Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Uff, I was it! I didn't forget!

After being tagged by Little Lamb and Jane (I feel like cattle now!), here are their questions. Sorry it took me a while to get to this.

But as with lots of things, first comes some rules!
1 - Post these rules. (Done!)
2 - Answer the 11 questions from the person who tagged you. (In process)
3 - Create 11 new questions for the people you tag. (Skipping. I suck, I know.)
4 - Tag 11 people and link them to your post. (Most of the people I know of have been tagged, so perhaps we can call this a skip?)
5 - Let them know that you tagged them. (Stalking? My favorite sport!)

The questions Little Lamb asked:
1) What do you think is the biggest financial challenge you currently face?
My parents. And how to stop being an enabler to them. It really uses too much of my funding and messes up my planning.
2) What is the best money saving tip you can share?
With savings: out of sight, out of mind. I love having something in a savings account I can look at every day... but I also like to have something that's a bit farther away from my immediate sight (like an ING account or tucking away $20 into a forgotten pocket).
3) What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your life and how did you overcome it?
Biggest challenge was to remove myself from my family. Being one of two main supporters, and having my money be thrown into a black hole with no control or say, as well as still being financially in a path of doom, living paycheck to paycheck.
4) What is your proudest accomplishment?
I'm starting to sound obsessive, but moving out was the proudest accomplishment. Took me over 7 months to gather the guts and about 2 months after deciding to do it before I actually did it.
5) What is the best piece of advise you have been given during your life?
You have to look out for #1 (aka, yourself). It may sound mean at times, but in the long run, it makes sense. It doesn't mean you have to disregard everyone else, but you do have to take care of yourself because nobody has more interest in you doing better than you.
6) What is the best cleaning tip you can share?
Start with the biggest chore first. Think of it was a car while you run chores. Go to the store/chore that is the farthest, that way your car will be warmed up and do better during the whole trip, vs going to the closest store first, which means your car will not heat up properly and be less efficient.
7) Do you clean a little each day or save it all for a specific time?
All at once for me. My attention span is short as is, I couldn't manage to clean a little here and there.
8) What chore is your least favourite and how do you make it more pleasant?
Vacuuming. I put good music and my headphones on and I'm good to go! Same goes for cutting grass. I guess I don't like pushing things around, do I?
9) What do you wish you did more often?
Take photos of myself and places and events. With such a feeble memory, photos are a big deal.
10) What is one important thing about you that you would like to share?
A positive attitude and being kind do pay up. You may not always see it, but it does. I'm a closet-compassionate person. I keep it under wraps because seems some of my friends think it's just weird to offer an umbrella to an older person, or to give your $ off coupons to the person behind you at the store. It's always too little to be helpful or too much as if showing off, for some people.
11) What did your mother (or other loved adult) used to do that you always said you would never do yet somehow you do it too?!
Hmm... talk on the phone while driving. It's a danger. I normally throw my stuff in the back of the car so I don't get tempted to do this.

Then Jane asked:
1. Describe yourself in seven words.
Loyal 20-something looking to move
2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
Accountability, really. Also, it allows me to better interact with other like-minded people.
3. What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Colby Jack.
4. What keeps you awake at night?
Knowing I have a hearing coming up at work, or wondering how to budget for a mini catastrophe. Or wondering what the heck my parents are doing that they can't get things under reasonable control!
5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Not develop the uncanny ability to forget. I have forgotten so much of my younger life, voluntarily, that it became an automatic self-defense mechanism. Now my memory is just sucky.
6. Here's a question from Michael that he likes to ask me on the phone: "What are you wearing right now?"
Clothes. It's Valentine's day, so assume it's something red!
7. Tell us something about the person who tagged you!
She's awesome, can cook, and now she has a clean fridge! Very active, and definitely a role model. Right perspective on the whole retirement thing. Too many people wait too late to enjoy their lives. I never really liked the work-to-retire idea. I'll work to enjoy and retire when work stops being an option.
8. Stretch out your arm and tell us what is the closest thing to you right now?
My laptop bag.
9. What's your favorite flavour of icecream? Do you lick your icecream or bite right into it?
Pistachio. I lick it, because my older brother has always had sensitive teeth, and I copied his behavior and never really bit into my ice cream because he never did. I'm such a follower.
10. Do you prefer the truth or a white lie that doesn't hurt your feelings?
Truth. I can't improve on lies.
11. Do you like your life right now? Why or why not?
I like the challenges, even if it makes me sad to deal with them. But I am able to travel and meet people that I would've otherwise not really cared to go meet because of the distance, so it works for me. I'm quite content, I'd say!

Thanks for the tags, ladies!


  1. Those were some awesome/interesting answers Tanner.

    Closet-compassionate hmmm. I've never seen the term used before but I think I have some of that in me. I like to do stuff that helps people and I prefer if others didn't quite know about it. I just don't want the attention.

    1. I'm there with you. I like to work in the shadows when it comes to good acts. It's a different perspective of things, isn't it?

  2. Alright ladies, get out of the closet!!! Your friends and family can learn from your giving to others, sharing what you have and little acts of kindness, DON"T be shy, celebrate your compassion!!!

    I found the book!!!! "Boundaries" By Dr. Henry Cloud I think you would really like it. At one time in my life I had to reread it many times!! Maybe I am a slow learner, HA

    1. I'll definitely look for the book. Hope my library has it. And I hear'ya, I'll try though I can't make any promises.

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers. Sounds like you are on the right track with your life!

  4. You know, in a lot of ways (ways that count) you are very mature for your age! You've faced a lot of challenges in your life and yet you are so positive, compassionate and have your head on straight. I admire you!