Jan 27, 2010

Random Dozen - I Can't WAIT!

1. How good are you at delaying gratification?

I would say I'm pretty good at it. I'm of the mindset that I would rather wait and relish instead of rush and regret. That sounds all well and good, but sometimes it bites me in the rear.

Like the time I was in an antique store and saw a white, enamel-covered metal baby cup EXACTLY like the one I had when I was a tot. It had a navy blue handle and two flowers on it, red and yellow.

And an $8 price tag. And I WAITED.

It looked just like this, but with either two or three flowers on two sides of it.

Almost 12 years later, I'm still looking for that stupid cup.

2. Maybe a marshmallow wouldn't be too difficult a temptation for you. What food (or anything else) would be most tempting?

Marshmallow...not so much. But one of these Apple Dumplins? Well, that's a different story. I really shouldn't have them in my house. Deeee-lish.

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being saintly) how patient are you?

 I would say I'm about a 7. It didn't used to be that high, but I would say I've mellowed out some.

4. Have you ever waited for something in life only to be disappointed upon realization of the goal/object/etc.?

It felt like FOR.EV.ER to turn 21. After my 21st birthday, it was really no big deal, except I felt more responsibility. That was kind of a bummer. Now though, I wouldn't want to be 21 again for all the world. I love being my age right now.

5. Are you a person who takes shortcuts?

 I'll take shortcuts if I'm driving to a place and I KNOW that the shortcut actually works. But to shortcut around a job usually seems to end up in re-work. And I can't stand to have to do something a second time unnecessarily.

6. Which line is hardest to wait in?

The bathroom line.

7. Did you wait to discover the gender of your unborn child until its birth?

 We did wait on the first two; after they were both boys, we NEEDED to know ahead of time if the 14 boxes of blue were going to be trash or treasure for the third one. So we cheated with him.

8. Are you more patient with children or the elderly?

I think I'm more patient with the elderly...I was always taught to respect my elders, and who am I kidding? I know I'm gonna be one some day! 

9. Did you ever sneak a peek at a present?

 You know what...I did that ONE time. I found all of my presents before my parents wrapped them in their closet one year. And it was the worst Christmas morning EVER. There was nothing that was a surprise to me. So I pledged I would never, ever do that again. (I've told my kids that story, too.)

10. What is the longest you've ever waited for anything?

I'm gonna say that cruise I mentioned last week...waited 12 years for that baby.

11. Who has more patience, you or your significant other?

Um, that would be me. Unequivocally and hands down.

12. Which of the following songs about waiting is your pick for the best? (OK, you may substitute another, if you like.)

A) Anticipation by Carly Simon
B) The Waiting by Tom Petty
C) Right Here Waiting for You by Richard Marx
D) Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James

I'm gonna piiiiiiiiiiick......Richard Marx...Right Here Waiting for You, and here's why:

DH and had a long-distance relationship the entire time we dated. We lived about 250 miles apart, and our first date we met half-way in a little town called Victoria, Texas. We met through his cousin, who was one of my best friends at the time. I would travel to his parents' house to visit him on the weekends, or he would come up to where I was and stay with his cousin. It was interesting, to say the least....and it worked!  

Well, was it worth the wait? Go getcha a Second Cup with Lid and the gang!


Merrie said...

I'm with you in the bathroom line and my husband is also not as patient... guess that is why God blessed me with a little extra patience! LOL

Diana said...

Thanks for a great one!

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved you answers! #6 made me laugh. So true!

Joyce said...

It was fun reading your answers today...I too have learned the hard way with antiques/furnishings...if I see something and love it I should just get it...I've lost a few things by waiting to go back and take another look.

Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers! I am so glad I joined in on the Random Dozen, it is alot of fun!

until next time... nel

Melli said...

Ohhhh I can't believe you let that cup go! What were you thinking?

We agreed on #6! LOL!

SusanD said...

So enjoyed reading your answers. Thanks for sharing. Blesisngs, SusanD

Michelle said...

How funny!

I have to say I found where our mold is a little different...I'm WAY more patient with kids...Old people drive me NUTS! Well, I'm very respectful...but seriously driving at an old age is an issue for me...they really cause a lot of dangers AND...why must they balance their checkbook register when 50 people are in line behind them? That's the hardest line to wait in...the one with an old lady writing a check for her groceries!

Susanne said...

Oh bummer on the cup! I've done that kind of thing a few times.

Oh yeah the bathroom line, that's a toughie to wait in.

Abiding Branch said...

Oh girl woulda'thunk it! Duh both the same on the bano and the peeking - only ONCE! I did not know that about you. tee hee. I've told my kids too. :)
love you!

Edie said...

I'll keep my eye out for that cup. :)

I'm with you on #5. That's a sign of an efficient person.

#6. LOL!

I have never wanted to know my presents ahead of time. I once knew one of my gifts because the wrapping paper was thin and I could see the box. It was one of my better gifts but I didn't want to open it til last. My daughter always snooped out her presents and was never surprised with anything. It made me pretty darn mad too. :)

I love your answer for #12. Just goes to show that God knows how to bring two people together.

Goodnight My Chel!

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Loved this list! I've had that same experience as with the cup! Doggonit! ;) And, #9... well, that is a sad lesson, too... know that, well... because maybe that happened, too. LOL. Love the story about your long distance romance.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Random Dozen is just too much fun!

Great answers!