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.


  1. I love your "nonsense"!! As always, enjoyed this post...

  2. Today Q saw a lady buying fruit loops at target. "Why she getting Fruit Boops?!"
    We only stick to healthy cereal at my house. Cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
    In high school I went on a double date with my best friend and two guys who we promised to go out with once before we graduated. They played the theme song to the dating game when we got in the car. It was awesome.

  3. I've been lurking around your blog for a while now, and, until tonight, I've never felt like I had a comment worthy enough to post. But rarely do I find someone who identifies Elizabeth Berg as her favorite author so I felt compelled to tell you that I share your E. Berg love. So I guess this also leads me to posting my first question as well (a night of firsts, I tell ya!). What's your favorite Elizabeth Berg book and why?

    PS Don't you just love her book covers? I'm totally a judge-a-book-by-the-cover girl, and her covers never disappoint.

  4. Call me when you are ready for a girlfriends beach trip. Night Owl and sleeping in...you got my number lady. :)

  5. Shannan,
    I loved reading your Q & A. You are the best. I can't wait to see your garden. I can only imagine how great it is going to be. & no you could never post too much about your garden.
    Take Care,

  6. Biden? No, that can't be right....and why would anyone want to grate a plastic box?

    I'm all for the beach trip! Can I wear a parka?

    : )

    Julie M.

    Parka ~ A hooded fur outer garment worn in the Arctic, originally of pullover design but now generally having a front closure. Courtesy of freedictionary.com

  7. I always love reading your Q & A...I think this is great, fun, and can't wait to see your garden too:)

  8. I really like the Q & A Shanny, keep 'em coming. And just for the record, I love sleeping in - I just can't - or choose not to - cause I'm a good wife and I love getting up at 3 or 4am to pack sandwiches. I just didn't want to be left out of your girlfriend, reading, beachy fun. K? I might be able to stay up past 9, if I"m allowed to sleep in. I'm just sayin'.

  9. Hi Shannan~
    Thanks for the honesty! Ice cream with sugar cone bits...sounds yummy!

    Whenever you are up for that girlfriends beach weekend you let me know!:-)))))

  10. Love this post and I think it helps us all to get to know you better...
    I totally was one of those Farrah Fawcett hair girls and the suntan Leggs with black pumps ... did you look at my old photos?
    Have a wonderful day!

  11. So, does my pond "shore" count as a trip to the beach? Hope so! I can import some sand if need be.
    And I'm curious what your Psych partner pretend diagnosed you with.
    p.s. I've had guilt about bashing baloney boats in my last correspondence. I'm sorry.

  12. A very serious and important question: How is it possible you have not heard of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution?

    Kidding :)

  13. The more I know about you...the more I adore you. Truly!!!

  14. so fun to get to know you better shannan xo

  15. I think we may have been separated at birth (you got my half of the brain though). ha. I love these answers and could relate to so many of them! :)

  16. I wish we were neighbors!! =) I could have said most of those answers were written by me... including the singing! =) any cute farm houses for sale down the road? oh and web techy jobs near by for the hubs?!

    I love loved psychology too!~ I started my major but left University after 2 1/2 years (ran out of money ... hate debt!) a little regret!~

    I will go on the Beach trip with you!!

    The beach,the sun, the ocean, late nights, laughing ~ lots of laughing, mugs and mugs of yummy coffee and PW Angel Cookies and sleep!! *wake up Jenn ~ wake up*

    Love this peek into your world ~ can't think of any questions for you? What is your favorite flower?? or did I miss that in session one? I am behind in my reading ~ drama week unfolded this week! ~

    I have a PW giveaway today ~ come see !!

    www.seizingmyday.com =) why do some url's show up and not others??! I have some readers like that too?!

    and I will email you back about the Marfan!

  17. I love learning more about you! Thanks for sharing and for picking my question to answer! I always look forward to reading your blog.

    Happy Wednesday!

  18. Please sign me up for the beach trip. I also love staying up late talking & sleeping in late. I adore naps, but never get one. Thank goodness God has a plan b/c every time I think I make one - god laughs & there goes my plan. He's MUCH better than me at planning my life - thankfully!! I thought I'd be a veterinarian - then I met Jade...

  19. your blog should be called stinkin' hilarious with a side of adoreable incorp. Just sayin'
    Toodles, The lady of the House

  20. I just found your blog through the Meadowbrook Farm blog and I've spent some time reading your interesting posts! You have such a beautiful family! What's funny is I kept thinking you look familiar, so I clicked on your profile and saw that you are also from Indiana!

    that is the simplest, most succinct, non-offensive way to describe the group dynamic! BLESS YOU.

    for whatever reason, i stress about the power grab all the time, and i hate it. i could never think of a good way to articulate those weird feelings.

    thank you. thank you.
    how much $$ do i owe you? send me a bill :)

  22. I love getting to know you a little better. Like when you blogged for me and I finally got to see your house! What's up with that? That was juicy:)

    I want to go to Italy someday too. Not sure if that dream will ever happen:)

  23. Yay for more Shannan bits! I don't know why I find all these little details about you so fascinating. It is a mystery that may never be solved. Keep 'em coming!

  24. you have to message me and tell me what the power grab is - i'm in a fog over here wondering why i don't know:)

    is it haagen dazs carmel cone? please tell me it is, i'll live vicariously;) it is soooo good.

  25. 1. I remember the list of 'funny jokes.'
    2. Your answers made me smile.
    3. Please be sure to invite me on the g. friends beach get away. I promise to stay up late, sleep in, and read tons! If you're nice to me I'll even buy you a margarita while we lay there reading on the beach!

  26. Looks like that g-friend vacation is a date. I don't care what the snake I do as long as I don't have to cook and am on the beach. Love your answers -- and my one place I want to go to in the next 10 years is Greece...I hope somehow sometime it works out.

  27. The best memories of my entire life are in Italy. i don't know if I would do it solo. To me it's the most romantic place in the world! We spent our first night in Rome. It was incredibly late so everything was closed. But the Vatican was completely lit and so beautiful and we just stood there holding hands.

  28. Hmm. Going to check Elizabeth's books out:)
    Hey...do you by any chance already have your list of girlfriends for that outing finished? ;) It sounds like I would qualify... truly.

    Italy? Has been on my list for a few yrs now....several maybe. (someday).....

  29. my mom passed on the nonsensical song gene to me as well.

  30. LOVE these photos of flowers! beautiful :)