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2000:  ** Gone Fishin' **
2001:  We Can Stand With Pride
2002:  Old Dogs and New Tricks
2003:  Velcro Girl
2004Current Events
2005:  Pride vs. Puppies

2006:  Please Not Again
  Counting Carbs
2008:  The OTHER Party
2009:  All Alone in Paris
2010:  Not in (too much) Trouble
She's Alive!
2012: What a Full Day!
2013: Belated Sunday Stealing

Bitter Hack
Updated: 6/23
Les Miserables

Books Read in 2014
"Written in My Own Heart's Blood"

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mail to Walt


June 25, 2014

Been pulled over?
Three times, that I remember. Twice it was for speeding, both times I managed to talk my way out of a ticket. I don’t speed any more. Last time I was pulled over it was for going too slow. Clearly I have problems with speed regulation!

Dyed your hair?
Back in the 1970s I tried putting a red rinse on my hair (I always wanted to be Maureen O’Hara). It just made my hair have a fake purplish tint to it and I didn’t do it again.

Pulled an all-nighter?
In college I remember staying up all night and taking a lot of No Doze. Didn't help at all and I felt awful in the morning. I’ve been up all night a few times since then, but not for study or work or anything noble. The last time I was up all night was the night Paul died.

Baked a cake?
You might say that, since I spent 8 years as a cake decorator! Yes, I have made many, many, many cakes in my day.

Fallen down in public?
Unfortunately, yes. The last time was in Rochester, New York, after a church service I attended with Steve. I slipped on a patch of ice and landed with a thud. People expressed concern and Steve, the sweet, gentle, helpful man waved them off and said "that’s OK–she has plenty of padding."

Been caught making out?
Not really. My father once was furious because my then-boyfriend had lipstick on his face when he brought me home. That’s as close as I’ve come to being "caught."  (Of course my father's ire was rather disingenuous, but I didn't find out until many years later that he and my mother had been intimate long before they married)

Taken a pregnancy test?
Yes, I used to do it all the time. I had to stop, however, because every time I took a pregnancy test, I had a baby a few months later. I finally figured out what was causing it.

Broken a bone?
I’ve broken a couple of toes (once by dropping frozen beans and once dropping a frozen roast.  I stopped using the freezer and haven't broken anything since) and fractured my shoulder at the time of my bike accident when my shoulder was dislocated.

Had braces?
That’s one dental joy I missed. I was blessed with straight teeth. In fact, when I went to a new dentist for the first time, at age 12, he insisted on taking me to an orthodontist in the building to show him how straight my teeth were.

Gone skinny dipping?
Once, in my father’s swimming pool. He made such a huge deal about Walt and me going skinny dipping and then afterwards was so lecherous about it that I refused to ever do it again.

Been to Disneyland?
More times than I want to think about. We took each kid when they were 4-5 years old, and we took most of the foreign students when they were here. That's a lot of visits for someone who doesn't really like rides. The last time I went to Disneyland was when I was giving Peggy a tour of California. My life will be complete if I never have to go again.

Eaten a Krispy Kreme donut?
Yes. It was HIGHLY overrated. Much too sweet. I prefer the local donut shop, or Winchell’s or Dunkin’ Donuts. I think the only way I would like Krispy Kreme is if I had the donuts warm.

Screamed during a scary movie?
No. I’m extremely inhibited. I did, however, give an involuntary and audible intake of breath at one point during The Sixth Sense, and another time during Topkapi.

Been to a professional sporting event?
Sure. Giants games, 49er games, horse racing in Dublin. Not a lot, but my share.

Slept till noon?
Heavens no!  I feel bad when I sleep until 8.

Been arrested?

Opened Christmas presents early?
Yeah. I confess. I have.

Played Scrabble?
Bwahahaha. My friend Joan and I have been playing on-line Scrabble and Word with Friends daily for more than five years now. Also used to play a lot when I was younger.   I also play Word with Friends with a lot of other people too.

Rolled down a hill?
Yeah. As a kid. I still remember the sensation of rolling down a long grassy hill, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds overhead. Kinda like those wheels of cheese they roll down the hill in England every year.

Toilet papered someone's house?
No. And after watching how difficult it was to get TP out of a tree, I’m very glad that I never did it.

Laughed so hard you cried?
Many times!

Been hit on by someone too old?
My history teacher, my first year of college. It was one of the reasons I quit school. I didn't know enough to talk with my counselor and figured that since I had failed his class because I never attended, I couldn't possibly get out of the hole, so just quit.

Gotten seasick?
Oh yeah! We had a memorable ride in a boat out to watch whales and I got gloriously sick. So did almost everyone else on the boat, including the captain!  My friend Diane, to her dying day, never let me forget how miserable she was on that trip.   Gee, I miss her....

Eaten food that fell on the floor?
I go by the 5 second rule.

Given a hickey?
Not that I remember.

Shared a sucker with your dog?
Not a sucker, but I have shared ice cream with puppies. Not dogs, but puppies. They lost the privilege after they lost "puppy breath."  I do, however, let Polly either lick my ice cream bowl or eat the end of my ice cream cone (shhh...don't let Lizzie and Sheila know)

Been in an accident?
The worst was my bike accident in 2003.

Had chickenpox?
Yes, as a child.

Shopped at Home Depot?
I thought that was a requirement for living in suburbia.

Spied on your neighbors?

Plucked your eyebrows?
When I was still living in Berkeley and working at the University. It didn’t last long.  Now I couldn't pluck them if I wanted to because my vision isn't good enough to see what I'm doing!

Ridden in a limo?
Only once –- to and from the cemetary for my sister’s funeral. My kids, however, have rented stretch limos for various special events.

Had a pet fish?
Oh so long ago!

Lied about your age?
My friend Jeri and I shared a fake temporary driver’s license when we were 20 and the owner of the license turned 21. But I don’t think I’ve lied about it since then. I am happy with my age.

Bought something at a yard sale?
Of course, but not lately.  I think the last thing I bought at a yard sale was this crazy cow spike that went into a garden for decoration.  I bought it for my friend Mike (now long deceased) because he used to be known as the "hateful old cow."  Only problem was that I bought it in Maryland and Mike lived in Texas and we had to go home to California first...and the spike just barely fit in the suitcase.

Been drunk?
I had my days during college and young married years. Now I almost never drink at all.

Had a cavity?
I keep telling my dentist that I probably put two of her children through college. When I was very young and going to my first dentist, he didn’t believe in taking x-rays and I was very proud of the fact that I only had 4 cavities, until I went to a more modern dentist, at age 12, who did x-rays and found twenty cavities.  Then I started seeing Cindy after 20 years of dental neglect.  So yeah...I've had cavities.   None now, though!

Been ice skating?
I took skating lessons from Olympic skater Harris Legg. It was one of our Girl Scouts activities. I was terrible at it, but I did have fun skating on weekends at Sutro Baths in San Francisco.

Handed out candy to trick-or-treaters?
Oh so many years!  No more, though.  It's just too hard to answer the door with 3 dogs in the house that you can't lock up.

Been in the hospital?
Six times. Five times to give birth, once for tonsils (that was the first time; I was 4-1/2)

Had food come out your nose?
Yeah. I don’t remember what it was or how it happened, but it was probably from laughing too hard.

Had a massage?
After my accident in 2003, Marta had me come in to the massage school to let the students practice on me, but it turned out her instructor did my massage.  It was wonderful.   I had one other massage a few months later from Marta. I suspect I'd be too intimidated to get a massage from anyone else.

Locked your keys in the car?
The last time it happened, I didn’t lock the keys in the car. I left them in the car and Lizzie, who was jumping all over the car, managed to lock the door. That’s the last time I give the dog my car keys!

Ridden a horse?
Yes, but not since I was a kid.

Been lost?
Let’s put it this way –- I always allow for "getting lost" time whenever I drive anywhere.

Held a $100 bill?
My grandmother once let me hold a $100 bill in a bank and told me I might never see one again. But when I was working, I handled big bills all the time.

Been to Europe?
Yes – the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Finland, Estonia and all those countries along the Rhine and Danube.

Slept Naked?
A couple of times.

Hogged the covers on purpose?
Of course not. I am a good person and I like to share (and I have a bridge I’ll be happy to sell you!) It's all moot at this point, though, since I sleep on the couch and if there is any "covers hogging" going on, it's Polly who is hogging them.

Played golf?
Only miniature golf.

Watched the Weather Channel?
Yeah. Heck –- I’ll watch anything.

Had a manicure?
Twice. The day before my wedding and the day before my sister-in-law’s wedding, some 40+ years later.

Made mashed potatoes?
All the time. I would never make instant potatoes.

Been to the circus?
Yes. I think we’ve taken the kids to the circus a couple of times and my parents took me a couple of times. However, after all the information about the treatment of animals in circuses, I don’t think I could ever enjoy one again–unless it was Cirque de Soleil (which I saw in Houston several years ago).


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