Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Wearing the Hodgepodge on my Sleeve

1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your emotions tucked in tight?

I've been told I'm easy to read.  I used to cry easily; I don't so much anymore.  When I'm angry, I tend to stuff my emotions for awhile, but my face doesn't hide it. But if I'm hurt really deeply or feel an injustice has been done to me, and I have no power to change  the situation (as in how I'm treated by anyone in authority over me) I will shut down or avoid that person as much as possible until my heart is soft enough to forgive them.

2. How did you meet your closest friend?

My closest female friend? That would be Barb, whom I've known for 41 years.  I don't remember exactly how we met; either in school or in the little podunk town where my dad pastored a tiny church in Alden, KS. 

My closest male friend, AKA my husband?  He was playing guitar in an inner city church  for a kids' Saturday Bible club.  I went to see if he and his two guy friends needed help with the club because I wanted to either work with kids or the elderly, not just go to school and work.  I fell in love with the tall, quiet guitar player rather quickly. Like Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Store, my "wants and must haves" list for a husband had 31 flavors that I discovered he fulfilled: loves God, loves kids, is at least six feet tall, very intelligent, good at math, rather athletic, a handyman, musically inclined, kind to my family, makes me laugh, handles money responsibly, likes dogs, doesn't show off, wears a suit well, has nice hands, etc. etc., et cet er a....!  Even has green eyes!)   He, by contrast,  had only 3 requirements and I quote, "She loves God, loves kids, and is not a dog."

3.  Pink lemonade, grilled salmon, cotton candy, pink grapefruit, a strawberry milkshake, or raspberry sorbet...of the pink foods listed, which one is your favorite? Least favorite? Which one have you most recently consumed?

Favorite? Cotton candy, no question!  (If you want to read how my kids pranked me one time with cotton candy, it's in my archives!)  Steve and Ambrey gave me REAL cotton candy for Mother's Day last year. 

 Least favorite, thus far, would be grilled salmon, but I hope that our date this weekend with a personal in-home chef will change my mind. Our daughter bought us this "date night in" as a Christmas gift, and we had our choice of things to learn from "Chef Steven"(who is not my son, although he can cook).  I deferred to my husband's affinity for salmon and decided to be brave and try to learn to like something by fixing it differently.  Stay tuned! I'll let you know you next week how it goes. 

Most recently consumed? A Sonic strawberry milkshake.

4. When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

It had been quite a long time, by my flower-hungry standards, since I'd had a bouquet from my sweetheart. I decided to pray he would think to do that.  Pray rather than say a word, or rather than put it on a grocery list like I've been known to do. (I kid you not.) About three days later, he came home with from food shopping (which I hate to do, so it's a very loving gesture from him)--and guess what he had brought? I was tickled pink that God had heard my prayer (it's such a small thing, but I was craving mid-winter beauty in the house and wanted some romance, too).   

5. Are you a fan of television talk shows? Daytime, nighttime, or both? What's your favorite?

I don't watch daytime TV except on rare occasions, and I like to watch Ellen DeGeneres.  Favorite nighttime is the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. We tape him and watch him after dinner the next night.

6. When was the last time you wanted to ask a question, but felt too foolish to do so?

I don't know. Usually if I really want to know something, I put my foolish feelings aside and just ask. 

7. My favorite ____vegetable juice______________right now is _Bolthouse Farms carrot juice________________.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I really would like to enjoy cooking again. I used to, but have lost my desire. Any suggestions as to how to get it back? 


Marla said...

Can't help you on how to get a love of cooking going... I don't have it either. I love simple meals, and eating out!

Carrie Bullock said...

Nope, I can't help with that cooking thing either. It's overrated. Ha.

Carla from The River said...

Sweet story on meeting your sweetheart. Thank you for sharing. :-))

Preeti Harris said...

I would pick salmon any day. Sugar is not my friend :-(
About cooking, well, I had a salad at my friend's house and the dressing was the best dressing I've ever had. I cannot stop eating salad since then. Why cook when you throw together wonderful, healthful, fresh ingredients, add dressing and be in gastronomic heaven. I know you want the recipe now. Well, let's meet first :-) shall we?

Joyce said...

I go in phases with cooking. Maybe the in home chef will re-enerigize your desire to cook. Or to have a personal chef : ) Have fun! That's an awesome gift so kudos to your daughter!

Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers. Love the idea of putting flowers on the grocery list. But praying about it even more! Love it when God hears even our little prayers and agrees with us! God is Good!

Lea said...

Love your husbands qualifications for a wife. Cute! Not sure how to get the joy of cooking back. It is hard for me at times since it is just the two of us. Hardly worth the effort. :o)) Hubby would probably not agree. We've gotten to where we eat a lot of grilled sandwiches. Happy weekend!