Saturday, April 24, 2010

Your Questions - Round 1

Ready or not - Here I ammmm!!!!!!
(These colors are in honor of my sister-in-law, Jamie. I can't stop thinking about your kitchen...)

Chocolate. Best nutty or plain? What is your view of it?

Oh girl, I scarcely know how to say this. I guess I'll just rip the Band-Aid right off -- I'm not much of a chocolate girl.

Are you still there, Red?

It's not that I don't eat chocolate...approximately once a month, I crave it. Where I differ from the vast majority of the sisterhood is that my craving is satisfied by one or two bites. A couple of weeks ago I ate a remnant Easter bite-sized Milky Way candy bar over the course of 3 days. One bite a day, baby. That's all my sensitive system can tolerate.

(Just kidding about the sensitive system. I think I've already told you that my stomach is lined with cast iron.)

I was just reorganizing my dessert binder yesterday and realized that 90% of the recipes are fruit-based. I'm a total fruitcake. I'll take a cobbler, a buckle, a pie, a crisp or a tart any day of the week.

Or salsa, I'll also take that pret' near anytime...

Fave tv shows?
Oh, I'm so glad you asked! My favorite shows are ever-changing, but here are my staple faves: Friday Night Lights. Tim Riggins is the new Ponyboy, ya'll. I just cannot say enough about this show. The cinematography, the dialogue, the acting, the crows feet on the ever-radiant face of Mrs. T. My sources tell me that season 3 premiers on NBC on May 7th. I'll be first in line.

OK, I got so excited there that I nearly forgot to mention some other favorites:
The Bachelor/Bachelorette (Guilty pleasure. I have no other explanation.)
48 Hours Mystery and Dateline Mystery (I can spot a re-run within the first 5.3 seconds.)
30 Rock.
Mad Men.

Do you have a goal for your blog?
My goal for my blog has always been to write for myself. I try not to get wrapped up in what readers may want to see or read about. I don't worry about the fact that I probably overwhelm you with my incessant posts. I recently read that successful bloggers should not post on weekends. Says who? And what does it mean to be a "successful blogger"? My blog is first and foremost for me. It gives me an outlet to write, which brings me exceeding joy, and it gives me an opportunity to document my life. I have never been a journaler before, although it always appealed to me, in theory. Now, Presto! I have a journal -- an active, up-to-date account of what my family is up to.

Most importantly, my goal with my blog is to remain me, pure and simple. What you see is what you get. Scary, right?

Do you hate spell check because it tries to ruin your life by saying "old" is fine when you really meant "cold"?
I have a track-record for forgeting to engaeg spell check. Thank goodness the red squiggly things pop up, because if not for them, you'd have given up on me a long time ago. Cory is my spell checker/editor. And he's brutal. Also, I'm a pretty good speller. I was sent to the county spelling bee in Junior High where I was unceremoniously disqualified in the first round. Over the word "Breathe". I remember it like yesterday. "B-R-E-A-T-H *pause* *pause* Breathe." Blasted vowels. (Full disclosure - when I just typed "Breathe", I typed it "Breath". That word has become the bane of my spelling existence, and I have no idea why. I also always misspell ocassional. See? Toldja.)

Was your transition from "career woman" to "mom" challenging?
I was lucky, because my transition was very gradual. I went from working a very high-stress, 60-hour-a-week, underpaid job to working a "regular", infinitely more intellectually stimulating job, to working the same job from home (with no kids), to working part-time from home (same job, still no kids) to working part-time from home with kids.

Did you follow that?

I think it would have been difficult for me to go from fast-paced crazy work to being home with a baby, so I'm thankful for the way my situation played out. I have enjoyed working part time immensely and believe that it has made me more organized than I would probably otherwise be. I am also very thankful for a fantastic job that has helped to finance our Triple Sweets. Having said that...I'm headed into early retirement in just 2 short weeks, which will present a brand new adjustment. (But more on that another day...)

Do you think that this is now your basket full....or would you like to bring more babies into your family- its just as a mother i think you never run out of love? what do you think?
I do not believe that we are done, although I have been wrong before. I become increasingly passionate about children who do not have Mamas and Daddies. It breaks my heart. For this reason alone, I have a feeling that we will adopt again. And also, I think Ruby could really use a sister. :)

I am amazed by the way a Mama's heart, in the blink of an eye, grows enough love for one more. And one more. It doesn't seem seems like someone would fall through the cracks or feel a little slighted. It's a miracle, that's what I think.

How come when I go on a chips and salsa bender, the next day I'm all salty and bloated and you are still as cute as ever?? Huh, huh?
Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! OK, fine, I'll concede the fact that I'm not much of a bloaty gal...but maybe it's my salsa benders that have contributed to my premature wrinkliness? Maybe I should add a tortilla chip exfoliation treatment to my late-night sessions? The salt would slough the dullness right off and the grease would be super moisturizing!

I may be on to something...

How do I set it so that my comments show up in my inbox?
Sign in and go to "Customize", then click on the "Settings" tab, then the "Comments" heading. Scroll all the way down and you should see a section called Comment Notification Email. Enter your email address into the white box, and from then on, your comments will be emailed to you. Just last week I got a comment on a post I wrote over a year ago. I would have never known if the comment was not emailed to me. Brilliant, I tell you.

Also, have you by any chance read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? It's a good spring read and gets me motivated for my garden everytime.
I have not, but you have me convinced. I have a little list I keep of book/music/etc.. advice that you ridiculously hip, in-the-know readers pass my way. I'm always up for a good book suggestion!

Well, that was fun! Too bad no one reads weekend posts. ;)

Stay tuned for rounds 2 - ?


  1. You missed the most important SCL your favorite cousin? I think she is. I will tell youshe must be. She has so many great memories that you are included in. Do you like my third person typing? Love you.

  2. Shoot fire...I just put up a blog post on a Saturday night! Does this mean I don't have an exciting that why we shouldn't post on the weekends? I knew you were so fabulously thin for a chocolate? A fun sized candy bar lasts you three days! Pah! Three learning more about you. My question....when ya comin' over?

  3. OK - I'm cracking up over your cousins name Shirley Chicken Legs - because of that - I will visit her :) Love the posts - and that's insane that you can't post on the weekend - can't wait to hear more from you :)

  4. i love learning more about you! even on the weekends :) which, by the way, i have read that too...and usually the weekends are when i have time to there go the rules! :)

    can't wait for part 2 :)

  5. This is the best time to read... and you are always a good read ;)


  6. You were my cute twin( I was 'the other one') from who I was separated at birth.. same on chocolate & chips and salsa. I hate admitting it about choclate too. some how the sister's just don't think you're normal.
    And when you find that perfect exfoliant to go with the chips and dip, please post. :)
    p.s. I came to your blog by way of a discussion about 'working mom's'... remember that one? I was so moved by your story & your concise and kind way of saying 'walk a mile' before you speak. We adopted too, and have just recovered from our indebtedness that accompanied the joy of parenting through adoption. and now I 'want more'(did I say that out loud?). I can't wait to see what your future holds, ... you're inspiring. and wrinkles rock.

  7. i think you are my favorite blog to read because you are just plain ol funny. love, love your effortless writing style:)

    not with ya on the chocolate. actually a few bites satisfies me but i crave it more than once a month:)

  8. you are so much fun! i want to be friends in real life! :) :)

  9. nonsense about people not reading weekend is when I actually have time to read.

  10. Mmhmm...yeah, Doug, I'm still here. Just licking the last remnants of two chocolate macaroon truffles I devoured a moment of my teeth. Not a chocolate fan??? YOU are definitely nutty. I like creamy chocolate (and peanut butter, by the way...and creamy chocolate with creamy peanut butter!). Well, more chocolate for me then. But it evens out really, because I never eat salsa!

    Thank you for answering my question. I see that you didn't deal with my punctuation disability...feel free!

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

    : )


  11. um, as I read this, I have recently consumed TWO chocolate drumsticks. When I need chocolate, I NEED chocolate, and your pathetic excuse for a chocolate craving is...pathetic.
    I usually don't blog on the weekends because I'm busy with social events, fundraisers, tea parties, and you know, I can't be bothered.
    I don't think you post enough actually. You should post every five minutes in my opinion. Also, I think you have moved beyond the journaling aspect, maybe you should write a book. I can tell you love to write, so what the hey! You can do it while you're retired.

  12. Oooh...what is a chocolate drumstick? Are those the ice cream cone thingies? I'm stopping back for a wee moment because I forgot to mention something very important. So, here it is...

    You know what else I think is really yummy? KYLE CHANDLER! Is he Mr. T.? Isn't he just the prettiest prettiest. Yeah, yum...I've appreciated him for about 20 years now. : ) He has that Jimmy Stewart thing going on. I met a few of his co-stars when I lived in L.A....but did I meet him? No,! : p

  13. I do! And I look for new post on the dashboard about every two hours as much as I check Facebook. lol I am a blog fanatic you keep posting from your heart& I will keep enjoying.

  14. that weekend theory is so funny! i'm sitting here on a rainy sunday morning with an endless cup of tea reading my little heart out whilst the 3 kiddos are slowly waking up after a 'giant' 5th ballet bday party yesterday! is their any other kind....thanks for answering my question- mums do have enless love...
    melissa x

  15. Well.....I must have a really depressed uneventful boring life because I always post and read post on the weekends! My favorite early morning (Saturday and Sunday) hobby with coffee in my hand!

    Wow, amazed you can make a mini candy bar last that long! Not me and my hips show it!

  16. I'm not a huge chocolate fan either! I much prefer breads & rolls and some cobbler & pie are great too.

    As for the poo-poo on the weekend posts... I have that issue (my blog is quiet then) but *I* still read on the weekends. What a lovely way to rest on the weekend. :)

    But how on earth do you rack up double digit comments!?!?! :) You rock it!

  17. I just watched my first episode of Friday Night Lights on the plane! I'm hooked.
    Now I just need to get on the Mad Men bandwagon, and I'll be up to speed.

    Are you heating your chips in the oven yet? Life will never be the same once you start.

    Oh, and send me a picture of Jamie's kitchen when you have a chance. I'm getting that laminate chip for you this week.

  18. At the risk of sounding like a weirdy, I will tell you that you and I have ridiculous random things in common.

    1. I'm not much for chocolate either. Every once in awhile, I like a taste of it, but much prefer an apple pie to a french silk. ok, maybe those two are even, but candy bars? eh.

    2. I love the 48 hrs./dateline but find I never watch them anymore because my husband isn't into them so much and it feels weird to me to record news programs. BUT. I find people's behavior fascinating. I suppose this is what drew me to acting and later writing in the first place.

    3. I was also in the county spelling bee and consider myself a pretty good speller, but in middle school, I had never heard of the word "warble" (and I admit that I have never heard it used in a sentence since that day when I spelled it "warbol" and rendered myself useless to the spellers in Illinois.

    4. I started blogging to get back into the habit of writing everyday. I absolutely love it and plan to turn my blog into one of those commemorative books they have now... well, probably one per year... because then I won't feel like I have to scrapbook...and that makes this time-starved mama happy.

    There are more, but this is already a novel so I'll have to stop or you're going to think I'm a lunatic.

    In my defense, I am still sporting 2 year old puke on my shirt, so you get a feeling for the kind of morning I've had. lol

  19. You know the old saying about rules...made to be broken! So suck it blog rule-making bossy cows! As always I love your posts!! xoxo

  20. You really need to read Animal, Vegetable,Miracle. You will enjoy it ~ there are some great recipes, too. The disappearing zucchini orzo is delicious and so are the fresh spring rolls.
    You will want to do much more with your nice farm :)
    Enjoy your posts ~ I hope I read them with your voice, I think I do :)

    ~Andrea in NH

    PS I am a cheese and cracker girl and also a fruit dessert girl :)

  21. I go to my Google Reader everyday(sometimes more than once) to see if there is anything from FPFG because everytime I read something here I feel inspired or I cry or even laugh out loud. I would miss it if you decided not to post on the weekend :o)

    I will have to say I AM a chocohalic, can't help myself !!!!

    Can't wait to read about your next adventure......I always love the randomness of your blog too :o)

  22. I stumbled onto your blog a bit ago. You seem so real. I've enjoyed reading about your adoption and struggles. Thanks for sharing!

    I really think you'll enjoy "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

  23. thanks for the weekend update :)

  24. I'm with you on the chocolate. I'd much prefer a fruit based desert! Some chocolate, like cake and ice cream I don't like at all and won't eat! Glad to know I"m not the only one! People usually look at me like I'm crazy if I say I really don't like chocolate!

  25. ummmm Tim Riggins.... i'm second in line!!

  26. I love reading these quirky little things about you. I'm looking forward to more!