I got this meme from over at Karen’s. Why don’t you play along?
1. What book is on your nightstand right now? What was the last book you read? How many books do you think you read in 2008?
ATM, I have The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky on my nightstand. Or is it near the tub? Yes, I read in the tub and I am careful with my books. The book I read before that was Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs by Amy Ammen. I was looking for some new ideas for Copper.
I’ve probably read about 35 books in 2008. That’s a ballpark guesstimate. I’m going to try to push that number up this year.
2. Name three blogfriends that have inspired you. Now please tell us how these blogfriends have inspired you.
1. Mugwump from Mugwump Chronicles for giving me so many “ah-ha!” moments and confirming that I wasn’t crazy on some of my philosophies with the VTA. Janet inspires me to think about things and come to my own conclusions and not just be a sheeple. Thanks Mugs!
2. Stephanie over at The School of Life with Horses for being that comment one day out of the blue that kept me writing. Steph is also very positive and motivating!
3. Cathy at It’s a Really Long Way Down for letting people know it’s ok to be a bit of a scaredy-cat and work through your hang-ups with riding.
Now, I get inspiration from all the blogs I read. And, I read new posts for all the blogs on my blogroll daily. I love the blogs on my blogroll!
3. How far do you live from the place where you grew up as a kid? Tell us about the place you grew up – would you choose to go back there and raise your own family (if you have one)? Why or why not?
I live approximately 157 miles from where I grew up. While I can’t complain about my childhood, I don’t care to live in that town again. It seems that every time I’ve moved away as an adult, I always end up going back. I live in Oregon now, and I think I’ll stay here, thanks! Washington contains some unhappy memories for me and it’s too close to my family and The Marine’s family for me to maintain autonomy and sanity. If I’m not happy there, my kids would know it and it would affect them, which I don’t want. Besides, the last time I had to move back (due to a work transfer), they had put a ton of roundabouts in everywhere making it crazy to get around or find where you’re going. Now, why would I want to live in a town re-designed by evil, crazy monkeys? Who knows what they teach to children in that town?
4. Finish this line: Absence makes the heart……
(please do not say “grow fonder”.) How long do you think is ‘too long’ to be away from your loved ones?
Absense makes the heart calmer and more peaceful. Too much togetherness is a bad thing. Everybody needs to have the ability to have some “Me” time and alone time. Consider it a time to reflect and reset.
I spent the first year of marriage living on my own when The Marine was stationed in Okinawa. I was only 19 at the time. At first, it was difficult, but as time went on, it became easy to have him at a distance. Then, once he was stationed stateside again, the difficulty was in having him under foot and around more. We had to learn to cohabitate. Lucky for me, he still had to spend at least 3 days a month out in the field so I could have some space.
Now, with the Corporate Prince, we’ve not been apart more than 2 weeks. Usually, if he’s having to travel, it’s just 4-5 days. I think that’s about the right length of time for us as we tend to appreciate the other more when we’re together again. Luckily, his trips don’t happen often.
I realize this was an answer but not an answer. I don’t think there’s a set amount of togetherness and time apart that’s right for every couple. Each couple will have to determine their needs themselves and find what works.