Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tagged - Getting to Know Me!

Holly M. tagged me with this fun questionnaire:

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous, do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?

I started this blog, just because it seemed like the thing to do at the time!  I used to produce a monthly newsletter that went out with our Christmas cards each year.  It began as a one page letter and blossomed over the years into a huge production (recipes, brainteasers, even a column from the dog!! :))  It was so hard to remember the year's activities at the end of the year that I thought the blog would be a perfect solution to document our lives and share with our families throughout the year.  Plus, it would save me hundreds of dollars in stamp costs! LOL!

I don't know how anonymous it is...  I'm still convinced that I only have 28 readers... :D

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side.

I am stubborn for things that are important to me.  I will stick to my guns, despite the fact that my choice may be an unpopular one.  I will also refuse to budge when I am certain that I am right.  But I can also usually see both sides of the situation and welcome others' opinions.  I just may not take their advice! :)

The only thing that I can think of that would demonstrate my stubbornness would be when it comes to Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi.  I will ALWAYS ask if a restaurant or bar serves Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi.  If they have Pepsi products, I will drink iced tea (sweet tea for our American friends) or bottled water instead!

Nothing against Diet Pepsi - I just like the taste of Diet Coke better!

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the face in the mirror?

I think it's typical of women to look at themselves and instantly see what they consider to be flaws.  I'm no exception.  I notice the frown lines on my forehead and the wrinkles beginning around my eyes.  I see my double chin and ohmigod, is that a blemish?  Such importance is placed on the physical beauty in today's world that it's hard (for me, anyways) to look at ourselves and see the beauty within. 

Every day, I try to remind myself that along with the signs of aging, comes the wisdom, strength and courage that I didn't have in my youth.  And that makes me beautiful.

Of course, a new pair of Manolos wouldn't hurt either... :D

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?

If we're talking alcoholic, I'd have to say a nice slushy margharita!  Non-alcoholic would have to be either a Tim Horton's iced capp or a Slurpee! :)

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

I love to read and while I was running Just Cre8, I didn't have the luxury of spare time.  Since we stopped creating kits, I have read more in a year than I have in the last five! 

I also love to get out with my camera and snap random shots of what I see.  This hasn't happened as much lately, since my camera needs to be serviced.  But once I get a new camera, I'll be doing this more often!

Scrapbooking is always considered "me" time - especially with my crop buddies!

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?

Oh, definitely!  I have a life list a mile long!  I've been meaning to add a separate page to help me keep track... on my To Do list!

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the class shy person, or always ditching school? Describe who you were, if not one of these.

I was fairly quiet in elementary school.  It wasn't until high school that I came out of my shell.  I had a lot of friends and while I was considered funny by my friends, I don't remember being the class clown.  I was very involved in a lot of things:  cheerleading, athletic committee, dance committee, etc.  This lead to knowing a lot of different groups of people - I didn't associate with just the "jocks" or the "brains" or the "headbangers" - I was a friend to them all! :)

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what do you see?

This is easy - my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer on my due date with my daughter.  Over the next four months after Aili's birth, I watched my mother lose her battle with this dreaded disease.  Aili and I spent most of those days with my mom and I remember one day, sitting with her in the family room that I grew up in, listening to her tell me how very proud she was of me.  I was a headstrong, wild teen (although not by today's standards!!) and even in my early twenties, I was reckless and impulsive.  My mom voiced her concerns that she had had and told me how happy she was to see me settled down with a wonderful man, how I had turned into a wonderful mother with 2 beautiful children.  It was very sad, because I knew that SHE knew that she didn't have much time and wanted me to know that despite all the grief and grey hair I had caused her, I had turned out all right in her books. 

I miss her terribly. :(

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?

Of course, it's much EASIER to write about the kids' antics or a favourite movie.  But because this blog has become more of a journal of sorts for me, I try to keep it real and write about the good AND the bad...

10. If you had the choice to sit and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

I like to do both!  Although I'm a social person so I'd much rather talk in person!!

Okay, so who wants to play along? 

Because I'm convince that only a handful of people read this blog (see #1 above :)), I'm going to randomly tag a few people:  Holly (mamato3tots), Jennifer H/S, Lee, Laurie, Connie and Dorrie! :)


  1. So good getting to know you better Sue :) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  2. :-} I'm tagged! Ack - I'd better get blogging!

    Thanks for sharing, Sue.


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