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1) This song is about how the older generation often doesn't understand what the younger generation is up to. Do you keep up with trends?
Woman, I am the trends! Okay, not really, but I would say I do. I'm only 37, FPS, not old enough to be the "older generation," but obviously too old to be the "younger generation." I'm fine in the middle, but I would say I much more identify with what the kids are doing.
2) This song was in the top 10 in 1972, which is also the year HBO was introduced. Do you have any premium cable channels?
Netflix is our only TV service, so no. And speaking of Netflix, I have a date with Dexter after this and getting through all my emails. I'm going to binge-watch Season 6 while I knit the rest of this adorbs baby sweater for an acquaintance who is literally fittin' to pop!
3) Mother Winters taught Sam how to kill the lingering food smells in her microwave (take a bowl of water, add a few drops of vanilla extract, and heat it in the microwave). Do you have any useful household hints to pass along?
I'm gonna try that, thanks, Sam! My useful hint for keeping a house spotless at all times? Don't get married and have a boatload of children. Husbands and kids are MESSY.
4) The French word for "mother" is "mère." What other French words do you know?
I know a lot of French words, and some Creole, too, so I can greet and chat with the Haitian people I encounter here in Miami. I love learning new languages and can speak bits and pieces of more than a dozen. New research shows that speaking more than one language staves off the onset of Alzheimer's, and since I'm always concerned with my mental health, I'm all about it!
5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming?
Oh, God, no. Since Hubs has had all these issues with his brain tumor and surgery to remove it in February, and I do not know how to mow the lawn (never got taught), our yard hasn't been mowed a single time since we moved in here a year ago. I just got us a new electric Black & Decker mower off Listia, though, so that beastly yard will soon be tamed by one or the other of us. As far as gardening? Surely you jest. I have the blackest thumb possible.
6) Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought?
I don't buy cards; I make my own. Unless you want to count gift cards, and then that would probaby be my niece, Hanna Leigh. She's soon to have another birthday, next week, so she'll probably gain another one from me, too! As for store-bought cards, I just got one for Mother's Day myself, from my dad, and the sentiment was so touching it actually made me tear up. Way to go, Dad!
7) Have you put away your winter clothes yet?
Have I mentioned we moved to Miami? I'm still working on unpacking and getting rid of things we no longer need, but winter clothes were among the first things to be given away! (Which was kind of a shot in the foot when we recently visited freezing-cold Virginia back in early March. All our friends were scrambling to clothe the five of us - but they did it!)
8) Mother Winters used to scold Sam for leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as a grown up, she's still a bit of a slob. Do lean toward "neat" or "messy?"
I lean toward being a neat mess. I compartmentalize wonderfully, and as for chores, I get around to them when I get around to them. I'm more messy than my upbringing would have dictated, but I'm far neater than any of the rest of the slobs I live with, and that drives my anxiety through the roof.
9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away candy bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds?
Well, as you read, I like to keep up with the latest research, and that dictates that an ounce or so of the darkest chocolate every day is good or many aspects of one's health. However, since it's Mother's Day, and I'm a mother four times over, I'm going to pick out on an entire milk chocolate with almonds bar, please and thanks!
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