Category Archives: Memes

Busy Women’s Tools (a sort-of meme)

My friend Kathy wrote a post about the tools we use, as women, to make our life more effective. As she wrote, a tool can be “cleaning supplies, kitchen equipment, personal products, gardening tools, websites, books, or anything you depend on to keep your life running smoothly.”

After I enjoyed reading her post (and her list of nine tools) and the comments of others, I thought this would be a cool meme-type thing.  If you are interested in participating, PLEASE DO!  Post a comment here AND at Kathy’s blog, too, with a link to your response.  If you don’t have a blog, just write out your list here and/or at Kathy’s.

For now, here are the ones that sprang immediately to mind.  I’m sure I’ll think of others after I’ve posted this!

  1. (Similar to a couple of Kathy’s commenters) I love my Dyson! It’s nearly 5 years old, and I am *STILL* amazed at how much dirt, dog hair, and crumbs that it sucks out of our carpet.
  2. And my Crockpot. (This past Christmas, I upgraded to a larger model, after 14 years with the same one…)
  3. RSS feeds! Seriously. They do the searching for you. I have several that I keep going, to search Craigslist automatically for things that I would like to purchase, eventually (like an entertainment center and a wooden backyard playset).
  4. A chore list for my kids. I first started this about 2.5 years ago, and I wonder why I waited so long. Each child has between 20 minutes and an hour of chores that they do each day. I don’t need to nag (usually). They just check the list and do it! Just in general, learning to teach my children how to work, then delegating responsibility to them has really revolutionized our home. Sure, they don’t do things as well as I would do them, but a job done 75% of “best” is still a whole lot more than it would get done, if I had to do it all myself.
  5. I love that site. I do make a ton of things from scratch, but if there’s something I need to make — like a cheesecake — and I just can’t wing it, I always search out
  6. A physical calendar on the wall in my kitchen. I know most everyone has stuff on mobile devices, but I don’t have a smart phone… 🙂 I like being able to glance out at the day, or week, or month, and know what’s ahead.
  7. Lists. Again, this is just on a folded sheet of printer paper that I keep on my countertop. There’s space for Fry’s (or Bashas’), Sprouts, TJ’s, Lee Lee, Target, Costco, and misc. That way, at a glance, I can see which stores I’m going to need to visit this week, and plan that way. There’s only two things on the Target list? I can wait until next week. But six things on the Sprouts list? I’ll need to go, next shopping trip.
  8. I adore my Le Creuset square cast iron griddle. It was a gift from my mom a few years ago, and I use it literally every day. From farinata to pancakes to lamb chops — just about everything has been cooked or baked in that pan.
  9. The “hold” list on my library card, and with that, the library’s website. I used to think, “Oh, I should read that!” and then, I’d forget, or my local branch wouldn’t have it, or I wouldn’t have the $$ to purchase. Now, I just pop over to the library website, do a search, and place the item on hold. Then, when we go (almost every Friday), I head first for the hold shelf, and there are my books, waiting for me. It saves a ton of time. 🙂 Also, that way I don’t have to take my wee ones into the “grown-up” section of the library and keep shushing them.

Just what I needed, too!

I haven’t done a meme in a long while.  I found this random meme at the blog of Sue, at Living and Learning.  Originally, Sue is from the Midwest, now permanently living in Japan with her native husband and their four children, whom she homeschools.  I *LOVE* Sue’s blog.  She’s a cool ocean breeze of peace and beauty.

If you choose to do this meme, please do leave a comment with a link!

1. What’s your middle name? Joy

2. What’s your favorite magazine? Currently, it’s Clean Eating and World.  If I had more time and money for magazines, I would also get Arizona Highways and Sunset.

3. What are you wearing right now? A light blue tee and jeans.  Barefoot.

4. What color are your bed sheets? A damask-striped foresty green.

5. Who was your third grade teacher? Mrs. Cook.

6. What is the weather like right now? Sunny and too hot for almost-October

7. Do you know how to ski? No.  I used to water ski.

8. What was the last thing you drank? Hansen’s Diet Tangerine Lime soda.

9. Dream vacation? Anywhere but a city.  In the States, my heart is longing for the Big Sur area of California, or Yellowstone.  What I’d REALLY love to do some day is take a two-month driving vacation of the lower 48.

10. Favorite article of clothing? Jeans.

11. Do you prefer baking or cooking? Both.

12. Is your hair above or below your shoulders? Below.

13. What drink do you order when out? Water or Diet Coke.

14. What book are you reading? A Long Shadow by Charles Todd.

15. What did you dream about last night? I can’t remember.

16. What was the last movie you went to? Prince of Persia.  (Interestingly, that was Sue’s last movie, too!)

17. Any injuries at the moment? Nope.

18. What color is your bathroom? Tan.

19. What’s the state of your laundry right now? Telling me that it’s mid-week and I haven’t done any since Monday.  🙂

20. Do you take vitamins? Currently just a multi-vit and Horsechestnut seed extract (it does seem to really help my aching varicose veins!)

21. Where do you love to shop? Anywhere!  I really do love to shop.  I don’t get a lot of chance to, though.  I especially love one-of-a-kind import or handcrafted kinds of places.  And antique stores.

22. How often do you buy groceries? Usually once per week.

23. Do you have a pet/pets? One dog, the dear Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tally.

24. If you are married, when is your next anniversary? On November 12, it’ll be 16 years of more better than worse to a hubby who still think is strikingly handsome and funny.

25. How do you take your coffee and/or tea? My coffee has half and half with a bit of honey and a bit of stevia, if I’m at home.  Tea, just a bit of honey.

26. Mac or PC? Desktop or Laptop? PC desktop.

27. Favorite month of the year? Probably March.  In the desert, days are in the 70s and new growth is happening.  Lovely.

28. Do you have a hobby? Blogging.  Reading.  Birding.

29. What salad dressing do you prefer? Right now, I really like Trader Joe’s Romano Ceasar

30. Live or fake Christmas tree? I swore I’d never have a fake one, until two years ago, when I realized that my youngest son’s winter asthma was closely tied to us having a pine tree in the house.  😦  We all mourn the live tree.

31. Did you walk or take a bus to school? Neither.  My mom drove me.  Well, until I was 15 and we moved within walking distance of my school.

32. Do you have any phobias? Living forever (that’s true — it’s been a lifelong struggle to just TRUST JESUS that the things I cannot even begin to comprehend are going to be OK).

33. What’s your favorite snack food? Lay’s plain Stax.  Or tortilla chips and salsa.  Or caramel corn (but not plain popcorn).  Or homemade trail mix.

34. When do you take your shower/bath? It varies.  Usually in the morning, though.

35. What time did you get up this morning? 6:45, about 15 minutes earlier than my weekday wake-up time.

36. What’s your favorite animal? I really do love all animals.  From afar, birds.  Close up, dogs.  Wild animal, probably antelopes of all kinds.  (Although, birds are wild, too.)

37. Have you ever broken a bone? Only my pinkie toe on my right foot.  Hurt like the dickens.

38. Do you wear makeup? Only 2-3 days a week.

39. Do you speak any foreign languages? Nope.  I tried Italian.  I really find it… foreign.  I wish I was good at languages.  My husband is.  🙂  He “only” speaks Spanish, but he picks up languages SO easily!  Ask him to say something to you in Romanian.

40. Have you ever played a sport? Volleyball, basketball, softball, track.

41. Your last UPS package contained … Books?  I don’t remember.

42. What’s on your desktop? Of my computer?  A picture of the cabin in which we stayed in Colorado in July.

43. What is your home page? The admin page for my blog.

44. Extrovert or introvert? Introverted, but not painfully so.  🙂

45. Favorite board game? I prefer cards.

46. What class did you like best in high school? In college? Choir in high school.  Advanced Expository Writing college (no lie).  In college, the professor has SO MUCH to do with how much I liked a course.  I really like to learn just about everything.

47. What would you do with an extra hour each day? Read, probably.

48. Do you have allergies? Itchy-eye seasonal allergies, not nearly as bad as they used to be.  And, probably some un-identified food allergies.

49. Are your nails painted? No.  And, I recently started biting them again.  Not good.

50. Where are you right now? In the dining area, at a little desk, looking out the window at my completely bare garden (except for weeds), where little sparrows are dust-bathing themselves.

Three Blogs Meme

I thought I’d make up a meme.  🙂

There are no official rules, but if you choose to do this meme, please link back to me out of kindness (and so I can read your response)!  Oh, and try not to name the same blog twice.

Three Blogs I Read Every Day Without Fail:

  1. Daja’s – In Other Words
  2. Christy’s – Zimm’s Zoo
  3. Rixa’s – Stand and Deliver

Three Blogs That Have Been on my Blogroll the Longest (to the Best of my Faulty Memory):

  1. Helen’s – A Was Alarmed
  2. Michael’s – Relaxed Parenting
  3. Kiva’s – Farmstead Lady (in an earlier blog incarnation)

Three Blogs on my Blogreader or RSS Feed That Aren’t (Yet) on my Blogroll:

  1. Sue’s – Living and Learning
  2. 4maze’s
  3. Adrienne’s

The Three Newest Blogs Added to My Blogroll and/or Blogreader:

  1. Chapman Kids
  2. LaFianzoo
  3. In My Tree

Three Bloggers Who I Wish Wrote More Often:

  1. Erin – Comma Dot Comma
  2. Lisa – At Home With Sophie
  3. Carol – Our Flock

If You’re Interested in ________ , You Should Read These Three Blogs:

  1. Painting/Art/Illustration:  Stan Fellows’ Sketchbook
  2. Homeschooling:  Luke’s Sonlight Blog
  3. Gluten-Free Cooking/Baking:  Carrie/Ginger Lemon Girl

I’m now at the end of my meme, and I feel badly for leaving out bloggers whose writings I’ve read for a long time…  But, I’ll just go ahead and publish this now.

If I’ve included you here, consider yourself tagged.

Love being a Mum meme

I was tagged by 4maze for this.  Thanks!  Caroline, I’m adding you to my blog reader, and not just because you tagged me.  😉  You have a great blog!

“Mum” is up there on my list of non-American-English words that I really like.  My first, though, isn’t really a word.  It’s saying, “Emmmm” instead of, “Uhhhh” when one can’t quite think of what to say next.  It sounds so much more feminine.

Now, for my swiftest response ever to a tag:

Five Things I Love About Being a Mum

  1. Hugs. There’s something precious about a hug, whether it’s the sort-of-shy one from my 11yo after he says, “I need a hug,” or the running, squealing, jumping variety of my 3yo, or the spontaneous grasp from my baby.  They’re all precious.
  2. Reading. I adore reading to my kids.  Snuggled on the couch, or wherever we may be, I love reading to them.  I love the shared experience, I love learning together, I love reading a good story, all of it.  Reading.  So simple, so powerful.
  3. Heritage. My husband and I don’t force our likes upon our children, and we can’t even force our Christianity upon them.  So, there is something SO very special about a shared value, a shared love, a shared interest, in my kids, when they come to that realization themselves, “Wow, I like this, too!” and then we get to enjoy it together.  Wow.
  4. Figuring out what they best need. Whether it’s a special diet, or a special teaching technique, or the way I communicate, or what, I love finding out the best way to meet the needs and reach the hearts of my children.
  5. Hanging out. It doesn’t always happen that our family’s “hanging out” time is peaceful.  Too often, it seems, we have to break up squabbles, deal out discipline, dry some tears, etc. (which is all part of parenting, of course).  But, there are some times we spend together as a family where all is peaceful, and we’re all enjoying being together, and it is just glorious, and I think, “This is the life.”  Like on Saturday, the baby and I were on a blanket in a shady patch in the back yard, Martin was playing catch with the boys, calling to me, “Look how fast he can zing it in there!”, Audrey was running around squealing, I was snapping pics (which didn’t turn out because my camera is having issues), and it was just beautiful.  I LOVE moments like those.

Now, whom to tag?  Helen (who is genuinely clever, and I love her conversations with her son), Sue (who has an interesting life and seems like she’d make the ideal neighbor… if one lived in Japan), and Jamie (who has had a rough time with losing her mother and probably could use a little lightheartedness).

99 things meme

I’ve seen this meme on a number of other blogs, most recently on Mom Loves Being at Home.

Copy and paste this into your own blog, if you want to participate.  Then, bold the items that you’ve actually done.  If you do this, I’d love to read it, so make sure you link here or comment so I know to visit your blog!

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars (if being in a tent counts – if not then I haven’t ;) )

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train (not as cool as it seems)

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb (in Scotland, no less!)

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (ridden in an imported Venetian gondola in fake canals at the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch… but surely that doesn’t count)

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise (actually have NO desire to go on a cruise, unless it’s a Windjammer Barefoot cruise)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (does this mean European ancestors?  Or couple-of-generations-ago ancestors?  No to European, yes to the other.)

35. Seen an Amish community (although I’ve been in areas where you can see the Amish driving their buggies around)

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (This is tough.  I am SO PLEASED to not be dirt poor, like I was growing up, and in many ways, I am immensely satisfied.  Yet, there are a number of items I would like to buy that we simply don’t have the $$ for, so am I truly satisfied?  Perhaps not.)

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing (just rock scrambling;  not true face climbing or anything like that)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (felt so lame doing so;  it was because I was visibly pregnant and involved in a small accident in which I was rear-ended.)

47. Had your portrait painted (does the silly portrait/caricature in pastels at Disneyland count??)

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check (not on purpose, of course)

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt (a small quilt;  made several of them… but never a full-sized quilt)

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades (camped in the Everglades, anyways)

75. Been fired from a job (so embarrassing… from a work/study job in college, even!  Had other responsibilities that conflicted with my job schedule, and my boss wouldn’t change my job schedule, so I kept being late.)

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem (the closest I’ve come is really enjoying episodes of The Naked Archaeologist — no, he’s not really naked — on History International channel…  the guy mostly covers Biblical archaeology.  Saw an episode last night, in fact!!)

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (does slaughtering chickens count?  I didn’t chop off their heads, but I did about everything else.  Or fishing, then gutting the fish?  Does that count?  I’ve done that a billion times.)

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous (quasi-famous, I guess)

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (no, but I flew over it while flying in to Salt Lake City!)

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

Comments Meme

I got this meme from my Uncle Steve, who just had a birthday.  He turned 49.  I found that somewhat startling, because though I could easily have found out his age, I guess I thought he was a little younger.  I think that’s partly because he’s my dad’s youngest brother (and my dad is 5th of 12), and partly because he has kids that are my kids’ ages, and I rather viewed (view?) him as a contemporary.  He is in the same decade as my husband, who is weeks away from turning 42.  Still, things keep happening to me to make me feel like, much as I resist the feeling, I’m actually getting older, as are the people around me.  (For the record, I’m 35.)

Anyways, Steve… not to make you feel badly for being so old.  😉

Now, for the meme.

1.  Who is your most frequent commenter on your blog?

Oh, my.  Doesn’t WordPress have a statcounter for this??  Apparently not.  Lately, it might be Christy at Zimm’s Zoo.

2.  Do you return the favor and comment at their site?

I don’t know if Christy would consider it a favor, as half of my comments have been, “I want your stuff” from the ultra-cool diaper bag she made, to the 30 quart bags of blueberries she got from a friend.

3.  Whose comments inspire you or force you to reconsider your opinions?

Most certainly Daja.  Well, re-reading the question, I think her POSTS inspire me, as they are frequently much better-thought-out and/or much-better-researched posts on things that are muddling around as half-thoughts in my own head.  In my observation, women make up about 95% of the blogs I read, and who comments on my own blog.  And, women (myself included) tend to comment along the lines of, “Wow, me too!” or, “Thanks!  That helped!!” instead of, “You flamin’ idiot!  How could you THINK that???” …so I don’t get all that many comments from people who are outright disagreeing with me.

4.  On which two blogs do you comment most frequently?

Umm…  My comments are spread far and wide.  I have about 30 blogs that I read regularly — daily or nearly so — and an additional 10-20 that I read occasionally, and I just comment when I have a comment.

5.  Have you ever commented on a blog just to ‘stir the pot’?

(To ditto what Steve said:)  Once in a great while.  When I see one-sided attacks on faith or political issues that concern me I’ll leap in.  (My own observation:  This doesn’t work well, usually.  It can lead to attackers on my own blog, and hasn’t yet led anyone — that I know of — to change their minds.  I have found that great (or not) minds think alike, and folks of similar persuasions tend to flock to each other’s blogs, and naysayers aren’t usually received very kindly.)

6.  Have your ever posted a comment because someone wrote something that infuriated you?

I don’t think so.  I tend not to get infuriated in general.  And, the question seems unclear to me.  Commented on my own blog?  On the blog of the person who has infuriated me?

7.  Have you ever banned commenters/trolls?  Ever been banned?

Yes, but only two have been banned from my own blog, and that’s for being posting comments that have attacked me personally, and only after private appeals have had no effect.  I have not been banned anywhere as far as I know.

8.  Which post on your blog has generated the most comments.  Why?  (Provide a link to the post.)

Two posts:  Big Batch Christmas/Sugar Cookies (27, 299 hits, 83 comments) and Cutting Teeth Out of Order (12, 827 hits and 76 comments).  I think they’ve both gotten the hits & comments because they a) fill a niche need, and b) if you Google them, those posts generally are in the top 2-3 results returned.  Well, and the cookie one has generated comments that are questions about ingredients or preparation, and the second has generated comments along the lines of, “Thanks!  I thought my baby was the only one!!”

9.  Which topic (as opposed to a specific post) generates the most comments?

Just mothering and family life.

10.  Have you ever commented on a blog and purposely disguised your info so that you or your blog couldn’t be identified?

Never.  Own your opinions.

11.  Do you post about controversial topics (politics, religion, social issues)?  Do you receive comments from opposing viewpoints?  Are they civil?

Yes and yes, although I have been challenged by others’ blogs to really get MORE specific and “controversial.”  I guess I enjoy blogging more as a… well, log of life.  I enjoy being of help to others and providing some interesting reading for others.  I have little desire to really be the firebrand that perhaps I was in my past — there are others who have the brain-power to say things much more wittily than I, and have the time, apparently, to research things much more in-depth than I, so for the most part, the really hot topics I tend to leave to others.  However, if I’m thinking something that’s controversial, I won’t NOT post it even if I suspect it will encourage troll-like comments or otherwise be controversial.  I sometimes receive comments from opposing viewpoints — like the girl who recently commented pro-abortion on an pro-life post of mine.  And, around the time of the Republican primary, I got lots of anti-McCain traffic/comments.  And, some of the homeschooling posts have generated some heat.  Generally, folks are civil (see #3 above).

That’s it!  I’m not tagging anyone, because I just tagged seven (well, six) people earlier this week… last week?  and I fear over-tagging.  Don’t want to wear out my welcome.  🙂

Seven random things meme…

I like being tagged, and was recently tagged with this meme by the always-interesting Daja, who I think would make a lovely neighbor.  However, I’m not so hot about applying all the instructions that go with rule-laden memes…  This is due to some semi-latent rebellion in me that says, “It’s ridiculous to submit to that sort of thing” like chain e-mails and the like.  I’m most likely to tag those who I think would appreciate being tagged, and I don’t know if that would total seven or not.  We’ll have to see at the end.

Here are my things…  (If I have already stated any of these before, I’m sorry!  I’m trying to be original, but my memory is really poor…)

  1. I have my nose pierced.  Or, at least, I used to.  I got it pierced when I was 18 at a shop in the French Quarter called Warlocks.  :roll eyes:  I was a student at Tulane.  I’d been planning on getting my nose pierced as soon as I turned 18, but didn’t quite have the courage until I was about 18 years and … 8 months or so, when my sister was with me to hold my hand.  VERY few people had their noses pierced 17 years ago, and I was totally unprepared — due to my youthful oblivion — to the negative assumptions people would make of me.  Cultural perceptions are much different now, and I’m sure if I put my nose ring back in, no one would look askance.  But I think I still carry some residual pain/surprise at the response I received for the three years or so that I wore my nose ring, and I would likely not wear one today.
  2. I am trend/fad-avoidant.  Unless blogging counts.  I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for about three years now.  Time flies.
  3. Our house is three years old and we have not ever had the carpets cleaned.  This is really bugging me.  Also bugging me is the fact that it costs a good $150+ to get them cleaned.  It seems there’s always some more important use for the $150 than getting our carpets done.  We have a really good vacuum, and each living area gets vacuumed twice a week, and each bedroom once a week, so it’s not like they’re filthy.  Still, I think about this just about every day, wondering what lurks in those dark fibers…  Ugh.
  4. At one point in our childhoods, my husband and I lived about four houses down the street from each other.  He’s 6.5 years older than me, and in kid-years, that’s a whole generation apart.  He was friends with the neighborhood thugs, to whom he lived next door.  “Rick and Bill?” he says, “Oh, they were harmless.”  They probably were — it’s more like they were simply the redneck sort to have four beaters up on concrete blocks in the front yard, who turned their 1970’s banana-seat bicycles into chopper-styles bikes decades before OCC was on TV, who sprouted mustaches at age 14, and who glared at little kids.  Still, we were all terrified.
  5. Several times, maybe five or six times, when I was in college, late at night, I scaled the underneath of this bridge over the Mississippi, and via the maintenance catwalks underneath, hung out on top of one of the concrete pylons (or whatever they’re called) and watched barges pass beneath, and saw the city lights of downtown New Orleans.  At the time, it seemed like exciting yet harmless fun, but now, looking back, I can’t believe I was that daring/stupid.
  6. I am not a collector of anything.  Except kids.  😉  I think, at the core, that has something to do with my extremely unsentimental side, the side that 99.95% of women have in droves, and which I (usually fruitlessly) try to cultivate, but which doesn’t come naturally at all.  (Did that make sense?)
  7. I am NOT a good phone conversationalist.  I’d so much rather talk in person.  Second choice would be written communication.  I pretty much talk on the phone because I have to, not because it’s any joy.  We have call waiting, which came for “free” with our phone package, but I never use it.  I usually don’t even glance at the caller ID to see who’s calling, until after the phone conversation I’m involved in is finished.

OK… whom to tag?

First, Melanie at Mundane Meanderings, who always says she “steals” my memes, but that’s probably because I just simply do memes and then don’t tag anyone, because I’m always afraid that they’ll be annoyed by it.  So… Melanie, you won’t be stealing this time, because I’m willingly “giving” you the meme, OK?

Then, Jamie at Looks Good in Polkadots, except she very recently did a non-meme post of a similar nature that I thought was fabulous.

And, Embejo, Etc., a Kiwi homeschooler who is also a compassionate woman of action (check out this post).

And, Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl, who is my favorite gluten-free recipe-poster.

And, Christy at Zimm’s Zoo, a midwestern homeschooling mom of soon-to-be six.  Check out this diaper bag she made.  I’m drooling over it.  Like a baby.  😀

Additionally, I tag anyone who has a blog who would like to join in, especially all of my LURKERS, who seem to be popping up, saying, “Oh, I’ve read your blog for a year!” and yet I’ve never heard from them until now!!

Lastly, I’d like to tag anyone who doesn’t have a blog.  Just leave your seven things as a comment, even if it’s a very long comment.  🙂

There.  That’s seven, with a little creativity.

I’ll have to notify everyone tomorrow, though, that they’ve been tagged, because my blog-time is up.

How well do you know your husband?

Here’s a fun little meme from Daja’s blog.  She says her own husband is the best, but I’m awfully partial to mine.  😀  Love you, Babe!!

1. Sitting in front of the tv, what’s on the screen?
A sports event (though it has to be one of his/our teams, not just any ol’ team), SportsCenter on ESPN, or, lately, Corner Gas.  (I don’t know what it is about Canadian TV — I think it’s the quirkier scripts — but we both really like it.)

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Usually Italian.  He doesn’t like creamy dressings.  If there’s a selection that is more creative than simply Italian, but it’s not creamy, he’ll probably go for that.

3. What’s one food he doesn’t like?
Tomato soup

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?
We don’t really go to bars. But, sometimes, on date nights, he’ll order a red wine.

5. Where did he go to high school?
He went to five different high schools.  He graduated from Heart to Heart Christian School. 

6. What size shoe does he wear?

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
Guitars, complete with their own humidity-controlled room.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Anything with a whole lot of meat on it.

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?
I don’t know about every day, but he’ll happily eat Mexican food a good five times a week.  Oh!  Tortilla chips and salsa.  I think he does eat that every day. 

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Rice Chex.  He also likes Honey Bunches of Oats, but since he’s trying to be gluten-free, he would prefer Rice Chex.

11. What would he never wear?
A Speedo.

12. What is his favorite sports team?
He’s been a Packers fan since his early childhood, but now that Brett’s gone to the Jets, he is torn.  I’ve also turned him into a diehard baseball/Diamondbacks fan.  And the Suns. 

13. Who will he vote for?
McCain.  For certain.  He gets really wearied by politics in general, but there is no question that he’ll vote for McCain.

14. Who is his best friend?
Before we were married, he was best friends with a guy named Ralph.  We’re still good friends with Ralph and his family, but it’s not like they hang out regularly.  He’s also good friends w/ our associate pastor, Doug.

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Be sarcastic with the kids, yell at them (I say, “I’m not yelling, I’m chastising” but I think it’s the tone that bothers him).  There are probably more things that I don’t do that he wishes I would, rather than things that I do do that he wishes I wouldn’t.

16. How many states has he lived in?
Arizona, North Carolina, California, and briefly in Indiana.  So, that’s four.

17. What is his heritage?
Other than one grandparent being of Dutch descent, he’s really not sure.  We’re not even sure of our last name, which might be German, or might be Russian.  I’ve always found that a bit unsettling, since both sides of my family (though especially my mom’s) finds geneaology incredibly important.  We’ve had conversations that it would be fun to do one of those gene tests that finds out your heritage, but that’s not something we’re likely to spend money on just for fun.

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
He doesn’t like cake, except for carrot cake.  I usually make him a pumpkin pie for his birthday, since that’s his favorite.  I think last year, I did make him a carrot cake.

19. Did he play sports in high school?
He played soccer and a little bit of football.

20. What could he spend hours doing?
Playing guitar.  Endlessly.  For hours.  Literally, six or eight hours at a time, sometimes.  He’s good at it, and he writes songs, and he leads worship at our church (on guitar), and he loves music in general, so it’s pretty easy for him to totally lose track of time while playing guitar.  One of the best gifts I ever bought him was a Vox Amplug, so he could play electric w/o plugging it into an amp.

One-Word Meme

I got this from Steve, who didn’t tag me.  Probably, like myself, he’s worried about over-tagging.

One.  Word.  Only.  No.  Repeats.

1. Where is your cell phone?  Countertop
2. Your significant other?  Valuable
3. Your hair?  Greying
4. Your mother?  Persevering
5. Your father?  Brilliant
6. Your favorite time of day?  Nighttime
7. Your dream last night?  Unremembered
8. Your favorite drink?  Horchata
9. Your dream goal?  Multitudinous
10. The room you’re in?  Kitchen
11. Your ex?  None
12. Your fear?  Fear?
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  Here
14. What you are not?  Vindictive
15. Your Favorite meal?  Risotto
16. One of your wish list items?  KitchenAid
17. The last thing you did?  Read
18. Where you grew up?  Phoenix
19. What are you wearing?  Tanktop 
20. Your TV is?  WowWowWubbzy
21. Your pets?  Dog
22. Your computer?  Outdated
23. Your life?  Blessed
24. Your mood?   Content 
25. Missing someone?  Hubby
26. Your car?  Suburban
27. Something you’re not wearing?  Stilettos
28. Favorite store?  Imports
29. Your summer?  Scorching
30. Your favorite color?   Purple
31. When is the last time you laughed?  Morning
32. When is the last time you cried?  Sunday
33. Your health?  Reasonable
34. Your children?   Many! 
35. Your future?   Secure 
36. Your beliefs?  Christian
37. Young or old?   Youngish 
38. Your image?   Ummm… 
39. Your appearance?  Pregnant
40. Would you live your life over again knowing what you know?   Surely

I’ll tag Karen, because she’s the writer of my newest favorite blog, and she has such a fantastic name.

And Kiva, because she apparently needs motivation to start blogging again.

And Becca, an old Sonlight Forums friend, whose blog I recently discovered.  She posted a “bucket list” recently that seriously could have been my very own.  Plus, she has a son named Wesley, so you know she’s gotta be cool.

Short message to the world

I been tagged.  By Steve.

Rules are simple: 

You have 150 characters to send a message to the world.  Punctuation doesn’t count.  Here’s mine:

First priority:  relationship with God.  Not far behind:  be involved a local church where you receive and give.  Foster good relationships with your family.  Don’t read trash.  Go D-backs!

Hmm…  Whom to tag?  How about Tammy, Esther, and Michael.  That little grouping should see a wide range of messages, I would think.  😀

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