Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Random Dozen Week #10

I answered these Random Dozen questions while making No Bakes and banana bread for our English conversation group this morning. Sharing a computer has seriously cut into my writing/editing time so please forgive any grammatical or spelling errors. I am OH SO HAPPY to report that the Apple store in Cordoba had the part in stock (a miracle!) and even now my Macbook is "in the shop" and hopefully will be fixed by the end of the week. 

1. It's early morning, about 2:00AM, and you're driving home. You come to a red light and sit there. There is no one in sight for miles around. Do you wait it out or run the light? Wait. Besides it being the right thing to do, at 2 a.m. I would be virtually brain dead (WHY AM I OUT AND ABOUT AT 2 AM ANYWAY?!) and would not trust my judgment so I’d be extra careful about obeying the law.

2. If you had the chance to re-do the last 24 hours, would you change anything? Ummm, yeah, I wouldn’t have spent that ½ hour mindlessly looking at purple rose jewelry to go with the ‘interesting dress’ in yesterday’s post. Especially after Mari told me that fashion designing was probably not my calling in life. lol

3. When you reply to someone's comment on your blog, do you reply in your comments or go to her blog and comment? (Or email her) I usually go to the blog and comment UNLESS I’m going to be long-winded with my response. In which case I e-mail them.

4. Your favorite Disney movie is: Parent Trap (the original)

5. Do you recycle? There is not a recycling system in place where we live now but we do save plastic bottles for the guy who owns the hardware store we shop at; he uses them for various cleaning solutions he buys in bulk and then sells in smaller containers like the bottles. We also save glass jars for future canning projects since we cannot find canning jars. [I’m still kicking myself for giving away the dozens and dozens of jars I had in the U.S., rather than bringing them with us. But who would have thought they’d be so hard to come by?] And we save some of the other containers (especially ones with lids) for screws, nails and other assorted shop items; my husband likes for things to be sorted in the garage.

6. Games of strategy or games of chance? My favorite is Hand & Foot, a card game that’s sort of both, as are most of the games I enjoy (Scrabble, Boggle, Dominoes). There’s the element of chance but you have to play strategically too.

7. Do you have any recurring dreams? You definitely do not want to hear about those; I have very weird ones.

8. What did you learn from your first real job? I learned that skills are only part of the equation and ATTITUDE plays a huge part. I loved my first job! My boss was an amazing man from a well-to-do family in the northeast who spent his life traveling to places where there was a shortage of doctors (Africa, India). When I worked for him he was director of a small hospital in Appalachia, and he had a joy about life, about what he did -- even though the administrative part of his job wasn't his favorite and he much preferred to be in scrubs, dealing with patients (and it being such a small hospital he was able to do both). He collected games from around the world and when a friend would send him a new one, all work would stop while we figured out how the game worked.

9. Do you buy or borrow most books? When we lived in the U.S. I had three library cards :-) Now I have to buy all my books. *sigh* I miss the libraries and that access to lots of good FREE books!!!

10. What fashion trend of the past did you say you'd never wear again but did? Well, we all know what a fashionista I am. NOT! Hmmmm, when I was a kid and capris were popular (although we called them peddle pushers then – anyone know why?) I disliked them intensely. Back then I was really skinny – or scrawny as they say in the south – and it was not a good look on me. These days I appreciate their coverage and wear them all summer. Since I have vowed these legs will never don another pair of shorts, what will I do when capris go back out of style?!

11. When do you start Christmas shopping? I never stop. I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for good ideas for Christmas gifts.

12. Have you ever been so happy that you literally jumped up and down for a few seconds? If so, what was the occasion? I’m really not the jump-up-and-down kind of person.

I'd really love to stay and chat more but I have to run! My English conversation group awaits. Hasta luego!


Jenny wren's nest said...

I love to play hand and foot, nobody will play it with me because I always win. can you come over next week? I make you dinner.

Joyce said...

Maybe we called them pedal pushers because you could safely ride a bike in them...long pants used to sometimes get caught in the spokes?

#4-me too!

Enjoy your day

sara said...

i love card games and I have never heard of hand and foot. how do you play?

I had to laugh over #2!!!

I have very weird dreams too! and I almost always remember them all in detail!!

so happy your computer will be fixed this week! woo hoo!!

SusanD said...

I've never heard of that card game either. And that Mari....she tells it, doesn't she? lol Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Susanne said...

I'm loving capris more and more as the years go by. LOL. We used to call them pedal pushers too, I think because they were worn when riding bikes because they didn't get caught up in the chain? We also called them clam diggers.

I can't imagine not having access to a library. Not just for the free books, but it's also my escape place.

rita said...

Now the clam diggers I cannot understand.

Hand & Foot! I wish I could was fun!

Loved the Dr. story.

Fenomenal! la compu de vuelta en pocos dias!!!

Barbara H. said...

I don't think I've ever heard of Hand and Foot.

I'm not much of a jumper, either.

Great answer to #8.

Jewel said...

Never knew why capris were called pedal pushers... I suppose it makes sense! HA.

skoots1mom said...

love me some Scrabble!

I believe 'weird ones' come with menopause...i should write mine down b/c they REALLY are WEIRD.

Being a director of a small hospital in Appalachia would be extremely challenging, yet fulfilling.

Oh...I wish I could send you a library...FREE books!!!

Peddle mom sometimes called them clam diggers...we didn't live at the beach though.

I bet you jumped when you found out DD was coming to see you...hee hee

Hope you group was fun today....

Mari said...

I love playing hand and foot! I'm not a jumping up and down sort of person either.
Capris? I thought they were so ugly and swore I would never wear them. Now, like you I wonder what I'll do when they go out of style.

SmallTownRunner said...

I jump up and down regularly. My husband thinks it's cute.

SouthLakesMom said...

I made banana bread this a.m. while getting ready for my community Bible study group -- so we were almost on the same wave length!

I love how you're so positive about just making things work differently there...God is so amazing at how He challenges us to stretch, isn't He?

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I'm with you on the 2:00 am thing! If I'm out driving at that hour then it is cause for concern(for everyone).

Great Random Dozen!

Have a great week and I hope your computer is repaired quickly!!


2Thinks said...

I've never heard of that card game, but we really like cards over here. For some reason, when I read your answer to that one, it made me think immediately of some disease associated with cows- hand and foot disease or something. Weird.

Hey, anyone learnin' any English over there? I know I learn a little Spanish every time I visit here. :)

Anonymous said...

I miss libraries too!
Nice post by the way.

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KD said...

We love Hand & Foot (I'll teach you next time, Heidi) It has enough skill involved to keep half of us interested and is simple and uncomplicated to interest the rest of us! Nice combo.
I absolutely am with you on the peddle-pushers! :D

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