Saturday, January 22, 2011

Four Fun Facts

I've been tagged by Heather at Where's the Beach?. Here are my Four Fun Facts:

Four TV Shows I Watch:
*Friday Night Lights
*Grey's Anatomy
*Private Practice
*The Bachelor (I'm just being honest.)

Four Things I'm Passionate About:
(These aren't necessarily the 4 things I'm MOST passionate about, just 4 OF them.)
*traveling around as much of the world as possible, also sharing that with my kids
*my food choices
*my kids' health and well-being; making sure they feel loved, supported, and challenged
*Brad Pitt. And Ryan Gosling. But only after my husband, of course.

Four Words/Phrases I Use Too Much:
"Awesome," maybe? I don't know if I use any word or phrase too regularly. Ryan can't think of anything for me, either. Sisters, any ideas? I do use "like" (as in "it's, like,...") and "so" too much in my writing.

Four Things I’ve Learned From The Past:
*It's important to guard your heart. (Above all else, guard your heart...Proverbs 4:23)
*Be careful of your word choices during arguments, because you can't take it back.
*Holding onto bitterness against someone isn't good for you. (If you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop, in order that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop...Mark 11:25)
*I have a bad habit of setting people up to disappoint me. I tend to see the world through fairy-tale lenses. This isn't fair to other people, and I'm not doing myself any favors.

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To:
*warmer weather
*another Hail Merry Raw Chocolate Tart, the next time I go to Whole Foods!!!
*visiting these places (among others) one day: Italy, France, England, Greece, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Yellowstone, and the Dakotas
*Every day I look forward to that moment of crawling into bed with my husband, relaxing, talking, laughing, and watching one of our shows; we just finished season 4 of Big Love.

Four Things I Love About Winter:
*I like Heather's answer:
Um, pretty much the only plus is getting to wear boots.
*I also like wearing sweaters and the clothing choices, in general, during winter. I have a bad habit of wearing cardigans in the heat of summer.
*I like witnessing my kids' excitement the one or two times a year it snows here.
*Christmas and my daughter's birthday in February

I am supposed to tag some people. I'm going to go look at my blog roll and tag the first blog that's showing up right now...well, it's Heather so I can't tag is Shenandoah Vegan. Well, I KNOW she will LOVE being tagged and telling us so many more things about herself. :)

I'm also tagging someone new I've been "following," but I'm just "getting around to" adding to my "roll."

Vegan Georgia - Her blog is fairly new; go over and say "hi!"


My Hippy Pack
Carissa at Coffee & Sunshine created something called "Hippy Packs." She exchanges vegan friendly gifts with someone, and I thought it sounded like fun! Who doesn't want to get a box of vegan goodness in the mail? Thanks, Carissa, for a fun swap. (She wrote about my package here.) I think the world of this girl.

Here is what was in my box from Carissa: Color Drip Candles & chopsticks(fun!), Mama's Special Organic Kettle Corn (yum! didn't last long with the kids plowing in, too), Mareblu Naturals Cashew Crunch (yum!), MacFarms Hawaiin Macademia Nuts, Mrs. May's Almond Crunch (yum!), Seeds of Change Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice mix (haven't cooked this yet but looks good!), and a cute beverage cup!

There were also bags of Hops Flowers (She wrote that when made into tea, these help with insomnia, fevers, and digestion.) and Chamomile Flowers. I was excited that she sent these because this is one of the things I love about Carissa. She's always growing something and concocting something. She creates a lot of things naturally, from scratch; I love it and want to make more things the way she does.

She also sent me several packets of tea. This was perfect timing since one of my New Year's Resolutions was to get in the habit of drinking tea. I'm definitely not a drinker of any sort. I've mentioned before that I don't like soda, alcohol, coffee, tea...I have a hard time even getting my daily intake of water. I want to start drinking tea everyday, though, for the health benefits. So , thank you, Carissa, for the nudge in the right direction! I've been drinking my tea, adding in a dash of orange juice, and I like it that way.

She included two flowering teas. She wrote about them here on her blog. You just add hot water.

And look what happens! It's so pretty! The kids and I greatly enjoyed watching them "bloom."


  1. You're so lucky to be close to a place that sells Hail Merry tarts! :P

  2. They are my absolute FAVORITE dessert right now. I think I may have gained a pound from eating too many of them.

  3. What a fun swap. And loving your answers for what you've learned. I also had to ask the hubs about words/phrases I use too much. I love that not only do you want to travel, but you want to share that with your kids. I really can't wait for us to finally meet up!

  4. Sorry, SV, you were next on the list. What could I do? :)

    Heather, me too!!!

  5. lol yea, Shen, of all bloggers:)

    i really liked your four learned things from the past.every one of them "spoke" to me.

    thats is really cool, that swap, she grew the hops and chamomile??!!!

  6. Fairy flower! That sounds amazing! I'm going to try to find one now.
    I've started drinking more tea lately too - herbal tea is good because of both the various benefits, but also it'll count for your water intake too if you need to up that.

  7. I love your lists, especially lessons learnt from the past...such good tenants to live by.

    The Hippy Pack sounds super fun...great treats, and what a cool assortment of teas! Esp. the hops flowers and the flowering tea.

    Ha, Shen is off the hook again!

  8. I love your whole segment on Things I’ve Learned From The Past :) Also I am totally going to be on the lookout for that tart now at WF!

    I am glad that you liked the hippy pack. I am a broke hippy most of the time so sorry it wasn't super awesome :) I got that popcorn especially for your kids, so I am glad they liked it! That's a great pic you got of the flowering tea. I'm sorry that the travel mug I got you wasn't glass. I was at starbucks and saw it and just loved the mouse inside! Also, I didn't know if you would be into those drip candles, but I LOVE them! I ordered them online and then found a place here that sells them. You just put them on a wine bottle and they drip down all different colors of wax. I love it!

    I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday friend :)
    PS: Poor Shen :P

  9. I loved reading your fun facts! Looks like you want to go to a lot of the same places that I want to go. I just wish I had a job that would allow me to travel more. I also liked your learned from the past!

    Cool hippie pack! :o) I'm also enjoying teas right now. I can't seem to get enough water in, so I am hoping that will help me out. I get burnt out on trying to drink just plain ole water.

  10. I like what you enjoy about winter. I've had enough already. I like lessons from the past, too. I should keep some of those things in mind.

  11. Wow, what do you do with the flower at the bottom of the glass? Amazing little box of treats you got!

  12. Jenny, are you on Facebook? i thought somebody named Jenny tried to friend me but i dont think its the same person...if its you i am so sorry!!!

  13. I loved reading your lists. I agree with your lessons learned I have those same fairy-tale lenses so I can relate to that one. ;-)

    Looks like Carissa sent you some nice stuff. Hope it enjoy it all.


  14. I'm doing some catching up, here, so there's far too much great stuff in your last few posts for me to comment on everything. So I'll pick out my favourites.
    I LOVE those funny face plates. My kids would have so enjpoyed them! We used to make faces on ricecakes...

    I use 'so' far too much, too. (Though I hadn't noticed you did!)

    All the food looks so (!) good! I must get off this computer and get some lunch!

    I can so (!) sympathise with your 'down' feeling. I felt like that for a LOT of last Christmas... :(

    Oh, and an un-favourite thing! You didn't list Scotland as somewhere you'd like to visit! It's MUCH nicer here than in England!!!! :)