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Random Dozen – Lucky to Get It In This Week!

I’m glad it’s not just me having “a week,” because Linda seems to be having one as well (hugs to you, Linda).

Here are the questions and my answers, although I warn you ahead of time…I did not spend much time thinking about them…ok, not any time.

If you want to play, you still can.  Better late than never!  Make sure you go back to Linda’s blog and link up when you’ve posted your answers!

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?

Not drinking sodas any more.  I keep making the promise to myself, keep using excuses as to why I “deserve” my treats, and thus put off stopping this indulgence.  However, I was a little more motivated after I looked through a couple of yearbooks at the school I’m administering AP exams.  I saw old pictures of teachers I currently know, and I was challenged not to let some of their “changes” (i.e. weight gain, etc.) creep into my own life.  Hopefully, I’ll get a teaching job at this school, and ten years from now, I’d like to still see a skinny me staring back from the camera lens!

2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?

I usually fall asleep within thirty minutes of laying down.  I typically sleep through the night, although I am a light sleeper.  Hey, I’m a mom.  I think we’re trained to wake up at a moment’s notice!

3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?

Ok.  So I put more thought into this one, even did a bit of googling.

I’ve selected the 40’s.  The styles were classic, and you still see them reflected in the kind of style I’d like to adopt…classy, a little preppy.

4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?

My Chicken Parmesan is a dish I can count on to feed a big group, and I make it confidently, knowing I cook it well every time I make it.

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?

I am not an impulse shopper, unless I see chocolate in front of me.  I usually put a great deal of thought into my purchases.  The last thing I really bought on impulse was a package of Coconut M&M’s, which I had never seen before.

6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?

Yikes!  Dreary question, Linda!  I guess my wish would be that God’s plan for salvation would be shared.  God created us to glorify Him.  That is our sole purpose for existing and the last message I’d want to send out.

7. If it’s true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?

I think that we unnecessarily complicate our lives by buying into the materialistic attitude that abounds today.

I find joy in lazy days, being home, hanging the laundry out to dry, and sitting in the sun…perhaps knitting or just “being.”  I love my quiet time.  That is living simply, and there is a restorative peace and joy that sings a song that my soul dances to.

8. What is your favorite type of bread?

I am not a bread person, but if I had to choose, I’d say French bread, dipped in the oil and seasonings that restaurants put in front of you while you wait for your dinner to be cooked.

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)

Hmmm…the grumpiness has been fully developed, and the laziness was coming along nicely until certain “children” decided to grow up and have lives of their own, forcing me to get my rear off the couch and help do the chores again.

I think the trait I am concerned about developing is apathy…the “I don’t care” attitude.  I find myself slipping into this mode more often than I’m proud of lately.  This is due to hurts that I simply don’t want to deal with.  It is so much easier to lie to myself and say it doesn’t matter.  This leads to apathy.  I do not want to stop feeling or caring.

10. What trait would you like most to develop?

I would like to talk less and listen more.  I think I would be able to avoid a lot of arguments this way.  Plus, I think it is an important trait to have when teaching.

11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?

I think the eat-in kitchen area reflects my personality.  On the baker’s rack, I have a couple of baskets of yarn and pictures of family.  A table on the other wall holds my Bible and the devotional I use with the kids.  Even the style of the table reflects my personality…country-ish and bare-minimum.

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?

Ha!  Balance!  Linda is a hoot!!  Either that, or she’s delusional (shhh…don’t tell her I said that).

Ha, ha, ha!

I strive to maintain balance by prioritizing.  Over the years, I have learned to say no when people ask me to take on additional responsibilities that don’t fit well into my life.

Despite my attempts, I still fail miserably at this thing we call “balance.”  I spend too much time blogging and not enough time at church.

As far as other organizations, I am not a part of anything extra.  Call it burnout, whatever.  I had to draw a line in the sand.  I am a homebody, desiring little else than coming home from a day of work and relaxing.  That is how I maintain balance.

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