Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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. So I was thinking about how Jon Bon Jovi never seems to age much. His hair is smaller nowadays, but he still manages to look like a boy somehow. And then that made me think of the story of Dorian Gray. Question: If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why?

The year I turned 40. I had hit my weight goal & was feeling pretty good about how I looked.

2. What is the best dish that you cook or bake (your piece de resistance?)

I am NOT much of a cook, so there's nothing that's a sure thing. However, I have made pumpkin spice muffins (with chocolate chips) several times in the last few years & I haven't messed them up yet.

3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal?

Sadly, eating is my number one strategy – but as you guys know I'm working on that. Reading or working puzzles are other things I do. I want to add some form of exercise to my "feeling blue" toolbox.

4. When was the last time you danced in public?

Wow – so long ago that I don't remember. I'm not sure that the swaying I do really counts as dancing anyway.

5. Do you consider yourself a realist or dreamer?

I guess a bit of both – although I can be more of a dreamer in that I have ideas of how life can be, but don't really do anything to make them happen.

6. As a parent, what is one thing that you have done well?

Not having children! Honestly, I think it was one of the smartest decisions I ever made. I knew as a teenager that I didn't want to be a mom – and although people assured me I would change my mind, I never waivered.

7. Which is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show?

Ooh – a tough one. I loved how even & wise Andy was. And I really liked that Ernest character. But I'm going to have to go with Barney – he was just the most hilarious dude!

8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

I'm married to a historian (have I mentioned that before?). I think I know a lot. He wasn't a perfect man, but I think God used him as a prophet. I really wish that we could banish racism. But it feels like it's embedded in the mortar of our country.

9. Have you never been mellow? Have you never tried … to find a comfort from in side you? (Sorry, Jorge was singing that song just now, and it just seemed to be perfect timing as I was creating this week's questions.) REAL question: What is your #1 driving pet peeve?

Ooh – there are so many! Currently it's when a car flies by to get in front of me right before the four-lane road goes to two lanes. And then slows down. To below the speed limit. Really? Did you have to blast past me at 80 mph just so you could then drive 45 mph in front of me? I would so give you the finger, but the last time I tried that I ended up making the peace sign. The person at whom it was aimed just looked baffled. Clearly, my "good girl" subconscious was in charge.

10. Which color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate?

Sort of a misty white. That's the color outside, and that's the color I am. Not really alert to the world around me, but not really feeling very bad about it. If I were taking anything other than Osteo BiFlex & Ibuprofen I would think this feeling was drug-induced. But I think it's just a sort of Monday on a Tuesday kind of feeling.

11. If your spouse were an animal, which would he/she be?

Well, that's easy! A bear! He's pretty cuddly, but if you mess with any of his "children" (he's a bleeding heart liberal, so we're ALL his children) he can get pretty irate.

12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day

Um, well, um. I don't want to say. It's embarrassing. IthinkthatmostlyIreadblogs. Perhaps I should add a new hobby to my repertoire.


  1. If you need a new hobby, perhaps I could recommend you take up Tai Chi as I've done?

    Why should I be the only one suffering.

  2. You have a way with words. I think you should try writing short stories, or long books...anything really. I think you may enjoy joining a gym for exercise. But I am new to your blog, and getting to know you, so I shouldn't be so assertive in saying that. I recently joined one and it was the only way I was going to force myself to exercise.

  3. This was a really good read this morning. Thanks!

    Now, as for exercise? DON'T DO IT! Of course, I say after doing enough squats and step-ups so that my quads scream for mercy every time I try to sit down. In fact, I'm thinking about installing a handrail beside the toilet...and I'm NOT kidding!

    My recommendation is to keep trying different things until you find that thing that makes you smile. You smile because you are relieving stress and feeling challenged and strong and capable. It doesn't matter what it is as long as you have to MOVE while you do it.

    Tai Chi sounds fun, Barry!

  4. Yes that was me but I was slowing down to avoid hitting that deer. See a previous post of mine. Whew for a minute I thought you gave me the finger. Peace to you too. :)

    Try spinning. It's my new hobby.

  5. Hey great answers!! I totally agree about Martin Luther King and your assessment of racisism in our country...sigh...

    I like the bear analogy and tell him thank you for looking out for me too!!


  6. Bug, I laughed out loud when I read the part about you giving the peace sign. So funny but real.

    I peaked when I was 40 too. I think a lot of women whip themselves into shape for that 40th birthday.

    Loved reading this.


  7. Hey, can we do virtual tai chi? I've always wanted to learn to do that.

    I love the peace sign! I think we should all adopt that action when what we really want to do is give the finger. That'll catch those noodnicks off guard!

    I am going to be an optimist about racism. I may not see sufficient change before I die, but I think we've actually made some good progress in the last 40 years. The last witness to pre-civil rights days may have to die before racism really gets left behind. Then again, there will always be some kind of ism to interfere with us all being beautiful people.

  8. LOL on #9 and #12! It's been a hoot to see how many of our hubbies are like bears, dogs or really big cats. Anything with chocolate chips is good in my book. Not much you can't add chocolate to and make it better :-) Don't you think everyone should post their "bestest" recipes?

  9. Are you on a cruise in that picture? Our cabin steward made us the most amazing towel animals. Our friends in the cabin saved theirs all week! Nice to see you again, BugaBoo!!!

  10. Loved the photo! You go, girl! There's hope for this 42 yr. old.

    I wish I could remember that exercise would help my mood, but sadly, it isn't so yet.

    Liked # 12 - nice and honest. Another blogger wrote sleeping. Thought that was a good cop out to confessing. :)

  11. MichaƩle - yes I am. I hit my Weight Watchers goal one morning & flew to Florida to take a cruise with my parents that afternoon LOL.

  12. Dear The Bug,
    On the parenting decision, that is one I share with you. I remember when I realized it was going to be a permanent decision and not a delayed motherhood--sort of a framed-out five seconds before I went on to whatever was next. in short, a no-brainer.

    I don't regret it at all, although, it tends to change your conversations with your peers somewhat. That was a strange realization to have later, on

    The road less traveled,
    Ann T.

  13. Your tough peace sign finger cracked me right up. Next time someone flashes me a peace sign I'll know exactly what they are really thinking. LOL.

  14. #6 is very interesting..I have a friend who knew as a teen she didnt want kids either and the amount of chatter she deals with over this. She is 39 and still knows yet people still tell her she will change her mind.


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