Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Bonus Questions Meme
Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.  

From Bonus Questions 

What’s your favorite frozen treat on a stick?     Magnum Ice Creams... White Chocolate.

What’s your favorite lollipop?   Chuba Chup Cappuccino  Love.

When you passed notes during class in high school, who was mostly often the recipient?  My Mate Jake.  We were always passing notes, or we posted them on our jotters. The insides of our jotters were like comic strips.  We just prayed that we never got our jotters taken off us and read.

Who among your high school friends was the first to get his or her own car?  Oh, I don’t know the answer to this – at my time in School no one passed their test while they were still there, let alone brought a new car to school.  At Boy’s time, he was probably the first to get his licence, but he just got our car, not his own, not for about 4 months.

Who’s the black sheep in your family?   Ha ha ha  Must there be one?

Who’s the family historian?  Me…. I am constantly looking up old relatives on the internet.

What was the last thing you sprayed from a spray bottle? Perfume. 

What was the last thing you sprayed from an aerosol can?  Because I use roll on deodorant… and I would have sprayed that.  I really try not to spray aerosols any more than I need to.

When did you last make reservations for something?  We called for reservations for a meal last night, but they didn’t have anything free and told us to “come and see”.  Last time we did that, we received terrible service from the “maître de”.   I have been really put off going again, and unless I have a booking I won’t be.

What’s your next upcoming appointment?   I have a party next month, I have flights at the end of this month…. I have … No I think that is all

What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?   I don’t really like shopping…. Hate shopping malls most of all.  Big people traps.

What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?  Frankie and Benny, La Tasca, Original Handmade Burger…

What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?  NIL

What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?  Oooh I don’t go into these classy clothes shops. Just not my scene.

What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?   Hate shopping, can’t be doing with these questions.

What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?  Stationery shopping – most favourite thing in the world.   Notelets,Tab Markers, paper clips,pens.

What did you most recently purchase at a book store?  “The Story of the Life of A Scot in the French Foreign Legion.  And I got it signed for my hubby!

What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?  Sore feet crème.

What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?  Milk

What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?  I haven’tbeen at Thrift Shopfor ages… I like the clothes, I live in a pretty well off town… Thrift shops have good labels and clothes with very little wear.  Great bargains to be had. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Sunday Stealing... ON Monday Afternoon.

When was the last time you swam in a pool?  Mmm there is a question…  Last June I think, oh dear god that was a long while ago.   We were on holiday in Lochgoilhead, and swam ever day.  I did have a membership to a gym, but to be honest, swimming in the pool left you coated in something… something I have a horrible suspicion was body fat.
 Do you like to party?   With my own people… not with strangers

Describe the shirt you're wearing?   It is blue.  Company blue, but not a company shirt.  I like to call it Cornflower blue, but my boss says “Veracity Blue”.

What is one feature film that you don't like?     Noah. Bloody hell. I really didn’t.

Would people describe you as happy?   Mental, would be more apt.

Sleep with or without clothes on?   Nekkid as the day I was born.

Does it bother you if people swear around you?   No, I swear like a trooper.  (sometimes)

Do you prefer Wednesdays or Thursdays?   Thursday.

Like to travel?   Depends on the journey.

Think you're attractive?   I am happy with what I’ve got.  My personality shines through my mug.

Are or were you a good student?   I was a student. I passed exams without trying.  I had a photographic memory.

Are you currently happy?   Yes
Colored or black-and-white photo?   Depends on the mood and the lighting J

Do you consider yourself the life of the party?   Usually I am – only to make it better for everyone else

Do you drink?  Yes I do. In moderation, not even a quarter of what I used to.

Do you make fun of people?   No.  Definitely not. *Especially not when they can hear. 

Do you think dreams eventually come true?    Yes. They do, of course they do..dreams can come true, it can happen to you… when you’re young at heart. Which I am.

Favorite fictional character?   Reddington, in the Black List.

Go to the movies or rent?   Movies

Have you ever moved?   Yes, several times.  Troon to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Glasgow, Glasgow To Inverkeithing, Inverkeithing to Symington, Symington to Barassie.  I think we’ll stay put.

Have you ever stolen anything?   Yes, my husband’s heart.  I now keep it locked up in a safe at home.

How's the weather right now?   Grey, but strangely warm.

Last time you cut your hair?   Ha ha ha ha Professionally about 6 weeks ago.  Unprofessionally about 5 months ago – it’s taken til now and two haircuts to rectify it.

Last person you talked to on the phone?   Me Mam

Last time you showered?   This morning

Loud or soft music?   Depends… doesn’t it?  On the situation.  I love loud music in the car. I love soft music to sooth me.

McDonalds or Burger King?   Burger King

Night or day?   Evening.

Number of pillows?   2

Piano or guitar?  Piano.  I don’t play the piano – I had lessons for 5 years on guitar, I wouldn’t say I play it either – but I love sitting just banging the keys of a piano.

Current longing?   A lottery win

Current disappointment?   Lack of lottery win

Current annoyance?   Lack of Lottery win

Last thing you ate?   Toast.

Last thing you bought?   The bread for the toast above J

Pick a lyric, any lyric or a song...   We are young,  So let’s set the world on fire

Pick a movie quote...  ...    “I think it's better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier...!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday Stealing... On A Monday... Twenty Questions....

The 20Q Meme

1. When you buy a greetings card are the words or the picture more important to you?  I make my own greetings cards.  The words, which I make up myself, are as important as the pictures I put together.  These are cards, like no other.  If you would like me to make you a cake - please leave a message below and I will create one for you.  No Charge. :-) 

2. What's your favorite kind of cake?  Funny you should ask that. H at work today brought in cake made by the lovely E.  Chocolate Brownie, and RumGingers.  I had Rum Ginger at approximately 9.45.  It was impossible to eat slowly, it was dissolving in alcohol in my hand.   H advised that I was supposed to eat it as a dessert, with a spoon. I just shoveled in, it all it's rum and creamy glory into my cake hole, and was instantly hit by at least 3 measures of rum.  I've had to sleep for a while to recover. 

3. Do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them?  I knit badly.  I crochet badly, I paint pictures, and make jewelry.  Please don't think I am creative, my work is "my own", and loved only by people who love me :-) 

4. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?  African or American? 

5. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email? PopUp ads. Especially those ones which open 50 pages of porn. 

6. What was the best party you've ever been to?   A party we (me and my flatmates) had in 1985.   We lived on the top floor of a five story tenement building.  We banned drugs from the flat - sent them into the back green.  At it's busiest, there were over 150 people in the flat.  One of our "friends" invited the neighbours to join in, by posting them baked potatoes through their letter boxes.  Girls were peeing in the toilet, boys were peeing in the bath.   15 bags of bottles were very difficult to get down the stairs without one of the neighbours coming out and berating us.  Our landlord said "okay, you've had "the party", let's not have another one", which I thought was a lovely way of handling it. 

7. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?  Too loud. too loud. I can't stand lots of noise. 

8. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second?  I keep the first envelope.   I'd have something I didn't have before. 

9. Do you wish cellphone etiquette was a required class upon purchasing one?  Yes.  Especially not shouting "I'm on the Train".  It's just not funny. 

10. What's the most messed up food combination that you've had that was actually good?  I am a connoisseur of weird combinations. Cold Spaghetti and Salad Creme is a bit lush, however, Peanut Butter on Toast, topped with Fudge is not.  

11. What's one of your most random pet peeves (something that annoys you)?  People speaking to me when I am trying to finish my blip! 

12. When is the last time you had home cooking?  I have home cooking all the time.  I am married to a chef :-) (Ex Chef).  We don't do packet meals, (much).

13. If you could be a fictional character from a book who would you choose?  Clare, from Outlander.  Or Maybe Jamie, just to get the male perspective. 

14. If you could be in a television sit-com, which would you choose?  Cheers

15. If you could be any animal or creature for one day, what would it be?  Dog. Oh to be that happy, in love with life and devoted to everyone. 

16. What's your favorite girl's name?  Eilidh. 

17. What's your favorite boy's name?  Steven

18. What's your supermarket of choice?  Sainbury, but Morrison for convenience. 

19. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as?  A nun. Covers a multitude of sins, but also leaves room for a wee bit roodness. 

20. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?  Sweet/Salty Popcorn

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday 5

What’s something you’re keeping in a shoebox?   old letters,ribbons, postcards.  Mementos from another time.

What’s something you’re storing in a plastic container that some food item was purchased in?  I currently have some korma curry in the fridge.. in one of these tubs...  Nom nom

What’s a non-food item you’re storing in a zippered plastic bag?   Necklaces, and beads.

What originally came in some of the now-empty boxes you’re hanging onto?   I got a lot of these empty boxes from someone else....  I'm not sure what she had in them. 

What’s something you own that came in really cool packaging?    Gok Wan underwear... Lush.  All red, and black satin.  very lovely. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [Official Music Video]

Just because. ...

My son sings this to his gal... and it's beautiful.

Sunday Stealing The 17 Meme.

The 17 Meme

1. Do you know triplets?     I do not believe so. I'm rather glad, because my daughter has friends  who are two sets of twins. I Never get their names right.  One set have different coloured hair, and I still get it wrong.

2. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?   That is a difficult one.   I think I would have to say Notebook, because the love there is greater than the love of Rose and Jack...  Did you see how much space she had on that plank of wood?  There was more than enough room for both of them.   She was laying flat out. He could have lain on top of her. Body warmth and everything. She was flat out selfish.  In the Notebook... their love overcomes everything. They even share a single bed.

3. Have you ever eaten Indian food?    Yes, frequently.   in UK Indian restaurants are everywhere.  Not "real" indian though. I haven't been in India.  Beloved has.  He was in the Navy and warned not to eat ashore.  So the whole catering department promptly left the ship and ate in the first restaurant they came to.  They had a feast fit for kings, which cost about 2.50 for the 10 of them.   The tip they left, made the Kitchen staff come out to shake their hands and thank them - I think they left more money than they (the kitchen staff) earned in a year. 

4. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?    The Secret Garden at the Witchery in Edinburgh.  Only visited the once, but that once was enough to make me love it for ever and ever and ever. 

5. Who’s your favorite person in the world?   My favourite person in the whole world.  Hmmm, that is a difficult one.   I have three most definite favourites who I couldn't split with a fine tooth comb.  Beloved, and Tooli and Boy.    Tooli and Boy I would die for.  Beloved, would die for me, I would die for him too.  I adore these three people with all my heart.

6. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?    Rurally, near the suburbs.    We actually live in an idea place.   400 metres in one direction we have the sea - 400 metres in the other directions, fields, forests, trees, and sky.   We have a little town centre, with all the necessaries - Supermarket, chemist, gift shops, coffee shops a plenty,touristy shops, and pubs.  There are a range of larger supermarkets with in a 10 mile radius, so prices aren't really much higher. We have the sea on our doorstep (I can hear the waves right now), and we have open ground behind us - Hawks, buzzards, owls, sheep, foxes, deer, rabbits... I'd go so far as to say Idylic. 

7. Can you whistle?   With enthusiasm if not tune. 

8. Do you sleep with a nightlight?   No - Sometimes I even wear an eyemask 

9. Do you eat breakfast every morning?   No I don't. I'm one of these idiots who think, if Idon't eat breakfast, then I'll go longer without food and loose weight. Then I have a snack at lunchtime, and go ballistic.  On Friday I had breakfast, and then a light lunch and then a light dinner. Breakfast is obviously the way to go.

10. Do you take any pills or medication daily?   Oh where to start.  Actually I have cut down a lot recently.  I have a purple and blue inhaler. (I don't always take them, typically only when I wheeze).  Happy Pills - daily.  I have a chemical imbalance in my head... the happy pills are a necessary to keep me balanced, and to stop me killing people :-)   Cocodamol for migraines (Not daily), Ibufren for Arthritis - however, I have stopped the painkiller because I have started taking COD LIVER OIL! And it works!

11. How many times have you been to the hospital as a patient? Tonsilectomy.  Pregnancy.  Pregnancy.  Laparoscopic surgery.  Hysterectomy.   Lovely.  They give you a lot of drugs to make you sleep.  I like medically induced sleep.

12. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?   Yes, I have.  I do like it!.

13. Where do you buy your jeans?   I have an arse the size of a bus. Jeans do not do me favours. 

14. What’s the last compliment you got?  hmm. last compliment. Sheez. I can't remember. See, I get complimented all the time - typically because I trained my kids and my husband to compliment me when I have a "face" on.   I think probably when I got my hair coloured.  Yes, In fact when Tooli came home this weekend, that was the first time  she had seen it,and she complimented me on it.

15. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?  I do.  Mostly.  And I have to relate them,despite knowing how completely and utterly ridiculous they are. 

16. What flavor tea do you enjoy?   I love earl grey, but I also love Tea Pigs Breakfast Tea.   Tea Pigs is a bit luxurious, and I adore it.

17. What social media sites do you use? This one..Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, I think that is all.  You can find me as Dogwithnobrain, mostly - or Hel Cruse xx

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.*Let's go!!!

The Yeah Meme 

From FYeah, Surveys!

Do you have another window or tab open? If so, what are they for?   I have four tabs with Crochet patterns open.. I am attempting a whole outfit, rather than a scarf. 

Do you like to cook/bake?  I am currently making a steak pie.  It was to be a steak and Ale pie, but I haven't got any ale.  I think I shall have to go and get some, to add some taste.  I am not a good cooker / baker.

What are you currently listening to?  A christmas edition of The Big Bang Theory.  Confused is not the word.

How long have you lived in the house you live in?   Fifteen years.  I believe that this is the "forever house".   I love where we stay, we need to do work on the house... but that will come. It is wind and water tight and full of love and that is all that matters. 

Are you tired?   No - I have had two days of long lies... Lovely. 

Do you pick your words carefully, or just tend to blurt everything out?   I try to bear in mind all the time, that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.    I  try to listen carefully to what is being said around me, and typically I think... oh dear.  that shouldn't have been said. 

Are you nice to everyone?   I try very, very, very, very hard to be.   When I am without prozac  I find it difficult. :-) 

Have you ever tripped in public?    It is one of my hobbies.   I fell three times in public last year.  Once in the office (well in the car park) - Sprained wrist;  once in the house... exceptionally sprained ankle; and fell on holiday - scraped knees, scrapped hands and a sore toe.   I am a walking disaster. 

Are you a morning person or a night person?    I am a day person. 

Is it easier to forgive or forget?   Forget.  Somethings are unforgivable.  It is easier to leave it behind and forget it. 

Is there something that’s recently shocked you?   The plane which disappeared.  I am freaked by it all.  I'm sure someone has stolen it... Lost? Replayed.    A bad taste promo for Liam Neeson's new film. 

Which is harder: walking away from somebody you love or coming back?   Walking away.   Coming back is always beautiful.

What were you doing at midnight last night? Talking a friend down from a melt down.  We chatted for an hour and a half.  And I went to sleep smiling.  I hope she did too.

What color are your eyes? Blue and Green with flecks of brown. I think my geneology is confused

Sunday, March 09, 2014


1. Have you ever pretended to read a book to impress someone?  Erm, No.  I'm not a literary snob.   I read what I like, and If I pick something up and I can't read it... i put it down.

2. Have you ever pretended not to read a book in order to avoid embarrassment?  No, and I will quite happily read books which other people think are juvenile purely for the escapism.

3. What’s your worst reading habit?  Starting several books at once, and forgetting which book is which - a problem which has become worse with a kindle.... I flip between them, and I loose track of stories.

4. What book are you most proud of having read?  I'm not overly "proud" of having read anything. I read for enjoyment. :-)

5. Do you buy most of your books new, second-hand, electronically or borrow via the library?  I buy books from all sources. Can't walk past a book shop, always rake in second hand shops and download constantly, and love browsing the library.

6. Have you ever pretended to watch a film to impress someone?   ha ha ha ha no.  I have the attention span of a gnat.  If I watch a film all the way through it's because I ENJOY it, I would never watch a ilme for someone else's benefit.
7. Have you ever pretended not to have watched a film in order to avoid embarrassment?  No - I am not a magnificent film buff and will happily admit to whatever films I have watched, purely because me having got through a film is an achievement in itself.

8. What movie have you watched the most?  The Bourne Identity.  I'm not entirely sure I have watched the whole lot.  I had a phone which the film was downloaded on to.  So I would watch bits on long train journeys.  It's one of my husband's favourite films, so often I will come in and he is watching, and I will join in.  But whether I could actually retell the story would be a question!

9. What film do you tell people is your favorite ever?  Right now my favourite film ever is The Untouchables.  The French Quadrapelgic man and his carer from the projects.  The smile of Omar Sy is infectious and I could watch any film with that smile.

10. What film is actually your favorite ever?  I adore Dogma.  Despite all its gore, and violent, and swearing - the story behind the story is very pure.

11. What time do you usually wake up and get up in the mornings?   7.48 ish.  That is about as late as I can leave it before I'm late.

12. Do you wake naturally or does something/someone wake you up?  My husband leaving the bed and bathrooming, and coming back wakes me up.  And then I fall asleep again. :-)  Am hopeless at getting up.

13. How many snooze alarms do you need?  My husband tells me that he sets the alarm for 7 am.... He gets up about 7.30; that must be about.... 5 times.

14. What’s your routine on a workday/work at home morning?  I get up, shower, dry my hair, drink coffee, drink some more coffee.  then head to work

15. What’s your routine on a non-workday morning?  Lay in bed, moan for coffee, drink coffee, sleep some more,,, ask for some more coffee., sleep some more. I like sleep.