MeMe of DOOM…

 Johnny’s Rolling MeMe of Doom

1) Read the meme that was dumped assigned to you. Answer the questions.
2) Add TWO new questions to the list. Answer those questions.
3) Forward Dump this onto the next bloggervictim (and list their name and link to their blog).
4) This series will conclude when we get 50 questions – so yes, it’s 25 bloggers in the chain.
5) Please make sure that the next victim in the “link” doesn’t have a password protected blog.
[Optional 6] Update the links so people can follow along (this is similar to the method I used in the
Why China series).
[Optional 7] When you see an update, down the chain, update your own page with the new questions and answers.
[Optional 8] Copy these micromanaging instructions into the top of your meme post.

1. What secret/surprising/personal goal (that is realistically achievable within the next 15 years) would you like to fulfill?
 I would like to be working as a graphic designer. Right now I am a part-time graphic design student, which I started a few years ago since I have no intention of going back into corporate America and working as a secretary again.

2. Can you list an event in which you made a last minute decision or guess that significantly changed the path of your life?
The only really last minute decision was dropping out of college. I did it and regret it to this day.

3. What is one unrealistic goal (but your total secret dream) that you would love to come true, but are pretty sure it won’t ever happe
To buy a big piece of land in Vermont and build my dream home.

4. Who has had the most influence on your life and what did they teach you?
My husband. He is ALWAYS so supportive of me and has taught me that I can do whatever I want to do.

5. You are on a deserted island. You are stranded with someone from any point in time for 2 months (they are coming to rescue you but are busy right now). Other then family/friends/naval engineers, who is it?
I would say Maya Angelou. I am sure I could learn so much from that woman.

6. Name and describe 3 things on your mind lately. Is there any particular reason why you’re thinking about a particular thing?
First, what am I going to make for dinner tomorrow night? Next, will my parent/teacher conference at Leah’s kindergarten go ok and finally, I really need to schedule a dental appointment. Exciting, isn’t it?

7. If you could go back to one moment in time and change it, what would the moment be and what would you change it from and to?
I would not have dropped out of college. Gosh, that was like the dumbest thing I ever did!

8. What is your biggest pet peeve and is there anything that you can do or not do to stop other people from doing it?
I hate it when people don’t recycle. I mean, how hard is it really to throw your plastic bottle in the recycling can? It is the one think that all of us can easily do to help the environment, but there are still people who don’t care. That really irks me!

9. Who has been the most influential teacher in your life and why did he or she have such an impact on you? Have you sent them a note?
How sad that I can’t recall one particular teacher who had a major impact on me. I did have a good relationship with my high school biology teacher, but he was more like a buddy. I still keep in touch with him.

10. What three things do you regret not learning to do?
I can only really think of one thing, and that was not learning to speak a foreign language. Oh, and I sure wish I could spell better. Thank god for spell check.

11. What is your biggest fear?
That something terrible will happen to my loved ones. Also, that I have a awful relationship with my girls when they are adults. I don’t want to end up on Dr. Phil.

12. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I had a beautiful singing voice.

13. What is the answer to life, the universe, everything?
If I knew that, I would be one rich person.  

14. If you knew, beforehand, that the wait for your child from China would take this long and drastic a time frame, would you still go through with it or would you choose another country?
To be quite honest, if we hadn’t been expedited we probably would have re-evaluated the whole situation. My oldest was already five, and I was getting worried that there would be too much of an age difference between the kids if we waited longer. Luckily, it didn’t come to that.  

15. What is one food that most people like that you do not like at all?
Do most people like cilantro? I think it’s gross. 

16. Name one place in the world you would love to spend at least one month visiting?
Paris, France

17. What book have you just finished reading and why did you pick it up? Would you recommend it to others?
I am reading Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides for my book club. It’s a story of Cal, a 50 something hermaphrodite, who is writing his family history, his being raised as a girl and the family secret that probably caused his status as a hermaphrodite in the first place. The subject matter would probably turn some people off, but it is so well written that I am really enjoying it.

18. Share a relatively quick and easy recipe for Fall. One pot/dish recipes given extra credit.
This one is a good recipe – I just made it last night!

19. Would you rather be financially well off, but unhappy, or a happy person who is always in need of money?
Happy, for sure.

20. What is the most comforting sound in the world to you and why?
Tiny footsteps running around the house.

21. What is your all time favorite book? If you aren’t a reader, what is your favorite movie? And why?Favorite book?
I loved both Little Women and The Kite Runner. The Hunt for Red October is one hell of a movie.

22. Share one of your most cherished childhood memories.
Waking up early and watching Davey Crocket on TV with my dad, while he dressed for work.  

23. What are you paranoid about?
That I won’t be able to provide for my children.

24. What trait of yours do you MOST hope your children will carry on?
I hope they have a love of reading.

25. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I can’t say that I actually have one – hmm, maybe I need to get my nails done.

26. What would you buy if you had a thousand dollars to spend on yourself?
I would send myself and my husband to a remote B&B for a long weekend away.

27. Help me update my iPod…name your favorite artists, and then your favorite song that they perform.
I can sing along to lots of music on the radio, but truly have no idea what artist sings them – I am terribly out of touch.

28. What is your favorite charity?
I think Habitat for Humanity is a really great organization.

29. In The Shadow of the Wind, there is a beautiful passage that says “few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart.” Do you think this is true, and if so what is your “first” book and why.
Absolutely. I have been reading since early adulthood, so don’t exactly remember which “first” book had an impact on me, but I do remember that Beach Music by Pat Conroy was one that must have made an impression, since I still recommend it to friends.  

30. What is your favorite wilderness hike and why? (You knew I was going to ask this-if you aren’t a hiker, you can modify it to drive by landscapes or whatever speaks to you.)
My husband and I got to hike up to Diamond Head while visiting Hawaii last year. We had left Leah back at the hotel with my parents. It was so nice to spend some alone time with my husband and also take in the incredible view.

31. What were/are your nicknames? Do you like them?
Steph, and unless I’ve known you more than a day, DON’T call me Steph.

32. What was your first concert? Your most recent?
I saw David Lee Roth when I was just 13. Unfortunatelly, I can’t even remember the last time I saw a live concert. 

33. Have you ever done someone the dirty? I mean really, foully, badly wrong. And would you do it again, and why?
Even if I did, do you think I would tell you?

34. If you found out that the universe HAD been created, and you could ask the Creator one question, what would it be?
Boy, that’s deep. Maybe just a simple WHY?

35. What were your dreams as a child?
I wanted to be a police officer like my dad.

36. What can you do better than most people?
I think I am a pretty good cook, if I do say so myself.

37. What’s your favorite bird and why?
I love hummingbirds, but no matter how many hummingbird feeders I put up, they never come by.

38. When/where did you last go camping?
When I was a girl scout many, many years ago. Would like to give it a try, but I don’t have any of the equipment.

39. Is there something that you feel you should love doing with your kids but you really don’t enjoy at all?
I think Perrin hit the nail on the head when she said “I don’t really enjoy playing imaginary stuff with the girls. I like board games and reading but I dread when they want to play house or Dr. I avoid it like the plague.” I agree entirely.

40. What home improvement project is next on your list? Something as small as changing a light bulb counts.
We really need to replace two of our bathrooms. I don’t know if it will be the next project, but it should be.

41. Which season is your favorite?
Call me crazy, but I love winter. Snow, sweaters, fireplaces, mittens, red noses, baked goodies… I love it all.
42. MAC of PC?
I love using all the fancy Macs at school, but since A) I sleep next to a PC expert and B) I don’t want to pay for new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark, we recently ordered a pretty green Dell Inspiron laptop. It should be here any day. Yeah for me!

Red Hot n’ Rollin’: Johnny(1,2) -> Our Journey to China (3,4)-> 3D’s Adoption Journey (5,6)->Waiting for Pumpkin (7,8)->Two Kayaks (9,10)->Watch Our Family Grow (11,12)-> Our Journey to Little Maple and Back (13,14)-> American Family (15,16)-> Chicago Mama (17,18)-> The Further Adventures of Spacemom (19,20)-> Mrs. Figby (21,22)-> Mortimer’s Mom (23,24)-> Mimiboo (25, 26) -> Sopapilla (27, 28)->Jiangli (29, 30)->Beeb (31,32)-> FD Chief (33,34) -> The Daily Grind (35, 36); Different Dirt (37, 38); Twoladybugs (39,40)-> Forks and Chopsticks (41,42)

Stay tuned to find out who’s next!


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