7 Random Questions and 1 Random Thought

I’ve been reading a lot lately and visiting different blogs.  I figure I need to get to know people virtually as much as I do in person.  Branching out and extending my online family is intimidating but exciting all at once.  While browsing, I stumbled upon From This Side of the Pond and The Hodgepodge collection.  The “challenge” is to answer 7 questions (random is not a misplaced word here!) and add 1 random thought.  Here’s my contribution and if you add yours, please link to it!  I’d love to read what everyone else is saying 🙂

What Say You?

1. Pokemon Go…your thoughts?  Are you playing?  Do you even know what it is?

  I think that about sums it up.  I hadn’t even heard of it until last week.  I saw a random picture online and thought it was just teenagers being silly.  Then it kept popping up all over my Facebook feed.  I finally decided to read a little about it and stopped.  Quickly.  There’s so much silliness there and I don’t want to be involved.  Even my kids think it’s a bit ridiculous.  The only Pokemon game I played was Pokemon puzzle when I was younger and yes, that was highly addictive!

No, I’m not playing and don’t plan to pick it up.  My nephew was talking about it yesterday and his mom won’t allow him to play.  I can’t say I blame her.  The fact that there is injury (http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/health/pokemon-go-players-fall-down-cliff/) and a death (http://nationalreport.net/teen-killed-trespassing-while-playing-pokemon-go/) tied to this GAME is unbelievable!!  I know that’s not the norm and these were tragic accidents, but I think it’s so crazy for people to get completely carried away by something.  So much so that they put themselves in danger, indirectly though it may be.

In a nutshell, yes, I know what it is.

2. What was something you collected as a child?  Do you still have that collection?  If you’re a parent, what’s something your own child collected?  Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue or paid a ridiculous sum for a “collectible”?

I can immediately remember two things I collected when I was a kid.  One was pogs and the other was teddy bears.  I had a mess of them on my bed and they had to be arranged in the exact same order every.single.morning…  The pogs kind of fizzled out on their own so I no longer have that collection.  The teddy bears, I wish I still had.  They were all Boyd’s bears and I loved them but when I got married and we had our first, I decided it was time to let them go.  I gifted most of them and donated the rest.

So far, my kids are collecting Legos, dolls, and books.  I can’t really complain about those, they seem pretty typical of young kids.   As far as wasting time and money on collectibles, I have not.  My kids have done their best to convince me that I should, but that’s not a battle they’ve yet to win.

3. “Collect moments, not things”…tell us about a moment you’ve added to your collection this summer.

I have so many!  But, my favorite would have to be our newest baby experiencing the beach for the first time this summer.  He ate sand and carried tons home in his diaper, but he seemed to really enjoy it.  I love seeing him do something different and watching his reactions.  He was a bit more hesitant with the water, though.  I found that strange as all of our other kids were bothered more by the sand.  He sat happily for hours just digging in it.

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With his Pop playing in the water
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With his big sisters. Who knew sand was so interesting!
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Another first. I allowed them to boogie board. Still not comfortable with it…

Spending time with family and friends is always what I look most forward to.  It’s so great to be together enjoying a good time.

4. What’s something collecting dust in your home right now?  Any plans to do something about it?

What isn’t collecting dust??  If I have to choose one, I’d say it’s my power tools.  We were hot and heavy for a bit and then I just ended the relationship.  I have actively been spamming my husband’s email with project ideas.  I hope to tackle at least 2 of them in the coming weeks.  It should be an interesting challenge.  I’ve never done woodworking with a baby this young in the house (he’s almost 11 months!! my how time flies).

5. A favorite song relating to time?

I’ve always really liked Brad Paisley, so one of my favorites is his song Letter to me.  How many of us would love the opportunity to be able to write our past selves a note.  I would tell myself so many things and be able to avoid some of the idiocy that comes with youth.  Heck, I’d write my last week self a note too!

6. What’s been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife?

I wouldn’t call them ‘wild’, but I went to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens with my family and we were watching one of the shows.  The emcee (I’m not sure what they’re really called) had a brown bag and asked for a volunteer to stick their hand in and give their opinion on what’s inside.  I was wholeheartedly encouraging my kids to raise their hands, it’s always fun to be a participant, right?

Well, my kids decided they didn’t want to.  He chose a little girl and asked her how it felt.  Was it smooth?  Scaly?  Slimy?  You get the point.  Then he dumps it out and it was a Madagascar hissing cock a roach!!!  I was beyond grossed out.  Anyone who knows me understands.  I have a HUGE phobia of roaches (literally, I gag just typing that word!).  I left before they could turn around to see my reaction.  Needless to say, I was thoroughly relieved that they hadn’t volunteered.  I’d be dousing them in hand sanitizer the rest of the day!

7. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, set his foot down on the moon.  If you could travel to the moon would you go?  Why or why not?

One word…claustrophobia.  Nope, nope, and a little more nope.  Kudos to the people brave enough to do it, but it won’t be me!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I type better when I’m distracted.  Does that make any sense?  Right now I’m listening to my Pistol Annie’s station on Pandora, singing along and blowing bubbles!  I can’t focus when I’m focusing or when it’s quiet.  Chaos seems to spark my productivity.

What about you?  What are your thoughts?  Don’t forget to link back!  I want to hear what you have to say 🙂

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2 comments on “7 Random Questions and 1 Random Thought

  1. I love this.
    And especially agree with #8 as I work most effectively when under the gun. A deadline, multiple projects, assisting others – all things that escalate my productivity and creativity! Add a glass of wine to blur my mild perfectionist streak and I feel I do my best work.
    I am so impressed at how you accomplish so much in your life! Wife, Mom, teacher, artist, friend, and all the other facets of your life – you do it well and make it look easy! So honored to know you
    Big Fan

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