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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday's Random 12

I'm happy to participate in the 7th random Wednesday meme, hosted by Lid at 2nd cup of coffee. Trace the link above to visit Mr. Linky and read the randoms of other bloggers.

1. I've always wondered why we were taught both printing and cursive. Do you prefer to print or write cursive? (Keyboard is not a choice.)
Cursive. I have pretty cursive too. ☺ Though I get a lot of “My Grandma writes like this…”
In the last package I sent to Cambodia I included about 1.5 dozen letters to my friends that the missionaries had to translate from cursive English into printed English because I too egotistical to realize that they can’t read cursive!

2. Are you a dreamer or a realist?
I used to be hardcore 100% realist, but now that I have truly found my innate passions (I say innate because I know I was created to love Cambodia – otherwise I wouldn’t so much!) I am dreaming much more, and dreaming bigger na.

3. Billy Joel or Elton John?
Tough decision... Billy Joel!

4. What is the scariest movie you've ever seen? Not limited to horror flicks but also includes ones where the tension or suspense is killer, for example, Flightplan (2005): A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plan.
When A Stranger Calls (shivers) – Jill is a young teenager babysitting two already-asleep children in a big, dark, unfamiliar, isolated house. Soon after the parents leave she begins receiving weird calls that she assumes are pranks. Then it gets ominous. Sometimes the caller doesn't say anything, but when the menacing voice asks, "Have you checked the children?" Jill checks on the two and returns only to have the caller phone again knowing she had gone upstairs. Jill calls the police and they say they will trace the call if she can keep him on the line for more then a minute. Of course, the creeper calls again and when the police trace the calls, it is discovered that they are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE. (Oh boy!) Then there is a struggle for survival as Jill protects herself and the children.
Why is this so stinkin scary?? I feel like I have babysat in that house! Big, dark, and isolated!

5. Now what is the scariest real-life moment you've had?
Before yesterday when I was absolutely convinced that the encircling helicopter (which by the way was flying quite low) was going to fall on my head…
Summer of 2008 – Kratie, Cambodia – the rainy season
We had left our hotel early in the morning after a horrible rainstorm in the night. The roads were dirt and deeply flooded; they were also built high for purposes of irrigation. Our five-hour journey home quickly became nine hours when we hit mud, which took our '92 Camry all over the road. It was comparable to a terrible snow/ice storm in Indiana, except... it was ridiculous and terrifying. The roads were built on dirt mounds with deep ditches to prevent flooding in the rainy season. I was really nervous for our drivers, Tim and Jun. Yet I was more worried about the children (covered in mud from head-to-toe, some also naked) who thought it amusing to chase our car and push our bumpers. I remember the missionary telling her husband [I think attempting to not let us hear her], "Tim, you can't let our car slide into the ditch.. because you know that no one will be able to get us out." It was a high stress situation.

6. What word do you misspell without fail?
I typically don't misspell... but apparently: my name.. Is it not logical to spell 'Jewel' with only one'L'??

7. Name something you like to do but are not really talented or good at.

8. Do you get your emotional/mental batteries recharged by being around people or by having alone time?
Being around people definitely, but there are things that I can do like music to really pump me up.

9. Have you ever been on TV?
No. I don’t care to be either.

10. Apple or pumpkin pie? (Don't be greedy.)
Pumpkin pie (or pumpkin pie chai!)

11. How many magazine subscriptions do you have?
1: Relevant Magazine - covering God, life, and progressive culture; after my 1st year, I just re-subscribed for 2 more years.

12. What lesson do you have to keep re-learning?
More things that I would like to admit...
- God's timing
- Going to bed early is rewarding


Joni said...

I have thoughts on several of your randoms but think you should rethink your singing answer. I think you have a beautiful voice....and that is not a biased opinion. :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved reading your answers!

Susanne said...

*shiver* I could not handle a movie like that at all. I'm very wimpy when it comes to stuff like that, they stay with me for a long, long time and I hate the feeling of being scared.

That is some muddy road to drive on. Having the kids running up and hanging onto to the bumper would have totally stressed me out.

sara said...

I loved reading about your adventure in Cambodia!!

and learning more about you...great answers!!

Sarah said...

Oooh, the "going to bed early" thing...I'm so with ya! :)

Thanks for sharing so much...esp. about the "scariest real life thing"...wowsa!

It's really interesting hearing about your life in Cambodia...

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

You have such great answers. I'm always looking forward to coming here. Have a great weekend.