Friday, February 26, 2010

Two things

Two things happened today that drove home the fact that sometimes I am just a sentimental fool. I make no apologies for having this trait although at times I wish I didn’t get so teary about certain things.

First thing.

We had a pep rally today to kick off the start of the basketball tournament games which began after school. It’s always fun (well, for most, I guess) but this year I didn’t get to see any of it because I got busy in the office. No big deal. Sometimes that happens. But when I left at my regular time, the cheerleaders were warming up in the lobby and I stood and watched them in my coat before I went through the gym doors and eventually out to my car.

Our cheerleaders are amazing and our program has come a long way from where it was twelve years ago when I started at the school. Our coach is one of our parents and was formerly the coach at a nearby university. The group was totally in synch, the music was a blast, and they looked great. I smiled wide as I stood at the door watching them and when the routine was over, the coach turned and noticed me there, then asked me if I’d seen the pep rally today. I told her I hadn’t and why.

She turned to the girls and asked if they’d like to do Amanda’s routine for me and they all agreed. They were going to do a routine just for me because I hadn’t been able to attend the pep rally and I had no idea that one of our seniors had choreographed an entire dance routine. As the music began and the group started their precise moves, I was amazed that one of our girls did this. It looked so professional. And at the end, aerials and a lift and standing at the top of it all, a 7th grader who, as a young child, I consoled one day and who has always remembered my kindness. She always goes out of her way to say hello to me in the hallways. And at that moment, my heart just swelled.

And silly me, my eyes filled up with tears. I told them it was beautiful as I clapped after the ending. Amanda came and gave me a hug when she noticed I really was crying . . . and I left that building thinking what a sap I was. Can’t even watch a cheerleading routine without breaking down. Good grief.

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Second thing.

I come home to my husband and my favorite pup. And later on as I’m going through photos, I find a series of bird shots that my husband has taken. They’re nothing special, and I’m thinking the whole time that I’ve really got to get him a better lens than this Quantaray. And as I’m going through them I realize suddenly how lucky I am that they are here on this disk in the first place. Because it means he’s still alive.

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And I suddenly find that tears are falling down my face. Sometimes I really am just a total sap.

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And now, let’s get serious because inquiring minds would like to know . . .

1. How and when did you learn to type?

2. What is your key ring like?

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?

See you in the comments, my friends . . .


Country Girl said...

1. How and when did you learn to type? I actually took a night course in typing after learning absolutely nothing in high school typing class. I thought that the night course would help my chances of getting a job, which they did.

2. What is your key ring like? Mine is totally boring. It's a flat silver plate shaped like a pear and has a local pizza place name engraved in it. It works.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? A jar of ginger marmalade.

4. Of all the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? There are some geeks at our school. I can't say their names.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? When I went out for drinks with a friend earlier this month. I hate that when you can't hear someone right next to you!

~ C.G.

Deb said...

1. in Jr. High
2. my key ring has to many keys and doodads according to my one from Vegas added to it.
3. my dogs
4. I don't really know any geeks
5. everytime I talk to my FIL

Gayle said...

Love your "lists", thanks for including them.
1. One semester in high school, after errors, I could type 8 words a min. Wooooo!
2. Yep, keys separate from car, but can be buckled together. There is a little scanner tag for the market and Sally's Beauty Supply.
3. Awwwww, sweet Toby, Cokie and the Moose (kitty trio that lives here).
4. My husband, and I love it. He remembers how to do the "BIG" stuff on the computer. I remember the dinky stuff.
5. Ha, a bad connection on the cell phone...........can you hear me now?

Love, love the birdie, kitty and fluffy doggie pix that you share. Your softer side resonates with us all. Thank you.

Flat Creek Farm said...

What sweet stories. I would have cried too. I just hate it when I tear up like that, but it's the way I'm made. And when I'm on a roll, look out!
1.Freshman in high school - typing class.
2.My two key rings are just your basic split silver rings. Boring!
3. Our neighborhood Bald eagles yesterday.
4. I am the geekiest person in my life. Really, I am :)
5. Just tonight across the ol' farmhouse - 'supperrr is ready'!

Mental P Mama said...


1. I still don't know how to type. GAH
2. Honda standard issue key ring. GAH
3. The last thing I took a picture of was Thomas Jefferson's grave. In the snow.
4. I know a lot of geeks. And I really like them;)
5. I don't like to scream...but maybe it was to tell my husband to watch the birdfeeder!

Love that shot of the cardinal peeking around the corner!

Sharon said...

Nothing wrong with crying happy tears. :)

1. Type? I can only type with my thumbs. I thank the iPod Touch & iPhone for letting me realize this "talent."

2. My key ring I use day to is SO BORING. it's the one from the dealer with their name & number on it. I have another one that is webbed and has those plastic buckle snaps. I used it in Michigan since it had three parts; home, work, cottage.

3. I took shots of a fire tower today. O hope to process them tomorrow as long as my aging computer cooperates.

4. Geekiest person I know is Jeff. He is our photography meet-up leader. He has worked for apple.

5. Had to yell on Tuesday at Special Olympics.

maryelizabethroche said...

1. Freshman year at Mother McAuley High School...typing was a requirement, and the nun who taught us was sooo mean!!
2. A Marine Corps emblem in honor of my brother, and a St. Christopher medal.
3. A bowl of my Chicken Tarragon Soup.
4. My eldest son...he's almost 30 and a personal injury attorney...and he's still geeky, but engaged to a prom queen.
5. This morning when the dogs saw a rabbit running and decided to take off after it.

Low Tide High Style said...

Aww you're not a sap, you're just someone who cares deeply. I don't keep people in my life who don't care deeply they're just too boring!

1. How and when did you learn to type?
In high school. I'm super competitive so I had to be one of the fastest in my class, why I don't know...just because I guess!

2. What is your key ring like?
Well Mr. Tide said to tell you it weighs a ton! It has keys on it that I don't even know what they would open. And there is a leather strap with keys to my parent's house and my grandparent's farmhouse. I blame VW for the weight of it though! ;)

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? Of some daffodils peeking through the ground this evening.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
Hmm, now this one is a toughy. You may not believe this but I play an online computer game (long story but I wouldn't let our son play online alone, so I started playing alongside him years ago.) And in online gaming you meet a LOT of geeks! I would have to say my friend Pillar, who configures all the servers we play on!

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Whenever I need to tell our son that it's time for dinner. Since he got a laptop he stays in his room more.

Kat :)

Need A Latte Mom said...

1. Mr. Smith's class, 10th grade. Typing is something I am always glad I can do.

2. A black leather hand cut Christian fish I brought back from South AFrica.

3. Photo....hmmm. The gaping hole in my french doors that is costing me 800.00+ to fix...grrrrrr.

4. My husband. No question about it. He is an engineer.

5.Daily. I have 3 kids.

And CG, I teared up 2x reading your post, you have lots of company!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Oh boy - these are fun!
1. I learned to type in freshman beginning typing class at the infamous Central High School, Little Rock, AR! The teacher would open the window in winter to "wake us up"--it made my fingers so stiff I could barely type at all! What was she thinking?

2. My key ring is a hugh silver clip so I can find it. My friend, Pat, gave it to me because I was always complaining about not being able to find my keys in the big black hole inside my purse!

3. Last photo I took was of the turquoise lagoon at St. Thomas Island! Beautiful, although I am a terrible photographer!

4. The geekiest person I know is a child who writes the most creative, quirky cartoons you can imagine. He's non-athletic and describes himself as a geek. He's a very dear geek to me!

5. The last time I shouted to be heard was at Chick Fil A where we had taken a group of disabled students to eat. One of our teenage autistic boys darted out across the parking lot as we got off the bus!

Tess Kincaid said...

1) as a freshman in high school

2) silver Egyptian amulet

3) a vintage scale weight

4) I refuse to answer on the grounds that I might be incriminated

5) five minutes ago...big house, near deaf husband

(I love that you're a sap, just like me)

Hilary said...

Oh, Kate. I totally understand your sentimentality. Sometimes, we just feel more vulnerable than others, and anything can tip us over. That's OK, though, isn't it? Means our hearts are still beating.
Questions, questions.
1. This is a funny story. For my eighth grade graduation, my parents bought me a Royal typewriter out of the Sears catalog......$88.88. Now that was a LOAD of money back then, and I taught myself to type from the book, and by the time I took typing as a sophomore, I already typed 50 wpm. Boy, was that teacher surprised.
2. Mine is a purple woven loop, and a small jack knife that was my Dad's.
3.Last photo was of a rug I finished today. Surprise!
4. Probably my son in law.
5. Uh, I live with my 85 year old mother who turns her hearing aid down. I yell all the time.

Ellen said...

1. Learned to type in high school - though I'm much faster now!
2. My key ring is really neat - it came with four removable rings so I can just take my car keys or house keys with me. Love it..
3. Last took a picture of the many male cardinals in our feeder during the storm a few weeks ago.
4. The geekiest person in my life has to be my son - my Mac guru!
5. It feels like I'm always shouting, but it was probably last week over the noise in Disney World.

Journey said...

1. I learned to type as a freshman in high school...and learned on a blind typewriter (no key faces) AND learned by typing to music. It always came so easy for me.

2. Ordinary circle with car key and door opener on it.

3. The last photo I took was of hubby taking off ceramic tiles in the kitchen (will the dust ever end?)

4. Friend who has now moved away. Oh wait, I was the one who moved away. But he's such a wonderful person.

5. Yesterday, letting hubby know (who was in the "man cave" downstairs) that dinner was ready!

Char said...

1. 10th Grade High School on a manual. I remember carbon paper and an eraser to correct mistakes.

2. Silver ring, 5 keys total with a blue clip ring that matches my jeep. I hook them to my purse so I don't have to dig for them.

3. My brother

4. Probably me

5. I can't remember really. Probably at a concert.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Love you post today...and I always love your questionnaires. Clever girl! Who doesn't like to talk about themselves?

So...Here goes:
1. How and when did you learn to type? High school, but I really didn't use the skill until years later when I bluffed my way into my first secretarial job for an office supply wholesale store. Years after that, I became became paralegal/office manager in a law office where I really fine-tuned those skills.

2. What is your key ring like?
It's a navy twill belting fabric with a Boston Whaler (boat) logo on it...along with three keys.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? My freshly cleaned and detailed Harley-Davidson Deuce motorcycle.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? I've thought about this one for about 5 minutes now, and I honestly can't think of a single person in my life who I would refer to as a Geek. (Dork, maybe, but never Geek. lol)

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Tuesday night at dinner. We were at a great Mexican restaurant and we all had to talk over the Mariachi band. (whew!)

Thanks again for the questions!

beth said...

1. in high school....probably as a freshman and it's one of my talents that I'm really proud of....see, now I'm my own answer for #4
2. full and with an elastic stretchy band like all the clerks in the mall have on theirs....which I have to tell you, is a godsend !
3. yikes...i'll have to check my file and get back to you on that one, but it was probably outside and very white if you know what I mean
4. my hubby is pretty geeky, but it's one of the reasons I married him 25 years ago :)
5. 2 days my 18 year old...who seems to think there are days that I am invisible

beth said...

oh...and that sappy gene you too !
and often to extremes that only my family understands....

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Better to be able to feel things and empathize with humanity than to be as cold and uncaring as a rock under a glacier at the North Pole, not that I'm saying this with anyone in mind or anything.

But empathy and being able to feel deeply are very admirable traits which many people do not possess.

I took Mrs. McMullen's typing class in high school because I had to take something to fill in the schedule. Learning to type on an electric typewriter, I soon had a life skill that helped me earn beer money in college, where nobody seemed to know how to type, and there was no such thing as word processing, much less Word Perfect or even Word. Then computers were invented and lo and behold this little class that was an afterthought really paid off. I still type about 100 wpm, all thanks to Ms. McMullen.

Now kids learn keyboarding in utero and are texting at three months of age while controlling a videogame with their feet.

Kathy said...

It's okay. The older I get the more tears I shed. About 20 years ago I started crying whenever I hear the Star Bangled Banner. It doesn't even matter if it's at a baseball game (I hate baseball!). When I hear of someone overcoming adversity, I cry. When I hear of someone excelling over others and through hardships, I cry. It's okay. It means you're human, it means you care, and it means you're loving. I understand and so do all the others!

Alli said...

Oh Honey, you make me cry just reading about your day. I guess I'm a sentimental sap too but it's so wonderful to hear that you appreciate your husband so much.

Steph said...

First of all, I cry all the time and can totally relate to this post. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.
Now on to your questions.

1. How and when did you learn to type? As a freshmen in HS from a militant typing teacher whom I didn't like but who produced results in all of us!

2. What is your key ring like? It's just a grocery store rewards card which is ironic because as a kid I collected key chains and still have boxes of them somewhere. I should find a new home for them somewhere.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? A cardinal! Not as good as your husbands from the other day though. I loved that!

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Without a doubt, my husband. :)

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Can't recall exactly but I'd bet it would have been at work, walking through our shop to talk to one of the guys. We fabricate countertops and he machinery is LOUD.

PS.found you through PW...and have been stalking ever since :)

Alli said...

1. First started learning in sixth grade - could type 90wpm by 8th.
2. As I am currently still at college, I have a lanyard with five separate key rings on it (with keys to a house, apartment, two cars, and lab rooms in my major's department).
3. The last thing I took a photo of?? The view outside my bedroom window two evenings ago.
4. I have one guy friend who LOVES gadgets. That's all he twitters about. I love geeks too.
5. I believe it was at the basketball game I attended with my sister about a month ago.

becky up the hill said...

High School. I learned to type & make muffins in high school, two things!

Little pewter watering can.

Serbian Church Angels Camp, Ca.

myself, does that count?

this week, at my son's cat, he was misbehaving.

p.s. I understand about the tears.

Julie Harward said...

You are no have a heart of gold, more people need a heart! I don't know about your hub, but I'm glad he is there with you and he takes great pic's!
1. 67'
2. Silver, western
3.Today, a choc. cake I made for my
husbands birthday! :D
4. A nephew ;)
5.Days ago..hub was at the other end
of the house!

Liz said...

Hmmm yes, I find the older I get the easier I cry....anyway..
1. How and when did I learn to type? At high school, it was a no questions asked thing all girls had to do!

2. What is my key ring like? It's a giraffe my best friend bought me because I love giraffes!

3. What was the last thing I took a photo of? A nearly finished quilt this morning!

4. Who is the geekiest person in my life? My eldest son!

5. When was the last time I had to shout to be heard? Must be a while ago 'cos I can't remember!


Hilary said...

But you're such a sweet sap. :)

1) I only learned to type properly after I got my first computer in 1989. I used Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for a few lessons just to get the fingering and then picked up speed by playing trivia online.

2) Mine the remains of one that I've had since I was about 12. It used to be a denim square with a butterfly faux-embroidered on it. All that's left is the backing and the ring. And yet I just keep using it.

3) A candle in my bedroom. I was testing the camera to make sure I didn't wreck it when I wiped out on the ice while walking today. It seems fine.

4) I don't really have any geeks in my life. The closest would be my ex but even that would be a stretch.

5) I have a teenaged son. I always have to shout to be hear.

alphabet soup said...

If it's list day it must be Friday? No, no you're not a sap at all.

1. How and when did you learn to type?
In secondary school. I was hopeless then and nothing has changed. No co-ordination. No link between brain and fingers.

2. What is your key ring like? It is a souvenir from Lord Howe Island given to me by a much loved long time friend who died six years back.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?
Some pelagoniums yesterday, so the nurseryman can identify them when I want to buy the plant.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
Now I don't work geeks are rare on the ground but if I'm desperate for a geek it would be Pearlie Shirley's son, Sam

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
At the wedding last Friday. 100 people in a smallish room...

That's it.
Ms Soup

Shana Putnam said...

1. How and when did you learn to type?
I learned to type in 7th grade using Mavis

2. What is your key ring like?
About 15 keychains and 2 keys

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?
That is easy! My son Blaze.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
ha! Probably me.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Today when my son turned over his battery operated little four wheeler and held down the throttle button, and held it, and held it and, well you get the point. SIGH.

Sweetpea said...

Heh CG, maybe you could think of it this way:
it must be near spring and that is why your sap is rising :>]]

1. 7th grade (Jr. High) typing class.
2. Completely boring and utilitarian, not an extra bauble on it...just the way I like it.
3. Moss growing on a tree stump - found it this morn when I was off on a walk with dawg in the woods...
4. My hubs. When I met him 26 years ago, he was very skinny, wore huge eyeglasses and had one of those haircuts that looked like someone upturned a bowl on his head & cut around the perimeter...back then I called him "my pencil-necked geek." Still mine all these years later, but the pencil-ness is long gone.
5. dang. can't remember when...

Diane said...

I cried all day because of K3, so I get the sappy thing. I'm so glad your husband is still there with you!

1. My dad made me take typing in 1974 because he said that would become they way we communicate with computers.

2. It's a space needle keyring!

3. A sunset.

4. I am the biggest geek I know.

5. I never shout.

Mary said...

1. learned to type in high school business class
2. key ring is a carabiner.
3. last thing I took a photo of -- the snow. :(
4. I don't really know any geeks. Gosh how is this possible?
5. I can't remember ever having to shout to be heard. Now to convince my kids to pick up their rooms... that's another story. :)

Loved your stories today. :)

Jayne said...

Oh, I do the same thing too... I sit and wipe away tears even when they tell the stories of hardship for the Olympic athletes!

1. I learned to type in Ms Easterly's typing class in high school on an IBM Selectric... boy, they were HIGH TECH then!

2. My key ring is just pretty much my car fob. I know... boring.

3. The last thing I photographed were the flowers on my kitchen table.

4. Oh, one of the physicians I work with is the geekiest and I adore him!

5. Probably last night when I was yelling good night to Sam upstairs and his computer was so loud he could not hear me!

Anonymous said...

1. How and when did you learn to type? High School, and boy has it come in handy over the years.

2. What is your key ring like? Volvo keything, four keys, a Stop & Shop scanner thing, and a Lalo keychain, red and white polka dot heart with other beaded strands.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? Granite in a tile warehouse.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Hmmm..can you believe I don't think there's anyone that I would classify as a geek, and I don't know that that is a good thing at all.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? Calling my son down for breakfast and telling him to get out of his 20 minute shower.

Anonymous said...

And regarding the crying thing... I do it too..I mean.. even when my kids were in the middle school band and they'de play a song and it was good, I'de cry. If we're watching a game at school and I see the kids are doing really well and have some proud moments, I cry. Sometimes I actually pinch my hand to try to stop myself when I feel the welling of tears coming on.

Annie said...

1. I actually took a typing class with my sister once a long time ago...and didn't learn anything, unlike my sister who was more serious!
I type two fingers and still mostly look at the keys. The kids think I am very funny. When I see them type SO FAST, you cannot believe how fast they type...I laugh out loud. It doesn't seem believable to me!

2. My key ring has a little leggo man on it. I have no idea where or when I got it, most probably from one of the kids a long while ago! I love it. And so do the grandkids.

3. Let me go look. I think it was a photo of my grandson talking to me on skype this morning! Yes, I am sure of it.

4. Would probably have to be one or both of my a nice geeky kind of way. They are so funny. One of them would not like to be called a geek. I hope he doesn't read your blog!

5. I can't really remember. Would probably have been when there was some nasty loud music somewhere. Oher than that, a long time ago.

ps I would be a sentimental fool too. I cry when I go to church in my kids churches...and I am missing the other kids somewhere else, either at home or overseas, wherever I am not! I cry at lots of things. I have also found my emotional state is directly linked to the amount of sleep I have had the night before, or the night before that!

Ann Marie said...

1. How and when did you learn to type? 9th grade of high school someone tried to teach me .. didn't work I taught myself in 1996 when I got my computer.

2. What is your key ring like? Well last week it was a HUGE mass of things .. this week it is one of those little climbing hooks and one key. I got aggravated with the large mass.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? A Tug boat off in the distance at my beack.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Probably me..

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? 5 minutes ago when Waterboy was trying to talk over me.

J.L.S. said...

Oh gosh, I'm a total sap, too. At our formal vow renewal this past weekend I was one big hot mess. I don't think there was a period of time longer than 5 minutes when I wasn't crying at something. The photographers did a slideshow of images they had taken from the day while we were at the reception and they had one of our pup and I cried. I just tell myself that I feel things more intensely than most.. sometimes it helps me feel better about it. :)

1. How and when did you learn to type?
well, I guess I taught myself to type when I was 10ish. I didn't learn to properly type until my Junior year of high school in my typing class.

2. What is your key ring like? It's getting heavy! It's a carabiner with a hot pink and black strap that has the SC palmetto tree and crescent moon on it.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? Probably some snow we got a few weeks ago

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
I don't consider too many people geeky... dorks all the way, but not too many geeks. If I had to choose, it would be my husband because of his love for video/computer games.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? All weekend. My father is basically deaf and I have a pretty soft voice so I have to yell for him to even stand a chance of hearing what I'm saying.

Debbie said...

1. How and when did you learn to type? It began in high school typing class but was perfected in my senior year during my data processing class....many moons ago. :)

2. What is your key ring like? I have car key is on a ring with a simple little light. House keys are on a Creative Memories ring. It is a little zippered case that looks like a scrap book.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? A sunset

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Me :)

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? When I was calling out a last minute "be careful" to my oldest daughter as she was backing out of the driveway.

Heather said...

1. How and when did you learn to type? I self taught myself when very young, probably seven or eight - and then refined my skills in high school.

2. What is your key ring like? I have a double ring that you can take apart, simply because I can leave my car running and use the house key or the door open button when going into a store.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? Yesterday afternoon, the boys and I went sliding on the big hill up the street...I took photos, tried to take photos, there. My oldest kept jumping in the shot with a silly and annoying all together :)

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Hmmm...IDK! I think we're all geeky in our own ways - and I enjoy my geeky moments with a good belly laugh :)

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? Oh come on, Kate - remember that I live in a house FULL of male creatures and my poor doggy girl, Grace. She cringes when momma shouts. Not to mention that I am a school bus driver...hahahaha. So, in my life - daily. Already happened atleast twice today :)

That was fun! I think I'll share these questions and answers, with yesterdays silly shots on my blog this afternoon...linking over to you. Thanks Kate.

Oh...and enjoy your geeky moments, okay?! I remember you sharing a few a time or two.

Country Girl said...

I love reading these. You guys rock.

~ C.G.

Meg McCormick said...

Only a sec, no time to answer all the questions, but wanted to say that I tear up at marching bands in parades because I was a band girl myself. I feel so stupid when I do but I can't help it!! So I feel ya on the cheerleaders.

altar ego said...

1. How and when did you learn to type?
Summer School, after the fourth grade. We had a brand new electric typewriter at home and I practiced on it. Never looked back. Especially when we had different colors of ribbon to use that made the results so fun.

2. What is your key ring like?
It’s a leather thingy with my initials in needlepoint in the middle. (Hmm, I predict a picture in my very immediate future.) It’s very dear to me, needled by and given to me by my best friend’s mother, who passed away a few months ago. It still has the initials from my maiden name, but I am reluctant to part with it since Janet is no longer with us.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?
The coffee maker and some really cool coffee containers that we have.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
I really don’t know. Can’t think of a single one that I would describe as geeky.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
This happens multiple times a day. My husband will call to me from the other room, and since he’s hard of hearing I have to shout so that he can hear my response. Usually more than once. This is an annoying habit that both of us need to break.

just jill said...

First off...I'm very much like you, when something special touches me, the tears star falling. I think it's endearing!

okay here are my answers:

1. How and when did you learn to type? In high school and I thought I did so well at 45 words a minute! I've never improved on that, I don't believe.

2. What is your key ring like? It's a cute little butterfly that has a hook so you can place it over top edge of your purse for easy finding.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? Simon (our Yorkie). We did a little photo shoot this morning which I might be making into a post later today. Pets are kind of difficult since they won't pose! :-)

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? A neighbor of ours who lives in front of computers!

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? Let's just say "speak louder than normal" to my hubby to make a point earlier this week. ;-) anyone else having a problem this morning trying to comment with the Google Account option? I keep getting error messages, so I have to resort to the Name/URL option.

Linda said...

OK I'm a bigger sap than you cuz I teared up and I don't even know Amanda or the Hubby!

1. I learned to type as a Freshman in High School.

2. My key ring hold my truck key, that's all. The jangling in the ignition makes me crazy. I have a seperat key ring for the house ke and all those grocery store discount thingys.

3. Last photo? My latest completed knitted scarf:)

4. Geekiest person in my life? Toss up between ELPH & my brother.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? LOL! recently at a dinner party! LOL! Everyone was talking & drinking and dinner was ready, so I hollered "Hey y'all! Come eat!"

The JR said...

I learned in high school. We had a typing lab at our school.

A plain round ring with my clicker, my honda element key, house keys and my shopping discount cards.

My brand new show rail shirt that my husband bought me this past weekend at the Dixie National Horse Show.

I'd have to say some of the people who work here. They are engineers and I think that explains it!

I have to holler for hubby to hear me if I'm in the pantry or living room or if he is. The 22 ft ceilings in our living/dance area play havoc on hearing anything.

You are not sappy. I think it shows how loving you are. I hate it when people don't know how to cry. Have a great weekend lady.

big hair envy said...

1. I learned to type in a high school typing class.

2. My key ring is a miniature #24 car (Jeff Gordon). My 20 year-old nephew gave it to me when he was a small child. The paint is worn off, and it's missing one wheel, but to me it's a priceless reminder of a special young man.

3. The last thing I took a photo of was snow, snow and more snow. I'm SO done with snow!!!

4. Of all of the people in my life, I am the geekiest.

5. The last time I had to shout to be heard was at Vacation Bible School last summer. I'm the snack lady, and the children get VERY excited!!!!

Talia said...

1. How and when did you learn to type?

* My Father insisted I take typing in high school. He said I would never regret it. He was right!

2. What is your key ring like?

* Funny, my husband lost my keys last week and now am looking for a replacement key ring.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?

* Christmas.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?

* Anne - without a doubt. She is a brilliant person, just a total Geek!

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?

* Sadly, last week during a fight with my husband. Sad memory...

Deb said...

Add me to the "sentimental fool" list Kate! I've gotten teary eyed reading your posts ~ between the stories of your dear hubby, pics of precious George (especially after I lost my Ben)would bring a smile to my face AND tear to my eye, and just the sheer beauty of your photos (your hubby's are absolutely fantastic too) ♥
1.Grade 7. We had a really strict teacher who was really strict but it payed off because I can type REALLY fast :-D
2.I'm a FORD girl so my key ring is a disc with FORD stamped on it.
3. Last photo I took was of what looks like a little igloo. The squirrels were digging around to get fallen seed and ended up creating a little shelter :-D
4. Define geek :-D
5. At the park to Ernie. We adopted him 2 months ago, so I'm not sure if it's because he's 11, because of selective hearing or because he's still getting used to his new name :-D
Have a great weekend Kate!

Simply Me said...

1.How and when did you learn to type? I was a 10th grader who took typing. I took it a whole year. The girl that sat beside me was a typing master. I was so amazed by how fast her hands could go that I never got better that 32 words a minute. I was way to focused on her hands than my skill.
2. What does your key ring look like? Well, that is interesting. I teach school and this little old room of mine has 5, count them 5 different keys to the doors. I then have my house key and truck key on there as well, and, a pretty simple key faub. So not much different than the janitors of the schools. LOL!
3. What was the last thing you took a picture of? The lambs in the barn. They sure are growing!
Of all the people in your life, who is the Geekest? Probaly my hubbie. He is a super nerd. Always has been and our daughter is not far away. I am so out numbered. All that order, intellect, and brainyness really becomes overwhelming.
5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to beheard? Let's see, hummmm? I teach high school what do you think?

RoseMary King said...

Dear Kate,
I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks after reading your post today. Yes, I totally understand your soft heart and amazing ability to feel joy when you see it. The best part of you shows through at moments like that.

1. Learned to type: Freshman year of high school.

2. My key ring is one of those large metal hooks???? not sure what they are called. They are used for climbing ropes. DARN, I feel so dumb when I can't remember simple things.

3. Last photo I took was trying to capture snow the day before yesterday. Somewhat remarkable to have snow here in Lytle TX.

4. The Geekiest person in my life is my darling husband. TOTAL GEEK!!!!

5. Always--Always around my family. There are way too many of us and we all want to talk at the same time.

Kate, have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and Kisses

Country Girl said...

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Thanks to all for playing along. I love reading these.

~ C.G.

Anonymous said...

Kate, I do not think you are silly or a sentimental "fool." Fools are usually silly and insensitive! Just knowing you from your blog, I think your school and your husband appreciate your caring and sensitivity.

1) Learned typing from male high school with high standards; we had to type 55 wpm on manual typewriter by end of year (1962)
2) Ford automatic door lock/unlock thingy with only house and car key (downsized from nicer w/more keys)
3) Bowl of homemade veggie soup in which I dropped my camera! (for Tasty Kitchen which still has none of my photos) :)
4) Depending on definition, possibly me :)
5) Can't remember: our youngest children are 32!


Anonymous said...

Should have previewed! I learned typing from a male high school TEACHER! btw, that was 55 wpm after errors were counted off.


DAnna said...

1. In high school typing class.
2. A big clip because I'm always losing my keys and need to clip them on something.
3. The moon last night - there was a wonderfully big ring around it.
4. My cousin
5. Probably when I was teaching 3rd grade!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said... made me smile..YES! we LOVE our pets....LOVE them..i am a fan of George too..Buddy has alot of those collars...

thanks for following, my friend...

i'll keep you posted on the knitting..

kary and buddy

Lil said...

Oh count me among the saps. :-)

1. How and when did you learn to type?

In 9th grade high school typing class. I'm forever grateful to my teacher for giving me the foundation of a skill that keeps me employed to this day.

2. What is your key ring like?

One key ring given to me by my chorus teacher in high school when I graduated. It's brass and has "musician" engraved on it. I like it because it makes my keys easy to find.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?

My niece on my cell phone.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?


5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?

Pick a random time talking to my 15-year old nephew when he's in a hormonal attitude phase. ;-)

Flea said...

I love that you're a total sap. :) I do that more and more as I get older.

. How and when did you learn to type?
I didn't learn to type till I got an email address. It's been a gradual thing. I still look at the keys as often as not.

2. What is your key ring like?
There are a couple of local store cards on the ring. My Husband's U. of Phoenix thingy's on there, too.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of?
A burned foal

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest?
Hmm. Probably me.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Sunday night, working with grade school age kids at church - they were really squirrely this weekend.

Dragonfly said...

Kate, it's when the tears stop that you need to be concerned about being sentimental...

1. How and when did you learn to type? In high school, but really didn't get good at it until my first computer that I got in the 80's.

2. What is your key ring like?
It has a Coachg leather goldfish fob...goldfish = inside joke with my girlfriends ;]

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? the 4 foot snow drift of snow on my deck.

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? That would be me. Whenever they need geek advise they all come to me.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard? Almost daily. My voice is very soft, and there are a lot of people who can not hear me.

Barb T. said...

I love the peeking male Cardinal; he is adorable. I am happy you and your husband are both here on this earth.
1. 10th grade, Wauwatosa West High School; Mr. Wolf was my teacher, and my first real, true crush, Bruce Heckel, sat behind me. He was sooooo fine and such a bad boy!
2. A mess; it is anchored by one of those relaxation tube thingies with glitter in it.
3. Christmas festivities--yikes!
4. Meeeeeeeeeee!
5. My boyfriend and I had a fight at Thanksgiving; he was all over me for the dry turkey; I had to yell at him to get my point across!

Secret Agent L said...

1. i learned to type in junior high. computers were fairly new in schools then, so i felt extra special being able to learn on one.

2. my key ring is just a ring with lots of keys on it. it used to have a purple swiss army knife on it, until the jerks at the brussels airport took it at the security checkpoint. gah. it was a gift from my dad, so i really hate that i don't have it anymore.

3. the last thing i took a photo of was an exhibit that was done by some students at the university where i work.

4. it's a toss-up between me and my boyfriend. we're both pretty freakin' geeky. but, you know, in that "good geeky" kind of way. i have a master's in literature, so i consider myself pretty geeky for sure.

5. i rarely ever, ever raise my voice. i'm terrified of conflict. sometimes, though, i have to raise my voice in bars because, well, they're quite loud.

Secret Agent L

S. Etole said...

I learned to type the first semester in college on a manual typewriter. By the time I graduated to an electric I could type 120 WPM ... my key ring is one that I can hook on a ring on my purse ... the moon is the last thing I took a photo of ... I'm probably the geek ... I rarely raise my voice ... takes too much energy

Kerri Farley said...

1 - Typing - learned in high school but took a college course and REALLY learned how to type.

2 - Keyring - Engraved by my hubby - with his pet name for me "Peaches" Holds house key and car key.

3. Last pic taken -A bird of course - A big robin out in the tree.

4 Geekiest person in my life - probably hubby - he is an engineer and knows LOTs of geek stuff!

5. Last shouted to be heard - gosh....not sure - probably at a basketball game a few weeks ago.

Love your post! It's good to show your emotions :)

Marilyn said...

Learn to type
In school, we used to type in time to Yellow Submarine. Do it, it's fun!!

Key ring
I don't have a key ring. Our door opens with a key pad and the car with a remote control and I have no reason for any keys. Is that weird?

Last photo
I made a felt caravan pin cushion
and posted it on the blog.

my husband
or my brother in computer geeks

Last shout
a little while ago...the vacuum was on

You are not a sap. You have a heart and it is touched by kindness and a realisation that would make all of us cry. I am crying right now.....AGAIN!!!
Hope the snow goes away soon...we didn't get any this time, but the wind is picking up a bit.
Stay warm...

abb said...

1. In high school. On a manual for half the class, IBM selectric for the other half. I. AM. DATING. MYSELF. And it is the most worthwhile course I have ever taken.
2. My keyring is the one the fob that came with my car. On the ring are all the store discount cards. And that's all!
3. The gorgeous snow around my house.
4. Without a doubt, my beloved bro.
5.Today at lunch. Miss LaLa can be VERY LOUD at times!

Genny said...

1. I learned to type in high school on an old typewriter where you had to throw the carriage back with your hand. (good grief)

2. My key ring has a picture of the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. My sister gave it to me afterI told her that men suffered from the straw man syndrome. (if I only had a brain LOL)

3. The last thing I photographed was a pond full of ducks and geese.

4. The geekiest person I know is probably someone from work.

5. I can't remember the last time I shouted.

Don't feel silly about being a sap. Band music makes me cry as well as lots of other sentimental things.

maillady said...

1. in high school i believe. i guess i learned enough.

2. funny, i just got a new car and before that i had a really cool silver and terqoise (spelling) baby diaper pin looking thing hanging with lots of store swip cards. now i just have my car key and my house key on the key chain from the dealer. BORING sisters with our cousin at her daughters house. we don't get to see her that often...gotta take pictures while we can.

4. that would be some of the people i work with as well.

5. probably the other night when my husband was watching tv... i swear he is deaf. must be from such loud music when he was a teenager... he never hears me anymore.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Mother has always taught me there are two types of people in this world - givers and takers. I've often wondered why givers are always amazed when our kindness comes back to us, sometimes tenfold. I had this comment earlier today with a 95 year old woman; her granddaughter gave her a weekend birthday trip to the Greenbrier. How wonderful for these two women to enjoy and appreciate each others company; what a blessing in both their lives!

1. learned to type in high school and once didn't get a job because I typed too fast. My last typing test was upwards of 120 wpm but I think I've slowed due to age.

2. key ring has a leather band to hook on my purse, easier to locate, and a mini Leatherman tool which is Very Handy.

3. last photo was of a room here at the Greenbrier.

4. Dave is the high tech geek and I the low tech geek; we're a match made in heaven.

5. not sure about this one as I don't go to many loud places. I don't like loud.

Andi said...

And now, let’s get serious because inquiring minds would like to know . . .

1. How and when did you learn to type? Never truly "learned" - I was in the academic tract in HS and back then you didn't take typing if you were in that tract, only the business tract. So I am self taught and shall I say "internet" taught because that is when I truly taught myself to type faster. Wish I had gotten this good when I had to type all those papers in college on my WORD PROCESSER!

2. What is your key ring like? Key fobs and keys real "ring" fanciness going on there. The store slide-y card tags are all on a seperate ring that I keep in my purse because there were just way too many.

3. What was the last thing you took a photo of? OH my gosh my valentine's flowers...I seriously have not taken a picture in two weeks!? Have to remedy that!

4. Of the people in your life, who is the Geekiest? Seriously my wonderful sweet husband. He is just so clueless and geeky it is sweet.

5. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
I have a 15 year old to ask when I don't have to shout to be heard. :)

See you in the comments, my friends . . .

Daryl said...

Wow .. onky 69 people commented before me ..

1. In Junior High which is like middle school today they taught us useful things like Home Ec and Typing .. I learned on a machine w/o letters on the keys but for years I typed looking at the keys even tho I didnt 'see' the letters .. I know I am weird

2. Its a red beaded heart and was a birthday gift a few years ago .. I have a 'thing' for hearts and crosses

3. Rosie's paw. I did a lot of snow shots yesterday and a funny shot of an inflated cow in the cheese section at Zabars but the last snap of the day was Rose's paw on ToonMan's computer keyboard

4. I believe that is me.

5. LMAO ... sigh .. happens a lot here .. ToonMan uses sound eliminating headphones when he is editing ...

GailO said...

These "things" that have happened to you today are touching...thanks for sharing them with must be a treat to download the surprizes in the camera that your husband takes....

1. In high school...probably one of the most useful and fun classes I took in highschool...

2. I lost my keys in 1976, bought the largest keyring made of brass that I could find...and I still have it...tho it no longer looks like brass

3. Pics of my grandchildren playing air hockey and pin ball at a Mexican restaurant last night...

4. Hmm I know a lot of nice geeks...maybe the geekiest is my nephew...

5. At that Mexican restaurant last night:)

nancy in ks said...

Hi Kate.

1. Learned to type in 9th grade summer school.

2. I love my key ring. It's about 15 years old and was a gift. I planned and directed a high school youth group service trip to a small church in Oklahoma made up of Native Americans. At the end an old lady gave each of us a homemade key ring made up of beads and leather. Some of the beads have broken and are barely hanging on, but I hope to use it for a long time yet.

3. Last photo taken: my granddaughter on the rock climbing wall at the Y last Wednesday evening.

4. We have a number of geeks in our life. I'd say JW who has founded and sold two computer parts companies (to build memory and other doodads), and lately built a light airplane in his garage. He's fascinating, and I don't understand most of what he says.

5. Last time I shouted: In a dream the night before last. It was total chaos, there were tons of kids, and no one was listening to anyone. The shouting didn't help either.

Chrissykat said...

Had tears running down my cheeks just reading your post...yup, major sap here.

1. 10th grade typing class taught by our football coach. By far, the most helpful thing I learned in high school.

2. House key, car key/fob on a carabiner...hooks to my purse, hooks to me...all good.

3. My cats...always my cats.

4. A dear friend who works for JPL.

5. Watching the Superbowl!

Lovin' your blog & your dog! <3

kate i said...

Wow, 74 posts and...we really do like to talk about ourselves! and yes, there are lots of us sappy souls out there who really FEEL things deeply!

here goes...

I learned to type in high school but not very succesfully. It wasn't until much, much later that I could actually say that I could type.

My key ring has a photo of my husband and I that was taken at a California restaurant by the car attendent who later sold us the photo/key ring on the way out:) suckered in again!

The last photo was of huge clusters of bananas that were hanging beside my chair in a restaurant in the highlands of Panama.

The geekiest person I know is probably me...and my husband is pretty geeky too in the sweetest kind of way.

The last time I shouted was proably when I was out for dinner with friends in Mexico last fairly soft and I always feel like I'm shouting to be heard at social gatherings!

Love your photo's Kate!

Jill of All Trades said...

1. I self taught myself to type on my Momma's typing book, on her typewriter when I was about 14 years old. Then I had to learn real technique in high school.

2. My key ring is stuffed with so many keys that my purse weighs a ton. I have our house keys, my MIL house keys, my Daddy's house keys, the shop keys, safe, file cabinet, desk,'s really silly.

3. This morning I took a picture of a wood pile with my 35MM camera.

4. Hmmmm, geekiest would probably be the nephew who saves our butt all the time on these dang computers.

5. To The Hubby I think. He can get on a role sometimes. LOL.