Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tackling the Dozen Myself

1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

Three days ago, I was looking at Cake Wrecks and lost it. Then I discovered Museum of Bad Art and lost it. Literally-tears running down the cheeks-kind of "lost it." Cake Wrecks does this to me like no other. One day I was laughing so hard that Jorge tried to get out the video cam to record me, and my daughter just sort of stood in the distance with a half-amused, half-scared look on her face. She said it was the hardest she's ever seen me laugh in my life, and we do a LOT of laughing around here. It's the commentary that kills me as much as the pics. So here is one pic from MOBA, copied without permission, but I'm sending you there, so it's OK, right? But you'll have to go to the collection to read the commentary.

2. If you found $10 today, what would you do with it?

I would probably spend it on Starbucks. SURPRISE. If Sbux were out of the picture, I might end up at Hobby Lobby, as I am redecorating my bathroom, and that could purchase a candle or something else dangerous I could wreak havoc with in my home.

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?

Once a month, I volunteer at the place I'm employed by registering middle schoolers who come to Oneighty on Sunday nights. I enjoy it because I get to see their sweet teenaged faces, greet them warmly, and ask them to repeat their information 5 or 6 times because they mumble and I have OLD ears, and music is blaring in the background. This Sunday is our big season kick-off, big doin's. Very exciting.

4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit, and how do you eat it?

I love Gala apples. I've been eating them with feta cheese and Brianna's poppyseed dressing. My children are making fun of me because of my apparent poppyseed addiction. I always have at least two bottles around, sometimes a couple more which are not quite empty. I just get nervous at the grocery thinking I might be out (Gasp!) and so I go ahead a buy a bottle, just for security. But I'm not addicted. I'm not. I've also been enjoying nectarines and peaches. How do I eat them? Raw, no preparation, which is just the right amount of exertion I like when cooking.

5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium or large?

You know, I'm not sure anymore. In school, I had one good friend. In college and early married years, I had ... Jorge. Then a few years ago, I became involved with my Girls Group that I have spoken of so often which meets every Wednesday night. And then there's blogging. Yes, I consider some bloggers "real" friends. I do! They are precious to me; they share in my life, and I share theirs, only I forget their stuff because I'm

B)Kind of self-centered

And they love me anyway. And then there are the Facebook friends, which are mainly old high school friends, who I'm talking to just about every day now. Sharing some pretty good stuff, too, not just surfacy stuff. So, social networking is broadening my circle, and while some relationships are infrequent and better described as "acquaintances," some are true-blues, capable of pinky swears and sleepovers, if it were possible through cables.

6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?

Dude! Last Saturday night I went to a multi-year reunion at a classmate's lovely home. It was a great time. I did indeed regress to high school, completely obsessing about what to wear, but in the end, it did not matter.

7. When you're feeling blue, what is the best way someone can cheer you up?

Well, I think the answer might be to show me Cake Wrecks or MOBA selections! Also, I think just shooting me a short message helps. Going out for Sbux is always good.

8. Have you taken a vacation this summer?

OH, how I love answering this question. Yes. Yesyesyesyesyes. I'm kind of still there in my head. In fact, I'm posting about my feverish obsession soon.

9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time?

A GIANT bag, like a beach bag. It is unnecessary to carry that diaper-bag-in-disguise, and most of the stuff is unnecessary, yet I neeeeed it! If you know what I mean. But I always have something extremely weird in there. Today I was toting around plastic palm trees and a shell, which I will explain another day in a post.

10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far?

Night and Day, while we were in Siesta Key. Fun flick. Pretty people in lead roles.

11. Describe a perfect summer day.

No work, no obligations. Get up, have coffee, check blog and facebook, run. Listen to music or pray while I run. Shower. Putter around house. Lunch. Pick up book I'm working on, lie on chaise lounge on deck, drift off to sleep for an outdoor summer afternoon nap. Wake, take Zoe for a walk, return, eat, backyard fire. My tastes are simple. I love routine, and I know what makes my mind, body and soul feel good. PS: If I still had small children, this day would be different, but I don't, and I'm adjusting to that.

12. Please a share a favorite photo from the summer so far!


H-Mama said...

Love your perfect day! We've missed your randomness. ;)

Debbie said...

#2- I would buy more yarn. There is never enough yarn

#4- Peaches and blueberries. Around here those seasons overlap for a bit. And now, since the blueberry season is done I have moved on to peaches and raspberries mixed together.

#5- It used to be tiny but now it feels huge between FB, blogging, and the other social media sites I belong to as well as friends in person.

#8- a staycation

#9- my huge bag too! But if someone says, "Does anyone have a utility knife" I can whip it out of the bag. HA!

Joyce said...

First...thanks for bringing back the random : )

I stay at the beach in my head too. I really need to live there I've decided. I also understand about 'needing' your bag. Makes my hubs a little crazy but really, I neeeeeed everything in there.

Enjoy your day!

Dawn said...

Coffee on the beach...

Now THAT sounds like my perfect day!

And a beach obsession? I'm all about that!!!

SouthLakesMom said...

So glad you're back!

And you know, you need to think about this poppyseed thing. If your employers ever require a drug test, you might spike on poppy . . . which in my JAG days would have ended you up in my office. I was a defense lawyer...get it?

Love the joy in your vacation photos!

Angie said...

Your perfect day almost sounds fun to this fair-weather friend. :)

The questions were great! Thanks.

SusanD said...

Glad the random is back! I so appreciate you doing this. It's super fun.

I enjoyed your perfect summer day. I'm gonna have to try that poppy seed dressing.

Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Blessings, SusanD

Mocha with Linda said...

You are waaay too photogenic! Every pic you post of yourself is amazing!

Cake Wrecks is hilarious.

Wish we could hang out at Sbux together!

Catherine said...

So good to be back with the Random -- thank you!

I've stayed in my vacation place in my head as much as possible, too! BTW, you look really great in that swimsuit, lady -- wow!


Jewel said...

YAAAY! The Random Dozen is back! You made at least 50+ people happy today and that is evident by Mr. Linky!

Second, dang hot mama! ;)

Finally, have you been running in this heat!?

Lea said...

Always enjoy your entries and I'm so glad to have Random back! Your photos are great and definitely add "spice" to your entries. Blessings galore to you!

Jewel said...

So love your pictures at the beach, especially the one with coffee!!!
And I always say that I carry my handbag for everyone else....they are always needing something and expect me to have it! What am I to do? :-)
Loved your randomness!!!

Cathy said...

Great questions, answers and pictures!

Beverlydru said...

This was fun to read! Everytime I see the pics of you on beautiful Siesta Key, I get highly motivated to start running. That lasts until I lace my shoes up. I'm still wogging.