Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Random Dozen. The Happy Birthday Edition

Lidna, over at 2nd Cup, just celebrated her birthday and asked lots of people to contribute prompts for the Random Dozen meme.  She chose one of mine!  I'm so flattered!  So...here's my take on the doz....won't you play along, too?

1. From "Men Are Dumb ....": If you had a theme song that played whenever you walked into a room full of people, what would it be?

My second son says “BOOM” by P.O.D. should play whenever I walk in to a room.

Strangely disturbing. He says it was his “first band” outside of what his parents liked and Veggie Tales. How that makes it MY theme song, I’m not quite sure….In case you can’t decipher them, part of the lyrics say, “BOOM! Here comes the BOOM! How you like me now I say…” Never try to complete a blog post with the help of two 17-year-olds. At least he didn’t say Elton John “The B**ch is Back.” Sigh...

2. From Pam of "Alert And Oriented x 4": Which of your shoes are your absolute favorite, and which are of the object of your most painful shoe-buyer's remorse?

Since this is my question…I have a pair of brown open-toed pumps that I get huge compliments on that I blogged about here.  I can wear them for about 2 hours before my toes start complaining, but, they are oh, so lovely! I have buyer’s remorse for a pair of really nice black patent slingbacks that have a little gold strip right along the toe line. I actually bought the shoes for a wedding before I ever picked out a dress to go with them. They were, of course, on sale. I buy NOTHING unless it’s on sale. They look A.Maz.Ing. Super dressy. To look their best they need to be worn with ultra sheer black stockings. Which make it impossible to keep the sling from slipping off my heels. They were marked down from $190 to $30, but still….sigh. Wish I’d have tried them on WITH stockings.

3. From Susanne of "Living to Tell the Story": Tell about your favorite birthday celebration that you've personally experienced.

When I turned 21, my husband had to work a double shift--all day. My in-laws wanted to take me to dinner at a family-style institution in the mountains to the east of our city called Bella Vista (since closed). It was a family-style all you can eat restaurant with all-you-can-eat fried chicken, fried fish, cole slaw and huge wedge french fries.  They would bring huge baskets of everything to your table. It seemed weird that just the three of us were going there, because it's really a place to take a crowd to and I was a little bummed out because I was without Ted. When I walked in, not only was Ted there, but my dad and all of Ted’s brothers and sisters and their spouses (even the out-of-towners) as well as nieces and nephews were there as a surprise. Generally I hate surprises, but not that time.  I still get a little welly thinking about it.  A week from Saturday I'll turn 49.  Wishing Bella Vista were still open, just for the memories. The gift of yourself truly is the best gift ever.

4. From Lori of "Just me and My Life": If you were a flavor of ice cream, which would you be?

Mocha java mint chip. Mysterious with a little surprise kick at the end.

5. Cindy Swanson of "Notes in the Key of Life" asks: Have you ever had a crush on a movie star? Who was it, and are you still crushing?
I’ve always tended to like the rough-n-tough bad boys. Don Johnson, back in the day wasn’t so bad,

and now it’s Josh Holloway
Ted, cream-cheese filling good as he is,  has nothing to worry about however…

6. Jill from "Jill Boyd's Place" inquires: Glasses or braces--if you had to wear one, which would it be?
Braces. Glasses are forever. Unless you get lasik. Braces eventually come off, even if the retainer shouldn’t….

7. Nel from "Fasteneau Facts" asks: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Providing my friends and family would be there (at least when I wanted them to be), Monterey, CA….or Carmel.

8. Thena from "Patiently Waiting" wants to know: If money were no obstacle, what would be the perfect birthday gift to receive?

Precious time with my family and closest friends…no pressures, no worries. A weekend at a resort with all of them. I once heard someone say that time is the most expensive gift you can give. Once it’s spent, you can never earn it back. (See # 3)

9. From "Life Through Bifocals," LynnMarie asks: What is your favorite birthday meal?

A good bloody steak, baked sweet potato and a nice girly salad with spinach and feta and strawberries. Something decadently chocolate for dessert. Pei Wei is always nice, too...

10. Debby at "Just Breathe" checks in with: Do you still send hand-written thank you notes?

Almost always. I love receiving them. When I was little, my mom wouldn’t let me play with my gifts at birthdays and Christmas until my thank you notes were all written. I WISH I’d started that with my own kids. It’s just the right thing to do. However, if you are just writing a rote “thank you for the gift,” without any heartfelt-ness, just skip it, or drop me an email.

11. Linda from "Mocha with Linda" poses this question: What is something you've done that you never thought you'd do?

Jump off a cliff into a lake. I’m deathly afraid to be in water that’s not encased in concrete and smelling of chlorine. Lakes are worse than the ocean (I didn’t say it was rational). Fish poo in there, you know. Somehow the salt in the ocean makes the poo factor more bearable. And me more buoyant. I had a near drowning incident when I was around two years old and it really made me afraid of open water. At the age of 44, with huge encouragement from my husband and kids, I jumped off a 25 foot cliff into a murky lake. And I lived to tell about it.

12. Jewel, my homegirl from Indiana who writes at "Musings from the World of Jewel," is very insistent that we answer this: Mount Rushmore honors four US Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. If you could add any person to Mount Rushmore, who would you add and why?

So many….Master Chief, Bob the Tomato, Neo…oh, a REAL person? I think the Apostle Paul. He was human and flawed, but like the four men there now, he strove for excellence and the betterment of all mankind. Wow. That’s corny.

So write you own answers and play along over at 2nd Cup. You’ll be glad you did.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I see she did one of mine too. #10
and I just finished writing about 8 thank you notes for my birthday on Sunday! I live in Birkenstocks!
This was fun, now I have to go over and do my post. Loved reading your answers.

Lisa Laree said...

I had a couple of Very Bad Experiences with water when I was young, too...and I can't let go of the side if I'm in over my head. Even after swim lessons. You have my deepest admiration for actually jumping off the cliff into the water. Believe me...I know what that took...

Anonymous said...

Your song has me laughing! I know the song and now it is stuck in my head...which I don't mind as I have had a different one stuck in my head for two days. ;)

I love your birthday answer...sounds like a LOT of fun!

Nice to meet you through RD!

Anonymous said...

Oh....loved your answers! I answered the same way about the braces, and I think your answer of Paul was GREAT!!! I went the other route...tried to be funny. Have a great day!

Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers. I love you answer about the song. Too funny!
until next time... nel

Thena said...

Great answers. I don't think any woman could have passed up that kind of deal on the shoes. Great surprise birthday dinner.

LynnMarie said...

Really good answers! Some of the questions were really hard and you did a great job! Glad I stopped by.

Susanne said...

Good for you for jumping off that cliff. I'll bet it was thrilling and satisfying all at the same time. The way you answered the theme song question cracked me right up. Too funny and you're right. Never ask a teenager to help with that kind of question. LOL.

Jerralea said...

Loved your answers! Although, I wish I didn't now have to think about fish poo ... :)

Anyway, what a great answer with the Apostle Paul! I was thinking some kind of spiritual leader, too.

Moira said...

Awersome answers!! I love your question, too!! My fave and remorseful were the same pair, LOL!!

My ADHD Me said...


2. Shoes like that look 100% better with stocking, so you would think they would find a way to make them stay on your feet! Ah, the tribulations of women!!

5. Although I am not a LOST fan, I am assuming that Josh Holloway is from that show???? If so, that looks like a reason to tune in at least for a peak *wink*.

8. Add Mocha With Linda's answer (a maid) to your answer and I believe we have the PERFECT answer!

9. ok, NOW I'm hungry!

10. I LOVE sending and receiving hand written notes.

11. HURRAY FOR YOU!!! STANDING OVATION!! If you do it again, I would LOVE to join you!!..Hhmm..You and I together....do you smell trouble?????

My ADHD Me said...

12. I forgot to add...Bob the Tomato...PERFECT!

Cindy Swanson said...

Oooooh....JOSH HOLLOWAY! So can I induce from that, that you were a "Lost" fan? It's my favorite show of all time.

Jack was actually my favorite character, but I definitely get the Sawyer appeal. Loved Sawyer.

Great answers!

Joyce said...

I loved your birthday story. I didn't play today but I think I'm going to ask my girls the #1question and see what I get. They'll be much more clever than I can ever hope to be.

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved your answers! The ice cream flavor made my mouth water.

The Bug said...

I don't like deep still water - I guess I'm afraid that the loch ness monster is in there!

Lea said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and so glad that you remembered Shalimar. :o) I so enjoyed stopping by and visiting. Your answers were most enjoyable. This always a fun meme and I've connected with some great gals through it.

Blessings to you!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Slingbacks = bad
Josh Holloway = good
Paul Apostle vs Paul Newman haha

Anonymous said...

Ooohhh....Don Johnson....good one! He is one handsome little devil, isn't he? lol. I jumped off a cliff when I was in High School.....50 feet. Wouldn't ever do it NOW, with 3 kids and a family in tow.....but it was quite a rush.