another Saturday Six

Patrick has put up his Saturday Six for all to play.

1. What is the last museum you visited? What single item there most impressed you?

Mission de San José with Jodie working on the infamous California Mission project…this is the rite of passage for all California 4th graders. I have learned much about four California Missions thanks to my help with research with the kids. Since Jodie’s selected mission was close by we spent a day exploring the mission and its museum. I was most drawn to the graveyard. I took many pictures and all the while found myself singing Dave Matthews’ haunting song, Gravedigger.
Grave digger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow so I can feel the rain?
It was haunting place filled with familiar names seen throughout this area in California on street signs, buildings and such.

2. What piece of computer equipment that you currently don’t own would you most like to have?

I want my own lap top so Bill and I can be like our friends, the Sanborns. Sean and Anne looked so cute sitting across from one another at our kitchen table while they worked on their respective lap tops.

3. Coca Cola has recently released a new drink called Coca Cola Blak, which is a mix of Coke and coffee. Have you tried it? Would you try it? What flavor of soda would you most like to see someone create?

First you must know that I am a coke-aholic. After reading about it on John Scalzi’s AOL blog, I searched everywhere for it. I finally found it a couple of weeks ago. I bought it, tried it and liked it…not as much as my diet coke or diet coke with lime, but it does give me a mid-day kick that I need on those days that I am really dragging.

4. Take the quiz: Which flavor of tea are you? (Thanks to Charley ).



Which flavor of tea are you? (with images)


You are Egyptian Licorice tea! Only the daring pick you up at the market and sample a taste. You have a unique taste and are not for everyone..yet once someone is attached, they seem to stick around for the most part.
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5. How do you like your tea? Iced or hot? Sweet or unsweetened? With cream or without?

I enjoy green tea and white tea unsweetened, iced or hot. Both are the perfect pick-me-up for me during the day.

6. You see someone run out of a store with a wad of bills. Shortly afterwards, a store employee runs out of the store after him, but stops just outside the door when it appears that the person has run down the street towards a seedy-looking motel. If you assumed you had just witnessed the getaway in an armed robbery, would you drive into the motel parking lot in an attempt to find out what room number or what vehicle the person got into, or would you pay it no more attention?

no I would not drive after the person. I am not trained to do so. I will make sure that I have a detailed description of all that I saw, call 911 and wait for authorities to arrive to take my information. I am a hero on rare occasion in a hospital setting and I know my limitations. But I will not back down from my duty as a citizen of where I live, therefore I will get involved in this way.

Saturday Six

Patrick is getting an early this start this weekend with his Saturday Six. If you aren’t already playing along, well, you should.

1. Do you believe in near-death experiences? Have you ever had one yourself?

yes I do.
I came mighty close to dying once. I did stop breathing during my last anaphylactic episode but I didn’t see a bright light or anything like that. I guess I wasn’t as close to death as I was told that I was.

2. If you could have on DVD any old television show that you adored as a child, which show would you pick?

Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood. Who needs valium when I have the neighborhood of make believe!

3. At what age do you plan on retiring? Do you suspect that you’ll keep working past that?

let’s see….I’m 44 and so far I am in the process of putting one kid through college/trade school, there are 4 more to go…you do the math.
Gah! I will be working forever. LOL

4. Take the quiz: What kind of food are you?

You Are Italian Food

Comforting yet overwhelming.
People love you, but sometimes you’re just too much.

5. When is the last time you ate the type of food mentioned in your last answer?

hmmmm…..last week I believe and I made it.

6. What was the last photograph you took? Have you posted it online?

Jodie and her birthday cake this past Sunday. I am posting it right now.

Saturday Six is back


It’s been awhile since I played the Saturday Six. You’re welcome to play along too. Just leave the link at the Saturday Six brought to you by Patrick

1. What do you feel you are most successful at conserving or recycling? What are you least successful at conserving or recycling?

I almost believe that we are too good at this with glass, cans, plastics and paper as our recycle bin is always overflowing.

2. What’s the most unusual piece of artwork in your home, and what drew you to it?

most of the art in my home is photos I have taken and paintings by family members.

3. You lose a button on a shirt. Do you sew it back on yourself, give it to someone else to sew on, or trash the shirt?

I sew it back on but I must confess that can possibly take forever.

4. Take the quiz: What Pattern is Your Brain?



Your Brain’s Pattern


Your brain is always looking for the connections in life.

You always amaze your friends by figuring out things first.

You’re also good at connecting people – and often play match maker.

You see the world in fluid, flexible terms. Nothing is black or white.

5. Have you learned how to swim? If so, how old were you when you learned, and when was the last time that you actually went swimming?

I learned to swim in my senior year in high school. Honestly I do not enjoy swimming probably because I know I am not a very good swimmer. I also will confess that I don’t take the kids to the beach or a pool unless Bill is with me because of my own limitations.

6. What’s the last song you heard on a television show that you actually went out and bought?

I downloaded Grey’s Anatomy theme song. It is kind of cool.

Saturday Six # 103

I could never refuse Patrick and his Saturday Six!


1. Assuming you have a DVD player and a show you used to enjoy becomes available on DVD…what is the deciding factor on whether or not you’ll actually buy it?

whether or not my family buys it for me as a gift.

2. What do you find generally more offensive: the average prime time television show or the people who want their own personal standards of decency to be the guidelines the networks must follow?

at the risk of being politically incorrect…oh forget it, I am a mom to five kids and sometimes it is downright exhausting censoring some of the crap that gets on even before the dinner hour on mainstream, “family friendly” tv. There! I said it and I feel better for it!

3. If you were in charge of the FCC, which of the following would be your priority when it comes to decency on the airwaves: cutting down on violence, sex or profanity?

You mean I have to pick one?

4. Take this quiz (if you haven’t already!): What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?

after the day I had, this sounds very plausible

You will be sucked dry by a leech. I’d stay away from swimming holes, and stick to good old cement. Even if it does hurt like hell when your toe scrapes the bottom.

5. One of those crazy remodeling shows appears at your door one day and offers to redo any room of your house or apartment for free, but that it can only be one single room that gets a makeover. Would you let them in, and if so, which room would you choose and why?

I would but Bill won’t. But just in case he wasn’t home it would be the master bedroom suite because I am so cash poor right now I can’t afford to do it.

6. READER’S CHOICE QUESTION #86 from cdmmw2: Do you recall your first kiss? Did you think that kissing was worth all the hype??

MY first kiss was in Mrs. Lattanzio’s third grade class with the class bad boy named Anthony. Why he liked me I’ll never know. I guess even then opposites attract! Was it worth all the hype? Well, he was the class bad boy!

Saturday Six #102

I should be working on my home improvement projects….I did accomplish some but right now I am tired of fighting with UV filter window film so here I am to play Patrick‘s Saturday Six. Play along yourself…you know you want to!

1. How confrontational are you in real life, and how does your real-life persona compare with your blogging persona?

Give me something I truly care for like my children or my patients and I will fight tooth and nail like an angry grizzly bear….there are a few walking wounded who have faced that kind of confrontation with me. But, in most other things, I tend to avoid confrontation. Turmoil was my reality as a child and as an adult I choose to not deal with it. Don’t start a fight with me because, well, unless it has to do with my children or my patients, it just isn’t worth my time.
Is this me as a blogger…mostly, yes. I try to be real in my writing on my blog, especially now that I know people who know me in real life read it.
Hi people!!!

2. Other than the food itself, what makes your favorite restaurant your favorite?

the atmosphere, the personality of the folks who work there, the location and who else is dining there…ie if I am going out with just Bill for alone time I don’t seek a family style restaurant because if I want whiny, loud kids as part of the ambiance I would stay at home

3. You buy an iPod: what’s the first tune you’re likely to put on it?

over 700 songs and counting later I can’t recall what was the first song I downloaded. Sorry.
Right now as I type the Foo Fighters are playing.

4. Take this quiz (if you haven’t already!): What’s the most important quality of your (ideal) significant other?

Intelligence is most important in a boyfriend/girlfriend. You like to be able to talk about everything that is on your mind, and if your partner can’t keep up, well, you know. You are very attracted to someone who can challenge you, and make you see things in a whole new way…true, yes it is.

5. If you had to choose one or the other, which would you rather do: hear gossip or be the first to reveal some juicy piece of gossip?

I don’t gossip but you know who does?…
neither. I don’t like gossip period because I have been the victim of it. really people need to get a life or focus on other things. Then maybe this world wouldn’t be so messed up. Know what I mean?

6. READER’S CHOICE QUESTION #85 from Barb: If you had a magic feather (my Daddy Do carries several in his pocket) and this magic feather could make you unbelievably attractive OR unbelievably intelligent, which would you choose, and why

What I am not either already?!
I am a reasonably intelligent person…so I have been told and once I got through an unbelievably awkward adolescence and twenties I am comfortable in my own skin so my feather would possess other powers.