16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
- Managing to marry a great guy
- The relationship I have with my brother
- The relationship I have with my mom
- The incredibly long friendships I have with my best girlfriends (almost harder to cultivate than the three above, but worth it!)
- ... and surviving law school long enough to graduate and pass the bar. Not quite as deep as the others, but hey, it was tough!
- Being creative. This may sound odd, since quilting and the other types of crafts that I do are often very creative endeavours, but that's exactly why I do them. My elementary school teacher told my mother when I was very young that I am a very type-A, analytical type of person - it was that obvious even when I was only 5 years old. He told her that she should force me to do creative things, to try to balance me out just a bit! It's some of the best advice she ever got, and she let me in on it as a teenager. I do crafts, like quilting, as an exercise to continue to foster the creativity that I know is somewhere inside me. I just wish it came more naturally... :)
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
- This is a toughie.... Forgiving is something that comes pretty easily for me, I think mainly because it's pretty easy for me to see where someone's coming from. I hate to sound like I'm dancing around an answer, but I'm hard pressed to even remember a situation where forgiving was even a conscious decision.
- Newport Beach, CA. It is absolutely gorgeous, it's the part of the country where both my hubby and I were born, and it is heavenly.... we got married on the beach there, and it's our vacation spot of choice. There's nothing better than having a cup of coffee in the morning, while watching the waves on the seawall. Ahhh.....
- The Challenger accident. It truly affected me, even though I was only 8 years old at the time. I remember the suddenly hushed hallways at the school, as all the teachers took in the news, and many wept openly, even in front of the students. I remember standing at our desks to pray for their families, instead of going out to recess. And it all made me want to conquer that challenge - it never came to fruition, obviously, but that was the day I decided I wanted to be an astronaut!
- Visiting my grandparents at their home in southern California. Even though I never lived there for more than 6 months as a baby, I think that these visits in my childhood are the reason why California feels so much like home. Every time I smell a cantaloupe I'm immediately taken back to my grandmother's kitchen.
- Staying up waaaaaay past when I was supposed to be asleep, reading my books with a flashlight under my covers. My mom has a ridiculous number of photographs of me in various forms of being flopped over, snoring with a book in one hand. If she tried to get me settled in and take the book away, I'd pop awake, protesting, "but I just want to finish this chapter..." This scene continues to play out in present day, with my husband playing the part of the party pooper.