In a state

This week's Friday Five want to know what state I'm in.

1. What recently caused you to boil?
That would be Mr. Trump's irresponsible blather about postponing the November election.

2. What often causes you to freeze?
I have, over the last eight years, somehow made my way into the circles of some serious Sherlock Holmes devotees (yeah, I'm a serious devotee myself, but I'm referring to some Big Guns). These folks -- who are not only elite-level fans, but also super-accomplished individuals in their "civilian" lives -- always intrigued me from afar, but they sure can intimidate up close. Since one has to be at least a little bit well-thought-of to *get* close, you'd think I'd feel flattered enough not to be over-shy ... but I guess it's my old friend, Imposter Syndrome: what if I say that one thing that makes them realize how very ordinary I am? And so, on occasion, I freeze up.

3. When did something evaporate into thin air?
Funny you should ask. My bank balance went from quite healthy to, umm, pretty thin in one mouse click today, when I paid Three's Fall college bill.

4. What recently caused you to melt?
Watching my grandson snuggle with his soft blanket at bedtime. I babysat him last weekend, and I must say he is easy to put to bed.

5. Among United States you haven't visited, which would you most like to check out next?
One I have never, ever traveled to? Hmmm ... how about Washington state? I'd like to see Seattle.

But wait -- no condensation question?
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wine and roses


It's Scattergories week at the Friday Five. Apparently, this question set is the tenth in the annual-ish series, and as I check my archive, I see that I've done eight of the previous nine (I answered sets 1-5 in 2015, sets 6 & 7 in 2017, and set 8 in 2018.

That means I missed last year's set, so I'm going to do it in this post as well. First, though, it's off to the random letter generator (set sequence length to "1"), where I have rolled ... an O! So here goes.

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New Years Meme 2019

And now, as my remaining long-time reader has been waiting for, it's the end-of-2019 edition of that New Year's meme that I have been filling out every year for longer than I can prove (some posts having disappeared in the Purge of Aught-ten). Over the years, I've added one or two prompts to the original question set, and I've deleted others for which I could never, ever think of an answer. This year, there were no changes to the questions from the 2018 version -- and, in a few cases, no substantive changes to my answers!

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In five ...

The Friday Five this week are asking me to be succinct!

1. In exactly five words, how was your week?
Busy and a little disappointing.

2. In exactly five words, what's up this weekend?
Getting ready for final exams.

3. In exactly five words, what are you feeling great about?
I have some lovely friends.

4. In exactly five words, what's giving you confidence?
You've got to be kidding.

5. In exactly five words, what're you listening to?
Classics on Lutheran Public Radio.


So, I haven't been around here much in the last few months. I can plead many things -- too many jobs, the fact that I now have a grandson and will drop anything to babysit him if called upon, a "crush" that tethered me to Facebook for a while -- but if I'm honest, the main reason that my absence turned into a virtual defection was something that happened six weeks ago, on Sept. 14th. I was filling out this Friday Five question set, my first in weeks, and enjoying the composition process immensely, when all of a sudden, the un-backed-up draft on which I was working disappeared, irrecoverably, into the ether.

To say I was distraught would be to put it mildly. My time means everything to me, and I had given several hours of a Saturday morning to answering that questionnaire, a music-themed one (my favorite kind). That my work, though utterly frivolous and of value to no one but me (but of value nevertheless -- and, not incidentally, one of my better efforts), could evaporate in a mere second, due undoubtedly to a random, rogue keystroke on my part, felt like evidence of the Problem of Evil.

Step aside, Job: philosophymom lost her Friday Five post.

I tried to reconstruct it. In fact, right now I am staring at a text file, composed the next day, in which I appear to have gotten as far as completing question Three and collecting all the links for the remaining two. But I didn't have the energy (or the time) to finish the task, and so it has sat there on my desktop, blocking me from going on and doing later Fives (because why expend the energy on a question set if it doesn't grab me the way the "lost" one -- again, a musical one of the sort I most enjoy -- did?).

Well, I have decided that if I am ever going to resume anything like the regular use of this journal, not to mention ever do a Friday Five again, I need to roll up my sleeves and complete & post that old post. So that's what I'm doing.

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