Random Dozen Meme

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for the Random Dozen Meme from "Lidna" at 2nd Cup of Coffee. If you want to participate just go to Linda's site to link up.

1. It's early morning, about 2:00AM, and you're driving home. You come to a red light and sit there. There is no one in sight for miles around. Do you wait it out or run the light?

In Lusaka, definitely run the light (the police told us to not sit at red lights at night). Here? I probably would wait. I’m kind of a fraidy cat & would suspect that there was a patrol car just waiting to nab me.

2. If you had the chance to re-do the last 24 hours, would you change anything?

The powdered donuts. Not the eating them part. The part where the powder got ALL OVER my black pants. Not pretty.

3. When you reply to someone's comment on your blog, do you reply in your comments or go to her blog and comment? (Or email her)

I reply mostly on my blog (when I remember – sorry commenters!). But sometimes I’ll reply on their blog if I happen to be there & remember.

4. Your favorite Disney movie is:

Jungle Book. I love Baloo the Bear.

5. Do you recycle?

Yes! In fact, I think we’ve got more recycling than actual trash. But I shouldn't be all that proud about it because it means we eat more things out of boxes and plastic containers.

6. Games of strategy or games of chance?

Depends on how sharp I’m feeling at the time – I like both.

7. Do you have any recurring dreams?
Yes – I’m in a house with dozens of rooms, all on different levels (two steps up to the kitchen, three steps down to the living room). Depending on the dream I might be trying to cook (ha!), looking for someone, taking care of a baby (yikes!), trying to hide, just hanging out with my mom – but it’s the same house. If I ever found an actual house like it I might run screaming in the other direction!

Another recurring dream is where I’m trying to find the bathroom & the only toilet is in the middle of a busy intersection, or out in a store, or you can’t shut the door. This is because I’ve got to GO, & can’t quite get awake enough – thank goodness my subconscious makes it so hard to have any privacy or Dr. M & I might be changing the sheets!

8. What did you learn from your first real job?

That when I get too comfortable with people I can be really bitchy. I got into trouble with my snarky attitude, but I thought I was friends with the person who was offended. I was really hurt that she didn’t say something to me instead of my boss. It taught me that the workplace is not a place to let down your guard. Then I spent the next 19 years ignoring that bit of wisdom & people learned that I’m just a snarky person. BEWARE THE “DANA LOOK!”

9. Do you buy or borrow most books?

I buy Nora Roberts books. Other books I get from the library – mostly downloading them in either .pdf or WMA format (so I can read them on my mini-notebook, or listen to them on my MP3 player). Sometimes I check an actual BOOK out of the library!

10. What fashion trend of the past did you say you'd never wear again but did?

Well, we had 80s day at work & you can see how well THAT worked for me! Sometimes I think about getting a perm again – I spent most of the 80s with permed hair…

11. When do you start Christmas shopping?

I guess about now. Dr. M likes to wait until the last minute & after almost 19 years of marriage he’s infected me. I do most of our shopping online because I HATE SHOPPING!

12. Have you ever been so happy that you literally jumped up and down for a few seconds? If so, what was the occasion?

When Dr. M got his job at the university last spring. I walked into my coworkers’ office & they thought I was having an epileptic fit. I may have looked like Elaine from Seinfeld. I was pretty excited.


  1. When we were in Old San Juan PR once we were advised to slow down at the traffic lights and if no one was coming proceed thru...it wasn't safe to stop...not sure what its like now as that was years ago.

    Do you have a Kindle? Just wondering...my hubs wants to get one for me but I don't know. I just love holding a real honest to goodness book.

  2. Oh, I have those bathroom dreams too. Only in mine, the toilet is usually is a really grungy place and it doesn't work.

  3. Joyce - I don't have a kindle, I just use a mini-laptop. What I like about it is that I can read it even if the room is dark. But I won't give up real books any time soon!

    Ellen - yes! Of course, I've had the grungy bathroom thing happen when I'm awake too. Eww!

  4. I am pretty sure that if I worked with you I would get along just fine with you. I see you have a great sense of humor and that is almost No. 1 with me. Loved your comment about the powdered donuts messing up your black pants!
    My husband and I have too many books, I think, but it is our hobby so...oh well. He just got an iPhone and loves it because it is a little pocket size computer that you can read books on and do everything. I was jealous last night when we were reading in bed. He was just holding up his iPhone and my arms were aching with my 5 lb. hardback.

  5. Wow, police actually telling you to go through lights? Don't they have a quota over there to fill? LOL.

  6. As always, such fun answers, The Bug. I particularly appreciated the honesty of, "Sure, I'd eat the doughnuts, I'd just wear different pants!"

    Like you, I base waiting at a red light on my surroundings. Although, truthfully, I can't remember the last time I was stuck at a red light in the dead of night. I'm a homebody, I am. I'll be up late, but I'm unlikely to be out late.

    Permed hair. The scourge of the eighties. The reason we all look at photos of ourselves back then and instead of thinking, "Holy smokes, I was YOUNG." I personally end up thinking, "What in the blue blazes was I thinking??? I thought that looked good???" And then I fear whatever will emerge as the dunder headed thing I am doing now, that will catch my eye in the future.

    I should give up and start doing purposefully bizarre things in photographs. Waving Cornish game hens around. Something, anything that will make the "What the heck is that?" part fully my choice :-)

    Happy Wednesday!

  7. Very interesting and fun reading.

    No, if it was very late at night and no other cars were in sight, I would run the red light.

  8. We're not suppose to be snarky?? EVER???? (Note to self - get help)

    Ever watch Jungle Book 2? I thought John Goodman did a good Baloo imitation.

  9. Baloo! Oh, one of my favorite characters! When I ran the Disney marathon a couple of years ago there's a part where they route you through the 'back country' by the water treatment plant, etc. Nothing interesting to look at to pass the time and pain. But Baloo was there along with some other inconsequential characters. I ran over and got a hug! He gave me a boost for another 10 miles or so!

  10. Jungle Book was my son's favorite Disney move when he was a little boy.

    We used to song the song and dance around pretending to be Mowgli and Baloo when he was little. He is 20 now my how time flies!

    Great Random Dozen.


  11. Loved the doughnut powder on the black pants - funny!

    The 80's redo pic - awesome!

    I've had those bathroom dreams too, but I'm always in a girls bathroom with no doors on the stalls. I think it's a reoccuring nightmare from Jr. High.

  12. I love Nora Roberts, but I haven't decided abou going digi with books. I can appreciate the convenience, but there is something seductive about the feel and smell of actual books. My public library is OK, just not as relaxing when you have to take two kids with you!

  13. I love Nora Roberts, but I haven't decided abou going digi with books. I can appreciate the convenience, but there is something seductive about the feel and smell of actual books. My public library is OK, just not as relaxing when you have to take two kids with you!

  14. Oooo I have that same recurring house dream! HOnestly. And, weirdly enough my husband has it, too. (Nice to meet you, btw. visiting from @nd Cup...)


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