Friday, February 6, 2015

I'm In!

Val and Lisa were kind enough to think of me when they needed to come up with names of people to indoctrinate into the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers. I have never understood the name of this nor where it began, but I'm going with it anyways. Each lovely lady requested that I answer some questions, so here it goes...

(Despite the fact it took me 5 hours to write this, I answered the questions quickly. First answer that popped into my head. I was interrupted a lot.)

1.  Talk about your favorite kind of music.
Basically, I like anything that gets me dancing, unless the lyrics are awful. Then I am glad that there is someone named Weird Al on the planet to write appropriate ones. 

2.  What’s the hardest thing about being you?
Dead animals. Specifically, the fact that I have to dispose of dead animals.
3.  Describe a typical family get-together at your house.
There hasn't been a full family get-together at our house for a long time. They are always in either Kentucky or Ohio, since all of our families are in one of those two places. It's usually just my brother and his family or some nieces and nephews visiting. When any of them are here, it's just a whole bunch of playing outside, alternated with eating a whole bunch of food. A competitive game of football or kickball is always a part of the festivities.
4.  What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far?
Well, so far, the raising of the kids seems to be going pretty well, but I'm not doing that on my own. God, Bryan, and the kids themselves have a good bit to do with it. I don't really have any one big accomplishment, but lots and lots of little ones. I get excited any time I do anything right or successfully.
5.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My propensity to procrastinate. (Although, many might say my addiction to alliteration and parenthesis.)
6.  If you could spend time with a book character or historical figure, who would it be?
Lulu in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. That woman makes me laugh out loud.
7.  What is your favorite vacation memory?
Ack! I'm horrible with favorites!  I cannot in a million years pick one! Every vacation memory is my favorite when it is happening. 
8.  What would you like to receive as a present?
A time machine so I could go back and revisit all the fun times in the past without losing the life I have now.
9. What’s one thing on your bucket list?
After seeing my friend's photos from Iceland, I want to go there. I know. Shocking. There is snow and ice and cold.  Three things I despise. But her photos...
10.  One thing that few people know about me is . . . . . . .
I can jump in the air kind of sideways and click my heels together, then resume walking normally upon landing. (I have a blog. There isn't much you all don't know. I had to stretch to think of anything!)
1. What is one of your favorite habits you have?

Showering every day. I may put my PJs right back on after that shower, but by golly, I'm clean.

2. Would you prefer to travel by plane, train, or automobile? Why?

I prefer an automobile, as I like to stop and see the sights along the way. However, flying lets me go to places farther away and over bodies of water, and I certainly prefer that sometimes.

3. What's the first thing you notice about people?

What they are doing.

4. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

I have no idea. This question is taking me way too long to answer. I want to throw one full of people who could really use a smile and some fun in their lives. I picture something like from the Bible. A big party where I don't invite my friends and "important" people, but pull in strangers off the streets. Lots of good food, dancing, and laughing. Perhaps I'd have two. One for adults and one for kids.

5. What is the first thing you bought with your own money?

I have no idea. I babysat starting at age 11, and my first job was at the age of 14. I always had a bit of money, but I didn't do much with it. I'm a saver. I did use a big chunk of it to buy a car when I was 17.

6. What was your favorite activity in gym class?

I liked just about anything we did in gym class. Sports are fun! I remember really enjoying the gymnastics we did most years. We even had a balance beam. In 7th grade we spent a few weeks doing aerobics, and we worked out to one of Madonna's songs. OH! OH! My favorite gym class was when I was teaching 5th grade in Bloomington. The PE teacher was a trapeze performer and actually brought a trapeze to school for the middle school to learn. I was the only teacher in the school who tried it and participated in the show at the end of the week. THAT was fun!

7. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

Stay out of debt. If you are in debt, get out of debt. Debt is bad. And dangerous.

8. What's your favorite part about today so far?

Well, it's only 7:45, so not much has happened. I guess the fact that Cuckoo is finally sleeping in for the first day in many, giving me a full hour of peace and quiet to get my shower, breakfast, and this post done is pretty good.

(UPDATE: At 7:49 he woke up. It took me another 5 hours to get the rest of this post done.)

9. If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

A dolphin. Who doesn't love a dolphin? They are friendly, they are quick, they can do "tricks", and they can explore the great big beautiful ocean!

10. What story does your family always tell about you?

My brother likes to retell the time he went with me to the store when I was learning how to drive a stick shift. I got stuck on a hill at a red light. The car behind us pulled up way too close, and I lost my mind, scared that I would roll back into it. I swore. Bad words I've never said before or since. I yelled at my brother to get out and tell the person behind me to back up. He refused. It was ugly.

The next step in the Sisterhood process is to ask 10 more people questions. I don't have time to do that today, so...sorry. It's early dismissal day!

When I read these types of posts with a lot of questions, answers pop into my head as if I were actually answering them. Did that happen to you?  If so, let me know in the comments your answers to any of the questions I answered. I'd love to hear them!

Have a lovely day!


  1. Lulu is my favorite too. I have a picture of her in my head and it makes me smile. Let's share a bucket of chicken.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Ha! I'll be happy to share a bucket of chicken with either of you any day. :)

  2. I laughed out loud when you mentioned Lula. I have the image of her bootylicious dropping all those coins and bending down to pick them up and what's coming out the front and what's riding up the back. I'm laughing right now. And you make me laugh with alliterations, family stories and gee, I've always wanted to jump up sideways and click my heels and walk on. Thanks for participating.

    1. Haahaha! Oh my word, that woman is awesome.

      I'm glad you enjoy my stories. It's been wonderful to get to know you over the last few months. I would suggest giving it a try, but wait until you get back from Aruba. Just in case. :)

  3. Is it bad of me to laugh at your answer to the question about the hardest thing about being you? (And to think, I actually have a mental picture of you dragging a pig off into the sunset!)

    I cheated a bit and answered the questions for a TToT post.

    1. It is not bad at all. I guess it's my own fault you have that mental picture. Huh. :)

      That was a GREAT idea!

  4. I've had the same thought about Iceland....
    You are such a balanced and interesting person. Your life is so full and rich.

    1. Oh, her photos were absolutely gorgeous. I want to see the things she saw.

      Wow. Thanks. I will agree that it is full and rich. :)

  5. Hey, sleeping children are the best! Wait, that doesn't sound right.

  6. I mean, I love my children when they're awake, too.

    1. Hahahahaha!!! I had no doubt.

      From 6:00 am until 10:30 pm, I am on with the kids except for that little bit of time between kids leaving for school and Cuckoo waking up. I totally know what you mean about sleeping children being the best. Sometimes, somedays, they really are at their best when they are sleeping. :)

  7. Dead animals aren't the FIRST thing I think of when I think of you, but it's certainly on the list.
    I'LL BE STEPHANIE AND YOU BE LULA! We'd have so much fun, eating doughnuts and fried chicken and buying shoes and sometimes bringing in an FTA! Then we should go on a road trip together. All across the country, visiting blog friends and seeing the world's largest peanut and the point where the Ohio and Mississippi meet and stuff like that.

    1. Hahahaha!! That would be one awesome trip. We will have to do it one day when the kids are grown and we have no responsibilities besides our husbands.

  8. I'd love to see you click heels together and then keep walking. I don't know too many that can manage that! :)

    1. Well, now that you say that, I haven't tried it since my knee surgery. Perhaps I shall make a video...

  9. I also loved the dead animals part. Just too funny.
    I also love that you put your PJs back on after showering. Since I'm working at home, it's amazing how many days "getting dressed" just means a different version of the yoga pants and t-shirt option.
    Your answers are terrific - thanks for playing. I really love learning more about people. And I definitely answer along when I read these. But since half of them were my questions and the other half I already need to answer for Val, I'll hold off on sharing until I do that post!
    Sleeping children are wonderful. I love Zilla awake. I also love her asleep because it is the absolute only time of the day she is not emitting sound. I love the sound of her. But some days that many hours of constant sound is a lot. :D


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