Random Dozen Meme #3

Hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. Please share one middle school memory. It can be good, bad, ugly, funny. Pictures or words, I don’t care, just share.

I had junior high rather than middle school — it wasn’t until a few years after that that schools in our area went to a middle school format. 7th grade is mostly a blur — I was only in that area one year. Before 8th grade we moved to a new town that was THE most clique-ish place I have ever been in. There were three distinct “groups” in school, and they didn’t seem open to new people. I spent the first few weeks of the school lunch hour walking around by myself crying. Finally a girl named Dawn befriended me. A couple of years later when I had made friends with a few other people and started dating one guy, they urged me to “drop” Dawn, but I said no way. All of that may have been the Lord’s protection, though — years later I found out some of the most popular kids were into some pretty unwholesome things, including one guy I’d had a crush on. That was a vulnerable time in my life because those were the years leading to my parents’ divorce. If I had gotten in with that group of kids, who knows what kind of trouble I would have ended up with.

2. What’s your favorite Beatles song?

I’m not really a Beatles fan, but in my teens I liked “Yesterday.” I don’t know why — it was kind if depressing.

3. If I asked you to describe your most comfortable outfit, what would it be?

Most of my everyday outfits are pretty much the same style: a dress of lightweight woven fabric that is loose but not baggy.

4. Would you rather host a party or be a guest?

I’m not much for parties, but I’d rather be a guest. I enjoy hosting when I do it, but I find it stressful.

5. Do you think we will move completely from traditional books to digital ones, and if we do, are you OK with that?

I hope we never do. I think most people who enjoy reading enjoy more than just absorbing words: there is that whole feel and experience of holding a book…not to mention my eyes feel strained at just the thought of trying to read much in one of those tiny screens. But I can see the portability of digital ones, especially when traveling.

6. Do you learn best by reading, listening or experiencing?

It depends on what it is I am learning. I do better with a task by listening while experiencing, but overall I’d say I learn most by reading.

7. If you are (or when you were) single, what is the kiss of death for you concerning the opposite sex? (That is, what is one trait or behavior or habit or anything at all that immediately turns you off from considering that person a potential match for you?)

Self-absorption, selfish, thoughtless behavior.

8. Snacks. Salty or sweet?

Usually sweet though sometimes I crave something salty.

9. Look around you in a four foot radius. What object is around you that you didn’t realize was there or forgot was there? How long has it been there?

A vase from my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that I need to return to them.

10. What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?

I don’t think I have seen many Tom Cruise movies. The only one that comes to mind is the first “Mission: Impossible.” I saw it on TV, so if it had any bad language or scenes, they were cleaned up, and I enjoyed the suspense.

11. You buy a bottle of shampoo and discover that you don’t like what it does to your hair at all. What do you do with that full bottle?

I might offer it to someone else, with full disclosure as to why I don’t want it, but if no one wants it I eventually throw it out. I was thinking I couldn’t take it back to the store unless there were something actually wrong with it, but I don’t know — some may have a money-back guarantee. But if that involves sending the unused portion back, I don’t think it would be worth it.

12. Your favorite Fall comfort food? (Last week it was beverage.)

Quick breads — banana bread, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread…mmmmm…

11 thoughts on “Random Dozen Meme #3

  1. What a sad, sad middle school memory… I almost cried! That is just awful!

    I know I’ve said this before but I just don’t know HOW you live in dresses all the time… even comfy ones… I just couldn’t DO it! LOL!

    Mmmmm cakey breads ARE very good!

  2. I did this meme just a few minutes ago, Barbara! Loved your answers and that was a very touching jr.high story indeed! And those are very difficult years! I know! Personally!

  3. FYI: Conditioner (maybe shampoo too!) is a great substitute for shaving cream!

    Lid may be surprised that very few of us are “into” Tom Cruise movies! HA. You have seen 1 more than I have.

  4. That was a sad time for you. That age especially can be so cruel.
    I hope we will always have real books. Nothing like the feel of one, that can never be replaced.
    I love the breads you mention. Have you ever put chocolate chips in pumpkin bread? It’s really good!

  5. When my family made me move in high school I deliberately went looking for the bad crowd! I wanted to make friends they wouldn’t approve so they’d send me back home. But I just wasn’t that kind of girl and I couldn’t stick with the plan. Turns out a few of the nicer kids and I ditched the bad kid thing.

    I forgot, “Yesterday,” it was a favorite for years.

    Banana Bread, yum!

    Did you ever mail that package? I greet the mailman everyday and it has still not arrived. If not, no worries, I just don’t want you wondering why I’ve never acknowledged it.

  6. I love banana and pumpkin breads!

    I went to two different jr. high schools too. It’s so hard to find your niche at that age, don’t you think?

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