Share Your World–2014 Week 40

imageThe wonderful Cee over at Cee’s Photography posts 4 questions every week for us internutsies to get to know one another better.  Here are my responses to this week’s questions:

You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? This is a tough one.  I’d have to say first:  pay bills, credit cards first, then student loans.  Next, go to the UK and Ireland for at least a month’s vacation.  I’ve always wanted to go there.  Before I wrote this, I actually checked to see if I could live off the interest from putting $500,000 in the bank.  In a simple savings account, it would be about $30,000/year, which would be doable, but tough, especially considering my current debts.  I don’t know enough about investing to know how to do anything more than put $ in a CD or add to my 401K.

What’s the finest education?

Great question!  I’d have to say a fine education would include information about topics that are both necessary for understanding the world and necessary for getting a decent job.  The finest education would teach that information in a way that is applied, meaningful to each student, and memorable.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

Another good question, open to interpretation.

Favorite time period of painting and sculpture would have to be most anything produced from the late 19th century to today, including the “schools” of Impressionism, Post/Neoimpressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and so on.  The variety and depth of expression during these periods never ceases to amaze me.I also love whimsical paintings, paintings with bright colors.  Furthermore, I LOVE LOVE LOVE textiles:  anything like a kilim or rug from Turkey and Central Asia will have me staring at it for hours.  I get my fix of textiles by knitting and crocheting, and a few small things I bought when I was in Turkey a lifetime ago.  I also found many mosaics among Greek and Roman and Byzantine sites with ancient patterns that really caught my attention.

Then there’s photography.  And music.  JAZZ.  BEETHOVEN.  DEBUSSY.  I could go on and on about art For.Ever.  Will post some links and pics to my favorites later, because I have to get to work soon.

Is there something that you memorized long ago and still remember?
Some piano pieces that I learned as a kid.  I used to know the poem “Casey at the Bat”.  Schoolhouse Rock songs, LOL.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for the community here and am looking forward to having a week off from class so I can catch up on reading more of your stories, and writing more, too.  XOXOXOXO

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Share Your World Challenge

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Every week, Cee’s Photography posts 4 questions for us to answer and share in an effort to get to know one another better.  Here are my responses for the questions from 22 September.  (Cee posts new questions on Mondays, I think.)

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

A long time ago when I was into reading about pagan worship, there was a link to a quiz to determine which pagan “tree sign” you are affiliated with.  I took it, and the result was a rowan tree.  When I looked up rowans (they don’t grow where I live), it turns out they are really cool trees that symbolize protection.  Here’s an example of what people write about it: http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/forest/mythfolk/rowan.html

However, since I have never seen a rowan, I would also like to pick a tree that I know, and that would be a dogwood tree:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus_florida  These grow in the area where I live and produce an abundance of white or pink flowers in spring.  They are gorgeous!  There was one outside our front window in an apartment in a different city, and I loved to watch it change through the seasons.

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?

One kind person whose blog I read said she would have the person rest for an hour, since their job is so tough.  That’s a great and selfless idea, which makes me feel a little bad for actually asking for something, but oh well.  I really would like the visitor to vacuum and change the sheets on the bed.  Those are two things that always improve my mood, and strangely, I don’t do them as frequently as I should.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

First idea:  chocolate.  Dark chocolate, YUM.  Second idea:  Kefir.  It sustains me, can’t recommend it enough.  Third idea:  Peanut butter, which also sustains me.  It’s good for regulating blood sugar, too!

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I worked in an office at the community college I attended.  I learned so much from the people there!

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

I’m grateful that the class I’m teaching went well (it doesn’t always).  I’m always grateful for Elrond Hubby and the kitties, and always look forward to our life together.  Other than that, I pretty much dread the work week.  Maybe we will go hiking next weekend, so that’s something to look forward to!