I baked today - salted caramel apple hand pies - that didn't turn out half bad, but not worth doing again. The pastry was good, but the instructions were just atrocious and there were way too many things about it I would change to make better. I also got to see a friend today for the first time since last spring. She stopped by to pick up some shelving storage units I was getting rid of, and we got to chat for a little bit. Oh, and a teensy bit of writing happened, but I kept getting drawn away from the computer so emphasis there is on the teensy.
I've never done nano before - mostly because I've never had a problem hitting 50k in a month - but the past two years have been hard for me in that regard. So, I'm giving it a go this month. I have no idea if it will work, but I'm willing to try anything at this point.
New meme questions!
Yesterday's: Who is one of your “saints”—a person who was very influential in your faith, spirituality, or life philosophy?
I was raised Lutheran, but I consider myself agnostic these days, so anything religious is out. I'm pretty sure my life philosophy has evolved over the years by wanting to treat people differently than the way I was treated growing up/as a young adult, so there's definitely nobody there who qualifies as a saint, lol.
Today's: Have you ever considered moving because of an election result?
Seriously? No. We joked about it in 2016, and we've chatted about it this past year, but the reality is, both kids are in college right now and we don't need any kind of financial upheaval, regardless of how we feel about the politicians in office. We recognize we're very privileged in that a lot of what we fear happening if there's another four years of Trump won't affect us directly for quite a while (if ever). It doesn't change the fact that Trump is dangerous and bad for this country and the world, in general, however.
3 Have you ever been disappointed by a screen adaptation of a favorite novel or story?
4 Have you ever seen a film that you thought was better than the book?
5 How do you keep up to date with the news?
6 If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward remember nothing of the experience would you do so? Why? If not, why not?
7 Would you rather be a member of a world championship sports team or be the champion of an individual sport? Which sport would you choose?
8 Who are the three people you spend the most time with each week? How do these people affect you?
9 Would you accept $1,000,000 (or equivalent of your currency) to leave your country and never set foot in it again?
10 What was the last really bad movie you watched, and what was bad about it?
11 If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
12 If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, to greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family?
13 Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?
14 What’s something you’re really good at, but you don’t like to do?
15 If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would you do?
16 If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it even if it sounded strange and not very appealing?
17 What behavior in others do you have zero tolerance or patience for?
18 When did you last sing to yourself? to someone else?
19 If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal trainer, which would you choose?
20 Does the fact that you have never done something before increase or decrease its appeal to you?
21 Would it disturb you much if, upon your death, your body were simply thrown into the woods and left to rot? Why?
22 If you were to become famous, what would you be famous for?
23 Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?
24 Do you establish routines in your life? For example, do you usually sleep in the same place in your bed? eat meals at the same time? regularly return to the same vacation spot?
25 Can you be counted on to do what you say you'll do?
26 Do you think there are benefits to feeling grateful?
27 In conversations, do you tend to listen or talk more?
28 Sum up your personality by choosing three fictional characters that you might combine to make YOU.
29 What’s your favorite color in the Crayola 64-crayon box? If you are super-fancy and sophisticated and use the 150-crayon size box, that’s fine, too. Ya diva.
30 What’s your favorite tree?