Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Have I mentioned how much I would love to meet Katrina?  I mean truly.  She's one of those people whose blog I read and I just think over and over and over how cool and awesome and inspiring and just JOYFUL this woman is.  I'd love to fly out there and sit down with her for like a MONTH or well, a YEAR and pick her brain and learn all her secrets to a happy marriage and a joy-filled life and her beautiful devotion to God. Sigh.  And as I start to get all bummed because I have really nothing exciting in my own self to offer back to her in this very one-sided stalker-esque relationship, I see that she PICKED ME!!!  Woohoo!!!  She tagged me on her blog!!!  So.... First Things First… The Rules: You must post the rules.

  • Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post
  • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  • Tag eleven people and link them on your post
  • Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Here are the questions that she posted for me (and a few others, but they are so unimportant right now) to answer:

If you won a gift certificate good for a year’s service from either a maid or a private chef, which one would you choose? I'm going to go with the maid for a couple reasons.  One, and most obviously if you've ever been to my home, I hate to clean.  I mean, I do clean, I just really hate it.  I hate all the fur, I hate all the hair.  I hate all the dust.  There's nothing to me that's satisfying about cleaning, it's just grossness everywhere I turn.  Plus, I'm fat enough as it is, so a personal chef would just be dangerous.  And, with the maid, I can cook all I want and s/he can clean it up!!  :) Name something you’ve done that was totally out of character for you. ">Oh, I could name a couple, but this is a family blog and so I won't mention those. ;)  In the "safely mentionable" category, I guess I would say I once bought a Coach purse.  Even at the outlet store prices, and after using it for a decade, I cannot imagine whatever made me think spending that much money on a PURSE was worth it.

Imagine we discovered a life-sustaining planet and a way to get there in a five year space journey. If invited to go, would you be willing to leave behind your life on Earth to explore a new world? (Your family can go with you, of course.) ;Easiest question on the list: No.  However, that said, I'm sure I'd still have to say goodbye to Flash, as he'd be one of the first aboard.

If someone gave you $500 on the condition that you somehow use it to help someone in need, how would you spend it?  I can think of so many answers to this question right now.  While the list is long, I think I'd want to give it to the person it would make the biggest impact on - not just $500 towards medical bills that reach the thousands, you know?  I'd want that $500 to be exactly the life-saving or life-changing amount needed.  I guess I'd have to let God help me figure out the right person/cause.

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?  Most recently?  Hands down, Horrible Bosses.  Before that?  The Piano. There have been many along the way.

If you lost your U.S. citizenship and had to relocate permanently to another country, where would you go? Why?  I have to rescind my previous statement that #3 was the easiest question on the list.  I want to live in Ireland.  I've never been there, but I just think I'm destined to retire there.  It's soooo green, it's so simple and country and fundamental instead of materialistic and "pop culture"  and loud.  America is so brash to me.  Plus that accent....sigh.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  - Besides food you mean?  :)  Piesporter wine.

Who would win in a street fight between the Black Eyed Peas and the Fugees?  I have absolutely no idea.  Isn't one of the singers of the Black Eye Peas a redhead?  I'm going to go with them.  We redheads are FIERCE.

If you could go back in time and change just ONE decision that you’ve made, what would it be? (I’m not talking about mistakes, but about a time you had to choose between two or more paths.)  I would not go to the college I went to.  I chose it because I wanted to be around people smarter than me (and boy was I!) but I think I would have benefited far more from having some fun in college and being in a more confidence-boosting environment than one where I always felt inferior.

What superpower would you like to have?  I've just finished Season One of Heroes and Flash and I have had several discussions about this topic.  I do not want to be a mind-reader, that's just more information than I ever want to know.  I don't want to set myself or other things on fire.  I think I'll go with shape shifting.  Mainly because I love how the woman on Heroes suggests that she's originally a rather large woman, but she gets to choose her appearance and so she's now a hottie!  I think I'd like that!

Do you have a weird body quirk? What is it?  A quirky body isn't exactly the same question, is it?  LOL  I gotta say, there's nothing fun-quirky about me, no.  The only thing I can think of that's a bit odd is that I get earaches instead of headaches or migraines.  I had never heard of anyone else getting them like mine until a couple years ago when my dad said he gets them too.  In the same ear even (although mine have started coming in both - oh joy).

I don't know 11 active bloggers to tag, so I'm going to change the rules up a bit.  For all who read this, (ahem, this means all my lurking non-commenting readers) pick one (or more) of the following to answer in the comments:

1.  Your phone rings at 3am.  Who do you hope it is?
2.  With a budget of $1000, what household project would you tackle?
3.  If you could give your 18 year old self, one piece of advice (assuming your 18 year old self would listen) what would it be?
4.  What's one thing you wish you'd never bought?
5.  What's one food you wish you  liked that you don't?
6.  What do you hope people say about you when you are 90?
7.  Would you rather go for a hike, go for a swim, go for a ride or go for a drive?
8.  If you could take one law off the record books, which law would you like to see repealed?
9.  I mentioned in a blog post long ago that I'm far too lazy to link to, that there are many everyday sorts of things that I just don't understand (which make me feel so stupid).  My most current one is: why isn't the coldest time of year on/around the winter solstice?  Why are our coldest days in January and even February and not mid-December?  What everday sort of thing boggles your  mind in a makes-you-feel-stupid sort of way?
10.  You just found a box in the basement/attic dated from your childhood.  What do you hope to find inside it?
11.  What word do you avoid using because you're certain you'll use it or say it incorrectly?


Katrina said...

What a sweet shout out! That made my day! And all this time, I thought I was the one blog-stalking you!

I loved reading your answers! On #6, I'd pick Scotland for almost the same reasons (especially the accent--wooo!)

Your questions are fun, so I'm going to answer a few:

3. If I could give my 18 year old self any advice, I'd tell her to hold on tight. I wouldn't tell her about all the stuff that's coming, though. No reason to freak her out. ;)

8. If I could take one law off the record books, it would be the speed limit. Well, not for everyone, just for me. Because I'm a good driver. Really!

9. The thing that boggles me is probably TMI, but I've always thought it was weird that I feel during the time of month when I'm least available for that sort of thing. So unfair!

11. I always think twice before I use the word "ironic", because it's so easy to use it wrong!

Hillary said...

1. My friend Becca. She moved across the country last June and I miss her and her kids so much sometimes it hurts. I'd be happy to hear from her any time, even if it's 3am

2. I'd put it in my "set up" account with Africa Inland Mission! I live with my parents right now, so don't have my own place - but will need funds to set up a home when I get back to Africa!

3. I'd tell my 18 year old self to make a habit of being thankful, so I wouldn't have to work so hard at it today.

4. I'm changing this one to something I wish I could buy again: My Canada 2010 Olympic hoodie. It was SO comfy and cozy and I left it at church one night, never to be seen again. It wasn't just a hoodie, but a souvenir from the Olympics that were in my city, and I can't buy a new one. Oh, and I totaled my car heading to church a few days later to see if the janitors had found it. BOO!

5. I wish I liked watermelon. Everyone always enjoys a juicy treat on a hot summer day, but I just think it's gross.

6. When I'm 90, I want people to say that I gave my life away and reflected Jesus.

7. I'd like to go for a big long hike, and then jump in the ocean for a swim! Favourite summer activity of all time!

8. Cause I can't think of anything better right now, the law that ripped up teacher's contracts and took away all kinds of learning support over the last 10 years.

9. Uh oh! I think my brain is too boggled and sleepy to think of boggling things!

10. My parents are getting ready to sell their house, so I'm CONSTANTLY getting boxes of stuff dated from my childhood to look through. Coolest things so far have been my journal from when I was in grade 1 (one entry starts, "My daddy says I have a pretty face") and something I wrote in grade 9 that I totally forgot about that said I would like to be a teacher for a little while, but probably would like to end up being a missionary. HA! Totally what I'm doing!

11. The last name of the local missionary my church supports that I'm charged with keeping in touch with on a regular basis. I don't even know how to say her last name! EEK!

Hey! This was fun! :) Way better than working on my paper! hehehehe...

Chief Lurker said...

I thought you could use a little good news after last night, so I'm answering your questions, although this will be time #2 as the first time it didn't let me sign in and erased them. UGggghhh.

1. You are the only person I want calling me at 3:00 a.m. as you MIGHT have good news, no one else would.

2. I don't have any 'big' projects underway currently. I want a new sink and to finish replacing my vent covers.

3. I would tell myself to relax, this is all the 'easy' stuff in life and to wait until I was much older and life was harder to worry.

4. I wish I'd never bought the 'buffet' kit to my roaster pan. I've never used it in like 15 years.

5. Seafood

6. Rob says "your still alive", but I'm amedending that to only be if I'm in my right mind.

7. I like to ride in the fall and look at the colors on curvy/hilly backroads.

8. The tax code, there has got to be an easier way to for all Americans to fairly file taxes.

9. I just recently had a 'wind chill' debate - why can't water freeze if the wind chill is below zero. Thank goodness for google, as the more I thought about it the more confused I got.

10. My baseball cards and Green Bay Packers Signatures.

11. It's when I type advise/advice, as I am sure I know the difference, but grammar check tells me they are wrong.