Thursday Thunks for 1.15.09
Another Thursday, another meme. Thanks, Thursday Thunks, for giving me something to write about today.
1. What's the coldest temperature you've experienced?
Umm... I think that would be this morning. -26. Yes, kiddos, that's a minus sign. And that doesn't include the wind chill. Actually, it's probably been this cold (if not a little colder) before, but I don't remember the specifics. When Troy carried Kyle to the car this morning, Kyle had a look on his face that said, "You're effin' kidding me, right?" and "Ouch, I think my face just froze this way."
2. What's for dinner tonight?
Since school is closed today (wusses), Troy has the day off. So I vote that he handles the dinner arrangements tonight. I'm thinking that it will involve browned hamburger in some form. That's because I browned a pound of burger last night before my sister called and invited us all over to my mom and dad's for a spaghetti feast. Now there's a pound of browned hamburger waiting to be Hamburger Helper-fied.
3. Would you consider this job in Australia?
Yes. Yes. A million times yes. I'm sitting here in -26 degree weather and you're asking if I would consider a job where all I had to do was hang out on a beach? What kind of crazy do you take me for? True, I don't swim, so the whole snorkeling thing could be a problem. But for this, I could learn.
4. What was your favorite subject in high school?
English. Big surprise, eh? I was one of those geeks who actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Of course, I've completely forgotten how by now. It's true, you never really need to know that stuff in real life. Even if you're an editor, which I am. It's not like we have to sit here and diagram all the sentences in our books before they can be published.
5. How many hours a day is your tv on?
A whole freakin' lot. We're really bad that way. The house always feels a little empty if we don't have the TV on. But we don't always just sit and stare at it. We're usually doing other things while the TV is on. Like eating junk food. Just kidding. Not really.
6. Have you ever received an award?
Why yes, yes I have. There were all the speech and debate trophies I won in high school. And there was the "I Like Myself" award I got for a godawful attempt at bowling at a company "party" (In my defense, it was my first time ever and I didn't want to do it). But my one semi-legitimate award was winning a poetry contest, one of those poetry contests you find in the back of some magazines, where you can get published in an amazing poetry anthology (if you buy said anthology for the low, low price of $185.95). Only I was smart enough not to buy the book. And for some reason (the judges were drunk, maybe, or they pulled my name out of a hat), my poem still won the Grand Prize--$2000! I still call it a semi-legitimate award, because I suspect the prize had more to do with luck (and drunk judges) than it did with the merit of my poem on a literary level.
7. What does your mousepad look like?
At work, it's just a boring old circle with one of those ergonomic wrist pads, although I turn it so I don't actually use the wrist thingy because it bugs me. The pad is kind of grungy and has a few crumbs from chocolate bars and other various snacks. And at home, we have a rockin' Las Vegas-themed mouse pad. Because that's how cool we really are.
8. Do you think Bud should do the Thursday Thunk meme?
Never heard of him. Don't really care.
9. How many browser tabs do you have open right now?
Three. That's nothing. I usually have at least five or six going. And then Firefox freaks out and I have to restart.
10. If you are a parent, have you or did you ever put Vicks VapoRub on your children under the age of 2?
I think we probably did. I know we had the infant kind for awhile, but I think that got old and we replaced it with the regular stuff. But I know whenever I used it, I did so very, very sparingly.
11. If you had to pick one insect to infest your house for 1 day and after that day they would just suddenly vanish, which insect infestation would you pick?
Lightning bugs. How totally awesome in every sense of the word would that be?
12. What color is your underwear that you are wearing right at this moment?
13. What was the last thing you watched on tv?
Well, Franklin was on this morning while I was getting ready for work, and I guess I stood and watched it for a minute or two before realizing I was actually watching Franklin. The last programming I watched that wasn't dictated by a 4-year-old, though, was American Idol.
14. What are your plans for the 4th of July this year?
Heck, I dunno. A little fireworks, a little BBQ. The usual.
15. Tell us about one absolutely wonderful thing that happened to you as a teenager and every time you think of it, it brings a smile to your face.
Gosh, I can't think of anything. It's not like my teenage days were so godawful, but they weren't exactly a John Hughes movie either. There was that one time in seventh grade when I saw the hot Mexican exchange student (a senior, no less!) in the hall and he looked in my general direction and I nearly melted to death.
16. What product could you sell someone based on your love for it?
I'm going to go with my Nikon D50 DSLR camera. Totally worth every cent I spent on it. I love it so much I'm practically married to it. It's even sitting on my desk right now, whispering sweet nothings into my ear. Sure, it doesn't clean the house or do the dishes, but you can use it to take a picture of the one time that you actually cleaned the house and remember it for always.