Share Your World ~~ February 13, 2017


 

Share Your World – February 13, 2017

Share Your World – February 13, 2017

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574aeef5778cd-imageDo you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I sleep with comforters and/or blankets so once I make the bed I don’t get under my sheets.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Before? Does this mean I should be in the habit of stealing street signs? This is a weird question. In New York they are so high up off the ground plus they are securely anchored/bolted in place it would be near to impossible to steal one unless it fell to the ground after getting hit by a car, bus or truck. Anyway with all the snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain why in the heck would I be outside in bad weather, climbing up a pole to steal a street sign??

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

I don’t cut coupons. I don’t have time since I spend long hours on my job. Most stores have Rewards Cards in which the discounts are already included. I use those Discount Reward Cards at the grocery store, Petco, Beauty stores, and Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Duane Reade.

Do you have freckles?

No.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

 

Grateful to have made it safely through the nasty snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain and below freezing temps!!  Looking forward to warmer weather.

 

 

Share Your World – February 6, 2017


 

Share Your World – February 6, 2017

Share Your World – February 6, 2017

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Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

Being that both my room-mate and I are single there is very little in the fridge, unless my room-mate has one of his dinner parties and unlike the photo Sylvester does not get inside the fridge. Usually our fridge contains condiments, yogurt, Snapple, maybe beer or wine, and some leftover Chinese food, but again no cat.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

I suppose you are referring to the fridge. Since there is very little inside it does not make much difference. If however you mean on my plate I prefer to keep my foods separate not mixed together.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I suppose I pretty much like all types of books unless they are too technical or involve romance. I don’t like romance books. Way too creepy, stupid, corny and unrealistic.  My favorite genres are Horror, Murder Mysteries, History and some Sci Fi.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

Pretty much all of my body is telling me to sleep. I’m a sleep deprived insomniac.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Being that the U.S. is in political and social upheaval I suppose I’m glad to have gotten through the week. The Muslim Ban has gravely and adversely affected my Muslim co-workers and the functions of my museum workplace. Basically people are living in fear and uncertainty. Given that you don’t know what horror will next come out of the Oval House it’s best not to look forward. America is in total chaos. We are on extremely shaky ground.

 

 

 

Share Your World – January 30, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – January 30, 2017

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site974athleticshoespic1-0164502401db8aaa5e700b877d61771aWhat is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

The Grand Canyon back in either 2000 or Summer 2001.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

One. My brother Stephen. I am the oldest. Stephen is two years younger than me.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

Probably a sneaker or sandals. Not sure what brand. Maybe Reebok or New Balance. Sneakers signal spring, summer and fall. An opportunity to go walking because the weather has warmed up.

Right now I mostly wear my Ugg boots because of the cold and inclement weather. Even though I was born and raised in New York I loathe and despise winter. Looking forward to wearing my sneakers and then my sandals.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Squid, when I was in Spain.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

That’s difficult to answer because there has been so much upheaval in the country due to these horrible polices which are adversely affecting my Muslim friends. Especially my Iranian girlfriend and co-worker who is now in a bind. She is hurting therefore I am hurting. Best I’ve been able to do so far is to share the situation via my blog and to organize a Prayer Chain for her and all Muslim/Arabic peoples worldwide. All are welcome to join the Prayer Chain no matter what religious faith that you practice.

I have friends from Iran, Iraq and Yemen. I also know people from the Sudan. All honest hardworking, kind, gentle and compassionate folks. So I guess the answer is that I’m glad that I have friends from all races and religions. I extend my Welcome and Love to all! I have been to both Hindu and Buddhist Houses of Worship. So I’m glad that I can pray for all my co-workers and friends.

Can’t say Looking forward to because I don’t know what is going to happen but My prayer, wish and deepest desire is that this Muslim Ban will be lifted and once again my Muslim and Arab friends will be able to travel freely and can stop living in fear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – January 23, 2017


 

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

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fruit-vs-fruit-juiceDo you prefer juice or fruit?

A difficult choice. Juice is more convenient because you can carry a bottle of juice with you and it is not messy to eat whereas with fresh fruit you’re peeling the fruit and creating a mess. On the other hand obviously fresh fruit is better because sugar is added to most juices unless you do home juicing of fresh fruit but that too is time consuming. So I’d say juice on the job ~~ fresh fruit at home.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

Big Town. The Big Apple. Yes I Love it. When I was younger and my Maternal Grandmother and Aunts were alive I used to visit them in Dayton, Ohio. Talk about boring. No I could never live in a rural or suburban community where there is nothing to do and you must drive everywhere. Despite my complaints about the New York City MTA for Non-Drivers like me our Transit system makes New York an excellent place to live.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

All the Colors of the Rainbow because for me childhood was pretty much carefree. Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Orange… anything bright. It is only when I got to adulthood that things became murky grays and muddiness.

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

SLEEP!!!!!

Spending time with my brother Stephen who is an Awesome Autism Guy!! Hooray!!

Time with my cat Sylvester.

Writing.

Photography in good weather.

Listening to music.

Watching videos/films/movies on Netflix and YouTube.

Going to any of New York City’s Botanic Gardens when the weather is good.

Hanging out in Central Park.

Spending time exploring the streets, places and faces of Harlem my Dad’s birthplace and where he grew up. Also one of the greatest and best Black History spots!!

Attending Cultural Events in New York.

Going to the beach even though I have not done this in years. With my work schedule virtually no time.

Visiting Museums other than the one that I work for!

Reading even though I’ve had to cut back because of problems with my eyesight.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

 

Passed an exam and obtained a license required for my job.

As for the upcoming week perhaps I can go back to getting my B 12 shots. I had to stop because of meetings with my brother Stephen’s Group Home/Residence and his training center, then last Friday I had to take that professional exam. Since not receiving my B 12 shots I’ve noticed I’ve been more tired.  Self-care is so difficult because with my long hours at work and caring for Stephen my needs fall to the bottom of the list. Of course as you all know I Love my brother Stephen more than anything so I’m willing to sacrifice my time for his. He is more important. I always wonder about these folks who talk about Self-Care. They must not work, be retired, or are self-employed or just filthy rich!!

 

Picture courtesy of Cee Neuner!! ❤  

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – January 9, 2017


 

Share Your World – January 9, 2017

Share Your World – January 9, 2017

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If you lost a bet and had to dye your hair a color of the rainbow for a week, what color would it be?  

Well I already dye my hair. It is Manic Panic Vampire Red which I discussed in a previous post. Once I did try to dye my hair purple/violet but that did not work out. Electric Blue would be fun but I can only do this once I retire. My bosses would not be too thrilled to see me with some weird color shade!

If you could choose one word to focus on for 2017, what would it be?

Hope.

What was one thing you learned last year that you added to your life?

Lose the pride and ask for help. Actually this is an ongoing process that has been taking place for nearly ten years.  I’m not Wonder Woman or Super Woman and as I’ve gotten older there are things I can no longer do on my own. The Aging process changes everything.  One must learn to Accept and Adapt to their limitations.

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

Pineapple. Hard on the outside. Soft on the inside.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

The Meeting at Stephen’s residence went better than expected. Spoke in person with the Director of the Group Home. Also went to Stephen’s room and went through his things. He does have plenty of clothes. In fact he could open up his own store!!  I think we have ironed out certain issues and my plan is to move forward in 2017.

Next Sunday, Jan 15th I look forward to getting together with my Japanese friend and attending services at her Buddhist Temple.  I took that day off and I hope and pray that it does not snow!!

 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52


 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

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What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

I’m Lactose Intolerant so I cannot eat ice cream any more but when I was young and healthy I Loved Chocolate Ice Cream.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to? 

A Visit to Saratoga Springs to “Take the Waters.”  Soaking in these healing mineral waters is supposed to help arthritis. My joints pain me constantly so I would Love to spend time at Saratoga Springs for my Birthday in Feb. 2017.  Due to finances I have not had a real vacation in years. Of course this Saratoga Springs fantasy vacation won’t happen as I cannot afford to travel or spend my small salary on hotels but I can dream. Who knows maybe I’ll receive a Miracle Vacation Trip to Saratoga Springs for my Birthday!! LOL!!  🙂  😀

http://www.saratoga.com/guide/health-mineral-springs.cfm

http://www.saratoga.com/things-to-do/spas-wellness/

Have you ever been drunk?

Yes. Back in my Army days. However after a really bad experience with Southern Comfort which resulted in my room-mates stripping me naked, marching me down the barracks hallway and throwing me into a cold shower I’ve only gotten buzzed but never falling down drunk ever again. My saving grace of that incident is that there were no computers, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or any other type of social media in the late 1970s!!

Complete this sentence: My favorite supposedly guilty pleasure is… 

Sleep. I’m always tired. Exhausted.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful I was able to spend time with my brother Stephen. Also grateful that the holidays are over so I can be Free from Tension and Anxiety.  I’m not looking forward to anything for the upcoming week. Basically I’m doing the same thing I did in 2016 Going to Work and as I work on Holidays I will be at work tomorrow.  What’s the expression; “Different Day. Same shit.”  There is nothing special or significant about 2017. It’s just an extension of 2016.

There is a meeting with the manager and Director of Stephen’s Group Home coming up on Friday, Jan. 6th but I’m not looking forward to that as once again I’m trying to fix ongoing problems with this particular manager who is incompetent.  This will not be a happy nor successful meeting as the woman and I don’t get along and I’ve made numerous complaints against her. I don’t expect any solutions to come from us having a sit-down as I don’t intend to compromise when it comes to Stephen’s care.

 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

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What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween. But during this season I choose Kwanzaa which is an African-American Cultural Holiday celebrating Black culture and Unity. Actually it can be observed by All persons of African Descent. Kwanzaa enables me to return and honor the traditions of my African Ancestors.

Official Definition

Kwan·zaa
ˈkwänzə/
noun

NORTH AMERICAN
  1. a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

Unfortunately since I’m always at work I don’t do any cooking nor do I get to attend the Kwanzaa celebrations I’m invited to.  However I do have some African garb which I plan to wear and I will post sometime between December 26th and Jan. 1st.

http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Do you travel for your holiday?

No. It’s not necessary.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

It does have spiritual aspects but it can be celebrated by African-Americans of all faiths and belief systems. It is a way for Black people to celebrate Our African Heritage! Celebrating Family, Community and Culture.  Kwanzaa means First Fruits!!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

  • The Nguzo Saba of the seven days of Kwanzaa:
  • Day 1. Umoja means unity.
  • Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
  • Day 3. Ujima means working together.
  • Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
  • Day 5. Nia means purpose.
  • Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
  • Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

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Is there a gift exchange?

No. Kwanzaa does not focus or greed or gift giving. It is all about Black Unity!! Umoja!!

How long does the celebration last?

Seven days.

 

 

 

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

The job is going well. People like me and I’m accepted at my workplace. Looking forward to Kwanzaa!!  May the Seven 7 Principles Live Strong and Proud in All Peoples of African Descent!!  Ase!!