Saturday 9: The Sweet Escape

The Sweet Escape (2006)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) This song begins with, “First of all, let me say I must apologize …” Who most recently apologized to you? I don’t know but probably my husband and probably over something small.

2) Gwen Stefani sings that she acted like “sour milk on the floor.” Is there milk in your refrigerator right now? What about non-dairy creamer? There’s milk. No non-dairy creamer, but probably some almond milk and old half-and-half.

3) In the video, Gwen wears several different pairs of stiletto heels. What are you wearing on your feet as you answer these questions? Nothing. For as much as I do love shoes, I love being barefoot more.

4) Mrs. Stefani named her daughter “Gwen” after a stewardess in the book/movie Airport. Who was your favorite character in the book you just read, or movie you most recently watched? I don’t know. I don’t have strong feelings about any of the characters in anything I’m reading right now or read recently, and I can’t think of what movie I saw last.

5) Gwen is a distant cousin of Madonna’s. Are there any performers in your family? No, although some of us wanted to be once.

6) In high school, she joined the swim team not because she enjoys swimming but because she wanted to lose weight. Are you doing anything (dieting, participating in an exercise regimen) in order to shed a few pounds? I’m trying to be more careful about what I eat, and I’m back in a decent gym routine. It’s been a chaotic year and it seems like I’d have a great week and something would come up the next, so I’m glad that I’ve been back at it for almost two weeks.

7) Before she became successful, Gwen worked at the makeup counter in a department store. What was the last thing you purchased? Did you buy it online or at a store? Most likely online. I have nail wraps on the way, that’s for sure.

8) Gwen has gotten a great deal of publicity for her romance with country star, Blake Shelton. What’s your favorite Blake Shelton song? I can’t think of one, and although he has a few songs I very strongly dislike, I do know he has some I like, too.

9) Random question: Which of these compliments would make you the happiest — to be called fascinating, or brilliant, or gorgeous? Probably fascinating.

Friday 5: From the Top

  1. What’s a food or drink whose bottom is better than its top? Creme brulee, because I’m surely the only person alive who does not like the top. I’m also a fan of the caramel at the bottom of a caramel macchiato and how it mixes with the drink.
  2. What’s at the top of your weekend agenda? Sleeping in!
  3. When did you last wear a non-hat covering for your head? I have a headband in right now to push the bangs out of my face.
  4. What tunes did you spin this week? I actually compile a playlist and write about it every week over on Medium! I always like the weekly playlists, because obviously, but last week’s was longer than they’ve been lately and had a lot of great stuff on it. I post a new one every Friday.
  5. When were you last on the roof of a building? I’m not sure. Certainly not recently, and the only things coming to mind are parking garages.

From Friday 5.

Saturday 9: Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing (1985)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What’s the last thing you wore on your head? I have a headband on right now to keep the bangs out of my face while I cut grass.

2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What’s the biggest purchase you’ve made lately? Was it big in size or expense? It would have to be the new siding on the house. So both big in size and expense, but we got a really good deal on it.

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions? This is a weird one, but I’ve been wearing earbuds all day at work, which I hate to begin with, and my ears are mildly irritated because of it.

4) The term “dire straits” describes a troubling situation that’s difficult to extricate oneself from. When’s the last time you found yourself in dire straits? Ooh, I don’t know.

5) There’s a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It’s a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both? Definitely both. It’s cool to think that these things were around once, but man, they’re ridiculous.

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist? I think I could do both, honestly. I already write, and I think if I put in the time and effort, I could translate that to music. It’s my second love after writing, honestly.

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it’s more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now? There’s a slight chance my husband has some, although he’s been going more for chicken and turkey lately. I’m a vegetarian.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today’s young people look up to? By the sounds of it, social-media influencers and YouTubers, and please, youth, I beg you, don’t.

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you’re handed doesn’t have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want? The thing is, 99% of the time, I’m gonna order pasta, and that’s not expensive. So I order what I want, but I also know it’s not gonna be ridiculous.

Friday 5: Autocomplete

  1. Who do you look like? My mom.
  2. What bit you? Some sort of bug outside at some point.
  3. When are you due? Whenever the bills are due, I guess, but I haven’t looked.
  4. Where have all the flowers gone? They died, so I threw them out.
  5. Why don’t you? But I am!

As always, from Friday 5.

Saturday 9: No One’s Here to Sleep

Saturday 9: No One’s Here to Sleep (2013)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is the theme of How to Get Away with Murder, the legal drama that premiered in 2014 and airs on Thursday nights. Are you a fan? I haven’t kept up with it, but I enjoyed the first season. I’ll come back to it eventually.

2) The song’s refrain says, “I’ll never catch up with you.” Behind the wheel, do you carefully observe the speed limit? Or do you have a lead foot, making it hard for anyone to catch up with you? I speed, but not excessively. I’m going fast and still getting passed.

3) How to Get Away with Murder is about Annalise Keating, a law professor at a top Philadelphia university. She has a reputation for being tough, demanding and able to turn her students into successful defense attorneys. Tell us about a teacher who helped prepare you for life after graduation. Ooh, I don’t know. Mr. Stevenson, my high-school comp teacher, does come to mind, because his class had us very well-prepared to write papers in college.

4) The students she feels show the most promise — and are recruited to help her solve murders — are known as The Keating Four. Did you ever sense that you were your teacher’s favorite? I think I’ve been close to the top but not necessarily the favorite.

5) Viola Davis was just nominated for an Emmy for playing Professor Keating. Ms. Davis was born on a farm in SC. Have you spent more of your life in a rural, suburban or urban setting? Suburban.

6) Next to Annalise Keating, Viola Davis is best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Aibileen in the movie, The Help. Have you seen it? Nope. One day.

7) In 2014, the year How to Get Away with Murder premiered, we lost two famous comedians: Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Who was the last person to make you laugh out loud? (This means actually, literally laughing out loud, not just keystroking LOL.) Probably my husband.

8) The 2014 Olympics were held in Sochi. Have you ever been to Russia? If not, is it a dream destination of yours? I have not, but I would like to.

9) Random question: The sign on the railing says, “Wet Paint.” Do you touch the railing to see if it’s really wet? Nope.

Friday 5: Smallifying

  1. What mini version of a popular snack food is better than its original? I have always loved mini Butterfingers.
  2. What mini version of a popular snack food is not as good as its original? I don’t like mini Reese cups as much as the regular ones. I insist the filling isn’t as creamy and tastes a little different.
  3. What food, not yet miniaturized as far as you know, might make a great hors d’oeuvre for parties? Everything I think of has already been done!
  4. What snack food might be better in a giant size? ALDI sells this cookies called Knoppers that’s a wafer and creme. I’d eat a giant one of those.
  5. What five mini-scoops of ice cream flavors would go really well together? So first of all, the creamery at Penn State has coconut-chip ice cream that I adore. Keeping that in mind: coconut chip, mint chocolate chip, chocolate, cookies n cream, and chocolate-chip cookie dough. Not necessarily in that order, though.

From Friday 5.

Saturday 9: Where You Lead

Where You Lead (1971)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme of The Gilmore Girls, a TV show that ran  from 2000 to 2007. It recently enjoyed renewed popularity as a reboot. Were you a fan? I never watched its original run, but my best friend watched a lot of reruns in college. I didn’t mind it and will probably give it a proper chance one of these days.

2) The show is about thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore, her teenage daughter Rory, and her parents, Richard and Emily. The four of them had dinner together every Friday night. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? What was on the menu? It was just my husband and I. We ordered pizza.

3) Lorelai is outgoing and talkative. How about you? Are you seldom at a loss for words? It depends, but I feel like I’m more talkative than not.

4) Rory dreamed of going to an Ivy League school and then becoming a broadcast journalist. When you were in high school, what were your ambitions? I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer.

5) Rory’s grandfather (and Lorelai’s dad) went to Yale and performed with the Whiffenpoofs, Yale’s famous a cappella group. Have you ever sung in front of an audience? Not solo, but I did chamber ensemble in high school plus our musicals my last two years. Does group karaoke count, too?

6) Rory’s grandmother (and Lorelai’s mother) Emily was very active in civic organizations and worked hard on the Hartford Zoological Society’s Annual Silent Auction. Have you ever attended an auction? Yeah, the fundraisers for my high school. I think they’re kind of fun.

7) Alexis Bledel, who played Rory, went on to appear in Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. Of these three shows — Gilmore Girls, Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale — which would you prefer to binge watch? The Handmaid’s Tale is the only one I’ve seen all of, but I wouldn’t necessarily binge-watch it. I don’t like binge-watching, for starters, but it’s an intense show.

8) Carole King originally wrote this week’s song, “Where You Lead,” for her Tapestry album. Do you have a favorite Carole King song? No. I’m not really a fan.

9) Random question: If zoo animals could talk, which animal do you imagine would be the rudest? I don’t know. I’m not sure any of them would be. I think most animals would be pretty chill.

Friday 5: Timing Is Everything

  1. What’s your hurry? There technically isn’t one, but I feel like I haven’t done much today. And I have to go into work tomorrow–as in the physical building, rather than working from home–for my monthly rotation, so I have to get up earlier tomorrow, which means I have to go to bed earlier tonight, which means my window to get things done is shrinking.
  2. Where’s the fire? In the backyard, but not until Wednesday. I finally found our box of matches, and we have a small burn pile that’s been waiting for them.
  3. You need it when? Eh, typically, I’d be antsy for my payday, but my mom was going through my dad’s safe and found a relatively small but still decent amount of money in cash and opted to split it in half between my brother and I. I’m still looking forward to payday, of course, it just doesn’t feel as important now.
  4. What’s your ETA? 7:00 tomorrow morning, right on time for my shift.
  5. What’s the holdup? As usual, myself.

From Friday 5.

Saturday 9: Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs (1993)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme from Frasier, a TV show that ran  from 1993 to 2004. Were you a fan? I was pretty young when it first started so it wasn’t something I ever watched on my own, but my parents liked it. And I enjoyed what I saw when I watched it with them.

2) The show is about a radio advice show host, Dr. Frasier Krane. When you listen to the radio, do you tune in for talk or music? Mostly music, but I do have NPR programmed in.

3) The theme’s composer explained that tossed salad and scrambled eggs are both “mixed up,” like the people who called Frasier’s radio show. Which did you eat more recently, tossed salad or scrambled eggs? Not a tossed salad specifically, but I had a Caesar salad today.

4) Peri Gilpin played Roz, Frasier’s coworker at the radio station. The actress originally cast was Lisa Kudrow, but the show’s producers didn’t feel she was “right.” Being released from Frasier gave her the opportunity to accept a bigger and better part: Phoebe on Friends. Can you think of a time when a setback was really a blessing in disguise? I’ve been thinking that about where my job/career is right now. I’ve been exploring other opportunities off and on and nothing’s really come of it, but with my dad’s cancer diagnosis and death a few weeks ago, I think it was better that I’ve been forced to stay put. I have three weeks’ vacation, for one thing, and used a lot of it helping with that, and working somewhere where I’m established and well-liked plus work from home has had a lot of advantages over the last six or seven months.

5) Dr. Krane shared his home with Martin, his retired dad. Martin’s favorite chair was well-worn recliner, held together in parts with tape. Frasier tried to replace it by giving his father a brand-new, expensive leather chair as a gift. Martin wanted his old recliner back. Tell us about a present you either gave or received that wasn’t a hit. Ooh, I don’t know of any I’ve given that weren’t hits, at least not in the sense that they weren’t liked at all. But I’ve gotten some small things from, like, my husband’s extended family that are the kind of gifts where someone obviously felt like they ought to get you something but had no idea what to get. But I appreciate the thought.

6) Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Krane on three different series (Cheers, Wings and Frasier) over 20 years. What job have you held the longest? My current one, still my first one out of college. I’m just starting year eight now.

7) Before he found success on Cheers, Grammer played bit parts on the daytime dramas Ryan’s World and Another World. Have you ever followed a soap opera? General Hospital, which I still do watch sometimes. I’m informed enough that I know what’s going on, at least.

8) In addition to work in front of the camera, Grammer has done voice over work on commercials for Dr. Pepper and Cheerios. Are either of those products in your kitchen right now? A box of Cheerios!

9) Random question: You’re invited to a party where dinner is served buffet style. There’s spaghetti with tomato sauce, barbecue spare ribs and buffalo wings. When the evening is over, how likely are you to have a food stain on your clothes? According to me, very unlikely. According to my husband, it’s almost guaranteed.