Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?
You get what you get, depending on where you choose to live I suppose. When we lived in the Arctic above the tree line, the winters were long and dark and frozen solid. So living way down south in the middle of Alberta (which is way up north to many people) seems balmy in comparison. I have never liked the snow and the cold, but a winter without any snow at all would probably seem weird. So far this year we haven’t had too much of the white stuff, but now that I’ve said that we’ll get royally dumped on. No worries, I don’t have to go out in it or shovel it or even look at it if I don’t want to. That’s what spouses with snow blowers are for. And snow always eventually goes away. That’s the part about it I like the best.
So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?
Usually my umbrella is in a basket on the shelf above the coats. If it’s not there, it’s in my car from the last time I used it and didn’t bring it back in to the house. It used to get left at work all the time if it was raining when I left to go there and not raining at home time. No matter where it might be, there will be no frantic searching. Coats are made with hoods for a reason. I like the rain. It doesn’t rain enough here.
Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?
I don’t really care. Either way, it’s purpose is to satisfy hunger and supply nourishment. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Hunger Games city of Panem where food is so plentiful we forget it’s not there purely for our entertainment. We play with fashion and we play with food while there are people in the world who are going without proper clothes or food or shelter, and who must look at us and question our priorities and our sanity in the grand scheme of things. A starving child isn’t concerned about the presentation or the proper utensils. Or what to do with the annoying cereal dust at the bottom of the Cheerios box.
What is set as the background on your computer?
Well, funny you should ask. I just changed it yesterday. I was tired of looking at this elephant.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful for the best Christmas yet (every one is the best ever – funny how they just keep getting better…) with all the grandchildren and sons and daughters and dogs. It was relaxing and delicious. I shared a bedroom with W, so I had to either learn how to use ear plugs or live with sleep deprivation. I chose the former. When he snores, the walls go in and out, I swear, and you can’t hear planes flying overhead. Now I know what to expect when what’s left of my hearing finally goes. It was kind of nice in a way, getting up and wandering around and having no idea at all how much noise I might be making.
This week I’m looking forward to New Years Eve and maybe actually making it to midnight with my eyes open! That seems like a reasonable goal and one that I won’t be too sorry about if (as usual) I don’t make it.