Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Random Dozen, Live From Mendoza!

You know you're dedicated to a meme when you do it even while on vacation. But what better time to do something like this, than when you're doing nothing at all?

Well, not nothing. But not much. Tuesday has been a day for catching our breath and just relaxing. If you're following our vacation adventures, you'll know we're doing it in typical Hoyt style... which is to say, nothing is really going as planned.

Well, not that we actually planned anything...

Oh, let's just get on with the meme.

(But keep in mind I'm in vacation mode.)

1. When was the last time you craved a food--what was it, and did you cave? Didn't even realize I WAS craving it until I saw it in Carrefour... sitting there, alone, amidst the potato chips where someone had abandoned it: Pepperidge Farm MILANO COOKIES. Be still my heart! Honestly, my heart really did skip a couple beats. I totally ♡ these cookies and had not seen any in eighteen months. [That's around 550 days without Pepperidge Farm MILANO COOKIES, in case you're counting.] I am savoring each and every cookie and am sharing grudgingly with Ivan and Tina. 

2. M & M's or Skittles? Duh. M & M's, hands down. 'Cause they're CHOCOLATE. Skittles can't hold a candle to that kind of goodness (but I wouldn't turn Skittles down unless it was an either/or situation). 

3. Have you ever read the Bible completely through? Yes. Going through it again now with the hubby, although our one-year plan has morphed into two years plus.

4. How long does it take you to really wake up in the morning? Depends on how well I've slept. After a good night with 6 or so hours of sleep it doesn't take too long, maybe 10-15 minutes. After one of my hormonal insomniac nights, I'm not sure I ever really wake up but rather float through the day in a sleep-deprived stupor. Have had a lot of those these past few years, and from what I've read on other blogs I'm not alone.

5. Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, would you like to? One mini cruise, just three days long. We're not cruise kind of people. But one of these years I'd love to fly to Alaska, take the train across, and then finish with a cruise. Everyone we've talked to who has done it absolutely raves about how wonderful it is. 

6. Who is your favorite actress? Julia Roberts with Meryl Streep a close second.

7. ______ is something that I will just never understand. The way men communicate...

8. How much of a technology junkie are you? Not much, which is why I depend on my techie son when I run into problems.

9. Do you enjoy selecting greeting cards for people, or is it more of a cultural "have to" for you? I could -- and did -- spend excessive amounts of time picking out cards in the U.S. Since there is not much of a greeting card culture here and the selection is a tiny fraction of what I was used to, I haven't bought a single card in 18 months. 

10. When was the last time you got a new style/haircut? New style in August, latest cut in mid-December. Yep, about time for a trim; gotta keep this short and spikey style short and spikey.

11. What do you enjoy shopping for most? Normally stuff for the house and books would run neck-and-neck in this race. But since I can't find books in English here, I'll go with stuff for the house. 

12. What's the last thing you think of before you leave the house? Should I go to the bathroom one more time?

On this vacation we've encountered a new twist on conserving energy. Here's a clue. Can you figure out what it is?


sara said...

#12!!! only those of us in those "later years" will fully understand!!! ha ha!

now the looks sort of like what we encountered in Italy. There you had to put your room key in a box when you entered the room for the lights to come on.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I so get walking around in a fog after a sleepless night. I hate those hormonally induces bouts of insomnia. Thankfully they don't happen often.

Have fun on your vacation.


The Bug said...

Oh I ALWAYS have to go again right before we leave - & I've been that way most of my life. It has gotten worse in later years... In fact, on road trips I have to keep myself slightly dehydrated or we'd have to stop every hour LOL!

Have fun on your vacation! I tend to not want to have things planned so I can just relax & go with the spur of the moment. So Dr. M secretly plans things & then just casually introduces the idea to me as if it had just come to him. Sneaky!

Jenny wren's nest said...

I am going to have to try out Milano cookies, I hope they have choclate in them.

Mom24 said...

I enjoyed reading your responses. Wow! Your life has really changed, hasn't it?

I can really relate to the bathroom answer. :)

Amy said...

On vacation and still are my hero. I can't have chocolate, long story, but when I did I loved me some M&M's. My daughter loves the mint milano cookies.

Great answers!!


SmallTownRunner said...

Skittles for me. I like fruity things.

I don't know what that new twist gadget is. Do you have to unlock the panel before you can turn on lights or something? I'm curious!

By the way, I'm granting you the Happy 101 award, but the post won't be up until Friday, so you'll have to check my blog then!

Mocha with Linda said...

I'm thinking the locked-up thing at the end of your post is the thermostat.

Great answers! Enjoy your down time!

Kathy said...

That picture of the light switch brought back memories of when I was in Rome. The lights would only work when we had the key in the slot. I like the idea one way to not loose the keys and also to conserve energy- for those who leave lights on everytime they leave the hotel.
Love your answers... I am NOT looking forward to those hormonal changes... since I really enjoy my sleep.

Nel said...

Milano Cookies are to die for... hmmm going to have to go to the grocery store this Enjoyed your answers!

Kay said...

The way men communicate. So true!!!!

Is that a thermostat? I certainly hope you don't need the key to potty (see#12!! LOL)

skoots1mom said...

i should have said #12 the way you did...that's funny and for me, very true!

Susanne said...

Ah, yes. I am so with you on #7! LOL.

Lhoyt said...

Maybe you should have said the way men do not communicate. At work, the women drive me crazy with their chatter, and at home, I would welcome more conversation with Mary!

rita said...

I told Mother to go catch up on blog-reading while I kept on cleaning the fridge, etc. She came out to ask about that key thing. When she realized what it does, she said she should have one!