Sunday, June 29, 2008

Useless Knowledge

I ripped this off of SignGurl, and I thought that since my back pain is rearing it's ugly head again today - it gives me some content to post for my readers that at least for the moment doesn't talk about my ailments. (Hopefully some of you have stuck around to this point and my boring whiny redundant posts about being sick haven't bored you to death.)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being a healthy and happy wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, friend for all of those that I love.

What is your current state of mind?
Spiritual - praying for divine intervention on this pain and illness.

What is your greatest fear?
Death of a loved one

What is your favorite way of spending time?
With family or friends - usually in a low key environment - eating, playing games, boating... whatever - just enjoying the company of those that you love.

Which living person do you most admire?
This is a tough one, because I admire lots of people for lots of different reasons... but of course my parents for various reasons. Right now I'd also say my mentor Lisa, and my friend Sarah because their faith is so apparent in their daily lives and in their children. Finally, Meghan because she truly is a Rock Star patient living after weight loss surgery... and I wish I could be just like her! (I did say there are others... so cut me some slack!)

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I don't know... I have some that interest me - but I don't know that I identify with any of them.

Who are your favorite fictional heroes?
Lindsay Boxer, Jack McCoy, and probably others that I can't think of right now.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Didn't I just answer that a couple of questions ago?

Who are your favorite writers?
James Patterson, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele

Who are your favorite musicians?
There are so many... it's not worth it - but I guess if I had to choose one... Garth Brooks would probably top the list. It was the one concert that I wanted to go to in my life, and my wonderful Dad made that happen for me before Garth retired...

Who are your favorite filmmakers?
Steven Spielberg would be one... and honestly - I'm not sure that I know of any others off the top of my head... but I do love movies!

Who are your favorite actors?
Anthony Hopkins, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey (even if he is a t-sip), Patrick Dempsey, and I'm sure there are others...

Who are your favorite actresses?
Meg Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Katie Holmes, Julia Roberts, Angie Harmon, Katherine Heigl, Kate Walsh, and I'm sure there are others as well...

What was the last book you read?
"7th Heaven" by James Patterson

What book are you reading now?
I'm not, but I could start "Friday Night Knitting Club" if I joined my church's reading group

What is your most treasured possession?
A special knick-knack from each of my grandfathers that have passed away, and a pair of gold earrings from my grandmother that passed away.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
John - duh?!

What are your most marked characteristics?
Hard working, sense of humor, reliable, low self esteem

What are the traits you most deplore in yourself?
Low self esteem and shyness

What are the traits you most dislike in others?
Lying, being judgemental, and condescension

When and where were you happiest?
Probably my last two years of college... greatest time of my life - if only I'd appreciated it as much then as I do now.

What are your drugs of choice?
I guess sugar and flour... because I can't say caffeine anymore...

What is your favorite journey?
I guess marriage - because we haven't started the journey through parenthood yet.

What are your greatest extravagances?
Getting my nails done, and eating out

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My weight

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I don't think any are bad... maybe tactfulness or assertiveness - if they are to the excess.

On what occasion do you lie?
When I don't want to hurt some one's feelings (I know - it's no excuse!)

What is your greatest regret?
Not getting my teacher certification in college and not having weight loss surgery sooner (like when our insurance covered it!)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Seriously? (I don't know of any others...)

What is your favorite swear word?
I try my best not to use them

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My weight - but since I've used that before... my ability to start and keep up with healthy habits like reading my Bible daily, exercising, drinking all my water, and eating better.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Have children already...

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
I don't know - I don't feel like I've achieved much at this point - or nothing completed enough to call it an achievement, but I'm working on a good weight loss achievement... one more pound and I'll have lost 75 pounds in 7 months.

What would you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
Being trapped in a body with Alzheimer's or being paralyzed

Where would you like to live?
If we stayed in Texas - College Station, but if we moved outside of Texas - I'd say somewhere with a nice fairly even climate... maybe with a little bit more of a winter - like say a couple of snow days once in a while.

What are the qualities you most admire in a man?
Humor, intelligence, integrity, honesty, and loyalty

What are the qualities you most admire in a woman?
Sincerity, trustworthiness, dependability, and loyalty

What is it you most dislike?
Lying and meanness

What living person do you most despise?
That's really not a Christian way of looking at people, but there are a couple of politicians - but I'm not saying on which side... those who know me really well know that answer.

What is your biggest everyday pet peeve?
Bad parenting... or really - taking your kids shopping with you, but ignoring their bad behavior in the process.

What do you value most in your friends?
Trustworthiness and loyalty

How would you like to die?
Old, happy, and loved - oh and in my sleep would be nice.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A philanthropist

Who have been the greatest influences on you?
My family and a few close friends

What is your motto?
I'm trying the "What Would Jesus Do?" motto for right now...

What talent would you most like to have?
Singing, painting, drawing, sculpting, and a GREAT metabolism?!

Whew - this was a long one... I hope that you learned at least one new thing about me in this process. I had a hard time answering some of them, and probably could come up with better answers if I didn't have this wicked pain in my side... I had stopped taking the pain pills and haven't had one since Friday morning - but we might be reconsidering that tonight when I go to bed.