Monday Morning Meme

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. 🙂

Friday Fun

Friday Five, er, Fifteen

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(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:

Sediment

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?

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Annoyances

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)

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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.