Friday, November 30, 2007
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?
Water rides - especially Thunder Canyon at Cedar Point visit http://www.cedarpoint.com/
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
I usually get very quiet and try to find someone I feel safe with or blend in to the woodwork.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?
Nine. This is the one of the best things about having smart, adult kids. I have one that is especially good at arguing an opposing view just to get me wound up!
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
Yes. I am fortunate that the company I work for provides them each year.
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
Define watching. The TV is on in the morning for about an hour and I watch the weather then catch glimpses of other things as I pass by getting ready for work. In the evening my husband usually has it on so I'm watching while I knot or do word puzzles or read or walk on the treadmill or..... You get the idea. The shows I actually pay fairly close attention to probably average out to 12-15 hours per week. I'm almost always doing something else at the same time though.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Thirteen favorite Christmas songs or stories.
- The original Christmas story (Bible-in the book of Luke)
- Mary Did You Know?
- Silent Night
- The Little Drummer Boy
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Suess)
- The Littlest Angel (Tazewell)
- Away in a Manger
- The Night Before Christmas (Moore)
- Up on a Housetop
- The Year Without a Santa Claus (McGinley)
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- Go Tell It on the Mountain
- White Christmas
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
- Sometimes it seems as though there are things that I always want to do but just never seem to get around to - or the time isn't right - or the weather doesn't cooperate - or... Some of them are charitable or productive but most are just things I'd really like to do- maybe just once. Some are fairly elaborate things and some are pretty simple. Things like going to the corn maze in the fall, seeing the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in person, swimming with dolphins (this story is a whole post of its own), going to the enchanted garden and/or luminary event that they have in my town each year, tubing down the creek at Turkey Run State Park, or going to some big event for New Years. Then of course there is my goal to see all 50 states before I turn 50. I am so, not going to make it!!!!! I really thought after I got Hawaii and Alaska checked off that this was an attainable goal. However, things and priorities change so, I'm thinking I'll have to extend my timeline from "before 50" to "before I die." Because
is over 3,300 miles which seems a little much for one trip!
2. This week I do get to do something I've wanted to do for several years. Our church has a "Christmas Gathering" each year where women reserve a table, decorate it, and then invite friends as guests at their table. I was invited once before but was unable to attend so I am thrilled to have been invited by my great friend, Linda, this year!!! I am excited to see how each of the different ladies decorate their table. I just think this is such a fun idea. Different people, different personalities, different decorations, but all Christmas! I love it!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
When the turkey companies (ie. Butterball, Norbest) pack those parts inside the turkey,
Why not package them in something that won't freeze to the inside of the turkey so you can get them out - and use bright red or yellow so they're easy to spot - and something in large print on the packaging about how many little bags are hidden inside would be good. (Okay, so how many other people out there have baked the turkey with the gizzards still inside in the little turkey colored bag?)
When we go to Thanksgiving dinner we know there are going to be leftovers, soooo...
Why not take our own Gladware rather than trying to carry stuff home on limp, foil covered paper plates?
When we go out Black Friday we know there will be crowds and lines at the checkout, soooo...
Why not mess with some one's attitude by letting them go ahead of you in line (especially if they only have a couple items - or a couple screaming kids.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thought two - Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday but amidst the turkey, family and football be sure to give thanks to the Provider. Take time to list some of the things you have to be thankful for and if you're feeling brave, share those thankful thoughts with someone. Feeling even braver? Take a moment to reflect on each blessing and then think of someone who is not blessed the same way. Pray a prayer of blessing on that person. For example, I am thankful for a family that enjoys celebrating the holidays together. I also know of families who because of distance or dysfunction cannot get together or who dread doing so. I am thankful for food on the table. There are many in the world who don't know if there is a next meal coming. The list goes on and on. So be thankful, feel blessed, and give thanks.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
- Appetizer: What was your first “real” job? I worked as a cashier at the local drugstore.
- Soup: Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity? Definitely outside. Preferably either on a secluded beach somewhere very tropical or in a cabin in the middle of the woods.
- Salad: Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when… I speak before I think and say something that hurts or offends someone.
- Main Course: What values did your parents instill in you? I was blessed with great parents who instilled basic Christian values in me. My dad was always my biggest fan and best encourager always telling me I could be anything I wanted to be and that I could do anything I set my mind to.
- Dessert: Name 3 fads from your teenage years. Mood rings (which, of course, monitored the weather more than your mood), string art (I remember doing an asterisk like design in reds, oranges and yellows and thinking I'd created a masterpiece), and platform shoes (at 5"2" I thought these were the greatest idea ever).
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
- Be a courteous driver. Smile and let the other guy have that parking space or let them merge into traffic.
- Pay attention to people in the grocery line. If you have your week's worth of groceries and they have two or three things, let them go ahead of you.
- Pay attention to people in general. Is someone trying to get something off a shelf that is too high for them or lift something that is too heavy? Give them a hand.
- Any time you have a helpful, efficient sales clerk be sure to compliment and thank her/him.
- If you have a grumpy clerk sympathize with their situation - they may have been on their feet for the last 8 to 12 hours. Say something like "Wow, I bet this is a tough job this time of year" and then be sure and thank them for their help.
- Be considerate of the cashiers and other shoppers by checking before you get in line that all your items have price tags/stickers.
- Also, if you're writing a check, why not go ahead and get it all filled out except the amount while you're waiting in line.
- Make business size cards that say something like "Merry Christmas and thank you for your service" to give to the bank teller, to the person working the drive up window, or with your tip at a restaurant.
- Take the opportunity to teach your kids to be charitable. Have them go through their toys, CDs, or clothes and pick a couple of things that they don't use or don't want any more that are in good shape and go as a family to donate them to a local charity. For older kids make a donation in their name as one of their Christmas presents. Then use a card or ornament to commemorate this gift.
- Pledge to do one "random act of kindness" each day from Dec. 1st to Dec. 25th.
- Help an elderly or disabled relative, friend, or neighbor with wrapping their Christmas presents or decorating their tree.
- Do you know a single parent? Offer to babysit while they Christmas shop. If you aren't up to that or aren't familiar enough to do that then offer to wrap presents for them.
- Do something different this year (it may become a new family tradition) like working at a soup kitchen or mission, having the whole family help shovel a neighbor's driveway, etc. Are you dating or do you and your spouse have a "date night"? A few years ago when my nephew and his wife were just dating they decided instead of the usual dinner and a movie type date that they wanted to do something different. They took another couple and went to a nearby large city and passed out blankets on the streets to the homeless. Get creative!
Why do I always have a "when" whine to answer that question? As in:
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
- Manic Mondays= likely a recap of my weekend where I try to fit a weeks worth of stuff to do into two days before I have to go back to work.
- Two for Tuesday= two random topics which may or may not be related to each other.
- Why Not Wednesday=this is mostly a self indulgent way to navel gaze and figure out why I don't do the things I want to or think I should.
Realistically weekend posts will be few and far between (refer to Manic Mondays description).
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Which snack do you like to get when you go to the movies?
What year did you start using the internet?
I think 1998
What is your first name in Pig Latin?
Name something you are picky about.
My desk being organized, especially before I leave work in the evening.
Fill in the blanks: I saw grandbaby J. yesterday and I am glad it's Friday today.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Appetizer How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?
Less than the last few years, but it will still probably be too much.
Soup What was the last television show you watched, and was it good?
Grey's Anatomy- I usually like the show but last night's was pretty predictable - not one of their better episodes.
Salad If you had to paint the walls of your living room tomorrow, what color would you choose?
Valspar's Peaceful Calm - a neutral light tan with a very slight yellow tint. Think 1 part butterscotch with 9 parts white.
Main Course Name something clever or practical you have thought of that should be invented, but hasn’t yet.
An automatic pooper scooper! Note the size of my dogs in the previous blog posting.
Dessert List 3 things you would like to receive as gifts this upcoming holiday season.
- The Eagles new CD
- A gift certificate for Merry Maids (or any cleaning service)
- A 1 lb. box of Lowery's chocolate covered cherries - half in white chocolate, half in dark chocolate