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Thursday 13 – The Name Game

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

For this week’s Thursday 13 post I’m using this quiz I found a while back at

1.Your rock star name (first pet, current car)
Turtle Suzuki

2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)
Vanilla Merrell Slide

3.Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)
Forest Green Dog

4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)
Marie Phoenix

5.Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)
Tarjo (married name) – This could be my Target frequent shopper name, too, or

Schjo (maiden name) – The fancy-schmancey way to say “Joe” in Star Wars-ese?

6.Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
Blue Coffee – Appropriate!

7.NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)
Weinand Liston or Liston Weinand

8.Dancer name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Green Tea Chocolate

9.TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
Church Chicago

10.Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
Autumn Sunflower

11.Cartoon name:(favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now)
Blueberry Crinkle Skirt

12.Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Granola Vine Maple

13.Movie star name (first pet, first street where you lived)
Turtle One-Seventy-Second

Thursday 13 Wedding Preparations

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Thirteen things
I would like to get done before the upcoming wedding in our family (next weekend!), and dinner at our home prior to the wedding:

  • Dust the kitchen thoroughly
  • Scrub the tile floors
  • Neaten the carport (My husband and youngest son will do this.)
  • Buy a couple of tubs of chrysanthemums to decorate the front porch entryway
  • Preorder three decorated sheet cakes from Costco (for the reception)
  • Make sure the obvious garden beds are weeded, since hopefully the weather will permit guests to enjoy the out-of-doors
  • I’ve been told I need to insert some zippers in some dresses, which I will hopefully see this Saturday! These dresses are for the youngest wedding attendants.
  • Remind my husband to make a dump run to further clean up the yard.
  • Make sure my elderly mom has some attractive, comfortable clothing to wear to the wedding. I’ve ordered several things from an online store, Buck and Buck, which specializes in adaptive clothing. I surely hope this works out!
  • With my girls’ help, make sure that our basement suite is completely ready for our married daughter and her family, who will be arriving at wedding time, and an upstairs bedroom for my sister, who is the honor attendant, and who also will be staying with us.
  • Request two personal days off from work, the day of the rehearsal dinner, which we are hosting here, and the Monday after the wedding, so I can drive my sister to the airport.
  • Keep going for daily walks with the dog (Relax!)
  • Get well from the sore throat and chills which I have contracted. This means that I will have to get a decent amount of sleep, something I am loath to do!

Thirteen favorite salad ingredients

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

This week for Thursday Thirteen
I present you with thirteen ingredients I enjoy in a salad:

  • Lettuce (usually sliced iceberg or Romaine lettuce)
  • Sliced pickled beets
  • Kirkland solid white albacore tuna (from Costco; I’m a tuna snob; if it looks and smells like cat food, I would rather not eat it.)
  • Kalamata olives
  • A few crumbled saltine crackers
  • Grape tomatoes (They’re sweet!)
  • Cooked, cold petite green peas
  • Gregg’s Savory Ranch dressing (my favorite)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cucumber chips (pickles)
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Left-over broccoli salad
  • Left-over cole slaw

The last three ingredients are once-in-a-while ingredients. The others are usual.

How about you? What’s in YOUR favorite salad?

Thirteen Things I’ve Been Doing When Not Blogging

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

For you dedicated readers who have been coming to my blog and wondering why I have missed doing a post here and there, I have a confession to make: I am trying to be more productive in the real world. I enjoy writing so much, I could just sit down and write a blog post first thing every day. But, work aside, it is definitely time for a Thursday Thirteen
post. This week I present you with

Thirteen Things I Have Been Doing When I Haven’t Been Blogging:

  • From 9am until 1:30pm each day I am at the Middle School, working as a para educator (teacher’s helper or instructional assistant). I have the privilege and joy of helping students, without the tremendous responsibilities borne by teachers.
  • I should back up a bit. I’m up at 5:30am each morning to make the coffee and make sure our four students get out the door with all they need for the day.
  • During this “before work” time I unload and load the dishwasher, start the laundry, sometimes start dinner preparation (like this morning when I started brining two chickens which we enjoyed as roast chicken this evening), read my Bible, check my email, get ready for work and get out the door in the nick of time!
  • When I get home, I prepare a little lunch for my work-at-home husband and myself (usually a scrumptious salad).
  • Of course, I check my email and read some blogs while I eat lunch.
  • I am doing more reading. I am working my way through a list of favorite books posted by Celtic Librarian. I just finished Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. It was such an enjoyable read! Celtic Librarian says this is a book she enjoys re-reading, and I agree. It is a mystery, historical fiction, and a smidgen of romance, too.
  • Even when I don’t “have time” to blog, I somehow always have time to go on Facebook to see what all my friends are up to, to play a form of Scrabble, and to do such things as send virtual flowers, coffee, toys, birthday cakes – just about anything you can imagine – to said friends. I enjoy changing my status, too. 😛
  • I generally take our old doggie for a walk.
  • We have a time of reading the Bible, singing a psalm (God’s songbook, bound right in the Bible!), and prayer, as a family, after dinner.
  • Sometimes we rent a movie to watch together. The girls and I rewatched a favorite last night: Bride and Prejudice, which is a Bollywood version of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. This is in lieu of watching TV, which we don’t have.
  • I have been serving dinner earlier, since Rebecca and Lydia come home starved from soccer practice, and Seth from football practice. To boot, I’ve been serving nicer dinners, which takes a bit more preparation time. Yum! It’s totally worth it.
  • I have been going to bed earlier (surprise, surprise). No more blogging right before midnight. I do feel better and more rested.
  • I have been taking our little Suzuki car to the mechanic, and sitting and reading while the maintenance work is done. OK; that’s 13. Now I’ll post, and see what some of you have to say.

Thirteen Ways We Enjoy Apples

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

This week I’m doing a last-minute Thursday 13
post on thirteen ways we enjoy APPLES:

  • Fresh off the tree, after the first frost of autumn. Fujis are my favorite variety.
  • Sliced, with cheese or peanut butter.
  • Diced, cooked in oatmeal.
  • As an ingredient in muffins.
  • Fresh apple cake.
  • Applesauce, especially homemade and chunky (yum!)
  • Applesauce cake.
  • Apple dumplings.
  • Apple crisp.
  • Apple pie.
  • Caramel apples (very rarely)
  • Baked apples.
  • Waldorf salad.

Thursday 13 – Fair Time!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Thirteen things I did at the Northwest Washington Fair this year:
1. I learned how to make cotton candy, and made lots of it.
2. Got very sticky. All over. From wisps of cotton candy.
3. This was in the concessions booth for our high school Music Boosters club, where I worked a shift yesterday and today.
4. Saw that our daughter Kayla was awarded Best of Show for a painting she did of her best friend. Congratulations, Kayla!
5. Found out that one of my daughters’ girlfriends is very good at judging vegetables and other produce. Congratulations, Paige!
6. Watched the horse show at the grandstand. This is my favorite thing to do at the fair. Big horses, little horses, coaches, miniature chariots, barrel racing, on and on. There’s nothing like it!
7. Talked with lots of friends, some of whom practically live at the fairgrounds this time of year, due to their involvement with 4H, judging, volunteering, etc. That would be Grace, and Sue, too.
8. Listened to The Timebenders do some great remixes of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. They have a lot of energy and are quite funny.
9. Caught the very end of the magic show by our favorite young magician, Sterling Dietz.
10. I ate a candy apple for the first time in probably 20 years. Quite yummy, but too much candy.
11. I stayed far, far away from all rides.
12. I did not try to win any plastic blow-up toys.
13. I had a good time.

Thursday Thirteen – Favorite Seasonings

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Thirteen Favorite seasonings/flavorings/herbs/spices:

  • Vanilla
  • Almond extract
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Pesto
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Chile powder
  • Curry powder

Thirteen Things I do well

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

This week for Thursday 13
I’m listing thirteen things that I do well:

  • Post regularly on my blog!
  • Enjoy my family, and take the time to do special things with them.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family. Facebook is a big help with that.
  • Keep a neat house (Notice I said neat, not immaculate.)
  • Investigate words, concepts, ideas, etc. about which I am curious.
  • Keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked with wholesome foods.
  • Make a really great pot of coffee.
  • Understand that I am, in and of myself, no better than anyone else.
  • Thoroughly enjoy a good book (fiction or nonfiction).
  • Try to focus on the positive in life, that which is praiseworthy and uplifting.
  • Try to do good to others, as much as possible.
  • Care about the weak, poor and suffering ones.
  • Help students with study skills and math questions.

Thursday 13: Favorite Fast Foods

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

(This header was made by Thoughts Out of My Head.)


Thirteen Favorite Fast Foods (or “junk” foods):

  • Mocha Moo Latte (Dairy Queen)
  • Fish Sandwich (Dairy Queen)
  • Curly Fries (Arby’s)
  • Jamocha Shake (Arby’s)
  • Cheesy Gordita Crunch (Taco Bell)
  • Nachos Bell Grande (Taco Bell)
  • Little Caesar’s Hot ‘n Ready Pepperoni Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s Chicago Stuffed Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s Gourmet Vegetarian Pizza
  • Costco Chicken Caesar Salad (from the Food Court)
  • Subway Sandwiches (Italian BMT; anything, really)
  • Costco Mocha Freeze drink
  • Sour Cream and Onion potato chips (no particular brand)

Thirteen Favorite Trees

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Today has been another very busy day in my real world. Once again, Thursday is almost done, and my Thursday 13
post is NOT done, nor even begun. When I asked my 12 year old son what I should write about, he said, “List thirteen of your favorite trees.” Guess it proves that I’m green and nerdy, that this was the first thing that came to his mind. The remaining proof is that I could have easily listed more than thirteen types of trees.

Here you have Thirteen Favorite Trees:

  • Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum). These trees have such a rugged, individual appearance as they get older. I have an especial favorite that I admire when I walk on our road.
  • Vine Maple (Acer circinatum). Delicate, Japanese-garden-type beauty. I especially enjoy the vine maples in our yard during the fall when their leaves are changing color.
  • Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii). I enjoy one fine dogwood tree from my bedroom window. Our dogwoods bloom spring and fall.
  • Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera). Another native tree. I admire their white trunks and leaves that tremble in the breeze.
  • Western Red Cedar. You see these everywhere in our neck of the woods. They are familiar and thus comforting.
  • Monterey Cyprus (Cyprus macrocarpa). We see these trees at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in California. The strong ocean winds have bent them to fantastical shapes.
  • Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia). We see these trees, with their dark green foliage, clustered on the dry rolling hills of Marin County, California, when we go to visit Grampa and Gramma Taron. These trees, more than any other, say, “California!” to me.
  • Valley Oak(Quercus lobata). These are the huge oak trees that we see in California.
  • Eucalyptus. These trees aren’t so beautiful, but I love their fragrance.
  • Bishop’s Pine (Pinus muricata). We see these in Inverness, California. I understand that they don’t grow many places. These are gnarly trees with lots of character.
  • Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii). I love the gently curving, delicate look of the branches, and the smooth, red-brown bark.
  • Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides). I remember loving this tree when I was five years old and we were living in Flagstaff, Arizona. The way the leaves tremble enthralled me.
  • Sycamore. I don’t know what kind of sycamore tree it is that I remember. There was a picnic grounds on the way from Phoenix, Arizona to Flagstaff where we would picnic called Sycamore Creek. The main thing I remember is the wonderful fragrance of those trees. I’ve yet to smell it again. I looked forward to it each time we would go there.

There you have an extremely strange Thursday 13. I guess I love trees, because I do have more than thirteen favorites.