Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm Answering the Meme: Baby of the Family, Sexy M&Ms, and Spoiled Chicken

1. What is something that you have changed your mind about either recently or over a number of years?

I used to think that [implication: I don't think it anymore]:

NPR is evil.
Having a white collar job is better than having a blue collar job.
I didn't need female friends in my life.
If I did a bunch of things right I would be more acceptable to God.
There were certain temptations I would never face.
I'd always be able to lose weight simply by cutting back the milk shakes and french fries.

2. Choose either subject, but does your a) church b) job feel more like a dental chair experience or an easy chair (recliner) experience?

My church experience used to feel like an easy chair experience. Now I'm more challenged, and that's a good thing.
I have to admit that my job is really nice, some days like an easy chair. I might grumble, but I'm just playing at grumbling, or it's just temporary grumbling. Did I mention my boss reads this blog? Even if he didn't, though, I'd still say that.

3. Kisses or hugs? I actually typed "huts," which might have been a more interesting question.

I choose ... Tiki huts.
Hugs, except when my kids were little, they couldn't walk by me without my grabbing them and smashing their cheeks with a kiss. And their little arms and hands. I get dizzy just thinking about it.

4. What do you think is the biggest threat to families today?

You all had very interesting, solid answers that I agree with, for sure. The consensus was that over-scheduling and suffering the consequences of a hurried life was the biggest threat. I don't disagree that it's a huge threat, but my answer is the overt sexualization of everything in our culture, even inanimate objects. In short, I get really, really peeved when I see innocence perverted.

Case in point: Avenue Q on Broadway. It's a take-off on Sesame Street with muppet-like characters in an adult-humor setting. I haven't seen it, but here is an excerpt from the web page:

Adults love AVENUE Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. AVENUE Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because AVENUE Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see AVENUE Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to AVENUE Q, they'll think you're really cool.

But you'll really be an idiot if you take them, so don't. [That's my edit, in case that's not clear.]

Second case in point--less offensive but still speaks to the way sex is woven into everything for sale:

I just think it's ridiculous to have a commercial about sexy M&Ms.

5. A day after you grocery shop, you open a perishable item that is horribly spoiled. Do you take your receipt back to the store to be reimbursed or just throw it away and forget about it?

This just happened to me this week, so that's why it was on my mind. I am meticulous--I mean very meticulous about checking expiration dates, and this package should've been fine. But a couple of days ago, Kristin opened a container of lunch meat chicken that was ... Bay-yad! Ohmylands. Lawsy day. Oh my wordy. We tossed that bad baby out so fast. I had every intention of getting a refund, but I was too busy at this time. Usually, though, I march it right back there and nicely request help.

6. What personality trait (feel free to address good or bad or both) do you notice yourself adopting from your parents?

Other than saying things like, "Lawsy Day"? I am fighting the worrying trait cultivated to an art form by my mother. I realized, when I had kids, that worrying out loud is the way she shows love. And he has loved us a lot, let me tell you. On the flip side, she is compassionate, and I think I learned that from her.

From my dad I get a bit of pouty-ness, but I also get most of my other personality traits. I'm more like him than my mom.

7. How many slices of bread do you leave in the bottom of the bag when you throw it away? Two? Three? Just the heel? None? (I really want to know if you eat the heel.)

I don't usually eat the heel. I was just wonderin' if I should feel guilty for throwing it away. Thank you for sharing.

8. What mispronunciation or usage error really irritates you?

Oh, here we go.
"Refer back" or "relate back" because they're redundant. The prefix "re" means to go back, so you're saying: "Let's go back back."
"Expecially" for "especially."
"Irregardless" for "regardless." There is no such word as "irregardless."
I'll stop because 1) I make mistakes, too 2) The only thing worse than a usage offender is a nit picker.

9. In honor of the uniqueness of today's date, what does the numeral 9 mean to you? (Any special life moments attached to the 9th? Are you the 9th kid in your family? Can you count by 9s really fast? etc.)

Well, today's date does cause me refer back to Toto's 1979 song, "99" and 1984's "99 Luftballoons" by Nena.

10. Does the general color palette in your closet match the colors you chose to decorate your home with?

Strangely, it's starting to. I wear a lot of black, and in the last few years, black in the form of wrought iron and frames and wallpaper designs is working its way into my house.

My house is decorated in mostly autumnal colors, but most of my clothes are black, white, medium pinks, and greens, which is weird because green is my least favorite color. Makes perfect sense that I buy green clothes, right?

11. When you're hanging out with friends in the kitchen, do you automatically ask to help, or do you sit there and chat until the host asks if you'd like to help? I'm not implying that the 2nd choice stems from rudeness or laziness, just not a first-response like it is for some people.

This is a question that has evoked much discussion amongst my friends. I hypothesize that a person's response to this question is related to his/her birth order in the family. I contend that babies of the family generally sit and wait to be told what to do, whereas older sibs jump right in, take charge and prove to be responsible citizens.

Guess where I am in the birth order? Baby. So, it's not that I don't want to help; I just don't always think of it right away. But if I do think of it, I ask. Or, I ask to be a given a specific task. But sometimes I just sit and look at you and smile while you work, until you say, "Hey, Lid, do ya wanna peel some potatoes?" I'm always happy to help.

12. Let's end on a pleasant note: What do you enjoy about September the most?

September 11, 1986.

Thanks for playing this week. I'll post another next week. If I haven't been around to read you yet, I will.


Tabi said...

I am right there with you on the sexualization of EVERYTHING! It's awful, my kids were watching a cartoon channel the other day that I thought was a perfectly okay channel...hmph...that was until I saw a commercial for a movie on their and about fell over on what it was talking about!

Now, you just made me realize that I do a mispronuciation that I haven't ever thought of until you said it bothers you. I say, "expecially" if I am talking but to spell, I do it correctly...I have honestly never realized that before! I bet I will now!

Tabi said...

Oh, and do people really say, "Irregardless?" Never even heard that one before!

H-Mama said...

awe... love the pics, linda. ;)

Susan said...

Love your answers, Linda! Interesting perspective on birth order and helping in the kitchen...and for that matter, clothes. Why would you wear green if that's not your favorite color? Actually, though I realized that brown isn't my fav color either and I wear a lot of it forget I asked!

Dena said...

I'm nervous to type because I'm one of those who says words wrong. LOL

I have to agree with you that the sexualization (no clue if that's a word lol) of m&ms HAS to show us that we've gone too far. Then again, if they can be considered sexy, perhaps my round shape can be too. I just need to stamp a letter on my chest. :)

The Bug said...

LOL Dena! You have to stand with your legs posed just so, too!

I don't know about birth order - I'm the oldest, but my mom was too impatient for me to do things (she had to do it her way). So mostly I just watch people work & then, if they work long enough, I think - help them you idiot!

Melli said...

Oh you know... that sexualization of everything ... and just TOO MUCH sex in general on tv was ONE of the things that lead me to just quit watching! I haven't watched tv for many years now, so I haven't seen the sexy M&M's - but that's just crazy! I'm not crazy about the trend it sets for our children's clothing these days either! I go to shop for Luz and find most of the clothes look like they're for 18 year olds... drives me nuts! *end rant*

The things you do not think anymore has just given me my post for today! And I enjoyed your answers! Can't wait for next week's version!

skoots1mom said...

good list...
pp irritate me using anxious when they mean EAGER.

saying ax when meaning ask...speak english, please (laziness gets under my skin)

my sissy's birthday is in September :)...when i think of 9, i immediately think back on GET SMART with Agent 99, she was reality amongst the silliness and oh, so chique!

Anonymous said...

I was just having a discussion about the ridiculousness of "irregardless"...

I wrote a post on Tuesday about kids growing up too fast. Makes me angry. I saw a picture of Miley Cyrus singing while wrapped around a stripper pole. UGH!

Lelia Chealey said...

I so agree w/ you on the sexy M&M ridiculous! They just keep pushing the envelope further and further.

Sue said...

Loved your answers... and loved playing :-) Thanks!

I'm a baby too... of 6 kids so no wonder I only like the kitchen for what's already prepared - hee hee

I totally agree with your answer about the family too... I blame the t.v. show Friends (amongst others) for the decline in "appropriate" tv.

Have a great day and thanks again for the fun!

Anonymous said...

I so agree about the sexualization of everything. I had never heard of Avenue Q -- how sick!

I used to think many of the same things you did.

I don't know about the birth order thing. When we're all together my sisters and I just pitch in. I'm the oldest, but even the youngest does. I'm not sure what she does when at other people's homes, though.

Becky said...

LOL @ Denas comment. And I agree that too many things are made sexy. Even ugly mugs LOL.

What about "revolution #9"? ;-)

I am more like my dad too. :-)

Love the baby "bump" pic. You were lookin so 80's (brass butterflies included) lol. Nothing beats that first cuddle.

Blessed Mama said...

Oh my goodness...that is a TINY 9 month baby bump! I'm 22 weeks and feel like I look much bigger than you in that picture!
Great pics though!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Again, like your other comments, I totally agree with the over-sexualization of things. Sexy M&M's should be considered an oxymoron. And isn't it kids who usually eat them? What do kids care about sexy anything?! Whatev.

I have to admit, I had already seen your "irregardless" comment, but I had to include that in mine too, because it is a huge pet peeve. I try to not let it get me down, though.

I totally love your answer to #12. Awwwwww.....

Lauren said...

I am with you on the oversexualization!! It's gotten to the point where I'm embarrassed during commercials in the family room with my father!

Also - I am the middle child, so I don't really know what that says about me and needing to help... guess the middle one could go either way.

Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I love visiting blogs like yours because it's so fun and refreshing! I need a break in my day from all the seriousness sometimes! :) Thank you for providing me with entertainment! :D

Anonymous said...

I guess babies and only children have something in common. :)

Laughing out loud while referring back to your answer on word usage that irritates you. :)

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

The birth order thing is an intersting theory - I think you might be right!

Agree completely about the oversexualization. The current climate is that sex or fear will sell anything from M&M's to legislation.

Debbie said...

I loved reading this. And I usually end up tossing out spoiled things because it is just too much trouble to go back. But, I'm always irritated about it!

Abiding Branch said...

I am so with you on the comments. Gurrrrllll, the sexy M&M has to go!! Bad M&M, bad!! I think it is horrible. I remember when my daughter was about 2 or 3 and being very careful with her tv. We were watching Duck Tales and the girl ducks were in a hot tub with lingerie on! I was just sick! It was a day time cartoon intended for children under 5 years of age. SERIOUSLY! I've not been the same sense. And it causes us who can't stand it to be over aware. Lord help us all.

Now, I am only child so I will ask to help and then I can get caught up in myself and fail to.

BTW, speaking of Tiki huts...I just bought a bunch of watermelon!!!

Abiding Branch said...

Linda, I need your help. How on earth do you add the button and the code box below it? I have a Names of God meme and I have the code for it now but I don't know how to show the code in a box.

Also, what do you do on your mysterious old movie blog? I am so into those and too curious for my own good. (you don't have to publish this one if you want to email me:
Thanks!!! Chel

Jill said...

Great answers. I don't find anything sexy about M&M's either.

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved your answers.

Mine will finally post tonight. Better late than never (I hope!)

Happy Birthday to your girl. She's beautiful.

Quilldancer said...

See, 5 years ago I turned off the TV. Some stupid oversexed thing -- I don't even remember what now -- ticked me off and I turned off the TV. I rarely turn it on any more.

AND, I am the youngest child and I will always ask if help is needed. My asking has nothing to do with my birth order and everything to do with my father's work ethic. "If you don't work, you don't eat."

Johanna said...

I saw a link to this from Jenni @ One Thing and played along, but I guess it was from a previous week because it has different questions. I really like this, though, because it has more meaning than some others I've done. Fun!

Linda said...

So much fun! I enjoyed it. I think I'll grab this one and write too....