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Random Dozen – Do You Wanna Party?

I love Random Dozen Day!

You, too, can play along!  Just copy the questions, give your own answers, and then link back to Linda’s blog!  Make sure you visit some other blogs.  I’ve made some new bloggy friends this way!

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?

Honestly?  Neither.  I am not a party person.  However, if I had to choose, I would say attend a party.  I have a huge fear of letting people down…not meeting their expectations…so I tend to be very nervous when hosting things.  Plus, when attending parties, you can leave when you want.  It’s kind of hard to kick out guests when you’re tired of them!

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you’ve been to.

I really had to think about this because, as you now know from Question 1, I do not attend parties on a regular basis.

Probably my favorite party, or I should say parties, were at my good friend’s house.  We met when she and her family moved into the third floor apartment directly above me.  She was a stay-at-home mom and had a daughter close to my children’s ages.  We hit it off immediately.

Her husband had a large, extended family, and they often entertained them.  Felisha included my family in her family gatherings.

I especially remember her New Year’s Eve parties.  We took cheap champagne because that was all we could afford.  The guys played cards, the kids played, and the women talked.  Her mom made fabulous spinach dip in a bread bowl.

There was lots of love and laughter.  I miss my dear friend and will always cherish those times.

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?

I know I am going to heaven when I die.  The thing I wish for the most is to see my loved ones (including my furry babies) there.  I have every confidence that my immediate family will be there, so it would be my greatest surprise to see my dad.  I doubt I will.  He once mocked my Christianity and even called it a cult.  Although he died rather suddenly and completely unexpectedly, I hold out hope that at the very end, he called on God to save him.

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?

The warmth that it brings, or the promise of warmth (say, in the middle of winter).

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?

Now that I knit, I prefer to take my own gift.  However, just like in question #1, I tend to stress a lot…worrying if a person will like what I picked out or made.

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?

I have never had anyone else clean my house for me and can only imagine how incredible that must be.  However, cooking is just something that seems to be a last-minute chore, so I’d choose having a cook for a week.

7. What song describes your mood today?

“God is in Control” (Twila Paris) is my mood song for the day.  I am trusting God with everything…my job situation…paying bills…you name it.  I am so thankful that He is in control.

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)

I use things until they either wear out or tear up.  Thus, I am still using my every day china and a few bath towels.  I find it amazing that the towels have not worn out after 20 years of use!  The china is chipped, and despite my buying replacement pieces on Ebay, I realize that the end is near.  I’d venture to bet that I’ll have a new set in five years.

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?

I can’t really have ice cream because I am lactose-intolerant, but on days when I decide to punish myself with the pain that’s sure to follow, I love to indulge in Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie or Half Baked Ice Cream.  Anything with chocolate makes me happy!

10. When was the last time you felt “tested?”

Every day is a test when you are the mother of children (no matter the age of the children).  My patience is tested daily, as is my resolve to keep my mouth shut (I fail at this every time I’m tested, unfortunately).

11. “[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop.”

Pringles is a food that once I start eating, I find really hard to stop.

12. “—–” is the best motivation.

Desperation is the best motivation.  I know this because of my money situation.  Having less money has led me to become more creative in ways that I can save.  It is why I spend hours each week couponing and hunting for money-saving deals.

I Love Getting Things for Free

This morning, I spent three hours filing coupons.  It was an overwhelming task, to say the least…

The payoff was worth it, though, when I later came home with several free items…

I found the Tide at Target in the travel-size section of the health and beauty aisle.  I used $1 coupons that said “on any size.”  The cashier tried to tell me I could not use the coupons, but I assured her that because the coupons did not say “excludes trial sizes,” I could, in fact, cash them in.  This is a good lesson to remember when using coupons.  Always check the sizes specified!  You never know when a great deal is at your fingertips.

The body wash was a great find.  Target’s regular price is $3.99, and I had $4 coupons for both, making them free.

I got the pretzels from Publix, thanks to a tip from Coupon Queen.  She reminded me that I had a coupon for free pretzels when purchasing two bags of Ruffles chips, which were B1G1 during the most recent sale.


I got some other great deals today, but I won’t bother to bore you with the details.

But, after not shopping for three weeks, my deal-seeking inner goddess has been re-awakened.

Bring on the sales, Baby.  Here I come!

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