Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday's "ONE-derful" Random Dozen!!

It's that time again! Yes, you guessed it! Wednesday's Random Dozen!! If you would like to join in the fun and meet some wonderful people and hopefully make some new friends, then click on over to Linda's blog, 2nd Cup of Coffee and submit your random dozen!

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch?
If it is just for and Ed...well, even if it was for company, I'd probably just fix more!
Chicken, rice, broccoli skillet meal!
I throw place two boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the GF grill, season them well; start chicken rice-a-roni in a skillet, according to package directions; when the rice-a-roni is just about done, I add the chicken which has been cut into small pieces and either frozen or fresh broccoli flowerets, whichever I happen to have. I like to use chicken broth in the rice-a-roni instead of just water, too. Oh, and this is especially delicious if made with the broth and meat of a freshly roasted chicken....oh my!

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)
My glasses. I am blind without them. When I still worked at the library, I was on my way to work one morning and I kept thinking that everything looked a bit muddled, only to arrive at the library and realize that I didn't have my glasses on! Egads! So, I called my dear husband and he brought them to me. :-)

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?
The LIBRARY!! I can spend literally hours in the library when I am by myself. I read the newspapers. Then I move onto the magazines. I usually gather up a few and sit at one of the reading tables while I leaf through them. Next, I'll get on one of the next-to-the-speed-of-light web-surfing computers. Then I may browse the bookshelves for awhile. It's like a mini-vacation for me. Now, if they would just let me have a nice hot cup of coffee or ice cold Diet Pepsi to sip on while I do all of this. :-)

4. Share one factoid of your family's history.
My dad was in the 101st Airborne Division in WWII. When I see all of the films and so on of WWII and read about all of the lives that were lost, I realize what a miracle it is that he survived, especially in light of the fact that he also was awarded the Purple Heart. Total U.S. casualties: 500,000. Total international casualties: 52,199,262
I also had a brother and two brothers-in-law who served in Vietnam and survived. Total U.S. casualities: 58,178

5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ...."
....actually taught two one-hour aerobics classes, back to back, on Monday evenings at church and, more recently, I used to walk 4-5 miles a day, every day. I was so healthy and fit. *sigh*

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be?
I asked the hubs what he would choose and his answer was the same as mine....Gas. The kind you put in your car, that is. :-)

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ...."
I like for my house to be in order. I mean, I like to "live" in my house, but I can't truly relax if it is a mess. (This is what my DH said was "quirky" about me.)
What I think is quirky about me is that even though I am a very outgoing sociable person, there are times when I am quiet and can even be a little bit shy. Yes, I can be. It is true. Though it doesn't happen very often.

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?
A cold diet Pepsi! Oh refreshing, especially on ice!

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is ...." dear husband. I'm serious! No matter how badly I may be feeling, he always manages to make me laugh. I am so thankful for him! I am truly blessed to have him by my side. :-)

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal?
Stop eating? :-) Okay, I'll be realistic: Stop procrastinating!! Just do it!!!

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?
Send them a card of encouragement and pray earnestly for them.

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon?
Ed's 50 year class reunion and my 40 year class reunion. :-)


Joyce said...

Your recipe sounds good. I love rice a roni and for some reason I don't think about making it very often.

Oh, the library is one of my favorites mom was a librarian : ) I love libraries...ours does have coffee but I'm sure there are rules about where you can take it. We have a great library here, mine in England was just okay...not terribly current but interesting : )

Jewel said...

Hi Joyce! We love ricearoni, too, though I always add things to it to make it a main dish.
I remember as a little girl, seeing the ricearoni commercials and always wondering what it tasted like because my mother didn't fix rice dishes for some reason. :-)
Oh, that would be wonderful to have coffee at the library! Our library just did an expansion and had considered a coffee bar but apparently decided against it.
For being in a small town (6000) we have an amazing library, for which I am so thankful!

Sarah said...

I love libraries too! Maybe once my kids are a bit older, I can go back to spending more time there. Right now, all I think of is containing them so they don't escape. A couple of weeks ago, my two-year old just walked right out the door when I turned my back for a second.

Mary said...

I'm going to have to steal your sounds like a good thing to fix in a pinch! My husband was airborne when he was in the guard. Thank goodness there are men like your dad that put their lives on the line for our country. I have my 30th reunion this summer!

SouthLakesMom said...

Our library now allows covered drinks! But I guess you would never leave if yours did that! It is a wonderful place to hang out!

#6 made me laugh. At first I thought "eat beans" and then thought again about the price of petrol. Can you tell I have a teen son in the house? sheesh...

Going Cerebral said...

My thanks to your family members that served!

Happy Wednesday!!

Barbara H. said...

Your chicken dish sounds good.

It's been a long while since I just browsed around the library. I've had so many other books to read on my shelf that I haven't needed to add more.

Jewel said...

Oh, Sarah, I went through the same thing when our son was little. I didn't think I would ever be able to go to the library again on a "normal" basis. But, it does happen....eventually. :-) Hang in there!
Wow, Mary, between you, me, and my husband we have three decades of class reunions covered!! And my twin brother was in the Army National Guard but did not have to go to Vietnam, thankfully.
Yes,SLM, we know what it is like to have a teenage son at home. Body functions can be a great source of entertainment for them, hm? LOL
Thanks so much for stopping by GC! :-)

Jewel said...

Hi Barbara! I don't buy many books, hardly any, in fact, so if I want to read, I go to the library. Actually, I sometimes go to Walmart, peruse the books they have there and then go to the library and put in my order. :-) If there is a really good nonfiction that I really like, I most often buy it online.
AND mine get piled up sometimes, too! Argh! :-)

Stephani said...

Now I know what shy is because I've been shy my whole life although not near is fearfully shy as I was as a child. You on the other hand don't strike me as shy, but either way you are a gem (or should I say Jewel!).

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

I very nearly spewed my Dr. Pepper on the computer screen over the ending of #6.

I like libraries too, but I get paranoid about misplacing the items I borrow throughout the house.I reallly hate late fees.

Nel said...

Just now reading your random! Enjoyed your answers.

Also wanted to let you know you have an award to pick up on my blog.

until next time... nel