Sunday, October 26, 2008

Now I know my ABCs...but do YOU know them?

Thanks to Steven for "tagging" me for this list, and Thanks to Tamara for doing it first! So, let's get ready to have some ABC fun- and here we go!

A. Attached or Single? In terms of having a "significant other," I am still on
the single side of things. However, I am quite attached to any number of things...both literally (i.e. the earth via gravity) and figuratively (i.e. my family, my kitten, etc.)

B. Best Friend? On this earth, Esther Morris.

C. Cake or Pie? Yes, please. To both. My mood determines my preference, as does the flavor of either. I'll take most any kind of cake (except red velvet- blech :P ), and enjoy a goodly number of pies, especially homemade pecan! (even with a gluten-free crust ;)

D. Day of choice? Tough- I'd have to say Sunday because it's the only day I really get to rest and sleep in...

E. Essential Item? My brain, scattered though it may often be...

F. Favorite Color? Green, though blue and many shades of purple come in close.

G. Gummy Bears or Worms? "Gummy Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere...!" Er...uh... (insert awkward cough here)

H. Hometown? Honestly, I claim Steven's CoBoCoMo as my hometown, even though I wasn't born there.

I. Indulgence? Food-wise, Private Selection pints (Mint Moose-tracks is my favorite); TV-wise, The Office; Otherwise, Bath and Bodyworks!

J. January or July? I like July because that is when my birthday is; however, my birthdays tend to be low-key and not very exciting... I like January well enough, but whereas July is often too hot, January tends to get too cold- Like most of my family, I tend to be more of an
autumn person.

K. Kids? Well, I have about 80 of them this year- kind-of a nice change from the 100+ I had last year (i.e. my classes are smaller!). Yeah, maybe someday I'll have some of my very own (if not, I've apparently wasted a lot of time coming up with my favorite names that I would bestow upon my offspring).

L. Life is not complete without? The gospel. Yeah, yeah, I know that's the cheesy answer. So sue me. Sue me for speaking the truth.

M. Marriage Date? It looks like you'll have to consult a psychic to get the answer to that one.

N. Number of Brothers and Sisters? Originally, by blood, I have 5 sisters and 1 bro... Through marriage, I now have an additional bro and sis... and through my blood bro, I have quite a few imaginary brothers... I'll let you do the actual math (beware, you may have to use imaginary numbers to do it!).

O. Oranges or Apples? Depends on the time of year. I really like both. Trying to compare them is like trying to compare apples to...oranges?

P. Phobias? NOT mirrors... How about the irrational fear that I will sneeze while driving over a bridge and that the muscle spasm will then force me over the side of the bridge and I will either crash or drown (depending on what is under the bridge)...

Q. Quotes? I use them all the time. I love them, because most of the time, someone somewhere has said it better than I could. Here's a quote I currently have posted in my classroom: "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." (Mark Twain)

R. Reasons to smile? Autumn blue and blustery days and crunching leaves and Fall Break (which, sadly, is now over) and Noah (especially with the cat wand) and Tonks and the hilariously small Smart car (I saw one on my way home from church today) and even several of my students are good at making me smile!

S. Season of Choice? Um, I believe I already clarified that I am an autumn girl all the way.

T. Tag some peeps! Okay, I tag the yellow chick Peeps, the pink chick Peeps, (I think there are blue chick Peeps?), the purple bunny Peeps, and any other Peeps you guys know about.

U. Unknown Fact about Me? When I was about 10 years old, I saw The Lady in White at my cousin's house for the first time. I got so freaked out, imagining that the ghost girl was gliding through the windows that I finally had to go sleep in the bathroom, the only room in the house without any windows.

V. Vegetable? The only veggie I can honestly say I love is corn.

W. Worst Habits? Procrastinating, nail nibbling, interrupting, correcting, using big words... (well, I guess that's only a "bad" habit when I inadvertently make someone else feel dumb...)

X. X-Ray or Ultrasound? I agree with Sarah- there's got to be a better X-- How about or X-Files or X-Men? Wait. That may be too hard to decide- I'd probably have to pick The X-Files, though I did enjoy the first two X-Men movies...

Y. Your favorite food? I suppose that "they" have asked for just one food in order to keep people from writing never-ending lists of what they love. So, if I have to pick just one, I'd probably say mom's classic BBQ wings (hot or cold!)

Z. Zodiac Sign? Cancer (hmmm...what do you think that says about me?); Sheep/Ram (depending on which Chinese calender you are using); Kark (Indian zodiac)

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's the Abominable...Pumpkin?

Yes, it is true. On my way to conference two weekends ago, I came across this horror. As if we didn't have enough to torment us with the yearly bombardment of snowglobes and Santas and Frostys and other hideously horrifying blow-up lawn ornaments. Now, they have to extend the terror to an already terrifying holiday. Kids will get sick from more than just overeating candy. If you haven't already thrown up in your mouth a little, you should come see it in real life. If you dare...



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(P.S. Sorry for the rather shaky camera action...)