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Bye Bye Blue & 4 Memes

As a sad farewell to Project Blue, I offer you a photograph of the newest member of our family.


10th entry
Project Blue
brought to you by Anna

Melli tagged me:

Two Names You Go By:
1.) Quill, Quilly, Quilldancer
2.) Charlene

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1.) blue jean shorts
2.) orange tank top

Two Of Your Favorite Things:
1.) my laptop
2.) my camera

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:

1.) out of our rental lease
2.) a magic wand to clean the house

Two Favorite Pets You Have Or Had:
1.) Christmas
2.) Tiger

Two People You Hope Will Fill This Out:
1.) Jules — paybacks
2.) Dr. John — so he can spread his frustration around and not just vent it on Melli

Two Things You Did Last Night:
1.) attended an open house
2.) grocery shopping

Two Things You Ate Last Night:
1.) OC’s hamburger goulash (yum)
2.) Cole Slaw

Two People You Last Talked To:
1.) OC
2.) Maureen Mariposa

Two Things You Are Doing Tomorrow:
1.) taking the car for an oil change
2.) attending an open house

Two of Farthest Trips Taken In The Last 5 Years:
1.) from Vegas, NV to Friday Harbor, WA via Spokane, WA
2.) from Friday Harbor, WA to Oahu, HI

Two Favorite Holidays:
1.) Christmas
2.) Easter

Two Favorite Beverages:
1.) Diet Dr. Pepper
2.) Water

Jules tagged me:

The Rules of the Tag Game:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1.) I am mentally well-balanced and have all the syndromes to prove it
2.) My first car was a motorcycle
3.) I fell from a two story window and never hit the ground
4.) I met my life partner on the internet, fell in love with him sight unseen, quit my job, sold/gave away most of my possessions and moved to Hawaii with him. Is my life all that I hoped it would be? No. It’s even better.
5.) I procrastinate. I have had both the memes below for over a month and am just getting around to doing them — making too much for all of you to read and slowing down your blog hopping.
6.) Although I am human and sometimes slip up, I try very hard to live by the Golden Rule, and treat others as I would have them treat me.
7.) This is the only year since I’ve started teaching that I did not enjoy and look forward to going to work.

My sister, Caryl, sent me tis meme:

1. What is your occupation? teacher
2. What color are your socks right now? none — Hawaii — barefoot
3. What do like to listen to? “Oldies” from the 70’s, Christian
4. What was the last thing that you ate? sunflower seeds
5. Can you drive a stick shift? I learned, but wasn’t good at it and haven’t driven one in over 25 years!
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Green!
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? OC
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? My sister, Caryl? Usually. But I always love her.
9. How old are you today? 49
10. Favorite drink? Diet Dr. Pepper
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? gack!
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? I haven’t NOT dyed my hair in so long I don’t know its real color.
13. Pets? No, thank you.
14. Favorite food? seafood, or see food, which ever …..
15. Last movie you watched? Surf’s Up
16. Favorite Day of the year? Christmas
17. What do you do to vent anger? I rarely get angry, however when I do, I rehearse dire speeches in my head, stomp around the house, clean things, and — finally — talk myself around to looking at how I was at fault, too. Then I’m over it.
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? my bike
19. What is your favorite season? Summer — and I live in the land of perpetual ….
20. Hugs or kisses? yes, please, lots of them.
21. Cherry or Watermelon? cherries
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? post it on your blog instead.
23. Who is most likely to respond? like, with a comment? ALL of my friends; like with a meme? Maybe Melli will pick one of the four and do it …. NOBODY is tagged.
24. Who is least likely to respond? those friends who don’t read down this far ….
25.) who do you want to respond? Whomever would like to.
26. When was the last time you cried? its been months …. oh! Unless you count a few tears over a heart jerker email. Then it was just a couple of hours ago.
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Ann. We met in the 10th grade. She’s still trying to lose me ….
29. Who is the friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? With blogging things like time get a little murky.
30. Favorite smells? vanilla, fresh baked bread, chocolate chip cookies
31. Who inspires you? My grandmother! OC. And several of you ….
32. What are you afraid of? Disappointing the people who love me.
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? spicy with cheese, please
34. Favorite car? at the moment, the one I have
36. Number of keys on your key ring? which one? Car — 1: house –2.
37. How many years at your current job? 11 years teaching; 1 year in Hawaii
38. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
39. How many states have you lived in? 7 — Idaho, Washington, California, Montana, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii.
40. Do you think you’re funny? that’s what my friends say

#s 27 & 35 were missing when I got this!

And OC’s sister-in-law, Nancy, tagged me with this:

Hit forward and place an X by all the things you’ve done and remove
The X From the ones you have not. Answer the 29 questions at the end
And send it to your friends (including me). This is for your entire

(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
( ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X ) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only?
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t?
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Been skinny dipping outdoors
(X) Gone to the movies

1. Any nickname? my sister Jackie insists on calling me Charlenie Beanie
2. Mother’s name? Lois
3. Favorite drink? Diet Dr Pepper
4. Tattoos? NO!
5. Body Piercings? used to have my ears pierced but they grew closed years ago.
6. Do you love your job? this year>?not especially
7. Birthplace? Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
8 Favorite vacation spot? home
9.Ever been to Africa ? No
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Yes
11. Ever been on TV? yes
12. Ever steal any traffic sign? yes
13. Ever been in a car accident? Yes
14. 2-door or 4-door vehicle? currently 4 doors
15. Favorite salad dressing? a small amount of Balsamic Vinegarette
16. Favorite Pie? apple
17. Favorite number? 7
18. Favorite movie? too many to list
9. Favorite holiday? Christmas
20. Favorite dessert? ice cream
21. Favorite food? chicken anything
22. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
23. Favorite brand of body wash? whatever brand it is, I want it vanilla scented
24. Favorite toothpaste? Tom’s
25. Favorite smell? clean
26. What do you do to relax?? read
27. How do you see yourself in 10 years? sitting on a beach in Hawaii enjoying life
28. Furthest place you will send this message? in cyberspace everyone is the same distance away
29. Who will respond to this the fastest? Melli is usually the first one here — or Brian — them east coast folk.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Not been to Florida? Well, visiting us must be a priority then.

    If finding a new place is anything like the one over the weekend, yikes!

  2. I would have commented before Brian but I was too busy screaming and throwing things. Then my hands were to agitated to type. But now I have calmed down. I will put your tag on my procrastination pile and promise to get to it. I might even set up a countdown clock.
    At least we would be the same color crayon.
    So much material to assimilate.
    Data overload!
    Data overload!
    Brain shuting down. Can’t process.

  3. What a cool flower. Can’t say I’ve seen one of those before. And nice writing. Are you settling into your break? We have a few more weeks here.

  4. UGH! 2 people before me! Dr. John was up early this morning! Goodness! THIS was WONDERFUL! Today I found out that Quilly is more like ME than I even expected!!! I dO wish Dr. John had visited me today – before you BROKE him! Annnnnd… I think I should point out that I did NOT tag you — I specifically SAID it was NOT a tag! It was only a HOPE… thank you for responding to my HOPE! (I didn’t know you were sitting on the mother load!)
    WE really shoulda been teenagers together. And adults too.

  5. OY! Even Robert snuck in there while I was typing! Geeeez! I had to give Mom a BATH first thing this morning!

  6. That is a beautiful flower! So many me mes and so much catching up for you….it sounds fun, isn’t it. Saw over at Melli’s that you were having a good day…ie the bed snatched you up for a bit, and you needed it. My sofa snagged me yesterday morning for about an hour.

  7. The flower has a carneval dress ! Sad that tomorrow “blue” comes to an end. Looks like if you cleaned off your computer from memes, lol !

  8. Boy you are just blogging your heart out today, huh?

    I must say that that flower is so unusual and beautiful! The blue tips make it the perfect choice for your last Project Blue photo.

    Can’t wait to see what the next color will be!!

  9. Love the peeps of blue on the flower, so pretty! It was fun reading the memes…you have nooo more secrets..hehe.

  10. Brian — I am clairvoyant. NOT. As to visiting Florida — I am not up to swimming that far!

    Dr. John — I only tagged you for ONE of te four memes. Honest.

    Robert — my first day of break I cleaned the house, and discovered that my bed is evil. I walked into the bedroom to put someting away and the bed wrestled me down and kept me in a sleeper hold for TWO hours.

    Melli — I got in enough trouble as a teen without adding you into the mix! Oh my!

    Gattina — yes, and cleared up a goodly amount of memory in the process.

    Karen — save the best for last — I know I just recently read that somewhere ….

    Shelly — I have LOTS more secrets, and we’ll keep it that way!

    Juliana — I usually do one or two memes per year. I figure this lets me off the hook for a good long while.

  11. I love those plants/flowers, yours is simply beautiful.
    Can’t wait for the next color 🙂
    You were so busy with those fun memes! you had a pet named Christmas?? 🙂

  12. Mar — I had a cat named Sidewalk who had kittens by emergency C-section on Christmas Eve. When the vet handed me the tiniest kitten, naked and pink, he said she wouldn’t live. Her mother and I were inclined otherwise.

    When I moved to Hawaii I gave Christmas to a little old lady who adores her, but I miss her still.

  13. Quilly, I just popped over here at the end of project blue and now I see what I’ve missed.

    You have beat me to the end of the school year. I’m done on Thursday. And I’m definitely ready for the break. I’m going back into the fray next year, but it looks like you won’t be.

  14. I know you have not been happy teaching this year. I think you would enjoy older children. I hope you have not quit but are looking for another position.

    You have been going to open houses. Does that mean your are looking to move?

    That is a very unusual flower and very pretty.

  15. Hmmmm… another move on the cards? I find moving more stressful than pretty much anything else in life, so I’m assuming you have a darn good reason to be moving again so soon.

  16. My pc and my amera are my favourites too Quilly!
    Hope to see you again when I get back from the South of France! Looking forward to doing new projectsagain with you! bye now!!

  17. I could never visit Hawaii- I’d never find anything big enough to haul all the plants I’d want to take home with me.

    I enjoyed reading your answers to all those memes.

  18. Wow – when you catch up on meme’s you really catch up!

    I enjoyed reading it all.

    and I love your last blue just as I loved all the others.

    I’m happy to have discovered your blog.

  19. Willow — I will be teaching next year, but it won’t be pre-K!

    Andrew — just a bit? Is that your confession that you didn’t read them all?

    Betty — yes and no. OC commutes 2.5 hours one way to work each day. We need to live closer, but the rents closer are horrendous.

    Doug — so I spell funny. Did you just discover that?

    Mumma — read my comment to Betty!

    Raven — or crazy.

    Jientje — have a great trip. Takes lots of pictures.

    Cindy — you wouldn’t have to worry, the agricultural inspector wouldn’t let you take most of the plants home with you anyway — and the things he would let you take away you can already get in the states.

    Dianne — welcome. MAke yourself at home. There is a niche here for all. I’m on my way to your place for a visit.

  20. Lawdy…way too much info for my head and how long did it take you to do this! I do know you much better though and I DID read the whole thing. I wanna meet someone and have him take me away to paradise…

    You are one happy and fortunate lady Quilly! Yippee!!

  21. Okay, Charleney Beanie,
    I’d say you are about all memed out.
    I think it is a great story about how you met OC. It should be made into a Lifetime movie.

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