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Life Challenge Quiz

Monday, March 19th, 2007

I got this from Greta. Here are my answers. Let’s see your answers!

1. Are you close to achieving your goals?
In about three months RT and I will move into our new home. That’s our most immediate physical goal. Basically we’re living the American dream. The only goal I can’t quite seem to reach is weight loss.

2. List something you could improve on this week.
Exercising and eating moderately. I WILL do both!

3. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
It’s half-full – I’m an optimist.

4. Are you current on paps, mammograms, dentists & check-ups?
Yes on all counts.

5. If you take medication, are you overdue for some maintenance?
Yes – I’m current on all my medications, too.

6. What is the last really nice thing you did for yourself?
I slept late this morning. Actually I went back to bed after I let the dog out, and THEN I slept late. When I woke up I drove myself, my morning coffee and the dog over to the building site (2 1/2 miles away) and walked for awhile through the woods while sipping my coffee. It (both the walk and the coffee) was wonderful!

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Christmas Tag – 3 Things I want and 3 Things I don’t want for Christmas

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Beth at Blue Star Chronicles tagged me for this “Christmas Tag” meme. Here are the official rules:

Ok this is how it works. The player (me) must list 3 things that I would love to get for Christmas. Then I must list 3 things that I definitely do not want to get for Christmas. Then I tag 5 friends and list their names. The one I tag needs to write on their blogs about their Christmas wishes then tag 5 more people. They must also clarify all the rules. When you tag someone you need to leave a comment that says “you’ve been Christmas tagged!” in their comments and tell them to read your blog. Ok everybody.

I made a decision months ago that when people tag me for memes, I will almost always do the meme, but I won’t tag other people. Others who read this are welcome to write their own “Christmas Tag” post, but I’m not going to tag anyone.

With that said, and with the caveat that of course I wish for world peace, the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity, an end to hunger and abuse, no problems for anybody anytime, and lots of love and joy for everyone – those above any of my wishes for myself personally, I will keep my wishes smaller and within the realm of my own life. So here are my 3 wishes:

1. Personally, I love jewelry – rings, pendants, earrings. The sparklier the better. A unique necklace/pendant would be great since I wear a necklace almost every day – and I alternate between a gold cross pendant and a “C” pendant. Let’s see, one with lots of diamonds would be nice.

2. I want the building of RT’s and my new house will go smoothly and QUICKLY. We have a house-warming party scheduled for July 12th. I hope everything goes so well that we can be well settled into the house in time for that party.

3. Gift certificates to Barnes and Noble. I spend an obscene amount of money on books every year. I buy children’s books compulsively. However, I USE all the books I buy. I read to children as part of my job, and I love children’s books. Still, I spend too much money on them.

Then the three things I definitely do NOT want for Christmas.

1. Clothes of any kind.

2. Any “stuff” – Despite getting rid of carloads of stuff when I moved last summer, RT and I are still drowning in stuff.

3. A pet of any kind.

Now then, if you would like to write about the three things you DO and DON’T want for Christmas, be my guest! It’s actually rather fun!

As an ending, I will share a quote my friend, Patti, just sent me:

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

On one of my morning blog excursions recently, I came across “Well, Ah Nevah!” at Cozy Reader.  It’s a meme in which you list thirty things you’ve never done.  Although I’m sure there are millions of things I have never done, I’m also sure I can’t come up with thirty.  So, I’ll just start and see how far I get. Here goes:

1.  I’ve NEVER gone sky-diving.  I almost did one time when I went with a friend who wanted to learn to sky-dive.  I went through the several hours of training (for a single jump) with my friend – just as a support – I didn’t plan to sky-dive.  If I had it to do over again, I would have done a tandem sky-dive that same day. My friend did a solo sky-dive that day.

2. I’ve NEVER gone bungee-jumping.  I think I might enjoy that, too.  On second thought – nahhhh.

3. I’ve NEVER been arrested – although when I was a child I tried to shoplift something and the store manager told my  mother.  I was mortified and have gone overboard being honest in stores every since then.

4. I’ve NEVER been fired from a job.

5. I’ve NEVER been injured in a car wreck.  I’ve had several car wrecks, but (knock on wood) no one was ever injured in one of them.

6. I’ve NEVER broken a bone.  I’ve only had stitches once when I was hanging clothes in a closet, and the shelf fell and hit my forehead. Guess there were too many clothes hanging from that shelf.

7. I’ve NEVER been skinny.  I guess maybe I was when I was a little girl – and when I was in high school and college (although at the time I thought I was too heavy). 

8. I’ve NEVER enjoyed having a pet.  To me, they are just a lot of trouble.  (Sorry, pet lovers, that doesn’t mean I’m a bad person.  I am just not a pet person.)

9. I’ve NEVER been a famous author.  However, it is one of my dreams.  I’d love to write children’s books and tour schools reading my books to children – and sell lots of them, too.

10. I’ve NEVER been to Europe.  I’d like to someday – just Italy, Ireland and Scotland and Austria – maybe England.  Those are the only countries outside the USA I have any interest in visiting at this point in my life. 

WHEW!  I think ten is my limit for right now!  That was more difficult than I thought it would be.  I don’t think I would have ever come up with thirty things.  If you decide to try this meme, let me know.  I’d like to read yours, too.

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Things I’ve Done – A Meme

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Nothing too serious here. Simple rules. Copy and paste the list below. Highlight the things you have done.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (One New Year’s Eve when I was single – yuk!)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse (Once in Florida – no, wait I think that was dog racing – maybe not)
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster  (love them!)
35. Hit a home run (In my childhood)
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (I feel that way right now)
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk (One of my amazing friends – see next item)
42. Had amazing friends  (Still do)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip  (Lots of them!)
48. Gone rock climbing (Well, it was rocky – don’t know if it really qualifies as OFFICIAL rock climbing, though)
49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving (I almost did this – but changed my mind.  I should’ve done it because I’ve never had another opportunity)
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love  (Sad but true)
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow (On a field trip to a farm once – as the teacher I HAD to do it – I wasn’t very successful)
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke  (badly)
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football (In high school – a powder-puff football game – there’s a home movie of it somewhere)

61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business (I started it only – didn’t get it going, though)
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie (I’m counting home movies)

74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo (I actually went into a tattoo place and selected my tattoo – and then chickened out.  It’s so permanent!)
81. Rafted the Snake  (Great family vacation about 12 years ago)
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage (In first grade I was the wicked witch in “Sleeping Beauty” – and the performance was on a stage)
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music (in one of those recording booths at an amusement park.  Somewhere there’s a tape of me singing Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.”)
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane (not by myself – with my husband, the pilot, next to me – he let me “fly” it for a few minutes)
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart (I think I did – didn’t want to, but it happened anyway)
111. Helped an animal give birth  (I watched our dog Coco give birth many years ago – I guess I helped by making sure she had what she needed)

112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild (I don’t eat ANY mushrooms gathered anywhere)
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (Hiked down about 100 feet – then came back up)
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (It SEEMED like two days – but it was only a few hours)
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school (Uh – several times – I’m a habitual student)

131. Parasailed (I almost did once – was talked out of it)
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I’ve watched my husband and son kill/field dress deer – and I’ve caught fish and watched others clean them)
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (I’m doing that right now)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident (I was the driver – I wasn’t looking – I was seventeen years old)
150. Saved someone’s lifeI got this meme from Beth at Blue Star Chronicles. 

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What’s In YOUR Handbag?

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Right Girl has tagged The Cotillion with the “What’s In Your Handbag?” meme.

With the distinct possibility that you will fall asleep from boredom before getting through this post, I will comply:

Cell phone
Roll of Tums
Compact with powder for my ever-shiny nose
A bottle of Aleve
A roll of breath mints
Sugarless gum
A ziplock bag with tooth flossers in it
Sunglasses in a sunglass case
Reading glasses in a case
Change purse
Two emery boards
A bulletin from church this past Sunday
A copy of the Sunday School lesson for next week
Ballpoint pen
Mechanical pencil
Assorted receipts
A pill case with my daily medications/vitamins

That’s it. You can wake up now.
If you’d like to share what’s in your handbag, consider yourself tagged!

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