Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Stealing- The Phone and Pancake

Sunday Stealing

The Phone and Pancakes -- A contribution from Kwizgiver (Thanks)

1. Your phone rings. Who is the most likely caller?  my mom
How long do you chat on the phone each day?  I do not like talking on the phone, so most days I am not on the phone, but if my mom calls about 30 minutes.
Who do you speak to the most?  my mom
Do you often not answer if a certain person comes up on your caller id? sometimes, if it is a person that will keep me on the phone a long time.
Do you phone friends at work?  no, but we text.
Do you make personal calls at work?  not usually
Who do you always say “I love you” at the end of the call? my mom
Do you use a landline or cell more often? landline
Who in the blogosphere that you haven’t chatted with but would like to?  I used to be a stay at home mom and when I was I was able to chat with my online friends on the phone, but now I do not have time.  

Scratch or mix? Buttermilk or plain?  This is crazy, but I rarely make pancakes.  I have used a mix when I have made them.
Pure and simple, or with additions cooked in?  pure and simple
For breakfast or for dinner? either/or
Preferred syrup or other topping? How about the best side dish? maple syrup...maybe bacon as a side
Favorite pancake restaurant? IHOP?  We do not go to them.
Any tasty recipes out there, for pancakes or other special breakfast dishes? Bring 'em on
!  I do not have any recipes.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday 9- Unbreak My Heart

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Unbreak My Heart (1996)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Songs like this are enduringly popular in part because each of us has had our heart broken. Give us the name of a heartbreaker from your own life.  Forrest, he was a boyfriend in college.

2) Toni Braxton sings that "nights are so unkind." What did you do last night?  I went to visit my mom after work, we went out to eat and visited.

3) While this song has Toni singing the blues, in real life her love life is happier. Now aged 50, she's engaged and has been sporting a diamond on her left hand. Do you believe that a bride is ever too old to have a big wedding?  No, I think she should have whatever she wants for her wedding.

4) Growing up, Toni Braxton's parents severely restricted how much TV their children could watch each day. Ironically, today Toni and her sisters participate in a reality TV show on the WE-TV network, so TV cameras are a big part of their daily adult lives. What TV show do you try not to miss?  I am enjoying the new show New Amsterdam and I also like the re-boot of Magnum P.I., I watched the original too.  I never miss a new Hallmark movie either.

5) She is prone to dry skin and applies Kiehl's Hand Salve to her hands and arms throughout the day. Tell us about a product you're brand loyal to.  I really enjoy trying new things.  I seem to always have Paul Mitchell Freeze & Shine Spray though to keep my hair in place.

6) Toni admits to being "a bit of a germaphobe," and always maintains a supply of hand sanitizer and wipes. What is always on your shopping list?  Probably things to drink and snacks.

7) While she is not shy about her body, and has worn revealing outfits on the red carpet, Toni Braxton refused a 2011 offer from Hugh Hefner and Playboy to pose nude. What's the last thing you said "no" to?  I had to say no to a Girls Trip to Arkansas next Friday.  I have other plans.  I do wish I could go though...maybe another time.

8) In 1996, the year this song was popular, Mattel introduced a Star Trek Barbie and Ken set. Have you ever fantasized about space travel?  maybe when I was little.  I have zero desire now. Hahahaha

9) Random question -- Would you (or did you) invite an ex to your wedding?  no

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Stealing- Friday Questions on Sunday

Sunday Stealing

1. Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you?  no, I learned foreign languages (french and spanish) in school..I have tried learning some sign language as an adult.  I use it the most because I use it with my work.

Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type?  I do not donate blood, I believe I am A positive, but I am not sure why I know that.  Maybe it isn't.

Have you ever been in a play or musical?  no

Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone?  I use certain text tones for the people that message me a lot.  My husband has a very distinct one so I know to check it right away.  I use a default ringtone for everyone.

When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on actual film, or all digital now?  It was probably shortly after my son was born...he is 20.  I had film before that of course, but we are completely digital now.

What do you think someone else would say the most daring thing you’ve done is?  I am not very daring.  I will do things others will not though, so I just do not consider anything I do daring.  I have no idea what others think of me.

Do you talk with your hands?  Yes!

Given the choice in a restaurant – would you go with a booth or table (or bar!!!) for seating?  We like a booth

What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now?  I do not like milk, so none.  I use it in cereal though.

How do you keep track of all your passwords? Do you make your passwords super complicated and change them often, or use the same ones over and over?  I have a few different ones I use and variations of the same ones.  I write them down.

Are you a note taker?  Oh goodness yes, it helps me learn and remember to write things down. 

Do you remember what your first social media posting (or status update) was on Facebook or Twitter – without looking it up? What was it?  I do not remember, that would be over 10 years ago.  I am sure it was ridiculous though. like...making my first post on facebook or testing out twitter.  Hahahahaha

Do you have a “power” song?  Not really, that is probably a good idea to have one though.

Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all matchy matchy? eclectic, I have several teacher mugs from students over the years.  I also have matching ones that go with my dishes.  I never use them though.

Do you have a junk drawer in your house/garage/at work/wherever?  Several and a junk room.  I worked over the summer trying to clean that stuff up.

Do you ever get the urge to watch a favorite scene from a movie, and watch just that scene? nope

Have you ever woken up and felt guilty from a dream you had, or, mad at someone else for something they did in the dream? no, but I did have a dream once that my son died and I woke up very upset and crying.

How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To where did you fly?  I have never flown anywhere.  We drive when we go on vacation.

Are you good at keeping track of your things – or do you easily misplace them? Do you ever leave anything behind when you travel?  I am good at keeping track of my things, but if anyone moves anything, I am lost.  I rarely leave things behind, I used to do that as a kid though.  I would leave things at my Granda's house.

Is there any place you go where time seems to stand still? What is it about that place that makes it that way?  Maybe the lake or ocean.  I can get lost listening to the water because it is so relaxing.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday 9- Treat You Better

Saturday 9- Treat You Better

Saturday 9: Treat You Better (2016)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 

This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this information about The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let's spread the word that there's help out there.

1) In this song, a young man advises his neighbor to stop wasting her time with a guy who makes her cry. What is something you regret wasting time on? (It doesn't have to be a romance.)  worrying about things I cannot control

2) Much of this video takes place in a very sparely-decorated apartment. Because Shawn Mendes and the girl he’s singing to both appear young, it’s easy to assume they are both in their first apartments. Tell us about the first place you ever rented.  The first place I ever lived in after my parents house was my college dorm.  It was small and I had some posters to decorate with.  By the time I actually rented a house, my roommates and I had some nicer decor.

3) It's clear he can hear his neighbors' conversations and arguments through the walls. Are your neighbors quiet? Do you consider yourself a quiet neighbor?  I am a quiet neighbor, but I do not need to be, there aren't any neighbors close enough to hear any noise from my house.

4) This song received a lot of attention and airplay because it was used in a Southwest Airline commercial. When you last visited an airport, were you traveling yourself or meeting someone?  I was dropping someone off.

5) This week's artist, Shawn Mendes, was a serious skateboarder during his high school years. Sam has never even set foot on a skateboard. How about you? yes, I have been on a skateboard...I do not care anything about it though.

6) Shawn is happy eating cold cereal with milk for every meal -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. He prefers cereal with almonds in it. What about you? Do you have a favorite cereal?  I do not really have a favorite and I do not eat it all of the time.  I go through phases.

7) He says he started eating cereal beyond breakfast because it's convenient, and it helps him avoid "junk food" when he's in a hurry. Do you often order your food "to go?"  More than I would like to.

8) In 2016, when this song was popular, a German shorthaired pointer named CJ won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. Is there a dog who holds a special place in your heart?  I have 3 dogs that hold a special place in my heart.  Mandy, Molly and Meisha.  The dog that loves me most though is Mandy, so she is very special to me.  Here is Mandy.

9) And this week, we're trying a random fill in the blank: I wish someone would create an app that is like GasBuddy, but for propane so you could just look at an app for the best price.  If there is one, let me know!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Stealing- Identity Ask

Sunday Stealing

1: Favorite style of clothing- I like Bojo Chic, but I wear comfortable clothes these days.
Do I ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts? yes, from my co-workers.
Have I ever kissed the last person I texted? not usually unless it is my husband, but we are usually with each other, so no reason to text.
When did I last hold hands?  I held my son's hand Friday night, he is going through a hard time.
How long does it take me to get ready in the morning? 1 1/2 hours
Have I shaved my legs in the past three days? nope
Where am I right now? home in my living room
Do I have someone of the opposite sex I can tell everything to? my husband
How often do I wear a fake smile? not too often, it is typically sincere.
When was the last time I hugged someone?  Friday son.
Is there anyone I trust even though I should not? My husband shares too much with his family about my him for that reason.
What is something I disliked about today? The St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs and ended their season, but I was not surprised or anything.  My KC Chiefs are also not on until Monday night.
If I could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?  not sure.  Maybe some of my close online friends
14: What do I think about most?  my son
Do I prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?  behind it
Do I prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online? neither, I text more than anything, but of those two...talking on the phone.
Do I believe in ghosts? How about aliens? no and no
Do I believe in magic? no
Do I believe in luck? yes
What's the weather like right now? today is supposed to be sunny and low 80's
What was the last book I've readShe Believes by Debbie Lindell
Do I like the smell of gasoline?  yes
What was the worst injury I've ever had?  I fell a couple of years ago and had pains in my arms for a year.  I could barely lift anything for a few days.
Do I spend money or save it? spend
Can I touch my nose with my tongue? no

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday 9- So Into You

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: So Into You (1977)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The singer says that he noticed the lady in question as soon as she walked into the room. Tell us about someone who made a powerful first impression on you.  Maybe when I met Stan Musial #6.  I was star struck...he is a Hall of Fame baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in case you have never heard of him.  Here is a picture of the day I met him, he is with my son Josh here.


2) He sings that he's so into her, he can't think about other, more mundane things. Do you find you get easily distracted from your daily tasks? Or do you enjoy seeing your everyday chores through completion?  I try to see my tasks through, but sometimes I can be easily distracted.  I start thinking of other things I need to do and the next thing I know, I have several projects going.  I always see them through though.


3) The band took their name from Georgia's biggest city. Have you ever been to Atlanta?  I have driven through Atlanta on my way to Florida.

4) The Atlanta Rhythm Section once played the White House. President Carter's son, Chip, was a big fan and invited them to play at his 28th birthday party. How did you celebrate your last birthday?  My co-workers threw a party for me and showered me with gifts.  We do this with all of our co-workers so our birthdays are special.  My husband got me Chinese for dinner, which is a favorite.  Here is a picture of my gifts from my co-workers...a giant mum, which is gorgeous!  Pajamas, lotion, chocolate pretzels, popcorn and a candle.  Loved it!

5) Studio One, where the band made all their recordings, was torn down and replaced by a parking lot. Can you think of a structure that you missed, after it met with a wrecking ball?  no, not really...but I sure do miss the twin towers since 9/11/2001...not that I ever saw them in person, but on tv, they were so beautiful.

6) This song hit #7 on the US pop charts. 7 is the number most often chosen as "a lucky number." How about you? Do you have a lucky number?  no

7) Today the Atlanta Rhythm Section reunites with to play at classic rock concerts. What oldies band would you love to see again?  The Cars, The Beach Boys, The Cathedrals

8) In 1977, the star of NBC's Chico and the Man, Freddie Prinze, took his own life. Is there a celebrity death you found shocking?  Michael Jackson and Prince

9) Random question: What word do you always misspell?  cemetery

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Stealing- Thought Provoking Questions

Sunday Stealing

1 When was the last time you tried something new? team at school made a Mexican lunch for me for my birthday and they made some things I had never tried and they were delicious!
Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?  I do not really compare, but I work with another teacher that is so positive.  I TRY to be like her and boot out the negative.
What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?  I am not sure about the most sensible thing I have ever heard in my life, but this morning at church the Pastor was talking about how situations in our life are all about how we "frame" them, we can either look at the negative aspects of something or we can go into a situation with a good perspective.  It is all about perspective and a good attitude.  What is the good that came from the situation?
What gets you excited about life?  Knowing that God is going to do something awesome every single day.
What life lesson did you learn the hard way?  God is truly in control and not me.  There are so many times in my life where I thought I was going one direction and God changed it.  It is always a good change though.
What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? more vacations
Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?  I ask so many questions all of the time or I google what I can.
Who do you love and what are you doing about it?  My family.  We spend time together and communicate.  I tell them I love them.
What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree? I would say it is my passion for doing something about Autism.  I worry about these kids for their future.  There are so many of them and I am concerned there will not be enough people to take care of them in the future.  They are in school now and living with family.  That will not always be the case.  Their parents will die.  Then what?  I know families that all of their kids have autism, so you cannot always depend on the family to step up and take care of them.  What is causing it?  It was not like this when I was in school. 

It seems like people are complacent about it.  These are the kids I teach and yes, I worry about them.  BTW, one of my students with autism I had...his mom died over the summer and she was in her 30's, I also had a dad die when I was teaching his son with autism.  These things happen. :(
10 What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?  I can eat more things because I had my gall bladder removed.  That is kind of exciting to me.  I am sure I can do more things in the area of education, but I am not sure when I learned what.
Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?  strength, it just needs to be done to release emotions sometimes.  I cry when I am angry too.  It is good to be able to control your emotions and yes, I think you can help that through crying.  Sometimes I cry and then I am fine and I can move on.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?  I am not sure.  If I think of anything, I will update my answer.
Do you celebrate the things you do have?  Oh yes!  This goes back to the way I like to look at situations.  If something bad happens, what was the good that came out of it.  I am thankful for the "things" I have too.
What is the difference between living and existing?  Maybe you get out there and make a difference in your life...have a job, or you are a friend, maybe you volunteer...actively living...interaction. Existing...maybe those people who are only plugged in to technology all of the time.  I use it too, but I mean people who use it all of the time and never get out and do anything or talk to anyone, even online.  You can make a difference online too.
If not now, then when?  Not sure what this means, but I am a do it now person.
Have you done anything lately worth remembering?  My co-workers and I plan events together and we go out and enjoy one another.  Friday we had a party for myself and another co-worker.  It will be memorable for me.  I try to make their celebrations memorable too.  We have an outing planned to go shopping soon.  That will be fun too.
What does your joy look like today?  I am in a positive place today.  Probably because of the great church service this morning.
Is it possible to lie without saying a word?  yes
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?  Wow!  What a great question!  I think we are all our own worst enemies...we talked about that last week.  I would not want or allow someone to be around me if they treated me the way I treat myself.  Interesting.  How could I judge someone for doing the same thing I do.  I can only handle so much.
Which activities make you lose track of time?  facebook
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?  I do teach, I teach special education preschool (ECSE)-Early Childhood Special Education.
What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?  not traveling more, we really need to get on that.  That is how memories are made.  My husband has a job that does not allow for much vacation.

23Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?  I have in the past, but I usually am able to let go of things now.  I have learned it only hurts me to hold on to hurt.
When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?  That I loved and spent time with my family and taught them about Jesus and that I know Jesus.

25 When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?  I always do what I think is right and yes, that comes with risk.