Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrumptious Blog Award

Laura from String of Pearls tagged me in this super fun game!  And, I'm a big fan of Laura and her blog, so I figured I'd play along.   If you aren't familiar with Laura's blog...Laura is a blogging grandma and the authoress of Finding Grace.  Here are Laura's questions.

1. What was your favorite sitcom growing up?

We never really watched sitcoms. The only TV we watched was PBS or cartoons on Saturday morning.  My favorite PBS Show was Square One.  It was a geeky math show and my absolute favorite part of it was the last 10 minutes of each show was this detective skit called MathNet. I loved that little 10 minutes part of the show...it was my absolute favorite.  I can still clearly see the detectives pulling their calculators out of their pockets and yelling "MATHEMATICIANS FREEZE" as they were about the apprehend the bad guys. 

Yes, I was a geek.

2. What song makes you happy every time you hear it?

Hmmm...that's a tough one.  I don't listen to much music.  In fact, every since having kids 11 years ago, I greatly prefer the sounds of silence.   I do like a lot of songs...I just have to have total silence to enjoy listening to them (which doesn't happen often). 

But, one song that always makes me smile when my husband sings it is The Errant Apprentice.   Everyone loves a good Irish drinking song, right?

3. Have you ever had anything happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?

Yes, probably too many to count. The first instance that I remember feeling like that comes to mind is when I was about 16 or so.  I was horse crazy and worked at a stable down the street from me.  It was a really small stable and the owner would let me ride his horse in exchange for grooming, cleaning stalls, etc.  Sadly, the horse got Eastern Equine Encephalitis and had to be put down.  I was obviously quite sad, but I ended up going to work at another, bigger stable where I was able to get actual riding lessons and learn jumping and get a lot more experience with horses, so it turned out to be for the best.. 

The other main instance have occurred is as an adult...we've gone through lots of job loss which led to different jobs and opportunities and living in different areas so looking back, I suppose the job loss was all for the best.

The third main instance is a bit harder to talk about, but back on Christmas Day, 2003 I miscarried my 2nd baby at 7 weeks pregnant.  I was due Aug. 15th 2004.  Which as it turns out would have been an absolutely terrible time to have a baby as during that time we were unemployed, didn't have health insurance and were in transition between jobs.  Then just 2 months later in Feb, I got pregnant with Greta, who was born Oct. 2004....a much  better time to have a baby, as we had a job and health insurance.   So, while I'm sure we would have loved and cherished that baby that we lost, if I hadn't miscarried that baby we wouldn't have Greta and she is just awesome...the world would be a sadder place without Greta in it.

4. Do you have a favorite saint you pray to, or one to whom you feel a special friendship?

St. Jude....because with me, every crisis is an impossible cause.

5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A veterinarian.  More specifically, a large animal veterinarian...I wanted to travel around to farms and work with horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.

6. Do you prefer scary movies or comedies?

I prefer mysteries/detective movies, so I guess those are more scary than comedic.  But, I don't like horror movies, which is what one usually thinks of when they mention scary movies.

7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I've always wished I could sing beautifully, but I am sorely lacking in talent when it comes to singing, so that will NEVER happen.

8. When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you spend?

Either blogging or reading blogs or reading a good mystery novel.

9. What's the hardest thing you've ever done?

Move to Florida with my family so my husband could attend law school.  We had 3 kids and it was really scary, financially speaking.  Somehow we survived and didn't starve to death, and now he has a law degree!

10. If you could be any fictional character, whom would you choose?

Nancy Drew...because she's super cool and always solves the case.  And., she escapes death at least 5 times every book. Plus, she's super talented at everything and always kind and basically perfect in every way.  So who wouldn't want to be her?


Here are the rules for the SCRUMPTIOUS BLOG AWARD:
1. Once you are awarded, post about it on your blog and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Answer all of the questions on the tag.

3. Do not award anyone who has more than 100 followers.

4. Come up with 10 new questions.

5. Tag 5 to 10 people.

I'm tagging.

So, play along ladies, if you like this sorta thing.  Or don't...I won't be offended, I promise. 

Here are your questions.

1.  Are you introverted or extroverted?

2. When did you start blogging and why?

3. What is your greatest strength in your parenting?  Or, if you don't have kids yet, what is your greatest strength in your other significant relationships.

4. What is your biggest weakness in parenting?  Or, if you don't have kids yet, what is your greatest weakness in your other significant relationships.

5. If you had to choose a "last meal", what would you choose?

6.  Do you have any pets?

7.  Do you consider yourself to be "crunchy/granola"?  How?

8.  Are you living where you want to live? (ie. Would you rather be living someplace else right now?)

9. How would you describe your fashion style?  What types of clothes do you typically wear?

10. What is your favorite season and why?
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