Pausing for Breath and a Chat

This has been one of those weeks that left me feeling a lot like Loretta Lynn as depicted in the breakdown scene in Coal Miner’s Daughter:

I’m not a-runnin’ my life; it’s a-runnin’ me.

With my RSS reader of choice experiencing an outage for most of the week, and a road trip with friends fast approaching, I decided to go on attack mode with my project list. As a result, I have been Turbo Cammy all week. I’ll try to put together a post with some project photos, but for now, it feels soooo good to press the pause button and take a breather.

I so enjoyed hearing from listeners and new readers after the Half Size Me podcast! (I promise, I’m usually a bit more consistent in posting!) I look forward to getting to know you all better! In fact, why not start now? :)

visitor info sign with question markEvery now and then I post a few mostly unrelated questions from which you can choose as few or as many questions as you’d like to answer. I like learning more about readers here and the bloggers I read. It’s also fun to see people find kindred spirits as they read other people’s answers.

So here are the questions for this round, free for you to interpret as you wish:
-What was the first thing you ever won?
-What is your favorite quote?
-What book have you attempted to read several times but have never been able to finish?
-If you could remodel one room in your house what would it be?
-How do you know when you’ve had too much?

My answers:
– First thing won: I think it was an oil change (or something equally exciting) as a door prize at a concert when I was about six. You can imagine my delight. :)

– Fav quote: “She believed she could, so she did.” (unknown) My favorites change daily–sometimes hourly–but this one has come to mind several times over the past few days.

– Unfinished book: ‘Custom of the Country’ by Edith Wharton. After starting it and putting it down many times over the past…oh, 10 years or so, I finally decided I probably wasn’t going to read it. I took it to Goodwill this week. :)

– One room remodel: Regular readers know my answer to this one: MY KITCHEN!! I’ve only been “working” on it for about 4 years now. (Pity I can’t just take IT to the Goodwill and be done with it. LOL)

– Had too much: It’s hard to explain, but I know I’ve had too much and need to hit the pause button when my thoughts get cluttered and circular, and all I’m doing is re-thinking, and not moving on the solving or letting go steps.

I hope you’ll have some time this weekend to weigh in with your answers! If not, I hope you somehow manage to still have an awesome weekend! :)



23 thoughts on “Pausing for Breath and a Chat

  1. -What was the first thing you ever won?
    I’m not sure about the first, but one of the first is something I never would have bought, but it gets used almost every day!!

    -What is your favorite quote?
    Right now:
    If the voices tell you can’t draw, then by all means draw and the voices will be silent. Van Gogh
    (But I adapted it to running).

    -What book have you attempted to read several times but have never been able to finish?
    Hinds Feet in High Places (it’s an allegory—I just didn’t get it!)

    -If you could remodel one room in your house what would it be?
    Our bedroom. I would love to remodel the garage into a huge bedroom/bathroom.

    -How do you know when you’ve had too much?
    I get crabby.

  2. Boy, do I agree with you and Lorett(ee).

    What was the first thing you ever won?

    I was named Grand Champion Western Pleasure 13 and under at the Skagit County Fair 1971.
    -What is your favorite quote?

    To thine own self be true – closely followed by – Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be.

    -What book have you attempted to read several times but have never been able to finish?

    mind is blank on this one

    -If you could remodel one room in your house what would it be?

    Not so much remodel as clean out – suddenly my garage is FULL.

    -How do you know when you’ve had too much?

    When the garage door won’t close.

    • I’m not sure if I’ve heard that ‘wishbone’ quote before, but I sorely needed to hear it today. (I’m still going to buy a lottery ticket, though. )

  3. First thing I ever won was a cake from the “cake walk” at my elementary school Halloween Fair.

    My favorite quote- ” The Beautiful Ugly” I’m not sure where this quote came from, but I think it’s French.
    Also – “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened.” – Montaigne (This one keeps it real for me)

    Book I’ve tried to read and can’t….Moby Dick

    I would remodel my kitchen

    I know I’ve had enough when I contemplate locking myself in my car just to be alone.

  4. I would love to help you remodel your kitchen! That is the next room that is getting a light update this winter. I think I am going to put in copper counter tops!

    I don’t often try to reread books that I can’t get into. The last few were the Game of Thrones books. Just couldn’t get into them. I tried 50 Shades because people love it so much and for the life of me I can’t see how they can get past the awful, awful writing. Same with the Twilight books.

    • I *love* the look of copper countertops, but I’m thinking they’re too high maintenance for me. I’m semi-considering stainless, though. And stained concrete and plain ol’ solid surface. (You see why the remodel is taking so long. :) )

  5. What a fun post!!!
    First thing I ever won – not sure, I rarely win anything.
    Quote – Believe it, achieve it!! (not sure who said it)
    Book – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I tried and tried and then after watching the movie decided not to waste my time)
    Remodel – either master bath or kitchen
    I know I’ve had to much when everything that anyone in my family says irritates me.

  6. What was the first thing you ever won? First thing I remember is a coloring contest! I won a pair of shoes for coloring Mr. Kinney.

    What is your favorite quote? I love quotes. Not a single one comes to mind right now…

    -What book have you attempted to read several times but have never been able to finish? Is it wrong to say The Bible. I love the Bible and read it every day. But I have not read every single chapter of every single book. Some of those Old Testament books are…ummm…well…difficult.

    -If you could remodel one room in your house what would it be? I’m still hoping to add on a room–a studio. Instead of using my whole house as a studio.

    -How do you know when you’ve had too much? When I am overtired, I start crying.

  7. I’ve not done this before but I thought I’d give it a try! Here goes:

    -What was the first thing you ever won?
    In third grade I won a Japanese wall hanging (in silk) of the alphabet. Our teacher had us guess a number and I guessed her exact number-15.
    -What is your favorite quote?
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ― Oscar Wilde
    -What book have you attempted to read several times but have never been able to finish? -Haha, the Bible. I’m still trying!!
    -If you could remodel one room in your house what would it be?
    This is a toss up between the bathroom and the kitchen. They both need it desperately but I think the bathroom would have to be first.
    -How do you know when you’ve had too much?
    When I start looking for something sweet to eat. It’s always my go to when I’m stressed or emotional about something.

    Jenea
    http://www.dunkin2dippin.blogspot.com

  8. First thing won – A bottle of wine – charity event.
    Quote – It takes one to know one
    Book – A Boy called it
    Remodel – Living room – I want funky bright colors

    • I tried to read A Boy Called It, too, and just couldn’t. Way too much emotion. There was another book, ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, that pushed the same button.

  9. Is so fun learning about you with your questions!

    First thing I ever won – Grand Prize ribbon for artwork in 2nd grade. Who’da thunk – I’m not “artsy” at all!
    Quote – Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but it does ruin today’s happiness. (unknown)
    Book – Anything by Stephen King
    Remodel – nothing right now
    I know I’ve had to much when – I start *itching instead of appreciating.

    Have a great day!

    • I enjoy learning about you as well, Judy!

      LOL on the Stephen King. I hear you! Other than his book about writing, which is fantastic, I’ve only been able to finish one other book, “Thinner”. (Hah!)

  10. I went to the Old Reader too!! I sure missed reading!! AND then today when I was able to long on, it said that in two weeks they are closing down and I need to move again. NOW what? AAHHH. I loved the old reader!! I dont care for Bloglovin. I did find feedreader.com and I started to upload there, but now I cant get on this evening!!! :(

    • Good news, Debby! I just read a post that said they’re bringing in a new support staff for TOR! We might not have to change after all!

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