Another random dozen

Hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. What is something that you have changed your mind about either recently or over a number of years?

Although I hate this word because it has been so over-used, I used to be pretty legalistic about a number of issues that I’ve since discovered after studying the Bible are preferences rather than die-hard issues to fight over, and people can love the Lord and differ from me on certain issues. I still think some take that spiritual liberty way too far the other way — I don’t believe liberty means we have no standards at all.

2. Choose either subject, but does your a) church b) job feel more like a dental chair experience or an easy chair (recliner) experience?

Well, my job is being a stay-at-home wife and mom, and I enjoy that. I enjoy my church overall. But I wouldn’t classify either as an easy-chair experience — that to me connotes rest, relaxation, not working, and both involve effort. But neither are nerve-wracking and tortuous, either, though every job or church experience has its downside as well.

How’s that for totally not answering the question? 🙂

3. Kisses or hugs? I actually typed “huts,” which might have been a more interesting question.

I’m not much into either outside my immediate family and close friends, and with anyone except my husband it is hugs rather than kisses.

4. What do you think is the biggest threat to families today?

Wow, that’s a big one. I agree with what Melli said about selfishness. After that I think I would say lack of time together. With such overloaded schedules outside the family and then such access to personal entertainment inside the house, it is too easy not to spend quality time together even when we’re all under the same roof.

5. A day after you grocery shop, you open a perishable item that is horribly spoiled. Do you take your receipt back to the store to be reimbursed or just throw it away and forget about it?

It depends on how expensive it was and whether it would be worth the time and energy to take it back. Sometimes I do take things back so the store will know there is a problem, like one grocery store whose store brand of OJ often had mold around the lid. I don’t buy their OJ any more!!

6. What personality trait (feel free to address good or bad or both) do you notice yourself adopting from your parents?

This one could be a whole blog post in itself. I used to think I didn’t have my dad’s temper, but mine is there and all too active — it’s just not explosive like his. That doesn’t make it better, though. I share my mom’s tendency to overspend. 😳 I think I’m more like my mom in overall personality. She loved to give gifts, and I’ve inherited a portion of that.

7. How many slices of bread do you leave in the bottom of the bag when you throw it away? Two? Three? Just the heel? None? (I really want to know if you eat the heel.)

I don’t eat the heels unless we’re having sandwiches and there wouldn’t be enough bread without using the heels. If the bread has been in there a while I’ll often toss the last few slices away.

8. What mispronunciation or usage error really irritates you?

“Loose” for “lose” and apostrophes where they don’t belong — though I try to be merciful because I slip up sometimes, too.

9. In honor of the uniqueness of today’s date, what does the numeral 9 mean to you? (Any special life moments attached to the 9th? Are you the 9th kid in your family? Can you count by 9s really fast? etc.)

I don’t think there is anything unique in my life associated with a 9 — not that I can think of right now, anyway.

10. Does the general color palette in your closet match the colors you chose to decorate your home with?

It does now, yes, except that I wear darker colors in the winter time, though still in the same color families. I used to buy whatever was on sale or on clearance without regard to color, and it was so depressing. It took me a while to realize color was a factor. Now I look in my closet and sigh with happiness. 😀

11. When you’re hanging out with friends in the kitchen, do you automatically ask to help, or do you sit there and chat until the host asks if you’d like to help? I’m not implying that the 2nd choice stems from rudeness or laziness, just not a first-response like it is for some people.

I usually offer to help. I was raised to do so. In some kitchens there is not much room, or the cook likes things done a certain way. In my mom’s or my close friend’s house, though, I just plunge right in.

12. Let’s end on a pleasant note: What do you enjoy about September the most?

That there are finally some cool days after the sweltering humid summer. It’s back-and-forth for several weeks, but at least there are some cool days of relief here and there.

12 thoughts on “Another random dozen

  1. Yea… there are still many times when I get confused over the legal stuff. That is one of the areas that I feel soooooooooo far behind everyone else, no matter HOW much study I do to try to catch up! I ALWAYS get caught unaware on something that I think is set in stone, but it’s not. OR sometimes, things that I “feel” are more choice – but they are NOT! It goes either way. But I keep plugging and hopefully before God takes me home I’ll have it RIGHT! 🙂

    I was tempted to say my job is a dental chair experience — but it’s not. Part of it is… but the fact is I DO enjoy getting to stay home – and if taking care of Mom allows me to do that – then so be it!

    You just reminded me of two traits of my mother’s that I definitely DO have! I’m going to go update! LOL!

    I enjoyed this Barbara! I’m really glad that Linda has started this!

  2. Barbara, I loved these answers. It’s funny that you joke about not fully answering a question when you are actually so thorough in all of them!

    Reading the “threat to families” answers is now my favorite. People have given this a lot of thought.

    Loved #10, and I’m not surprised you’re a helper. Thanks for participating!

  3. As I said to Melli on this one, it’s so good to learn more about you. I make so many typos and misspellings that it must turn your hair curly LOL. Loved the personality 🙂 Have a good one

  4. Enjoyed reading your answers to this!

    Personally, I’d have to say “nucular” is my usage pet peeve.

    Back in kindergarten, it bugged me when other kids said “busghetti” instead of “spaghetti.” 🙂

  5. #2 — we both didn’t answer the question!

    #8 — when I mix up synonyms it is generally a typo rather than ignorance. Extra or missing apostrophes irritate me big time though!

  6. I’m old, and I can prove it! I would always take back any item I paid for that is defective, whether it cost a little or a lot. In addition, I would NEVER throw away any piece of bread unless it’s stale.

  7. I can’t imagine you having a temper…ever…Barbara! But if you say so, I believe ya! 🙂 Now me, on the other hand…:-/
    Loved your answers and I do plan on doing this one, too! ((HUGS))

  8. I pretty much did the same thing on #2…didn’t use either of those but said something different. Oh well. Linda seemed to forgive! 🙂

    I also loved the balanced answer you gave for #1. Great perspective.

    It’s been very nice to get to know you some!

  9. I can’t think of anything unique as well for the number 9 but 9 Sep 2009 (090909) was the day my colleagues registered for their marriage at the ROM. Yes, they married each other! 🙂

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