Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Random Dozen

It's that time of week again. Ready to learn more than you ever wanted to know about me? Or maybe I should say, about the way my mind works. It's a scary thing folks!

1. What insect are you most afraid of? Feel free to post a picture.
While I don't like insects of any kind, I am most afraid of SPIDERS. Because I don't want to traumatize visitors, this is photo-free response. 

2. What is the greenest/most organic thing about you or that you do?
I'd like to say I always remember to use the fabric shopping bags I made...
homemade shopping bag
...but that would be a lie. Too often I forget to put them back in the car right away so they're not there the next time we need bags. 
Probably the greenest thing I do right now is use cloth napkins -- rather than continually going through reams and reams of paper napkins.
The greenest thing my husband does is compost.
There is no recycling system here.
As we think about the house we hope to build, we want to include a cistern to collect rain water which can be used for the toilets, washing machine, and watering the yard. We also want to install solar panels on the roof.

3. Tell me about a recurring dream that haunts you.
Missing a plane (which is sorta weird considering the following question).

4. Have you ever missed a flight? What were the circumstances?
No, but that doesn't stop me from having recurring dreams/nightmares about it!
Although there was the time we bought round-trip tickets with an overseas airline when we moved to Uganda for a year to fill in for missionaries on furlough. 9/11 happened while we were there and shortly thereafter that airline went belly up, leaving us with round trip tickets to nowhere. In the end, however, the airline that replaced it honored our return tickets as far as Brussels and we only had to pay for tickets from Europe to the U.S. (and you can always find cheap flights back and forth between those two places). So not exactly a missed flight, more like a missed airline.

5. What do you consider your best feature?
It used to be my smooth, fresh complexion but middle age has brought splotches and a perpetual flush. My ear lobes are still in pretty good shape even if the rest of me sags or bulges.

6. What was the last concert you went to?
A string quartet that played at the municipality last year.

7. Describe the most embarrassing church moment you ever experienced.
The first time we visited a church after moving to Florida, our son (he'd just turned 3) looked at a woman (who would later become a good friend) and said, "Boy, are you fat!" If there'd been anything to crawl into or under, I would have done it! Thankfully she was gracious about it. Yes, we talked to our son after the fact and explained why that kind of comment was inappropriate. But that's a case of shutting the barn door after the cows were already out.

8. Are you a whistler, hummer or singer?
More of a hummer.

9. George Washington Carver said, "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." What is God saying to you through nature today, or this very minute?
I am honestly too tired to think through this question and come up with a coherent answer. Every attempt I've made in the last ten minutes to formulate a reply sounded ridiculous.

10. On September, 1, 1752, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia. What memorable event will take place in your life on September 1, 2010?
I'll eat the last brownie in the pan.

11. Taco Bell or the Liberty Bell? (You must choose.)
Liberty Bell. Taco Bell gives me a tummy ache Every.Single.Time.

12. Do you believe men and women can have purely platonic friendships? 
Yes. It's unusual but possible.

If you just can't get enough of the randomness, make sure to stop by Lid's place for additional aimless answers from all over the blogosphere.


Joyce said...

I loved your answers today, especially #'s 5 and 10!

I use cloth bags (not as cute as yours!) too and I keep them on the floor in the front seat so I see them when I shop. Hubs keeps moving them to the trunk. No way will I remember to take them into the store if they're in the trunk. I sometimes forget them when they're right in front of me : )

rita said...

I am struggling trying to remember shopping bags. Yesterday was a first: I actually took 3 into Aldi's and needed no other to carry my groceries!!! Now how many more times will I have to repeat that before it becomes a habit? 35? 80?

I just found three cloth napkins at the Dollar Smart in colors that go with our decor!

Ughhh, I was reminded of our recent missed-plane incident. :(

ear lobes, the only intact area left...Ha! :)

Loved GW Carver's quote. I must tune in!

Kay said...

I can't get into the fabric shopping back groove. I have a couple of them and they stay stashed neatly in the van. And I forget about them. Every single time.

Teresa Dawn said...

I don't understand why everyone answers spiders for #1. I think they are gorgeous (or cute depending on the type.) and I love them. Tied for my favourite with butterflies.

My sister and I both pulled the "fat" comment at around the age 2, to the embarrassement of our poor mum. She was just waiting for our younger brother to do it too, but he never did.

Betty said...

I misunderstood that Nr. 5 and wrote about my best "trait". Oh well.
I love the bag you made for your grocery´s.
Totally forgot to mention that we do have a cistern and use rain water for everything. That is totally being green, right? :)

The Bug said...

Kim with the sexy earlobes LOL. Heh.

I leave my trunk open when I take the groceries in so I'll remember to put the empty bags back in. And, finally, after about three years of using the cloth bags, I remember to take them into the grocery store! I also have a smushable bag that I keep in my purse - I really hate going to grab one thing from the drug store & getting a whole plastic bag for it.

One time when we were really small, my brother was being squirmy in church so my dad took him out. He started yelling, "Please don't beat me daddy!" What's funny about that is the most we ever got was a swat to our well-padded behinds. Which is why we're spoiled brats to this day.

momma24 said...

Great list! I make my kiddos in charge of the bags since their memory is better than mine! heehee

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Girl...I get being so tired that you can't put two words together!

Rest assured we know that the thoughts are in there and once sufficiently rested they will make there way to the surface!

Loved those shopping bags by the way. Very cute!!!

I do the very same thing. I try to keep mine in the car but sometimes I forget to take them back out to the car. The most time i simply forget to take them into the store when i go.

A long time ago i made a few shopping bags out of some cheap muslin. My mistake was making them too big. The grocery store checkers seem to not under stand the concept of not overloading the reusable bags. The regularly put one or two items in the flimsy plastic bags to insure that they bags wont break, but when they see a cloth bag they stuff so may groceries down in them that you can not hoist it from he cart to the car!

Did you use a pattern for the bags or did you just make it up! They were great!

Go figure!