewed are attracted to psychology like flies, and me being on the more autistic side of life turns it all into weird Stephen King-ish stuff in my head. I don't need that kind of weirdness, I have enough of my own. If all it takes is my eyebrows to trigger someone, omg, get on meds or something *wow*. Yeah, the culminating last comment before I blocked that person from my real life. I'm a reactionary, it gets weird, I shut it down. I'm trying to get a better handle on that behavior and deal head on with letting it go, other people can be who they are and it's ok kind of thing. Wow, sorry, this got a little carried away. But like I say, if you do these things properly, it's like a psychological closet cleaning.
    Can you do a backwards london bridges?
    Do you mean like on the piano? Or like the youtube with the backward London Bridge song that's supposed to sound demonic? Or like actually playing it out like little kids? I'm epic failing at this, but at least I know it's London Bridge Is... I keep making noises of disgust, so Scott butted in, and now he wants to know where this person got their liberal education. I asked Scott if *he* got a liberal education. He said no. I said, And you've got great grammar and spelling, right? (He's terrible.) And he said, No, I just didn't pay attention. What a goob.
    What type of music could this world live without?
    There is one piece that comes on the Spa channel around 3 a.m. that is a flute solo called "Imagination" that seems like it lasts for about 8 minutes that is so terribly annoying that I not only wake up, but have to get up and go into the other room till it's over. THAT is 'music' the world could live without. It sounds like a kid got hold of a flute they found laying around on the ground.
    Do you have a job? If so, where do you work?
    My job is this. Being myself. I have goals, but the main thing is that I keep doing what I'm doing in order to reach those goals.
    What smiley do you use the most on the computer?
    Are any of your pets "overweight"?
    "No". My chickens get regular exercise and healthy greens and proteins. They lay better when they are trim and happy.
    Do you find it romantic when a guy/girl whispers in your ear?
    Scott's breath is so steamy that I just feel damp, and I always have to ask him to repeat what he whispers because it's so buzzy, but maybe I'm taking all that too literally, maybe I'm supposed to just go with it and see where it leads. Except he probably isn't whispering in my ear to be romantic to begin with, maybe he thinks he's being covert in a situation calling for synchronized action, or maybe he's telling me a joke or something. Isn't it funny how it all depends on how you see it? Like young people think something is so romantic because every little touch and eyeblink sets them off at that age, and years later the exact same thing is a nuisance.
    Who can you go to anytime of the day for anything no matter what?
    Surveys!!!! Yay! Survey creators are always there for me.
    What color is the shirt you're wearing?
    HA!!!!! You finally caught me wearing a different t-shirt! I'm wearing my Merlin tee today.
    Name three things around you:
    Pillows, remote, and the wonderful smell of herb roasted chicken. We're having stuffed cornish hens for Thanksgiving. Not doing a huge deal. Veggies and dip, green beans and potatoes cooked together so I don't have to mash anything, cranberry ambrosia, homemade rolls, apples to dip in homemade caramel sauce afterward, punkin pie.

    Do you believe you are a nice person?
    I try not to be. I'm such a pushover that I'm constantly taking the back seat to other people's priorities, and I'm changing that. I don't want to die bitter, knowhutImean?
    Are you hungry right now?
    Yes, actually. I woke up at 1:15 and now it's 2:40, and I think that's the problem right there, I need a snack. I'm real bad about forgetting to eat sometimes, and I don't recall having any supper last night. (Ha, this was another one of those skipping around questions. That was in the middle of the night, and now it's almost 9:30 a.m.)
    Has anyone ever bought you a ring?
    I don't wear rings because I know a couple of people who have lost fingers over rings getting caught on stuff, and I'm just klutzy enough to do the same thing, but I did let Scott buy me a pinky promise ring years ago, and he took me in so I could design it myself. It's a gold rose on a twisted rope band with a pink ruby set into the heart of it. I wear it on a chain along with a matching pinky twisted rope wedding band. Odd bit of trivia, for anyone wondering where the Pinky Guerrero name comes from that I use elsewhere, this is just one of the reasons. I've been a Pinky for a long, long, long time, just never used it publicly till this year. And then discovered there are a hundred Pinky Guerrero's out there.
    Name three of your favorite colors:
    Royal blue, sky blue, and the third is a toss up between midnight blue and cornflower blue.
    Don't you just hate that morning mouth taste?
    Scott is still very garlicky from the tortellini he ate last night. I like it, he smells delicious.  Since this is the last question, I'll tack on a pic of my turkey trotters.

  • "Dare" Lexx Sex Survey

    A survey is going around Xanga daring bloggers to open up about their sex lives. Fascinating stuff, to be sure, but why not heat it up with some Lexx? Screen caps from the tv series Lexx, all images can be found at

    1) What do you consider your first sexual experience to be?

    Half the time you don't get any thunder or lightning.

    2) What is the sexiest thing you’ve ever worn in public?

    When it breaks, fix it.

    3) What is the sexiest surprise you have ever given someone?

    I think Poet Man surprised everyone. Not every day a hologram rapes a guy with a needle.

    Zev scared Stan silly in the shower when she wanted to eat his brain.

    4) What is your favorite scene from a porn video or story?

    This was about as sick as it could get, using other people's organic fluids to get off.

    5) Have you ever kissed someone of the same sex?

    Xev and Bunny played truth or dare.

    Kai will kiss anything if asked, but it's rare that anyone asks because he's dead. He kissed a robot head...

    and Prince... whaaaa?

    6) Had sex in a public place?

    First Lady Bunny and the President can't seem to stop.
    7) Have you ever had anal sex?

    Whatever happens at Sub-N mercenary Feppo's place ~stays~ at Sub-N mercenary Feppo's place.

    Don't trust the biomechanical carrots, or Kai will have to probe you.

    8) Have you ever had a rim job? Given one?

    Ever been tied up by crazy ballerinas with whips and had your head jammed up to one full of spikes?

    9) Are you in a relationship now?
    It's complicated.

    10) What is your partner’s sexual fantasy?

    Stan wants Xev

    Xev wants Kai

    but sometimes it just goes horribly wrong.

    Giggerota dreams of Dexter 9, the secret planet of the milk fed boys.

    If you ask Feppo, you might get to see his collection of fave fantasies.

    11) Do you prefer to orgasm before or after your partner?

    Don't do it Stan, hold onto the key to the Lexx, nooooooo!!!

    12) How often do you masturbate?

    Sometimes you just have to cradle the rock.

    13) Have you ever had cyber or phone sex?

    This guy was addicted to a narcalounger.

    Xev was P4K's top internet billing.

    14) When you masturbate do you think of a specific person, celebrity or friend?

    Vlad dreamt in her crypt of a Divine Assassin until it came true.

    Stan probably thinks of Zev in the shower

    and Xev in the shower.

    15) What is on your sexual Bucket list?

    Usually, to escape...

  • 50 Summer Is Ending Survey


    The summer is nearly over, so let us wrap it up with an end of Summer 2012 survey- (oh, goody)

    1. Tell me one positive thing that happened this summer?

    Merlin marathon, bought the boxed sets, yay! I *really* like this dragon.

    2. Tell me one major bad thing that happened this summer?
    Despite the list I could go on about, I think we've been really lucky nothing was worse and I don't feel like dwelling on something negative right now.

    3. Did you get engaged this summer?
    I made a commitment to going public again, which was a huge decision for me. My social anxiety goes pretty off the wall sometimes, but dang if I'm going to let that turn me into a crazy chicken lady who sleeps out in the henhouse. There really is a woman within a hundred miles of me who is like that.

    4. Get married?
    I invested in an updated Print Shop Professional. I'm very serious about where this is going.

    5. Break up with anyone?
    Well, I'm not exactly laying low, but I think I need a break from my mother-in-law again, so I'm just steering clear. Nothing terrible, just reached my empathy capacity. I'm not very good at playing dysfunctional codependent head games with emotion vamps.

    6. Get into a fight with a stranger?
    I have no desire to tangle, I'm way too lazy.

    7. Get into a fight with a friend?
    The survey maker is making me look really boring, my life is so lacking in reality show conflict.

    8. Have someone close to you die?
    I saved a rooster's life, but that might have only been temporary. I just don't wanna know *fingers in ears* ~lalalalala~.

    9. Do you know anyone who gave birth this summer?
    This survey maker is being very thorough, I feel like I'm being interrogated by the IRS or something.

    10. Did you have a job this summer?
    *dang* Did I call it? I'm the kind of person that hardly ever asks teenagers questions like these because I know that's all they hear.

    11. Did you graduate this summer?
    My college keeps contacting me wanting fundraising money, and I bet next year they'll push super hard about the reunion I won't attend. This particular alumna isn't into patronizing (pun intended) for some kind of weird glory in the form of a plaque or book with my name listed in it.

    12. How many people have you kissed this summer?
    There are supposed to be studies out about how gaming is so realistic to the brain that it's like reality, one of the biggies coming up is the idea that something experienced in a virtual reality is indistinguishable in the brain, you respond chemically in gaming like you would in real life situations, so I'm wondering if imagining stuff is like that, too. I'm not sure that's completely true or even healthy, since fight or flight response and skills originally help keep the body healthy and intact, but if the brain responds and the body has to deal with chemical changes without being able to normalize with actual activity, I'm kind of wondering if general anxiety is the new norm. Anyway, not in this to argue, I really don't care, I just know I get so wrapped up in anything I see on a screen in any form that I get emotionally invested and have to pause and walk around or even abandon the screen. Where was I going with this, oh yeah, people's brains have been making up virtual reality since the dawn of humans when it comes to imagining sex and kissing and stuff, and honestly, if we create an imaginary situation and have real emotions or chemical responses to it, how is gaming any different? So we live fake lives in our heads and our real lives rarely measure up to how we wish the universe could be, the only difference I see in gaming is that actually being physically interactive in some form (even if only your thumbs move) is much more satisfying than your body not being involved at all, and even more so because you can see that your thought and tiny action actually change a situation around you, no matter how virtual it is, which I think is way more satisfying than just making everything the way you want it in your head and there's no real challenge from an outside source. And unless you can completely dupe or convince your brain that your own thoughts inducing chemical changes are better than real life, we all still have to eat and breathe. I can see where someone locked away in their head could stop eating, but our bodies will generally alert our brains when there is oxygen deprivation going on (unless you're being poisoned by some kind of gas like CO), like if someone held a hand over your face you would come out of whatever virtual reality and start fighting for your real life, so the whole issue of what reality is to the brain is, I think, begging the question. I think our brains know dang well what the differences are, even if *we* don't. Sorry, I got so distracted on this question that I wound up doing a lot of other reading on the side.
    Simulated Reality: Are We Living in the Matrix?
    Virtual Reality - Future
    New ‘Active Gaming’ Doesn’t Change Reality of Couch-Bound Stereotype
    I watch E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) on G4 every year, which is super cool. I think about gaming a LOT. Gaming is what our brains have been doing since birth. Ha, all this from a question about kissing. I think I got off on this tangent because I thought well, the only person I've actually kissed is Scott, but in my head... and is that *real*?

    13. Underage drink this summer?
    I like my milk strained and chilled, so maybe aged at least a day.

    14. Meet anyone new?
    Got to meet a different ER doc today. God help anyone having a food allergy in a restaurant early on a Sunday morning, there's not an open clinic or urgent care in the whole region. Fortunately, I'm getting good at this and just started slugging down the prednisone and benadryl and caught it before the wheezing started, but it's a hard reaction, I'll be doing prednisone for a couple more days. I am never eating breakfast out again. Glass of milk, that's IT.

    15. Got drunk?
    Got pretty wasted on that benadryl, wouldn't mind having my brain back now, please.

    16. Been to a bar?
    I can't imagine that working out, not being the charming socialite sort.

    17. Did you go on vacation anywhere?
    Scott went to Florida and got to go parasailing, and I don't envy that one little bitty bit.

    18. Did you get to go swimming this summer?
    I've been attempting to get extra showers, so I think I've met my being wet quota.

    19. Did you go the the beach at all?
    In my head, I'm in Galveston. I can even hear the gulls.

    20. Something expensive that you bought this summer:
    Bought up a bunch of internet property, felt like playing Monopoly with blogs. I guess my widget is like a hotel.

    21. Latest you stood up?
    a. Awhile ago I stood up and got some cheese because it won't spike my blood sugar while I'm on the prednisone.
    b. I took a stand a couple of weeks ago against rooster killing.
    c. I never stand Scott up. He's a weird dork who makes weird decisions, like parking backward to pick me up at a door, or taking the long way through extra traffic lights when I'm having an anaphylactic reaction, but he's never not by my side through everything that's a real drag in this life.

    22. Threw up this summer?
    I never throw up. I had enough of that and just stopped, years ago. I have a will of steel.

    23. Favorite food this summer?
    I know this is weird, but even through all that heat, the thing I loved most was hot chocolate.

    24. Something you wish did not happen:
    I'm still feeling pretty cranky about thinking I could get away with eating breakfast out and having that food reaction. That was absolutely unnecessary. I get bone pain with prednisone, and I have to take it for two more days. #sux

    25. Something you wish did happen:
    I kinda wish I'd sent some money to Vegas with Twink so she could have brought me back a t-shirt.

    26. Did you see the meteorite shower?
    It's really cool to see those on the Earth channel. Those little polygon light reflections are what the meteors look like from the space cam.

    27. Did you pick wild flowers?
    I'm picking up cute little eggs out of the nests from the new hens.

    28. Did you move?
    I migrate from room to room and deck to deck.

    29. Are you going to be going to college?
    I'm sure I'll drive past it a few times. I'm thinking about going to the records office to see if they can dig up my ACT score. I can't remember if it's 32 or 34. That's been bugging me ever since I wrote of horses and ACT scores.

    30. Did you have a house party this summer at all?
    Waaaay too much house party, all 80 and over. I got worn out way before they did.

    31. Did you see a shark in the water?
    Dolphins followed Scott's boat when he went parasailing. He prolly came close to being seduced by sirens.

    32. Did you go fishing?
    I developed a major food reaction to salmon last spring and have been afraid to eat any kind of fish ever since. I can't tell you how upsetting it is to think I may never be able to eat fish again the rest of my life. I think that upset me more than having to give up lemon pie and guacamole.

    33. Did you go camping?
    Our youngest once swallowed a roly poly on a dare during a camping trip. ~gag~ My idea of camping is someone's pull out couch, haven't done that in almost 3 years. I'm not really that prissy, but I slept on a floor for 6 months when I was 18 and various other tough living situations through a few years, so roughing it outside with bugs and allergies when I could walk back into a house seems a little ridiculous.

    34. Did you read any books?
    Nonstop. I can't help it, I'm really bored with tv.

    35. Best movie of the summer?
    Hunger Games, but only because it scarred me for life with Effie Trinket and all the wannabes that sprang up in her wake.  Click the second one to see the site.

    36. Person you hung out with the most:
    Is it any surprise that it's Scott. He's posing as The Thinker in this one.

    37. Weirdest thing that happened so far:
    Weird stuff never stops happening to me. I'm a magnet for all that is weird in the cosmos. Yeah, I know, you want a story. Be patient.

    38. Scariest thing that happened this summer:
    I found my psychologist on facebook.

    39. Did you learn anything this summer:
    I seem to be learning a tremendous amount about myself. For instance, a few surveys back, I finally checked what color my eyes really are.

    40. Do you have a pool?
    No one ever asks if I live in the woods. You know how you read about the woods in fairy tales, dark and creepy and full of poisoned plants and stuff? Yeah, that.

    41. Did you BBQ at all this summer?
    Got a couple yummy dinners in before that awful heat wave parked itself over us for weeks. We were easily hitting 106 in the shade, daily. For weeks. BBQ didn't even sound good.

    42. Did you actually do the cooking, or did someone else?
    Scott's getting really good at it, so I just step back. He is turning into a foodie despite himself, goes to great lengths to shop for special onions and garlic and wraps them in foil with lots of butter, mmmm. That garlic turns into candy, you can't stop eating clove after clove.

    43. One person you hated the most this summer:
    I think I finally got disgusted and hated everyone over 80 in general for a few days last month, but I'm mostly over it. I'm usually pretty tolerant, but I think too much happened too quickly and my patience maxed out. One of the key variables was how much really old people can talk nonstop, for hours, days... And there were 4 of them. I think the worst part was the hospital cops throwing some totally drunk and wasted belligerent people into our waiting room and telling them they couldn't leave, and we'd already been there for several very long hours full of me getting stuck with the yappiest old person in the first place, and I'm not sorry, I bailed. I'm done with that crap. I don't know what it is about passing 80 that makes someone believe you really want to listen to them flap on and on while you shrivel up and your brain kamikazes out through your nostrils, but if I ever reach 80, I hope my brain doesn't feel compelled to spew every thought I ever had in my entire life while younger people think about poking forks into their eyeballs for distraction. I seriously did not know the compulsion to talk that much could really exist. HOURS. DAYS. NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS. And if I forgot to smile and nod, one of them would actually hit my arm for a response, another would make a big deal out of mocking me for not looking up and smiling until I actually did before he'd go on with his talking, another filled my worn out silence with continual noises of disgust every few seconds (for HOURS, I can't even imagine keeping up that amount of energy), and another argued with me every which way because arguing is ~fun~. Hmm. Sounds like I'm not really mostly over it... Actually, it reminded me a LOT of being in middle school.

    44. Did you have a yard sale?
    omg, someone save me from the survey maker, maybe it's an old person!!!!!!! That would sure explain all the interrogative kinds of questions.

    45. Did you go to any yard sales?
    I'm not even explaining this one. I just avoid them like the plague.

    46. Did you go to a carnival?
    I watched a couple of shows about the world's biggest roller coasters.

    47. Are you a summer person?
    I don't think even summer people were summer people this year.

    48. Worst thing about the summer?
    Bugs. Scott's sudden bizarre horrible autoimmune vasculitis reaction.

    49. Best thing about it:
    No one died. Several sudden opportunities presented themselves, it's been a little head spinning.

    50. Summer is...(in your own words, describe it)
    You're kidding, right?

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