Lightning Round

I needed something fun this evening, after spending hours doing a task I dislike. I deleted emails, thousands of them, and created files for emails that I kept. Ask any family member of mine…my email notifications are typically in the 5,000 – 14,000 range. Yep, that’s a massive amount of correspondence to sort through.

However, I woke up this morning with the desire to clear that stagnant energy away. With nearly 7,000 unread emails to sort through, mostly from people and companies who have added me to their email lists, I dedicated a chunk of time to the task this afternoon, deleting, unsubscribing, and organizing. I originally intended to clear half and do the rest later but once I started I got zealous about it. For motivation I promised myself a reward. The rewards used to be food. Today it was the prospect of doing something fun.

Lightning Round Look at that! Zero notifications.

After completing that huge task, I decided to play a game that’s popular on social media and often used as an ice breaker at office parties. Called a lightning round, these rapid fire questions are even being used by some companies as part of their interview process for new hires.

Since I was playing this game alone, I got creative and used a random number generator on a bunch of lists I found online to create my twelve question lightning round. Then I answered the questions rapidly, without overthinking the answers.

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So here we go. The questions are in BOLD and my answers in italics.

1. Cake or pie? Pie. Raw blueberry mango pie, specifically.

2. Favorite day of the week? Sunday…my self care day.

3. Dawn or dusk? Dusk

4. If you could travel to any place, that you haven’t already visited, where would you go? And why? New Zealand. I’d love to see the Middle Earth sets and the beautiful countryside.

5. When did you last stay up past 4:00 am? About a month ago.

6. Favorite city? Edinburgh, Scotland.

7. Do you Instagram your food? Not ALL of my food. I have a regular account and a health one. So yeah, I post food pics, healthy food of course. (You can find me on Instagram under these user names, cindylauderdalemoore and journeywithhealthyme)

8. Last Halloween Costume? Martha Brewster, one of the eccentric sisters from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace.

9. How long does it take you to get ready? Forty five minutes to an hour.

10. Climb a mountain or jump from a plane? Wow. Either would be a fun challenge. Jump from a plane because the thought scares me!

11. If there’s a spider in the house do you kill it or release it? I’ve always been one to release spiders, unless it’s a brown recluse, which are poisonous. I’ve been bitten several times by those sneaky critters.

12. What’s the name of the street you grew up on? Queen Street, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Playing solitary lightning round was fun, which is exactly what I sought. I liked the random factor involved and letting the answers pop up quickly. Play along, answering in the comments, or answer aloud, for the fun of it.

Just don’t send me an email, please!

Lightning Round

Day 241: Fifth Friday Fun

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I love when a first comes together, without me planning it out beforehand. These spontaneous firsts are often the most fun. Today was no exception! I had intended to attend the Fourth Friday Artwalk in Carthage MO this evening. However, I realized this morning that that event took place last Friday! With my trip, I lost count of the Fridays. No worries. I had several backup firsts ready to go.

This afternoon, though, I had plans. My grandson, Dayan, got out of school early and I seized the opportunity to pick him up and hang out. I always enjoy being with Dayan. He’s 15 years old and growing up so fast. It won’t be long before he’s off to college. I want to make the most of each moment spent with him. We grabbed a snack and camped out at his house. We chatted and caught up on news and I watched him create a new section of a virtual city in a computer game that he loves. Dayan holds me accountable for daily firsts, and when I explained about my Fourth Friday mistake, we declared today Fifth Friday.

When my phone battery dropped to less than 10% power, I moved out to my car to recharge for a few minutes. Dayan good naturedly joined me in the car. I asked about an art project he’s working on for school and he brought out his Thinkpad Chromebook that his high school has provided for each student this year. After I admired his digital artwork, Dayan showed me the cool camera app on his Chromebook and the filters that can be used to create unique photos. That’s when the fun showed up in Fifth Friday!

We laughed so much as we played with the camera and filters. There were filters that made our eyes huge, created a carnival glass effect and squared off our jaws. We could look alien-like with huge heads and tiny faces, and there was a bunny look that made the mouth really small. Most of these filters only worked on one person at a time. By moving our heads toward each other on the computer screen, the effect would jump to the other person. Any neighbors that looked toward my car had to wonder what was so hilarious!

We discovered at least four effects that we could do together and captured those moments as my first today. Here they are:

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This colorful filter is called Modern.

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This one is Ghost and is a very cool effect. When you move on the screen, there is a delayed response, which creates a “ghost” image that appears by the next image. We had way too much fun with this one. Dayan loves it because by turning his head around quickly and then looking back at the screen, he can see what the back of his head looks like.

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Called Funky, this filter creates a comic book art effect. It really calls for a white conversation bubble above our heads with the word POW in it!

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This one was my favorite. With our green skin tones, I decided we looked like relatives of the character Elphaba, also known as the wicked witch, from the musical Wicked.

I so appreciate Dayan for sharing new technology with me today. And for entering into the fun. A heartfelt laugh really does do the body good. And when that laughter is shared, it creates more than mirth, it creates joy and in this case, wonderful memories.

Day 14: Buy a Chia Pet


Today’s first was all about fun! I bought a Hello Kitty Chia Pet. Chia pets were first produced in 1977.  At that time, at age 19, I considered myself too old to purchase one, although the child in me surely wanted to.

I discovered, when I went to buy a chia pet, that they are only sold during the holiday season.  I had seen many on display over Christmas, but today, I had a difficult time locating one.  At my neighborhood Walgreens, I asked if they had any left. Several enthusiastic employees immediately sprang into action.  Obviously, they weren’t very busy with more important requests at the time! The hunt for a chia pet turned into a fun game, with all of us searching up and down the aisles for the elusive chia. One very young sales associate confessed she had no idea what a chia pet was so she was uncertain what she was looking for! At last, an excited voice called out from several aisles over, “I found one!” She triumphantly held up a Hello Kitty chia pet.  She apologized that the store had no other styles available, but Hello Kitty was fine with me! And being a seasonal product, the price was 50% off.

The gardener in me loves all growing things and it will be interesting to watch the chia seeds sprout.  The youngster in me wants to see Hello Kitty grow “fur”. Sometimes we need to listen to and nurture our inner child. Today, I did.