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

1. If you knew your best friend’s spouse was cheating on her or him, would you tell her (him)?

Hmm. Considering I married my best friend, I’d have to tell him.

Seriously though, I would first confront the spouse to fess up to it themselves. If the spouse doesn’t have any intention of doing so, then I would talk to my friend about it, being sensitive to the fact that they could break down and cry, spilling out their emotional roller coaster because they were ashamed or they could get upset and deny anything is wrong. I would like to think I knew my best girl friend good enough to be able to handle the outcome, regardless what it may be. But sometimes, even though we might think we know our best friend, it ends up we didn’t know them as well as we initially thought – even if we’ve been friends for over 20 years.

2. Soda in a can or a bottle?

Soda is better in a tall glass with lots and lots of ice. To make it even better, the glass should contain Dr. Pepper. Not Mr. Pibb, not Dr. Thunder, and definitely not Cherry Coke. The soda should be pure, sugary sweet Dr. Pepper.

3. What do you wash first, hair or body?

Would you laugh at me if I said I had to pause on this answer until today so I could actually pay attention? Well, I did. I can tell how excited you are to learn that and I would wager it is as exciting to learn I wash my body first.

Feeling a little awkward right about now, so I’m going to move on…

4. What advice would you give to any new mama?

I would then encourage the new mother that those seemingly endless nights will end within a year or so.

Don’t believe everything you read. Sometimes your child will be off the books. So don’t get discouraged if your bundle of joy gets their first tooth at 9 months and not at 6 months. Sometimes a child will be “before their time” and get their tooth at a month old. It’s okay because that book, while containing some good information, is not the gospel truth about when and how your child will develop. If you feel you are going to gauge your child’s every movement by the book, then save yourself some aggravation and ditch the book now. Or you can light it on fire (outside in a contained area) and allow your precious child to watch the flames.  

Don’t fuss over a messy room, instead stop, place the baby on the floor (or bed) and PLAY with the little critter. Observe and watch how this tiny human moves and interacts with you and objects. The first year is filled to capacity with growth spurts and developmental breakthroughs. Enjoy every single moment – from the drooling mouth (from teething) to the small whimper when they try to reach, grab, walk, or crawl to something that is just out of reach. Most of all saturate yourself in their laughter and smiles. (Don’t buy into the “gas” thing, your child has a sense of humor and shows it by smiling.)

5. What is your best hangover remedy?

This one is a tough one for me. I don’t drink and have no remedy to getting over a hangover. For the sake of argument, though, I will put out my suggestion. Are you ready for it? Ok.

Don’t drink that much!

Was that too obvious? Alright, I’ll try again…

Best hangover remedy…sleep and coffee…maybe bread of some type to help absorb the lovely stomach acids which are now playing havoc. Oh! Darkness – I would think staying in a dark room would be much preferred as to being in the lights with the headache which accompanies said hangover.

Five Question Friday

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)

Oh, this question hits me personally. I heard about this vote a few weeks ago and having children in the Indiana school districts, it is bothersome to me. I think cursive should continue to be taught to our lovely children. I’m not in favor of beating them over the head to learn it with all the curls and swirls. But I do feel it is important to learn for legal documents. Some people write better than printing, while others may feel cursive writing takes less time when dictating notes. Though it’s not true for all people, how will a person know if never given the opportunity? It’s just a thought.

As for the style of cursive taught, I think that should be left up to the person. I think some of the letters are just too swirly and squirrely. I remember being told over and over to rewrite certain letters, such as a capital S or lower case k. The point is: I don’t write in the same way I was taught. I have adopted my style of cursive. Depending on what I’m writing, sometimes the word is a mix of cursive and print.  For the most part, I do write in capital print, but when I’m in a business meeting or listening to a lecture, I will write in cursive as it’s faster than printing letters.

So the short answer is: cursive is not overrated.

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone?

Yes, to all the above. I am an organization freak. Though I know life can not really fit into little neat compartments, I use calendars, notebooks, and my smart phone to stay as organized as possible. My husband bought me a smart phone a few months ago and I absolutely love it! It has reduced the use of my day runner type calendar. My smart phone has a calendar I use and update daily, as well as a note pad and a document writer which also get daily use.

My calendar has the typical reminders in it – birthdays, anniversaries, and other such parties. It also has my daughter’s work schedule, memo’s regarding my son’s plans with friends, appointments, work due dates, and even my vacation time. I really like the “to do” list on the calendar. That’s been fun to use as it saves the item on my phone’s home screen, enabling me to see it every time I look at the phone. So I don’t have to worry about forgetting to drop off a catalog to a customer or to pick up some milk on the way home from work.3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)

My camera, my memory cards, and as many books as possible. I would take my computer, but odds are my husband would already have that with him and the kids. Hehehe

Besides, I can replace my computer but not the memory cards. The camera and books might seem replaceable, but I’ve had the camera for over 5 years and am still learning new things about it. As for the books, well, I’m afraid I won’t get any with that smell. It’s not a new book smell, nor is it musty, but some books just smell too good to let burn.

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?

I’ve lived in the city and in the country and I love both places. The country holds my heart but the city holds my sanity. I’m not a shopper or anything, but I do enjoy going to places like museums, galleries, zoos, shows and other places of interest. At the end of the day, though, I prefer to sit outside, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of nature. So Country Mouse it is.

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?

I am not a fan of reality shows, however, to play along with the questions, I choose the Amazing Race. I had watched the first two seasons and thought it was interesting where the teams traveled and the challenges they faced. I don’t think my husband and I would get much television time as we don’t argue or fight or throw hissy fits when things don’t go our way. However, we might receive the attention for our sarcasm and off-the-wall humor.