1. What is your favorite fair/carnival food? Deep fried salmon from our family’s fair booth (at the Eastern Idaho State Fair).
2. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? I don’t think so at the moment.
3. What is your favorite gift to receive? These days – money. Because we are deep into renovating our house(s) and that takes gobs of money!
4. When was the last time you tried something new? Last March I took up racquetball, which was something totally new to me. I love it because it exercises both body and mind and is incredibly fun. Playing racquetball has restored quite a bit of my ability to concentrate. It has also quickened my reflexes and increased my strength. Best of all -- I’ve lost 25 pounds and more than one dress size thanks to my two or three times a week practice/games. Bonus: I’m in the best cardio-vascular shape since my 30s. Wahoo!!
5. What is your favorite and least favorite book genre? Favorite: Historical Fiction (including historical mysteries), Least fave: Chick Lit (it all seems the same after a while – either heartbreak/fatal illness combined with romance, or vicious man-bashing).
6. Silver or Gold? Gold. Silver doesn’t go with my coloring very well. Thankfully.
7. What makes you sigh? Apparently, I sigh a lot, according to my hubby. But to answer the question: What makes me sigh is failing to get through to my teenager . . . or realizing that there is a sink full of dishes still to be done (see my priorities there?).
8. If you didn't know how old you are, how old would you claim you are? That’s a tough one! Maybe 35 or 40? (see #4)
9. Would you break a law to save a loved one? To protect a loved one? That’s another tough one. I guess it depends on the law. Would I deliberately plot to murder someone? No. Would I kill in defense? Possibly. The heat of the moment would certainly factor into what I might do.
10. If you had to teach something, what would it be? History. Knowing history – in general terms and in personal terms – deepens our life experience and gives insight to what is happening today. “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it” is a very true statement.
11. You're having lunch with 3 people whom you respect and admire. They begin to criticize a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. What do you do? Listen for a short while to see make sure I’m not misinterpreting what they’re saying, and then attempt to gently change the subject. If that fails, I’d remind them that gossip is destructive and then forcibly change the subject. And, unless there was a sense on their part of having done wrong, I probably wouldn’t have lunch with those people again.
12. Which of the 5 Love Languages is your prominent means of experiencing love? That was an interesting test! The answer for me is Quality Time, followed closely (1 point) by Words of Affirmation. And that is absolutely true. For example: NFL season is going to be starting soon and one of the reasons I love it so much is because both Tim and I enjoy watching the games together.
Thanks, Lid, for hosting the weekly Random Dozen! If you would like to play along, answer the questions for yourself and then link your blog post to Lid's at 2nd Cup of Coffee.