Meet Me On Monday

It’s been several weeks since Java at Never Growing Old posted a set of Meet Me on Monday questions, but we’ve been missing it – so Acting Balanced decided to resurrect the idea and starting today she’ll be posting 5 questions on Sunday evening along with a linky for you to link up your post answers!

Here are today’s Questions:
1. Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?
2. What song automatically popped into your head when you saw this question?
3. What did you have for breakfast today?
4. Where do you keep your keys?
5. Who was your favorite teacher from when you were in school? 

Answer them on your blog and link up!

Acting Balanced

1.  Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?

That would be a huge NO!  I jokingly refer to it as ‘Single Awareness Day’ and think it is a nothing but a big scam by greeting card and candy companies. It is also a guilt driven reason to show some token of affection, which I wrote about last year in my post, My Favorite Valentine Tradition.  I don’t want, need or even appreciate anything on that day from anyone professing to love me.  Do it another day when the rest of the world isn’t, because you thought of me and wanted me to know you love me.  If you do it for Valentine’s Day, then I cannot help but believe that is the reason you did anything, out of fear of being a dolt and not because there is a true desire to show affection.

2.  What song automatically popped into your head when you saw this question?

Seriously, some dumb song I cannot even sing more than a line or two of because that is all I know, from a goofy animated, singing thing we found at Walgreen’s.  I was out shopping with my sister and I happened upon it.  I suggested my brother needed this at the firehouse to amuse himself and the other firefighters.  Here is a small video clip of the insanity that I took before we dropped it off to him at work yesterday.

3.  What did you have for breakfast today?

Nothing yet other than coffee.  It is only 7:08 and I rarely eat at this hour.  I need to be up a few hours before I can handle food.

4.  Where do you keep your keys?

I keep my keys in my car.  I park in the garage so I see no reason to take them out of the car or then I never seem to be able to locate them!

5.  Who was your favorite teacher from when you were in school?

Mr. Peter from English I and later Creative Writing when in high school.  He always challenged us and he and I would go head to head now and then.  I actually learned much about myself as a person thanks to him those two classes.

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5Q Friday

It has been awhile since I participated in this blog hop/meme, but I’m getting my days more organized now so I have a little time to jump on this one.

1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?

2. What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?

3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?

5. Does you husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?

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1)  What is your go to comfort food or sweet?
Comfort food is Chipotle steak bowl.  That can be when I’m down in the dumps and need to feel sorry for myself, or for celebrating when I am in a great mood.  I love that place and love the steak bowls.  As far as sweets go, chocolate is my thing.  I prefer dark chocolate but hey, when I need that sweetness to sooth things, I don’t get too picky.  Mounds Bars, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with chocolate syrup, Nestle Toll House Chips right out of the bag…any of those will do.

2)  What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?
It isn’t really a place, it is an atmosphere that surrounds me and The Count.  I think when we boil it down, that is the case with anyone that gives it thought.  I’ve been to ‘romantic places’ with someone and there was zero romance felt.  Something about being with Steve is romantic all  on it’s own.  Standing in  the drizzling rain at a festival, walking hand in hand at a flea market or antique mall, touring a WWII Navy ship together, or curled up against his shoulder being feed fresh strawberries by hand, those were all very romantic places.  It is what we feel between us that makes it romantic.

3)  What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?
I love the smell of a fireplace and it is that time of year when that smell is in the air again.  I also enjoy the colors of the leaves and mums, and being able to have the windows open and the air conditioning off.  I do not like the cold weather, but this is a good time of year when it is still warm enough to be outside without being ‘cold’.  Oh and I love the soft inside of a new sweat shirt or hoodie!  I love hoodies and pulling the first new one out last week was awesome.

4)  How would you spend 24 hours alone?
This is easy, I have done it before.  Reading, writing and sleeping.  I  use alone time as down time to recharge my personal batteries.  Sleep being first on the agenda as I am always behind on that.

5)  Does your husband bring you flowers?  Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?
I’m divorced now, but no, my ex was not a bring me flowers type.  Oh he did, a very few times over 22 years, he saw flowers as a complete waste of money because they die.  He preferred to buy me clothes or something that would last.  Usually if he got me flowers it was from a florist where it was cash and carry, wrapped in wax paper.  No pretty arrangement in a vase.  The cheap variety.  Advice for all of you guys out there, that screams to a woman that she has little value to you.  Part of getting flowers is the beauty of the arrangement.  Yes it costs more, but it tells her she is of worth to you.


Now, The Count, he has had flowers sent to me, for no reason other than to let me know he was thinking of me.  He periodically buys me little things that I’ve mentioned thinking were cool when we were out and about too, like the cat basket.  It looks like my cat, Pixel.  She has gold eyes, and it does too. I love those types of little things and flowers, it speaks volumes to me of what is in his heart.

So, yes I am a bring-me-flowers type of girl.  But only if it is not a day when all the other girls are getting them. I don’t want them because it is a special holiday geared to push flower sales, like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day.  Skip those, I boycott those days.  I want flowers out of the blue, it tells me I am special, thought of and loved.