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Jun. 22nd, 2010

Writer's Block: Memories

What is the most memorable event of your life so far? What made it so special? Do you think you'll ever top it?

It would be too hard to pin down to one event for me.  I would say for sure the birthday for each of my children was very meaningful and special to me.  My husband and I are planning to renew our wedding vows this summer after 25 years and I think that will be something I always will remember.

Jun. 21st, 2010

Writer's Block: Sins of c/ommission

Which do you tend to regret more: things you wish you hadn't said or done or things you wish you had?

The things I regret the most are the things I didn't say to those I love.  I would tend to hold back to much.  I wish I had praised and encouraged my children more.  Given more compliments.  Said "I Love You" and "I'm Sorry" more.

Writer's Block: Acquired taste

What is your favorite weird food combination? Have your friends ever tried it or do you only eat it in private?

My favorite food combination that might be considered gastronomically challenging is to dip Mc Donald's fries in a chocolate shake.

Jun. 17th, 2010

Writer's Block: The second time around

Do you think it's possible to fall in love with the same person twice in a lifetime? Or do you believe everyone gets just one chance to make it or break it?

I KNOW it is possible to fall in love with the same person in a lifetime.  I believe if both people are open and willing to give love a chance to grow it will even in circumstances most people would not expect.  I discover new things to love about my husband every day and we've been married 25 years!  We both have definitely learned that if you want romantic love to flourish, it must have the right ingredients, nurturing, and atmosphere.  It won't just "happen".  It is something that must be purposeful and pro-active.

Writer's Block: Dream reader

Do you have any recurring dreams? If so, what do you think it says about your personality? How about your unconscious hopes, fears, and desires?

My most recurring dream which seems to come and go is being in a situation where I am looking for something and I can't find it.  (My car in a huge parking lot, a street address, etc.)  I will search and search and it seems really fruitless.  I think when I have this dream it shows that I am feeling "stuck" or unable to move forward with something.

Writer's Block: Nature v. nurture

In your opinion, how much of our personality is genetic, and how much is shaped by environmental factors?

I believe from my perspective as a mother that most of your personality inclinations are in place at birth.  You can easily observe newborn infants' temperaments and see how unique they are.  I have three children and they are all so completely different.  I actually have studied the MBTI  extensively particularly as it applies to children and adults both.  It seems uncannily accurate.  It is really like having a window into a person's soul if you can determine their "type" and it helps so much to know what makes them "tick".  This is not to take away from every person's unique and God created character.  Also, birth order can be a big indicator of personality development and where you fit into the "family constellation".  All very interesting to me.  I do not think children are simply a "blank slate" at birth.  However,  the quality of the nurturing and their environment is also important. 

Writer's Block: Facts of Life

What was your favorite childhood sit-com? Why do you think you loved it so dearly?

My favorite sit-com as a child was most likely "Leave It To Beaver".  Even though it was old and black and white, I really loved to watch it.  It was from such an idealistic perspective of what a family should look like.  I know people love to make fun of Ward and June, but they seemed like they would be such great parents.  And you have to admit that June had a great sense of style doing housework in her pearls and heels.  It was just tremendously comforting to see all  "Beave's" misadventures and know that it would all work out in the 30 minute time slot.

I also want to add, my least favorite show when I was a kid was the original Three Stooges.  I used to have tears run down my face and cry because I thought they were really hurting each other :)).

Writer's Block: It’s the Little Things…

I do track the money I spend on "non-essentials".  My biggest downfall is Sonic Happy Hour from 2-4 each day.  The trouble is I go at times when it's not half-price and it can really start adding up!  I'm also very much of an impulse buyer and sometimes have buyer's remoarse about something I bought.  I really stock up when things go on sale that I really like.  

Jun. 10th, 2010

Wal-Mart Entrance Procedure

What is it about Wal-Mart that brings out the very worst in human nature.  I really would like an answer to my question.  Why is it that so many people enter Wal-Mart through the "Exit" door.  I mean, what's up with that?  Is the bright Texas sun in their eyes?  Are they illiterate?  Maybe they are just social rebels?  It really irks me when people do this.  I mean really.  There I am with a packed up shopping cart with some bags precariously perched on top trying to leave the store through the proper door.  What happens?  Someone is entering the store through the "exit" door and looks at you like you're in their way. 

Also the parking lot road rage is pretty elevated too.  I always try to park my car way out in the lot a pretty good distance from the door in order to avoid door "dings".  So finding a parking place is not too much of an issue for me.  However, I notice people just circling around trying to get a close space.  I hate it when they block the whole aisle with their car and just sit there for several minutes in the hope that the mom unloading her groceries and small children into her SUV is leaving soon.  OMG.  I mean it's really better for you to walk a few extra steps and burn off some calories anyway, right?

One other pet peeve about Wal-Mart shoppers.  I can understand if it's raining cats and dogs, or you are disabled, or have small children with you, but please if you are able to, put your shopping cart away.  I cannot believe how totally lazy people are about this.  I mean is it really that hard just to have consideration for other shoppers? 

I've pretty much quit going to Wal-Mart at this point.  FYI:  HEB is MUCH better