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Holiday Journal (and a meme--only because I think my personal responses might be interesting)

While everyone else was posting Merry Christmas journals, I was being LAZY! So now I can post an after-Christmas journal.

First off, Mayan Apocalypse. We knew all was going to be well, so we spent it like the end of any other calendar: having a New Year's party (or New B'ak'tun's party) at Tacki and Kiffin's place. I finished out my D&D campaign and everyone seemed to agree--I'd improved with each session, from "bad DM" to "decent DM" and had gotten enough experience (not points) that they looked forward to the next time I'd lead a game.

Christmas Eve (which is Zephie's birthday) we spent at Pa and Susie's, decorated cookies, had delicious meatloaf, and received a Fry Daddy.

Christmas was mostly spent being warm and comfy together, opening presents in front of Skype conversations with our respective mothers, and being warm and comfy together.

Both of us got Boxing Day off to lounge about, eat cookies and candy, and play games. AND WE DID.

The last two days of the week, I shared boredom with the other members of my team at work, because the client company we work with was all but shut down, and there was next to nothing for us to do.

That's about it for wintery holiday stuffs... sooooo I'll post one of those copy-and-paste memetic thingy-Mc-bobbers everybody else posts. All aboard the bandwagon! >:3

This one was taken from lonesadwolf on FA. They're supposed to be binary questions, but I mark an X for a clear "yes" and a / for "sort of," with explanation. Because that's how I roll.


[X] You know how to make a pot of coffee. (Though I'm quite rusty because I don't generally drink coffee, and may need a bit of instruction if I'm facing an unfamiliar variety of coffee machine.)
[X] You keep track of dates using a calendar. (If my work laptop's Outlook calendar counts!)
[ ] You own a credit card. (Only debit!)
[ ] You know how to change the oil in a car. (Zephie and I go to professionals for this.)
[X] You've done your own laundry. (Since long before I moved out! Mom wanted us to not have to rely on her to wash our clothes. <3)
[X] You can vote in an election. (AND I DO.)
[X] You can cook for yourself. (I can, but Zephie generally does the cooking around here.)
[/] You think politics are interesting (I think it's SCARY, but it's even scarier to be uninformed.)


[ ] You show(ed) up for school late a lot. (Even in college, it was more a case of "If I'm already late for class, I don't want to be a disruption, so I'll just slip in at the end to jot down the assignments.")
[/] You always carry a pen/pencil in your bag/purse/pocket. (FINDING it is a different story...)
[X] You've never gotten a detention.
[ ] You have forgotten your own birthday.
[ ] You like to take walks by yourself. (I do it when it's a way to get from point A to point B. I don't really like or dislike it.)
[X] You know what credibility means, without looking it up.
[X] You drink caffeine at least once a week. (At least once a DAY.)


[X] You know how to do the dishes. (Good thing we have a dishwasher now so I don't have to!)
[X] You can count to 10 in another language. (How is this an older-people thing? Even without Sesame Street teaching me how to count from uno to diez, my parents once had some church friends over who had been missionaries to some Arabic-speaking country, and they taught my brother and I how to count to ten in Arabic when we were about five years old. I still remember the first three.)
[X] When you say you're going to do something you USUALLY do it. (Though if I get distracted I might have to be reminded!! XD)
[X] You can mow the lawn. (And because of this experience, I am glad we currently do not have a lawn! >:3)
[X] You study even when you don't have to. (Wikipedia is my crack!)
[X] You have hand washed a car before. (If the family van counts!)


[X] You can spell experience, without looking it up. (7th grade spelling bee school champ! ...And regional runner-up! ...And state-level 9th place.)
[ ] The people at Starbucks know you by name. (I have a $15 gift card from our pseudo-"Employee-of-the-month" award a few months ago. I haven't used any of it.)
[ ] Your favorite kind of food is take out. (Homemade or restaurants all the way! And I continue to question how this is a "grownup" thing!!)
[X] You can go to the store without getting something you don't need. (This seems more of a stereotypical "guy" thing than a "grownup" thing...)
[/] You understand political jokes the first time they are said. (Depends on whether I've happened to read about the topic in the news.)
[X] You can type pretty quick. (I used to know and measure my WPM, but it's fast enough that pauses to compose the next sentence or sentence fragment, or edit already written parts, is a much more significant delay to a finished typed piece than the delay in pressing the next key.)


[ ] Your only friends are from your place of employment. (HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!)
[ ] You have been to a Tupperware party. (Only in the sense that my mom held one once and I peeked out of my room. Do they even do these any more?!)
[X] You have realized that practically no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job. (I fit those criteria and I don't even take myself seriously.)
[ ] You have more bills than you can pay. (If I did, my head would explode.)
[X] You have been to the beach. (Puget Sound has some beaches, but even in the summer they are chilly.)
[X] You use the internet every day. (These days, who doesn't?!)
[/] You have been outside of your home country 3 or more times. (Aside from the one trip to Victoria, B.C. for the high school orchestra, I'm not sure whether to count the time we went up to Blaine for the Math Olympiad, and my brother and I spent a few minutes running around the Peace Arch and "border hopping". If so, I've been to Canada several dozen times on the same day! XD)
[ ] You make your bed in the morning. (I used to... when I was younger... what does that say about these questions?!)


[X] You have filed a tax return. (This makes much more sense... it essentially amounts to a) "I have had a job less recently than the past year", b) "I follow the law", and c) "I live in a country that does income taxes with returns the way the USA does".)
[X] You have used a pay phone. (When I was little. This more amounts to "Are you old enough to have used a pay phone back when they were more common than cell phones?")
[X] You have been served alcohol without being ID'd. (At restaurants. It surprised me because technically, they're supposed to ID me if I look younger than 30, and I ALWAYS get carded at supermarkets on those grounds! ...wow, I just realized that is supposed to stop next Thursday. Scary!)
[X] You have purchased stamps at the grocery store. (Surprised Zephie that it was possible!)
[/] You have purchased a lottery ticket. (For someone else. I know too much about probability to do that.)
[ ] You still have and use a VCR. (Alas.)

GRAND TOTAL! 26 and a half years old

Real age: 29 going on 30. I mean, 279 going on 280. I mean, 11 going on 3.

[EDITED: Because I misread one of the questions. :P]
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Added: 6 years, 1 month ago
6 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for sharing. ^_^
6 years, 1 month ago
Bandwagon? Let me grab my bass! ;-)

Some selected comments, since there's not enough room to repost the whole thing:

> Make a pot of coffee.
I much prefer my caffeine cold, so I don't usually drink coffee. I'd have to ask how your coffee maker works, and what amount of grounds you like to use. I know some folks that are really picky about their coffee; and others that like their coffee to be the consistency of used motor oil. Or molasses.

Speaking of motor oil, I probably could change the oil in my car, but I'd need a) a service manual, such as Haynes or Chilton's, just so I don't screw anything up too badly,  b) tools, and c) a place to work. Lacking all those, I have to leave it to the pros.

I can cook for myself. :-) Mom asked me to make dinner for her friends several times; when she was pressed for time, she pressed me into service. Right around Thanksgiving, Mom would just about throw me into the kitchen with a directive: what do we need for pumpkin pie?
...That reminds me, I have some pork chops that I need to cook up.

> You have forgotten your own birthday.
Guilty as charged. I often have to check my math when anyone asks my age.

I can count to ten in two other languages: Spanish and German. Last time I studied French... was around 1982.

> Study even when you don't have to.
Guilty. Getting a ham radio license was easy.

> You can spell "experience" without looking it up.
Or relying on spell check! How about deoxyribonucleic acid and cryptozoology? ;-)

> You can type pretty quick.
10fastfingers.com once clocked me at 85 words per minute. Thinking of my next sentence takes longer than actually typing it!

> You have realized that practically no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job.
Make that "and have lots of money."

> You have been to the beach.
Been there? Hell, I grew up in a beach town!

> You use the internet every day.
Since about 1994.

I have a VCR, but it's gathering dust in the closet. I don't have a functioning TV set any more; all my tubage comes from YouTube and Netflix.


I'm the same model year as this car. Go figure.
6 years, 1 month ago
Puget Sound, huh?  I live in the immediate vicinity of the Peoples Republic of Portlandia.
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