Random Dozen — Plink & Link

Linda at 2nd Cup o’Coffee hosts this meme every week. The questions aren’t your ordinary meme fare, which makes them worth doing.

1. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
There are no shoes in my closet.  They are on the shoe rack out in my garage.  The oldest pair is about 10, I guess.

2. Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? If so, what variety?
No. The last time I purchased Girl Scout Cookies they came 12 to a box for $3.00. That’s 25 cents per bite. I like Girl Scout cookies, but they just aren’t that good.

3. Do you know how to ballroom dance? If not, would you like to?
I took classes and enjoyed them, but if I were a better dancer I would just be frustrated because I have no one to dance with.

4. Were you a responsible child/teenager?
So-so. More responsible than some of my friends. Less responsible than others. I didn’t lie, cheat, steal, do drugs or drink. I did skip school on occasion and I spent most of my money (which I worked for myself) playing pinball.

5. How many of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies did you see?
I don’t know. What movies were nominated? I don’t do TV and now that I don’t have OJM dragging me out twice a year I may never see another movie.

6. If you’re going to have a medical procedure done, such as having blood drawn, is it easier for you to watch someone else having the procedure done or have it done yourself?
Short story: I was in a motorcycle accident and ripped the top off my right foot. There was dirt and rock embedded in my flesh. I watched avidly as the intern dug it out, and I kept wiggling my toes so I could watch my muscles and tendons move. My answer to this question is: me or you, I don’t care, I just want to watch.

7. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Sunday — church!

8. Do you miss anyone right now?
Dr. John — every day. He used to comment on my blog every afternoon around 1 p.m. Now when I see that it is after one and I turn to my computer, I remember that I will never again get another comment from Dr. John, and I am sad.

9. Do hospitals make you queasy?
Not really. I worked in one for years.

10. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card. Not that you ever would, you responsible person, you.
This week? On the internet at Overstock.com. They can just send theiir entire inventory ….

11. Are you true to the brand names of products/items?
Somethings yes. Somethings, no. I have a toothpaste I like. Amoeba has a brand of potato chips he prefers. We both have our favorite soda. But the majority of my buying is done with an eye on the price tag.

12. Which is more difficult: looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when he/she is telling you how he/she feels?
Of course it depends on who it is, but for the most part t is harder for me when someone is sharing sharing their feelings. I am afraid what my face might reveal if my feelings differ. I never want to hurt anyone’s feeings and my face reveals my every thought.

1st Random Dozen of 2010

It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions (this time with the help of Angie at Angie’s Ad Lib.). Come on and join us. This is the most intelligent reoccurring meme on the web!

1. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a cranky-baby-hissy-fitter, how much of a complainer are you?
Serious complaining, maybe a 2. Whiny, I-have-a-boo-boo complaining, probably a seven.

2. When someone else is talking, do you listen, or are you thinking about what you’re going to say in response?
Oops. It depends. Generally I listen, but if the speaker drones on too long or is boring — or I think I’ve heard it before — my mind will wander. Sometimes it wonders to my response. Sometimes it just wanders.

3. I just deleted 1062 messages from my email account. Do you have any plans for a clean sweep this month–of anything?
Uhm, does a trans-Pacific move NEXT TUESDAY count?

4. Tell us about your perfume. Was it a gift? What does it remind you of? Do you have a signature scent?
I seldom wear perfume. As a teacher I had too many students in my room with asthma and other allergic reactions. If I do wear perfume, it is Obsession.

5. What is your best organizing tip for the new year?
Throw everything away. Don’t replace it. (Did I mention I am making a trans-Pacific move for the 2nd time in under 3 years?

6. What is your favorite comic strip?
Uhm? There isn’t one I read on a never miss basis. Sorry.

7. Do you sleep with a fluffy or flat pillow?
Fluffy!

8. What color is your kitchen? Why did you choose that color?
White. It came with the leased house.

9. What’s the most interesting bumper sticker you’ve seen?
Hawaii is Full

10. Do you prefer an expensive writing tool or whatever is lying around? (Are you a Montblanc or a Papermate?)
Expensive, since I prefer my keyboard …. however, I carry a 7mm Zebra pen, which I love.

11. What chore doesn’t feel like a chore – you just enjoy it (at least most of the time)?
Cooking — but not washing the dishes!

12. If your parents often repeated themselves, what is something one of them said more than once?

  • My dad had two contradictory phrases. If I said, “I don’t know,” he would reply, “Don’t you ever think?”
  • And if I said, “But I thought …” he would reply, “Who told you to think?”

When I hit my teens, more than once when my dad said, “Don’t you ever think?” I was sorely tempted to reply, “No. You told me not to.” But wisdom or God — most likely God — held my tongue.

Random Dozen — Year End

It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions. Come on and join us. This is the most intelligent reoccurring meme on the web!  (I wish it were smart enough to help me find my house key!)

The Missing Key, Meme!

1. Do you find it gross to share drinks with family? Friends?
Yes. I have major trouble sharing eating and drinking utensils. Get your own. Mind you, you can share my food and beverage – just NOT my utensils. I have, however shared my key with someone and can’t find it!

2. What have you learned this year? (You didn’t see a question of that weight coming, did you? At least not for #2.)
I have learned that Hawaii is visually a beautiful place to live, but it has been very hard on both of us.

3. When do you dismantle the Christmas decorations?
I never put any up. Three years ago we broke under the heavy weight of commercialism and said, “Enough.” We celebrated Jesus for Christmas.

4. Something you wish to accomplish before the end of 2009 is:
Getting my kitchen stuff sorted. What moves with us? What is trash? What is fit to donate?
I’d also like to find my missing house key. sigh

5. How do you feel about winter (after Christmas)?
Here in Hawaii – moot point. Winter is about 8 degrees cooler than Summer. The only change in my wardrobe is from tank tops to short sleeved t-shirts. I still wear all the same shorts and flip-flops on my feet. Ask me this again next winter. I am certain you’ll get a different answer!

6. Have you participated in after-Christmas sales?
NO! Although I am thinking about buying a photo keychain.  I’ve lost my darn house key again! I need a really cool keychain to help me keep track of it.

7. Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?
We’ll be here quietly at home listening to the neighborhood explode. New Years Day I’ll spend looking for my flipping house key!

8. Is there anything special awaiting you in January?
Yes! We are moving back to the mainland. Hooray!  Of course, that’s if I can find my missing house key.

9. If your life this year was a movie, what category or genre would it be? (Romance, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Suspense, Farcical, etc.)
Definitely a farce. Most of our time in Hawaii fits that category.  I mean, if your house key disappeared all the time, how would you feel about it?

10. How much time per day do you spend blogging? Please do not lie. I will know.
Truthfully, I don’t measure how much time I spend blogging. If I knew I would surely stop and I am enjoying myself too much for that.

11. Who runs your household?
We share.  He does this. She does that.  Major decisions we do together.  My house key I lose all by myself.

12. Share one hope/dream for 2010.
I miss teaching. I would like to work with children again.

Random Dozen: More Linkin’ Around the Christmas Tree

It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions. This is her 15th Dozen. I just love her memes. They make me think!

1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss.
For — warm from the oven with whipped cream, please.

2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family?
For years I have lived very far from my family. The last time I went home I realized the elders are elderly and the “youngers” aren’t so young any more. We are in the processes of moving closer to home and I must say that it is much more important to me than I anticipated.

3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed?
You know, since I am pretty grounded in the difference between fantasy and reality, I never gave this much thought. I suppose, if I had to come up with an answer then I would say Clarence, from “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The world could use more compassionate angels.

4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life?
A Charlie Brown Christmas.

5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you’re enjoying now? Any that you’re tired of?

Enjoying this:

Not tired of anything.

6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime?
We don’t restrict our remembering those less fortunate to Christmas time, but I do make a point to drop money in the Salvation Army red buckets, donate to the food bank and provide something for Toys 4 Tots of a similar program.

7. Does it upset you to see “Xmas” instead of Christmas? How about “Happy Holidays” etc., instead of “Merry Christmas?”
I have enough friends of other faiths that I have no problem with Happy Holidays. Also, it takes less energy to write Happy Holidays than it does to write Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Xmas I do dislike — and I’ve heard the argument that the X is supposed to be the cross, but I just think the X is at best laziness and at worst has removed Christ from the holiday.

8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month?
LOL! Amoeba belongs to three different bands, they each have several Christmas gigs, plus the multitude put on by our own church — I can’t count them all but so far we’ve attended 7 and we have two this coming weekend.

9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality?
White is my least favorite weather color. I’m in Honolulu, Hawaii, so if it snows here you are certain to hear about it.

10. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice.
Preface: I lived with my Gram because my mother had died and my dad lived in a logging camp.

When I was nine there was a dress I wanted for Christmas. Gram said, no. My heart broke. It was a beautiful red velvet tube dress with white satin skirt and I wanted very much to wear it to the school program. The afternoon of the school program I came home from school to find a wrapped present from my father. Gram told me I could open it there and then. It was my dress! I was so excited I wanted to put it on immediately but of course Gram made me wait until after dinner and my bath.

I was wearing my dress and waiting by the door when a rig pulled up. It was my dad! I was doubly excited then. When I called and asked him to come to my program all he had said was “We’ll see.” When he came through the door I did a little pirouette and told him I loved my new dress. He said, “Yes, it’s very pretty” and I knew from his voice that he had never seen the dress before. He knew from my face that he’d said the wrong thing. He looked at Gram. She said, “I bought this dress with the Christmas money you sent.”

My dad looked horribly embarrassed and somehow I knew he hadn’t sent me any Christmas money either. Later I asked Gram about all the other presents I had received from my dad over the years. She assured me they were from him but to this day I am not certain that was true. I do know that was the last time I ever received a present from my father that he didn’t personally hand me.

11. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month?
So far I have been to three and two more are on our schedule.

12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas?
No Christmas Tree. No exchange of gifts. We will attend both Christmas Eve services (Amoeba is part of the music program and I am a reader in both services). Christmas Day we will enjoy a quiet day together and a nice meal. We will call our families and we will be thankful for our blessings.

Random Dozen: Linkin’ Around the Christmas Tree

It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions. This is her 15th Dozen. I just love her memes. They make me think!

1. Which physical trait do you now accept–maybe not love, but accept–and no longer feel extremely self-conscious about?
When I was born my esophagus wasn’t attached to my stomach. To save my life, the doctor left me with a scar from below my belly button to the bottom of my breast bone. Because if it I have never worn a cropped blouse or a two piece swim suit. As a teen and young adult I hated that scar. Now when I see it, I understand that without the scar I could have been a beautiful dead baby. I like my life.

2. This week Meredith Baxter Birney, best known as the mom on the favorite 80s sitcom “Family Ties” came out of the closet, which led me to formulate this question: Who do you think is/was the best TV mom?
I don’t watch TV so I can’t answer this.

3. Do you speak any foreign languages? Are there any you’d like to learn?
I studied Spanish, but I don’t speak it well.

4. Who is your personal hero?
My grandmother. She lived her life as a light for God. If I could even be half the person she was, I would be proud of myself.

5. What is one holiday food that you find extremely difficult to resist over- indulging in?
It would probably be easier to find one I don’t fins difficult to resist!

6. Tell me about a Christmas decoration that has special meaning or sentimental value.
I had a set of hand painted china Christmas bells. They were stolen in a move over 20 years ago and I still mourn them. They were my great grandmothers.

7. How do you feel about snow?
Cold. And I don’t like it, either. I might enjoy it more if it would consent not to fall on the front walk or driveway.

8. On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night? Not that I’m jealous of any number over three or anything.
I usually sleep 6-8 hours per night with 7 hours being about average.

9. Tell me about your first crush.
From 1st through 4th grade I was madly in love with Roy Shones. Then he moved away and my heart ached for years. Whenever his grandparents had company I would ride my bike by their home hoping it might be Roy and I would see him. In 6th grade we finally came face-to-face again, and he didn’t even remember me. That was the first time my heart broke.

10. You’re stuck in a room for 2 hours with only a chalkboard and chalk. What will you write/draw?
Pft — I’m a teacher. I’ll clean the board and then have a math lesson, a vocabulary lesson and a writing prompt up and waiting for the students to return.

11. Do you dress for the current temp or for the day’s forecast?
Current temp — and I change as the day changes. That’s what layers are for.

12. Favorite Christmas movie is?
White Christmas (old) While You Were Sleeping (newer).