Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You Asked, I Answer (Favourite Recipes, Photography, Party Music and Introversion)

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Here's another bunch of answers to your questions:

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Jan asked:
What is your favourite recipe / dish you enjoy cooking and eating?

This is a really tough one. If you enjoy cooking, it’s hard to choose a favourite recipe. I’ve got many and the list just keeps on growing. Instead of zooming in on one, I’ll tell you what types of foods/meals I like and don’t like.

- I like a variety of vegetables and there isn’t one I won’t try, although I can be picky about how it’s made. And let’s not even talk about fruits. I could probably live on them alone!

- I don’t like deep fried food or food that is too greasy. It leaves me feeling sick. Grilled, baked, steamed, roasted...words that appeal to me.

- I love a good pizza, preferably with a multigrain, thin crust. And I prefer it without any meat topping.

- I don’t eat much meat and there are very few meats I will eat. I sometimes eat vegetarian meals and even vegan ones.

- I don’t like heavy meals. I prefer light dishes that won't leave me feeling like a ton of bricks is sitting in my stomach.

- I love sampling and cooking different cuisines from around the world but I do have a limit to what I will try. Insects, for example, are not an option!

Although I don’t have a favourite recipe, a meal made up of grilled salmon, salad and roasted vegetables would be a top choice!

(Speaking of recipes, please check out Jan's blog. She shares some amazing ones.)

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Taken For Granted asked:
So, how many photographs to do you shoot each day?

Sadly, aside from taking photos of the progression of our house as we give it a facelift, I haven’t taken a single interesting photo since we started this house selling/buying/moving madness. Which would explain why I haven’t shared anything on this blog. This will change when we start going for bike rides to explore our city and the areas surrounding it. Photography is a beloved pastime and I intend to get right back into it at some point.

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LL Cool Joe asked:
If I were to dj at your birthday party what music would you want me to play?

I’m typically a classic rock loving girl, but I’ve learned that’s not good at parties. That being said, upbeat music would be great, especially if it’s the type you can dance to. Since most of my crowd would be middle aged folks like me, 70s and 80s songs would really get us going and makes us feel nostalgic. Plus, it would be funny to see friends run out on the dance floor and show off their ancient disco moves. That may or may not include me. I’m not admitting to anything.

But I love a wide range of music, so more recent tunes would be not only welcome but necessary. There’s only so much nostalgia that I can handle before I get bored. Or go mad. Again, cheerful tunes would be a preference to get the crowd moving and keep them smiling.

Also, throw in some cheesy love songs to get the couples on the dance floor, swaying to the music and whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears. And who knows, it may even spark some new romances.


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Janie Junebug asked:
As an introvert, how do you feel if you're forced to be with a large group of people? Or are you with them? Do you feel separate even when surrounded by many people?

As long as I’m not the center of attention or forced to socialize more than I am in the mood for, I could easily blend in with a large group of people without being bothered by it. I’ll plant myself somewhere, observe my surroundings quietly and even tune out any overbearing noise. It’s not being with the group that is tiring as much as dealing with small talk, which is an introvert’s nemesis. I actually enjoy circulating through areas where there are many people and losing myself in the crowd; something that I’m very good at. When I lived in the big city of Montreal, I sometimes headed to places swarming with people to immerse myself in the hustle and bustle. I don’t feel separate as much as I feel like an individual. I’m not sure I can explain that any further. I believe it’s something introverts would understand!


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That's it for this week! Have a good one.

41 comments:

  1. I smiled at your choice of 70's or 80's songs, I really enjoyed the recent 'Staying Alive' look back, a tribute to Barry Gibb that was on TV recently.

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    1. Oh, I didn't know about that. It's something I would have enjoyed. I should look it up on the internet.

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  2. I liked that small talk graph; I feel the same way, LOL. I do miss your pictures, but do realize you have lots of other stuff going on; will look forward to them when you go out and explore your new city!

    betty

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    1. I miss taking photos, Betty, but life is keeping me very busy. Or rather, this house is. But we'll get out and about soon and I'll start snapping images.

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  3. As a fellow introvert, I completely understand!
    I can't eat heavy fried foods much anymore. But I still love French fries way too much.

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  4. I enjoyed reading this. I wondered about you taking pictures again. I still miss your old blog. But I also love your minis. So fun.

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    1. The mini images are the only images I'm really keeping up with. But I hope to start getting out soon to take photographs.

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    2. They are the best. I've set up a temporary spot to photograph them until we finish cleaning and painting the house.

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  5. Right with you on the lighter foods. They make such a difference to how I feel.
    And the music! Disco was my favourite era. It takes a big person to admit to liking disco, even though you didn't directly admit it ... High five, Martha!! lol

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    1. You're right, I didn't directly admit it. But we all know the truth here, don't we? :)

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  6. Must steal the pizza meme and the introvert small talk chart! You always find the best lols!

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  7. Really good to read your replies to all of the questions ...
    However, I especially enjoyed your reply to mine ... thank-you.
    I must admit when I penned the question I thought to myself ... I hope no-one asks me that question. LOL!
    There are so many great recipes available, and I also love to eat "grilled salmon, salad and roasted vegetables".

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's really hard to settle on just one, isn't it? So many wonderful recipes to enjoy!

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  8. Thanks for answering my question. Small talk is beyond me. Other than "How are you?" I don't know what to say.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. HAHA! I know how you feel, Janie. Small talk is not exactly my superpower either :)

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  9. I like your music or even older golden oldies.

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    1. They are fun to listen to. And they bring back so many memories!

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  10. Great answers. I look forward to photos when you start taking them again.

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  11. I want to dance at your parties. 70s and 80s music is the most fun.

    Hope you're having a great week, Martha.

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  12. Wonderful, and I look forward to photos of your new city, too.

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  13. Martha, you sure do eat healthy foods. I wish that I was so devoted to eating healthier.
    I like your taste in music. Mine is similar. I love the golden oldies...of which I'm one now :)
    Thank you again for sharing with us.

    ~Hugs~

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  14. I enjoyed reading this - i love pizza - especially white pizza of any kind...love alfredo and also pesto on pizzas. you eat very healthy. There are some things i eat healthy with mainly i love spinach salads with lots of veggies.

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    1. Pizza is one of the best foods, Sandy! And there are so many types to choose from.

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  15. I understand that as an introvert. Sometimes in a big crowd, it's the easiest place to be "alone" to your own thoughts.

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  16. I should never declare I'm going to do something, Martha. I'm just tempting fate to thwart me. Here I am much later and well-thwarted! My GOP congressman did vote "no" today on the health bill, so maybe that email of mine helped. I thoroughly enjoyed the answers to the questions posed to you. As an introvert I absolutely get what you are saying. We just came upstairs after watching a great band called "Stone Soul" in the lounge of the Tropicana where we are staying tonight. A lot of people were out on the floor showing their moves, but I was very happy to merge into the background and take it all in. It amazes me how many great musicians are playing all around the continent right now. I hope you are having a great evening, my friend!

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    1. I enjoy being an observer. It's quite interesting to sit and watch the world around me. And when I do participate, I don't mind fading into the background. I'm much more comfortable living my life quietly.

      It sounds like you are having a great time! You are having some wonderful adventures with your travels.

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  17. once my eldest son gave me book in which i read some supportive stuff about introvert people as i was so puzzled about my liking for loneliness, i wish i can wear a cap and wander among crowd so no one can see me and i can read all that is around me.

    i too avoid heavy greasy meals as they make me sick .
    thank you for sharing so much interesting about you my friend.
    hope soon you find time to take bike rides and beautiful photos for us

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    1. Introverts (that includes me!) have been understood for so long that I'm glad we are finally getting the right information about them. That is really nice about the book your son gave me. Very thoughtful!

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  18. All of your answer to the introverts' question sounded SO familiar. I have learned to respect someones choice to blend in and be quiet. It really works for someone very close to me.
    Your food choices are also very familiar!! Must be my Greek DNA!! lol
    Have a good weekend, Martha.

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    1. I think I know who that someone might be :)
      That Greek DNA includes great food choices...LOL

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