Wednesday, July 23, 2014

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind {Part 1}

I broke this into 2 - 25 Question sections. Here is Part 1:

 
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
·         30, I guess. I think I look around 30.

Which is worse, failing or never trying?
·         Never trying. If you try and fail then at least you tried. If you never try, then how do you know if you’ll fail or succeed?

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
·         That’s a really good question. Also, why do we waste time doing things we know are wrong? I’m hoping that during my end days I can say that I did more that I liked than what I didn’t like.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
·         I’m hoping that I will have done more than I’ve said. But, at this point it’s said more than I’ve done.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
·         The hatred. It has gotten out of hand.

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
·         Clinical Psychology, of course.

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
·         It is sort of both right now.

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
·         I would have done more from my bucket list by now.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
·         I controlled that I went back to school and graduated. But, honestly, that’s about it.

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
·         I’m a perfectionist so doing things right.

You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
·         Call them out on it. They shouldn’t be criticizing anyone.

If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
·         Be gentle on your parents. They’re not perfect but they’re trying.

Would you break the law to save a loved one?
·         I’ve always said I’d murder to protect my children.

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
·         Welcome to the place commonly called “My Mind.”

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
·         Almost everything? I have a method to my madness.

How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
·         We are all different. We all have different things that illicit different emotions from us.

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?
·         Travel to Italy. Financial reasons are holding me back.

Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
·         Anger.

If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
·         Louisiana. It’s my home. I miss it so much.

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
·         Sometimes. No, I don’t believe it’ll make it faster.

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
·         I am pretty much a worried genius anyway.

Why are you, you?
·         Because I am a pretty awesome person; a unique individual.

Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
·         I am fiercely loyal to my friends, so yes.

Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
·         Losing touch with a good friend who lives near you. There is no reason for it.

What are you most grateful for?
·         My loved ones.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1 Down, 100 to Go!

That's right! I completed one of my items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list.

I already blogged about it on my Crystal's 101 in 1001 Adventures Blog, so I will just leave a link to it here.

#3 Attend my Graduation

Monday, July 21, 2014

5,000 Question Survey {Part 2}

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Part 2 of this survey consists of questions 21 - 50.

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker? 
  • Definitely a giver. 

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?
  • Usually both. 

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?
  • My miscarriages. 

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?
  • My miscarriages.

25. Who have you hugged today?
  • My husband, so far. 

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you?
  • No one yet. It's still early. I'm sure someone will do something by the end of the day. 

27. Do you have a lot to learn?
  • I think I do. I think we all do. There is so much knowledge to be gotten. 

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would

they be?

  • A) Speak Italian.
          B) Dance

          C) Play an instrument. 

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or

how other people make you feel?
  • I think they are all about equal. I can remember a lot of things for a very long time. 

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship?
  • Trust, honesty, loyalty, love, respect...

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?

  • A) Visit Italy
          B) See my grandchildren.

          C) Move back to Louisiana

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?

  • A) I'm not sure how to answer this. My life is much more valuable than avoiding certain things.
          B)

          C)

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause?
  • Pancreatic Cancer Research. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance.
34. What does each decade make you think of:

  • The 19..
          20's: Flappers

          30's: The Great Depression

          40's: WWII

          50's: Sock Hops

          60's: Hippies/Flower Child

          70's: Disco

          80's: My childhood

          90's: High School/Becoming a Mother/Getting Married

         2000's:

         2010's:

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why?
  • The 80's. It was the decade of my childhood and I still think it was the greatest decade ever. 

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song?
  • This is a really hard question. I LOVE music; therefore, ever choosing a favorite in difficult. 

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country?
  • United States of America. Barack Obama. 
      If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be?
  • I am definitely not answering this here because of my stance on politics on my blog. 
38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night?
  • Most likely USA. Although late at night I am usually watching YouTube or Netflix/Hulu/WWE Network. 
39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why?
  • Villain? Oh, goodness. I don't see how I am like any of them.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout?
  • I was a girls scout from 1st grade until 5th grade. My daughters are in American Heritage Girls rather than Girl Scouts.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat?
  • Most likely fly. Although, a cruise to Italy is on my wish list.

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night?
  • Because of the sun's light.

43. What does your name mean?
  •  A 19th century coinage derived from the vocabulary word crystal, which denotes very clear, brilliant glass, or a clear, transparent quartz.

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space?
  • Honestly? Both. 

45. Word association: What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

  • Air: Supply

  • Meat: Head

  • Different: Strokes

  • Pink: Floyd

  • Deserve: A Second Chance

  • White: House

  • Elvis: Presley

  • Magic: 8 Ball

  • Heart: Break

  • Clash: Bang

  • Pulp: Fiction

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be?
  • George Washington. I have so many questions and I want to see how he feels about the state of the US right now.

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive?
  • I have numerous. The New Orleans Saints, several other athletes, a few movie stars. 

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday?
  • I would say Gone With the Wind but that would require 4 hours every single day. So, I guess Sweet Home Alabama.

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do?
  • Please tell me there is electricity in there. If so, my phone and laptop. If not, then books, notepads and pens, a deck of cards. 

50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved?
  • Yes to both. I was once a firefighter/EMT. I also almost died in surgery, twice. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Social: Randoms

1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
My pregnancy losses. These were tough physically and emotionally. 
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2. What was your best birthday?
Honestly? Not a clue. None that I remember. So, obviously if I have a favorite, it would be one of those early years that I don't remember.
 
3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
The one I currently live in? Not a darn thing. This city is huge yet boring to me.
4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
A nice romantic dinner alone and maybe a movie. And then out somewhere for drinks and conversation.
Oh, who am I kidding? Take me to a Saints game. Period. Take me to the game and I'll be happy as can be.
5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?
No. I'm not sure which one I would like to go to. But, I would like to go to one eventually.

Social Sunday

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Social: Important People

1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
When I was younger, it was my mom, my dad, me, and my little brother. I have two older half-sisters but they lived with their dad and step-mom. 
My mom and dad separated when I was 11. From then until I was an adult, I lived with my mom and brother during the week and my paternal grandparents almost every weekend. 
At age 12, I gained a nephew by my oldest half sister.
My dad remarried when I was a teenager, so I gained a step - mother. 
On my dad's side, I only had one uncle who had no children. Me and my brother were the only grandkids. On my mom's side, I had 2 aunts and 2 uncles. I also had 4 cousins. 

2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
We originally met when we were 10. That wasn't a pretty first meeting. We "met" again when we were in high school. Although he is only 9 months younger than me, he was 3 years behind me in school. We had 9th grade Earth Science togather (even though I was a senior). We began dating on May 28, 1996; engaged on July 4, 1996; married March 20, 1999. 

3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
We have 7 children and 1 fur child (see sidebar for pictures). Our oldest (girl) is 16 and was born 10 months before we got married. Our second oldest (girl) is 11 (she was a twin but her twin did not make it through pregnancy). We then went on to successfully have 2 sets of twin girls (Set 1 is 8 and Set 2 is 6). Our baby, and only boy, is 4. A few months ago we adopted a 2 year old chihuahua. We also have two other children that we lost during early pregnancy.

4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
I really don't have what most people would call "best friends". I have huge trust issues and it is very hard for me to let people in. At this point in my life, my "best friends" would be Kathy B. and Chelle S. But, it would be an unconventional friendship since we have never met face to face. 

5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.
My "Nanny" and "Mops" (absolutely no relation to me at all) were very important to me when I was younger. My Nanny passed away when I was 11 (I think that was a rough year for me all around). I still stay in contact with her kids.
My Great-Grandmother (paternal grandmother's mother) was also very important to me. 
My two nephews by my brother mean the world to me even though I don't get to see them that often. 
I've made some awesome friends through the years that I would not be who I am today if not for them. There are too many to name here. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Can't We All Just Get Along?

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I sat around and pondered this post for 2 days. I really had no idea what I wanted to pour my heart out about this week. Sure, I could come up with a few topics. But, they border on politics and I just didn't want to go there. In fact, I decided a long time ago that I would not ever bring politics onto this blog. And I intend to keep it that way.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am a very political person. So much so that I probably could have majored in politics and been ok in my classes. But, I get so tired of having to constantly defend my political viewpoints. Why should I have to? I never ask anyone else to defend their political stance. I simply accept their stance and move on.

I get tired of being called names because I don't agree with someone else's view. Why is that such a problem? Why should I have to agree with another? Isn't that the beauty of our political system? Wasn't it supposed to be a great thing that we could choose our political stance?

I am very educated in my politics. I read and listen to both sides. I research for both sides and I make my decisions. I made my political party decision when I was 10. 10! As I grew older and became more and more educated I learned that my decision then was right. It is very difficult to get me to deviate from my beliefs. However, I won't push my beliefs on you if you won't push your beliefs on me.

I wish politics could end there. But, sadly in this world they don't. Instead, supporters of Political Party A get bashed continuously by Political Party B for their beliefs. But, then Political Party B gets upset if anyone disagrees with their beliefs. It's just a giant mess. Why can't we all just do what is best for our country. The country that we should be taking care of so that our kids, grandkids, etc. can have a wonderful place to live and prosper. Isn't that what is truly important in all this?

Politics shouldn't be a topic to cause a war between friends or even family. Politics should be a learning experience and then a chance to work together to create a great country.

** I purposely left out any information that would reveal my political affiliation. **


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Introducing......


Our new {well, we got her in March} dog, Maci! She is a {almost} 2 year old Chihuahua and probably the laziest dog I have ever met. She literally just lays around 98% of the time! 

    In March the day we got her.
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This is where she lays most of the time. Her head is laying on my thigh and she is wedged up against the loveseat console.  
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Maci and her "baby". It's a small stuffed bear from a McDonald's Happy Meal. It's the only stuffed animal we had that she could control in her mouth. The kids gave her all of the ones they had which totaled about 10 or so. 
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Isn't she just adorable????
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She truly believes that she is my 8th human child. 
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