Monday Morning Meme

Monday Morning Vlog – September 13


1. What’s the coolest item you’ve found at a garage sale, flea market, etc?

2. Describe how your day went yesterday, but in the third-person voice. (example: Even though Karen went to the store with a list in hand, she didn’t buy one thing from her list).

3. Do you have issues with people entering your personal space? What do you do when your personal space is violated?

4. What is the one meal recipe you think you’ve mastered?

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Coffee Chat – March 2009

(Sorry for the delay, folks. I had something come up at the last minute …)


Coffee Chat Winners - March 09




THANK YOU for playing, everyone! I really enjoyed reading your answers!! Let’s do this again in June!


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!)

1. Each answer you leave in the comment section counts as one ticket. (One comment per day, please).

2. Subscribe to my feed, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if subscribed).

3. Follow me on Twitter, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if following).

On March 13th, at 5:00 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).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question #1: Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

Question #2: Are you a hugger, or a non-hugger? Why?

Question #3: What’s your favorite ice cream brand and flavor?

Question #4: What’s one of your greatest achievements? (Other than being a mother/father).

Question #5: If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?

Question #6: What does “success” mean to you?

Question #7: What’s one regret you live with?

Last Question: On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how happy do you usually feel?

My answer: I’d have to say 9 for me – I’m pretty happy with my life. I rarely dip below the 6 mark.

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Monday Morning Meme – August 25th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

Did you read the Carnival of Family Life post? No? Well, after you post your Monday morning link, hop on over and take a gander!

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August 25th Questions:

1. What are you up to today? Be specific. We’ve talked about your morning routine before, now walk us through a typical Monday for you after breakfast is over. How do you feel about Mondays? A fresh start to your week? Or do you dread the drudge of getting back to the same old routine?

2. Earworms – we all get them from time-to-time. What tune do you have stuck in your head at the moment? How important is music to your life? List some of your favorite songs – and I’m talking about songs that evoke a strong emotion in you; joy, anger, sadness, etc. Do you have one particular song that brings back a certain time period in your life? What is the song and what is the time period?

3. Who have you needed to say thank you to lately? Who is this person and what did he/she do to prompt a thank you?

4. How many candles will be on your birthday cake this next birthday? What do you think about the age you are now? Are you comfortable with what you’ve accomplished in life so far? Or do you wish you could have achieved more? You’re being granted one birthday wish – what is it?

Monday Morning Meme Participants

1. Marianne
2. Sue
3. Dawn\’s Daily Life
4. Jodi
5. Jen at mommablogsalot
6. Susan
7. Kailani
8. Jennifer

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Monday Morning Meme – August 18th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

Stick around! I’ve got some announcements to make and I talk about marriage – the REAL deal later today!

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August 18th Questions:

1. You have a huge final project that is due in six weeks. When will you actually begin it? In other words, are you the sort of person who gets things done right away, or do you wait until the last minute? Why is this?

2. How often do you clean your house? (Be honest!) Do you think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other ever thank you for cleaning house? No one likes to clean, but what is the one thing you don’t mind cleaning?

3. Fill in the blank: I can’t believe you _______________! Now tell us the story behind this sentence (WHY did you fill it in the way you did?)

4. Be honest, how many times do you hit the snooze button? What time do you get up during week days? What time do you typically get up on the weekends? Are you a good sleeper? If so, why? If not, why not?

Monday Morning Meme Participants

1. Sue
2. Jodi
3. Dawn\’s Daily Life
4. annie
5. Jen at mommablogsalot
6. Where You At?!
7. Barb @ Hearts \’N Crafts

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Monday Morning Meme – June 23rd

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

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June 23rd Questions:

1. What are your children doing right now? If you don’t have children, what is your significant other/roommate/friend, etc. doing right now?

2. How many times a day do you look in a mirror? And be honest with us! WHY do you look? Is it a habit? Do you think you’re attractive? If you avoid looking into a mirror, why? Be honest with yourself!

3. What do you do/eat/say that makes your mother mentally cringe? What do your children/significant other do that makes YOU cringe?

4. Which do you focus on more, eating less or exercising more? Do you think one is more important than the other? Do you have a weight loss system that works for you? How much exercise would you say you do in a day? A week? How active (overall) is your family? What sort of physical activities does your family like to do together?

My Answers:

1. Right this very moment, MK is playing Mario Kart on the Wii and GD is designing some sort of monster thing for a new program he downloaded. The husband is due home any minute (this was written Wednesday evening – yes! I’m THAT organized *grin*) and we’re getting ready to sit down for dinner and have baked pepperoni spaghetti. (I just checked with GD, the program he’s using is called “SPORE – Creature Creator” and is BY the creators of The Sims. It sounds weird, but he’s sure having a good time with it).

2. We have a mirror at the end of our hallway, so I look at myself every time I walk down the hallway (which is about a million times a day because the bathrooms are down the hallway and I drink so much coffee I … well, let’s just say I tinkle – a lot). Other than that? I do have a habit of glancing in a mirror every time I pass one. Not because I think I’m gorgeous, but to make sure I don’t have anything in my teeth or sticking to my shirt because I’m sort of NOTORIOUS for wearing my food. *ahem*

3. I, um, sort of have a potty mouth. In fact, it makes the hubs mad and my kids feel compelled to ask me to clean my language up, sometimes. I’m not proud of this fact, but I am aware of it and try my best to curb my tongue. The thing is, I have a hot, quick temper and spewing curse words is my way of releasing that pent-up energy. I’m not making excuses, but I am being honest.

GD has a habit of making the weirdest, off-the-wall expressions at the strangest, most inappropriate times. It always catches me off guard and after my initial chuckle, I cringe because it sort of embarrasses me that he can screw his face up like that, lol.

MK has the craziest run I’ve ever seen – he holds his arms out like a video game character and I’m constantly having to pull him aside and say, “Reality check, mister! Real people don’t run like that. Pull your arms in next time.”

The hubs has this annoying habit of repeating everything I say but in question form. “I need to go to the store.” I say. “You need to go to the store?” he says. Didn’t I just say that? AARGH!

4. If I had to choose, I’d say exercising is more important but quite honestly, I think both are pretty important. It won’t do you any good to exercise your butt off if you’re eating Krispy Kreme donuts four times a week (NOT that I do that or anything *ahem*). I maintain my weight by watching what I eat and the QUANTITIES I eat. If my clothes are starting to fit tighter, I cut back on my portions and cut out the junk/sweet foods. I am pretty diligent about walking on my treadmill, but I’m weird – I’d rather walk on my treadmill and watch a movie as opposed to parking my expanding butt on a couch cushion. I usually walk about four (sometimes five) times a week and walk 90 minutes and/or six miles each time. It sounds like a lot, but it goes pretty fast when you’re watching a movie. I also do Turbo Jam about three times a week, too. (HIGHLY recommend Turbo Jam).

Our family is pretty active, though we don’t really DO anything special. The kids and I go swimming a lot and we go through spurts where we play tennis and go bike riding on the trails. We’re also pretty anal about eating right so I’d say overall, my family is pretty healthy.


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Monday Morning Meme – June 16th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

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June 16th Questions:

1. Do you think that gift cards are suitable gifts to give? Do you find them to be impersonal? Do you like receiving gift cards? If so, from where and do you cash them in right away, or do you wait for the right item/price to come along?

2. Have you ever counted up all the pills and/or vitamin capsules that you take every day? How many are there? What do you take on a daily basis? Do you give your children vitamins? If so, what kind?

3. What five things would you put in a time capsule?

4. Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed for a party? Why? Tell us about the last time you were overdressed and/or underdressed; what happened? Did anyone notice you were over/under dressed?

My Answers:


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Friday Feast

Only THREE DAYS to put your name in the post for this giveaway!



Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?

Absolutely, positively, an optimist. I’m a firm believer that if you believe it to happen, then by golly, it will happen. Why? Because you subconsciously make it happen. And those things that happen? Can be good things AND/OR bad things. The power of believing is amazing, so keep those thoughts positive, believe good things will happen and they will happen.

Yes folks, it really IS that simple. 🙂


What is your favorite color of ink to write with?

Black. And the tip must not be too thin because then it makes that soft scratching noise and that makes my teeth vibrate and ache.

But then again, I avoid actually writing longhand at all costs. I would MUCH rather type out my thoughts than write them down. One, because I think better when I’m typing and two, I’m a bit ashamed of my handwriting – it’s overly loopy, sloppy and childlike and it embarrasses me. I wish I had handwriting like my mother’s; her longhand is so pretty and feminine looking.

My handwriting? Yep, you guessed it – it looks like an Amazon woman who scrawled something in a hurry because she needed to get back out into the wild to hunt for food.


How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?

What, are you kidding me?? Have you ever known an Amazon woman to have pretty nails? Look at my nails … go on, look at them. *holds up hands* I do not have any nails. They are short and unpainted and will always look like this. I have no desire, none, to have my nails sport any kind of wacky color or insane design. And the thought of them being long enough to clickity-clack against the keys of my keyboard set my teeth on edge (apparently, all of my annoyances manifest themselves through my teeth – go figure).

I think having nice nails is … nice. But not for me. I often wonder how women, who keep their nails painted and a certain length, actually get any work done. Or DO they get any work done? I’ve always preferred to work with my hands, whether that’s typing, vacuuming out my car, scrubbing toilets or … whatever. I have enough to think about as it is, I don’t need (nor have the patience for) the added burden of worrying about whether I’m going to break a nail or not. How … girly. *snort*

And pedicure? You get one foot (get it? Foot??) from my feet and I’m going to be very cranky with you. I can’t stand feet, let alone my own. There is no way in HADES I’m allowing anyone to get within sniffing distance of my feet, let alone actually TOUCH them. *shiver* Ew.

Main Course

Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?

The only time I’ve ever won anything online was during Buy a Friend a Book Week (BAFAB). It was SO FUN to have the book, of my choice, delivered to me for free!! In fact, the next BAFAB week is coming up fast (the first week of July), so I’m hoping to enter more giveaways so that it can happen again.

And yes, I will be participating as well. Stay tuned! (Have you bookmarked me? It’s really the best way to keep track of all the stuff I post over here. Go on, add me to your RSS feed. You’ll find the links above my banner or in the sidebar – go on now, we’ll wait for you. 🙂 )


In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?

BWHAHAHAHA! *wipes tears* Oh, if you could only see our house then you would understand my hilarity.

We have a computer in every single room of our house – well, almost. The boys each have one in their rooms, I have TWO on my desk, the husband has TWO in his office and there’s one in the kitchen, and I have my laptop in the dining room. In fact, a guy that my husband works with just recently gave him his old laptop because he said the technician who looked at it advised him to just buy a new one, that it would cost too much to fix.

*SNORT* Of course they’re going to tell you that! (He thinks either the hard drive needs to be reformatted, or that it just needs a new hard drive).

However, my husband has built enough computers and knows the ins and outs of computers so well, that I’m confident he’ll fix this guy’s old laptop and we’ll have yet another computer that we can put … somewhere. Maybe in the garage? 😀

Okay, so I’m kidding. Most likely, my husband will fix this guy’s old laptop and give it back to him because that’s just the way my husband rolls – he’s honest that way.

Which kind of bums me, because having a computer in the garage would have been sorta cool. 😉

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Monday Morning Meme – June 9th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

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June 9th Questions:

1. Tell me, what do you have planned for father’s day? Do the kids really help you pick out a gift, or is it all you? If you don’t have a significant other, what do you have planned for your father? What gift do you plan on giving to the father in your life?

2. What did you do over the weekend?

3. What is your favorite saying, quote or expression? WHY is this your favorite? Is there a story behind your favorite quote?

4. How “green” are you? Tell us what you’re currently doing to help the planet. Tell us what you could do better to help the planet

My Answers:

1. ACK! My husband reads my blog so I can’t really tell you what we’ve got planned for his gift, but I can tell you what we’re going to do – whatever he wants to do. 😀 It’s his day, so we’ll let him choose his activities. Knowing him though? He’ll want to go go-cart racing or play tennis. The kids don’t really help me pick out the gift, but they do go with me when we purchase it and they pick out their own cards to give to him. Now for my father … I have no clue what I’m doing for him. I’ll have to ask my mom … “MOM! What does dad want for Father’s Day! HELP!”

2. My nephews spent all day Friday, Friday night and Saturday with us. However, that didn’t keep me from working out, tanning, grocery shopping and getting some chores done. We were going to take the boys go-cart racing, but it rained and they were too tired to go on Saturday (they stayed up till 4:00 a.m. I had to go to bed with my iPod in order to drown out the noise – not from the boys, but from my husband who snores REALLY LOUDLY).

3. My words to live by: “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” by Elisabeth Kubler. I’m a HUGE ADOVCATE of taking responsibility for one’s actions – do not point the finger at anything or anyone, be a decent human being and accept responsibility for your actions. Hence my favorite quote. ‘Nuff said. *crosses arms and nods brusquely*

4. Green? What’s that? *wink* Actually, we’re not terribly green, but we do try not to be a big burden on the environment (we could do better on the trash, though). We use energy effiicient lighbulbs. My husband We are ANAL about turning off lights when leaving the room. My husband drives his motorcycle to work every chance he gets, i.e. saving gas (he drives a Ford 150), we recycle containers and use them for various purposes (for example, my husband cut up some water jugs and used them to keep his tool doo-dads in.) And WHEN (I’m optimistic) they start mass producing electric cars, I’ll be the FIRST in line. 🙂

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Friday Five, er, Fifteen

This post is brought to you by the number 15.

(Please feel free to answer any, or all, of these questions in the comment section. I’d be curious to read your answers).

The first two sets of questions came from the Friday 5 website , the last set of questions came from the Friday Fiver website.

Sorry, I just felt like answering questions today and I thought the following questions were interesting:


1. When was the last time you had your hands in dirt?

Do you mean on purpose? The day before yesterday when I had to dump the plant MK gave me for Mother’s day into the trash. I TRIED to keep the thing alive but my thumb is not only black, it’s charcoal. I can’t keep plants alive to save me. So obviously, I’m not a gardener, so obviously, I don’t put my hands in dirt very often.

2. When was the last time you had your hands in clay?

I’m not sure I’ve ever had my hands in clay. Maybe when the kids were little and we played with Play-Doh. So to recap, I’m not a gardener and I’m not artistic. Geez, I’m boring.

3. When was the last time you had your feet in mud?

Ugh, never! My mother once told me that one of the first words out of my mouth was “dirty.” I don’t like being dirty, I don’t like feeling dirty and I’m certainly not going to put myself into a dirty situation. (Unless it’s something naughty with my husband, but we won’t go there. *winkwink*)

4. When was the last time you had your feet in sand?

Let’s see, that would probably be when we went to Florida for a family vacation about … three or four years ago. We drove/flew to Florida four years in a row and we got so burnt out on beach vacations that we really have no desire to go back any time soon. Doesn’t that sound trite – burnt out on beach vacations. Pfft.

5. What part of your life could use a serious cleansing?

Wow. What a loaded question. However, I’m pretty satisfied with my spiritual life (Christian), personal life (everything is going well and I don’t feel any discontent), and emotional (solid as a rock, thankyouverymuch). So, I’d have to say my life is pretty seriously cleansed right now. I’m a happy, well-rounded individual. And why do I feel guilty admitting that?



1. What’s something people do in public that really annoys you, even though it’s probably not a big deal?

The fact that people are CLUELESS when they’re shopping. I ESPECIALLY dig the people at the grocery store who take up the whole freakin’ aisle (angle their cart so that the entire aisle is blocked) while they thoughtfully stand there and tap a finger against their lips as they decide on which brand, of the same food, to buy so that I’m FORCED to wait impatiently while they make up their damn minds. HELLO?! You’re not the only shopper here! Make room dork! (This doesn’t really upset me … heck, who am I kidding, having no courtesy for others annoys the ever-loving-crap outta me).

2. How readily do you ask strangers to stop their annoying behavior?

I don’t. I just fume and think really evil, bad thoughts in my head. However, I’ve been known to give them the stink eye a time or two. (Hey, don’t discount my stink eye, it’s QUITE rude, let me assure you). Unless it’s my family and then I’m QUITE verbal, let me assure you.

3. What’s something you do in public that probably annoys others?

My aggression. I can not stand indecisive people. And this bears repeating – I can not stand indecisive people. Make a decision, yes/no, this way or that way, this brand or this brand … ACT. Grr. So, I have a tendency to park my cart in an out of the way place at the store and simply muscle my way through, or reach around the clusters of indecisive people to get what I need so I can move on and end this little tortuous activity we call shopping. I’m on a mission people, it really is in your best interest to get the hell out of my way.

I’m sure that’s annoying to some people. *grin*

4. What’s your theory about why it’s so easy to get annoyed when one is behind the wheel of a vehicle?

Two reason, really. Stupidity and distractions. Honestly, I think a vast number of people were born without common sense, or a lick of sense, as the saying goes. Some people are simply incapable of seeing the big picture or anticipating the consequences of their bad decisions. Honestly, some of the things people do while driving – what are you thinking? Oh wait, you’re not.

And seriously folks, hang up and drive. Stop telling your life stories to your passengers. Buckle those children in and let them cry (I promise their emotional well beings will survive until you have a chance to pull over somewhere and tend to their needs). You are not only responsible for getting the people in your car safely to their destinations you’re responsible for not crashing into other people so they can safely get to their destinations. And if you think I’m an aggressive driver now? Just wait until my boys start driving – you haven’t SEEN aggressive until that happens.

I’m just saying. *shrug*

5. What regular, minor annoyance have you learned to tolerate?

Oh, let me count the ways:

1. The silence my husband greets me with after I’ve asked a question and I’m waiting for him to digest what I’ve said and answer me.

2. The fact that my oldest son hunches his shoulders and acts like he’s scared of the world.

3. My youngest son’s distractions with EVERYTHING and his unwillingness to be rushed, under any circumstances.

4. The fact that I can not eat chocolate, in it’s purest form, without bloating up like a woman in her third trimester and farting every time I walk from the gassy build up.

Seriously, I could go on forever, but you have lives to get back to … so let’s just say pretty much everything annoys me. Some days, other days, I’m completely laid back and nothing bothers me.

Wow, answering these questions was therapeutic – I feel so RELIEVED! (Hence my sidebar emotion for today. hehe)


1. What’s your weather?

Right now? It’s raining. In fact, our weather guys were calling for tornadic activity last night but to my knowledge, nothing happened (unless I slept through the sirens and I somehow doubt that because a pin could drop and I would hear it – OH! Another annoyance, I’m a super light sleeper. Okay, I’ll stop now).

Here’s a picture of our current radar:

Current Radar

Nothing too major at this time but check back in an hour – the whole state will likely be a lovely mixture of greens, reds and yellows. (Our weather is insanely unpredictable).

2. Where are you on your way to?

I’m on my way to pick up my nephews. I promised them they could spend all day today, tonight and all day tomorrow with us. My boys are WIDELY excited about them coming over. Me? Not so much. Not because of THEM (they are sweet, well behaved boys) but because I know I will get little to no sleep tonight. Two reasons: 1. I never sleep well when the guys have buddies over – I’m responsible for their well beings! This haunts me! and 2. I have to sleep with my husband (whom I don’t normally sleep with because he snores something FIERCE).

3. Are you good with directions?

Yes and no. I’m good when I’m feeling confident and well rested. And no, when I’m feeling hormonal, edgy and tired. I Mapquest everything. I also suck at GIVING directions.

4. Do you know your neighbors?

Nope. Well, I semi-know the neighbors to our north. He’s a pretty well-known radio disk jockey and his grandson used to come over to our house every Friday night (before he grew up and started driving) so we talked through that experience. But the rest of my neighbors? No. And I have no desire to get to know them. Oh sure, I’m nice when I run across them, you know, the dainty wave and polite smiles, but they are all older adults and well, I just never made the effort. (I’m such a wuss).

Now, the neighbors to our south I dislike, pure and simple. They are sloppy, messy, lazy folks who can’t be bothered to pay their trash bill (their can is currently overflowing with trash because our trash truck, the same company who picks our trash up, has bypassed them for the past few weeks) or PICK UP the trash in their yard (I usually end up doing it when I simply can’t stand it anymore). They also have several years worth of phone books still littering their front stoop and their house is rotting away because they haven’t bothered to have it painted or repaired. The simple fact that they don’t take care of their responsibilities discourages me from wanting to get to know them.

5. What do you smell?

Right now? Warm flesh. I’ve been tanning and I smell like sunshine, lotion and melatonin.