Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Join us for Random...

It is Random Dozen Time again. Do you believe it? I was told when I was younger that time flies when you are having fun. Geesh, I must really be enjoying myself because time sure is passing quickly.

If you have never joined Random Dozen, give it a try, it is a lot of fun, and you meet a lot of special people! You can get the questions from Lidna at 2nd Cup of Coffee, and after you answer them on your blog, go back and Link up, so we can all enjoy your answers. We have a good time!

And Here We Go:

1. Have you ever fired a gun or shot a bow and arrow?

Oh have I got a story. Picture this. 1979 this 22 yr old city girl moves to the country. She is trying hard to fit in, dating a country boy, and hanging out with him and his cousin. His cousin has a double barrel shotgun called “Old Mae.” That should have threw me a red flag right there, but remember I had never held a gun, or for that matter ever even seen one up close. They decide to do some target practicing. They have a couple paper plates set up across the road. His cuz hands me the gun and snickers and says Good Luck! Kris comes over leans in close and whispers, “Whatever you do don’t let your cheek touch the gun. Hellllooo did that deter me? No, Miss City Girl bound to prove she can do it, too, takes aim and fires. They are dying laughing as they reach down and help me get off the ground. But then they hush when they look at the target and there were several holes in it. They were impressed. I on the other hand, was dying. My poor shoulder was killing me. I conveniently remembered I needed to take care of something at home. Yeah… my shoulder, it was so black and blue by the time I got there. Oh my, I really thought it was broke. But I never did let them know that I was hurting, I didn’t want them laughing at this city girl. Peer pressure will get you every time if you are not careful.
I actually was a pretty good marksman, with a 22 rifle and pistol and several other calibers over the years.

As far as the bow and arrow, we had Archery in high school, but I really don’t even remember anything about it.

2. Do you know where your childhood best friends are?

Yes actually I do. I have a best friend who still lives in the neighborhood where I grew up. We have been friends since 2nd grade, a long, long time. We moved about 15 miles away when we were in 3rd grade, so that put us in a different school district. But that did not change our friendship. On most weekends she was at my house. We don’t talk on the phone often, but we keep up with each other thru emails.
Other friends we have become reacquainted on facebook. Most of them I have not seen since high school.

3. Do you usually arrive early, late, or on time?

I used to be late all the time. But since I remarried we are usually 5 – 10 minutes early. We compromised. He was usually an hour early which is insane, to have to sit in the car for 45 minutes.

4. Are you more of a New York or California type?

I have never been to either place, and would like to see both. I think though I would probably be a California type because I love the ocean. The first time I ever saw it was our honeymoon in Florida and I was like a kid in a candy store!

5. Do you have a special ring tone?

Not really, have never downloaded anything special. Now I did pick out a specific one so I know when my daughter is calling.

6. What is your favorite type of chip?

I am pretty partial to Lays Wavy Chips; I do like the Baked White Cheddar Cheetos also.

7. Best comedy you've ever seen is ....

I am at a blank…lol. I do not watch a lot of shows. The only thing I am coming up with is Mask or The Cosby Show. I loved The Cosby Show! Talk about a Senior Moment…

8. Have you ever cut your own hair? To quote Dr. Phil, "How'd that work for ya?"

Never really cut it…. trimmed the sides and the front, between visits to Arkansas. Pretty bad when you drive 4 hours to get your hair cut. lol

9. If you were going to have an extreme makeover, would you rather it be about your house or your personal self?

It would be our house, used to be my mom's little house in Arkansas. That is where we stay when we visit my daughter. It could use an extreme makeover. lol. Would love to have a cabin sitting there with a wrap around porch, a little farther off the road. Hey we can dream can’t we?

10. Are you allergic to anything?

I am allergic to sulfa drugs as far as medications.

I have to watch tomatoes or anything with acid also. I cannot eat a tomato by itself. It has to be in a salad or on a sandwich. And sometimes I still get little bumps inside my mouth all over and it swells and gets sore.

I also am allergic to smoke. I have a lot of problems with my sinuses since we married and I am sure a lot of it is the smoke.

11. Why is it so hard to change?

Most people do have problems with change. I think it is because everyone likes to stay in their comfort zone where they feel safe. They are afraid to step out of the box. I guess that is why Noah was always my favorite character in the Bible. He was not afraid to be different, didn’t matter what people were saying or what they thought. All that mattered to him was doing what God told him to.

I usually adapt pretty well to change. I have always tried to believe that change is good, as long as it is hurting no one.

12. One last question dedicated to February love: CS Lewis said, "To love is to be vulnerable." Please share one example of that assertion or share any thought you'd like to about this topic.

It is so easy when you are in love, to get your heart broken or your feelings hurt because we are vulnerable. When you are really in love, you give your all, including your heart. It is human nature.

And there is the fun in my Random corner this week! Can’t wait to read your answers.

until next time… nel


  1. See, you're still thinkin' after midnight. I had trouble answering the last two serious questions.

    Could just picture you and the shotgun. Ouch! Oh, those boys.

    Like your picture on the sidebar of you and your hubby!

  2. Good job for the city girl!

    Great answers!

  3. I had forgotten about archery in High school. Don't remember ever being any good at it though. lol

  4. Hilarious story for #1...thanks for sharing!

  5. You at least showed them what you were made of! Have a great week!

  6. Thank you for your continued prayers for Amden.
    Blessings, andrea

  7. I love your gun story : ) That's good!

    I've never tried baked white cheddar cheetos but they sound like something I would love. How have I missed them?

  8. I love your answers! Four hours for a haircut?? Wow! Your shotgun story made me laugh, too!

    :-) Susan

  9. Interesting answers! Way to go on #1!

  10. Thanks for all the great answers.
    I love those white cheetos too!
    Bill Cosby was funny. I really like Modern Family now! Have a great rest of the week. God Bless.

  11. I loved your opening paragraph. Made me laugh.

    That is quite the story of the shotgun but you showed them hitting that target. :v)

  12. These are always fun to read! I have never shot a gun before and I usually have to try so very hard not to be late most places. I am not a very good at judging time. :)

  13. Fun post and good answers. Will be back to visit again.

  14. I don't watch a lot of tv either! I understand about driving for a haircut...I am usually very picky about who touches my hair...

  15. I think it's really cool when people stay in touch with their childhood friends.

    I have noticed that i am somewhat a "minority" in the blogging world. I hope i am not giving a bad impression of us fellow guys. 8)

    Thank you for stopping by the "Dojo".

  16. Loved your answers. I will be following your blog. Hope you'll do the same. :]

  17. I like your answers. You do know that there is an Ocean near NYC...just kidding...it's not open or big like it is in California...it's not really a fair question since you think of New York as a city and California is a state. It would have made more sense to Say L.A. or N.Y.C.

  18. Enjoyed your answers! Especially your story about shooting the gun. But...ouch! Hope you healed quickly.

  19. Enjoyed your answers! I know that pain in the shoulder from the first time I shot a 12 gauge shotgun. No warnings for me.

  20. Love the look of your blog! The snowflakes are cool and the picture in the header is beautiful.

    Great gun story!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll be back when I can spend some more time!

  21. I sure am glad you showed those boys! My husband was kind enough to teach me to shoot with a revolver. I've never used a shotgun or a rifle. For some reason everyone else had archery in high school and I never did! (Two different high schools, no archery program) But my 17yo has a bow & arrows, so we have all used them.
    February is nearly over, but since we still have 9 inches of snow on the ground, it's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner...

  22. I really enjoy these Random posts. So fun to get to know our blogging friends better!

    I still recall the first (and only)time I shot a gun. At my brother-in-laws house. I kinda felt I need to prove myself or something when they asked jokingly if I want to try target practise. He had a .44 I shot and I could barely hear a thing for the rest of the day. Ouch!

  23. Thanks, Nel, for leaving a comment/following re: the spring give-away.

    Good Luck on Sunday!

  24. Fun answers! AND I hadn't heard about the white cheddar Cheetos. How yummy will those be when I find them!?!