Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Sweet Hodgepodge

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1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

I called both of my grandmothers Grandma and both of my grandfathers Grandpa. 

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?

No, I've never been to California.  I do not have a desire to do so, I am more of an East Coast girl :)  If I did go I'd want to see the beach towns.

3. What are three things you don't know how to do?

I don't know how to change a tire, use my pressure cooker, and edit videos on my phone.  I'd like to learn how to do the last two.  At this point I don't want to learn how to change a tire.  It is a good skill to have but since I have roadside assistance and a cell phone I don't think it is absolutely necessary. 

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

I'd like to see more kindness.  How do you celebrate kindness?  I guess I can start by recognizing and appreciating kindness when I see it and by practicing it more.

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?

Yes, I like almonds.  I'd chose an Almond Joy, although it's been years since I've had one.  I use almond flour to make chocolate chip cookies. 

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Saturday mornings are usually lazy mornings at my house.  We usually stay in our lounge clothes and don't move too fast. 

7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.

I'm in the process of reading "The Discipline of Grace" by Jerry Bridges. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  My daughter made me these chocolate covered strawberries and they were so delicious! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Super Hodgepodge

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1. What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super?

I made garlic and oil green beans for dinner and my son thought that was super :)

2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb? 

Baby back ribs, basted with a mixture of apricot fruit spread, a little apple cider vinegar and a squirt of ketchup. 
3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. 

Supersensitive, hormonal shifts usually make me supersensitive. 

4. Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is. 

Not initially.  I am usually defensive at first but once I love then I love easily. 

5. Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? 

I will mark the day by giving chocolates and candies to my kids, a card to my husband and probably cooking a nice dinner.  I do not eat out often, especially on special days where most restaurants have different menus and jacked up prices and long waits. 

6. What's something you are loving right now? 

Homemade trail mix.  Lately I've been mixing raw cashews, almonds, coconut flakes and raisins. 

7. Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  

"Grow up already!"  That would be in response to all the protesting, rioting and other nonsense that is going on in our country right now.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I wasn't too interested in this year's SuperBowl, but glad I watched some of it, especially the end.  It was a great game.  And I have to say I just love Tom Brady's family.  The love and support they have for him is beautiful. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Salty Island Hodgepodge

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1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently?

Yes, I'd agree.  For me the sea is the cure to being stressed.  The sea is calming and helps me put things in perspective.  I look out at God's amazing creation and can't help but remember that He holds it all in His hands and is in control of all things.  It is my favorite place to be and thankfully I live just minutes away from the water.  Here are a couple of my favorite views:

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

I can't think of something I can't eat without salt.  I usually don't cook with salt since my mother-in-law can't have it because of high blood pressure.  There are some foods I add a little salt to and other foods where I don't miss it. 

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

Bury your head in the sand.  I don't think it is my head that is in the sand and I'll leave it at that ;)

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme? 

"Islands in The Stream" by Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers.  It brings back fun memories of being in Florida and singing it at Karaoke at one of the theme parks.  That was the same night I saw Bobby Brown walking around (he was part of New Edition back in the 80s).  I thought that was the coolest!

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

I ran my day because for part of it I did nothing and needed that break.

6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

I'd be parked in a beach chair with my toes in the sand, drying off from a swim.  I've always wanted to jet ski but haven't done that yet. 

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?

Sadly, each other. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I usually avoid political talk but... is anyone else embarrassed for our country?  I am all for free speech but I think the way some of the protesters and marchers are acting crosses the line.  When adults model kicking and screaming when they don't get their way should we be surprised when the young people do the same?  Shameful.  Despite that I think the new president is off to a great start.