Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Random Dozen

While the fog of cleaning solution slowly dissipates in the bathroom -- until the point I can venture forth and actually breathe while scrubbing toilet, sink and tile -- I decided to see how fast I can post this week's Random Dozen. Because what better way to accompany speed cleaning than speed blogging?

So hang on to your hats, here we go!

1. Define a great relationship.
Wherein I am the object of adoration and an excess of lavish gifts.
Oh, I jest.
Kind of.
A great relationship involves trust, first and foremost. Then comes the ability to be silent together at times. Or to put it another way: not find it necessary to fill all the white space with words. A shared sense of humor. Kindness. Generosity that goes both ways. Time together that leaves you encouraged and motivated to be a better person.
Honestly, I could spend all my speed blogging time on this one question! So let's just move on...

2. Why is it called a "drive-through" if you have to stop? (Real question: What was the last food/drink you purchased at a drive-through?)
Since there are no drive-throughs here that I know of, it's been over 18 months and if you think I can remember back that far, you are seriously delusional.

3. As I type this, the Butler Bulldogs are getting ready to play in the NCAA championship game. Every Hoosier is hysterical about this except me. So in honor of the Bulldogs ... what is your favorite breed of dog? (I tried.)
Hmmmm. Another one of those seemingly innocent questions that could totally boondoggle you into a blogging breakdown.
If I had to choose just one breed, it would probably be a cocker spaniel.
4. If you had to move to a state besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?
South Carolina. Or maybe New Mexico. Possibly Colorado.

5. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
Oh my word, what are you trying to do Linda, send us all into therapy?
I'd probably change a lot about the way I was raised but then I wouldn't be the person I am today, which might or might not be a good thing, but then we'll never know, will we, since that's NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

6. Who's the funniest person you know?
My husband cracks me up! He also makes me groan at times with his silly puns. But when I think of funny, I think of Rob and Paul. Those two, when combined, always send us into hysterics. We laugh until we are weak. And smile for weeks over their stories and antics.  We met them when they were college students and now Rob is the associate pastor at our home church.

7. Did you get enough sleep last night?
Not even close. Can any middle-aged woman remember the last time she got a good nights sleep? I'm pretty sure I slept more when my kids were babies; at least they eventually slept through the night and so did I. A female doctor on some dramedy was chastising a patient who was complaining about something minor, and she said, "Get over it. I haven't slept in five years." It was an inconsequential comment that stayed with me because IT STRUCK A CHORD. Yep, I think it's been about five years.

8. What's the first thing you thought about this morning?

9. Grilled or Fried? --HONESTLY
Grilled. Can't handle the fried much any more. Sad but true.

10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not really. I need it completely dark in order to go to sleep.

11.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A paleontologist. I grew up at a time the U.S. was starting to push the maths and sciences for all students, girls and boys alike. I was fascinated by geology and fossils and rocks. 

12. If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?
Instead of being all settled and middle-aged at this point in my life, I'm simply middle-aged and confused.
About what I'm doing.
Where I want to go (as a person, not a place).
What I want to be (as a person, not a career).
How I fit into the grand scheme of things.
The older I get, it seems the less I know.

And that's all I have time for with this speed blogging thing. The fumes have settled and the bathroom is ready to be cleaned.

[At least I know what I'm doing IN THIS MOMENT: cleaning the bathroom.
And where I'm going IN THIS MOMENT: to clean the bathroom.
And what I am going to be IN THIS MOMENT: the cleaner of the bathroom.
And how I fit into the grand scheme of things: the perpetual cleaner of the bathroom.]


SusanD said...

Love #12....and the side note that follows. I'm right there with you. Have a great week. Blessings, SusanD

sara said...

Kim you are hilarious!!! I loved the questions this week and your answers made me laugh!!

Joyce said...

#12-me too.

I get bogged down in these randoms think they will be quick and simple but sometimes writing a deep and thoughtful post is easier. Essentially I overthink all my answers. Is that related to menopause as well? Probably : )

Just Breathe said...

I enjoy going around an reading everyone's answers. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your week.

2Thinks said...

The last few sentences were the laugh out louders for me, because I totally get that: you know where you're going right now, to clean the bathroom and what you're going to do, clean the bathroom and what you are: the cleaner of the bathroom..Wahhaaaahaa!! I love that. That is so where I live right now. Not so much in the bathroom, but in that emotional word picture.

Middle aged bloggers unite!

Betty said...

As always you crack me up! :) I totally get your answer on Nr. 12. It´s something I´m thinking about too. You should do a post on that.
And the sleep answer! hahaha YOu said it girl! I would love to say "Get over it" to people who complain of not getting enough sleep, yet they sleep 8 or more hours!

rita said...

Great definition/description of relationship!
Are you still interested in/passionate about paleotological stuff?
Focus, focus, focus...soooooo necessary. What I must do right now is write, write, write and submit tonight. Forget cleaning the bathrooms, at lest for today.

skoots1mom said...

ability to be silent ...amen, Sista!
generosity goes both ways...FOR SURE :)
no drive-throughs...would have a hard time with this...i'm selfish, horribly
NCAA championship ...cocker spaniel...oh, so cute...I've always wanted one, but hubby couldn't handle the barking, i'm afraid.
New Mexico...i've heard it's a fantabulous place to live.
Maybe we can retire there together :)
It's wonderful hubby cracks you up...that's the way it's suppoesed to be :)
Middle-aged women can't be imagined...until you're going through it with ya! what was it?
Grilled....yeah, baby!!!!!
paleontologist...that's cool, I'd love to go on a treasure hunt with you!!!
geology/ think it's fun too!
Schizo...simply're not's normal, we're having FUN in our OWN way :)...wanna come clean my bath? I'm so excitged...we start the reno'v'n next week!!!!!

Mary said...

#7: so, so very true!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

So I'm sensing that you're about to go clean the bathroom...

We used to have a blonde cocker spaniel when we first got married. Sadly he was hit by a car. It was very sad as it was the first pet that me and my husband ever had. His name was Spencer. In hindsight we probably shouldn't have gotten him as we both worked full time and really did not have time to spend with a puppy. He got out of the back yard one morning after we left for work. Live and learn.

He was a sweetie though.


Mocha with Linda said...

I better go to the BR because your answers are going to cause me to regret not going before I read them!

Not sure which is funnier - the answers or the asides following them.

Can you come clean my bathroom?

The Bug said...

Enough with the bathroom - when are you going to come vacuum my house? THAT'S the task I hate MOST. Sigh.

Once again you made me laugh out loud. Thanks! :)

Dawn said...

Colorado is just beautiful, especially the Denver area. My whole family was fortunate enough to go out to Denver for a IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) meeting. My dad was the only one who needed to go to the meetings, so me, my brother, and my mom went around Denver and Boulder, we even hiked a little bit, and it is breathtaking.

Cae ♥

Amy said...

puns? You must mean Ivanisms! ;)