1. What’s surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?
Hmm, tough question. I guess just how varying it is, even in the face of your daily minutiae. I mean, I do literally the same 010-15 things every day but then there are so many X factors and your days can be upsetting and irritating or surprising and fun and just awesome. And I think the other part that is surprising is just where I’ve ended up. We all think as kids how our adult lives will be and mine is nothing like it but still amazing.
2. Among others, these ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year…awesomesauce, beer o’clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe(apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable.
Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?
I do not use awesomesauce or cat cafe, fatberg, or Mx. I have been known to say hangry and I say beer o’clock all the time. I thought I made that up! LOL. Guess not.
3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you’d rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy…which one on the list is your favorite?
Oh do I ever love a good gravy. I can eat mashes or turkey without it but I do like turkey with a nice brown gravy, preferably made using some kind of white wine. Favorite gravy is sausage gravy, though I’ll eat red eye. I would say my favorite thing is sausage gravy over big fluffy biscuits. OMG, I want some now!
4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain.
I have short-term plans, sure. Ash and I joke about how he is always thinking about the big picture and I’m more day to day. This is entirely true. He plans for our retirement and I plan for dinner. Do you need a plan? Not always. Sometimes the best laid plans do not work out and sometimes when you run with stuff, it works out in amazing and surprising ways.
5. November 19 is National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you’ll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?
We have one and it is a combined version of my old one and Ash’s family’s. I like the game but like most people say, it dredges up memories of being angry at one or more family members. The kids ask to play often and we are prolonging it.
Never been to Atlantic City; definitely have been on the train; parking is free downtown on weekends; I took a chance on doing the Tough Mudder. It worked out!
6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?
LOL here’s the song that first came to mind.
but let’s go with “Count your Blessings” by Bing Crosby.
7. In keeping with this month’s theme of gratitude….what is something you’re taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you’re grateful for?
Oh, this came up the other day. Elliot was whining about not being able to watch a show because Isaac and Dakota were watching Paw Patrol. I gave him the “you should be thankful for all this” speech and as I was blabbing, I realized how often we take for granted that we have a decent house and enough room and enough to eat. In fact, I told my sister about this and she said one time Mom told her how she would drop us off to school and worry about the 3 dollars in her bank account and how things would work out. I NEVER thought for one second that we were not well off as kids. My parents learned how to stretch a dollar so we never needed. And Lordy, we really do forget about the dire situation we could be in.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I don’t like bringing up political things here but I find myself so conflicted about the recent terrorist attacks. On the one hand, I DO feel we need a temporary hold on immigration. I think we need to evaluate how to properly let in Syrian refugees. Sure, I believe most of them are well-meaning but bad people have used women and children as weapons before. It isn’t fair to the ones who really need it but life isn’t fair. We can’t think with our hearts alone; it’s a dangerous situation that needs to be evaluated. I wish we could have a real conversation that didn’t include pointing the finger and saying ‘you’re heartless because you want to reject people” when really, it should be, “Let’s find a smart and safe way to do this, for the people of our own country.”
I just hope these attacks were not the warning sign that they’re coming for us. I hate that this subject has resurfaced and I have to start talking to my kids more in-depth about 9/11 and I just don’t want them to be afraid. We’ll handle it. I hope it’ll be ok.