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A needy meme

My friend Stacee tagged me for a meme a few days ago. You’re supposed to Google your first name with the word “needs” next to it and then list the first 10 things that appear. So, here goes:

1. Cindy needs a tall, cold glass of STFU* (It actually took me a minute to work out that acronym. And then I was very indignant.)

2. Cindy Needs Our Help. (Not sure why each word needed to be capitalized. Am I that desperate for help? Oh wait. It was the title of the article. Never mind.)

3. Cindy needs to stay on that bus ‘coz you know she ain’t one of us she won’t know a thing she won’t know a thing from now until she wakes up. (Never heard this song before. Have you?)

4. Cindy needs a home. Pet classifieds for Dachshund For Adoption. (A surprisingly high number of people name their dogs Cindy. Should I be insulted?)

5. Cindy Needs A Fix Like You Wouldn’t Believe. Thank you to reliable W——–e P——y operative for sending us this image. (This sounds shady at best, so I deleted any identifier that might bring shady characters in this direction.)

6. Life: Cindy Needs Craigslist Magic! (I probably do. But I can’t think of a single thing to search for on Craigslist. Oh well.)

7. Cindy and the folks at Crawford need your help. We need the use of some type of van/camper/RV. (Hot diggity dog! I’m going on a road trip with the whole Crawford community. Hope it’s a big van/camper/RV.)

8. Cindy needs to tell shrub to “bring it on”… doncha think? (I have no idea what this means. But the website had the word democrat in it. And I’m not well versed in politics.)

9. The lovely fairy Cindy needs you! (How sweet! Much better than the one I skipped between 8 and 9. Because I’m not going to rant about my own sense of direction on here. Thank you very much.)

10. Cindy needs to be accessorized, please. (This one made me giggle even though it technically wasn’t next.)
And now I’m supposed to tag five people. Usually I skip this part, but I’m going to play by the rules this time. I’m tagging Amanda, Kristin, Darcie, Laura, and Ellen. However, even if I didn’t tag you, feel free to consider yourself tagged and play along!

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The Spanish Inquisition

A few weeks ago, Bethany Actually posted a little Q&A meme that I really enjoyed. The origins of the meme came from The Immoral Matriarch who offered to interview a limited number of commenting bloggers as long as they would agree to do the same for their readers, and so forth and so on. When Bethany posted her meme, I jumped at the chance to be interviewed myself!

airplane pilot wannabe

1. You decided becoming a doctor wasn’t for you, and now you are a high-school Biology teacher. If being a high-school teacher wasn’t an option, what career do you think you’d have?
That’s just a cruel question. Teaching is the only job I’ve really ever loved. I can’t even imagine what I would do without it. If I had lots of money, then I’d be a stay-at-home-mom. Although, I might go insane.

If I didn’t have lots of money, then maybe I’d fly airplanes. I think I could be a pilot. I imagine that I’d probably be terrified of landing the plane though. Maybe I could outsource that part of the job? One of my friends from high school has inspired me with a secret ambition to fly one day.

Does teaching at the college level count? Because teaching really makes me happy. It’s the best job ever! And the best part is that I get to stay home during the summers, too. (Which is by far, the best time of year to be at home!)
desks

2. Ocean or mountains? Why?
Definitely the ocean. Whenever I get to go to the beach, I try to slip away to be by the sea for some alone time with God. There’s nothing more amazing than watching the sun set or rise over the ocean. I also love to sing into the crashing waves. I love the fact that no one can hear me except the Lord. Walking along the beach just makes my heart happy.
ocean view

3. What was your first “real” job? Did you like it? Why or why not?
The first job where I received a W-2 was my highschool job as a library paige. I cleaned the books and reshelved them. Occasionally, I helped the children’s librarian with projects that she was working on. Most of the time I ended up reading the books instead of working. The job itself was pure torture for me. I was like a fat kid working in a candy shop. The books would call to me and I would always seem to be reading the most climactic paragraph when someone would shout at me that I needed to, “GET BACK TO WORK!”
4. What’s your guilty TV pleasure?
Seriously? Unplugging the TV is my secret guilty pleasure. It drives me nuts when Bri finds the remote and turns it on. Hubster likes to watch it in the evenings and I’ve grown accustomed to that, but I cannot stand to watch it when the sun is out. It drives me nuts! Ironically, I absolutely adore watching movies. Our DVD library is overflowing, and I’ve arranged them by content.

DVD arrangement

5. Tell me one of your favorite Bible verses. Just one? My life verse, and the inspiration for my blog name, comes from Psalm 46:4-5, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” It reminds me that my goal in life is to please God. If I want to be famous at all, I want to be famous in His city. I want to be the kind of woman where people know that “God is in the midst” of me. I want to stand firm in my faith without wavering. And I want to trust that even in the darkest of nights, my God will help me. The morning will dawn.

holding hands

So now, I’d love to ask you some questions! If you’d like a turn to play (keep in mind – you’re also going to have to interview others on your blog), just leave a comment below and I’ll e-mail you five personalized questions. I will guarantee the first five commenters that they will be interviewed within a week. After that, I will try to respond to everyone, but it may take awhile.

Also, I’m looking for new blogistas for my Featuring You section. Fill it out at your leisure and e-mail me your responses!

Filed Photo Meme

Suz over at Steece’s Pieces posted this super fun meme. Basically, you’re supposed to look at the photos you have saved on your computer. Find the fourth file and choose the fourth photo (no editing allowed). Post the picture and explain it. Then tag four more people. So here goes…

wild night out

This picture was taken during medical school. We’d just taken one exam or another and the girls wanted to go out drinking. So I volunteered to be the DD. (Notice I’m drinking a Shirley Temple.) It was loud and smelly. We had a blast! I don’t think any of us bought a single drink the whole night. Score!

Tags: Okay, I started to tag people but I couldn’t choose just four. So consider yourself tagged! (This is why I never post awards. I can’t pick between you guys. I love everybody equally ;o)

10 Things I Would Say In A Confession Booth

This post was inspired by Bethany Actually’s Monday meme today. I’m too ADD to complete the whole thing, but I started thinking about the things I would love to say if I could remain anonymous. If no one could see my face, but could hear the truth I’d like to speak, what would I say?

1. My heart breaks whenever I’m around you. I always feel like an outsider. But I remember listening to you complain that others had done this to you. My world was too small to understand it then.

2. Your life is about to change in ways you’d never imagine. There’s just as much pain as there is joy up ahead.

3. High school was the high point of your life. But there’s still a lot of life left to live. Don’t give up.

4. I don’t believe that there is such a thing as an easy road.

5. I’ve never met a girl with such a big heart. You’re beautiful inside and out. I can’t stand the guy you married. I wish that I’d set you up on a blind date. You’re way out of his league.

6. You make everyone around you miserable. When did that start? I hope it’s not contagious.

7. I sided with her out of loyalty. But looking back, I think you deserved that inheritance more than the kids did. I wish you were still a part of my life.

8. I want to be like you when I grow up. If I told you that it would hurt someone else’s feelings. But it’s true.

9. I still eat Walker shortbread cookies to remember you every Christmas. You were my favorite grandfather even if you did turn into a dirty old man. I loved you blindly. And I still do.

10. My feet may be big but they’re beautiful. And you’re in jail. Who’s laughing now? Haha!

Entertainment Tonight

Bethany Actually, posted this wonderful seven question meme, on her blog yesterday. Basically, you copy the list of questions below and paste it into your comment. Then fill in the blanks with whatever you want to know, about me. I will answer your questions, as quickly as possible, right behind you. So hopefully, my comments will look like a list of questions followed immediately by answers.

If you’re smarter than me, you’ll read through the questions above you, so that you don’t ask a question that was already answered. (Apparently, BA wants to be Harry Connick, Jr. for a day, but I didn’t read that before I asked again!)

1. What do you think of _____________?

2. When did you last ____________?

3. __________ or ___________ and why?

4. What did you ______________?

5. What’s your favorite ______________?

6. How would you ______________?

7. Who would you most like to ________?

Thanks for playing! Feel free to steal this for your blog. I’d love to ask you some questions, too!

Because she said I’m in the big leagues …

Kristen over at No Small Thing tagged me for a meme, which according to her, means I’m in the big leagues of blogging. Now, after a compliment like that, how could I possibly refuse? So here are my answers to this meme and then I’ve tagged a few girls that I consider to be in the big leagues myself.

What were you doing ten years ago?

I was finishing up the tenth grade and excited about the upcoming youth group summer-mission trip to Russia. I have the ugly passport picture to prove it! Which, incidently needs to be updated every decade. Also, I strongly disliked my Biology teacher and was very grateful to be finishing that awful class. Ironic, huh?

What are five things on your to-do list?
1. Get flowers for my friends who are graduating from medical school tomorrow.
2. Iron my new black dress so that I look smokin’ hot at the graduation. Don’t need any sad eyes over here, ya know!
3. Make Bri’s bottles for daycare.
4. Put together envelopes with the winner’s names in them for the awesome awards ceremony I have planned for Friday.
5. Mail some Mudder’s Day pwesents. That’s a secret code in case any of the mudders might be weading dis … shhhh!

What are five snacks you enjoy?
Just five? Hmmm… I love to nibble on green olives. And cheese cubes, but especially the marbled kind. Big fan of the Hubster’s special nachos. He takes bite size tortilla chips and sprinkles them with lots of shredded mild cheddar cheese and then bakes them at 350o for six minutes. Somehow I always burn them if I try to do it. He never does.
Oh, and then when I’m out and about, I like to grab a blizzard from DQ if I’m in need of a snack. At school, I usually bring along something fruity and chewy for a snack – like Gushers, Fruit by the Foot or Smiley’s (the yummy WalMart version of fruit chews).

Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire.
First of all, I would pay off the my med school loans and the mortgage on the house. Then we’d be debt free. So I’d invest some moolah. And I’d probably put a hot tub in the back yard. If you thought that I’d say that I would quit my job, you were incorrect. I wouldn’t want to quit teaching, even if they stopped paying me, but shhhh… cuz we can’t afford that. And I definitely wouldn’t want anyone at work to know that I was rich! Everyone would be asking me for lunch money.

Name some places you have lived.
Well, I lived in my parent’s house for 22 years. Probably seemed a lot longer to them. Bless their hearts. Then I lived in an apartment with my “college” roommate for one semester. It was the semester after I graduated from college and she was already teaching, so neither of us were actually in college. Then I got married and lived with Hubster. Talk about a culture shock! We started off living in a tiny townhouse apartment and when we moved out of it I think the walls were still glowing from our cheesy, newlywed, head-over heels love for each other. Then we moved to the small house where we now live. And we have a big yard for the dog. The walls here are full of the same sappy young love, but we’ve also got lots of Bri baby love splashed on them.

Name some bad habits you have.
My house stays in constant disarray these days. I used to clean because we had company over all the time. Then I figured out that it was a lot easier to just stop inviting people over to our house!
I am really bad about saying, “I told you so.” Because usually, I did tell you first. And I like to be right.
Name some jobs you have had.
I worked at the county library when I was in high school. I was supposed to clean the books (and I usually ended up reading them before I put them away, I couldn’t help myself). Then I worked in a research lab where I rubbed E. coli onto petri dishes while listening to books on tape and slowly becoming bored out of my mind. Then I worked at Macy’s for awhile and spent too much money on clothes. Then after a long gap of not working, I took a job putting charts together in a surgery center. Then I started teaching and that’s where I am now.

Name those whom you are tagging.
Angel Forever; Bethany Actually; Ivey League; Days to Come; and Hey, Mrs. Wilson!
I would go on and tag everyone I know, because I think all of you are in the big leagues, but that would take forever! So here are the first five that pop into my mind. Your blog was probably number six if you don’t see it here, so go ahead and try this meme too. Just leave a comment letting me know where to read your post if you happen to try it.

Seven times seventy

My friend Joy was kind enough to tag me in a blogging game. Once you’ve been tagged you’re supposed to tag seven more people and then share seven random things about yourself. So here are my tagees …

1. Light and Heat
2. FrogDog
3. Juxtapositions
4. Reasons Why
5. Bethany Actually
6. Angel Forever
7. you’re next!

Now, since it’s Thursday night and my brain is a cold lump of mashed potatoes, I’m going to cheat and steal my seven random things from my 100th blog post. Here are my favorites:

1. I am a total germaphobe. I carry hand sanitizer with me at all times and usually I have two different kinds. Once when I was pregnant and the cashier at the grocery store was disgustingly sick, I made my Hubby spray every single item with Lysol before he put it away.

2. I had “magic” earrings that helped me run faster on the playground in elementary school so that I could catch the boys. One time I actually caught a boy. I didn’t know what to do so I kissed him!

3. As a highschooler, apparently I slept through a whole scene involving a close friend getting herself locked into the bathroom and a Mexican janitor named Elvis picking the lock to let her out while the other girls in our group stood around our hotel room laughing.

4. As a child I could catch butterflies with my bare hands. I had a collection of butterflies that I’d pinned and named with my Dad’s help.

5. We play the movie quotes game a lot. One person says a quote from a movie and everyone tries to guess what movie it came from. The winner gets to think of the next quote. Lots of fun!

6. I love Anne of Green Gables. I wanted to name my daughter Blythe, like Gilbert Blythe.

7. When I was a seventh grader I played a very important role in The Wizard of Oz at our community theater. I was the door opener to the wizard’s palace in Emerald City. I got to slam the peephole door in Dorothy’s face!