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Random Dozen, St. Patrick’s Day edition

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

From Lidna at 2nd Cup of Coffee

What are the ‘Ides?’

“Ides” is a term used to denote the 15th of March, May, July and October. Julius Caesar was 86’d on the Ides of March, just like the seer warned him. And then William F. Buckley Shakespeare Jr. wrote a play called Julius Caesar which contained the line, “Beware the Ides of March.” And we have been be-waring something we don’t understand ever since.
So we’re going to have one or two questions on the Ides of March and such, and then we’ll go directly back to random because that is what we do best here.

Remember: If you play along, go to Lidna’s blog here to link up and share the pot ‘o gold.  My comments/answers are in green bold lettering today.

1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
I’ll give myself a 1 (not superstitious at all).

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
Well, back when I was a runner, I’d say it about Bloomsday
or the Sound to Narrows 12-km run.  Lately it’s been about a group effort to help out a friend in need.

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
Lately, it’s been around the time the kids are getting home from school, because that is when I am getting home myself.

4. Regarding “springing forward” for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you’ve ever been really early or really late for?
I’m often late, and all my babies were late (although I was born 2 weeks early) but I’m pretty sure that I have always remembered to re-set my clocks the night before a time change.

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
Colorful flowers, especially the yellow daffodils 🙂

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick’s Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty’s Day?
Yes! Today I am wearing a Kelly-green shirt with my denim capris.

7. One of Caesar’s assassins, Casca, said, “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me,” which of course means he didn’t understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is “Greek to you,” something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
When I look at the beauty of the world around me, I have no doubt that there is an artistic Creator. It is incomprehensible to me that this world just sort of evolved or Bang! came to be all by itself. I’m not saying that there is no evolution and I’m not claiming that it didn’t start all-of-a-sudden; I simply find it incomprehensible that this world created itself.

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
This week, March is a lamb. Over the weekend, it was a very soggy lion. Had the rain been snow, we would have gotten another 3 feet of the white stuff!

9. “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.” -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?
Sleep! or maybe blog…

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
My dream home

11. “The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.” Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.
It is easy to take ones family for granted. I HOPE that they don’t feel that way.
I keep pictures next to the computer of their smiling, happy faces so that even when I am annoyed by words or actions (or lack of words/actions!!), I can remember how very blessed I am to have my family.  As far as non-human beauty, I can see the Blue Ridge Mountains nearly every day, and while I don’t think I take them for granted, I am blessed to have them within sight. I grew up with views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and something within me needs mountains. I’m pretty sure I need them more than sunshine…something else I am REALLY grateful for this week!

12. Just for a bit o’ fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name.
My Irish Name is: Siobhan Power
And the quote that came with it says, “What butter or whiskey does not cure cannot be cured.”
Makes a person wonder what’s for dinner, eh? 😛

Random Dozen

It’s Wednesday! Time for this week’s Random Dozen, compliments of Linda over at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. So I was thinking about how Jon Bon Jovi never seems to age much. His hair is smaller nowadays, but he still manages to look like a boy somehow. And then that made me think of the story of Dorian Gray. Question: If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why?
For a youthful look and good health, I would choose to be between 28 and 29 years old. I was running back then, happily signing up for 12Ks and 5Ks. (Plantar fasciitis had not yet reared it’s stubborn head… er, feet, and osteoarthritis had not yet invaded my knee.) I could knock out the sit-ups and was working on the push-ups so that I might –just for fun!– pass the Army physical fitness test for my 30th birthday.  My husband is Active Duty, but for me it was a personal challenge.

2. What is the best dish that you cook or bake (your piece de resistance?)
My neighbor might say it is my taco soup, but I think it is the Triple Chocolate Cake.

3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal?
Music is magic!

4. When was the last time you danced in public?
The last time I can recall was October 2008! My dh & I did a little swing dancing, square dancing, and the Virginia Reel.

5. Do you consider yourself a realist or dreamer?
I’m a realist, no doubt about it!

6. As a parent, what is one thing that you have done well?
I have loved and honored the father of my children.  And if that doesn’t count (and why not?! because I think it is hugely important!), then I will declare the love of books & reading. We’ve modeled this ourselves and read to the boys from the very beginning of their lives (the 10yo still loves his bedtime chapter of our current read-aloud book, The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis).

7. Which is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show?
I’m going to confess here and now that I’ve only watched the show twice in my life!  Therefore, I plead ignorance.

8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Wow, that is  kind of vague, no? Maybe a 7 or an 8?

9. Have you never been mellow? Have you never tried … to find a comfort from inside you? (Sorry, Jorge was singing that song just now, and it just seemed to be perfect timing as I was creating this week’s questions.) REAL question: What is your #1 driving pet peeve?
I only get to choose one?!  😉
Okay, then… erratic & unpredictable behavior.  If I am on the highway and the pavement is dry, I prefer to use cruise control, and I can’t use it if the driver in front of me is doing the slow-slow-fast-fast-fast driving polka!  (It’s also a sign of not paying attention to the job at hand… which is, after all, driving!)

10. Which color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate?
My colors are marbled today: blue and yellow.
Yellow is for JOY: I have a precious new grand-niece in Colorado (she was born on Monday).
Blue is my favorite color, but today it stands for sadness. I’ll post about it tomorrow.

11. If your spouse were an animal, which would he/she be?
Hmmmm…. I think I will conjure him up as a panther.

12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day?
Hands down, it’s time spent on the computer. Not that I’m proud of  it, but there ya go.