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This week's Friday Five are inspired by "September" in song lyrics. Ready?

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By the numbers

Wingin' it

This week's Friday Five are for the birds! ;-)

1. What's something for which you are waiting your tern?

2. What have you lately gone cuckoo for?
Stephen McCauley's books. Domino's thin crust pizza. Bryant Park.

3. What's got you feeling down?
Man ("the Man") stuff, mostly. I'm realizing that I was wrong to idealize him all those years -- which is, I'm sure, an important breakthrough in terms of ever possibly getting over him. But it's changing the character of all my memories, not to mention causing me to question my judgment in about things general, and all of that is tough.

4. What's something you acquired that was unexpectedly cheep?
Megabus tickets. Checking the site on a whim to see what it would cost for a day trip to NYC on my one school holiday this coming semester, I secured a round trip for the legendary dollar fare each way. Woo hoo!

5. What's that fowl smell?
In my living room? The Boy says it's my feet. I think it might be the cats who've recently come to live with us. It's not too strong, whatever it is, so my plan is just to Febreeze it.

Lyrics! Lyrics! Lyrics!

The questions in today's Friday Five skip the tunes and go straight for the words. Read on for my decidedly non-pop-music responses.

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The Distracted Woman's Daybook (51)

Wow, I haven't done one of these in over five months -- and *that* one was preceded by a six-month hiatus, too! Am I done "Daybook"-ing? I hope not; it's now my last link to Angie, the fellow Maryland blogger whom I met a few times for lunch (IRL) some years ago and from whom I copied the template. Facebook tells me she's just moved to a faraway state, so I guess we're unlikely to run into each other again outside of cyberspace. *sigh*  Anyhow, it's time to wrap up the summer with a long post, and that's as good an excuse as any to dust off a trusty meme. This one's for you, Angie.

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Lather, rinse, ...

This week's Friday Five is called "Repeat," and it asks about things that recur in life. As usual, I'm late with my answers.

1. What's something you are repeatedly asked to prove?
Competence, at work, to people who don't fully know what counts for competence in my tiny area of expertise. I'm getting a little sick of it.

2. What's an album you can listen to on endless repeat?
Nilsson Sings Newman. Also, the Hamilton soundtrack. And any of my Palast Orchester mixtapes. And, I think, the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack.

All good music, but no serious music. Interesting.

3. What's a story you’ve told several times?
The one about the time I was Secretary of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, and I received in my college mailbox a fat letter that had been mailed to "C.S. Lewis, Oxford University" by someone who didn't know he was dead (it was 1986) and who, according to Walter Hooper (to whom I very responsibly gave it to open), was proposing marriage.

4. What's something you always order at a certain restaurant?
Eggplant caprese at Italian Sensation. I had it yesterday. It's very thin eggplant slices prepared as if for eggplant parm, then served at room temperature over a very thin layer of marinara, topped by sliced fresh tomatoes and mozzarella (as on a caprese salad), drizzled with balsamic, and garnished with fresh basil.

5. In what way do you hope this weekend will be exactly like last?
My trivia team wins Sunday's match. We usually place, but last Sunday we came top.

How'm I doing?

This week's Friday Five offered "performance evaluation" -style questions, to be answered with respect either to work or to life in general. I chose the latter. Ready?

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Scattergories (part 8)

So here's one more catch-up Friday Five post, and I promise it'll be my last. About a month ago, the site's latest edition of Scattergories came out. I've played in the past and was ready to play this time, to the extent that I even went to the random-letter site and metaphorically rolled the die. But I never finished my post, the only draft of which was finally lost during an unexpected system update (does your computer do that? Mine sometimes just decides it's shutting down "in 30 seconds," and if I happen to be away from the screen at the moment, all my open programs close without my being able to save).

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The Road to You-Know-Where

Two weeks ago, the Friday Five were all about good intentions. I meant to post responses, but, well, you know how that goes. Here is my belated attempt:

1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?
The Brothers Karamazov is my great white whale. I also have a bunch of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, including two by a friend, that I've been meaning to dip into. Finally, I recently discovered contemporary novelist Stephen McCauley, and I'm currently meandering through his back catalog.

2. What are the highlights of this weekend's to-do list?
Somehow finish decluttering enough to move my son's things into the house (Number Two is moving back home in advance of his September wedding). I don't mind telling you that I have already reduced five rooms' worth of Hoarders-level clutter (mostly paper) to something quite respectable. Three rooms to go!

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
I still haven't seen Solo, not to mention the latest Marvel offering (Ant Man II). But I did catch the Mr. Rogers flick, because I have priorities (and it was wonderful).

4. What's something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?
Hire a dumpster for the decluttering. Also, take some books from the discard pile to the Baltimore Book Thing.

5. What's an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven't touched in at least a year?
Organizing the music at church. We made a dent two years ago, but my heart wasn't in it. Now that I've done my house, it will be.

Go nuts

Almost three weeks ago, the Friday Five was all about nuts and berries. I started a post and got distracted before finishing; today, I logged in here and found the draft. For what it's now worth, I present my responses.

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"Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you." -- Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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