Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Five: Fork in the Road

Singing Owl writes: I am at a life-changing juncture. I do not know which way I will go, but I have been thinking about the times, people and events that changed my life (for good or ill) in significant ways. For today's Friday Five, share with us five "fork-in-the-road" events, or persons, or choices. And how did life change after these forks in the road?

Here are 5 of mine...

1. My parents chose this first fork: moving from a small town in North Dakota to Helena, Montana during the middle of my junior year in high school. Since I had been with my classmates since kindergarten, it was a challenging time to move. But it turned out well. I ultimately ended up doing my undergraduate work at Carroll College in Helena -- which was a great experience.

2. While at Carroll I faced this fork in the road: English major or biology major? I went with biology which is part of why I am now an optometrist. (The other fork at Carroll was "stay with K. or break up with K." Hubby's first initial is "M." so you know how that fork went.)

3. Hubby and I had practiced in Colorado for about 5 years when an opportunity presented in Washington state. The fork: Stay in Colorado or make the move? We gave up having Rocky Mountain National Park in our backyard, but now have Mount St. Helens in our backyard. Offsprings #1&2 were both born in the Pacific NW and love it -- so I think we took the right fork.

4. Church: In or Out? We were members of our local Presbyterian church for many years. To make a very long story short, after an awesome pastor was called, congregants decided to star in their own reality show: Church Members Behaving Badly. That awesome pastor now lives elsewhere and we opted out. Right now my church is hiking, revgals, and reading.

5. I had a minor fork moment last night: Should I order that Hillary Clinton book in print or on my (drum roll please........) brand new Kindle? Hooray! I got a Kindle for Christmas and it was backordered until now (I got a Kindle 2 so it was worth the wait). Not surprisingly I ordered it on my Kindle, so I am officially off and running on the "saving trees" path.



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9 comments:

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

goodness... you've been everywhere man... er woman... breathed in that mountain air man... er woman....

ok so i don't really know the lyrics! congrats on the kindle... happy reading.

Jan said...

I always love reading about you living in the Pacific NW. And I am envious of your Kindle and am wondering if I would like one, but they're so expensive--and I have way too many books around that I haven't even read yet.

Sally said...

This is the first I've ever heard of a Kindle, what a great idea, and a great play :-)

Presbyterian Gal said...

I totally see you more as a Pacific Northwest woman than a Rocky Mountain woman.

With that new fangled Kindle doohickey, doncha miss turning the pages? And the lovely book smells? I don't know if I could switch.

Barbara B. said...

PG, I don't think Kindle can totally replace books. You are right -- 'real' books have that great smell, the option of thumbing through pages, etc.

But the Kindle is pretty cool. The books don't take up storage, it's environmentally friendly, the books are cheaper, etc. (after paying for the Kindle!)

As RevSS always says, "It's an AND" as opposed to an either/or.

Singing Owl said...

Thanks for playing, and for stopping by my place. :-)

I was wondering about the kindle and whether I'd like one or not. Maybe I'll ask Santa for one next Christmas.

Jennifer said...

i think this feeling that I'm feeling is covetousness.

Rev SS said...

thanks for the kind words "and" for a great FF

dust bunny said...

glad you took the road that brought you out here!