Minnesota Preacher Woman

Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday Five - Groups

Friday Five - Groups

1. Tell us about any group(s) you currently belong to. (e.g. book club, knitting circle, walking buddies, etc.)
I belong to a “women’s night out” group. We meet once each month and enjoy an evening at a restaurant with a drink and a nice dinner together. The main ingredient is laughter. It is an eclectic group of 6 women and I always look forward to the night out.

2. Do you feel energized or drained by being in a group situation? If the answer is "it depends," on what does it depend?
Energized – although I’ll confess that sometimes I have to drag myself out the door to go to my Women’s Night Out group if it is has been a long day. The main reason is I’m a major homebody. But, inevitably, I come home happier and glad I went out.

3. Is there a role you naturally find yourself playing in group situations? That is, do you naturally fall into the leader role, or the one who always makes sure the new person feels welcome, or the quiet one who sits back and lets others shine, or the host? I think I’m a bit of a leader in the group and most groups in that I often choreograph the date/time/place but once were are there, I try to sit back and listen.

4. Handshakes vs. hugs: discuss.
Hug, hugs, hugs. Can’t get enough, can’t give enough. Think it is because I grew up in a home were we didn’t and still don’t hug. I hug my friends a lot. I hug my kids constantly. Never my Mom. Anyone want to analyze that for me??

5. Ice breakers: a playful way to build community in a lighthearted manner, or a complete and utter hell of forced fun and awkwardness?
I like icebreakers if they are needed. There are very few times when I truly think that they are needed, though.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday Five - Boo-Boo Alert

RevGal's Friday Five Boo-Boo's

1) Are you a baby about small injuries? I’m a tough cookie – no tears.
2) What's the silliest way you have ever hurt yourself? Tripped and fell in front of my congregation when I was an intern pastor. Someone nicknamed me “Digger” – I didn’t realize then that “taking a digger” is another name for a fall.
3) Who took care of your boo-boos when you were a child? My Mom – withouth much tenderness, but she was always there for me, nonetheless.
4) Are you a good nurse when others have boo-boos? I’m a very caring nurse unless my kids really had it coming to them…the other day my son was being very careless and ended up tripping down some stairs. I didn’t fawn over him at all but told him to grab some ice.
5) What's the worst accidental injury you've suffered? Did it require a trip to the Emergency Room? When I was a child I fell off the top of a high slide at a playground. I landed on a spike/bolt that held down the brace on the slide and needed stitches near my hip.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday Five - Brushes with Greatness

RevGals Friday Five “Brushes with Greatness”

1. Tell us about a time you met someone famous.
When I was a college student, I spent two summers working at the lodge restaurant at Zion National in southern Utah. I met three D list celebrities when I worked there: Pernell Roberts (of Bonanza and Trapper John, MD fame) who was very rude to all who approached him; Judge Wapner/Wopner (who hosted a show by the same name) who was very kind and even carried glossy 8x10’s ready to autograph; and Bob from Sesame Street. Bob was there with his family and I even took he and his family on a hike. Once while I was working there, someone mistook me for a celebrity. Even though I was waitressing, a woman stood up and pointed at me and said, “Aren’t you that woman from Cagney and Lacy??”

2. Tell us about a celebrity you'd like to meet. I would love to sit and have a private discussion with people like Barbara Brown Taylor or Jim Wallis or James Forbes. I consider myself a BBT groupie – have been in the same room many times but never met her.

3. Tell us about someone great who's *not* famous that you think everyone oughta have a chance to meet. The heroes that I know are people who have overcome great adversity and maintained a strong faith and healthy sense of humor. I would love people to meet Mary, who worked in the housing office at my Seminary and was my boss when I was a dorm Head Resident. Mary’s husband was murdered and her son paralyzed in the same attack. Mary and her son went on to champion legislation for handicapped accesibility. But behind the scenes, she also founded a scholarship for African-American men because she wanted to reach out to the young man who murdered her husband. She also wrote an open letter of forgiveness to the murderer, who was never caught, and printed it in a major newspaper on Christmas Day. Mary is an amazing woman whom others should meet.

4. Do you have any autographs of famous people? I have autographs of many Minnesota Vikings because we often visit their training camp. And I have autographs of Judge Wopner and Sesame Street Bob but not Pernell Roberts (see above).

5. If you were to become famous, what would you want to become famous for? For doing something like Texan Ann Richardson did – stepping forward in her 40’s after raising her children to make a difference in politics.

Bonus: Whose 15 minutes of fame was up long, long ago? The subway sandwich guy and Paris Hilton are the two that come to mind.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday Five - Life in the Fast Lane

Friday Five - Life in the Fast Lane

In homage to Will Smama, who was in a fender bender, the Friday Five is about life on the road.

1. Driving: an enjoyable way to clear the mind? a means to an end? a chance to be quiet with one's thoughts? a necessary evil? the downfall of our planet and its fossil fuels? Discuss.

I like to drive during the day. I find it relaxing and at times, therapeutic. I love taking my kids on road trips. Last year I thought nothing of driving to Washington, DC and back to Minnesota as the sole driver for our summer vacation. But in recent years I started to hate driving long distances at night. So if the sun is out, I love it, but at night, I don’t.

2. Do you drive the speed limit? A little faster? Slower? Have you ever gotten a ticket?
Speedy Mary – I tend to drive a little fast than the speed limit. I got pulled over a year ago but only got a warning – whew! I haven’t had a speeding ticket for 20 years.

3. Do you take public transportation? When? What's your opinion of the experience?
No opportunities for public transportation in my home. This summer we used Amtrak from Minneapolis to Chicago for our vacation. I thought it would be nicer – the last time I took Amtrak I had a sleeper car but riding coach was a little humbling. Felt like a greyhound experience.

4. Complete this sentence: _____________ has the worst drivers I've ever experienced.
I have had “less than pleasant” driving experiences in both Montreal, Quebec and around Boston.

5. According to the Census Bureau, reverendmother's fair city has the 6th longest average commute in the United States at 29 minutes each way. How does your personal commute rate?
My personal commute is about 2 minutes because my little bedroom community is only a mile wide. My eldest child begins at a new school this year in the adjacent community and it will now (groan) take a whole 10 minutes to get him to school (while the school bus ride will take an hour – go figure).

Bonus for the brutally honest: It has been said, and the MythBusters have confirmed, that cell phones can impede driving ability almost as much as drinking. Do you talk on a cell phone while driving?
Unfortunately, yes, I do talk on the cellphone (while driving) about three times per week. I hate doing it and want to stop because I think it is dangerous.