This will be a weekly post of the most random of random questions to answer- to share my world! Thanks to Cee’s blog for being the brainchild behind this!
How many languages do you you speak? Two. Like the vast majority of American kids, I took Spanish in high school, but I don’t remember enough to really speak it. I especially realized this when my husband and I traveled to Honduras in 2012 to meet our sponsor child through Compassion International, Heybi. When we met, I did ok to start but then got nervous and promptly forgot all the Spanish I knew. Thank goodness we had personal translators with us. I remember at one point, the translator had gone to the bathroom, and I tried, out of necessity, to say something to Heybi’s mother and I conjugated the verb wrong (not a big deal; I said “No necesitan” instead of “No necesitamos.”) I corrected myself and managed to mumble a “Lo siento,” but she just smiled, chuckled, and hugged me for trying.
And I speak fluent cat. Meow.
I guess I dabbled in ASL (American Sign Language) as a child; I used to be able to sign the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember the alphabet and the sign for “flag.” And I can sign the following (known as “Awesome God/Omega”) from my time in a Christian vocal group in college: “Our God is an awesome God; He reigns from heaven above; With wisdom, power, and love, our God is an awesome God. May the grace of our Lord be with you now and always, may you stay blameless ’til He comes. May the love of our Lord be with you now and always, may you stay blameless ’til He comes.” To see the song, view the following video from a “Beauty and the Geek” chapel event in February 2007. Bonus points if you can find me, lol.
What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?
- Reading: The Plantagenets by Dan Jones. I’m a direct descendant of Edward III and his ancestors through his youngest son, Thomas, so I figured I’d read up and learn about the House of Plantagenet. My opinion so far: ?????? (and that’s only Henry II, Richard I, and John. I wanted to go back in time and slap some sense into them, but it sounds like Eleanor of Aquitaine did a fine job of that during her 80 years of life…minus the whole leading three sons in rebellion against her husband, and their father, the king part.)
- Watching: I don’t watch things anymore. But Doctor Who is being DVR’d for whenever I snap out of this funk. I need Peter Capaldi to come rescue me.
- Eating: I don’t eat much besides cereal because of all the fluid I need to drink daily; it makes me too full.
- Listening to: I have many playlists on my iPod, with a wide range of genres. The song that is currently playing on the playlist I am listening to is a totally boss cover of “Oceans” by Rend Collective. As I continued to write, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and “Blackheart” by Two Steps from Hell popped up. (Seriously, “Blackheart” is a gorgeous song. The guy who wrote it, Thomas Bergersen, is basically the movie trailer guy. If you’ve seen a movie trailer in the past ten years, you’ve heard his music. I have all of his albums and it’s eight hours worth of music.) Actually…the song goes along well with the book I’m reading, too. I call for a mini-series! (Can I be in it?)
What was the last photo you took with your phone? Last Wednesday, celebrating my last dose of Plavix (I had to be on it for six months following the stent placement for my carotid artery aneurysm.)
What is your favorite time of day? The middle of the night. I love being the only one awake.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was actually pretty bad. I was, and still am, in a lot of pelvic pain that is for some reason very hard to bring under control. Most days have been 7/10, with one 8/10 in there. I don’t know what’s causing it. But I’m grateful it’s not worse.
Even though I prefer cooler weather lately, this week is supposed to be close to 80+ degrees for the next few days. (84 on Wednesday? Ugg. Might need to break down and turn on the AC.) Still better than a year ago today when we had sleet and some snowflakes, I guess. But I should enjoy the company of my kitties on the bed while I can (currently I have 6/7). Once it gets warm, they’ll hang out elsewhere.