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Friday, January 1, 2021

Sunday Stealing-The End of the Year

Hi! Your host is Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This a feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves! on WTThe Blog. Here we will steal 10 ​ 11 4 12  

I may have posted this last year.  
It's a questionnaire I answer every year. 
some of the answers are quite different this year!
First things first, did you have a good year?
It wasn’t horrible. Just different. I was used to my daughter working part time as a bagger at a grocery store and picking her up for weekend home visits nearly every Friday. Due to the pandemic and her asthma she had to take a leave of absence. She was told last week that she was let go and they would love to have her apply and return when it is safe for her to do so. It was a Spring and Summer of driving to her group home with take-out food once a week and having lunch at the patio table, socially distanced. Visitors were not allowed inside the group home. I also dropped care packages for my daughter and a couple of times lots of crafty stuff for all the ladies from The Dollar Tree. There was no Halloween party so I dropped off frozen deep dish pizza, snacks and pop. (How can you not celebrate the holidays, especially when that’s all you’ve got?) My daughter’s first home visit was for Thanksgiving. The last day she had a home visit prior was March. She is on a home visit now from Christmas Eve through, I think, until the end of next week, or sometime in the week after. 
What was your favorite article of clothing this year?
My Adidas track suit because the legs are wide enough by my swollen knee that it doesn’t get strangled like all my jeans and jogger pants.
What song sums up this year for you?
I don’t know.
What was your favorite movie of the year?
I don’t know. I watch an awful lot of movies. I can tell you what wasn’t my favorite...Wonder Woman 1984. The only thing that kept me from turning it off was Kristen Wiig. Her role was small, but she killed it!  Happiest Season was probably my favorite.
Did an actor/actress catch your attention for the first time this year?
I don’t think so. Maybe Kristen Stewart, because I saw quite a few movies she was in.
Happiest Season was good.
Favorite new TV show?
Wynonna Earp was pretty good. Kind of strange, but good.     
Did you make any big permanent changes this year?
The only big permanent changes, are we finally got the transmission rebuilt on the Odyssey and sold it immediately. The Pilot will likely be sold to a junkyard. Can’t seem to get our mechanic to have a look. It’s either the power steering pump or the rack & pinion steering. If it’s the latter, then we will sell it. We already have a junkyard that offered a fair price. Not happy about it, but I can’t see spending the entire amount the Pilot is worth to fix the rack & pinion steering. Over 230,000 miles. I more than got my money’s worth. I just wish the new tires on it would fit the Buick, but they are too small. 😕
What was one nice thing you did for yourself?
I tend to not buy myself ONE nice thing. I buy myself more than one nice thing because my wife isn’t the best when it comes to selecting gifts, and I usually find a deal and don’t want to miss out. She says she has no idea what to buy. I pay attention all year and make a note in my phone when I discover a good gift for my wife or kids. This year I even edited my Amazon lists with notes (she has access to my lists).🤷🏻‍♀️
Did you develop a new obsession?
I seem to be obsessed with Adidas track suits. Or just the pants because of my knee injury. I probably look like a weirdo, 59 year old, out of shape woman wearing them, using a walker, but they are the only long pants I can tolerate. Besides, there are worse things to become obsessed about. 
Did you move?
Did you get a pet?
Do you regret not doing anything?
Do you regret doing something?
Did anyone/thing make you so mad it stayed with you for days?
Probably. Just can’t think of it now. Must not have been so mad.
Did you lose anyone close to you?
I found out yesterday an aunt passed away. Don’t know the details because I no longer speak to that part of the family. My sister is still Facebook friends with a few of them, but doesn’t talk to them either. I’m no longer close because apparently she believed she could catch the “gay” from me.
Who was important to you this year but wasn’t important last year?
Can’t think of anyone.
Who wasn’t as important to you this year as they were last year?
Can’t think of anyone.
What was the best moment of the year for you?
Getting that first hug from my daughter when she came home for her Thanksgiving visit. Even though we did get to see her outside at the group home, we had to socially distance and weren’t allowed to hug. That was a long 8 months not to be able to hug my daughter.

What was the worst?
Whenever my daughter got really homesick and wanted to come on a home visit. It just broke my heart.
What have you learned about yourself this year that you didn’t know in the years prior?
That there is a limit to the amount of time I can spend at home, not going out for ANYTHING. When my wife’s asshat friend exposed my son and I to COVID-19, we had to quarantine for 14 days and had to wear a mask and socially distance around my wife because she wasn’t with us when we were exposed and I didn’t want to expose her. Years prior if I spent a week home without leaving the house, that was a lot.
What do you wish for others for the coming year?
I wish everyone good health and happiness. I wish for a peaceful transition later this month, and I wish for better handling of the pandemic after the transition.
What do you wish for yourself?
I wish for myself good health. I wish this knee injury heals and is a big nothing, but I’m afraid it’s a torn ACL or torn meniscus.

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Sunday Stealing-For Those Who Celebrate Christmas #2

For those who celebrate Christmas #2

Bev, at Sunday Stealing, has another page of Christmas questions to answer.

Happy Holidays. 

Star or Angel?

Usually Father Christmas type Santa, couldn’t find it so went with the star.

White Lights or Colored Lights?


Blinking Lights or Still Lights?


When do you open your gifts?

😂 Christmas Day. 90% of the gifts weren’t wrapped. I just couldn’t do it. The Baker’s Cyst behind my knee and sprained ligaments, and my back pain were too much. I did fold them neatly so they would fit in boxes, but I never got to boxing them until Christmas morning. My wife and I set up a system. I got a tote for each of us and put the folded items for each. We used the lids to block and told the kids to watch tv. I’d toss her an item, she put it in a box. We had 4 boxes we used for the gifts. When we had 2 gifts boxed for each kid we gave them to them and they opened them. Rinse and repeat until all gifts are handed out. It was better than just passing out unwrapped gifts. We opened the wrapped gifts from my sister and my daughter last. A lot less mess.

Do you buy gifts for your pet?

Not always. 

Be honest: What's the worst gift you've ever gotten?

A box of toiletries and cleaning supplies. It was a lean year that year and it was the only gift I received that year. It was with gifts from the kids from a community group.

Have you ever traveled for the holiday?

Yes. Before my step grandmother and aunts passed away, Christmas was at their house, so I drove my family IL to WI. 

Did you see Santa as a child?

I don’t remember, but there is photographic proof:

Can you name all the reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. 

Have you ever gone caroling?

Once I may have joined some friends who were caroling, but I didn’t actually sing.

Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?

Yes! I took my kids to see the lights my wife and I saw earlier in the week.

Have you ever left Santa cookies?

We usually do, but this year I guess we forgot. Too much last minute stuff going on. Apps didn’t get prepped ahead, no baking done.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes. Living in the Midwest there’s a good chance of it.

Have you ever made a gingerbread house from scratch? From a kit?

I bought a kit the 2 previous years but we never made them.

Be honest: Do you think the season is too commercial?


Imagine you were going to create the quintessential holiday soundtrack -- which song(s) absolutely must be included?

Pass for now. May come back to this.

What are your Christmas pet peeves?

Bad manners on the road and in stores.

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