Monday, May 14, 2012

A Cloudy Day in May

May, 2012
Do you finish every book you begin?
No.  My mother convinced me there should be no shame in this choice.

Do you drink caffeine every day?
Almost.  It is usually in the form of a cappuccino, or something resembling a cappuccino.  Today it will be a Gibraltar.

Are you prone to overindulge in a certain fruit?
It used to be watermelon.  Then plums.  Now it is cherries.  I wish I had some cherries...

poem in photograph from Jim Moore's Invisible Strings*
*I happily finished it.

28 comments:

  1. Answers to frequently asked questions?

    xo jane

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    1. A seemingly poorly executed prompt for my readers to answer the same questions...

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  2. No (there's too many already on my waiting list). Never (I'm jittery enough as is, and have a natural aversion to addiction to anything - it scares me to be dependent). Strawberries (I ate a quote quart today alone).

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  3. I'm with you on the not-finishing-a-book thing. Sometimes a book just doesn't make the cut, or isn't what you need. LOVE that poem.

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  4. Haha, I also just saw the comments above. Since I already answered the first one, I'll answer the second two: Absolutely no caffeine, ever. Not even some dark chocolate. I'm allergic to caffeine and get hideous blinding migraines. Yuck. Apples, quartered. They're one of the few fruits that arrive in a decent condition to Antarctica, and I eat about 3 a day.

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  5. No - took me a long time to allow myself that freedom however.
    No liquid caffeine. Never ever. Sad sad sad.
    Mango right now, in the summer berries, of all kinds, whatever I can pick fresh.

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  6. I have no problem with the first one. If I don´t like a book...
    One coffee with milk to wake me up.
    Nectarines, Moscatel grapes.

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  7. I love this,Denise. No, I give a book a fair trial,though. Two large cups of dark roast coffee, taken black, in the morning. Then some afternoon caffeine preferably espresso.I am sure I would love a Gibraltar.Clementines, cherries and Italian plums.

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  8. I used to feel the need to finish every book - not anymore.
    My Keurig stopped working Friday afternoon. I must have sounded like a crazed lunatic on the phone because the company sent me a new one free of charge...it arrived in less than twenty-four hours.
    Blood oranges...preferably consumed while in Rome.

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  9. I don't finish every book I begin. I do drink caffeine every day; usually one cup of coffee, sometimes two.

    I am an equal-opportunity fruit lover - whatever tastes best at the moment.

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  10. Wise advice from your mother - I struggled on through many a book over the years before I convinced myself it was OK to leave some unfinished. Fruit wise - right now it's nectarines, but more than anything I miss tamarillos and feijoas - I've not seen them here...

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    1. Hi, Annie. I have eaten a feijoa and liked it. I found some at our farmers market here in SF. I had to look up tamarillo. Now I want to find both and dig in. I do love fruit. I hope you find some of each, soon.

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  11. I'll start and stop a book in a heartbeat. And skip great chunks to get to a good bit! Learned this from my father who even before he retired read at least 10 books a week (he got up early and stayed up late and reads REALLY FAST). Coffee yes! strong and sweet black sometimes, never over-milked at others(your Gibraltar is at the appealing upper end). I'm with you on the cherries. Or ripe mango if someone will peel them for me :)

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    1. Peeling a mango is not my favorite activity, but eating...yes.

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  12. On this sunny may day ...

    no.
    everyday.
    tangerines, cherries, watermelon

    xo

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  13. no (I like "juggling" multiple ones)
    yes (multiple times a day)
    yes (whatever is in season and falling apart ripe)
    I especially like the poem you photographed. I needed it today.
    P.s. are you on instagram? I would like to find you.

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    1. No, Amelia, I am not on Instagram. I don't have an iPhone.

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    2. I don't have an iphone wither: they now have instagram for androids too (which is what I have). It is a lovely community with some like minded photographers (you would love it)...

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    3. I don't have an android either. My phone is a dinosaur. I suppose I'll need to replace it at some point and then I'll definitely get on Instagram.

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  14. I do not always finish a book- it has to be worth it- same with dessert. Coffee once a day. Fruit in moderation only because I don't live on a farm and it's not the same from grocery store! Beautiful poem. I've actually been loving all the May rain this year.

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  15. absolutely love this post.

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  16. On this sunny day in May, before I return to work, I'll catch up on one more Denise post I missed during my "sabbatical."

    I have made it half-way through so many good books...and then something "urgent and important" intervenes, occupies me for several days and then I find it so hard to return to where I've left the bookmark.

    Caffeine, daily, yes.

    My fruity overindulgence...berries of any variety.

    As for May -- it's my favourite month and I'd like to add another 31 days to it, whether sunny or rainy or preferably, a balance of the two.

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  17. I'm intrigued with the Gibraltar, which kinda sounds like a cappuccino in a glass. I must investigate whether I can find such a drink in caffeinated Seattle.

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    1. Don't look too hard, Rachael. I totally laughed when I read your comment, because yes, a Gibraltar is basically a cappuccino in a glass. I'm sure you can easily find a Cortado, if you'd like to try your espresso drink in a smallish glass.

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  18. i used to but now realize life is too short. i'll give them 100 pages cuz that's how long it took for some favorites...To Kill A Mockingbird, Sometimes A Great Notion and many more I can't count...to grab me. although i must admit it isn't easy walking away even at that point.

    at home when i'm doing computer work, yes. when in the field, rarely.

    when available, definitely cherries...and most berries...

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  19. I've only just recently started to not finish books I've started... it's a strange feeling, to let go of that need to complete things.

    Also, I'm glad you enjoyed Jim's book. He's one of the kindest souls I've met.

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  20. This makes me smile. I too have learned that it's okay to stop a book if needed.

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