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 2/28/17

Here are my latest responses to Cee’s Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click here.

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

Not while I was driving. We ran out of gas less than a mile from the gas station when my husband was driving, and on the freeway, no less. You can imagine the bickering that came from that incident.

That being said, I’ve come close. When I was driving Sunshine on our cross-country trip to college, the gas light came on. At night. In the desert. In the middle of nowhere. It was me and three kids in the car, Needles, California was the next thing on the map, and it was nowhere in sight. Finally, lights blinked in the distant darkness, and with a twisting in my gut, I coasted into the nearest gas station, thanking my lucky stars. I am now careful to fill up when it gets around 3/4 empty.

Which are better: black or green olives?

I’ve finally jumped onto the olive bandwagon somewhat after eschewing them for most of my life. I prefer black to green, though I really like a couple of chopped kalamatas on a salad.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

I would explore foreign lands and cultures. I find it really interesting to see the way our different experiences intersect and how other people have learned to adapt to their situations.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

This is a long one, but it’s always been one of my favorites. I tend to be a sideline sort of person, so it pushes me to put myself out there beyond my relatively close comfort zone.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

And this one about being an authentic person has always stuck with me.


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This quote about just doing the right thing and being who you are also really speaks to me.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

Here’s another. (Don’t get me going on quotes!) It’s highly applicable to our current political situation.

What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Last week I pulled out my drawing pencils and sketch book. I haven’t played around with them for a while, but some art therapy is needed at this time in my life. Like so many other things, this hobby is a combination of work-in-progress and steep learning curve. My fantasy is to paint a giant masterpiece on canvas, something that others would relate to. Haha. For right now I will content myself with trying to figure out how to draw non-Picasso-like faces and symmetrical eyes. But I am grateful for this hobby.

The second part of this question is much harder to answer.

I don’t ever look forward to the week of daylight savings time. I think I dread it more than the dentist, if that’s possible. It stems from not being a morning person and having a relatively early-morning job. I guess I could look forward to my internal clock eventually catching up.


Wishing you all a great week!

As always, thanks to Cee for this wonderful opportunity to write!

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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 #37

It’s time for another Share Your World. To play along, click on this link. Here are this weeks questions and my answers:

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

I had a pet rock as a kid. I think it was a ladybug, and I may have painted it myself. They were all the rage. Though we don’t have pet rocks now, we have a menagerie of pocket rocks in buckets under the deck, various interesting varieties that we have collected at some point within the past 22 years.

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

My greatest strength is my patience. My weakness is putting my needs aside for others, which often affects my own happiness.

What makes you feel grounded? 

It used to be my little family, but they are scattering to the wind. I’m not feeling particularly grounded these days.

Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?

I think my days of guilt-free ice cream are over and I’ve never liked popsicles. I do love soup and oatmeal, cookies hot out of the oven, still-warm bread, baked potatoes… If I had to give up one or the other, it would be cold food.

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

I am very grateful that my son and his fiance came for a visit. My bucket was getting pretty empty and is now overflowing again.

I look forward to a quiet week.

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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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