Wednesday, February 17, 2010

And another Random Dozen...

The Random Dozen is a lot of fun. If you have never joined us, just go over to Lid’s Blog, and grab the questions then post your answers on yours. Link back up at 2nd Cup of Coffee so you can share them with everyone. It is a great way to meet new friends and find interesting blogs. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Now for the Questions:

1. If you could compete in one Olympic event (not necessarily winter sports) what would it be?

I love the figure skating, it is such an art and the movements are so graceful and so fluid. Of course I must confess I cannot skate even 2 feet, weak ankles, that is my story and I am sticking to it! Plus I would be like a bull in a china cabinet; grace is not my middle name.

2. Do you remember a specific Olympic moment from the past?

When Dorothy Hamill won the gold for skating in 1976. She was so elegant and made it look so easy. And she had a cute hairstyle…lolol.

3. Have you ever known anyone who competed in the Olympics?

No, can’t say that I have.

4. If everyday activities were Olympic-worthy, which activity would you have a gold medal in?

I knew I should never ask my hubby… his first response was sleeping. The Nerve, then he started laughing. He said my smile. I am always smiling. You know you can smile with gritted teeth behind, like right now. lolol

5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage?

Yes, Genealogy is sooo addictive. My mom’s paternal side I have the main line back to the year 0194 –Sweden, and English, King Henry I was in our lineage. They came to America around 1637 from England. Still working on her maternal side. I know there is Cherokee Indian involved on that side. I am still working on my Dad’s side.

6. Do you enjoy sleeping late?

Is that not what you are supposed to do when you no longer work. I am usually up till 1 or 2 o’clock a.m. and usually sleep until 10. If we have something planned of course I get up early, but usually we just take it a day at a time.

7. Have you ever performed CPR on anyone? Do you know how? (Yes, that's two, I know. Whatevs.)

I have never had to perform CPR. I used to be certified probably 25 years ago.

8. Name one country you'd like to visit and explain why.

I would love to visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem area. Would love to walk where Jesus walked. I think that would be awesome. I would also like to visit Germany, because that is where my hubby is from and there is actually supposed to be a town called Fastenau. My dad was also in Germany during WWII. I know, I know you just said one country but hey it’s my answer.

9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically?

I did introduce one of my nephews to one of my friends. They had both just come out of divorces. They ended up getting married. I never talk to either one of them anymore… hmm you think that has something to do with it?

10. What is the last book you read?

Besides the bible – Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes. A very good fun book, and if you would like to read it check out Monday’s post.

11. My Question: If you could do anything different in your life what would it be?

I would listen to my mom and older relatives when they wanted to talk about their grandparents and their lives as kids. I would ask questions. I would ask my mom why she never told me that Granny had a different mom than her brothers and sisters, and if granny ever talked about it. Does anyone know why she left? I would ask if my mom or her sisters and brothers ever knew anything about their blood grandma. So many questions…

12. What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant?

I love going out for a good steak. We go to Lonestar here in Springfield on occasions. The Filet Mignon is excellent. And Mike’s in Conway AR has very good Prime Rib.

There they are my answers. That was fun. Thanks Linda!

Now for the Gold:

Be Still and Know

If you would like to sport the Gold Button from the I Won…You Win Giveaway here is your chance. All the details are on my post from Monday and that is where you need to leave a comment to be included. I will be taking comments through Thursday night at Midnight. Friday morning I will then place all entries in a container and have my sweet hubby draw the lucky name. I will post the winner some time Friday. Don’t miss out. Join in the fun!


  1. Hello! I enjoyed reading your answers today. Hope to visit again soon!

  2. On genealogy -- did you really mean year 0194 or 1094? Pretty impressive either way!

    I loved living in Germany -- you should start a change jar and start 'saving' towards the visit. It is a beautiful and very clean country!

  3. Ah yes ... "to listen more ...". That would have been my do-over choice too. I didn't acquire the listening skill until I was well into my 30s, and long after I'd wrecked a lot of havoc on myself.

    A few years ago I began working on ancestry via family memoirs and It's been a blast, and I've been amazed to reach so far back. My Dad used to say there was Indian DNA in our roots, too.


  4. I liked your original question...I especially feel that way about my grandparents...I should have asked more questions.

    Have a great day!

  5. Yeah, I should have asked more questions too of my paternal granny. I enjoyed your questions and it's always good to smile. Just don't forget to share it today.

  6. The skaters are so fluid like you said. I loved watching them the other night. I'm home too, stay up late but can't seem to sleep in at all anymore. (Naps are nice)
    Have a beautiful day. God Bless.

  7. I had Dorothy Hamill hair once. Didn't we all?

    # 4 - oh, those honest men! I like smiling better.

    envy # 6...

    # 8 - interesting!
    # 9 - Funny.

    # 12 - thanks, for the ideas. We have LoneStar and Mike's here. I'll have to give one of them a try sometime. I LOVE Prime Rib! Umm.

  8. Wow, I love genealogy, another time consuming hobby. But I haven't went anywhere near as far back as you have. As far as questions to parents about their childhood I gave my Mom a journal jar Christmas 2008. It's all on my blog.

  9. You know, Nel, I remember Dorothy Hammill and the hair style but I don't remember watching her skate and that is unusual because I've always been a big fan of ice skating. Oh well. :-)
    Sleeping might be an event I could do some good at, too.! :-)
    Loved reading your answers!
    I'd love to visit the holy lands, too, and after looking up the origin of my maiden name, a little curiousity has been stirred in me, I believe.
    Hope you're having a wonderful week!

  10. 8 - you sound like me! :)

    I love your header pic!

  11. I am amazed how much family history you know. That is awesome!

  12. Steak, yum!! Love the hubby's answer. I rock at sleeping, too!!

  13. Those are great answers. Weak ankles works for me too. lol

    I have curly hair and a hairdresser tried to give me a Dorothy Hamil--not good. It was very cute on her though.

  14. "Is that not what you are supposed to do when you no longer work. I am usually up till 1 or 2 o’clock a.m. and usually sleep until 10. If we have something planned of course I get up early, but usually we just take it a day at a time."

    At last, someone else likes to stay up late and sleep late.
    Me too!

    I signed on to FOLLOW,
    so I'll be back

  15. I don't think I saw Dorothy Hamill skate in the Olympics, but my mom had my hair cut just like Dorothy's when I was a kid.

  16. Figure skating is beautiful.

    The Holy Lands would be a wonderful trip. I'm so glad my parents got to make that trip before my Dad passed.

    The do over - Had a friend once who said you shouldn't wish to do something over unless you could also wish to undo it because you might find you'd done it the way you were supposed to the first time.

  17. Great answers Nel. I love the Sister Chick Books.

  18. I lived in Conway for about 6 years, it is where my daughter was born. I love Mike's Place. My sister lives in Little Rock. I had a Dorothy Hamill hair was cute.

    Great answers


  19. I loved the question you came up with. Both my parents have passed away, and I so regret not taking the time to ask all of those family questions. Or even how my Mom made certain dishes.

  20. I always love reading these random dozen posts. I like to stay up late and get up late too. That is not all that possible for me at this point in my life because I have kids in school that have to get up at 6:30 am but if I went by my own sleeping clock inside I would stay up until about 2 and get up at 10 too. :) And I would love to go to Israel some day too

  21. My aunt is the genealogy expert in the family. WOW! 0194 Sweden. That's exciting. BTW, your pastor and I might be related. lol. Funny stuff. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  22. Love your answers. I would qualify for a "card" and be recognized for being Cherokee (and I LOVE it!) but, b/c we are from Georgia and back in "the day" when my great grandmother was in the family, they were shipping all Indians off to Oklahoma (which is where we ended up - small world and ironic). So, they hid her identity and tried to blot out all reference to being Cherokee. I was so sad because I see it as a privilege and honor.

  23. Right after Dorothy Hamill, I went straight our and got her hair cut! I think probably lots of us did! I don't think it looked as good on me as on her! :)

  24. Sigh. In a perfect world, I'd stay up until 1 or 2 AM, then sleep until 10 too! That would *so* be my natural circadian rhythm! But that just doesn't work with kids in school and a paycheck to earn... ;)