Sunday, August 3, 2008

Know & Tell Friday ~ The Sunday Afternoon Version!

Heather is so funny! You have to read what she said about me and my Nancy Drew instincts. But here's the real deal. You might have noticed an absence in blogging. A really, really long one. From a big talker no less. I'm going to post details about it later, but let's just say a 42 year old husband and wife pulling an all-nighter packing, and still not getting done, is not a pretty sight! Blogging took a back seat, or else I might not have had a spouse anymore.

What I really wanted to do last week was send Heather and Reese a message and ask them to skip Know & Tell Friday because I didn't want to miss it, or at least not have good questions. Selfish of me, I know. So when I started reading Heather's post about forgetting it was Friday, I thought my subliminal message got through and there were not going to be any questions this week. Nancy Drew instincts succeeded in a round-about way again! But alas, I was wrong. Heather and Reese opted for random again. And since the questions look so fun I don't want to miss out playing, so I'm going to answer them even though it's past Friday.

1. Which is worse: speaking to a large crowd or working under an impossible deadline?

I just got done working under an impossible deadline, which I didn't even realize was going to be one, and it was pretty bad. I just kept thinking, "It will all be over by Saturday."

I don't mind speaking to a large crowd. When I was younger that was another story. I did anything I could to get out of doing oral book reports or speeches. When I was a freshman in college I actually took one semester of French just so I wouldn't have to take a speech class. French with an Arkansas twang isn't really very pretty.

Now to keep this story short, I transferred between my junior and senior years "across the ravine" to complete my degree at another college because I felt that the accounting program was better and I would be more prepared to take the CPA exam. Our professors started a new group called the Accounting Society, and when we were having the first meeting to elect officers, my classmates elected me president. They related braininess with ability to speak well in front of a group. After the first meeting, something changed and from then on out I was fine. Since then in my first job I had to make presentations monthly to the budget committee and full board of about 40 people, I was VBS director at my church in Illinois and was regularly in front of 300 or more people, and at that church I also served as financial secretary and had to speak at least monthly to the church. It's a good thing I guess that my classmates did what they did, or I would have been in a pickle.

2. Could you work with your best friend?

I could, but they probably wouldn't want to be my best friend anymore. I'm one of those people that goes ninety to nothing and have a tendency to expect other people to do the same thing. I know that's a fault of mine and I try to control it, but it still seems to seep out when I'm not watching.

3. Do you eat seafood?

Yes, I eat seafood. My favorite is probably fried shrimp. I accidentally ate fried squid when I was on a youth handbell trip and our chaperone ordered us fried calamari rings and we ate them before he told us what they were. I also like fried clams, crab legs, and shrimp scampi. And also fried catfish because that's an Arkansas delicacy!

But I can't end this question without mentioning the fried alligator at Ralph & Kacoo's in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I don't know if it qualifies as seafood, but it sure was yummy. Never ate those crawfish though. They were too close to the bug family.

4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?

Green peas. They hit my gag reflex, and you can figure out the rest.

5. Which would make you feel more appreciated by your DH/SO: bringing home flowers, doing a chore without being asked, or asking you on a "date?"

This answer would have been different at different points of my married life. Right now, it would be bringing home flowers, daisies or gerbera daisies to be exact. For years I told Hubby I didn't like flowers on anniversaries and holidays because they were a waste of money and died, but that was when I just got roses or something like that. I could get daisies for the rest of my life and never think that was a waste.

6. What is something fun you are going to do today?

Well, if I had answered this Friday, I would have said nothing. And if I answered this today (Sunday) I'll answer it after the fact since I already did it. I went out and took pictures of the progress on our house. Since I can't find my digital camera (it got thrown in a box last minute and is somewhere in our apartment garage right now), I had to use my regular camera so I can't post the pictures until I get them developed. I can't wait to post them though!!!

7. What qualities do you look for in a other words, what causes you to really "click" with someone?

What causes me to really click with someone is probably a good sense of humor. I also look for someone who is trustworthy. I don't really like people who act one way to some people and one way to other people. I'm fairly transparent and "real" and I like people who I chose to be friends with to be the same way.

It's a little late for me to encourage anyway to participate, but go enjoy other people's answers at Kickin' It In Crazyville. And look for my posthumous Anti-Charlotte update soon since I didn't have time to post it in my sleep-deprived state.

1 comment:

Heather and Reese said...

I too used to be really afraid to speak to a crowd, but now I think it would be okay. The largest crowd I currently speak to is when all my kids are together with the neighbor kids and I call out "snack time!"

I ate alligator in Florida. Tim ordered it as an appetizer and tried to convince the kids to eat it by saying, "Look, Mommy's eating it!" Which I wasn't. So I did one of those quick chew, swallow-it-practically-whole things. It was chewy.

If crawfish qualifies as bugs, so do shrimp. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it! Anyway, have you ever seen people eat crawfish? Geez Louise. We met a couple from Louisiana when we were stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi; they even sucked the brains out. Gives me the heebie jeebies just to think about.

I agree that friends should be real. It's the only foundation to build friendship on.

Thanks for playing, and we don't even care if it's done on Sunday instead of Friday! Bless you!


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