Thursday, April 22, 2010

Have You Ever…

Debbie started a blog tag at Arkansas Bloggers as a way for all of us to get to know each other better.  Frankly, I don't know how she could possibly come up with 100 questions, but here goes.

1. Started your own blog
Well, duh.  I wouldn't be sitting here answering these questions if I hadn't.  I started Life in the Slow Lane over a year and a half ago.

2. Slept under the stars
On at least one occasion that I can recall.  I've camped lots of times, but always in a tent.  However, when I was a student at the University of Arkansas, some of us slept out on the roof of the Kappa house one night.  I remember being pretty damp from the dew the next morning.

3. Played in a band
I played flute in the band when I was in high school.  I wasn't very good, but I tried hard and had a ball.

4. Visited Hawaii
No, but it's on my "to do" list.

5. Watched a meteor shower
When we were visiting Durango, Colorado, about the time I started this blog, we took a day trip up to Ouray.  On the way back, we pulled off the road and just stared at the sky.  I've never seen so many stars.  We saw several shooting stars, but I don't suppose that qualifies as a full blown meteor shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
I'd like to think so, but probably not.

7. Been to Disney
Nope.  I'm sure my boys feel like they've been deprived because we never took them to Disney World.  Guess we'll just have to take the grandchildren.

2598759093_6a46984c14_o 8. Climbed a mountain
I climbed Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock when I was eight months pregnant with my second son.  That should definitely count for climbing a mountain.  That's Pinnacle Mountain just to the left of the setting sun.

9. Held a praying mantis
I never liked bugs too much, so unless you count the dead ones that I helped my boys collect for their biology bug collections, then my answer would be "no."

10. Sang a solo
The only solo I ever sang was in 6th grade when I tried out for chorus.  I didn't make it.  Turns out I can't carry a tune.

11. Bungee jumped
Nope, and I have no desire to do so.

France trip 257 12. Visited Paris
Yes.  What a wonderful city.  Hope I can go back some day.

13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
You can't live in tornado alley and escape watching a thunder and lightening storm.  I also remember watching Tom Bonner standing along I-30 between Little Rock and Benton waiting for the tornado which was moving up that corridor.  Meanwhile, my sister and I had our boys in the bathtub with the baby bed mattress over them.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
I've taken lots of art lessons—everything from oil and water color to tole painting and folk art.  When I lived in Texarkana a friend and I had a shop where we taught folk art and fabric painting.  However, the only thing I ever taught myself was ceramic painting.  Back when I started building houses, lots of clients wanted hand-painted tiles in their kitchen backsplashes, so I experimented and learned how to used ceramic paints and fire the tiles.  I even hand-painted tiles for several friends.  Recently I helped one of those friends re-do her kitchen, and we tore out the tiles that I had painted when she built the house.

15. Adopted a child
No, but I have three cousins who were adopted as infants.  All of the other cousins were always so excited as we anticipated the arrival of Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe with the latest addition to their family.  We'd climb the mimosa tree in my grandparents' yard to see who could spot their car first.

16. Had food poisoning
When I was in college I went to visit a friend who was working at a counselor at the Girl Scout camp near Mena, Arkansas.  We ate dinner at some hamburger drive-in, and I was up all night because of the onion rings.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
I think I probably rode to the top when I visited the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables
I've never planted my own vegetable garden, but I used to help my daddy with his.  I've picked and shelled lots of purple hull peas and butter beans in my day.

France trip 102 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Yes.  This is a must for anyone who visits Paris.  What's even more amazing is that they let you take all the pictures of her you want.

20. Slept on an overnight train
I used to ride the train to visit my grandparents in Lewisville, Arkansas, but it was only a short trip, so no overnight.

21. Had a pillow fight
I have a brother and sister.  Of course we had pillow fights.

22. Hitch hiked
I was raised to avoid hitch hikers and hitch hiking.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
When I was teaching school, we called them Mental Health Days.

24. Built a snow fort
Yes, on the rare occasion we had enough snow.

25. Held a lamb
Pigs, calves and baby chicks but never a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping
I was too modest for that.

27. Run a marathon
I'm doing good to walk two miles every night.

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
We'll be visiting Venice in October, so I hope to get the chance then.

29. Seen a total eclipse
Not sure of the date, but I remember watching one with my students when I was teaching at Pulaski Academy.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
Oh, yes, and I've got the pictures to prove it.  Here's one of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

California 337

31. Hit a home run
Nope.  I'm not the athletic type, but I do love sports.

formal night 32. Been on a cruise
Went on a three-day cruise with my Bible study group, fondly known as the Bible Babes, a few years ago.  Here we are all dressed for dinner.  LBeau and I also took a Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam to Switzerland.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
Another "to do" thing.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
Does Warren, Arkansas, count?

35. Seen an Amish community
I've been to Bird in Hand, Paradise and Intercourse, Pennsylvania, all in the middle of Amish country.  Beautiful farms and beautiful people. 

36. Taught yourself a new language
I took Latin in high school and German in college, but I've never taught myself a language.  I wish I knew Spanish because a lot of my subcontractors are Hispanic.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
I have way more than I ever dreamed I'd have, but I think it's in our nature to always want more.

Italy 197 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Saw it on a trip to Italy a few years ago.  The setting was beautiful but not what I expected.  Somehow I had always thought it was in the middle of town.

39. Gone rock climbing
When my oldest son was a baby, we used to do day hikes at Devil's Den near Fayetteville.  On several occasions we climbed Yellow Rock with Hunter on LBeau's back.

scan000140. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
We spent several days in Florence on that same trip to Italy, so we got to see David then.  Although you weren't supposed to take pictures, I did observe one man attempting to photograph some of the "strategic" parts.  I played by the rules and bought a postcard.

41. Sung karaoke
See #10.  I don't sing in public.

42. Seen Old Faithful erupt 
Yes, indeed, and he is faithful. 

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
No, but I did buy a stranger coffee at Starbucks one time.  Someone did that for me once.  When I got to the drive up window to pay for my order, I learned that the gentleman two cars ahead of me had already paid for my coffee.  It made me feel so good that on a couple of occasions I've done it for others.

44. Visited Africa
I'm hoping that the Arkansas Alumni Association will offer another trip to Africa soon.  There was one a few months ago.  I've seen pictures, and I'm really jealous.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
Several times. 

46. Been transported in an ambulance
Thankfully, no.

47. Had your portrait painted
Not that I know of.

48. Gone deep sea fishing
Not unless we went on one of my childhood trips to Dauphin Island or Biloxi.

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Same trip to Italy.  We packed a lot into a week.  This was another "no picture" place, but that didn't stop some tourists.  I played by the rules again.

France trip 062 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Visited the Eiffel Tower on our trip to Paris, but we didn't go to the top.

51. Been scuba diving or snorkeling 
Nope, and it's not on my Bucket List. 

52. Kissed in the rain
I would be surprised if LBeau and I hadn't managed at least one kiss in the rain in our almost 40 years together.

53. Played in the mud
Loved making mud pies as a child.

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
We had two regular movie theaters when I was growing up, but we also had a drive-in.  I can remember watching several movies at the drive-in.

55. Been in a movie 
Only the home movie variety. 

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
Also on my "to do" list.

57. Started a business 
I started my construction business in 1991, and I'm still at it. 

58. Taken a martial arts class
My middle son took Tae Kwan Do, but I only watched.

59. Visited Russia
Another "to do" trip.

60. Served at a soup kitchen
Yes, and a friend and I also spent the night at the women's homeless shelter.

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
I'm not sure Girl Scout Cookies were around when I was a Girl Scout.  Since I have three boys, I never did that as a mom thing.

62. Gone whale watching
I hope to take an Alaska cruise some day and do some whale watching.

63. Got flowers for no reason
The only time I ever got flowers from LBeau was for no reason.  He bought me roses from a street vendor in St. Louis.  I think he paid 50 cents for the whole dozen.

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
I'm chicken.

65. Been sky diving 
Not on my list of things to do.

66. Visited a concentration camp
No, but I did tour Anne Frank's house when we were in Amsterdam

67. Bounced a check
Not that I would admit to.

68. Flown in a helicopter
I think that would be so much fun

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
I used to have the Parcheesi game that we played with Jeannie when we would visit my grandparents and aunt in Lewisville.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Yes, and it is certainly impressive.

71. Eaten caviar
Nope, and I've never had sushi either, unless you count the Redneck Sushi that we served at a party last weekend.

72. Pieced a quilt
I have quilted pieces and made pillows from them, but never a whole quilt.

73. Visited Times Square
More than once I took high school students to New York for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention.  We always stayed very close to Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades
Sounds like something I need to put on my list.

75. Been fired from a job
Thankfully, no.

London 071 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
Unfortunately it was raining heavily that day, so they didn't do a formal guard changing.  We did watch the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, however.

77. Broken a bone
Not that I know of.

78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
Don't have any interest in riding on a motorcycle, even as a passenger. 

Grand Canyon 014 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Yes.  Twice.  LBeau and I went when we were on a trip to Las Vegas.  Then my sister, my sister-in-law and I took my parents for their 60th Anniversary.

80. Published a book
If you count digital scrapbooks.  I was also the yearbook advisor for several schools during my teaching career.

81. Visited the Vatican
Yes.  Same trip to Italy. 

81. Bought a brand new car 
Yes.  The first one was a Chevy Malibu that I bought in 1968 after I graduated from the University of Arkansas.

83. Walked in Jerusalem
Another one for my list!

84. Had your picture in the newspaper
Yes.  If you got married in a small town in Arkansas, you've probably had your picture in the paper.

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
Yuk!  I don't think I've ever hung out with any strangers on New Year's Eve.

86. Visited the White House
Yes.  Years ago.  I don't even remember who was President at the time.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 
I've eaten lots of deer, squirrel and quail that my daddy killed, and I've watched the skinning and preparing, but I've never done the killing or preparing myself. 

88. Had chickenpox
A very mild case.  They had to look hard to find the spots.  My brother and sister weren't as fortunate.  I also recently got my shingles shot.

89. Saved someone’s life 
Thankfully I've never been in that situation. 

90. Sat on a jury
I've never even been summoned for jury duty.

91. Met someone famous
Former Senator David Pryor was my seventh grade Sunday School teacher.

92. Joined a book club
Once belonged to the Reader's Digest Book Club and the Book of the Month Club, but I don't think that's what you mean.  I do love to read, however.

93. Got a tattoo 
No, and not on my priority list either. 

94. Had a baby
Three of the cutest little boys you've ever seen.

95. Seen the Alamo in person
Oh, yes.  It was the Fourth of July, and I've never been hotter.

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 
I've stood on the banks of the Great Salt Lake, but it smelled so bad that I had no desire to even stick a toe in. 

97. Been involved in a law suit
Unfortunately, if you owned a residential construction company in Alabama in the 1990's, you probably built a house or two or more with EIFS, and if so, then you've been sued.  But I've never been personally sued nor have I ever sued anyone.

98. Owned a cell phone 
Got my first one in 1992.  It was a Motorola flip phone.  I love my iPhone. 

99. Been stung by a bee
We had lots of clover in our yard when I was growing up.  Went barefooted lots too.  Bees love clover, but they don't like bare feet.

100. Tell us where you were born
Camden Hospital in Camden, Arkansas.

Camden Hospital

Okay, so I’m tagging:

Nick at Malvie's Musings 

Marty at Elwing Pointers

Christi at A Southern Life

Joycee at Granny Mountain

Nanny at The Good Life 

I challenge y'all to answer these questions and then post your link on Arkansas Bloggers.


nanny said...

Oh I love reading yours and I kept thinking, my answer is no, no, no, very boring/ha. Then I got down to the tagging and took a deep breath/lol OK give me a day or two to compose my answers!!!!!

Debbie said...

This really is a lot of fun reading what others have to say. I do hope that everyone will participate.

the osbornes said...

you've never had sushi??!!?

KBeau said...

Mandy, the idea of eating raw fish has no appeal to me.

Joyce said...

Africa is on my list hubs is going this summer but we cannot work out the logistics for me to go along and stay safe while he works so I don't think it's going to happen this time round.

Italy in jealous.

Tricia said...

I think I found your blog through Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP, and I bookmarked it because you're from Arkansas (where I grew up). I had to comment today, because my baby sister attended Pulaski Academy for grades 1-8 (or 9). That would have been approximately '75-early 80s. I wonder if y'all overlapped!