Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Random Dozen with a Valentine's Twist

Woohoo! Lidna's feeling better and we get to do Random Dozen after all. I thought I was going to have to post about taking my MIL for a heart catheterization today!

1. Are you pleasant when you're ill, or are you a grumpy, fussy patient?

I'm fairly pleasant. It's funny the difference between spouses. I like to be hovered over (to an extent) and checked on; otherwise I feel deserted and lonely. My man, however, just wants to be left alone. So what do we do? I'm constantly checking on him, and he leaves me alone!

2. When you find out that school is canceled (due to inclement weather) what is your gut reaction?

Usually a bit of irritation because since it happens so infrequently, our district is one of the last in the area to cancel. Which means they usually post a recording on their phones and put it on the website at 5:30 a.m. If I'm gonna have to set the alarm to check, we might as well have school! Also, I know it means we're going to lose a holiday later in the school year when we will really need it. One year the kids had nothing off at Easter. Both Friday and Monday were Bad Weather Days, and we needed both of them that year.

BUT if the inclement weather were to be due to an actual more-than-flurries SNOW, I'd love it! We generally just have ice on the bad days.

3. What is one domestic skill you wish you could improve?

Cleaning. I totally don't get these gals that say they just love to clean.

4. Do you decorate your home for Valentine's Day


5. What song is on your mind today

This is actually one of the few days that I DON'T have a song on my brain. Probably because I was at the hospital before the crack of dawn with my MIL and didn't hear any music.

6. Do you prefer contemporary movies or classic?

Give me the classics any day! Especially the old musicals! (Sorry, Lid!) Although I did love You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

7. How well do you "compartmentalize" your feelings? For example, how well can you put aside a really trying moment to deal with the immediate situation which is not related to the trying moment, e.g., putting aside a tiff with your spouse in order to finish wallpapering a room.

I'm pretty good at it. Partially because of my personality and the way I was raised. I hate conflict.

8. What is the first thing that attracted you to your spouse? (Or if you're single, to your best friend.)

He was the first guy to ever like me before I liked him.

9. When was the last time your heart raced?

When I saw that Lidna felt well enough to post the Random Dozen! LOL Probably the last time I hurried up some stairs. I'm out of shape, thanks to my plantar fascitis + exercise triggers migraines + general dislike of exercise!

10. What are your memories of Valentine's Day at school?

First grade: I was sick with the chicken pox and missed school. My friend had to bring me my Valentine box.

Second grade: I'd been sick again, this time with the once-a-year throat stuff. But I was just about well and my mom was Room Mother and I got to go with her just for the party.

Also, decorating valentine boxes in elementary school. We actually used boxes, not sacks or stapled-together paper plates, and it was a big deal to decorate them, put the slot in the top, etc.

In high school, it is a not-so-fun memory. They always had the carnation sales and the drill team/cheerleader girls always got armfuls and I was lucky to get one or two. It was another one of those "rub in who is and isn't popular" situations.

(And don't even get me started on the practice of team captains picking teams for recess in elementary. . . .)

11. If you were going to receive candy for Valentine's Day, which would you prefer?
Chocolate. Dark. Bonus points if it has almonds or espresso!

12. Red or pink?

Red. Although I like fuschia. But Pepto Bismol/Mary Kay pink? Blech! (Sorry, all you pale-pink lovers!)

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Skoots1moM said...

loved your answers :)

Judy said...

Loved your answers. Sleepless in Seattle is one of my all time favorite movies.

lagirl/Sweet Tea said...

Spending time in a hospital will suck the music right outta ya - no wonder you don't have a song going round in your head right now.

McMrs said...

loved the answer to #1.
i dont get the whole "love" cleaning either..

A Stone Gatherer said...

Another great list Linda!

SusanD said...

Oh, I'm so like you on #3. I don't get the thrill of cleaning. lol. Thanks for sharing. It's so fun learning more about you. Blessings, SusanD

Angie said...

#9 - I agree. I had a little panic attack when her first post on Tuesday was about how horrible she was feeling. I couldn't imagine a week without the Random Dozen, esp. a week where I've been cooped up because of the snow.

Wow, what a good memory you have on # 10! I hated carnation sales too.

Agree with Dark Chocolate.

Both pink and red are my fave colors, but I think Pepto Bismol IS a disgusting color of pink. Blech is right!

Joyce said...

I'm not a person who loves cleaning house either...I don't get that.

I was concerned there would be no random this week...that would just be sad.

We're mid-blizzard here today...even my husband's office is closed. It's pretty but I don't have to go anywhere so that makes it more enjoyable....have a nice day!

Thena said...

If we could clean and it would stay that way we might love it. lol But with kids and a husband it's never-ending.

SouthLakesMom said...

Your answers are much like mine! Soulmates, I think!

I described a color of blue once as "if pepto bismol came in blue, this is what it looks like" and the woman TOTALLY got it!

Ick, you're right on the popularity HS stuff. Shudder

sara said...

I think our generation was the last to have the valentine boxes...that was a great memory of mine too!!!

Susanne said...

Chocolate with espresso. Yum! I won't turn that down either.

Oh your high school description forced back memories. Let's just say I was not the cheerleader type either.

CeeCee said...

The highlight of my Wednesday. Boy do I need a life right? Hahahha. Great answers. I hated those carnations too. Cleaning is a necessity not a love. I do love clothes fresh out of the dryer. I stand there and sniff almost everyone. (Keep that between you and me.)

Nel said...

Loved your answers! We agreed on alot of issues.
Ohhh I hated the flower thing in HS too. They did every week during football season. Big 'ol football mums. They were beautiful, at least they looked beautiful, only seen them from a distance. I was not part of the in crowd, but that is ok, I am proud of that now.

until next time... nel

Barbara H. said...

I like to be left alone when sick, too.

I like chocolate but not dark.

It looks like I am the only pink girl so far -- everyone else has liked red. But there is a BIG difference between Pepto Bismol/ bubble gum pink and a pretty shade of rose!! I don't call Pepto Bismol a "pale" pink at all.

Melli said...

ROFL! With only 2 or 3 exceptions I felt like I was reading my own answers to these questions!!! That is soooooooooo funny! #3 most especially! I have a friend who "just LOVES to clean bathrooms"... it brings out very unChristian thoughts in my head!

Cathy said...

I'm with you on #3 and the chocolate.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am really enjoying these Wednesday posts. I LOVE musical from the past and some of the new ones too! Great answer. I just bought Sleepless in Seattle yesterday for $5. at Target.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

You are so fun! Guess what--we are the same as far as preferred sick treatment, and the same pattern has evolved between Jorge and me.

Great answers. Gosh, you have some very specific Val. Day memories. Makes me want to dig deep to find some of mine (memories, not actual cards.)

FYI: My word verification for this comment is "spinal."

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

You can't beat Hanks & Ryan! You did a great job here. I did it for the first time at Have a great night.

Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

LOL at #1. I love Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, they work so well together.

Anonymous said...

Seriously! Why would someone enjoy cleaning??!

YOu have vivid memories on past V-days. High School could be so cruel.

Judd Corizan said...

Hi Linda-
I'm Judd Corizan from the meme Sunday Stealing. ( I thought I'd take the time to invite you and all Random Dozen players to join us this and every Sunday. We have a group of great players who participate. We usually post by 3PM Eastern time on Saturdays.


Denise said...

I LOVE Sleepless in Seattle, but You've Got Mail has to be its equal!

Thanks for the great questions!