The "T" Meme

I haven’t done an meme in a while, so here’s a fun one! You answer the questions with words starting with the first letter of your first name.

1. Famous Athlete: Tony Stewart
2. 4-letter word: task

3. Street name: Tree Hill (ha! and I’ve never even watched that show!)
4. Color: Taupe

5. Gifts/present: Tea
6. Vehicle: Tahoe
7. Tropical Location: Tahiti
8. College Major: Tourism
9. Dairy Product: Tapioca pudding

10. Things in a Souvenir Shop: T-shirts
11. Boy Name: Thomas
12. Girl Name: Tina
13. Movie Title: Thank You for Smoking (it’s on my netflix queue!)

14. Alcohol: Tequila
15. Occupation: Teacher
16. Flower: tulip
17. Celebrity: Thandie Newton
18. Magazine: Town & Country (which I am now subscribed to by default. I subscribed to Weekend magazine after it’s launch…and apparently subsequent cancellation. So I get Town & Country as my consolation “prize”)
19. U.S. City: Tampa
20. Pro Sports Team: Tennessee Titans
21. Something Found in a kitchen: toast

22. Reason for Being Late: traffic
23. Something You Throw Away: tofu (yuck!)
24. Things You Shout: Thank you!
25. Cartoon Character: Tweety Bird

That was easy. Grab the list and have fun on your blog and let me know so I can come read yours.

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Interesting, since I’m not from the Inland North…and have only visited there a few times…although in the graph, Northeast is not far behind. I love that Philadephia is in a class all to itself!!

Holiday Meme

I saw this on many blogs in bloggityville and had to partake!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? I love hot chocolate any time but do enjoy a glass of nog now and again at the holidays

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa wraps them and puts them under the tree, of course.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I like white inside and colored outside.  But ask Michelle – THEY CANNOT BE MIXED

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I used to

5. When do you put your decorations up? It depends on how bah humbuggy I feel.  This year, I bought and put up a tree on Thanksgiving – my first tree in about four years, I think

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Green bean casserole

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: I think I just always loved waking up and knowing it was FINALLY Christmas…jumping out of bed and running to look at the tree and presents and then getting my parents up.  I always loved opening my stocking too – and I love my stocking.  My aunt made it for me when I was a wee one and it is a great Christmas memory.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t remember, but I played like I believed until I was 12 and my parents finally called me out on it!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Usually, Michelle & I and some other folks at church will exchange on Christmas Eve

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? It’s pre-lit with white lights, a variety of ornaments that I just enjoy for various reasons, and red bows.  I’m working on the topper – my usual star seems a bit heavy and I do have a Boyd’s Bear topper I may try.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? If I have nowhere to go, I love it. 

12. Can you ice skate? Nope.  I have no coordination.  And probably weak ankles!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Apparently it was a Disney screensaver in 1993.  The video tells a story on that one!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Getting together with friends and family and relaxing

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Cookies!!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I don’t think it’s a tradition but getting together with friends I don’t see at other times of the year.  I also enjoy going over to my Aunt Linda & Uncle Richie’s house

17. What tops your tree? I have a beautiful star I love but it doesn’t seem to want to cooperate this year.  I also have the Boyd’s Bear topper I like a lot but haven’t used yet

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Giving. I love finding the “perfect” gift.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Do You Hear What I Hear and O Holy Night are my two top faves

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?? Yum. But I usually only have about one a year!

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You’re often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is – not for how it should be.
Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You’re not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your “down time.”


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t mind giving someone a second chance.


You have medium neuroticism.
You’re generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there’s a few emotional bumps you’d like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there’s no way you’ll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

Five for Five Meme

I’ve seen this going around the blogosphere for a while now and wanted to play:

Five minutes to yourself. How would you spend them ideally?
1. My first thought is sleep. But I need a whole lot more than 5 minutes!
2. Straightening up some patch of clutter in my house (yay, Flylady! Too bad I don’t follow her advice, as it is good!)
3. Writing out a card I’ve been meaning to write but haven’t gotten around to yet.
4. Snuggling with Norm.
5. Being still.

Five dollars to spend right now. How or where would you spend it?
1. Buy a few things for my Operation Christmas Child shoebox
2. Buy a Starbuck’s double chocolate chip blended creme.
3. Or a chai tea latte.
4. Put it towards the new Karen Kingsbury book, “Family” that just came out.
5. Buy scrapbook materials…paper, stickers…something

Five items in your house you could part with right now?
1. My old cell phones.
2. Junk mail.
3. My bathroom scale.
4. The stuff in the basement that I’ve been “meaning” to take to the thrift store.
5. Can’t think of a 5th…does that make me a pack rat? Probably!

Five items in your house you absolutely, positively could never part with?
1. My spotbot
2. My carpet steam cleaner
3. My DVR
4. My books
5. My pillow

Five words or phrases you love?
“I love you”
“Yo T, where you be?” (always makes me laugh)
“Cold stone creamery”
“Trish the Dish”
“Do you want to come for dinner?” (ah, such sweet words!)

I tag anyone who wants to be tagged!

A meme picked up from

What do you like most about where you live?

I like that it is still somewhat rural, although it is growing all the time. I like that it’s small enough that you can get to know the people at the grocery store or the hardware store and they know you.

Is there anything strange about where you live?

Hmmm. Nothing too unusual, I suppose. Though I’m sure my friends have some ideas!

What’s one of your all-time favorite music albums and why?

This is a tough one because I have many.
Did you have a passion for something as a kid that you still have now? (If not, what is one of your passions now?)
What do you like most about having a blog?