Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Comfortable Old Random Dozen

It is time for the Random Dozen.  Lidna over at 2nd Cup is our host and you should go over to her site and link up your own Random Dozen post.  She always makes me feel like I should have given the show "Lost" one more episode before I decided that it was a stupid show.  Now I just feel stupid for not watching it.

1. Have you ever been so lost that you were really afraid?
I panic very easily.  So I am sure that I have been lost and afraid.  However, it was probably being lost and having the potential of being late.  If I was lost and not late for anything I probably would be fine.

2. Have you ever been to an island?
Does the island of "poor me" count...no?? Then nope never been to an island.

3. Are you more of a thinker or feeler?
I react on gut instinct which doesn't always serve me so well, so I guess that makes me a feeler, but when I am feeling badly I usually can logically talk myself down.  That might make me a thinker.  Rich tells me that one of the things he loves about me is my ability to think logically through a problem and come up with a solution.  Obviously that is only after I have my mini meltdown. 

Looking back on my answer to this question it is now clear that I am a thinker...

4. Do you tend to see issues or situations in life as black and white or shades of gray?
One thing that I  have learned from being a teacher and a mother is that life is LOTS of shades of gray.  One size does not fit all.

5. If you were stuck on an island, what book would you hope to have with you (Let's pretend the Bible is already there, so you can't say that.)

Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living: Surviving with Nothing But Your Bare Hands and What You Find in the Woods

If that wasn't an answer that addresses the spirit of this question then I would like to have this book that I just read:
Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude

6. What are you most afraid of?
This reminds me of a Modern Family episode which had a theme of things you are afraid of and all the adults fears were, heights, spiders, etc..but when they asked one of the kids on the show what his fear was he said "I am afraid of dying alone"...

I am definitely not afraid of dying alone and I am thankful that I no longer have to worry about living my life alone.  I believe I am most afraid of something bad happening to my kids.  Not to the point that it hinders me from being a good parent, but the thought of losing one of them scares me to death.

7. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
And I thought the fear question was a toughie.  Since the old memories include all of of the bad hair, angst, and leg warmers of middle school, I think I would say that I would rather lose all of my old memories.

8. Pretend I'm looking at a scrapbook page about you. There are three spaces for you to drop in individual pictures. What are those pictures of, and why did you select them?

Me and my one true love.
Me and the two people who have my heart.

My personal accomplishment...my first 10K.

9. If you were re-doing your wedding, what would you do differently? (If you're single, tell me one thing you would do if you were planning a wedding OR huge party.)
In my case just have his kids not marry him...(we are divorced)

But I am planning my second wedding and this time it is all about us and  the beginning of our lives together and not so much about the actual "event". 

10. Tell me one thing you know/believe about forgiveness.
It is more beneficial for you than for the person you are forgiving.

11. You're waiting in a doctor's office. What is your favorite way to pass that time?
Reading or doing my weekly LA Times Sunday crossword puzzle all while secretly people watching.

12. If there were a clone of you in a parallel universe what is one way you hope she/he would be the same as you and one way you hope she/he would be better?
I wish her the same amount of compassion for others especially young people.  I would take away from her the intese need for justice.

In Summary: I think too much, I don't forgive enough, and I love with my whole heart. (And I must not have been too keen on my middle school days)

More Later

- A Ro


  1. Oh I loved your thinking feeling answer. I'm the same way.

    And I was completely impractical in the stranded with a book question.

    Great pictures!

  2. I'm so with you on #4.
    And, I love your photos and the reasons you chose them...Congrats on the 10K!!


  4. I snort laughed at your Modern Family reference. That show cracks.me.up.

  5. I love how you are so proud of your family - it's always fun to hear your stories. And of course, you're hilarious :)