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Coffee Chat: September 2010

AND THE WINNER OF THE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS: #96 GRANDGIVEAWAYS!!!

THE WINNER OF THE $10.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD IS: #73 BETH SHEPHERD!!

Thank you to everyone who visited and played!! I really enjoyed reading your answers! We’ll do this again in December!

(Grandgiveaways and Beth, if you read this before I’ve contacted you, please email me!)


Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

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On September 17th, at 4:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners – first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

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Ready for the questions?

Question 1. What’s something you intended to do today, but didn’t. Why not?

Question 2. What’s something about yourself that you hope will change, but that probably never will?

Question 3. Which do you prefer: the hustle and bustle of city life or the quiet and serenity of country life? Why?

Question 4. What photos do you cherish from the past? Where do you keep them now?

Question 5. Was there ever a time when it turned out you were right, in spite of many others who thought otherwise? Explain the situation.

Question 6. If you could go back in time, what year would you visit? Why?

Question 7: Are people trustworthy? Explain your answer.

LAST QUESTION: How are you different now than you were before September 11, 2001?

My answer: I’m more aware of what is happening in our country. Before 9/11, I never paid much attention to politics or policies or where our country was going. Afterward, I started paying attention, becoming more involved and voicing my opinions and concerns. It also gave me a much deeper appreciation for our great country and a renewed sense of pride – we truly live in the greatest country on the earth – we have earned that title and should not be ashamed of that fact. Ever.


Thank you for playing along! I truly enjoyed reading your answers!

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208 thoughts on “Coffee Chat: September 2010”

  1. Since 911 I guess my view of our government has become more jaded with the revelations about our government not having evidence to justify the war in Iraq. 911 wasn’t unexpected but I don’t think anyone would have imagined an event on this scale. I have followed events in history, so I have a pessimmist view.

  2. I’m a little different since 911 because how could I not be sad when so many lives were lost? I do already know about death from personal experience so it hasn’t really changed me in that way, I already know to cherish those I love!

  3. I mourn not only the loss of life, but the loss of privacy and freedom we’ve had to endure because of it. I feel that it also gave rise to political and religious extremism that has had a negative polarizing effect on our country. I guess it has made me sad and more cynical, sorry to say.

  4. I am not too different, but I am more concerned about people letting fear cause people to take away others’ rights

  5. I’ve become frustrated with the misdirected anger, fear and even hate since 9/11. I’ve been fairly close to the realities of terrorism – I grew up in Oklahoma City and remember literally, physically feeling the blast shock wave of the Murrah bombing that morning as well as the realization that both of my parents frequented that building as part of their jobs and could easily have been killed. My husband is active-duty military and has been deployed to the Middle East in the War on Terror. When I hear people say things (and this is something I’ve actually heard in conversation) like “Obama? Sounds like ‘Osama’. I just don’t trust anyone with that name.” and publicly disrespecting Islam (which only gives extremist regimes fuel for propaganda and undermines our efforts to bring peace and stability to the region) it makes me very sad. My pre-9/11 memories of terrorism are of a nation united saying “we will not give in to fear”. My post-9/11 memories are of a divided nation where many are saying “it’s us against them” – saddest of all that the “they” we are supposedly against are often a part of “us”.

  6. 9/11 taught me to take nothing for granted! Our lifes (or our ‘loved ones’) can be taken away as quick as a ‘blink of an eye’! After 9/11, I’ve also become more ‘tolerate’ of security measures taken at airports!

  7. I think since September 11, 2001 I am much more careful not to judge people because of their heritage. I think in the past I was much more use to thinking of a people from a culture being that culture. Now I realize that there is good and bad in all cultures and religious beliefs are a right of this country. Not everyone from a culture or religious set is extreme and we have to remember not to group them all together.

  8. I don’t know that I am any different from how I was before 9/11/01. Since I was already in my 60s then, I had already had many years to learn both how horrible mankind can be to others, and how selfless mankind can be in response to tragedy. I know that many feel less safe now because of their realization that fanatics can always find a way to cause death and destruction, but on a personal level, I actually feel safer than I did in my younger years. After all, I was stationed in Norfolk, VA, during the Cuban Missile Crisis (and was truly aware that was a bulls-eye site if those missiles were fired!) and worked in a large government building that went through a major security overhaul after the Oklahoma City bombing. As a retiree, I live in a very rural area, which wouldn’t be a target rich environment, and one daughter and her family are also in this area. The biggest worry on a safety front is for my other daughter, who lives in CA, and that worry really isn’t so much terror related, but general big city concerns.

  9. Since 9-11 I’m more aware that the United States is not as safe of a place as I thought it was despite have an excellent military, if someone wants to attack us they will find a way. I think it opened everyones eyes and made us more aware of our surroundings.

  10. Yes, I’m different now, but in a bad way. The United States has always protected individual people’s rights, but after 9/11, the government feels like it just has to say the magic words, “Homeland Security” and then it can stick its nose wherever it wants. And the Republicans have built their whole party around fear. It reminds me of The Music Man. A new pool table came into town, so he convinced everybody that it was going to ruin their children, and that’s how he got them to enroll their kids in his imaginary band. And that’s just what the Republicans are doing. Make us stupid peons afraid and we’ll come running to join their side. I resent that they think we’re stupid, and I resent even more that there are plenty of gullible people who DO believe everything they’re saying. I’ve always considered myself an Independent, but it’s hard to keep believing that when I really, really hate one of the parties.

    And I REALLY hate that I feel this way.

  11. I’m different now because I have a more tolerant and accepting worldview and better appreciate how quickly even the healthiest and happiest people can be taken away from you.

  12. 9-11 made me realize that things can change in an instant. I make sure every day that my family knows how much I love them. We don’t live in terror about what might happen, doing that would suck all the joy out of life now.

  13. Well, sadly, I am nervous for me and my family to travel by air. We still do it, but I never forget and don’t think about it while throughout the whole process.

  14. Since 9/11 things have changed for me, but not because of the events of 9/11. My faith in God has substained me through many events since 9/11-the death of my spouse, mother, brother and sister; my daughter’s cancer, my illness and many other events.

  15. I like to believe that people are trustworthy, however many people have made that hard for me to believe anymore. I don’t think people are as trustworthy as they used to be.

  16. In general I find must people today are not trustworthy or true to their word. I believe we no longe hold people accountable for their words and actions and this has resulted in a general lack of honesty, responsibility and general decency.

  17. I only really trust people who are close to me with important things. I think most people are trustworthy but sometimes there own self interest can get in the way.

  18. I think that most people are trustworthy most of the time, but some people are at times NOT trustworthy. It takes a little bit of “know how” to weed them out!

  19. Overall I think most people are trustworthy. I think our society likes to focus on the negative and things that will gather the most attention so sometimes it seems like people are up to no good, but I think most people are good at heart.

    luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I do believe people are trustworthy. I was raised in this belief. It is sad that people worry that what someone else is up to. I also know that you can be burned with this belief. Not to be cynical but maybe I just want to believe but still cover myself in case they aren’t trustworthy!!

  21. I wish there were more trustworthy people. Unfotunately, the untrustworthy people seem to ruin it for those of us that are trustworthy. Some people you just can’t trust.

  22. I don’t think the question should be are other people trustworthy, but rather are you trustworthy? If you are trustworthy then you don’t need to worry about other people’s behaviors. I know that sometimes their behaviors can hurt us, but ultimately we don’thave a lot of control over other people.

  23. I’ve seen way too many examples of people not being trustrworthy but I still enter into any interaction believing the best of people until I get burned. I work at a community center and most of my clients are youth with extensive criminal backgrounds and many spend a lot of their time robbing people. But because they trust and respect me, I now know that they wouldn’t steal from me and some of the ones with more stature (gang leaders) demand of the younger folks that they respect all staff.

    Well, that’s kind of a depressing answer. In general, I’ve come across too many people who lie, cheat, and steal to think that people can be trusted.

  24. I’d like to believe that most people are trustworthy. Experience hasn’t always shown me this to be true, but I still try to believe in the best.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  25. I think most people are trustworthy. Although trust develops over time, people are basically worthy of trust!

  26. I would like to think people are trustworthy so I give them more than 1 chance if they show they are not. And then—–if they mess up again, I know I can no longer trust them.

  27. I like to believe that people are trustworthy but I still take my time getting to know people and try to get a peek into their true character.

    Thanks for sponsoring the contest 🙂

  28. Some are, some aren’t. I tend to only give people “enough rope to hang themselves” until I know I can trust them.

  29. I think there are more untrustworthy people in this world than trustworthy. Just think of all the people that steal supplies from their jobs. They justify it because they think they don’t get paid enough or it’s what “everybody does” but it is still wrong. Once in a while somebody surprises me though. My sister forgot her purse in a Burger King restroom and someone actually found it and gave it back to her without taking anything.

    fionen_ftw[at]fionen[dot]com

  30. I think most are trustworthy, but obviously you can’t trust everyone. A few rascals spoil things for a lot of people.

  31. I really would like to think that most people are trustworthy, however it only takes one person to do something that makes you doubt everyone after.

  32. Are people trustworthy? Well, my husband claims that I am the world’s biggest pessimist; and I do tend to be one of those “the glass is half empty” kind of people. So, with that said, I tend to think that a lot of people are NOT trustworthy. I’m often skeptical of people and their intentions which may or may not be a good thing. I don’t know.

  33. I have found very few people to be completely trustworthy. If you find such a person cherish them in your life.

  34. Some people are trustworthy and some are not. And they are trustworthy in some situations and not trustworthy in other situations. If you know a person well, you probably know if they are trustworthy in all things. If I don’t know a person well, then I don’t put my trust in them.

  35. MOST OF MY FRIENDS ARE….BUT IF I TELL THEM A REALLY GOOD PIECE OF GOSSIP THEY JUST MIGHT TELL IT TO SOMEONE ELSE

  36. I’d love to be able to say yes but I think there is a definite trend toward being untrustworthy in the younger generation. Much easier for them to lie their way out of trouble than to own up to their own mistakes.

  37. Are people trustworthy? What a loaded question! I’d say generally no, because I am a pretty distrustful person (having been hurt many times). I’d prefer to just assume the worst and then be pleasantly surprised when someone turns out to be a good person.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  38. I hope I’m still allowed to answer question 6 although I’m a day late. I came here yesterday morning for question 6 but it wasn’t posted yet.

    If I could go back in time, I would go to either 1995 or 1996. I was 20-21 years old and having a blast in college. I looked the best I’ve ever looked (thinnest I ever was) and I was pretty hot stuff. 😉

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  39. I think people in general are trustworthy – but sometimes I can be too trusting. I do believe that the vast majority of people have good hearts though and even if everyone makes mistakes, most people are inherently good.

  40. Question 6. If you could go back in time, what year would you visit? Why?
    I would go back in time to when Jesus walked the earth and soak up as much as I could firsthand to hopefully be an ever better person. Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

  41. 1987 because I was 4. Not a care in the world and still having a lot of fun!

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

  42. I would revisit 2000 as it was such a transitional year for my life. The Lord moved mightily in my life that year.

  43. Not to comment on my son’s choices and let them grow-up and learn from their mistakesand good choices too.

  44. I have so many that I could list. Many times I have had a bad feeling about a person or a situation and I have been right.

  45. I have to be vague, to stay out of trouble, but I once reported an equipment malfunction at work and further said that this could cause an emergency situation. No one paid attention. Eventually the emergency happened and I was accused of not reporting the malfunction. Luckily I had saved some written documentation to show that I HAD reported it.

  46. Hmmmm….this happens a lot at work, however, I’m learning to keep my mouth shut and let things slide. There have been many times when I’ve made a recommendation and been shot down, only later to find out that my suggestion was implemented!

  47. I think one of the biggest things, which goes for many of us is that a big majority of people seem to think that pit bulls can’t be good pets. However, I own and several people own pit bulls, who are the best dogs we could ever imagine.

  48. That’s an easy one–just about everyone was against us getting married but we just celebrated our 30th anniversary. We’ve been very happy and never had a serious fight or a rough spot in our relationship. Ironically, most of the people who were saying it would never last are divorced.

  49. When I was raising my kids, I read a lot of articles that insisted tough love and firm limits are the best way, but that went against my instincts. I’m all for second chances and forgiveness. My sons turned out to be wonderful human beings. I’m proud of them.

  50. Earlier this year I had to defend myself when I wanted to attend the funeral of the mother of my former employer…my own mother yammered at me about not going–I’m on layoff, and she was so sure if I am in contact with them more than once a year, they’ll get me annoyed and not call me back.
    I held my ground, and she admitted that she was wrong in being so insensitive, especially to my sensitivity.

  51. I find when I trust my instincts, I’m generally right. And yes, there have been times when I was right and lots of people weren’t. Primarily at work. I stood firm in my beliefs and I was vindicated. I learned to continue to trust in myself.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  52. WHEN I STARTED WORKING FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY…..I WENT TO A BUSINESS SCHOOL AND THEY TOLD THE GRADUATES NEVER TO WORK FOR DR, LAWYER OR INSURANCE COMPANY….(POOR BENEFITS, ETC)….BUT WORKING FOR THIS INSURANCE COMPANY WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DID…I AM NOW RETIRED WITH MY PENSION AND PROFIT SHARING AND AM FINANCIALLY SECURE)

  53. Yes, when my daughter was entering Kindergarten. The people who tested the children before they entered Kindergarten determined my daughter needed to attend pre-kindergarten simply because she drew a circle backwards. She completed all other tasks.

    I challenged that and insisted on speaking to the principal. They kept me waiting and kept asking me if I wanted to talk to him. I stayed and finally spoke to the principal. He agree with me on kindergarten.

    My daughter breezed through kindergarten with no problems and loved it.

  54. When our youngest daughter was in the hospital after having intestinal surgery I told the Drs that something wasn’t right. She was crying and in way too much pain. They said she was just not good at handling pain. Later that night an x-ray revealed that her intestine was leaking and she had air and fecal matter in her abdomen.

  55. In my decision for where to go to college, many people thought I should be “more ambitious” and go to an Ivy League school, but I was happier at a great college a little closer to home!

  56. There are SOOOOOO many times that I’ve been right and my husband has been wrong….mainly about things relating to what our kids will enjoy or not enjoy. I think by now my husband is finally starting to trust my opinion.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  57. I too cherish all my photos. Right now they are all in the albums I put them in a long time ago. You know those “magnetic” pages….I haven’t had the time but would like to try to salvage them from the albums and put them in scrapbooks.

  58. I cherish all of the photos of my children over the years and old family photos. The newer photos are all digital and stored on my external hard drive. The older photos I am gradually scanning in and storing there as well.

  59. I have a picture of my dad and I just starting to walk down the aisle at the church on my wedding day. He died 3 weeks later so it’s very precious to me. I have it in my living room and a table next to my couch.

  60. I have one of my grandmother and me when I was little. I want to have it blown up and framed to hang on my wall.

  61. I cherish all my photos, too. There’s one of my Dad and me that I especially love and I’ve been meaning to get it enlarged and framed. I have photos all over the house plus on the computer.

  62. Recently a cousin of mine sent me pictures of my grandfather whom I have never seen as he was killed in a car crash before I was born. These photos are priceless to me. Right now I have some stored on the computer and others are on paper but I plan to pic the best ones and display them in my guest room.

  63. I cherish happy candid photos from picnics, walks in the park and visits to museums! I keep them in a nice set of red leather photo albums, labeled by year!

  64. I cherish the pictures I have from my childhood. I have them in boxes, and I really should organize them better.

    I cherish my children’s pictures as well, of course. I have them well organized in albums and back them up from my computer.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  65. I intended on getting on the treadmill first thing this morning but I didn’t because I jumped on the computer instead.

  66. I am the same as you. I hate having noisy, disrespectful neighbors. I hate the sounds of city life (the cars, the sirens, the gunfire).

    but I also dislike long commute times. It’s a pain to me to go 1 mile up the road to the grocery store, I really bitch about going cross-town.

    So I need a nice insulated place close to the necessities.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  67. I like the quiet and serenity of country life. I like the peace and quiet. I can take long
    walks with my dog KC and I sleep much better in the country.

  68. I like both, too, and have lived in both. If I had to pick one, it would be city life, though, just because of the energy and opportunities available.

  69. I definitely prefer a country setting. I prefer peace and quiet and privacy over the hustle and bustle of too many people.

  70. Well, I have to say I like suburbia. It’s quiet, but not isolated like living in the country and there’s plenty to do fairly nearby.

  71. I’m trying to figure out a way to have the excitement of the city by day and the calm of the country by night.

  72. I prefer the quiet and serenity of Country Life. It is rejuvenating to your spirit to be able to see God’s Handiwork in motion by the beauty of wildlife.

  73. I’ve come to terms with most of my limitations but I do wish I could embrace change and be more impulsive, but I probably never will.

  74. My automatic thought was I would love to get taller – I’m the shortest in my family (with the exeption of my 6 year old niece). I unfortunately stopped growing many years ago when I was 12 or 13. However, more realistically, I would like to change into a better housekeeper, but don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  75. I would like to get in as good as shape as I was in high school and be a size 1 or 3 again but now at close to 40 it’s getting harder and may not achive ever again.

  76. I make very bad choices in love-always pick the wrong man but since I am in my 50s now I doubt that it will change.

  77. My shortness with others will probably never change. I can’t help that I’m impatient.

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

  78. I would love to change my tendency to be procastinate. I would get so much more done if I would just start, but that’s something that I’m not going to change.

  79. I am battling MS. Everyday, I awake I hope to find out that I am not battling MS anymore but it just isnt going to change unless they come up with a cure. There is no cure…

  80. I would love to change my going to bed time, I stay up too late. I wold love to go to bed earlier so I would feel well rested in the morning.

  81. MY WEIGHT…I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO LOSE 30 POUNDS….BUT IT IS HARD TO DO WHEN YOU LIKE TO EAT TOO MANY GOODIES

  82. Bad eating habits. I try to not eat junk and drink diet drinks but I crave them. I just don’t know how to get more in control of how I eat and treat my body better.

  83. I am driven by anxiety. I wish I could be more laid back about things, but I tend to freak out easily. I inherited this trait from my mother and grandmother, and I suspect a long line of women who are a bundle of nerves.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  84. I am uncomfortable in talking with new people…I wish I could be more of an extrovert but that will probably never happen

  85. I intended on throwing laundry in first thing this morning but I didn’t because I jumped on the computer instead.

  86. I planned to sort my mail and bills, and clean my closet. However, I got distracted trying to help a friend who has a brain tumor. She has been trying to care for her 87-year-old father, and to top things off her home was supposed to be auctioned by the bank yesterday. So her problems became mine and none of my chores got done.

  87. I intended to work out today, but didn’t get around to it and I feel like I’m coming down with something. Quite disappointing to me because I’ve been feeling so good lately and making sure I exercise every day. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  88. I intended to clean the dining room and make up a menu & grocery list for next week but I was just too darn tired.

  89. I had planned to finish my fall pantry clean up. I started getting rid of the expired and old food earlier in th week and planned to finish by today but got side tracked and will have to put this chore on the list for tomorrow……

  90. I intended to study Japanese Kanji (ideograms), but did not due to schizophrenia. I’ve been schizo since 1997.

  91. I intended to go to class this morning. But I was up late last night & ended up sleeping in instead.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  92. I intended the change the sheets on the bed and didn’t get around to it and probably won’t get a chance to do that until Sunday. Oh well.

  93. I am a email subscriber.

    I would like the Victoria’s Secret if possible. Thanks!

    Jleah18 at aol dot com

  94. Today I wanted to get up and actually have a sit down breakfast…didn’t happen, instead I woke up late, got a cold shower and shipped off to work. Now I am hungry and tired. haha.

    I would like the Victoria’s Secret if possible. Thanks!

    jleah18 at aol dot com

  95. I intended to wash my truck today. When I have a bunch of shopping to do, I make a list of places I need to go. Today I took my list, started my shopping, added (big mistake!) an extra stop that took me out of the way, and totally missed the car wash. Guess I’ll wait to see if we get that rain they’re calling for on Sunday. Hopefully it’ll be a good downpour. 😉

  96. I intended to clean our family room windows, something that I’ve been needing to do for awhile now. But my son woke up with a bad earache today & instead I spent 3 hours at the doctors office. Oh well, tomorrows another day.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  97. I planned to sleep in this morning but that didn’t work out very well. (It never does so I don’t know why I even think I am going to do it!)

  98. I intended to eat a real breakfast this morning. I couldn’t because I was running late, again, and had an english muffin and tea on the go.

  99. I intended to study my Rosetta Stone Spanish but keep putting it off. I guess because its time consuming and I don’t enjoy it much.

  100. I wanted to practice piano longer (I need it) but I have so much else that needs doing that time gets away from me

  101. It’s morning now so I haven’t had a chance to do much yet. I intend to do all the things I intended to do yesterday that didn’t get done. Like finish ironing and get most of the laundry done. And vacuum. And go grocery shopping. I didn’t get these things done yesterday partly due to procrastination (laundry) and because other things came up (groceries). And I didn’t vacuum yesterday becuase I had laundry all over the floor. It’s one vicious cycle of needing to do one thing before I can do something else, but then something more important comes up and things get pushed back and then I’m running all day and nothing is getting done. It’s incredibly frustrating!

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