Thursday, August 18, 2016

Let's Go to the Questionnaire


It's like the old days of blogging! I don't know how many of these questions I've answered previously, but a questionnaire is always good for a post. Got this one from a Facebook friend.

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER SOMEONE? As is the Jewish tradition of naming babies for deceased relatives, I'm named for my paternal grandmother.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? hmmmm... This question comes up on a lot of these, and this time, I can't remember.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Not as much as I used to, because it's getting rather illegible.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Kosher style corned beef.
5. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS? Nope
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably. We'd enjoy doing the same things. :)
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? It's my second language!
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Nope. Those suckers were yanked out when I was five.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE? I can't think of any circumstances I would do that while still alive.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL? Cereal (Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies with Banana slices, or Fruity Cheerios)
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yup
12. DO YOU THINK YOU'RE STRONG? I used to be pretty strong, but not as much as I'm getting older.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Chocolate (See the name of this blog!)
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Faces, hair
15. RED OR PINK? Not fond of either, but red is tolerable. I hate pink.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF. Signs of aging.
17. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW? Black gym shorts and teal Crocs. I've got a tee-shirt on, too. ;)
18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Chicken
19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Mets at Giants
20. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Blue
21. FAVORITE SMELL? Vanilla. What can I say? It smells nicer than chocolate.
22. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Does the auto voice that called about something or other count?
23. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Baseball. Mets baseball. Let's go, Mets!
24. HAIR COLOR NATURAL? Dark brown
25. EYE COLOR? Dark brown
26. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? In my teens, never did feel comfortable in them.
27. FAVORITE FOOD? Chocolate, duh. Also, cheese.
28. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Those are mutually exclusive? I'm not a big fan of horror, but suspense is fine. Happy endings are best, but I'm fine with endings that suit the story.
29. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? "Brooklyn," on TV; "Star Trek Beyond" in the theater.
30. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Ah, now we get to the shirt! Took a while. Black and white striped tee-shirt
31. SUMMER OR WINTER? Spring and Fall.
32. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
33. FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate cake...
34. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory.
35. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE? Huh? Nothing. Assuming this means a computer mouse, it's just a plain Logitech mouse.
36. WHAT DID YOU LAST WATCH? Before this Mets game I'm watching, I watched the Mets pregame show.
37. FAVORITE SOUND? Music.
38. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Growing up, Beatles. Today? Probably a tie.
39. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Hawaii
40. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Answering questionnaires!
41. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? NYC

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Cocoa Farmers


I did not know this. Cocoa farmers in Africa don't have access to chocolate, at least not the Ivory Coast cocoa farmers, and therefore, have no idea what it tastes like. They just grow and export the beans. Some recently got their first taste of chocolate and they pronounced it GOOD! This video is utterly charming.


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lovable Links


Here we go with another round of links.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Questionnaire Time


Another questionnaire I saw on Facebook. Since it's been a while since my last post here, I figured it was worth doing. I had to do some grammatical editing of the questions.

1. Do you like blue cheese? No. My favorite cheeses are cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Gouda, Muenster.
2. Have you ever smoked? Nope. I can't stand being around smoke.
3. Do you own a gun? No.
4. What is your favorite flavor? Dark chocolate.
5. Do you get nervous before a doctor visit? Only when I'm there because I feel sick. I don't get nervous for annual physicals.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I think they're fine. I prefer all beef, either Vienna Beef or Nathan's.
7. Favorite movie? I can't pick a favorite anything. I might be able to narrow this down to my favorite 10. Nah, more like favorite 50.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? No Pulp Orange Juice.
9. Do you do push ups? No. I walk for exercise.
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring, a necklace my parents gave me, and my mother's wedding ring.
11. Favorite hobby? Photography and reading.
12. Do you have A.D.D? An odd question, but no.
13. What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself? Aside from physical annoyances like the arthritis starting in my fingers, I'm quite satisfied with myself.
14. Middle name? I don't reveal that.
15. Name three thoughts at this moment: Answering these questions, deciding on what to eat for lunch, and sheesh, it's humid.
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink: Water, OJ, and, uh, that's mostly it right now, actually.
17. Current worry? That Trump will win the election.
18. Current annoyance right now? Various aches and pains, and the heat and humidity.
19. Favorite place to be? Walking around Manhattan and the rest of NYC, taking photos.
20. How do you ring in the new year? Nothing special.
21. Where would you like to go? Lots of place I've never been to. Taking photos in Alaska would be nice. I wish I could visit the moon. And Mars. That would be awesome.
22. Name three people who will complete this: Other people who are bored, maybe.
23. Do you own slippers? No, I wear Crocs at home.
24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Navy blue.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Never have, so I have no idea if I would like them or not.
26. Can you whistle? Not with any skill, and not for more than a second or two at a time.
27. What are your favorite colors? Blue, black.
28. Would you be a pirate? No.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing in the shower. I do a lot of thinking in the shower.
30. Favorite girl's name? Don't have one.
31. Favorite boy's name? Don't have one.
32. What’s in your pocket right now? Tissues. I always keep tissues in my pockets.
33. Last thing that made me laugh: Mike Piazza's Hall of Fame speech got me a bit teary-eyed and was the most recent thing.
34. Best toy as a child? That was a looong time ago. Maybe my Barbie, Ken, Midge, Allan, and Skipper dolls.
35. Worst injury you have ever had? Non-displaced shoulder fracture.
36. Where would you love to live? Right where I am, in NYC.
37. How many TV’s do you have? Three.
38. Who is your loudest friend? None of them are particularly loud.
39. How many dogs do you have? None. I don't have pets.
40. Does someone trust you? My husband does.
41. What book are you reading? Dark Voyage by Alan Furst.
42. What’s your favorite candy? Sno-Caps, Dark Chocolate M&Ms.
43. What’s your favorite sports team? NY Mets.
44. Favorite month? May/June and September/October: They have the best weather for photowalks.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Happy World Chocolate Day


How quickly a year can fly by! Once again, it's World Chocolate Day! Although some people say the day is in September. I say the more days to celebrate chocolate, the better.

And nothing says chocolate holiday as a list of reasons to eat chocolate. So, here are 11 Reasons to Love Chocolate.

M&Ms

Variety of Chocolates

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Monday, July 04, 2016

American Independence


Happy July 4th to my fellow Americans!



Happy Independence Day from Sam, Murray, and Steve
"Sam Wilson," "Murray the Invisible Man," and "Steve Rogers" wish everyone a happy Independence Day
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Afternoon at the Ballpark


I went to the Mets game yesterday, and between this

Mets Lineup at Citi Field

And this

Mets Celebrate Victory on the Field

Final Score on Scoreboard: Kansas City Royals 3, Mets 4
I got hit by a foul ball that caught the back of my head on the rebound. We get quite a few foul balls where our seats are, but it's been a few years since one has come directly at me. I ducked and it went over my head, but the row behind me was empty, so the ball caught either the concrete floor or the seat and bounced right up to the base of my head. It hurt a little, but not too much. I heard some kid shout that he got the ball, but I figure as the injured party, I should've gotten to keep it. I honestly have no idea where it ended up, though somewhere behind me for sure, and I doubt anyone knew I'd been hit. Ah well. At least the Mets managed to win despite two players leaving with injuries. Nothing is ever easy with the Mets.

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