Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tick, Tick, Tick ... On the Subject of Waiting

1. How good are you at delaying gratification?

I'm good when someone's watching. It's when I'm alone at night and there are snackies around that I cave. So a good thing for me to do would be to not have snackies around. That would be good, wouldn't it. Not happening.

2. Maybe a marshmallow wouldn't be too difficult a temptation for you. What food (or anything else) would be most tempting?

Food: No bake chocolate/peanutbutter/oatmeal cookies, cashews.
Other: Internet. Facebook and Blogging are guilty pleasures. And time wasters. But I wuv them.

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being saintly) how patient are you?

Actually, I think in most things I'm pretty patient. I award me an 8 in a lavish ceremony where I'm wearing a crown and a fur stole.

4. Have you ever waited for something in life only to be disappointed upon realization of the goal/object/etc.?

Conferences usually let me down. I think it's because there's so much hype from the organizations before you go that there's nowhere left to do but deflate.

Plus I've ordered and waited for clothes before that disappointed.

As for the bigger things in life, no. It's all been good. Especially those 3 nine-month waiting periods.

5. Are you a person who takes shortcuts?

Yes. One bad one is cutting through parking lots when I don't want to wait on a red light.

I tend to also take shortcuts with recipes. That doesn't always work out well.

I take shortcuts through buildings when I'm going from one to the other at work.

The best shortcut device ever: Tivo, which lets you shortcut through commercials!

6. Which line is hardest to wait in?

Customer service lines ... especially at the dreaded Wowmart. Shudder.

7. Did you wait to discover the gender of your unborn child until its birth?

Yes, and I was and am so glad that I did. This is one cultural change that has never worked for me--knowing the gender in advance. Maye I saw too many TV shows when I was kid where a pristine, pink baby was held up by the doctor announcing in a game show host voice, "IT'S A ... WHATEVER!" What a huge thrill it was for me each and every time. I would not trade those moments for anything! Truly 3 of the happiest moments of my life.

8. Are you more patient with children or the elderly?

At this point, probably the elderly, although with the very young I think I would be super patient still. I think from 6 years to about 15 is pretty difficult to be patient with.

9. Did you ever sneak a peek at a present?

Don't think so. That would've broken some rule, and unless it's cutting through parking lots or cheating on diets, I generally don't break rules.

10. What is the longest you've ever waited for anything?

Probably to be with my husband, in the honeymoon sense. Was that too personal? Woopsie.
Also, I think I waited, like, 87 years to be published the first time and in between.

11. Who has more patience, you or your significant other?

I do.

12. Which of the following songs about waiting is your pick for the best? (OK, you may substitute another, if you like.)

A) Anticipation by Carly Simon
B) The Waiting by Tom Petty
C) Right Here Waiting for You by Richard Marx
D) Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James

I choose Carly.

Thanks for playing this week!


Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers. You and my hubby cutting thru parking lots... drives me absolutely
Thanks for the Random Dozen!

until next time... nel

Abiding Branch said...

I wuv dem too!

Robin said...

Thanks for the questions and your answers.

Re #7: We had that same moment when we were told what was seen on the ultrasound. It's a surprise whenever you find out. lol.

Tabi said...

You always make me laugh! The hubby used to cut through parking lots all the time...until he got a ticket for it! ;)

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Ooo, I forgot about Tivo. That is a shortcut that I heart greatly.

And the "game show host voice" mental picture made me laugh.

And I'm surprised you didn't post the video to the Heinz ketchup commercial for #12.

The Bug said...

OK, now that both of us have mentioned no bake cookies I might have to make some. Although I haven't had good success with them. I usually wait until I see my sister-in-law & make her make them. Hmmm - how soon could I be in Muncie? I think I'll have Lid make me some!

Susanne said...

I would never have guessed you for a parking lot short cutter! I'm shocked! ;v)

I'm totally with you on not finding out the gender. Surprise was half the fun of the nine month anticipation for me.

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved those answers. Tsk, tsk for cutting through the parking lot, though! LOL

How did I know that your No-Bake Cookies would be the answer for #2?!

And I agree with conferences on #4.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Great amswers (& questions).

#4. I'm guessing you've never been to a Women of Faith conference? They deliver on their hype!

Please pop over for my LOST survey.

Jenny wren's nest said...

Thank you for the meme.

alot of times I have nothing new to say.


Betty said...

I like that you described the shortcuts you take. Sounds very much like me. I will never go somewhere in a straight line, if there is a faster way..... :)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

OK, people. You Guilt-Heavers. I cut through ONE lot on my way to work, usually only if I'm late. How's that for moral relativity?

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Great stuff. I've done the whole cutting through a lot. What about driving across a parking lot instead of driving down the aisles as suppose to do? I've done that at Walmart just so I can get in the correct "exit" lane.

I love short cuts with DVR...cutting all the commercials.

Just Breathe said...

This was fun and I'm glad I joined in this week. Of course I can't get Carly's song out of my head for two days now!!

Cathy said...

Great post. Cutting through parking lots...shame on you. lol I've been known to do that too.

Anonymous said...

I almost chose Carly, but then I thought of one I liked even better. Mine will be up on Saturday (just testing your patience, LOL)

Jenny said...

You crack me up. I am still laughing at # 10.