Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday 5: Usefulness

1. What’s something in your possession that has long outlived its usefulness?
I guess that would be the heavy grey/black plaid flannel shirt I wear as a jacket. It was my Dad's, and I took possession of it when he died in 2001. I've been wearing it to work this week, with the weather so cool for July. It's still warm, but the seams and cuffs are showing some signs of stress these days. I'll get rid of it when it either completely falls apart, or I find a comparable replacement.

2. Who in your life has proven to be a very useful person to know?
Um...myself. Seriously, people come to me when they need help or advise.

3. For group projects requiring collaborative planning and then collaborative execution, in what capacity are you most useful?
I usually do okay in either, depending what needs planning, but I usually prefer being in on the execution more than the planning. Give me a task with clear directions of what you want, and I'm pretty much good to go.

4. What’s something someone gave you that you didn’t think much of but later became surprisingly useful?
The tool kit my parents got each of us girls for Christmas, my freshman year in college. They got us each one because younger sister wanted one. At the time, I didn't think much of it as there were other things actually on my wish list I would have prefered, but boy has it proved useful over the years! It looks similar to that pictured here, except mine is blue. The utility knife isn't that great, but I have gotten a lot of use out of everything else in the kit.

5. What is the most useful book in your house?
Duh...the Dictionary. I haul it out at least once a week (and not just as a door stop).


Jana said...

I need to buy a dictionary.I've never actually owned one. Could be why my spelling is so terrible. lol

Sweet tool kit. I got a set of cheap tools when I moved into my first rental and I've used the heck out of them too. I would like to upgrade to a quality kit but so far haven't wanted to spare the change for it. lol I'm going to buy myself a leveler, though. I desperately need one. For once in my life I want pictures to hang straight! hehehe

Heather said...

You have never had a dictionary?! *Gasp* I had three different English dictionaries, not too long ago, but I gave one to Sherrie's kids when they were still in elem. school (they're both in HS now). I also gave them a thesaurus and world atlas, all which got A LOT of use. I remember during the one Olympics, Zach had the Atlas open and was looking up info on some of the different countries as they entered during the Parade of Nations.

As for a level...I don't have one of those either, but understand they come in handy, especially for hanging shelves or pictures with multiple brackets. A cordless screwdriver/drill is also nice.

travelingmama said...

So glad you "popped" in at Travelingmama! I love your list here! My parents bought me a tool set too and I thought they were so weird, but it was one of the necessities we brought with us to Morocco! Oh, and your Dad's shirt will never run out of it's usefulness. Have you read the book "Joseph had a little overcoat" by Simms Taback? It's a wonderful book!

Jana said...

We had a dictionary at home when I was a kid. A big hardback Webster, I think. Haven't a clue what happened to it, though. My mother got rid of a lot of stuff like that not too long ago. But as for me, no, I've never actually owned a dictionary. *shrugs*

Love my cordless screwdriver, though. I'd love a cordless drill, too. I'm putting that on my list of "someday." ;-)