Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TZ Sent an interview, too! Woo Hoo!

The only rules are that you have to link back to the original post and you have to put these rules in your post:
"Want to be part of it? Follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions."

** Does anyone (CRC, Maybe?) have the link to the "Original Post"? I didn't get it attached via hyperlink when I received my questions in my e-mail. I'd like to add it if I can. **

Here are the questions that TZ sent to me. Very Good! You made me think all afternoon on some of these ones! Sometimes we don't even really know the answers ourselves--LOL.

1.I, myself, struggle with eating right, what do you find the hardest, the easiest and what do you have in place to help you succeed?
I find that being single, with no kids at home (for the most part) makes dinner times the hardest. It is too easy to just go to a drive thru instead of preparing a "meal for one". I counteract this by trying to have home made dinners in the freezer in single serving sizes. Just thaw then bake (or even pop 'em in frozen- just add longer cook time).
The easiest? Hmm... drinking water instead of sodas. Sure, I have my slips and drink a soda on occasion, but not like I used to. I don't really have anything in place to help my success, but Joe helps keep me going in the right direction--usually! Other than that, I guess just how I look in the mirror is my motivation, as well as health concerns.

2. Having kids who are older, what is the best advice you can give those of us who haven't hit the teen years yet, about parenting a teen?
My best advice would be to remember what it was like when you were a teen. Remember how much fun it was, what ticked YOU off back then, and try to spin that around into adult thinking. Really listening to what your kids say, asking about their friends without being pushy or judgemental, and letting them become their own person by giving them a little room to spread their wings are good, too. Relate your own stories of your teen years, the more embarrassing the better. If they realize you really DO understand what "they are going through" they will stay pretty open with you. Good communication is always the key to good relationships... even teen- parent ones. Expect angst and sullenness, as that is just what teens do. Don't over react, but if you do, don't be afraid to apologize.

3 You had a post about wanting to experience a nudist colony before you die (fun peek into who you are by the way), name a couple of other things you would like to accomplish before you die and why.
**Clarification on "nudist colony"-- they prefer to be called "Naturalists" and colonies, camps, and many beaches have been re-named "private venues" or "resorts"** Just a little FYI!
1.) I would love to travel to all 50 states, staying in small towns along the way. I would compile a photo journal of my travels, too. Why? Because I long to see more of America, learn more about other Americans, and I love to travel!
2.) I would also like to travel to Europe, most notably the Celtic regions because of the history and beauty of the area. I am English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh by heritage, and would like to see those regions of my ancestors. BUT, if I got the chance to get that far, I would have to go to Spain, France, and Italy too! If time was unlimited, I would travel to see as much as I could from Russia to the Mediterranean!
3.) I would like to purchase at least one Brand New Car. All of mine, so far, have been used. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but I would like to have the chance to break in and enjoy my very own vehicle.

4. What is the 'thing' that defines who you are, the thing that if anyone said this -- characteristic, color, object, whatever -- others would think of you?
I would be: color- Cobalt Blue with Sparklies (nuff said)
characteristic- Realist (I'm not over pessimistic or optimistic)
object- Snowflake (at first meeting, a bit cold or frosty, but with a closer look very unique with a hidden beauty).

5. What is your favorite room in the house and why. What would you do to change it, if anything?
This changes by the day... lol! With just Krystle and me in the house, and we each have different "home hours" it is as if I live by myself most of the time. SO, if it is sunny outside I like to be in my living room because it fills with light and I have crystals hanging in the windows so there are rainbows everywhere. IF it is my day off and it is cold outside, I like to be in the kitchen baking or cooking; filling the house with warm smells. IF anyone else is in the house (daughters, etc) I tend to stay in my bedroom. I have a small TV/DVD player attached to a Nintendo 64 in there, as well as most of my yarn or sewing projects, and my bookcase filled to overflowing with books (read and not-yet-read)... and the electric blanket! When I am not feeling well I tend to stay in my bedroom, too.
If I could change anything...I would give myself a larger kitchen. I live in a mobile so none of the rooms are very large, but a larger kitchen would be awesome!

Now it is up to all of you readers out there! If you want to be interviewed, you have to let me know in the comments section. Remember, I get to pick the 5 questions! :-)


tz said...

1. original link is the link to the blog of the person interviewing you...
2. oh my gosh, colbat my fave color too....and people also find me a bit cold at first too...but i'm just shy.
3. and celtics, i'm so drawn to their culture, don't know why, not a lick of irish in me...we did go to spain a couple years ago (if you go to oct 2006 on my blog you can see pics) and we were in northern spain, where surprisingly there are quite a few celtic ruins...i do so hope that you get to spend some time doing the trips you's so amazing.

4. it! bad me, and I so usually like to be politicaly correct too:D

Chief Rock Chef said...

Great stuff! Especially good advice regarding teens!

We still have a Nintendo 64! Mario 64 has to be one of the best games ever - plus Mariocart, but we have that on the Wii now...

You can interview me, if you like!

Michele said...

TZ- I wonder if the cold (but only because we are shy)way we are is a Gemini trait? Hmmm?
AND, why try to be so politically correct? It is Soooo stifling to the creative mind!! LOL

CRC- Oh how I long for a Wii! We have an X-box connected to the main TV as well as my Nintendo-64. Krystle has another X-box in her room that she got for Christmas a few years back. I'm not a huge gamer, but it is a good time waster!

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Anonymous said...

Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!