Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You Know You Want Some Random

A few odds and ends:

1. Thanks for the blog love, Homies! I am thrilled with it. My faithful, uber-talented designer may or may not have immediately institutionalized herself following its installation. She deserves a medal. She deserves a coronation.

2. Several of you asked about my Shamago boots. It cracked. me. UP. Said boots were procured roughly six years ago at Payless. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

3. For whom it may concern, my denim skirt was procured two Summers ago at GAP. I think I may have paid full price for it, which is an event in itself. But it is screamingly difficult to find a denim skirt that is both appropriately-lengthed and un-dowdy. I snatched it up.

The rest of the outfit, in its entirety, came from my soul sista, TJ Maxx. The boots, purchased five years ago, appear to be made of some form of synthetic, pleather-like material. The sweater is American Eagle, scratched out in black permanent marker, the grey shirt came to me just this past Summer, and I still have a crush on it. The socks? Well, everyone knows that the best socks come from TJ.

4. I forgot a funny Shamago story. It involves Calvin and his irrational fear of escalators, a phobia we were not aware of until the moment that it mattered most. Leaving the Lego store on Saturday night, Ruby and I hopped right on, while Calvin tried, and then stopped. Tried, and then stopped. Tried. Stopped. He could not get the rhythm. He was a fish on land. He was flailing. At last, he mustered up his courage, began his safe decent, and instinctively shouted out, "The city is not for meeeeeeeeeeee!"

You can take a boy out of the country...

And finally, because this post isn't quite long enough nor inane enough, I will channel my inner 10th grader and fill out one of those very self-involved surveys, because if you're anything like me, when faced with one, you are incapable of looking away.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
We have the controversial rule in this house that small persons are not allowed to come downstairs until 7 a.m. The glitch with this rule is, the digital clock has come up missing. Fishy, right? Consequently, Calvin and Ruby have taken to waking before dawn, meeting up in the hallway, crafting a make-shift bed and giggling wildly. Sometimes they venture into the upstairs bathroom. Sometimes the toilet ends up clogged. Sometimes they do gymnastics. Sometimes they sing. Sometimes I secretly think it's all really cute. Sometimes...not. Regardless, they have received strict instructions that until it is "day" outside, they must remain in their own beds.
What was the questions?
Ah, right. Today I was up around 6:15. Boo. I know many of you over-achievers had already run miles, read chapters, flipped pancakes or nursed a cup of joe by then, but in my world? If the sun isn't up, then I shant be up.

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium, baby. Maybe medium-rare, because you know those steak joints always overcook. Now also seems as good a time as any to tell you that I consider A-1 sauce blasphemous. Unless the steak is painfully overcooked, but I really don't want to even think about that.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Social Network. Fantastic flick, although I spent the first 30 minutes somewhat preoccupied by the creepish/loner guy sitting in the corner to my right. I had a bad, bad feeling about him, although nothing nearly as bad as the feeling I had about the guys across the aisle from me on a flight to Chicago. But I'd really rather not think about that right now.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Friday Night Lights! And Dateline Mystery. And 30 Rock.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In a cozy home, bunked up with my 4 peeps. Ideally, this cozy home would receive more than its fair share of natural light and have a fireplace, but who am I to nitpick?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
A double-fiber English muffin with peach jam. The muffin tasted oddly like rye, of which I am not a fan. I also had two large spoonfuls of vanilly yogurt, because I'm a tad bit like the family dog when it comes to "cleaning up" after my littles. (Am I the only one mysteriously hard-wired to type "vanilla" as "vanilly"? I do it all the time and I do believe I just officially decided to roll with it. I blame Vanilla Ice. And Minilli.)

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Mexican food 4 days a week, Asian food 2, Italian 1.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Well, I am currently training myself to tolerate green olives, so that leaves only radishes and rye.

I also positively, emphatically detest all types of soggy, bread-like substances. NO crackers in your soup, please. It pains me just to look at it. And if you value your life, you will never, ever taunt me with stories of bread soaked in milk (just gagged a bit there) or doughnuts dunked in coffee.

9. Favorite place to eat?
M to the A to the Z to the A to the T to the L to the A to the N.
(In hindsight, that cheer may have worked better with a shorter name...)
Also - Sarah's house.

10. Favorite dressing?
Balsamic vinaigrette with garlic and dijon. Never, ever creamy anything.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
I drive the Pink Wonder - a 1995 Ford Explorer.

We are just beginning to look around at mini vans and recently saw one that was a 2000. I remarked to Cory, "It's practically NEW!" then we both realized that it's actually over a decade old, and we dissolved in a heap of laughs.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
This shirt. Duh. I also rather fancy my cowboy boots, the one pair of jeans that actually fits me, anything pinstripey and, let's be honest, a tinge manly.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Greece and Italy.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
I'll take my life brimming over the rim, thankyouverymuch.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Somewhere warm, with my Honey and my Babies and my Bees.

16. Favorite time of day?
I am most fully acclimated after 9 pm. It is something I wish I could change, but it appears that I cannot. I blame my upbringing for this, specifically, my mom.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Is reality TV considered a sport yet?

19. Bird watcher?
Not at the moment.

20. Are you a morning person or a night person?
See #16.

21. Do you have any pets?
I do not have pets. Calvin has three cats: Ralphie, Ed, and Helen Girl. It seems the pet-loving gene skips a generation. I will admit, I am somewhat fond of the cats, in theory. I am relatively concerned for their well-being. I would never want harm to come their way. I display my fondness for them through the use of nonsensical nicknames and personalized (does that word apply to cats?) songs.

22. What do you want to be (someday)?
An author.

23. What is your best childhood memory?
"Singing. Our house was full of music growing up, and given our Mother's encyclopedic knowledge of music, we eventually developed the ability to "turn anything into a song." We still sing while doing just about anything, a trait that has befuddled and bemused many a houseguest."
This is the verbatim answer of my friend, Claire, who originally sent this enthralling time-waster my way. I could not have said it betta. It sort of freaked me out a bit, if I'm being honest.
24. Are you a cat or dog person?
See #21. Please love me, still.

25. Are you married?
Am I ever.

26. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes. There have been two times in past years when I did not click-it, since my destination was less than one mile away (totally lame, I know). Not once, but both times, I received a ticket.

28. Any pet peeves?
"Ekspecially", and the grossly cliched Dirty Socks on the Floor.

29. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Pepperoni, Mushroom, Banana Peppers, Onions.

30. Favorite Flower?
Peonies! No, Dahlias! Wait...Delphinium! Or was it...Lilacs! Perhaps...hydrangea! Scratch it all - English daisies. The wee ones.

31. Favorite ice cream?
DQ Chocolate/Vanilla twist in a chocolate dipped waffle bowl with hot fudge sauce. Hey - you asked.

32. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Taco Bay-ell.

33. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Nada. Although I didn't take the test until I was 17 because I was entirely happy having my friends drive me around.

34. From whom did you get your last e-mail?
Checking now.... Jaymsie "Marty" the Coop Keepa Fizzle Schnizzle. Ain't that fittin?

35. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
J Crew, and it wouldn't take long.
Incidentally, we are not a big credit card household. As in - we really don't have one. Just last week Ruby yelled at her big brother, "You're a Credit Card!"
It doesn't get much worse around here. Although just when we thought she couldn't top it, she did. But I really can't talk about that right now.

36. Broccoli?
Heck yes.
37. What was your favorite vacation?
(Honest to goodness, Claire, how long is this stinking thing???)
Dominican Republic, two years ago, on a dime, with Cory's brother and his wife, and a big stack of books. It was utterly fantastic, until the flight home, on which I was very certain I had lived my last day. (See # 3)

38. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Cory's sister, Jamie, her husband Matt, and my crack-up nephews, Evan, Jacob and Colin. And, of course, Cory and the 3 shorties. God bless our waitress.

39. How many tattoos do you have?
Two. I have the traditional butterfly on my inner ankle, and a small constellation of stars on my right shoulder blade, representing the astronomical appropriations of both South Korea and Malawi.
All of that was a lie. I am un-inked.

40. Coffee drinker?
Not one single bit. And, might I add, this was a very weak closer?