Random Dozen ~ 4.14.10

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1. How do you feel about “Gladiator” sandals, also called “Roman” or “Jesus” sandals? A fashion yea or nay?
Nay. Definitely nay.

2. What is your favorite pizza?

3. There are plans in the works to sell roughly 1,000 items from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. This means you could buy Picard’s chair for your family room. If not a Star Trek item, what prop, background, set, etc. from what TV or movie would you buy if you could? [Ex: Hurley’s “I Love my Shih tzu” shirt from LOST, the plantation home “Tara” from Gone With the Wind, or Tracy’s tambourine from the Partridge Family.]
Nothing comes to mind. I am just not very materialistic. If I can’t use it, I don’t want it.

4. Name a local food or restaurant that your area is famous for.
Pacific Northwest Salmon

5. What is your current favorite snack?
Chocolate — same as always

6. Hypothetical: You are required to be a reality show contestant. Which show would you choose based on your probability of success? (You cannot choose “none.”)
A. Dancing with the Stars
B. Biggest Loser
C. Survivor
Biggest Loser

7. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being uninhabitable and 10 being cleanliness that meets the standards of OCD, how clean is your vehicle’s interior?
Oh. Uhm, well, uh ….
There’s no debris, but I suspect a thorough steam cleaning would dissolve the upholstery.

8. It doesn’t feel like Spring until _________.
I can feel the warmth of the sun through my clothes.

9. Something that made you laugh really hard recently is ____.
Amoeba — of course.

10. Tell me about a goal you’re working toward.
Can’t. Secret.

11. Share a thought-provoking or inspiring quote this week.
If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.  Katherine Hepburn

12. Name one thing that you do as a parent that you absolutely know will make your kids happy. If you’re not a parent, feel free to substitute “friend” or nomenclature that works for you.
I am not a parent but I am a teacher. Happy kids are kids who know they are respected and valued by the adults around them. Don’t talk down to kids. Treat them the way you would want to be treated. Kids are people, too.

Random Dozen — April’s 1st

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1. Define a great relationship.
Mutual trust, support, respect, and love.  The sharing of laughter, hope, joys, disappointments and failures.  Amoeba is always on my side, even when he’s not siding with me. He tells me what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear. He is my greatest fan –and my greatest critic, but his criticism is always constructive and given to help, not destroy or discourage. I would hope he would say these things of me as well.

2. Why is it called a “drive-through” if you have to stop? (Real question: What was the last food/drink you purchased at a drive-through?)
I don’t recall the last time I purchased food from a drive-thru. There aren’t any in Friday Harbor which means my last drive-thru visit was in Hawaii, which means it was prior to January.

3. As I type this, the Butler Bulldogs are getting ready to play in the NCAA championship game. Every Hoosier is hysterical about this except me. So in honor of the Bulldogs … what is your favorite breed of dog? (I tried.)
I tend towards lovable, shaggy mutts.

4. If you had to move to a state besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?
No. No. No. No. No. I just moved. My boxes aren’t completely unpacked. I am finally home and I am staying! (Please don’t let those be “famous last words”.)

5. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I would have liked to have known my mother. But had I known my mother, would I have been less close to my grandmother? You know, I like my life where it is now so I am not certain — even as much as I regret having no memories of my mother — that I want to change things. God arranged my life the way it is for a reason.

6. Who’s the funniest person you know?
Amoeba. Better still, Amoeba and I together. (Not very modest, I know.)

7. Did you get enough sleep last night?
I rarely think I’ve gotten enough sleep, but then I have a sleep disorder. Amoeba had to wake me, but I am functioning and alert. I must have gotten enough sleep.

8. What’s the first thing you thought about this morning?
Feels good (back rub) and (simultaneously) I have to go to the bathroom.

9. Grilled or Fried? –HONESTLY
It depends on what it is. Steak, grilled. French fries, fried. Hello?

10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not the dark per se, but I have a difficult time seeing in the dark, and I fear hurting myself.

11.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Alive. If you are familiar with my childhood you will understand.

12. If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?

Easter’s Random Dozen

1. How do you feel about the marshmallow Easter Peeps?
How do I feel about jet puffed food coloring that chews like cardboard? Guess!

2. Chickens are notoriously nervous creatures. When you are nervous, what is the best way to calm down?
Homemade chicken soup — which explains why chickens are nervous.

3. People say, “April showers bring May flowers.” Do you enjoy Spring rains?
I love Spring rains. It is the Spring mud that I am not so fond of.

4. When I was randomly flipping through TV channels this week, I saw a show in which tattoo parlor employees received tattoos of a co-worker’s face on their bodies. I can’t imagine having a portrait of a colleague tattooed on me. But if someone forced you to receive a portrait tattoo (face only) of anyone, who would it be? Why?
Who and where might be a better question, but being a prudent person, I know better than to answer this.

5. Would you rather have a tattoo (any kind) or a nose ring?
Nose ring — I could remove it and it would leave very little trace behind of ever having been. A tattoo is for life.

6. Do you have any special plans for Easter?
Sunrise service, church breakfast, Easter Service. Home. Rest & contemplate.

7. Cadbury Eggs or Reese Eggs?
Yes, please.

8. What was the last thing/person you took a picture of?
Click here to see for yourself!

9. What book are you reading now, or what was the last one?
Now: Kaleidoscope, by Patsy Clairmont
Previously book review

10. What do you think is the most difficult task when it comes to Spring cleaning?
Motivating myself to do it.

11. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
None. Amoeba made me abandon most of them in Hawaii, and my most cherished pair finally abandoned me. sigh

12. Which color makes you happiest?

Random Dozen Goes On the Road

random dozen

It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee hosts what is, IMHO, the most intelligent meme on the web. Every week she puts forward 12 thoughtful and thought provoking questions.  This week Lidna is busy with a friend in need and Southlakes Mom stepped in to host the meme.  Thanks, Kelley, we appreciate you!  Kelley says, the theme this week is Spring . . . and any other random questions that caught her fancy.

1. What is your favorite sign of Spring?

2. Did you remember to spring forward on March 14? If not, how did it impact your day?
Yep. Amoeba changed all the clocks before bed. He was playing trumpet in the service and didn’t want to be late.

3. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what vegetable would you plant in a garden this year?
Green beans.

4. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what fruit would you plant?
Grapefruit. (The green beans I can do, the grapefruit is just a dream.)

5. What is your least favorite insect?
“God didn’t make any worthless creatures, but the mosquito comes close.”

6. March 22 was World Water Day. To celebrate, here are some water questions. Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?
No to bottled water — except the occasional splurge on Pelligrino when I cook a fancier dinner.

7. Have you ever been somewhere that it was not safe to drink the local water? If so, how did you handle that?
Yes, Guatemala. I didn’t drink it.

8. How many glasses of water do you drink per day?
Not enough, but more than I used to.

9. March 24 is the birthday of Harry Houdini. Have you ever watched a professional magic show? Share.
Lance Burton. It was interesting.

10. Have you ever been a participant in a professional magic show (up on stage!)?

11. March 24 is also the birthday of Steve McQueen and Clyde Barrow. Do you like Westerns or gangster movies? If so, what is your favorite?
I rarely watch movies. In the past I have enjoyed both gangster movies and westerns.

12. (Really random) What U.S. state that you’ve never visited would you like to visit someday?
All of them I’ve not yet visited! Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Virginia; including the “not states”:  American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Random Dozen — Luck of the Twelve

1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly.

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
What time wouldn’t you find me blogging?

4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you’ve ever been really early or really late for?
In my adult years? No. When I was a kid, Gram was late for church twice a year and me with her.

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
It’s here! All “looking forward” has turned to enjoyment.

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick’s Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty’s Day?
Yes, but then I wear green most everyday.

7. One of Caesar’s assassins, Casca, said, “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me,” which of course means he didn’t understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is “Greek to you,” something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
How God can still love mankind in spite of the horrors we’ve committed.

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
March is schizophrenic. Always has been, always will be.

9. “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.” -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?
I’d like to say, “clean house” but the truth is, I’d probably blog.

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
???? I can’t think of much I want that I don’t already have.

11. “The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.” Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.

12. Just for a bit o’ fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name.
Siobhan Guinness