Random Dozen #9

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1. Tell me something about your favorite teacher.

One of my favorite teachers was an English professor who taught Literary Criticism. He wasn’t a dynamic speaker, didn’t move much or have much of a range in his voice; he didn’t use snazzy audio-visuals. But he was brilliant in his field, yet he was not interested in coming across as brilliant: he was interested in sharing with and inspiring his students. I loved that class and wish I had taken more like it and more classes with that professor.

2. Tell me about one pivotal moment in your life.

I have a hard time choosing between two, so if you’ll forgive me, I’ll mention them both. One was after struggling with assurance of my salvation for years and finally deciding to get the matter settled: more on that here. The other occurred before that. My father was an alcoholic. My mother was not but did drink at that time. They both stopped years later. The year before they divorced was my year of doing really stupid things. I don’t know why, and this isn’t the post in which to analyze all of that. But that was the only year I drank alcohol. I was only 15 turning 16, but someone always had an older sibling of legal age to buy it. After my parents’ divorce and our move, one day I saw a wine bottle on the counter at home and in that moment decided I never wanted to touch it again and did not want anything connected with the lifestyle it represented.

3. About favorite colors–a lot of people will ask you what it is, but I want to know why it is. What feeling or memory does it evoke?

My favorites are pink, blue, and green, in lighter shades. Most are cool colors (pink technically is warm, but cooler than red.) Though I love the brilliant fall shades on the trees, in my home or clothes I prefer cool, soothing colors. It always irks me when I hear a decorator or fashion “expert” talk about colors “popping.” I don’t want my colors to pop, thank you very much. Other than that, I can’t really tell you. Those colors feel like happiness and home to me.

4. What’s a sure sign that you’re getting older?

I have multiple signs: graying hair, wrinkles, creaky knees, “I remember when…” and “When I was your age…” statements.

5. Please don’t sermonize, but Halloween–is it a yes or no for you?


6. What’s your favorite musical?

Les Miserable except for a scene or two.

7. Are you more of a city mouse or country mouse?

How about a small town mouse? I like the feeling and quiet of the country, but I like the conveniences of the city.

8. Did you know that it is possible, for a small fee, to name a real star after someone? (It’s true! Google it!) If someone were to name a star for you, would you appreciate it for its whimsy and romance, or would you say, “Are you kidding me? For $19.95 we could have gone to the movie and actually bought popcorn.”

For $19.95 I’d rather have a book or dinner out, but if someone had already named a star for me, I would try to appreciate the thought.

9. This question comes from Paula at His Ways Are Not Our Ways: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever been doing and texted during it? I only thought of this b/c I was about to try to text during my walking video but I didn’t.

Driving. 😳 Yes, I have been guilty of that a time or two, but not regularly. I don’t text often because it takes me too long.

10. “It’s not a party unless _______.”

Umm…unless there are people and food there. I’m not much of a party person, but it’s fun when a gathering turns into a party.

11. When you’re stuck in traffic or a waiting room, what do you do to pass the time? PS: There are no magazines available.

I always, always bring a book for waiting rooms. Not for traffic. If stuck in traffic I’m too often stewing about it (one of the little things I need to just relax and trust the Lord about), but sometimes I’ll find something interesting to listen to on the radio or call someone or just think.

12. If you weren’t yourself, would you be friends with you?

I guess it would depend on who I was and what kind of personality I had as to whether I would like me if I weren’t myself. But I think so.

13 thoughts on “Random Dozen #9

  1. #2 — I wish others saw the choice that clearly.

    #6 — Amoeba, too. I have never seen it. I guess I should.

    #7 — me, too. Luckily, we’ll be under two hours from Seattle if I need a big city fix — but I think it’s going to be a while before I want one!

    #10 — me, too! I keep a couple magazines and a loose leaf notebook in the car. If I am stranded with nothing to do it is definitely my fault for not stocking my “provisions”.

  2. Ok…wow…I loved your pivotal moment…assurance of salvation is such a blessing. My hubs went through something similar when he was 10. My parents weren’t alcoholics, so to speak, but I, too when I was 15 made some stupid decisions out of spite…thankfully, the next decision that my home-life led me to…well, it was God really, was the BEST decision EVER…and also my pivotal moment.

    I’m with ya totally on town/country living! 🙂

  3. There are probably few of us who didn’t do “less than smart” things at 15. I try to remember that with a 15 year old still at home! But your pivotal decision sounds very mature for that age!

  4. Wonderful answers, Barbara! It really shows your good soul :). I’m glad that you choose the right path at such young age. Many others might have followed in the footsteps of your father.

  5. Isn’t it wonderful when a teacher makes a student love a class.

    I think somewhere in that age group most of can answer truthfully and say we did really stupid things.

  6. Great answers! Enjoyed Les Mis (saw it in London) but not sure I’d rank it as a favorite. A bit too depressing 🙂 But it does have some really good songs. I used to always carry a book everywhere too but these days I usually have Spanish homework instead.

  7. I’m OK with Halloween, though. I know I’ll get “shot” by many Christians for what I posted on my blog (I’m referring to the photoshoot I did with my sister and her friends).

  8. Love these! Just a quick question. When your sons were smaller, how did you politely explain to people that you don’t “do Halloween?” We don’t either, but with 6 little ones, people seem appalled that we don’t!

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