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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Five Question Friday-10 September 10

Anybody out there saying TGIF or is that just me?  Because Friday has rolled around once more, that means...(drum roll please) it's time for Five Question Friday.  Thanks to Mama M and her crew at My Little Life for the new questions every week.   Click here to visit Mama M and get the official rules and questions.  So, here goes:

1. Do you feel guilty spending money on yourself?

I most certainly do not feel guilty about spending money on myself because (1) I don’t do it often; (2) when I do spend money on myself it’s usually not that much; and (3) I feel I deserve it when I do.

2. How well do you know your neighbors?

I am sad to say that I have lived in the same house with mostly the same neighbors (give or take a few) for over 15 years, and we only know each other on a casual basis. I have only been inside two of my neighbors’ homes, and only one of my neighbors has ever been inside my house. We all wave at one another, and we’ve even received invitations to their kids’ high school graduations and weddings. Many of our neighbors are “senior citizens” and have already “been there done that” with block parties and such when their kids were young and still at home.  The only reason I even know their last names is that I often do neighborhood campaigns for various charitable organizations, and they send me a list of my own neighbors' names and addresses!

3. What age are you looking forward to being?

The Big 5-0 is what keeps coming to mind, so I’ll go with that. Half the time I can’t remember how old I am; it’s just a number in my opinion. Both of our kids will be in college (*sniff* that makes me a little sad; but just a little). Maybe by the time I’m 50 money won’t be so tight (yeah, right, with 2 kids in college?!), and the Hubs and I can finally make it to the south of France or Hawaii or somewhere equally fun to celebrate in style.

4. Do you get excited when the mail comes? Why?

Heck NO! It’s all bills and “junk mail” these days. Every now and again I’ll get a handwritten letter from my dear cousin who is in her 50’s but suffered a nervous breakdown in high school and has had the mentality of someone much younger ever since. I enjoy that correspondence just because who handwrites anything anymore?

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?

I had to write about this in a paper once upon a time ago. I was about 2 years old. The only way I know I was that young is my mom told me we moved from that house around the time I was 2 or 3. Anywhoo…I had received the Fisher Price school house with the little wooden peg people that are now chunky plastic people. (I never choked on one of them, but I guess someone must have so the FP people of my generation really are a thing of the past). The school house came with playground equipment, namely a swing set with 2 swings on it. Anybody out there remember this toy? The side of the school house opened and had a chalkboard on it? The roof had a little bell on top to ring indicating school was in session? Sorry, I digress. So, my cousin (who was older than me so much so that I called him “Uncle Bob”) placed the little FP people on the swing and then proceeded to flip the top of the swing set so hard the swings flipped completely over the top bar and the little people flew out of the swings. For the longest time, I had what I thought was an irrational fear of swinging too high on the swings at the park. Turns out it was just as rational as could be!

Once again, this was fun, and now I'm done.  Good night.  Until next time...


  1. Oh, Eastlyn...I wish I could hug you! Thank you, for always leaving such meaningful and thoughtful and kind comments on my blog. It means so much to me.

    If I can "someday" blog about what is going on, I will be sure to fill everyone it. In the meantime, just know I'm doing okay! Stressed, but surrounded by love and support and hoping this will soon pass over!

    I enjoyed your 5QF...especially your answer to #5!! I had the same school house, and never once did I choke either. I also had the little phone with the long cord...never got strangled.

    Those dang chunky plastic people are just wrong. But, at least they don't fit down a toilet paper roll! ;)

  2. I enjoyed reading your five questions. My answers would be very similar except I'm staring down 40 instead of 50, I still can't help getting excited about the mail and obviously we have different memories!!! I'm not upset that I only casually know my neighbours of 3 years - sometimes it's good to not be in each other's pockets. It helps to keep the home a sanctuary. x

  3. Thanks so much for praying for my little nephew! It's nice to meet you! I'll be back to follow... My Firefox won't let me for some reason. I have to go back in through Explorer.


  4. Hi Eastlyn!

    At our house it's my husband who gets excited about the mail. None of us would even think about collecting it because we know its one of the highlights of his day.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. Ha ha - all I can do is chuckle about your little people commments. My laughs are primarly because I used to love them, my daughter now LOVES them and I think it's hilarious that you worried about swinging too high. Good memories! Thanks for sharing

  6. I could picture a little Eastlyn getting flipped out over that swing. Sorry about that. I remember that schoolhouse. Your answers are so funny. I love letters in the mail, but it is always mostly junk mail and bills. Good for you for not getting guilty when you buy something for yourself. You deserve it! Thank you for all of your kind comments! Little Chick is feeling better. Thank goodness, because it was so sad to see her so sick. Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

  7. I think 50 sounds fun too! (Not that I'm anywhere NEAR ready for that... I'm turning 33 next month so 50 can wait thankyouverymuch! LOL.) BUT, I do think it's very worth celebrating in style! I hope you can make it to one of your dream destinations. Hawaii or France would both be amazing!!!!

  8. Hi Eastlyn, I wanted to give you an award...

    Have a great day!

  9. I'm with you about the mail...some days I'll let it sit there and my husband will be like "geez how many days has it been since you checked the mail?" Unless, I'm expecting one of my fav. know it's just bills and junkmail!

  10. Thanks so much for your comments on our blog.
    What fun to read your answers here - its gives such great insight.

  11. LOL, I can only imagine why you had a fear of the swings! I think it is great that you don't feel guilty spending money on yourself, I don't do it often but have not yet gotten to that place yet.