When I hear the sweet voice of my seven year old next door neighbor on the other end of the telephone, I knew exactly why she was calling. We have a great friendship with them and their two young daughters. Our garage is very visible from their backyard play area and the two girls always run over to say hello if they see one of us outside. But only twice a year does Miss Isabel TELEPHONE in her most business-like manner. And in January, that always means, "would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies from me this year?" As always, I said, "of course, we would." But this year's difference came in my handing the phone to Mr. B with a look that said it all. A) Buy anything EXCEPT Tagalongs or Samoas and B) take em to school with you or keep em out of my sight. I left the room so have no idea what he actually bought. I also know that I am in full control right now and that's a good feeling. The cookies or the idea of the cookies present no problem, but I also know that one bite can derail what is now eight weeks of success. I refuse to place myself in a position of temptation any more than is necessary. Tagalongs or Samoas are a temptation that simply doesn't need to be laying around. I suspect that everyone reading this post will have to deal with the Girl Scout Cookie issue. Perhaps if you think about it NOW and decide what stance will be yours this year, when the time comes, it will be easier to either walk away, eat one, or adhere to whatever decision you had previously made regarding the cookies. Come on folks and admit it. Yes, it's for a good cause and I would never disappoint my young professional saleswoman from next door, but the cookies are expensive and aren't all they great in the long run considering some of the yummy cookie recipes easily available in BlogLand. As my friend, Joy would say, "STAY STRONG."
Continuing on in the sprit of Tagalongs, I was totally thrilled last week when Blogger FINALLY got with the program and added the "reply" feature to the comment section of our blogs. This means that those of use who use the Blogger platform now have the same benefit as those using Wordpress and others. I've had no complaints or problems with Blogger (knock on wood!!), but this has been my one frustration. I've just never known quite what to do for adequate responses when commenters ask questions or need some sort of reply. And I've always felt somewhat as though I were ignoring things that needed to be addressed. Here will be my stance on this. I'd love to say that I will reply to every comment and I will certainly try, so please comment away and more importantly, remember to check back for a reply. For now, I'm just excited to have the option!
And as usual, I am the last to respond to the most recent flurry of "tagging" that began running rampant in BlogLand around the start of the New Year. So you can call me the world's laziest, but conscientious TagALong! LOL! Problem is, I was tagged by so many people, I can't even remember who all of them were. I lost count at five and now can't remember who the fifth one was, so all I can say is thanks to all of you. It may not seem that way, but I really do appreciate that you like my blog well enough to "tag" it and I love, love reading the 11 random things about everyone. But I do remember that the first to tag me was my friend Karen, from Waisting Time, so I'll go with answering her eleven questions.
But first, eleven random things about me:
1) I am left handed. My only sister is left handed. We can find no trace of anyone else on either side of my family who was left handed.
2) I drive a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 183,000 miles on it.
3) My dream since childhood has been to drive an RV around the perimeter of the United States.
4) My hair is its natural color and has never had anything put on it. Not even that awful Sun-In!!
5) Every morning, I read the chapter in Proverbs from the Bible that corresponds with that day on the calendar. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs and 30/31 days in each month. I've been doing this for years and every day I find a new proverb to guide me through the day.
6) My "trigger" foods are Potato Chips, Triscuits and Kettle Popcorn
7) The only vegetable I don't like are green peas.
8) At the end of my 8th grade typing class, I tested faster than anyone ever had before.
9) When my Toyota Corolla mentioned above dies, I secretly want a Pacific Blue Toyota RAV4. Mr. B says it's my mid-life crises car.
10) Mr. B never actually proposed to me. As we were sitting at a red light, he just looked at me and said, "I reckon we ought to get married one day, don't you think?" I just looked at him and said, "duh" and we drove on to wherever it was we were headed. We will celebrate out 35th anniversary in June. Guess we knew what we were doing after all!!!
11) I am terrified of two things and two things only. Thunderstorms and snakes. (This came to me as number 11 because we are currently in the midst of a horrid and most unusual January severe thunderstorm.)
So because of random thing about me #11 plus the fact that this post is already quite long enough, I'm going to defer answering Karen's 11 questions to my next post. Excuse me, while I go hide under the bed until this storm lets up. Nope, make that the basement.................headed that way now.