Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The weekly Random Dozen!

Well, the whole family had fun listening to me read these questions aloud and yelling what they thought my answers should be. But rest assured, the answers are all my own. Thanks to Linda for coming up with great questions every week. I almost got depressed today because I had no ideas for a blog post, but then I remembered the Random Dozen. Linda, you're better than Prozac! Now if someone could figure out why every time I try to put the graphic here, Blogger tells me there's a problem with my html . . .

1. Candy corn: Your thoughts?

I love the stuff. It has no redeeming quality other than that there's nothing else like it and I love it. But it has to be Brach's. The cheap stuff is nasty.

2. Briefly, what was the first conversation you ever had with your spouse? (or best friend, if you're not married.) (Or someone significant, like your librarian.)

We met at a Wednesday night prayer meeting in somebody's basement. After the meeting, I walked up to him, stuck my hand out, and said, "Hi. I'm Karen ******." He shook my hand and said, "Hi. I'm . . . " and couldn't remember his name. And I'm not making this up. He rescued himself by looking in the front of his Bible, where his name was written.

3. Could you ever become a vegetarian?

I doubt it. I could do without beef for a long time, but I like chicken and love seafood. And tofu? Seriously.

4. Have you ever dressed up your pet in a costume?

No, but my children used to put doll clothes and the baby's shirts on my Yorkie. *sigh* I miss him.

5. Name something about childhood that you miss (like Clark Bars, Teaberry Gum, Malibu Barbie, cracking fake eggs on people's heads with your fist and "It's the Great Pumpkin" airing only once a year).

Not paying taxes. Riding our bikes on the trails we made through the woods. Camping and not caring how dirty you got. Clean TV.

6. Have you ever won a trophy? If not, what do you deserve a trophy for?

Not an actual trophy, but I did win awards from the New Jersey State Piano Educators Association, or whatever they were called (they don't give trophies to pianists). Every year we had to play for a bunch of judges at Rutgers University, and I would shake and sweat and not sleep the night before. Soccer would have been so much easier.

7. When do you think is the appropriate time to begin playing Christmas music each year?

December 24th. I get sick of it in a BIG hurry.

8. What's your favorite board game?

I rarely play a board game, but I guess I would say Scrabble, being the word nerd I am. I hate Monopoly, and always have. It might have something to do with my two older brothers beating me mercilessly when we were kids. My son once tried to teach me how to play Risk. I just don't get it.

9. How do you feel about surprises (receiving, not giving)?

They're fun, but I don't need them to be happy. I prefer surprises at someone else's house.

10. Is it easy for you to say, "I'm sorry?"

Oh yes. I get plenty of practice.

11. What is your favorite candle scent?

I'm not so much for scents, but I had a homemade candle a few years ago that was made and given to me by a friend, and the scent sticker on the bottom said "Fun on the Beach." I'm pretty sure that's not a Yankee Candle favorite.

12. October is traditionally "open house" time in public schools. If you had a literal open house in your home (like a reception) what light snacks would you serve visitors and what would you show them (as in art projects, graded papers) that would uniquely represent you?

I would make crab dip, spinach artichoke dip, veggies and ranch dip (we're into dips here, can you tell?), and a hot chicken dip Ben had at a company party recently. 

I would show them my kids. They are my life's work.

Be thankful ~



2nd Cup of Coffee said...

First of all, may I quote you on the blog as saying, "You're better than Prozac?" because that is HILARIOUS.
On many levels.

I wonder how your fam would have answered for you??

Love the first meeting story, so sweet. You knocked his own name from his brain. That's impressive.

So fun, Thanks for playing.

SouthLakesMom said...

Karen, great answers. I like the dip list -- recipes?

And your life's work...very nice.

And your husband not knowing his name -- that is just priceless. You must have really rung his chimes!

Michelle said...

brachs's is the ONLY way to go for Candy corn!

that is SO funny about him forgetting his name!!!

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved these answers. Made him forget his own name, huh?! That's great!

Woohoo! Another word geek!

Joyce said...

Wow-you made your husband forget his own name...that is truly impressive!

I'd love to help you with the html problem but I'm about the least techie person on the planet. My daughter arrives home from college tonite for a couple of days and I have my questions ready...I like to refer to her as my IT support : ) I have also had great luck putting a question into blogger might try there.

The Bug said...

Oh I was practically crying I laughed so hard about your husband forgetting his name - that's so funny!

I have a blogger blog & here's how I got the graphic - but I don't know if it will help you! I right-clicked on the graphic on Linda's page & saved it onto my computer as a .jpg file. Then I inserted it as a picture into the blog post.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

So you know how when you meet someone and you just INSTANTLY like them?

I think you're one of those for me.

You're stinkin' hilarious! Okay, here's my thoughts:

*Candy corn: ditto.

*Conversation with husband: hands down my favorite answer. That's awesome!

*And tofu? Seriously.

*Not paying taxes: AMEN!

*An award for playing piano: impressive! And admirable.

*Christmas music: okay, this is an area we disagree. But I can live with that!

*Practice saying I'm sorry: me too.

*My most favorite answer on your blog: #12. Just perfect.

So great to meet you! I don't normally follow the first time I visit, but I'm gonna.