Friday, November 9, 2012

Tag Doesn't Have to Be Dangerous

In my whole entire life, I have had stitches one time.

My sister, a couple of friends, and I were at the neighborhood playground playing tag.  I jumped off the equipment to avoid being tagged, slipped when I landed, and ended up with my rear on the ground and my top teeth in my bottom lip.

My sister rode her bike home to get my mom, and what seemed like days later, I was rescued.  I was covered in blood, so for the drive home my mom made me hang out the window to prevent the blood from getting on that nice faux leather seat.

I then continued to bleed while she called a meeting of the neighborhood parents to discuss whether a doctor could even stitch a lip.  Thirty minutes later, after calling an actual doctor, it was confirmed that I could, in fact, get stitches in my lip.

I vividly remember lying on my back with a cover over my face, a hole in the cover to expose my lip.  My nose held the cover up, so I got to see that great, big needle go directly into my open cut.  That hurt.

I ended up with four stitches in my lip.

I still played a few games of tag after that, but my heart was never in it.  And now that I'm grown, I avoid playing tag with my children.  If I can get hurt playing tag as a child, there is no doubt I will get some horrible injury now.

Then, today, my friend, Kristi, introduced me to a whole new kind of tag.  One that does not require any running on my part.  A tag that has zero chance of me tearing my ACL or breaking any bones.  I'm in!

Kristi, from Thankful Me, tagged me!   Blog tag.  Who knew there was such a thing? 

First, a little about Kristi.   She knows that in order to be happy, one has to notice, acknowledge, and appreciate what one has.  Regardless of what her post is for the day, be it a tip, a story, or recipe, she ends each one with a thought of thankfulness.  I especially like her stories about her research of her ancestors.

So like usual there are rules;
- every tagged person has to tell 11 things about themselves
- the person who tagged you asked 11 questions, answer them
- ask 11 questions for the 11 blogs you're going to tag
(the people you tag should have fewer than 200 followers)
- mention the blog that tagged you but don't tag back
11 things about me:
1.  When we go to Dairy Queen, I always get the Butterfinger Blizzard.
2.  When I was little, I had a Cabbage Patch doll with a tooth.
3.  I have always loved to climb trees.  I still climb them every once in a while.
4.  I went to 2 proms and borrowed both dresses that I wore.
5.  While I was growing up, I went to my grandma and grandpa's house to play Euchre with them at least once a week.
6.  As a teen, I once rode a roller coaster at Cedar Point that got stuck at the top of the first big hill.  We all had to walk down to get back to the safety of the ground. 
7.  I still love roller coasters.
8.  Sweet potatoes and peas make me gag.  If I come to your house for dinner, please don't make them.
9.  I have been in a short trapeze show, and I loved every second of it.  It almost made me want to join the circus.
10.  I encourage my kids to jump in puddles.
11.  Two people in my bible study group are pregnant, and I am so very jealous. 
The answers to Kristi's questions:
1.  What is one talent you would like to have?  I would love to know how to be a mechanic.  I want to know how to diagnose and fix car problems.
2.  What is the last movie you have watched in a theater?  Buttercup and I saw Hotel Transylvania while on our trip to Atlanta.
3.  Do you play a musical instrument?  I can play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the piano.  Does that count?
4.  Name one of your favorite childhood books.  As most girls, I read every one of Judy Blume's books.  I was reading all the time, but I can't tell you what I read.
5.  Night owl or early bird?  While I like to stay up late, after the house and everyone in it has gone to bed, I am naturally more of an early bird.  Only one time in my life have I slept past 9:00. 
6.  Do you have any pets?  If so, tell us about them.  Ha!  Define "pets".  We have two dogs, but neither one ever steps foot in the house.  I've written about Roy several times, and Hershey is the daughter of Brownie, our dog that lost her mind after giving birth and jumped the fence to kill our neighbor's pet goats.  Hershey is a sweet thing.  Scary looking to strangers, but sweet.  She will not be having puppies.
7.  When you were a child, how would you answer, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  I would always answer, "Go to the Olympics for track then be a teacher."  While I never went to the Olympics, I did end up being a teacher. 
8.  What is the last thing you planted?  As a farmer, you'd assume that I plant lots of things, wouldn't you?  I don't plant anything.  That's Hubby's job.  I do the harvesting and preserving.
9.  If you had to choose another time in which to live, which would you choose?  I would have liked to live at the same time as Jesus, to be able to hear and see him in person.  However, that was not an easy time to be on this earth, and I'm a bit afraid of what my life would have been like.  I'm happy right where I am.
10.  What one word would you like for others to use to describe you?   What's a word for someone who is forever trying to learn and improve and become the person God wants her to be while having fun doing it?    
11.  What is one of your favorite mottos, sayings, or verses?  Each morning I pray, "Please help me see the ways in which I can be a blessing to someone today, and give me the courage I need to be that blessing."    That, and Matthew 6:25-34.  Basically, don't worry.  God will take care of you.

And here's where I give the names of the blogs I'm going to tag.  I won't be offended if they don't do the whole tagging others bit.  I just like reading random lists people write.  I find it fascinating to see what people choose when they have to pick 11 things to say about themselves from their entire lives.  And, I like to try and get some more clicks to my friends' blogs.  

Tag!  You're it!

My Always Random and Usually Shallow Writings


Elbow Deep in Someone Else's Sh*t

lia sophia tomgirl

Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine...

Mom on the Run x2

Dina Marie - A Plucky Procrastinator

Jesse's Spot


Break It, Make It, or Bake It

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

Tesseract - I went to get her URL and found that she just got a Liebster Award and nominated me! We'll just wrap it all into one.

And for the 11 questions they are to answer:

1.  If you could do anything you wanted, knowing you would not fail, what would you do?

2.  What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

3.  Where do you want to retire?

4.  If you were invisible, where would you go?

5.  What cartoon did you love to watch growing up?

6.  How many text messages do you receive in a day?

7.  Has your "green" behavior changed over the last 5 years?  How?

8.  If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?

9.  What movie can you quote word for word?

10.  If you could hire out one chore, which one would it be?

11.  What do you have of great value that is of no value to anyone else?

Have a lovely day!


  1. That's a very cool game! Kudos to your friend. And thanks for including me - I had good fun writing those :)

    1. Oh good. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Some people aren't fans, and I don't always know.

  2. How brave of you to play along; I had no idea tag could be so dangerous. I enjoyed learning more about you, and look forward to visiting the blogs you tagged.

    1. I do like a list! Tag is a very dangerous game. Two of my kids have had tag mishaps at recess which were bad enough for me to have to pick them up at school. Giant had to get 5 stitches in his eyebrow and Star broke his front tooth. I'm thinking of banning tag altogether.

  3. Thanks for the tag! It's so funny that we crossed tags like that - and that I asked you what you would be in a circus and you had already written this! I can quote large sections of The Princess Bride and Sixteen Candles by heart and still love watching them. Somehow a beautiful love story (I didn't realize The Princess Bride was a satire, and still pretend it isn't) never gets old for me.

    1. Our brains were totally in sync for a while there, it seems. That is so funny that you didn't know about Princess Bride. I can quote many lines of Sixteen Candles myself. Loved those movies growing up!

  4. I don't know how to respond I will try tomorrow when one of the kids who is smarter than me can show me how. Thanks for including me I love the weird things people write!


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