Proof that our winters here are seven months long.
What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?
I would like to have someone deposit a billion dollars in to my bank account with no strings attached, anonymously, tax free. I believe that would make me deliriously happy. Even though people say money can’t buy happiness. Don’t you think it might be fun to test that theory and find out for yourself? And see how long it would take to give the bulk of it away to people and causes you cared about?
But that’s probably asking for too much. A gift certificate to Michael’s would be good too.
What color would you like your bedroom to be?
Deep purple with silver stars scattered all over the place. It would be like sleeping in outer space. Imagine a realtor trying to sell your house totally flipping out about it. At the moment it is a flat and rather boring creamy shade of pale yellow. My whole house is a tribute to the colour yellow. I have no idea why exactly, but yellow paint and I have this thing going on. I pair it up with red, or blue, or orange, or brown, and it takes on all kinds of different characters.
Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?
I do not like snow, never have and never will. But I have always lived where there is lots of it for months at a time and have never experienced a winter without it so I don’t know if I would prefer it that way or not. What in the world would I complain about all winter if there wasn’t any snow?
This year, so far, we have very little. Yesterday it rained. Christmas without snow will be weird if it happens. But I have never been one to complain about weird.
Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?
This is one of those crazy “this or that” questions where you don’t want to choose either one, because they are both equally disgusting. Why must there be only two choices? Why can’t we play “this, that, or the other thing”?
Okay, never mind, I will play along. The biggest thing I hate about camping is never feeling clean if there is no way to have a hot shower every day. I am much nicer to people when I’m clean. So no change of clothes for a week seems like the lesser evil to me.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
For one reason or another (maybe it’s connected to the lack of snow) there seems to be an amazing absence of pressure about all things Christmas for me this year. The grandkids will be off skiing. I’ve had cards on my desk for weeks but no ambition to sign and send them. We put up a little artificial tree and outside lights on a timer and hung some junk on the doors and put some ornaments around the fireplace. I don’t want to do any Christmas baking because it’s all sugary crap that’s not good for anyone. My sugars will go berserk if I have too many cranberries with my turkey. So bah humbug, I guess.
Our house is still upside down until we can get rid of all the post hip surgery stuff that takes up so much room. I can’t remember a Christmas when we’ve been off to a doctor’s appointment on the 23rd of December, so that will be a first. Then we are hoping W gets the ok to drive again and we can get back to our version of normal.
And that’s all she wrote for another who knows how many days of relaxing and putting things off and getting very little done. It’s a good life, even without the billion dollar birthday.