August 27, 2017

Sunday Stealing: Art History

Linking up with Bev and the Sunday Stealing crew.
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Bev says:

This is a quiz I picked up a long time ago and my notes say that it was stolen from "Master of Art History Asks," but I can't find a trace of that blog today.  But the questions were interesting (a couple downright relevant!)

1. Do you look forward to the spring?  Yes and no. I look forward to it in that it means the end of winter, which I seem to like less and less the older I get. However, I don't really look forward to it for the sake of it being spring. On the whole it's tied with winter for my least favorite season. I hate all the rain that means mud, mud, and more mud for my husband to track home from a construction site.

2. Which area of the sciences do you enjoy the most?  The ones dealing with plants and animals.  At one time I dreamed of being a wildlife biologist or a zoologist.

3. If you could own a classical statue in the form of any figure from myth, religion, or even modern fiction, who would you choose?  I can't make up my mind. Either Jo March from Little Women, Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, or Willy Wonka.

4. Do you have a good relationship with your mother?  It has gotten better, I think than it has been at times, but we still are not terribly close. It goes a long way that she seems to be "softer" these days and not nearly as critical of all my family does.

5. What is your favorite mythological story? I really enjoyed the Illiad and the Odyssey when I had to read them in school.  I would be hard pressed to pick one favorite story from them.

6. If you put on a big feast, what would you serve?  Seafood! Mounds and mounds of crab and shrimp!

7. How do you have fun? (What is your favorite 'Earthly Delight'?) I don't know that it's "fun" as you mean it, but my favorite thing is reading. I also like working in the garden, cooking, writing, and going to new places.

8. Do you often look for hidden messages and meanings? No. I can't say that I look for them, but I have a bit of a gift for reading between the lines or putting 2 and 2 together and reaching correct conclusions that no one else saw. I guess you'd call it intuition.

9. Have you ever received an award or special position?  I don't think I've received any awards since I've been out of school. Back at a previous church I got asked to help with the youth group. I wasn't crazy about the idea (I hate public speaking and had never taught anything), but agreed and somehow that whole thing snowballed until I found myself, a few years down the road, in charge of the church's youth ministry, acting as the Chair of Youth and Family Life on the regional board, teaching at the national level, and leading mission trips to the Navajo reservation. Through all of it I always wondered when they were going to realize they had the wrong person, so it all seemed pretty special to me.

10. If a revolution was about to happen in your country, would you be part of it? I'm supposing I would eventually be forced to choose a side, but whether I would jump right in at the beginning would definitely depend on what the issue at the root of it was. I have a lot of peace in my belief that God is ultimately in control.

11. Have you ever planned an act of revenge? No. I don't believe in getting even. You do more damage to yourself than the other person when you harbor that kind of ill will.

12. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever done?  Dramatic? I guess it was when I was pregnant with my first child and we were babysitting our oldest niece, who was in the throes of the terrible-twos at the time. We went grocery shopping and she threw a fit of biblical proportions and I refused to give in to her. My husband turned around and gave her what she wanted. I read him the riot act, asking if he planned to undermine me when our baby came along? I was so mad I stormed out of the store and left the two of them there with all the groceries on the belt. I started walking home (along busy highways in Orlando) and when he pulled up beside me I refused to get in the car and walked all the way home. I blame the pregnancy hormones. 

13. Do you care about your weight? Well, I do now. I wish I had cared more a long time ago, because it is not easy getting rid of it now.

14. Is your life moving too slowly or too fast? It depends. Some things seem to drag, but others (like the grandkids growing up) happens way too fast.

15. Do you prefer to stay in the shade? I do. I have pale, freckled, Scotch/Irish skin. Put me in the sun and I fry like an egg. Plus, I get more freckles.

16. If you could have any mural on your ceiling, what would it look like? Probably the nighttime sky.

17. Do you enjoy the countryside? Very much. It's one of my biggest regrets that we don't live in the country.

18. Are you a romantic? I used to be, but I'm more about practicality these days.

19. What is your favorite historic subject? I'm interested in the Pilgrims because I can trace my family back to John and Priscilla Alden, but the Civil War and the years of settling the west and the Indian wars fascinate me.

20. Do you prefer landscape paintings? Usually.

21. Are you interested in social issues?  Some of them. Some of what passes for "social issues" these days, I find to be completely ludicrous, but each to thine own self be true.


  1. I loved the tantrum story. So how was your husband with your own child? Did he learn his lesson?

    1. To this day he tends to give them (and they are adults) whatever they ask for, whether it's a good idea or not...and they have learned to ask Dad because they know he's the easy "yes." He did back me on discipline, I guess, by letting me handle it.

  2. I enjoyed reading your responses to this week's SS! I also enjoyed the tantrum story. You were right...but seems like it all worked out okay.

    1. I am usually calm, cool, and least on the surface. That is, if not the only time I've lost control, one of very few times. Not my best moment, but thanks to hormones I was seeing red!

  3. #19 is so cool! One of my colleagues is an Alden from that family line.

    1. I'm trying to prove the link in order to be an officially recognized member of the Alden Kindred. You only have to prove from the point their records stop to yourself. Most of the branches are researched and documented quite well, but our branch stops just a couple of generations removed from John and Priscilla. I have the name of the missing link and I know where he is buried, but I need proof of his birth and that is proving a problem since the town where family record says he was born has no record of him. I've talked to officials from more than one little village and they even did some digging for me and couldn't find anything. I haven't given up, though!

  4. Napoleon riding backwards on his horse was political. lol
    We both chose the nighttime sky. Wouldn't it be grand?
    Your tantrum story was truly a hormonal thing. lol But good for you! You stood your ground!

    1. I have dreamed of a ceiling like that since I visited a little country church with a friend. The walls were painted white and the bottom and then faded into a pale blue that got darker and darker all the way up to the ceiling and it was painted with gold stars. I thought it was wonderful!

      I don't know what standing my ground got me except a lot of exercise. LOL

  5. I'm going to your place for feasting. I think it's interesting that you chose Scout for your statue, and not Atticus.

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  7. Your 'accidental' work with the Church group and mission trips sounds pretty darn impressive, Stacy. Special, indeed!

    Jo March is a good one.


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