Here’s a meme I got from over at Karen’s:
1. What did you do over the weekend? No detail is too small. This is your journal, so tell us about the mundane tasks in your life.
On Saturday, I slept in. Can’t believe that the puppy let us sleep in! Then I spent several hours playing an online strategy game called Travian (which is free, btw). Then, noticing daylight was escaping, CP and I got out the Christmas decorations and lights, with the intention of putting up the lights. Not so wise at 3:45pm! We also dug out a couple other boxes and condensed things, set up my G4 on my desk, loaded up the truck with the rest of my tack to go out to the barn and moved enough boxes around in the garage (which is stuffed!) that I felt like I moved my whole house. We then vegged the rest of the evening in boredom as nothing was on tv. Oh! I was watching ebay like a hawk for about an hour and a half as I was bidding on a Likit Tongue Twister for Casey. (I won for a bid of $13.05!) We did enjoy a very nice organic Gewurtztrammer from Snoqualmie called “Naked”.
On Sunday, again I slept in. CP got up with the dogs and I eventually found him stretched out on the couch watching soccer. He made coffee and I surfed the net until coming to read blogs. Then I started working on this meme while he checked the Christmas lights. It started raining, so there was no chance the lights would go up. Instead, we went out and played with Casey at the barn. I had made some horse treats that we tried out on him and I worked him a little. He loved the treats and is so out of shape! We also moved the rest of my tack out to the barn. So now the house doesn’t look like the inside of a tack store! On the drive back, we debated what sort of training he’s had in the past and if he’s a HUS horse or WP. We made a quick-ish stop at the store on our way home and picked up some necessities. Came home, made dinner and then mainly vegged on the couch watching the USA House marathon and then Tristan and Isolde before we headed off to bed.
2. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d _________.
If it weren’t for my blog, I’d probably only have blogs to read.
3. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you.
I hate the phrase “because I said so“. I heard that so much as a child that I really try not to say it to my children. I hated hearing that as a child! Hated it! It doesn’t explain anything. I didn’t understand any better. So, I always try to give them a reason why I want them to do something so they can gain an understanding of why it should be done or why I want it done or why it’s the right thing to do. I can’t remember the last time I used that phrase. I know I have used it when the kids kept asking “why?” out of silliness or complaint. Eventually I reach the end of my tether and I will say it.
However, I have a grumble. I don’t think I should have to ask for basic consideration and common courtesy. I’m finding that more and more people don’t offer it themselves but expect it to be given to them. It frustrates me. How can we teach our children to be polite, kind and courteous if we don’t lead by example? Whatever happened to the Golden Rule?
4. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received? Tell us the story behind it. Now tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient?
The worst gift I’ve ever received is a story I’ve already told. However, I will tell you about the second worst gift I’ve received.
I was involved with a man for a couple years in Alaska. At first, he gave great, thoughtful gifts. When it became serious and I moved in with him, the gifts became always the same. I admit I’m a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. For Christmas that first year, he gave me Season 1 of Buffy. For my birthday a couple days later, I received Season 2. For Mother’s Day the next year, I received Angel, Season 1. Again came Christmas and again I received either a season of Buffy or a season of Angel. Absolutely no thought put into a gift for me, period. Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last much past that second Christmas.
As for the worst gift I’ve ever given? Well, a couple years ago I gave a friend of mine a subscription to Fitness Magazine. My friend was working out and getting healthy. I, myself, love the magazine and they offer positive support to women with all body shapes and sizes. Apparently my friend didn’t open the gift card the publisher mailed to her. Several months later while at my friend’s house, she complained about getting the magazine and being insulted by it. Ooops!