Share Your World 5/22/17

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

This will have to wait, but I’d love to take a writer’s sabbatical.  Dedicate a block of time solely to writing and see where it takes me.  That would be amazing.

How often do you get a haircut?

I go every five weeks now, mostly for the color.  But when I go my hairdresser trims the split ends off so I guess that counts.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

So funny!  I’ve gone through stages when I’ve been obsessed with the first three, but I’ve never been drawn into numeric puzzles.  If I were to pick one I’d go with word search.  I try to explain to kids what a valuable skill this is – being able to scan blocks of print for letter combinations or patterns – but they don’t seem impressed.

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

Childhood:  Philippines, Hawaii, Virginia (Fairfax), New Jersey, Virginia (Virginia Beach), Massachusetts (Cohasset).

College:  Virginia (Charlottesville), Massachusetts (Scituate).

Adult:  Virginia (Burnt Chimney), Missouri, North Carolina (Burlington), North Carolina (Graham).

An even dozen cities since birth.  Cool.

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

We celebrated kids over the weekend.  Friday Bear picked her restaurant for a birthday dinner (holla, Texas Roadhouse) then opened her presents that evening.  Saturday we hosted the family dinner for her.  BrightSide made his dad’s turkey (um, YUM) and Aunt Bee rocked the cake again which is pretty impressive considering Bear asked for a tree.  I swear, sometimes I think they throw stuff at my sister just to pull a nutty.  Then on Sunday evening T-man had his confirmation class cookout to celebrate the end of their year’s work together.

This week looks much slower, so I’m looking forward to taking a breath.  I need to get my feet under me before we hit the end of the school year, but the calendar doesn’t look like I’ll be sprinting headlong toward the weekend.  I’m also looking forward to relaxing a bit over Memorial Day weekend.


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Share Your World 5/15/17

How many languages do you you speak?

Only one fluently.  I remember bits and pieces of French from high school (s’il vous plaît, bonjour, au revoir, and je ne sais pas come to mind).  My college Italian stuck a little better (ciao, mi dispiaceper favore, and grazie roll off the tongue).  But to count either one I’d have to actually study it again.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

I’m reading small great things by Jodi Piccoult and Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole by Kirk Lippold, USN (ret).  I’m watching season three of The Americans.  I’m usually listening to the Sirius POTUS channel in the car and the Jason Mraz station on Amazon at home.

And then there was eating.  Sigh.  In a desperate attempt to feel better (hello, Hail Mary pass) I’m looking into the blood type diet.  You’ve heard of this, right?  It’s the study of our biological breakdowns, specifically that our bodies are designed to process certain foods more easily than others.  Me?  My blood type is A (shocker, right?), so apparently I have lower levels of stomach acid and (insert enzyme and alkaline mumbo jumbo here) which means I have a harder time digesting animal protein and fat.  (What the what?!)

So this is what I’m trying to eat:  Chicken or turkey.  (Not that they’re beneficial, but my system can tolerate them.)  Seafood, except not any of the seafood I’ve been eating for years like clams, crab, lobster, scallops, or shrimp.  Carrots, romaine, and…I’m out.

Foods I am mourning:  Beef.  I don’t eat a lot of it, but I don’t like that I don’t have the option.  Basically all the seafood listed above.  Ice cream, because apparently dairy is the devil, and cashews.  All the beverages.  Beer, soda, liquor…it seems I’m welcome to drink green tea and alfalfa.  Shoot me now.  Peppers, olives, potatoes, tomatoes, and mushrooms – these are all the vegetables that allow me to claim I eat vegetables.  Really?!  Oh, and all the condiments.  Apparently Type As don’t get to eat condiments.  Sweet Jesus.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

A pic of the “F” Bombs bath fizzers I got for Mother’s Day.  Bwahahaha!!!

What is your favorite time of day?

Early evening.  I like when the heat starts to ease off, and instead of the harsh noonday sun we have something a little softer.  Unfortunately this is also when the buggy bugs are most active, so I usually enjoy this time of day from indoors.

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

That the kids and I enjoyed some (ahem) quality time together while BrightSide was on a business trip.

This week I’m looking forward to knocking some things off my long-overdue list.  I’m finally going for my eye exam and getting that weird knot on my knee checked out so good on me!


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when the devil’s plugging TJ Maxx and Aunt Millie’s

They say the devil’s in the details.  I say the devil’s sitting smack dab on my shoulder, whispering sweet nothings in my ear. 

**  There’s a pizza place just a hop, skip, and a jump from the lake.  And when I say “pizza place” I actually mean “pie nirvana where pizza lovers go to eat themselves into a blissful coma.”  It’s called Aunt Millie’s, and at Aunt Millie’s they put toppings directly on the sauce then douse it in gobs (gobs!!) of cheese.  In the oven it transforms into a deliciously melty treat that makes my eyes roll back in my head and my tummy beg for more.

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Share Your World 5/8/17

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

Never shoes (unless I’m busy breaking in new ones).  The rest depends on what level of internal heat wave I have going on.  Today started off with socks and slippers but by 11:00am I was down to bare feet.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Pizza.  Huh – guess that part hasn’t really changed over the years.

Are you a listener or talker?

I’d say I’m more of a listener.  (Okay, BrightSide, you can stop laughing now.)  When I’m with people I know well, ones I’m really comfortable with, I’m okay with opening up.  But throw me into a strange situation, or even a familiar one but with a large group?  I tend to ask questions and listen more.  Not a big one for the small talk here.

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

My favorite things to photograph are kids and nature.  I love taking pictures of kids at play, during sports, basically doing anything where they’re fully engaged in what they love and aren’t paying a bit of attention to me.  I love the nature shots I take because they evoke feelings – peace, passion, joy, hope.

What is the easiest way for you to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

I’ve always said I learn best by doing, but it’s probably more complex than that.  Give me written instructions and I can do almost anything, which I guess means I’m good at reading then doing.  Recipes, cleaning issues, installing filters, assembling things.  But if we’re talking about long term retention then actually doing something gives me a muscle memory that’s easier to access.

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

Not to sound dramatic or anything, but I’m grateful to have survived Bear’s never ending sleepover on Friday.  We were supposed to take some kids with us to the lake overnight but the weather forecast tanked, so she decided to have it here at home.  I didn’t want to change the times, though, in case people had already made plans…which meant from 5:00pm Friday to 3:00pm Saturday we needed a Plan B.  In the end, though, I realized how wonderful it is that these kids are older because I wasn’t at all freaked out to tote Bear and her friends around for a girls day.

I won’t lie, though.  There was a lot of recovery napping Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

This week I’ve really got to knock some stuff off my list.  Carrying things from my To Do list over from week to week is stressing me out.  But I’m supposed to write about what I’m looking forward to, so…cuddle time with the dogs, rainy days that slow things down, and enjoying that corn on the cob I bought yesterday.


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Share Your World 5/1/17

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

Always hot.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t complain when the heat is insanely high, but there’s no way I could function where it’s always cold.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

A bit of hedging here…I prefer long(ish) hair.  It controls the curl better – as in I actually have some curl as opposed to big puffy frizz.  And even though I wish I could rock a short haircut I think the longer ones are more flattering.

What is your favorite month of the year?

May.  Even though the pollen is destroying me daily, it’s gotta be May.  The weather is getting warmer but isn’t excruciatingly hot yet.  The birds are taking care of their nests, butterflies are making things much more colorful, the kids are outside enjoying the sunshine.  Everything just feels so much more…alive.  Plus T-man and Bear both came to us in May, so it’s an extra blessed month.

What is the easiest way for you to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

I learn best by doing.  I can go somewhere dozens of times, but until I drive it myself it’s hit or miss whether I can remember how to get there.  For things that don’t fall into this category (like that history class I struggled through in college) I try to force a muscle memory by writing.  When I studied I would copy important dates or create organizational charts to help make connections.

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 was a bit rough.  I spent half of it sick with who knows what – all I know is it knocked me on my butt for four days straight.  So I guess I’m grateful that my schedule was flexible enough for me to check out long enough to feel better.  I was especially grateful that I was well on the mend before BrightSide left town for the weekend.

This week is busy.  I’m sorry, that doesn’t quite convey it – this week is BUSY.  Teacher appreciation all week long, a couple of appointments (some of which might need juggling), softball games, and planning for Bear’s birthday sleepover on Friday.  Jesus, take the wheel.  Frankly, I’m looking forward to checking all these things off my list and rolling back into a less frantic pace.


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