Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?
Oddly enough, I’m going to say shopping. But not for groceries, because that kind of shopping is tedious and annoying and causes me to sigh a lot and wish I were somewhere else. I normally like parks just fine, but this is February and the benches are probably freezing cold. Compare that to a nice warm store and it’s no contest. Somehow I inherited a junk collecting gene. Spending time (and sometimes money) in a store like Home Sense or Pier 1 Imports looking at strange furniture and weird wall décor is a lot more fun than staring at grass. I’ve always fancied having an antique folding room divider like the ones ladies in movies go behind to undress, throwing random pieces of clothing over the top. Or one of those willow swing-chairs that hang from the ceiling. Good thing the price tags on these things are completely out to lunch.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
Any one of these. Because they’re interesting and fun and red. There’s nothing like a pair of red shoes to perk you up on a dull day. They should make these for seniors. The ones with the moose look very Canadian.
What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?
Only ever been locked out of a car a couple of times, unless being locked out was such a traumatic experience that I’ve erased the event from my memory. We have extra keys for things, in unexpected places. Or we just forget to lock the door. Either way, being locked out hasn’t been a problem.
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?
Anything that can have nuts added to it always tastes better with them than without. I’m thinking of crunchy peanut butter, carrot muffins, brownies, ice cream sundaes, any kind of chocolate. Nuts are just fine on their own too. I broke a chunk off one of my molars once while eating peanuts. So even though I have no nut allergies, those little buggers can still be dangerous.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Yesterday my audiologist did an hour-long, very thorough, hearing test on me. I’m grateful that she was excellent at explaining what she was doing and what my results indicated to her. For low-pitched sounds I have mild hearing loss. For higher pitched sounds, the loss ranges from moderate to moderately severe in both ears. The only thing left after that is profound. Yikes. So I am a candidate for hearing aids. If I sit face to face with someone who doesn’t mumble or speed-speak, everything is fine. I can hear W from pretty much anywhere because his normal method of communication is to shout. Phone conversations are difficult. And I know it’s extremely annoying for people when I continually ask them to repeat what they just said.
So, I am grateful to have had that done and paid for by health care. They will not be so generous with hearing aids, but we’re checking to see what our insurance will cover. I know when I fit glasses, some people didn’t like the sensation of having everything suddenly look so clear. The audiologist said it’s sometimes like that with hearing aids too, and could take some perseverance getting used to hearing every little thing again. I am looking forward to a report being sent to my doctor and to me, and then I’ll have to decide how much I enjoy being a deaf little old lady.