You know, honestly? I don’t know that I’d remember to blog regularly if it weren’t for my linkups. There are things I want to remember, and things I want to say, but I’m usually too tired to think out how to word it. I need to do better with that, and try to have non-linkup postings, but for now, it works!
1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?
2. How ’bout one way it’s changed for the worse?
I’m going to answer these two together. But before I do, here is a disclaimer ****I am in no way trying to start a political or theoretical discussion/argument with this answer. I’m simply stating facts, and am not even giving my own personal standing on this topic at this time. Any soapbox comments are subject to deletion****
So the year I was born was also the year that the decision for Roe v. Wade was handed down by the US Supreme Court. I think about this often when I am asked about how the world has changed since I was born (or, in this case, since I was a kid). Aside from the obvious legalization of abortion issue this has also led to changes in sex education (aka family life planning) throughout the public school systems and a slew of legislation both good and bad that has been passed over the last 40 years in terms of health care, public assistance, right to choose, education, legislation, etc. Is it change for the better? Yes. Is it also change for the worse? Yes. Regardless of your personal opinion on the issue, it has certainly shaped a lot of the last four decades on every level.
3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks…your favorite ‘star’?
What, no Star Trek or Star Wars? How about Starfruit? And for those of us here in Virginia, we’ve heard an awful lot about Star Scientific and our governor lately–so much so it’s even made national headlines. (Small fact: I used to work for the chef that started this whole investigation when he was indicted on four counts of felony embezzlement while working for said governor. If his behavior while I worked for him is any indication, he is SO guilty and is just pulling at straws to try to shift blame elsewhere.) Sorry, back to the question. It’s a bit of a stretch, but Starlite diner here in town is pretty spectacular, but if I had to choose from among the four listed, let’s go with starlight.
4. Name a song that’s overplayed, but you love it anyway.
This is where I totally lose street cred. I only listen to Christian radio. In my opinion, ALL songs on my only local Christian radio are overplayed. Every six weeks or so I take a break for about a month because I can’t handle it any more. (What did we do before iPods anyway?) Don’t get me wrong, I love the music. Just can’t take the same.songs.all.day.long. As far as popular music goes, the two I hear my kids play at church all the time were Gangam style and Harlem Shake, drove me nuts.
5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?
Wow, it’s been awhile since I took the time to make the homemade stuff. I always loved fruit flavored ones though–strawberry, peach, etc. Blue Bell Ice Cream has just been introduced in my state, so we’ve had fun going through those flavors. But I think my favorite is now one I found at Fresh Market–cardamom vanilla. So yum.
6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?
By example. Be the person others want to be.
7. When was the last time you were without power?
Last week? Just kidding. I lose it all.the.time. I live in a 60+ year old house, but also in a neighborhood that has all the power lines above ground. I’m just waiting for the hurricane season to really kick in, as that’s always fun. I’m guaranteed to lose it for at least a week every summer, and then during one December storm for a few days. Summer 2011: Without it for ten days during Hurricane Irene. Second only to Hurricane Isabel in 2003 where I lost it for 12 days and went to Korea to get a hot shower. (Hurricane Ivan in 2004 wasn’t so fun either–what is it with these I storms???) Summer 2012: Freaky derecho the end of June, without it for eight days. Unlike hurricanes, which usually leave a week or so of bearable weather with no air conditioning, the temperatures during June/July last year was just unbearable. So this year? We’ll just have to see.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Several random thoughts tonight. 1. The new remakes of Who’s Line is it Anyway? are hilarious, but I’m not sure I buy Aisha Tyler as a host yet. 2. Anthem health care has horrid, almost non-existent customer service. 3. We had over 750 kids at vacation bible school last week! Almost a 25% increase in enrollment for our evening session, where I was a station leader, and the rest in the morning. What an awesome week. 5. I made the decision to cancel my Series 7 testing, as there is just too much going on over the last four months to allow me the ability to focus and concentrate, and the next few weeks will be even more so with what mom has coming. 6. Thanks to all those who have been pulling for my mom. She made it into the Phase 1 clinical drug trial at Sloan-Kettering. Drug company covers the cost of the drug (almost $100K/week). We have to come up with the cost of getting there, staying a week, medical supplies, providing wheelchair, eating, cabs, etc. I’m working to try to encourage her to ask for scholarships, medical emergency rates, etc. for this first week stay, but it’s a cumbersome process. I’m really hoping this drug has a significant impact on her. The good news is that it’s out of blind studies, so no placebos, and the doctor seems really excited to have her in the program. So continued prayers please, and thanks for all the support!