5 things you may not know about me.

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Spokane

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Frank tagged me with a meme! I don’t think I’m going to top his five things (his eye popped out of his head when he was a kid!!). But I will try.

  1. I like to watch my clothes wash while I’m doing my laundry. Am I crazy? Am I the only one who does this? When I wash clothes I will sit and watch the clothes agitate and become hypnotized by it until several minutes pass. I know. It’s kind of strange.
  2. Following the “bad experiences in childhood” theme that Frank started with the “eye popping out of the head” story, I did an awful thing to my brother when I was little and I still feel bad about it. My brother is a year younger than me and when we were kids we were practically joined at the hip. We had lots of fun playing together, but, boy, did we fight. One day when I was about 4 years old I remember being so mad at him that I grabbed a spaghetti sauce jar full of rocks from Cannon Beach and broke it over his back. It shattered into a million pieces. My brother started crying, as you can imagine because the pain must have been awful. I felt so bad about it that I cried just as hard as he did. Plus I was kind of freaked out that the jar shattered. I don’t know what I expected to happen, but it was shocking, nonetheless.
  3. Following the “bad experience” theme, I became afraid of heights because of an experience at the World’s Fair in 1974, here in Spokane. I was 5 years old and I was on some kind ride that went over the downtown area, so that one could get a bird’s eye view of the fair. I was on the ride with my Dad and I remember him kind of freaking out a little bit. I don’t know if I was belted in tight enough but I think he was afraid I was going to fall out. By the end of the ride I was petrified.
  4. I get really weak at the sight of blood, or anything like that. Walking into a hospital will almost make me pass out. I don’t know what it is about it but it makes me physically ill.
  5. I have never had to have surgery for anything.

Okay. Who to tag?
How about:
Jennifer
Christie
Amanda
Andrea
Cathi

Christmas Meme

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Thanks for posting this fun Meme, Dianne!
Here are my answers:
1.Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
ooh. That’s a tough call. But I think I’m gonna have to go for Hot Chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa wraps them.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No. Mostly because I’m too lazy.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
The weekend after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
I love turkey. We usually have a turkey for Christmas, too.

7. What is your favorite holiday memory as a child?
I loved the anticipation Christmas morning of opening presents. I remember one Christmas my brother snuck upstairs to my room to wake me up. He gave me a quick rundown on what he saw under the tree when he passed by the living room. Then we snuck downstairs to the living room and tried to guess what we got from Santa.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I think I was in Kindergarten or 3rd grade. It was a year that I took the bus to school. Now that I think about it, I think it was 3rd grade. I was on the bus. I remember some kids said to the person sitting next to him that Santa wasn’t real and this set off a whole discussion on the bus. I was devasted. I couldn’t believe it.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes. Christmas Eve is celebrated with my older brother and his family, since they go over to his in-laws at Christmas. We have this tradition where we pick names among my siblings and our husbands/wives. Christmas Eve is the night we exchange those gifts.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
It’s a mish-mosh of ornaments that I have collected over the years. I even have things on the tree from when I was a kid.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Both. It’s very pretty. But it makes me feel a little trapped. I think I’m getting used to it though. We have A LOT of snow right now.

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes, a little bit. I have’t ice skated in years, though.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My husband gave me my engagement ring at Christmas time. 🙂

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Spending time with my family.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I love Christmas cookies and candies like Almond Roca.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Opening presents on Christmas morning.

17. What is your favorite part about Christmas morning?
Opening the presents!

18. Which do you prefer – giving or receiving?
Giving. But receiving ain’t bad, either.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
I think it’s “The Christmas Song.” The one that starts out, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.”

20. Candy canes! Yuck or Yum?
Yum!

I am the moon

Random

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery – when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Another Book Meme

Books, Music, Art, Movies
Cover of "Animal Farm: Centennial Edition...

Cover of Animal Farm: Centennial Edition

For the life of me I can’t think of anything to post today. I’m all tuckered out. Thanks to Amanda, for posting the two Memes she posted earlier this week.

Here is a book Meme.

How it works: bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, and underline the ones on your book shelf.

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1984 – George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel GarcĂ­a Márquez
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte BrontĂ«
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Dune – Frank Herbert

Book Meme

Books, Music, Art, Movies

I wasn’t actually tagged for this, but it looks like it’s fun so I’m going to steal it from Jennifer at Brewer Burns (which is a cool little blog BTW. I suggest you go read her! She is a fellow Spokanite and very funny).

Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you’ve read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) – J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen My favorite book
1984 – George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) – J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) – J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna TarttA
Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) – J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) – Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood completely freaks me out
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Dune – Frank Herbert
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
Holy Fools – Joanne Harris
The Browning Version – Terence Rattigan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Naked – David Sedaris
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Unhandsome Prince – John Moore
Condensed Knowledge – presented by Mental Floss
An Underground Education – Richard Zacks
The Well-Educated Mind – Susan Wise Bauer
Magic’s Price – Mercedes Lackey
Knitting Rules – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
At Knit’s End – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Emma – Jane Austen

My four:

  1. Crispin: The cross of lead – Avi
  2. Ahab’s Wife – Sena Jeter Naslund
  3. Criss Cross – Lynne Rae Perkins
  4. Black Hole – Charles Burns

If you want to be tagged, your tagged!