7/29/11

Five Question Friday

Ok, here is another Five Question Friday. I thought these questions were mostly fun. Things I don't normally think on. Read on to learn about me an please feel free to respond with your own answers. I'd love to learn a little about you.

1. Vow renewal ceremonies-yay or nay?

I don't think I would ever have thought to say "let's renew our vowels". So I'd say nay. Last year we were invited to a very small renewal ceremony and it was truly beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of weddings but I really did enjoy the beauty and romance of this ceremony. While I would do almost everything different if I could redo my wedding I don't feel I need a renewal ceremony to make the changes I would have done differently. I certainly don't want to do the work that would be involved. I guess it goes back to me not being a fan of weddings. While I love marriage and commitment, weddings are boring to me. That sounds awful but there you have it.


2. What sound/s annoy you the most?

That very annoyed tone my children take with each other. This tone is used to say one word, the name of their sibling. But it drives me crazy :~P

3. If you had to pick, would you have only all boys, or only all girls for kids?

This one was hard. Having one boy and one girl, there are things I love about having each gender. BUT, if I have to choose, I do believe I would pick having boys (at least today I would). As of early July when my daughter turned five she has developed a terrible attitude overnight and I no longer recognize my SweetPea. I could totally do without the defiance, tears, and nasty tone that has only just begun. Not sure when this phase will be over, but I'm so ready!

4. Do you believe in alternative medicine?

Not really. Andy is a pharmacist and so there isn't much room for belief in alternative medicine in our house.

5. Would you take a family member's children and raise them if they needed it?

I absolutely would take a family member's children and raise them if there was a need. Family is so important. You just do what needs done. In a situation where raising their children was necessary, it would be more than an obligation. To be a part of those children's lives and see that they are cared for and loved would be most important. I wouldn't think twice about this one.



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7/28/11

Kids in the Kitchen

There is one month left of summer before the kiddos return to school. How did that happen? As part of my attempt at being more messy and doing something hands on with the Mini's, I've come up with a new idea.

I had bought some time back three pamphlet-like cookbook for kids. Kid friendly recipes for all eating occasions. Most of all, these foods look fun :)

So I let the kiddos look through the books and circle what they want to try. Each week we are going to make one or two of the recipes.

They were very excited as they poured through page after page of creative foods.




We made Cake Cones. We invited got together with a friend and had lots of messy fun! These were very fun to make and even more fun eat! Here are a few pics of the fun had by all.




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7/27/11

Banana Breakfast Shake

This is a kid and mommy approved breakfast or snack. Easy to make and quick to disappear :). Enjoy!

2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put ingredients into blender and process until smooth.

Serves 2



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7/26/11

What comes to mind?

I'm doing an experiment. Post the first word that comes to mind. Ready...go!



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Great Game!


This weekend, we were given a new game. It's called. Zingo! 1-2-3. Games for kids are tricky. You never know if the game is going to be a good one or if it is going to be a flop.

Zingo! is a number bingo game. And we are really enjoying it. There are number tiles stored in this in slider. Each turn you get two new tiles. Each player looks at their card and if they need the number, they call it out and place it on their card. First player to fill the card wins.

The green side of the card is easier. It has a picture of the number plus the number spelled out. The red side of the card is more challenging. There are two sets of pictures with a plus sign so you must add them and place the tile that is the total of those images.

I'm loving this game for my recently turned five year old. She is getting pretty quick at seeing the number tile and matching it to the number words. I think this is great as she is one month away from entering kindergarten. My son and I can play the red side together for a little more challenge. It's fun, it's pretty simple once the kiddos understand the objective and it's educational. I would recommend this game for anyone with primary aged children. Keep it in mind as you look for new games (you can only play Candyland so many times) or if you are looking for a gift idea.

Has anyone else found another kids game they would recommend to others? Please share any games that have been successful in your house. I'm always looking for new games and I can't be the only one. Thanks!

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7/25/11

No Kids Allowed

It was late for my family to have dinner. We finally made it to a restaurant. We walk in and are greeted by a nice man who says, "No children allowed after 6pm". I was shocked. A little offended and really annoyed because we were all very tired and hungry.

This really happened to us while we were on vacation earlier this summer. Once we finally had food in our bellies, I started thinking about the no-kids policy.

On one hand, I was offended. My children behave very well in a restaurant. Who are "they" to tell me they aren't? Of course, they're not perfect but in general, they are very good when we eat out. Several years ago, a friend of mine didn't want to go out to eat because her boys "don't do well in a restaurant". Well, that was not going to be me. So I've taken these two out frequently from the time they were born. It wasn't always easy but the hard work has paid off. They are pleasant lunch/dinner companions.

On the other hand, I understand that some people just want a quiet night out. For those who don't have children or who have paid someone to keep their kiddos home so they can enjoy a quiet night kid-free, the last thing they want to hear is some child throwing a tantrum because they are bored.

My first response was, "who do they think they are telling me I can't eat there with my family?". But like I said before, I understand the other side too.

What are your thoughts on child-free restaurants? It seems this is becoming more and more popular. Is it a good policy? Would you eat at a restaurant that didn't allow children? Leave a comment below. Let's start a discussion...

7/22/11

Friday Question

I got one question from a reader. So today, I will answer one question instead of five. Be thinking of a question to post next week for Five Question Friday. I think this is a fun way to interact with those who come back and read Java Talk.
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Do you use the handicap stall in the restroom or leave it for someone who is handicapped?
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Well, I have used the handicap stall many times. Especially when my kiddos were small. It was the only stall I could fit all three of us in. Now I rarely use it. If I use it, I make sure there is no one waiting that is handicap. Mostly I just see it as another stall. If all the others are being used, I'll use it. I tend to opt for the first stall. I read once, most people don't like to use the first stall because it's too close to the people waiting in line. Less users means less germs. Good question. Thanks for asking!



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7/21/11

Looking For Questions...

Tomorrow is Five Question Friday and instead of copying them from someone else's blog, I'd like to see if you can think o any questions that I would answer. Take a minute and post a question in the comment section, then check back to see if your question(s) was answered.



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Electronics Are Not My Friend

Ha! So I've always been a self-proclaimed techno-idiot. I'm afraid of what I don't understand I guess. And with the way things are going at our house, I'm not feeling much better.

A few weeks ago(at least 3) my little darlings came outside to tell Andy and I that the TV went red, whatever that means. It was a Saturday. And it was a holiday weekend so I had to wait until Tuesday to call for help. This was a bit distressing because our huge Sony flatscreen was only 2 1/2 yrs old. Finally a repair guy shows up. He repeatedly insults me over the dust behind my TV and then he says he'll call with an estimate. That estimate was over $500. With a 50/50 chance of fixing the problem. There is a 50% chance we just need to replace the whole TV. My hubby decided to do some research and found the part at a much nicer $65. and he even got the repair guy to agree to install the part if we bought it on our own. Of course...now the part is out of stock. So here we are almost 4 weeks later, with no TV.

Honestly, I don't miss the TV. I don't have to hear constant pleas of, "can we watch tv? Can I play my wii?". It's great! Andy doesn't think it's so great but I'm surprised how easy it was for me to give up.

TV down...next to fail...laptop. This too is only a little over 2 yrs old. Anyway, the first place I took it to was gonna charge me a flat fee of $369. And then "fix it no matter what". Gee really, for that price what couldn't you fix? But what if it only needed a $30 part? So off to another store I went. This place at least sent it away first before they came back with a price. A week went by, the call came in, it's gonna be over $200. to get this machine fixed and back to us. No idea when we will get that back. I am feeling the loss of the laptop a little more than the tv. I feel anxious over not being able to backup my iPhone on my computer.

I have no idea what we've done to make these electronics gang up on us. It's not like we forgot to feed them or anything like that. Oh well, eventually, we will have our TV and laptop back. Our pockets will be lighter, but somehow the tricky balance of electronics and techno-idiot will be reset.


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7/20/11

Just an observation

Tuesday was a very hard day for me. From the moment I woke up, I felt exhausted. There was no reason for this extreme tiredness. I went to bed at normal time, I got up at the same time as usual. My back was hurting, (I haven't been doing my press ups but don't tell my physical therapist) but so what?

I fumbled my way through the day. I was cranky. All I could think about was my back pain and how tired I felt. My kids were so good and practically took care of themselves that day. I was there in body but I was barely participating in the life that was happening around me.

Andy came home and was trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Although I appreciated the concern, he was really just annoying me. As if it wasn't hard enough to keep my attitude in check (afterall, it wasn't his fault I felt so bad) he went on to lecture me on how I've really slacked on doing my physical therapy exercises. Totally true, but not the time.

So after dinner I asked him to help me with my press ups. Having his weight on my lower back has always been most effective for me. The very first press up was accompanied by a "pop...pop!". And almost instantly I started to feel better. It was amazing. I finished my press ups and within minutes my back pain was gone. *for the record, I had done a few sets of press ups throughout the day, I just needed his weight to act as resistance. *

20 minutes or so later, I felt like a totally different person. I didn't hurt and I wasn't exhausted. I've heard that pain can cause fatigue. And I've experienced this with chronic pain that for the most part I have controlled. This felt like a direct cause and effect situation. While the majority of the day was miserable and I couldn't wait for it to end, I was so glad to have had a complete turnaround. I was able to enjoy the evening with my little girl.

In my mind there was definitely a link between my pain and exhaustion. It struck me once again how complex our bodies are. Our bodies are designed to do great things. And seeing how our body is all connected within is fascinating to me. Although I could have done without the pain, it was another chance for me to marvel at the human body.

What do you find amazing about the human body? Have you ever thought about all our bodies are capable of? How it is all so connected? Please share your thoughts below.

7/19/11

Twist on Fruit Salad


We love fruit at our house. We also love dessert. Sometimes I serve fruit with dinner and sometimes I serve it up as dessert. This recipe can be used as either.

I used 4 fresh peaches (cut into cubes)
1 can of pineapple chunks
3 bananas (sliced)
1 box of sugar free vanilla pudding mix

Place cubes peaches and sliced bananas in a bowl. Drain pineapple juice and keep. Mix pineapple chunks into bowl. In separate bowl, mix pineapple juice with pudding mix. Pour pudding/juice mix over fruit. Stir well. Refrigerate at least an hour. Enjoy!

Give it a try. What do you think?

Suggestions Please

As you know, I take my exercise every seriously. I'm not a fanatic but I have a varied routine and I don't like to mess with it. I belong to the local YMCA, which offers childcare. Here is my problem. That childcare fills up quickly and then I can't take my class.

That makes me mad. Very mad. I feel I am a paying member and childcare is a service provided. If I go to the trouble to pack us all up and get there only to find the dreaded "FULL" sign hanging, it makes me crazy.

I realize that there are laws and there has to be so many adults per child. So get that number adults in the room! One woman in my class said at the last Y she belonged to, they grabbed any employee they could find. Like someone from the front desk to help out. Why do they need three people out at the desk anyway?

I workout in the morning. Who do you think works out in the morning? Moms...with kids. Hmm...maybe this is something they should consider.

So, do you have any suggestions to share that would solve this issue. I am going to be writing my Y and I want to give them suggestions. Does your gym have childcare and if so, how do they address the adult to child ratio? Any thoughts are appreciated.


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7/18/11

Homemade Peanut Butter


I am a huge fan of peanut butter. Spread it on almost anything or simply eat it by itself. But I am not a fan of all the extra ingredients in peanut butter. After several months of making my ow b almond butter for my family to use in place of good old PB, I decided I would try to make my own Peanut Butter. And I LOVE it. We have a winner!

Two simple ingredients. Can't get easier than that. It's fresh. And without all the extras I don't like in store bought PB.

I get my peanuts from the bulk foods section. About 1 1-2 scoops of dry roasted, no salt peanuts. Plus 1/2 scoop of dry roasted with salt peanuts.

Pour all peanuts into food processor. And turn on. That's it! Le it go for about 10 mins until it is as smooth as you like your PB. I put my PB in a container. Then add my second ingredient. About 1 to 1 1/1 teaspoons of agave nectar. Agave nectar is absorbed slowly which prevents spikes in blood sugar Stir thoroughly. And refrigerate.

It is easier to spread if you take it out of the fridge a few mins before you use or I like to pop it in the microwave for about 10 secs.

Super easy. Super yummy. And super healthy.


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7/15/11

One of my favorites :)


Today is Friday, so I'm making pancakes for lunch as per our tradition. While these yummy hot cakes are cooking, I realized I wanted to share one of my favorite recipe websites.

www.mrbreakfast.com

It's simple to remember and it is FULL of every kind of breakfast food you can think of (or at least any type I can think of, haha). Breakfast foods are my favorite in general. Like any good recipe site, the recipes are rated and people leave comments sharing any changes they made.

I discovered this site when I was looking for Smoothie recipes. I hit the jackpot! Most of the time I use recipe apps on my iPhone. But I do frequently refer to this site and I've been happy every time.

Check it out. What are your favorite recipe sites? Please share them below.


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7/14/11

Best Birthday Party


This past weekend we celebrated my little girl's fifth birthday. I tried very hard to find someone to bring a pony to our house for the party. But I couldn't make it happen. Finally, I found a farm that did parties...so I signed us up.

This was the best birthday party we have had for our kids yet! We went to Blue Hound Farms. Farmer Kristie and Farmer Jim were great with the kiddos.

The kids spent 2 1/2 hours seeing so many things on the farm. We saw and pet ducks. A few pigs. And were followed by the coolest white turkey named Chase, who followed us around the whole time like a dog.

Our group spent time in the stables with the horses. Each child got to milk a goat. We even saw two goats within minutes of them being born! You don't see that every day.

And of course, each child got to ride a beautiful horse. The birthday girl got to ride from the stable to the ring. And then back again. While in the ring, she got to experience the horse trotting for the first time (her first, not the horses).

We also enjoyed a great hayride around the farm. I cant imagine there was much about the farm that wasn't included in our party. The kids had a great time but most importantly, my little girl was in her element. She loved being surrounded by and interacting with so many animals. I hope this was a birthday she will always remember.

What was your best birthday memory? How old were you? Please share below.


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7/13/11

Wordless Wednesday



Please leave a few words inspired by the picture above.



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7/12/11

You Know the Kids Are Back...

Last week my in-laws took the kiddos for the first time. This whole experience was a great one. The kids had a terrific time. Grandma and Pop-pop kept them too busy for them to feel homesick. Much to my surprise, I didn't worry all week. In fact, the idea of them going way was worse then them actually being away.

So, now they are back. Life is getting back to normal. Haha, whatever that is. Here is a list I've created with little reminders that my Mini's have returned.

You Know the Kids Are Back When....
1. 7 am brings a stampede down the stairs eagerly waiting for breakfast.
2. The kiddie pool is blown up in the back yard.
3. You have to vacuum under the table after each meal.
4. You've said, "no TV right now" several times a day.
And finally, You Know Yours Kiddos Are Back...when the dialogue in the car or around the table revolves around talk of Legos or Star Wars.

I hope you are smiling now. I know I am :)


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7/11/11

Green Smoothies

I did it. I can't believe I did it. But I was curious. Today I was crunched for time so this was a good day to give it a try.

What did I try? I made (and drank) a Green Smoothie. It was surprisingly good.

What is a Green Smoothie! Glad you asked. Just yesterday, I was asking myself the same thing. Basically, a Green Smoothie is a Smoothie made of different greens (yes, veggies) mixed with fresh fruit. It is a whole dietary movement where the goal is to eat raw foods. Because this is where we gain the most health benefits from our food.

I am not interested in converting to this as a lifestyle but I will make this Smoothie again to enjoy for a snack or meal.

I used a handful of baby spinach and some romaine lettuce. Then I poured in a little juice. Finally, I added some strawberries, blueberries a banana and a few ice cubes.

This combination was surprisingly good. I kept reading that these drinks taste mostly like the fruit you use. I found this to be true. The greens were chopped so small, it felt like a strawberry seed or a piece of blueberry skin. I really couldn't tell there was lettuce or spinach in my drink. The color of my drink was interesting but it tasted good.

I would definitely make this again. I might even throw a few more veggies in for the extra nutrition. Why not? Especially if I can't taste them. I think I'm going to try to sneak some spinach into the next Smoothie I make for the kiddos. Shhh...don't tell.

What do you think about the Green Smoothie? Would you try it? What are your thoughts?


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7/8/11

Exercise, What Works?

Once you commit to the idea of exercise you have to figure out what you are going to do and where you are going to do it.

For me, this has evolved along with my attitude towards exercise.

When I began exercising, my son was a newborn. There was no way I was leaving my home to exercise. Too many problems. When would I do it? What would I do? Where would I go? And what would I do with my baby?

For years, I exercised right in my own home. I get bored easily so I acquired quite a collection of DVDs. This was a legit expense in my mind because 1. It kept me motivated and 2. It was working.

Eventually, I joined a gym. This worked out well for a little while. I could get up early, drive to the gym, hop on the cardio equipment and go. It was great being home and showered before the kids woke up. A year of this was really all I could take. There was no room for variety. Like I said, it worked for a while but then it was time for a change.

I joined the local Y. This is the best thing I've done. I love the variety of classes, instructors, time of classes AND having a workout buddy to attend these classes with. We started out going twice a week. Now we are there four or five times a week.

**This is very important**It doesn't matter where you workout but you have to make sure it is a good fit for you. If you plan to workout at home, you have to be motivated enough to stop your daily routine to do it. If being at home makes it too easy to go back to bed or just watch tv, then take your exercise out of the house.

My gym buddy and I have tried a new gym over the past two weeks to see if it would work better for us. For us, the answer is no. The new gym was not comfortable for either of us. One of the two classes we took was boring. We didn't click with the instructors. Changing gyms would be a terrible idea for us. If you aren't comfortable in the environment, you are not going to go. Which means now you are paying a monthly fee for a membership you won't use and most likely your motivation to move will be gone.

Exercise can be fun. You can't take yourself too seriously. Don't worry about the moves or how you look. Have fun. Sweat. Get tired. If you stick with it and you eat sensibly, you will see changes in your attitude, your sleep and your confidence. If you commit to move you will feel better about yourself and feel proud of what you can accomplish. Don't be afraid to try new things. You don't exercise for anyone but yourself. Find what works for you and do it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

7/7/11

Exercise Through the Stages

I've mentioned before my success with weight loss. This is something that I work at every day, even now, six years after I hit my goal weight. That will never change. What did change from the time before I lost the weight, is my attitude towards exercise.

It may surprise you that I have always hated to exercise. I didn't really play sports growing up and I never enjoyed a unit in gym class...ever!

Exercise was something that I started to do when I was serious enough about controlling my weight. I had to get to that place where I was ready to do what it took to meet my goals.

Slowly...sometimes almost painfully slow, I saw a change in how I approached my exercise. First, it was something I had to do. It's good for me. I will burn calories. And the sooner I start, the sooner I get finished.

Then, I saw my body change. When this happened, I HAD to keep exercising. It was amazing. There was this whole other body hidden under those 70+ pounds! So, exercise was not an option. Like some sort of duty, I had to check-in so I could cross it off my list for the day.

Then, lucky for me, at some point, I really began to enjoy my exercise. This is my time. I still love when I reach the end of a workout but now I am usually excited to begin. Which is totally a bonus.

I absolutely encourage you to think about how you can incorporate exercise into your day. I hope my story can help motivate someone to give exercise another try. Tomorrow I will share a few ideas on how and where to workout.


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7/6/11

Decaf Must Have

Coffee, water, the occasional diet pepsi. That about sums up my beverage selection. The coffee I love. The water I drink because I'm supposed to. Very rarely do I enjoy it. In fact, I usually drink a bottle of water in just a few minutes. Lots of really long gulps. I'm glad to hit the bottom of the bottle. Until recently.

I've tried Crystal Light before and I haven't been a huge fan. I'm also a little weary of the artificial sweetener. Don't get me wrong, I eat low cal yogurt and other items that have fake sugar but I try to keep it minimal. We just don't know for sure how safe it is.

This has all changed for me. I tried the Crystal Light Pure and I'm hooked. This version is sweetened with sugar and truvia, a natural sweetener. I absolutely LOVE the lemonade and mixed berry. I drink one or two of these each day. I think it tastes great and I enjoy drinking water again. I also don't giving these drinks to my children which means they are drinking more water too.

I guess only time and repeated studies will tell us if truvia is safe or if it is nothing more than a gimmick. I'm hoping this is a natural sweetener that is safe. And like all things, we need to keep moderation in mind. But for now, I am very happy with my new discovery. Drink up everyone!

Have you tried the Crystal Light Pure? What did you think?


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7/5/11

Goodbye Germs

While I was skimming the paper this morning I saw a write up on how to clean your toilet brush. This was interesting to me because just a few weeks ago I bought a new scrub brush. I never though about the germs left on the brush but once the idea sprouted, I couldn't shake the ICK factor. No biggie, buy a new one,. Luckily they are pretty cheap.

In this column there was discussion of running the scrub brush through the dishwasher. No dishes of course but seriously!?!? Not in my house. This is just a mental thing for me but I could not wash my dishes after that.

One person said that most cleansers have bleach so the germs can't survive any way. This may be true and it does make me feel a little better but I still think I am going to buy a new toilet brush every so often. Again, thy are very inexpensive.

What about you? How do you kill the germs on your toilet brush? Would you run it through the dishwasher? Share your thoughts below.

7/4/11

Five Things To Do While Kids Are Away

This morning, Andy loaded the Mini's into his car and drove them to his parents' house. They will be gone for a week While this isn't the first time away from my kiddos, it is the farthest they've been from us as well as the longest they've been away.

This is going to be a great week for them. It is going to be an exhausting week for Grandma and Pop-Pop, hopefully filled with lots of fun memories. Only the first of many summer visits to come I'm sure.

Tonight I spoke to both the kiddos and they were having so much fun. They were super silly, cracking jokes that only 4 and 6 yr. olds would find funny. They were laughing and sounded full of joy.

So what am I going to do this week? I'm not exactly sure. Here are a few ideas I have come up with.
1. Scrapbook. This won't take very long but it will be nice to be able to spread out and not have to share all my supplies with my mini crafter.
2. Read a little. I love to read but I learned last week during my airport stays, you can grow tired of reading.
3. Run some errands I've been putting off because it's just a hassle to do with the kiddos involved. Post office, bank, returns to Target, etc.
4. Enjoy grown up time. My sister is in town. And this week, when she visits me I don't have to share her.
5. Go to the gym and not feel bad about making my kids hang out in the child watch room that they glumly call, "the baby room".

**BONUS**
6. I will sleep in each morning :)

Who knows what else this week will bring? I'm sure by the end of the week I will get in the groove of doing what I want when I want to do it. I expect some challenges when my little ones are returned to me. But I am glad they have this chance to spend with their grandparents. I'm going to miss them lots. I'll talk to them every day. I'll listen to the stories they tell...And I'll be so happy give them hugs and kisses when they come home.

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7/1/11

Five Question Friday

I'm trying something new today.  I have found a fun blog that provides 5 questions each Friday that are designed to be posted on other blogs.  I thought I would take advantage of this and see how it goes.  I hope you enjoy!
 
1. If you had the opportunity to bungee jump, would you?

2. Would you rather go to the movie theater or to the drive-in?

3. Do you have your groceries delivered?

4. Eyebrows: Do you wax, thread, pluck, or stay au naturel?

5. Would the people you went to high school with be surprised by your life today?
 
My Responses...
1.  If I had the chance to bungee jump, I am sorry to say, I would not do it.  I have a real fear of free falling and since that is the purpose of this activity, I don't see how I could make myself suffer for the time it would take to finish the jump.  I know, I'm a chicken.  Some things are worth it to me to put on my big girl panties and face, others are not.  This is one of those things that just isn't worth it to me.  I don't think I would even do well to watch someone else take that leap.
 
2.  I would rather go to a movie theater to see a movie than sit at a drive-in.  I remember going to drive-in as a kid.  It never seemed too comfortable.   It was fun to go in my jammies but it was awkward to see and the sound was never right.  With the technology today, a movie is at its best when the sound is loud and coming at you from all sides.  Give me comfy seats any day.
 
3.  I do not have my groceries delivered although I have been known to do my grocery shopping online.  Then I just drive up to the designated lane, check in, pay and watch as my weekly order is loaded into the back of my car.
 
4.  I used to get my eyebrows waxed every month when I got  my hair cut.  Throughout the next four weeks, I would grab any one that would dare arise.   When I switched hair salons this year, I just started doing them myself again.  Let me just say....I HATE plucking my eyebrows.  It is a miserable job that I simply endure.  I don't know why I stopped getting them waxed.  Maybe its time to give the new girl a try.
 
5.  I do not think the people I went to high school would be surprised with  my life today.  I was a very average kid.  Good student, had a few good friends, loved to read.  Today, I have a simple life.  I am home with my kiddos, have a dog and two cats.  I still love to read.  I am much more social now.  I am also have much more self-confidence.  These things have developed over time with age and experiences.  I think the most surprising thing to anyone would be that I would have a blog.  And that my blog is a source of such personal enjoyment. 
 
There you have it.  My answers to this week's questions.  These questions seem pretty random and don't follow a theme which is fine with me.  It was fun to think through my answers.  I hope you enjoyed reading my responses.  Feel free to post any comments below. 

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