Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Questions - Round 2

Favorite promise of God you cling to?
Honestly, it changes with the wind. I think the main promise I cling to is that God is Sovereign...and way smarter than I am. I love knowing that it is not up to me...whatever "it" may be. I am so aware of my propensity to screw things up.

Did you make enough at the garage sale to cover the red bag purchase?
Yes! The bag was free! (I traded for the plastic box grater.)

Do you own anything with the words "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON?" -?
No. I think I'm the only one. Should I own such a thing? Does it bring you serenity?

Where is one place you would like to visit - vacation, tourist trap, off the beaten trail, what-have-you - in the next ten years?
I am itching to travel to Italy one of these days. Mostly for the food. It's funny you should ask, because my favorite author recently hit up Italy on her own and wrote about it here. I don't know that I have a solo overseas trip in me in the next 10 years, but at some point, I think I could be all over something like that.

I would also like to go on a girlfriend beach trip one of these days. The only requirements are that said g-friends must be avid readers and enjoy staying up late and sleeping in.

I would love to hear more about your garden.
Stay tuned! You'll see much more about the garden (maybe more than you'd like to hear?) soon. Very soon.

Were you always so funny and does it come naturally or do you have to work at it???
Is this a trick question? Any perceived funniness on my behalf is a direct result of the fact that I have really funny parents. My mom is known for her late-night performances of Hank Williams Sr. stage-sets and my dad is the type to make jokes during serious moments and arguments. The point is - I learned early on not to take myself too seriously, and I believe it has bid...bidden...boden...bade? me well.

To make matters worse, my school friends remain some of the funniest people I know. I'm sure many NHS alumni may heartily disagree, but we were funny girls who made the most of some very mundane stretches of days and years. We even documented some of our best moments on a "Funny Joke" list. I know, it doesn't sound funny at all. You're just going to have to trust me on this one.

Do you follow any particular "diet" (I hate using that word) such as all organic, etc?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that I am not an all-organic eater. I have made a few "I'm an organic snob" jokes that have fallen flat. (I tend to forget that pesky fact that many of you don't actually know me...) :)

Having said that, I am a big believer in fresh food. We do not eat a lot of pre-packaged, processed food, mostly because fresh food tastes better. And I feel good about providing healthy food to my family. But I'll keep it real - I just had a bowl of ice cream about 15 minutes ago. The kind with broken up bits of sugar cone in it. And we always, always have Santitas in the cupboard. And probably the odd box of Cookie Crisp.

Have you ever found yourself singing nonsensical songs to your children or pets???
Yes, mom. Might you have an idea as to how this may have happened??

A while back you posted a picture with you wearing the most adorable belt. If I recall, it was black and white fabric polka dots? Maybe? Anyways, where did you get it?!?
J Crew outlet! I have never once regretted that purchase, and that's saying something. It's just navy blue with big, white polka dots...I'll bet someone craftier than I could stitch one right up.

Do you sing?
All the time. Everyday. In the car. In the kitchen. To my kids. To myself.
But it's nothing you'd care to hear.

Do you play tennis?
I wish! I once dated a boy who did and I learned to enjoy it. But haven't you heard? I don't have a single sporty bone in my bod.

What did you major in?
Psychology, by way of Pre-Med (turns out you should be pretty good at math) and an even briefer stint in Nursing (after spending my entire life, up to that point, imagining myself as a doctor, the nurse shoe pinched my toes.)

After my first psychology class, I knew we were meant to be. I fell straight-up in love. I really did. I know it's odd...I can't explain it. I loved learning all of it. I loved my professors. I met one of my greatest friends, a fellow Psych. major. In my most memorable exercise we had to pair up and pretend to diagnose our partner. My partner "had" Body Dysmorphic Disorder and thought his hair was falling out, when it really wasn't.

Are you where you thought you'd be? (You know, when we were in HS and filled out those questions like "Where will you be in 15 years?"
I promise you, I never pictured my family with 3 brown-to-brownish babies. I also thought I was going to be a doctor back then. And I think I had a couple of potential husbands in mind, none of which ever even asked me out on a date.

So...no. I'm not where I thought I would be.

(Remember that thing about God being so much smarter than I am??)

Do you like hanging out with all your girlfriends or one on one?
I get a little nervous in group situations. I worry about the power grab....I spend my time thinking about if I'm talking too much or not enough, if someone is being left out, etc... I still enjoy it, but it's a little more work.

What is your favorite thing to do to refresh?
Sleep. So lame, I know. I'm a girl who daydreams about naps, but hardly ever gets one. I also love doing something creative - taking pictures, planning a party, baking a pie. Heck, I get a kick these days out of planning our weekly menu.

And now, a final pre-bedtime word from the author:
Every time I get to the end of one of these posts, I have this feeling like I'm hoping you'll pick me for a blind date or something. I feel like I'm a contestant on the Dating Game! Remember that show, with the big pink and purple hearts as stage decor? Aw man, I kinda miss that show.... I can't promise you that my hair is feathered back Charlie's Angel's-style, or that I'm wearing Suntan Leggs with black pumps, but I can promise you a whole lot of nonsense if you stick around.