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  1. I have lived in 3 countries.
    True. I have lived in Scotland, the US, and Spain. I have also visited Germany, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Greece.

  2. I have not finished a needle-work project since I was 10 years old, despite having started a dozen such projects.
    True. Though I have completed knitting and crochet projects, I wasn't thinking of knitting needles as needle-work when I wrote this statement.

  3. I once drank 10 shots of tequila in the space of a few hours and woke up with absolutely no hangover whatsoever.
    Absolutely true. I have had one hangover in my life and there was no tequila involved.

  4. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 23.
    False. I got my license in December 1998. I turned 23 in January 1999.

  5. I have only one kidney.
    Alas, this is false. I have both kidneys, though I'd be happy to donate my right kidney to science. I've had nine kidney stones at least, and all but one have been in my right kidney.

  6. I had a stroke when I was 23.
    This is mostly true. Neurologists have since disagreed that it should have been called a stroke, but I did have something that neurologists called a stroke when I was 23. Since then, however, I've been told it was not in fact a stroke and it doesn't appear on an MRI. I'll call this true though, because it's easier to say that I had a stroke than "I had some sort of neurological thing in which I couldn't feel or move my left side for a while."

  7. I have four scars on my forehead.
    False. I have two prominent scars and a third scar hidden a little under my hairline. No fourth, though.

  8. I have a heart defect.
    True. I have a patent foramen ovale, which was discovered when I had my maybe stroke. They were trying to rule out reasons I could have had the so-called-stroke. So they did a TEE (trans-esophogial-something or other) in which they stuck a camera down my throat to look at my heart. That was gross. The cardiologist thought it would be a great idea if I was awake for that. I thought I was drowning the whole time. It was, quite possibly, the most horrifying experience of my entire life. After discovering that I had this patent formamen ovale (POV or PFO depending on who you ask), the cardiologist suggested putting me on coumadin (warfarin). "Are you planning to have children?" Um, yeah, I wasn't ruling out children...SOMEDAY. "Oh. Well, then maybe we'll just try aspirin first. Anyway, the PFO is something we are all born with... there's a valve between the two chambers of your heart that is supposed to close sometime after birth. Mine didn't. If I got a small blood clot, it could move over into the other chamber of my heart, go to my brain, and cause a stroke. That's probably not what happened that day, though, so I'm really not so worried. The odds are pretty slim.

  9. My first job, other than babysitting, was as a freelance musician.

    True. My first paying job, other than babysitting was at the Family Crypt of the National Cathedral. I played one Saturday afternoon mass and made $100. My rate went up later. I made a lot of money off the Catholic Church in high school. My first job that involved regular hours and a regular paycheck and all that was at Baskin Robbins, but that didn't last long.

  10. I once successfully sued my school board with the help of the ACLU.
    False. I did, indeed, sue my school board. And had I settled the day before court like they wanted to, I would be able to say true to this one. However, I lost the case. It was appealed up to the Supreme Court, but denied cert. Such is life.

  11. My favorite card game, EVER, is pinochle.
    Absolutely FALSE. The best card game EVER is Bridge, of course.

  12. My great grandfather played 3 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1913 before breaking his thumb.
    False. My great grandfather played 6 games for the Boston Red Sox. And I'm not positive it was in 1913, but I think it was.

  13. I have a genetic pre-disposition to loving mushrooms.
    Technically, I don't have a GENETIC pre-disposition to loving mushrooms. But for the purposes of this quiz, I'm going to say this is true. My father loves mushrooms, his father loved mushrooms, his father's father loved mushrooms. In fact, my great grandfather..yes, the one that played for the Red Sox, was a micologist (someone who studies mushrooms) and later became the head of the botony department at Brown. He and his secretary, Esther Dick (who became his second wife after his first wife Adelaide died) published a book on mushrooms in New England, and he discovered a few new kinds of mushrooms back in the day.

  14. I have always disliked my first name.
    True. My parents were going to name me Katherine and call me Kate. My mother refused because her mother (a true Southern Belle) would have called me Katie, or worse: Katie May, after a cousin of hers. My mother couldn't stand the name Katie and liked Katie May even less. So they named me Karen (a derivative of Katherine). This pissed off my other grandmother for completely stupid reasons. But I don't care for the name Karen and would have much prefered to be called Kate. But at this point, if I were going to have people start calling me by a different name, it would be by my Hebrew name or a derivative thereof (I talked once of having people call me Estie for my Hebrew name Esther Chaya, but I just can't do it. At this point it would be too confusing).

  15. If Moshiach came and told me I didn't have to keep kosher anymore, the first food I would eat would be honey-glazed ham.
    False. I think I'd get Indian food. Or Olive Garden eggplant parmesan. Or really good non-kosher cheese. Or McDonald's french fries. Probablly no meat. I never ate much meat until I started keeping kosher. Isn't that odd?

  16. When I was a kid, I hated sandwiches, except for two kinds: cream cheese on pepperidge farm cinnamon raisin bread, or liverwurst and cracker barrel cheese on wheat bread.
    This is absolutely true. I don't like admitting it often, but I used to adore liverwurst. It's really best with a good, sharp, dry cheddar though. I haven't had it in at least a dozen years.

  17. I have a passion for chia pets.
    I actually don't know if this is true or false. I have an obsession with them. I think they're seriously nifty. But passion is probably too strong a word.

  18. Coca-Cola is the nectar of the gods. And don't you forget it.
    Well, duh.

  19. I have met a world famous violinist, a world famous cellist, a world famous orchestra director, several world-famous flutists, a world famous artist, and a well-known ballet dancer.
    False. I have not met a world famous artist or a well-known ballet dancer (though I have met both artists and ballet dancers...just not ones that I'd classify as world famous). I have however met famous violinists, cellists, pianists, directors, flutists and a world-famous percussionist.

  20. I am a virgin.
    True. I have never seen a live showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jexy gets a cookie for being the only one to get this right.

  21. I have completely lost count of how many truths/falsehoods this list contains.
    Duh. Of course that was true.

  22. I have made filo dough from scratch
    Are you crazy? Do you know how much work filo dough is? I've made a lot of crazy things from scratch, but I'm not dumb enough to make filo dough. (I have, however, made puff pastry from scratch).

  23. I haven't spoken to my brother since 1995.
    False. He has not spoken to me since 1995. I have spoken to him but received no acknowledgement. You see, I don't exist. Not in his warped little mind.

  24. I really should be working right now.
    False. When I was writing this list, I had already finished my work for the day.

  25. I have lived in 5 states.
    True. Why was this so hard to believe?

  26. Seth refuses to get me a squishy kidney to replace my missing kidney.
    This is not exactly true. Seth has failed to get me a squishy kidney, which is true, and I am bitter about this. However, I don't have a missing kidney, so that part isn't true. Plus, it's not like Seth hasn't TRIED to find me a squishy kidney.

anywho, that's it.

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yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: January 28th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

I have a squishy kidney. I got it at a nephrology seminar. It's not for sale, though; it's always been one of my favorite free, medical promo-thingies I've received! :P
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 28th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
sigh. He's been looking for a while for me. But he's been pretty lax about helping me in my quest to have a whole human anatomy of squishy and beany organs.

I have a squishy fist, a beanie stomach, a foam colon (but I think we might have thrown that out), a fungus, and a squishy brain. I want a GERD, a kidney, and a gallbladder as my first priorities. But he is NOT COMING THROUGH FOR ME!
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From: gittygiggles Date: January 28th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
why did you sue your school board?
From: gingy Date: January 28th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I was going to ask.

Also, why can't you get Kosher Indian? It's gotta be around somewhere.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 28th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'll write a separate post about that.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: January 28th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you crazy? Do you know how much work filo dough is? I've made a lot of crazy things from scratch, but I'm not dumb enough to make filo dough.

One of the first things that goes through my mind when I come across a recipe that suggests using a broom handle to roll out the dough is, "They've got to be kidding."
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 28th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I actually used to own a special kind of rolling pin for filo dough. But no. Seriously, BAKERIES use store-bought filo dough. You know why? Because filo dough is a pain in the ass!

(Though, really, puff pastry is too...but it's less finicky)
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: January 28th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even store-bought fylo is a PITA, though you're at least spared the trouble of actually making it.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: January 28th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
cool stuff estie! eheh can i call you that? i like it,its really cute. btw whatd you sue your district for?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 28th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can call me anything you want. You'll be the only one though.

I'll write a separate post about my school board some other time. It's a long story.
cellio From: cellio Date: January 28th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
False. My great grandfather played 6 games for the Boston Red Sox.

Irrelevant; you didn't say "only 3 games". On the other hand, if they weren't in 1913 that would be a deal-killer. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 28th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not irrelevant. I presented them as complete and absolute truths.

This is a matter of interpretation and since it was my quiz, I get to grade any way I want.
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From: liora7 Date: January 28th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


My fiance refers the way I gaze at a glass of Coca-Cola being poured for me akin to Golum eyeing the ring muttering his famous words "my precious." Glad to see I am not the only one to see this wonderful concoction as nectar from the gods! Haven't written you in a long while, but wanted to wish you congrats on becoming a foster parent...hope our paths cross one day. You sound like a very interesting person.

Shabbat Shalom,
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 2nd, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have never seen a live showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

But my son has. I think this and bridge being your favorite game are the only things I was 100% sure of, which is why I didn't participate...
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