1. The NFL playoffs were held this past weekend and this year's Superbowl lineup will feature The New York Giants versus The New England Patriots. How do you define 'patriot'?
There's nothing like staying away from the controversial, and this is nothing like staying away from the controversial.2. What's something in your life right now that feels like a 'giant'?
I would define a "patriot" as someone who does something for the benefit of their country despite great personal risk. That doesn't sound too controversial, does it? However, how does one define "something for the benefit?" Some would say that the private who leaked the classified information to Wiki-leaks to be a patriot. Others would call the person who turned him in to the authorities as a patriot. It really depends on one's perspective.
Could they both be patriots? The founders of the United States are considered patriots here, but by British standards they were traitors. Is it the historians who really make the decision?
The responsibility I have at the church to inject enthusiasm into the congregation to get it to multiply and grow.3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to being 18?
That all of the drama caused me to experience a mini-nervous breakdown. No desire to revisit that! lol4. Coconut-mashed potatoes-vanilla ice cream-mayonnaise...which white food would be the hardest to give up?
The first thing that came to mind is the flavor combination, which was not appetizing. I really don't have an insatiable need of any of those items. I've had months and sometimes years without some of them passing my lips. However, I guess mayonnaise would be the hardest. I prefer savory over about any other flavor combo. Mayo really adds to that.5. Describe an incident or a day you remember as the coldest you've ever experienced?
Time fogs the memory, and it's been a long time since I had to be outside when it was -25˚ outside. That doesn't even count the windchill. (Though we've had a few nights when it got to -15˚ since I've been in Idaho.) But as I think about it, anytime when you have to hang out when it's -25˚, it's not pleasant.6. You're hosting a brunch...what's your favorite dish to prepare and serve?
If you don't have the right scarf or something else to put in front of your nose and mouth, the water vapor in your lungs will begin to freeze, so it hurts to breathe. Whenever I had to walk anywhere for any length of time, like to school, I would make sure that there was no skin exposed. Then with sunglasses or something to protect my eyes, I would look like the abominable snowman or, at the very least, a wintery mummy.
Luckily, while I was in the south, I never got rid of my cold weather gear, so I'm all set for whatever Mother Nature throws at me.
If we're talking easiest, I would say muffins. They have the bonus of being good too. If it's an informal family brunch, it would be pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, and maybe some fried potatoes. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.7. How do you combat negative thinking?
I have several methods depending on the cause. 1) Allow myself to feel it fully without guilt. If I'm angry with someone, trying to suppress it or pretend I don't feel it can have dire consequence. More than anything, it results in the feelings resurfacing and continued resentment. If I acknowledge the anger, I can resolve my feelings quicker and move on.8. Insert your own random thought here.
2) Distraction. If I'm stuck in a rut of negative thinking, sometimes distracting myself with a movie or something else fun can break the cycle. It's kind of like a reset button.
3) Writing out my feelings, developing a plan. If the negativity is due to something outside of my control, or is more complicated, writing it out can help to purge my feelings of helplessness. And since, I never completely believe that I am entirely helpless, making a plan to combat the situation give me hope that the circumstances can change.
We had a little dusting of snow last night. I decided that I can like snow if it doesn't become a road hazard. It can even make the place look pretty. :)
Well, that wasn't too bad, was it? Some interesting questions. They certainly made me think! Have a great Wednesday!