Friday, May 15, 2015

TToT78: A Whole Lotta Gratitude With a Side of Mustache

Yes, I am only at 78, but for the original TToTers, this is 100 weeks! Woohoo! And fortuitously, I am CHOCK-ful of gratitude this week and have an extra-long post in store for you!!!

1. There's a contest this week in honor of the anniversary! Go see Lizzi; she's got the deets. I am, probably as you read this, boxing up the prizes I will contribute to one lucky person! It could be you! Join us! Link up! Do it! This is a thankful because I am certain I will win one of those boxes.

2. Ramps, ramps, ramps, ramps, ramps! They may cost $5 for a quarter pound, but they're worth it. And for those who don't know, click here. We grill or saute them, though.

3. My favorites. Any day now. Stay tuned.

4. We spent a morning and some of an afternoon with cousins from Switzerland!

5. I'd just 'bout given up on my cucumber and melon seeds, but they haven't let me down. Finally, some action!

6.-7. I scored TWO pieces of second-hand furniture this week! One of them is, like, a real-life classy antique. The other will get painted.

8.-9. Well, this week, as I was driving out of our neighborhood, I wondered aloud to my children what that pink thing on my trunk was. What could it be? Then I forgot all about it until we reached my MIL's, and I couldn't find my phone (in its pink case). Remember the lost keys? Remember the panicked flapping? Cue Brian again: he calmly suggested we call the phone; the person who found my phone on the street in front of her house answered, and all was well. Thankful for Brian and the neighbor.

10. Dyanne pegged me as a sucker and tagged me in this mustache business. She hates to be rejected, and I would never reject her advances, so here goes:

Four names people call me other than my real name:
Mama/Mommy: the kids
Babe: the hubs
Sister/Sissy: various relatives
Ms./Mrs. Summerlin: hundreds of past students, but no one at present

Four jobs I've had:

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:
If were flipping channels and came across one of these, I'd stick around:
The Big Lebowski
Pat and Mike
Silence of the Lambs

Four books I would recommend:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel

Four places I have lived:
Port Arthur, TX
London, England
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Asheville, NC

Four places I have been:
the Himalayas
Wahpeton, IA
San Marino
the Guadalupe River

Four places I would rather be right now:
in a forest, alone
on a vacation in the mountains with family
at a Tex-Mex restaurant
on a road trip, alone

Four things I don't eat:
I will try almost anything you put in front of me. I don't care to retry:
wheat beer

Four of my favorite foods:
ice cream
steak, medium rare
stinky cheese

Four television shows I watch:
House of Cards (American)
Mad Men
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Pinot Noir!)

Four things I'm looking forward to this year:
Going to the Hoity-Toit with Kate and Beth
Eating tomatoes from my garden
Learning to quilt
Restocked Blue Bell

Four things I'm always saying:
I'm still here. Go back to bed.
You have a choice: ________ or time out.
Hey, Dude.
Love you, baby.

And now for the four I will tag whoever links up 1st, 7th, 11th, and 13th. Prime numbers, y'all!

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  1. Nooooo, I was so excited about linking first and Dyanne got me last week!

    I love my peonies, but my yard has just gotten way to shady for them so they are slowly dying off. I just planted my cucumber, zucchini and melon seeds. I'm hoping if I give them a bit of a head start the squirrels won't dig them all up and replace them with maple keys like they've done every other year.

    1. I carried these peonies from our home in NC because I couldn't bear to part with them. They're my favorite flower, but these plants are particularly meaningful. I"ve never heard maple keys! I like to call them helicopters or whirligigs. This week I got the blower out to blow off some grass clippings and some tiny maple detritus. I put it away, walked inside and watched a storm of key/helicopters/whathaveyou rain down on our yard. They're pointing straight up all over the grass, and I haven't got the energy to get the blower out again.

    2. Oh, and I guess you get a pass on the mustache thing! I had third in there at first until I realized I'd linked up third!

    3. Isn't 2 also a prime number?

  2. A Wrinkle in Time--yes! I love that book, and the others that go along with it. (It was a trilogy, I think--or maybe there were 4 books?)

    I just visited a peony farm with my mom a couple of days ago. So, so beautiful! Wish they could grow in my area.

    1. My favorite! I can't remember if there were three or four at the moment either.
      Peonies are also my favs.

    2. Just a quick note -- it's a series of five.

  3. You taught me all about the glories of ramps last year and I thought of you while walking through the market and bought some the other day. I dont recall how much they were but I dont think as expensive as yours!

    1. Ah, the DC Metro area, where we pay the big bucks for everything.

  4. Peonies! Love them!
    Did you purchase the second hand furniture or find it in someone's trash?
    I'm terribly happy that you joined the TToT AND that you became a co-host.
    Thank you for not rejecting me!
    We could not eat red meat together.
    Ice cream, though, we could.
    My mother has been whining about having to throw out a new tub of Blue Bell Moo-lennium Crunch until I pointed out it was better than contracting listeria.
    A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favorite books! My kids loved it, too.

    1. My favorites! I brought these plants from NC with us!
      Bought both--the antique at a reasonable price, the other cheap as dirt.
      I am, too!
      Well, we could cook yours longer.
      Everyone I know threw caution to the winds and finished theirs. :)
      It seems it is quite popular!

    2. I would eat red meat with you. We can talk about Dyanne while she cooks hers longer. :D

    3. I'll eat all the ice cream while my meat cooks.

    4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! You can't have my ice cream!!!!!!!!!!! But I think you can have Lisa's.

  5. Good pick on that Wrinkle in Time.
    So glad you joined us here at the TToT oh those 78 weeks ago.
    And even in 78 weeks, I did not know you lived such an exciting life, living all over the world.
    Peonies...they are pretty flowers, but they are full of ants and fall over. No flower is pretty when it is lying on the ground.

    1. I think of you when peonies bloom, Christine, and how someday, I will dig yours out of your yard and relieve you of them. :) I stake mine. I'm glad I joined you, too!

  6. Aw CRAP!! I'm 11th!!! LOL Well, hmm... I'll *get to that* ;)

    I actually love learning this stuff about you, Sarah! I didn't know you lived in Malaysia!? SO cool. Have you written about it? I need the posts if you have!!

    And I had no idea what those 'foods' were that you even mentioned.. so obviously, you are cultural and I'm... not. Ha!

    Love it all, girl. Love YOU!!

    1. Hahahahahahahahahahaha! You're tagged!
      I don't think I have. How strange. I should.
      And me, you!

  7. eeh!! I was just thinking 'nice questions to answer' and then I see that I got tagged!! Cool!! Lovely, lovely flowers!! And, I love that you've traveled so extensively!

    1. Hhahahahhahahah! I love that I've traveled so extensively, also. Pretty much all before the age of the 30, sadly. Then I slowed down--small children, reduced income, etc.

  8. I have not forgotten that you recommended Gilead to me a while back. I'll get there... I love that I knew some of these things about you and I love that I had no idea about many of them - you've been some cool places, my friend. My list would be nowhere near as impressive.
    Ramps, eh? I am certain we had those in our CSA last year. And I'm pretty excited that our pickups start up the first week in June - woo hoo!
    And we should definitely go out to eat together - I, too, will try almost any food at least once. Sometimes it requires copious amounts of beer to do so, but definitely. :D

    1. Seriously, I think you would like it. It's not flowery.
      I thought my job list was extremely boring. I'm glad I made up for it with my travels. Have my parents to thank for a lot of that.
      Yeah, I'll try anything once, and there are quite a few more things that I just don't think the taste makes up for the ugh of eating: oysters, frog's legs, escargot, for example. But the ones I listed I actively dislike.

    2. Yup, I'm with you on those ugh foods - the consistency kills it for me. Want boring? Wait until I do this on my blog - one of my categories has the same answer for all four in the category. I'm SO exciting. :D

  9. OOOOOOH does this make me 13th? I do love a good prime number...

    1. I meant linking up, but you should DO it! Brian pointed out 1 is not prime, and I knew that, but I had 3rd first and had to change it after i linked up third.

  10. You have a gorgeous list, my dear, and ARE THEY PEONIES?!?!?! I love peonies but I'm woefully bad at recognising them unless they're glorious big ball-buds and THEN I know :D

    Ramps. We've had this conversation before and I've forgotten what they are. I'mma google it.

    I love your mustache bits. I've never tried durian but I heard it tastes a little like peutrifying corpse, so I don't much fancy it. Hazelnuts tho? Really?

    Well done for staying calm and finding your phone again :D And YAY for your cucumbers and melons.

    *happysighs* SO glad you're here :D

    1. YES!!!! You are right at identifying my favorite flower of all time! I hardly ever can name a definite favorite in a category, so I parade this choice.
      I believe I might have been the one who described it so--on Val's blog back in April. I know. I'm in a small minority fo hazelnut haters. Seriously. Nutella? GROSS!!!! Why taint chocolate so?
      I was not the one who stayed calm. I was most certainly not calm. Brian saved the day.
      I'm glad I'm here too!

  11. Fabulous post, Sarah. I don't know where to begin. So those peonies. They look so ready. I have some dark pink ones and light pink ones. They smell divine. And ramps. I'll have to look for them. My market had Ugli fruit and jicama, so I'm sure there are ramps. Have a good week. I enjoyed reading your answers. Yay for ice cream, good books, and road trips.

    1. I love those light pink one with the dark streaks in the center. Those are gorgeous. My market definitely doesn't have Ugli fruit OR jicama! Not sure I've ever had Ugli fruit, in fact, but I remember you posting about it.

  12. Peonies are gorgeous.

    It's wonderful that you've been to the Himalayas.

    1. Aren't they? I just saw your picture! I like that we have blooms in common.

  13. I have GOT to watch The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt. You are the second person I've heard singing it's praises, and the Pinot Noir song (which I have watched on You Tube). I haven't tried ramps but I always see them using them on Chopped and the judges seem to love them. I'll have to put that on my to do list as well. I hope you post a follow up picture of those peonies next week, and the rest of your garden!

    1. If you like slightly off-color, politically incorrect humor, Kimmy's your man. I LOVE it.
      I love them, but I love garlic and onions in strong doses. They're a strong taste.
      I posted my peonies!

  14. Love your peonies. And I too cannot wait to eat a vine ripened tomato.

    1. There's a Guy Clark song: "there's only two things that money can't buy--and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes."

  15. Love the peonies! They are gorgeous...that color! I wish I could tell you I didn't laugh just a tiny bit about the phone because things like that happen to me. I'm usually frantically searching for my car keys. I even hung a hook next to the garage door for the but do I ever put them there? Nope. I am glad you got it back safely though. I had to look up ramps and I think I've had them but I can't be certain. I love the mustache questions going around...I always love reading little things about people. have a couple of new books to add to my list thank you :)

    1. I dug these up from our yard in NC and brought them with us. A previous owner had nurtured them for decades and I couldn't stand to leave them behind.
      I just had a nightmare car key loss a few weeks ago. Ordered new cards and everything (my mini wallet was attached). And then I found them. I'm on a kick.

  16. I don't know why but I always have such a difficult time when I am trying to comment on your blog! I blame the BoSR/SBoR number 56.3 Subsection E that states when a blogger doesn't pay attention to the buttons that they are clicking then they will be destined to re-write comments.

    Anyway, you are the second person who has mentioned The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt so I am going to watch it later today. Your lists are great! I have been to San Marino, too! I was but a kid and all I remember are lots of hills and castles. But what a small world!

    1. I don't know either, and I wish I knew how to fix it!
      You should. It is simply hilarious. Just my kind of humor. I was in San Marino in my teens so I don't remember it perfectly either.

  17. Funny (or not) about 'A Wrinkle in TIme' it's on a lot of lists (and it's actually a book that made a lasting impression, having read it in… 9th grade I think I came across it, excellent).
    Travel envy… Himalayas! Kuala Lumpur damn! (still working on the North American continent and falling farther and farther behind each year!)
    thanks for the co-hostification on this here blog-for-the-ages!

    1. Yeah, that kind of annoys me. I mean, it's nice to share that taste with others, but I remember when my love for it set me apart. Like when I was wearing Chucks and the hipsters hadn't started yet. Oh well. I'll still be wearing my Chucks when they're no longer trendy and still be loving AWIT.

  18. I am thankful for a wife who marries the kind of nerd who points out that one is not really a prime number... and loves him anyway!

  19. Gotta start by saying that Moonstruck is my favorite movie, and I am a huge Madeleine L'Engle fan as well. I was, in fact, nodding along with a lot of things I read in this post. My peonies are starting to look a little scruffy. I wish the blooming season lasted longer.

    1. YAY!!!!!!!!! Let's have a quote-off!!!!!! I always want to do that when I find someone else who loves that movie!
      You must live south of me. I have that same feeling. Their blooms make me happy and a little sad because they're so short-lived.

    2. You can quote Moonstruck??? I love you even more. In a non-creepy, not a stalker kind of way.

    3. I've seen a wolf in everyone I ever met, and I see a wolf in you!

    4. I ain't no freakin' monument to justice! I lost my hand! I lost my bride! Johnny has his hand! Johnny has his bride! You want me to take my heartache, put it away and forget?

    5. I'm making it bloody to feed your blood.

  20. I love it! And I hope you don't mind I copied your idea of combining these two. GENIUS!

    1. p.s. are those "not yet" flowers peonies? We have some on the side of our house. They're SO BEAUTIFUL for about a week, then the wind and kids start beating the heck out of them :)

    2. Yes, peonies! I love them to pieces--literally. They do fall apart after too short of a blooming time. I actually get sad when they bloom because I know they will soon be petals on the lawn. God, that's depressing.

  21. Wowee, you were lucky getting your phone back!!
    Very pretty flowers too, it looks so warm with you.
    You're doing well to be a 78. I haven't counted mine, but I know I'm nowhere close to that.
    And gosh you've lived in and visited some great places. (I've also lived in London, UK.)

    1. Yes, I am a lucky girl! And that was a kind person who collected my phone!
      It's been plain HOT here lately. Then it cools off for a few days and then gets HOT again.

  22. I read Wrinkle in Time, but my favorite is Ring of Endless Light about the dolphins. Everyone has such pretty flowers on their blogs this Spring. Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Is that part of the series? I never read that one.

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  24. My peonies are so tall this year! They don't have buds just yet -- but I think we are behind you guys as far as weather goes. But it'll be soon. I think I have the same shade of flowers as you. And a light shade of pink and white ones too. They were transplanted from my grandma's garden :)
    Thank goodness that you found your stuff!! And for honest people!!
    I would love to be alone in a forest too. I think I was born to be an outdoorsy wild child :)


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