An old lady named Ethel came into my life last night. Read my answers, but know that she is tackling #8.
Thanks, Joyce ,for serving up a tray of good questions once again. (And by the way, Joyce is not the old lady. Let's be clear.)
1. Are you settling for something?
It would seem I'm settling for just treating my blog like a weeklong Hodgepodge hangout. I really MUST do better. Now that my camera is back in business (long story), and with a family gathering just around the corner, I think I can revive it soon.
2. It wasn't that long ago almost every store in the US locked doors and turned out lights on Thanksgiving Day. This year many will be open all day Thursday, giving shoppers a jump start on 'Black Friday'. In your opinion is this a good thing or a not so good thing? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
I'm totally against making Thanksgiving a shopping day. They should start calling it "Thanks. Gimme." I will not be among the shoppers, and in fact, I stay put on Black Friday, too. I just don't get into bargain hunting enough to fight the traffic and crowds. It starts the Christmas season all wrong for me.
3. Speaking of shopping... I saw a recent article on the twelve best shopping cities in the world. In order they are-
New York, Tokyo, London, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, and Seoul.
Ever shopped in any of the cities listed? In which city would you most like to pull out the plastic or cold hard cash?
No, I've not. But if I could choose, then Vienna, but not for the shopping, per se. More for Vienna itself.
4. When did you last dine by candlelight?
Romantically? I can't remember. However, I often light a candle on the kitchen table and eat lunch by it. Sorta counts, right?
Who am I kidding? I guess I'm settling for a tuna fish sandwich and a pickle when I 'd much prefer
shrimp alfredo and a Caesar salad in an Italian ristorante with l'amore de ma vie.
5. What do you have too much of?
6. The Hunger Games...are you a fan? Did you read the book(s)? Will you/have you seen the movie? Will you/have you seen Catching Fire? No spoilers please!
Contrary to what I presumed, I actually DID like the Hunger Games movie. Did not read the book, but helped my son do a diorama of it last year. He liked the book so much he is going to see Catching Fire with his big sister tonight!
7. Share your plans for Thanksgiving Day. The who, the where, the what...especially the what! As in what's for dinner? If you're one of my International visitors, whose homeland doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving (the whole world doesn't ya know!), then still tell us your plans for Thursday.
Thanksgiving Day: home, just the three of us, vegging out and/or getting ready for Sunday when the family comes over.
I'm looking forward to having all the kids, their spouses, my parents, and my sister, BIL, and THE BABY!!! She is a show-stopper, let me tell you! Forget the sweet potatoes, pass the sweet baby girl this way! The term "just want to eat her up" comes to mind.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Got a phone call last night, 9:30. An elderly woman named Ethel was on the other end. I guessed her to be in her 70's, with a sweet southern accent.
Her: Oh, hello, honey! You must be the one the charity told me about! I am just so excited...
Her: They said you signed up to bring someone a Thanksgiving meal if they called you. Well, they gave me your number. It's just so kind of you ...I was sure not wanting to spend another lonely Thanksgiving by myself. Bless you for offering to bring me a meal!
Me: Um...I am...not sure...
Her: What's that? Please speak up, honey. I can't hear you very well.
Me: Um, well, I ... I don't remember any charity...do you mean church?
(I'm trying to recall saying something in my Bible study about having Thanksgiving Day free and ....the homeless...or something...Nothing's coming back to mind .)
Her: You just have no IDEA how much this means to me. Do you like candied yams? I could make some.
Me: Yes ,I like them but.....
(I'm thinking I should ask her to come Sunday when the whole family is here....do I want to rearrange all my plans for one person?)
Me: I think you have the wrong number.
Her: (she pauses, and when she speaks, sounds heartbroken)
Her: They gave me this number and you sound so nice, honey. You CAN come Thanksgiving to keep me company, CAN"T you, honey? Why it would really mean so much to me.
Me: (thinking now this is a trick of one of my dear sons...certain as the seconds tick away...)
Her: Speak up! I can't hear you.
ME: (looooong pause...waiting for the punch line)
Her: And by the way, could you also bring an enema and some rubber gloves with you? It's been one of them weeks, ya know?
Yes, indeed, my oldest son punked me. I texted him and he said, "O, did Ethel call you? She's lonely and looking for someone to spend the holiday with. Glad you can keep her company."
Thanks, son. You rotten, rotten apple!!!! Good thing you're CUTE!!!!