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This is not only the 2nd 5QF this month, but ALSO the 2nd Friday in a row that there’s a family birthday! Today is my oldest sister’s husband’s birthday AND tomorrow is HER birthday…how cool that their birthdays are a day apart, huh? 🙂

So Happy Birthday to my oldest sister and her husband! Not sure they will see this but maybe one of my nieces will tell them I did a shout out for them.

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section! HAPPY WEEKEND!

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On to the questions!

1. What ringtone do you have on your cell phone? My ring tones are different depending on who calls. I’ve always loved this feature on cell phones. I can easily tell WHO is calling by the ringtone without having to look and see! 🙂 Of course, if it’s a telemarketer(UGH!) or someone who I don’t already have in my contacts, it plays one of those melodic default tones that came with my phone.
2. What is your favorite memory from this summer? It’s always hard picking favorites because they often can change due to your mood…I guess I would say one of the movie nights with my husband
3. Paper books or ebooks? I did a post on this once…While I see the draw of Ebooks, I will NEVER give up Paper books….There’s just something so special about them. 🙂
4. If you could have one home upgrade what would it be and why? Can I say a HOUSE instead of an Apartment or is that too big an upgrade? LOL
I am truly thankful for having a place to live even if it’s not a house, but I would love to upgrade to a house one day….As for an upgrade while living in apartments, IF our apt. could have one, it would be a washer/dryer because I hate not having one in our house….A more conceivable and possible upgrade? A new couch 🙂
5. When was your first serious boyfriend/girlfriend? My first Serious boyfriend was when I was 13…if you have read other posts by me, you might have heard about him and the craziness of that relationship!

We’re now into August and this heat wave isn’t going anywhere…at least here in Texas! Today is my middle sister’s birthday, I won’t say her age but I was born when she was 16. 😉 She doesn’t have a Facebook so she won’t see this post probably but Happy Birthday Sherri, anyways!

Question #4 this week was asking about How you feel about your kids going back to school soon. Since I don’t have kids, I switched this question with a completely random question I found. For those who choose to answer the questions in their own blogs or my comments, you can choose to answer THAT question instead or use my switched question as a bonus, 6th question for this week.

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1. Do you have siblings and are you close with them? Does this mean I have to claim my crazy siblings? Yes, I have 3 of them, 2 older sisters and 1 older brother. My brother is 10 years older than me, and my sisters are 16 and 20 years older than me, so my relationship with them is different from siblings who are close in age. We talk to each other and get along but I’m closer to my sister’s kids than I am to them and with my nieces, WE are more like sisters because we are so close in age compared to my real sisters.
2. Would you rather be slightly UNDER weight or slightly OVER weight? You would think I would pick UNDER weight because I’ve never been skinny or under weight my whole life, but no…I have no problem with being a little chubby or what I prefer to call “full figured”. I think curves are beautiful. If you’re just slightly OVER weight, it wouldn’t take losing much to be a healthy weight either.
3. What’s your favorite State Fair food to splurge on? Are snow cones food? I don’t know….My mom loves Funnel Cakes but I’m not a big sweet eater MOST of the time. Normally when I go to the fair, I’m just thirsty for some lemonade or wanting a snow cone.
4. Do you believe in Karma? Yes, I definitely believe in it
5. Pool or Ocean? Um…Are you aware this week is SHARK WEEK on Discovery Channel?! I’m thinking the pool! But…in all seriousness, I can’t swim and I hate going completely underwater so I like the fact I can feel safer in a swimming pool without the worries of not only jellyfish, crabs, or sharks but also waves and under currents, tidal waves, etc. You can see to the bottom of the pool and it’s more reassuring for me than the mystery of the ocean. AND as I told my husband the other day as I was watching a shark show on Discovery, “I’ve never really been bothered by sharks….I can’t swim so I don’t plan on going for a swim in the ocean so I don’t expect to run into them anytime soon.” BUT just in case anything changes, I watched the Shark Survival Guide on National Geographic World today so I now have some tips! 🙂
For those interested, if you’re ever attacked by a shark, you should punch or claw at their gills or eyes to get them to let go. Just in case you Ocean Lovers needed that advice! Surprisingly, I have learned that shark attacks are less common than people think and humans kill way more of them than they kill of us. In a way, this kind of makes me sad that we kill so many sharks. It’s not good to eat them because of the mercury content that sharks end up digesting nowadays so why the unnecessary killing? They are just going about their ocean, doing what they do and WE are the ones barging in on their territory. What do YOU think? 
I know that’s sort of like an extra question but since it’s Shark Week, I’m interested to hear thoughts and opinions on this!

Did you make it through the July 4th weekend in one piece?

July’s a great month for me, following Independence Day(not the one with Will Smith) there was also my best friend’s birthday, which was yesterday…my hubby’s birthday coming up on the 13th and mine and my hubby’s anniversary on the 19th! Wow! Two of the most important people to me’s birthdays and my wedding anniversary ALL in one month.

Oh…and of course 5(my lucky number!) Fridays too in July!

Here’s the second serving of 5 question Friday for the month of July… know what to do if you want to answer too, right? Answer in the comments or on your OWN blog!

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On to the questions!

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)
My first honest response to this is “I HAD to learn cursive, so kids today should have to as well!”
I had heard schools were thinking of getting rid of cursive writing and I can sort of understand it because honestly, I only use cursive for my signature and when forced to…..The schools I grew up in actually had a class JUST for cursive writing where we not only learned it but were critiqued for every little whorl of the letter that wasn’t just so and it really annoyed me to be honest. I mean, I already learned “Print” when I was younger…why do I have to learn another way of writing? I came to learn it was considered a more sophisticated, professional way of writing but that didn’t keep me from writing in print every chance I could get. There’s a part of me that thinks cutting out cursive writing in school is just the first step of many in losing our writing skills, though. Kids already are so used to shortening their words when writing to friends, texting and typing on the computer and when corrected, you suddenly become the “grammar police” and since it’s not school, it’s considered OK to throw out everything you were taught. Well…honestly, this worries me because the more you practice bad grammar, bad spelling and shortening or “dumbing down” your writing, the more you get used to it and you forget the correct way of doing things. There’s even been articles on how kids nowadays when applying for jobs answer questions in their shorthand and speak unprofessionally because of the way they speak on computers…..Maybe THIS and cursive writing don’t really go together….but a part of me thinks it’s another step in losing sophistication in the English language…..DO YOU AGREE?

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone? I do not have a smart phone….and probably will only get one when I can upgrade my phone in Dec. IF it’s affordable. The phone I have does have a calendar but I don’t really use it…I am old fashioned and use room calendars on my wall. I do usually carry a small notebook in my purse, though.

3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe) This is difficult….I would probably grab just whatever I could…Photo albums, books, things of that nature…..My pillow….don’t laugh…I’ve had it since I was a baby and i’s already survived one fire

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person? City, definitely….I don’t like being too far away from civilization….whenever I go far out in the country, the song from “Deliverance” starts playing in my head….LOL

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?
I’ve actually thought of this before….I think I would pick “America’s Got Talent” if I ever got the nerve…..My husband has told me to try “American Idol” but I’ve always felt that show was based more on a popularity contest rather than talent…not to say good singers don’t make it through cause they do….but there’s just so many that slip through the cracks during the many auditions. They have to let so many “bad” auditions through as they do good….to make better TV. “America’s Got Talent” has seemed the most real out of the talent type shows for singing, anyways. I DO love to sing but I doubt myself too much and don’t think I’m as good as the others on there even though my hubby says I am. I don’t know…right now, I love being a wife and have dreams of becoming a mother. I love to blog and dream of finding my niche in writing someday. I’m only 27….who knows what may happen?
That was one LONG 5 Question Friday! Sorry to be so talkative! Hope you all enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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