Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Turn

1. Have you, or has someone close to you, ever won an award for anything?

I'm going to write a post and add sweet pictures of my dad's award ceremony this week, so I'll just coyly say "yes" for now!

2. Who is the nearest relative to you who has served in the US Military?

My father is a WWII veteran. Unlike many families, we have had few relatives in the armed services. Jorge has a nephew in the Navy in Guam right now, however.

3. Share something that stirs the patriotic spirit in you.

WWII history moves me because for most, it seemed to be a conflict of pure evil vs good. It was the greatest generation of people in history, in my opinion.

4. Where are you in the birth order in your family? Do you think your "placement" made a difference in your personality?

I am 4th, the baby. But the boys were 16, 12 and 8 when I was born, so I was also like a first-born, or a grandchild, after a few years because all my brothers were gone while I was growing up. In fact, I do not remember living at home with the older two. I have a tendency to sit back and let people "do" for me, unless I mind myself and stay alert to being proactive and helpful. On the other hand, I do have some first-born tendencies as well, but not nearly as many as "baby syndrome" qualities!

5. Name one trait you hope you carry that was evidenced in your parents or grandparents.

Faithfulness, on many levels.

6. If female, do you prefer wearing a skirt or pants? If male, shirt and tie or polo?

I actually like wearing skirts, if they're cotton and comfy! If not, I love my jeans and black tops, the old fall-back.

7. Approximately how many times do you wake during the night? What do you do to go back to sleep?

Well. I wake up as many times as my possessed legs will have it. The calves seize up like the concrete stops in parking lot spaces. If we had an intruder, it would be great if I could unattach my calf and hit him over the head because he would surely die. WOW. I'm eating bananas (potassium), taking calcium & potassium, drinking lots of water, stretching, etc., but to no avail. If I had a red cape and boots, I could be Ms. Superman. It's ridiculous.

8. Share a favorite movie quote.

I wish I could post the video, but the lines are only available within the middle of a long vignette. But basically, it's the movie "What's Up, Doc," with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, a favorite comedy of mine. At the end of the movie, Streisand's character turns to O'Neal's and says, batting her eyes, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," which is a wink & nod to the famous line from the movie O'Neal was best known for, "Love Story," with Ali McGraw. And O'Neal's character looks at her in disbelief and says, "That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard." Completely cracks me up every time. The epitome of wit and irony and self-deprecating humor. Love it.

9. What is your favorite Fall candle scent?

Currently, banana nut cake, which my office mate is burning daily. I'm about to leave teeth marks in his candle when he's not looking.

10. What is one Fall activity you're looking forward to?

Visiting a place called Brown County, IN, where the autumnal foliage is postcard-worthy.

11. Tell us about a pleasant surprise that happened to you recently.

A beautiful orchid plant left at my desk, finding a nice car for Kristin, my list could go on. I am blessed!

12. What was it like when you first met your in-laws-to-be?

I do not remember the first moment, but I liked them immediately and felt that the vibes were reciprocated. I always got on with them well, although Jorge's mother has now passed.

I sincerely appreciate your faithfulness and enthusiasm each week here at the Random. I wish I could get around to visit you all, but I just can't do it and keep an actual job and actual home and family! So thanks for understanding. Your continuing interest and enjoyment of this meme is another wonerful surprise I count for number 11!


Maribeth said...

You know what has helped my leg cramps? Magnesium. I get my calcium now with magnesium and it has really helped!

SusanD said...

So enjoyed your answers. I gotta you write your answers as you're coming up with the questions? Do you eliminate questions you don't want to answer? Thanks for continuing the RD. Blessings, SusanD

Mocha with Linda said...

#3 - amen!

#8 - Think how much cooler it would be if they sang! :-)

#10 - I have never seen true autumnal foliage in real life.

#12 - well, of course they loved you!

Anonymous said...

Our parents/grandparents answer is the same! Faithfulness is just so beautiful to me because of my grandparents.

On a different note....I don't think the candle will taste as good as it smells. Just sayin. :P

Katie said...

That candle is amazing. I walked into the office today and it smelled so good! I think next time he burns it he needs to bring banana nut cake for everyone. :)

Joyce said...

How exciting for your dad! I will look forward to hearing more. I love the WW2 stories and history as well.

Jill said...

I so agree with you on #3! And #9 made me laugh. Some of those candles smell way too good to be sitting around burning.

Shawna said...

Read every word. You are a very enjoyable person. :)

Lisa Laree said...

I *love* 'What's Up Doc?'!!! That has the Greatest Car Chase Scene Ever. I need to get that one out and share it with my kids...

Cathy said...

Talking about your legs cramping and knotting up. Mine do that too sometimes. So far the best thing I've found is leg warmers. It seems if I keep my calves really warm, I don't have any problems with the cramping. My sister told me about this and it really works for me. Now, I admit, I look pretty silly in leg warmers, but it's better than the pain. lol

I love Brown County, IN. It's been awhile since I've been there though. I may have to talk to hubby about that.

Sara said...

I have to agreee with you: WWII WAas/is the greatest generation and it was pure evil vs good and the banana nut candle...I'd want to est that too! I am really looking forward to reading you post about your dad.

Debbie said...

Thanks for doing the Random Dozen. I am new to doing the dozen and forgot to do mine yesterday... so I did it today... hope that is ok. Thanks for the suggestion in answering your questions to look for a video on YouTube... I found one where the section starts right out with my quote...

Great answers... can't wait to see the stuff on your dad. I miss mine terribly. He died when I was 14, back in 1976.

Susanne said...

I love "What's Up Doc"! And that line cracks me up everytime too even though I know it's coming.

Ouch. The leg cramps sound painful.

Looking forward to reading about your Dad and the award!


I loved your answers....and always do. It is fun to actually do my own...and more fun to read yours. I agree with you on the WWII stuff. My dad was a WWII veteran and I was always very proud of him. I am going to do a post about him on Veterans Day this year.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Always enjoy coming over to see your answers to your questions.
Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for Random Dozen.

Moira said...

Awesome answers, Lid!

I am a huge history buff as well, my mother-in-law served in WWII. My mother could have but she was already raising a family.

Can't wait to read your follow up about your dad!

Love Bears All Things said...

Loved your answers...I have some problem with my legs too, mostly cramps and twitches.
Mama Bear