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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

new-do week 4 and Q&A

So, it's been 4 weeks since the BUZZ ... it's growing fast, isn't it!?! Last week I was complaining about the single horn and was concerned that this week I'd have 2 horns. Well, the 2 horns have merged into one natural faux hawk. I wonder what next week will bring ..... ?
On another note, Debby at Inspired Design tagged me (my 1st tag! Thanks Debby!) for this Q&A session. So here you go:
1) What is the most interesting trip you have taken?
It would have to be my 1st trip to Bali, Indonesia when I was introduced to the Monkey Forest. Brad & the kids and I were walking through the forest with darling little monkeys everywhere. We had peanuts to feed them and they'd just come get them out of our hands. The next day we went in with bananas and they jumped right on me and snatched the whole bunch. Brad, being the guru of all-things-nature that he is, got a new bunch of bananas and told me to "watch how it's done". He secured a banana between his hands and held his hands high above his head. He would give the banana to a monkey when he was darn good and ready to. 10 seconds into the forest and a HUGE monkey jumped up to his shoulders, climbed on top of his head and hissed, baring his teeth ... Brad yelped and gave the monkey the banana :)
2) What is you favorite item of clothing? Why?
Not counting PJs? OK ... it's gotta be my flower skirt. So comfy and cool in the summer!
3) What is the funniest thing that you have experienced?
This is a hard one because my life is filled with FUNNY. But here's one: When we lived in Alaska we had pet ducks. Two of the ducks flew away leaving one by herself. Ducks hate being alone, so we headed to the lake where there was a plethora of ducks, to catch one and bring home. My daughter and I were alone on this caper and we both have a propensity for getting the giggles. Especially when together. We found it was way too hard to catch a big duck - they look slow, but they're not! So we targeted a mama duck who (we rationalized) had so many babies she wouldn't miss one. One was sort of lagging behind, so we thought we could catch it, no problem. Even with it getting stuck between rocks while waddling to the lake, Brooke and I were unsuccessful. This is because we both started laughing so hard we had to cross our legs and hold still. (Most of the time when we get the giggles it's WAY more inappropriate, ie: funerals, weddings, church)
4) If you could speak to one type of animal what would it be?
Either a bear or a duck. We also had bears in Alaska. Well, WE didn't have them, but they'd come through our yard. Some bears have such kind looking faces ... if I could talk to them, I'm sure we'd come to a good understanding about them eating our garbage if they would just put what they didn't want back into the trash can.
5) What would you ask said animal?
Oh - didn't see this before answering the question above. Well, if I were talking to a duck we'd just have a little chat. They're such content little creatures.
6) Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
Hmmmm. Good question. I'm going to change the question a little because as I ponder on all the people who have influenced me, I can't pick just one. So, of all the people I have never known personally, not including Diety, I'd say that Sir Thomas More wins. He was an amazing person whose integrity surpassed any I know.
7) What was your favorite childhood tradition?
Another one where I've got to change the question because there are way too many to list just one. Instead, I'll tell you about when I was 7 or 8 and we lived in southern California. We had a huge field of boulders behind our house and spent hours and hours playing on them. Kids have great imaginations, so my siblings and I named the rocks. The elephant rock was a favorite, but I also remember spending hours on the "house rock". It was really big and flat on the top .. on the side, there was a natural ramp that would take us down among smaller boulders. Good memories. We used to catch lizards like crazy in those boulders. But I think I actually ended up with way more lizard tails than whole lizards :)
8) What was your biggest decorating faux pas?
Hahahha .. this is awful. speaking of "faux", I got way into HGTV at one time and decided to do a faux finish on one of our living room walls. I learned from HGTV to not be afraid of color (I'm afraid of it again) Anyway, being the sensible shopper I am, I bought mis-tinted paint at the local store and went home to work on my masterpiece. I thought the wall would be a soft gold, and that I'd sponge it on. It came out bright yellow and looked like we were hosting a Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet. So thinking I did what any non-decorator would do. I grabbed my bottle of Old English, dumped it on sponges and covered the wall in that. The wall stayed that way till we sold the house.

I'm passing these questions on to:
Brooke at S&B
My friend (whose name I don't know) at Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife


  1. hey
    thanks for joining my blog :)
    wow what an inspiring blog you have.

    Betty Bake

  2. oh my gosh, you are so cute! haha...the ducks thing cracks me up :)

  3. I loved reading all these interesting facts!!!! Oh how I would have loved to live in Alaska...that is on my Bucket List!!!

    Love the is growing so quickly!!!

    Wishing you a Fabulous Day!!! :-)

  4. I love this story! I have to start following you! You just lift my spirit! That story of the rocks, it reminds me so much of the wooded area of our garden where we used to play as kids. We had a "horse branch" :) I also used to have bears in the yard where we lived before. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself! It was a pleasant read! Also, you look adorable!!!

  5. Denalee, so fun reading this! I laughed out loud reading about the monkey forest. We had ducks at the old house. lol My husband got the ducks for free but then went and bought them their own shed so they would be safe at night! (he gets a little carried away sometimes). xo

  6. You look amazing! And I so enjoyed reading all your facts. Have a wonderful day sweetie :) xoxo

  7. Aw Denalee you are looking beautiful as always. I enjoyed reading your answers. Have a great day!!!!

  8. You are absolutely gorgeous!!! Loved reading all the little facts about you!

    xo have a fabulous day doll!

  9. denalee---these questions are so much fun!! will definately post my answers before the end of the week!!! thanks for tagging me :)

    ps: the hair looks great!

  10. Your duck story is hilarious! Did you ever get a friend for your lone duck?

  11. Congratulations! I loved reading these stories from your life - the duck incident is just so funny! - and your hair looks beautiful. This is a great length (and no horns in sight ;-)

  12. Love the Q&A! And the duck story. I had a duck when I was little. I raised her and named her Rufus. I eventually let her go at a pond. Once she was full grown.

    It sounds like you have many treasured memories =)

  13. so fun to learn more about you! thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. i LOVE the idea behind yours :) bali sounds amazing!

  14. Hello! me again, thanks for your super sweet comment. My husband and I are lucky enough to live less than hour away from both of our parents so we do get to visit quite often. I am going to visit with my grandmother this evening since my husband is working late. I know you must be so excited to see your daughter and your grandchild!

  15. So fun... great to get to know more about you!

  16. What a great list, loved all your anwers and your sense of humour. Thank you for coming by with you rkind comment. I'm a new follower. What a story, what a wonderful daughter you are.
    Hope you're having a good week,

  17. You are too cute! I love ducks as well. Their little waddles are so darn adorable. Sorry about the paint mishap! Ugh. I was tagged as well by Debbie and I am excited to respond!


  18. Wow! Your hair really is coming in quick. before you know it, it will be three times the length! I hope your Mother is well. My hubby is 5yrs cancer free next month! Woohoo!

  19. So much fun getting to know you better! And I still think you look totally gorgeous, you're rockin' short hair!

  20. I did my seven! Posted now ( :

    As for faux finish, yep. Been there, done that. We have an "english aged leather look" in our basement that is um ... nice? (not really, but it took my husband weeks and weeks and weeks, so it stays!)

  21. I love reading this post...So lovely to get to know all those things about you sweetie!!! Your hair is really gowing fast:) You look so great:)
    Ps: Hope your mom is doing ok...Let me know:)

  22. Oh man, I love the duck story!

  23. you've been to idonesia? that's so cool! :D

  24. You are so cute...I loved reading all your answers, very special, great stories.
    I have someone on this ship also...I am in the blood line Latham, I am trying to find out as much as I can. Life is so wonderful, just think our paths crossed without us being there.
    Thank you sweet girl for coming by. I haven't been on alot since living in the past these past couple of months. Big Hugs, Mary...your sea sick shipmate!!!

  25. I think you look adorable! Great post, I love Debby so much! Fabulous to learn more about you, lovely lady!

  26. You look great! I am so inspired by your story -- such a beautiful thing to do. You're clearly not only incredibly sweet but so selfless.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Yours is fab; I can't wait for more!
    xxoo Josie

  27. I love love love your hair my friend! You are way too cute for words. xoxoxox

  28. Hahha, i can totally imagine trying (and failing) to catch a duck - they are so funny, they will come up really close to you, but reach out an inch and they disappear!

    Chic on the Cheap

  29. oh my goodness, there's my name! lol Wow, I'll have to think about those questions dear! The more I learn about you, the more I adore you! I would be right there with you with the faux finish on the walls. Give me paper and I can create- paint, no wayyyyyyyyyyyyy! Old English, for real!!!! lol xoxoxo

  30. You are filled with FUNNY! :) In reference to the first answer: When I was in the Philippines back in elementary school, a monkey from the zoo snatched a whole bag of my chips! I was only giving it one piece when this crazy monkey grabbed the bag from my other tiny hand! Greedy little sucker.

    The Philippines is not too far from Indonesia, so the monkeys were temperamentally similar!

    Followed you back :)

  31. you'd be a duck? that's an interesting and completely awesome choice. :)
    the hair's looking great--what fun to experiment with different styles as it grows back.

  32. love your comments on my blog. makes my day!

  33. PJs totally count ;)
    you work the faux hawk!

  34. But faux painting is all the rage. In 1995.