Thursday, October 21, 2010

You've Got a Friend in the Random Dozen

Lid has had one of those weeks so today's Random Dozen questions come to us courtesy of her lovely co-hostess, another Linda. That would be Mocha with Linda as opposed to 2nd cup of Coffee Linda. They're like the James Taylor/Carole King of random dozen question writing. And no, you do not need to be named Linda to play along. Just answer the questions on your own blog then link back to Lid's (2nd Cup) for show and tell.

1. Do you prefer to read the book or see the movie?

Read the book. Definitely read the book.

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving. It's all about family and food and feeling grateful. I love Christmas but the holiday itself comes with a certain amount of expectation and stress which sometimes makes it hard to focus 100% on the real meaning of the season.

3. Which do you like better-the mountains or the beach?

Hmmm, which do I like best? My left hand or my right? I love both but if you make me choose I'll have to say the beach.

4. If money were no consideration, what vehicle would you drive?

I love my current vehicle. For some reason it seems odd to write the make of my car on here (like my whole life isn't already an open book for the whole world to read) but I think I'll just leave it at 'my current vehicle'. A little mystery is always a good thing don'tcha think?

5. What is your favorite cold weather beverage?

A cup of tea. It warms me up and calms me down. It simultaneously soothes and inspires. It provides comfort after hard work and energizes me to carry on. A cup of tea is so much more than a drink.

6. How do you communicate most often with your friends: phone, email, text, face-to-face or Facebook?

e. all of the above

With my away friends its mostly by email and facebook with an occasional phone call thrown in for good measure. With local friends its a combination of all of those listed although I don't do a lot of texting with friends. Unless we're trying to meet up someplace and then we might text a simple message. I do a lot of texting with my family throughout the day. And when it comes to young adult children, sending a text has been proven to generate a more immediate response than any of the other methods. Just sayin'

7. How do you receive your mail-mailbox on the porch, at the end of the driveway, down the street or post office box?

In my inbox.
Oh you mean my 'mail' ?
Our mailbox is at the end of our driveway.

8. Of the four basic personality types-sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic and choleric-which is your strongest and which is your least evident? If you're not sure what the personality types mean you can find out here.

Least evident-choleric?

I see some of myself in all four types. I took a little online quiz and came up as a nurturer. Isn't that a much nicer word than phlegmatic? Who else thinks sinus infection when they hear that word?

9. What do you miss the most about being 20?

My abs.
I am not kidding.

10. How long, from the time you get up, does it take you to be ready to walk out the door in the morning?

Roughly an hour but I can be ready in less time if necessary.

11. Who handles the car maintenance and pays the bills in your family?

Hubs handles the car maintenance and the big picture money (retirement, investments, 401K stuff) and I manage the day to day cash flow and household bills.

12. For those in the US, how many states have you visited? For those outside the US how many countries/provinces have you visited.

I have lived in eight US states and visited 22. I've lived in one foreign country. According to my Trip Advisor map I've visited 155 cities in 15 countries. We do love us some travel.

'The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."
G.K. Chesterton


  1. thanks for linking to those personalities! I wasn't sure what they meant. I love a cup of tea myself!

  2. It's always fun to read people's answers to the memes like this and I enjoyed yours.

    I miss the energy I had when I was 20. And the ability to eat without gaining weight.

  3. I am sO jealous of all that travel! I want to see ALL of the world. Yep... ALL of it! Every square inch. I'm not sure I could do it even if I lived as long as Abraham... but it's what I would LIKE!

  4. Yes! Thanksgiving! It doesn't have the emotional baggage that Christmas, sadly, tends to have. Glad I stopped by!!

  5. I always love to read your blog.
    Sorry I've been really, really bad about getting on here.
    I'm off work today and my goal is to clean house. : /
    I even promised myself I'd not get on the computer because I
    have a hard time getting off. Oh well.....I'll shut it down here in a bit and
    I'll turn up the music and get busy. Maybe I'm nesting. Isn't that what expectant moms do? I'm the nesting Lolly.
    I'll let you know when our little guy arrives. :)))))
    Love ya! {{{hug}}}

  6. Oohhhh, an F-250 is definitely a truck and really ought to be considered if you spend anywhere near as much time at Home Depot as I do.

    Completely overlooked Thanksgiving for consideration as a fave holiday. I think it's an excelent choice!

  7. D'oh! I ar a eksellent speler two! Sheesh!

  8. I agree with Thanksgiving/Christmas.

    Aren't we blessed to drive the vehicle we want? (Although I mentioned the make of mine...) :)

    Living overseas certainly lends itself to traveling, doesn't it? I miss that part.

    I always enjoy reading your blog.

  9. 5 & 6 -- nodding my head vigorously in agreement!

    Have a great day, Joyce!

  10. I am right there with you on the Thanksgiving/Christmas stuff. Christmas is wonderful but there is nothing like Thanksgiving to fix your perspective!

  11. I agree - I think phlegmatic is an awful word. Actually they all sound wierd. I don't ever say of a friend "She's just so choleric!"

    Thanksgiving is my favorite, too.

  12. I really enjoying going around to other's blogs and seeing their answers. Yours were very nice. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. So you don't EVER pump gas!!!! Now that is so great especially come January when it 10 degrees with a wind chill factor or 10.

  13. I very much enjoyed reading your answers this morning while I should have been working.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, as well. Thanks for sharing your answers! It was great to get to know you a little better. Have a nice Thursday, Candace

  14. LOL...loved the abs answer!! I think that's something almost all of us would have said, if we'd thought of it!!!

  15. You are a world traveler! Well for me I love Christmas but Thanksgiving is also awesome. It's only the six of us here in CA so it's not a big gathering. I miss my body! I was a piece of all those personalities!

  16. I agree with "the book" to the point that if I love the book, I won't see the movie because I just know they'll ruin it.

    Phlegmatic is a disgusting word. They should change it!

  17. I think we´re all in agreement with Nr. 1. First the book.
    I don´t like the word "Choleric". Makes me sound so cholicy.....(remember baby´s who had the colic?)

  18. choleric doesn't sound to great either...I think I would love Thanksgiving more if I could get back to Iowa, but we do an ok job just the four of us!!

  19. "A cup of tea is so much more than a drink." is the perfect description for tea.... as I sit and type this I am drinking a cup of tea!!

    Thanks for stopping by today!!

  20. I love tea in the winter. I've already started into my stash of Russian tea mix. Makes me happy, happy.

  21. You are so right about Christmas, it seems to get more and more stressful each year.

  22. I love your answers. They were really great to read. And you have a great writing style!

    Thanks so much for visiting me over at kentucky girl. And I can't take credit for the picture at the top of my came with the template :)


  23. What great answers. #8 made me laugh; I always feel like I need to clear my throat when I see the word phlegmatic! LOL

    Several of us are Thanksgiving lovers.

  24. I felt like I was reading my own Random Dozen at times Joyce. lol Very similar ;-)

    I had to giggle at your visual description of the word phlegmatic and yes... I think phlem - cough cough.

    Great answers and I also enjoyed reading your post today on your marriage. Yes... 26+ years is a wonderful accomplishment by today's standards! God bless your next 26!!