1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who’s your favorite Peanuts character and why?
I didn’t watch but we have a boxed set of the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials. My kids and I have so far watched: Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, Pluto’s Christmas tree, and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Peanuts is next.
I always liked Pigpen because he’s a hot mess but his friends always accept him, no matter what.
“Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind.”~Linus
Would you agree?
Oh yeah. I LOVE the Pumpkin patch. We go every year and I find true delight in it.
2. Describe a sound from your childhood. What does this sound bring to mind?
The very first thing I thought of was popcorn popping. But the kernels in a pan with oil, the old-fashioned way. However, this spawned an entire set of sounds. When I was young, my mother worked retail at night. My dad was home with us and he’d make dinner. do bath time, and put us to bed. He sometimes let me go to bed close to when my mom would be coming home so when she did, I’d still be awake to say goodnight. So I remember laying in bed, waiting to hear the car door shut, the sound of her heels clicking up the walkway, her key in the door, and the shuffle of her things being put down in the foyer. Then she’d say goodnight and go make popcorn, the sounds and smells lulling me to sleep.
I’m not really keen on cold places but if I had to choose, I would definitely say the Northern Lights. That phenomenon really intrigues me and I could suffer through freezing temps to witness it.
4. Who or what keeps you humble?
Hmm, tough to answer but I guess just myself. I mean, I don’t brag often anyway but I never had a ton of money or success and when i do get those things, I know I earned them. I also know that it’s my own person thing and not something that needs to be flaunted.
5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain.
I like the putting up of Christmas stuff in the house early and all at once so I can sit back and enjoy it. I like doing it alone, which I know is not the typical idea. I usually wait until most of the kids are napping or out with Ash and I pull every box out and slowly put it where I want.
6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?
I am ok with Gingerbread. I prefer ginger snaps. I make a cream cheese dip for ginger snaps and you put it in a little pumpkin. And no, we do not usually make a house. We have before but no one really gets excited about it.
7. What’s one thing you want to start, do, or complete before the calendar rolls into a new year?
Ah, start a Roth IRA. I need to begin saving for retirement. Ash already has a fund but I need one too. It’s never too early to start!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
With the issues I’m having with how my mother behaved at Thanksgiving coupled with the fact that they no longer live in the house where they resides since 1994, I am feeling sad about this Christmas season.
I went away from my blog for a second and checked Facebook and now I am sad in a different way. My friend, Kelly, lost her husband a few years ago. He was riding his bicycle and a woman looking at her phone hit him. She has since remarried and really gotten into cycling. I just read that her 19 year old son (from her first marriage) was killed in a car accident. I feel like I know people who are always losing things. My father-in-law had a rough go of life this way. He had a twin brother who died and an adopted brother who was killed. He lost his favorite dog in a tragic way and of course, Ash’s mom died. I want to say right now that I consider myself both lucky and blessed to have so many people in my life and so far, they are safe. I pray that it stays that way!