Monthly Archives: March 2009

Pollyanna Clues You In

Lyda here. Anna-Liza too.

Here are the answers to “Pollyanna – The Quiz” (the original questions are in red):

1. What was Anna-Liza’s first job? Scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins store. In Texas. In the summer. She gained some weight. (Don’t feel bad if you missed this one – I totally did not know this until I read it in one of her posts.)

2. Why did Lyda leave her first paid job? She thought they were asking her to do something dishonest. Not that Lyda is exclusively high-minded. She got fired from her second job – at a pizza place – because she was at a party instead of work. And by “she” I mean “me”.

I still maintain that it was the right thing to do.

3. Name a state besides California and Colorado that one of the Pollyannas has lived in. Bonus if you can name more than one state. Double bonus if you name a state they both lived in. Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio. Both lived in Texas.

4. Why does Tommy the Sith Apprentice Cat say all cats should come to the Dark Side? And who is the Sith Apprentice Cat’s semi-secret apprentice? “We have toys.” Sparkle Kitty (aka Demon Cat), Anna-Liza’s kitten.

5. Name one of the popular search terms that has brought people to our blog. Now name one of the bizarre search terms. Alpacas. Bruce Willis. Heathers. Zombie cake. Erotic chicken feathers. Long tongue.

6. What book is quoted for every challenge in the 2008 Pollyanna Reading Challenge? “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Okay, that was a gimme.

7. Who is one of the Pollyannas’ favorite living authors? Any of them will do, but we bet we know who gets the most mentions.  Terry Pratchett. Christopher Moore. Also, uh.. Nora Roberts? No, I like her okay, particularly in her J.D. Robb persona, but she’s not one of my favorites. Georgette Heyer, although we think we haven’t actually mentioned her. So that one would be psychic ability on your part. And Douglas Adams. Yes? Oh wait, we said “living author” didn’t we? So Georgette Heyer doesn’t count, either.

8. Define “pony play”. Please do not use pictures … or tell us if you have participated. Thanks.  Uh. Ya’ll should look that one up. We’ll make this one a gimme too, now that we come to think of it.

9. What wild animal did Lyda discover in her kitchen one day? Mouse. Actually, two mice. Sadly, not Odid Fehr.

10. What paper-mache creature did Anna-Liza create with her kids? Two-headed dragon.

11. Which Pollyanna knew how to knit first? Anna-Liza.

12. Lyda has many obsessions. Name three. Zombies. CAKE. Cleaning. TV. Quilting. Weirdness. The blog. So-bad-they’re-funny movies. Oded Fehr. Jackie Chan. Harrison Ford. In fact, let’s just say: menz.

13. Name two knit bloggers who have met both Pollyannas. Marin AKA The AntiM and Laurie AKA Crazy Aunt Purl.

14. Lyda’s Second Son likes to be referred to as…? Chuck Norris.

15. Just how many kids does Anna-Liza have, anyway? Four.

16. Anna-Liza wrote a post in praise of a specific part of her husband’s body. What body part was it? Hands. And I’ll bet that’s not the first thing ya’ll thought of when you read the question. Twelve!

17. What actress played Pollyanna in the ’70s Disney movie of the same name? Bonus: Who wrote the original Pollyanna book? Extra bonus: What actress starred in the 1920 silent movie? Haley Mills. Bonus: Eleanor H. Porter. Extra bonus: Mary Pickford.

18. Who does Lyda want to be when she grows up? Super-hard Bonus Question: Who does Anna-Liza want to be when she grows up? Lyda wants to be Nora (of “The Thin Man” fame). Anna-Liza wants to be A self-indulgent yarn whore.

19. What was the first tutorial Lyda posted? Stereo cozy.

20. What was the only tutorial Anna-Liza has posted? Mending holes in felt slippers.

21. When did Pollyanna meet the blogiverse? March 25, 2007.

22. How long did it take Lyda to complete two baby quilts for Anna-Liza’s sons?  Three years. (So embarassing.)

23. What was Anna-Liza’s first car? Bonus points: what color was it? 1967 Cougar XR7. Red. Very, very fast. I loved that car! So did I. Oh, the places we went and the things that we did…

24. Lyda won what blog contest? Marin’s 2008 Black Valentine contest.

25. Anna-Liza jumped on what bandwagon? Pig-Licking!

26. Name three things that Lyda has written a Random Weirdness post about. Zombies, pirates, humans, “animals, nudity and brothels, oh my”, animal kingdom, fun, pig-licking, “our favorite things”, “black valentine”, “Love American style”, Star Trek, dogs, gift-giving, opera, money, art, the universe, bizarre research, late night movies, TV, insects and spiders, work…

…and a bunch of totally random Random Weirdness posts.

What? I’ve never done a post exclusively about the weirdness of cats?? That’s… weird.

27. Name a fiber obsession hobby of Anna-Liza’s other than knitting. Needle felting, spinning with a drop spindle.

28. Name an obsession hobby other than knitting shared by both Anna-Liza and Lyda. Reading. Sewing. Sex. Food. Sleeping. Movies. Sex. Chocolate. Sex. Oh. We said “sex” already.

29. What are the two types of tea are used to make Anna-Liza’s Favorite Iced Tea? Celestial Seasonings’ “Decaf Green Tea” and “Mint Magic. Anna-Liza’s recipe here along with a link to a sweet tea recipe.

30. What did Anna-Liza say to Lyda when they first met that told Lyda they would be friends? “He’s got a nice ass.” And he did! Heh. And little to no brain… Well, that was true of so many of the guys with cute asses we knew back then … Ah, those were the days…

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Scores will be tabulated and posted soon. And winners too.

Once we stop reminicing about guys from the past. Hey, Anna-Liza, remember the time…

Yeah, we might be awhile.

 

Pollyanna and the Blizzard of ’09, Havi, Shiva, and Twitter

Anna-Liza here, as you’ve probably figured. If it ever blizzards in Orange County, you can bet Lyda will be too busy trying not to die from shock (and cold) to post about it, at least right away. But, here along the Front Range, this is just one of those things. It’s March, must be time for a blizzard.

(Actually, that’s not true. Last blizzard was in December of … 2006, I believe. But we want to keep up the mystique.)

Work shut down early and I got home about 1:15 or so … a bit over an hour after I left work. Which is a drive I usually make in about half an hour. So this was nothing so bad as the ’06 blizzard, in which it took me three hours to make what is normally a half-hour drive.

Schools were closed today, as was Mr. B’s preschool. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about the preschool until we were there, and then I turned around and took him home again. And then I drove to work, did some work, told people we were having a blizzard so their orders might ship out a little later than usual. One woman said, “Oh, how annoying!” then said “I mean for you!” Good save. And then everyone kept insisting that Highway 287 was closed by multiple jackknifed big rigs, and that I should go home immediately.

Yeah. Because the best route home is shut down, so I should leave right away. I thought about this and decided that if I waited a bit things might have gotten cleared up to some extent. I printed out a couple Google maps showing some side roads, got a bottle of water from the vending machine and put some snacks I keep in my desk in my bag (just in case I really did get stuck — my knitting was already in the bag), set my autoreply for email … and then headed to the car.

It was seriously windy, and I had to put my sunglasses on to keep the snow out of my eyes. There were some pretty interestingly shaped snowdrifts around the car, up to about my knee level (which, let us not kid ourselves, is really not that deep). But I put it in full-time four-wheel drive and headed home. There were no jackknifed big rigs in sight, but a lot of people’s cars were off on the sides of the road.

Got home, got my Dance of Shiva DVD out of its case and proceeded to … program the remote. Because the original DVD remote got broken when one of the kids dropped it one too many times (why do they make these things so delicate?) and the universal remote I bought to replace it had never been programmed right. Which meant I couldn’t view 95% of this new DVD, which I am incredibly excited about working with. So I figured out the remote!!! Hear me roar!!! And then I watched the intro and started learning the first level of Dance of Shiva.

Which, I can already tell, is going to be awesome. And I never use that word except sarcastically or dead seriously. Guess which it is this time.

Do you know Havi? You need to get to know Havi. Really. Enchanting Juno put me onto her. Havi is the bomb, and she’s funny, too. She has been putting things I’ve been struggling with into words that I understand in a whole new way, and now suddenly I can work with these things instead of struggling. I am so relieved to discover that I’m not a moron, that I just need to think of things differently!

Oh, and do you tweet? If you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @Divina712. Yeah, I know, I don’t even own a cell phone. But fuck it, it’s fun, and nothing like the time suck I was afraid it would be. (Lyda, let me know if you get on and I’ll set you up with a “Follow Lyda!” thingy in the sidebar, too).

Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine – The Quiz

Lyda and Anna-Liza here. Yes, we’re collaborating. Fear not, darlings, we promise to use our powers for good. Really. Pay no attention to the Sith Lord behind the curtain.

It’s our Blog-iversary!

We thought it would be fun to find out:  How much do ya’ll know about your Pollyannas? Anna-Liza really needs to do something about her stash — both yarn and books, according to Darlin’ K, so prizes will be books and/or yarn from Anna-Liza’s stash.

So … on with the quiz!

All of the answers have been posted on the blog at one time or another, except perhaps the “who starred in” ones. You may find it by searching (scroll all the way to the bottom of the site for the “search” thingie). Some are really hard to find.

1. What was Anna-Liza’s first job?

2. Why did Lyda leave her first paid job?

3. Name a state besides California and Colorado that one of the Pollyannas has lived in. Bonus if you can name more than one state. Double bonus if you name a state they both lived in.

4. Why does Tommy the Sith Apprentice Cat say all cats should come to the Dark Side? And who is the Sith Apprentice Cat’s semi-secret apprentice?

5. Name one of the popular search terms that has brought people to our blog. Now name one of the bizarre search terms.

6. What book is quoted for every challenge in the 2008 Pollyanna Reading Challenge?

7. Who is one of the Pollyannas’ favorite living authors? Any of them will do, but we bet we know who gets the most mentions.

8. Define “pony play”. Please do not use pictures … or tell us if you have participated. Thanks.

9. What wild animal did Lyda discover in her kitchen one day?

10. What paper-mache creature did Anna-Liza create with her kids?

11. Which Pollyanna knew how to knit first?

12. Lyda has many obsessions. Name three.

13. Name two knit bloggers who have met both Pollyannas.

14. Lyda’s Second Son likes to be referred to as…?

15. Just how many kids does Anna-Liza have, anyway?

16. Anna-Liza wrote a post in praise of a specific part of her husband’s body. What body part was it?

17. What actress played Pollyanna in the ’70s Disney movie of the same name? Bonus: Who wrote the original Pollyanna book? Extra bonus: What actress starred in the 1920 silent movie?

18. Who does Lyda want to be when she grows up? Super-hard Bonus Question: Who does Anna-Liza want to be when she grows up?

19. What was the first tutorial Lyda posted?

20. What was the only tutorial Anna-Liza has posted?

21. When did Pollyanna meet the blogiverse?

22. How long did it take Lyda to complete two baby quilts for Anna-Liza’s sons?

23. What was Anna-Liza’s first car? Bonus points: what color was it?

24. Lyda won what blog contest?

25. Anna-Liza jumped on what bandwagon?

26. Name three things that Lyda has written a Random Weirdness post about.

27. Name a fiber obsession hobby of Anna-Liza’s other than knitting.

28. Name an obsession hobby other than knitting shared by both Anna-Liza and Lyda.

29. What are the two types of tea are used to make Anna-Liza’s Favorite Iced Tea?

30. What did Anna-Liza say to Lyda when they first met that told Lyda they would be friends?

You will have realized by now that some of these questions have only one correct answer, and some have a smörgåsbord of answers, just waiting for you to select your favorites. (Anna-Liza’s always wanted to use smörgåsbord in a sentence). Have fun, let us know what you think the answers are. We’ll blog results when we get around to it.

Oh, and yes, we do actually know the answers. We’ll post them, too.

All in good time, my pretties.

These things have to be done delicately… Delicately… Or you hurt the magic.

Pollyanna and the Sucky, Sad Moments

Hey, Anna-Liza here. I know it’s late, but I can’t sleep. I’m really upset. Some … person … stole my five year old’s tricycle. We don’t know for sure when, but when he wanted to ride it to the doughnut store this morning, it was just gone.

Think about this. What kind of … person … would steal a tricycle? Granted, it was a really nice one. Five years ago or so, when we actually had a little discretionary income, I spent a little more than we could really afford on a really good Kettler trike, one that would last through two boys and come out still working on the other side. It was doing an admirable job, too.

Poor Mr. B. He loved that trike. He rode it all over the neighborhood. If we went to the park, to the library, to the aforementioned doughnut store, he wanted to ride his trike. And now someone just walked off with it. You know what? Having something like that happen sucks at any time, but having it happen at age five is a lot worse than that. The poor kid just doesn’t know what to think.

What sucks for me is that, not only did someone steal something he really loved and used all the time, but now, with our finances as dire as they are, I can’t even get him another one. Not even a used one. And that’s the thing that’s upsetting me even more than the idea that some … person … out there apparently sees nothing wrong in stealing a little kid’s trike. Any mom out there will know exactly how much it hurts not to be able to do anything to make it all better.

Pollyanna Saves the Day

Lyda here. Two stories to tell you.

First story:

Ya’ll know we record a lot of shows here at TeeVee-R-Us. RSM and I both love “Bones” and “Smallville”, of course, and now we are watching “Star Trek: Enterprise”  episodes again. Friday night, a Vulcan character mentioned Surak in passing. RSM said, “Who’s Surak?” and I said, “Oh, he’s the Vulcan Father of Logic.”

RSM said I get major geek points for knowing that.

I know ya’ll want to congratulate me on the geek points.

Second story:

Saturday, the Resident Sith Master and I were driving along a residential street, and the car in front of us stopped suddenly and randomly. The driver leaned out of her car to say something to a guy walking his dog, and then drove on, made a quick U-turn, and sped off in the opposite direction.

We had some fun coming up with weird reasons for this erratic driving. Like “She just kicked them out, and she’s reconsidered. She wants the dog to come back.” And one of the things I said was, “Maybe her dog is lost, and she asked if he’d seen it.”

And then in the next block, I spotted two German shepherds running around on a lawn, darting into the street, and then running back and peeing on the lawn. Pollyanna is not implying anything about sheep herders from Germany, ya’ll. These were canines.

So I pulled up and called the dogs, who came close to the car and were friendly. I got out and the white dog was all over me instantly. No, I wasn’t being torn apart by savage canines – although I might have been in danger of Death by Doggie Affection. The dark dog was more timid but also glad to have some friendly humans pet her and talk to her. They both had tags, and we called the owner who came over quickly. While we waited, RSM pulled the dark dog away from a woman who was walking a very small dog, so we made their day better too. The shepherd was fast – she wasn’t aggressive and didn’t harm them, but she did run at them and scare them both. After that, we kept firm holds on both dogs collars – to the general relief of the drivers and bicyclists on the street, I’m sure.

The owner was thrilled to get her dogs back safely, and we were happy to keep the dogs from harm. They got out when one of the dogs jumped up and hit the garage door opener. Apparently, white dogs can jump.  

By the time we got home, we were both covered in white and black dog hair, and our french fries were no longer hot.

And we agreed it was totally worth it.

We both totally earned Light Side points.

I’ll turn him into a Jedi yet.

Pollyanna and Beautiful, Funny Moments

Hey, Anna-Liza here. I’ve had some really funny, lovely moments occur here and there recently, and they’re just too good to keep to myself.

These all happened in downtown Loveland, where I work. This is the “old town”, right by the old train depot (which is now a sports bar). I work in what was originally a very Deco style bank building, built just before the Great Crash. It’s a pretty interesting place, with a great mix of businesses, residences, and people.

So, each of these things happened while I was out walking on Fourth Street. The first moment, was as I was walking back to the office after having enjoyed a little time knitting in the sun on my lunch break. On the corner opposite the office, there was a dancing gorilla! Okay, a person in a gorilla suit, wearing BIG headphones, holding a sign for a local tattoo parlor … and dancing. Dancing pretty well, too. Apparently a bunch of people got all huff about how that wasn’t “the right image” for downtown Loveland, but I thought it was beautiful/funny, which is one of the combinations I particularly enjoy.

The second was as I was walking to the parking lot where I keep my car, after work. On the way, I happened to glance into an empty storefront (which used to be a really great fish shop–I was sad when they closed). Standing a few feet back from the window, was a six-foot tall statue of … a dancing turtle! There seems to be a theme here, but I’m not sure exactly where it’s going. I took a look again yesterday — turtle’s still there.

The most recent one is also the one I thought was most beautiful/funny. Again, walking to my car after work. I passed one of the little bars which has a patio area in front. A couple of guys were out on the patio, talking animatedly as they enjoyed their beer and cigarettes. One was a really burly guy. He had on a tight t-shirt (hard to imagine him finding one that would be loose), a do-rag on his shaven head, and tattoos. The other guy was tall, pretty skinny, shaggy hair and beard, leather vest, tattoos. Yeah, the kind of guys some of my girlfriends think of as “scary” and others think of as “hot”. (Me, I think they’re … guys).

So I couldn’t hear them when I first saw them, but as I came closer the thin guy was telling his friend about a book, “It’s a hardback, but it’s all beat up and dogeared and stuff already”. The burly guy replied, “Yeah, I really like Jamie Oliver, too.” And the thin guy said, “Well, Bobby Flay’s still my favorite.”

Heh. So much for stereotypes.