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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Getting to Know Meeeee.

Sprittibee, an upstanding and exceedingly capable homeschool mom, has tagged me. My apologies for the delay in answering - as you can see I had been terribly busy trying to figure out where I should be pegged on the political spectrum. Now that THAT has been taken care of - here are my answers.

Things I want to do before I die:
1. Learn a few languages - and ensure that my kids learn a few, too
2. Travel to many far away places - and take the kids
3. Sculpt
4. Get out of debt
5. See my girlies grow up strong and good
6. Hold my grandchildren
7. Do mushrooms just ONCE after the girls are grown - I never did them (but I'd probably have a heart attack)

Things I can do:
1. Drive a manual transmission car
2. Vote
3. Mouth off
4. Get more edumacation
5. Bake
6. Treat a sucking chest wound
7. Make a poultice

Things I cannot do:
1. Tan
2. Cut people's hair
3. Fly a plane
4. Reach the top shelf at the supermarket without climbing up the lower shelves
5. Drive a semi
6. Cook a steak properly
7. Run very far - my knees hurt :-(

Things that attract me to my husband:
1. His hands
2. His dimples
3. How good he is to the girlies
4. His ridiculous sense of humor
5. His intelligence
6. His compassion
7. His moustache

Celebrity crushes I’ve had in the past:
1. Beau Bridges (when I was 13)
2. No data
3. No data
4. No data
5. No data
6. No data
7. No data ( I wasn't a big celebrity crush type of person)

I invite you to share your answers in the comments section.


Blogger Alison said...

So much fun! Always good to know about the person you are reading. I really want to travel as well, even if it is in the U.S. this country is so big, and has so many amazing places to offer the interested tourist. I think I need to tackle USA before I can go elsewhere, but the travel list is loooonnnggg. I also love that you want to sculpt. I have always been interested in art, but life just didn't let me go in that direction...well, I could go on and on, but I won't take up any more space. He he he! Anyway, very interesting things to ponder about in life, eh?

07 October, 2005 01:51  
Blogger Alison said...

What is a "sucking chest wound" anyway?

07 October, 2005 01:56  
Blogger "Alice" said...

Well, I've been to all 50 States, so I consider myself lucky there.

I can do a sit down umpteen course dinner...but I cannot, for the life of me boil an egg.

07 October, 2005 05:37  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I'm with you on the knees! Working on our floors damn near killed me!

07 October, 2005 15:22  
Blogger Sprittibee said...

Awwwww shucks moment. Thanks for the flattery. You outdid yourself. So you can't tan either? I thought I was the only albino homeschooler. ;) Enjoyed your answers.

I'm with Alison - What's a sucking chest wound? ... and what kind of poultice? You go girl!

The mushrooms can wait for your "next life" - you aren't missing anything.

07 October, 2005 23:35  
Blogger Dani said...

You're funny Grizzly Mama!

I would have to say that mushrooms are quite a trip - literally!

You’ll have fun, for sure!

08 October, 2005 00:25  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I agree about seeing the USA - there are LOTS of places we still haven't been and most definitely want to see. I have a bit of a creative bent that hasn't been satisfied - what with all that working 3 jobs to stay alive, then 2 jobs, then 1 job and kids, then just kids...In the past (a brief time when I could afford a full body massage on a weekly basis..*sigh* - those were the days) I took some art classes at a local art center. LOVED it. Totally got into that potters wheel thing. Sculpting was one I was going to do but then life intervened again. I will have the time in the future and I'm happy to give all to my girlies right now. They deserve it and need it.

Here is an explanation of a sucking chest wound. I should probably correct that to say that I can administer first aid to a sucking chest wound. Keep that duct tape handy, okay people?

I'm damn near Albino, Sprittibee. Thank goodness the girls inherited their daddy's Italian skin - they get brown as little berries in the summertime. I'm sure that the mushroom experience will be out of the question. I wouldn't try it now when they're little and by the time they're grown I will be REALLY scared of having a heart attack or something. I would probably be a mess anyway and it would be no fun - I'd hyperventilate and end up in the hospital. Unseemly for an old lady.

I have a terribly time boiling eggs. I finally found the trick. Put the eggs into the pan with cold water and bring the water to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil turn the heat off and let them sit for 3 minutes. Run cold water over them. It works every time! (atleast here at sea level. Things are different in higher elevations)

08 October, 2005 00:26  
Blogger GaffaUK said...

Wow- seeing all 50 States is an achievement. I traveled down both the East and West coasts - I would like to travel across the States East to West or vice versa. Any suggestions which would be the most interesting route through the red fly-over States?

08 October, 2005 15:42  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I ate the best steak of my life in Salina, KS - however we hit a pheasant on the highway. I recommend through Kansas and down toward Texas - just keep driving. You'll see nothing for thousands of miles.;-)

08 October, 2005 15:58  
Blogger Gina said...

Mushrooms eh ? havent tried those either .. maybe some day ..LOL as for travelling sounds great .. I too love to travel and what would you like to sculpt ?

09 October, 2005 10:50  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I'm not sure, Gina.

I think I would be happy if I sculpted anything and it came out sort of recognizable.

I want to do the chipping away with a little hammer type of sculpting. The forming and shaping of malleable material is not up my alley - been there and done that! LOL!

09 October, 2005 22:39  
Blogger "Alice" said...

Gaffauk, get off the interstates, the turnpikes or the main hi-ways, and go the backroads, you will see more.

10 October, 2005 06:14  
Blogger MonicaR said...

That's true Alice. Off the highways. Something I've always wanted to do is explore the natural hot springs dotted around the southwest. We even bought a book that gives information about them. One day we will do it.

You can always do Glenwood Springs in Colorado, but that is very touristy. There are hundreds of hot springs in out of the way places where one can set up a tent and enjoy in complete privacy.

10 October, 2005 11:09  
Blogger AF said...

Love reading your blog Monica - im visiting from A Tangled Web where you are having a good grizzly swipe at Jo. She needs it. If you ever hot foot it to London give us a shout, will happily point you towards a mushroom trip or 2 :) And cheers for the July 7 banner. If you need a pointer in steaks give us a shout ;)

11 October, 2005 13:21  
Blogger MonicaR said...

AF, thanks so much for visiting and I really appreciate your words of support and friendship. Jo is a real piece work - and I can't help myself at times.

Ditto for you visiting Philly - although there probably won't be any mushrooms involved (with the exception of Portabello) and The Troll will have to grill the steaks.

11 October, 2005 20:18  
Blogger skye said...

London is my second home, AF. It is simply a jump across the pond for me.

11 October, 2005 21:47  
Blogger skye said...

Did you have the chance to visit my favorite "red state" on the east coast, gaffa?


I traveled down both the East and West coasts

11 October, 2005 21:52  
Blogger skye said...


Interested in more "Lee-in-a-Towel" scenes?

I suggest you view this video:


Click on the link for "Hot in Here".

Enjoy :))

11 October, 2005 21:57  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

You can probably fly a plane. You may have trouble landing, but flying is easy, especially if you've mastered the art of manual transmission.

As for celebrities crushes, I could easily fill the first seven slots on that list. But I am, after all, a teenage boy, so that should come as no suprise.

14 October, 2005 00:57  
Blogger GaffaUK said...

Yep Skye. I have been to Pennslyvania. When I first went to the States in 1993 - my friends picked me up at Washington DC airport and we went back to Shippensburg University where they were studying. So my first impressions first hand of the US was Pennslyvania for 2 weeks (with a weekend in New York).

Cycling around Shippensberg - it seems to me that the US still felt like a young country - in the way the land was fairly empty and spacious with pleasant farms and communities.

Also been to Philly and seen the sights - Liberty Bell etc. Makes you wonder what could of happened if the British weren't so arrogant at the time over taxes etc and so incompetent in the Revolutionary War what may of happened if the 13 States had stayed within the Empire;)

14 October, 2005 05:47  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Pennsylvania is beautiful when you get away from the urban areas. I do like Philly - but it's a very dirty city with lots of rude people.

Did you ever get out to Colorado, Gaffe?

14 October, 2005 11:43  

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