Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Random Dozen Meme

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for the Random Dozen hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee. If you want to link up or just read the other participant blogs, just click here.

  1. Have you ever fired a gun or shot a bow and arrow? Yes, & let's just say that it's a good thing that I was never really interested in hunting or skeet shooting. I have the aim of a drunk pig (I just made that analogy up – aren't I clever?)
  2. Do you know where your childhood best friends are? Thanks to Facebook I know where some of them are (hi Karen!), but others are lost to the mists of time.
  3. Do you usually arrive early, late, or on time? I prefer to arrive early (hurry up & wait – that's me!), so that's mostly what I do. However, when leaving from work to go anywhere it's anybody's guess as to what time I'll arrive at my destination (sorry Dr. Bartnik!).
  4. Are you more of a New York or California type? I'm more of a Blue Ridge Mountain type – so I'm going with California. I think that I could find something in that big state that would feel like home.
  5. Do you have a special ring tone? One I can hear! I used to have a Norah Jones ring tone, but I could never hear it ring. So I went with a generic one that's a lot louder.
  6. What is your favorite type of chip? I'm not a humongous chip eater (although I'll eat chips if they're put in front of me). If I'm choosing at Subway, then I'm going with Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips.
  7. Best comedy you've ever seen is .... Oh this is too hard! I think I'm going to have to go with Blazing Saddles. Although Stripes was pretty funny. And Foul Play has that one scene with the tourists in the taxi that practically makes me pee my pants every time I see it.
  8. Have you ever cut your own hair? To quote Dr. Phil, "How'd that work for ya?" Why I cut my bangs just last week. And I'm thinking of having another go at them this weekend. But I'm not sure that bang trimming really counts (even that time when I was 4 & cut an intriguing V pattern into bangs). I haven't ever tried to cut the rest of my hair. I should – it's a mess!
  9. If you were going to have an extreme makeover, would you rather it be about your house or your personal self? If we owned our house then I would want it to be about that – we already have some great ideas about what we'd do to this house if it was ours & we had the money. Given that we rent, then I'm going with me!
  10. Are you allergic to anything? Only the known universe. I exaggerate. But since I'm sneezing every five minutes while I'm typing this… I'm allergic to mold (including old books – and I think that includes the hymnal from church), long haired cats, and some trees. I also think that I'm "sensitive" to whatever they use to treat the roads for snow & ice – I believe that's the cause of my sneezing fit this morning.
  11. Why is it so hard to change? OK, I'm going to read all the answers to this question in the hopes that someone has a good solution to this problem! I'm currently working through the Geneen Roth workbook, Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating, and although one part of me wants to succeed, another part of me just doesn't care enough to work at it. Sigh.
  12. One last question dedicated to February love: CS Lewis said, "To love is to be vulnerable." Please share one example of that assertion or share any thought you'd like to about this topic. If you do it right, this is so true! You have to trust that the person with whom you share your secrets will hold them close and not betray you. And that they won't hold that secret knowledge over your head. Here's a poem I wrote to Dr. M for our 8th anniversary in 1998. Heh – in this poem I sound like I think I'm grown up – that was 11 years ago!
When we really met that January,
how could we know that by Christmas
we would be bound together by love
and secrets shared?

And by the Christmas after that
we were married.


I look at those two people
and think how far they have to go
to be who we are now.

They were sweet,
connected at the hip,
lovers and confidantes.


I think of you now in your study.
My love, my life
working toward your dream...
It's my dream too.

And yet, I don't even care if we get there--
my journey with you is my life.
I view what happens along the way
through the filter of us.

It's a pretty good filter
don't you think?


  1. Ohh, what a nice way to end this random dozen. The filter of us. Beautiful.

  2. Wonderful meme! Love the sweet poem and photo at the end. :c)

  3. Those questions would be hard for me to answer, so I salute you. you did good. The poem and photo deserved its own post. The filter of true. I hear you on the weight issues. I have been going to the gym now for 3 months and not one pound has left me. Diets never help either. Sigh....

  4. Interesting, and I love the poem.

  5. Such beautiful children in your wedding clothes!!! Reading your poem and seeing you both makes me want to, no, MADE me raise up both arms into the air in a victory-like way and shout Yay!!!


  6. Hi, just hopping by for a visit. I enjoyed my time here. Your poem was beautiful. I wrote one for my husband,too, in honor of our 36th wedding anniversary. Nice to "meet" you. Kathy ( Kathy)

  7. Wow, Dana! Mel Brooks and a beautiful so-not-Mel-Brooks kind of poem! I think if you lived nearby we'd have to hang out!

    And I hope Dr. M knows how special you still think he is. I'm not very good at telling my dh that, so resolved, BE BETTER AT IT!

  8. Love your poem! When I first read it, I thought you said you wrote it when you were 11. And so I had to go back and reread that part cause I was thinking..WOW! She got married young! Gotta love it when my brain is MUSH!

    Anyway, I really did LOVE it. And your answers were fun. I have so enjoyed reconnecting with people on Facebook.

    :-) Susan

  9. Cheddar Sun Chips...Funny I hardly ever eat them unless I am at Subway!! I love Stripes, Aunt Jemima treatment...too funny. Workin hard at losing weight isn't something I am good at...double sigh.

    Great answers


  10. This was another interesting peep into your life. I cut my fringe (bangs) a couple of days before school photo day when I was about six. I wouldn't dare try it now. Your poem was lovely. You should come and join the Poetry Bus on Mondays!

  11. Man, I couldn't remember Blazing Saddles, but my husband could watch it on a weekly basis!

    Your poem was sweet!

  12. Dana, this was a great edition! I love, love, LOVE the poem. THANK YOU for playing along. You're awesome.

  13. drunk pigs? lol
    Blue Ridge Mountain, yay...
    I bought some Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips today.
    filter of

  14. Facebook is wonderful for finding old friends...both those you want to keep up with and those you don't!!

  15. Forgot about Blazing Saddles. That's funny!

  16. I forgot about Blazing Saddles also. I was definitely having a senior Enjoyed all of your answers. Loved your poem how special!

    until next time... nel

  17. Always enjoy your poetry and this was especially fitting :-)

    Sounds like we're at about the same skill level with shooting anything. LOL It doesn't help that I instinctively shut my eyes at the moment I pull the trigger each.and.every.time.

  18. i love that poem!
    it certainly made me smile :)
    good job on this entire Random Dozen! you really made it interesting.

  19. I've always thought I was allergic to the universe too. I sneeze all the time! And I get random itches on my fingers that will bother me for hours. I carry cortaid in my purse.


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