Joyce from This Side of the Pond hosts a weekly random questions party; I saw the questions this week and thought, hey, I have time this week...then I proceeded to depress myself with my answers. But I put a joke at the end...you can skip to that if you want...
1. Are you doing anything special to mark this season of Advent? If so please share.
Our church really doesn't follow the liturgical calendar; some years I've managed some observance of Advent, as its own season, but this year...couldn't pull it off...
2. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen...and of course you recall, the most famous reindeer of all...so, which reindeer name best describes you this week?
Um, Donner? I'm thinking of the scene in 'Miracle on 34th Street', in which Kris Kringle corrects the guy doing the window display, saying no one other than himself would notice that Donner's antlers were wrong. Unless I'm misremembering and it wasn't even Donner's antlers he mentioned...
3. What's worse-too quiet or too loud? Which have you had more of lately?
I've always thought too loud was worse than too quiet. Too loud interferes with other folks, annoys other folks, draws negative attention. And I'm usually being Too Loud. And I regret it later...with humiliation, sometimes...
4. This question comes to you from Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens-thanks Zo!
When you are administratively gifted, how often do you find yourself not trusting less gifted people to do what they've committed to do? If you are not so gifted that way, but are reliable, how do you feel when the stronger person (in that area) goes ahead and covers it before giving you a chance to come through?
I tend to expect everyone to do what I would do in a situation...and there have been far too many times when, for whatever reason, the other person didn't follow through and something that I believed was crucial either didn't happen or I found myself doing it under stress, making sacrifices in order to see it done. I felt taken advantage of, disrespected and rather resentful. But, now and then, there's been the time that I had something under control and was going with it, and the person over that area went ahead and did it or delegated it to someone else and I was superfluous to the whole process. I felt...incompetent, invisible and unnecessary.
5. What is your most dreaded task relating to the holidays? Your most looked forward to holiday task?
I'm willing to bet I have the same 'most dreaded' task as most everybody else...de-decorating. There have been years that I didn't even want to decorate, because I couldn't bear the thought of spending two or three days dismantling it, usually by myself.
I love wrapping presents, though, so long as I have enough time to do it without stress.
6. Facebook has released its list of the 'most talked about' topics of 2013. Pope Francis took the number one spot. Does that surprise you? He was followed by election, royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake. Your thoughts? What was your most talked about topic in 2013? (Facebook, around the kitchen table, or wherever it is you talk)
Oy. Probably the data migration project at work. In some form or other. It consumed most of the year, anyway.
7. What's something you consider a necessity that others might view as a luxury?
I'm not a very extravagant person; my necessity is hot water on tap. In most of the world, that's a luxury...
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Ok, this has been so heavy that I need to put a joke in here.