Share Your World 3/13/17

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Confession time. I do not push the button multiple times. I’m not a type-A personality by any stretch. Instead, I’ve been known to stand outside an elevator waiting and waiting, only to find out I didn’t push hard enough in the first place. (Slightly embarrassing when someone walks up and thinks you’ve pushed it.)

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I used to love spontaneity. When my husband and I were first married, we would head out on a whim for any type of grand adventure. Then we had kids, and became saddled with diapers and clothes and snacks and bedtimes, only to have those replaced with school schedules and activities. We tried to be as spontaneous as all of that allows, but hauling kids along requires lots of planning. I’ve become even more of a planner lately, after landing at ideal locations only to find a row of No Vacancy signs at all of the desirable hotels. Even successful camping requires a reservation anymore!

So, life, you win. I’m now a planner.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Creative

Faithful

Thoughtful

Kind

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

Give me a kayak and a fresh water lake, and I’m a happy camper!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful for sun. I have been living in the Oregon of my youth lately – days upon days of dismal, rainy weather. Sunday was sunny, so we grabbed our things (spontaneously) and headed to the coast, where it was warm enough to eat lunch outside! (And if you are from Oregon, you know how rare that is in March.)

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I look forward to the weather warming up, the sun coming out, the flowers emerging, and kicking my exercise program back into gear.


Thanks to Cee for another chance to write! Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

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Share Your World – #48

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you’d like to play along, click here. I’m a bit late getting it out this week, but here are my answers:

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?  

I love nuts. I grew up eating peanut butter on just about everything. Though I’ve given that up, I still get nuts almost daily. A good trail mix is my go-to snack. Trader Joe’s sell some delicious ones. Oatmeal is better sprinkled with pecans or almonds, and there are usually nuts in my homemade biscotti. Pad Thai and pipian verde are a couple of favorite nutty main dishes. And who could forget pine nut laden pesto? Yum!

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

At this point, it might be a Shakespearean tragedy.

 Who talks real sense to you?

I have a friend from college who has always been my grounding force. We don’t talk too often anymore, unfortunately, but I know she will kindly and firmly question my more insane decision making processes. 🙂

Do you have a favorite board game?

Settlers of Catan. If you haven’t played it, you should. We played 3 consecutive games on Thanksgiving and each time beat the reigning champion strategist, my younger brother, much to our delight.

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am immensely grateful for a peaceful Thanksgiving devoid of political talk.

I don’t know if I look forward to decorating and baking right now, but I do look forward to seeing a decorated house and smelling fresh-baked cookies.



Thanks again to Cee for a fun writing challenge. Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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SYW #46

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click here. Here are my contributions to this week’s questions:

Are you a traveler or a homebody? 

I am definitely a traveler. My parents raised us on road trips. I get antsy when I’m home for too long. My favorite book for a long time was Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon. I have another that I’m still in the middle of reading called A Voyage Long and Strange that is a curious mix of history-seeking and adventure. Give me a prepaid visa, a car, and a map. I’m outta here. 🙂

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

I would love to make a commercial promoting small, local businesses. I live in a town dominated by a Super WalMart and many fast food joints. Interspersed are some really good family-run restaurants and small shops, plus an artist’s guild that sells local art. But there are many empty buildings lining our downtown.

I think I’d film each of these owners and ask them what local support means to them. I’d focus my camera on the character that each of these places brings to my town. I’d encourage everyone to buy local and keep the money in our community.

Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.

Curious.

List some fun things for a rainy day.

Playing games with my family. Baking! Curling up with a good book and hot chocolate. Hitting the gym.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that we have freedom of speech.

I look forward to putting together my annual cookie baskets to take to my family at Thanksgiving.


Thank you again, Cee, for this wonderful challenge. It’s been hard writing this week. I’m glad I have this.

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SYW #45

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click here. Here are my responses to this week’s questions:

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not  have to be a sentence.)

Observe, love, laugh, listen, appreciate, always forgive

Where do you like to vacation?

Anywhere and everywhere. Cities, beaches, state and national parks. The world is so big and there is so much to explore. I’ve never understood wanting to go back to the same place year after year.

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Though I would dearly miss caramel, I couldn’t live without dark chocolate.

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… 

Offer to help. With anything. I’ll probably say no, I’m fine, I’ve got it covered, but your offer will mean the world to me, and if you manage to push your way in, I probably won’t be all that upset.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Though my weekend was full and I’m tired as a result, I’m grateful that I had a chance to attend Wordstock PDX (A 4 hour drive on Saturday) and the final performance of my talented brother’s zombie opera (another 4 hour drive yesterday). I’m pooped!

This week is full of civic duty. I’m scheduled for jury duty on Thursday, and I look forward to casting my ballot today or tomorrow. (I kind of like to vote on Election Day.) This year especially, I’m hoping for a good outcome and a peaceful transfer of power. Hang on, I’m consulting my Magic 8 Ball

And it said, “Yes, definitely”


Thanks again to Cee for hosting this fun writing challenge. Have a great week!

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SYW #44

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you want to play along, click here. Here are my responses for this week:

What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subjects changed over the course of my education. When I was in elementary school, it was reading. Library days were my favorite, and I loved plowing right through the SRA reading kits. When I got to middle school, my favorite subjects became writing and art, partially thanks to a very creative teacher. In high school, I discovered that I loved biology. It was only in college, when I was taking a teaching math course, that I discovered a love for my previously hated subject, math, which goes to show you that anything is possible.

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?

  1. Clean the bathrooms. Worst job ever.
  2. Pull the weeds. Seriously, how do they grow so fast? I don’t know if two hours a day would cover it on our little acre plot. (But it would beat the zero hours a day I’m spending on it right now.)
  3. If there is any time left, they could just straighten up, wash dishes, whatever would give me more time to research and write without the burden of these chores hanging over my head.

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in a newer suburb of a city. It was a safe place to explore, at least as far as we knew. Who knows what unknown dangers actually lurked around there? I’ve moved around a bit, but still live fairly close to where I grew up. It’s fun to drive back through the neighborhood sometimes and stir up old memories. I have a lot of acquaintances from those days who live mere blocks from where we all grew up. That seems strange to me.

In your opinion, list some places that are great for shopping?

I’m not much of a shopper anymore. My needs are small, and as long as I have coffee, chocolate, and a good book, I can procrastinate any shopping trip. When I go to the mall and don’t find what I like, it’s a frustrating waste of my time. The closest mall is 20 miles away and mostly caters to the high school crowd. I find myself shopping more and more online. That being said, if I’m anywhere near a T.J. Maxx/HomeGoods, you might not see me for a couple of hours. 😉

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I was grateful for a quiet week of my husband being gone hunting.

This week I look forward to seeing a zombie opera that my younger brother co-wrote. He’s now the artistic director of his town’s theater and is excited to be showing off his thus far magnum opus.


As always, thanks to Cee for this fun challenge.

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Share Your World – #43

It’s time for the latest installment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click here. Here are my responses:

What are you really glad you did yesterday?

Yesterday I cooked. And cooked. And cooked.

My husband and father are going on their annual hunting trip to Eastern Oregon and my small contribution to their meals has transitioned into me being their main supplier of good eats. They like it and that makes me happy, but it is a lot of work.

When I opened my giant Mexican cookbook to search for a chile colorado recipe, I thought (again) how fun it would be to open a restaurant. By the end of the night reality had struck its familiar blow, reminding me that I probably didn’t have the stamina to do this day after day. Toward the end of my cooking marathon, my son reminded me of the Food Network show Restaurant Impossible and how brutally hard it is to be in the restaurant business. I guess I’ll settle for cooking for friends and family.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I’d trade my one story for a two story in a heartbeat. I grew up in a house with a basement. As my kids have grown in our own small, one-story house, I’ve come to realize the advantage to having a separate floor for them to gather with their friends to play games and watch movies. There’s the added benefit of daily workouts as I’d travel up and down the stairs. (Thankfully, I’m in good health with no knee issues.)

Have you done something you truly want to do today?

The day is young! I’ll get back to you on that.

What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?

I was a dreamer as a teen. I think my biggest goal was to move to Colorado and be the country girl John Denver made me believe I was. I was going to live a simple life and spend a lot of time skiing. Alas, my dreams didn’t come true, but the alternative with my husband and four kids has been pretty wonderful.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I was just grateful to get through last week. Sometimes that’s as good as it gets.

This week I look forward to spending some time on my writing.


As always, thanks to Cee for this fun opportunity to share our worlds.

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Share Your World #38

Here’s another Share Your World entry. If you want to play along, click here. Here are my responses:

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? 

I’m a definite hugger with family and close friends. With people I don’t see all the time, I’m more reserved. I’ve always wanted to be that sweet woman who wraps you in her warm embrace. Alas, not me.

I am, however, a die-hard tree-hugger. 😉

What is your least favorite Candy?

Whoppers. Yuck.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Anything that involves my friends and family, whether it’s cooking dinner together, talking, playing games, or an outing. The cameraderie is what makes it fun.

List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.

  • coffee smells lingering in the house when I walk back in
  • fresh baked bread
  • rivers
  • baby heads
  • oranges, though I’d rather smell than eat them
  • blackberries on the vine
  • the mouldy leaf scent of autumn
  • apples and cinnamon
  • the smell of ozone after a rain
  • daphne
  • wisteria
  • baking brownies
  • the forest
  • the salty sea air

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful for last week’s rain. Welcome back, old friend.

I look forward to visiting with an old college friend this weekend.



Thanks again, Cee, for hosting this fun writing challenge.

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Share Your World #36

It’s time for another installment of Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click on this link.

Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You can always sell the yacht later)

I’ll take a decent sized sailboat, thank you. (And some sailing lessons, as I’ve never sailed.) I think I might name it Intrepid, and I’d use it to sail around the San Juan Islands of Washington State. I might slip it unassumingly into Roache Harbor among the million dollar yachts if I needed some land under my feet or some ice cream in my belly, but mostly I’d just sail around watching for orcas.

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Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? 

Sometimes I’m Bashful, especially when it comes to talking on the phone to someone I don’t know. I’m often Sleepy thanks to ongoing insomnia and sleep deprivation. Curiously enough, I’m also Grumpy at that time. I’m Sneezy after a run. (So annoying!) Ruluctantly I must say that my kids think I’m Dopey. (I can’t wait until they grow out of that stage!) If I were to be that 8th dwarf, I think the name would have to be Bewildered. Life is confusing these days.

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

I heard the song If You’re Going Through Hell the other day at Bi-Mart and thought what a motivational song it really was for someone going through a tough time. At the same time it reminds me of my country-music loving daughter who is far from home, which is part of why I need a motivational song in the first place. It’s a curious catch 22.

Complete this sentence:  I like watching…

Kids discovering the world. There’s nothing like seeing the world through their eyes.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for my sister who is my lifeline right now. I’m also very grateful for my apple peeler-corer.

I look forward to my son and his fiance visiting from Arizona.


As always, thanks to Cee for this fun challenge!

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Share Your World 2016 #35

Welcome to another segment of Cee’s Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click on this link.

List 2 things you have to be happy about? 

  1. Coffee, which gets me up in the morning.
  2. Good books, which unfortunately sometimes lull me to sleep at night. (Current read is Breakfast with Buddha. Have you read it?)

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

If it was a picture or a painting, I would choose any of our beautiful national parks. The Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point is beautiful. I might try to capture the Grand Tetons reflected in  Jackson Lake. I would love to successfully capture the grandeur and immensity of the Grand Canyon, especially with a lightning strike.

If I were to write a story, I’d pick the bustling, varied city of San Francisco.

Should children be seen and not heard?

We’ve all heard the phrase, out of the mouths of babes. Children have a certain unfiltered wisdom. They’ve not yet learned to cover up, to hide their vulnerabilities.

I mean, who doesn’t love this?

Children, like everyone else, should be seen and heard.

List at least five of your favorite first names.

Other than the names of my loved ones…

  1. Lily
  2. Alex
  3. Olivia
  4. Sarah
  5. Audrey

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for trees full of apples. Last week was spent canning applesauce and drying the bounty from our rather small Granny Smith apple tree. There are a couple more small trees that need to be harvested. They are recent additions to the property. It will be interesting to see what happens in a few years. I think we might need to invest in a cider press.

I look forward to school/work starting up again. All my best laid plans didn’t pan out over the summer. Too much free time is not a good thing.


Again, thanks to Cee for hosting this fun challenge!

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Share Your World #34

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Tostadas. I eat them every day. Lightly fried tortilla topped with homemade beans, homemade salsa, some shredded Tillamook pepper jack cheese or queso fresco, loads of sliced avocado and maybe lettuce and sour cream if they are handy. I think I might go make one right now.

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Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

Absolutely! (But it’s the only organized thing in my life.)

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

(Well, I can really put myself in this position, having had the unfortunate experience of seeing the mouse seeing me.)

As I scurried from one room to another in a house devoid of activity, I would see the mom and dad of the family curled up on the couch binge-watching Vikings or The Walking Dead or some other gripping series. I would duck into my favorite room, the one currently occupied by a 19-year-old pack rat. There among my many hiding places I might catch a glimpse of him playing games on his computer with his friends before I duck into a wrapper-filled drawer looking for a snack. I might head over to the bedroom of the 18-year-old, though there is a puppy and there aren’t so many hiding spaces, so I wouldn’t linger. I would be guaranteed to catch him lounging on his bed playing games with his friends on the big-screen TV or hunched over his phone texting his girlfriend. I might grab a little dog food to store for later before scurrying back to my home in the wall.

(The mouse/mice have been eradicated, thank you very much.)

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?

I’m a woman of few words, so the inability to speak might actually come as a relief. No pressure. However, I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t read!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for the puppy who livens up my existence a little.

I’m looking forward to looking for a new computer cord to replace the one the puppy chewed up.

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If you wish to participate in this challenge, click on this link.

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