Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Randomly Getting to Know Me

The Rules

1. Post these rules.

2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

3. Answer the questions set for you in this post.

4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.

My 11 Random Things

1. My biggest pet peeve is when people let socks hang off the ends of their feet. My big brother used to torture me with this when we were growing up. Pull your socks up already!
2. I only eat Haribo Gummy bears. All other brands are completely disgusting.
3. I desperately want to a nose piercing, but my Corporate job will not allow it. But I've worked for said company for 12 years this Spring and its a good place to work. It was my first job out of college.
4. But if I were not at said Corporate job, I would love to have my own food truck, selling breakfast...biscuits and gravy, sausage on a stick, etc. My kids are up at the crack of dawn anyways.
5. I love to read cookbooks and have shelves of them in them my kitchen, yet I now find most of my recipes online.
6.. I will only eat soup if it is really, really hot.
7.. But I hate drinking any sort of hot drink.
8. I think motherhood is the single greatest achievement of my life.
9. I want to be a foster parent to neglected animals. Hopefull I can start this once my kiddos are a bit older.
10. I love getting home from work before my husband for no other reason than I love to get the mail before he does.
11. I've watched the entire series of Sex and the City during both of my maternity leaves with my boys.

Questions for me to Answer

1. What is your favorite memory of your mother/mother figure? My favorite memories of my Momma are all surrounding food...whether it is the food she cooked for us every day or working with her in one of her restaurants. This past Thanksgiving I recently told her that I was very thankful that she was a mom that cooked because it always made me feel loved and it still does. I can't go home to KS without her having cooked most of my favorite meals. Every time. Now being a mom that cooks is important for me with my boys and I hope that is how they remember me...someone that loved them enough to cook for them.
2. Knowing what you do about me, if you had 24 hours to come spend with me, what would you insist we do? Tooje, this may sound silly...but I would insist we do nothing but get our kids together to play and for us to chat and catch up. I would love to be able to introduce our kiddos so they could get to know each other like we did growing up. You could drink coke and I could drink diet coke and we could just talk while our kids played.
3. What is one trait a good friend possesses that you do not have, but would like? My friend Ll is genuinely happy for other people's successes in life, and the best part is she isn't afraid to share with you. I would love to be more like that. I am working on it.
4. What trait do you feel you possess that others would seek? I have very few regrets in my life, really only being able to think of one. Not that I haven't missed other opportunities than that whether in relationship or at work, but I do not dwell on them. I recognize what I could've, should've done differently and move on. Regret paralizes us and I am thankful I do not suffer from it very often. I wish this for more people in my life.
5. When it comes to affection, do you prefer hand holding, kisses, hugs, simple snuggling or distance and personal space? Definitely a kisser/hugger/snuggler with my boys. I love nothing more than to be close to them. But at night? I like my space to spread out to sleep.
6. Do you find yourself more often feeling superior or inferior to your friends and peers? For example, do you more often catch yourself thinking "I could have handled it better by..." or "Man, I wish I could carry myself like..."? I don't feel either and I find myself saying both things. Maybe not equally all the time, but I definitely don't feel either way about specific people in my life.
7. What is your favorite and least favorite parts of traditional weddings? I love the vows. I do not like the cheesey dancing activities like the chicken dance.
8. Do you think, hindsight being 20/20 and lessons learned over the past 50-60 years, the traditional family style of the 1950s would work today? (Men working away from home, women working in the home) I think the traditional family style does work today, I have several friends that stay at home with their children, and it is important for them to make that choice for their families. But I also think that fortunately for women like me, I have the power to choose what works best for my family, and that is that I choose to work outside the home as does my husband. I do realize that not every family gets to choose their situation, some requireing that both parents work without a choice. Both my parents worked, in fact, my mother had to work her a** off to provide for us even though my dad made a lot of money. While I honestly envy my friends that get to spend all day with their babies, I also recognize that it is certainly is work too. I often make the joke that I have to go to work just to get some rest. And it is true. Being a stay at home parent is tough. I owe a great deal of my older boy's development to his daycare, I feel they teach him quite a deal more than I could if I stayed home with him...everything from sharing, socializing, playing well with others, resolving conflict, taking field trips, on and on. I know myself well enough to know I do not make new friends easily, and living in a city where I only have a few friends, and only one with kids, he would not have the same opportunity to make friends and soclialize as he does now. Working outside the home is best for my family, not just for me, but it is not best for every family. Whew.
9. Do you ever use an actual paper/hard-back dictionary anymore? Finally, an easy one. Nope. I do not even own one.
10. What current trend in today's youth worries you the most? The overall lack of respect the youth of today seems to have for anyone and anything....from adults, authority figures, each other, themselves, and even they stuff they have....which I think is caused by a generation of parents who try to be best friends with their kids instead of being a parent because it is easier. I hope our generation of parents gets it right before it is too late.

My Questions for You

1. Besides family, friends, etc....what are you most passionate about, and why?
2. Are you a dog or cat person, or neither? Why?
3. If you had an extra hour in your day, just for yourself, how would you spend it?
4. What is your biggest regret in life? Why?
5. Would you change it if you could? (my only regret I mentioned above, I wouldn't change for the world, but I can't let it go either)
6. When was the last time you did something nice for someone for no reason?
7. When was the last time someone did something nice for you for no reason?
8. Who give you your biggest guilt trip...meaning what is the one thing that you fall for every time? Is it buying girl scout cookies? Signing up for a box of $20 chocolates from the kid of someone in your office? Who gets you every time and you can't say no?
9. What social media could you give up? How easy would it be?
10. Obviously we are all reading these because we are blogging....what is your favorite part about blogging?
11. What is your least favorite part about blogging?

This has been fun! If you decide to participate, please let me know in the comments so I can come check it out!!!

1 comment:

  1. For some reason, I think I remember your hatred for socks that way. That's funny! Beating the hubby to the mail is such a treat, isn't it? When he gets it I always feel like some pieces are lost and floating somewhere else. Probably because he's left some of my mail in his care before! And SATC rocks. Good for you.

    Getting our kids together would be a delight. Next time you're in town, we'll do a great big mommy/kiddo gathering, ignore them and chat it up! :)

    I love that you said we have the power to choose what is best for our family. I agree what works for some doesn't always work best for others.

    You don't own a dictionary!?!?