April 10th, 2020

planet

friday five: the here and now

1. What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?
Right now is a normal day - sunny and cool, today will be in the 40s and 50s. But spring in Kansas is insanely unpredictable. Last week we had below freezing temperatures for a few nights, I covered up the mint plant that had sprung up and was happy they made it. Then two days later it was hot, in the mid-80s, we opened windows in the morning to try and cool the house then closed them again in the afternoon and spent the time with fans on. You truly never know what to wear. There's a two month transition where you get out your summer clothes, but definitely do not pack away the sweaters. My old house doesn't have room for both so springtime means storage totes out in random places.

2. What’s for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
Breakfast: caprese quiche, meaning made with basil and cherry tomatoes. Marc makes lovely quiche. I also had a slice of grainy wheat toast with butter.
Lunch: Leftover chicken parmesan
Dinner: Who knows! He'll surprise me, he always does.

3. What are things you can’t go without?
Food, shelter, health insurance, books, internet.

4. How did your parents choose your name?
It was inspired by one of mom's coworkers. Random fact - my Toastmasters club for a while had a lot of foreign nationals improving their English. The first speech you give is 4-6 minutes just telling us about yourself. I noticed a really interesting pattern that so many of them included the meaning and origin of their name in their intro speech. Apparently name meanings are a HUGE deal in some countries, you don't just name a baby something that has a nice ring to it, like we do. My favorite was a guy from Uganda, he had four older sisters and his name basically translated to "omg thank goodness we finally had a boy!"

5. If you could travel back in time, where and when would you go?
Uh, any time without COVID-19? Last year is looking pretty damn awesome right now.

But seriously it'd be fun to just have a spot time machine that'd let me spend an hour in a past place. I'd go back to talk with my grandma, or play at the park as a kid. I'd be on the track team again in really good shape on a nice day. I'd dance at my wedding, fly an airplane, go back to the hospital to hold my kids as newborn babies. Maybe I'd go back further to see my parents growing up or crash a beatles concert. I'm not romantic about any history before that though. I think the world was pretty screwed up and I am not curious about life in the 1500s. I wouldn't last long. I just said I couldn't go without internet. So I would mainly just bounce around my own lifetime, give my family some stock tips, then come back to where I'm at to help out.