Sunday, August 3, 2014

Answer Me This, Vol. 14 - Quotable Summer

Welcome to Answer Me This! The Q&A style linkup hosted by Kendra over at Catholic All Year which is super fun and easier than coming up with my own content. It's also known as the internet's favorite virtual cocktail party! (in my opinion, at least)

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?
I really don't like the radio because very rarely is there every anything good on, so I find myself constantly flipping through my pre-sets. So generally I listen to mix CDs (my car is one of those that came out just before iPod connectivity to car stereos became the norm).

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?
Window seat. I like being able to look out. I don't necessarily need to be able to get up and stretch my legs or use the lavatory on airplanes (unless it's a trans-Atlantic flight because any more than 6 hours on a plane is just too long to stay seated). Plus, window seat gets to lean against the side of the plane to sleep.

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?
I usually fall asleep with my head on the far right side of my bed and my toes pointing at the bottom left corner, on my side, almost on my stomach. (I can't sleep all the way on my stomach because that's just too uncomfy.) I wake up on my other side on the other side of the bed, because my alarm goes off, I roll over to turn it off, and stay put because sleepy. And somehow my little cat wedges himself behind my knees at some point after I've rolled over in my sleep and takes up more than half the bed in that position. But I generally take up the whole bed to start with and then flip during the night. According to this handy Doghouse Diaries Infographic, I'm a combo of The Side-Sleeper and The Fortress Sleeper, because I also really like having a zillion pillows surrounding me.

(*Dear Future Husband: A thousand apologies, but it is going to take me a looooooong time to get used to sharing, since I can currently pick up and move my current bedmate, the cat. Sorry in advance for being difficult!*)

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair or parade?
Ummm..... the zoo and the circus were both when my sisters were little, so probably (at least) 10 years ago. A carnival? Probably 3 years ago when I went to our parish festival/fiesta thing for an hour because I was supposed to make an appearance. County fair? It's been about 8 or 9 years. But I attend my hometown Western Days' Parade every October. I've missed it twice in something like 15 years (probably more) and there were extenuating circumstances including a scheduling conflict.

found on Etsy
It looks like I'm really not a fun person, but I generally don't like that kind of stuff. Too many people.

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?
I looooooooove me some quotes!

That was basically my mantra while I was in college. I was blessed with some really good friends while I was there who reminded me regularly that it wasn't over until everything was right. I'd forgotten all about it until I started writing this post.

This one is so, so true and so hard to remember. I may print out this graphic (I made it on PicMonkey all my myself!) and set it as a screensaver on my glasses for the times when my uncle is really annoying....

My mother and I say this quite often, because it seems like something always, always, always goes wrong on family vacations. Always. SO we call it an adventure and carry on. It's especially important when you miss your train, or your hotel room has been double booked, or you lose your keys, or the baby has decided to have a major tantrum right in the middle of an already bad situation.  Call it an adventure and make it so.

Also, this one. Shine on, snowflake. Shine on.

6. What's the best thing about summer? 
The heat, the fresh fruit, and the long, lazy evenings that last for hours.

Soaking up every moment of these gorgeous summer nights

I used to love summer because it meant getting a break, an easier schedule, going on trips, extra money in my pocket, swimming by the pool and being outside all the time, seeing friends I hadn't seen for months... But in the last 3 years all of that has changed. I work in an office full-time - no Christmas or summer breaks - and summer is spent inside instead of poolside. I'll go out of town with the family maybe once, but they'll leave me behind multiple times to go to the lake or take my sisters to girl scout camp or something else. I'm trying to remember that this is a temporary season of my life and that someday - sooner than I think - I'll be able to take the time off and do the things that refresh and relax me. It just isn't today or this week or this summer.

So that's it for this round of Answer Me This! If you have a blog, answer the questions and link up with us over at Kendra's in this post. Don't have a blog but still want to play? That's okay because this whole thing is made up and the posts don't matter - leave your answers in the comments either at Kendra's post or right here! I'd love to hear from you.


*Author's Note: The "Answer me This" logo image belongs to Kendra Tierney over at Catholic All Year. The first two images in the "favorite quotes" part of this post are my property - if you wish to use them, please ask. The rest of the images in this post belong to very talented, hard-to-track-down artists on the internet. I have given credit as best as I could where I was able, thank you for not suing.*

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