Rambling Over Coffee: RANDOM and I've turned comments on for this one

This morning I've finished my 2nd cup of hot, strong, black coffee and although a few post ideas have flitted through my head, I don't feel like actually working on post. Sometimes you have to think too hard.  I'm not up for thinking about anything yet.  Which is why I've avoided looking at any news this morning either.

Instead, I thought I'd just sip a 3rd cup of coffee and just start to ramble about whatever.

I'm going to turn on comments too if anyone wants to join in.  I know most just want to read and never say anything.  It's why I stopped posting on my Coffee Talking forum.  It was too one sided.  My blog is basically one sided too, but at least I know it will be and I don't have to be disappointed at the lack of mutual conversation and feeling like I'm entertainment for people like I did on the forum.  Blogs are more 'one way' streets while a forum was supposed to be 'two way'.  Different mind set so I don't mind talking to an empty room on my blog.  :)


I thought a good starting point might be a 20 questions thing.
I recalled seeing some celebrity 20 questions on youtube last summer so I went to google and typed in celebrity 20 questions.  The first results weren't relevant but the first one that was was an interview with Alicia Keys from MarieClaire.  NOT what I was looking for either, but whatever.  It's a good starting point - mostly because I told myself I would use the first celebrity 20 questions that came up on my google search. 

In hindsight it's a crappy one, and I don't even like Alicia Keys or know anything about her.  After reading her answers I know we could never be friends in real life either.  Some of her answers made me shudder.  BUT I just needed some random 20 questions to start with.

1. What should every woman try at least once in her life?
The word 'woman' in this question bothers me and I'm having a hard time getting past it. I just feel as thought it should have been worded more inclusively. And for the record I'm not sure I have an answer. I don't propose to tell anyone what I think they should do because they have different interests than I do.  

If I answer maybe "every woman should go tent camping all by herself at least once".  Somehow I think there is a huge population of women that would look aghast at me and think I was utterly insane.  Camping? Sleeping in a tent? On the ground? But if they told me I need to go shopping in NYC and get a massage, manicure and pedicure I'd give them the same disgusted look. Hell no.

2. What brings you the greatest joy?
Silence and hiking tall bluffs overlooking nature or the ocean below and 9 month old babies.  Love babies between 4-11 months.

3. What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
Seeing my house or a room completely un-cluttered, clean, and dust free.

4. What is the best advice you've been given?
I can't think of a single thing!

5. Who do you follow on Twitter?
No one. I had to quit Twitter. After I called out Ilhan Abdullahi Omar for a bold-faced, 100%, out right lie, Twitter told me it was hate speech and put me in the Twitter dog house.  I basically said "fuck you" and didn't bother trying to get back on.

6. What is on your bookshelf?
My Kindle bookshelf has about 2,000 books - mostly horror, Sci-Fi time travel, ghosts, apocalyptic, dystopian and zombies as well as tons of history books and recipe books.  My actual bookshelf in the office is full of books from mandatory college reading that I thought were interesting enough to keep, nutritional healing, herbal studies, survival wisdom and know-how, travel books, Michael Crichton, Jeffrey Deaver, classics like Little Women, Three Muskateers, etc. as well as a bunch of history books, religious studies, recipe books, and the Left Behind series. 

7. What charity do you support?
Southeastern Cave Conservancy.  (SCCI)

8. What is on your bucket list?
I don't believe in bucket lists.  And I've always thought that was the stupidest name for it as well.

9. What is on your perennial to-do list?
Painting all the interior walls of the house.  It's never ending.

10. What are the last three items on your credit card statement?
Sam's Club for groceries, my AAA membership and.... I don't recall.  Probably another Sam's Club grocery run or Amazon.  They had a 5% cash back program from October through December for Sam's, Amazon and Target; so I was using it instead of my debit card.

11. What item in your closet do you wear the most?
My flannel shirts over tank tops.

12. Who are your heroes?

13. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
I wouldn't hold a dinner party.  Too much stress, work, anxiety and expectations. But I might have the cast of FRIENDS or BIG BANG THEORY over for coffee in my living room or drinks on the deck.

14. What is your greatest indulgence?
Chips and dip. I think the question might be geared towards expensive purses, shoes, massages, pedicures and such.  Ummm... no.  But I do indulge in chips and dip once or twice a year and I'll eat the whole dang bag/container. 

15. What is on your nightstand?
Lamp. Clock/radio, my tablet with Kindle reading app, a pair of reading glasses, a bottle of hand lotion, a paperback book and a small candle.

16. What quote do you live by?
None really.  But I have a few that come to mind once in a while.  "It is what it is" "Let go, let God" and "just keep swimming... just keep swimming..."

17. What is the best gift you've ever received?
Nothing in particular.  My favorite most recent was a cast iron skillet for Christmas.

18. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm painfully shy and anxiety ridden. It's exhausting and tear-inducing for me to go to a new place, attend parent meetings, sporting events, job interviews, etc.  Apparently I come off as extremely confident, calm, friendly, talkative and haven't a care in the world.  Inside, I'm sick to my stomach. 

19. What is your beauty secret?
I have none.  I pretty much suck at even remembering to even wash my makeup off at night much less anything else.

20. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
JUST DO IT.  To push harder for the things I want or want to do; not to be a people pleaser or put my dreams, wants, needs aside for 'later' because time flies by SO fast and later might be too late or never come.

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