Share Your World — Week of March 19

What is your earliest memory?

One of my earliest memories is sitting on a stool watching my grandmother make a cake. I got to lick the beaters. Salmonella be damned — licking the beaters and the bowl is the best thing EVER. Especially for vanilla pound cakes.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Under, of course — that helps with tearing. Only heathens put it over.

What makes you feel grounded?

Hmm…that’s a question that I don’t have an answer for. I’m sure there’s something, but I’m blanking right now.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

The work in my house is finished! Except for a little touch up paint, the bathroom is done. My kitchen cabinets have been sanded, painted, and hung. No more people coming to my house.

My kids made me smile a ton. There’s no end to their antics, many of which are hilarious (even if I have to smile in secret so as not to encourage them).

The Share Your World Challenge is hosted by Cee’s Photography Blog.

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Share Your World: March, 20, 2017

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How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Probably 35 since that’s about how old I look. (I’m 33.) But if I’m going on how I physically feel at times, I could be a senior citizen, or if I’m going off how mature I can be, then it’s more like 12. If I take the average of those ages, then I still come out to about the same age I am now.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

If you had asked me this a few weeks ago, I’d say no, I don’t know. Because I lost it. And then I lost the replacement umbrella. But I bought a replacement replacement umbrella, and it’s in my car now. I probably won’t remember to take it out unless there’s a downpour, but at least I know where it is.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I prefer spending quiet time alone. Sometimes I can decompress around my husband if he’s engrossed in something else and isn’t bugging me, but usually it has to be alone, with no one else in the house, since even if I hide out in my bedroom by myself, there’s always the chance of hearing screams or someone banging on my door.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend to have in common.

Sense of humor, taste in TV shows, and anxiety. The first two apply to my husband and all three apply to my best friend.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

There’s a lot to be grateful for from last week — a fun overnight trip with my family, spending time with my extended family, getting a stronger anti-inflammatory from my rheumatologist without having to go into the office, a quiet, relaxing weekend. This week I’m looking forward to having a fairly laid back week and soccer. Little Man has two games, and I made Baby Girl an adorable shirt to wear. (Tomorrow will be her first of the season since it was so cold the other games.)

Now if I can just keep her from running out on the field and raiding the after-game snacks…

I’m also grateful that the Gamecocks beat Duke last night and made it to the Sweet Sixteen. One of the players on the team is from my hometown, too, so that made it even sweeter.

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Share Your World – Monday, March 13

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Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Nope. I press it just the one time, and then if I’m by myself, I check something on my phone so I can avoid making small talk with anyone else on the elevator.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I like having a general idea of what I’m doing and where I’m going, but I don’t like having every minute planned out, either. It’s nice to be a bit spontaneous and see where it takes you.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Funny, kind, creative, empathetic.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

Oh jeez.That’s a toss-up between the beach and an ocean cruise. On one hand, I can camp out under something (like the pier) by the ocean and enjoy the breeze and water without getting too hot in the sun. There’s a lack of umbrellas and otherwise shady spots on cruises in my experience. However, cruises do take you to nice beaches where there are plenty of umbrellas…hmm.

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Share Your World – February 13, 2017

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Out. I toss and turn a lot, so even when Sam does tuck them in (which he does occasionally when it’s cold to try to keep his fair share of the blankets), they end up out (and all on my side) anyway.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Nope. Some of my friends debated stealing a traffic cone once, but decided against it. We later contemplated stealing a cart from Food Lion, and did go through with it. Being the youngest, I was sent in to buy a carton of eggs (you know what for) and made off with the cart. After driving around the county feeling like hardened criminals, we left the cart at the front doors of a church so the congregation would get a surprise the next morning. #Hardcore

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Not really. I used to be one of those (sort of) extreme couponers, so I’d get several newspapers each week and cut like hell for stuff that I knew I could get cheap or free on good sales (free milk, dirt cheap diapers,free cleaning supplies!), but now I mostly just use coupons when I’m clothes shopping.

Do you have freckles?

Oh yeah, tons of them. Little Man was marveling over how many freckles I have now compared to a picture he saw from about 11 years ago on my honeymoon (and it was a lot even then).

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Share Your World – Week 1

Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

Well, considering that having a bicycle was a bit of a disaster for me, I’ll have to pass on that. I’m pretty sure a unicycle would be equally disastrous. I would love to have a motorcycle, since I think they’re bad ass (thanks, Sons of Anarchy), but Sam has already shot that down with not just a “No,” but a “Hell, no.” That leaves a tricycle. I’m not likely to turn over and break something, even if I do have a drink or two, nor am I likely to die in a high-speed death, so a tricycle it is.

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What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

I’d like to lose 30 pounds. I dropped a little weight last year, so slowly losing some more this year (and the next) would be great.

What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

There was lots of cool stuff, but I think the top highlight would probably be the mental health wish list I posted at the end of 2015 happening. To save you from clicking the link, at the end of 2015 I wanted:

  • The number of nightmares and times I wake up throughout the night with anxiety attacks reduced
  • A decrease in anxiety
  • Less mood swings, especially the ones throughout the day
  • More consistent “normal” feeling
  • Less days where I feel completely depressed.

All of those happened. Some were to smaller degrees than others, but overall there was improvement. Hopefully that’ll continue in 2017 and I haven’t jinxed myself.

Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

A kite! You couldn’t pay me to get into a hot air balloon. No amount of money. I did get in one as a kid at a fair or something (one of those deals where you go up maybe a hundred feet, the balloon is attached to the ground by a rope, and they bring you back down), and I was terrified. Adult me ain’t risking falling out. And I know that everyone says I wouldn’t fall out, but y’all (well, those people) obviously don’t know me that well, because I absolutely would trip over something, defy the laws of physics, and be thrown out to my death. Or the bottom of the basket would give away. I’m totally having a nightmare about this tonight.

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