Five Question Friday: 3.23.12

Yeah, I know it’s a day late, but at least it’s here. 🙂
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1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?

I would go see some of the sites around the country – I would love to spend a few weeks exploring the North Western states. There’s a ton of pretty landscape up there or so I’ve heard. We would start in the North and wind our way south, ending in Arizona. I think that would be fun, educating, and exciting. No reservations just driving and stopping when we get tired.
Flying to England and exploring some of the places where our family lived and worked would be on the top of the list. I would love to travel through England, to the Netherlands, to Ireland and possibly going through Germany towards Italy. My father’s family came from the northern countries while my mother’s side was all from Italy. But the cost of flying 5 people over there is something I don’t want to look at. 😉
2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
I am reading the Hunger Games trilogy. I think that is one of the biggest series out there at this time. It’s nice to having a discussion with someone far away who is reading/has read the same book. It just makes the long distance seem a little less farther away. 
3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?
Spring Break started just after my birthday, so the week started off great for me!
My family didn’t go anywhere or do anything during the week we were off from school. I’m trying to remember if anything exciting had ever happened during that time frame…but I can’t think of any. While living in Texas, I’m sure I spent a good amount of days with my friends at their homes and while in Jersey, I believe that time was spent at the beach.
I do remember going to the local swimming pool with my siblings and meeting our friends there. I think we would spend the entire day playing in the pools, trying to keep cool from the 100+ degree temperatures. I might think of something later, but for now, my spring break memories consist of being at friends homes or with friends at the beach or bothering the life guards at the swimming pools. 

4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?
I usually put a few favorite candies in the baskets, the chocolate bunny is a staple – no exceptions, it has to be there!
I buy them each a TY Beanie Baby – I usually find odd ones around Christmas and hold them for a few months.
I also get them something they each wanted – usually under $20. Like a book they wanted or some small Lego set. (Again, under $20 and usually purchased around Christmas. After all, why not take advantage of the sales while they last?)
5. Do you get a summer haircut?
Not specifically. I do get my hair trimmed and sometimes colored, but not for the reason of “summer”. It’s more like it’s time for another trim. 

5 Question Friday: 1.6.12

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1. What is the weather like where you are and do you like it?

Crazy. Can’t make up its mind.

Last week started with snow and 28 degrees and ended with sunny and almost 70.

Do I like it? I like how the snow lasts until noon and the sun is warm. Otherwise, it’s better then having feet of snow and inches of ice.

2. When you’re sick what do you seek comfort from?

My blanket and pillow on the couch. The dark is also my friend when I don’t feel good.

3. What do you need to do before the end of the month?


In the land of work, I have several claims that will expire if I don’t get them through by the end of the month. On the home front, not much has to get done. I’ve been packing away Christmas and hope to have all of that all put away by month end – well, except my usual all-year Christmas tree and things. I also have some regular going through/ packing that I would like to have done.

4. Have you ever served on a jury?

Nope. I was called to go twice. I had been excused one time due to having a new-born and the second time because I was in the hospital recuperating from major surgery.

5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Never thought about what animal I would be. Let me think…okay, a few days later and lots of time to think. I think I would like to be a giraffe. 

Oh, now I’m suppose to answer why? I like the height. No one really hunts down a giraffe for their spots. They are amazing animals to watch – they walk gracefully, they are quiet and usually well-tempered. They don’t eat meat which means they don’t attack innocent animals just for a meal. The flip-side, adult giraffes aren’t in the cross-hairs of lions, leopards, and other such fierce animals. So yeah, I’d choose to be a giraffe.

Five Question Friday: 12.30.11

Come join the fun! You know you want to! Click the picture for the link to some crazy or thought provoking questions. You never know what you might learn about yourself!

1. What’s the oldest piece of clothing in your closet?

Prior to September, it would have been my wedding dress – 20 years. But my parents came out and brought a pullover I had purchased when I was a teenager working along the boardwalk inJersey. Talk about a life-time ago! But hey, it still fits and it’s just as comfortable now as I remembered.

How old is it? Twenty-two years old.

What condition is it in? No holes, no frayed ends, no stains, and no wrinkles.

2. How many random blog readers have you met?

Define met. And are we talking those online or in person?

I have learned that several of my friends, coworkers, and other various acquaintances are bloggers. I didn’t know they were bloggers. I mean they never went around wearing shirts or hats advertising “hey look at me! I’m a blogger!” And it never really comes up in conversation..”how are the kids? Work? Blogging?” “I have so much to do today – the kids are sick, I have a dentist appointment and I can’t forget to blog.” My life doesn’t work that way. The only way blogging comes up in my conversations is when someone in my real life says “hey I found you on twitter. I didn’t know you blog too!” Then it turns into a blogging conversation – which leads to an interesting conversation and a half.

As for meeting random bloggers I follow – I’ve never met anyone. I’d love to meet some of the ones I follow. They are hilarious and have similar interests. Heck, I followed one by mistake and have ended up learning I had a lot of things in common with them. But meeting them in person? Nope. I’d like to – although some of them don’t live on the same continent as I do, so that might prove difficult. Unless by some miracle I win the lottery. But last I heard, in order to win that, you have to play it.

3. Do you let your kids stay up till midnight on New Years Eve? (Or, if you don’t have kiddos yet, did you get to stay up until midnight as a child?)

Yes…and yes!

I remember being in elementary school and my parents would let us all stay up to watch the ball drop. There would be many neighbors outside honking car horns, fog horns, or banging on some pots all yelling “Happy New Year!” But the second the singing and cheering was over, it was off to bed.

This is a tradition I have with my own kids. We let them stay up or if they want us to wake them up, we will. We don’t go outside, though. I think we’d scare the neighbors. The neighborhood is usually tucked in for the night or several of them are at bars or friends homes celebrating. Either way, we stay indoors, calling our relatives at each hour marking off the New Year for the time zone they live in. Then it’s off to bed for a few hours.

This year, though, it won’t be just us celebrating the New Year. My husband’s parents are visiting and we plan to play some games throughout the night until we all decide it’s enough.

4. What are the gas prices where you live?

Is this a joke? Which day? What time?

Yesterday morning gas was $3.29, by the time evening came and I had to buy gas the price was up to $3.39. This afternoon the price was down to $3.32 which then went up to $3.36 by evening.

It makes me wonder what they are thinking…but then I realize they aren’t!

5. What is one resolution that you know you should do but are too afraid to try?

I don’t have any resolutions I’m afraid to try.

My one resolution this year is to cook more healthy meals. I already have been doing that, but I want to cook different meals. I feel as if we have been in a rut – cooking the same meals week after week. It happens because of budgets (we know how much it will cost), ease (we know how to make it so the entire family will eat), and time (we can schedule our meal prep accordingly without worrying we won’t have time to eat before going to [enter weekly commitment here]). 

Five Question Friday: 12.2.11

It’s another glorious Five Question Friday!

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1. What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your house?

This is a toughie. I have to pick one?!

Well, let me think…I can do this…alright, I can’t. I know it’s “cheating” but I have five to eight trees up at once and if they were all decorated the same way, it would be boring. 

Yeah, I’m a freak of nature. I know this. As does my husband, but thankfully, he doesn’t mind. 

Any who – I love snowmen and Santa ornaments. I mean, come on, they are adorable and always smiling. Face it, have you ever seen either grumpy, sad, or upset? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 

 Have I ever mentioned how much I looooovveee this season? I didn’t think so.

2. Do you finish your Christmas shopping early or are you a last-minute type?

Early. Last minute. It’s all how you look at the calendar. 

I start shopping for the next year the day after Christmas if it’s a really good deal. I don’t buy things for the kids that soon – their minds change so many times it’s too soon to make those types of decisions. However, I do take advantage of those after Christmas sales for other people. Things that don’t go out of style – unique ornaments, jewelry, books, Christmas decorations, you get the point. 

Although, I can and have and probably will again get the kids items that never go out of style. Cars, models, Lego sets, board games, and such are items I can pick up throughout the year. The kids have certain things they like that never change – for example, my daughter collects snow globes. These are easy enough to get and beat the lines and craziness of holiday shopping. Any clothing they want usually gets bought in October when I do my lay away shopping. 

So to answer the question – I’m an early shopper. I spend the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas shuttling the boys around to buy gifts for each other, but otherwise, I sit back, relax, and watch Christmas shows while wrapping. 

3. When do you turn on your heat?

The heat goes on when we get cold. This house has nothing on the west side, which is where the living room is, and when the winds blow, the living room gets cold real fast.

Otherwise, we don’t really have a set time when we turn it on other than when it’s cold and needs to come on. I don’t do the cold too well – but then again, I’m freezing in summer. 

4. Do you ever wish your blog was private?

I’m of the mind where if I didn’t want others to read it, I wouldn’t write it online. That’s why I have a journal, isn’t it? 

5. Do you put your deodorant on before of after you put on your shirt?

These questions can’t get more random, can they? Wait, I better now ask that. I remember one time there was a question about our washing habits. Yeah, personal stuff. 

Deodorant goes on after the shirt is on. Otherwise it makes a nasty mess of your clothes. Who wants to spend more time deciding what to wear because of a silly mishap with the deodorant? I sure don’t! 

Five Question Friday: 11/25/2011

Another week for 5 Question Friday! Join the fun – click the picture and add your link. 

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?

Famous? Probably not. But I do make lasagna on those special occasions.

I bake cookies and brownies – but that occurs on a monthly or weekly basis. Seems the
colder it is outside, the more the oven is on inside.


2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping?

I did go shopping on Black Friday but not before we were good and ready.

My husband took the boys and me to breakfast before heading to the malls. Once we were at the mall, it took about ten minutes for us to find a spot where the vehicles next to the spot weren’t over the lines or parked so close you couldn’t open the doors. We went to a couple of stores, waited in a few lines – but nothing too awful.

I must note how surprised I was with how empty Wal-Mart’s parking lot was when we made it over there. Of course, the store didn’t have what we wanted, but it was one of many my husband was comparing prices at.

Despite the insane images Black Friday conger up, it was a relatively calm shopping experience.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions?

Strangest? Well, they aren’t strange to me but maybe they seem odd to you.

We have a birthday cake for Jesus and give Him our gifts. Sometimes the kids will draw pictures or they will write something about what He means to us.

We open presents from out-of-state family on Christmas Eve.

We read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens the week before Christmas. We take turns reading aloud, changing our voices to coincide with the character.

The kids tell us the story of Christ – in their own words, referring to the Bible when one of them tries to correct another. They will also move around the pieces of the Nativity Scene during this re-telling.

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? (She actually asked “Apple or pumpkin?” I just T-giving’ed it!)

Pass me the pumpkin pie, thanks! Please have plenty of cool whip! 

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree?

Ummm…it’s been up since the third week in October. If you read this post here, you will learn all about my craziness. 

Five Question Friday – 11.18.11


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1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood?


Cheery Christmas music. Any time of year.


I’m a Christmas freak. It doesn’t matter what time of year. Give me some Bing Crosby and his “White Christmas” or Bruce Springsteen with his “Merry Christmas Baby” and I am a happy camper.


My fellow employees have checked on me when it’s the middle of April and “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas” is streaming from my speakers.


Christmas music is my quick stress reliever, pick me up, and any other time I need to calm down from the real world.


Merry Christmas (Bing Crosby album)




 2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one?


Well, poo. 


This question makes me sad-ish. (Is too a word!)


I have artificial Christmas trees. But I also have a tree in almost every room in my house. (See why here.) Having said that, I would love to have a real Christmas tree. But the sad truth is I can’t breathe with one. 


Asthma has its downers. I literally can not breath. I can’t even go near a real Christmas wreath without feeling like my lungs are wrapped in saran wrap…in an oven. 


My husband wanted one – just for our first Christmas together. Until we went to a Christmas party hosted at one of our friends. We were barely two feet in the door when my lungs started protesting. A lot. My husband gave me a look. Barely married six months, he never saw an asthma attack. He did that night. What an eye-opener. For both of us. For him, he didn’t think I was going to survive. For me, it was the first time I saw just how much he could be freaked out by my lack of oxygen. 


So yeah, no real trees in this house. Ever. And with two boys with the same hereditary lack of lung power – that would be doubly never. 


A christmas tree.


3. What are you thankful for?

Family. Friends. Health. Home. Work. Is there really an end to my list? I think not.

I am so very thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon my life. 

From my daughter’s medical condition – which is decreasing – to my promotion at work, not to mention a newer, better job for my husband, I am thankful for my faith. Thankful that regardless of what may come, my Lord has my back – even if He has to carry me Himself. 


4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today?


How about none? 
Okay, let me think…
Platform shoes? No thanks. Big hair? Definitely not! Anything from the ’80s? I am sticking solidly with the negative. Somethings should stay in the past. 
I think I am back to my original answer. Absolutely nothing. 


5. Do you wait until the “low fuel” light comes on before you fill up the gas tank?
No. Mainly because I drive a gas-guzzler and if I wait until the light comes on, then I have to pay a ton to get the needle back to the F on the gauge. I love my truck, just don’t like to pay three digits to get a full tank of gas. Okay, it’s not quite three digits, but sometimes it gets close. 
Now for the other vehicle, that one does see the light before it gets the gas. But then again, that one is the one which travels the furthest. 


Five Question Friday

It’s that time again – the part of the week where you are ready to sit back, relax, and have a good ol time reading some blogs. You might even be tempted to join in the fun of answering questions about life in general. Who knows, you might even learn something about yourself in the process. Or not. I’m just saying you never know until you take that first baby step. You might actually LIKE it! Gasp! What would the neighbors think if they learned you answer random questions about yourself and your own part of the world? They might jump online to read what you have to say — so yeah, you play it safe and not tell them. 

Any who, here are my answers to this weeks quirky questions…

1. What’s the last thing you spent too much money on?

Hmph. Let me think..I know this answer…but I still loves it! (And it wasn’t too much after we haggled..but I really wanted FREE!!) 

2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner?

There are so many good ones on Food Network and I have to pick just one?!

I wouldn’t mind having Paula Deen for some good ol Southern cookin’…but Jamie Oliver has some great dinners too. Not to mention his British accent. There is also Tom Coliccio,  maybe even Rachel Ray. There is also another cook, but I can’t remember her name. She has white hair and is hilariously insane when it comes to adding ingredients. This is going to drive me insane now because I can’t think of her name. She’s on in the afternoon and I will have to come back to edit her name. O well, on with the next question!

3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal? 

This one made me laugh. I mean really, did the person who thought of this question pop by my house?! 

And just to be clear – this is NOT my house.

But I don’t move much of anything, maybe any mail sitting on the desk because that’s only asking for people to be nosey. There aren’t any toys nor are there any odd things on the floor. I usually have books and notebooks laying about – but I don’t consider that to be messy – more like a result of  having an inquisitive family. 

4. Who is your oldest living family member?

This one is easy enough. My grandfather’s wife – she is 103 years old. My grandfather is next in line at 98. God bless the older generations.



5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper)? 

I must say my all time favorite would have to be their Oreo cookie blizzard…or maybe their ice cream canolies…they have good ice cream cakes too…

And now I must make my way to the kitchen for a glass of milk and some Oreos.

Have a great night y’all!