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Friday Five: Birthday, Redux

Friday Five: Birthday, Redux

1. “It’s my party and I’ll [blank] if I want to…”
Favorite way to celebrate your birthday (dinner with family? party with friends? a day in solitude?) Celebrating with family is a must at some point. One of my favorite traditions the past three years is a trip out-of-town all by my lonesome. My parents give me several days away and it is the best trip. Sleep in, read books, not speak a word . . . Heaven on earth.

2. “You say it’s your birthday… it’s my birthday too, yeah…”
Do you share your birthday with someone famous?

Larry Hagman who played JR on Dallas. When I was younger, it made me think I was bound to be cursed for life.

3. “Lordy Lordy look who’s forty…”
Milestone birthdays:

a) just like any other birthday–they’re just numbers, people.

b) a good opportunity to look back/take stock

c) enjoy the black balloons–I’ll be hiding under a pile of coats until the day is over

d) some combination of the above, or something else entirely.

4. “Happy birthday, dear… Customer…”
Have you ever been sung to in a restaurant? Fun or cringe-worthy?
If I have been, I’ve blocked it out of my mind. It would be something this introvert would truly not enjoy!! (note to all my friends!)

5. “Take my birthday–please”
Tell me one advantage and one disadvantage about your particular birthday (e.g. birthday in the summer–never had to go to school; birthday near Christmas–the dreaded joint presents)
One disadvantage: It only comes once a year.
One advantage: It only comes once a year.

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Friday Five: Holiday Food

1. Favorite cookie/candy/baked good without which, it’s just not Christmas.

My mother’s Mamie Eisenhower Christmas cookies. Iced, decorated and waiting for me each year.  Can’t have Christmas without them.

2. Do you do a fancy dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, both, or neither? (Optional: with whom will you gather around the table this year?)

My family gathers on Christmas Day for a nice meal – nothing fancy, smancy.  That isn’t us but definitely good eats and great company at my parent’s home.

3. Evaluate one or more of the holiday beverage trifecta: hot chocolate, wassail, egg nog.

Hot chocolate =  teenagers
Wassail = no clue
Egg nog = drinkable paint

4. Candy canes: do you like all the new-fangled flavors or are you a peppermint purist?

Peppermint purist

5. Have you ever actually had figgy pudding? And is it really so good that people will refuse to leave until they are served it?

Never had figgy pudding. And if it makes people refuse to leave, I will never serve it. 🙂

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Friday Five: Yuletide Thoughts

For this mid-December Friday Five, let’s explore some Yuletide favorites.

1) It’s a Wonderful Life–Is it? Do you remember seeing it for the first time?

Okay, I know this admission will make me seem very unAmerican or inhumane or something but I have not actually seen "It’s a Wonderful Life".  I’m sure "It’s a Wonderful Movie" but I’ve just never seen it.  Sad, I know, but true.

Mara20wilson20 2) Miracle on 34th Street–old version or new?

Hmmmm ….  I’d say the new one for two reasons. One – I know I saw the old version but I can’t really remember much about it.  and Two – The little girl in the new version is so adorable.  How can you not love her?

3) Do you have a favorite incarnation of Mr. Scrooge?

Yes, but since I want a Christmas future here at my place of employment, I will refrain from mentioning names.

4) Why should it be a problem for an elf to be a dentist? I’ve been watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for years now, and I still don’t get it.

I think the issue might be a weird paranoia among patients that elfs are tiny enough to actually fall into the mouth during the procedure since your jaw is opened to an abnormally large and uncomfortable size.

5) Who’s the scariest character in Christmas specials/movies?

  • The Bumble
  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Muppet Version
  • That Mean Magician Who Tries to Melt Frosty
  • Your Nomination:
  • I nominate King Herod. He’s very scary. I don’t care who plays him.

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Friday Five: Thankfulness

Today’s "Friday Five" from the Revgals is to share five things or people that I am thankful for this past year. 

1.  GOD.  Not to be a stereotypical "Rev Gal" but I must rank God as number one.  Without God’s grace, faithfulness, love, forgiveness, patience and presence this past year, I would be nothing.  I know this is a given, perhaps, but it must be stated.  God has hung in there with me when I was hurting, unfaithful, angry, goo-goo-gaa-gaa and a royal pain in the butt. 

2.  PARENTAL UNITS.  I love my parents.  I have great parents. Superb. Excellent. Wonderful. Priceless. "Take-it-to-the-bank-and-back" parents.

3.  BLAKE.  (and his parents who gave him to me.) What fun a nephew is! He teaches me so much and I love watching his innocence.  He gives me a better picture of how God loves us and how he patiently tries to teach us. 🙂

4. MY HOUSE.  I moved into my very first new home in April and I love it.  I wake up with thankfulness to God for the roof over my head and the job that helps to provide it.  The home helps me to pause and remember to thank God, to not take things for granted and to realize at the same time that I could easily lose it all – but not God.

5. MY YOUTH. As in the youth in my youth group. Not my personal youth which gets farther away with each passing day.  This past year I’ve been on many wonderful adventures with my youth – through depression and their grace to me; an amazing mission trip to San Antonio; weekly Bible studies in my home; slumber parties and tp-ing adventures; little love notes; fall retreat memories and God-moments.  I love my youth.  I am so thankful for the amazing group of youth that I get to share life with.

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Friday Five: Civic Duties

Here’s the Friday Five for the Week.  As election proganda is in overdrive, let us think about our own civic duty attempts.

1) How old were you when you voted for the first time?  I have no idea.  Probably 18.  I did register not long after I turned 18 but since I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, the odds of me remembering when I first voted some 15 years ago are slim.  Now, if you are talking about non-official ballots, I do believe I voted when I was in 3rd grade regarding Joe Pena chances of  "going out" with me.  If I recall, I checked "maybe".

2) What was the contest at the top of the ballot? See my answer to question one. 

3) Can you walk to your polling place? Yes, I can.  Will I walk to my polling place?  No, I won’t.

4) Have you ever run for public office? No. It will be a cold day somewhere notoriously hot when I run for public office.

5) Have you run for office in a club or school or on a board?  I made the attempt to represent my freshmen class in college.  Nice, big campaign. Gruel, small votes.  Then my senior year of college I did serve as the president for the Student Missouri State Teachers Association.  A good time.

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The Friday Five this week from Revgals is to list five favorite things from this past week. With a nice prompt to find the good in a week I barely remember, here goes:

1. Road Trip with the youth – Last Saturday and Sunday I took many youth to some concerts. I love hanging out with my youth.  They help me remember to just have a good time and that craziness is coolness.

2. Monday Hiberation – I didn’t leave the house or talk to a soul on Monday. That is a perfect 10 day!!!

3. One of my junior guys running across the courtyard before the varisty high school volleyball game and yelling "I love you, Mel."  It is just nice to know that you are loved and that I still have enough coolness that the kids aren’t embarassed by me.

4. Time with my nephew, Blake, on Thursday.  He is so darn cute and smart. 

5. I’m still kickin.

Peace -Mel

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From my dear friends at RevGals:

1. Driving: an enjoyable way to clear the mind? a means to an end? a chance to be quiet with one’s thoughts? a necessary evil? the downfall of our planet and its fossil fuels? Discuss. Depends on the day.  Today I had a trip to St. Louis and back (2 hours each way)to visit a parishioner having surgery.  So it was a lot of time on the road by myself.  Today it was a welcomed trip to be quiet with my thoughts and to process some things. Life seems to be running at a fast pace and time to just think has been limited.

2. Do you drive the speed limit? A little faster? Slower? Have you ever gotten a ticket? Usually five over the speed limit.  I’ve only earned one speeding ticket in my life and that was in a church van.  Sad, right?  It was before I was officially on staff and somehow I still managed to get called.

3. Do you take public transportation? When? What’s your opinion of the experience? Hardly ever.  Only on some trips within the community but even that is rare.  I have a feeling I’m missing out on some interesting life moments.

4. Complete this sentence: _____________ has the worst drivers I’ve ever experienced.  The roads around me have the worst drivers I’ve ever experienced.  Surely it has nothing to do with me usually being there to make such an observation.

5. According to the Census Bureau, reverendmother’s fair city has the 6th longest average commute in the United States at 29 minutes each way. How does your personal commute rate? It takes a horrible 10-12 minutes from my house to the church.  The traffic continually moves and I’m to work within 10 minutes.  Traffic is obviously horrific (cough, cough) here in the metropolis of Jefferson City.

Bonus for the brutally honest: It has been said, and the MythBusters have confirmed, that cell phones can impede driving ability almost as much as drinking. Do you talk on a cell phone while driving?   Yes – of course.  I made a trip out of town today and on my way back I not only talked on  my cell phone but I also text-messaged some youth on their way to a football game.  Now that is stupid and highly irresponsible.

Feel free to post your own Friday Five at you blog home.
Peace – Melissa

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