Friday, January 13, 2012

"Us go to Florida" and tagging

Happy Friday Blogger Friends!
My hubby and I are back from my last professional conference of my sabbatical and an overall fabulous trip to Florida. I presented three papers, chaired a committee and an event sponsored by that committee and was honored to accept an award for one of my papers. Having two grandkids and their shenanigans in tow made the conference extra fun and light as you can see for yourself.
After the conference we took the boys to Disney World. 
Or as Hann, one of the four year says: "Us go to Disneyland!!"
It was magical...
and... exhausting. 
We walked 11 miles one day and 8 on another.
Good thing we rented a stroller for the tikes.
We brought two pirates home to their parents and now we are recovering!

Tagged: I was tagged by both Julie and Rochelle last week. Thanks you two! A fun way to share a little bit more about me and learn a little more from some of you, too! There are a few rules about being tagged: 

1. Post these rules. 
2. You must post 11 random things yourself. 
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post. 
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer. 
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you've tagged them. 
6. No stuff in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you are reading this." You legitimately have to tag 11 peeps! 

Here are my eleven random tidbits:  
  1. I easily find something to laugh out loud about everyday. Laughter is the best medicine! My grandbabies keep me laughing all the time. I can be one of those annoying persons who laugh alot during a movie at a movie theater.
  2. I think I could talk with almost anyone in the world. I am generally not afraid to ask questions and can do so publicly.
  3. I do not wear nail polish on my fingers. Ever. Keep my nails trim and neat. Now, my toes: I like them pretty and Polished. Orange, red and pink are my favorite colors. 
  4. I can sew almost anything, but (like Julie) can not stand to mend anything. 
  5. I iron. Yep, really.  Love the steam and the pressed fabric.
  6. I rarely watch any commercial TV. 
  7. I love a good story and believe everyone has one to share, even kids. It may be about your life, but it is interesting to me. One of my favorite radio programs is "This American Life" on M(N)PR. 
  8. It is the stories that make it easy for me to adore Prairie Home Companion. I listen almost every Saturday night, plus re-stream it regularly when I am home. 
  9. It is the story that draws me into a good movie, another form of entertainment that I adore. Right now my favorites are: Midnight in Paris, the Descendants, Hugo and the Adventure of TinTin.
  10. And it is the story that I try to describe as I write up my research into papers. I am always asking myself: What is the story here? as I deliberate over all my data. 
  11. Love post-it notes. Can not read a book without them.

Now on to  Julie's questions:

1. How did you handle a friend departing your life?
Like most everything else: move on and of course savor the memories.

2. Empty nest?
Yep, loving it.

3. am or pm workouts?
Any time and depends on season/weather since I am mostly an outdoor work out type.

4. Self employed, employed, full time, part time, retired?
Employed full time, although on sabbatical until February 7.

5. College? Not?
Overeducated (college and then some) liberal artsian graduate with a passion for the natural world of science and the patterns and language of math.

6. Treadmill or outside?

7. Favorite candy?

8. Camping or hotels?
Both. Depends on where I am. We tent camped for years when our kids were growing up. Now mainly hotels especially with conference travel. I prefer being in a beautiful natural environment in accommodations that are eco-friendly and comfy.

9. Do you make a lot of food from scratch?
Almost everything. 

10. Do you write hand write notes or just e-mails? 
I hand write notes, especially thank-yous. Love picking up master art work cards at museums or when I travel.

11. Blogging a hassle or fun or just something to do?
My own blogs are a way for me to process my getting fit journey and other parts of my life. They are helpful to me and therapeutic. 

Rochelle is next:  
1. What would the opening line of your autobiography say?
Michele lived a full and blessed life each and every day, loved her family, especially those GBS, and grew throughout her life as a good and kind human being.

2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage - or non-alcoholic if you don't imbibe?
Love a cold, dark beer: like Old Speckled Hen or locally Schell’s Dark.

3. What is one thing that you would never want to change about yourself?
My tenacity. It has got me though a lot.

4. What is the one characteristic about other people that you simply cannot tolerate?
Chewing with mouth open...
5. Name a time when you felt extremely proud of yourself.
Pretty much right now: an award winning paper and on the road to fitness.

6. If you could relive (and make -over) a year of your life,  what year would that be and why?
I am very happy with my life so no one year would need to be relived. But, I would like to go back to one event, my son Josh's wedding (2001) only because both my mother and my mother-in- law were alive. I would like tell them at that event how much I loved them and how my life would not be the same without them. Next I have a few questions I would like to ask them....

7. Is there a particular unusual ritual or routine you do in the exact same way absolutely everyday (something other than brushing your teeth, for example)? If so, what is it?
I wear eye glasses and have a "thing" about cleaning them a certain way every day and with the same little cloth. 

8. What is a talent you do not have but wish you did?
I would like to be able to roll my tongue.

9. Build your ideal person. Fill in the blanks: I'd want the hair of Miss Piggy, the face of Jasmine , the body of Betty Boop, , the brains of the Baudelaire orphans,
the talents of Woody, the sense of humor of Roger Rabbit , and the bank account of Harry Potter. (IOW: I am very satisfied where I am at!)

10. What do you feel the worst thing is about trying to lose weight?
 The slowness of it.

11. What song best defines where you are in life right now?
The promise of the prelude from the Back Cello Suite in G major. The hope, the optimism, the brilliance (well the hope and the optimism…)

Now, passing on the tags. Loads of you have already been tagged, so I extend the tags to the following blog author's and welcome responses from ALL readers of this (my!) blog:

with these questions:
1.    Did you play a musical instrument in school? Which one? Do you still play?
2.    Do you collect things? What?
3.    What was the last sporting event that you attended?
4.    Have you ever seen brilliant night sky stars? Where were you?
5.    What would a perfect day be for you?
6.    What is one of your latest book reads? What kept you reading it?
7.    What kind of pen do you use?
8.    Apple or PC?
9.    What magazines or weeklys do you read or subscribe to?
10.  What satisfies you about the work that you do?
11.  What do you hope for yourself in one year?

I look forward to reading and learning more about all of you. Thanks for sharing a bit of your day by stopping by. Have a great weekend everyone and stay strong in your journey to be fit and healthy!


  1. Thanks for tagging me my Friend!! You are an amazing woman, so happy to know you!!! Love the pictures of your grandkids. You all look so happy!! Can't wait to take my grandkids on vacation!!

    Keep focused!!!

  2. Fun! And I love the photos; thanks for sharing.

  3. Great trip and great answers. The walking was outstanding! I love vacations that require a lot of walking. Vegas is at least 8 miles a day and it's great. :)

  4. Thanks for playing Michele. It is so much fun reading about others and learning new things.
    Will be talking to you soon. Blessings!!

  5. Love hearing more about you, Michele. Great photos, too. You truly portray a life worth living.

  6. I'm so glad y'all had a good time! What a special memory it will be for the grandsons! I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions- we have a lot of things in common!

  7. It was nice to read more about you and get to know you a little bit more. Wish you luck or blessing for this coming week.