January 13, 2023 – Friday 5

I took a look at this week’s Friday 5 and immediately felt weird. I have issues about talking about myself positively. It’s a whole thing. I’m working on it.

What’s your best physical feature?

My face, I think. I get complimented a lot on my eyebrows. The dirty secret is that they’re mostly drawn on.


What aspect of your personality do people seem to appreciate most?

My humor. I know women aren’t funny (/eye roll), so it’s been mentioned a couple of times by people that I am funny. I do like that about me.

What skill are you proud of?

My strategic skills. That I look at the Gordian Knot and start picking apart the loops to a cogent step-by-step plan of execution.

…The executional tactics need a little practice.

What are you right about?

My superpower is being able to identify people by voice alone. It’s turned into a fun party trick. If I know the person’s name, and have heard them speak (TV, real life, podcast, etc.), I can nail it.

I have to know their name, though. If I didn’t match the name to the voice, I can’t do it.

Who appreciates you?

I’m coming to find in my growing life experience that a lot of people do. I’m working on getting better at recognizing and appreciate people appreciating me. It’s a process.

Source: Friday.5

December 30, 2022 – Friday 5

1. Among people with whom you are not personally acquainted, who most made you laugh in 2022?

Pat Finnerty’s What Makes This Song Stink


2. Among people with whom you are not personally acquainted, who most inspired you in 2022?

All of the different Zentangle artists I saw and used for inspiration for my own work.


3. What were your food discoveries in 2022?

  • City Pop Sushi in the old office neighborhood
  • Monarca Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood

I also discovered that I can exist on a semester-long diet of occasional fruit, occasional carrot sticks, occasional snack bags of nuts, and pizza. I am not proud of this; I’m just saying.


4. What were your music discoveries in 2022?


5. Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight on January 1?

Zonked out at home.

Source: Friday 5 for December 30: Out with the old

May 1, 2020 – Friday 5

1. So — so on Monday, what happens?

Quarantine same old same old. Get up, breakfast, shower, shuffle to The Apiary Office, get some work done, do some reading after work.

2. What was that ruckus?

That was me falling up the stairs in my haste to get the office, as I had forgotten I was scheduled to attend a webinar and instead went to take a nap.

Thank goodness part of my brain was like, “You really should check your emails before you totally zonk out.”

3. What do you know about trigonometry?

My ADHD-I kicked in hardcore my Fall Semester of senior year when I took Trigonometry. I was not only attending class to learn, but also borrowing OTHER Trigonometry books from my teacher AND used microscopic type (I think it was 6 points when printed) on my one-page help sheet for the final to pass the class.

Back in Ye Oldene Days, YouTube tutorials weren’t a thing, but you bet your ass had I had access to them back then, I would have used them.

I have since lost all of the Trigonometry I crammed into my brain that semester.

4. Vodka? When do you drink vodka?

I was a gin drinker in my heydey. I still miss the bitter limeyness of a gin and tonic.

5. How’d you like to go fishing this weekend?

I probably should go outside at some point this weekend.

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April 24, 2020

1. What are you using for a face covering when you venture out?

Lara made me a home-brew face mask, which was nice. Lara and I haven’t exchanged gifts in a long time. I really need to remedy that.

On Wednesday, my mask from I Heart Guts will be arriving, so I’ll probably be swapping those two when (if) I go out.

This mask and more at the I Heart Guts Threadless site.

2. What’s a recent cover you like of a song you already liked?

Recent? It’s not recent, but I love to jam out to Chet Faker’s cover of No Diggety.

3. How good are you at keeping track of food storage container lids?

As long as they are for our “official” food storage – our glasslocks – we’re good. If they’re from takeout containers we’ve saved, it’s a whole other ball of wax.

4. When did you last cover for someone?

I can’t think of the last time, but I have one that comes to mind immediately when I think about covering.

When we got Rox, it was still in the era of declawing being an acceptable practice (though the tail end). We’d gotten Rox declawed and it was a totally botched job – the vet was about 950 years old, and a total hack. At my mother’s urging, she had me take Rox to another clinic, and then lie my face off about what had happened – for what reason to lie, I don’t know, but I was still a bit of a pushover, so I did.

Vet #2 didn’t believe a single thing coming out of my mouth, but she didn’t call me on it, and she did help. So there’s that.

5. In your residence, what has a special cover?

The record player. And it is To Be Kept Covered At All Times When Not In Use. Them’s the rules, bud.

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April 17, 2020 – Friday Five

1. What was the last thing you purchased second-hand?

Right before we all went on lockdown, I was buying a lot of secondhand Chico’s Traveler’s line shirts.

I like them because even though, yes, they are acetate and microplastics, they last for a million years. The one that I originally bought, I purchased in 2008 – so it’s 11 years old – and it still looks as good as I did when I bought it. So, I’m buying a piece that could have ended up in a landfill otherwise and will last forever.

I have about 6 pieces now in my wardrobe. And if I ever get to be seen by the public again, I’ll probably slowly replace more finicky pieces in my wardrobe with new secondhand peices from this line.

2. What’s a dish you cannot resist a second helping of?

Homemade spaghetti. It’s a comfort meal to begin with, so I usually end up eating a pound of cooked pasta in a sitting.

3. How many seconds can you go right now without blinking?

Now that you’re actually asking, zero seconds.

4. Whose second album is much better than their debut album?

Music is not one of my high hobbies, so I had to get a little bit of help with this question.

And though Nirvana is not for me, and I will turn them off whenever they come up on Spotify, I will wholeheartedly agree that Nevermind was the album that not only cemented their credibility as a band, but was a landmark change in music. Period. No one talks about Bleach. Everyone I know in my generation still has Nevermind in their music catalog, even if they never listen to it.

5. What’s something for which you were runner-up?

Any job that I was a candidate for that I lost to anyone else, I suppose. No other discrete times come to mine.

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