The Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Tanya for this blogger tag. I’ve not done a blogger tag before, so I’m not quite sure how this works.  I’m guessing I will use the same questions my blogger friend replied to.  I am flattered at having received this and compelled to respond to it for so many reasons. The most important being that I think it’s absolutely amazing that through blogging, people of all backgrounds from all over the world, and in various stages of their life can share information, perspectives and encourage one another from so many different vantage points.  For example I am several generations senior to sweet Tanya who is still in high school and yet we’ve made a connection.  That, in of itself, is phenomenal!  So here goes.

Question 1: How tall are you?

I am short. I am somewhere between a 5’2 and 5’3, but I think I’ve shrunken some. It comes with age, you know. And no you can’t take my height as 5’2!  As Tanya wrote, “The tiny difference is important. (short people will understand).” She’s right, we count every cm or micro-inch we can.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent?

Hmmmm. If it’s hidden, how would I know about it? I’m inclined to think not. I’m what you may call, “A jack of all trades, master of none”. Since I have friends from all over, that just means I can do almost anything (or try to) but I’m not magnificent in any of it.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Rants.  Not much else.  I can’t stand blogs that go on and on about the same thing, like they’re beating a dead horse. My feeling is “get over it”.  Sharing what you learn from a bad turn of events is different, sharing to help someone else is also different, but belly aching about the same thing over and over and over again and getting nowhere is an exercise in futility and beneficial to no one. I like cheery blogs. Entertain and teach me something new. I’m too old to be feeding on negativity.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-related blog pet peeve?

People who expect me to believe and respect their opinion or way of thinking without giving consideration to mine. I may come around to your way of thinking but don’t force or tell me I have to believe as you do. The street runs both ways.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

I don’t think I have a favorite song. The theme from To Kill a Mockingbird still sends chills up my spine and I like Monday, Monday by the Mama’s and Papa’s. It reminds me of Badfish, and “Little Surfer Girl” by the Beachboys remind me of ditching school to go surfing. (I didn’t surf, but my boyfriend did and I’d write all the excuse letters for him and his friends to go to the “dentist”, so I was the surfer girl).

Question 6: What’s your favorite social media website?

Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn. I get to meet so many like-minded people there.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your time when you’re alone?

I’m alone most all the time. (Not Kidding) I read, write, bask in quiet solitude, play cognitive games to challenge my brain, (mother had Alzheimer’s so that worries me some) or watch movies and shows to relax me and learn.  At least that’s what I tell myself.

Question 8: Whats your favorite junk food?

Ice creams with chocolate, fruit and nuts and Lays Potato Chips. Unfortunately, I puff up like a balloon (salty Lays) or go into a deep frump (sugar downer) when I have them, so I dodge them like a bullet.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pet(s)? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I have two.  I have a Papillon named Ferguson around 7 years old, and a tabby cat, Chloe who is 14. We’ve known her since she was a kitten.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite non-fiction and fiction books?

Non-fiction – As a kid, it was the entire encyclopedia Brittanica . Otherwise, If How To’s Were Enough, We Would All be Skinny, Rich and Happy by  Brian Klemmer.

Fiction. Wow! No number one book here.  I guess novels of fantasy adventure, historical and mystery genres.  I’ve read all works by Agatha Christie (at least I think I have). I love old works, stories written ages ago and found at yard sales and old book stores.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?

I take very good care of my skin. My favorite “tool” is my hands. Cleansers and creams vary all the time as I rotate them out as I age. Some I make myself by combining product, but that’s how I stay looking young. Believe it or not, a blend of olive oil and coconut oil massaged in the creases works better than botox (not that I’ve ever used botox) to minimize wrinkles.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I keep embarrassing myself.  I have poor navigational skills and my husband never lets me forget the time we went on a hut trip (cross country skiing) in Aspen. We left our cabin to ski some slopes not far away and at the end of the day, I offered to lead the way back…   as I confidently headed in the wrong direction, the rest of the group just stood there staring at me and laughed. Actually, I don’t know who was more embarrassed, me or my husband. Needless to say they never asked me to lead again.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life what would it be?

I have to pick one? I like water best.  I make my own juice (a combination of beets, carrot, celery, kale, ginger, apple or pineapple), but I only have that once first thing in the morning. Coffee or tea (maybe) later in the morning and wine (occasionally) in the evening. Coke or Sprite with popcorn at the movies. So of all those, any dry wine, (I’m not a sweet wine drinker).

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

To Kill A Mockingbird has always been my favorite, but I  was really affected lately by a new release called A Monster Calls. Trailers linked.

Question 15: What was your favorite lesson at school?

P.E.  Physical Education (I always liked sports) followed by English.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I have always thought I’d like to live in Italy, though I’ve never been. If wishes grew on trees (like money does) I’d live out of my suitcase and be a wanderer and sample all (well most) countries. Some for longer periods than others.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC (and iPhone.)

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? 

Ummm Sorry. I gotta censor that one, but it was all good. (smile) Trust me. For those of you still young and have a belief that “it” may die, it doesn’t, I promise.

 

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Liam Neeson.  I have a big megga crush on him and as long as he keeps his politics to himself, he will remain on my “hot” list. Kurt Russell is my next “hottie” love.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

No one special friend, well maybe Badfish because we already know each other personally. I feel that my other blogger friends and I are already “besties” though we’ve not met and despite the fact that we may not agree on all subjects.  Our diversity is what makes them all special to me.

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?

My family, my children. They cheer me on when I think I can’t and their confidence that I can do anything is what keeps me motivated.

Question 22: What is your favorite blog to read?

Oh, I have lots of favorites and not enough time to give them. I like Badfish‘s travelogues, Bunkarydo‘s humor, Nutsrok’s stories, fashion, cooking recipe, photography, inspiration, health, bodybuilding, poems, reviews, you name it.

Question 23: What is your favorite high street shop?

What’s a high street shop?

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?

I  currently work at being retired and it gets lonesome some times, especially now that my husband has a day job. Before that we horsed around a lot and that was fun. We enjoy one another’s company and I miss that.

Question 25:  One thing you are proud of?

Family. I love my kids even though I sometimes question their choices as they take detours that surprise me. I love my hubby, who is my best friend.

I Tag –

Elizabeth

P.J. Lazos

BelleUnrah

gradmama2011

Chape

Alexis Rose

 

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Why?

(Just so you know, when I blogged this the spacing went crazy-not me)

The most frequently unanswered question is “Why?” Why do you think that is?  Is it because no one wants to really consider the answer?

I believe it a product of the superficial world we live in. No one wants to take the time to teach or figure out the why.  Yet, as I read the propounding of so many of my fellow bloggers, isn’t that the point of their self expression?

As I consider my own meanderings, I have to say most of it has to do with trying to understand why.  Why do people do the things they do?  Why do they delight in hurting one another?  In hurting the innocent? Do they even know why?  Sadly many don’t. People in general don’t even take themselves serious enough to analyze motive.

Yet, how are we with our children or grandchildren?  It’s okay to say “I don’t know…”, but how much better to follow it with, “but let’s find out.” Just think about it, it means taking “time”, that many people are too busy to do.

My muse today came from my daughter Andy.  I think I need to get her into blogging, but I decided to add my own “Why’s” because even after all these years I still recall how when I asked “Why”, my father responded with, “Children should be seen and not heard”. Sad.

 

I’m stealing the following from my youngest daughter’s Facebook page: Andrea in cockpit

“When I was a kid they taught math in stages. The teacher says there is a rule and to just do it. They promised that you’ll understand it later. And then there’s that one kid who, me, who insists on knowing why.

No matter how much my teachers swore I didn’t need the WHY, they were wrong. I did.

I changed majors in college to avoid further math because I could not find a professor willing to explain to me WHY.

That semester I found that one teacher. I told him I had changed my major over math issues.

He hung his head low and said, “I wish I could have had you when you first got here.”

I asked him, “Why?”

He said, “Because it matters. The WHY matters. And too many people stop asking. And too many teachers stop teaching. And too many WHY’s go unanswered.”

I understand why teachers taught that way. It’s the same in many things we learn. Baby steps. It’ll all come together.

But some of us, not many, have the ability to see the whole picture and choose to work the puzzle one piece at a time anyway.

Knowing the details doesn’t mean you have to get stuck in them.”

It was interesting to me that her teacher would fail abominably and not answer her question.
I was more fortunate than she, because I remember a girl in my math class saying, she didn’t understand why she needed it and I will never forget his answer.
He said, the world is a composed of math. Everything is a result of some equation. Our bodies are a composition of matter which varies from person to person based on their size and weight.
1/Db = w/Dw + f/Df + p/Dp + m/Dm 
Db = overall body density, w = proportion of water, f = proportion of fat, p = proportion of protein, m = proportion of mineral, Dw = density of water, Df = densityof fat, Dp = density of protein, Dm = density of mineral

Maybe that was a bit too deep, because she responds with...
"Okay, so?", she says.  "I'm just going to get married and have kids. I don't need math."

I looked around as I observed other girls, nodding in agreement. (That many thought that was all there was to life?) 

He smiled patiently and went on and broke it down even moresimply. "You will need to cook, won't you? and clean?"  
housewife workShe says, "Yes."  

"Well, what if you have a recipe for 6 people but there are only three or maybe four of you? Or better yet, a large group of 15 or 20?" 
She shrugs.  
"You will need to know how to divide and subtract and multiply that recipe to feed them."
He let that sink in.

Then he illustrated other ways math is used in day to day wifely duties and ended with, "Math is used in everything" 

My point is, this teacher took the time to get his student back into the game.
 
I will say this about him. Even though there were things I didn't like about this teacher,(he was always promoting his own political agenda's) I did like the fact that he didn't blow her off and cared enough to take the time needed to explain and answer her "Why." 

Answering the "why" doesn't apply always to answering other people's why.  What about your "why"?  
Are you answering or finding your own?