Thursday, October 29, 2009

My RD and the Winner of "I Won ... You Win!"

Well, what do you think??

Just messin' with ya. It's a wig from Kristin's hip hop dance.

Don't worry; I will never, EVER do this for realsies.

1. Tell me something about your favorite teacher.

My 9th grade English teacher inspired me to get a teaching degree. I saw the way she "did teaching" and thought, "I would love to be a teacher if I could be one like her." I did earn that degree (BS in English, 1985, Ball State University) but never taught because I married three weeks after college and began a family the next year. There were a few other good teachers, but she was stellar. She certainly outshone all my professors at BSU. And it is because of her that I use "outshone" and pronounce "when" as "hwen" and not "wen." My kids think it's hilarious. But I don't care because I am correct. I do break some rules here on the blog that she taught us, though, such as not beginning sentences with conjunctions and writing fragments.

2. Tell me about one pivotal moment in your life.

Going back to BSU for this one. Jorge had broken up with me (I know, readers, but you must forgive him. That was a long time ago, and I have made him pay for 24 years, so it's all good.) and I was bereft of any desire to go on in life. It was at that point, though, that I really decided, as an adult, that come what may in life, I would not turn bitter against God but follow Him more intently, not just because I was reared in a Christian home but because I wanted to. I have not always done this to the best of my ability, but it is my goal in life.

And I can thank my 9th grade English teacher for "bereft" and for "reared" instead of "raised." Hogs are "raised." Children are "reared."

3. About favorite colors--a lot of people will ask you what it is, but I want to know why it is. What feeling or memory does it evoke?

I love a shade of lavender that some might call orchid. When I see it, it takes me back to early childhood, looking at the light coming through the stained glass windows in our little church. It's one of the few early memories I have.

4. What's a sure sign that you're getting older?

Good night, Nellie, what a question. I heard once that you can always tell a woman's age by her elbows and upper arms, and I would agree, generally speaking. But I could start from head to toe and describe from experience the mudslide called middle age. The effect I'm hating most right now is the sagging jawline. Check back tomorrow, and it might be nose hair. Friday's answer might be the stupid gray hair around the temple area that is so resistant to color.

Also, I'd like to thank my English teacher because I just edited that last section to exchange the phrase "to tell you about" for "describe" and the nondescriptive "one" for "effect."

5. Please don't sermonize, but Halloween--is it a yes or no for you? Nope, in spite of the black wig..

6. What's your favorite musical?

What? Is this another set-up by myself to stump myself in this meme? Yes, yes it is. I don't have a favorite because I don't like musicals. I started to link to a post or two about this subject but decided I couldn't choose from the 35 posts or so on the topic, so I'll just leave it at that.

But if you tied me down and yanked out my middle aged nose hairs one by one until I chose one, I'd say Oklahoma.

7. Are you more of a city mouse or country mouse?

No "suburban mouse?" I'm a country mouse who likes space and a view with all the amenities of a city at least nearby. I was just thinking last night that I'll never get tired of looking across a field and seeing a barn on the other side. That is my Midwest perspective of beautiful America. But I'm not into well water or gravel roads. It's a fine line for me.

8. Did you know that it is possible, for a small fee, to name a real star after someone? (It's true! Google it!) If someone were to name a star for you, would you appreciate it for its whimsy and romance, or would you say, "Are you kidding me? For $19.95 we could have gone to the movie and actually bought popcorn."

My first response would be the one about popcorn. But as I thought about it, it might depend on who it was and the occasion and how serious the person was about the gesture. After all, a gift is a gift, and one should be gracious even when taken aback by the gift, right Ann Landers?

This question comes from Paula at His Ways Are Not Our Ways.
9. What's the craziest thing you've ever been doing and texted during it? I only thought of this b/c I was about to try to text during my walking video but I didn't.

Paula, you do know that this blog is rated G, right?

I don't text a lot, but once I was stuck on a plane and gave my closest friends and family the play by play in case I never made it out alive. It was terrible!

10. "It's not a party unless _______."

Oh, this question is so loaded. There are a handful of people (tiny people? ha) in my life who are walking parties. The party is wherever they are.

I guess my real answer is "It's not a party unless everybody's laughing." The food and drinks, music, place and reason for being together are all secondary.

11. When you're stuck in traffic or a waiting room, what do you do to pass the time? PS: There are no magazines available.

Well, I usually have something in my purse to entertain me. It's like an adult diaper bag. If nothing else, I'll start writing on a scrap piece of paper. Sometimes I write in my head. (And sometimes I wrong in my head. HA!) For instance, I'll think of questions for this meme. Or I might strike up a conversation or just sit there quietly and count things. I love to count. It's soothing. Why am I sorry I told you that?

12. If you weren't yourself, would you be friends with you?

I've been thinking this question over, and I have come to the conclusion, and I say this in my best Bill Cosby voice in my head: "Theo, that is the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

But my answer is "yes" because I would give myself space to be alone (not clingy) and because I like to laugh. If I delve too deeply, though, my answer is probably no because I don't work at relationships, and I'm pretty selfish. So I would like me as a superficial friend, I guess. Ouch, that hurts. So here I am with myself just doing superficial stuff like going for a bike ride.

The winner of the "I Won ... You Win!" is:

Thanks, Robin! Congratulations, Dana! Happy reading!


Judy said...

#7 I wholeheartedly agree its a fine line indeed.
#11 "It's an adult diaper bag" totally cracked me up!

H-Mama said...

I always enjoy hearing how the author of these questions answers them. You never disappoint. ;) Thanks again for the fun.

Sarah said...

What??? I think the black wig was awesome! :) In fact, I thought it was a picture of the person who won...and I was like, that's really her name??? Hahaha! :)

Sarah said...

P.S. I'm officially confused...and probably officially the BIGGEST DORK EVER. So...Batt Crow??? I supposed I shouldn't make fun...I mean, if it's really your name. For some reason, I thought that was the name of your black-wigged self...whom I didn't even recognize. Oh, boy...I'm so digging a hole.

Quilldancer said...

#8 -- EXACTLY why I said I would accept the gift. If I did anything but graciously accept, my grandmother would climb out of her grave and give me that beating she always threatened me with but never got around to administering.

Jill said...

The adult diaper bag and the being soothed by counting cracked me up!

Joyce said...

Well, you must read mine because you and I shared a brain on #4...and a couple of others but definitely not the musicals...I love them. Yes...pretty much all of them.

Love the adult diaper bag husband calls mine The Black Hole and says going anywhere with me is like traveling with King Tut because i need all my stuff!

Kim said...

Love that phrase "mudslide of middle age" and you will probably see it on my blog in days to come (but don't worry, I will be sure to enclose it in quotes and give credit where credit is due).

So did you watch all the videos we posted with bits from musicals? lol

The Bug said...

Yay - I won! I'm really excited & will try to do a quick turnaround so the book can move along on its journey.

As you can see, I am practically Lidna's twin when she has dark hair (not!).

Heth said...

Your answers are always so fun to read. Love the wig.

Susanne said...

I was going to ask exactly what Kim asked. Did you watch all the musical videos posted? You could count how many there are! :v)

Thanks for the laugh this morning. I needed it.

Greg C said...

I am thinking Jorge may have something to say about that wig. I'm just saying.....

I was sure you were going to say "The sound of music"

Mocha with Linda said...

Adult diaper bag - well pretty soon #4 will expand to need the diapers! LOL

And why do YOU get to gripe about the questions and we just have to grin and bare our souls?

You're fun. Even if you are superficial. :-)

Love Blossoms said...

OK, Linda, now I feel it is my personal duty to teach you the love of musicals. Don't you have 2 daughters that dance? My my...

Carmen said...

Actually loved the wig! Also liked the diaper bag comment. Never thought about the flappy arms...yes I have them...will be working on that...if I can just remember to.

Amy said...

Well I am currently involved with our school's middle school production of Oklahoma! because teaching middle school is like hurding this case cats in cowboy hats and praire skirts...Oklahoma is not CURRENTLY one of my favorite musicals. However it is quite lovely.

And now that I know you are fully qualified to be an English teacher you are no longer allowed to read my blog.

Have a great day!!


Sue said...

Ahhhh... a fellow suburban mouse! I knew I liked you - hee hee.

I felt the same way with Question #12 as you in that I struggle with friendship sometimes because while I can be loyal, I can also be pretty selfish. So far though, I think you're proving to be a lovely friend to all of us here at Random Dozen ;-)

Have a great day... and love the black wig - it stumped me when I first saw your Facebook button on your blog - lol "Is that Linda?" I had to ask myself - hee hee

Angie said...

I just joined the Random Dozen this week. It was loads of fun! Thanks.

"Adult Diaper Bag" made me chuckle out loud. I'll have that visual for awhile every time I dip into the purse. Ha!

I've enjoyed reading the answer to # 1 by people who are participating in all this randomness. I used to be a school teacher, before homeschooling my own children over the last 15 years. It helps me remember how much we can impact other people.

Looking forward to next week.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I didn't know about reared/raised. I guess I missed that lesson or my teacher wasn't as grand as yours. I did learn that people are finished and turkeys are done. Did you learn that one?

I hate musicals too.

You like to count? ☺ Are you a mini Monk?

Had to laugh about your adult diaper bag.

Kelly Combs said...

Love the wig, love the Cosby quote. LOL!

My favorite musical is "May I have a napkin please." hahahaha! Okay, it's not my favorite, but it's classic.

SouthLakesMom said...

I'm so glad you visit everyone because it reminds us to come back and read the "right" answers! LOL!

Like everyone above, I LOVE the wig, love the mudslide and the diaper bag and love that on question 12, you are just as confused as

Have a great 2nd half of the week!

ROSIDAH said...

Hi Linda, I enjoyed reading your answers! You have a great sense of humor, and I loved the language lessons very much. Great wig ;). Have a wonderful week :)

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Suburban mouse - now there's the right answer.

Love the adult diaper bag.

I remember the texts from the plane!

Mrs. E said...

Let's hear it for the English Teachers!! We all have gray hair and worry lines from late night gradings and fighting students over grammar rules. But secretly, we love that we get a chance to know our students so well! And we get to share our loves: reading and writing.

I've been grading and "enjoying" Parent/Teacher conferences for the last couple of weeks. It is nice to catch up!

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi Linda~ I enjoyed catching up with your posts today and must say that I really like your "wig" hair. You look good as a brunette - and as a blonde. :-)

Have a great weekend...