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).

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Share Your World Challenge: Books, Jobs, And Stuff

What are you reading right now?

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It’s a story about a depressed teenager who plans to commit suicide, and he checks himself into the hospital. I’m almost done, and it has been a great read so far. I’ve been working on a story about a teen with mental health issues as well, so it was kinda cool to find this at Goodwill.

What was your first adult job?

Does having a job in college count as an adult job? If so, I was the manager of a video store when I was 20-21. (10/10 do not recommend a full-time job, taking 18 credit hours, and starting a new relationship at the same time.) If we’re talking adult job as in first job out of college, then that was being an English teacher.

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Being a grown ass adult and all, my favorite cereal is Captain Crunch Oops All Berries.

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.

I had lots to appreciate this past week (and will save most of it for an upcoming post), but one thing I definitely appreciated was getting out of town for the weekend and going to the beach.

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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 28

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

No. With my older cars, I’d always fill up as soon as the arrow hit the 1/4 full mark. With my last two cars, it tells me when I’m at 5 percent on my gas and that I have so many miles left before I run out, so I just go by that, and so far it hasn’t failed me (knock on wood).

Which are better: black or green olives?

Green olives are da bomb. I’ve never (and will never) put a black olive in my mouth because I’m certain they’re terrible.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

I’d just get lost wherever I attempted to explore, so send me on vacation somewhere with clear water, and I’ll sit under an umbrella and explore the island’s popular cocktails.


Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

I always answer something different for this type of question because I don’t have favorite quotes so much as quotes I like that I usually find with a google search of “quotes on ____.” If you asked me in person, I’d blank and then probably say “Just keep swimming” because that’d be the first thing to come to mind. It’s a good quote though, so I’ll use it. Two other quotes I like that quickly come to mind are “There’s no crying in baseball” and “You’re killing me, Smalls.”

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