Jan 13, 2010

Random Dozen

1. When was the last time you craved a food--what was it, and did you cave?

Since I've started working out again, I tend to crave almonds. (huh?) I don't know why...but I loooooove them. And they're healthy, too, so yeah, I cave.

These are my favorite...with Sea Salt. They aren't as salty as regular ones. And I know it's more healthy to eat them raw with NO salt, but come on, we're talking about cravings here.

2. M & M's or Skittles?

Now I do like me some Skittles sometimes. It's fun to mix the flavors up and see what concoctions can be had. But I most definitely prefer chocolate over non-chocolate, so that would be the M & M's.

Especially these...

3. Have you ever read the Bible completely through?

Not all the way straight through, I'm sad to say. I have read the whole thing, just in different order at different times.

4. How long does it take you to really wake up in the morning?

I'm going to say about 30 minutes. I have been getting up at 4 am (or close to it) to go to the gym before DH needs to leave for work. That necessitates WAKING UP.

5. Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, would you like to?

Yes! When I was four, my grandpa told me that he would take me on the "Love Boat" for my 16th birthday (loved that show). So every time I went to his house, I would tell him, "Grandpa, are you saving your money to take me on the Love Boat?"

So the summer before my 16th birthday, my grandpa kept his promise. Every year he and my grandma would go on vacation somewhere; they would take turns choosing their destination, and that year was my grandpa's choice. Little did we know it would be his last year to choose. 

He really wanted to go to Alaska, but I had a tropical cruise pictured in my head since I was a girl, so he took me and grandma to the Bahamas. It was fantastic...and a blast to spend with them. I'll never forget it.

6. Who is your favorite actress?

Hmmmm...I have several that come to mind. Which is strange, because I don't watch very much TV or movies. For the most part, I enjoy Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

7. ______ is something that I will just never understand.

Child abuse.

8. How much of a technology junkie are you?

I used to be on the cutting edge of technology when I worked...like a decade ago. But since then, not so much. The most technology I experience now is my iphone. And that took some getting used to.

9. Do you enjoy selecting greeting cards for people, or is it more of a cultural "have to" for you?

I love selecting cards for people, when I remember to do it. My problem is whether to choose a humorous or a meaningful, sentimental one. I have been known to give two for the same occasion.

10. When was the last time you got a new style/haircut?

New haircut? November 2009. New style? September 1983.

Well, there is one exception to that. In 2006 my mom gave me a straightener. Same haircut, just straight instead of curly. I think it's fair to say that I'm a chicken when it comes to hair.

11. What do you enjoy shopping for most?

Good deals! I absolutely LOVE getting a bargain. After Christmas sales for next year are especially fun.

I also love shopping for old books.

12. What's the last thing you think of before you leave the house?

"Do I have my phone?" That's not a bend-the-universe kind of answer, but it's the truth.

Now you can go see my friend, Lidna (ha ha...I accidentally typed "Lidan" and had to correct her misspelled name. Her name is really Linda. Anyway.) Go see her and all the other crazy, fun-loving peoples who participated in this week's Random 12!


Deb said...

Don't you find it funny that we used to be able to travel just fine without phones--but today forgeting my phone is a reason to turn around and go back home!!!!
Have a blessed day!!!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

What a wonderful memory of your grandpa. We went on a cruise a few years ago and it was great!!!

Loved your answers, if I have to shop then I get absolutely giddy as well over a great deal.


Jewel said...

Loved your story/memory about the cruise with your grandparents! How precious!
We've had our hairstyles for about the same length (no pun intended! LOL) of time, Chels! :-)
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

Loved reading about cruising with your grandparents. Wishing my kids had grandparents like that....didn't participate today because 15 y/o dd had her wisdome teeth out and like her momma, is a big baby and needs extra TLC.
(and p.s. I have been known to turn around and drive up to a mile to retreive my left-behind phone :/ )

SouthLakesMom said...

I agree that story about the cruise is fantastic - what a great memory. Aren't you glad there are no cruise boat shows for your grandchildren to watch? I can't imagine remaking the Love Boat...

By the way, thanks for the tip on those almonds. I like to go to Whole Foods and get Tamari Almonds. If you need a change, try them. They've been dipped/painted (?) in soy sauce so they have a little bit of flavor too.

Tara said...

Howdy Chel! So glad to meet up with another fellow Texan blogger. Thanks for the sweet comments about my super sweet dad. He is now 80 years old and is such a blessing. My mom would probably die if she knew I posted that picture of him on my blog. (But she doesn't read it, so she will never know)...fingers crossed. :-)
Your blog is lovely. Gonna follow along.

Joyce said...

What a special memory you shared...how wonderful you have that memory.

I love the vanilla almonds (like the sea salt too but love the vanilla)...I guess they're not the worst thing I could be eating.

Kudos to you for getting up to work out at 4 am. That is e-a-r-ly!

Amy said...

I am a 4:00 am exerciser too, and I do pretty good at waking up as long as I can get my head off the pillow!!

Great answers


Greg C said...

Chel I would have put money against your answer to #3. Thanks for staying with me on my blog. I know it is hard for me to get here during the day but whooo Hooo I am on tonight. :)

Becca said...

Visiting from the Texas Bloggin Gals- I love your memory of the cruise with your grandparents! How sweet!

Yay for your iPhone- I love it!!

Nice meeting you!


Stacey said...

I am also visiting from The Texas Blogging Gals. I am completely inspired that you wake up at 4 am to workout!!

Mocha with Linda said...

Those premium M&Ms are incredible.

Love #5 - what a sweet memory.

And #9 - me too on giving two cards!

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Chel, I'm coming from the Texas Gals. Thank you so much for your sweet post on my blog. Have to say that your "about me" brought tears to my eyes. My beloved Little Man is asleep in his pack-n-play with his Noni right now... You are so right on about the legacy. I can't wait to share your blog with my daughter, Amanda. We had almost the identical conversation yesterday driving from Dallas about raising a son. God bless and keep you!

PS YOU GO GIRL on the 4am workout!

SusanD said...

I have not tried those premium M&Ms yet. :)

#5 - Thanks for sharing this precious memory.

#11 - I so love finding a great deal.

Have an awesome day. Blessings, SusanD

jenny said...

You had a lot of experience to tell us, that's for sure..I enjoyed reading it.:D

God bless:D

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Hi, Just dropped in from Tx Blogging Gals. Skittles and M&M's are two of my favs; totally different cravings, but both so strong. If they would coat Skittles with the M&M chocolate and shell, it would be a perfect candy!