Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time to Smell The Hodgepodge

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1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

My strongest sense is the sense of smell.  I often will say "Does anyone smell that?" Many times no one else does. Last night I brought a plastic shopping bag home and it smelled like cheap scented laundry detergent- yuck!  They must have stacked the bags next to something that stunk. 

2. Do you believe in the idea of a 'sixth sense'? Why or why not?

I like to think of it as the promptings of The Holy Spirit.  We can be deceived by our feelings so I think we have to be careful with intuition.  Pay attention to it but don't be ruled by it. 

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

At dinner time.  I try to have dinner ready at a decent time but lately it seems like everything is taking longer than I expected. 

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

No, I've never worked in a restaurant.  The closest thing would be a bagel store that I worked in when I was in high school.  That was a cool job because I worked with my best friend and the owners trusted us enough to go home and leave us there until closing.  If I could own a restaurant it would be waterfront with an amazing NY dessert menu. 

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

I haven't done it myself but my great aunt did.  I always find it interesting how many children there were born into the different families and where the family settled when they came to America.  My grandparents parents came from Ireland, Germany, and Poland. 

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

When I was a little girl I had a Raggedy Ann and Andy theme.  I remember the toy box, plaques on the wall and metal box that held my hair ties and barrettes.  I think the walls were painted yellow. 

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love_______________________?

being organized and things being done decently and in order. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Sunday morning on the way to church we saw a message flashing stating that the Causeway that led to the ocean beaches was closed.  My husband asked me if I knew anything about it but I didn't.  I thought maybe there was a marathon or something.  Today I saw the reason why and it was so nice to see a happy police story.  Two police officers scaled a 287 foot bridge to save a suicidal man.  They were up there for over 2 hours convincing the man to come down.  Thankful for those who serve so selflessly. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Moving, Still The One Hodgepodge

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1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

The best thing is getting rid of things that you don't really need as you pack.  The worst thing is all of the packing, unpacking and finding a place for everything. 

2. What's moved you recently?

I watched a movie on Amazon the other night with my daughter.  It is called "Touched By Grace" and I liked it a lot.  It was about a girl in high school who moved and became friends with a girl with Down Syndrome.  The girl with Down Syndrome was a Christian and invited her to Young Life events.  There is more to the story but I don't want to give it away in case anyone wants to see it.  But it moved me. 

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

I feel like my life is on hold.  Due to my dizziness acting up I am not doing as much as I'd like to.  Hopefully I'll be moving forward soon. 

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it's your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

Get a move on, I suppose.  I have not been moving as fast as I'd like to (see previous answer). 

5. What song makes you want to get up and move?

"Still The One" by Orleans. It makes me happy and I just want to dance when I hear it. 

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you're 'on the move'?

A Lara bar. Apple pie is my go to classic flavor, but there are several other delicious flavors. 

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

My picture frames with family photos in them.  When I moved last year I remember what a difference it made to have my photos out and displayed. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Autumn has arrived at last.  It's been a few days since we've needed the A/C.  It is time for me to take my long pants out of storage.  There is nothing like putting on a pair of jeans after wearing capris and shorts all summer long.  One of my favorite things to do when fall arrives :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

An Autumn Desert Hodgepodge

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1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the 'coolest' American desert towns as-

Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ

Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?

No, I've never been or lived near the desert.  Never been to any of the places listed either.  I have no desire to visit the desert.  I am more of an ocean and mountains girl :)

2. What's a plan or project you've deserted in the past year? 

Just one?  There are many projects that were on my list this past year that have yet to be done.  Technically I wasn't the one who deserted them, but since I am not the one doing the work I have to wait on other people to do them.  One on the top of my list is painting the kitchen.  The can of paint is actually on the floor in the corner of the kitchen just waiting ;)

3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.  

I love the trick I learned in elementary school about desert/dessert.  Dessert has 2 s's because you always want more dessert.  (I don't think s's is grammatically correct but ses doesn't look right either.  That one stomped me.)  I still check how to spell kindergarten and jewelry usually throws me off. 

4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house...which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain. 

High and dry.  Let's just say I'm coming to the realization that some people don't really care if they leave you high and dry. 

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?  

I haven't been to the dry cleaners in about a year.  The last thing I brought was my wool coat.  I wasn't given the option of starch.  I usually wash "dry clean only" items in my washing machine on the handwash cycle.  When I used to dress up for work I would bring my skirt and pant suits, but that was many years ago. 

6. What's a food or beverage you enjoy that's named for a place? 

Buffalo wings, which are chicken wings made with hot sauce and usually served with blue cheese dressing, carrot and celery sticks.  I'm tempted to say Long Island Iced Tea for a beverage but I haven't had one in years and don't think I will ever have one again.  I have dizziness and won't drink anything that may add to that ;)

7. Do you need solitude? 

Yes, every so often.  That is when I try to get to the beach.  If I can't get there my back deck often provides solitude, especially early in the morning or in the evening.  Last night my husband made a fire in my fire pit and I sat out in the dark, enjoying the cool fall evening. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.