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Over The Top

Thanks to Jen from The Thrifty Home for passing this award along to me. I love her Penny Pinching Wednesdays – every week I’ve found something wonderful! These awards always seem to have a catch and for this one I had to answer these questions:
1. Where is your cell phone: It’s in the bottom of my purse, and there it will stay!
2. Your hair: is longer than it’s been since high school, but I tend to stick it up in a clip and go.
3. Your mother: weighs about 90 pounds and loves professional wrestling, bull-riding, and Chuck Norris movies
4. Your father: has his Master’s in Agricultural Engineering and is addicted to Farm Town.

5. Your favorite food: I have never met a food I didn’t like.

6. Your dream from last night: work dream – woke up stressed

7. Your favorite drink: sweet tea, of course!

8. Your dream/goal: retiring at an age where I can still enjoy it (I’m on the “work until you fall over dead” retirement plan right now)

9. What room are you in: dining room

10. What is your hobby: scrapbooking, blogging, reading

11. What is your fear: snakes and poverty

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: sane, employed, with happy, healthy children

13. Where were you last night: in bed – my alarm goes off at 3:15

14. Something you are not: easy-going

15. Muffins: banana nut

16. Wish List items: vacation at the beach

17. Where did you grow up: Lexington, Kentucky – go Cats!

18. Last thing you did: sorted the mail (all junk)

19. What are you wearing: scrubs

20. Your TV: died recently. We’re waiting on the new one I ordered (GREAT bargain) to arrive.

21. Your pets: Saminda (AKA Sam), a chocolate lab with a talent for napping

22. Your friends: are many and varied, and have been my salvation this past few months!

23. Your life: busy, teetering on the edge of out-of-control
24. Your mood: in transition

25. Missing someone: my best friend, who lives in Atlanta, 8 hours away
26. Vehicle: silver Saturn Relay named Sarah (I put a Sarah Palin license plate on her when I got her)

27. Something you’re not wearing: earrings – just keep forgetting them in the morning

28. Your favorite store: Target, and they just re-opened mine (after remodeling) at the end of my street – WAY too convenient.

29. Your favorite color: purple

30. When’s the last time you laughed: On the way home from carpool, discussing the day’s events with Jack.
31. When’s the last time you cried: on the way to carpool today (having a little “poor me” attack)
32. Your best friend: Kim

33. One place you go over and over: Kroger (I know that store better than the employees)

34. One person who emails me regularly: Dianna

35. Favorite place to eat? Come Back Inn, or maybe Bravo

Now I have to select six bloggers to pass this along to, which is a challenge because I follow blogs BECAUSE they are “Over the Top”! I’ll have to think about this one and get back to you.

Verbal Kleptomaniac ~ Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop

Here’s the prompt I’m using this week:
3.) List the pieces of you that have come from those around you.
Select your own and join in the fun at Mama’s Losin‘ It!

I confess – I am a verbal kleptomaniac. I habitually steal words, phrases, and speech patterns from the people around me. I didn’t do this as a kid, I’m sure, because I remember going to visit my cousins in Lynch, Kentucky during the summer and their friends asking, “Where are you from, New York?” I’m actually just from Central Kentucky (and I sound like it), but the accents in Harlan County, Kentucky are pretty thick (think Loretta Lynn with a little extra spice) so I evidently sounded pretty city-fied. Maybe it started when I was in college and they taught us in Psych Nursing to use “therapeutic communication” – it did make me much more aware of all the nuances of a conversation, both verbal and non-verbal. Anyway, give me a good ol‘ country fella to do a stress test on and I turn into my mother. Things pop out of my mouth like, “No, honey, I’ve been workin‘ here since God was a boy” or “I’d like to buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth!” Of course if the next patient’s in his early twenties and didn’t drive a truck to the hospital I turn into my seventeen-year-old son, “It’s all good!” . My favorite word stolen from my ten-year-old is “ginormous” (gigantic plus enormous) which has a lot of uses, including describing some of the patients I do stress tests on as well as the size of the sweet tea I’d like to have at lunch. I have shamelessly stolen “any-who” from Dianna, just ’cause it sounds so darn perky. I also stole her name for me, AngieB, to use on my blog – thanks, girl! It cracks me up when her husband calls me that, it’s like they’ve been married for fifty years and are turning into each other (although I have underwear older than their marriage license). Any-who, I have to give credit for the head-bobbing thing I do when I fuss at the boys to Wendy (stole that from her way back in high school) and my scowl-mumble-stomp comes straight from my grandmother. I think that one may actually be genetic since my brother does it, too. Just remember when I steal something from you: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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