Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Favorite things part 3

I post on a parenting message board and they do this "member of the month" thing, where they pick someone and everyone can ask them questions. I happen to be the member of the month right now and as I was answering peoples questions this morning it occurred to me that it kind of went along with my favorite things post. People are asking me my favorite color, favorite food, etc.

So for today's favorite things post I think I'll just copy and past everyone's questions and my answers. It's kind of a kill two birds with one stone thing. lol I apologize that the answers are kind of long winded, but then again if you've stuck with my blog this long you must not mind because I'm ALWAYS long winded. I can't help it. It comes from being cooped up in my house with a toddler all day. There is a lot of stuff in my head that needs an outlet! :)

What's your favorite color? Red. Or pink. Or cornflower blue. :)

Favorite food? I'm completely addicted to popcorn. I also love pasta.

Favorite book? The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It's a true story of a Christian woman who hid Jews in her home during WWII. She was eventually caught and sent to a death camp, and the book is about how her faith in God gets her through it. I've read it a million times and I sometimes buy extra copies and give them to my friends and family. Everyone should read it!

Favorite movie?
A Korean movie called The Classic. It's about a girl who finds a stack of love letters to her mother from her first love. As she reads the letters it goes back in time and tells the story of her mothers first love and then switches back to present time and tells the story of the daughters first love. It's beautiful and really sad and I cry all the way through it every time and swear that I'm never going to watch it again and then I always do because I'm a sucker for tragic love stories, lol.

Favorite restaurant?
If I have to go with my kids then it's Sizzler because the have a big salad bar that my kids love and it's so easy to eat with kids when they can just get what they want from the salad bar. If I'm not with kids it's probably Tocanos, which is Brazilian BBQ place where they bring big slabs of meat to your table and slice some off for you and you can eat until you're so full that you never want to eat again. Who doesn't love that?! :)

Do you like apples? If so what is your favorite kind? I LOVE apples. Pink Ladies are the best! The perfect blend of sweet and sour, plus they're really crunchy. I hate mushy apples.

Where are you from? I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I lived in the same house from the time I was four until I was an adult. When I got married we moved an hour away to Pocatello so my husband could go to pharmacy school and then three years later the college sent us to Boise so my husband could do a year of internships and twelve years later we're still here!

Do you have any pets? We have a cat named Max. I'm a huge huge huge animal lover and if I had my way we'd have a whole zoo at our house, but my husband makes sure I don't go crazy and bring home a hundred animals. :) I make up for it by having a lot of what I call "backyard pets", meaning I feed any animal that shows up in my yard! I have bird feeders and I have a walnut tree that I purposely don't harvest the walnuts off of so that the squirrels will hang out here in the fall and I'm always trying to make friends with the mallard ducks that show up in our yard every spring. I could be very happy living on a farm. :)

Do you play any instruments? When I was a kid my mom forced me to take piano lessons for years. I hated practicing and it was a constant source or arguments between me and my mother. She kept telling me that if I didn't learn to play the piano I would someday regret it. I finally quit piano lessons and as an adult I can't play at all, and you know what? My mother was right, I totally regret it. I hate it when my mother is right. :) We've been talking about getting a piano and if we do I'm going to take lessons. Don't tell my mom. :)

What is your favorite animal! Ooh, that's a really hard one! I love all animals, but I think I'm going to have to go with monkeys because every time we go to the zoo I seriously just want to stand there and watch the monkeys all day long. It drives my family crazy and they always have to drag me away from them when they get bored, lol. I love monkeys because they're so humanlike. They're fascinating. There really isn't an animal I DON'T like though!

Do you want more children? Sometimes I think yes, but for the most part no, we're pretty sure our family is complete. I would love to adopt again, because that was such an amazing experience, but I don't think it's in the cards for us for several reasons. My husband turns 40 in a few months and I'm 37. We're feeling like our baby days are coming to an end. We're tired, lol.

Favorite bible verse?
That's a hard one too because there are so many good ones! I thought about it for a minute and the one that came to mind was really all of John 14, but especially verse 27:

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Also Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

I struggle with anxiety and I've read a lot of conference talks and done a lot of study on overcoming fear and putting our trust in the Lord and those scriptures always sticks out to me.
 What is your favorite quote? This is silly, but my favorite quote is one that I saw on a siggy once. I can't remember whose siggy it was, and maybe it seems like a silly thing to be my favorite quote, but the quote was "other people are not a failed attempt at being you". Maybe the quote was even meant to be a little snarky but for some reason it was super profound to me.

I think it's a reminder not to judge others just because they do things differently than us and I think it's also a reminder that we're not a failed attempt at being other people. Sometimes I feel inadequate because I'm not super crafty or girly like a lot of the women around me and now when I start to feel that way I remind myself that I'm not a failed attempt at being them. I'm just successfully being me.

So to whoever posted that quote as their siggy, thanks. It was super profound to me.

What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Indoors I love to read. I love to curl up in a corner with a blanket and a book. That's heaven to me. Outdoors I like taking our kids to the lake. There is a nice lake area here with a sandy beach and I love to bring a picnic and have a family day playing in the sand and in the water. I also love to photograph nature. I can sit in my backyard and take pictures of flowers and bees and bugs for hours. I love it.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Christmas was a HUGE deal at my house when I was a kid. My parents went all out every year and it was always such a fun, exciting day. My dad especially loved Christmas and it was always fun to see how excited he got about it. Every year we got a new board game for Christmas and would spend the entire afternoon sitting around the table playing games. My dad passed away when I was 20 and playing games around the kitchen table on Christmas afternoons is my favorite memory of him. As an adult I still love Christmas. I think I get more excited about it than my kids do!

What is your favorite season? It's a tie between spring and fall. I love spring when everything feels new and clean and fresh. I tend to get depressed in the winter when it's dark and cold and once the sunshine comes back and the grass is green again I feel SO much better. Spring makes me happy. I also love fall because I think it's beautiful and I love getting out the sweaters again and I love Halloween and pumpkin patches and I get excited for the beginning of the holiday season. 

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and Cream, or maybe mint chocolate chip. Actually, I take that back, I think it's Ben and Jerry's Phish food, although technically I think that's frozen yogurt, not ice cream. That stuff is seriously good.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?
I have really wide musical tastes. They're kind of all over the place. I like a little bit of everything. The music I listen too most often though is usually mellow, moody, acoustic type stuff. I like lyrics with a little depth. But I also like fun stuff, like recently I've been really liking Bruno Mars. He's fun to listen to in the car.

Do you play any sports? No. I'm tall (5'10") and was athletically built in high school and my dad was a HUGE sports nut and played every sport imaginable, so growing up people always asked me if I played sports. I looked like someone who would be good at basketball, I guess. I'm not though. I'm terribly uncoordinated.

Favorite date to go on?
I LOVE the theater. I love to go to plays of any sort. We rarely get to these days, but that would be my #1 choice for a date night.

Favorite way to eat eggs? Fried with the yolks cooked through. I don't like runny eggs! My husband also makes good scrambed eggs with cheese in them.

If could have a dream destination vacation right now where would you go?
I'm weird because I know that most people would pick a tropical location where they could lay on the beach. Honestly, if I had to pick one it would more likely be something like a WWII history tour of Germany or something weird like that. I like history a lot and I like to tour historical places. No t that I would turn down a vacation to a tropical beach though! I wouldn't complain if I had to lay on the beach for a week, lol.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would you pick?
Hmmm... It would proably be some sort of pasta with chicken. I can pretty much eat pasta any time of the day or night!

Favorite day of the week?Saturday because everyone in the family is home and there is a chance that we'll go out and do something fun and exciting. Probably we'll just stay home and clean the house and work in the yard but the possibility still exsists that something fun will happen! :)

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