Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Running on into the Random Dozen

First things first...The Random Dozen is hosted every week by Linda over at 2nd Cup of Coffee. She asks a dozen random questions, people answer, and we all link up over at her place on Wednesdays. This week she referenced a Jackson Browne song in her intro to the questions and since I've been here a while I just know there are people reading that are scratching their heads saying, "Running on empty? Huh? Jackson Browne?? Who? So here you go...an amazing songwriter. A poet. You're welcome.

Okay...here are my answers to this week's random dozen. If you want to play along just answer the questions on your own blog and click on the donuts to link with the rest of the internets.

1. Do you do garage sales?


2. Name the last thing you fixed?

um, dinner? Even that wasn't too taxing...fall was in the air so I put a sausage and cabbage combo in my crock pot.

3. Name your A) favorite item of makeup or B) your favorite tool.

I guess I should say my concealer because hey, did I mention yet that I have a big birthday coming up this weekend? Yeah. That whole dark circles under the eye thing is not getting better with age.

4. Which room in your home needs organizing more than any other?

Our office. It's not exactly disorganized but I want to have some built ins put into the wall for all my books and I'd like to have the walk in closet customized. Currently there are a few piles in the closet and a few more piles in another closet upstairs that are crying out for organization. We had trees removed this week though which is so ridiculously expensive that I guess the closet thing is moving down a notch or ten on the wish list.

5. Which room could use re-decorating?

Daughter1's bedroom. Well, technically daughter1 has her own apartment too many hundred miles away but when we moved here a year ago we designated a bedroom for each of the girls. They double as extra guest rooms when the girls aren't home which, by the way, isn't nearly often enough, but I won't go there today. Daughter1's room needs paint along with a new dresser and nightstand. Maybe a small comfy chair too.

6. Share something unique about your town.

Unique...hmmm....well, as I was driving home recently a big ole bear lumbered across the road in front of my car. Conveniently daughter1 was with me. Not so conveniently my camera was in the boot and although her iphone was handy she was too dumbfounded to snap a photo. Seeing a bear is not an unusual occurrence in our town but I suspect it is an unusual occurrence in most towns. I am bound and determined to capture one on film for my blog.

Our town is built around a beautiful lake. It started as a vacation spot for folks working in the city but as the 'city' has expanded it's now a suburb of said city. You know when I say city I mean the city...New York City. No bear photo but here's the lake...

7. If you could send a one sentence message to your great grandchild what would it be?

Jesus loves you.

8. Do you facebook?

yes. I'm there for the finding...I have my blog linked to my page too and lots of my real life friends read it there.

9. Describe your favorite shoes.

Oh dear. Hard question. I'm going to say my boots...knee high black suede boots with a high heel. Or my ankle length black suede boots with a high heel. I live in those in the winter.

10. Do you listen to more talk radio or more music radio? What kind of station is it?

Seventies/eighties music of course. In the car I do listen to talk radio but can only take so much before I think my head might explode. Then I switch over to whatever station is coming in sans static. We live in an area with extremely poor radio reception which is why I heart my Sirius radio in the house. We really should get it for the car too but it seems like an unnecessary expense. We listen to a lot of CD's in the car. I listen to a lot of Contemporary Christian and country too. Oh and fyi there are not a lot of country music stations in Northern NJ.

11. How far would you travel for a really good favorite meal?


For example, if my hubs came home tonite and said,

"Hey remember that fantastic little place we ate in Rome where the owner asked us what we wanted to eat and then said, "No, I'll bring you something. You will love it.
And he said it in his cute Italian accent?
Well do you want to have your birthday dinner there this weekend?"

My reply would be, "Let me just grab my purse. And my passport."

I'd go far for a great meal. As I mentioned in the previous question, we live out in the country and there's a few good places around but mostly we have to drive in closer to the city or to the actual city to get a fantastic meal.

12. If you were totally honest with yourself and us what should you probably be doing right now instead of blogging.

Cleaning my baseboards. No 'probably' about it.


  1. GREAT Jackson Browne song. Thanks for sharing that. I totally knew what you meant by your camera being in the boot. lol. That restaurant in Rome sounds divine. Let's go! :) Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  2. I enjoyed your answers, and loved the picture! How scenic...and a bear crossing the road--Wow! That definately beats living in the city. We don't have bears in Gooseneck--only onions :)

  3. I think a bear crossing the road trumps my oh-so-classy PizzaHutCarWash! (MY town has 5 lakes. I forgot to mention that. They are liquid only 4 months out of the year, though.)
    I always love reading your blog.

  4. I will say concealer is a second to my mascara. It is a wonderful thing:)

    And isn't that always the case, once in a lifetime shot and no camera.

  5. The last time I cleaned my baseboards was in 1994 and I was trying to impress a boy.

    Well, that might be a stretch. Maybe it was 1995.

  6. It looks gorgeous where you live. I lived in a 'burb of Boston {Swampscott/Marblehead} when I was 19 and a nanny. I LOVED New England. Someday I want to go back...But not if there's bears ;x
    Love that you put Jackson Brown on to start your post, now I can get that song out of my head by listening to it!

  7. I always enjoy my stops by here. So enjoyed your answers today. The photo is just gorgeous, looks like a postcard. WOW! Blessings to you for a wonderful rest of the week! Smiles!

  8. I am excited to follow you! I tried to click and get a better look at your profile pic - wanted to see if recognized you at the mall or anywhere else!

  9. Wouldn´t it be a surprise, if your hubby really took you to Rom?! I can´t wait to hear what kind of surprise he has up his sleeves for you. I travel through you, you know that, right? :)
    Loved your tribute to Linda too.

  10. Loved reading your answers. I think the lake is a beautiful part of where you live. I am sure you have had some awesome food far, far away from here. I dream about having walls of shelves in each room of a home. Hope your having a great week.

  11. I forgot about concealer ... Ok, I need all the different kind of makeups!

    Cleaning baseboards? No way, blogging is so much better!

    Love the picture of your town's lake, and I also liked your answer to #7. Short and sweet!

  12. I sure would like to visit "the" city sometime.

  13. So enjoyed your answers! And the meal one was my favorite....I am sure if I had that experience I would feel the same way. Rome. Sigh. :)

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~ I love seventies and eighties as well. Classic rock preferably although I am usually listening to Christian music! Glad you stopped by so I could find your blog! Have a great weekend!

  15. Our oldies station here plays mostly seventies stuff, and a little eighties (which doesn't seem right for an oldies station but whatever). I wish I had sirius, in my home or in my car. It's sad really.

  16. Clean your baseboards?? Really? :-) So you now know that mine probably need cleaned, too, hm? I don't know why but that just struck me as funny, Joyce!
    The lake is beautiful! I would simply die if a bear walked in front of my car! Oh my! I hope you are able to get a picture to share sometime!!