Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hello There!

Well, it's not Monday...it's Tuesday (yesterday was one of those "recover from the weekend and rest a little bit, and then get ready to get busy all over again" sort of days, so I didn't post like I wanted to)...and since I often like to make my Tuesdays sorta random on this little ole blog, I decided to "steal" this pretty random questionnaire from Pam (one of my very favorite bloggers; Hey Pam!). If you want to join in the Random Tuesday fun, post this on your own blog (let us know in the comment section that you're doing it, so we can go visit you and give you some love!).

41 Really Random Questions and Answers about Me...

1. Do you like bleu cheese?
Not so much. Give me feta please (I can seriously sit there and eat an entire tub of feta. Yum!)

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
Nope. (Tried them once in college and it made me pretty sick.)

3. Do you own a gun?
No. And, in fact, I'm a pretty strong proponent of gun control. Which, of course, makes for all sorts of interesting conversations with my conservative, hunting husband. (Probably the most "loving" thing I ever did for Gary was buy him a shotgun for his birthday one year. I don't like guns, but I know how much he loves to hunt. It was a compromise worth making, and it really made a huge impression on him. I still get kisses for that one!)

4. What flavor Kool Ade was your favorite?
It's always been Tropical Punch.

5. Do you get nervous before Dr.'s appointments?
I'm not a big fan of doctors, but I don't really get nervous. (Having three children pretty much gets you used to shots and needles and all that assorted stuff.)

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
If I'm gonna eat a hot dog, I want a whole bunch of stuff on top of it (onions, chili, sneaky pete sauce). But I'd much prefer a cheddarwurst or some polish sausage.

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
Absolutely, "It's a Wonderful Life." Not sure how many times I've seen it (probably 30), but it makes me a bawl like a baby every time. (We have a family tradition of watching it together each Christmas. It has the same reaction on everyone in the family!)

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
I'm not a coffee person--unless it's a frappacino from Starbuck's, and I don't have a handy, dandy Starbucks coffee person in my home in the morning--so my morning drink is usually sweet tea or Diet Dr. Pepper.

9. Can you do push-ups?
I can, but I don't. I'm not really an exercise kind of gal.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
My engagement and wedding rings. My pearl necklace, given to me by my grandmother, is very special too.

11. Favorite hobby?
It's hard to list just one. But some of my favorites are travel, reading, scrapbooking, writing, baking (and eating), blogging, sports.

12. Do you have ADD?
I'm actually a pretty calm person most of the time, although a good football game or a good party can really get me going!

13. What's one trait you don't like about yourself?
I tend to procrastinate a little too much. And I also wish I liked to clean more than I do.

14. Middle name?
Annette. (Although most of my things these days--my checks, my byline used on writing I do--uses my maiden name, Sloan.)

15.Name three thoughts at this exact moment.
"I need to send out some emails to some editors." "I sure would like a Smore right now." "I have a really sweet husband."

16. Current hate?
People who think I should vote for a certain candidate, just because of a "label" they want to put on me. (I don't like to talk politics on this blog, but I may have to let it loose sometime soon! LOL)

17. What's your favorite place?
Anywhere that involves family and/or friends.

18. How did you bring in the last New Year?
Gosh, let me think for a minute. Oh yeah...it was one of the best ever (how could I ever forget?) Gary and I actually went out on a date and had the best time. We had a great restaurant meal and then went to the TranSiberian Orchestra concert.

19. Where would you like to go?
There are SO many places I want to go, but tops on my list is Italy (I want to experience the art, plus the beautiful countryside and the food). I also really want to go to Ireland & Scotland, Australia, and any island (Hawaii would be nice)!

20. Name three other people who will post this.
I hope that a lot of you will!

21. Do you own slippers?

22. What shirt you wearing?
A beige long sleeved, mock turtleneck. (It's actually supposed to get up to 85 today, but for right now there's a little chill in the air.)

23. Do you like sleeping on satin?
Not a big fan of it. It's sorta slippery.

24. Can you whistle?
I am sad to say that I can do it just a little bit. (It's something I've always wanted to do, but have never mastered it.)

25. Would you be a pirate?
I sorta like the idea of traveling to those exotic tropical islands, but I don't really care for the looting and pillaging. Aargh...

26. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Whatever happens to be on my mind--the Bee Gees, some Chris Brown, the Alabama fight song (I'm a diverse gal!).

27. Favorite girl's name?
I guess that would have to be McKenna, Delaney, and Sydney/Scout (although I lobbied for plenty of other names for Sydney, but Gary shot them all down. I'm still very partial to my first choice for her, which was Everly. And I recently came up on this one--Story--and LOVE it. How perfect would that be for me, who just happens to be a reader and a writer? Too bad I'm 40 years old and not having any more!)

28. Favorite boy's name?
McKenna was going to be Luke Austin; Delaney was going to be Dillon; and Sydney was going to be Aidan; so I'll go with any of those. I also like Atticus.

29. What's in your pocket right now?
One receipt from yesterday, and a dime.

30. Last thing that made you laugh?
I DVRed this new show called "The Ex List" and watched it yesterday. It was very clever, so I think I'll try it again this week. But last night, Sydney really got me. She seems to always complain about her softball games and practices ("they're too long"..."I don't want to go tonight"..."I'll play today, but I'm not doing it next time"), but last night I asked her how practice went and she said, "Oh...it was great!" and jumped up to give me a big ole hug. I asked Gary what he did differently, and he couldn't think of anything. The fickleness of four-year-olds!

31. Best bed sheets as a child?
Isn't that sad? I can't remember any particular bed sheets I had as a child. Certainly I had Wonder Woman or Holly Hobby ones, but I don't remember any! (I'll have to ask Mom about that.)

32. Worst injury?
Knock on wood. I have never had a broken bone (well, a broken toe that hurt pretty bad). So, I'm gonna go with the time I had to have hernia surgery (that was some pretty sharp pain up until the surgery), and then the back pain I had over the last month (it's really eased up in the last week or so, but I totally have an appreciation now for people who suffer from back pain. It's bad!).

33. Do you love where you live?
I really do love Alabama. People don't realize how beautiful it is.

34. How many TVs in your house?
Three. One in the den, one in our bedroom, one in the living room that is almost never used.

35. Who is your loudest friend?
You know? I think I'd have to say that I am my loudest friend. When I think about my best friends, I can't think of anyone who laughs louder than me.

36. How many dogs?
None. Gary and the girls would love to have one, but I'm not a big fan of dogs (they tend to lick my face, and I really don't like that). We do have three cats--Socks, Midnight, and Chit Chat Chatter Cat.

37. Does someone have a crush on you?
I hope Gary still does. :-)

38. What is your favorite book?
Sheesh...that's an almost impossible question. But some of my favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Kite Runner, The Sun Also Rises. I could go on and on...

39. What is your favorite candy?
I could go my whole life without eating another candy bar (although I do like Lindor chocolate truffles), but I can't hardly go a day without having something sweet (I'm partial to baked goods...cookies, muffins, pastries, cake. Yummm!).

40. Favorite sports team?
Well...duh! The Alabama Crimson Tide is #1 in my heart!! But I also cheer for the Texas Longhorns in college football and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. I'm a Braves fan, but since we offically sucked this year, I'm cheering for the Tampa Rays in the playoffs (Delaney's a big Red Sox fan, so we'll be at odds in the games starting tomorrow!).

41. What song do you want sung at your funeral?
Well, that's sort of a morbid question to have at the end of this questionnaire. But, let me see...at my memorial service (no funeral for me!), I would want some hymns (my very favorite is "Blessed Assurance"), some contemporary Christian songs ("Beauty of Grace" is my all-time favorite), and some others that would rock the joint ("Spirit in the Sky" and "Jesus Freak" could match the tone, but I'd probably have to put some Van Morrison and Beatles in there too). I tell Gary all the time that my memorial service will be a celebration with lots of music, good food, and laughter. He better stick around to make sure my wishes are carried out!


And now....how about a few pictures from this past weekend, since I didn't get online to post yesterday? I had a Super-de-duper weekend!! On Saturday, I spent the day in Tuscaloosa...staring off by watching my nephew place soccer, then meeting up with my friend Angela. We hung out all day, eating an amazing lunch, then going to the Alabama football game together. Good times!

(I know this is a really goofy picture, with the dude's head and shaker in the way. But you should enlarge it and look at that awesome catch by our rookie phenon, Julio Jones. That guy can pluck passes out of the sky!)


Becky Welch said...

We must be kindred spirits - esp when it comes to sports!! Our family is divided as well with the AL teams!! We shall see!!

Faye said...

Great Meme! I love these since it just lets me get to know you better.I did one very similar...maybe the same one but with some questions changed or eliminated. How fun!

Jenster said...

Wray, I mean way fun post!!! LOL

~gkw said...

I Thought of what may have made Scout happy. She got to ride with me when we had to drag the field. She likes driving the little tractor!


Travis Erwin said...

Great stuff. I might have to do this on my blog in the next week or so.

Ms.L said...

Chit Chat Chatter Cat
Best cat name ever!

And I want what's on that plate,it looks yummy!

Monogram Queen said...

Very interesting answers - I love those things. Never ever get tired of reading them! You learn alot about a perrson because the answers can be different even if done by the same person!

Leah said...

Wow what a post! Lots of fun info!

hippo chick said...

I'm glad you had a day of rest, but I missed you. I loved your answers. I guess I was surprised that you don't drink coffee. My daughter, Gretchen, doesn't and neither does her husband. I think there might be something seriously wrong with them. LOL

Come on over and sign up for my giveaway.

~hippo hugs~

Cheryl Wray said...

Becky---That is so funny! We are a big sports family, so there are bound to be differences sometime! :-)

Faye--I'll have to go check yours out!

Jenster--LOL You're sweet!

G--THAT must have been it!!! (Okay, let her help you drag the field every night!!)

Cheryl Wray said...

Travis--I thought it was a fun one!

Ms. L--Isn't that funny? He was one of three cats and meowed ALL the time. So it was the perfect name for him. And mmmm....that food was Thai Emerald Curry. It was TO DIE FOR!!! Delicious!!!

Queen--I love readings things like that too. It's fun to find out more about people.

Leah--It was fun!

Pam--That's too funny!! Now I love the SMELL of coffee! Gary will get it grinding and brewing and I love the scent, just don't like to drink it (unless it has all that yummy stuff added to it!) :-) (Thanks for the great meme inspiration, btw!)

Phats said...

I love kool aid I still drink it to this day!! :)

CONGRATS Bama!! Your schedule actually doesn't look too bad until LSU you should stay in the mix for sure.

Looks like a fun weekend of pictures, what kind of tailgating did you do? Did you see the UK cheerleaders?p

Andy said...

posting this on my blog. i love everly. beautiful name. i like story too. have you seen lady in the water? the grils name in that movie was story

Gin said...

What fun answers. I love it, and may steal it too. (ha ha)

A great weekend too.

Gretchen said...

Thank you, Cheryl for your sweet encouragement on my blog, and for your patience in awaiting a visit from me. :) I am delighted that I had some time to catch up on blog reading today. Loved your 41 things. My fave kool aid is also Tropical Punch. I'm willing to overlook your lack of coffee in the morning (smile) because at least you drink some diet Dr. Pepper. Oh, how I love the Diet Dr. Pepper... mmm. I'm with you on #10 and whole-heartedly on #16. People cannot be boxed. God has made us all different for a reason. I've never been to Alabama. If I ever get a chance to come, you and me are doin' a MIRL over some spicy food and margs, girlfriend! :)

Auburn Kat said...

I love blue cheese...especially with pizza being dipped in it!

Cheryl Wray said...

Phats--I forgot to say that, yes, we sat there and watched the UK cheerleaders.I told my friend Angela about what you said about them, so we watched them and were pretty much in awe of what they could do. No tailgating, just some good food and wine to get us going before the game.

Andy--I LOVE both of those names. Story just strikes me as incredibly cool (and, no, I've never seen that movie).

Gin--Go ahead and steal it. I'd love to see your answers.

Gretchen--I think we are kindred spirits. You NEED to make it down to Alabama someday!! :-)

Kat--Hmm, never thought of that. Not sure I would like that. LOL

Kimberly said...

Sounds like a great weekend and love the questions...but I can't believe you didn't have your Alabama team colors on in that last pic...he he..ROLL TIDE!

Kathy said...

I always enjoy reading your answers! Great shots from the weekend!

Basting Away said...

I love your comment about funerals! My wife of 15 years passed away from brain cancer and someone told me then that “funerals are for the living”. After that I let everyone know around me at the time that I wanted a memorial party, not a sad funeral with depressing organ music. I wanted Sister Hazel singing “Happy” or Edwin McCain singing “See of This Mountain” and a large screen playing Bama highlights!

Kelly said...

"Chit Chat Chatter Cat"
Love that name... :)

Cheryl Wray said...

Kimberly--It was SORTA Bama colors. More like a magenta instead of a crimson. But I had my Bama earrings on and my shaker for the game! :-)


Basting--So good to see you here! (I went and looked at your blog, but saw that it wasn't updated. Are you blogging anywhere else? I'd love to visit.) So sad to hear about your wife. And I totally agree on the memorial service. That's the way to do it!

Kelly--LOL We like it too!

LZ Blogger said...

Cute answers... great pictures too! ~ jb///

Cheryl said...

I enjoyed the "goofy" Alabama picture. What a great shot! My son was at that game also! Hope ya'll had a great day!


Hey Girl.. great post! I loved learning about you. I had to come back in between homework 3 times to rea it all!!
Whew...Baking?...oh I wish I could do that!
The BeeGee's....awesome..I love them.
As for the TransSiberian O...ohhh I would love to go see them.

Awesome pictures too!!

Yvonne said...

Wow...what a great list of questions and as always I love the pictures.

Misty Busic said...

Loved your answers! We have some things in common. My fav. Christmas movie is "Its a Wonderful Life" also. Mark and I go every year to the Alabama Theater to see it. (He hates it) But he knows I have a crush on Jimmy Stewart, always have, always will! My bed sheets when I was little were Oakland Raider sheets. I loved them! I cannot sleep on satin sheets. I can only sleep on sheets that have at least 500 thread count. (I guess that makes me a diva) haha. Oh and the song at my funeral- "Another One Bites the Dust", by Queen. Kidding, I like "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill. Hope your having a great day!