Five Question Friday: November 4, 2011

I’m back.  It has been a challenging few weeks, but I’m back and ready to go. I decided to keep 5QF, but to add “Point to Ponder” on another day of the week, like maybe on Wednesdays.  And I absolutely reserve the right to change a question if the powers that be list a question that is too banal, gross, intrusive, crude, or what have you. So far I’ve only done that once.  At any rate, let’s see what questions we have for this week! Enjoy.

1. What movie do you love to quote?

I don’t actually quote movies, but there is one movie that I can quote, almost verbatim, from beginning to end. I LOVE it! Sadly, I packed the video away in storage until we move into a house which could be months, or even a year from now. It is a quirky movie and it makes me laugh and smile so it’s great to watch on a “blue” day. 🙂 Ever hear of “The Princess Bride”? Great for children and adult alike…. Dorky as all get out, but that is its charm. 🙂

Cover of "The Princess Bride (20th Annive...
Cover via Amazon
2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
hmmm . . . a few! My parents belonged to a Harley Davidson club when they were in college. I rode around on the back of one when I was a small child. We owned a Honda dirt bike when I was in my early teens that we rode through cotton fields and on back roads . . . we (my twin brother and I) were too young for a license so we rode on the back roads and through the fields to avoid the traffic cops. A guy had a better chance of getting a date with me if he had a motorcycle…. sad but true. Haven’t been on one in a while, but have many memories of wonderful rides with the wind blowing through my hair (in the days before the helmet laws). I also have the burn scars on my calves from scraping against the exhaust pipe to attest to my motorcycle-riding days.
Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Image via Wikipedia
3. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
These days I read (academic stuff for class), write (academic stuff for class, and blogging) or sleep. But my favorite favorite thing to do, if it is not storming, is to grab the poncho, the umbrella, and the camera and take a walk! See here for what happens when I do that! 🙂

4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift?
I’m not one for big or expensive . . . but a gem or two here and there is appreciated now and then. 😉 On the other hand, the handmade gifts from my grandchildren (or children for that matter) or the sweet note from my husband written on the back of a PNC bank statement envelope are priceless, far more valuable than emeralds or diamonds.
multi-coloured lilies
Image by nicodeemus1 via Flickr
5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong?
Duh…. I’m a middle age woman sliding toward 60 with ever-increasing speed. What do you think?
My "Good Morning" look with a cup of coffee, and Genevieve looking over my shoulder! 🙂

So there you have another Five Question Friday. 🙂 Have a joyful weekend, and I’ll see you next week for 5QF!

The Moving Begins!

As often as I’ve moved, one would think that I have the routine down pat, but no, not so. No matter how many times I do it, moves never become easy or “old hat.”  Each time we relocate, there are unique considerations to assess, unexpected blockades for a smooth transition, or crisis of our own doing (sabotage?) to work through.  On the other hand, I know the routine. I’m pretty good at “guess-timating” how many boxes we will need.  After all, a move is a move is a move!

Since Richard is leaving in a couple of days for our new locale (to begin work on Monday, I won’t see him for five weeks), we have been gathering provisions into the house: food for a month, boxes and boxes and boxes, tape and tape and tape, other moving supplies.  I could gather these things myself after he leaves, but then if you’ll remember, I sold my cute little economical Honda “Marshmallow” Fit some time back since I was not driving it . . . after relocating here to Virginia . . . oh well.

Last night–in 100-degree heat–we went to our unconditioned, non-ventilated, indoor storage unit to gather boxes we saved from our last move . . . seven months ago. After our third trip with a car-load of boxes back to our apartment, Richard and I went for ice-cream and a stroll around a nearby lake (see here and here.) As an aside, one of the things I learned years ago was the importance of taking “mini” breaks from the stresses of moving, no matter how crunched you are for time.  Those breaks will carry one through many tense moments, stressed-out psyches, emotional breakdowns, and frayed nerves.  

Today our focus has been on getting Richard ready to move with his essentials into an apartment half-way across the country.  We are already tired and dreading the time apart. On the other hand, I’m excited to get on with it and get this piece (moving) behind us.  Now that I’ve had my little break (I could really go on for hours about all the details that are wreaking havoc at the moment, but it all sounds so mundane, the stuff of every move, so I’ll spare you the drama) it is time for me to get back to work.

BTW, it is raining hard and steady outside at the moment.  Temperatures are dropping. YAY!  Y’all have a great day. 🙂