1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?
Well, this morning I procrastinated in getting my workout in. Now, before you all utter a collective gasp allow me to explain. Dean had a doctor’s appointment at 7am. Knowing him as I do, I figured he’d probably pop back home for a few minutes to tell me what the doc had said before heading out to work. Therefore, if I started my workout right after he left, I’d only get about 30 minutes into it before I’d have to stop. Because as most of you know, I DO NOT WORKOUT IN FRONT OF DEAN. Period. It’s just one of my many quirks. :) (And yes, he DID come back home, even earlier than I’d anticipated! So it was a good thing I waited, see?)
2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
It really doesn’t take me long at all! Generally speaking, once my head hits the pillow—I’m out. :) Unless Dean’s got the TV on. Then I fidget and flop until he turns the stupid thing off. I have to have *silence* to sleep, folks. That’s just the way I am. (Hee hee) As for sleeping through the night, yes. I do that quite well. Unless I hear a kid or a dog throwing up. But that doesn’t happen too often. :)
3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?
I really, really, really love those old-fashioned gowns from the Victorian era! (Ahh…be still, my heart.) Not that I’d want to stuff myself into one for too long, but perhaps for a costume party or something. That would be so neat! (Although I doubt I’d care for the whole corset thing…ugh.) I also love the 40’s and 50’s. Classy, elegant, chic. Of course, you wouldn’t know it by my jeans and sweaters… :)
4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?
Umm….I guess I’d have to say lasagna. Enchiladas are always good, too.
5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?
I’m not *too much* of an impulse shopper. I like having a plan of attack when I shop. However, I have been known to buy things that weren’t necessarily on my list (we’d eventually need them, like more toothpaste or something) but were cheap or on sale.
6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?
Eegads! Umm…Well, okay. It sounds selfish but hear me out. I’d wish for my funeral to take place BEFORE my husband’s or any of my children’s. That way I wouldn’t have to suffer and grieve over them. I know that sounds horrible, but I’ve been to too darn many funerals in my life and hate to go through theirs. That would be the worst!
7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
Good question! Well, I’d say for today it looks like a hot cup of chai (which goes for ANY day), a tidy house, and a nice phone conversation this morning with my boss, Rebecca. She’s such a doll! :)
8. What is your favorite type of bread?
I’m partial to Ezekiel bread. And breadsticks from Olive Garden. Actually, put those first…then the Ezekiel! Ha!
9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)
Hmm. Well, I’ve already got the grumpiness down (LOL). At least for one week out of every month. (Ahem) I guess my most feared trait would have to be laziness. It’d be so easy to take things slower…let the housework go, let the school work go, let myself go….I have to fight against that every day.
10. What trait would you like most to develop?
I’d like a “Get ‘er done!” attitude, personally. :) Just jump in—don’t worry about a plan necessarily—don’t over-analyze it all—and simply “get ‘er done!” I’d also like to be more fearless when it comes to difficulties. (Shoot. Did I say that…?)
11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?
Gee…I have no idea. I guess I’d have to say…hmm…I honestly have no idea! :) I mean, I have a corner of the living room that’s “all me” (actually most of the stuff in the living room’s mine—as far as knickknacks are concerned), and it houses my weights and current reads. Maybe a journal and a pen. Does that count??
12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….!!!!! I’m sorry, what was the question? :)
Seriously, I DON’T always maintain a balance. For the most part, I cram as many things into my mornings (after hubby leaves for work and before the kids get up) as possible. For example—
- My workout (cardio on the bike doubles as “church”—I listen to sermons on my iPod)
- Reviews and work for Vala Dancewear
- Planning homeschool lessons for the day (print those out whilst working on correspondence)
- Correspondence (phone calls and emails at the same time—now that’s a trick!)
Then while the kids are eating breakfast, showering and generally getting ready for the day, I—
- Get the housework started and continue working on it in between homeschool lessons (they have chores of their own to complete after school’s over)
- Pay bills/balance the budget
- Check/respond to more emails
Then after school’s done, I run whatever errands I’ve got for the day, figure supper out by 3pm (most days—ahem), and the kids get their chores done. Oh yes. And check the emails. Again. They’re always there waiting. Or so it seems.
Bottom line: I live on less than optimal sleep and do the best I can. And even then, I don’t squeeze it all in, 100% of the time. But I try—oh, how I try! :)