Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Laboring Over the Random

Let's many times can I use the word labor in a blog post title? At least one more it seems. The random dozen has rolled around again and wow, that was fast! When holidays fall on a Monday I usually spend the whole week thinking its a day earlier than it actually is. Fun questions this week though, so why not play along? Answer the questions on your own blog or in the comments here or on your fb page and link up by clicking on the donuts. Here are mine this week-

1. Describe the best sandwich in the world, according to you.

Philly cheese steak. And this is not just according to me because millions (yes, I'm sure its millions) of people would agree with me. Oh, and it must be made in the Philadelphia or surrounding area. I've had them other places and they just aren't the same. Ultra thin slices of steak with melted cheese and grilled onions on a hard hoagie roll. The roll is very, very important and where a good cheese steak often goes wrong outside the Philadelphia area.

Photo credit...Big John's

2. Which inspires you more: a good conversation, a song, a book or a movie?

I can find inspiration in conversations, songs and books. Off the top of my head I cannot think of any movies that were truly inspiring but there may be something out there. The Blindside?

I'm just getting ready to start Radical by David Platt...pretty sure it's going to be inspiring.

3. What is your favorite board game?

Surprise-I don't have ONE favorite. I like board games...a few favorites are Scattegories, Backgammon, Mexican Train Dominoes and Scrabble.

4. As you grow older, are you more or less patient with small children?

I think I'm still really patient with young children but I guess we all become less patient as we get older. I'm probably not as patient with them as I was 20 years ago but I'm not impatient either.

5. Name one item you never let yourself run out of.

Twizzlers. There's no wrong answers, right?

6. Do you agree with Tennyson's assertion "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"


7. Name one National Treasure or landmark that you have visited.

Wow, this is hard because I think we've already established here and in previous randoms that a. I don't do 'just one' very well and 2. I travel a lot. I looked up the definition of National Treasure to see if this would apply only to things I've seen in the US but wiki defines it as -

"a person, place, or object that is deemed to be of value to an entire nation, usually due to its cultural significance."

If that's the case, how much time do you have? I could list hundreds just from my treks around England.

I think for today I'll pick one of my favorite US treasures...Arlington National Cemetery. I've seen treasures the world over but few places move me more than sitting on a grassy hillside in Arlington. I've written about it before and you can read that here.

8. Which is more painful, to be disappointed in someone else or to be disappointed in yourself?

Myself. It happens more often than I'd care to say.

9. What makes your kitchen uniquely yours?

Hmmm...I'm not sure how to answer this one. Maybe its my recipe book with favorite family and friend recipes copied by hand and filed there. Maybe my collection of English and Italian pottery. Or it could be the digital photo frame that sits on the desk in my kitchen and circulates pictures of our family. It is uniquely ours and no one else would have something exactly like it.

10. Are you a crafty person?

in a word, no.

11. What is your favorite or traditional picnic or bbq (cookout) food?

Just one?
Roasted corn on the cob.

12. Name one leisurely activity you enjoyed over the Labor Day weekend.

Again with the 'just one'. Sigh.

I wrote a whole post on our Labor Day weekend here, however, if I must pick 'just one activity' I'll say a walk with my hubs and our pup in Central Park.


  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who isn't crafty!

  2. I chose corn on the cob too. What's up w/all the "just one" questions this week. jeez. lol. Great answers. Blessings, SusanD

  3. I am about to start reading Radical also....I am NOW thinking of picking up some Twizzlers (one of my fav candies) to nibble while I read, I do love peanut butter, but it does have a tendency to stick to the your Randoms today!!

  4. So much to comment on!

    I love corn on the cob, too. When it is grilled, it is absolutely out of this world!

    We are going to finally get to watch the Blindside this week. I have been waiting for it to come in at the library.

    I've never been to Arlington, but I can imagine what a moving experience it would be.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. Your posts are like a breath of fresh air because you have traveled. Thanks for playing along. I miss stopping by here--I'm terrible at reading now--but working on it!

  6. You crack me up! I have the hardest time just picking one as well! Blessed are the indecisive, I guess.

    #1 Has me drooling all over my laptop, yum!! Unfortunately I have never had a "real" one since I've never been to Philadelphia.

    Not crafty either. I'm like Jill, I'm glad I'm not the only one out here that isn't.

  7. I am about to start reading Radical also....I am thinking of picking up some Twizzlers (one of my fav candies) to nibble while I read, I do love peanut butter, but it does have a tendency to stick to the your Randoms today!!

  8. It's not called Des Moines steak for a reason.


  9. I am so with you on the roasted corn AND the not being able to pick 'just one'!

  10. Have you ever been to the American Cemetery in Cambridge, England? That brought such powerful feelings in me, as did our own Arlington National Cemetery.
    Philly Steaks are YUM!

  11. How blessed you are to be so "well traveled". As always, I enjoyed reading your answers! Oh, and that's one "good looking" sandwich that you have pictured! LOL

  12. Cheese Steak looks yummy. Always love to read your dozen:)

    And by the way, I don't think everyone is crafty in their own way:)

  13. As you could tell from reading my blog I struggle with the just one and wasn't very successful with that.

    A nice walk with the hubs and pup! That would have been a nice thing for the weekend.

    Oh would love to have corn on the cob on the grill. Yum

  14. I'm glad that I'm not the only non-crafty one out there! Thanks again for visiting! :) Loved your answers.

  15. I don't like sandwiches, but that is just WRONG to put there picture up, I am drooling! Can I get a side of pickles please?

  16. Oh Arlington is a wonderful place. Actually most of the monuments in Washington left me in awe!

  17. It makes me happy to know I'm not the only non-crafty person in the world. =)

  18. At 15 Arlington overwhelmed me. I still am moved by the site. How beautiful and how sad it was.

    Whew. I am so glad I am not the only one who has trouble picking out just one answer. It is so hard!

  19. My number 9 would be the sink full of dishes.

  20. Well, first of all it IS Craninum!! I knew someone would know. I love Twizzlers AND roasted corn on the cob. I am gonna have to rib CQP because I am from Des Moines, and while we do a lot of thing great Philly Cheesesteaks are probably not among them. I so want to go to Arlington I must go read your post.

  21. You walked in Central Park? Do you live in NYC or were you just visiting? I'm jealous!!!

    Enjoyed your answers...hope you'll check mine out!

  22. You are most definitely crafty so I have to disagree with number 10.

  23. We have a place called Philly's Best and they are delicious. I forgot about that when I answered. Great answers. Hope your week is going well.

  24. Arlington...a must see for every American! Enjoyed your answers!

  25. I love all games too!

    and Twizzlers are my favorite candy!!!

  26. Loved reading more about you, Joyce! Great answers! I looked up I've got to read it. Thanks!