Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Coffee With the Neighbors

Well, that's kind of what this feels like every week. I’ve been participating in Linda's random dozen for a few months now and it’s a comfy place to be on Wednesdays. Why not answer the questions on your own blog and join the party? Don’t forget to link your answers here. And apologies if this post published more than once today...I had mysterious issues with photobucket.

I also feel the need to add that this week's questions are off the charts in their randomness. I'm not alone in that thought am I?

1. Do you use the labels various charities send you as “free gifts?”

This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Not so much the labels but the ones that actually send me a nickel or dime taped to the page with the labels. How many of those are they sending out? In my mind this just does not demonstrate fiscal responsibility in a charity. Dimes add up to dollars and a dollar can do a lot in many parts of this world.

Stepping off the soap box now and back into the answer is no.

2. What is your favorite time of day (or night) for skywatching?

Early early morning…I love the sunrise.

3. What is the most adventurous you've ever been with trying a new food? (Keep it G-rated please)

G-rated? Huh?

Everyone in my house is pretty adventurous in trying new foods both at home and in our travels. Most recently I guess I would say a raw oyster, pulled right out of the water on Prince Edward Island, shucked on the dory by the oysterman and popped straight into my mouth. It was fantastic in case you are wondering. You can read my post here if you want to see the photographic evidence and also get an up close and personal look at the pores in my face. (Thanks for that Mr. Cameraman) There isn’t much in the way of food I won’t try…my husband had barnacles when he was in Asia and he said it was a little bit like eating toenails. I’m not too keen to try that but if custom required it I would eat them with a smile.

4. Have you ever heard a rock sing? (Trust me, there's a reason for this one!)

Obviously there is a hidden meaning here but I’m clueless as to what that might be. No I’ve never heard a rock sing.

5. If you could learn a language you don't presently speak, what would it be?

Italian. I always wanted to be able to yell in Italian.

6. Al Capone's tombstone read, “My Jesus, Mercy.” If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

To quote Erma Bombeck- ‘ She used everything He gave her’.

7. If you were a famous musician who was known by one name, like “Cher,” “Sting,” or “Jewel,” what would it be? It doesn’t have to be your first name, but it can be, if you’d like.

I just don’t know about the questions this week. Hmmm….JoJo? It’s a nickname so maybe.

8. Have you ever been inordinately “into” a television show?

24, especially the first season. We have always watched it on DVD because who could possibly wait an entire week to discover the fate of the free world.

9. When you sneeze, do you go big, or do you do that weird “heenh!” sound that makes people think you’re going to blow your brains out? Any other variation we should know about?

I think I fall somewhere in the middle.

10. Do you still read an actual newspaper that you hold in your hands, or do you get your news elsewhere?

I watch the news and I also read some online but I still like a real newspaper, especially on Sundays. My favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon is lay on the couch after church and nap read the paper.

11. Are you a good speller?


12. At what time each day do you start thinking about Lost lunch?

Around 11. If I don’t break into the m & m’s by 11 then I’m good until whenever for lunch.


  1. Hey Joyce, Great answers. I especially like: "I always wanted to be able to yell in Italian." lol and your epitaph quote was a good one. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Blessings, SusanD

    BTW, if you haven't been by lately, I'm having a giveaway this week. Please be sure to stop by and enter.

  2. I like your answers. So who would you yell at in Italian?

    I love the Sunday paper too. And the requisite nap that goes with it! Have a great day!

  3. For #4 - Luke 19

    Like the epitaph! And impressed with your bravery!

  4. Great answers. I love Erma, that would make a great tombstone, wouldn't it?

  5. I love to watch the sunrise, but I must admit I am really a late night person.

  6. Hi Joyce, loved reading your answers :) I've never done the random dozen, when I see some of the questions I know why... I'd be here all day trying to think of some answers!
    I'm from Sunderland in England, on the North East Coast, (right next to Newcastle) :) I blogged about maybe having to rush over there this week as my dear Mam is sick. It's awful being so far away at times like this, but for the most part I love my life here:)
    Have a great day
    Hugs Denise

  7. #3 - ewww on the barnacles!

    Enjoyed our answers. Erma Bombeck was great!

  8. I agree, it is like having coffee with neighbors. I look forward to "seeing" everyone again on Wednesday; it's a lot of fun.

    Your sunrise pic is gorgeous! If I could be guaranteed the picturesque view every morning I'd be up early too.

    I love Erma's quote. That's a good one that I actually wouldn't mind on my grave stone.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. My daughter had sushi recently with some kind of sea animal testicles. That's a little weird for my tastes but sounds like you'd be willing to try it :-)
    Italian is the language I'd like to learn too. A lot of folks in this area are of Italian descent and there are schools and private tutors who teach it. Maybe one of these years.
    Your epitaph choice is great!

  10. Great answers. I really like your answer to # 1 and that picture is Gorgeous.

  11. Yelling in Italian would be great! Too funny! Sunrises? Oh, I'm never awake!

  12. Strange how most people ends up napping on Sunday afternoons.

  13. Hmmm... yelling in Italian would be fun.

    I, too, feel like this is a chance to have coffee with neighbors -- I look forward to it every week.

  14. Joyce,

    I just love the way Italian sounds when someone speaks it so fluently! The best way would be to study in Italy so you can be immersed in the culture.

    Loved all your answers!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  15. Enjoyed all your answers. I love that picture! We are night owls and we were up early this morning but I did not have time to take any photos. It was really foggy and the fog had frozen the the trees. It was beautiful! I too am enjoying this Random Dozen! I am so glad I linked up. Thanks for sharing.

    until next time... nel

  16. Great answers. I wouldn't mind yelling in Italian either. They seem like such good yellers. Is that prejudiced. I don't mean to be. Good epitaph too.

  17. Great answers! Yes there is nothing more impressive than yelling in gets your attention for sure. What a gorgeous sunrise picture...Wow!


  18. This is super fun!

  19. Thanks for the barnacle tip - I think I'll be passing on those, too.

  20. Oh, and I want to learn Italian, too, but not to scream - just to make sure I order correctly :)