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1) Do you want to get married?

2) Where would you like to get married?
The Vikingsholm Trail head above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.

3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party?
Oh, wow. Probably Natalie, and not sure who else.

4) What would your wedding colors be?
Something in the royal or navy blue range. Or kelly green.

5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?'
I certainly hope so.

Friday five

Jun. 8th, 2017 10:29 pm
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These questions were written by [personal profile] ahunter3 for [community profile] thefridayfive

1) What was the first recipe or food you learned how to cook?
Either Kraft mac and cheese, Top Ramen, Nestle Tollhouse cookies, or boxed cake mixes.

2) What recipe or food did you cook most recently?
Food cooked: pasta with meat sauce (ground beef, a jar of sauce, a can of tomatoes and random seasonings). Recipe followed: double chocolate banana bread

3) What recipe or food do you cook most often?
I bake most often, brownies (adapted from a KAF recipe) or banana bread

4) What is your favorite recipe?
This is definitely my favorite cookie recipe.

5) What is the recipe you make that impresses other people the most?
The above chocolate chip cookies, my brownies, and most anything I bake.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
1. What was your favorite past time in high school?
Going to 7-11 at lunch with Allison and Jeff. Lots of junk food was consumed.

2. What is your all time favorite board game/card game?
I never had a game I LOVED SO MUCH, but I do really enjoy Apples to Apples or Uno.

3. What is the last movie you saw at the theatre and what did you think of it?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I enjoyed it, and love the backstory it provides, but it's not one I want to watch over and over.

4. What is something (no matter what kind of mood your in) that makes you happy the moment you do it, see it, or hear it?
Um, shoot, I know there is something but I can't think of it. Cat videos, the show Whose Line is it Anyway?, Strong Bad emails, posting baking photos on IG/FB.

5.Do you believe that crop circles are made by human or alien?
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
It was just posted today.

1. How do you feel about cooking?
I enjoy it, but wish I knew how to make even more things. Also be more authentic - I think I make very simplified versions of a lot of ethnic dishes.
I am also usually too busy to cook, which is sad. I like real food!

2. How often do you cook a meal (from mostly fresh ingredients, not something ready-assembled that you just heat)?
Maybe twice a week. Usually more like once. That is pathetic. Lately, even less often.

3. How many people do you usually cook for, when you cook?
Me, me and me.

4. Do you have a favourite recipe book or chef?
No, but I love food blogs. Lately it's Food52 and Smitten Kitchen.

5. Kitchen tools: use the fewest possible or gadgets are your friend?
Gadgets are my friend. Sooooooo much to wash after I cook or bake! I should say that I have the tools I love, but not a lot of one-use items. Every so often I ALMOST get the avocado slicer. If I ate mangoes on a regular basis, I'd definitely get a mango cutter.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
In honor of the day -

1. Have you ever been to Ireland?
No, the closest I've been is when we flew over it on the way to London. So, I saw it from the plane (I think).

2. According to Facts about Ireland, 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names. Whether you are American or not, can you find it on a map?
I am American, and I've known where it is on a map since I was a kid.

3. Are you or do you know a natural redhead?
I am not a redhead, but often wished I was. I know several natural redheads.

4. Will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day?
I spent the entire day driving back from Disneyland, thankful I don't have to fight LA traffic on a regular basis. We did hit Downtown Disney one last time this morning though.

5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day?
I have heard the story - he was a monk or a missionary I think. I just forgot most of it.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
-How many pets have you had at one time?
2 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 bettas. I currently have 4 bettas, but I think I had 5 at one time.

-What is the strangest pet you have ever had?
Hermit Crabs. Not super strange, but it was an 80s thing.

-What is the coolest trick you have ever taught a pet?
My old roommate's cat would play fetch with the toy mice. He would also do some pretty incredible acrobatics when we tossed it to him.

-Real animals: What animal have you always wanted as a pet?
There isn't anything I've always wanted, but I'd like a small dog.

-Imaginary animals: Describe the ideal pet, an animal that doesn't really exist.
A small dog (or a cat) that does not shed and does not need to be walked (or litter box for a cat).
ringsandcoffee: (JE school mistress)
Questions were posted today. Better late than never.

1. Do you have one spot in your house where you like to go and just dream?
No. I sit on my couch a lot, and do a lot of thinking there. Then again, it's just where I sit.

2. Do you had a special blanket that you like to cuddle up in?
On said spot on the couch, it's covered in my super-soft blanket. It's more as protection (couch does not belong to me and I don't want to mess it up) but I still like to sit on it.

3. If you could have one room in your house refurnished, which one would it be?
In this house, the kitchen. Oh, wait, I misread that as renovated.

4. Did you have a good week?
It's only Tuesday, but it's been better than last week. Kids are behaving more, I started running again, and I've been baking. Blueberry muffins today.

5. Do you have special plans for the weekend?
I get to plan for my observation next Thursday! Oh joy.
ringsandcoffee: (coffee x 5)
1. How do you like your coffee?
In mah belleh! :) Iced, brewed strong, and about 40:60 coffee and milk. Or hot with a good splash of cream.

2. How do you like your tea?
With milk or cream, no sugar.

3. What's your favorite late night beverage?
I don't really have one. There are nights when I want coffee though, so I'll make some instant decaf espresso and mix it with milk.

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Hmm, does it count if it's my iced coffee and milk combo?

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
Probably something from a coffee shop. If at home, maybe a glass of wine.
ringsandcoffee: (AA angst)
1) What would/did you name your first child?
girl: Miranda Caroline or Miranda Jane; boy: unsure. I was settled on Gabriel for YEARS but my love for that name has waned.

2) What do you think makes a good name for a baby?
Something that flows well (first and middle); something the parents have liked for a long time.

3) What do you think makes a bad name for a baby?
Kree8tyve spellings, made-up names, obviously named after fictional characters (to a point; I have a soft spot for Arwen from Lord of the Rings). As a teacher, I see some doozies of names.

4) What's a name that you love, but would never give a child? Why?
Dimitri, unless I married someone of Russian descent.

5) Did your parents do a good job naming you?
Rebecca is just fine, and calling me Becky works too.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST jedi Daniel)
1. Are you easily intimidated by people in some sort of power position, like say your boss or a former teacher, when you meet them on the street?
Well, I never meet old bosses on the street, but I am always a little intimidated by my current bosses. As for one previous boss (and the other person who acted like one), I still shudder a bit when I think of them.

Oh, wait, I am FB friends with a previous boss, but did not add her until after she resigned. We interacted through a mutual friend though, which I thought was a tiny bit odd.

2. Do you like pants pockets and what do you tend to put in them?
YES. I like to have a pocket for my work keys so they aren't banging against me when clipped to my lanyard. Otherwise, they are good for tissues in the winter, or hiding something in a pinch.

3. Do you believe the saying, 'Everything old is new again?'
More like everything comes around again.

4. Do you believe in serendipity?
Yes and no. (I know, boring to not explain)

5. Did you have to look up serendipity before answering Question 4?
Hahahahaha. My immediate thought was the movie with that title, and I knew I didn't believe in things happening like that. I also wanted to look it up to make sure I wasn't mistaken/misled by my memories of the movie.
ringsandcoffee: (Dear Santa British gent)
I got home late last night. Better late than never.

1. What is your favorite 'food' holiday?
Thanksgiving, because I don't get real turkey any other time of year.

2. Do you prefer ham or turkey (or tofu turkey)?
Turkey. Ham is for Christmas. Well, sometimes my mom gets prime rib.

3. Do you anticipate or dread seeing your relatives for the holidays?
I see my family twice a year, so I look forward to seeing them. I see my extended family even less often, so I love when we do see each other.

4. When do you start listening to Christmas carols (for real, you can tell us)?
As late as possible. Last weekend was the first time I heard a song at a store, and I was not happy about it. However, the Christmas music was better than the kids singing Beatles songs that it alternated with.

5. How are you feeling right now with regards to the upcoming holiday season?
Today I went to a craft boutique and got exactly one gift. I like buying gifts for people, but have the worst time choosing them. If it doesn't scream the person's name, no go. Other than gift shopping, I'm looking forward to going to CA and seeing friends.
ringsandcoffee: (AA angst)
1. What is your favorite food to eat prepared by someone else (parent, spouse, friend, etc.)?
My initial response to this was ANYTHING. I live alone and thus cook for myself. I'm excited whenever someone else cooks. However, and maybe because Thanksgiving is near, I'll say turkey and stuffing. Of course I'm partial to my mom's stuffing, as I grew up with it, but I've yet to have one I didn't like. I have never made my own turkey. Mom says it's not that hard, but watching others each Thanksgiving, it's always checking and basting and checking again and waiting and waiting for it to be fully cooked but not overdone.

2. How many times a day do you typically eat?
Usually lunch and dinner, and a snack or 2. Breakfast for me is usually iced coffee with milk. Before you start lecturing me on how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, know that when I do eat it, I am usually STARVING (stomach rumbling, sometimes nauseated) by about 10am. Blood sugar spike, perhaps?

3. How often do you cook for yourself?

A few times a week. At least once a week I'll make something to last a few meals, either as dinner leftovers or portioned out for lunch. I eat fast food way more than I should.

4. I wish I ate more:______________________

vegetables. I love them, but they get forgotten in the fridge. I bought a bag of salad mix today, and will soon mix that up.

5. If I want a "real breakfast," I:_______________________

Go out to a restaurant. A couple of times a year I'll go to a breakfast place, and usually get some sort of omelette. Once or twice a month I get the sausage breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. On the occasional Saturday morning, I eat a bowl of cereal.
ringsandcoffee: (JE You were in my path)
Today's five questions are brought to us by livejournal user amguynes, the letter F, and the number 5.

The name of...

1. Your favorite book?
Jane Eyre

2. Your favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, The Little Mermaid (yes, I said more than one movie)

3. Your least favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
The adaptation of Jane Eyre with William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg was painful to watch. It started out badly and just got worse. I watched through my fingers, mumbling about how terrible it was over and over.

4. Your least favorite adaptation ever of anything to a movie?
Probably same as #3, as I cannot think of anything else at the moment. No, wait. The TV miniseries adaptation of Scarlett (sequel to Gone With the Wind) went downhill towards the end.

5. Your first ever novel/comic book/movie character crush?
Hmmmmmmm. I really need to think about this! Probably Rhett Butler. I read GWTW in high school. I cannot remember what other books I read around that time. I think some John Grisham and Michael Crichton, among others, but they didn't have characters worth falling for.
ringsandcoffee: (cute Sebastian)
1. What are five good health habits for one to have?
get some sort of movement in daily; reduce, not abandon, the junk food; drink iced tea at restaurants instead of soda; try to get enough sleep; take time for yourself.

2. Name any four things that you want to do before you die?
go to the UK again, try something like the trapeze or those flying swings, meet Sting (though he is more likely to die before me), learn how to level and frost cakes!

3. Name three songs to which you know all the lyrics?
Many, many songs, but...anything from The Little Mermaid, "Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks, "Black Water" - Doobie Brothers

4. What were you doing two hours ago?
When I first read this post this morning, I was sleeping 2 hours prior. Two hours before now, I was sitting on the couch, playing on my laptop.

5. If you could smash and break one thing and one thing only, what would it be?
I really want to go Office Space on the copy machine at work so maybe they would finally replace it, not just keep calling in the repair guy.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
1. Have you ever done something awful to your hair? What happened?
I didn't do it, but it was traumatizing. In college, when my hair was still awkward and I didn't know what I was doing with it, I went to one of those cheap salons for a trim. I tried to describe how my previous person used to cut my hair. The woman proceeded to cut the front of my hair in a way that I immediately, internally, freaked out. I sat through the rest of the cut trying not to cry, and paid the $8 plus tip (I'm too nice to complain) and bolted out as fast as possible. My friend was with me, and as soon as we got in the car I lost it. Of course, it grew out, and everything was fine after a while.

Oh, I did try to cut my hair once by tying it back in a ponytail at my neck then cutting it. This resulted in a very steep slant from back to front that my friend had to try and even out. I'll scan a photo of it sometime.

2. Conversely, at what time in your life have you looked your best?
A year ago, my hair was great, my skin was clear, and I was looking pretty good. Now, my hair is still good, but I need to be working out again, and my face has some breakouts. But in all, not too bad.

3. Do you have a favorite article of clothing? Tell us what and why.
I don't have an item that I LOVE and want to wear all the time at the moment. However, I love my black leggings on the weekends. Despite still having panty lines and pretty much no butt, they are comfortable.

4. Confess the worst fashion trend you ever succumbed to.
Even with what I said in #4, I'm a little ashamed when I wear my leggings out to run errands. I feel like workout clothes should be for working out, but still, on weekends, I just want to throw something comfy on and go.

5. Are there any clothing/fashion trends today that you simply don't understand?
Hideous shoes. The fact that most tops are so sheer you can see through them. Bralettes. Super-skinny jeans. I know there are more, but I can't remember them.
ringsandcoffee: (grammar)
I guess it's Friday somewhere.

1. Do you like ketchup or tomatoes or both?
If I had to choose one, then ketchup. I like tomatoes in just about every form except by themselves. If a burger or sandwich has tomato slices on it, I don't mind because I can't really isolate the tomato flavor. If I taste too much of it, I'll take the slices off. There was a meme on tumblr once that said something like if the only way to defuse a bomb was to take a bite of a tomato, then I'm gonna die. Pretty much that.

2. Do you like grape jelly/jam or purple grapes or both?
Grape jelly, though it's about 5th on my list of preferences. Red grapes are the best, then green. I had a popsicle with purple grapes in it the other day, and it was kind of ick.

3. Do you like cider or apples or both?
Both, but cider is better. Hard cider, hot cider, cold cider, all yum.

4. Do you like cream or milk or both?
Strange question, as they aren't really used interchangeably. Both. Milk in my tea, cream in my coffee, or my half iced coffee, half milk drink every morning.

5. Do you like zucchini bread or zucchini or both?
ringsandcoffee: (Leo the Late Bloomer)
1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?
Rock star. I like to sing, but am not great at it. I'd love if I WAS good at it and got paid for it. I don't know if I'd love touring all the time, much as I love to travel. But I'd get to see more of the world than I have so far.

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?
I was in the newspaper 3 times in 6th grade. Once for being part of the DARE program, once running a sack race at the end of year picnic, and I don't remember the last one.
My 1st grade class put on a production of Snow White, in which I was a (pink) rabbit. It was recorded and shown a few times on the local cable access channel. I was doing my part (maybe walking or dancing?) and my ears fell off.
I called into radio stations a few times, and at least once my request was played on air. I recorded it, I was so excited. That must have been in middle school. In high school I called in one morning because the DJs were talking about some storm damage that happened at my school - the roof had blown off a couple of buildings. I described what it looked like. That was fun as I had heard them talking while I was sitting in my car, then ran to a payphone to call.
Last summer, I was on Absolute Radio's breakfast show when I crashed their picnic. I didn't know they would put me on air, but I was thrilled.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?
I had dinner with one of the girls on the show where Bret Michaels (I think) was looking for a girlfriend. She was a visiting my friend for the weekend. We went to the middle school dance (where I used to teach and my friend was the counselor) and the kids were impressed to see someone "famous."

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I met my favorite DJs from Absolute Radio - Geoff Lloyd, Annabel Port, Christian O'Connell, Richie Firth, Andrew Bailey, and Faye Caruthers. They are famous in the UK but still. I made a sandwich for an NBA player when I worked at a sandwich shop. I didn't know who he was at the time. Oh, I met Mitch Pileggi and Dean Haglund at an X-Files convention. Shoot, was Nick Lea there too?

5. Who would play you in a movie?
Ack, someone awkward but awesome. Maybe Amy Poehler.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
1. Do you consider yourself young, old or middle aged?
All three. Sometimes I feel old compared to many of my friends, but then they all think I am younger than my actual age. In reality, I guess I am middle aged. The young side of middle age.

2. When you think of your parents at your current age, did you consider them older than dirt?
Hmm, I wasn't even born when my dad was my age. I guess I was about 4 when my mom was my current age. So, I didn't really consider their ages at those times.

3. What were you really into when you were a kid?
Playing outside. Making up stories as I played in the empty lots in my neighborhood. Riding my bike. Wishing I was a gymnast and doing pretend routines in my backyard or wherever I could find something to balance-walk across.

4. Who was your best friend in elementary school?
1st-2nd grades - Robin. 2nd-4th - Krissy. 4th-6th - Kristen

5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?
Tweezers and nail clippers, tissues, hand lotion.
ringsandcoffee: (sleeping Eowyn)
I'm still

1. Describe where you grew up:
Northern California, in a house we built and moved into when I was 6. We were next to the hills and had a line of trees on the property line, which I loved. They don't exist anymore except in pictures. I used to spend hours and hours playing outside in the two cul-de-sacs that made up my neighborhood.

2. Do you wear any jewelery?
Rarely. I piece here and there, usually a necklace or ring. I had intentions of wearing more, but the stuff I bought/got for Christmas got stolen. I used to wear 1-2 rings all the time.

3. What do you have too much of?
Food in my pantry that isn't getting eaten. Pillows I don't use anymore. Papers to grade.

4. Who is a fool?
This is way too deep a question for 11pm.

5. What's your nickname?
Becky, short for Rebecca. I've acquired a plethora of other nicknames in my lifetime as well.
ringsandcoffee: (JE the storm is gone)
Feedback baby

1. What have you sold?
My old car, fast food, Girl Scout cookies, food court food of various types, sandwiches, and that legal crack known as Starbucks.

2. What do you want to change?
Many, many things. Maybe someday I'll write a post about some of them.

3. What does your answering machine / voice mail message say?
I think both my home answering machine and cell phone voice mail say "Hi, this is Becky. Please leave me a message." Here's where my neuroticism appears: I hate listening to my recorded voice so I hate recording the messages. I make it as short as possible. Also, I screen my calls at home since most are telemarketers. Therefore, I don't say "I'm not home right now" because sometimes I am home, and I don't want to lie.

4. Where did you go to school?
San Ramon Valley HS, UC Davis, Sacramento State.

5. Friday fill-in:
If you'd like to reach me, ______.
either talk to my answering machine so I know to pick up, call my cell (I know you, you probably have that number), or email or instant message me. Text message, not so much, since they cost me 15 cents a piece. No, I don't want to add a txt message plan.
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