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Ten Things of Thankful: 10 Questions Answered

Lisa of The Meaning of Me recently tagged me and the other co-hosts of the TToT to participate in the. . .


Acceptance of the award involves answering 10 questions.  TEN. She set me up perfectly to multi-task!  

1.  What is one of your favorite habits you have?

When I first read this question, I (surprisingly) came up with an answer fairly quickly.  When I read Dyanne's post, I realized that we both had the same answer!  I promise I had already thought of my answer before I read hers.  

Anyway, one of my favorite habits is daily prayer.  Prayer starts, intersperses, and ends each day.  Connecting to my Heavenly Father helps me recognize opportunities to help others and see His hand in my life.  


I'm thankful for the power of prayer.

2.  Would you prefer to travel by plane, train, or automobile? Why?

I love how flying allows me to travel hundreds or thousands of miles in a short amount of time.  Flying allows me to quickly arrive at my destination, letting me spend more of my vacation time doing the things I want to.  Also, driving across oceans doesn't work very well.  

I'm thankful for the ease of travel.

3.  What’s the first thing you notice about people?

I notice their demeanor, how they are interacting with those around them.

I'm thankful for patient, kind people.

4.  If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

It would be a family reunion, and ideally it would be a surprise. I'm not sure I could pull it off, though, as I have been part of surprise family reunions on more than one occasion.  Now my mom's radar is on high-alert.  

I'm thankful for family, and for reunions.

5.   What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

As a young child, I lived two houses down from a little store--"the little store," to use the vernacular of our neighborhood.  When I had money, I could go to the little store and buy candy.  Penny candy was on the bottom shelf, nickel candy was on the second shelf, and I think dime candy was on the third.  I don't know if I ever plopped down a dime for a candy bar; I usually would buy something from the two bottom shelves.  

I remember Mrs. Betts, the store owner, would always praise me for being able to count out exact change.  Her comments made me feel capable.  

I'm thankful for innocent comments of adults which helped build up child-me.  

6.  What was your favorite activity in gym class?

I enjoyed playing dodgeball (in grade school), and basketball, but probably my favorite activities (I can't pick just one) were those that were out of the ordinary.  In grade school one year, we got to go to the local swimming pool for swimming lessons.  That was fun.  Our grade school gymnasium had a rope attached to the ceiling.  Sometimes for PE, we would be able to take turns climbing the rope.  A thin mat sat under the rope, presumably to protect us in case of a fall.  I was good at rope climbing.  In junior high, we had gymnastic equipment.  I am not a gymnast.  I can't even do a cartwheel.  However, the uneven parallel bars were surprisingly fun.  

I'm thankful for a body that allows me to try new activities.

7.  If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

You will never go wrong if you listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  

I'm thankful for the Holy Ghost.

8.  What’s your favorite part about today so far?

I went to the temple this morning with some of the women from church.  Even though traffic can be heavy, going to the temple always leaves me with a feeling of peace. 

I'm thankful for the temple. 

9.  If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

Dogs are my favorite, so I guess I'll go with a dog.  Dogs are loyal, friendly, quick to forgive, and generally happy--not to mention, cute!

I'm thankful for dogs. 

10.  What story does your family always tell about you?

Now that my kids are grown, I'm starting to hear their impressions of growing up.  Traveling to grandparents' homes necessitated a long car trip, and a long car trip meant snacks.  While I think I did a good job packing a variety of snacks, one item stands out in the minds of my children.  Carrot sticks.   Warm, soft carrot sticks. Apparently I didn't always do a great job of using a cooler.  

I'm thankful for laughter, and for carrots!

Now, in accepting this award, I am supposed to nominate others, and ask 10 questions of my own.  I have a hard time remembering who has been nominated already, let alone who enjoys participating, so let's just say that if you read this blog, and wish to participate (even if you already have), you are nominated!  I would love to hear your answers!  You can answer any or all questions on your blog, or in the comments.  (You could also turn it into a TToT post, like I did--we love to have new participants!)

Here are my questions:

1.  What small act of service have you received that has meant a lot to you?  

2.  What was your favorite meal when you were a child?

3.  Do you enjoy camping?  

4.  Have you moved (changed houses) more as an adult, or as a child?  

5.  Where would you like to retire, and why?  

6.  If you had a free day next week, how would you spend it?

7.  If you could suddenly develop a new talent or skill, what would it be? 

8.  Do you know where your grandparents and/or great-grandparents were born?  

9.  What is one trait that describes you?

10.  What is one of your family traditions?

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  1. I enjoyed reading all your answers and your penny candy story reminded me of my own childhood. I'll answer #7 - if I could suddenly develop a talent it would be to learn to play the piano well. And to learn my camera!

    1. I keep thinking that I really need to read my camera manual one of these days! I wish I could suddenly learn my camera, too!

  2. Yam's gonna be HUGE! Look at those hooves on him! Wow!

    I like how you answered your questions, and I just said on Dyanne's award post about liking the ropes and wall bar things in gym :)

    It's really nice that the shopkeeper built you up, and took an interest. Very cool.

    HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE CAMPING! I do NOT want to. Ever. I've tried.

  3. Look at you, linking up first!
    Great idea to do the questions with the TToT. Wish I would have thought of that! :)
    I was cracking up at the carrot story. I look forward to the day when my kids are adults sitting around the table. (At the same time that I am crying for not having their little selves on my lap.) Comparing our memories will probably be quite comical.

    1. Now, every time the kids come visit, I make sure to offer them carrot sticks for the long ride home! :-)

  4. You know, my party would probably be family, too, but I didn't mention that. They are the people who make me comfortable. You and I have the memory of spending our money on candy in common! God bless those who built up our confidence, huh?

    1. Family is the best, right?

      I noticed you mentioned buying candy, too. :-)

  5. I enjoyed reading your answers, which are all connected with thankfulness.

  6. SO my comments are messy again. If this is double please delete it! sorry!
    I love the carrot dad used to put wax fruit in our bags as a joke. How do you stand all the K9 cuteness in one place?

    1. My comments were giving me grief this weekend, too. That's funny that your dad put wax fruit in your bags! The dog photo was from December. Yam is back with her raiser now, so I'm down to just the 2 dogs. Willow will probably be going back to Guide Dogs for the Blind for her formal training in the next month or two, though.

  7. How resourceful of you to combine the Sisterhood award and the TToT - why didn't I think of that? I love reading everyone's answers. I feel like I'm getting to know each of you a little better. I think dogs are the best animals - loyal, unconditionally loving, and yours are SO adorable. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself and cleverly tying it in with your TToT. Have an awesome week!

    1. Only Drexel is really mine. Willow and Yam are puppies in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I puppy sat for Yam for a while in December. Willow is the puppy I am currently raising. (Drexel is a "career-changed" guide dog puppy; he was too scent-distracted to make a good guide dog, so he is now my pet). They are definitely all adorable, though.

  8. Reminds me that I've to answer these tomorrow! And the first thing I look forward to in the day is prayer as well. Great minds!

  9. This is awesome.... I enjoyed reading all your answers ...
    I love the first question and answer...LOVE

  10. Kristi, I love that you did your TTOT this way, incorporating Lisa's questions. Brilliant. I learned some things about you, too. Like how athletic you always were and how much your Church and faith mean to you. (But I think I always did know that). I have a penny candy store memory or two myself.

    1. What's funny is that I never really considered myself athletic. I didn't consider myself UNathletic, either. I guess I just never thought of it. I identified more with academics than athletics. I'm learning more about myself, too. :-)

  11. Great post... I also got tagged for this one, twice with two different sets of questions... just imagine that. scooped them up and added them into one post.

  12. I always enjoy reading your blog. I find myself nodding in agreement more times than not. I hope your weekend is full of wonderful adventures.

    1. Thank you. I spent much of yesterday driving to and from a Guide Dog meeting. I pulled over several times, to take photos of a beautiful rainbow and interesting clouds. Today was filled with church meetings, choir practice, and phone calls. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too.

  13. Love to learn more about others like this too! Always fun to answer unusual questions.
    The candy-story is something most of our generation can relate to, even over here in the Netherlands. At least I know I do.
    My answers to your questions aren't very spectaculair, so I won't bother you and your other readers with them. Nr.5 is so easy even YOU would know my answer to that one....
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. xxx

    1. Oh, I think that you are much more interesting than you give yourself credit for, but I will respect your wish to not participate. (However, I still think you need to write a TToT post sometime--I would love for you to join us!) Hope you are doing well.

  14. Love the list and the pictures. So many great things.

  15. nicely integrated TToT and Award response!
    hey, Drexel looks a little tired, is the newest member of the pack challenging his pack leader status?

    1. I used an old photo (from December). Yam is back to her regular raiser. Drexel is his normal, happy, goofy self.

  16. I love how you tied it all together. It never even occured to do that when Lizzi nominated me. Very creative!

  17. Good job, tying the TToT with the Blogger Award!
    Very cool that our #1 are the same.
    A family reunion is a good idea! I'd love to get together with my cousins and their kids.
    Isn't it too bad that kids don't know about penny candy anymore? It was so powerful to fill a little paper bag with candy and only spend a dime!
    I did like dodgeball in junior high. We called it bombardment and it was played with about a dozen playground balls, some normal and some with little air left in them. I was wickedly good at that game.
    Is Yam permanent or just visiting? I thought he was just visiting, but things change.
    I'll give your questions some thought and answer them soon!

    1. Yam was just visiting. I used a photo from December.

      Looking forward to hearing your answers!

  18. What a clever way to combine your answers with your thankfulness! I loved this.

  19. Oh well done, Kristi! I just love that you have such great answers and turned them into items of thankfulness. That's wonderful. I particularly love the story of the candy store. Small compliments can be so important to all of us.

    1. Isn't it amazing how little things can be memorable? I'm sure Mrs. Betts had no idea I would remember her praise.

  20. I love your thankfuls. This is a great list. I too, am thankful for dogs. They saved me this week.


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