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Saturday 9: Love Is All Around

I simply cannot post only once this month, so I declare that it's time for a Saturday 9!

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's song is the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a sitcom that originally aired from 1970 to 1977. Were you a fan?

Of course! I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I also liked the premise of the show - that a woman could go anywhere, get a job, and have a full, independent life.

2) The song tells us that Mary Richards can turn the world on with her smile. Yet the real-life Mary Tyler Moore said she was uncomfortable with her "wide mouth." If you could improve on one of your facial features, which would you choose?

Well, I don't hate my face, actually, but maybe I'd get rid of the goat hairs that plague my chin and a couple big ol' moles (one on my cheek and one on my jawline).

3) We also hear that Mary can "take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile." What do you think makes a day "a nothing day?"

Days when I'm sick. If I'm going to stay in bed all day, I want it to be by choice!

4) Mary works in the newsroom at WJM. Her desk is neat as a pin. Are you neat? Or do you lean to the sloppy side?

I'm more on the neat side, thanks to my Mom and Pop. I can hear her now - "A place for everything and everything in its place!"

5) Mary's best friend, Rhoda, worked as a window dresser at Hempel's department store. What department store did you most recently shop at? What did you buy?

I haven't been in a department store in months! The last store I visited was Duluth Trading Company, where I bought a pair of rubber rain boots and three longtail tee shirts. (Shameless promotion: I love Duluth's longtail tee shirts. They're two inches longer than normal tee shirts!)

6) Mary Richards lived in Minneapolis. What city is nearest to where you are right now?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the nearest big city to us. It's about 20 miles east.

7) Originally the part of Mary Richards was written as a divorcee, but in 1970, there were no TV shows that centered around a divorced woman. Think about the women in your life. Are most of them married, divorced, single or widowed?

Hmm. I think most are married, but I have many friends in the other categories too.

8) The MTM production company logo featured a mewing kitten. The cat was found in a Minneapolis shelter, and, after her sequence was shot, she was adopted by a crew member who named her Mimsie. What's the name of the last cat -- or dog or hamster or rabbit -- that you petted?

Little Bits, our cat who came in from the outside and adopted us. She was a tiny thing when she came inside; now she's 17 pounds! We also have feisty wee Taffy, but I petted Bits most recently.

9) Random question -- Would you rather have a job that kept you seated on your fanny or standing on your feet?

Seated. No contest.