Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wait! It's Time for Random Dozen!

1. How good are you at delaying gratification?

Moderately. It depends on what it is. I always wanted to open the last present under the Christmas tree. I'd rather celebrate a birthday or Christmas a day or two late than early.

But spiritually it's a whole 'nother story: I want to have the gain without the pain, and sooner rather than later!
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. ~Margaret Thatcher

2. Maybe a marshmallow wouldn't be too difficult a temptation for you. What food (or anything else) would be most tempting?

Warm homemade chocolate chip & pecan cookies. A new novel by one of my favorite artists.
What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely. ~Franklin P. Jones

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being saintly) how patient are you?

It depends on the day. Sometimes I'm an 8 or nine, and on other days a negative 23. It helps that I no longer have small children!
The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. ~Joan Kerr, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1957

4. Have you ever waited for something in life only to be disappointed upon realization of the goal/object/etc.?

Lots of times. Pregnancy was one--well, two!--of those times. As in the actual pregnancy, not the baby (which was way more wonderful than I could dream!). I eagerly anticipated that time in my life, but that so-called first trimester morning sickness lasted 20 and 24 weeks and involved much heaving at all times of the day. Then I had marathon labors - 27 & 26 hours. It was definitely worth it, but those 9x2=18 months weren't at all what I had hoped for.
Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. Jim Fiebig

5. Are you a person who takes shortcuts?

I prefer to call it being efficient! Except when baking, which has to be from scratch.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? ~Paul Sweeney

6. Which line is hardest to wait in?

The slowest one! Especially when there's some idiot poor soul that is clueless and can't get their act together. Why do people wait until the total is announced before digging out their checkbook and starting to make out their check?! Or sit through three changes of a light when in traffic, and then they aren't paying attention when it finally turns green?

Hmm, this appears to be one of those "negative 23" days!
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary

7. Did you wait to discover the gender of your unborn child until its birth?

No. I always said I would, but when some nieces and nephews had some issues, I had to have specialty sonograms (and an amnio with my girl); I did NOT want surprises in the delivery room! And my man, whose picture is in the dictionary next to the word engineer, had to have a concrete gender to discuss names.
An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be. ~Anonymous

8. Are you more patient with children or the elderly?

Whichever one I'm not related to! Actually, I adore old people.
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo

9. Did you ever sneak a peek at a present?

Not intentionally. I LOVE surprises (well, except for #7!) and I am kinda hard to surprise. Between my mom frequently (but inadvertently) leaving out a receipt or a bag labeled with a particular store, and the fact that I'm just sometimes intuitive and pick up on subtle things, I haven't had a whole lot of wide-eyed moments! One Christmas when I was a kid, I was looking to see who the gifts under the tree were for that my mom had wrapped while we were at school that day, and I accidentally saw through the paper of one and knew I was getting my Holly Hobbie doll. I was so bummed.
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~Erma Bombeck

10. What is the longest you've ever waited for anything?

Marriage. I was 27 when I got married, and the years between college and meeting my man when I was 25, were torturous. They were the years of the "I could open up my own shop with all the bridesmaid dresses in my closet."
I never thought it was worth it, you know waiting for your love, and then I felt your kiss, I could wait forever for this.~Anonymous

11. Who has more patience, you or your significant other?

I have more patience with things, especially looking for misplaced things or when something doesn't work right. He generally has more patience with the kids, which I think is mostly because he's not around them as much as I am.
Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can,
Seldom found in woman, Never found in man.


12. Which of the following songs about waiting is your pick for the best? (OK, you may substitute another, if you like.)

A) Anticipation by Carly Simon
B) The Waiting by Tom Petty
C) Right Here Waiting for You by Richard Marx
D) Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James

I'm not familiar with any of them except A, which of course always makes me think of this:

But my all-time favorite song about waiting?

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in His Word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5

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Kara With a K said...

I love your answers, and the quotes especially made me smile this week (my favorite is the Margaret Thatcher quote because that is so me!). And you practically made me drool just reading about those cookies!!

Cathy said...

Great answers Linda. Love the quote from "Please Don't Eat the Daisies". I think I've turned into that 5 year old or 18 year old many times..

SusanD said...

Hey Linda, Those are awesome answers. I loved the quotes you used too. I'm def going to post a couple of those on my FB. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Joyce said...

The quotes were a great addition Your answer to #8 made me laugh.

sara said...

loved your answers to this, but as usual you put a great twist on it with the quotes. my favorite is the first one by Margaret T.!!

And I can whole heartedly agree with #8!!!

CeeCee said...

Loved your answers, of course. You rock! My answers were too serious because we are studying patience this week in small group.

Loved the quotes. The one about waking up at Christmas was a good one. I'm going to write down some of these.

Enjoy your day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This was my first Dozen. Your answers are wonderful. Hi!

Judy said...

And here I thought it was MY husband's picture next to the word Engineer....

Melli said...

Oh I LOVED your answers today! And the quotes to go with them! That was very creative. I love the Margaret Thatcher quote in #1 - and the Paul Sweeney quote in #5! And I will definitely go with YOU on number 12!

Andrea said...

Hope you have an awesome day.
Blessings, andrea

Tami said...

Hi Linda,
I answered these on my blog too! Thanks for introducing me to this fun meme. Have a great day!
Tami from Tree Swing reading

Mrs. E said...

I am soooo with you on #6!! :)

Susanne said...

LOL. We posted the same commercial. Great minds think alike as proven here. LOL.

Love how you put quotes with the answers.

quilly said...

The quotes were a great touch.

I remeber that commercial.

I love that song and this is a lovely rendition.

Jill said...

I loved all your quotes! That must have taken a lot of time, but it was so great!

Angie said...

Fun qotes!

A new novel; I've got a problem waiting on that one too.

My line was in rush hour traffic and your quote to # 6 was apropos! I'll have to remember that one.

Is this YOUR Holly Hobby still in pristine condition? I loved her!

Wow, the Heinz ketchup brought back memories. When I was dating my date could have eaten a buffet waiting for me. :)

Nel said...

Loved your answers, and what a neat touch with the quotes. Loved the one about the engineer. Thanks for sharing!

until next time... nel

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

You had some really entertaining answers! I really like the quotes for each one...nice touch!

"Negative 23"...I can relate!

And the engineer...Oh! I laughed and laughed...

And you're the second person I've seen that posted that funny is that?

Great answers, Linda!

SouthLakesMom said...

Wonderful answers and quotes. Thank you for the illumination! I had to post quick this morning and then leave for several thanks for being worth the WAIT!

Cindy said...

Fun! I always learn things about people with these. My husband's version of the half-glass quote is a pessimist sees it as half empty, the optimist sees it as half full and the realist sees it as half a glass.

The Bug said...

It's funny about your husband being more patient with the kids because he's not around them as much. My dad was the opposite - mom would say "oh, they're just like that" & he would ask "WHY?" LOL

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, great answers and the quotes were a home run! I enjoyed your wisdom and I do think patience can run from 10 to a minus 23.

Lisa Spence said...

My sister and I both had one of those Holly Hobbie dolls--I had forgotten all about them until I saw yours! Thanks for the blast from the past--what fun!

Kim said...

LOVED all the quotes, esp. the one for #5.

Getting cravings from reading all the answers to #2. LOL And now that I have some pecans I could totally make homemade chocolate chip & pecan cookies. EXCEPT it's HOT, HOT, HOT and I'm avoiding the kitchen. :-)

Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

Great Answers... I love your quotes, especially for #1 and 11..cracked me up. That commercial is so funny :)

bp said...

I had a Holly Hobbie too! I think my aunt/uncle gave her to me when i was 2 or 3. She was my favorite and became very worn out. My Mom sewed new material on her for a new hat and over her legs where she had holes. I always slept with her. I still have her, it's funny to get her out and see how dirty (I mean loved) she really is. My parents got me a new one when she was kinda old and falling apart but the new one wasn't the same and never got out of the box!

Robin Lambright said...

I had morning sickness "all day" for almost the first 3 months of my second pregnancy...totally not fun.

Glad to know that I was not the only one who was not familiar with the list of songs except the first one.

Great answers.


Debbie@Like a Rose said...

Love your answers and the quotes! The engineer one made me laugh. When I sold jewelry engineers were always the hardest to sell a diamond to!