Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Random Dozen

Go to Linda at Second Cup of Coffee to join in.  Copy the questions, answer them on your blog, go back to her to link up!  Easy to do, fun to visit folks.

1. Have you, or has someone close to you, ever won an award for anything? 
Sure, but I'm still waiting for that fabulous cash pay-off!

2. Who is the nearest relative to you who has served in the US Military?
Me.  I was an Air Force Jag for 4 years, and then served 2 additional years in the Maryland Air National Guard.

3. Share something that stirs the patriotic spirit in you.
When I was on active duty and the day ended with the National Anthem while I was stationed in a different country, there was nothing more patriotic than standing at a salute throughout it. This country showers so many blessings upon us, and so many look upon them as entitlements rather than gifts. For people born here who don't appreciate them fully, they should talk to people from other countries who will do ANYTHING to become an American. Those people know a good thing when they see it!

4. Where are you in the birth order in your family? Do you think your "placement" made a difference in your personality?
I'm the middle child. It makes me want to be a peacemaker . . . except when I'm being the instigator.

5. Name one trait you hope you carry that was evidenced in your parents or grandparents.
Kindness in my mom's dad, particularly.  He was mostly deaf, and my grandmother was ill for a very long time, but he never waivered in his kindness towards others.  I know it's probably more recessive in me than them -- ask my son who ran through my level of sympathy for his broken arm in about 2 days.

6. If female, do you prefer wearing a skirt or pants? If male, shirt and tie or polo?
It depends on the day - sometimes skirts, sometimes pants. Rarely one piece dresses.

7. Approximately how many times do you wake during the night? What do you do to go back to sleep?
Once or none, and I go back to sleep.

8. Share a favorite movie quote.
If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.

9. What is your favorite Fall candle scent?
I don't use scent candles.

10. What is one Fall activity you're looking forward to?
Planting bulbs next week when I get some time.

11. Tell us about a pleasant surprise that happened to you recently.
My husband gave me his netbook, cleaned up, and ready for me to use.

12. What was it like when you first met your in-laws-to-be?
About the same way it is now. I realized there was a reason their son kept them at arm's length.


SusanD said...

Nice surprise from your hubby! #10-you're getting ready to plant bulbs, I'm getting ready to dig all mine up! I want to completely redo the front "flower beds" and I use that term loosely. lol. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Kathy said...

Good answers! I also thank you for your previous service to our country.
Interesting answer to #12--it helped to explain a comment that I read of yours on another blog. Bummer :(
If your son was anything like mine, when his arm was broken...I understand how you ran out of patience in 2 days. LOL

Debbie said...

I loved reading your answers and I'm so impressed. My husband and I watch reruns of the TV show JAG all the time. Thank you for your service to our country!

I also want to thank you for the rest of the quote from Chariots of Fire. I was writing my post about 1am and got sloppy. :) I changed it and mentioned you. Thank you!!!!

Jill said...

Nice surprise from the hubs, and I totally get #12. If we'd met sooner than two days before the wedding, I'm not sure I would have gone through with getting married.

Melli said...

That IS a great quote. I think I saw the movie waaaaaaaaaay back in High School -- but I have read the book and loved it!

My sympathy quotient runs low too. I am not much of a whiner when I'm sick or injured and sadly I don't have a LOT of tolerance for it... I need an extra dose of compassion.

I love bulbs - but I gave up on them. Moles and voles and critters... oh MY! I suppose I should build some raised beds and line them with mesh...

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for your service to our country. Loved reading your answers. I've never done bulbs, it must be fun watching for them in the Spring.

Mocha with Linda said...

Love the quote. Takes me right back to high school English!

Thank you for serving, and amen to #3!

Lisa Laree said...

Love TKAM!!! And thank you for your service!!!

(The word verification right now is 'queso' I must have some cheese...)

Mary said...

@#4: Oh, that explains alot about Middle Son...that's pretty much the way he is! I can't imagine the patriotism and pride you must've felt hearing the National Anthem while stationed in a different country. Thank you for your service!

Lea said...

Enjoyed stopping by today and reading your answers. Always such fun to read everyone's different answers. Makes for a fun Wednesday! Blessings to you for a wonderful rest of the week!

momma24 said...

Thank you for your service. What a great surprise from your husband!

To Kill a Mockingbird has to be one of the best movies ever.

quilly said...

Yay on the netbook -- just don't pack your mouse and keyboard and then leave home without the computer itself!