After two weeks of being on a blogging vacation, I’ve decided that today I’m going to do two posts, mostly because I have a TON of pictures from March to show you and I didn’t want to do one super-long post. So first, I’m going to do Friend Makin’ Monday, which has a really fun topic this week! 🙂 If you want to participate, too, be sure to link up and leave a comment at alltheweigh.com.
1. Did you have a set bedtime as a child? If so, what was it? I’m pretty sure I did, because I don’t remember staying up super-late unless it was the weekend, and it was to sneak some reading in with a flashlight and a blanket thrown over me. It was around 9PM.
2. Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult? Hm. I don’t remember ever having a problem cleaning my plate, but I also don’t remember my parents forcing me to clean my plate. My mom always made yummy stuff, and if there was something she made that I didn’t like, there were always some elements that I did like, so when the serving plate/bowl came around, I only grabbed the elements I enjoyed. I was, however, taught to be polite, so when I eat a meal at anyone’s house, I always clear my plate so as to not offend. At a restaurant, though, I almost always ask for a take out box for the leftovers.
3. Share one thing that you were not allowed to do as a child. Oh, gosh. SO MUCH. My parents were really strict. I wasn’t ever allowed to have my friends over when my parents weren’t home, and I wasn’t allowed to do sleepovers at friends houses until I was 16.
4. What is the cheapest gas price you can remember? I didn’t really ever pay attention to gas prices until I was an adult. I do remember when I was in college when everyone sought out the one gas station in town that had gas for 99 cents a gallon.
5. What was your favorite thing on the playground? I loved hanging bars. I was that kid that hung upside-down from them and did flips around them (of the “hook one leg on the bar and spin around and around” and “hang on with your hands and do a flipping dismount” variety). But I also adored teeter-totters (see saws). It’s a shame playgrounds around here aren’t allowed to have them anymore.
6. Share one thing that your parents always made you do that you didn’t like doing. Stay home. I wanted to go out and play with my friends much more than I was allowed to.
7. Do you remember your first kiss? If so, share the details! Technically, I was 4 and I kissed some guy on a cheek (there is a picture floating around somewhere for proof). But the first legitimate kiss was when I was 20. It took a few tries from the guy, because the first attempt took me by surprise and so I turned my head away out of surprise, and the next couple of attempts were awkward and giggly. The fourth (and finally successful!) attempt was on a warm June day, and we were hanging out having a picnic on a blanket in my dorm room, and he just leaned over and kissed me. Then immediately afterwards, I took the reigns and kissed him back. I am now married to the guy I had my first kiss with! 🙂
8. Did you prefer to play inside or outside? It depends on the season. I’m much more of an inside person in the summer, but I have to go outside and play in the winter. If left to my own devices, though, I’d take curling up in bed with a book any day. When I was a kid, though, I did get out a lot and rollerskated (NOT rollerbladed!! I’m old school), rode my bike, sat down on grassy hills and made daisy chains, and colored in a coloring book and played with Polly Pockets on my friend’s deck.
9. What was your favorite TV show growing up? I don’t know if I had one specific favorite show. I really enjoyed game shows as a kid: Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Double Dare, Gladiators, the one with video games, the child adventure one that was very “Raiders of the Lost Ark”-y, Win Lose or Draw, Card Sharks, $10,000 Pyramid, and the one with word puzzles, which I think had Alex Trebek as the host. Now I have to look up the names of them on Wikipedia.
10. Share one awesome childhood memory. Filling numerous paper bags with rocks that I collected from the baseball field at my housing complex.
Bonus: Share a picture of yourself as a child.
I was about 10 years old in this picture. My mom had found THE MOST AMAZING dress-up trunk at the thrift store. It was all in a pink cardboard trunk with fuchsia writing designed to look like an old luggage trunk. I believe I still have that trunk in my childhood room, filled with some of my favorite books. Anyhow, this was one of my favorite outfits in there, and I actually wore it to my elementary school’s talent show:
Wishes For Your Own Happy Childhood Memories,