Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 12

Today I decided to pick a random month from the nablopomo website and answer all the writing prompts for the whole month. That's going to be hard, let's see if I can do it.

I randomly chose January 20011. Here we go.

Talk about an ending that made you happy.
Hmmm...and ending that made me happy. That's hard. Oh! Shawn's schooling. The end of his doctorate program made us both very happy. He worked extremely hard for the first four years of our marriage to get through school and we made a lot of sacrifices to get him through it. We were both really proud of ourselves for surviving it, lol. He did most of the hard work, obviously, but it was a long four years for both of us getting him through it. I'm grateful to him for everything he does to provide for our family. He worked his butt off to get through school.
What new thing did you begin this past weekend?
I started working on the basement project. We got the furniture out of the basement, which was the official start to the project. There's no going back now! Yesterday I talked to the carpet lady and got the ball rolling on that and today I met with the painter. We're moving right along! 
How do you feel about unfinished projects?
I am the queen of unfinished projects. Part of the problem with having a brain that never shuts up is that I get distracted easily. It drives me nuts that I have a tendency to get 80% of the way through a project and give up, but I do it all the time. I genuinely have good intentions. I do. I'm just easily lured away sometimes. 
What movies have you turned off in the middle, and why?
Sometimes I start a Korean movie and turn it off. I love Korean movies and TV dramas but occasionally they're hard to follow or just to...foreign. I started a drama recently that had a lot of a Korean pop culture references that I just didn't understand and I felt like I was missing the jokes so I gave up. Some things don't translate. 

How do you feel about not finishing a book once you've read a few chapters?
If I don't like it in the first few chapters, I give up. It takes a lot for me to push through a book I don't like. 

What is something you recently started that you know you won't finish?

You're waiting for me to say the basement project, aren't you? Not true, I'm determined to finish it. I can't think of a project I've started recently that I don't have every intention of finishing. Although I did recently download a pantry inventory app on my iPad thinking I was going to enter in all my food storage and pantry items and keep it up to date and then I'd always know what I need to shop for. That's adorable. It's not going to happen. 

What have you recently started that you know you'll finish?

The basement project! I'm super excited about it! 

Which do you enjoy more - the start of a book or the end?

The start. I love beginning a new adventure. If it's a good book I'm always disappointed when it ends. 

If you miss the first few minutes of a movie, do you still want to watch the rest of it?
No. If I miss the first few minutes, I've already lost interest. I'm picky about watching movies. I don't like to miss any of it. If I miss the first few minutes, I don't want to watch it. I also don't like to miss any of the middle. I don't want to miss anything. It drives me crazy when I'm interrupted in the middle of a movie or if someone fast forwards or gives any plot away or I miss something. When I'm watching something I want my whole brain to focus on it. If not, I've lost interest. 

What is the best first line of a book? Why?

The first like of my favorite book as a kid, A Wrinkle In Time is "It was a dark and stormy night", which is cliche but I've read that book many times and I always get excited from the very first words. I haven't read that book in a long time. It's time to read it with the boys.

Tell us about your first teacher who was important to you.
I don't know if I would say she was the FIRST teacher who was important to me, but my favorite teacher was a teacher I had for English and humanities in high school. I had her for English twice, then humanities and my senior year I was her TA. She loved English and literature and much as I did in high school. She made me excited about it, she made it fun to learn. She always encouraged my writing and inspired me to keep going. She was one of those teachers who didn't just view teaching as a job. You could tell that she really really cared and wanted us to love learning. I will never forget all the things I learned from her.
Tell us about some of your first toys.

For my 4th birthday I got a blue stuffed rabbit. My birthday is in April, so I'm sure there was no shortage of Easter toys around that time of year. My mom asked me what I wanted to name it and I told her Tuna, because tuna sandwiches were my favorite thing at the time. I had good times with Tuna the rabbit. I used to play hospital with my mom whenever he got a hole in his fur. My mom would take him and sew him right up. Sadly, I don't know whatever happened to Tuna. I think he eventually got old and unused and tossed. I wish my mom had hung on to it for me.

Tell us about the first time you were in love.
Bleh, I feel like I've covered this topic more than enough recently. Forgive me for getting into it again. :) I fell in love for the first time just after I turned 17. He was a friend of my cousins. He was a year older and I thought he was pretty much the coolest thing ever. I started throwing parties at my house just to get him to come over. One night he offered to stay and help clean up and that was it. Fireworks and cute teenage hearts and flowers and all of those nauseating things ensued. :) I fell fast and I fell hard. I was young and naive and thought I was going to be with that guy forever. It was a very sweet, innocent, butterflies in my stomach time of my life that I look back on fondly. I'm glad I had those experiences. I look back on those days with a lot of nostalgia.

But that relationship eventually broke my heart on multiple occasions and I look back on those days with a lot of frustration. You never fully get over getting your heart broken for the first time. It's was the first time I realized that my life wasn't going to turn out exactly how I imagined. It just never occurred to me at the time that that relationship wasn't going to last forever. I always kind of naively thought that if you worked at something hard enough you could have anything you wanted. Love isn't one of those things. You can work really hard at making someone love you and if they decide they don't, well, then they just don't and you accept that and move on. It took me a while to move on. It also took me a long time after that to let anyone else have my heart. I left that relationship a lot less naive and a lot less willing to love with my whole heart. You build up a bit of a wall after you get your heart broken for the first time. I was a lot less naive about love and life after that experience.

But all in all, I still look back at all of it as a valuable experience in my life. I loved, I lived, I learned. That's how life goes. Even knowing how it would eventually end I still would have plowed right into it and loved with my whole heart, because that's who I was back then and the sweet experiences I had when that relationship was good still make me smile when I think of them. Sometimes things don't turn out like you think they're going to, but then sometimes you get lucky and a Shawn comes along and you realize that maybe what you thought you wanted wasn't what you really needed and that life is full of wonderful surprises. 

Tell us about your earliest school memories.

I have a freakishly good memory for things like that. I clearly remember Kindergarten, down to which seat I sat in at which table in the classroom. My Kindergarten teacher had a sister who was deaf and so she taught us a little sign language, which I loved. On Fridays we got chocolate milk and graham crackers and kids got to take turns wheeling it in on a cart, and it was always exciting when it was your turn. I had a red velvet shirt with a rose on it that I wore to school a lot that year and I liked it because it was so soft. I remember brushing my hair and trying to make it as soft as my shirt, but it never was. My teacher made each kid a salt dough magnet for Christmas that year that was the first initial of our name. I proudly put my salt dough W on my fridge at home. 
Who was your first friend?

When I was three or four we lived next door to a four year old girl named Tara. We were good little buddies until I moved when I was five. The neighborhood we moved into when I was five was full of kids. I have lots of good memories of playing with all the neighborhood kids when I was a kid. Thanks to Facebook I have enjoyed seeing some of those childhood neighborhood friends grow up and have their own kids.

Tell us about the beginning of your life.

I have a freakishly good memory, but it's not THAT good, lol. I was born in a small college town, the same hospital Josh was born in actually, in 1975. I was the second child and given the amount of baby pictures of me with of my older sister scowling, I don't think she was all that that happy to have a sibling, lol. If you want the truth, I really don't know all that much about the first few years of my life. I'm trying to think of something to say about it but for once in my life, I'm drawing a blank. Too bad my mom didn't keep a blog, right?! :)
So I don't know, I'm sure I was happy and loved. 

Do you wish the start of the year was in a different season? Which one?
Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate January. It's long and cold and I hate it every year. I wish that the new year started with spring. I love new beginnings and it would be awesome if the new year started with budding trees and little flowers poking their heads up out of the ground. Instead we have January. Long, cold, dark January. It's not even here yet and I already hate it, lol.
What is the hardest part about a beginning?

The unknown. Any time you start something new you don't know know how it's going to turn out. It always makes me a little impatient and a little nervous. 

Are you superstitious about beginnings? Anything you do to start out on the right foot?
I'm not really superstitious about anything. I don't have good luck rituals or anything like that. I just plunge in and hope for the best. 
Ok, there were two more questions, but they were about New Years traditions and I don't really have any and I'm starting to bore myself, so I'm done! Whew, this might be a really long month. :) 

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