Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee offers us questions for the Random Dozen each Wednesday. So far, I haven't seen any for which I need to "take the fifth" (the right to not self-incriminate). I have had many for which I had to gulp and answer in order to step up to accountability!
Speaking of which, I received a "Thank Not Crank" bracelet today from Linda. THANK YOU! Am I brave enough to wear it beginning Wednesday this week? That is my longest day - it starts at 0515 and doesn't end until after 9 p.m. If there's ever a day in which I run short of thankfulness, it is Wednesday. So we'll see. The sooner I get started . . .
If you want to play along with Random Dozen, go to Linda's site, and copy the questions. Then answer them, and link back to her! It's that easy!
1. So I was thinking about how Jon Bon Jovi never seems to age much. His hair is smaller nowadays, but he still manages to look like a boy somehow. And then that made me think of the story of Dorian Gray. Question: If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why? I'm not sure. I'm happier with myself at this age than I was ten years ago, but a couple of years back I did a marathon so I looked and felt incredible, so maybe 45? I'm pretty happy with 48 too though.
2. What is the best dish that you cook or bake (your piece de resistance?) My kids would say my spaghetti sauce. I think it's the pumpkin cheesecake.
3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal? Prayer, call a friend, listen to uplifting music (and sometimes that just happens to be rock-n-roll)
4. When was the last time you danced in public? Speaking of rock-n-roll, I danced with the kids a couple of years ago in the Christmas production at church. And I've been accused of not being able to stand still when we're singing in church - does that count?
5. Do you consider yourself a realist or dreamer? Yes.
6. As a parent, what is one thing that you have done well? Give my children a foundation in the Word of God, but allow them to walk their own journey of faith, not mine.
7. Which is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show? I love Andy's kind wisdom, but I have great empathy with Barney. So . . . I guess . . . Gomer! Shazam!
8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Honestly, about 9. I mean, I've never read a biography on him, but I do read the paper and listen to the news, so it is hard to imagine that I've missed anything crucial.
9. Have you never been mellow? Have you never tried … to find a comfort from in side you? (Sorry, Jorge was singing that song just now, and it just seemed to be perfect timing as I was creating this week’s questions.) REAL question: What is your #1 driving pet peeve? Clutter that has arisen from laziness.
10. Which color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate? Sea Foam Green -- we had Leaders Council for Community Bible Study this morning and I'm just filled up with gratitude to the Lord.
11. If your spouse were an animal, which would he/she be? An eagle. Seriously, he would fly all day, soaring on lifties, diving down to grab a fish, trailing his talons through the water . . . yeah, definitely an eagle.
12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day? Funny, there was a piece on time management in the Washington Post Magazine this weekend and I thought about this. The bulk of my time is spent in connection with food - thinking about it, planning for it, fixing it, serving it, cleaning it up. When you have teens at home, food is an ongoing issue as in "do we have enough?" And the answer to that question is, "we will have enough food for a teen male when the devil rides to work on a snow mobile." For further reference, go see Thom.