Friday, April 29, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

So cool! I just received my first blog award!  Thank you Barbara at Notes From the Second Half for thinking of me and giving me this award.  Be sure to check out her wonderful blog.  You can also follow her on Twitter @NotesFrom2Half.

I am supposed to tell you all seven things about me, so here it goes...

1. I have two children. My daughter is 22 years old and my son is 10. There is enough of a spread that it is like they are both an "only child".

2. I am VERY proud of my Native American heritage!  Two of my Great-Great Grandmas were full-blooded Indians. One was the daughter of a Cherokee Indian Chief and the other was Choctaw.  My grandma always said that I also have a few drops of Shoshone blood thrown in.

3. I do not even know the name of my biological father.  I am having trouble locating the one person who is still alive (I hope) that my grandma thought might know his name.  All that I know is that he was about 6'7", had red hair, rode a motorcycle back in late 1960's, and was likely quite a bit Irish.  Not much to go on...

4. I am actually quite shy IRL...until you get to know me. Some people are surprised that I am so introverted, because I often have to behave in an extroverted way to enjoy the life I desire.  If I want to teach children music, have some great friends, etc... I have to put myself out there.

5. I went to college on a music scholarship.  My main instrument is the trombone.  My "specialty" was that I had an amazing range.  I also taught myself to play: baritone (both clefs), trumpet, saxophone, flute, french horn (& then took some lessons), and the harmonica.

6. I was a baton twirler from the first grade through my senior year of high school.  My favorite thing was doing "2 baton". In my solos and one duet, I loved going from one baton to two by doing a one handed back-bend while twirling to pick up the second one and ending the routine by going down into the splits while twirling. Don't expect to see either of those tricks these days...

7. I am sentimental, reflective, resourceful, and a big fan of the arts.

Now, I get to pass the award on to 15 newly discovered blogs.  Most of these blogs have been around much longer than mine, but I have discovered them somewhat recently. They are not listed in any particular order.  Be sure to check them out.

1. Lost and Tired
2. Garden of Eagan
3. Solodialogue
4. The Journey Leads Home
5. Homeschooling in Heels
6. Larainy Days
7. Live, Love, Educate
8. Missional Mama
9. The Thrifty Home Schooler
10. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
11. Welcome to Normal
12. Saving by Making
13. Whole New Mom
14. Delighting in the Days
15. The Artistic Spectrum

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?

Definitely Garden Salad! The more variety of veggies...the better! Plus, I am not really into Caesar Salad Dressing that much, either. I will eat a Caesar, but when given a choice...bring on those veggies!

2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?

Probably will just see A LOT of coverage after-the-fact. I admired Princess Diana and am interested in Prince William and Kate, but have no desire to plan my time around it.

3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?

Buying our 1978 RV this February and then the unexpected repairs that were necessary when the wheel tried to come off on the interstate. (You can read more about this in my Pity Party post.) It took our whole tax refund and then some, but was worth it. With situations as they are, it isn't just a luxury, but is actually a necessity. Later, we can just use it for long as we don't go too far from home. It sure can put away the fuel.

4. Window seat or aisle seat?

It depends. If I am seated with strangers, I usually prefer the aisle. I don't like to feel trapped and would feel bad if I need to get up during the flight and disturb them...even though I RARELY get up or even unfasten my seat belt. If I am traveling with family or friends, I like the window seat best. I love looking out the window and honestly don't like the aisle due to attendants and others always bumping into my elbow, etc. BUT, if I am flying with my son, another child, and/or someone whom has never flown before - I like to offer them the window, so they can have a memorable experience. My first time flying was when I was 27 years old and was in awe from the sights I got to enjoy.

5. Do you know your blood type?

Yep! A-

When pregnant, I always had to get those RH shots. Ugg!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That would have to be potatoes. I love potatoes in many forms: baked, mashed, fried, hash browned, roasted, and french fried. I have always been picky about my french fries, though. I prefer them with very little or no salt and not too greasy. I know, you are probably thinking, "Fries without salt? Why bother?" Simple...I don't like salt. I do not eat french fried very often anymore, though, because of my swallowing difficulties from my Parkinsons.

2. Do you write your blog posts in advance or the day you post them?

I usually think about my posts for a day or more (sometimes even long in advance) and have it all but written in my head. Once I actually begin typing the post, I usually finish it that day and post it right away.

3. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

Yes, two times.
The first time was when I was in the second grade. We were on vacation with friends and at a drive-in movie. Us kiddos were laying on the hump where you park. The movie The Pink Panther was showing. It was the second movie and most of us kiddos were asleep. I was RUDELY awaken to a full-size car filled with eight people sitting on my feet. It was the owner of the drive-in whom was driving really drunk! My mom made him move forward and off of my feet and pulled me out before he could run them over with the back wheels. My best friend also had her toes ran over. One of my friend's cousins saw the car coming at the last minute and pulled my younger sister out of the way. She would have likely been ran over in her mid-section... obviously NOT GOOD!

I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The main thing I remember was how loud it was in the ambulance. It seemed that they had at least five different radios going loudly at the same time and neither of my parents were with me. Pretty scary. We were from out of town and the drive-in theater's owner was a friend of the doctor, apparently. He told my parents that nothing was broken, but that I had to stay off of my feet as much as possible for a few weeks. Well, we were quite poor, so my "second opinion" came from a phone call my mom made to a doctor. He said that if nothing was broken, then the worse thing I could do was to not walk on my feet. It hurt SO bad. I had to go to my dancing lessons and even remember crying at recess, because the teachers were determined to keep me on my feet all through recess to help me...

Well...when I was twenty-four, I had x-rays on my feet. Guess what they showed? My feet had been broken in MANY places and fused back together badly. I was born with really bad feet and ankles anyway. I was taking dancing lessons initially for physical therapy. It was cheaper and our landlady's daughter was a dance teacher. She turned out to be a wonderful influence in my childhood...wonderful lady!

Ever since then while watching a movie at a drive-in, I refused to sit outside of the vehicle. My children never did either. This last summer, I sat outside on a lawn chair at the drive-in for the first time since. It felt weird, daring, and in a way...liberating. I also have avoided any of the Pink Panther joke.

The second time was in 1995 when my then-husband whom was famous for getting into car accidents, succeeded in tipping our van over and spinning it on a Kansas City area highway in a one-car accident. Impressive huh? :) As the van was heading straight to a wall of rocks and my life LITERALLY passed like a movie before my eyes, the van started to roll. We had a medal TV mounted in severely hard plastic between the front seats. On the third time that my head was on its way to smacking into the TV, I blacked out. I cracked that severely hard plastic with my head. My daughter (about seven at the time) and I rode to the hospital in the ambulance. My ex was unharmed. My daughter had hit her head, so they took her as a precaution. Because of the way they had found me, they used the jaws to pry the back door of the van open and removed me on a board. They were sure that I probably had a broken neck, ribs, ankle, knee, and possibly back. I obviously had a concussion and MANY bruises. It turned out that I had no broken bones, but several bruised bones, ribs that still to this day go out very easily, and my concussion.

I still get VERY nervous when driving near rock walls. Then guess where I moved a few years the most mountainous state: Nevada. I am getting much better, but I have to preoccupy myself when I am a passenger, so the driver (usually hubby) isn't driven insane. :) I can't help it.

4. What is your favorite candle scent?

It kind of depends on the season. Some faves are vanilla, lilac, lavender, and apple spice.

5. Coffee or tea?

The ONLY coffee I like is a Lite Mocha Frappucino with lots of cinnamon powder on top and no whip. My hubby calls it my fru-fru coffee. I also love FRESH-brewed ice tea without lemon or sugar and not too strong. I'm really picky about my ice tea.