1. What is your favorite holiday and why and how do you celebrate it? This might be a bit unusual and sometimes I think it's the radical in me just wanting to be different, but my favorite holiday has always been Valentine's Day. Many years ago, Mr. B and I settled into the tradition of choosing really nice Valentine's Day gifts for each other and it's a lot of fun.
2. Do you relish time alone and what was the last thing you did when you were alone for 24 hours? Yes, I absolutely love being alone and never have any problems finding things to do. 24 hours alone would always be spent in a combination of reading and preferably, hiking. If not hiking, walking!
3. What is your favorite type of ethnic food and when and what was the last time you ate it? My favorite is Japanese, but truthfully, it's easier to say the only kind of ethnic food I DON'T like is Indian.
4. Who was your favorite teacher in high school and why? My high school years were the worst years of my life, so I can't say that I had a favorite teacher. I was going through a horribly rebellious stage and hated school. I can't even remember the names of most of my teachers and I sincerely pray that they have no recollection whatsoever of me! LOL! Now college is a different story...........................
3. What is your Thanksgiving indulgence, if any? My MIL makes a cranberry congealed salad with a cream cheese topping that is just delicious. Unfortunately, it is full of sugar and she knows how much I love it, so it seems to appear on the table for every holiday and many times when no holiday is in sight!
4. What is your favorite holiday memory? Oh my, there are so many, but two come to mind. 1) My grandparents lived in Cleveland, Ohio, a long, long way from East Tennessee especially in pre-interstate days. To minimize the stress of traveling with young children, my parents would let us get to sleep, then bundle us up in our PJ's and blankets, deposit us in the warm car and we'd travel all night long to get to Grandma's for Christmas. Since my middle name has always been "go," I was much too excited to sleep and I can remember peering out the car windows as we'd drive through hundreds of little towns with their different Christmas decorations. To this day, there are some towns through Kentucky and southern Ohio that I can tell you what decorations lined their Main Street in the 60's. 2) When Mr. B and I got married in June of 1977, I already knew that he had never had an electric train. He is an only child and how it happened that he'd never gotten an electric train, I'll never know! That's what I got him for Christmas the first year we were married and 33 1/2 years later, I can still see the look of sheer delight on his face when he opened that gift. Although we finally gave it to the child of some good friends, that train wound it's way around the base of our Christmas tree for at least the next 20 years.
Please forgive this extremely long post, but I wanted to get these questions answered and hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about what makes me tick.