Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Friendly Random

I'm really excited this morning because I have a good friend coming to stay with me for a couple of days (when we don't travel our friends do). 'A' is a friend from England who is really from Chicago but is not the friend I saw while in Chicago because A now lives in Germany. How's that for random? There's more...she is coming to me, not from England, Chicago or Germany but from Washington D.C. When we realized she'd be 'in the neighborhood' we decided to get together. I live five hours from D.C. but when you normally have an ocean between you five hours is 'in the neighborhood'.

Okay, enough of my own random...here's this week's Random Dozen hosted over at 2nd cup of Coffee...everyone is invited to play along by answering the questions on your own blog and linking up at Linda's.

1. What is your favorite fair/carnival food?

How timely. I just wrote on Monday about our day at the State Fair. This is a tough question...if we're talking savory I'm going to say sausage with peppers and onions which is something they do very well in this part of the country. It must be served on a proper roll.

For a sweet treat...maybe kettle corn. Or candy floss. Which is what they call cotton candy in the UK... we like holding on to our England-speak.

2. Are you holding on to something you need to let go of?

what a segue...
yes. next question.

3. What is your favorite gift to receive?

A great handbag.
A trip.
An ipad.
Did I mention I have a BIG birthday coming up next month?

That being said I do have a love and appreciation for small, meaningful gifts too, especially when they are given 'just because'. Every once in a while over the course of our 26+ years as man and wife my hubs has surprised me with a Payday candy bar. He knows I love them and that I never buy one for myself and so every now and then he brings me one. That sounds silly but it's the little things in a marriage y'all.

4. When was the last time you tried something new?

Well, I started a yoga class not long ago and its something I've never done before. I was always a bit leery of all the new age vibes that go along with it but I do love the exercise itself and there hasn't been anything uncomfortable in this class. It's strictly exercise. The instructor is wonderful and quiet...she makes us do the plank too but she's not mean like Jillian. And while I'm mid-exercise I'm not thinking about anything too deep because I'm busy trying to remember to breathe, relax my jaw, breathe, lower my shoulders, bring my left foot over my right knee and most especially, not to do a face plant when we're standing in a precarious pose designed to improve balance.

5. What is your favorite and least favorite book genre? Memoir, mystery, political intrigue, romance, humor, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, chick lit, self help, other..

If I have to pick I guess I'll say mystery is my favorite and self-help my least favorite. I do read all sorts of books and have liked and disliked books from every genre. What I really like is a well written book with a good story...if a book has that I am not so particular about the genre.

6. Silver or Gold?

Depends on the day, my wardrobe, and the state of my tan. I like both. I wear both and that probably breaks some kind of fashion law but in my defense I am blue eyed but not fair skinned.

7. What makes you sigh.

In a sad way?
The track America seems to be taking and our current political climate... the 'correctness' in our country.

In a good way? The sweetness of my girls.

8. If you didn't know how old you are how old would you claim you are?

35...I'm not a kid but I feel young at heart. And 35 is young people.

9. Would you break a law to save a loved one? To protect a loved one?

I need way more information before I can answer this question. As a rule I'm not a law breaker. Or even bender. But I think I need to know the specifics before I give an answer here.

10. If you had to teach something what would it be?

Well, I have taught something....I've worked in my professional life as a speech pathologist so I could say communication. And I've also been a kindergarten teacher and we all know that everything you need to know in life you learn in kindergarten.

11. You're having lunch with three people whom you respect and admire. They begin to criticize a close friend of yours not knowing she is your friend. What would you do?

I would try to throw it out there pretty early on that she's a friend of mine. Hopefully they'd hush. If not I might try to explain where I think the friend is coming from. Or I might just sip my iced tea and remind myself not to have lunch with these two again.

12. Which of the five love languages is your prominent means of experiencing love?
Quality time?
Physical touch?
Acts of service?
Words of affirmation?

Words of affirmation.
If you read here surely you are not surprised to learn that words are my love language.

If you want to figure out your own love language you can take this little quiz...


  1. Great answers as always! I especially love #10.

  2. Good on you for getting into a yoga class!! You go, girl!


  3. You answer #8 is what I would say too ;) I'm coming up to 47 this year and still think I'm in my 30's! I read the book 5 Love Languages, mine is 'acts of service', I'd much rather hubby empty the dishwasher or take out the trash than actually thank or praise me for doing it!
    Have fun with your friend. Where in England is she from?

  4. I love all your birthday gift ideas for we are wonder twins.

    And I've learned to budget in a good three pounds on Fair Night. Sausage, roasted corn, and funnel cake, please.

  5. Have fun with your friend!

    I would love to take a yoga class. Like you, I am unsure about the "vibe", but since the only thing I bring to the athletic table is flexibility, I thought it might be something I could do.

  6. awwww. I love the pic of your daughters. I'm with you on the climate of our country. And 35 IS young. :) Thanks for sharing. Have fun with your friend. Blessings, SusanD

  7. I loved all of your answers today--and I learned something new--candy floss! I love it! We call it "cotton candy", but I may have to change over and call it "candy floss"!

  8. I've met quite a few 35 year olds lately! :)

    Loved all your answers - and I totally agree about sighing over America's "correctness."

  9. Yea for visiting friends and daughters that make you sigh, in a good way...

    Yoga. Yes. I need to join a Yoga class also...

    #9. You know like "transporting certain preparations of the Cannabis plant is illegal in our country overall-pretty much, but let's say having this preparation would really help someone you love manage pain- would you pick some up and bring it over?" A friend once asked me this for real. I don't know what I'd do- most likely ask the doc for more morphine.

  10. I like lots of books from different genres too. A good story, no matter what, is a good story. If I want to read it again, it's a good story.

  11. Thanks for stopping by today! I so enjoyed your answers, I struggled with some of todays but your answers were great! I'm so with you on #7, I can hardly stand to watch the news anymore. Breaks my heart for my precious "grans." Blessings for a wonderful week!

  12. Have fun with your friend! I am glad you have a chance to meet up. :)

  13. Joyce,

    Sounds like you have a fun couple of days coming with your friend arriving. I love this post today and you and I have so much in common.

    I sigh for the same reasons as you do and love it when our hubbies remember it's the little things that make our hearts sing!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  14. I hope you get all the things you want for your BIG birthday! :) And I LOVED your answers!

  15. Love your answer to #7 and the pic of your daughters is precious.

    I thought of you when the I saw the first question, all the food you talked about at the fair!!

  16. Loved your answers..I am interested in starting yoga and haven't for some of the same reasons...afraid of the "new age"ness of it....glad you have found it a good fitness experience instead...I may have to give it a go...

  17. Reading your answers was like reading something I'd write :) We may be twins separated at birth -- except I'm blue eyes AND fair skinned :)

    My hubby occasionally brings home a design or interior decorating magazine "just because". Gotta love those little attentions!

  18. I love the Love Languages concept. I'm an "acts of service" girl myself. It sounds like "gifts" might be up there for you with the words.

  19. Enjoyed reading your answers. Candy floss is so different. I agree with #7, we are in terrible shape as a country. I like white gold.

  20. Loved ALL your answers.....almost as much as I love kettle corn!

    *smacks lips*

  21. Good for you for being brave enough to take a yoga class. I can do it in the comforts of my home (and when I say do, I don't mean do well). I don't know if I would be brave enough to take a class though. Kudos to you:)

    And not only is 35 young, but so is 40! 50 is the new 40:)