5Q Friday

It has been awhile since I participated in this blog hop/meme, but I’m getting my days more organized now so I have a little time to jump on this one.

1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?

2. What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?

3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?

5. Does you husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?


1)  What is your go to comfort food or sweet?
Comfort food is Chipotle steak bowl.  That can be when I’m down in the dumps and need to feel sorry for myself, or for celebrating when I am in a great mood.  I love that place and love the steak bowls.  As far as sweets go, chocolate is my thing.  I prefer dark chocolate but hey, when I need that sweetness to sooth things, I don’t get too picky.  Mounds Bars, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with chocolate syrup, Nestle Toll House Chips right out of the bag…any of those will do.

2)  What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?
It isn’t really a place, it is an atmosphere that surrounds me and The Count.  I think when we boil it down, that is the case with anyone that gives it thought.  I’ve been to ‘romantic places’ with someone and there was zero romance felt.  Something about being with Steve is romantic all  on it’s own.  Standing in  the drizzling rain at a festival, walking hand in hand at a flea market or antique mall, touring a WWII Navy ship together, or curled up against his shoulder being feed fresh strawberries by hand, those were all very romantic places.  It is what we feel between us that makes it romantic.

3)  What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?
I love the smell of a fireplace and it is that time of year when that smell is in the air again.  I also enjoy the colors of the leaves and mums, and being able to have the windows open and the air conditioning off.  I do not like the cold weather, but this is a good time of year when it is still warm enough to be outside without being ‘cold’.  Oh and I love the soft inside of a new sweat shirt or hoodie!  I love hoodies and pulling the first new one out last week was awesome.

4)  How would you spend 24 hours alone?
This is easy, I have done it before.  Reading, writing and sleeping.  I  use alone time as down time to recharge my personal batteries.  Sleep being first on the agenda as I am always behind on that.

5)  Does your husband bring you flowers?  Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?
I’m divorced now, but no, my ex was not a bring me flowers type.  Oh he did, a very few times over 22 years, he saw flowers as a complete waste of money because they die.  He preferred to buy me clothes or something that would last.  Usually if he got me flowers it was from a florist where it was cash and carry, wrapped in wax paper.  No pretty arrangement in a vase.  The cheap variety.  Advice for all of you guys out there, that screams to a woman that she has little value to you.  Part of getting flowers is the beauty of the arrangement.  Yes it costs more, but it tells her she is of worth to you.

Now, The Count, he has had flowers sent to me, for no reason other than to let me know he was thinking of me.  He periodically buys me little things that I’ve mentioned thinking were cool when we were out and about too, like the cat basket.  It looks like my cat, Pixel.  She has gold eyes, and it does too. I love those types of little things and flowers, it speaks volumes to me of what is in his heart.

So, yes I am a bring-me-flowers type of girl.  But only if it is not a day when all the other girls are getting them. I don’t want them because it is a special holiday geared to push flower sales, like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day.  Skip those, I boycott those days.  I want flowers out of the blue, it tells me I am special, thought of and loved.


100 Random Facts About Me…

I have had serious writer’s block the past few days. So, I decided to publish my 100 random facts I had been adding to periodically in a draft format, waiting for a day like this.  Before you all think I fell off  the  face of the earth (I’m falling alright but not  there), figured I should post something!

  1. My favorite color is pink, followed closely by purple.
  2. My favorite flower is lavender roses, followed closely by yellow, then pink.
  3. My favorite vegetable is corn.
  4. I am a natural blond but once in a while I sport auburn, or temporary pink sprayed throughout.
  5. Peppermint iced tea, lightly sweetened, is one of my favorite drinks, year  round.
  6. I never had any desire to be a Disney Princess when I grow  up. (note that says WHEN, still haven’t!)
  7. I am terrified of the  dark and sleep with a night light of some kind (an actual night  light,  FeBreze Luminary, laptop screen saver…).
  8. I sleep with a stuffed Teddy Bear (don’t judge).
  9. I am very much afraid of storms.

  10. I am afraid of heights.
  11. I’m also afraid of fire.
  12. I cannot  stand to sit with my back to  the door when out.
  13. I’m not a glass half full person, I see mine as 95% full.
  14. I chew on my bottom lip, it is a habit that I have found impossible to break.
  15. I wear contact lenses for distance and cannot drive without them.
  16. Because of the contacts, I need readers when the contacts are in my eyes.
  17. I REALLY do want a Butt Freckle
  18. My favorite time of the year is Christmas, and the only time of year I like snow and cold.
  19. I have 3 tattoos, and plan to have my whole back done eventually.
  20. I have both ears triple pierced, and my left has a fourth up top.
  21. My nose is pierced and I wear a tiny diamond  nose  ring.
  22. I LOVE to read.
  23. I LOVE to crochet! especially baby blankets and booties. If I make a blanket  for you, then you are very special!
  24. My favorite beer is Mich Ultra, but it gives me migraines no matter  how  many or few I drink, so Bud Select 55 is what I drink.
  25. I love coffee!  Flavored ones even better.
  26. Chocolate is great, dark chocolate is even better (Hershey’s special dark!)
  27. I had a hysterectomy when I was 40 years old, YEAH!
  28. I have had a tummy tuck and the twins enhanced.
  29. I’ve been married twice, both times to fire  fighters.  Never again to that profession!
  30. My favorite job is what I am currently about…childcare and Avon!
  31. I’ve been in roughly 40 of  the  50 states, but  never lived further  than a 5 square mile area of where I am now.
  32. I was born under the sign of the bull, and fit it to the letter!
  33. I started playing Farmville on Facebook,  what was I  thinking???
  34. I love my smart phone.
  35. The first child I gave birth  to I placed  for  adoption.
  36. I hate wearing shoes, prefer socks or bare footed.
  37. I  go through a LOT  of little footie socks because I don’t wear shoes.
  38. Diet Coke is better than Diet Pepsi.
  39. I love rings, and over time will have one for every finger, thumbs included.
  40. I wear a set of wedding bands  I  bought for myself, keeps the flies away so to speak.
  41. I will get married again, one day.   I enjoyed being someone’s only one, and having someone be mine.
  42. I’m a reformed cat hater.
  43. My second  favorite holiday is Halloween.
  44. But I hate haunted houses and scarey movies.
  45. I love watching football – Bengals, Colts, Bearcats and Buckeyes.
  46. I enjoy Bearcat basketball too. (can’t stand Xavier)
  47. I am NOT a fan of the fighting Irish, sorry Notre Dame
  48. I totally hate shopping, a root canal  is more pleasant (they drug you!).
  49. I love scented candles, especially WoodWick candles.
  50. I do NOT like surprises as in parties.  Don’t do it, I’ll be upset.
  51. I boycott Valentine’s Day (Single Awareness Day), even when married/attached. If you want to get me flowers, do it for NO reason, not the pressure of the mass marketing.
  52. I can cook…but I HATE  it so I  don’t do it.
  53. Meat is not murder, it is dinner. Pass the steak sauce,  please.
  54. I do not text and drive.  I  will at a red light but if moving the phone is put down.
  55. I am not currently in a relationship.  Just not sure it’s what I want at this time.
  56. I like putting a pink streak in my hair sometimes just because I can.
  57. I used  to have my nipples, belly and south of the border piereced, and I might consider it again.
  58. At Christmas time I LOVE UDF (United Dairy Farmer) Eggnog shakes!
  59. I have a tough exterior but get my feelings  hurt very easily.
  60. I rarely let anyone see me cry.
  61. I miss grandpa Fred very much, even after 14 years.  Sometimes when my life is over whelming or I need to think, I go sit by his grave and talk to him.
  62. UDF Homemade Brand Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, with chocolate syrup drizzled on it and walnuts is the ultimate PMS food.
  63. I read my bible, often, and find much comfort and guidance in it’s pages.
  64. I feel like an outsider in the lives of my kids, and like I miss out on so much.  I still struggle  with bitterness toward the ex for that but try to focus on forgiveness.
  65. Currently I have 3 blogs, each with a different audience and purpose. Thinking of combining 2 of them.
  66. Yes, I play Angry Birds on my phone, and it annoys me, I am beginning to really hate snickering little pigs.
  67. While those looking from the outside see me as outgoing, I’m painfully shy and hate situations where I don’t know anyone.
  68. I am directionally challenged, I get lost even with GPS.
  69. Sometimes I think I should have gone into marketing, I seem to ‘pimp’ things very well.
  70. I am torn about returning to school to finish my degree, not sure I want  to be an interpreter but wish I knew American Sign  Language better. Thinking returning just for the language parts
  71. I totally support concealed carry and gun ownership.
  72. Gun control = taking very careful aim so you don’t miss.
  73. I always vote.
  74. I never vote party lines.
  75. I try to donate blood regularly.
  76. I am an organ donor, take it all if it can help someone else.
  77. I am a procrastinator and do my best work in the 11th hour.
  78. I couldn’t care less if Carson Palmer never plays again.  He signed a contract and should stick to it.
  79. Very rarely am I ever seen outside without my face on, too self  conscious.
  80. I used to smoke, quit when my son was 2years old (26 years ago!) cold turkey.
  81. When I am least huggable is when I need a hug the most!
  82. Fleece blankets right from the dryer  when I am cold are just amazing!
  83. Nutella on 12 grain toast is a great breakfast or snack.
  84. If you hurt my feelings I am quick to forgive.
  85. If you hurt someone I love, I will become your worst enemy and nightmare.
  86. I like my bedroom to be cold when I am sleeping.
  87. When I need one, nothing beats curling up on the bed and taking an afternoon nap. Even better with someone wrapped around me.
  88. Fountain soda pop is by far the best way to drink pop of any kind.
  89. Microwave popcorn is snack crack to me.
  90. Sometimes kisses really DO make boo boos feel better (especially the ones of the heart)
  91. Hugs for no reason are the best kind.
  92. Actions do speak louder than words, but sometimes I just need to hear the words.
  93. I get a flu shot every year, and never get the flu when I do!
  94. If I find Toll House Chips in the pantry, I will open them and just eat them right  from the bag.
  95. I would far rather be hurt by the truth than by catching someone in a lie.
  96. Sometimes I like to do dishes by hand, the hottest water while wearing rubber gloves helps the arthritis in my hands.
  97. Sometimes I just want to sleep in until I wake up and feel like getting out of bed.
  98. I have an addiction to jammies, I will buy every cute (not sexy) pair that I can afford.
  99. I like to color and blow  bubbles, it’s just FUN.
  100. I color outside the lines sometimes, because it is how I like to live my life.