1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. What can you give away? Will you?
I recently went through all of my shoes and gave away about 40 pairs to my niece, co-workers, and to the Genesis Women's Shelter Thrift Store. I know that I have other stuff to "pass along" but I doubt I'll be giving away anything other than a smile and a witty remark today. Witty remarks tend to occur during our capital campaign leadership team meetings!
2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.
When I think of a mantra it makes me think of one to use during meditation. Mine is always "Thank you, God".
Now if you mean just a quote or saying to live by, one of my favorites is "Money can't buy happiness, but it sure keeps the kids in touch." My friend Jane had this posted in her kitchen. Jane died a few years ago and I miss her a lot. She was a no-BS Texas woman.
3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?
I do the shopping and must have a list. I usually go on Saturday to Tom Thumb (Safeway to those of you who aren't locals) and go to Whole Foods on Sunday. My mom and I usually go together and have fun pointing out new finds/sharing a box of peaches or a watermelon. Sometimes she will even tell the check-out person to put my groceries on her credit card! #winning
4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right?
Nothing embarrasses me. I watch all TV all the time.
Some shows I watch that some people think I should be embarrassed to watch are: Total Divas, Real Housewives (all of them), Dance Moms, and at this time of the year, Big Brother. I even sometimes watch the live feed of Big Brother on Showtime After Dark. Now, I'm really sleepy then, but it's total trash. On another note, Big Brother host Julie Chen (otherwise known as the Chen-Bot by Andy Cohen) looks absolutely amaze-balls this summer.
My mother and Joe would want me to point out that I also read, have a good job and a bachelor's degree from a 4-year accredited university. Bite me.
5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter-
that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless
Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused?
I never say irregardless. It's not a word. I totally say the rest of them and use them all the time. I'm actually surprised that totally wasn't on the list. Of the listed words I probably say very the most, with amazing as a close second.
6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts?
My mother has always said that our family members tend to look better as they get older, so I'm looking forward to going gray. It seems to take a long time in our family. I have very little gray and have never colored my hair -- of course it is hard to tell on redheads. My brother has very dark brown hair and barely has any gray. Not sure what mom is trying to tell us about looking better, but apparently we have some more years to go until we are at our most beautiful. #winning?
As for young people dying their hair gray for fun, I say do what you want, kids, just be prepared to suffer the consequences of your choices and don't complain about why you are having trouble finding a decent job.
7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature?
This is not the most beautiful sentence, but I do love this book:
"Yet we always envy others, comparing our shadows to their sunlit sides." -- Margaret George from The Autobiography of Henry VIII
8. Insert your own random thought here.
The block I live on is a fantastic block -- we have about 45 houses on our block and we get together more often than most. We have a Christmas progressive dinner, a ladies book club, a block party, etc. I feel really blessed to have lived there for many years. Unfortunately, the ring-leader, organizer-extraordinaire, friendliest-mom, call-me-if-you-need-anything neighbor and her family sold their house and are moving to be closer to their sons' schools. This is going to be a huge loss for the block. It's really amazing just how much one person can do to make everyone else's lives more enriching. I truly envy the neighbors on the block where Julie is moving. They are in for a real gift.
We will miss her.