Random Dozen ~ 08-18-10

This time I am only 20+ hours late posting my Random Dozen.  I’m getting better!  Thank you, Linda (aka Lid or Lidna) at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. What is your favorite fair/carnival food?
Today it was fresh, homemade fudge. From my childhood it was corn dogs. Tomorrow, it will be something else …

2. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
Failure.

3. What is your favorite gift to receive?
Time. Come visit with me, have some tea, play a board game. Laugh and have fun. That’s the best gift ever.

4. When was the last time you tried something new?
Today. I am running a booth at the fair for the first time ever.

5. What is your favorite and least favorite book genre?
Fave: fantasy
Least Fave: horror

6.Silver or Gold?
Gold.

7. What makes you sigh?
What kind of sigh? Happy, sad, exasperated, angry, rueful, annoyed, …. this question just made me sigh. It is frustratingly vague — that’s it! Frustration makes me sigh.

8. If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you claim you are?
Today I am 99. I have a myriad of aches and pains resulting from a lot of flailing and a near fall.

9. Would you break a law to save a loved one? To protect a loved one?
Would I jay walk,. Sure. Would I commit murder. No. These questions are remarkably vague, don’t you think?

10. If you had to teach something, what would it be?
School? That is my vocation ….

11. You’re having lunch with 3 people whom you respect and admire. They begin to criticize a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. What do you do?
I speak up. I tell them the person is a friend of mine and I give her good qualities. I know that’s what I do because I have done it.

12. Which of the 5 Love Languages is your prominent means of experiencing love? (Quality Time, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Gifts, Words of Affirmation)
I scored 9 in words of affirmation and 8 in physical touch. The results did not surprise me in the least.

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The Random Dozen Returns

As usual I am a day (or two) late and a dollar (or more) short, but I am pleased to (be probably the last to) announce that the Random Dozen has returned to Wednesdays! Thank you, Linda (aka Lid or Lidna) at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
This Summer with my family.  We are a silly sort.

2. If you found $10 today, what would you do with it?
I suppose that depends on where I found it.  If there was a chance of finding its rightful owner, I would look for him or her.  If there was no chance, I’d tuck it in my purse and keep it until an occasion called me to spend it.

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?
Yep.  Lot’s of places throughout my life.  Most generally through my home church, but not always. I love volunteer work.

4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit, and how do you eat it?
Summer fruits and veggies should be eaten fresh picked, raw and still warm from the garden sunshine. This week I am grooving on blackberries.

5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium or large?
I suppose that depends on your definition of friendship. I have a very large group of people who I enjoy spending time with on varios occasions, but only a small handful of people who truly know who I am and what I am about that I trust to love me warts and all.

6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?
I have never been to a school reunion. We had a bit of a family reunion this Summer for my sister’s birthday, and it was a blast.

7. When you’re feeling blue, what is the best way someone can cheer you up?
Well, if I am seriously blue, they should probably start by turning on the heat. And then a hug would probably be nice, followed by a bit of listening while I vent, or being silent while I contemplate, depending on which is needed.

8. Have you taken a vacation this summer?
No. I have taken several. I have visited Canada, Hawaii, and my hometown.

9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time?
My checkbook. I rarely ever use it.

10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far?
I haven’t seen any Summer flicks. What should I have seen?

11. Describe a perfect summer day.
A lot of sunshine, but not too much heat. A soft breeze, sea scented air, and my love to enjoy the day with me just kicking around.

12. Please a share a favorite photo from the summer so far!
I first shared this pick almost as soon as it was taken. If you want an explanation for why it is one of my favorite pics of the Summer, go to the original post and read not just it, but the comments as well. We might look quiet and sedate and boring, but trust me, you get that much brain power and that many smart-alecs in one place at the same time, it doesn’t stay quiet for long.

Thom, Devin, Charlene Susan

Random Dozen ~ 5/26/2010

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1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?
I’d rather skip the party altogether, but if I have to choose: attend — and leave before it is time to clean up.

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you’ve been to.
It was one of my own, and it was such a success that I am still in awe over 20 years later.

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?
I don’t have to hope. The Bible tells me what will be. What I most look forward to is the end of violence.

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?
Sunshine. I am a plant. I soak it up and flourish.

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?
It depends on the recipient’s needs. I offer my gift as a blessing. If something expensive is truly needed (like a stroller) I will gladly chip in.

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?
By all means, clean the house.

7. What song describes your mood today?
Grandma Got Run-over By a Reindeer.

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)
Pft. After two trans-Pacific moves I don’t have much of anything left. My oldest possession is Gram’s depression era milk glass salt & pepper shakers.

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?
Ice cream.

10. When was the last time you felt “tested?”
Right now, trying to answer these questions.

11. “[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop.”
Cookies.

12. “—–” is the best motivation.
Love.

A Late Random Dozen

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1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart “go-to” meal to fix in a pinch?

Hot dogs & chili — boil the hot dogs, nuke your favorite canned chili, serve it on a bun or over hot rice. Sprinkle with onions and cheddar cheese. Yum. I always keep the fixings on hand.

2. What is one item you won’t leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)

Well, one item I have never left home without is my clothing. I have forgotten many things, but I have always been dressed. (Well, I have left home without my shoes, but never without my short and pants.)

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?
My bed — though I often visit it when I’m tired.

4. Share one factoid of your family’s history.
I have my family tree traced back to the 1400s. There is an old covered, wooden bridge in Vermont that bears my family name.

5. Complete this sentence: “Once upon a time I ….”
… rode my bicycle off a cliff.

6. If you could win a one year’s supply of anything, what would it be?
Money.

7. “One quirky thing you may not know about me is ….”
I like chicken gravy on my cottage cheese.

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?
Nothing. I have to take it out of my pocket to spend it, wouldn’t I?

9. “One thing that always makes me laugh is ….”
Reading Thom’s blog.

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal?
Quit blogging and spend more time writing.

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?
Listen. I made time in my very tight schedule today to listen to my friend vent because she was very upset and not certain she had a right to be. She felt better afterward even though I didn’t give her any advice and kept my opinion to myself.

12. What is one thing you’re looking forward to soon?
A blogging convention right here in my own house! Thom, Susan & brood, and Sylvia will all be here soon!

Random Dozen ~ Pft

1. Please share one memory of your high school graduation. Pics would be great!
I didn’t get to walk. There was a glitch, records were lost. A test needed to be retaken. Despite the fact that I was a straight A student the vice-principal forbid me to walk. After graduation — AFTER — the principal apologized. Pft.

2. What is one “emergency use” item you keep in your vehicle at all times?
Before Amoeba, a plastic box with tools and jumper cables. Now, tons of trumpets. Pft.

3. In your region, do you celebrate graduation open houses? Addendum: (If so,) how many open houses/bridal showers/weddings are on your upcoming events calendar?
Pft. Beyond the age of graduation. None.

4. Tell me one truth you believe about motherhood.
It isn’t for everybody.

5. What was the last thing you broke?
My fingernail. Pft

6. On average, how many pieces of junk mail do you receive daily?
Pft. Mail or email? Dozens.

7. Do you like to shop by catalog?
Yes. Would you like an Avon book?

8. Is lawn maintenance at your house a “his job,” a “her job” or “his/her job” or “that’s why we have teenagers” job?
Mostly “his” but “she” is trying to do a couple of things.  (Stuff keeps interfering!)

9. Which room would you like to redecorate in your home?
We are currently (Wednesday) on a shopping expedition for living room furniture.

10. Do you read a newspaper regularly, or do you read most of your news on line?
News? Pft. Scandal sheets you mean. Online, such as it is.

11. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
Within reason. 😉

12. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
Yes.