1. What is one thing or area in your home or life you hope to report is completely organized when 2013 draws to a close? Do you have a plan to make it happen?
I'm pretty sure I have said this every January since moving into this house, but my photos are still not organized the way I'd like for them to be. Maybe 2013 will be my year?
2. What's the worst uniform you've ever had to wear for a job?
When I was a senior in high school I worked in a nursing home. I had to wear a white dress made of polyester and to top it off, a hair net in my hair. That seemed cruel at age seventeen.
I also worked as a camp counselor and we all agreed some years the staff shirts were better than others. The shirts were paired with red shorts and worn on Sunday afternoons as we greeted incoming campers. A bunch of us discussed this very thing at a recent summer reunion and everyone remembers the summer of the collared shirt. It was not our best look.
3. What was your last kitchen 'mishap'? This question comes to you courtesy of Betty who blogs over at A Glimpse into Midlife...everyone go say hi to Betty!
I don't have too many mishaps in the kitchen, at least not so far as food is concerned.
Would not being able to figure out how to operate my new food processor count as a mishap? My mother bought me one as a gift back in the summer and I finally got it out over the Thanksgiving holiday. Everything seemed like it was aligned, clicked, and ready to go, but it would not run. Hubs to the rescue...who knew the lid had to be on to make it work?
A couple of years ago I ruined a perfectly good brand new juicer by juicing a batch of fruit with the machine's direction booklet still inside.
My family keeps a close eye on me when I operate anything with a plug. Or a blade. Or a motor.
4. How do you protect yourself against other people's negativity?
If you're perpetually negative I will keep you at arms length. If something negative is said I'm the person who likes to point out 'the bright side'. Because there always is one ya know!
If you're perpetually negative and I have to interact with you on a regular basis I will try to get you to see circumstances from another angle. You should also know on the inside I'll be sighing with impatience just a little.
5. Who in your family do you most resemble (physically)? If you have children, who do people say they favor? Do you agree?
Growing up all four of us kids were said to look like my dad. As I've gotten older though, I most definitely favor my mom.
Daughter1 has always been the spitting image of her dad. I remember when she was little someone commenting on that and her questioning how she could look like her dad when he's a man and she's a girl. As she's gotten older her face has changed some, and while she is no doubt still her father's daughter, I do see some of my family in her too.
Daughter2 is my mini me. People who know me and then have seen her out somewhere have come up and asked her if she's my daughter...the resemblance is strong.
6. January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day...will you be celebrating?
I do love a bubble bath so why not?
7. Some of the 'world's best winter festivals' are...Mardi Gras (New Orleans), Quebec Winter Festival (Canada), Sundance Film Festival (Park City Utah), Rio Carnivale (Brazil), Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan), Venice Carnival (Italy), and the Harbin Ice Festival (Northern China). Of those listed (and if cost were not a factor) which would you most like to attend and why?
If you read here regularly you know how much I love Italy, but in this case I'm not choosing Carnival. I've been to Venice and prefer to see it without the crowds. Hubs chaperoned a French trip to Quebec during Carnival season, when Daughter1 was in grade 9. They loved it, although it was maybe the coldest they'd ever been. Quebec is on my list of cities to see, so I might say Quebec. I will add here though, that I'd never heard of the Harbin Ice Festival in Northern China, but after seeing the pictures that one is on my list now too.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
That last question reminded me I have some cute semi-organized photos of the hubs and Daughter1 in Quebec. How's that for random?
Hubs chaperoned the trip partly because there was a lot of fun stuff on the itinerary, and partly because I'd just had surgery on my hand and was in a huge cast.
The French club went in February '03, and the trip coincided with Carnival.
They did a lot of sightseeing-
Saw the frozen Montmorency Falls from a great vantage point-
Did some super cool tubing-
They even went dog sledding-
Daughter1 has always been petite and in 2003 she didn't weigh enough to stand in back. Consequently she was swooshed across the snow like some sort of Russian princess.
They also spoke French, made maple candy in the snow, and had to extend their stay by one day, because while they were in Canada the great state of Maryland was buried under a little snow of its own. Nothing like Canada, but it was determined the buses wouldn't be able to maneuver through town or get parked anywhere near the high school. They ended up spending that extra day...
...in a ginormous indoor mall!
I think hubs would have been happy to skip that extra day. If you've chaperoned school trips you know that as much fun as they are, when it's time to go home, you are ready.
I love this picture-
...and I don't think they look cold at all.