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The Friday Five

1. What is something amazing that has happened in the last five years?

My standards for "amazing" may be pretty low. I bought a car I picked out for me, for the first time ever. My kids reached adulthood and are doing well. I bought a horse (I don't come from a horsey family, and I live in the city, so this is amazing in the original sense of the word). I did some fun traveling. I made new friends, some of whom are freaking awesome.

2. What is something you would love to happen in the next five years?

I retire and have all the time I want to spend on my hobbies. It won't quite happen, as I don't think I'll be financially ready to retire for six years.

3. Do you make "life plans" or do you live spontaneously?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "life plans". I have a job, mortgage, and kids, so I have to do some planning to manage those things. But I'm also forgetful and too busy, so there is a LOT of spontaneity in my life.

4. Do you think about what you might do when you retire?

Often.

5. Is your lifestyle similar to your parents, grandparents, or something utterly different?

In some ways it is very similar. We all enjoy simple pleasures, like cooking, gardening, reading, and music. We all have adoptions in our families. However my grandparents never traveled. My parents traveled but largely because my dad was posted in Europe with the military. I love going to all the exotic places I can.

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Little bits of happy

Yesterday I went with several friends to see The Nutcracker, in a very Canadian production. The backdrops are from paintings by The Group of Seven, the characters are lumberjacks, forest animals and birds, and stereotypically Canadian plants, plus Mounties. This year, the production added in a moose. Afterwards, I introduced two of them to Persian food. They shared some mantu (I love them but had mantu for supper on Friday and still felt full), and we shared firnee for dessert. I had enough stew and rice left over to make a lovely breakfast.

Today it was still miserably cold but I walked to church and it wasn't unpleasant. Well, except for the part about forgetting that I was reader and sidesperson, and barely made it on time for the service - far too late to do my duty as greeter. But I was in time to ring the bells, my favourite part.

On the way home, I decided to buy a tree and carry it myself. It was fine for most of the way, but near the end some random stranger came up behind me and offered to help me carry it the rest of the way.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

1. What are your feelings about snow?
2. What is the one thing you really dislike that is associated with snow
3 What is the one thing you really like that is associated with snow
4. Do you anticipate or dread bad weather reports?
5. Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?


1. I like it when it's pretty and fluffy and not messing up traffic. Late winter slotch is pretty disgusting too.

2. Cold damp days. I actually prefer the days when the high pressure system means it's too cold to snow, but it's a dry cold.

3. Winter sports. I live in a city with lots of outdoor skating rinks and places to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Downhill skiing is available by driving 15 minutes out of the city, with more hills anywhere from a half hour to two hours away.

4. A bit of both. We have a hilarious local traffic reporter so on snow days he goes right to town on all the accidents, recommended alternate routes, and sometimes suggesting that people just stay home. I look forward to his commentary because I walk or take the bus in winter. I dread the reports when the reality of the local bus service hits. It is now as Occasional Transpo in good weather. In a storm, Occasional would be an improvement.

5. Absolutely. Anything else would be a very bad sign that climate change is getting worse.

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1) If you had to drink one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

The answer should be water, but really, I would rather have a selection of teas.

2) What is the first thing you drink in the morning?

Usually water - I keep a bottle of it by my bed, and usually wake up needing a swig.

3) What do you drink with your lunch? dinner?

Lunch varies - sometimes a diet soft drink, sometimes the rest of the tea I never finished from the morning (thank goodness for insulated mugs), and sometimes the coffee I never got around to making when I first got to work.

4) What is your favorite mixed drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)? Give the recipe.

Some variant a of a Latino drink - margarita, caipirinha or a mojito. All have the local hard alcohol (tequila, cachaca or rum, lime, and ice. Mojitos also have soda water and mint to taste.

5) What drink brings back a special memory for you? Caipirinhas remind me of living in Brazil.

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These questions were written by jesse_the_k.

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?

Puff the Magic Dragon

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?

Elton John's Greatest Hits, I think.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?

Probably none, any more. I used to play a lot from memory. I can still sing a few Girl Guide songs, but I don't think they count.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?

I don't think there is one. Mind you, I rarely listen to pop music stations.

5) And why?

I just don't seem to have time for music these days. I'm looking forward to retirement so I can get back to playing.

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1. How did you choose your LJ/DW username?

It's also my name in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

2. What has been your favorite day this year and why?

I can't choose just one. Overall it has been a pretty good year. I have had great fun with friends, traveled, had some lovely swims, started an interesting new job, and enjoyed time with my family. If I stretch the year slightly, it was about a year ago that my son graduated from university. I spent a week sightseeing in Halifax and had some very proud moments.

3. What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?

Wonder Woman. It was the only movie I went to see in a theatre. I don't bother going unless I really really want to see something. This was worth it.

4. What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?

I don't remember because they all blur together. Maybe one of the books on medieval gardens?

5. You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?

This question was obviously written by someone much younger than me. I have never appreciated music videos. This one, however, is special. It was a bit of a cult favourite back when I was in university. It still amuses me. https://youtu.be/cn73Wtem0No



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1. What's the happiest thing to ever happen to you?
2. What's the saddest thing to ever happen to you?
3. What's the thing that got you the most angry in your life?
4. What's the most frightening thing to ever happen to you?
5. What's the most unbelievable thing to happen to you in your life?

1. The arrival of my children. Geoff's birth mom went into labour on my birthday and I couldn't wait to see him. I was terrified she would change her mind, but everything went smoothly. I still remember the joy of sitting down outside in the terrible heat in China, as my baby doll ShuLing fell asleep in my arms. She was so tiny and calm, and then incredibly curious to learn all about the world she had scarcely seen until then.

2. The ending of what I thought had been strong friendships.

3. I'm not sure. I get steamed sometimes, and I get very angry about injustice (both global and in my workplace), but I try not to let anything stick. I either work to get over myself or to change things (or at least not repeat the bad behaviour I loathe in others).

4. I have no idea. I dislike heights, so standing on the glass floor section of the CN Tower was scary - but it didn't happen to me, I did it to myself. Same with roller coasters. I am no longer afraid, but no-one made me go on the first one (or the second, which was when I discovered they were actually fun).

5. Nothing truly outstanding. From a Canadian perspective, searching through a temporary morgue on a street in San Salvador, trying to find the body of a Canadian we were told had been killed in an earthquake and landslide was pretty unbelievable. We never did find her, though her son eventually confirmed her death to us.

One that still amuses me is when I was about four or five. I had a pair of oh-so-fashionable orange pants with white coin dots. Rather than true bell bottoms, they had a double layer of ruffles. My family went to Paris on holiday and the man running the Eiffel Tower elevator admired them with an "ooh la la les pantalons". It seemed pretty unbelievable at the time that I would be considered fashionable in the heart of Paris.

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1. What is the most embarrassing piece of clothing you own?

Probably my Olaf onesie - at least when I wear it outside the house for something besides winter swimming.

2. What old trend do you wish would come back?

Cooking and eating at home. I think we have way too many restaurants and fast "food" items at the grocery store, and therefore far too much food waste.

3. How have your goals changed over your life?

I used to be ambitious. Now I just want to retire and enjoy my hobbies.

4. How much do you plan for the future?

Not nearly enough.

5. When was the last time you had a food fight?

I don't think I have ever had one. I think they are silly and gross. Besides, I hate food waste.


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Anais_pf posed in thefridayfive These questions were written by gh0sts.


1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

I used to do my hair in tiny braids with lots of little clips and beads. Not quite cornrows (usually), but close.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

None of the above. I managed a new wave (punk lite) look in my late teens.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

I had one that was asymmetrical long before it was fashionable - almost shaved on one side, and below my chin on the other. The closest I ever got to a crazy Colour was pink in the two sections I pinned away from my face. Mostly it was crazy because the dye washed right out and permanently stained everything except my hair!

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

I hope not. I liked the brash, hopeful pRt of my teen self.

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

Not really. There are some I wish I could wear but can't find the right occasion (that 1920s dress pattern that really needs to be worn to the theatre but I would rather wear it to the office, for example). I wear what I consider to be flattering, or fun, and don't care what anyone thinks about my choices.

Back from holidays

They were brilliant. It was so much fun to see old friends again and to make new ones. Labrador rdor was amazing. The scenery was beautiful, despite all the black flies. Having dinner where the floor show was humpback whales chasing capelin in the bay was outstanding. The seal swimming up while we played on the beach, and the dolphins chasing our ferry back to Newfoundland were also pretty darned cool.

I have a bazillion pictures but can't download them to my computer until I take it in to be fixed. In the meantime, here is a video shot while we were there. I'm the one in the blue cap, making a fishing net.
https://www.facebook.com/CanadaC3/videos/397347560663417/?hc_ref=ARRT_JkF83FlCaXvEMHm54nOecX7f3srrBb7rtrFurCO7YDz2QHCY29dAkhMyZ2ITYU

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