It's that most wonderful time of the week! Time for the Random Dozen questions which are given out by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee!! If you would like to join us, just click on her blog, copy the questions, answer them on your blog, link up at Linda's and have fun meeting some wonderful ladies all about the web!
Here goes my attempt at answering this week's questions to the best of my ability! :-)
1. Describe the best sandwich in the world, according to you.
It would have to be the Garlic Portabella and Swiss Angus Burger at Scrambler Maries. Oh.my.word. It is served on a soft pretzel bun and is to die for!!
2. Which inspires you more: a good conversation, a song, a book or movie?
I would have to say a song. Music has always moved me and because I play and sing, it is very close to my heart. I could really elaborate but I won't.
Okay, I will tell you one short story. :-)
Several years ago, I was on my way to work at the library as I listened to a local christian radio station. I was going through a difficult time and this song came on the radio by Avalon..."I Can't Live A Day Without You." I cannot begin to describe how the words of this song went straight to my heart. It was as if the words came from my heart. They were just what I wished to say to Him. I prayed and cried to the Lord the rest of the way to work and actually had some difficulty pulling myself together to go into work. What an awesome song! And that is only one of many that have had the same effect on me through the years.
3. What is your favorite board game?
Hmmmm.......it used to be Monopoly but I'm not sure now. The last board game that I played was Scrabble and that was really fun, too. So, it would probably be one of those.
Oh, wait. Bible Trivia. I played that with my husband, pastor and another gentleman from our church and we had such a crazy blast playing it! So, that is right up there, too!
Oh, and I do believe that it depends on who you are playing with, too. Makes all the difference in the world! :-)
4. As you grow older, are you more or less patient with small children?
Actually, I'm more patient. I believe that taking care of little Jaylon, our grandson, has helped me in this area AND, as I'm getting older (58), I'm learning more and more what is really important in our day-to-day lives. They are only little once and they deserve our time, attention, and patience. They are so defenseless and are learning about this life and world one step at a time.
5. Name one item you never let yourself run out of.
Hairspray. (Hate to admit it, but it's true, nevertheless.)
6. Do you agree with Tennyson's assertion, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
Is there anything as affirming as knowing that you love/loved someone unconditionally and were loved in return in the same way?
As we've gotten older, Ed and I have had some discussions about death, what we would do if something happened to the other one. We don't like to think about it but it does make our love for one another that much dearer. We have no promise of tomorrow.
7. Name one national treasure or monument that you have visited.
The National Archives in Washington D.C., where the original Declaration of Independence is stored, along with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
8. Which is more painful, to be disappointed in someone else or to be disappointed in yourself?
I would have to say in someone else. You see, I know my own heart. I know my motives. I know if I am truly sorry. I know the sincerity and intentions of my future actions.
But, with some people, you might never know what was REALLY going on, what their motives/intentions were, or if they were truly sorry.
There are some situations that I still struggle with sometimes because I was never given the opportunity to REALLY know what was going on with them. I still shake my head in disbelief sometimes, wondering at what is going on in their thinking, but realizing I can only deal with my side of the situation, to the best of my ability, unless and until they make a move toward reconciliation. *sigh*
9. What makes your kitchen uniquely yours?
Me. I mean, that is the only thing I could really think of. I have my own order of things in my cupboards and refrigerator. I have my own style of cooking.
When Daniel was still at home, he was in the kitchen cooking something and, I'll never forget, he said to me, "Mom, I hope, someday, when I have my own kitchen that I have a spice cupboard like you do.....I like the smell of it when you open the door...... and that I have an onion bowl, like you do in the fridge. You just have everything in a certain place and you know it is going to be there when you go to get it. "
I just thought that was such a nice thing for him to say. AND he does have his own spice cupboard now! :-) It is kind of located in the same area of his kitchen as mine is, in the cupboard between the sink and the stove. :-) Daniel loves to cook, especially grilling out. Oh, and Erin calls him the "Breakfast King"!
10. Are you a crafty person?
Not really. Crafts are just not something I have ever cared to do. I mean, I CAN do them. I just prefer not to. :-)
11. What is your favorite traditional picnic or bbq (cookout) food?
A really good macaroni salad. One that is not too soupy nor too dry.
12. Name one leisurely activity you enjoyed over Labor Day Weekend.
Watching my DVR'd TV programs while crocheting and enjoying my morning coffee with a warm blueberry poptart, while Ellie sat in the open window by my chair and we enjoyed the cool, fresh morning air together as it wafted in through the screen. Ahhhhhhh.........:-)