I started out with baking. Always good. I made these pecan pie cheesecake bars, and they turned out absolutely scrummy. (I've been watching too much Mary Berry the past couple days.) It's a pecan shortbread base, with a cheesecake middle layer, and a pecan pie mixture on top. The cheesecake adds just enough of a bite to take away from the sweetness of the pecan pie part, and they only get better the longer they sit. I've packaged up a dozen to take to work tomorrow, but we've only got two left of the dozen I left for us here at home. That's how good they were.
I spent all my in between time preparing my fundraising report for our band booster meeting tonight, only for that to get canceled at the last minute. So instead, I called and chatted with my friend L. I've been a little worried about Alicia. Of the four of us, she's the one having the most difficulty with all the distancing, plus she's left behind the life she had started for herself in DC. I think it's compounding her anxiety. What I want is for her to take a weekend before Thanksgiving and go spend it with her best friend in Berkeley (who is L's daughter). The best friend is very cautious and she and her roommate are getting tested every couple weeks through the university, so I have no fears about Alicia's safety. Plus, I think she really needs it. Alicia, however, is fighting me on it, saying she has too much homework, etc. I'm going to push, though. I told her that her mental wellness is just as important and one weekend isn't going to ruin everything. We'll see if that works out.
Today's question: What is something you've tried but would never do again? Ice skating. Hated it with a grand passion. I could never stabilize my ankles on the blades and spent more time on my butt than on my feet. And sprained my ankle in the process.
15 If, without being detected, you could spy electronically for the next month and watch anyone, anywhere, anytime like a fly on a wall, would you? If so, who would you watch and how closely? If not, why not?
16 If it were the only way you could remain with the love of your life, would you be willing for both of you to wake up tomorrow as native speakers of an unfamiliar language, knowing that within a week, you'd permanently forget the language(s) you now speak and largely be cut off from your friends and culture? If so, what new language would you want to speak and why?
17 If a movie were being made of your life, which actor would play the starring role?
18 Write the words that you need to hear today.
19 If you had to be obsessed with money, sex, sports, religion or food, which one would you choose?
20 What do you love most about yourself?
21 Ignoring all financial considerations, would you rather spend the next 5 years confined to an urban mecca (e.g. New York City, London, etc) or a beautiful, isolated coastal town somewhere?
22 How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?
23 What is a character trait you despise in others, but you know you also have that same trait?
24 What is the most serious law you've broken doing something you thought was morally right, wouldn't hurt anyone, or was no one's business but yours? How bad would the punishment have been if you'd been caught and given the maximum sentence?
25 If you were on a jury, would you be willing to convict a person for something you didn't think should be considered a crime?
26 If your heart were damaged beyond repair, but you could regain your health for a few more years by getting a heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig, would you?
27 What is your favorite question to ask people?
28 What stage play is your favorite?
29 For $100,000 (or equivalent in your currency) would you put on 40 pounds/18 kg and keep it on for 3 years? How much money, if any, would induce you to put on 100 pounds/45 kg for at least a year?
30 If you were president/prime minister/supreme leader etc. of your country, what is the first thing you would do?
31 What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?