Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Link UP for the Random and I Answer the Mr. Linky Question

Many of you ask, "Why doesn't the link list automatically show?" I believe the answer is that a while back, Mr. Linky changed the widget so that unless you purchase a better widget at another level, this is all you get. I could be wrong. I don't really care as long as when you click on it to add your name, you see the names. Does that make sense? Am I wrong on this?

OK--my answers and most importantly, YOURS!

1. So I was thinking about how Jon Bon Jovi never seems to age much. His hair is smaller nowadays, but he still manages to look like a boy somehow. I mean, look at him in this pic with a finger in his ear. Young! And then that made me think of the story of Dorian Gray. Question: If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why?

Speaking strictly physically, I would pick about 34. I was working out religiously, and it showed. However, emotionally I was not in a good place, and I would never want to return there again. (Depression)

2. What is the best dish that you cook or bake (your piece de resistance?)

It's something you don't cook OR bake: No bake cookies. But strictly speaking again, I would say I make really good whipped potatoes and homemade carrot cake. I think we tend to excel at those dishes we like. For instance, I cannot cook meat very well. (Ugh.)

3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal?

I begin listing all of the things I'm grateful for. I pray for people who are in a more difficult position than I. I exercise, and if possible, get out into the sun. Plus, the smell of coconut lifts me. Consuming chocolate also helps immensely, but it doesn't help the old waistline.

4. When was the last time you danced in public?

Oh, this is such an issue with me. I NEVER do this. I have a long history of avoiding dances, especially in high school. And just my luck, the one boy I really liked loved to go to dances. I started dreading them months away.

When I was on the homecoming court in my senior year, we had to sign a paper saying that we would promise to attend the dance after the game if we were on the court. I almost didn't sign! I did not dance at my wedding. I dance at home a little, mainly when my kids were little and we were in the kitchen baking cookies and dancing to the oldies.

5. Do you consider yourself a realist or dreamer?

Definitely a realist, to a fault. For example, when new small businesses start up, I do a little cringe for them because I KNOW it's so hard to make it work, and my fears for them are usually realized.

6. As a parent, what is one thing that you have done well?

My youngest told me yesterday that she is glad we did not let our kids speak unkindly to each other. They laugh now because we would not let them say "shut up" to each other, for instance, but it turned out well because all in all, they're very kind to each other.

7. Which is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show?

This is so easy: Opie. I LOVE that little boy. He's the only little boy I love nearly as much as my own son. Little Ronnie Howard just makes me melt into a puddle every time I watch him. I wish I could adopt him. The little Ronnie Howard, not the middle aged director Ron Howard.

8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

About a 2. No, let's be honest: 1. But I'd like to improve that score.

9. Have you never been mellow? Have you never tried … to find a comfort from in side you? (Sorry, Jorge was singing that song just now, and it just seemed to be perfect timing as I was creating this week’s questions.) REAL question: What is your #1 driving pet peeve?

People who cop attitudes over the dumbest stuff, like who arrived at a four-way stop first. Puh-leeze.

10. Which color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate?

Purple. It's the color I have on. I tend to choose colors by how I feel that day.

11. If your spouse were an animal, which would he/she be?

Well, he's been sleeping a lot tonight and now he's reading. What kind of animal does those activities?? He's pretty smart, so I'll say an ape.

12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day?

At work, mailings and meetings. At home, Facebook and blogging, laundry, sweeping and cooking. I actually prefer my work outside the home now to my home work. For so many years I thought of myself as a SAHM, but now, I think of myself more as a working outside the home mom.


Betty said...

I´m with you on Nr. 12! I love to go to my job and let the maid do my housework... :)

Joyce said...

I picked Opie too...I have a soft spot for him because as a little boy my husband could have been his identical twin.

SouthLakesMom said...

Oh, I do hope #12 doesn't start the mommy wars here!

I have a similar answer to #1 - looked better earlier, but not in a good place emotionally. Mostly because of maturity -- which leads to your answer on #9. We learn which battles are worth fighting...

Cathy said...

Fun questions and answers.

Another Suburban Mom said...

I love your answer to your husband!

We are also purple people.

I am up with my random dozen.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I'm up!

It's been ages since I have seen the movie "Portrait of Dorian Gray" I just remember the scene when the portrait is found in the closet...

Men age so much differently than women...DRAT!

Happy Randomness

Kim said...

So I want to know how Jorge reacted to #11. teehee My hubby had a very quizzical look on his face and said, "A collie?" lol

You and I are so alike on #5! And having been one of those small business owners (we did okay, but not great), I'll cringe right along with you.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be great if we all had maids? Maybe at the nursing home. ; )

I got my thanks, not cranks bracelet yesterday...thank you! And LOVED your stationary!!!

Greg C said...

I'm in and I gave the perfect answers. Well in my opinion anyway and after all that is what matters to me, LOL

Mocha with Linda said...

So what feeling does purple represent?

Enjoyed your answers - you threw me off answering a day early! (Yeah, I'm a routine kinda gal! LOL)

Jenny said...

I love that your your piece de resistance is no bake cookies. I love those.

Melli said...

I really enjoyed your answers today! We have many similar... but number - we're exact! OPIE!!! Little Opie... LOVE that boy!

Tabi said...

Cop thought about it that way! Right now I can't imagine being anything other than a SAHM but I know one day I will be a working woman again!

samurai said...

My own dozen has been posted...

I loved your answer regarding your hubby. *snicker*

Merrie said...

I like the "working outside the home mom". I always considered that I was a SAHM, but I did work outside the home - when the kids were in school.
How does Jorge feel about being an "ape"... I laughed at that one.

Nel said...

Enjoying the answers! I am so glad I decided to link up and join in the fun!

Hi, I'm Angie! said...

First, let me say thanks for the "Thanks, Not Cranks" bracelet. I had to switch it twice within the first 60 seconds of putting it on. :)

Second, # 9, made me have to switch arms today! Ahhh! Linda!!! :)

I totally agree about having a body of a younger version of me, but never going back to who I was!

Thanks for the questions!

Anonymous said...

I'm wearing purple today, but my colors are a marbled swirl of blue and yellow.
Maybe I should have worn green?

Debbie said...

This was so much fun! It was the first time I joined in with you on your meme. I had noticed some of the other blogger's posts that I follow and thought it was time to join in the fun too. Thank you for some creative questions.


Mama Zen said...

I SO do not dance in public!

Bonnie said...

Yes I wish I had my younger body with my grown-up brain. And chocolate makes everything better!

Lazy Daisy said...

Girl, your answers never cease to crack me up. I like that your kids are kind to each other now. Who didn't like Opie....I'm much more of an aunt Bee and my Mr. Wonderful definitely would have been Floyd the barber. Thanks for all the work you do.

Amy said...

Number 5 is totally me...I know that some new idea could be the next Cabbage Patch Doll, or snuggie, but then there are also the bumpits and moon sand's of the world and those people have got to be bummed!!

Great Answers!!


2cats said...

You crack me up. I always look forward to your answers.

Christy said...

Loved this! Thanks. Hope the linky thing worked (this was my first try at using one).

Anonymous said...

Love these questions each week! They really give me pause to think about the little things in my life!

Pat said...

I just found your blog today and I did the questions too! Fun ~

Shawna said...

Wow, that was a lot of questions!!!

Stephani said...

This looks like a fun meme. I came across it when looking at another blog. I'll have to try it out. I just wanted to comment on your dancing question. My answer would have been exactly the same! I went to the prom with my long-time boyfriend and made him sit the whole time and watch other people. Poor guy! I sure did enjoy getting all dressed up though.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I love Opie too but prefer the ones where he is really young...younger that is. Love how he draws out pppaaaaaaaawww. However, before reading your answer, and cheating, honestly, I would have said Barnie. He is an absolute hoot.

Deb said...

This is such a great post! Barney Fife was my favorite! As a kid (and probably as an adult) I was always told that I was high-strung. I had no idea what that had meant, then I saw Barney Fife & then I knew what high-strung meant! LOL!

Since you mentioned Andy Griffith Show, I thought that you might like this:

Mount Airy opens Andy Griffith Museum in time to celebrate 50 years of the show