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50 things

I saw this over at Annie’s blog, so I’m playing along.

Learn 50 things about your friends and let them learn 50 things about you!

1.Do you like cheese? Most kinds, yes.

2. Have you ever smoked? Look!  There’s something shiny!

3. Do you own a gun? No.

4. Do you like listening to Christmas music? Yes, but I get tired of it after a while.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Depends on why I’m seeing the doctor.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? They are nasty, nasty, nasty.

7. Favorite Christmas song for all time? O Holy Night

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? hot cocoa w/ coffee

9. Can you do push ups? a few, yes.

10. Who is your favorite Grey’s Anatomy Character? Christina Yang.

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? my jade bracelet

12. Favorite hobby? reading

13. Do you eat “exotic” foods? not often

14. Do you have A.D.D.? Sometimes I think I do.  🙂

15. What one trait do you hate about yourself? I tend to be impatient

16. Middle Name? Jean

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

“I need to be making truffles right now.”

“Should I bake cookies tonight?”

“My nose is a little bit cold.”

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? Dr Pepper, toll fee, Diet Mt Dew

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Dr Pepper, water, hot cocoa

20. Current worry right now? cannot think of any

21. Current hate? Three minute long voicemail messages.  Just say it already.  There’s no need to repeat it 157 times.

22. Favorite place to be? At home.

23. How will you bring in the New Year? With my kiddos.  Maybe with Chrissie and her kiddos, too.

24. Where would you like to go? Europe

25. Name three people who will complete this? I really don’t know.

26. Do you own flip flops? Certainly!

27. What shirt are you wearing? Gray hoodie with a white long-sleeved t-shirt underneath

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? not at all

29. Can you whistle? Yes.  I’ve taught Dobby how to whistle several things.

30. Favorite color? Green

31. Would you be a pirate? Only if Captain Jack/Johnny Depp was the captain.

32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t sing in the shower

33. Favorite girl’s name? Brittany and Jasmine

34. Favorite boy’s name? Jordan

35. What’s in your pocket right now? cell phone

36. Last thing that made you laugh? co-worker’s impression of “the cat lady”

37. Bed sheets as a child? Yes, I had bed sheets, but I cannot remember the pattern on them.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Very bad sunburn

39. Do you love where you live? Definitely love my house.  Do not love Oklahoma in August and September.  Each year the heat and humidity have me wondering why I live here.

40. How many TV’s do you have in your house? two

41. Who is your loudest friend? I’m not sure.

42. How many dogs do you have? two

43. Does someone have a crush on you? I don’t know.

44. Do you get embarrassed easily? Sometimes

45. What is your favorite book? Shantaram

46. What is your favorite candy? Ferrero Rocher

47. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince theme song? Sadly, yes. My kids watch re-runs of that show and I hear it often.

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? I have no idea.

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? Sleeping

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I wish I’d taken a shower last night so I don’t have to this morning!



I saw this over at Annie’s blog and wanted to play along.

How would you answer these questions about me? (leave your answers in the comment section)

1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. Something I have and YOU want?
4. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
5. Describe me in one word.
6. What was your first impression of me?
7. Do you still think that way about me now?
8. What reminds you of me?
9. If you could give me anything what would it be?
10. How well do you know me?
11. How do you see me in the future?
12. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn’t?
13. Are you going to post this in your blog and see what I say about you?

One word meme

I saw this at Allison’s blog and at Landileigh’s blog a couple of days ago and wanted to give it a go.  If you play along, leave a comment so I can come see your one word answers!

Rules:  Answer the questions with the first word that comes to mind.  Use only one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your significant other? None
3. Your Hair? Curly
4. Your Skin? Freckled
5. Your mother? Friend
6. Your favorite thing? Books
7. Your dream last night? Disturbing
8. Your favorite drink? Tea
9. Your dream/goal? Joyfulness
10. The room you’re in? Den
11. Your ex? S.C.
12. Your fear? Snakes
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here
14. Where were you last night? Home
15. What you’re not? Energetic
16. Muffins? Blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? Camera
18. Where you grew up? Oklahoma
19. The last thing you did? Treats
20. What are you wearing? Clothes
21. Your TV? Loud
22. Your pets? Sleeping
23. Your computer?  On
24. Your life? Busy
25. Your mood? Relaxed
26. Missing someone? Yes
27. Your car? Red
28. Something you’re not wearing? Hat
29. Favorite Store? Aldi
30. Your summer? Hot
31. Like someone? Sure
32. Your favorite color? Green
33. When is the last time you laughed? Tonight
34. Last time you cried? Today
35. Who will respond to this? Dunno
36. Who’s Answers are you anxious to see? All 🙂

Labor pains

I found this meme on  Shannon’s blog, Rocks in my Dryer and thought it would be fun to play along.

How long were your labors?

15 yr old daughter, 36 hours.
13 yr old son,  7 hours
12 yr old daughter, 3 hours.

How did you know you were in labor?

15 yr old, contractions, went to hospital the night before, got sent home, went back the next night, she was born the following morning.
13 yr old, contractions.
12 yr old, contractions. When I called the hospital, the nurse advised me to take a bath and wait until the contractions got closer together.  I went straight to the hospital. See question about drugs below and you’ll see why it was a good thing I didn’t listen to that nurse.  🙂

Where did you deliver?

All three were born in hospitals. 15 yr old was born in Dallas, TX.  13 yr old was born in Lynwood, CA (coincidentally, at the same hospital his dad and uncle were born in). 12 yr old was born in Oklahoma City, OK.


15 yr old, epidural. After 24 hours of contractions before being admitted to the hospital, I was so thankful for the epidural that I wanted to hug the anesthesiologist for relieving my pain.

13 yr old, had one injection for pain in IV, but it only made me feel groggy and didn’t help with the pain of contractions a bit. I didn’t opt for another of those when it wore off, since it didn’t work anyway.

12 yr old, no time for epidural.  My water broke right after I changed into my lovely hospital gown and she was born about a minute later.



Who delivered?

Doctors delivered all three.  15 yr old was born at a teaching hospital, so quite a few doctors/residents were in on the delivery.

For 12 yr old, my sister Julie almost had to catch her, but the Dr. ran in the room just in time.

If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog, and leave your link below.

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Children and and Ages of Bloggers

1. Do you worry about your next birthday? Not one bit.

2. Have you ever lied about your age in the recent past? If yes why? No.

3. Have you ever lied about your age when you were young? If yes why?

4. How much older have you been than a person that you were romantically involved with? a year or two

5. How much younger have you been a person that you were romantically involved? 4 years

6. Have you ever been consider a sibling, rather than parent of your child? No

7. If you have had children, did you factor in age when deciding to have a sibling? My children were born very close together. 15 yr old daughter is 20 months older than 13 yr old son.  Son is 13 months older than12 yr old daughter.  At the time I felt like I was crazy, or on the road to insanity at least.  Now I’m happy they’re close in age.  They are good friends with each other and look out for each other.

8. If you have not had children, are you happy with your choice and/or fate? I’m happy that I have my children.

9. Do your siblings have kids? Are you close to them? Their ages? Yes, my 2 sisters have children. Close in distance? Yes, to one sister and her family. My other sister lives south of Dallas – not sure how many miles away that is (I’m in the Oklahoma City area). Ages: Niece 23 (or maybe 24?), Niece 22, Niece 18, Nephew 17, Niece 14, Niece 10, Nephew 10, Nephew 8, Nephew 8, Niece 5, Nephew 5, Niece 3, Nephew 1.

Whew! I’m tired after trying to get all of that straight. I hope I have their ages right!

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Working in the Coalmines

1. What is your job and do you like it? I love my job! I work for a medical billing company.

2. What to you do to unwind after work? Go for a walk after dinner if it’s not 100 degrees (F) outside and/or read a book.

3. Who have you known the longest of your friends? I think that would be Chrissie, since I’ve technically known her for longer than I’ve known Julie.  🙂

4. Who do you go to for advice? Mom or Dad

5. Not counting your current relationship, how many times have you been in love? No current relationship.  Answer:  Once (ex-husband).

6. What is you favorite snack food? Tortilla chips with salsa and avocado

7. What is the best meal you ate this week?  I cannot remember.  I guess that means everything was boring.  Fun, huh?

8. What to you is the most important factor in romantic attraction? Friendship.

9. What do you think is your worst habit?  Procrastination (things without deadlines tend to get pushed to the bottom of the list).

it’s all about me… this time

I got this list of questions in an email from a good friend today and thought I’d share. Want to play along? Answer the questions on your blog and post a link in the comments so I can read all about you.

1. What time did you get-up this morning? 6:00am

2. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Sex and the City

4. What is your favorite TV show? Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on BBC

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? scrambled eggs in a whole wheat tortilla w/ salsa on top

6. What is your middle name? Jean

7. What food do you dislike? hot dogs

8. What is your favorite CD at moment? listen to iPod mostly – songs from upcoming Jonas Brothers album and soundtracks from Wicked and Sweeney Todd

9. What kind of car do you drive? Chevrolet Cobalt

10. Favorite sandwich? theta burger with cheese

11. What characteristic do you despise? condescension

12. Favorite item of clothing? jeans

13. If you could go anywhere in the world, on vacation, where would you go? Europe

14. Favorite brand of clothing? jeans

15. Where would you retire to?  Europe

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? 38 (I’m 38, it wasn’t so great, but it was memorable)

17. Favorite sport to watch? basketball

18. Furthest place you are sending this? world-wide-web

19. Person you expect to send it back first? not sure

20. When is your birthday? Dec. 22

21. Are you a morning person or a night person? morning (if I go to bed on time)

20. What is your shoe size? 9

23. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us? no

24. What did you want to be when you were little? teacher

25. What is your favorite candy? Ferrero Rocher chocolates

26. What is your favorite flower?daffodils

27. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? the week of fall break – taking the kids out of town for a week

28. What is your full name? Natalie Jean

29. What are you listening to right now? J. is getting an infusion set ready and is about to change her pump site

30. What was the last thing you ate? ice

31. Do you wish on stars? only shooting stars

32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Green

33. How is the weather right now? overcast

34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? the guy at DISH network – had trouble with signal

35. Favorite soft drink? Dr Pepper

36. Favorite restaurant? Cheddars

37. Hair color? Brown

38. What was your favorite toy as a child? Snuffles, a white Gund bear

39. Hugs or Kisses? hugs

40. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

41. Coffee or Tea? iced tea

42. The last time you cried? last weekend

43. What is under your bed? probably a sock or two and dust bunnies

44. What did you do last night? went to bed later than I should have

45. What are you afraid of? snakes

46. Salty or Sweet? salty

47. How many keys on your key ring? 6 – 1 for car, 1 for work, 4 for house/shed

48. How many years at your current job? almost 5 (end of September)

49. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

50. How many towns have you lived in? 13

51. How many siblings do you have? 2

52. What was your attention/energy/time/thought mostly directed to today? co-worker’s last day

53. Now or later? Later

54. Are both your parents alive? Yes

55. Radio or TV? TV

56. If you were to unexpectedly pass tomorrow, what would be your greatest regret? to not have seen my children become adults

57. Mountains, beach, or plains? beach

58. Something that makes you smile? Smokey and Sophie

59. What do you do to ‘treat’ yourself? nap

60. What would the title and subtitle of a book about you be? Surviving Mr. Hot Pants