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I’m doing fairly well on this blog posting thing this month, don’t you think? Sixteen out of the twenty-two days isn’t bad not including weekends.

Anyway, here’s a friday five for you on a saturday. You know I never do these on the appropriate days.

What is your favorite drink of all time? Does it hold a special memory to you or is it just because it tastes good?

My favorite drink, I’d have to say is an Arnold Palmer. Some people call it by different names, but what it comes down to is half lemonade and half iced tea. It’s called an Arnold Palmer because he supposedly invented it.

I also remember a trip I went on with my Man-of-Honor to St. Martin where I ordered it at a restaurant. The waiter asked me if I wanted a water hazard with that and I said I didn’t know what that was. Well he explained that it was a shot of vodka along with the drink. I said I’d never heard of that, but he said that it was a true thing and that AP himself asks for this himself. I said hey why not and just shot the vodka before I had any food.

Now that I think about it, that waiter was probably trying to get me to buy alcohol. A google search shows me nothing about AP’s request for a water hazard of any kind. And we all know that if it’s not on google it doesn’t exist or it’s not true.

Coincidentally, my brother also likes this drink.

Tea or coffee or hot cocoa?
I will drink tea and hot cocoa, but not coffee. I think coffee has that bitter taste and it’s just not for me. I prefer the plain green tea over anything else, though I do like jasmine and oolong, mostly because that’s what my mother drinks. She always orders jasmine tea dim sum places. She did chrysanthemum tea once. I think we all vetoed that one since we never ordered that again. And I think my mom drinks like fifteen cups of oolong a day.

And you definitely can’t go wrong with a hot cocoa on a cold day, but only the ones made with real milk and chocolate and never those instant mix ones. Those just taste like water and sugar. They’re also good for a quick chocolate fix.

I don’t order hot cocoa as much as I used to because I either need low fat or soy milk and a lot of places don’t have those. Whole milk gives me a tummy ache, which leads to other things. I can’t tell you about the other things because I’ll lose sparkle points. Chris jokes that I’m at negative sparkle points and I’ll never be able to climb out into the positive world of sparkle points.

Best summer time drink?. Arnold Palmer. Duh.

Worst soda brand ever?
I haven’t drunk soda in a really long time. But at Epcot, there’s a soda place that has different soda flavors from all over the world and one of them definitely tasted like puke. But I tried that like three years ago, so I can’t remember the flavor or the country it came from. Also the place with all the soda always has sticky floors, so don’t wear your good shoes in there. Someone will definitely spill soda on them.

Water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or regular old tap?
We drink bottled water in Florida. The stuff that comes out of the tap is like 50% chlorine. They say it’s because some of the water comes from aquifers that are loaded with sulfur and it’s to keep the water from smelling (and tasting) like your farts.

It’s not so bad when you boil it, but I don’t have the mental capacity to think that far ahead about water.

At my parent’s house, they boil all their water. They come from a country where drinking from the tap may not be the safest thing to do, so they boil everything. It’s easy for them since they have this thing that boils water all day long. Remember my mom drinks a ton of tea? They just pour out the boiled water each night and let it cool overnight. I’m not that industrious.

What about you?

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

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I know it’s not Friday, but when do I ever do these on Friday?

1. Would you return to high school life for a week? Why or why not? (If you’re currently in high school, would you redo your experiences so far?)
This serious of questions is coming at an appropriate time since I just had a nightmare about being back in high school. I didn’t know when and where my classes were and I’d lost my schedule. Would I go back? No way.

2. Who were/are you in high school?
I was awkward and had no fashion. My friends were fairly popular on that two were our prom princesses, neither of them won. I can’t remember who did though. On facebook, you can search for people who graduated from your high school class, I totally don’t remember a good 80% of them.

Who was I? It was the geeky kid.

3. What was/is your favorite high school hangout? What did/do you do there?
This, I seriously don’t remember. I mean that was like 14 years ago! I do remember in my senior year, we would go over to my friend’s house for lunch. She lived a block away and we would watch General Hospital.

4. What were/are your favorite three songs in high school?
Hmmm…I don’t remember anything about the music I listened to back then. It’s funny the things I remember. I do remember that the chorus geeks loved Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. We would sing the songs all
the time. And the worse part was that I was also in band.

5. What was the craziest thing you did in high school?
This is so sad. I didn’t do anything interesting in high school. While my friends went out to clubs and evening dinners, I wasn’t allowed to go out at night. I spent my evenings at home. I was lucky I was able to go to my prom! But I do remember that I wore a qi pap to my junior prom and a southern belle dress for my senior prom. I was only outdone by the couple wearing the full renaissance outfit.

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to go back to high school, bad hair, bad skin, bad clothes. Bullies! And we had our share of those. College though, that’s a more promising prospect, even if I did have to work my way through it. At least college was fun.

Originally published at Samantha Ling. You can comment here or there.

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1. If your car/bike is wrecked (if your mass transit service goes belly-up), do you know what you would do to replace it, perhaps even have the car or bike you want already picked out?
I don’t have a car picked out. But I do know that the next one we get will be a hybrid. Our first concern, however, is finding one large enough to fit Chris. He’s 6′5″, so we’ll need something that has plenty of leg room. By the time we’ll be in the market for one, I’m hoping we’ll have more of a choice.

2. A client/friend gives you a lottery ticket, which wins you a prize worth (after taxes) ten times as much money as you earned/received last year. What will you do with it?
I don’t understand this question. What would anyone do with a windfall? Buy a few friends some gifts, go on a trip, save the rest. Of course I would give that friend/client something as well. They gave me the ticket knowing full well that I could totally win.

3. Fight or flee?
Lol. How am I supposed to answer a question like that without a scenarI mean seriously. I wish I could think of something clever to say, but the Zyrtec left in my system still has me a little drowsy. And then the daylight savings time has me all screwed up. I hate getting up earlier!

4. Someone performs a random act of kindness that is exactly what you need on a bad day. If you wish to pay them back, would you write a poem, bake, buy something, or what?
I think the point of random acts of kindness is to spread more acts of kindness. So to pay them back, I think I would commit another random act on someone else. I think the theory is that it will eventually get back to you when you need it the most.

5. Your manager commands you to pick a charity to contribute to. Do you resist? If not, which charity would be your first choice?
Why would anyone resist giving to charity? I suppose there are those that think people deserve what they get, whether it be bad luck or ill health. But you’d be a bad bad person for thinking that. I would pick the Ronald McDonald House. They have houses near hospitals for parents with sick children. They work off donations and only charge the parents $10 a day to help offset the cost of operation. They feed you and give you a place to stay with a bed, sheets, pillow, and blankets! All donated.

Originally published at Samantha Ling. You can comment here or there.

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Today's Friday Five involves school and whether or not you're in school. Since I graduated college way back in 1999, there's really nothing more to say about that other than that it was almost ten years ago and I hadn't even thought about that until the Friday Five brought it up and makes me think how old I am now and about all the hopes and aspirations I had back in the day that hasn't been fulfilled for one reason or another.

So I'm going to write about the wedding instead, which isn't all that less stressful. I vascillate between being excited and nervous to being stressed and worried. There's some work stuff I need to get done before the wedding, which is less than two weeks away. I try not to overbook myself for that, but things come up so that there's little projects here and there that I need to do before the wedding since I'm leaving for a week after the wedding.

Then there's adding that my esthetician left to move to New Jersey last month, leaving me with nobody I trust to wax my eyebrows. It isn't my esthetician's fault that she decided to move. There's no reason why she would stay an extra month just for me. There's a really interesting story about it that started with Oprah and ended with a broken marriage. It sounds awful and funny and totally not true, but it was. So she moved up to New Jersey with her boyfriend so that he could be closer to his father and thus make sure he's ok being single again in his 50's. I've had my eyebrows waxed crooked by several people who proclaim that they're wonderful at it and several people who have waxed my eyebrows to oblivion because that's what they thinklooks best on everyone. So I made an appointment with the hoity-toity spa that thought they were better than me. But at least I know the eyebrows will look good.

There are a lot of little things that need to be done that feels like a ton of stuff to do, but it's not. I just need to make some phone calls. It's about two weeks away. TWO WEEKS!!

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I remember back in the day I used to do these and since I don't have much to talk about, let's do these. At least this one is fun.

How many times a day do you...

  1. Brush your teeth?
    I brush my teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If I don't brush my teeth in the evening, I have a difficult time falling asleep. I just feel icky. This is a nicely timed question because we just bought a sonic care toothbrush (that we bought with a Target gift card from the bridal shower). The Oral B electric toothbrush that we had just up and died. There's no charging it and it totally doesn't run. The sonic care vibrates the crap out of your teeth and it totally tickles the inside of my mouth.
  2. Shower?
    I shower in the morning. On especially hot days, I'll shower before I go to bed. There's nothing worse than going to bed with a couple of layers of dried sweat and dirt.
  3. Check your E-mail?
    It depends on the day. On really busy days, I'll only check it once in the morning. On lazy days, I'll probably check 3 or 4 times during the day. (This is not including work email. I'm only considering personal email here. For work email, the program is open the whole time. It'll let me know when new email has shown up.)
  4. Check LJ?
    I usually check LJ once a day, twice on non-busy days (which are rare these days). Some days, I don't even check LJ. I just don't have time, so I end up several days behind. I skim a lot of stuff at that point.
  5. Eat?
    I eat 3 times a day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some days I will have snacks, but I'm not much of a snacker. I have a bag of sour patch kids next to my desk, but I usually eat one or two of those at a time. A small bag lasts me about 2 weeks. Some days though, Chris will bring me a sandwich for lunch since I need to get some work done. If he didn't do that, I'd probably starve and eat something at 3 instead of noon when I'm supposed to.

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